Sunday, 28 July 2013

Glamping: Stanley Villa Farm Camping Bugs

Hey Ladies,
First came the Festival and now i've been Glamping, check me out!! Ever since I heard of the concept of Glamping I have wanted to go, I personally can't think of anything worse than a tent & sleeping on the floor so when the option of a little wooden hut & an actual bed was presented to me I was determined to go. Unfortunately for the longest time I have only found sites down in Cornwall and Devon which is a tad far away for me and so when I heard of Stanley Villa Farm near Blackpool on the CoolCamping website I immediately enquired on the availability with all this beautiful weather we've been having.
Stanley Villa Farm Camping Bugs

The site is set in the most gorgeous location by a lake as you can probably see above, I took along my boyfriend and his little boy and we had a sudden panic on the way about what we could entertain a five year old with but fortunately it is very family friendly and there was a few children there so he made a few new friends and played a bit of football.

Once we were all settled we had a little tour and I was happy to see a communal kitchen with tea & coffee as well as a few wet rooms and toilets (I refuse to have a wee outside) My boyfriend did his knee in playing football so he was subbed off and cooked our meal on a barbecue (men are ALWAYS in charge of barbecue's) Once the light had faded the self proclaimed 'Firestarter' known as my other half made us a fire in the fire pit provided, sadly he did a really good job and his ego is even more inflated than it already was and we had a lovely evening surrounded by firelight enjoying the outdoors.

It is a great option if you have kids and don't like the idea of tents or for couples looking for a little peace and quite and an adventure, dogs are welcome and they even have a grooming parlour on site I just wish I had one to take with me (surely an excuse to get one for my next trip) Alex who runs the site is lovely and very welcoming and will help you any way he can.

For more information on location and dates just visit their website it is very reasonably priced at about £40ish per night and I definitely recommend it.

Have you ever been Glamping? The only thing that freaked me out was a giant moth so I think I did pretty well considering I am a hotels only kind of girl! I camped once in my back garden when I was about 7 and made my dad get my mattress and put it in the tent!

Sunday, 21 July 2013

REVIEW: Wireless 2013

Hey Ladies,
Well the weather in the UK is phenomenal at the moment and last weekend it tied in perfectly with the Yahoo Wireless festival, I was possibly the worlds most excited person when I was offered the chance to attend as my favourite rapper ever and possibly one of my favourite people Jay Z (apparently he's dropped the hyphen in his name FYI) was headlining.

I actually lost my camera on the day so had to borrow some from the Wireless site to give you a picture of the event!

I attended on the Sunday and not only was I treated to Jay Z but to another favourite rapper of mine: Nas who had a set a bit earlier on so I was primed for HOVA!! I'm not the biggest Justin Timberlake fan (that new video with all the boobs seriously annoys me! I think he's doing anything so people don't remember his N'Sync days & that curly blonde perm, I Justin will NEVER FORGET) but I do like the new collaboration with Jay Z so I think their set tied in nicely with each other. Jay Z performed some of the classics like 99 Problems, Big Pimping & Public Service Announcement so I was merrily rapping along and they merged some of their songs really nicely like I Just Wanna Love You with Rock Your Body.

The atmosphere was incredible, the sun was shining, people were enjoying a beverage or two and my first festival really didn't disappoint. I thoroughly recommend attending next year, if you think you won't enjoy the camping side of festivals this is a great option as its a none-camping one, it might take me a few goes before I brave Glastonbury.

Did you attend Wireless, what did you think of the headliners? Hopefully I will be able to see Jay Z again very soon if I can get my paws on some o2 tickets for his Magna Carter Holy Grail tour this year! If I could hear him perform live Ni@*as in Paris live with Kanye it would complete my life as it is possibly my favourite ever song, to the point where my friends text me when it's on the radio or when they're in clubs!

Sunday, 14 July 2013

Festival Proof Makeup

Hey ladies,
If you are reading this on Sunday I am currently at the Wireless Festival and thought I'd share my tips on how to prevent your makeup sliding off your face in this heat.

*Sunglasses and Hat added poorly post production!
La Roche Posey Anthelios XL SPF 50 £14.50 Link
An SPF is a must in this weather on the face and body, I've always struggled finding one that was suitable on my face they were either too greasy or broke me out. This bad boy is mattifying so excellent under makeup and as of yet no spots in site.

Urban Decay De Slick Makeup Setting Spray £19.50 Link (mine's the mini size)
I have talked of this endlessly and it doesn't look like i'll be stopping any time soon, a spritz of this before you put your base on then onces your makeup is in place another layer and your makeup will stay on longer than it ever has, it is a must.

Makeup Atelier Waterproof Gel Foundation £28 Link
Waterproof foundation formulas I have found to last the longest and although you have to be careful in application (this stuff doesn't come off your fingers if you apply with them unless you use an oil makeup remover afterwards) but once it is on your face it ain't budging until you want it to.

Makeup Forever Full Cover Concealer £22.50 Link
Again a waterproof formula and if you suffer from dark circles like myself this is a godsend, it will cover up the darkest of dark and stays on all day without looking cakey.

Bourjois Bronzing Primer £9.99 Link
I don't actually use this as a primer as I prefer others products for that task but as a cream bronzer I personally think this beats the infamous Solei Tan De Chanel (which I hate) as the shade is none orange and applies wonderfully even over foundation. The main reason this is a winner for me is because it mattifies brilliantly and my makeup lasts longer than if I wasn't to wear it.

Benefit Coralista Blusher £23.50 Link
Travelling wise the Benefit blushers are awful (why can't they release them in smaller COMPACT options) anyway this is my ultimate blusher for adding some colour and life to my face. A cream blusher gives such dimension and sheen to the face but doesn't last very long and the Coralista is a great alternative as the sheen is beautiful and makes you look radiant.

Benefit They're Real Mascara £19.50 Link
Fuss free eye makeup is the look for me and big bold lashes are my number one priority, this mascara lengthens, volumises and curls like no other in one quick coat. Another point to note with this mascara is that it doesn't flake or smudge whatsoever, I have cried a river with this one & it has remained fairly intact so if you don't enjoy a waterproof formula it could be the one.

Lime Crime Velvetines Suedeberry £11.50 Link
A bright bold lip is a statement I often like to make with my makeup, it looks like you've spent so much more time and effort with your appearance when in reality all you've done is whacked some lippy on, the Velvetines are great for a festival because they dry matte and last a serious amount of time so completely fuss free.

Have you got any tips for prolonging your makeup in weather like this? I LOVE the warm weather but when I'm sat in my none air conditioned office I do tend to moan, with Wireless done next up Bestival.

Saturday, 6 July 2013

Festival Fashion: Ombré, Playsuits & Maxi's

Hey Ladies,
As it is festival season and I happen to be going to Wireless next weekend I thought I would put together some outfits with my favourite trends. (Click on the picture to find out the details of the items)

These ombré shorts are the focus of this outfit and I love that Hunter do wellies in pastel colours they're so fun compared to black and the Rebecca Minkoff handbags are perfect for festivals as you can wear them across your body so both hands are free to put your diamonds in the sky!

Playsuits are so effortless and they are the epitome of cool paired with some chunky ankle boots, a hat and no festival would be complete without some sort of fringed accessory right? Going to the bathroom might be an issue but totally worth it for the outfit.

Maxi skirts and dresses are summer essentials and we all love to channel the inner hippy at a festival (or my whole life). I think the skirt outfit is my favourite of them all (the red playsuit outfit coming in second) as the top is stunning I paired it with the chunky shoes as it was heading too femmine and I wanted to toughen it up a little. The dress is just plain tie dye fun loving hippy, a feather headband and wavy long hair would complete this outfit perfectly.

I haven't ever been to a festival so any tips you have let me know, thankfully Wireless is a none camping festival so I don't have to mess about with a tent! I love music everything from Jay Z to Mumford & Sons so I think i'll enjoy attending a festival, I seriously can't wait to see Hova and might even get some Bestival Tickets too!! I will be doing a beauty edition for my Festival essentials so watch out for that.