31 July 2014

Little Details.




So I've been living in Nottingham for nine months now (the time it takes to make an actual human) and it's gone quick! As if you can make a real person in the same space of time?!

Anyway, we're in a different flat to when we first moved in because although the first flat was AMAZING (seriously amazing in fact), it was costing us too much and we weren't living like the 23 years olds that we are. So we live pretty much in the city centre now, and although I slightly resent this flat for not living up to our other one, I'm slowly coming round to it. And now the heatwave's warmed the building up, it's a bit nicer.

Nottingham was never part of the plan and I wasn't sure how I'd get on up here, especially as I went to uni in Lincoln and missed home a lot. But I think you have a different mindset when you start work, especially when it's in a career you've been working towards and you really enjoy. There's not really time to miss home! I also got a surprise promotion the other week which was a lovely shock and makes the hard work worth it.

I'm not really sure what the point of this post was, I guess it's just to say that I'm very happy at the moment and feel quite proud (how very un-British of me). At school, and at uni even, you can't tell how things are going to pan out...and with the news today reiterating that many 20-30 years old are still living with their parents I feel good to be out! Even though the grown up shit like bills, food shopping and full time work can sometimes be a ball ache, the independence and freedom of being in your early twenties far outweighs any negatives. Here's to the good times!





22 July 2014

Lovebox!


Photo by David Nyanzi (www.nyanzi.com).

Another weekend, another festival! This one wasn't planned really but it fell on the birthday weekend of my friend who suggested we all go. The line up looked really good and for £55, we thought it was worth the trip to London. 

It was such a good day! Having spent the week checking BBC weather like a madman and having everyone tell me it was going to storm, we were actually really lucky and it was beautiful sunshine all day- perfect! 

Best act of the night was definitely Kenny Dope, as a Defected Records artist I already loved him but his Disco Fever set was so much fun, he even busted out the 90s classic 'I'm Horny'...remember that! 


My palm print co-ord is from Ark Clothing, find it here. I was also chuffed to bits to have my photo taken for ASOS fashion finder, you can see the look here.


10 July 2014

Hideout: A beginner's guide.

If you're between the ages of 18 and 25 you will have definitely heard of Hideout Festival. Situated on the Island of Pag in Croatia, the five day festival is a real test of stamina and endurance. A couple of my friends had been for previous years, but even when they tried their best to explain it, I now know that you will never truly understand it until you do it for yourself. 

A lot of people try and compare it to Ibiza, but I don't think you can do this. They're completely different experiences and you should enjoy them for what they are. I wasn't sure what I'd think of Hideout, I was worried it wouldn't live up to the hype...but thankfully, it did! I feckin' loved it. Instead of boring you with a day-to-day run down (like I'm going to remember that), I've decided to give you my top 5 Do's and Don'ts...enjoy! 

DO
1. Pack a lot of swimwear
The days are taken up with pool parties aplenty, and basic bikinis just won't cut it...so stock up on necklaces and sunnies too.

2. Get out of bed and get on it
Even when you feel like you can't move, the second you get to a pool party and get a giant cocktail in your hands, you will instantly feel amazing again. 

3. Shazam the shit out of Croatia
I'm being completely honest when I say I don't think I heard a bad song for a whole week. The music was on point and when I did remember to Shazam the songs, the memories come flooding back! 

4. Get a balloon 
There were some real entrepreneurs at Hideout who had the brilliant idea to buy a gas canister and loads of balloons on the cheap to sell for approximately £6. By the end of the week, even the Croatian locals were selling them in their kiosks on the beach! 

5. Stay up until sunrise
I think there was only one night where I didn't carry on dancing to watch the sunrise. One of the best moments was the first night watching Solomun's closing set at half 6 in the morning where so many people were still going strong and fully embracing Hideout. I will also never forget the last night watching Jackmaster play his final song 'Let the sun shine' as the sun rose above the sea...amazing. 

DON'T
1. Underestimate Croatian weather
On the first night there was an ungodly storm (which I missed luckily) but had people talking all week. Trees came down, water flooded the street and people locked themselves in toilets but miraculously by the next day it was like nothing had happened! 

2. Think you are a machine
There were a couple of days where I lost my appetite and decided food was on the bottom of my priority list. Don't do this, it won't help you in the long run. EAT! 

3. Go home early 
Under any circumstances. You cannot miss any part of this festival, you'll regret it! 

4. Assume no one else will have your bikini
There's a lot of girls that go to Hideout. Girls tend to like fashion, girls tend to like the same shops, and therefore girls tend to buy the same things. I lost count of the amount of duplicate swimwear on that island...I don't think I did too badly but if you want to be completely unique I suggest avoiding the high-street! 

5. Expect to get on with the Croatians 
Croatians are a funny bunch. Overall I would say they're pretty grumpy...but then again so would you be if thousands of English louts descended on your island to cause havoc for a week. Also, when you order a meal...don't expect to get what you asked for. It's a real surprise! 

Hideout Festival, 2014.