Festival Frolics

 

“I want to look weird…but not too weird!” (Two Irish girls discussing festival fashion.)

Dressing for festivals is great fun as it allows you to explore different styles and wear something you might not have considered previously.  Have fun but be mindful and respectful , don’t appropriate an entire other culture!

I’m  considering Longitude again or maybe Tennants Vital as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers are playing…hmm… #decisions

Wherever I go, I’m going to dress the part. While I was in Edinburgh, I visited the Topshop on Prince’s St and got loads of ideas for festival outfits.

This shiny mac is perfect as a cover-up.

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It would look deadly over this crochet top.

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For festivals, I love a playsuit or a t-shirt and high-waisted shorts combo. The pastel playsuit is from H&M and the shorts and Star Wars t-shirt are both Penneys.

Festivals also call for sequins so what could be better than these Topshop shorts with turquoise sequins or the matching denim jacket?

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A sequin bomber is right up my street and this one from We All Shine is also available at Topshop.

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This PrettyLittleThing top is on my wishlist, I’m buying it the minute it’s restocked on July 4th!

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For vintage festival looks, try concessions such as Loving Youth at Topshop. Affordable vintage and cute prints, what more could you want? They have bardot tops, reworked camouflage halternecks, printed dungarees and shorts.

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A printed swimsuit works equally well as a bodysuit with shorts or ripped jeans. I’d pair this funky H&M one with fray edge shorts.

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It’s not a festival unless someone’s wearing tie-dye. Europe1972 on Etsy have fab tie dye t-shirts like this rainbow one. For a cool hippie vibe, check out their shop.

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Finally patches and iron-on badges are a great way to liven a plain denim jacket. These pastel ones from Jade Boylan Etsy are girly but with loads of attitude!

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As for festival hair, little French braids on the crown of the head and Mohawk style braids are where it’s at.

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This textured messy braid created by TressesbyTress is the ultimate in festival cool.

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I also love this tiny centre braid as seen on Kate Bosworth (remember her?!)

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Hope you’ve all enjoyed this festival post, leave me a comment and let me know what your favourite looks are. Follow me on Instagram and see my Facebook page here. Thanks for reading as always.

Edel

Longitude 2015

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I’d agonised for days over what day to go to Longitude. Friday with Hozier or Sunday with Tove Lo? In the end I decided to go on Sunday and it was a great choice, the weather gods were on my side for once! It was a beautiful day in Marlay Park, surrounded by the woods and decorative flags dotting the edges of the grounds.

We arrived early and it was really laid-back and chilled out. Amnesty International were offering free face-painting whilst encouraging festival-goers to sign their petitions. I got silver glitter and face jewels also.

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I wore my trusty cowboy boots, John Lennon t-shirt, denim dungarees and a suede jacket. Sunglasses and feather earrings also made an appearance. I attempted to make French braid pigtails but they were a disaster… Let’s face it, I just can’t do girly things!

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The first act we saw was Swedish/Argetinian crooner Jose Gonzalez. Many of you may remember his Heartbeats single from a few years ago. It was lovely to hear him again after all these years. His music really suited the relaxed mellow vibe early in the day. He played his two hit songs “Crosses” and “Heartbeats” as well as an acoustic cover of “Teardrop”.

We took a wander around to the other stages, walking through the woods. Close to the Heineken stage was a fun area with a DJ, ping-pong tables and karaoke.

The day passed by really quickly and before I knew it, it was almost time for the act I was dying to see, the incredible Tove Lo. There was just enough time to enjoy a dinner of delicious home fries before we headed to the Heineken tent.

The tent was packed to capacity with eager Tove Lo fans. Many people were sitting on shoulders and one guy even managed to climb up part of the stage rigging (so safe!)

In my opinion Tove Lo would’ve been a better act for the main stage as it was really crowded in the tent and hard to see her until I squeezed further up. This was her first Irish show and it was high-octane from the beginning.

She opened the show with “That’s My Gun”.

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She followed with a string of hits “Not on Drugs” “Talking Body” and of course “Habits”. Recent hit “Talking Body” got the best response from the crowd but all of her songs were well received. I was thrilled to see her first Irish show and loved every minute! I had thought there weren’t that many Tove Lo fans but I was proved wrong! I’d been asking people prior to the gig “Do ya know Tove Lo?” and they nearly all said “Who?!” However the gig proved I’m not the only Tove Lo fangirl in Ireland. 😛 She has a great fan base here and I hope she will be back.

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After Tove Lo, we headed to the main stage to see James Blake. I have to confess, I really wasn’t familiar with his music but enjoyed nevertheless! However his act didn’t really command the main stage.

After James Blake, headliners The Chemical Brothers came on. It’s been a long time since I’d heard any Chemical Brothers songs but judging from the atmosphere when “Superstar DJs” came on, they are still very popular! Also people were still singing it on my bus home, thanks for that Chemical Bros. 😛

It was an amazing gig, everyone was dancing and jumping around enjoying the energy.  At one point I persuaded a guy to put me on his shoulders and seeing the crowd from the air at night was unreal. The atmosphere had completely changed from chill and subdued earlier to party central. Lights, laser beams and visuals accompanied the beats to make an incredible sensory experience.

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I’d ran out of storage towards the end of the gig hence the lack  of James Blake/Chemical Bros. pictures! However The Last Mixed Tape have great pictures of all the acts from all three days.

With a combination of the sunny weather, great acts and atmosphere, I’d say Longitude’s the best festival I’ve been to yet. Here’s to 2016 ! 😉

If you were at Longitude on Sunday, I’d love to hear your opinions. Leave me a comment below. Thanks for reading as always.

Festival Vibes

As I’m attending Longitude this weekend I’ve been scouring the internet for festival hair, beauty and accessories inspiration! Festivals are the perfect time to experiment and try out daring make-up or a new hair style.

I love the French braid pigtails trend and really want to try this out! It looks particularly good if you have balayage or dip-dyed hair.

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This glitter parting idea is great!

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As you may have seen in my previous 90’s post, the double bun trend pioneered by Gwen Stefani et al is really coming back into fashion. I love this hairstyle and the face jewels.

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For extra cool hair you can add a temporary dip-dye like those from Bleach London if you’re blonde…word to the wise these colours only show up in bleach blonde/light blonde hair, they will not show up in brown or dark blonde hair! I know because I tried to colour my dark blonde ends!

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Hair chalks are fun to experiment also but again they show up best in light coloured hair. Chalk pastels or any coloured chalk will work, just wet your hair, twist it into small sections and run the chalk over the sections fully. 

For festival make-up I love glitter, face jewels and fluorescent face paints! Festivals are your one chance to wear whatever the hell you want and there’s no such thing as make-up that’s too crazy or colourful.

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This simple floral face paint on Pixie Lott is really pretty.

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This is how to do face jewels: Vanessa Hudgens at Coachella.

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Festival nail art inspiration courtesy of loveshav.com.

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Henna tattoos have become quite mainstream recently and are popping up everywhere. I think henna is a beautiful art and particularly love white henna designs.

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Metallic tattoos like these from ShimmerTatts on Etsy are the best festival accessory.

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hamsa tattooBut if you prefer some lasting sparkle, Aquaruby have beautiful jewellery ideal for festivals. Their Daisy London range has gorgeous gold-plated necklaces and pendants just crying out to be worn!

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These beautiful Kendra Scott earrings are really unusual and would compliment any festival outfit.

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All the above jewellery plus lots of other fantastic styles can be found on http://www.aquaruby.com. I will have a post on Longitude very soon. As always you can keep up to date with my blog on Facebook here. Thanks for reading!

Sea Sessions Festival in Bundoran, Co Donegal

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Last weekend I made the epic trip to Donegal for the Sea Sessions surf and music festival. Believe it or not, this was my first camping festival ever!

The campsite is located close to Bundoran town which meant you weren’t stuck there with nowhere to go.

We also had an excellent tent to help cope with the inclement weather…I was hoping for some sunshine but there were only a few rays on Saturday.

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Friday was the night I was most excited about with an amazing line-up of house/electro/dance music from Sigma, Example and headliner Klingande.

Sigma were absolutely brilliant, I was quite tipsy by the time I got in but really enjoyed the gig. Needless to say, everyone lost their composure when “Nobody to Love ” came on.

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Example and DJ Wire were equally good and put the crowd in a great mood. Example was a big crowd pleaser due to his enthusiastic interactions with the audience.

Finally, headliner Klingande serenaded us all on saxophone with the hit “Jubel”. His set was amazing and ticker tape showered the crowd as he played “Jubel.”

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The next day a surfing contest was held on one of Bundoran’s beautiful beaches and it was a nice sunny day if a little windy.

It was a lovely relaxing afternoon. We also went for a walk along the cliff paths and took in the stunning scenery.

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In the evening we got to see some BMX riders and skateboarders performing on a ramp outside the main marquee.

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Saturday night’s line-up included Seasick Steve and Alex Adair on the smaller tent. We saw got to see Irish band Le Galaxie who were absolutely live wires and put on a brilliant show.

There were also bands playing from about 6pm every day but that was a little too early in my opinion.

Unfortunately, Saturday night culminated in high winds and rain and while our tent withstood both, it was very hard to sleep!

Also, our tent was stuck in between a guy singing “Come out ye Black and Tans!” and two girls in the middle of a huge fight! I should’ve just drank more in order to get to sleep! 😛

The showers at the campsite seemed permanently unavailable so I headed to Waterworld in Bundoran on Sunday with my friend to have a swim and shower there! After 3 days on a camp site, it was badly needed…

Due to work commitments, I couldn’t stay for Sunday night’s gigs and had to head home.

Maverick Sabre and Cyril Hahn were playing Sunday so it was a shame to miss them but equally the journey home was much better in daylight. The weather had gotten quite bad by Sunday so it was time to go.

This is the official Sea Sessions video which will give you an idea of the variety of the festival.

 

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I’m not a massive fan of wellies so wore my trusty cowboy boots with skinny jeans and shorts. I brought my amazing suede fringed jacket but it was too cold for it…boo!

My sunglasses also were only used to conceal my hangover…..

I was also saved by having a proper raincoat. Those little plastic Penneys macs just don’t cut the mustard!

Word of advice, a bumbag is much better than a rucksack at festivals and if you are bringing a rucksack don’t bring a cloth one that will get soaked.

I was pretty lax about make-up and clothes anyway as these things aren’t that important at festivals! Comfort is of the utmost importance. Doing your make-up in a tent with a hand mirror is rough but it actually turned out ok!

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And of course, we used a few gold tattoos..what’s a festival without them?

I really enjoyed going to Bundoran, the people were lovely and friendly and it was a really chilled festival.

The town is quite quaint and touristy and there are lots of nice restaurants and pubs (and one pub which closely resembles an IRA museum!)  I also ran into my friend Jacqui whom I hadn’t seen in three years. 🙂

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I’m planning a trip over to London and also Mallorca, so don’t forget to check out those posts.

Edel

Daytripper Festival Waterford 2014

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So I went to the gig of the year a few weeks back..no not the Garth Brooks tribute… instead I went to a car park in Waterford. Now when I heard about the Daytripper festival in Waterford I imagined it took place in some large outdoor space…Then I saw the venue online “Bolton Street Car park”…sure it’s the whole street I thought or a really massive car park. But when we got there it was just a regular sized car park. The festival took place over 3 days with Kaiser Chiefs, David Gray and Paloma Faith headlining. Considering the size of the venue, I think they got pretty good acts. We decided just to go Saturday and Sunday so we didn’t see the Kaiser Chiefs.

Saturday evening arrived and we were taking in some of the local warm-up acts and who do I see beside me? Only Jerry Fish! He was looking very suave and enjoying the local act Susan O’Neill and The Low Standards. I also really enjoyed them, they were having a good time despite the small crowd early on.

Jerry Fish is legitimately Ireland’s coolest person

The venue had two stages, the Waterford Credit Union stage which hosted local acts and the main stage. The first act on the main stage was The Booka Brass Band. Now my appreciation of brass is limited to the guy who plays sax in Grafton Lounge on Saturday nights..but the guys were good as far as I can tell! And easy on the eye 😉 Check out the guys playing Crazy in Love below. Brass is alive and well! 🙂

I really enjoyed their set from their instrumental version of “Talk Dirty ” by Jason Derulo, a guest vocalist in the form of Jerry Fish and “Bad Touch” by the Bloodhound gang cover (complete with rapping!) It was really energetic, fun and not at all what I expected.

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Next up on the main stage were Paul Abbott and Jacqui Heaton of The Beautiful South plus band. By then a large crowd had gathered on the wall across from the park, some people even setting deckchairs up on the wall to take in the show. Paul Abbott ribbed these people saying “I bet you paid a good price for those tickets!”

Then the wait for David Gray began. Despite his huge chart success here I wasn’t aware he was still recording until this summer! We didn’t have too wait too long for him, he’s no diva.

David Gray came on with band, backing singers and very little fanfare. He didn’t look  half as old as I expected..considering the slightly older fan base that surrounded us. He began with a few of his new songs but I was waiting for the oldies! It was a really beautiful evening and bizarrely enough some kind of drone camera was flying over the crowd taking pictures….

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David Gray has always enjoyed success in Ireland and the venue was packed. “Sail Away” and “Babylon” both got huge responses from the crowd but my favourite David Gray song is “This Years Love.”  It was amazing to hear it live and really gave me shivers down my spine! I remember hearing David Gray on the radio as a kid around the release of White Ladder and he sounds as good as he did then. I can’t say that about many other songs I listened to back then!

A camera malfunction meant I couldn’t take pictures but you can see all the photos in high definition from the weekend here. If you look hard enough you’ll definitely spot me in full fangirl mode on Day 2. 😉

The next night we went down to see an artist I  have admired for a long time-Paloma Faith. Paloma Faith has a very unique sound, style and character and I was very excited to see her!

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We stayed around the main stage awaiting the warm-up acts Cathy Davey and James. Cathy Davey had a really rousing set and seemed very chill on stage. I think Cathy is hugely underrated and really enjoyed her songs especially “Rueben” and “Sing for your supper.” Cathy’s whole band and back-up singer seemed really talented and the crowd loved their performance.

After a lot of fanfare Paloma eventually came on and I was dying to see what she looked like. She changes her hair a lot but she was blonde in Waterford.  She had on a skintight metallic dress, silver shoes and her trademark headpiece.

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 Paloma’s dress is by a designer called Hasan Hejazi. I thought she looked gorgeous although her dance moves in the dress threatened to reveal too much at times! She is certainly a born performer as she danced, jiggled, gestured and flirted her way through her set.  She twerked, crawled on top of the piano and lay on the ground at various points! Paloma has a dance and drama background its not surprising she puts such an emphasis on production.

She was very witty in her interactions with the crowd and self-deprecating saying “My record label wanted me to break America but now I’m playing in a car park in Ireland!” She also proclaimed  “I’m glad to see socialism is alive in Ireland ‘cos I’m a socialist and I’d be on the wall with you!” when she saw the onlookers on the wall.

Paloma performed a string of hits old and new. I wasn’t sure if I liked her new material but hearing the new songs live gave me a greater appreciation of them. Highlights included Only love can hurt like this which Diane Warren wrote.

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For someone who seems so fun loving  it’s hard to believe Paloma has so many sad heartbreak songs. As well as her theatrical antics, Paloma’s vulnerability in her songwriting is a large part of her appeal. Picking up the Pieces was another song I wasn’t as familiar with but once I heard it live I was hooked! (I couldn’t find a video from Daytripper so here she is performing it in the UK).

The one disappointment was that Paloma didn’t perform an encore and I was really hoping she would perform “New York” . 😦 I would’ve loved to hear New York live as its a personal favourite.

While I was down in Waterford and Wexford I did a little sightseeing. On the way down I saw Johnstown Castle and gardens in Wexford which was so gorgeous and only €5 entry.

The beautiful Johnstown Castle

The docks in Waterford and the Waterford Crystal shop are Waterford’s main attractions. The prices of items in the Waterford Crystal shop will make you hold your breath just walking around in case you break something! The crystal was slightly out of my price range but I did pick up a cute daisy necklace in River Island. 😉

All in all I had a great weekend down South! I hope this festival can get bigger and better as this is only it’s second year running. If anyone went on Friday I’d love to hear how The Kaiser Chiefs were-leave me a comment.

Thanks for dropping by!

Edel

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