V Festival 2016 was pretty crazy…My first time camping at a festival so I was pretty nervous! It wasn’t smooth sailing I’ll be honest! But it was one hell of a weekend! My main reasoning for buying the ticket was Justin Bieber (queue boo’s) Sia and Rihanna performing. Firstly I will just personally shut down the rumour Biebs was miming, I don’t want to be controversial or anything…Yes he did have a backing track (like most artists I saw that day did) and yes he did talk a fair bit, but I feel like he was really trying to connect with the audience and that makes a nice change from some artists who just perform then walk of the stage. I’ve seen him in concert quite a few times and he usually has a backing track as he dances quite a bit, so any awkward silence’s are avoided, also he did sing over the backing track and performed two acoustic accapella songs! It was just a shame that a few people had to ruin it for the people that were there to actually watch his performance.
Aside from my Bieber rant (SORRY) see what I did there? 😉 I had the most amazing time and myself and my friends were lucky enough to have the most awesome camping neighbours who we spent most of our weekend with. We managed to see alot of acts over the weekend;
Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Sia, Stormzy, Foxes, Bastille, All Saints, Bebe Rexha, Little Mix, David Guetta, among a few…I always think festivals are really worth the money as to pay to see all of the acts you end up seeing individually would be incomprehensible. And I met my favourite beauty instagammer, the amazing Sophie Richardson! @sophiehannahrichardson (Queue fan girling.) I’ve just compiled a a few photos from the weekend below, followed by my blog’s big announcement! 😀
As can be seen above, I was but a shadow of my formal self by the end of the weekend! (My mum took this picture when collecting me on Monday…)
SO, my blog’s big announcement…As of Thursday 1st September I am very excited to announce I will start VLOGGING. I am in the process of creating my Youtube channel in connection with my blog Custom Made Character and I will be posting once a week on lifestyle, beauty and fashion topics. I would really appreciate support from as many of you as possible in my new venture and don’t worry I will still be posting on my blog at least twice a week! I will be posting more information on my Facebook page over the next few days so please follow me on there to find out more! 🙂
Apologies for the lack of posting, but lucky me got a break! (No it wasn’t Ibiza…as much as would have loved it to have been!) But to tell you the truth I’m really glad my mum booked us a week away in Somerset, it’s really opened my eyes up to the beauty of England (yes, really.)
A lot of people don’t know this but I’m actually quite an outdoorsy person. I lovee camping, hikes and crazy hands on adventures! So you can imagine my excitement when I found out we would be doing plenty of that in Somerset. Although, one slight hitch..I’ve always wanted to go caving but am so so claustrophobic. Despite deciding against it, my mum booked me in to explore two caves with them…I did it! Despite my reservations and fears it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. And it was one of the most breathtaking moments of my life. I’ll link some photos below to show you the caves but nothing can compare to the beauty of these to the naked eye.
I got up to so much whilst I was away that it would take forever to write a post on it, so instead i’ll just show you…
So I thought I’d introduce some different content into my blog to make it more varied and exciting. I want it to capture my life as well as my interest in clothes and beauty. So what better way to start this new venture than with a festival post! Festival season has officially started! And I was lucky enough to win a pair of tickets to British Summertime Festival at Hyde Park on the 1st July. Thanks to the amazing Fashion guru and blogger Stephi LaReine, who ran an Instagram competition in partnership with BST festival to give away two pairs of tickets.
Headlining was Massive Attack, you may know them as the group that created the musical masterpieces that are ‘Teardrop’ and ‘Unfinished Sympathy.’ Other acts performing throughout the day included GhostPoet, Patti Smith and WarPaint. Over the past few years I have heard raving reviews about British Summertime Festival but never actually been myself. I get the hype now, the festival has such a friendly atmosphere and the facilities available are awesome; from a huge variety of catering to rides, freebie stalls and carnival creatures, this is the perfect festival for families. And as we all know at a festival toilet facilities are always a concern, but they were very clean and had minimal queuing! We spent most of our time at the Casa Bacardi stage throughout the day as that’s where it seemed to be happening! Surrounded by carnival dancers the stage was headlined by different djs throughout the day playing the best in reggae and r&b music, it was a great atmosphere. When the time come around to head to the main stage to see Massive Attack headline I was slightly disappointed that I wouldn’t be able to make an attempt to get to the front, as there was a ‘golden circle’ which was outlined with barriers at the front of the stage reserved for Barclaycard customers only. Saying that, the act was brilliant and I still had a great view from outside of the golden circle!
I thoroughly enjoyed Massive Attack’s performance there was a great atmosphere in the crowd and I will be attending again next year for sure! Now in case you’re like me and wondering what other festivals you can sink yourselves into this year I’ve compiled a small list of festivals in the UK that I definitely think are worth checking out this year!
BESTIVAL / ISLE OF WIGHT / 8TH – 11TH SEPTEMBER
BOARDMASTERS / NEWQUAY / 10TH – 14TH AUGUST
LATTITUDE FESTIVAL / SOUTHWOLD / 14TH – 17TH JULY
SOUTH WEST FOUR / CLAPHAM COMMON / 27TH – 28 AUGUST
V FESTIVAL / ESSEX / 20TH – 21ST AUGUST
I’d love to hear of any festivals you would personally recommend this year! Leave a comment in the section below 🙂 I’ll be making a big announcement on my blog tomorrow so make sure you keep updated via my Facebook and Twitter pages (Links to follow at the bottom of the page.)
Last month I visited Brighton to stay with my friend Molly for a few days. Technically this was the second time I’d visited Brighton, but I feel the first time doesn’t really count, as it was only for half a day and it was a college trip…This time I really got to experience the Brighton culture and lifestyle and I fell very much in love!
From the moment I stepped off of the coach after a positively awful delayed 7 hour coach journey I instantly felt a sense of relief and happiness overcome me. The fresh sea air and the beach view tricked my mind into thinking I was in another country for a moment! I met Molly and we grabbed some doughnuts and set on a walk down the infamous Brighton pier. That night I was overwhelmed by the choice of places we could go to on a Thursday night, we decided to just go for a few drinks and have a big night out Friday… but very quickly things escalated andd we ended up in a restaurant at 5:30 in the morning sharing a vegetarian pizza to try and soak up the alcohol!
Feeling fragile to say the least the next day, we warily crawled out of bed and made our way to ‘The Lanes.’ An area of narrow streets filled with cute, little independent shops and businesses. I wished I had infinite money, because every single vintage and second store I went into I wanted to buy it out! It was heaven!
Unaware walking through the lanes, I looked up and jumped out of my skin with excitement when I realised I was standing outside of the famous ‘Choccywoccydodah’ chocolate shop! If you dont know what on earth this is then you’re missing out! Its an awesome chocolaterie based in Brighton with its own tv show even! It’s become so successful that it now has multiple stores across the Uk. So anyway, I had a field day in there….Then as if we hadn’t learnt our lesson already, we walked down to the seafront, and ordered a jug of sex on the beach, of course! And that night we wandered to a few small bars for a slightly more tame evening.
Unfortunately Saturday came and it was time to go home, but I made the most of every minute before my coach arrived and spent the day wandering through the quirky, art filled streets and reading Mockingjay on the beach and eating ice-cream, lots of ice-cream…
I’d love to know what your favourite things to do/places to go in Brighton are in the comments section, as I’m definitely planning on going back soon!