It’s that time again. Time to lament that Glastonbury is once again over for another year. But it’s double sadness this year as my favourite festival will not return until 2019. Massively sad times.
And so there is another Glastonbury over. I’ve got a serious case of the post-Glastonbury blues so I thought I’d share my weekend and daydream away back to Worthy Farm.
After an, ahem, eventful start (Fran!), we piled into our cars and off we drove to Somerset. We arrived at 7am and by 10am our camp was set up in the wonderful Park Home Ground, overlooking the Other Stage.
As the only one in our group of 12 that had ever been to Glastonbury before, I decided to take the group up to the top of the hill by the Stone Circle for the first night to give them an idea of the site and we were treated to the most majestic sunset.
It’s a truly magical place and I felt even more in love with it this year.
I didn’t see a bad act all weekend, but here were my two highlights:
I love, love, LOVE Florence and have followed her career since she played in a tiny tent at Leeds Festival in 2008. Her set was full of energy, excitement, emotion. She showcased her fabulous new album, How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful, as well as the best of her back catalogue and a heartfelt version of Times Like These by the Foo Fighters. Every song was brilliant and her voice continues to give me goosebumps. What was lovely to see was how grateful and humble she was about the performance. It was incredibly moving, a real highlight of the weekend.
Oh! What a feeling!! When we’re dancing on the ceiling! Lionel’s set was un-be-lee-va-bl! Glastonberry! Hellooooooo, is it me you’re looking for?! It was just a brilliant, uplifting, hilarious set. I adored it! And so did 100,000 other people, fantastic!
After a wonderful weekend, we all watched The Who together before heading home the next morning. It was wonderful.
Until next year, Glastonbury
I’M GOING TO GLASTONBURY! *Dances around the room*
Glastonbury Festival is my very favourite place on this Earth (from the bits I’ve seen of it anyway!) And as I’m a bit of a festival goer I thought I’d share with you some festival essentials and tips that I’ve picked up along the way!
1. Dry shampoo becomes a valuable commodity – stock up and use it to barter with.
2. Only take make up you won’t care about when you drop it in mud – leave the high end stuff at home!
3. Don’t wear jeans, wear tights! Seriously, the best piece of advice I can give.
4. Baby wipe washes are grim but get used to them – don’t be the twat who queues up for 5hours for a shower and miss all the music.
6. Don’t expect to look fashionable and you’ll never be let down.
7. You may get urinated on at some point during the festival, mentally prepare yourself.
8. Try to think when you’re going to need the toilet… then set off a good hour or so before hand to avoid embarrassment.
9. Talk to everyone. From the strange to the sublime you meet people from all walks of life at a festival, embrace it.
10. Forget all the rules and just have an incredible time.
Peace and love,
I love the parks in London. They are so beautiful, so well maintained and cared for and they are truly loved by their residents. St James’ Park is one of my very favourite parks but last week I visited Battersea Park and it is definitely in close contention for the top spot in this, frankly ridiculous park chart which is emerging in my head. To read about St James’s Park read my blog post here.
Battersea Park is quite close to my house but I only visited it for the first time last week. I think it helped that I went on a beautiful day but the park is stunning. There is a huge boating lake where pedalos can be hired, a big duck pond and a children’s zoo (which me and my friend were too old to go in!) There is a huge amount of green space – some huge fields, some smaller flower filled gardens and everything in between!
The park is perfect for a picnic – we sat by the cricket ground which I imagine gets very busy during the Summer. It borders the Thames so you can walk along the river and its easy to get to from either Battersea Park or Queenstown Road stations. Here’s a handy map:
All in all, a beautiful park which I will definitely visit again!
It seems that Spring has finally sprung in London!
Dance around and celebrate because what feels like the longest winter ever is on its way out! So as a salute to Spring and to going out without a coat on I painted my nails. (Wild child to the core) I love pastel shades when the sun is shining and I picked my two favourite shades for Spring to show you:
The green shade is Seven Dials from Nails Inc. Nails Inc are my favourite makers of nail polish – the formula is just stunning! With two coats you get a perfectly smooth, shiny and glossy nail, which once completed with a top and base coat will last for about a week without chipping – perfect to wear during the working week! Nails Inc have a huge range of colours and effects available on their website and they often have sales and offers popping up – for example this week you could get 7 lucky dip nail polishes for £18 – bargain! So if you haven’t checked out Nails Inc I would highly recommend it!
The lilac shade is Parma Violet from Topshop. Topshop make up is great – I love it all but the nail varnishes are brilliant. At only £5 each they are super cheap. They don’t last as long as the Nails Inc ones and I needed three coats of the lilac to match up to the vibrant pastel green. However, the selection of shades is brilliant and perfect for polish you only need on for a few days. Check them out on the Topshop website.
As for my top coat and base coat I use Save the Nail and Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri which is AMAZING! Such a good top coat – I cannot recommend it enough. It makes your nails look like they’ve been professionally done and, as the name suggests, it dries so quickly!
What are your favourite colour nails for Spring? Which is your favourite brand of nail polish? Leave links and comments below as I’d love to have a read!
“This is not a love story. This is a story about love.”
So I’m pretty sure I’m the last person to see (500) Days of Summer. And I’m not really sure why I haven’t seen it until now – I just sort of missed it. But I digress, to start I popped the DVD in and I was promptly greeted by Regina Spektor’s Us. One of my very favourite songs (and one that makes me want to start playing the piano again!) the film was off to a good start. And it just kept getting better.
Now I’m going to talk about the film. A lot, so if you haven’t seen it, go watch it and come back. ***SPOILER ALERT***
So the jist of the story is boy meets girl. Boy falls in love with girl. Girl likes boy but ultimately falls in love with another boy.
Despite the narrator saying at the start that this is a story about love not a love story, I didn’t believe him. (Did anyone??) It was the bench scene early on in the film, when the married Summer (Zooey Deschanel) squeezes Tom’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) hand, that I realised they weren’t together. And on reflection, I’m pleased we found out so early that this wasn’t a happy ending for Summer and Tom. This film is about the journey of love and getting to the happy ending rather than the ending itself.
The film skips back and forth along a timeline of 500 days, illustrating the start, the middle, the demise and the aftermath of Tom, an aspiring architect/greeting card writer, and Summer, a PA at Tom’s greeting card company. Along the way we see fights in the rain, homemaking in Ikea, drunken karaoke and kissing in the copy room. We witness Tom’s endless struggle to define the relationship and Summer’s determined-ness to keep it casual.
Beautiful cinematography is for me what makes this film. The best part for me is the expectation vs reality montage. It was simply stunning, so inspired. Completely relatable, we’ve all imagined situations about how our fairytale will turn out and more often than not it just doesn’t become our happy ever after. It was one of the most touching and painful moments of the film – and credit is due to Joseph, to create such sympathy and emotion is real testament to his acting ability. (I also loved him in 10 Things I Hate About You and Inception.)
The film is taken from the point of view of Tom. So often in rom coms we follow the girl’s thoughts, it was refreshing to empathise with the bloke rather than wanting to cut his parts off because, you know, all men are evil.
There are funny moments too – Tom’s ‘I-got-laid-last-night’ dance can’t help but put a massive smile on your face. Tom’s little sister, Rachel (great name) played by Chloe Grace Moretz provides the unwavering sane advice – not bad for a 12 year old. A stand-out performance by Moretz, whose quips and advice make you chuckle because you know she’s right.
All in all, a touching, funny, beautifully crafted movie about love. Well worth a watch.
Thoughts on (500) Days of Summer? Leave links and comments below – I love having a read!