FESTIVAL FASHION 2016

Fashion essentials for festival season:

1- GLITTER PARTINGS, BUNS AND UNDERCUTS

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2- BLOUSES AND LEATHER SHORTS

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3- FACE TATTOOS AND MAKEUP

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4- THIS COAT

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5- HATS + CO ORDS

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6- WELLIES – CUSTOMISED

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7- FLORAL CROWNS

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8- FURRRRRR

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IN A NUTSHELL.

-LOTS OF LOVE XXXX

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ITSSSSSS SUMMERR.. OR IS IT?

oh my oh my… england what is going on?!

fun in the sun- i don’t think so. hey ho lets forget about whats outside the window and think of all the amazing things we can do this summer.

So festival season is upon us.. and i still didn’t get a glastonbury ticket 😦 theres always next year i suppose.

Last year i went to 2 festivals- Boardmasters and V Festival. Which i would both recommend for anyone!

No Ibiza for me this year.. or is it. I will probably end up out there for closing party’s so watch this space.

Me and Rust have just got back from MEXICO which omggggg… was amazing. I really didnt want to come home- it was the best holiday i have been on. The most incredible country and beautiful people i have ever met.

I also managed to fulfill one of my biggest dreams ever. I SWAM WITH DOLPHINS. and not only one… FOUR. all to myself hehe. They are the most beautiful creatures on this planet. I was honestly considering quitting my job and becoming a dolphin trainer.

We made some lovely friends whilst out there which we will continue to stay in contact with 🙂

Apart from that, i haven’t got much else planned for summer. Just a lot of hardcore saving for the house. I also start my new job on Monday, which is exciting. Its a new challenge for me and i am going to continue my hairdressing and makeup as a separate business on the side.

Well i hope everyone has a lovely summer and il speak to you soon.

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-lots of love xxxx

Would you rather? TAG

 

1.Would you rather go out with messy hair and nice make-up or Nice hair and no make-up?

Messy hair and nice makeup! 

2.Would you rather shave your eyebrows or have your eyelashes fall out?

Shave my eyebrows haha

3.Would you rather be forced to shop at only MAC or Sephora for the rest of your life?

MAC

4.Would you rather wear lipgloss/lipliner look or 80’s perm?

Lippy all the way 

5.Would you rather leave the house with an obvious foundation line or overdone blush?

Umm overdone blush?

6.Would you rather wear MC Hammer pants or biker shorts in public?  

Biker shorts aha good old tighties 

7.Would you rather have a bad orange-y spray tan or really weird tan lines that can’t be covered?

Well i always have weird tan lines anyway, so i guess il just stick with that 🙂

8.Would you rather have a bad haircut or bad hair color?

Bad haircut, just tie it up!!

9.Would you rather have youtube or twitter taken away forever?

Twitter, not that fussed about it!

10. Would you rather give up using makeup brushes or mascara?

Mascara, got fake eyelashes to cover that one!

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always choose what makes you happy

lots of love x

Boardmasters 2015

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This was by far one of the best festivals i have ever been to!

Rust, Beth, Jake and myself booked it last minute for Jakes 22nd Birthday thinking the weather was going to be terrible.. and we ended up sunburnt.. result haha!

It was a 2 1/2 hour drive down to Newquay where the festival was held, right on the beach front.

We set up our tents and decided to have a nap as we were up at stupid o’clock for the drive down. (OAPS) HA..

We arrive on the Thursday morning and the festival itself didn’t actually start until the Friday, so we headed down to the beach where they were holding Surfing Competitions. We sat on the beach having a few drinks then headed back up the hill to the festival and stopped in a bar where we had some more drinks..

That night they had a few rides going and the silent disco, we started by sitting around the tent playing card games and some more drinking..

Friday the music started and this carried on until sunday night with the last act, Bastille… which was INCREDIBLE.

We chose to leave Sunday night after Bastille so we would miss all the queuing in the morning to leave the festival. We got home about 3am Monday morning and me and Rusty spent the whole day sleeping and eating so much food haha.

2 really odd things happened to us whilst we were there.. On the Friday night we were waiting to watch Faithless and the boys went to get us some drinks whilst we saved our spot.. they got back and Beth needed to go to the loo so we left them there, as we were trying to get out of this massive crowd something really odd happened (laughing trying to type this).. It was like a human tsunami.. but not a normal one? if that makes sense haha… it wasn’t like anyone got pushed, just out of the blue everyone kind of fell over.. like a bomb had gone off.. it was HILLARIOUS, but it probably doesn’t sound as funny on here.. you had to be there ok. haha. We got back to the boys expecting our drinks.. yet they were covered in them instead.

On the Saturday we were watching Clean Bandit whilst waiting for Rudimental to start.. and this is really embarrassing on our behalf, there was this man stood a few feet in front of us wearing all denim.. including denim shoes and a hat.. we found it hilarious as we were drunk.. and decided to name him, denim on denim on denim. (yeah cringe) anyway.. we are watching Rudimental and all of a sudden… denim on denim on denim is on the stage singing.. he’s only part of Rudimental isn’t he. How awkward.

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Some of the acts we saw included-

Faithless

Rudimental

Clean Bandit

Bastille

DJ EZ

MNEK

Waze and Odyssey

Lethal Bizzle

Nick Mulvey

Blonde

and many more.

WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND 🙂

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IBIZA 2015

July 2015 i finally went to Ibiza after years of wanting to go!

Me and 3 friends, Abbie, Jordan and Katie flew from Heathrow Airport, first class (because were posh like that).. haha I’m only joking, we had a lucky upgrade!

We arrived in Ibiza on the one week they had a massive heatwave, it was amazing yet unbearable!

We managed to do so many things, including…

Ocean beach- Hed Kandi + Ministry of sound.

Zoo Project

2 Parties at Ibiza Rocks where we watched Hannah Wants and The Libertines.

Cafe Mambo to watch the sunset

Headed into Playa d’en Bossa (superclubs)

Pool Parties

and many more!

I thought i would share a few photos with you from the week 🙂

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Hair competition 2015

As some of you may know I am training to become a hairdresser, every year my salon ‘Melanie Giles Hairdressing’ puts on an apprentice competition which allows all 18 apprentices to show off their talents and inspirations in the hairdressing industry. 

  
(My blog for the Melanie Giles website)

This is the second year I have taken part in the competition and after successfully wining the first category last year I felt I had a lot of pressure on me this year! 

This time round I was placed in the second year category which is judged on cut and colour. 

I wanted to try something really different than usual to make myself stand out, the colour grey is so on trend at the moment and it is extremely hard to create. So therefore I gave myself the challenge.. Which became very stressful. 

  
For the colour I scalp bleached my models hair, then toned it step by step with my grey mixture, and removed when it was the desired colour. 

For the cut I created a blunt one length cut, with a transient length (layer), a slight forward graduation and then cut in a undercut.

  Finally I styled the hair as an afro, by taking sections of the hair wrapping it around a pin tail comb and heating with the straighteners. (This took a very long time) It was extremely repetitive!! 

The makeup I decided to do on my model was very pale skin with dark eyes, a dark purple lip and contoured with a dark colour. 

This year the competition was extremely tough as everyone did so well! 

   
  However I was so shocked when I was announced as the overall winner! This was a huge achievement for me and I was presented with my award from the amazing Errol Douglas. 

My prize is to attend a 2 day course at the Aveda Academy in London! ( so excited!!!!)  

Massive thank you to everyone at Melanie Giles and Lucy my stunning model!  

my memory jar + suffering with anxiety.

Today I’m going to talk about something really close to my heart. Its a very raw subject for me, however i do find passion in talking about it as i believe it can help others.

(ps this is the first time i have openly spoke about my life so please excuse if i ramble on and don’t make sense)

i have a lot to talk about so i will start from the beginning.

Exactly a year ago i ran away from something that was causing me a lot of pain. Not did i realise that this was making me mentally ill. When people look at the term “mentally ill’ they automatically judge me as a lunatic. Being Mentally ill does not necessarily mean you are unstable, there are so many different illness’.

When someone causes you so much physical pain it can disappear, however the mental side never really goes away.

I was diagnosed with depression back in September 2014, i have never felt so low in myself and i didn’t know how to move on from this feeling. With a lot of help from my mum we chose believe i wasn’t depressed, i didn’t want to be on antidepressants for the rest of my life so we chose different methods of getting back to my normal self.

Luckily my mum works in that area of work so she was a lot of help to me, and i started to feel normal again. However i have always had this constant feeling of worry inside me. It came to January 2015 and i went back to see my doctor and they were impressed with how far i had come in a few months. Being a new year and all i told myself that this would be the best year of my life. I never wanted to go back to the way i was living years before that. So on that note, i started making plans to make sure i had things to focus my mind on and to look forward to!

Unfortunately mid January 2015 the feeling of worry seemed to get worse. Why am i feeling this way after getting my life back together and feeling much happier?

Anxiety.. it crept up more and more everyday and was becoming very aggressive. I couldn’t control it and it was becoming extremely hard to hide from people.

I had no go in me.. i never wanted to get up, i didn’t want to speak to anyone and i felt uncomfortable everywhere i went.  At the age of 20 this is not the way you want to be feeling.

Its also hard because if you don’t suffer from anxiety it is very complicated to understand how someone is feeling. I had a short fuse and i would snap at my dad and brother all the time. i couldn’t handle anything, if people didn’t understand me i didn’t understand them. They both became very uptight with me all the time because they didn’t know how to deal with my emotions. The minute someone raised their voice at me because i was acting agitated, i just flipped, i became very defensive over myself, ran away from the situation and cried.

Its horrific way to feel. You feel so alone and scared and you don’t understand why.

I then noticed myself doing things i wouldn’t have done before. I had to stick to the same routine everyday otherwise i would panic. It wasn’t like me at all. I had to get up, go to work, come home and go straight to my room, and do all the things i told myself i would do the night before.

This drove me insane, it was impossible to stick to a certain routine without anything going wrong, and then when it did it was like the end of the world to me.

All i wanted to do was sleep.. now even that was impossible. and as you can imagine, no sleep= more panic.

I found it very hard to concentrate at work, i dreaded going as i was so anxious i would have an attack whilst there.

I worked myself up so much before i left the house that i would have an attack and then have to eventually leave for work. It was ruining everything for me.

My social life which i thought i was getting back after the years before was rare again. I always made excuses at the last minute as all i could think about was embarrassing myself and panicking.

The only place i feel comfortable in, is my bedroom. And when I’m alone. which is sad.

At this moment in time i am still suffering badly with anxiety, however over the past few weeks i have taken up a few ways of controlling it.

1. stay positive. start believing nothing bad will happen to you, and if it does you face the fear.

2. who cares what everyone else thinks? you’re only human, let them judge if thats what they want to do.

3. surround yourself with people who are willing to help you.

4. take time out. if you need time, just walk away from the problem.

5. back to basics. have a good nights sleep, get some fresh air and eat well!

6. reward yourself. stop kicking yourself for everything you do.

7. and finally… breathe.

Now to talk about My Memory jar.

What is a Memory jar?

My Memory Jar is full of memories (obviously) that my family and friends have shared with me. They have been placed into this jar and when i feel low all i have to do is reach in and read one.

I tend to read one every morning as it helps me start my day off in a positive mood!

If you have read my blog on happiness then you would have read a bit about this jar before!

here are a few examples of some memories my friends and family have put in the jar.

 

    

Now as the days go on i am starting to notice a difference in myself. I avoid thinking the worst and i seem to smile more. I will obviously still go through good and bad phases but I’m confident that i can make more and more progress everyday.

Positivity is key!

xxxx