Friday, 29 August 2014

August Favourites


Summer is drawing to a close and September is nearly here, so it's time for an August favourites post! I haven't actually done one of these since April but I'd like to start doing more of these.  September is my favourite month because all the colours in the trees start changing but it's still warm. Also it's the month of my birthday so that's probably the main reason! So let's get into the favourites!

Cleanser - Good Things Stay Clear
I was recommended this cleanser by a friend and I'm so glad I bought it. The one that I previously used was breaking me out but I didn't realise how much until it all cleared up. Since using this one my skin has been so much better and barely any breakouts. It's cheap as chips, just £4.99, and it smells delicious! Definitely worth trying for yourself!

Artist - Troye Sivan
YouTuber Troye Sivan released his EP, TRXYE this month and it has gotten rave reviews all over the internet. It includes the single, Happy Little Pill, the previously released The Fault In Our Stars (based on the book), and 3 other songs, Touch, Fun and Gasoline. Troye has a lovely tone to his voice and his songs have so much soul and emotion. Go give TRXYE a listen, you won't regret it! I also had a go making my own version of the album cover here.

 Song - Shake It Off - Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift surprised her fans with a new single, music video and an album announcement all in one livestream! Shake It Off is so catchy and has been in my head all month. It's all about self confidence and not worrying about other people's opinions.

TV Programme - The Great British Bake Off
This show is huge in the UK, it's a baking competition judged by Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood, maybe the most loved duo in Britain. It's got so much charm and occasionally news-worthy drama (but let's not get into the Baked Alaska drama llama). The presenters, Mel and Sue are so witty and there are so many baking puns hidden in the series. For an afternoon of extreme Britishness, watch this programme (best served with a slice of cake and a cuppa!)

Film - (500) Days of Summer
I recorded this while I was at Carfest and watched it recently. It was not at all what I expected but in a good way! It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel, it's a quirky little rom-com with a difference. Zooey plays Summer, a girl who doesn't believe in love and Joseph plays Tom, the boy who falls in love with her. I love how offbeat and creative it is, with little segments that set it apart from any other rom com I have seen. I probably don't make much sense but if you watch it, you'll know what I'm on about!

That's all for this month!
See you soon!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Summer Tag


I was tagged by the lovely Alex from Stella Etoile to do the Summer Tag! The weather hasn't been very summery recently but I thought I'd do it anyway before August ends! 

1. Favourite bronzer for summer?

I don't actually own any bronzers so I can't answer this one! I don't like wearing heavy makeup in the summer.

2. You're relaxing in a hammock on a tropical island, what are you sipping on?

I love an ice cold Diet Coke or cloudy lemonade.

3. Favourite summer lip product?

Again, I don't wear much makeup in the summer but I do wear lip balms. My favourite one is Maybelline Baby Lips.

4. Pool or beach?

Pool definitely, I hate it when sand gets in your hair and I'm not a huge fan of going in the sea.

5. Summer = Crazy hair! What's your must have styling product?

I use VO5 texturing spray when my hair is feeling dull and flat. I also wash my hair more often in the summer, my favourites are the "Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends" - Split Ends Protection Shampoo and Conditioner.

6. Sun bathing or fake tan?

I've never used fake tan because I tan quite easily anyway. There's nothing more relaxing than laying out in the sun with a good book.

7. Favourite summer nail polish?

Barry M Papaya. It's fresh, fun and looks great with a tan!

8. Any summer traditions?

My cousins always come to stay for one week in the holidays but apart from that I don't really have any traditions.

9. Favourite summer scent?

I don't wear perfume but I really like wearing body sprays as they are lighter. I like Impulse Secret Smile Raspberry and Gardenia.

10. Favourite BBQ food?

I love hot dogs and burgers but I also love summer desserts like ice creams and trifles.

11. What's your favourite summer proof product?

I'm not sure I understand this question but I guess I would say deodorant?!

12. Any summer vacation plans for this year? No plans? Tell us about your dream trip...

I went to Tuscany at the beginning of the summer which was lovely. My dream trip would be to go to Australia again. I went there when I was younger but I would love to do it all again!

I'm going to tag Lou, Olivia and Paige. Have fun, ladies!

See you soon!

Monday, 25 August 2014

CarFest 2014


I went to CarFest at the weekend, a family festival for Children In Need hosted by Chris Evans. I had an absolute ball and would love to go again next year. It was unlike any other festival I've been to before and it felt like we were all part of something really special. This is actually my second year at CarFest but it was so much more enjoyable this year!


First on Friday was the live recording of the One Show on BBC1 with Fearne Cotton and Chris Evans. The guests were TV chefs, James Martin and Paul Hollywood. I have to admit, I was very excited to see Paul and Fearne! It was so interesting to watch the rehearsal and how much is improvised on the real show. Later on Eliza Doolittle took to the stage with such hits as Pack Up, Skinny Genes and Big When I Was Little. Next came Si Cranstoun, up and coming singer, invited by Chris at the last minute. My mum has loved his song "Caught In The Moonlight ever since it hit the radio stations so we were all so excited to see him.  Headlining was Erasure, an 80s synthpop duo, who we didn't stick around for.


The great thing about this festival is that it's so vibrant and friendly. There's always something to do or see and we explored this on Saturday afternoon. There were some cool air displays from stunt planes and even an Apache helicopter. the main event going on during the day was the car show. There were so many different cars, from supercars to a motorised sofa! My favourites were the film cars, including Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the DeLorean from Back to the Future. The army were also there, parading their huge monsters of cars.

Later that evening came artists such as the Bootleg Beetles (a Beatles tribute band), Jack Savoretti and Bellowhead. All very different but no doubt brilliant. In between sets one of the guys who worked behind the scenes at the festival actually got up on stage to propose to his girlfriend! (She said yes) Next came the absolute legend that is Seasick Steve, returning for the second year running. His performance was so good in fact that Chris came on stage at the end of his set to swear him in as the President of CarFest! Next was Toploader, an alternative rock band most famous for "Dancing in The Moonlight". One of the highlights of the whole weekend was seeing the Red Arrows do a 20 minute routine. They were stunning and their moves were breathtaking. I felt so patriotic! Headlining Saturday night was the phenomenal Kaiser Chiefs. I only know their frontman Ricky Wilson from The Voice and I certainly didn't know he was so brilliant live! He had bundles of energy, charm and charisma, climbing up the sides of the stage and even up onto one of the cars up on a podium. He even completed the Ice Bucket Challenge during his last song! I was grinning and dancing for hours after their set.


We watched lots of events at the Showground on Sunday afternoon, including sheep racing, army dog displays and the wonderful Red Barrows. They are a group of men and boys of all ages who perform hilariously sarcastic "barrowbatique" routines with wheelbarrows. I even got a selfie with one of them! Later on was the Cakes vs Pies competition the main stage with my favourite people in the world, Paul Hollywood and Mary Berry from the Great British Bake Off. They were judging some of the best cakes and pies that were brought to the festival. The winner was Cakes represented by a marbled Pudsey cake, baked by a little girl.

The first musical act was Texas,who headlined last year but decided to start the evening off this year. They were amazing and really got the party started. Next was the beautiful Nell Bryden and then it was time for 10cc. They were brilliant and their acapella version of Donna was fabulous. Then came The Feeling and Sophie Ellis Bextor, both amazing. I'm running out of adjectives to describe the artists now because they were all so good. I've actually seen 10cc, The Feeling and Sophie Ellis Bextor before at Cornbury but I felt they all enjoyed this one a lot more as it's for Children In Need. The last act of the festival was Jamie Cullum, who was brilliant too, especially when Chris requested he sing New York New York to close the festival.

I had a truly wonderful time at CarFest. Thank you so much, Chris Evans for being so wonderful and making it all possible. It's so great that we can raise lots and lots of money for Children In Need by organising something as brilliant as CarFest.

See you soon!

Friday, 22 August 2014

Festival Must Haves


This weekend, I will be going to CarFest South, a family festival for Children In Need. This is my second year going and I'm really excited! There will be a full post when I get back but in the mean time here are all of my festival essentials! 

These are a necessity for the rainy British weather! Not glamourous but they keep the mud away.

Flower Crown
I love wearing these at festivals, they look great on anyone and there's so many different styles and colours. I really don't like the one's they have on the high street but they sell some really cheap, nice ones at the actual festival stalls.

Folding chairs
These are essential if you don't feel like standing near the stage all day. You can rest your feet after dancing and they usually have a cup holder.

Hand Sanitizer 
The worst part of festivals is the toilets, they are disgusting and so unhygienic. Therefore it's best to bring your own hand sanitizer to keep your hands clean.

See you soon!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Cirencester Hare Festival


My young cousins are staying over for the week so we decided to see the Cirencester Hare Festival with them! There have been 50 hares dotted in and around Cirencester for the last few months, all decorated by various artists. The hare is special to Cirencester because of the mosaic on display at the Corinium museum, from when it was an important Roman town. The mosaic shows a single hare in the center of swirling Roman patterns and shapes.

We used the map available from the museum to try and find as many as we could. They were all beautifully decorated, with all sorts of different patterns and outfits. Most were 5 foot but there were also some little ones in shop windows. There was even one named Harriet! Afterwards we stopped in the park for a picnic in the rain and went to a bakery for cakes.

What do you think? Do they have similar things where you live?  I know they have done similar things in Bristol with gorillas and Gromits (as in Wallace and Gromit). 

See you soon!