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Monday, 28 July 2014

LIFESTYLE: FORTNUM & MASON LUNCH AT PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL

Everyone's phonecase & glasses seem to coincidently match, I had to get a snap!...
My crab lunch!...
Julie's steak sandwich!...
Fortnum & Mason tent at Port Eliot Festival

If you caught my post earlier today on my visit to Port Eliot festival or you follow me on Instagram then you would know that I spent this weekend in Cornwall with  Zoe and Julie on a trip with Bumble and bumble. On Saturday we were taken to lunch at the Fortnum & Mason pop up which was just beautiful - you entered the restaurant through an archway which looked so magical (so magical that in fact I snapped my festival outfit pictures there which you'll see tomorrow!).

Once we sat down at the table we were brought over jugs over F&M homemade lemonade which was so yummy and refreshing as it was such a hot day. I was lucky enough to be sat at the table next to Millinery expert Stephen Jones and super blogger Sasha from Liberty London Girl so you can imagine how amazing my dining experience was - it was so inspiring sitting next to two industry experts! My main girl Julie was sat on the other side of me so obviously there was lots of gossip and epic menu decisions going on also!

Onto the food, I ordered crab for my lunch which was delicious! I never used to be a big seafood fan but I've tried crab several times before and thought I'd gamble and it definitely paid off as the dish was so delicate but still filling at the same time. Julie opted for the steak sandwich which looked yummy and she said it was cooked to perfection.

I was so impressed by our dining experience, the food was lovely and there was a wide range on the menu. I was actually surprised at how reasonably priced the food was, as it was a Fortnum & Mason pop up I was expecting the food to be pricey but each lunch course ranged from around £6-£12 a meal - considering most festival food costs around £8 anyway I thought it was a darn good deal!

If you're heading down to Port Eliot next year then be sure to swing by this beautiful pop up!


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LIFESTYLE: PORT ELIOT FESTIVAL WITH BUMBLE AND BUMBLE

My hair on day one by the Bumble and bumble styling team...
Milliner Stephen Jones was advising hair looks on day two...
The looks: 'cornwall girls', 'prom' and 'festival'...
My 'prom' look: hair piece selected by Stephen Jones and hair by Bumble and bumble stylist Mark...
Zoe's 'festival' look...
Julie's 'Cornwall girls' look...
 The festival...
Bleach founder Alex Brownsell creating hair tapestry on Lou Teasdale - it was amazing!...
I caught Julie snapping some pretty scenery!...
Spotted this on the 'wishing tree' - SO hope she saw this, how romantic?!...
My wish I left on the tree...
We watched a children's catwalk show and it was quite possibly the cutest thing I've EVER seen!...
Watching the sun set over Port Eliot on our last night!...

This weekend I was fortunate enough to visit Port Eliot festival with haircare giants Bumble and bumble and two of my lovely blogger friends Julie and Zoe! So, let me take you on a journey to Port Eliot with me - let's rewind to Friday when me and Julie set off on our trip...

So, it's Friday morning and me and Julie have enjoyed the most amazing stay at the Lancaster Hotel in London (full review coming later this week!). We decided to leave the hotel at 9.15am as our train leaves from Paddington at 10.06... plenty of time to collect our tickets, get some snacks for the journey and all that jazz. It's now half 9 and Julie is casually walking around the hotel room, Instramming a picture, sipping her apple juice, putting her shoes on - okay so anyone who knows me knows that I am always late, it's just one of those things I can't help! However I'm now slightly on edge as time is ticking by, I managed to drag Julie out of the hotel room to check out and we are now on our way to Paddington (after a slight detour of getting lost which I can assure didn't help the nerves!).

Our tickets are click and collect but we didn't book them with our card - we go to the ticket machines but it's only giving us an option to collect them with our card not the reference number which is not ideal. I'm dashing off to find someone who can help us with our tickets when I come across the ticket information desk... great! Although, what's not so great is that there's around 40 people in the queue and we have around 16 minutes until our train - Julie rushes back to the machine and sticks her card and our reference number and thank god our tickets start printing. Now, for the fun part - me & Julie running down the platform with about 3 minutes to spare, it was so close it was nowhere near funny!

We jump on the train to find that all the unreserved seating has gone *hurrah!*, we manage to snag a seat up until Reading but then spend the next 3 hours sitting on someones suitcases which was an experience to say the least. When we arrived at St.Germans station we were genuinely SO happy to be there! First things first we dump our bags in our Yurtel (which was incredible!) then head for an ice cold cider which was delicious. Oh, and I failed to mention that it was 27 degrees sunshine (we kept hearing that the weather back in London was the complete opposite with storms - so glad that stayed away from our dreamy festival experience!).

Me and Julie went for a little wander around the festival after grabbing some amazing Thai food for lunch and sniffed out the Bumble and bumble, MAC and Bleach stands straight away - a beauty blogger trait, non? We both had our hair done at the Bumble tent (you can see snaps of my final look above) - I was so happy with it! It was such a hot day I really wanted my hair pinned off of my face but the stylist exceeded all of my expectations with this plait number! Zoe was due to join us around 9pm but got held up in London due to the pesky storms so didn't arrive until about half 11 - so the three of us set off in the search of chocolate and came across a Churro stand (much to Zoe's delight - she was so happy an unnatural squeal came from her when she clocked the stand which was so funny!). It was actually my first Churro experience and safe to safe I was hooked, they are so yummy!

So, we wake up on Saturday (queue 40 minutes for a shower, but hey at least we got to shower!) then made our way to the Bumble and bumble stand to meet Milliner extraordinaire Stephen Jones which was super exciting! Me, Julie & Zoe all had a one on one with Stephen and he helped us plan our hair look for the day, Stephen had put three mood boards together for styles; 'Cornwall girls', 'Prom' and 'Festival'. Zoe was up first and with that incredible rainbow coloured hair, the festival look was made for her - so Bumble stylist Bea Watson braided Zoe's hair then wove some beautiful pink flowers through it, it looked insane! Next up was Julie who opted for the Cornwall girls look - Stephen selected this amazing orange straw hat which just looked incredible on Julie - she had a few coats of the Bumble and bumble green spray chalks on her perfectly tousled waves and she was good to go!

Now it was my turn to meet Stephen and it only seemed natural that we opted for the prom style as it was the third and final style from his boards. I have to be honest I was a little sceptical at first, only because I don't see myself as a prom-hair kind of gal... but oh my Stephen proved me wrong - I couldn't have loved it anymore! Stephen chose a beautiful gold swirl and ivory bow headband for me and Mark from Bumble curled and pinned my hair around the band. With my lace kimono I almost felt like I was off to a wedding (full outfit post coming tomorrow!) but I received so many compliments on my hair and Stephen has this magical way of making you feel like a princess!

After we had our new do's we headed off to lunch at Fortnum & Mason (a separate post coming tomorrow as it was just too good!), followed by some outfit snaps and a really interesting talk with Holly and Rhiannon from Vagenda Magazine - an amazing blog that I'll be reading later as they were both such inspirational girls and I can't wait to find out more (and purchase their new book!). In the afternoon, we watched a children's catwalk show which was undeniably the cutest thing I've ever seen, it made us all melt (or maybe that was just the heat?!). We also strolled passed the Bleach tent and were lucky enough to watch Alex Brownsell creating some hair tapestry on Lou Teasdale - which looked amazing (head over to the Bleach Instagram @BLEACHLONDON to see the final look!).

Saturday evening rolled around and me, Julie and Zoe have brought every cushion, blanket and seat from our Yurtel out onto the grass where we sat and chatted for several hours watching the sun go down, gossiping, eating Churros (YES, again!) and drinking cider - it was the perfect wind down evening before we travelled home Sunday. We managed to bag a seat on the way home, much to our delight - so we all spent the journey back replying to emails, charging our phones, posting away on social media... y'know the things bloggers do the second they get a plug socket and some wifi!

I'll wrap this post up (it was so much fun I feel like I could go on forever - telling you about what we did, the funny stories that were made into wonderful memories *MINI BEARS* and how accommodating the incredible Bumble and bumble team were! All you need to know is; Port Eliot is one of the most beautiful, laid back, family orientated festivals that I have ever been to and I would go back in a heart beat! I'd never heard of the festival before this weekend but I'll definitely be heading to Cornwall next year to experience it all over again!

A HUGE thank you to Bumble and bumble and your incredible stylists for some amazing hair styles, a big shout out to Chalk PR for the best weekend! Big love to my favourites Julie and Zoe for making this weekend so unforgettable! And lastly, thank you to the wonderful Stephen Jones for making me feel like a princess for the day!

Have you been to Port Eliot before? If not, then pencil it in your diary for next year - see you in 2015!


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Saturday, 19 July 2014

FESTIVAL EDIT: OUTFIT 9 - TRAINERS

dress: Boohoo | trainers: Puma via Bank | cardigan: Primark (current season) | hat: Primark (current season) | necklace: Wallis | rings: Primark (current season) | bag: Primark (current season) | sock: Primark (current season)

This is my final Festival Edit post *sniffs* - I've had so much fun styling up and putting together my festival posts for you all, I really hope you've enjoyed them as much as I have. For my final outfit I thought I'd mix it up a bit and throw in some trainers (always a sensible idea at a festival so your tootsies don't get trampled on!!) - I styled these amazing Puma via Bank trainers with some white frilly socks from Primark. I chose this button front floral print midi dress from Boohoo to pair with my trainers - this dress is perfect for festivals - especially if it's hot as it's a loose fit. It's great to style up too as you can layer it with jewellery or even pop on a belt around the waist.

I picked up this sleeveless knitted cardigan from Primark the other day for just £15 and really loved how it looked with this dress. This piece is so versatile and you can throw it over a bikini or dig it out in the winter to wear over a jumper and jeans - voila! My fedora hat (100% wool and just a mere £8  FYI!), bag, rings and socks are all from Primark too - I had a bit of a haul the other day and thought they'd come in handy for styling up my last outfit. Lastly I finished off my outfit with this amazing silver boho necklace from Wallis which I've featured in lots of my Festival Edit posts but it just seems to go so well with all of my outfits, perfect summer staple piece!

Have you enjoyed my Festival Edit? Do you like my final outfit?
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