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!