Tuesday 30 June 2015

Field Day Festival 2015





Having kicked off festival season with Slam Dunk, I was eager to attend more festivals, so when Missguided asked if I'd like to go along with them to Field Day, of course I had to say yes!  The line-up was mostly dance artists, so I was ready to get my party on!

Unfortunately my Missguided clothes didn't arrive on time (gutted, as their festival shop is killer!!), so I donned a vintage tee with my maxi kimono I got from them last year (a wardrobe favourite, and still available to buy!) with some docs in a last minute rush - will be rocking my MG stuff at upcoming festivals though!

I had heard of a couple of the names at the festival, but was also excited to stumble upon new artists, and have a wander round all the little artsy touches around Victoria Park - one of my favourite things about 'smaller' festivals is the extra effort they go to, to surround you with creativity and really make it a great experience.

Chet Faker was definitely a stand-out act.  I was already really excited to see his set as I know a lot of his music, and I was not disappointed.  He has a gorgeous voice, and even while being squished in a dense, sweaty crowd, it was amazing to sing along - I'm gutted he's not playing any of the other festivals I'm at this year!

I hadn't heard Caribou's music before, but set was fab to dance to, especially as I'd bumped into some old friends to see them with!  I was only there for the Saturday, so missed out on Patti Smith the next day which was a shame, but I'd definitely love to pay Field Day a visit in 2016!

Did any of you guys attend the festival?  If so, who was your fave act?

Monday 29 June 2015

Sunday Summary Week 215

1/ My friend got a kitten!   2/ Lil surprise from Funkin' Cocktails
3/ Throwback to my holiday in Spain   4/ Sushi date!
5/ Shoreditch   6/ OOTD (jacket, satchel, jeans)
7/ Amazing meal at Red's True BBQ   8/ Give me all the tsums!
9/ Published my Amsterdam guide   10/ May haul is finally up
11/ 8CubesOfSugar tee & MG jacket   12/ Saw a pretty car

I'm writing this post with a major hangover, and as much as I'd love to say that it's from a crazy weekend at glasto, it's actually from day drinking copious amounts at my parent's party...maybe see you next year Glastonbury.  This week involved my friends coming back from uni (yay!), a new kitten, and a delish meal at Red's pop-up in East London, and I'm also getting back into film photography after purchasing a new point-and-shoot from a charity shop, and finally getting a battery for my Canon AV-1.  I'll be bringing it to Amsterdam in early July, so hopefully get some pretty photos on my trip!  Hope you've all had a good week, I'm off to listen to my audiobook - v addictive!

Saturday 27 June 2015

7 Things To Do In Amsterdam

You may know from my abundance of Amster-spam, that the other month I took a week off to escape to Holland. I had an amazing holiday, and got quite a few questions from you guys about my time there, so thought I'd put together a couple of pointers for any of you that may be curious about where to stay, eat and visit. Please keep in mind that I've only been to the city twice, so haven't yet explored every corner or know much of the ~underground scene - this is just what I found whilst wandering around, and after doing a little research beforehand, so it may just seem like bog-standard touristy sites to any of you locals!  Anyway - on with the list!


I used Airbnb for my stay in Amsterdam, and I can't believe I've paid extortionate prices for such shabby hotels before.  I paid the same amount for a box room in the armpit of Paris, as I did for a whole apartment in Amsterdam!  It's the perfect way to experience the city as a local, and saves money as you can eat breakfast at home and bring lunch out with you, rather than buying every meal out, which is what I had to do in Paris.  The website is very user-friendly, and it's so easy to compare different locations and prices, and you can choose from renting a single room, to a whole house, depending on your budget!
My hosts were so lovely, and even left a little welcome pack for us, with advice and recommendations for places to visit, and I had their number in case I experienced any problems.  Our apartment was spotless, the hosts stuff just put away in cupboards etc, and they even cleared out some space for us to use, which I thought was very considerate - all you have to do is be respectful that the place you're using is someone's home, we cleaned up after ourselves and left the apartment as it was when we arrived.After your stay, you can leave a review, and you also get one from the host.  These are very helpful for deciding which place you'd like to stay in on the website.
Airbnb is not just for travellers though, you can easily rent out your own place to make some extra money while you're away - you could even get your whole rent, or pay for your holiday by being away for a week, and your home is insured by Airbnb in case anything goes wrong - I know I'll be looking into it when I'm living in London and might be going away!  You can also travel all round the world, it's not just based in Amsterdam, I love checking back at their blog to see their features on different Airbnbs, some of the places are absolutely breathtaking - I'd love to try some of the places in Thailand, they look gorge!

PS. For £14 Airbnb credit, just sign up here!

Both times I've been to Amsterdam I've rented bikes, and I definitely will carry on doing so.  The city is based around cycling, so there are dedicated lanes which are safe, and I found it was easier to get around on a bike than walking!  It's a small city, so you can easily cycle from one side to the other, and it saves you spending all your money on trams.

I scouted Electric Ladyland out on TripAdvisor (something I'd definitely recommend for planning your trips!) and tried visiting during my first visit to Amsterdam.  There was no answer at the door or the phone, so we assumed it was closed and sadly, left.  The second time, the same happened, but we wondered if they did tours on the hour and waited around - turns out that was the case so I was over the moon!  Entry is €5 and it's only a small basement, but it's got an incredible neon structure, built by the owner, as well as an incredible selection of naturally bioluminescent crystals.  The owner is a specialist in all things neon, and is a fountain of knowledge on everything related - he does a really interesting talk on how hidden graphics are used on passports and such for security purposes, and the photos are only visible under certain wavelengths, some of the designs are so pretty, it's a shame you can't see it under regular light!  It's hard to explain and I'm not sure I'm doing it very well, but I honestly thought it was amazing and would recommend!

They always say the best things in life are free - we picked up some nibbles and monged around Vondelpark for a good few hours.  It was a beautiful day, and when you're on a busy city break going from attraction to attraction it can get exhausing, so a chill-out day is perfect to balance things out.

Polly was actually the one to scout this one out - she was eager to visit a cat café so just googled it, and luckily, Kopjes opened while we were out there!  It was our first time visiting one, and I will admit that the food/drink was quite expensive (plus there was an entry fee they didn't tell us about when we came in!) but I loved the experience, plus the decor is so on point.  You do have to book slots for this, so make sure you organise in advance. 


If you're an avid bargain hunter like myself, you'll fall in love with Waterlooplein market.  As with any market you do have to sift through a lot of crap (literally, just clothes piled high on mats), but you could stumble upon some gems, and the prices are ridiculous - Polly picked up a ton of patterned blouses (her fave) for €2 a piece!  I made a deal on a load of old band tees, one of which being a 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge' one, which I obviously had to have.  There are also a couple of vintage shops around, some of which being pay by the kilo, but they were all a little expensive for us! 

Funnily enough I didn't really plan much in sight of places to eat, we just decided while we were there.  The only place I made it my mission to go to was Ramen-Ya, as I'd seen it on Gh0stparties Instagram and it looked incredible.  I got the Sesame Chicken and was not disappointed - been dreaming of it ever since and will definitely be going back the next time I'm in Amsterdam!  I also had an amazing chicken & avocado bagel from Village Bagels - right opposite where we were staying.  We picked up our coffee from their every morning too which was divine, however don't expect drink portions to be particularly big most places you go, it seems to be the norm in Holland, you do usually get a free biscuit though which I guess makes up for it.
I can't talk about food without mentioning the generic Dutch food - make sure you pick up some chips with fritsaus (delish!!) and maybe one of those dodgy looking croquettes from Febo.  Stroopwaffels are also a favourite, I haven't actually tried one yet but I hear they're amazing.

This might not be up everyone's street, as it's quite an expensive museum to visit - as much as I hate to admit it, I only went in for the Instagram opportunity - I scouted it on TripAdvisor and thought it was too pretty to pass up!  Adult tickets are €20 but we got away with €5 as we told them we were under 18 (heh heh).  As the name suggests, it's a secret church built across a series of attics - there was a lot of story behind it, but we got a little bored with the audio tour and just wandered round instead.  The altar section is breathtaking but a lot of the museum was under renovation which was a shame.

Of course, you can't go to any country without doing all the generic tourist stuff - which I'm not ashamed to admit that I love!  Take a trip down the Red Light District (no photos though unless you want your camera thrown in the canal) and go on a pub crawl, have a giggle in the Sexmuseum, chill out in a coffeeshop, visit their many museums and the Amsterdam monument, take a boat tour etc etc.  We were lucky that there was a fairground in Dam Square (only there in April & October) and we had a blast wandering round, and had a go on one of the huge rides.
If you're there in April, make sure you join in on the Kingsday celebrations - sadly it was after we'd booked to go home, but it looked like so much fun!  It's basically a day everyone dresses in orange and gets hammed to celebrate the Kings birthday - gutted we missed it!

Writing this is making me want to go back to 'Dam so bad - it's such a beautiful city and there's still so much I haven't seen!  If you've got any Amsterdam recommendations, make sure you leave them in the comments below so I (and any readers) can make a note of them, and let me know if you liked my little guide - as it's something I'd love to carry on doing in the future.

Most of these places feature in my Amsterdam vlog - so make sure you give it a watch if you're interested!

Thursday 25 June 2015

May Haul | Lazy Oaf, Rokit Vintage, Ark, UNIF Dupes


Tuesday 23 June 2015



I had to resist the urge of calling this post 'SAY FUCK YES TO THE DRESS' - apt but also lame..the struggles of being a blogger.  This was my get-up for a day out in London attending press events, which in hindsight might not have been the best idea, as my dress had to be slightly censored for a brands Instagram photo (oops!).  I can't get enough of this Lazy Oaf print, so obviously I have the fuck yes rucksack too - plus they don't do a lot of black so I had to snap it up when I got the chance.  I love that you can style it in different ways depending on the look you want to go for - I kept it simple in all black, but if you wanna go bolder it would look rad with a bright pink dress underneath!

PS. Apologies that the photos are a little out of focus - my lens is a bit dodgy!
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