festival shopping list
Festival packing is an art form. One I have yet to master. With the Isle of Wight Festival approaching, however, I have had no choice in the matter.

I refuse to be the woman begging drunken strangers for loo roll.

With that in mind, I have created an absolutely essential (in my eyes) festival shopping list for those of you who could use a little inspiration.

The List:
Vierzon wellington boots from Le Chameau – I’m not the type to go ga-ga over a pair of wellies, but these are simply beautiful in real life. These guys deserve some love.

Rosie Welly Wellies from Sanita at Zalando – Because when the shoe budget is tight (on account of buying all the shoes in general), Zalando always has the most amazing options for every type of shoe. My wallet may be frustrated, but I am one happy customer.

Limited Edition Femfresh wipes – We have to go there. I have heard horror stories of toilet roll shortages one too many times to write these babies off. Unlike baby wipes, they are also pH-balanced, hypoallergenic, gynaecologically and dermatologically tested. As far as ‘dry showers’ are concerned, you couldn’t have it much nicer.

P20 – Whether it rains or shines (PLEASE, GOD, SHINE), I am a freak about sun protection. P20 is the perfect lazy girl option, as one application lasts for up to 10 hours. If there’s any way to convince you, I hope the image of being hungover and burnt to a crisp is reason enough. (It also doubles as a rather lovely make-up primer, should you be concerned about any make-up sticking around throughout the day).

Cuticura – Fstivals are dirty and I love to be clean. Though I’m not sure it will beat a 5-day communal shower aroma, Cuticura’s Passion Flower and Mango Anti-Bacterial Hand Gel smells divine and kills 99.99% of bacteria upon application. A must.

Minnie Mouse Metallic Sequin Silver Ears & Bow Aliceband, Exclusive For ASOS – There are few occasions that find glitter ear-wearing socially acceptable, and festivals rule the roost. With the added bonus of becoming tracking device if all five-foot-one of me gets lost in a crowd, I could not pass up the opportunity to permanently attach this alice band to my head for the duration of the festival.

chill* hair dye – The ultimate in ‘festival hair’ – bold and varied ammonia-free shades that last for up to 20 shampoos. While I’ve just re-gingered myself, I plan on taking a few jazzy hues to throw on the delirious heads of any festival friends that come my way.

The Weekender from Aromatherapy Associates – While my typical purpose for Aromatherapy Associates purchases is all about relaxation, cleanliness and that ‘home spa’ feeling, their limited edition Weekender kit is the perfect choice for festival goers. Alongside perfect travel sizes of their Revive Body Gel and Renewing Rose Body Wash (because no-one wants to lug full sizes to the showers), I plan on using the Renewing Rose Body Cream and De-Stress Muscle Gel for a daily in-tent pamper.

Spoil-free sustenance – Quest Bars, Vita Coco, bounce balls, cured meats, avocados, nuts, dried fruit, canned pumpkin, flax seeds and my new favourite ‘green’ supplements (more on those in a future blog!). For fear of a greasy bacon sandwich being the only breakfast option below £10, I’m going prepared.

Vodka Haribo – Hear me out. Once upon a week ago, a dear friend let me into a festival secret that I have never heard before. I have to share Vodka Haribo with you all. The idea is genius in its simplicity.

Essentially, you soak a pack of Haribo Golden Bears in the vodka of your choice (I’ve gone for Grey Goose) for a few days before the festival, watch the little guys triple in size, pack them in some tupperware, then take them for your evening snack time. You’re welcome.

f&f katy perry
Those of you who follow me on Instagram will already be aware of my larger-than-life Saturday night.

In partnership with my lovely friends at F&F, I spent the evening with Katy Perry (and a million fellow Katy Cats) on the final night of her Prismatic tour at London’s 02.

Decked out in the most Katy-worthy white jumpsuit I could find, I booked it from an all-day excursion on Regent Street to witness the extraordinary fitness that is Miss Katy Perry.

It was the best night I have had in a very long time (as you might be able to see from my select few Insta-videos, below!).

What I Wore:
This limited edition tailored bandeau jumpsuit from F&F


f&f katy perry

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free spotify playlist june 2014
Just one month ago, June was set to be one the most chilled out months of my year (holidays and festivals, huzzah!). Natch, things weren’t going to stay that way. Entrepreneurs and relaxation…oil and water. With 1000 new clients and an entire conference to spearhead over the next 30 days, June has turned into one of the most manic months of my entire life.

Obviously, this month’s free Spotify playlist started its life as a collection of ‘Eye of The Tiger’ club mixes (motivation music of the highest order). I have since come to my senses and compiled a list of wonderful, happy Summertime sounds.

Which I sometimes swap for aforementioned club mixes. Enjoy.

(Need to catch up on last month’s? Click here for May’s free Spotify playlist.)

Click here to listen!

(Download Spotify here. It’s free!)

Track listing:
Bigmouth Strikes Again by The Smiths
Scream (Funk My Life Up) by Paolo Nutini
Dreamboat by Hey Sholay
Power To Change by The Black & White
You Can’t Judge A Book By The Cover by The Strypes
Fancy by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX
Better Man by Paolo Nutini
C’mon Doll by My Goodness
Them Kids by Sam Roberts Band
Gonna Make My Own Money by Deap Vally
Black Bowl Park by Three Blind Wolves
Waves by Mr. Probz
Relief by Cold War Kids
Troubled So Hard by Paolo Nutini
OK, It’s Alright With Me by Eric Hutchinson
This Is How We Do by Katy Perry

iow festival
As the Isle of Wight Festival approaches, I simply get more and more excited. Quite literally everyone who has asked about my ‘summer plans’ has ended up receiving an unofficial invite to the festival.

And now, they’re all going to be sent this blog.

Lucky for my dear friends and dear readers’ wallets, BT* (Isle of Wight Festival’s much-more-official sponsors) are hosting a competition from the 22nd to 30th of May for free festival tickets! Every day, you simply answer a new question for the chance to win a new pair of tickets. Easy peasy, festi-squeazy.

(*As if they didn’t have enough going on already with the Big Top Tent and the BT Sport ‘Field of Dreams’. I. Am. So. Excited.)

hello may
May feels kind of like a ‘nothing’ month, doesn’t it? While the UK gears up for festival season, sunshine holidays and weddings galore, May just kind of sits there…looking pretty. With your varied interests in mind, I thought I’d drum up a little list of UK-wide (and slightly special) things to do over the month of May…

1. Eat at City Social
On the 1st, Jason Atherton finally crashed into The City by taking over top of Tower 42 (‘the National Westminster Tower’, to some of us). As well as hosting something of a jazz club on Saturday afternoons, the menu reads better than any Atherton restaurant to date; theCumbrian beef tartare, with sour dough crouton, goat’s curd, truffle dressing, and dried vinegar sounds absolutely unreal.

2. Experience West Side Story in Leeds
The Leeds Grands Theatre is being taken over by the gangs of New York’s Upper West Side from the 20th to 31st of May. While I’m obviously talking about West Side Story, the UK revival of what I only know as a very American musical (based on the Bard’s Romeo and Juliet) is too intriguing to pass up.

3. Rock out with Nine Inch Nails
Following the release of Hesitation Marks, Nine Inch Nails are going to be melting faces at The O2 on May 23rd. Literally recording music longer than I’ve been alive, the band’s 30-million-plus album sales say it all: this concert is going to be larger than life.

4. Visit The House of Peroni
The House of Peroni is back again – this time showcasing four floors, three bars, one temporary restaurant and a laundry list of amazing small workshops in an unassuming Holborn townhouse over the month of May. As well as a mix of street food, music, Peroni (obvs), and more, one of the most sold-out events is a recurring fashion workshop that teaches you to own designer-esque silk scarf. Book in while you can!

5. Do al fresco cinema at Spinningfields
Thursday nights at Manchester’s Spinningfields have gone all Hollywood on us. Each week until August 21st, patrons are welcome to pull up a deckchair (provided) and enjoy a classic cinematic experience on The Lawns. Only costing £3 (and surrounded by plenty of food and drink options), Spinningfields have just become date night perfected.