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The Ultimate Festival Survival Guide

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It’s that time of year again where all the major festivals are well and truly underway, we’ve so far had Glastonbury (which looked incredible), and Radio 1’s Big Weekend to kick start them all off. Last year I was lucky enough to attend V-Festival with my best friend; I can hands down say that it was one of the best weekends of my life, and I am gutted not to be going back this year. I thought now would be the perfect time to share some little pearls of wisdom with all you festival goers that may never have attended a festival before.

Disposal Food Bags are Your Best Friend (as are baby wipes)

Disposable food bags come in handy at times when you least expect them to, for example when I was brushing my teeth at either end of the day, I hated the idea of just spitting onto the ground (like most normal people did), it was then that the food bags came to my rescue! Also perfect for any clothes that get muddy and dirty along the way, because lets face it, nothing stays clean at a British festival. Baby wipes are your savior; not being able to shower for 3 days was made slightly more bearable by being able to wipe the grime off at the end of the day.

Stay Hydrated and Remember to Eat

I feel like this is one of my most important tips, and I learnt about this one the hard way! On the Sunday of V-Fest, I was enjoying myself so much that I forgot to drink water and also, eat. I later paid the price for that, when I passed out half way through Rihannas’ set; believe me when I say, that was not fun in the slightest. It’s so important that you make sure you remember to eat, and drink plenty of fluids as well, especially if you’re drinking alcoholic drinks!

Take a Pop Up Tent

Honestly, you do NOT want to get to a festival and spend hours putting up a tent, which is precisely why I invested in a pop up tent. They are perfect if there is only a small group of you going, as soon as you arrive you open up the bag, bang in the pegs and you’re all good to go. I can also guarantee that you’ll have a good laugh when trying to take it down, hungover on the Monday morning.

Only Take What You Need

Any first time festival goers will always over pack, I’m guilty of this, (you don’t need 4 different pairs of shoes, honestly), I took a massive travel back pack and I recon I only ended up using the stuff on the top. Only pack what you absolutely need, a few outfits, toiletries, drinks, snacks and money are the most essential.

Make Friends with Everyone and Be Carefree

Most of the people at festivals are all there for the same reason, the music, so you all have at least one thing in common, whether it’s the same type of music doesn’t really matter, it’s a good conversation starter and perfect way to make friends, (pro tip: make friends with your neighbours, you’ll have so much more fun, and you’ll also all look out for each other if need be). I do think one of the most important things though, is to make sure you’re comfortable and you enjoy yourself; let yourself go and I can promise you’ll have the time of your life.

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The £30 Jacket Everyone Needs

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Jackets are my weakness. I have an ever-growing collection, and in my opinion you can never have too many. This one, that I got from Zara last month, is currently one of my favs – also for £30 you can’t really go wrong. I’ve been looking at getting a biker style jacket in a dusty pink colour for a while now, but the one that I had my eye on from Missguided, was £50, and I’m not sure I can justify spending that on a jacket this close to university. Therefore the challenge began for me to find one on a budget, and low and behold, Zara had just the thing. It’s not exactly the biker style that I was looking for, but I think I definitely like it more! It’s a beautiful nude pink colour, with 3 quarter length sleeves, finished off with a ruffled cuff, and hem line, which I definitely think is what drew me to the jacket; as I am a sucker for anything with a ruffle.

 

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Being a very versatile jacket, it can be dressed down, with a pair of jeans, casual white top, and a pair of Vans, or dressed up, which is exactly how I have styled it here. I have paired it with a plain back playsuit from H&M, and a simple pair of baby pink sandals from Clarks; which can I just add, am majorly impressed with, as Clarks very rarely have shoes that take my fancy. I also love my accessories, so of course I paired this look with my trusty Daniel Wellington watch, a multitude of rings, and a dusty pink choker.

 

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing how I style my favorite jacket of all time. In my opinion, everyone needs a jacket like this. I also think that it is the perfect alternative to a biker jacket, and at a fraction of the price.

 

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Shop the look:

Jacket: https://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/jackets/leather-effect-frilled-jacket-c269184p4908306.html £29.99

Playsuit: http://www2.hm.com/en_gb/productpage.0470636007.html#Black   £12.99

Watch: https://www.danielwellington.com/uk/dw-watch-women-classic-bristol-rose-gold-36mm £139

Thank you to Verity for helping with photos, make sure you check out her blog also if you have the time! http://www.veritymylove.com/

All my love,

Han xx

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New Beginnings

So, I’ve been contemplating picking up my blog properly for a while recently, and I thought that now was the best time to do so, seeing as I have a 3 month summer holiday, and thought it would be a good time to throw myself back into it; and what better way to do so then to let you all know I GOT INTO UNIVERSITY!!! Last week I picked up my college grades, only to find out that I had got a distinction and would be attending university in September, studying Textile Print Design (my childhood passion), and let me tell you, I have never been so happy as I was then. I’ve always worked hard for what I wanted, but I had worked exceptionally hard to get into university. I thought that along with my exciting new adventures, there were a few things within myself that I wanted to change.IMG_1586.jpg

Your Mental Health Is Important, Remember That

I’m not ashamed in the slightest to admit that over the past 2 years I have suffered with my mental health (another blog post altogether will be required to explain this), but I often forget when it gets particularly bad to just take a step back from things. Often, when I am suffering quite badly, I shut myself off completely and do not take care of the issue in hand; I need to remember that there are people all around me that I am able to talk to. This is especially important as I am moving about 3 hours from my family, and will need to have the initiative to find someone else to talk to other than my Dad, or Mum, if things get bad.

Keep More Organized

Anyone who knows me will know that I am SO incredibly organized, but occasionally I do let things get on top of me, and I lose sight of my goals. With university looming, I will be bombarded with a heap of work and new deadlines, and I need to make sure that I am keeping on top of this workload, whilst balancing a part time job, social life and a blog now also!

Draw More

I finished college about a month ago now, a place where I was drawing day in day out, and something that I really miss, is this. I want to get back into the habit of drawing everyday as it is a way for me to just switch off and chill out, which I think is important after a long day.

Say Yes To More

As I previously mentioned, I have suffered with my mental health, and when it was at its worst last year, I don’t even remember leaving my house to meet my friends, I became very shut off, which is something I have only realized recently, therefore I have a lot of social activities I need to catch up on. Something I want to do is to say yes to going out more and not overthinking what going out is going to entail, and to just enjoy my young teenage years!

I’m off to University in September and I have never been so excited for something, than I have this. I’m finally able to get a degree in something that I have been dreaming of since I was 5! Although I am moving about 3 hours away from my hometown, I know my friends and family are only a phone call away. Here’s to new beginnings, and exciting times, I hope you stick with me during my journey throughout university!

 

All my love,

Han xx

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