Tuesday, 2 September 2014

END OF DAZE | OOTD

Fluffy Jumper (river island - similar)
metallic skirt ( H&M )
Headband (Asos)
Vans (Schuh)

As the summer is coming to an end, we are being slapped in the face with cold winds harder and harder every day. However, I can't seem to part with the ways of summer fashion, including bare legs, no matter how pasty they may be (actually, at the time of this posting I'll be sunning them up on Cancun beach but..) What better way to come to terms with winter, than easing into knitwear. I do adore most quintessentially wintery things, not least big, fluffy jumpers. This is something I've had since last winter, and it will definitely be making a regular appearance in my 14/15 winter wardrobe, such a great buy!
I also picked up this metallic skirt last month in h&m, it's great for jazzing up casual outfits, which is ideal for me, since I've become pretty lazy lately, all I want to do is dress casually. 

How are you coming to terms with the colder weather here in the UK? 

Chanel


Saturday, 30 August 2014

BEN DE LISI X RYVITA

Ben De Lisi x Ryvita special editon tin*

Food related posts aren't my usual forte, but when I was contacted by Ryvita to take part in their upcoming relaunch, I couldn't possibly say no. I am such a huge fan of Ryvita, they've been my go to snack for years now, and with more and more products coming out by the brand, they're more versatile than ever.

I have been lucky enough to be sent this special edition tin to keep my Ryvita's in, designed by world famous designer, Ben De Lisi. The tin it's self is so colourful and bright, it stands out as a statement piece in any kitchen, plus it keeps your Ryvita tasting fresh. I absolutely adore the design on the tin, so abstract and colourful. If you fancy a tin for yourself, you can pick one up for £7.49 at Ryvita.co.uk from September. 

Along with the tin, I was kindly sent a packet of Pumkin seed & oats and Fruit crunch crispbread. I am all over the Fruit Crunch with Nutella and Raspberries all over them, I've demolished the whole pack sent to me (whoops) and will definitely be rushing out to pick up more to pop in my tin. 

What are you thoughts on the new tin? Do you have any favourite recipes to go with Ryvita? let me know in the comments :)

Chanel x



Monday, 25 August 2014

PACKING FOR MEXICO | HOLIDAY ESSENTIALS



I know our summer is on it way out (at a very high speed also) but I'm going on my summer holidays this week, and I'd thought I'd compile a few of my essential items I take away with me.

MORE BIKINI'S THAN I'D EVER NEED
I always, ALWAYS take more clothes than I need, and double the amount of swimwear I could possibly wear in a fortnight. Most of my bikinis are from Topshop (because they're always so adorable, and always fit perfectly) but I have accumulated a couple from H&M, Urban Outfitters and even TU @ Sainsburys. 

MORE CAMERA'S THAN I KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH
As an absolute photo freak, I couldn't decide whether to go with just my phone camera, take my Canon 700D or just my instax mini. I've actually packed all of those, plus three disposables. This has a lot to do with me thinking on Annie Leibovitz when I'm travelling, but mainly because I'm so bloody indecisive.

MORE FOOTWEAR THAN AN OCTOPUS WOULD NEED
Sliders are absolutely my footwear of choice this summer, so easy and comfy. I think I have about five pairs, plus plenty of sandals for the nighttime. 

HAIR CARE
My hair suffers from dryness at home, so it's essential I take the most nourishing shampoos and conditioners I can get my hands on. I've never tried Argan Oil shampoo before, but the name says it all. The Mark Hill Holiday Hair collection did me well last summer, so I've stocked up on that also.

HEADBANDS
Whilst we're on the subject of the head, headbands are an absolutely necessity to me. my scalp burns so easily, but with hats being a little awkward to pack, bigger headbands with a large width are so ideal.

PLENTY OF SUNCREAM
Of course, if you're could only take one item away with you, it should always be suncream. I found some really good deals on suncreams this year, both at Lloyds pharmacies and superdrug. So i'm all stocked up on skin care for the big ol' mexican sun. 

What are your holiday essentials that you absolutely must take with you? Let me know in the comments :)

Chanel x



Thursday, 21 August 2014

IT'S SO FLUFFY I'M GONNA DIE | OOTD


Kimono (topshop)
Cropped Shirt (Missguided)
Trousers (ASOS)
Fluffy Bag (River Island)
Shoes (topshop)
Hat (River Island/asos - similar, kind of (not really))



So very sorry about being back to taking my outfit posts inside, this is due to a mix of bad weather and my go-to photographer is on holiday and it's waaaay easier to do it myself inside (even if the quality of these images are well, crap)  I've spoilt myself last payday, and as a holiday to mexico is fast approaching, it's something I'm almost regretting, however, look how great all these things look!! 
I've wanted a feather bag for so so long, and everytime (EV.ER.Y.TIME) I see one I like, I never have the money to buy and then it's sold out by the time I have. So, I indulged on this coral babe. It looks very perfect, but it's even smaller than it looks :(
I've been wearing this kimono loads lately, probably because it's so versatile, but mostly because I feel like an Olsen twin wearing it. I've had to talk myself out of taking it on holiday with me, sob. 
I also nabbed this hat in the Asos sale for £13, It fits my childishly small head just fine, it truly is the hat of dreams.

Chanel x


Thursday, 14 August 2014

BIRMINGHAM | MY FAVOURITE SPOTS




Welcome to Birmingham, a city that has been my home for twenty three years. It's England's second city, and it's not hard to see why. The city itself is so diverse and multi-cultural, with plenty to do for all walks of life. 
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by Jade at BANK fashion to write a post all about my home town of Brum, I couldn't possibly fit everything that B town has to offer in one post, so I've whittled it down to my favourite spots for shopping, eating and boozing in the city centre. 

Shopping
Of course, there's only one place you need to visit to find all your favourite high street shops under one roof, the Bullring. My absolute favourite place to shop, not only because of the vast array of shops, but because it's all inside the same building, perfect for the typically British days of rain. 
If you're into more vintage shopping, then I'd recommend you head past the bullring, and straight for Digbeth, where you'll find COW and the Custard Factory, home of Birmingham creative corner, which holds a variety of small vintage stores, so you can thrift to your hearts content. 

Eating
Being in the city, you'll find plenty of different places to eat. The Bullring even offers plenty of restaurants whilst you shop 'till you drop, including my favourite burger place of the moment, Five Guys. If you fancy something a bit more.. fancy, there's plenty of choice dotted around the town also. If you're into your jerk chicken and reggae music, I'd definitely check out Turtle Bay (located on John Bright street) the food is delicious, and their cocktails are gorgeous(2 for 1 during most the day also!) For the best south american cuisine, theres Bodega on Bennett's hill (who also do killer cocktails might I add) or if you can't quite decide, you'll find plenty of selection at the Mailbox, home to a variety of bars and restaurants right next to the canal. 


Drinking
Now, as I'm reaching the grand ol' age of 24, I'm definitely more of a bar and cocktail girl than a nightclub and 1.50 Jagerbomb rascal that I used to be, but when I do fancy a big night on the town I'll most likely head to Birmingham's favourite indie dive, snobs. However, if you're not big on your rock n roll, and love nothing more than cheesy pop songs mixed with the latest chart hits, I'd direct you straight to Broadstreet, home of Reflex, Popworld and Walkabout. 
If you're like me, and all you want is a night of cocktails and less chaos, there's plenty of bars around also. My favourite place to hit before heading to a club, is Island bar (Suffolk Street) as you can image by the name, the bar is themed around an tropical island, and even it's own Tiki Bar upstairs. If you're into something more on the chilled out side, one of my particular favourites is a quirky little pub called Jekyll and Hyde, located in a small corner of the cities edge, on Steelhouse Lane. Other favourite cocktail joints include; Lost & Found, Pennyblacks in the Mailbox and as previously mentioned, Turtle Bay.


Have you been to Birmingham before? Are there any favourite spots which I haven't mentioned here that you'd recommend? let me know in the comments :)

Chanel x

Tuesday, 5 August 2014

GLASTONBURY DIARY | BEST MOMENTS


GETTING DOWN N DIRTY
Believe it or not, I actually love a bit of mud. There's nothing like the hilarity of clinging on to your mate just so you can keep your balance. I got lucky this year, and didn't fall over it in once. However, the depth of the mud is something else, my legs have well and truly had their exercise for the year.



THE APOCALYPSE
During Haim's set on Friday, there was a very dramatic split in the sky, one half pleasant, the other half filled with doom. Within a second of the Californian sisters exiting the stage, the first few drops of rain began to fall. It wasn't long before we were hiding in our tents, sheltering from the storm. All good fun of course.


Bombay Bicycle Club's Secret Set
Saturday afternoon we were heading down to see Royal Blood, instead we found a sign outside the BBC introducing stage which read  "Bombay Bicycle Club secret set @ 3", naturally we ran inside the tent, stood next to the barrier and waited over an hour for them, despite knowing they were playing again tomorrow. They were outstanding, as they always are, and we were so so so close to Jack Steadman. What a wonderful little experience.


Sacking Off Metallica For a Giant Spider
Saturday night saw one of the most controversial headliners since Jay-Z played in 2008. I was all prepared to go and watch Metallica and see what they had for us, until we decided we wanted to watch Disclosure DJ the Arcadia at 1am. Knowing the night time areas well, we knew we'd have to set off before any of the headliners finished to get a comfortable spot close to the spider. We sat in our tent, drank and sang along to Jake Bugg (despite slagging him off all weekend) we eventually left half way through his set and headed towards this monstrosity. The structure itself has mechanical arms, laser beams and shoots fire out the top... not your every day dj set.



Crying Along to Arcade Fire
A moment I absolutely couldn't wait for were Arcade Fire's headlining set on Friday night. I covered my face in glitter, and wore my favourite sequin dress. If you don't know Arcade Fire, they've recently been asking people that are attending their gigs to dress up and fully encourage you to go all out, Glastonbury was no exception for me. The set opened with Fireworks, closed with confetti and I danced and sang along the whole time. By the time they were ending, they finished with Wake Up, a song I joked I would be crying to for the 6 months leading up to the festival. As the first note of that song was played, my eyes were welling up, despite all my joking, I was infact deadly serious. It's not like me to get emotional at gigs, I'm not one of those people. But the moment just felt very special, and something I was waiting for for so so long, I couldn't help the tears streaming down my face. What an unbelievable band they are.


Hanging Out With The Pa
Glastonbury is a family affair for me, for the 6 times i've been going, I've always been in the company of my dad. He brings along his mates, and I bring along mine and we all forget about the age differences for those 5 days and we all get along like best pals. I don't live with my dad, and my parents have been split up since I was about five years old, one thing me and dad really bond about is our love of music. In 2007,  after I had spent a weekend in June watching Glastonbury on the telly, I declared to my dad that I just had to go one year, he said pretty much said right there and then that we'd go the following year if we got tickets, and we've been going to every festival since. 


Skulls Masks at Kasabian
My favourite act of the weekend (and my favourite band ever) were Kasabian. We got down the front, and jumped and danced along for the two hours they were on. My friend Charlotte and me managed to get ourselves on of their Skull masks they were giving out as a little souvenir for the weekend. As they ended with LSF, I had talked one of our male friends, Jamie into letting me on his shoulders for their final song. It was an incredible sight from up high (especially only being used to seeing at a 5"1 height) Their whole set was split evenly between all five albums and they played all their biggest hits from each, they're a band that never disappoint live, and they were even more spectacular that night, Seeing how much the spot on Sunday night, closing the biggest festival in the UK meant to the band, and how truly appreciate they were, the tears almost came out again for them, but I kept it together.. for the meantime anyway.


These Ladies
I spent the majority of the weekend sharing alcohol with these girls and clinging on to them as we waded through the mud. Although I stand by the fact that Glastonbury is the best festival in the world, sometimes it's the people you're with that make it just that little bit more special.


The Last Few Hours
Monday morning came around fast, and by 4am we were sat at the top of the hill at the Park, next to the Glastonbury sign, overlooking the entire festivals. We sat in silence whilst we all reflected on our weekend. It wasn't long before a couple of us were in tears. I can't describe this festival to anyone who hasn't been, simply because, you won't understand until you try it for yourself. The Glastonbury blues hit hard before we had even left the field. See you in 2015 Worthy Farm.

Chanel

Friday, 1 August 2014

GLASTONBURY DIARY | PART TWO


Friday
(Kaiser Chefs, Blondie, Bands of Skulls, Haim, Lily Allen, Arcade Fire)
Friday morning we were awoken by the racket that is Ricky Wilson of the Kasier Chiefs voice. They opened the other stage as secret guests. They were followed by Blondie, and the ever amazing Debbie Harry looked and sounded wonderful. The first time we moved from our camp chairs was to go and watch Haim, who were incredible as they always are. They were followed by what I like to call, the apocalypse. It hammered it down and we ran to take shelter in our tents. It wasn't long before the thunder was kicking off also. A lot of was called off due to the weather, and a lot of acts were cut short. Whilst the weather calmed down we walked to the Pyramid to catch Lily Allen, whom I love with every fibre of my being, I cannot sing that womans praises enough. Sadly, because of the weather her set was cut a little short, and we also missed Paolo Nutini who I really wanted to see. We closed the night with Arcade Fire, an act I was so so so excited to finally see headline the pyramid. I danced, I sang and I even cried a little. They were perfect. I covered myself in sequins and glitter just for them. Unbelievable set. 

Saturday
(Bombay Bicycle Club, Jack White, Pixies, Jake Bugg, Disclosure DJ set)
The first act on Saturday we set out to see were Royal Blood, but on the way we were side tracked by a sign at the BBC Introducing stage, announcing that one of my favourite bands, Bombay Bicycle Club, were doing a secret set. So of course I sacked Royal Blood off and got to the barrier and waited an hour for Jack Steadman and co. The intimacy of the tent was so nice, and it was a short set of 5 or 6 songs, but seeing them so close was wonderful. When we met with our friends who went to see Royal Blood, we found out that they had actually bumped into Paolo Nutini! who was apparently very lovely and friendly (my other friend met Alexa Chung the same day, who was also apparently very nice and talkative) The closest I had gotten to any celeb action this year was spotting Chloe Howl walking around. The big talk of Glastonbury 2014 were of course, Metallica, and I was prepared to go and see them. However, we decided as a spur of the moment that we would go and see Disclosure DJ the Arcadia stage at 1am, which meant leaving early to miss the crowds from the headliners so we could get a comfortable spot. No ragrets (more on Saturday coming in my best moments post)

Sunday
(The Subways, Lucy Rose, Dolly Parton, The Horrors, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Black Keys, Kasabian)
Sunday I was awoken by the soundtrack to some of my mid-teenage years, The Subways. It was a nostalgic affair. The big moment of the day was obviously going to watch Dolly. However, we were stood pretty far towards the back and the sound wasn't as clear as it usually is at that spot for some reason, and we could barely hear her. Which was so devastating  as we were all really looking forward to her. I've heard nothing but great things from other people who had seen her that weekend, and we still sang along to Jolene, but it was a little disheartening. Shortly after, we raced round to the other stage to catch our second dose of Bombay Bicycle Club, who were just as amazing as the day before, if not better, However, towards the end of their set, it really started to hit me that it was nearly all over, and there were only two more acts to go. The Black Keys were brilliant, as they always are, but the highlight of my entire weekend, came in the form of my favourite band in the world, Kasabian. I had seen them the weekend before at their homecoming gig in leicester, and this was the 13th I had seen them, and no doubt, the best. They absolutely deserved that spot, and there's nothing more touching than knowing a band appreciates being there (something I've noticed ALL three headliners this year did) 
We spent the rest of the night dancing in rum bars, silent discos and to any music we could find. We finally reached that Glastonbury sign we set out for on the first day, we sat next to it, thought about our amazing week and had a little cry. 
Until 2015 Glastonbury..

Best moments post to follow..


Chanel