Hello lovelies. Apologies for this not going up on Friday but I've been struggling to get back into the swing of normality after flying back home Tuesday and I'm only just settling now.
Anyway onto the interesting bit. Whilst back in the UK for this little wedding we had...(post will be up at some point), Chris and I along with some awesome friends went to the Secret Garden Party. This was my sixth year in the garden as I'm rather addicted to this magical place of silliness and shenanigans. It's not your bog standard festival of warm beer and bands but more and explosion of all the arts where there's no room for sensibility and normality. Goodbye to conforming for four days because this is a serious party!
Apologies for camera quality but I only took my little point and shoot camera with me. My DSLR was too bulky and didn't want to risk breaking it!
Every year the lake stage changes as does the theme of the festival and this years theme was "Beyond the Yellow Brick Road" hence the Emerald City Stage. The stage has been many things over the years I've been such as a pirate ship, giant dragon fly, Tower of Babel etc.. You can get a boat out to the stage and dance to DJ sets all day which is pretty awesome!
I also managed to get snapped at the Village Hall area of the festival this year, dancing and doing the conga. It sounds weird but I'm mega chuffed to be in the festival pictures as I've been wanting to be snapped for so long. It only took my 6 years! Anyway The Village Hall is one of my favourite areas as its adorned with bunting and I love watching/participating in weddings, giant jenga, naked knitting and village fashion shows. It's geek chic and foolishness at it's finest and makes me feel right at home.
Bumbag- retro ADIDAS
Ballet Pumps- Topshop
Skater dress- Topshop
Hair Jewellery- upcycled necklace
Face art from In Your Dreams
Bumped into one of our friends from the wedding walking through the crowd with our picture! Hi Ryan!
Friday was day 2 and probably the maddest day for us. I remembered to do some outfit shots too! It was bloody boiling but the thin kaftan was a god send for stopping me burning. I really fancied treating myself to some face art this year so headed over to the Secret Emporium to the In Your Dreams stall for some glitter and sequins. I love how it turned out and stayed on until the next morning! Of course it was obligatory to grab a cocktail and I have to say they were really tasty! The bar staff were properly trained in the art of cocktail making so they tasted delish.
We managed to get onto the lake stage which took a bit of queuing but we finally got punted over and had a dance to a real eclectic music mix which was right up my street.
We also visited the Guerilla Science for some curious installatons; the creepy crawlies catching our eyes! Here you can listen to talks on all sorts from sex, the defiintion of cheating, sensory speed dating and life drawing. A real explosion of the senses.
The main stage that evening had Clean Bandit playing who were quite frankly amaaazing and I didn't get any pics as I was too busy dancing!
Floral crown- made by me! Blog post here
Chiffon jacket- Miss Selfridge
Face art- Face Lace by Phyllis Cohen buy here
Feeling a little worse for wear on Saturday we ploughed on. I donned my Face Lace that day but also managed to rescue some of the sequins from my face art the day before! I think it looked pretty cool together and eyelash glue seemed to stick the sequins to my face pretty well! I love love love my Miss Selfridge jacket I bought last year and think it's perfect for a bit of festival hippy chic.
We watched Foxes on the main stage that night and watched some crazy football /zorb ball-esque malarky going on before fireworks and more partying which I couldn't catch due to my camera and phone dying! This also meant day 4 wasn't documented but I hope you get a general idea what I go up to.
I can't really do this festival justice when it comes to photographs or writing. There is so much going on morning to night and to really get a feel for it you have to experience it for yourself. Even I can't get round the whole festival. There are always areas you will miss but equally little gems you will discover. The food stalls are amazing with tastes from all over the globe oozing with flavour, the spectacles you come across are bizarre and wonderful and the festival fashion is mesmerizing yet ridiculous all the same. I could go on but I'd be spoiling the secrets of the garden. For me this is my place to let go for four days every year, be as silly and fun as possible and totally care free. If this sounds up your street then this festival is definitely for you.
If you want to see my mini vlog (I can't vlog) then click the video below!
Are you doing any festivals this year? What did you wear and what did you get up to?