Wednesday, 26 August 2015

V Festival 2015 at Chelmsford with Sure! #NonStopSummer

Last weekend I headed to Hylands Park in Chelmsford for V Festival 2015. I absolutely love going to music festivals but I've never been to V Fest before - so I was even more excited. After checking the line up for the weekend, I spotted some of my favourite artists and began planning my festival wardrobe!

Armed with a FitBit to track how much I moved over the weekend, a brand spanking new deodorant from Sure with Motionsense freshness technology and a few of my favourite festival dresses, I made my way to Essex! At first I was a bit daunted by the prospect of catching a train to London, a tube from one train station to another, another train to Chelmsford and a bus from the railway station to the festival... but I didn't need to worry. It was an absolute doddle. 

I was expecting the festival site to be absolutely tiny compared to Glastonbury, but it was a lot bigger than I thought and a lot bigger than Wireless festival. Camping is split into three colour coded sites, Red, Yellow and Green (for staff). I can't comment on Red or Yellow but the Green campsite was an absolute dream. We put our tent up in less than 10 minutes and we were ready for the music!

V Festival VIP Tickets Review
LoveJuice VIP Bar
V Festival x Sure Motionsense Technology
V Festiva Fashion Blogger
V Festival Compared to Glastonbury
UK Festival Style

So it ended up being 28 degrees on Saturday, which is absolutely crazy. We spent a little while hiding from the sun in the VIP section which is a nice chilled out area and well worth the upgrade if you're coming to the festival. We watched quite a few artists including James Bay, Tom Jones, Jess Glynne and Hozier! Hozier was definitely my favourite of the bunch, I watched him live at Glastonbury this year but he was on top form. There was also a comedy tent which we passed a few times - we were surprised they had quite a few well known names performing.

I opted to wear dresses and ankle boots because there's nothing worse than wearing wellies in the sunshine! It was absolutely boiling but I can confirm I didn't sweat once thanks to my Sure deodorant. To be honest, I was convinced it was going to be any different from any other antiperspirant but the girls told me it's activated directly by movement so apparently the more you move the more it protects. Big claims for a little spray bottle. Regardless, I gave myself a spritz before I left my tent on Saturday morning and I swear on Robert Pattinson's hair, it actually works. I didn't sweat once. Granted, I'm not a sweaty person, but I do tend to glisten a little in the sunshine - especially when I'm dancing all over the place but nothing. No sticky underarms, nada.

Sure set up little refresh tents across the site where you could use their deodorant, some Dove dry shampoo and hair straighteners etc. to make sure festival goers are looking their best throughout the festival. I don't know who came up with this idea, but I want to give them the biggest high 5. These little tents even had queues they were so darn popular. Michael Eavis - TAKE NOTE. 

Sure Motionsense Deodorant Review
V Festival Chelmsford
Sure Motionsense for Women
V Fest 2015 Review

On Sunday the weather was a little cooler and I wore my favourite festival dress from Sugarhill Boutique. I also saw Missandei from Game of Thrones, AGAIN (she's stalking me). We were dancing next to each other during Maverick Sabre's set like total BFF's. A-hem. At one point I had a flashback to last year's Wireless festival where I was dancing next to my other BFF, Nicholas Hoult...

My Fitbit results:

FitBit at V Festival
Fitbit at V Festival 2015

So I've never used a Fitbit before, but now I'm obsessed with this little bad boy. As you can tell, Saturday was my main walking day! 21k steps and no sweat. Pretty impressive, non? I don't really understand the science but the Sure deodorant has exclusive breakthrough technology called Motionsense which has unique microcapsules that break with friction. This then releases freshness that lasts all day to keep you moving non-stop in the summer.

If I was reading this post, I'd probably be eyerolling but I would never swear on Robert Pattinson's Twilight hair if I didn't mean it. It doesn't have an overpowering scent (I couldn't smell it after I used it) and it only costs a few pounds. Well worth the price of a grande Hot Chocolate with whipped cream from Starbucks.

Thanks to Sure for sending me to V Festival and providing me with my other BFF, a Fitbit. I wish I could relive the whole weekend over again!

Are you going to any festivals this summer? 

T - Super fresh!

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Back To School Style - Nike Rosherun At Foot Locker #DontGoUnnoticed

It's that time of year again, back to school booooo, but on the upside it means buying lots of new stuff for your new term look, so yey! Foot Locker have put together a nifty back to school collection to make sure you #DontGoUnnoticed on your first day back, and has everything you need to make an entrance and impress when you return to student life, or even your first day back at work if you're been on a sweet summer holiday. The new collection is all about this season's hottest colourways, black and red. Black sneaks are the perfect way to make an understated statement and here's Tim's take on how to work them into your look with a shibby pair of Nike Rosherun (£69.99) . . .

Outfit: Hoodie - All Saints, Tshirt - Vans, Joggers - Nike, Trainers - Nike Roshe Run c/o Foot Locker, Watch - Hugo Boss, Bag - Antler.

Menswear fashion blogger Nike Rosherun

The new classic Nike Rosherun style is inspired by the practice of meditation and the concept of zen, epitomising simplicity. Tim actually remarked that they reminded him of martial arts shoes before I even read that info online, he's so wise master *flips beard*. With this in mind he kept the outfit soft and relaxed in jerseys and crisp cotton in neutral colours throughout and a green backpack as a nod to nature. Roll those joggers up for a cooler shape btw ;)

Menswear fashion blogger Nike Rosherun

It has no embellishments, just you and the shoe, intended to be super versatile, worn with or without socks, dressed up or down. Featuring a full mesh upper for breathability, Phylon midsole and Solarsoft sockliner for lightweight cushioning, more cushioning on the collar for ankle protection and rubble waffle outsole for traction. This Black-Anthracite-Sail colourway is more Tim than the super popular triple black's that are gaining momentum this season because he loves some fresh white on his kicks, and I have to agree with him!

Nike Rosherun

If you're thinking of investing, Tim says they are true to size, definitely comfortable, super light on your feet and wierdly warm considering they are basically a sock upper, so don't make the mistake of thinking these are a summer shoe because they're so not. Perfect September start sneaks over here!

Nike Rosherun

Every time I do one of these posts I feel like Dionne in Clueless, 'Ain't he cute?'!

Nike Rosherun are available for men, women and kids from Foot Locker in over 40 styles and colourways with prices ranging from £31.99 to £96.99. #DontGoUnnoticed this September, make an understatement in black trainers!

J and Tim xoxo

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

Esqido False Eyelashes and Companion Glue Review! #WeddingWednesday

I've reviewed ESQIDO false eyelashes before, but last time it was the super glam medium volume 'Lashlorette' style, this time I'm trying out the light volume style 'Unforgettable' ($32) in search of a more demure bridal look for #WeddingWednesday!

I'll recap for you, Esqido lashes are made from naturally shed mink fur handcrafted onto a soft cotton band creating a premium quality, professional grade false lash that can be reused up to 25 times if you look after them, and they're SO luxe! This time around I'm also using the Companion glue ($10), for that complete Esqido experience.

Esqido Unforgettable Mink False Eyelashes

'Unforgettable' is described as light volume, natural and elegant - perfect for a bride! I'm yet to decide if I'll be wearing strip lashes or semi's on the big day, but one thing is for sure, if I do go for strips, they will be Esqido. They application is stress free and the Companion glue is the perfect partner. I found application is much easier if you leave it until the white liquid dries clear and tacky to the touch, but by doing this you do lose some of the mobility if you make a mistake so be sure to have your placement down! They also stayed on ALL day, like peeling them off your lids after midnight all day. 

They look so natural even with the fairly long 5-10mm length range, and the winged out effect is so pretty. What do you think?

Esqido Unforgettable Mink False Eyelashes
Esqido Unforgettable Mink False Eyelashes

I'm really keen on how long they look from afar, they don't overshadow my eye make-up or look fake at all. I want Tim to think I look like me when I walk down the aisle, not some chick he's never seen before. Someone asked me last week what perfume I was going to wear on my wedding day. My answer? Errrr, the same one I always wear, why?! Why would I change how I smell to my man on our wedding day? It's a personal choice every woman has to make for herself obvs, but I would rather just be a glowing from within version of me in an amazing dress than a Bride Barbie version of myself who my husband to be has never met before!

Anyhoo, if you're in the market to invest in some new falsies you can't go wrong by choosing Esqido, and if you subscribe to the newsletter you get 10% off your first order - whoop whoop! 

J xoxo

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

The Hippy Club Clip In Hair Extensions at Voodou Liverpool!

A few people have commented on how thick and lovely my hair has been looking lately so I thought it best to come clean, I have awesome new clip in extensions from The Hippy Club, an amazing stennies brand from Liverpool! The Hippy Club is inspired by the effortlessly chic Cali cool and laid back hippy lifestyle that Tara and I dream about! Their 100% Remy hair extensions are all about quality and wearability. This brand is more about instant natural looking boho locks which is perfect for my unruly mane, than the perfectly polished WAG image that is usually associated with extensions!

A few weeks back I had a Hippy Club clip in extension fitting at Voodou on Bold Street, one of Liverpool's premier salons. The fab Marleen gave me the rundown on the Hippy Club brand, matched my colour perfectly (#2) then showed me how to fit them. I'm by no means a newbie to clip ins, but I did pick up some useful tips and styling ideas (such as wearing them overnight in braids for mussed up mermaid hair in the morning - genius!) I also picked up a Hippy Club Festival Hair Trinket (£10) which is so cute, you just clip it into your hair underneath and ta daaa, instant VHudge ;)

Hippy Club clip in hair extensions

What I love about this brand is the blend of both colour and texture, it's literally perfect and suits my naturally wavy hair to a tee. Obviously my hair is super long as it is so I'm not looking for length from extensions, for me volume is key. I adore big, thick and wavy, messed up get up and go hair. I can kind of achieve this with my own hair but it's hardly get up and go because it takes a fair bit of product and blowing to get the volume needed for an all out boho mane. These clip ins take 5-10 mins to fit yourself and boom, instant lions mane complete with waves and highlights. In fact, the more you wear them, the more they actually look like your own hair, I swear they 'learn' or something! 

Outfit: Dress - Glamorous, Kimono - New Look, Jeans - ASOS, Belt - Angel Jackson, Feather Earring - Regal Rose, Hair Trinket - c/o Hippy Club, Hair Extensions - c/o Hippy Club.

Hippy Club clip in hair extensions

This is the view from the back to show you the colour match. My hair will never be super sleek and shiny when I do it myself (it's rare anyway and when it does happen, it lasts for 10 minutes!), so at home I just go with the wave and enjoy a rough ends layered look. Having a half Chinese mum and a ginger dad means I have this very dark brown hair that lifts to auburn on the ends in the summer, but the #2 shade still manages to look seamless. I've had dark brown extensions before they tend to sit under my hair looking obvious because the colour is too flat, I think you'll agree that you can barely tell I have clip ins in here?!

Hippy Club clip in hair extensions

This particular set of Hippy Club 22" clip in extensions would set you back £95 but are 100% worth it in my opinion, they have totally become part of my weekend routine. You must check out the webby, they don't just do clip ins and the colours and styles available are incred (the ombre style has recently been seen on blogger babe Sara of Waiste). If you have a local stockist do pop in and get a consultation, it was so helpful to watch a pro work with them. 

Also fellow bloggers, Hippy Club has been tweeting for brand ambassadors to work with them at festivals, so if your festival summer hasn't ended just yet then seek them out at @hippyclub and see what comes up!

J xoxo
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