Friday, 18 August 2017

Bands I'm Looking Forward to seeing at Reading Festival 2017 | Music

This year I'm off to Reading Festival again, something I said I wouldn't do this year yet here we are again. I seen the line-up and caved in. If not initially the headliners aren't the best (in my opinion) Kasabian who I will speak about in a bit are my ultimate favourite of the weekend, Eminem who I will also speak about. Then Muse who unpopular opinion alert I'm not a huge fan of, Jay is so through true love I will watch them. Its not that I don't like them, I like some of their songs but they aren't up there for me, you either like a band or you don't. But I'm open to being surprised, see my vlog for my reaction on that... 

Anyway this year I believe it is all about the underdogs the small bands, who are going to make a big impact. Inheaven, Blaenavon, Fickle Friends, Superfood, Toothless The Big Moon and Black Honey. If they aren't on your list they should be. 

And without further a do here are the big ones who I can't wait to see this year...


Man where do I start with these?? Admittedly let's get this out the way first, Jay asked me I think it was quite early into our relationship if I wanted to see them with him. I knew at the time some of his mates were interested in going so I kindly declined. At the time I wasn't crazy on them, I've always loved them but at the time I didn't fancy spending £50+ on a ticket and thought Jay would have more fun with his mates so there's that (something he denies every time we discuss that)
 Fast forward a bit, I now adore them to the point it isn't even a question of missing out seeing them. I simply have to. If I'm totally honest Kasabian are the reason I took the plunge to go Reading for another year.
 I can't wait to hear songs like underdog and empire live among one of my favourite albums of the year songs like comeback kid and ____ honestly I'm ready to ave' it large. 

I instantly regret saying that. 

Main Stage | Friday: Reading | Saturday: Leeds

Everything Everything

 I haven't seen these now for a good few years. 
Actually scratch that.. I seen them support foals on their recent tour. (Foals and Everything Everything allll the heart emojis) But they have a new album out today actually! That I'm sure whilst you're reading this I'll be listening to. You might have not heard of them before reading this, or perhaps not have listened. 
I actually think they are major underdogs and in my opinion don't get the full respect they deserve. 
I think they are musical wizards (why do I sound like an uncool dad trying to be cool writing this??) The things Jonathon (lead singer) does with his voice amaze me. I feel like so much goes on in their songs from the bass to the guitar to the drums. It goes together perfectly and they're so unique.
 I'm as much obsessed with their new stuff as I am their old so I'm very excited to see them live and have a good ol' dance. 

NME/Radio 1 Stage | Saturday: Reading | Sunday: Leeds


Because let's face it wouldn't even be a music post if I didn't include these. If they aren't amongst my favourite songs posts then I'm talking about them on twitter. I actually made a joke that has become less of a joke if I'm honest about rallying everyone to the tent when they're playing because if you're an indie fan these are a band you have to see. Strangely though one thing I'll point out is they're in the dance tent which is to me very odd they stand out like a sore thumb but hey it is what it is. I don't really need to keep repeating myself with these, I think they are only going to get bigger, I mean from last years Introducing Stage to the Dance Tent that is huge! 

Dance Stage | Friday: Reading | Saturday: Leeds


This is a complete given no? If I haven't sounded uncool by this point by the end of this I will. Trying to sound cool by going to see Eminem. For me its (kind of) like seeing Fall out boy last year because they were a band of my teens and it felt nostalgic to me. Eminem was someone who was on the music channels a lot when I was younger or I heard a lot of around the time of dido, Natasha and David Beddingfield remember them?? What a throwback. 
Regardless of whether you're a fan or not you can't deny he has some bangers whether I'll be tucking into a burger or tray of chips at this point it'll still be an experience no less. And hey if I've had a few drinks by this point which is too a given, I'll take no shame in getting involved. 
(I like to rap when I'm drunk, but lets move on swiftly) 

Main Stage | Saturday: Reading | Sunday: Leeds

Glass Animals 

My love for this band, wow. I seen them at the start of the year- a Christmas present from Jay. And they impressed me SO much live. You know like when you see a band you love and its a bit meh (looking at you The Neighbourhood) these just blew my mind, I didn't even think they music could sound even better. Then live was just something else, I think they've only got bigger since then so seeing them at Reading will be interesting. I honestly can't wait.

NME/Radio 1 Stage | Saturday: Reading | Sunday: Leeds

Liam Gallagher

This one I feel like I don't really need to explain I could have just left the title and put a full stop but ya'know I wouldn't really be a blogger if I did that.
 I mean Liam. Gallagher. That is really going to be something whether its material from Oasis or his own I'm very excited to hear and witness a Liam show live. If you haven't heard his newest (I think) song China Town yet oh my god I urge you to listen. Its the first time I put beautiful and Liam Gallagher in a sentence together. I text Jay and was like Liam's new song is er beautiful
Two years ago we seen Noel Gallagher play with his High Flying Birds so you can kinda say I will have seen Oasis... no okay then but I'll settle for second best. 

Main Stage | Sunday: Reading | Friday: Leeds

Two Door Cinema Club

One of my favourite bands EVER and one I will never tire of. I've seen them once already this year when they toured during February 4 years after they went AWOL so that was really something. So many of their songs hold so many memories for me. I have never seen them at festival though, last year I debated (a lot) about whether to see them over Red Hot Chilli's a decision I definitely would have regretted to this day. Every time I even hinted at the idea people screeched at me to rethink my actions. Not because they don't like TDCC more to the point The Chillis are like a once in a lifetime band nowadays. Anyway seeing them, then Bastille, then Kasabian will be for sure memorable, eeek!

Main Stage |  Friday: Reading |  Saturday: Leeds

Sundara Karma

I have fallen deeply in love with this band, who I actually saw at Reading last year on the main stage but early morning. They grew in a big crowd then so this year is most likely to be mayhem in the R1/NME tent. 
Since I seen them last year they brought out some new tracks include one of my favourite songs ever, ever. 'Explore' I cannot wait to dance around like a crazy person to that one YAS!

Main Stage |  Saturday: Reading |  Sunday: Leeds

All Tvvins 

Last year I actually messaged All Tvvins on Twitter and said I shall make a petition so they play R&L ... they didn't.
So if I had of ended up not going to Reading this year I would have been very annoyed that I didn't get to see them. I loved these from the word go. The first time I listened I thought he has a voice like the guy from The Cast Of Cheers, and so it turns out he is that guy. 
TCOC were one of my favourite bands at the point I was getting into Foals. So to hear All Tvvins I fell in love. Darkest Ocean is just, ugh such a good song as is 'Too Young To Live' if you don't have these on your Radar get them there ASAP. 

Festival Republic Stage |  Saturday: Reading |  Sunday: Leeds

And that's all from me till Tuesday! Make sure you keep on eye out on my Youtube Channel here for my Reading Vlog! Have you been to Reading or Leeds or a different festival this year?


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tell me I'm your National Anthem | Forget trends I'll dress how the hell I want

This post was either going to go one of two ways: A post about nineties fashion and why I adore that era or why in fact I haven't intentionally followed ninities fashion when styling this outfit and actually  couldn't care less for following trends.
 I chose the latter.


Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Sundaze Glow | + 5 Tips for wearing more colour

If you've followed my blog a while you'll know my style has e-volved god has it changed. 
And still now I'm trying to find my feet with what is me, what is my style? I'm not sure I will ever know. I find when I'm getting rid of things from my wardrobe I'm asking Jay is this me?

Having a conversation with my friend a few weeks ago he said your style is honestly nothing like it was when I met you. Well besides the fact apparently I walked round wearing the wrong foundation for about 2 years of knowing him but hey we will let that slide...


Thursday, 27 July 2017

Why should we feel bad for giving ourselves a day off? | Lifestyle

Over the past few months every day I've had off, everyday I've had spare, every evening I've told myself give yourself the night off; I haven't. 
 This time last week I lay in bed, cup of tea by the side. Eating a pan au chocolate ooh fancy hey? Watching Netflix (Glow FYI) which is A-mazing. Anyway I told myself this is okay, this is relaxing, and enjoyable and ultimately I'm giving myself a break. But in my mind, it wasn't okay.
I seen my reflection, that face you see that everyone talks about on the black screen of Netflix asking if I wanted another episode, which by the way I never see. I drag series out for as long as I possibly can don't ask why I just do. 
I thought to myself I should be doing something even if it's whilst I'm watching something I should have a notepad in my hand or be scrolling though Instagram or tidying my room, anything just to be busy. 
Now this may be because I am wired to be busy. It's something I've learnt about myself over the past few years I hate being bored to the point it makes me really frustrated. I'll spend days busy out and about, to return home and STILL have the desire to do more. I'll multitask to the point where I'm not even sure if I can take on anymore.

 But is it because I enjoy being busy, being creative, doing something or because I guilt trip myself into thinking I'm lazy if I don't? 

At this point last week I took to Twitter- when in doubt do a poll.
For the first 5 minutes I felt bad the poll (the people) said I should get out of bed and do something with the other option trailing behind to stay in bed. Half an hour later the tables had turned with most saying to stay in bed, relax have a lazy day.
 Fast forward an hour there I was finishing up my face with mascara and setting spray ready to film a YouTube video. One that could have probably waited a week or so. But some part of me felt satisfied that I hadn't had a wasted day.

 In the long run this is actually a really positive thing, I'll be on top of things and it'll save me being stressed or pushed for deadlines but still would one day off not have hurt??

I feel like Sundays are one of the worst days too. Even some Saturdays even if I have spent the week busy at work and doing my blog, YouTube and whatever else is on the agenda. I wake up to people busy on there insta stories, making the most of their day and there I am laying in bed watching the world go by. 

If I'm honest it has to stop, for one comparison is something I talked about in my last post. I need to stop comparing. So what if someone else is having a busy weekend? How are you to know they haven't spent all week in bed? So what if things are happening at different times in different peoples lives?
It's not as though I do nothing everyday of the week. So why should I feel guilty for spending the morning in bed spending the day in bed. I tell myself every weekend I spend doing nothing, but last weekend I went shopping, went for a meal, went out to a party. Today I choose to rest. I deserve this.
Days like this we should actually cherish, they're are special, reflective and refreshing. 

Perhaps sometimes I feel ashamed too. Think of the last time someone asked you so what did you do this weekend to which you replied 'I did absolutely nothing' which is probably never right? Because we are to embarrassed to say when you have done absolutely nothing because it's crucial to have a life right? God forbid you have nothing to put on your instagram story or you aren't doing anything to  to have a story, to have something interesting to say rather than admit to just
being lazy and having a day off.

Do you even need an excuse for a day off? I know sometimes, whether its my hormones or a touch of depression. I have days where I just don't feel like doing anything. I can't even bring myself to do anything. And then I feel guilty, horrible guilt for not being able to do anything.

I keep telling myself you'll be back at university soon which come October I'll be looking back at this post like shut up your whining Paige you should have been thankful for those days off. Those days of doing absolutely zero because they were refreshing, and they were in some ways rewarding too.

So I'm holding my hands up. Do you know what some days (most days) I like to busy. Hell I LOVE to be busy, I live for it. But yes it is okay to take a break from time to time and give yourself time to breathe.
You have to give yourself a break for you own mental well being you shouldn't feel bad for letting yourself off for a day, for an hour, for procrastinating or scrolling on Instagram when you 'should' be working... I mean if you really should be busy doing that essay/dissertation/project then you should probably really do that.
But if that not-so-important thing you aren't doing just for the sake of being busy. Stop it and take those times and enjoy them, enjoy being lazy because lazy is good. There I said it. I love to be lazy. Lazy is good

Until next time babesss, take care! 

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Perfect Places | + Thoughts on comparison and finding your aesthetic

About a week ago now I wrote a tweet on twitter the tweet read 'Sometimes I look at other peoples Instagrams/blogs & think why does my stuff not look like that? But then I remember I am me and you are you' it attracted a lot of attention whether that just be the time of day I posted it or and I hope it's the latter (whilst this post is kinda pointless.) 
That people often need that reassurance whether that be as a creative or as an individual, that we are all our own person; unique and different to the next. The content we create is personal to us, with our own touch. We shouldn't resort to comparison but do we do of course. 
Though I feel like this post has probably been written a million times in various different ways its still a reoccurring issue to come up. Or something that plays on my mind at least. 

Friday, 14 July 2017

I don't know about you, but shit I'm 22 | Lifestyle

I've toyed with so many ideas for this post when realising my birthday was coming up I thought oh I'll do 22 life lessons only to realise I'd already written that last year. 
So with that idea stumped I thought what else could I write about? And it got me thinking. 
Though 21 is 'supposedly' a big change in my life 22 is huge too. Even if not much of a fuss is made about it and you can't buy special banners for it. This is the year I go to university for my final year, the point where I realise I'm actually growing up making grown up decisions. Where will I go, what am I going to do? It's scary to even thing that this time next year I will be out of uni and in the big wide world ...  
                                                forget that I don't even want to think about it. 
 But it's also got me reflecting too. 
I did intend to do this post in a list for because hey who doesn't love lists? But when thinking about the future honestly I found it so hard to even thing about 22 things in comparison. 
Instead I just wanted to write about where I am in my life right now, the things I'm grateful for and the things I'm thinking about ahead of the future.

 Scary times eh?

This year out has taught me so much about where I want to go in life and the things I'm really passionate about one thing that's came to the forefront over this year is how much I love blogging and how much I have improved from last year. My year out is about my career and getting experience in the fashion world which of course is what I gained from it but taking a little time for yourself really makes you realise whats important to you. 
During this year my tutors at uni gave me feedback about this blog and it just made me strive even more to work at something I love. 
My content I feel like I just keep pushing and I like to be at a point where I can say man my blog looks good. 
Much on that fact since starting my blog way back all those years ago (I have actually genuinely lost count now.) The Blogosphere has been a massive part of my life. The support and friends I have met through it, is something that makes you so grateful for the Internet. Sometimes you just need that little nudge in the right direction from the people who support and understand what you do. 
The girls I know in that community mean a lot to me, I think they will know who they are. 

 Over the past few months too one thing I've really been enjoying is doing regular shoots with my best friend not sure if he knows how much I really appreciate him doing so. Tomas has always been that of a best friend to me, I'm extremely grateful I can talk to him about everything, ask him for advice and have a laugh together about anything and everything and man have we done a lot of that. 
Meeting him at uni is one of the best things to come out of it, honestly. 

 Right now I'm still doing my internship just over the summer at least and it has taught me SO much. 
Its crazy to think about the things I'm going to go back to uni knowing and the contacts I've made. I wrote a post about it back here . It has been a huge moment of my life where I didn't know what was going to happen. And thankfully Bottle Blonde took me under their wing and I couldn't be anymore grateful for it. The experiences I've been given and are still undertaking I couldn't have asked for anything more. 

  Over this past year and the whole length of the time I've been at uni Jay has been there the whole way, looking after me, supporting me and being a huge part of my life. It's safe to say sometimes I don't think I could have done everything I've done without him. (good luck with your stress levels whilst I'm in 3rd year babe) 
 We're going to Reading again this year I went last year for the first time (I always said this was the first festival I'd go to, it wasn't) but I feel its the festival that knows me most. I seen some of my favourite bands ever all in one weekend couldn't have been happier. This year its going to be much of the same, gah I cant wait. 

Whilst reflecting I have to of course mention my mum who is too a huge part of my life, she raised me to be the 22 year old I am today, which I like to think is something she is proud of which I'm sure she will 100% say yes to but something, I myself don't want to blow my trumpet to loudly about. 
I mentioned last year in my birthday post that sometimes you just need your mum and honestly its true, there is times where I've just missed having that cup of tea and chat with my mum when I've been away. I still ask am I okay to take this? How do I cancel my direct debit? How long should this go in the microwave for? Can you make me an appointment at the doctors?... 
Truth is my mum goes with me through thick and thin, she has always been there regardless. (should I grab you a tissue if you're reading this mum?)
My sister, my niece and Nan are too people I have a HUGE amount of love for each have been there for moments in my life, that mean a lot to me. 

     For the future or and coming year like I mentioned this is my final year at uni and boy oh boy will it go fast! The excitement, anticipation and apprehensive of it is circling my mind right now and it's coming thick and fast.
 I started uni 3 years ago now doing a foundation and finishing up feels like the biggest chapter in my life. The friends I've made, the people I've met, the things I've learnt. All are going to shape me ahead of my 'adult' future. 
I can't wait to graduate with a fashion degree under my belt and finish with some of my closet friends that have all made my experience at uni. Right now I'm not too sure where that degree will take me, I'm still looking at going into videography or photography. God its still giving me shivers knowing that I'll read this back when I'm actually in a job or thinking about doing so next year. 

Right now though I know that after all that stress and all that work I'm going to need a holiday; I'm already thinking about where I want to go. 

But i guess for right now I am happy with all I have and am so grateful for every opportunity that comes my way, everything I have materialistically and those I have in my life including my lil fur babies (cats for those wondering) 
Maybe I should start paying more attention now to those letters from my bank, paying attention to my bank balance, thinking seriously about what I want to do with my life, maybe I should have more unexpected nights, go on more adventures, grab every moment that comes my way, start pretending to know what I'm doing, do my own washing and perhaps eat more fruit. 

But for now fuck it, I don't know about you but I'm feeling 22 

(also I totally tried doing 'its my birthday' faces on these photos but my sassy side just had to come out sorry not sorry) 
Dress: Vintage, Belt: Thrifted, Sunglasses: Hotel Shower Gel 

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