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MATE collection: When You’re Strange

When it comes to music I like it how I like my clothes; vintage.

So I was very excited when I saw the latest collection from MATE, an independent and ethical clothing label designing, knitting, cutting, printing and making tees all in downtown LA.

The When You’re Strange collection is inspired by the lyrics of The Doors, David Bowie, Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, as well as some low-key, easy wearing pieces that fit very much into Mate’s laid back aesthetic. Styles include tees, low cut tanks and baseball shirts.

Twinned with lace, velvet, leather and layered necklaces for a distinctly bohemian seventies vibe, the styling is on point. What’s not to love?

Vintage Style: Blue Monday

Happy January! I thought I’d start doing a few vintage outfit inspiration posts on the blog, I love putting together outfits – and what better way to do it than trawling Etsy and making a little collage – it doesn’t cost a penny, but satisfies my vintage hunting urges (that is if I can resist the temptation to buy the things I find!!)

I’ve taken my inspiration from the fact that today is known as ‘Blue Monday’ here in the UK, aka ‘the most depressing day of the year’. Boooo! So I thought I’d see off those winter blues with a few blue-hued threads. I’ve put together two looks, one fancy and one casual though you could easily mix and match both… how cool would that dress look with a pair of Converse? Or boyfriend jeans with a sequin cardigan and heels?

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dress | cardigan | shoes | handbag

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sweater | jeans | trainers | bag

 
And, seen as it is Blue Monday… a little music for you!

Alternative Halloween Playlist

Happy Halloween! Do you have any plans to dress up this year? If so, why not get some inspiration from this vintage witch (though you might need a coat if you’re going out trick or treating… brrrr!)

If you’re as sick of Thriller coming on the radio every five minutes this time of year as I am, I’ve put together a list of some good tunes, with very VERY tenuous links to halloween. In fact, just listen to them all year round.

Music Monday: Wilderness

One week after I left Wilderness Festival behind and I’m still longing for the sun on my face and wide open spaces.

Sadly, it’s back to the real world for me, but I still have a lot of great memories, not least of all seeing live performances, so I thought I’d share some tunes from some of the favourite acts from the festival on this musical Monday… enjoy! x




Back from the Wilderness

Well I have made it back from Wilderness Festival. Looking like some kind of slightly sunburnt reject from Woodstock, but most definitely more relaxed and refreshed. I didn’t want it to end.

Wilderness is 15,000-capacity festival set in the stunning grounds of Cornbury Park, Oxfordshire, and brought to us by the same minds behind the Secret Garden Party. Over four days, it brings together music, food, wellbeing, debate, nature, literature, vintage, crafts. Kind of like a mini Glastonbury. I was in my element!

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Not a seasoned camper, I was kind of dreading spending my nights in a field, but my friend Emma is a pro and her bell tent served as a cosy home for four of us for the weekend. It was even better once I’d bought some earplugs. Plus, we weren’t too far from a hot shower, bonus! (I did have to pay for it, but some luxuries are worth it, no?)

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Wilderness lived up to it’s name, totally taking us back to nature, including strolls through fields, woods and a morning swim in one of the on-site lakes. After the initial shock of jumping in a lake, it was actually a really beautiful experience.

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By day, the festival had a sort of village fair kind of feel to it, with tons of stuff going on at stalls and tents. Particular favourite spots included the free guided meditation sessions, listening to some local acts in the folk tent, and to debates in the Secret Forum.

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By night, the festival turned into a magic moonlight party. There were headline gigs from Metronomy and London Grammar, plus I managed to catch some pretty stunning sets from Jessie Ware, Joan as Policewoman and Gregory Porter.

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But the best thing was stumling upon parties in the woods where you could dance until dawn.

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Thanks to some stunning weather (it only rained once, how lucky!) I managed to wear most of the vintage outfits I took with me. By far my favourite was this gorgeous 80s Susan Freis dress I found for a mere £10 in a charity shop.

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I accessorised with a sequined butterfly mask borrowed from my 5-year-old niece and a can of Tetleys. Pure class, I think you’ll agree!

If you’re looking for a festival to go to in 2015, I can definitely recommend Wilderness. Brilliantly organised (if not a bit strict on the booze limits) and in beautiful surroundings, it’s the perfect mix of partying and chilling out.

Did you go to any festivals this year? Which is your favourite?

P.S. Thanks to Emma who took most of these photos!

Music Monday: Burt Bacharach

I love an old tune or two, and there is really no one who wrote them like they used to than Mr Burt Bacharach. It’s actually amazing once you start looking at which songs he wrote, how many classics are in there.

I’m off to Wilderness festival later this week and the great man himself is playing (along with more modern acts like Metronomy and London Grammar – I cannot wait). This prompted a rather hilarious game of guess the Burt Bacharach song at work the other day as my colleague hummed everything from The Carpenters to Dionne Warwick.

But here for your listening pleasure (thankfully not hummed) are two of my favourites…

Some great 70s styling in that first one!

Music Monday: Led Zeppelin

One of my highlights from this weekend’s Glastonbury Festival (watched from the comfort of a nice dry sofa, though I kind of wish I’d been in a wet field to see this) was watching Robert Plant.

He is one of my all time favourite musicians; his appreciation for and explorations of all kinds of music, from blues to world music to triphop and blue grass, is just fascinating. And he just seems like a really nice guy to boot. I even have a soft-spot for his ‘My Love is a Freeway’ phase! But it’s Led Zep that we all first know and love him for, so I couldn’t resist a bit of Ramble On to fill this Monday’s music slot.

Enjoy…

 

Music Monday: First Aid Kit

I fell in love with this song the first time I heard it, and it is still my favourite song on the album Stay Gold. It’s just the perfect summer record for sun kissed days and long drives. Plus I love the vintage styling in the video too. They could easily just have walked out of the 1970s.

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