As August bank holiday approaches, it means one thing – Reading and Leeds and the slowing down of festival season. I haven’t been to a festival in a couple of years now and part of me really misses that atmosphere, the music and the social side. However, the other part of me does not miss the dirty, over-tired feeling, camping, eating rubbish, being cold and the huge mess left at the end. That’s without mentioning the epic trek to the festival! So why not DIY it in your back yard? Grab your mates, stick on the BBQ, turn up the volume on your favourite playlist, wear your favourite tee (mines from Crepe Records) and have a blast!
Huge sunglasses – check, battered old boots – check, an epic night monkey top – check and a flower crown – check!
The key to festival style has to be comfort and warmth! You need an outfit to take you from day to-night, with lots of little layers. One the perks of DIY’ing it is your whole wardrobe is at home! To me festival style is a cool t-shirt, distressed denim, a pair of old boots and huge sunglasses. Ear plugs are a must too!
The Crepe Records Night Monkey Tee is the perfect festival top. It’s so soft, durable and comfortable, thanks to the ethically sourced cotton, plus it’s cute and a little bit funky too! You can throw it on and go, it’ll look good with shorts, jeans, skirts and the essential festival rain mac too! I really love the combination or music and fashion in this top – it’s two of my favourite things.
Crepe Records think of everything. All of their clothes are ethically sourced and created, they are also conscious about the environment and use minimal well thought out packaging. My t-shirt was waiting for me on my doormat after work one night, thanks to it being letterbox friendly. Obviously it’s aesthetically pleasing and affordable too!
One of the perks of an at home festival is you can choose and customise your soundtrack. If you’re into DJ’s and dance music check out Crepe Records Mixcloud and blog. If you’re a pop punk girl like me check out my Pop Punk Playlist and my Motivational one. Or if you fancy a throwback I am partial to the Spotify 90’s rock playlist.
If you’ve been in the middle of a field for days, loads of make up is the last thing you want! Personally, I always go for a light base with a good SPF, a high coverage concealer, loads of bronzer, lashings of mascara and a bold lip. If you’re a glitter gal whack a load on too, essentially you can look whatever you like – so go nuts!
Food and Drink
For me, summer gatherings and festivals means a BBQ! Head down to your local butcher and grab whatever you fancy. Personally, the beef brisket from Hamish’s American BBQ Roast, in a gluten-free bun is at the top of my list, along with some yummy sausages (if you’re in Norwich, go to Pickerings on the market) and a giant salad with mango and avocado salsa. If you need salad inspiration, the Deliciously Ella cookbooks are a good place to start. For drinks I have been loving the M&S Sprit of Summer Sour juice and Mojito juice. Add ice for a virgin cocktail or add a splash of whisky or rum to take it up a notch.
That’s the venue, the outfit and make up, the playlist, food and drink sorted! They rest is up to you. So go on, grab your friends, make a shared playlist, fire up the BBQ and have fun this bank holiday!