Ladies and gentlemen, gather your rain ponchos and dry shampoo, the UK festival season has officially begun.
This week on the blog we will be giving you the complete 411 on all things festivals. Whether you are just attending for one day, or braving the mud for a more full-on weekend, we will be your one-stop destination to ensure that you’re fully prepared for whatever the festival (and weather) might bring you.
To start things off, we’ll be telling you about one festival that we are lucky enough to be attending this year, which also just so happens to be one of Scotland’s biggest and best - Belladrum The Tartan Heart Festival.
Running since 2004, year after year this festival has seen an increase in popularity of ticket sales as well as popularity of the bands and artists attending. This year gracing the beautiful fields of the Inverness farm will be Franz Ferdinand, The Pretenders, KT Tunstall, Birdy and First Aid Kit…just to name a few! ALREADY day tickets are sold out, meaning the only way to experience Belladrum in all its glory is to pack up your tent up and brace yourself for either 2 or 3 days of magic, music and memories.
The loyal festival goers of Belladrum are already a community without a doubt, but this year the definition of ‘clan’ holds a much truer meaning to them. Bound together by not only their love for music, but this year by Bella’s officially registered tartan. The distinctive red and green pattern can be bought in the form of kilts, skirts, shawls, bags and scarves and is just another way that attendees can get involved and keep the festival alive the other 362 days of the year the music isn't happening.
This year also sees the opening of two new stages; Bella Dub (reggae dub music) and Trailer Trash (country and western music), confirming even more the festival’s ability to cater to all tastes and genres. Also important to note is this year’s theme - SUMMER OF LOVE. If you aren’t already feeling motivated to dress up and embrace this year’s hippy-vibe theme, the fact that there’s a parade and prizes to be won just might convince you otherwise.
The festival prides itself on remaining true to its “homegrown in the highlands” roots, a stand-out factor in the UK and worldwide festival scene which highlights the locality and authenticity of the festival, despite the increasing size. One of the ways it has shown this this year is by supporting the Lovat Shinty Club, a sports club local to the Belladrum area raising money to build a new pavilion. The public are able to donate via their website as well as during the festival to both the sports club and the Highland Hospice, another local charity they are supporting this year.
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We’ll see you there!
P.S. Check back after the 5th of August to hear how our time at the festival went…
As you can imagine, choosing the best beauty looks to round up Cannes Film Festival was a lot harder than it first looked. Hence why it’s taken us a few days from the closing ceremony at Caledonista to finally settle on our favourite beauty looks to share with you. I use the term hard lightly, we definitely enjoyed lusting over all of the stunning styles from the week and we hope you enjoy having a look through our chosen selection too!
First up, we have the gorgeous Martha Hunt in this equally gorgeous low cut, lace design. Ok, elephant in the room, her hair does look slightly like it’s been slept in overnight…but I think that’s what makes us love it. The tousled hair rounds off the ethereal look and feel of the dress, and the pop of colour on the lip keeps it playful and adds just that little bit of sex appeal. Tip girls - keeping the rest of the face simple and understated is key to mastering the red lip (as we also see later on with Liu Wen).
Tulle is something we have seen a lot of this season, but there is something about the contrast of the sorbet colours and Naomie Harris’s skin tone that makes her truly stand out in this quirky Gucci gown. The soft pink of the lip and simple behind the shoulders hairstyle make this look both youthful and interesting. She definitely deserves all the credit she receives for it. We just love, love, LOVE.
Liu Wen truly blew us away here at Caledonista. Living proof that it is not always a requirement to wear a skirt and heels in order to be feminine. I think part of this comes down to her hair and makeup look for the outfit, particularly the classic red lip she is so confidently styling, along with the gorgeous statement earrings. She masters this trouser suit oh so well.
We were immediately drawn in to this look simply by the irresistible golden glow of Jasmine Took’s skin. We definitely want to know what highlighter was used to achieve this gorgeous dew, emphasized only by the shimmering reflection of her metallic dress. A look that can be hard to recreate, but definitely a showstopper.
Elska Hosk; the only woman that does the Cinderella look better than Cinderella. She successfully silenced the red carpet at the Beguiled Premiere with her glamorous Hollywood waves and flawless make-up. The eyeliner wings successfully widened her eyes, emphasizing the careful co-ordination of the powder blue dress with her piercing blue eyes. All that was missing was a choker and some glass slippers.