This weekend saw thousands of people flock to Coventry’s War Memorial Park for Godiva Festival 2019. Since it’s first year in 1997, Godiva has always been a free festival. However, in order to control the number of people attending, this year was a ticketed event. Tickets for each day only cost £2, so it’s still a cheap day out. As this is one of the best festivals in the Midlands and it’s so close, I had to go along.
My first Godiva Festival experience was in 2015, when Embrace were headlining. I hadn’t anticipated how much bigger the festival would be four years later. This year the headliners were Levellers (Friday), Feeder (Saturday) and Busted (Sunday). I went along on the Sunday with my two work friends, Alice and Scarlett who are both huge Busted fans.
Godiva Festival is located in Coventry’s War Memorial Park. The park is a short walk from Coventry railway station and it takes just 20 minutes on a train from Birmingham New Street. Coventry is on the Bournemouth to Manchester Cross Country line, making it really accessible from both the north and the south.
This year there were a lot of different food vendors selling everything from hot doughnuts to Chinese food. There were two bars where the prices were pretty average for a festival (£6 for a rum and coke, £22 for a bottle of wine) and quite a few ice cream vans dotted around. One thing that really disappointed me was the fact that there was nowhere to refill water bottles. On the Godiva website, it says that you are able to bring in reusable water bottles as long as they are empty. This implies that you are able to refill them, however we didn’t see any refill stations around the festival.
There were quite a few different stalls selling the usual festival merchandise. You’ll be able to find what you want if you are after a flower crown, daft sunglasses or a hoody stating ‘I <3 Weed’.
As the ground in the park is flat, it was very wheelchair accessible. However, if it had rained and there was mud, it probably wouldn’t have been as accessible.
Apart from Busted, I didn’t recognise anyone on Sunday’s lineup. When we arrived, we went over to the Rhythm Tent where we caught the end of Sonna Rele. We also saw Harris J which explained the massive amount of teenage girls crammed inside the tent.
Busted took to the stage at 5:45pm and we managed to make our way down to the front. The crowd was a mixed bag but a lot of people surrounding us were around our age. You could tell that these were all original Busted fans and had been following them since the early days.
Busted played for just over an hour and managed to cram 15 songs into their set, including all of the classics.
What I Go to School For
Thunderbirds Are Go
Shipwrecked in Atlantis
Free Fallin'(Tom Petty cover)
Crashed the Wedding
On What You’re On
Sleeping With the Light On
You Said No
For £2, Godiva Festival 2019 was definitely worth going to. I’m excited to see who they have on the line up next year as they always have great bands.
Worried about the health of your kid? Your child may be playing too many video games, for instance, and no matter what you do you can’t get them to go outside and soak up some fresh-air. You say that it wasn’t like this when you were a kid – you were never in the house, right? But times have changed, and if you’re struggling to get your child in-shape, here are a few tested methods that may work for you.
Fat Camp from Prestige Bootcamp
While your child may be reluctant to engage in organised exercise, a great way of quickly losing weight and starting to enjoy physical activity is by joining a Fat Camp from Prestige Bootcamp. Prestige Bootcamp provide bootcamps all across Europe offering 28 day weight-loss plans where attendees are taught best practices on how to lose weight, as well as offered advice around diet and nutrition. Not only is this a great way for them to lose weight, but it also provides the opportunity to make some new friends, too.
Be a role model
It’s important to be a role model when it comes to trying to get your child to move from the couch. There’s no use berating them for being lazy when all you do is sit on the couch and eat badly, too. Children are impressionable, and they’ve most likely picked up their habits from somewhere close to home. Set a good example and maybe get active yourself or introduce some healthier foods to the home. Why not embark on a run together, or join a karate club? Not only will this be perfect for getting fit, but it will also provide a handsome opportunity for some parent/child bonding.
Look for something fun
Exercise doesn’t have to be arduous and hellish; it should actually be something we enjoy. If your child enjoys exercising, then they’re much more likely to make it a habit and continue with their physical pursuits. When looking to get your child off the couch, it helps if you find something they enjoy where they can make friends. It may be the case that you have to try a few different things before you find something they love, and when you do it’ll all be worthwhile. It may be the case that your child prefers individual activity over team-sports, whatever the case it’s a good idea to test the waters first.
Age Appropriate Activity
Before throwing your child out into the big bad world of physical excursion make sure that the activity you’ve signed them up to is age appropriate. There’s no point sending a five year old to weightlifting classes or a thirteen year old to an early learners swimming class. It’s best to speak to your child about what they enjoy and find something that matches their interests, maybe there’s some after school clubs that one of their friends attends?
If your kid is a couch-potato and isn’t showing any signs of making a move, try out the above methods to help introduce some physical activity into their daily lives. We aren’t talking a full-scale military fitness routine, but something ideally that the child can enjoy and develop a passion for, something skill based and sociable.
With it being festival season, chances are you have a weekend camping planned and are going to be getting some sun exposure. I’ve put together a list of products that I deem to be festival essentials. I’m all about having fun and getting made up but it is also important to protect yourself from the sun.
Getting the important bit out of the way first – you can’t pack for a festival without packing any sun protection. We don’t always get a lot of sun in the UK. But, even when it’s only slightly warm, the sun could be doing damage. It is so important that you use some form of SPF all over any parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun. I have made the silly mistake of going without sun cream at a festival and then getting burnt. Even if there are clouds in the sky, you need to take a few minutes to make sure you are protected.
Don’t forget your hair either. The sun can do a lot of damage to your hair, especially if it is bleached or coloured. The TIGI Bed Head Beach Bound spray will help to protect coloured hair.
Another boring essential is deodorant. The last thing you want in a field with hundreds of thousands of people is to stink. Pick something that is going to last all day and keep you smelling fresh like Schmidt’s Rose + Vanilla.
No matter what the festival, there’s always one standard theme – GLITTER. If you are wanting to get yourself glittered up for the occasion, then there are plenty of options from Notino.
To start yourself off, you need to get yourself a decent glitter primer to ensure that the glitter stays around all day. The NYX Glitter Goals glitter primer will help to keep the glitter in place all day and gives a great base for application. If you are looking for a good glitter, then stick with the NYX Glitter Goals range. If you are after a whole palette, then the Makeup Revolution Pressed Glitter Palette has plenty of options for you.
You’re going to want to keep your makeup in place all day, so a decent setting spray is essential. The Glam Glow Glowsetter will do the job well.
Have you got any festivals planned this year? I am planning to go to both Splendour Festival and Moseley Folk festival. What are your festival essentials?
Festival season is upon us and it seems like everyone on social media is either at one, or planning to go to one. There are so many different festivals in the UK now and there’s one for everyone. Some of the smaller festivals often get overlooked in favour of the more popular ones such as Glastonbury and Download. Did you know that there are so many great festivals right on your doorstep? If you live in the Midlands, then here are the best festivals in the Midlands in 2019.
Who: Manic Street Preachers, The Specials, Rag n Bone Man, Ash, All Saints & more When: Saturday July 20th Where: Wollaton Park, Nottingham
This day festival is definitely one to go to and it’s 12th year is set to be better than ever. With big acts such as Manic Street Preachers who are one of my favourite live bands and always put on an amazing show, you would be a fool to miss it. There are several stages, a funfair and a market with independant traders. If you want a break from the music and fancy a bit of a laugh, then you can check out the comedy stage. Tickets available here.
Y Not Festival
Who: Franz Ferdinand, Two Door Cinema Club, Elbow, Foals & More. When: 25th – 28th July. Where: Pikehall, Derbyshire
My last trip to Y Not Festival was definitely a memorable one. Unfortunately the weather meant that the festival had to be cut short, however I still had a brilliant time. This year is set to be a fantastic one with the likes of Franz Ferdinand and Elbow performing. Tickets available here.
Who: Busted, Feeder, Levellers, Reef & More. When: 5th – 7th July Where: War Memorial Park, Coventry
Godiva is one of the best cheaper festivals around. I went along in 2015 when Embrace were headlining and I had the best time. This used to be a free festival, however for the first time they are ticketing the festival in 2019. Tickets are only £2 however, so it’s still a cheap day out. Tickets available here.
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival
Who: Public Service Broadcasting, Don Mclean, Jake Bugg, The Zutons & More When: August 30th – September 1st Where: Moseley Park
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival is always worth visiting. It’s your chance to visit Moseley Park located just off the high street and see some amazing folk acts. This year they have big names such as The Zutons and Jake Bugg performing. The atmosphere is always so chilled out. I last visited in 2016 when The Proclaimers were headlining and it was a great weekend. Tickets available here.
When it comes to styling, I can’t do anything with my hair. I have medium length, thick hair and I usually just straighten it when it’s been washed. I will occasionally put it in a ponytail or have it half up – half down. For years I have wanted to be able to do something different and be able to have wavy hair whenever I wanted. This is where the Babyliss Easy Wave comes in.
The easy way to wave your hair
I have never been able to use curling wands or straighteners to curl or wave my hair. Putting it in French plaits overnight has left me with perfectly wavy hair in the morning, however it soon drops out. I have been looking for a device that I could use to easily wave my hair for a while now. Finally, I have found the perfect device – the Babyliss Easy Wave. It does exactly what it says on the box, it waves your hair and it is so easy to use. I got mine from Notino and as it comes from the Czech Republic, it has a European plug. However, when you order from Notino they send you an adapter so we can use it with our UK sockets. This is such a great idea!
How to use the Babyliss Easy Wave
Like I said, this couldn’t be easier to use. I always start off with straightened hair, just to avoid frizz. I then use a heat defence spray such as the Toni & Guy Prep Protective spray. It’s so important to use something to protect your hair from the heat as heat can be really damaging, especially if you use it regularly.
Once my hair is ready, I’ll start off by taking sections that are about 2 inches wide. I start from the top and clamp the hair in the waver, then hold it down for around 5 seconds. I then move the device down the piece of hair another couple of cm and repeat the process.
It will take me around 15 minutes to do my entire head of hair. Considering I have really thick hair, this isn’t bad at all! I do sometimes separate my hair into top and bottom layers, but I’ve found that I don’t really need to do that.
Styling my wavy hair
Once I have finished waving my whole head of hair, I leave it to cool. I have found that if I mess with it while it is still hot, the waves will drop out. Once it is cool, I then run my fingers through it to separate the sections and to make it all blend in together. I’ll then add a quick spritz of hairspray all over, just to hold the style in place.
How long does it last?
My wavy hairstyle will last all day, which is great. However, once I have slept on it, the waves don’t look so defined. I get a bit of frizz overnight, so I usually just take a bit of hair oil (I have the L’Oreal Paris Elseve Extraordinary Oil) and run it through the lengths. This helps to tame the frizz and add a bit more shine back into my hair.
I’m so excited that I have finally found an easy way to get wavy hair. This styling tool is going to make my life so much easier!
If you know me, you’ll know that I love to travel. I love nothing more than stepping on a plane and exploring a new country. However, there’s one place that I just keep returning to and that’s Paris. The French capital is one of my absolute favourite cities in the world. I love everything about it, from the architecture to the food to the atmosphere but most importantly, I love the fashion.
Be More French
I often find myself inspired by the Parisian style, which always looks so effortlessly chic. If you think about fashion in Paris what do you think of? Breton stripes? Berets? Winged eyeliner? A bold red lip? Well the outfit that I have put together for this post combines all four of those!
While the weather has been dull and dreary here in England, I’ve decided to get the long sleeves back out. This breton stripe dress is one that has been in my wardrobe for a few years now and is from the French brand Petit Bateau. I always love wearing it as it’s just so easy to throw on, but also looks like I’ve put in a lot more effort than I actually have. Combined with a classic black beret (perfect for keeping the rain off my freshly dyed hair), winged eyeliner and my favourite red lipstick, I think I’ve nailed the Parisian style.
Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal
To complete my new French style, I used my new favourite Jean Paul Gaultier perfume, Scandal. You may have noticed that Jean Paul Gaultier has stepped away from the trademark corset-clad bottles and has gone for a more classic bottle shape adorned with a silver pair of female legs, complete with high heels. I love this bottle design, it’s so different to the other bottles in my collection and looks great on my dressing table.
Scandal is the perfect fragrance for both day and night. If you are a fan of sweeter, floral perfumes that are also warm and woody, then this is definitely the one for you.
Top Notes: Blood Orange, Mandarin Middle Notes: Honey, Gardenia Base Notes: Patchouli, Beeswax, Licorice
I usually prefer a sweeter scent during the summer months, so this one is just perfect. I could imagine myself walking down the streets of Paris wearing this. I have found that the fragrance lasts all day; I usually spritz it on before work and I can still smell it 9 hours later.
I like to spray this perfume in a few different places to ensure it lasts all day. First of all I’ll spray it on each side of my neck, then I’ll spray each of my wrists and leave it to dry. If you rub your wrists together after spraying, you can lose some of the scent. Finally, I like to spritz a bit of the perfume in my hair. I find that this is the best place to apply your perfume as it keeps the scent with you all day. Every so often throughout the day, I’ll smell the perfume when I move my head.
Win your own bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal
I love this perfume so much that I’m giving away a bottle to one of my readers. If you are intrigued and want to try Scandal out for yourself, then all you need to do is fill in the form below. Make sure you comment on this post answering the question ‘What would you do to add a French touch to your look?’.
On my first trip to Budapest last June, I paid around £20 for a sightseeing bus tour. I only had one full day in the city, so I thought that this would be the best way to see as much of it as possible. However, when I was planning for our three day trip in May, I thought it would be a great idea to join one of the walking tours in Budapest. I honestly think that there is no better way to see a city than by foot! It’s also a great way to get some exercise and work up an appetite for all of that delicious Hungarian food!
Walking tours in Budapest
A quick google search will come up with a lot of options for walking tours, from several different companies at varying different price points. It can be quite hard to choose between them, especially if you don’t know what you want to see. So, as I was trying to save as much money as possible, I decided to go with a company that offered free walking tours in Budapest which allows you to see most of the main sights.
Although you don’t have to pay to take part on these free walking tours, the general idea is that you leave a tip at the end. There’s no set amount for the tip, you just leave whatever you feel like the tour was worth. This is how the tour guides make their living. You usually find with free tours that the tour guides are the most interesting and helpful.
Trip To Budapest tours
The company that I chose to use after reading several Trip Advisor reviews was Trip To Budapest. They offer the original free walking tour twice a day, 361 days a year which is the one we chose to do. If you are looking for a more specialised walking tour, then you can choose from the following:
Jewish district walk
Street and urban art tour
Avenue and Heroes’ Square walk
If I’d had more time, I would have loved to have done a couple more of these.
The Free Walking Tour
We decided to do the tour on our first day in Budapest, which was a Sunday. The morning was all about getting our bearings and finding somewhere cute for breakfast, so we chose the 2:30pm tour. You don’t need to sign up or reserve a spot beforehand on these tours, you just need to arrive at the meeting place ten minutes before the start. This particular tour starts in Erzsébet tér (Elizabeth Square) by the Budapest Eye. The tour lasts for approximately 2.5 hours and covers 3.5km. On this particular day, it was 28 degrees so we made sure we had hats and covered ourselves in SPF 50.
A lot of people turned up for the tour, so we were split into three groups. Our particular group had 45 people in it when it began! Our tour guide was called Zoltán and he is a Hungarian who has grown up and lives in Budapest. It’s great to have a tour of the city from someone who obviously knows it so well. Zoltán started off by telling us a brief history of Hungary and Budapest itself, I was shocked to find out that Hungary remained under Soviet rule until June 1991.
Seeing the sights
From Erzsébet tér we went on to St Stephen’s Basilica, which was somewhere we had stumbled upon already that morning. This is one of the places that I hadn’t seen on my expensive bus tour. We then walked past the Fat Policeman Statue and continued along the Danube Promenade towards the Academy of Hungarian Sciences. Zoltán asked us if we could name any famous Hungarians and I’m ashamed to admit that I couldn’t. I didn’t realise that the inventor of the Rubik’s Cube, Ernő Rubik is Hungarian.
It was then time to leave the Pest side of the city and walk over the Chain Bridge towards Buda. Buda is the more expensive part of the city. Here, we stopped for a ten minute toilet/refreshment break before continuing up to Castle Hill. Although we could have taken the funicular up to the top of the hill, Zoltán told us that it’s not worth paying for a 30 second ride. The walk up the hill is the hardest part of the whole walk, but it only takes ten minutes. Plus, the views on the way up are stunning! I always love seeing a new city from above.
Once we got to the top, we were shown the view over to the Pest side of the city. Zoltán told us that this was the best panoramic view of Pest and there’s no need to pay for the Budapest Eye when you can walk up the Castle Hill for free. He then showed us around the Castle District including the Matthias Church and Fisherman’s Bastion which is where the tour concluded.
The end of the tour
At the end of the tour, Zoltán sat us down in a quiet area near Fisherman’s Bastion. He explained a bit more about the Pest area and what was around if we wanted to go and explore. He said that if we had any questions for him about places to go then we could ask but he had also prepared a map for us.
On the map, he’s pointed out the best ruin bars, restaurants and other places to drink and eat. I took a photo of this before we left and we used it as a reference for the rest of the trip. This was also the part where we left our tips. He placed a blue bag on the table, so we could give whatever we felt was necessary. I can’t remember how much we left as I was still getting to grips with Forints at that point!
I am so glad that we chose to do one of the free walking tours in Budapest. Especially as it was given by a local who was very familiar with the area. I feel like we learnt a lot more than I did when I was on the bus tour. Plus, we got some exercise in while we were at it too.
Father’s Day is just around the corner now (16th June!), so it’s time we were thinking about gifts. If your dad is as hard to buy for as mine is, then I have a few ideas for you. All from Notino who offer a great range of products and quick delivery.
If your dad has a beard, then you need to get him a beard grooming kit. These are becoming so much more popular over the last few years as beards have now become trendy. A beard oil is a great way to soften and tame the beard. This gift set from The Bluebeard’s Revenge also contains everything your dad needs for a smooth shave as well.
On the subject of beards and grooming, another great gift idea is this Babyliss hair and beard trimmer. Your dad can use this on his face or on his head. Who needs a trip to the barbers when you can do it all at home for no cost? I’m sure that this would go down well if your dad likes to keep himself well groomed.
If you’re really stuck for ideas, then a nice aftershave always goes down well. If you don’t know what sort of fragrances your dad is into, then you should check out Bvlgari BLV pour homme. BLV pour homme is a fresh, woody-spicy fragrance which is perfect for the warmer weather.
Top notes: Cardamom, Ginger, Ginkgo Leaves Middle notes: Juniper, Tobacco Base notes: Cedar, Musk, Sandalwood, Wood
Another great idea for an aftershave is Escentric Molecules Molecule 01. This particular fragrance is special because it contains only the aroma-chemical Iso E Super, which, on its own, is less of a fragrance than an effect. When worn, the wearer may notice a subtle woody, velvety note which doesn’t tend to stick around for a long time. However, it will resurface after some time. The effect that it has on other people is something special though, it is said to have a rather pheromonic effect.
Another great thing to buy your dad for Father’s Day is car products. If your dad is anything like mine, then he will be really into his car. Notino doesn’t just do beauty products, you can also get some car air fresheners on there. Everybody loves a good Yankee Candle fragrance and I think my dad would particularly love this Black Coconut air freshener. There’s nothing better than a nice smelling car, especially when you’re in it for long distances. The Yankee Candle air fresheners are known for being long lasting and giving out a strong scent.
Hopefully this guide has helped you to pick something out for your dad. They’re not all completely difficult to buy for, but if they are then this should help!
When the weather is warmer, I don’t like to wear as much makeup. There’s nothing worse than feeling like your face is caked in foundation and powder, especially when it’s hot. So, seeing as it should be getting nice and sunny soon, I thought that I would get myself a new foundation. After browsing Notino, the one I decided to go for is the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation.
Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation
I’ve tried a few things from Bobbi Brown before, mostly lip products. I have been very pleased with what I have tried, so I decided that it was about time I tried a foundation. After looking through, I chose the Skin Foundation in the shade 0 Porcelain. This foundation is water based, oil free and contains SPF 15. It offers a light but buildable coverage.
My current skin
At the moment, my skin is quite good. I get a couple of spots around my period, but in general it is clear. I still have some scars from previous breakouts which I feel like I need to cover up, which is why I like to wear foundation. My skin is normal to dry and as long as I keep up with my skincare routine, it’s more normal.
Coverage and application
As the description on the website states, this foundation is light coverage but very buildable. I usually only use a pump and I blend it in with my Real Techniques sponge. With this one pump, I find that it really evens out my skin tone and helps to slightly cover imperfections. My natural freckles can still be seen through it. If I feel like I need a bit more coverage, then I’ll add an extra pump or two and it still blends really evenly. No matter how much I use, there is still a really natural finish and it doesn’t feel cakey at all. The foundation has a slightly dewy finish which I like. I don’t feel like I need to add a thick layer of powder to matt it down, although I do use powder on top just to set it.
How the foundation wears
I work 9 – 6, so on a work day I put my foundation on at around 7:15am. I don’t get home until after 6:30pm. After a full work day, I have found that my foundation still looks great. It wears off around the bridge of my nose because I wear glasses. However I am yet to find a foundation that can withstand me constantly taking my glasses on and off.
With some foundations, I start to get irritated during the day because I can feel them sat on my face. However, with the Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation, I don’t feel it at all. It’s so light that I sometimes forget that I am even wearing makeup at all.
Overall, I’m really happy with the foundation and I’m definitely going to be looking into other base products from Bobbi Brown.
The Bobbi Brown Skin Foundation was gifted to me by Notino. All thoughts and opinions are my own.