Monday, 30 September 2013

Monday Summary

The past couple of weeks seem to have flown by in quite a bit of a blur. I cant quite put my finger on why but it certainly feels like time has been going a little too fast! 

1. A couple of weeks ago it was my besties birthday so we decided to celebrate with a much needed night out. We decided on The Alchemist in Leeds - a cool bar that everyone seems to be talking about at the moment. They serve food and amazing cocktails so we thought we'd give it a whirl. it was an amazing evening, the food was great and the cocktails were incredible. There's colour changing ones, smoking ones, ones served in test tubes, potion bottles, and even some served in teacups. If you havn't been already I would highly recommend it! 

2. I have wanted to learn how to crochet for months now and this weekend I decided to give it a go. I've only got 1 hook and some spare balls of wool from my mum and Craigs mum but its enough to get me started. I've been watching Youtube videos for inspiration and I've started learning basic stitches. I'm dreaming of a Cath kidston Sewing box and basket to keep my bits and bobs in (hurry up payday) and I've been pinning ideas that a crazy lady! I'll be whipping up granny squares in no time with a bit of luck! 

3. Last weekend saw me and Craig embark on a slightly adventurous birthday cake for one of my work mates. What started out as what we thought was quite a straight forward and simple idea rapidly escalated in us staying up until 1am extremely stressed and covered in chocolate and icing sugar! It all turned out to be worth it in the end as my friend loved his Jurassic Park cake and it tasted pretty yummy too! 

4. Yesterday I visited somewhere I've been wanting to cross off my list for some time - Malham. Its less than an hours drive away from us so yesterday we took advantage of the weather and headed up there. With a picnic packed and our walking boots on we visited the beautiful Malham Cove, climbed up the 400 steps to the top and then walked in a big circle visiting a couple of waterfalls along the way. It was such a gorgeous day out in every way and we're really lucky to have the Yorkshire Dales on our doorstep. 

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Dynamo works his magic on Misha B

This post is sponsored by Spreaditfast.

If like me you're a fan of Pepsi you will have seen Dynamo's steely blue eyes looking at you from your chilled can of Pepsi. The Bradford born magician has teamed up with Pepsi for their latest campaign and recently worked his magic on Misha B at the Wireless Festival. 

I've always loved magic tricks since I was little - especially card tricks. I remember one of the first silly magic tricks I learnt was called 4 Jacks - does anyone else remember that? 

Although this isn't my favourite trick of Dynamo's (I love the butterfly trick he did with Natalie Imbruglia and the album cover trick he did with Tinie Tempah) he still manages to impress Misha with his magical powers.

Have you seen any other of Dynamo's magic tricks? Which are your favourites? 

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Leeds Festival 2013

This time last week I was at Leeds Festival, caked in mud with a hole in my welly but having an amazing time. 

Leeds was only my second festival, last year I was lucky enough to go to Bestival with lots of other bloggers thanks to Echo Falls. I absolutely fell in love with it and vowed to go to another festival this year. Being a northerner - Leeds Fest is probably the biggest festival around here, so at the beginning of the year me, Craig, my brother and his best friend coughed up and bought some tickets.

Originally me and Craig planned on driving home each night from the festival. I'm not the biggest fan of camping I have to be honest and thought it would be easier to return home each night, but 2 days before I naturally decided I actually wanted to camp. Not just any camping though, oh no, Pink Moon Camping. 

Pink Moon Camping is glamping at its best. You arrive to the private campsite to find your tent already pitched, 24 hour security, you have access to hot showers, private toilets, hairdryers, straighteners and somewhere to charge your phone. Yes really. It was like a little oasis in the middle of the madness of the festival. It was honestly the best decision I ever made. There is something to suit all budgets, whether its a 2 man tent or an amazing yurt, I would highly recommend this type of camping if you want to go to a festival but aren't the camping type. The campsite was well laid out, quiet and peaceful. Naturally it is quite a walk away from the main arena but this is a small price to pay to have your own little piece of heaven.

Saturday was the day the rain came. We're talking torrential rain. Me and Craig got caught in the worst of it which was pretty horrendous and we ended up missing a few of the bands we wanted to see on Saturday. It could have been worse though, some people had actual rivers of mud flowing through their tents. The festival was left in what can only be described as a mud bath. There were huge lakes and pools of mud everywhere, and the ground was so difficult to walk on. I've never seen anything like it in my life.  

Despite the rain and mud I had an absolutely amazing weekend, my personal highlights were AlunaGeorge, Disclosure, Azealia Banks, The Lumineers, Chase and Status, Modestep, Redlight, and of course the man himself Eminem. Love him or hate him, he is the biggest selling rapper of all time and I have been listening to his music for over 13 years. I can honestly say it was a once in a lifetime experience for me and something I will never ever forget. When Dido came out to sing Stan I think I screamed so hard my mum heard me back in Bradford haha! I had an incredible time and can't wait to plan which festival I'm going to go to next year.

Things I learnt for next time:
- Take a proper camping stove and a frying pan
- Buy full length good quality wellies
- ALWAYS go glamping if possible
- Bacon, super noodles, pasta n sauce and beans are great foods to take
- A dab radio would come in handy
Which festival do you think I should try next? 

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