Monthly Archives: June 2011

Festival Fashion: Glastonbury

Festival fashion is a hot topic in women's magazines this month

Today is a very exciting day as it is the start of my festival oddessy for 2011. First stop: Glastonbury. I’m leaving today as I’m part of the amazing Worthy FM crew, the team responsible for Glastonbury’s onsite festival radio station. We only broadcast for one week of the year but lots of work has gone on over the last few months to ensure this year our shows are better than ever.

Naturally festival fashion has been on my mind for some time so after checking the weather forecast religiously and still being none the wiser, I put together a few of my thoughts on what to take this year…

Something Waterproof

A waterproof cover-up is essential at any festival but that doesn’t mean you can get away with relying on a roll of heavy duty bin liners – not even Kate Moss could make a refuse bag look good. Barbour jackets, parkas and leather biker jackets are all in style this season but if you buy nothing else this year make it mac in a pac. Lightweight and shower proof, these are easy to carry around the festival and come in a vast range of colours and patterns.

Head’s Up

If we are blessed with another scorcher this summer then a sun hat will be your new best friend. Boater hats join the humble trilby as a festival essential this year, but if you want to add a touch of glamour look for wide brimmed floppy hats with a 70s vibe. One of these will protect you from the sun, allow you to people watch in piece and, if you add a pair of oversized sunglasses, is a great way of disguising a hangover while you’re queuing for the long drops. Headscarves are another great way of covering up while staying chic, not to mention hiding unwashed locks and giving your look a retro feel. If you want to unleash your inner hippy then make like Florence Welch and try sporting a (fake) flower garland – if you can’t find one on the high street fear not – there are plenty of stalls selling them at the festival.

Festival fashion - Glastonbury

Festival Feet

Leave the heels at home! If your feet aren’t dry and comfortable you’ll have a crap time at Glastonbury. The site is huge and if you’re trekking between The Park and the Pyramid stage every day you need a pair of shoes that will go the distance. Wellington boots are a must – Hunter are the best of the bunch – but consider taking a pair of comfortable trainers, plimsoles or espadrilles too. Gladiator sandals are still big news this season so look for feather, beads and fringing details and pray for good weather so you can wear them.

Festival Decade: 70s

Glastonbury Festival was born in the 70s so it only seems right to follow the S/S11 trend this year. Fringing, crochet and lace are popular on waistcoats, dresses and even shorts this year. If you want to go glam try jumpsuits, palazzo pants and maxi dresses but be warned, these won’t fair so well in muddy conditions! If you can’t find what you’re looking for before you arrive, fear not – there are a plenty of vintage stalls on site, not to mention the excellent Oxfam stalls dotted across the festival – you may even find some of your donations for sale.

Have Fun

Finally, have fun! Fancy dress is encouraged and fully appreciated at Glastonbury so just embrace it. Get a temporary tattoo from WaterAid, have your face painted by pixies in the Green Fields or bring your own feathered headdress. Go with the festival flow and whatever you do don’t forget the sunscreen – lobster red will never be the festival shade du jour!

MyStreetChic.com press launch

Editor Gina Dyer with the mystreetchic.com team

Editor Gina Dyer with staf writer Sian and the mystreetchic.com fashion ambassadors

Last night Bristol’s Big Chill Bar played host to the press launch for mystreetchic.com, a new online fashion community covering trends, street style and fashion news. When laced with cocktails, fashionable chit-chat and some of Bristol’s best dressed journalists and bloggers, the night was only ever going to be a fantastic one, though I’d be lying if I said it didn’t end in a slight hangover for me this morning…

mystreetchic.com homepage As well as throwing a cracking party, mystreetchic.com also staged a ‘chic-over’ last Saturday at Cabot Circus by attempting to create a new world record for the highest amount of topknot hairstyles done in one day.

The day was as successful as last night and seems to have put mystreetchic.com, created by the folks behind the popular Bristol Fashionista blog, on the fashion map.

If you have been papped by the website’s lovely fashion ambassadors in the last couple of weeks you may well appear in their Glam Spy section, while fans of personal stylist Niki Whittle, aka Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion, will be pleased to know she is  one of the site’s experts, on hand to answer your fashion dilemmas.

S and I had a wicked night meeting new and old faces and, using their psychic powers of perception, Gina and the team even had the perfect article to put in our inboxes this morning : )

An Evening With… Charlie Boots

Charlie Boots at 204 Gloucester Road

Last night, before a girly meal at Zero Degrees, nom!, I had the pleasure of taking a trip up Gloucester Road to Charlie Boots. Shamefully this was my first visit to the ethical clothing and jewellery boutique since it opened four months ago, but I can gurantee it won’t be my last.

As regular readers know, while I struggle to resist a fast fashion bargain, I believe as consumers we must make ethical fashion choices where we can and it is up to us to acknowledge where our wardrobe must-haves come from and how they are produced. Charlie Boots (a clothing brand as well as a boutique and workshop space) ticks both of these boxes as it is focussed on using sustainable, vintage and fair trade fabrics and processes to produce limited edtion clothes and accessories. As well as this Charlie Boots, run by the lovely Ruth, stocks pieces by local and national artists, jewellery designers, photographers and  creatives.

Last night was a ‘open house’ at Charlie Boots – an opportunity to meet Ruth and the rest of the artists and designers stocked at Charlie Boots, as well as a chance to raise funds for The Moggery, a local cat rehoming centre based in Bishopston.

As well as chatting to Ruth I fell in love with some ceramic milk jugs by Joanna Rose and some gorgeous vintage and reworked necklaces by  Kirsty Kirkpatrick, see photos below, while S and I marvelled at the intricate, handmade vinyl clocks and earrings by Kristina.

Just doors down from the vintage emporium Billie Jean, Charlie Boots is part of a fantastic cluster of creative studios, shops and galleries that make this end of Gloucester Road well worth a visit. As one of the longest roads of independent retailers in the South West, Gloucester Road makes the perfect home for Charlie Boots and an essential destination for Bristol fashionistas.

I know I’ll be back for one of those milk jugs and perhaps a necklace too, or maybe an upcylced leather clutch bag… the wish-list is endless!

Jewellery at Charlie Boots

Selection of jewellery gems at Charlie Boots

Once I Was... leather clutch bag

Once I Was... leather clutch bag

Joanna Rose Ceramics

Beautiful tableware from Joanna Rose Ceramics

Gorgeous reworked jewellery at Charlie Boots

Gorgeous reworked jewellery

Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

Ship-Shape has taken a bit of a break from blog-land recently but this is only because I was super busy doing the following things…

A raving good hen do

Ship-Shape out on the town…

 Ok so it wasn’t just because I’ve been dancing the night away for eight weeks – this was for a special occasion, promise!

Bristol 10k finish line

Bristol 10k finish line

Congratulations to everyone who ran the Bristol 10k in May, be it for a charity, a personal goal or just for a giggle – it was a fab day and the perfect excuse to buy some new running threads.

Ship-shape gets hitched

This event has kept me busy for months but it was worth it on the day. Photo courtesy of the incredible Shell de Mar Photography.

Island bliss

Island bliss

… and no wedding would be complete without a well deserved break in the middle of nowhere, without a phone, computer or mother-in-law in sight ; )

So that’s what I’ve been up to in a photographic nutshell – I hope you’ve had a cracking few weeks and I promise normal Ship-Shape posts, gossip and info on all things Bristol Fashion will resume shortly.