Bestival is getting closer then ever! and what a way to celebrate by a wildthing Bestival lookbook to help you pick your colourful sparkles. If you haven’t got your ticket secured for this years ‘the most colourful show on earth’ Bestival extravaganza then click here
Here is our favorite three looks for this years Bestival … You’re Welcome
Love Saves the Day is a energetic festival based in Bristol, UK on the 26th – 27th of May. This Festival is very special to wild thing, not only does it kick start festival season with a bang, it’s a festival we have seen grown throughout the years, being based in Bristol ourselves, it makes us proud to be from this eccentric, vibrant city.
For those of you have not been before, LSTD is a two day festival set in a beautiful park within Bristol city center which normally has one day for house/ techno and one for dub-step/ grime, however this year the days have been brilliantly mixed to bring different music genres throughout the day, so there is everything for everyone. As you can see- the line up this year is incredible, from Fat Boy Slim bringing his classic tunes to Andy C Bringing the Bass to the fields.
Here is what the organisers say themselves:
“From it’s humble beginnings as a one-day event we are now leafing open the seventh chapter of love that the eclectic weekend festival Love Saves the Day has expanded into.
Brand new stages in 2018 will be showcasing a diverse range of genres and music styles as Love Saves the Day continues with its aims to combine the best of Bristol’s thriving underground scene with pioneering artists across the globe in one buzzing, unified space.
With an emphasis on great music but a following from all of the creativity and live entertainment that occurs throughout the festival, expect the spectacular and we’ll see you in the field” – lstd
Love Saves the Day is always a sell out so make sure you grab your tickets today HERE
This week in Wildthing HQ we’re getting super excited for Bestival, which is taking place on the 7th- 10th of September in it’s new location, Lulworth estate, Dorset. Not only are we so excited to see what new areas they have introduced to the festival, but we’re so ecstatic to see that this years theme isCOLOUR. I’ve been to Bestival before times and I’m really happy to see the return of some of the famous Bestival landmarks such as Love Bot and HMS Bestival, but what’s got me the most excited is the WORLDS LARGEST CONFETTI CANNON!
As soon as the theme was announced we started to get really inspired, pulling everything off the rails at our office and talking about what items would go great together. For me, the theme colour makes me think of loud block colours pulled together to create a bold and exciting, stand out piece. Mixed with lots of glitter and accessories of course.
Being the babes we are we’re here to help! We have selected THE best pieces from Wildthing.com to suit the theme to save you time… and give you a little splash of our Wildthing style. We have also put a small video together to show some looks, so make sure you check it out!
After spending an awful night at Gatwick airport (yes for some reason we decided to sleep in the airport!) we were off on our way to Phuket. I’d been to Thailand once before but couldn’t wait to get back there and see how it had changed and to explore new places. The heat hits you the second you step off the plane! The hot Thai air felt like a warm shower, especially after coming from the cold English winter. We had decided to explore Thailand by driving from place to place ourselves so the first thing we needed to do was to pick up our car rental. If you are contemplating renting a car in Thailand I could not recommend it more. We rented the car from a well-established company to give us peace of mind but still found that it was very cheap. The driving itself was pretty straightforward, the cars drive on the same side of the road as us here in the UK, the roads are pretty good and I wouldn’t say driving around Thailand is unsafe unless you’re driving around the main cities and you have to watch out for the hundreds of tuk-tuks! Our first trip was to Ao Nang in Krabi, this is somewhere I had not been before and was very excited to visit. Driving along the highway with brilliant rock formations exploding into the sky either side of the roads I couldn’t help but think how much I wished my usual commute to work could be this beautiful.
When we arrived in Krabi we stayed at the AONANG CLIFF BEACH RESORT, a fantastic resort situated on the Cliffside in Aonang. When we first arrived at Aonang cliff beach we were whisked away in an electric buggy to the back of the resort to an open-air reception where we were checked in by friendly, welcoming staff. Next we were shown to our room, wow, it was bright, luxurious and spacious with all the mod cons, the highlight though had to be the bath on the balcony (yes you heard me, the balcony). You can gaze out over Aonang and the Andaman Sea whilst soaking in the tub. Once we’d unpacked we wandered down to the pool area. The pool was my favourite part of Aonang cliff beach resort, it’s a stunning infinity pool high up on the cliff side with views out to the coast. There are even sun loungers in the pool so there is no need to ever get out! When you step outside of the resort you are amongst everything that Aonang has to offer, a great range of Bars, Restaurants and shops and just a short walk to the beach, yet when you’re relaxing by the pool it feels like you’re a million miles away from civilisation on your own tropical island. On one of the nights we were staying at the cliff beach resort we had dinner at the huge buffet that the hotel restaurant puts on every night. The buffet has a wide selection of barbecued meats, seafood and some Asian dishes. The food was good but I would have liked to have seen a few more vegetarian options available for us non-meat eaters. To see more on this great Hotel or to book a reservation click here .
We thought that the area of Ao nang itself was nice but maybe a little bit too touristy for our tastes, there’s plenty of bars and restaurants to visit in the evening and there are a lot of great day trips to go on, the beach is ok but you can easily get to some really beautiful ones (such as Railay and Tonsai). All in all we really enjoyed our stay in at the Ao nang Cliff Beach Resort, if you are in the Krabi area I would definitely recommend a stop there. After spending around a week in Krabi we decided to set out and explore some more of Thailand. We drove along the coast and then hopped on a tiny car ferry over to our next destination; the island of Koh Lanta (which is actually two islands). Koh Lanta is known for its coral-fringed beaches, mangroves and limestone outcrops, our first stop was Khlong Khong beach on the West coast. We had planned on staying in Koh Lanta for 3 or 4 days but ended up staying for 2 weeks, we loved it that much. The vibe on Koh Lanta is very chilled out and un-touristy, it was a nice place to relax after the hustle and bustle of Krabi.
During our time at Koh Lanta we stayed at the fantastic Eco Lanta Resort, located on Long Beach at the north of the island. The resort had a very charming, family run, natural, friendly feeling to it. The accommodation at Eco Lanta is made up of a series of bungalows set just back from the beach. The bungalows were spectacular, they were made almost entirely from bamboo (with the obvious exceptions of the toilet, mattress etc.) and decorated beautifully. Each bungalow has a porch area with seating and hammocks to relax in. Whilst we were staying at the Eco Lanta we had the unique experience of stepping outside our bungalow to see an elephant wandering around on the beach. SAMUI KATI After 5 weeks of travelling around Thailand we then hopped on a short flight over to Singapore. I had previously visited Singapore and can’t get enough of this diverse, clean and cosmopolitan city.
The first hotel we stayed at in Singapore was the Parkroyal on Pickering. The hotel is located on the edge of China town in close proximity to many of Singapore’s most famous sites such as Raffles, Marina Bay and Clarke Quay. In a city filled with skyscrapers the Parkroyal really sticks out in the Singapore skyline with its unique design that highlights its commitment to being green and eco-friendly. From the moment you step inside you are taken aback by the spectacular interior design that brings to mind images of Asian countryside and rice paddies. It’s really nice to know that the architectural design is matched by real environmentalism; the hotel collects rainwater, uses solar power where it can and uses light, motion and rain sensors to try and be as self-sustainable as possible. When we arrived at the Parkroyal we were greeted by very friendly staff waiting to check is in whilst we sipped on a refreshing complimentary lemon grass drink.
We stayed in one of the Orchid Club rooms, the room was simply stunning, decorated in tasteful greens and natural woods and large enough to contain the most comfortable king sized bed in the world, a work area and a sofa. In the large modern bathroom there was a bath tub big enough to go scuba diving in. Staying in an Orchid Club room also comes with some great privileges; champagne breakfast, all-day soft drinks, afternoon tea, evening cocktails at the roof top terrace and a whole host of other benefits. We really were looked after very well! When we wanted to relax we headed to the fifth floor and the infinity pool where the bird-cage like cabanas offer a unique place to soak up some sunshine.
After PARKROYAL we spent the remainder of our time in Singapore staying in the Marina Bay Sands Hotel which was a spectacular experience, it wasn’t great for the bank account but this place is on the bucket list. The reception was something I was not expecting, it was very much like being in an airport with huge groups of people running around with suitcases, however the staff were very helpful and even gave us a free upgrade. Once we had checked in it was actually very easy to find our room (surprisingly). The rooms were HUGE and very modern; I guess I was expecting something a lot smaller as we were staying in such a well-known hotel, and the view from the balcony was a spectacular view of the Gardens by the Bay. Part of the Maria Bay experience is going up to the Sky Park where you can bathe in the infinity pool (which was soooooooooooo amazing) and you can chill on the pool side with great cocktails.
After Singapore it was a hop on the plane and back to rainy UK. Below are more photos of our trip and an aftermovie.
One of my favourite places in the world is Ibiza. I love how every time I go, the experience differs from the last. Whether you’re trying to find yourself whilst watching the sunset from cafe Mambo’s, or partying the night away at one of the legendary nightclubs, Ibiza’s unique appeal entices people from all over the world.
One thing that I’ve never experienced on my Ibizan journeys is Elrow. I’ve heard many tales of confetti, acrobatics and psychedelic decorations running alongside iconic DJ’s playing the sounds of an EDM lover’s dream. I needed this in my life, so when I heard Elrow was coming to Bristol I knew it was an event which I couldn’t miss, I was too excited!
Knee deep in Elrow was taking place at Motion, Bristol, and was hosted by the likes of HOT SINCE 82, MATADOR, BUTCH, CRISTOPH, DE LA SWING, GEORGE PRIVATTI who kept the music and crowd going all night long. As the Elrow world unfolded around us we were mesmerised by the colourful confetti and inflatables, to the point where you actually start to question your own sanity (in the absolute best possible way!). Elrow is a party like no other exploding in colour, confetti and glitter, there is something really special in the way that people can dress as fun and bold as they like, the party goer crowd was not lacking in glitter or fancy dress.
Elrows ability to enlighten, amuse and entertain the 1000’s which attend their event’s can’t be compared, and any trip to Ibiza, or any one off events like the one we attended in Bristol are too good to miss. Check out Elrows website to see what events they have going on http://www.elrow.uk/.
If you want some Halloween inspiration you’ve come to the right place. Most of the products listed below are handmade and unique. You don’t have to purchase overpriced, poor quality costumes this Halloween. Opt for an alternative look. We have a dedicated Halloween page, but we’ve put together a Halloween look book for you using our products. Most products are made to order and not off-the-shelf, so make sure you order early to avoid disappointment!
I love Halloween. I love dressing up. Luckily for me my birthday falls over the Halloween weekend so costumes and fancy dress have always been a part of my celebrations. I can be quite theatrical, so my Birthday/Halloween weekend has always been a personal excuse for me to go above and beyond. I don’t do half measures. Halloween costumes have been gaining popularity in adults over the years, and whether you want to dress up as as your favourite sexy TV character, or scare the living shit out of people with your zombie make up skills… it’s all acceptable for 1 day a year. After a long summer of festivals and elaborate outfits, I feel that Halloween is one of the last chances to get our creative juices flowing and create a eye catching look. As I’ve got older the costumes have got less slutty, I must say my “mean girls” costume days are most certainly over, but in place of this I’ve moved over to the elaborate art of make-up FX and costume making. Last year I purchased a corset and stuck flowers all over it for my “day of the dead” look. After many years of being left disappointed I learnt my lesson with buying fancy dress online. I’m sure you’ve been there… You see a fancy dress costume online which looks fantastic on the models, but only left greatly disappointed in the quality of the products received. Fancy dress companies tend to be make outfits with poor fitting materials, and without any options to change last minute your little bo peep outfit makes you look more like bo Pete. Last year my partner wanted to go as the joker, and the costume which turned up was exactly that – a joke. So very last minute I had to put together a creative outfit and do joker makeup using left over face paints. The end result was worth it though, and I decided from that point on I will not be purchasing any fancy dress manufactured for the masses again, after all, why spend out on awfully made products? Part of the fun of dressing up is being creative and opting for products which will stand out as being unique, handmade and of high quality. I’m a bit of a perfectionist I must say, and I always like to opt for costume ideas which aren’t going to be worn by every other person at the party. So I’ve put together a few looks for you using products from our website to help you along your way.
Bestival ….. it’s always been on my to do list, every year I say I’m going to go but somehow I’ve never made it! This year is going to be the year, I will finally break my Bestival virginity and I can’t wait!
For those of you out there like me who haven’t been to Bestival before it’s a 4 day festival set in a beautiful leafy park on the Isle of Wight, it’s famous for having an eclectic line up with every genre of music represented across the various stages and for having the craziest fashion and fancy dress around!
The thing that Bestival is most well-known for is having a different fun, loud and often extravagant theme each year. The theme of this years festival has been announced as ‘The Future’ which has got my blood pumping and brain whizzing thinking about outfits. All I can think about is dressing up like Mila Jovovich in The Fifth Element and riding around the festival on a hoverboard from Back To The Future 2! I can’t wait to start playing with sequins, iridescent fabrics and abstract accessories, to help you get started with your own Bestival future fashion look I’ve put together a great selection of clothing from Festival Fashion that will work brilliantly with the theme. CLICK HERE
As well as the amazing festival fashion on display there’s some music going on over the weekend! Whether it’s the electronic sound of Major Lazer and Hot Chip, grimey hip hop from Whiz Khalifa, Wiley and Goldie, indie pop by Bastille and Years and Years, or the more rocky sound of The Cure and Wolf Alice, whatever type of music you love Bestival has you covered. It’s not all about the music at Bestival though. There is an incredible range of other amazing (and occasionally slightly crazy!) activities to get involved with. For example you could do a workout with Mr Motivator, learn about falconry at the bird sanctuary, checkout a circus show, marvel at Lucha Libre wrestlers or have a hop around on the world’s biggest bouncy castle!
Bestival is located on the Isle of Wight, for those of traveling over from the main land the ports of Southampton, Portsmouth and Lymington are a short ferry trip away. Just make sure you pre-book your ferry trip to get the best prices and choices of crossing times. The festival car park opens at 9am Thursday 8th September with the campsite opening at midday. Most people who go to Bestival camp in the main campsites, just turn up pitch your tent and enjoy your weekend. There are however other areas, such as Boutique Camping, to stay at an additional charge.
So.. Without a shadow of a doubt Bestival 2016 is not one to be missed, below is the links to purchase your Bestival tickets and more information on Bestival.
Brownstock is often referred to as the UK’s best small music festival and now we can see why!
This year the festival had its 12th Birthday and ran from 8th July – 11th July 2016 at Morris Farm in Essex, while opening its gates to over 6,000 keen festival goers. It was the first time we had attended, and it definitely lived up to expectations and was certainly worth the three and a half hour drive each way! The buzzing atmosphere and quirky touches made an unforgettable weekend.
The festival is comprised of 6 stages, therefore ensuring that Essex is firmly on the festival map! It also means there is something for everyone, no matter what sort of music you’re into. The Stumble Inn plays strictly house music only compared to The Good Shed for example which welcomes some of the best drum and bass DJs in the world, such as Crissy Criss and Drumsound & Bassline Smith. The Main Stage is found further through the festival grounds with one of the best sound systems we have ever heard! Tinie Tempah headlined on Saturday night with an incredible set, as well as Lady Leshuur on Sunday and Mark Ronson on Friday along with a huge array of famous musicians throughout the weekend. For early risers BSTK is great as the music starts at 11:00am everyday going all the way through to 2:00am, so there is no excuse to be sat at your tent! One of the highlights for us was also the silent disco and paint party; we believe it’s these extras which set BSTK apart from other festivals. We also had a whale of a time dancing to some all-time classics played at the Treehouse such as Biggie Smalls and Missy Elliot.
Throughout the festival grounds there were endless food shacks selling some of the best smelling food ever. Whether your taste buds were craving something sweet, savoury, sour or alcoholic you were catered for. The food stalls covered an array of things including candy floss, aromatic curry, stone baked pizza and delicious cheesy chips. For those feeling brave, ostrich burgers were even on offer! Personally we were a fan of the creamy mash and gravy, and the scrumptious maple syrup hot waffles. Unlike some other festivals that we have been to the bar at BSTK was a great surprise, it was hugeeeeee, which consequently meant there were no queues so buying alcohol between music sets couldn’t have been any easier. We would also highly recommend bringing your own portable camping stove so that you can cook eggs and bacon in the morning – yum!
We were happy to see that BSTK had supplied a great number of portaloos, again also meaning that there were no queues of desperate festival goers. The VIP toilets were even nicer than ours at home, and they were always stocked up with toilet roll. The campsite was split up into family camping, general camping and VIP camping, which was great as you could get a general idea of what to expect, regarding the level of noise and litter. We did get to the festival at around 4:00pm on Friday, and considering the gates opened at 12:00 midday we found it a little difficult to find a suitable space, but that was most likely our fault, so we would recommend getting there early. The festival was easy to navigate your way around and the paths were lit up with lights once it got dark, which made such a big difference compared to trying to find your tent in the pitch black and tripping over endless guide ropes. There were also water points scattered throughout, which is a much cheaper way than being forced into buying bottled water. By Sunday the campsite was pretty messy but what else do you expect when you go to a festival these days?! – and in a weird way it even added to the atmosphere. In areas such as the car park and the festival grounds there were workers constantly keeping it clean which was lovely to see. There was also a selection of fairground rides pumping out music, such as The Waltzers and Oxygen (only for the brave!). Whenever we wanted a break from dancing there were plenty of places to sit back and relax, there were bales of hay scattered around and benches as well as a big circle of banana hammocks – although you were lucky to find a free one!
As true festival fashion lovers ourselves we were constantly on the lookout for cool and wacky outfits, and there were definitely some around. We firmly believe that fashion is such an important element of any festival and that you can never have too many sparkles, sequins or funky patterns. For the latest festival trends and for some of the best UK independent festival fashion brands check out our website and social media pages below!
Glitter is a big thing at BSTK and Festival Faces Group were sure to satisfy everyone’s needs, including makeup, massages, face painting, hair and glitter – what more could you wish for?! Festival Faces Group is made up of a fantastic professionally trained team who can make anyone sparkle. It was started by Hannah in 2009 and since then their services have spread and they have worked with big brands on bespoke projects such as Google, Channel 4 and Tesco! As well as being able to come to your own home they are also often found at places including festivals across the country, birthdays and hen parties, so keep your eyes peeled! The team are all so friendly and have the best imagination, so even if you’re struggling to think of a design yourself they will always be able to come up with a show stopper! On Friday Rosie Enright and Sophie Glew made our faces sparkle with petals and glitter and also added our requested Eat Brain drum and bass logo as well. We were over the moon with the end result, their tent really was a heaven for any festival lover and we highly recommend checking out their website and social media pages below or contacting them on 07833045588 for any general enquiries.
We really did have an unforgettable weekend; we can’t believe how cheap the tickets are for what you get in return, it’s an absolute bargain! So make sure to follow BSTK Festival on social media to keep updated with all of the latest information and professional photos from this year’s festival.
BSTK 2017 weekend camping tickets are already on sale now via the official website, for just £79 or a payment play of £8.18 per month, secure yours now before you forget.