Friday, 26 September 2014

Wildest Moments

Happy Friday, guys! Just a quick post today to show you all my new hair do. It was a planned 'spur of the moment' thing, if that's even possible. I'd booked myself in at the hairdressers, only to find out she needed to cancel as she had an emergency doctors appointment. Feeling fired up for a change, I managed to get myself a 'walk-in' hair appointment, and voila. I'm basically a different girl! 

Please excuse my face, in it's red and grimy glory!
You might also notice that I've dyed my hair back to brown. It's kind of horrible, as I used a 'new-to-me' dye, Olia, and it's pants. It was really patchy, and hard to mix. I don't really want to go over it again with another brown dye, as this new cut signifies a kinder, less chemically damaging version of my hair. I guess I could just tell people that the patchiness is to match my tortoiseshell glasses - people would believe that, right? 

So, what do we think? (Be nice!)

Chelsea xo

Monday, 22 September 2014

Be Seeing You, Festival No.6...

Did I mention I was going to Festival No.6 this year? I don't think I did mention it. Oh, I did? Are you sure? Well, if you say so... (This is quite a long one, I do apologise!)

If you've blocked me on twitter or are a new follower, Festival No.6 is a majestic festival, located in the stunning village of Portmeirion, Wales. The village itself was built to showcase the beauty in life, and Festival No.6 is a breathtaking way to experience this for one weekend in the year. 

After enjoying last year's festival so much, I made sure I snapped up tickets for us to go again this year. Sure, I took a risk and ordered early bird tickets, but by the time the line-up was announced, there were plenty of great acts to see, which was obviously very pleasing. Joe and I spent the entire weekend laughing, dancing and drinking crazy amounts of swedish oaty non-milk milk...

We arrived on the Thursday, as we wanted to grab a decent camping spot - last year we arrived in the pouring rain, and had to pitch up near the loos! - and were blessed with the most glorious weather this time around. The sun was out all weekend, and with the temperatures raised, you really did feel like you were in a Mediterranean beauty spot. As there were limited acts on the Friday morning, we had plenty of time to explore the village and just bask in the sun. Lovely!  

On Friday, we managed to catch some really good acts, including Patrick Wolf and Los Campesinos! who were brilliant. Patrick Wolf was so charming, and really humble, despite the fact that he's been making music for absolutely years! And, he only went and played the bloomin' harp! He's such a talented guy. Los Campesinos! are a really fun band to see live, and their music is so energetic, you can't help but dance/jump along. Before seeing them, I thought LC! were an okay band, but seeing them live really changed my view on them. I'd recommend seeing them live to everyone!  

We managed to catch a number of comedy acts, including Henning Wehn, Tony Law, Phil Key (bloody mental, but you need to see him!) and Robin Ince. My favourites, out of these, were probably Phil Key for his omg-that-can't-be-true storytelling, and Robin Ince for his Brian Blessed impression. We also managed to catch Letters Live, which was a handful of carefully selected letters from Letters of Note read aloud by famous people. They were perfectly chosen, I felt, and are what spurred me on into buying the rather lovely book. Which, of course, I urge you all to do as well. 

The Sunday headliners were Pet Shop Boys, and it was simply amazing. They obviously put so much into their live shows, and everything about it was incredible. Luckily for us, The Brythioniad Welsh Male Voice Choir were invited on stage to perform Go West - to celebrate the choir's 50th anniversary. It was spectacular, and even PSB's named it as a career highlight. It was such a great way to end the festival, and it was definitely the highlight for me. My only gripe was that they didn't play my favourite song, Heart, but they did play Always On My Mind - which I cried at, obviously - so I can't complain much. 

All in all, an amazing weekend. What do you think, would you ever go to Festival No.6? Did you go to any festivals this year? 

Chelsea xo

Saturday, 20 September 2014

The Autumn Tag!

I think Autumn tends to be a favourite season for quite a lot of people - it's certainly mine - which is probably why I wanted to take part in Georgina's tag. I also did her tag in 2013, but as she's created some new questions this time around, I thought it would be rude not to fill it out again! 

1. Ok, we're talking coffee - what's you're favourite seasonal drink from Costa, Cafe Nero etc?
I know everyone loves it, but the pumpkin spice latte thing sounds absolutely rank. Like, seriously. Just, ugh. I would say my 'seasonal' drink would be a special hot chocolate, with maybe mint or cinnamon syrup added, lots of cream and a dusting of chocolate on top. Yum! I would drink this all year round, though.

2. Accessories - what do you opt for, scarfs, boots, gloves?
I'm trying to get into being a hat person. I really suit hats (says Joe) and I would like to branch out a bit and make autumn my 'hat' season. Usually, though, I like wearing brogues or boots, definitely a scarf and some gloves. Those weird technology gloves are a must for me, as long train journeys mean I'll need to be able to skip songs and tweet throughout my travel! 

3. Music - what's your favourite music to listen to during Autumn?
I don't really listen to music seasonally. Even Christmas songs can be played in the wrong seasons for me - dun, dun, duuuuun - so this is a bit tricky. Probably The Smiths, as Autumn can be quite miserable, weather wise, so why not listen to the moanings of Morrissey? I played a lot of The Smiths and Morrissey when I briefly moved to London a few years ago, and that was in the Autumn so it's quite fitting. 

4. Perfume - what's your favourite type of scent for this time of year?
All of my perfumes are quite light and floral, which is more summery, really. My favourite scents are cinnamon and vanilla though, for this season.

5. Candles - what scents will you be burning this season?
I need to get my wax tarts out and see what I have left! I really like the Yankee Candles cranberry scents, so I might have to make a special trip out and get some of those. And maybe something with a touch of ginger. 

6. What do you love most about Autumn? 
My biiiiirthday! Which is less than a month away, guys! Get excited! I adore birthdays, but my 21st was a bit crap (I'd just moved away from all my family and friends), and last year was fun but marred by a really stupid uni project, so I'm hoping for big things for this year! I'll be turning 23, which is my favourite number too, so that's gotta be good! 

7. Favourite makeup look? 
I don't really like autumn make up trends. I look silly with a strong brow, and the no-top-lip syndrome means I look even sillier with a berry lip. Plus, it's cold! I've usually got my face stuffed in a scarf, so I just stick to being well moisturised. 

8. What are you most looking forward to in Autumn?
I've got quite a few things to look forward to, which is great. Going for lunch with the girls next week, then I'm off to Cardiff at the start of October, my birthday in the middle, then a date with Leona at the end of the month. November sees our trip to London and then it'll be winter - woo! 

I thought this was a really great tag, and I'm gunna tag Michelle, Kloe and Leona to do it! Of course, if anyone else fancies it, you're more than welcome! 

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Thankful Thursday

I seem to have fallen off the blogging bandwagon recently - despite having so many things to blog about - and I don't really have any real reason why. Of course, if you've seen me complain on twitter, you'll know that I've been pretty ill recently. That isn't an excuse or anything, I'm just saying... I still am a bit ill, but I don't have the luxury of feeling sorry for myself when I have a toddler to look after as well! Can you believe since my last post that Dylan is now 3?! Yup, I'm finding it hard to believe too... 

Today, I am thankful for -
- Dylan
- my health, because let's face it, I will get better, and there are so many people who cannot say that
- the interest in the Independence Referendum, I'm hoping this means more people will vote when it comes to the general election and rid us of the lizard king!
- the fact I get a new phone tomorrow!
- the joy found in a cup of tea and a slice of toast

That's pretty much it, really! Of course, there are many other things, but I'm ill so you need to forgive my forgetful mind. Hopefully usual posting will resume either tomorrow or over the weekend :) 

What are you thankful for?

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

In With The New

Hello everyone! I thought I would lift the silence after my weekend at Festival No.6 with a post on some new stuff in my life. I'm nice like that, you see. I was going to dive right in and tell you all about my weekend, but I'm not emotionally ready to let it out of my mind yet. I'm not calling this a 'haul' post, as I find that word really odd, and I'm only including like, three things. Of course, it goes without saying that I'm not bragging (maybe a little bit) so please don't hate on me. 

First up is the beautiful Letters of Note signed hardback book I bought at Festival No.6 - what, of course it has it's own bookshop - and I couldn't be happier that it's now in my possession. I was going to ask for a copy for Christmas, but I have it now and yeah. It's amazing. If you don't follow @lettersofnote on twitter, then you're seriously missing out. 

I was shocked when I saw the Superdrug in the next town over stocked Makeup Revolution products. I picked up the Girls On Film palette after falling in love with it at the counter. When looking online, I couldn't decide between this or the What You Waiting For? palette, but this one won me over in store. I think this will be great over the coming months as I've got my birthday, gigs and Christmas to get all prettied up for. I'm pretty excited to try this out, I've got to admit. It looks absolutely lovely, and for £6, how could you complain?

And last but not least, I bought these adorable Dumbo slippers from Primark today. Dumbo is my favourite Disney character, and I'm so glad I have these snuggly things to keep my toes warm. Sorry for the instagram photo, but they're too nice to take off and photograph properly! These were £4 and I'd happily pay about ten times that for anything Dumbo related!

So, that's what's new with me! Would anyone like to know more about anything? (I know you're dying to know more about the slippers...) I'd be more than happy to dedicate a larger post on something if anyone wants me to. You guys know I live to serve, right? 

Chelsea xo

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Book Club #7 - Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore!

As nerdy as it sounds, when I saw that Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan was featured on one of my class reading lists, I knew I had to snap it up and read it as soon as I could. I bought it way back in May, but only got round to reading it recently.

A pretty great book cover
The story follows Clay, a young guy in San Francisco, who finds himself needing a job - any kind of job - when the start-up bagel company he worked for goes bust. Suddenly he realises that all of his peers have landed themselves prosperous careers after leaving university, and all he has to show for his time is a simple logo he created. Like in all good story telling, Clay's life is flipped upside-down when he stumbles across Mr Penumbra and his 24-hour bookstore.

I really enjoyed reading this, as Clay is a great narrator. His thoughts and actions all seem plausible, which is something you need in a slightly ridiculous story. When he accesses his achievements - or lack thereof - you really feel his disappointment in himself, his utter disbelief in how complacent he became and his frustrations become your frustrations. I like that in a story, who'd have thought?

My only gripe with this story was the ending. Although it was a good ending, with some sort of feel good moral thrown in, I just felt like it wasn't the right ending. An ending that would make me gasp, or look back over the pages to realise 'yes, that was it!' - just something with a bit more bite. 

I don't want to end my review on a bad note, as this really isn't a bad book. If you've fancied reading this book, then please do! I'd love to know your thoughts, and if you enjoyed the ending. 

Have you read Mr Penumbra's 24-hour Bookstore?

Chelsea xo

Tuesday, 2 September 2014


I've been hopelessly reaching quite a busy girl. With September being a super busy month for our family - immediate and extended - August had no choice but to be proactive and downright hectic. I set myself a couple of goals, and I think I achieved most of them quite easily. Let's have a gander, and see what I have in store for September as well! 

Absolutely no reference to the content, but ain't they pretty?
Do something fun on our anniversary 
We celebrated our anniversary a few days early, but I'm glad to say we still had fun. We went out for a meal, and just had a really nice time. As Joe's a dessert chef, a rarely get to see him apart from his two days off, and during the summer I've have some extra shifts booked in at work on those days. This meant our one evening of freedom was spent chatting and laughing and just not caring about work the next day. I'm hoping that next year we might be able to have a night away, but don't hold me to that...

Book shifts for the end of the month
Yeah, I did quite a lot of extra shifts. I hoped that the extra cash would help towards festival spending money, but for some reason our cut-off date at work was 9th August, so I won't see the benefit until the end of this month! Which is typical, as I'll be (hopefully) drowning in my excessive student loan money by then. 

Visit Bath and my uni friends
Yep, it was a friend's birthday so I took Dylan out for the day and it was so lovely. We had lunch together and then sat by the Royal Crescent for a bit while Dylan was hulk-smashing everything.

Buy a tent
Did this basically the day after my post went live! Thank you, Go Outdoors sale!  

Read more books
I did read, but I guess 'more' is a bit subjective. I would have liked to have read more than 4 books but Netflix became too addictive again. If it's not one distraction, it's another. I did join the library though, so that's quite good. You might have seen me complaining about the library a bit on twitter, but I've realised that as I travel quite a bit, I can reach more libraries, ergo more books, and therefore can't really complain. Free reading material is nothing to complain about! 

My goals for this month are quite simple. Enjoy Festival No.6 and Bake Dylan an awesome birthday cake! Smaller goals include getting to know my camera better (did I mention I have a new camera? It's pretty great), and spend more time with family. Should be doable! 

Did you achieve all your goals for August? Or are you hoping to knuckle down for September?

Chelsea xo
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