Hello Festival Season!

My favourite time of year has begun; FESTIVAL SEASON! My October started with a bang when I managed to score freebies to Parklife in Brisbane. You would all know by now that I'm not a huge dance music fan but I still won't say no to a Festival. I love them, some people like to shop, some people like to go to the movies but the way I relax 'Hope style' is by grabbing my friends and heading off to a festival or gig for a few drinks and a day or night of dancing and great music. I managed to catch sets from Mylo, Santigold and Diplo who were all very entertaining but there was only one band with one amazing front woman who I was excited to see...

The queen of curves in the music world; Beth Ditto from Gossip! I first wrote about Beth Ditto almost a year ago and my love for her confidence and fearless approach to fashion hasn't changed one bit! Although I won't be taking style tips from her anytime soon I will be taking a leaf out of her book and amping up my confidence! Gossip took the crowd by storm, I couldn't see anyone near me who wasn't on their feet dancing and singing, especially to Gossip's hit 'Standing in the way of control' which showcased Beth's amazing voice and some pretty awesome dance moves. Miss Ditto is a born entertainer and it is so great to see a plus sized woman gracing the stage at a Festival and getting the attention and appreciation she deserves. I left after Gossip because I didn't think anyone would be able to compare to their show. Beth Ditto is an amazing performer and such an inspiring woman, it has now become my number one wish to one day interview her so watch this space you never know what can happen ;).


I thought I would show you what my number one Festival essentials are, these are my must have items I bring with me to make sure I last the whole day! My iphone is sadly my pride and joy, I love my sparkly case and the photos and videos I can take throughout the day! I never bring my wallet to a Festival (I have a fear that I'll drop it somewhere and lose everything) so I always take a small coin purse with my money and I.D. A comb and hair tie is always handy so I can tie my hair up if I get too hot from dancing, a comb is a must have because my full fringe has a mind of its own on hot days. I always bring a small pack of panadol because you never know what can happen at a Festival with drinks, loud music and a long day of dancing! Make up wise I take a small powder compact, eyeliner, mascara and of course a bold lipstick. I am loving my RayBan sunglasses at the moment, especially because they are leopard print! My gold sandals from Kmart were a $10 bargain, they are comfortable and practical and if I break them I can cope with the loss. It was surprisingly windy and freezing at Parklife so I was glad I wore my black bolero which was a gift but City Chic have some amazing boleros and shrugs in stock at the moment, you can find them here. I am in love with the Diamond Monotone Longline Top on sale for $39.95 at the moment it is a steal! I ordered a size up for this top so it was more flowy and I could get a way with wearing it as a dress/tunic. It was perfect for Parklife, I teamed it with my Full Length Leggings. I couldn't have been more comfortable at the Festival!

City Chic have just released some more new arrivals as part of their Pretty Candy range. I LOVE the Plait Shoulder Tunic - I think it will soon become part of my 'Festival Wardrobe'

Now it's your turn, what are your Festival essentials? More importantly what City Chic piece would you rock at your next Festival or Gig?


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