13 Sep 2016

Twinwood Festival 2016

2016 was our 6th year of attending Twinwood, which is a firm fixture in all of our diaries. If you have never been to Twinwood or consider going, I can't recommend it enough.  

The price is such good value, as you can arrive on the Thursday and leave Tuesday. I don't know many other festivals that offer such good value for money. You can bring as much of your own food and drink as you like, and there are no restrictions taking it into the areas or late night areas. 

Twinwood is such a wonderful little bubble where I love catching up with people from not just all over the UK, but worldwide. When I come home I feel like I've been evicted from a nurturing family and swifty kicked back into reality. 

This year again we camped with a larger group our Lindy Hopping friends 'The Mudlarks'. Sadly we had a gazebo versus the wind incident and the wind won.... so we have to move our table, and food inside of our tent, it was wonderfully bijou!   

Our Gazebo before the wind took hold

This year saw the first year of the Twinwood team introducing a small amount of 1960's into the lineup.  Although this is not the the era that we as a group are interested in, it made for some great fun and dancing, I actually really quite liked the mix of music.  

There was rumour that there was some 70's music but neither I nor friends experienced anything 1970's or saw anything as such listed? 

Saturday night saw the Bootleg Beatles on the main arena, I've never seen it so busy and the crowd so electrified, they were amazing! 

I attend quite a lot of 1940's and 1950's based events, I felt it really made a nice change, especially for those of us that go for the full duration and need a change in music / beat and like to have a good boogie. 

Over-all Twinwood kept to their roots focusing on mainly 1940's / 50's bands, just with a greater choice, in more late night areas. There was some 1920's and 1930's which I really liked as I'm am starting to explore 1930's fashion at the moment. 

2016 was the first year for little Audrey, Four years ago my friend Nicola met Nick at Twinwood and the love story started. Last year Audrey was in mummy's tummy at Twinwood and this year she could finally meet everyone. 

What a difference a year makes!

Here's a round up of what I wore and pictures of some general silliness. 

Friday Nights outfit
Handmade top and Skirt from Outerlimitz

my lovelies 

Saturday daytime outfit
Dress - Original 1940's
Hat - Original 1940's
Shoes -  Miss L fire

With the lovely Tom Carradine

Saturday night outfit
Skirt - Original Vintage
Top - Missguided

With my lovely Anna aka Goldy Loxx
Sunday daytime outfitHat - Original 1940's
Dress with bolero  - Original 1940's

Shoes -  Miss L fire 

Sunday night's dress
Dress - Original 1950's

Cockney sing-a-long, this went on well into the early hours of Monday morning, but it was such great fun. 

My special friends; Binty's first year at Twinwood. I am certain it won't be her last!

One of my all time favorite men, Paul 

Love spending time with my lovely Faye 
Thanks Sarah for our dos. You always do the most amazing job

How gorgeous are my friends Faye and Bill together! 

Funnily we said we we going to have a quiet Friday night.... fail, clearly well and truly on the rum train here. We found out these cups hold a pint!

My naval friend Nick

Strike a pose.... no longer caring that I ripped my dress royally jiving too fast

I am taller than Sarah....  

Nags Head silliness 

The Sunshine came out on Monday. It was great to just sit back, relax and listen to the music 

I have heard some unrest about some changes that were made to this years festival. My opinion is that if the festival doesn't make some changes and move forward it will may not continue to draw the sell out numbers it has seen to date. 
The injection of some more late night areas and diverse music will mean that new people and a younger audience will attend. People that may like more 60's music may find themselves being immersed in a whole other era of music, fashion and culture. This I feel is what is needed to continue the wonderful word of vintage as we don't want this sub-culture to die out. 

Roll on next year... but in a caravan! 

UB x 

24 Aug 2016

A Weekend Jaunt.........

This weekend we headed off to Oxfordshire. 

For some time I wanted to visit Warwick Castle so we decided that we would stay locally and have a day out with a picnic.

Sadly I wasn't that impressed with Warwick Castle, The rooms inside the main part of the castle are Victorian and  are beautiful but i felt i would have liked a bit more information about the rooms / era.

After our picnic, we decided to leave and drive into Warwick town. It was so beautiful. everywhere there were quiescently English building that must have such a colorful story to tell. 

30's Beach Pyjamas - from House of Foxy
Gene Shoe' Red Round Toe Tap Shoes - from Lindy Bop

In one of the main bedrooms within the castle

The beautiful State room

After leaving Warwick Castle we ventured into Warwick town, it was so very pretty. We found a little Historic Tea shop called Brethrens tea rooms. 
 The Bretherns was established in 1571 but can be dated back to 1383 as a kitchen that was in constant use.  Of course we had some refreshment here to take in the breathtaking building! 

On Sunday we went to Blenheim Place. I would highly recommend a trip here. Once you have purchased your ticket you can validate it for a year, so you can go back as many times as you choose at no extra cost. 

 The beautiful gates of Blenheim

 Dress - original 1950's 
Shoes - Miss L Fire
Handbag - original 1950's

In the beautiful formal gardens 

8 Aug 2016

I'm Back!!!!!

Well hasn't it been such a long time!

How have you all been?

I am sure some of you follow me on social media know that I didn't totally vanish from existence, since my last post life has almost done a 360 both with work, home and lifestyle, but I won't bore you with the details. 

Please do let me know what you would like me to post about or see more of. 

UB x 

4 Aug 2014

Beating Body Shaming

Lately I have been hearing and seeing a lot of hateful and potentially harmful comments towards female bloggers and women in general and I am sad to see that it's coming mostly from other women.
As bloggers we put ourselves out there, people think that this means we leave ourselves wide open to criticism. Does this really give someone the right to judge our bodies and leave comments as what to what they think we should look like and what we should / shouldn't show? Is it not the same as walking up to someone in the street and saying "you're ugly"?
I am fortunate as a blogger, I have been faced with little personal negativity, however this is not the case for my acquaintances in the blogasphere and that just pisses me off! It’s bullying, and that is NOT okay! 

Many of you that follow me on various social media platforms hopefully see that I am a keen purveyor of kindness and I support towards my fellow kin.  Now, I am not preaching just for femails here, you men are good in my book too : ) It is not any more acceptable to leave a negative comment about a males body as it is to a woman. Any kind of hateful behaviour to me is intolerable.

So when my friend Penny quite rightly decided to make a plea to us blog sorority to stop this craziness and join her to take a stand and spread the love, I of course wanted in.   

We can all be walking along the street and judge people, it unfortunately is a fact of life, these thoughts are sometimes born out of our own insecurities and for most of us that’s where they stay, as thoughts; but when it comes to leaving negative body related posts or making comments to others you have crossed the line, it’s just not acceptable.

When I was younger I use to get constant comments about my weight. People thought it was okay to comment on me being Skinny. I in fact wasn’t very well. I am naturally petite and in my early years was diagnosed with Coeliac disease, so was vastly underweight prior to knowing what was wrong with me and it took me a long while to get back a heathly weight and well. 
In my teens
I know as a 21 thirty something I feel I have quite a good attitude towards my own body, I am mostly quite comfortable in my own skin and do not feel like I have to hate on others to make myself feel better. Naturally I do have little hang up’s, I have moments when I start to feel a little down on myself, could I be a bit thinner, why is my hair not fuller.... 
Part of Penny's quest was to pair us up with fellow bloggers and asked us to take a look at their blog, and highlight three great things about them. I have been paired with @dinoprincesschar. I already follow her and dip in and out of her blog, one thing I know about her is she is a very talented dressmaker and has the most amazing shoe collection!

Char’s blog is a heady mix of outfits, lifestyle and sewing posts I love that her blog is not constraint to be about one thing which makes for a interesting a diverse read.

Take a plunge into her blog t*rex and tiaras and the first thing you will see is her beautiful long brown hair and slender frame all packaged up in some beautiful dresses, many that she has wonderfully handmade herself.

Char comes across in her posts and on twitter as kind and fun person that has a warm heart. She has a wonderful sense of individual style that I admire.

Penny asked us to include 3 things about ourselves that we like, it feels very strange to sit and think so... I love this about me, after all this is not the British way!    
  • I have a Malaysian / English heritage so have fairly almond eyes, more so as a child, I love my big brown eyes, people often comment on them, it makes me smile
  • I like being petite, at 5ft and a fag paper I can get up to mischief easily, this paired with my innocent face, it’s a winner J
  • I like being curvy, I have a big butt I shall not lie.... but I have a fondness for pin up girls and this is a shape that is mostly associated with 50’s pin ups.  

Remember each and every one of you is beautiful. I would love you to leave me a comment to stay what you love about yourself and share this post to join our cause to stop this uncalled for bullying.
 Urban Butterfly x