Happy New Year! My highlights of 2015 and some 2016 ideas for you

So the new year started with a bang… from what I have heard. Unfortunately I can’t actually remember the first few hours of 2016 as I may have got a little too excited about the festivities. I did drink a third of a bottle of champagne before I’d even put my sparkly dress on!

I can’t believe how fast 2015 went, it just flew by but I have had one of my favourite years so far and these are definitely my highlights:

2015 has been great… especially my trips to Newcastle, Cambridge, Ibiza, Sunny Beach and Bruge!! And despite turning 20 this year I’m glad I have still embraced my inner child riding all of the rides at Thorpe Park, ridding Harry’s broom and flying Ron’s car at Harry Potter world and visiting Hertfordshire Zoo and London Zoo.

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New things I’ve done this year that I would love to do again and definitely recommend is a partying at a silent disco, having yourself a go at punting and seeing the Angel of the North in Newcastle.

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London life

Things I have loved about my second year living in the city… watching my fave chick flick, Mean Girls, on a sunny rooftop in Fulham Broadway, scaring all of the tourists when I dressed up as a petrifying Cheshire Cat for Halloween and partying at Notting Hill Carnival for the first time where I tried Caribbean jerk chicken. Mmm mm Summer in London this year was wicked!

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Winter

But I can’t work out if Christmas in London was even better… my favourite winter moments were  sipping a cocktail from a frozen glass in the Ice Bar, while wearing a huge igloo cape, and typically being a regular at Winter Wonderland and its German Bar.  But this year I got to embarrass myself going down the Magical Ice Kingdom slide and also watch Cirque Berserk, which was absolutely incred! This Christmas we did ice skating at Somerset House and I’m so glad we did because it is just one of prettiest places i’ve seen in London especially when it’s all Christmasy.

Read more: London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House

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Read more: A Guide to 2015’s Winter Coats

Music

I have seen some of my favourite DJs, bands and artists play live this year and my highlights have got to be…

Chase & Status at Amnesia in Ibiza. This might even be one of the highlights of the life. I saw Chase & Status about three years ago at Reading festival and ever since I’ve been desperate to see them again! And omg there were even better abroad… probably because I dancing on the podium the all night grabbing strobe lights straight apposite the DJ set.

Rudimental at Ally Pally in North London. I loved this night even more because Alexandra Palace is such an amazing venue… You would actually feel like a Princess in a place if you were wearing a ball gown. I definitely recommend going to a gig there! I’ve seen Rudimental three times and they’ve never failed to impress… I loved it this year because their guest singers were flawless and I still can’t stop playing ‘Lay it on me’ all the time!

BESTIVAL. I know I go every year, so it’s no surprise this was one of my highlights!

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NEWPORT, ISLE OF WIGHT – SEPTEMBER 13: Tito Jackson, Jackie Jackson, Marlon Jackson, Jermain Jackson of The Jacksons performs on day 4 of Bestival at Robin Hill Country Park. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/Getty Images,)

I’ve got to say though this year my faves were defs The Jacksons (can you believe they’re actually grown ups now?!), Duke Dumont, sweating it out in the Bollywood tent for Shy Fx, dancing in the pouring rain with the girls squeezing under one rain cape for Mark Ronson and of course Annie Mac at the port- she’s amazing every year!

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If you haven’t tried any of my 2015 highlights then make sure you do this year!!

Love Leeanna xo

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Festival Fashion Fever

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Coachella has officially kicked off the summer festival season… I wouldn’t have known… It’s not like my instagram feed has been totally bombarded with amazing pictures from the star-studded event or anything!! But i’m not gonna lie I have been glued to my phone these recent weeks stalking the Fashion Glitterati who have dug out their kimonos and denim hot pants.

The photos and the gossip has just made me so envious of everyone at the festival and SO excited for the upcoming festivals this year. For the past three years i’ve been a loyal Bestival goer and will definitely be there again next year, but this summer I’ve got tickets for V Festival and WOMAD and I am buzzing.

I know it’s slightly early but all this Coachella hype has got me in the mood to start planning some looks and my inspiration has come from my celeb style crushes who have totally been rocking their inner bohemian style.

STYLE CRUSH

Kendall Jenner has definitely got everyone talking and taking notes after rocking her inner bohemian chick with some fab bang-on-trend festival looks. She looks AMAZING!

Perfect your capsule look like the stars with 70s style fringing, floral prints, beads, gypsie tops, jewels and plenty of boho patterns.

Check out my Coachella high-street edit:

Floral trim straw fedora hat, River Island £20

Printed kimono, Zara £49.99

Flower choker necklace set, Miss Selfridge £10

White lace bardot dress, River Island £45

High waist mid wash denim shorts, ASOS £28

Paisley print flared trousers, Missguided £25

The bohemian look is bang on trend for this Spring/Summer season so these statement tassels and fringing and suede materials aren’t just for your festival weekend- they can totally be rocked out and about now!  Read my latest post on Tactile Textures.

Tan fringed faux suede biker jacket, Missguided £45

Ivory textured long line bralette, Urban Outfitters £20

Poppy tassel shift dress, Boohoo £20

Tropical floral print short, New Look 7.99

Wrap skirt, H&M £49.99

Tan fringe beleted purse, River Island £20

Now all you need to add is some flowers to your hair, statement sunnies and of course the loyal wellies and you’ll be ready to dance the night away! Happy camping everyone! 🙂

Geometric resin sunglasses, Pull & Bear, £16.99

Blue short buckle strap wellies, New Look £19.99

Floral garland, Topshop £10

I hope this has given you some shopping inspiration for your own fab festi-wardrobe without the four-figure price tag and got you just as excited as I am for the summer festival season! Eeeek bring on the camping and dancing all night long!

Love Leeanna xo

Purchase of the day!

Purchase of the day!

I am loving my new kimono at a bargain price of just £16. I did not expect to find this cheeky number on my casual weekly food shop at Asda, so I just couldn’t resist throwing it in the trolley.

I love my black and white kimono from H&M but this colorful one with tassels is just as perfect for a Spring/Summer style, chucked over a bikini, as it is pairing with skinny jeans in this winter weather. The tassel trend makes it a fab item to add to your festival rucksack checklist too.

Kimono- £16 George at Asda. Not bad eh?!

my refurbished shorts

Here are the results of my shorts that I said I would decorate!
I’ve wanted to decorate my own shorts for ages because I always have an image in my head of the shorts I want but they are never sold in the shops so I thought I might as well make them perfect for me.

It literally took me less than an hour. I bought studs for 98p off ebay, yes 98p! I then placed them exactly where I wanted- no pain no glue. Just pushed in the 4 pins and pressed them down. I then cut some white lace and sewed it onto the top of the two pockets.

And there we have it… my very own customised shorts. Give it a go!

Vintage doesn’t have to be pricey

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Oh how I love a good eBay bargain… except when other bidders are as competitive as I am!

I purchased these vintage re-worked Levi high-waisted shorts for a brilliant £19. I though they were absolutely lush and perfect for Bestival in a few weeks. I also bought some studs for 99p to add my own style to top these shorts off. I am planning on adding studs on to the front left pocket. So excited for these items to arrive so I can get creative!