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Festival Exclusive: Pack Your Attitude We’re Off To Latitude

July 17, 2012
I now know why UK music festivals are a summer highlight, rain or shine, after a weekend at Latitude Festival in Henham Park, Suffolk, with 35,000 other festival goers.
At California’s Coachella festival, all you need is sandals, a Cali cool summer outfit, and binoculars to check out all the gorgeous people. Contrastingly, at Latitude, you need wellies for the very thick and gooey mud, a waterproof jacket (rather than water-resistant as learned by yours truly), shades just in case the sun comes out, and a refreshing beverage in your hand.

3 girls, 5 pints, 6 wellies

For the real festival experience, make sure you have a VIP backstage pass (duh), so you can fist pump and strike a pose with headliner Lana Del Ray.

My buddy George teaching his muse, Lana, some new moves

You will also need bundles of Red Bull infused energy because at Latitude there is a LOT of ground to cover.

Latitude from altitude
Most festival goers camp out with the crowds – in style like this VIP tent below – ideally, not near a mud patch, which might turn into a mud lake by the end of the festival.
If you haven’t had the chance to go, you should know that Latitude lives up to its motto and is truly “more than just a music festival” – really. No matter what you fancy experiencing at a festival, Latitude has something to whet your appetite. From elaborate sand sculptures…
 … to psychedelic statues made from trees…
New accessory for your garden?

… and live rock balancing. Who knew this geological vocation existed, right?

Funky coloured sheep are sure to catch your eye as they say ‘baaaaaa’ and flock to the beat at Latitude.
I have to admit, I was a big fan of the sheep and had to pay them several visits during the festivities.
Festival chic. Festival sheep.
If you are tired of walking, why not chill out in a punt from Cambridge, and drift around the Henham Park lake?
For those less mature adults, or if you are festivaling with your kids, then I highly recommend the bubble tent. I’ve never seen such amazing bubbles before!
Fashionable festival fillies who forget a much-needed festival accessory don’t need to fret, because there are multiple pop-up shops selling bright beads, funky face paint, stylish kaftans, and flower crowns. I’ve decided festivals are one of the only circumstances when tie-dye is somewhat appropriate… but don’t get too carried away!
Stand out in the crowd with bright accessories & floral crowns
A full day of dancing to music and walking the grounds of Latitude is sure to make you work up an appetite. Although I do admit to visiting Kebabylon for a much needed kebab in the wee hours, I would highly recommend trying the ostrich burger stand, which was delicious.
Ostrich burgers: Healthy & yummy festival fuel!
It goes without saying that the real reason you go to Latitude is for the music! Take a look at this year’s line-up here. Seeing Lang Lang work his magic on the piano at the Waterfront Stage was truly incredible.
Nearby the Waterfront Stage is the Magical Lake, which is where the amazing Latitude water projection show is displayed at night. Feast your eyes on one of these floating apparitions above the lake, in my home-made video below.
There are so many different types of shows and artists at Latitude that it is hard for me to pinpoint my favourite performance. I think one of my fondest memories from the weekend was dancing at the Lake Stage to Moshi Moshi DJ with excellent company, as it started to bucket down with rain.
It was at this moment that I saw the crowd in their finest festival form – singing, dancing, and laughing… while gradually getting drenched in the pouring rain.
Lifestyle, London

The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Souvenirs: A Jubilee Exclusive

May 9, 2012
When I visit friends and family in the States, British mementos are in hot demand. And right now, in the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years of the Queen’s reign in early June, the London shops are packed with limited edition Jubilee souvenirs. 


Fortunately, the Jubilee souvenirs are far more classy than some of last year’s Royal wedding souvenirs. Before zipping over to the States for a lightning quick weekend trip, I’ve learned the hard way that Jubilee souvenirs are selling out quickly. So if like me you’re looking for some special keepsakes for your American friends, then you better run to the shops fast and do some damage control to your credit card because the Diamond Jubilee souvenirs are flying off the shelves!

If you’re not sure what your options are, here are some of my favourite Queen’s Diamond Jubilee souvenirs:

Limited Edition Jan Constantine Diamond Jubilee cushions 

  Surely the Royal corgis need £120 souvenir cushions to rest their little heads on?

 Jan Constantine’s range of plush Jubilee cushions are so soft, intricately detailed, and patriotic, that Her Majesty just might need a few of these collector’s items for herself!

Toasting the Jubilee In Style
Knowing the British, there will be a lot of toasting during the Jubilee celebrations and can you think of a better way to toast to Queen Elizabeth II than with these £4.99 Jubilee past and present shot glasses? The right hand image shows a recent image of the Queen while the left hand image pictures Her Majesty at her coronation in 1952… 

Maybe it’s just me, but doesn’t this fantastic portrait make Obama’s official White House portrait seem pretty casual? Bring on the fabulous Royal jewels!

Ultra Rare Jubilee Whisky: Prepare to Max Out Your Credit Card!
Once you have your Jubilee shot glasses, you need a very special liquor to fill them with, even if it costs you £100,000-per-bottle. John Walker & Sons has created 60 of these very pricey bottles of extremely rare whisky for the Jubilee–The Diamond Jubilee is a blend of rare malt and grain Scotch whiskies distilled in 1952, the year the Queen ascended to the throne.
The diamond shaped Baccarat crystal decanters (right) stand on a crystal base with six legs to signify the decades of the Queen’s reign, and are adorned with Britannia silver – sounds just like your decanter at home right? Can we say lavish?! And I thought I had expensive taste when it comes to booze…
Protect Your iPhone In Jubilee Glamor
If you’re accident prone like I am, then protecting your iPhone is essential. Harrods is selling a limited edition Diamond Jubilee iPhone4 case for £14.95, which features a particularly charming and patriotic pattern…

A Diamond Jubilee Tea Service
Emma Bridgewater and Cath Kidstonhave really gone overboard in mass producing Diamond Jubilee products for your household’s every need. If you are hosting a Jubilee party, then you might need to stock up on these Diamond Jubilee themed teatime essentials:   

Embrace your inner Brit, and sip on some English Breakfast tea in this Jubilee mug.

This Jubilee tea plate is perfect for serving: tea-time crumpets, cucumber sandwiches, scones.. oh, the list just goes on!
When it comes to washing up, why wouldn’t you pay tribute to Her Majesty..
… or her beloved corgis with these fun tea towels? Don’t these just scream family heirloom?

If you’re really going above and beyond at your Diamond Jubilee party, then why not treat your refreshments like royalty too with some gourmet Jubilee swag?
After all, don’t all cupcakes belong on a throne?

For £3.99, you can ensure your Victoria sponge cake doesn’t feel left out of the Jubilee spirit with these fabulous Diamond Jubilee Pop Out Cake Toppers. 
Jubilee Pill Popping Made Easy!
You can now remember to take your daily vitamin in style and on time with this English fine bone china Diamond Jubilee Pillbox Clock from The Royal Collection Shop.

For The Jubilee Chocoholic
If you’re a self confessed chocoholic, then you basically haven’t lived until you try Prestat chocolate. In honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, Prestat has created a celebratory Jubilee and Union Jack range, which features beautiful packaging and a brand new collection of Union Jack truffles… yum!


If you reach for white chocolate first, then you might just need to treat yourself to this cleverly designed chocolate Queen’s Jubilee creation by Choc on Choc. The hand carved slab of white chocolate is accompanied by mini union jack chocolate treats – it’s almost too pretty to take a big bite out of… almost.

 Jubilee Wheels For Kids

Similar to limited edition TY Beanie Babies, Corgi toy cars have created the Corgi Diamond Jubilee edition cars, which will one day surely be a collector’s item. Whether you are a toy car collector or want your tots to get into the Jubilee spirit, thesesweet mini Diamond Jubilee double-decker toy buses are now available for £9.99. 

A Jubilee Tote You Can Wear For Years

Once you have beat the masses to the shops and stocked up on your Jubilee gear, tote your prized souvenirs all the way home – or in my case, across the pond – in thisCelebration Jubilee Large shoulder bag, exclusively made for the Queen’s Jubilee by Harrods.

After a long day of Jubilee souvenir shopping, take off your patriotic Original Brit edition Hunter wellies, put your feet up, and treat yourself to a well-deserved cup of tea (served in a Jubilee mug of course!). 
If you cannot face hitting the shops in the run-up to Jubilee madness, then go online shopping in a big way before these Jubilee souvenirs are out of stock!

Try to remember..

Happy Jubilee souvenir shopping!