Festival tips (YNOT? edition)

So as festival season is well underway and is one of my favourite times of the year I thought it very fitting to give my opinions on how to get the best out of your expierence and also have one of the best summers of your life.

As a regular festival go’er I’m not the most experienced but I mean I’ve managed to survive 4 years of attending festivals so I guess I’m doing something right. This year I am going to YNOT festival which runs from Thursday 27th July to Monday 31st July and this will be my first year attending this festival. I am also going to Leeds Festival this year but as that isn’t until August I figured it made more sense to write about YNOT and it thought it would also be more exciting as it is my first year after all.

Now onto the somewhat helpful part ( I hope) …

In terms of camping there are several factors which come into consideration like the tent, the comfort, the pitch and the safety. For a tent it’s best to shop around before you actually commit and buy the first one you see that ‘looks okay’.
Look for:
Material (make sure it states that is is waterproof not water resistant, otherwise you will still get soaking wet in a downpour)
Specifications (you will find out so information just from this section)
-Set up (look at how easy the tent is to set up and take down as the last thing you are going to be wanting to do is spending hours setting up and taking down a tent. Automatic pop-up tents are great as they still have poles and a fixed frame but are super quick to assemble and take down)
Reviews (This is such a handy thing to do, looking at what past buyers think is the bets way to get a real judgement for an item as it hasn’t been depicted as an amazing product form the seller)
Price (obviously for a festival you don’t want to be spending hundreds of pounds on a tent that you will use once or twice so just look for one which is reasonable but not ridiculously cheap!)

All tents look very similar but if you actually read the specifications then you will see the differences. Last year me and my best friend literally walked in to Asda and bought the first tent we saw for £30 because we thought it would be fine and was an absolute bargain. But boy did we pay for it! granted we had torrential rain every single day of the festival and the ground more of a river by the end of it the tent itself held up pretty well. However all the pegs got stuck into the ground, the tent itself ripped the and we woke up soaking through from the rain every morning! That is why this year we didn’t want to make the same mistake but we also didn’t want to spend a fortune on a tent we were going to use twice. So we took to good old Amazon in hope we’d find a cheap but sturdy tent and we found a double layered, water proof, automatic pop-up tent for £49.99 which had 5* reviews, bargain I know!

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This is the tent I have purchased this year. 

Now, for the comfort you may want to consider an airbed, lanterns, sleeping bags and blankets (because it gets exceptionally cold at night) all of these for me are essentials but everyone is different! This year we are also taking camping chairs, a gazebo and firewood just to make the overall camping experience better.

The pitch and safety are two factors which role into one really, for me going to YNOT festival this year I have no idea where to camp and where is best to camp but we are just going to look for the most lively of places where we can meet new people and party with this at night, because thats what festivals is all about. If rain is forecast do not camp in a ditch as the water will collect and you will literally wake up to a lake outside your tent, the top of a hill is always a safe bet for camping. Finally, DO NOT padlock your tent as this just entices people. If you’re worried about leaving your belongings in your tent, don’t be everybody at the festival will most likely have the exact same belongings as you and therefore have no reason to steal it. The only thing that may entice people is your alcohol and your camping chairs so just make sure they are out of sight. As long as you keep your valuables like your mobile, money, ID and anything else valuable on your person you will be safe.IMG_2038

2.Food & Drink… (and by drink I mean alcohol)
This is a subject which is quite close to my heart when it comes to festivals as I am also hungry and love to drink, and festival food is also very pricey. Obviously you don’t want to be bringing your full weekly shop to a festival with you but if you make sure you bring  enough to keep you from starvation over the weekend then you will be okay. For food I personally like to bring cereal bars for the morning when we wake up, family packs of crisp to tie you over through the day and pot noodles, seriously those things are life savers! Maybe eat a proper meal from the food vendors at least once every other day for a slightly more nutritious meal.
Now, for the interesting part… The alcohol. Anyone who goes to festivals knows a substantial amount of alcohol is consumed over a short period of time which is why it is a necessity. If you want to get crates of cider or larger or even bottles of spirits it all becomes very weighty when you’re trying to juggle carrying all your camping equipment and clothes. But, YNOT have introduced an ingenious idea where you can click and collect your alcohol once you have set up your camp and the prices aren’t too bad so its a win win situation really. Don’t panic if you run out of anything whilst you’re there because you can leave the festival so if you want to pop to the nearest supermarket there are usually shuttle buses which run to and from the closet city centre.

In terms of packing clothes it is so easy to go terribly wrong and you could end up freezing because all you’ve brought is shorts and dresses or not having any dry clothes by the end of the weekend because your jacket wasn’t waterproof (this one I have first hand experience on)
When packing consider..
-Checking the weather forecast before you pack so you can account for all weather types
-Plan your outfits so you don’t overpack
-Always bring warm stuff for night time
-Bring a waterproof jacket regardless of the forecast (we are in England after all)
-Bring extra socks!
-Pack jumpers/jacket which you can just throw on if you get cold
-Sensible footwear, Wellies aren’t cute but they are practical, I also pack my doc marten boots for when the weather isn’t too bad.
-Glitter!!! (purely aesthetic but still essential)

4. Most Forgotten items important items…

-Sun cream (it might not be warm but you can still burn)
-Rubbish bags (to stop the campsite getting too littered and to also save the volunteers a job)
-Toilet roll (festival toilets are never pleasant and running out of toilet roll is the worst)
-Hand sanitiser (Germs, germs every where)
-A torch (for the middle of the night toilet trips)
-A portable charger
-Water (trust me you need water)
-Toothbrush and Tooth paste (Again trust me you’ll need it)
-Paracetamol & Antiseptic gel

There are probably more items which you will need but I did say they were the most forgotten items, and I have most probably forgotten them!

5. HAVE FUN!!!
Wether it be your first, second or 100th festival just make sure you have fun and make the most out of the weekend, stay safe but have fun!

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p.s. all images included are my own.
p.p.s. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by anyone.

Ciao for now, xo


moving out, starting a new chapter and becoming an adult…

There comes that point in life when you need to fly the nest and leave all the home comforts behind. During my first year of University I stayed living at home with my family and for 19 years of my life I was surrounded by my family 24/7. However earlier this year I decided it was time to start to start a new chapter in my life. We started looking around for a nice little abode which offered a lot of potential for creativity and personality and to be honest I think we found it.

Although I didn’t really move far as I am still living in the Manchester area, being away from my family is a very strange thing for me. For 19 years of my life I have been surrounded by my parents and siblings and to be honest the quietness is strange (not that i’m missing the constant bickering and random out burst of song from my brothers) but I suppose its something I’ll get used too over time.

Now can we just take a minuet to appreciate everything parents do for us! All this having to fend for yourself malarky is really some form of sick joke but I mean it’ll get easier eventually, I hope!

One thing I was really excited for was to decorate my room, being limited to what I could change as it is a student rental property we can’t actually do any drastic changes like paint the walls or hang furniture but this didn’t stop me wanting to make the room my own. We were really lucky that the room came furnished and already had a bed a wardrobe and a desk all black, the walls are white but there is a chimney breast with a somewhat controversial with a red and cream stripped pattern running along. I didn’t let this stop me from putting the colours I wished into my room as I plan to pin up a tapestry to hide this. majority of the items I bought were from either Primark and Ikea as they both have amazing and affordable home decor!.
Although not quite to the finished standard I want my room to be too feel comforting and homely I’m happy with how it is at the moment!

p.s all images are my own.

ciao for now, xo

Photographing Frozen Flowers

During my first year of University I was given a project surrounding the subject of matter and I decided to freeze flowers in water and photograph them to create a unique set of photographs.

The set up for this photoshoot wasn’t as complicated as you might think, some of the best photographs from the set were from the test shoot, thats how easy it is. All you need is a professional camera, day light, a white background, flowers and… water.



Obviously to get started on this project I had to freeze some flowers first and believe it or not there is actually a process to make this easier, easier I know…
lay down your flowers of choice and add a thin layer of water to the container just enough to cover part of the flower but not enough to make it float. Then just wait for them too freeze before adding another thin layer of water repeating the process until the flowers are completely covered and frozen.

Then the fun begins…

Once you’ve got your fabulous frozen floral arrangements you need to set up your camera, now the settings will most likely differ depending on how bright it is that day and if you’re using a flash. But on the day I did this photoshoot it was actually sunny in England for once, I know shock! I had my aperture on 5.6 and my IOS on 200 however like I said this changed every time the brightness changed.
Once you’ve set your setting lay down your white background, you can even use plain white paper if you don’t have anything else, and then you are good to go.
Change your angles up and use lots of different compositions to create a set of unique and interesting images.
I had heaps of fun doing this shoot as it was something different and the final outcome was beautiful.flowers9flowers 8flowrs 9flowers 4flowers 5

If you try this I would love to see the outcome!
If you have any ideas on what you would like me to post then please email me at alexiajayde@outlook.com

p.s. all images are my own and are copyrighted.

ciao for now    xo

A little about me…

Hello and welcome, now as I’m a newbie when it comes to this blogging thing I thought it best to allow you guys to get to know a little about me. In all honesty I’m just like any other 19 year old woman I’m studying, have a part time job, love spending time with my friends and I’m OBSESSED with dogs. I live in Manchester and have all of my life and I am currently studying photography at The University of Salford. I recently found out that  even with going out drinking with my friends on average 3 times a week i still suprisingly managed to pass my first year (woo) and now I am enjoying a well earned summer break. Photography has always been a hobby of mine even from a young age , it was always just something which intrigued me and the thought of being able to capture a moment in a single frame is mesmerising to me so I thought hey why not make a carer out of it which is exactly what I’m doing, I’m working towards getting a degree and a future carer in something which I have a true passion for.
Being at university has allowed me to meet so many amazing people and some life long friends alongside my amazing friends from back home. Friendship is a pretty big deal for me so I always make time to see my friends no matter how much life tries to get in the way sometimes. Having a close knit circle of family and friends in my opinion is a massive part of staying happy.
Now for the more mundane but essential facts about me (well… any person really). My favourite food is probably mashed potato, strange I know, my favourite colour is purple, my star sign is a scorpio and I am terrified of clowns!. Music is also a big interest of mine and I would like to think I have a pretty decent taste in music, anything from the Red hot Chilli peppers to Biffy Clyro count me in, also if you have any suggestions of who to listen to I am always looking for new music to add to my playlist.

I want to make this blog something I can be proud of and a platform where I can showcase and share my interests, work and general lifestyle moments. Fashion and seeing the world are two thing which I pay massive interest into and so I want to document these moments as they happen to share with you guys but also so I can look back and reminisce.

If you have any post ideas please don’t hesitate to suggest, just email me at alexiajayde@outlook.com I would love to here your ideas.

ciao for now xo
– lex