Wednesday, 31 August 2016

In Sickness And Ill Health



I am a grown-ass woman, I have raised children, eyebrows and hell.

But now, I have a cold and currently I want a blanket, my mum and to be told it will all be ok.

Why is it that a cold, something we sneer about, say, "Oh it's only a cold" and try to work through, can be SO misery inducing.

I am feeling PRETTY DAMN SORRY FOR MYSELF right now, I am consoling myself with episodes of Z Nation and currently identifying with the Zombies HARD right now.


Slow stumbling steps, slurred speech and dead, but just doesn't know it?



Yep. Tis me. The undead.


Although I have brushed my teeth now, so that helps.


I am NOT a good sick person, I don't really get sick. Since moving to Leeds I have found that I never get colds or feel ill, it must be the less toxic environment up here, but that means that when I am poorly. I FEEL LIKE CRAP.


I can't even pretend to be strong. I want my head stroked, to be put to bed and told I'm a strong girl. (and if there is any chocolate going as a reward.......) Hell, right about now, I want a sticker.

Do you FEEL ME?


Am I the only one who feels like they revert to childhood when they get a cold? I want hot Ribena, like my mum used to make.


Tell me I'm brave.



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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Well I Never Knew That



Do you ever get to a point in your life where you find something out and think, "Well, I never knew that!!!!!"

Yesterday I learnt that Biffy Clyro is not an old, folk-singing, white dude, like I genuinely thought he was, I discovered it is a band!!!!!

There isn't even a member called Biffy!!!!!




I really don't know HOW I have spent the last 20 years thinking that Biffy Clyro is one person, I don't think I have even heard any of their music, I will have to go and look for it, but I am PRETTY sure I am not the only person who has spent their life thinking one thing is true, only to find out it isn't.

From, Swallowing apple pips will make an apple tree grow in your stomach to, You can see The Great Wall Of China from space, (You can't) or even not realising that Biffy Clyro was a band, I cannot be alone in thinking,

Well I never knew that.



What is your, Well I never knew that, moment.


Let me know.




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Monday, 29 August 2016

Bank Holiday Funday



It's Monday, not only that, it is Bank Holiday Monday. A free day, for many, a day where we can choose to sleep in, if we remembered to turn off our alarms, a day where we can go to the seaside or sit in our pants and BLOGGGGGGGGGG, if we wish. 

For me, I was hoping to get a chance to go climbing but I'm poorly sick, (more on that tomorrow) so today is going to be a day of blogging, IN MY PANTS. 

(Insert picture of me in my pants here) 

(You wish) 


What does Bank Holiday Monday hold for you? 

What are your plans for the day? Or, if you are reading this at the end of the day,  what did you get up to?

Let me know.


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Sunday, 28 August 2016

Getting Kids Into Golf with Online Golf


I am lucky that my youngest daughter is very sporty, she embraces all things sports and loves to try new things, so when Online Golf  invited my daughter and I to an event designed to get children interested in golf, she was more than up for it.




We, and lots of other children of various ages, went to The Hilton Hotel in Leeds to learn the basics, such as what a stick is actually called, how to hold aforementioned stick and how to, over the course of different set ups and courses, use the stick. (Ok, I will call it a club now, I promise)


golf lesson

The various teachers had their work cut out for them, but they managed to inspire 40 children to all give it a try and some were pretty good.

child playing golf,

Do you think I have a miniature Tiger Woods in the making?



After the children had all been round to all the different courses, it was time for the adults to have a go, We were shooting for the chance for a £50 voucher by getting the highest score in the Chipping Contest.

And guess what, readers?

I WONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN.


Pretty darned proud of myself, if I do say so myself. I can't confess to being converted to a Golf fanatic but my daughter certainly loved it and wants to have another go soon, so I would say that Online Golf, #OGGetKidsIntoGolf was a roaring success.

Are you a golf fan? Let me know.


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*I was kindly invited along to this event by PR
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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Ideal World, Ideal Dress



Everyone loves an easy-to-wear dress, right? A dress you can throw on, and look perfect for everything from the school run to lunch with friends. A dress that you can wear all day in the office and still go out to dinner without feeling the need to change.

I HAVE THIS DRESS.


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Look at it, it is perfect. This is the Nicole, 3/4 Sleeve Drape dress available from Ideal World. it is available in TWELVE COLOURS and it is superb.

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This is Violet, but all the colours are vibrant and there are enough colours to make everyone happy. 


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I have to admit, I am always cautious of clothing that is sized S. M, L but there is a lot of give in these dresses due to the material. I chose a L, and I am a size 18. I could have easily sized down and this now goes up to an XL. 


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These aren't pockets but my hands go in the drapes, therefore it ticks my boxes for sleeves AND pockets, which is the HOLY GRAIL of dresses.


Dress with sleeves and pockets



So what do you need to know? This dress is USUALLY £29.99 but from tomorrow, Thursday 25th August until Monday 29th of August it is FREE DELIVERY and on Sunday 28th of August, this dress is PICK OF THE DAY, reducing the price to £19.99

BARGAIN.


You can purchase the dress here. Ideal World, Nicole Drape Dress


I would love to know what you think of the dress, it is going to be one of my favourites.








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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Fringe Benefits


So recently I took the plunge and had my fringe cut back in. I originally wanted to do it just before my wedding, but I chickened out at the last minute and decided not to. (I'm such a wuss.)

So when I finally decided to go for it, I was happy with the results.

BEFORE




AFTER





But after almost a month of having a fringe, I have learnt some things which I didn't expect.

Firstly, eyebrows. What eyebrows? Do I have eyebrows? Who even knows. I don't see them, you don't see them. Do I have one eyebrow? Do I have two? It doesn't even matter anymore. Forget about them, I have.  Bye bye, Wax and Tint every 4 weeks.

Secondly, my roots. Having the fringe means that my dark roots are a little less noticeable, you get to see the block of colour and the root regrowth is higher up rather that seeing my hairline. BOOM.

I've realised that these fringe benefits are making me seem lazy, this would be correct.


Bye Bye wrinkles. I am 40 years old and I have spent quite a few years frowning. What can I say, I'm judgemental. I have deep lines in my forehead that were bothering me so much, I had researched Botox and how much it would cost.

Now? DO I HAVE WRINKLES? WHO KNOWS? I can't see them. Therefore, I don't have them, OKAY????????


Have you found any "fringe benefits" of having a fringe?


Let me know.








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Monday, 22 August 2016

Bear With Me. Blogger Bear is BACK.



Some of you may be too young to remember my original Blogger Bear. (Stares off into the distance, remembering good times, such good times) if you are wondering what having Blogger Bear coming to visit, may entail, yo may want to take a look through some of my old posts, here.

http://www.bigfashionista.co.uk/2014/05/travels-with-blogger-bear.html

http://www.bigfashionista.co.uk/2014/03/travels-with-blogger-bear_17.html

http://www.bigfashionista.co.uk/2014/03/travels-with-blogger-bear.html

and still one of my favourite posts, this one, where Blogger Bear got to be an ambulance driver for a while. (waits and watches for Ella to turn purple over the use of the term Ambulance Driver.

http://www.bigfashionista.co.uk/2014/02/travels-with-blogger-bear.html

Now unfortunately, Blogger Bear got lost in the post. I hope he has found a family he can be happy with and regular recalls his adventures with affection, but now it is time to move on. I now have a Blogger Bear, V2.

This one is a bit of a wild one.
Don't say you haven't been warned.





He likes to think that he will fit in well with everyone.


Beauty Bloggers,



Fashion Bloggers,



and he thinks he would make an awesome Food Blogger.


If you think you would be able to give Blogger Bear a home for a while, take him on some adventures and then write about it on my blog, drop me a mail at bigfashionista@icloud.com and he can come and visit you.

Any damage he causes, cuddly toys he gets pregnant or photos he bombs, will be the bear sitters responsibility.



Deal?


Let me know.






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Friday, 19 August 2016

Nom Or Vom



Ok, this is a weird one. At one point, everyone loved this guy. He could do no wrong, everyone wanted him and found him incredibly attractive, as his characters as well as when being himself.

But lately, I've seen a lot more people saying how they really don't like him. Whether this is the Taylor Swift effect, or people just speaking up more, who knows. 

I think he's an interesting person, I do find him attractive, in an unconventional way, and as an actor, I think he's brilliant, but I am incredibly curious about how he will do in a Nom or Vom, so here we go.







Yes, he is fully dressed in all of them, (Google keeps kicking my arse) and I need to know.

Tom Hiddleston,

Nom or Vom?

Let me know.


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Thursday, 18 August 2016

The Pride Of Britain Awards



It is very nearly that time of year again where we all sit around our televisions and cry for hours whilst being inspired by others. No, I am not talking Great British Bake Off, I am talking about the Pride Of Britain Awards.

Started in 1999, The Daily Mirror Pride Of Britain Awards has been a way to recognise people for their acts, achievements and courage. This week and next, people are being encouraged to nominate a local hero for their acts of selflessness and courage.

Travelling around on a London bus, Amanda Byram is helping to spread the word, with a little help from TSB, on how YOU can nominate someone for a Pride Of Britain award.

Bus

I spoke to Amanda about The Pride Of Britain Awards and asked her what they meant to her.

"It is a special award ceremony" Amanda told me, "I have presented at many different award ceremonies across the world, but this one turns the spotlight on people who deserve to be recognised for inspiring others. From Grandmothers who clean up their estate, getting rid of the drug dealers who are trying to take over, to make it safer for her grandchildren, to Nathan, who we met here in Leeds this morning, who is feeding local children with food that would otherwise go to waste, these awards celebrate acts of selflessness and people who have made a real difference."

Amanda is presenting the Pride of Ireland awards, which are held later in the year, and I asked her, Do you cry at these events? "When I am watching, of course, I cry buckets. but when you are presenting, you have to try to stay professional. There is always a story that makes me want to cry and I admit, I am usually welling up with tears at points, but I need to tell their stories and present the awards, it wouldn't be fair if I was a mess, but I do wear waterproof mascara, just in case. 


The Pride of Britain bus is travelling around the country, encouraging people to nominate someone from their local community, today it is in Manchester, and then

Liverpool 19th August
Birmingham 22nd August
Cardiff 23rd August
Bristol 24th August
before finishing in London on the 25th.


You can find out more information at http://www.prideofbritain.com




Who would YOU nominate?


Let me know.




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Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Judging Blogs For The Bloggers Blog Awards



I hate blogs. There, I said it. I have judged nearly 300 blogs over the last few weeks on a spreadsheet that just kept vomiting up new blogs at the end of the list like a spewing toddler that ate two breakfasts,and now I never want to see another blog as long as I live. (This may be a lie for dramatic effect) 





So what have I learnt, after judging so many blogs?

I have learnt that there are some INCREDIBLE blogs out there, some blogs that deserve HUGE attention and are head and shoulders above other blogs, some have photography skills that would make David Bailey weep, and some of you chicks have posing skills that Cara Delevingne can only dream of. (Work it, ladies and gents) 

We all know that there are more blogs out there than ever before and it is getting harder and harder to get noticed in a sea of beauty/fashion/lifestyle posts. I can see how so many people have poured their heart and soul into their blogs, with very little return.

Please, I beg you. If you read a blog today. Leave them a comment. It gets really disheartening when you have put a lot of time and energy into a post, only for it to get no comments, and just a minute or two of your time, can make a blogger feel so great. I love comments, we all do. Share the love a bit, leave a comment on a blog today.

What else have I learnt after judging nearly 300 blogs? I have learnt that some bloggers have a thousand and one badges on their sidebar, they proudly announce they are a Coconut Queen (Whatever the hell that is) but they haven't got an archive on their blog. Please put an archive on your blog. Not only is it helpful for readers, they can look at different months and see all your different posts without having to click through 37 pages of posts, it also means that I will not swear at my screen as much, when I am trying to make sure your blog is under two years old. If I have to go through 23 months of posts to discover when you first started, you can guarantee I am knocking off a point. OKAY? OKAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY?

(And breathe)

It is hard, being in a position to judge other blogs, I've been blogging for seven years now and so many blogs that I read, I sat there and thought, "I wish this was my blog" I am in AWE of so many bloggers out there and it has definitely inspired me to raise my blogging game since beginning this judging process and I CANNOT WAIT to see who is shortlisted for awards tonight. Check out Hayley's blog this evening for the shortlist. http://www.teapartybeauty.com


And please remember, whether you are shortlisted or not, you are absolutely incredible, keep up the fantastic work, you inspire me and lots of other people too.






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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Taking The Plunge And Stealing The Limelight



I am a romantic fool, I am. I love grand gestures, I love, love.


HOWEVER.

I read this yesterday, and rolled my eyes like a baton twirler on acid.


Over the weekend, a Chinese female diver won an Olympic silver, a fantastic achievement, a wonderful win that she will quite rightly remember forever.

and then,



whilst, she was receiving her medal, her boyfriend proposed to her.

Now, as I said, I love grand gestures, but can a woman just BREATHE? Can she not have her moment to receive her medal AND on a separate occasion been proposed to?

Genuinely, we don't have a limit on fantastic occasions that we can have. We have the mental capacity to be happy MORE THAN ONCE.

If that guy was my friend and he told me he planned to propose to his girlfriend on the podium, I would slap him and tell him not to be so goddamn selfish. He is taking HER MOMENT, and making it all about him.

I can imagine, ten years from now, she is reminiscing about her medal win and he pops up and says, "That was the day I proposed to you, remember? Remember?"


Now she may be over the moon that he has proposed, and I hope they will be very very happy together, but there is no getting away from the fact that, he took a moment, HER MOMENT, and took it away from her.

I think that is unforgivable.


What about you?





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Monday, 15 August 2016

The Keep The Plus Debate



So this is my post, I am not writing it to be added to the Elvi hashtag of #KeepThePlus, basically, Elvi can suck my dick.

If you are reading this and haven't a clue what I am talking about, then here it is in a nutshell. Elvi, a plus size company, want to talk about whether they should Keep The Plus or drop it.

They want people to write an article about why they think they should keep the plus and there is a prize for whoever begs the most advocates keeping the plus the most articulately.

It is also bearing in mind that Elvi have, in the past, done whatever it takes to climb the google rankings for 'PLUS SIZE' as you can see here.




I see you, Elvi, I see you.

Elvi, truly, this isn't the right time for a competition that raises the profile of your company. THIS IS LIFE for a hell of a lot of people.



I am plus-size. I go between a 16 and a 22 on a cycle that resembles the lifecycle of a plant. This is me, I don't have to justify myself to anyone. I don't have to explain myself, show you what I eat or talk about my health to no bitch.

Do I want to wear nice clothes? Of course I do, EVERYONE does. AND EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THAT RIGHT TO WEAR WHAT THE HELL THEY WANT.


The debate around #KeepThePlus annoys me so much, my clothes are plus size and that really doesn't bother me, I don't care what the label in my knickers say, but when OTHER people say "We shouldn't really call things PLUS-SIZE, THEY are saying that it is offensive and therefore adding stigma to words that really don't need them.

It's like the word fat, I'm not offended by the word fat, the word fat doesn't scare me, people who are scared of the word fat scare me.


I DO NOT SEE ANYONE TRYING TO BAN THE WORD PETITE.

Getting rid of a descriptive term which helps people find clothes is ridiculous.


Making the very people who have supported you, purchased your items and helped you to be where you are today, feel like crap, is ridiculous.

and I for one, will not accept it.

I vote to keep the plus, but not with pretty begging words, I vote with my purse.


How about you?










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Friday, 12 August 2016

Joe Browns, Autumn/Winter Collection and Competition



Last week I was lucky enough to be invited to Joe Browns offices to get a sneak peak at their Autumn/Winter collection.

I was expecting to fall in love with the clothes, I wasn't expecting to fall in love with the offices as well.

If you have ever seen/read Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, then you will understand exactly what I am talking about, from the minute you step into their reception area, you get visually assaulted with such whimsical, kitschy, awesome pieces, it makes the whole interior a JOY to look at.





It's a hipster deer, and it doesn't give a damn, son.








I spent as much time, gasping at the interiors of the offices as I did the clothing. From MOTOR BIKES, to guitars emblazoned with JOE BROWNS on them, made out of sequins, I think it tells you a lot about a company when their place of work is as cool and quirky as the clothes they create. 

And they really do create extremely cool clothes with fantastic attention to detail. You can take a look at the new range of Autumn/Winter clothing here  http://www.joebrowns.co.uk

what I want to show you, is the DETAIL. 


tweed jacket


Black and Green Boots





From beautiful floral linings, to boots that compliment the colour of my hair, I fell in love with absolutely every single piece from the Autumn/Winter collection at Joe Browns.  I already own a jacket that people stop me in the street when I wear it, to ask me where it came from, and I have my eyes on so many pieces that the only way I will be able to afford it all is to win their competition that is taking place this Saturday in Leeds. 


Check out #QuirkyPair on Twitter, give Joe Browns a follow and if you fancy a treasure hunt around Leeds on Saturday, you could win £1000 in vouchers

You can find out more information here -> https://twitter.com/joebrowns


Maybe I will see you running around Leeds trying to solve clues and find the Quirky Pair? 





Let me know. 




Kellie Dawson


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Thursday, 11 August 2016

Reboots for the wimmins



I don't know about you, but I groaned out loud yesterday at the news that yet another film is getting a reboot with an all-woman cast.

Don't get me wrong, I LOVED Ghostbusters, I drink the tears of the manbabies who cried that an all-female reboot was going to "ruin their childhood" (Newsflash, if a film can spoil your whole childhood, the chances are, your childhood wasn't that great to begin with) my issue with Ghostbusters is that they called it a remake, they should have called it Ghostbusters 3, referenced the original Ghostbusters, and got on with being kick-ass women who have discussions about things that, (Gasp) don't always include men!!!!!!!!!!!!



What annoys the hell out of me is that they are taking old, successful male-dominated movies, and just flipping out the cast for all women. I don't want to see remakes, I want to see ORIGINAL movies, where the female lead is more than just a fucktoy, where the woman doesn't just flail around helplessly and scream, where men and women rescue each other. A film which doesn't involve us having to RELATE A FEMALE CHARACTER TO AN ORIGINAL MALE CHARACTER in order to make it palatable to some.

I am meant to be pleased that there is an all-female cast of yet another movie aren't I? I am meant to praise the forward-thinking of studios that are putting money into movies and thanking them for thinking of me as they release these movies.

Well I can't. I cannot be happy that we are only being allowed to travel a well-trodden path that has been paved by men. You cannot tell me that there aren't books out there with fantastic female characters in them that can be translated to the big screen, I know there are, I've read them. Why do female-led movies have to be remakes of male-led movies AT ALL?

Currently, I feel as if we are being thrown a bone, and are expected to say thank you. I expect Buzzfeed are compiling ten listicles of 10 Movies We Want To See Remade With An All-Female Cast, as we speak, and I don't want ANY OF THEM.


I want ORIGINAL, clever, funny movies that make me want to spend my hard-earned money in the cinema, I refuse to blindly support remakes JUST BECAUSE they are female-led, in the same way I don't support films that are terrible.

Am I alone here? Is it too much to expect such a thing as original movies? Why must every female led film for the next 5 years be a remake? (because you know it will be, don't you?)


Let me know.











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Friday, 5 August 2016

Suicide Squad - Review


It is a bit difficult, when you have looked forward to a film for so long, for it EVER to live up to the hype that you have created for it in your head, isn't it?

From the leaked Comic Con trailer, which was released over a year ago, to the drip, drip, drip of stills and trailers, building to a crescendo of madness and frenzy that leach into your brain, feeding the comic book nerd in your head that is furiously masturbating over the thought of finally seeing Jared Leto as The Joker. (Ok, this might JUST be my head) 

There was never any doubt that I was going to watch Suicide Squad at Midnight, the first showing, I avoided all the critic reviews, so that I could make up my own mind on what I hoped would be my film of 2016. I knew that it had been panned overall but that was never going to stop me from seeing it, I like to watch films and make up my own mind. I have never read a critics review and thought, "Oh well, I'm not going to go and see that then"


So here are my spoiler-free thoughts on Suicide Squad. Let me know what you think.




Is it a good film? YES

Is it a perfect film? Oh hell no. It has plot holes so large that you could park a bus in them, but it is everything you want a film to be, IF you haven't built it up in your head to being the best film ever created.


Will Smith plays Will Smith with style and ease. No-one plays Will Smith quite like Will Smith does, and this version of Will Smith, is a damn good one. More Will Smith please,

Cara Delevingne is shocking, Don't get me wrong, she looks good but everything else? No thank you, I would have preferred her role to be played by someone else, and by the little amount she talks, iI wonder if the director felt the same way at some point.

The Joker is CRIMINALLY underused. I mean criminally. Jared Leto could be iconic, instead he is a bit player, so underused that he is what I would call, the romantic love interest, but more on that in a bit.


Viola Davies is a badass bitch and I love her. Seriously, don't cross this woman. Her depiction of Amanda Waller is SPOT ON perfection. She walks the line of being large and in charge like no-one else. The Suicide Squad may be the bad guys but at least they know it.

My MAIN issue with Suicide Squad, was the reimagining of one of the biggest relationships in Suicide Squad. As we walked out of the cinema, a woman turned to her boyfriend and said, "Do you love me as much as The Joker loves Harley Quinn?"



In the film you would be forgiven for thinking that you have stumbled upon the love story of the century, the Posh & Becks, the Jay-Z and Beyonce of the comic book world, when in all honesty, their relationship is cruel, filled with abuse and downright dangerous. If anyone ever loved me how the Joker loved Harley Quinn, I would run a mile, then run some more.

The film is FUN, it is stupid, it is fast food for the eyes, you will watch it, you will digest it, and then after a couple of hours, you may feel a bit empty. But while you are feasting, you will enjoy it. 


Let me know what you think.








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Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Impractical Festival Fashion



So apparently it is "Festival Season" which means that fashion stores everywhere are rebranding their clothing lines to include "Festival Fashion" 

BUT, I don't know about you, but I have come to the conclusion that a lot of these fashion stores wouldn't know a festival if it stood behind them and dabbed. (yes, I know what dabbing is, I'm old, not dead) 

Let us look at the evidence, as provided by doing a Google search for festival fashion. 



An off-the-shoulder playsuit by Boohoo.

Sweet Jesus, if you have ever been to an actual festival and wore a playsuit MORE THAN ONCE, then you are a damn genius, a GENIUS. Playsuits are NOT designed to be worn for anyone who will at one point need the bathroom. (And when it comes to festivals, I use the word bathroom LOOSELY) 

My next piece of evidence.


Oh for fucks sake. Same issue, but longer. How will you pee? Will you drop them to the ground? Eewwwwwwwwwwwwwww, nasty. 



Can we talk about this? Do we even need to talk about this? We don't, do we? Suffice to say, I look at this and think, oooooh chilly. 




Ever been to a festival? It's slightly moist on the ground isn't it? (So goddamn muddy. MUDDY AS HELL, right?) WHO WOULD WEAR THESE TO A FESTIVAL?

And finally? 



Oh god, it's highly impractical, stupid, would get filthy, would get you punched and yet I want one. 


Am I alone?

Is festival fashion stupid as hell? Or do I have a point?


Let me know.


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