AVA Festival 2015 went above and beyond my expectations and was genuinely the best event I’ve been to all year, it was like 3 Boxing Nights rolled into one! I feel so proud to say that I was a part of something so exciting that happened right here in Belfast. Hats off to the whole AVA Team and absolutely everyone involved, it was brilliant.
I was able to scoot down before everything really kicked off, and it was class to see the venue before it filled up. I had never been to T13 before so wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was an amazing venue and I loved the fact that the skate ramps were still there from T13’s usual usage as a skate park.
As you can see below, the main stage looked even more impressive during Space Dimension Controller’s lazer show.
The Boiler Room stage was unreal, the crowd swarmed around the DJ’s playing in the centre; with the back drop of Belfast’s iconic Harland and Wolf. I’ve never heard so many YEO’s, hollers and joyful bird-calls from a crowd in my life never mind on any other Boiler Room.
Well done Belfastians :D, you’ve showed the world how to have the craic! It Goes to show that we aren’t a pretentious bunch with an old trance tune getting a reaction like that.
FESTIVAL STREET STYLE
Throughout the day I was on the look out for the best fashion offerings from the crowd, and I have to say every one looked amazing, the photos we took are just a small representation of how class you all looked! (All festival street style photographs by Ruairi Drayne)
I’ll start things off with my own outfit from the festival (Oh haaay!) Featuring: Halterneck top from Bill & Mar, vintage windbreaker from local store Octopus’s Garden, shorts from Urban Outfitters, my Dad’s old leather bumbag :), and black Nike Huarache’s from Office.
One of my favourite shots of the day; Vintage windbreakers were a strong trend for girls’ festival style at AVA, worn loose and over-sized. I love the print on Gloria’s jacket and the whole outfit is completely made by that amazing hair! Only you could pull that off gal.
Another great, vintage printed bomber here paired with a clashing printed shirt. I love the loose styling of this outfit and the clashing prints work really well together. The silver hair styled back and away from the face gives the look a crisp edge, beaut!
Again, loose, vintage sports styling prevails; the colour-blocked windbreaker is given an interesting and fresh feel when paired with a floaty skirt featuring an insane (but great!) print. Black accessories continue the sporty feel but allow the focus to stay on the colour and print.
Another amazing jacket! Jesus ladies, where are you pulling these from!!!? 😀 I love this hat shape with the curved peak; I’ve seen this baseball hat shape trending recently as a backlash from snap-back hats. Light blue mom jeans and cute pale grey trainers let the bright jacket do all the talking.
All black, understated-cool girls provided a contrast to the brightly printed, vintage sportswear styling earlier in the post. This multi-layered, laid back style looks great paired with long natural hair and THAT face, wow!
Olivia’s pink hair and short fringe is on point! DR. Marten boots continue to trend for girl’s at AVA, which isn’t surprising really as they’re the perfect festival footwear.
The last look of day the day and one of the best- Dark blue double denim looks amazing set off with a tight white crop top, silver hair and a Stussy bucket hat. Clean white trainers keep the outfit looking fresh and the jeans fit beautifully!
Photo credits: 1-4 Luke Joyce, 5-18 Ruairi Drayne.
British Artist Hattie Stewart; a self confessed ‘Professional Doodler’, is currently exhibiting her first solo show, ‘Doll House’ at London’s KK Outlet . Her work will be on display from the 6th-28th of February 2015 (LONDON pals – get to it!)
She has also just brought out two collaborative clutch bags with Australian designer, Poppy Lissiman.
And they are amazing! Thank you instagram for directing me to @hattiestewart ‘s account 😀
Bright, loud and girly cartoon hearts, smiley face and mushroom graphics with a few cheeky lit-feg illustrations in there to boot! What more could you want?
Shop the bags here and here on Poppy Lissiman’s online store. They’re 95 AUD each which is £48.10.. I feel like I could definitely part with £50 for a bag that fun..also my birthday is just around the corner (plz Mum).
Some of Hattie’s cracker Magazine illustrations:
& These unreal illustrated leather jackets from her solo show ‘Doll House’ on from the 6-28th of Feb 2015 at the KK Outlet, London
Later! N xx
GLITTER ON EVERYTHING. SPARKLY DISCO BBZ!!!
I’ve been noticing this trend emerging for a while now in editorial shoots & on the catwalk – but was surprised by how much imagery I found when I actually researched it. Glitter in general has been having a massive beauty moment – check out my glitter lips and eyebrows from 2014:
Using MAC Glitter in 3D pink over lipstick.
Here’s some glittery sparkle hair inspiration photos I’ve found:
First up – glittery roots
Brushed through to the lengths, possibly sprayed on?:
Artfully applied streaks:
Thickly applied & slicked back:
How not to do it..
I intend on trying this out myself ASAP. I’m thinking glitter hair spray from Claire’s Accessories will work nicely. Literally the same stuff I used when I was going to the Primary School Disco haha. Nostalgia! I’d probably try some standard hair gel + craft shop glitter for the more slicked back styles & glitter roots. If it works out well I’ll post it up ;).
Most images sourced from tumblr.com