Wednesday 12 July 2017

Slaughter House Customs - The Malle Mile

Slaughter House Customs have been on the road again and this time The Malle Mile was the destination.
A three day exhibition of all things motor bike, music and the great British summertime, set in the grounds of Kefington Hall. Romantically beautiful, it could be seen as an odd setting for such an event, but this wasn't just any old biker meet. Dispel the images of older men in full on leathers, aloft their bikes meeting in a field, a bit intimidating and scary. There may have been fields, but they're full of tents, families and people having a good time.

The Malle Mile is about showing the lighter side of motor biking with like minded people after a good time. The weekend kicked off with a moto movie night, classic short films and a custom built bar, perfect to get you in the mood for the rest of the weekend. The full event opened in full swing to the public the following morning.
Saturday morning the bikes descended into the paddock, the exhibition began and even if you're not part of the ride or die club, anyone with an Instagram account can appreciate a beautiful motor. The events were preceded by safety tests as this wasn't just a bunch of brutes on bikes. Throughout the day there were hill climbs and the main Mile race, gentlemanly (and gentlewomanly) competitions, leading up to the awards the following day. The festivities of the first day was finished off with an after party in 'the enchanted forest', the lower floor of the grand house had been turned into an incredible forest-scape.
Sunday was a sophisticated affair as moto polo was the main event on the agenda, a high speed game full of wheelies, spins and high kicks. To round off the weekend, was the garden party, set on the great main lawn by the magnificent house. With its very own auction and podium awards, the winner of the Mile race was crowned the much sort after title of 'Man of the Mile'.


The motorbiking world is no longer male dominated, with women coming through, with bucket loads of speed, style and sass. They all had the confidently cool vibe nailed. They weren't trying hard with their own style or to fit in with the men, and with that mentality there was no question that they belonged there.

Lots of leather and denim are probably common place when you think of a biker but they are also the solid fundamentals of a timeless classic wardrobe. Key pieces that pull everything together and that can give your outfit the edge. Bikers were on to something long before the rest of the world jumped on the band wagon.

 Photography and editing courtesy of the brilliant Marcus Ward!


Saturday 8 July 2017

Festival Season Styling

It's that time of year again and festival season has well and truly begun. Although I haven't been lucky enough to nab myself some tickets just yet, there are plans in the works and a day festival is calling my name! As much as festivals are about the music, the partying and having a good time, for me, and I know many girls, the right outfit is a key factor for the day and night. So I need an outfit that's going to work hard, be practical and ultimately look amazing!

I've gone for a military feel with a girly edge focused around this camouflage jacket, focusing on one key piece and building around it creates an outfit that stands out for all the right reasons, which doesn't look over done for a day of partying in a field!

Khaki is a key summer trend, the colour is so versatile and the military styling of this jacket gives it a slight oversized fit, which is a cut I'm loving at the moment! The embroidered patches give the jacket a more luxurious feel with details like these giving a nod to higher end styles. The oversized utility pockets are the perfect alternative, if taking a bag to a festival is not your thing!

I'll be throwing this over a cute summer tea dress, light and floaty, giving me the freedom to make my moves and stay cool if the sun is shining!
My shoe must-haves are a classic pair of Converse. A staple in most people's wardrobes and they're a sure fire way to ensure my feet will stay comfy even with all the dancing I plan on doing!
No summer day is complete without a gorgeous pair of sunnies and this pair of contrast cat eyes are going to up my festival game!
I'm finishing off my look with a simple leather look backpack. The leather adds another layer to the military vibes from my camouflage jacket and making it super easy to store all my bits and pieces without constantly holding onto my bag!!

 Although the camouflage jacket is currently a bargain in the sale, everyone will think you've paid the price for quality!

Camouflage Utility Jacket - Maniere De Voir
Lace Up Back Tea Dress - Asos
All Star Oxford Trainers - Converse (Schuh)
St Tropez Sunglasses - Maniere De Voir
Mini Ring Backpack - Topshop

This post is in collaboration with Maniere De Voir!


Saturday 1 July 2017

Happy Birthday To Meeee!

Happy birthday to me!!

I've just turned 23, and although in the grand scheme of things that is still very young, it feels that in the blink of an eye I'll be in my 80's sitting in my garden, reminiscing about these days, so they need to be memorable.
Time is flying past so fast that I've decided to start a new yearly birthday tradition.

I don't like the usual 'new year, new me' thing when January comes around, as although the year we're in changes, a birthday marks a personal fresh start, the changing of age and the scary prospect of growing up.

I have a whole 365 days until I turn 24 and although in theory this means plenty of time to 'get shit done', we all know that New Years felt like yesterday and the end of summer feels like tomorrow and the year will be gone without me even realising..
To try and stop the panic of ageing (and the end of summer) from setting in, I've decided to set myself four goals each year that I want to achieve from one birthday to the next.

Move out of my family home:

This is the biggest and scariest of my four goals but the time has definitely come for me to spread my wings (and my stuff) and move out. There are certainly no solid plans in place just yet but Alex and I have been talking about buying somewhere together for a while now and I want this next year to be the year we take the leap. It's such a scary prospect but I finally feel 'adult' enough to do it and I'm so excited for all the home wear hauls to come!

Find a permanent job I love:
I'm really enjoying the current job I'm in but its only maternity cover and the uncertainty that comes with my contract finishing in December terrifies me. Not only is it an awful time of year to be finishing and beginning a new job but I'm scared of what will happen if I don't secure a new job to go straight into so my next job being a permanent one is a must for my peace of mind!

Make some more time for me:
Recently it's felt like I've been doing nothing but working, revising, trying desperately to fit seeing all my friends in, spending quality time with my boyfriend and somewhere amongst all that attempting to get some sleep. I want more time to do the things I enjoy at my own pace, without having to rush or tick it off a list. I want to blog and sew and get crafty, I want to see my friends or have a date night without the fear of a deadline sitting on my shoulder! So I'm learning to prioritise better and to find that middle ground where I can throw my revision book on the floor and leave it till tomorrow.

Make some new friends:
Now I don't want anyone getting the wrong idea, I'm not talking about every year find a new group of friends. I certainly don't have plans to get rid of or replace my current bunch of pals. But it feels that as we get older it seems harder and harder to meet new people and to find genuine friendships that last, so this year I'm hoping to recruit some new besties to add to the team because you can never have too many gals (or guys) who have your back.

Initial and Stone Necklace - Accessorize
Lattice Sandals - Matalan

Having solid goals in place makes me so much more excited for the next year. It's made me reevaluate my prioritises and I feel so much more focused now I have a main goal that I'm working towards rather than just endless lists!

Do you make resolutions on your birthday or are you more of a traditionalist and stick with New Years? Either way let me know what your goals are for this year!

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