Monthly Archives: July 2014

Laurabury 2014 – what a festival.

Leaving London, we made our way to the beautiful town of Harrogate, situated in North Yorkshire. We had a festival to get to!

I heard things got pretty wild at ‘Laurabury’, so with my pass, denim shorts, headband and paracetamol at the ready. I was all set for ‘Laurabury 2014’.

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Ok you got me. Harrogate doesn’t really hold a yearly wild festival (that I am aware of).

One of my oldest friends is getting married this year. Anyone who knows the hen and her lovely husband-to-be, will know they are huge music, gig and festival fans. Her bridesmaids organised a very special private festival and one of the chicks, Stephy, designed all the posters and passes (I have some pretty talented friends).

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The festival fashion was taken pretty seriously, and our hen had her very own customised sleeveless denim gilet. Customised by another talented chick, Victoria.

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After more than a few drinks, it was time for a game. In teams, we had 10 minutes to create a masterpiece, our very own wedding dress (modelled by the bridesmaid Holly). It was project runway meets blue peter.

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Have you ever seen toilet roll and tin foil worn so well?

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With a few sore heads the following morning, we got our hit of fresh fruit and veg to keep us going and take away any guilt of too much rum.

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Bettys tea room has been around for nearly 100 years. We jumped the ever growing queue (pre-booking is a blessing!), and made our way upstairs to a spacious room full of people chatting whilst sipping tea and devouring cake.

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A selection of scrumptious sandwiches, scones and cakes arrived. The pro of a waitress rattled off every single item on the stand in detail, whilst we looked on wide eyed waiting to start.

Working our way from bottom to top, a lovely gentleman kept everyone’s ears entertained with a set on the piano, including ‘I’m getting married in the morning’!

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Happily fed and watered, we got to spend time with 2 very handsome boys before making our way back to Laurabury HQ, in preparation for a night on the town.

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The husband-to-be had surprised us all with a supply of bubbles. Which basically means he is responsible for any drunken behaviour and hangovers.

Quite a few glasses of fizz later we had a little game of Mr & Mrs. I think we all came away knowing that little bit more about both the bride and groom – I best not divulge any information 😉

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After a bit of dancing, it was time to leave Laurabury HQ and see what the bright lights of Harrogate had to offer (taking our dance moves with us of course).

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What a wonderful weekend, with some lovely people. I just can’t wait for the wedding now!

Laura, you are going to be one beautiful bride.

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Sunshine in Brighton

It finally happened!

After 6 years of living in London, I can finally say I have been to Brighton.

On a sunny Sunday morning we jumped on the train ready for a day of exploring.

We wandered down all the little streets Brighton had to offer. Even on a Sunday it was full of people, a real mix; families on a day out, tourists from far and near, hen parties feeling the aftermath of a big weekend.

(I was a little too caught up in exploring, tasting and watching, that I didn’t take many pictures, this is a just a little snippet).

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We made our way out of the busy streets and landed on the beach.

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We sat on the beach, soaking up the sun, smell of the sea and the noise of fair ground rides.

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“What you looking at?”

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We found the most amazing little arcade full of vintage games.

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It was time to hit the pier.

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A wonderful day out, not quite caught on camera.

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I went home with a smile on my face and a souvenir from our success at the arcade.

 

The Dulux Color Run – a colourful time

“Are you ready for the craziest, colorful, 5k of your life?”

“Yes, yes I am!”

The Color Run™ event is described as a one of a kind experience, which I have to agree with.

Think an over zealous artist meets a Sunday morning run.

My friend I had put our running shoes on and set off to Wembley Park.

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We started off looking so fresh and clean.

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Every 1k we experienced a mist of paint, cheers and general mayhem, all whilst running. Nuts but brilliant.

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I was determined to finish the run resembling a rainbow.

On the first 1k I sprinted through the area with my arms in the air and mouth wide open.

I would highly recommend you don’t do this as a) your teeth and mouth change colour b) powder paint and saliva don’t mix well and c) sprinting with your eyes closed, through a crowd of paint throwers won’t end well, unless you are lucky and can run in a straight line (I can’t).

After the first k, I toned it down a bit (mainly because I didn’t want to hurt myself or others!) and was happy with my end rainbow result.

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A cheeky selfie along the way.

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At the end of the run, you are handed a goody bag with yet more powder paint. Everyone makes their way to the stage, where an array of different coloured powders are thrown around to music.

We chose our own little area and had a paint fight, such fun!

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You don’t need to be a runner to do this. Grab your friends and go do it, you will love it! The next London run is in September at the Olympic Park. But you can find out all you need to here