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Bristol’s Best Bits: Summer Events at Bristol Zoo

This post is in collaboration with Bristol Zoo.

Cripes, hello July! I know it’s a massive blogger cliche to state the obvious passage of time, but these months really are zipping by. We’re fully in the swing of summer now; my morning commute to work has become more of a daily struggle, and I am still refusing to take the duvet off the bed, which has of course led to some pretty sleepless, sticky nights’ sleep. Ugh.

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For all my hatred of the warmer months, you have to admit that Bristol well and truly comes alive in the summer. You can barely organise your calendar quick enough, what with events popping up every weekend, weeknight and all the waking hours inbetween.

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blog club at bristol zoo

Once such jolly recently was a special edition of #BlogClub at the Friday Twilights event at the zoo. As well as the chance to see some familiar faces and meet some new bloggy buds, there were special animal talks and live music during the evening, and a chance to sample the grub at the brand new Hide Restaurant too. Offering up favourites such as burgers and pizza to sandwiches and a selection of light bites, it’s a million times improved on the old cafe and am sure will be a godsend for busy families this summer!

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burgers at the hide restaurant bristol zoo

If you fancy getting involved with the Friday Twilights for yourself, the tickets are only a fiver (£4 for you Zoo members) and the next events are coming up on the 14th July, 4th August, 18th August and 1st September. Find out all about it here!

gert hush silent disco at bristol zoo

Another ace up Bristol Zoo’s sleeve is the return of their much-anticipated silent disco event. Bristol Zoo’s Pop-Up Festival is a one-off festival EXTRAVAGANZA taking place on Friday 28th July, which will see three DJs spinning tunes spanning five decades and battling it out for ultimate musical domination, Battle Royale-style. Ok, I might have embellished a little at the end there, but it does promise to be a blimmin’ exceptional knees up and makes a great gals night out or a brilliant chance for a work’s icebreaker where you don’t actually have to talk to anyone. Win win!

As well as tunes to shake your bot to all night, you can challenge your office colleagues to a good old fashioned dance machine dance-off, or take in the scenes at the glow circus or have a gander at a magician, if you’re that way inclined. Dinosaur fans rejoice – Dinomania is back for another year and filling Bristol Zoo with all manner of cretaceous creatures. Food is available by way of a British summer staple, the humble BBQ, and there’ll be plenty of booze flowing to make sure you suitably embarrass yourself on the dance floor.

The zoo opens at 6:30, where you’ll have the chance to sample the same ace animal talks, then after all that inevitable rump-shaking it wraps up by an 11pm bedtime. Tickets are a mere £20 (or £18 for members) and all the money will go directly back into the zoo to fund their charitable objectives. After last year’s event, it promises to be a night to remember!

Find more information about Bristol Zoo’s Pop-Up Festival. here.

This post was in collaboration with Bristol Zoo. All photos courtesy of Bristol Zoo unless otherwise stated.

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Summer Goth

Oh look! An outfit post. It’s been a while since I done one o’ them.

I don’t take naturally to the summer months. It baffles me when people celebrate the return of hot weather – I am in my element on a cold, bright day. I panic when the weather gets warmer because I am incredibly uncomfortable in any form of summer fashion; it’s taken me years to try and find something I’m happy wearing in the summer (and it’s usually jeans and a shirt). Once a goth, always a goth, eh?

This is how I deal with this kind of weather #onceagothalwaysagoth #isitwinteryet

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Having said that, I got this new brightly-coloured dress in the post the other day all the way from MEXICO. I am completely in love with it; seeing as this embroidered flower thing is *all the rage* these days, I wanted to pay homage to where this trend might have originated from, and so located myself a proper puebla dress from a lovely lady in Durango.

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flower embroidered mexican dress

My good pal Lyzi took these snaps when we were pottering around in Bath for the day on Friday. I’ve given up on looking cute in outfit photos and so have embraced the ‘I dunno’ kind of half arsed look which I seem to do so well (just like Lyzi and her little look over the shoulder), and also the standard cursory glance at my shoes. Y’know, to check they are still there. I feel these are my signature poses.

I’ve taken to wearing a lot of black recently; there is something to be said for the graceful melancholic elegance of an all-black outfit, and it’s been informing my recent fashion purchases more and more, as if my 15 year old goth psyche is slowly working its way back to the forefront of my brain. I noticed in Japan that people wore a lot of black and tended to look very made up from just a few simple pieces – wide leg trousers, a box cut top, a long coat of some sort, and depending on your age, either trainers or kitten heels.

This dress comes in a veritable rainbow of colours, of which orange was up there on my list, but I thought black just brought out my glowing pale skin that bit more, plus it makes those flowers POP.

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mexican puebla dress and leather handbag

Dress: Etsy // Jacket: Urban Outfitters (similar here) // Shoes: H&M (or there are some dreamy ones from Boden here) // Handbag: HANDMADE!!
I am still obsessed with my handbag which I MADE – did I mention I made it? I made this bag. Me. Made it. With my hands. It has been my go-to every day handbag since the workshop with Leather Needle Thread back in February, and I have since made another to add to the growing collection.

Plus my little barnet is slowly but surely growing out from its shaven glory a few months previous. This is 6 months of growth from a grade 2, and to be perfectly honest there have been times this past week where I’ve considered shaving it all off again. I’m pretty confused about what to do with it next, so if you’ve got any suggestions, I’m all ears.

This dress is most certaintly earning its keep, as it has been out no less than three times this past weekend, and am sure will be a staple for me to survive another dreaded English summer… *shudder*.

This post contains affiliate links. Photos by the lovely Lyzi.

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Why Smaller Festivals Are Best

The humble music festival has undergone a renaissance in the last decade. The first ever festival I went to was Reading, a whopping 10 years ago this August (ermagerd I feel so old). The general vibe of attending a festival back in those days was a tinted with an element of survival; you took things which you didn’t mind getting destroyed and hoped you’d come back vaguely in one piece at the end of it.

Contrast that, then, with the atmosphere and general attitude of the average Glastonbury-goer at the festival this year, which was more Kate Moss than Bear Grylls. I tutted in my old-lady way at young girls dancing away in downpours in little more than a pair of shorts and a glitzy crop top, and took pity on a young thing who was shivering in front of me whilst standing in the mizzle watching Grimes. Put a bloody anorak on, young people!

I digress. The point I’m trying to get at here, is that the older I have become the more I’ve come to realise that the type of festival I enjoy attending is the more laid back, smaller affair – and I’m here to tell you why the smaller the festival, the better. Read More