Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Smile Like You Mean It

It was my birthday this past Saturday, although in my head it's my birthday for most of July as I use it to justify every little treat! I went out with my family the day before, and then for the actual day popped down to London to see Their Mortal Remains again (which I'll post about separately) and to see The Killers at Hyde Park's British Summer Time festival.

This outfit is what I wore for my family meal, everything is brand new for once! I fell in love with this dress from Coco Fennell as soon as I saw it. It's rare for me to actually catch my breath when looking at an item of clothing, but that was very much my reaction. It was expensive even though it was in the sale, but being an artist myself I'd always prefer to give my money to independent designers and brands and it fits beautifully. And despite being new I feel it blends into my vintage wardrobe extremely well and looks quite late '60s.

For my birthday I was gifted a perfume I'd been coveting, Miss Dior Absolutely Blooming. Perfume isn't something I can ever justify spending my own money on but it's always a very welcome gift, and I love how it looks on my vanity as well as how it actually smells. I'm a bit rubbish at remembering to put perfume on, but I hope to get into the habit as I've always fancied the idea of having a 'signature scent' that remembers you to others when they smell it. I also got a scanner which is less photogenic but very much needed and appreciated. I've previously used the scanner that's attached to my printer, but I've wanted to upgrade both for a long time so that I can eventually make my own prints to sell.

I drove down to London for the first time ever, a prospect I've always been terrified of but turned out to be quite simple and drastically cheaper than the train. I began at the V&A and walked down to Hyde Park where I stopped to eat my sandwich in the rose garden before heading into the concert.

It advertised itself as a "festival" and was a series of concerts over consecutive days with numerous acts, but there was no camping element and the only stalls were fast food and bars. I solely went for The Killers, a band I've loved for a long, long time but had never had the opportunity to see live before, largely due to anxiety to be honest. When I learned they were playing on my actual birthday it felt like a sign and I knew I had to get a ticket (and thanks to being in their fanclub for over 10 years that was pretty easy!). I wish I could say I had a great time, but unfortunately it didn't really occur to me beforehand that the 'festival' element would impact the audience and mean that there would be a large proportion more interested in drinking than the music and I ended up trapped by some really aggressive drunks which kind of ruined it. It's a shame, but I'm trying not to dwell on it too much and am just taking it as a learning curve. Although I didn't get to enjoy the performance much, what I could see and hear was just as awesome as I would expect from The Killers and they played most of my favourite songs. I hope I can see them in a better environment in the future (fingers crossed for their tour at the end of this year!)


  1. Happy, happy birthday to you!!
    That dress is insanely fabulous, I thought it was vintage. I'm trying to resist clicking on the link or I may not be responsible for my actions!
    I love The Killers, too. We were lucky enough to score tickets to see them in Brum just as they were becoming big and they were phenomenal.
    Don't be put off by that festival crowd, sadly the events with massively successful bands attract the wrong type of people (ie., The V Festival & T in The Park). There's some really lovely ones where you rarely encounter laddish behaviour. xxx

    1. Thank you! Thanks for what you said about festivals too, it really had put me off as it's the only on I've attended so far but I'll keep your words in mind! I got a ticket to see the Killers again so hopefully it'll be a better time!

  2. Happy birthday, Sydney!
    I love your dress and your birthday cake is so sweet.
    Shame about the annoying drunks, hope you get to see the Killers again at the end of the year. :)

    1. Thank you! I managed to get a ticket for the tour so hopefully it'll be a better experience!

  3. Happy Birthday! Sorry to hear about the rude folks you ran into, it's a shame people have to act that way. But other than that it sounds like your day was marvelous! Your outfit here is outstanding!

    1. Thank you! It really was a great day otherwise!


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