Monthly Archives: June 2013

Festival Fashion: Beauty Essentials

Festival beauty essentials

The words ‘festival’ and ‘beauty essentials’ may not sound like a match made in heaven, but if you’re going to Glastonbury this weekend (or Leeds, Bestival, WOMAD or similar in a few weeks time) then you could do worse than packing this lot…

Origins Perfect World Moisturiser – It doesn’t have to be Origins, but a rich moisturiser will do your skin wonders and help protect against wind and rain. Apply before bed to keep your skin hydrated throughout the night. If you’re prone to oily skin then opt for a lighter product – points for wearing one with an inbuilt SPF.

Simple Cleansing Wipes – Bring baby wipes for hands and general body cleaning, but don’t forget dedicated facial wipes as these are designed for the delicate skin on your face and will also be better at removing make-up and glitter.

Hair grips – Pick a packet of these up from Boots, Superdrug or similar and your hair will thank you. From pinning your hair in Heidi style braids or keeping a headscarf or hair garland in place, a handful of hair grips will serve you well at a festival. Bring more than you need as hair grips have a tendency to disappear very quickly…

Batiste Dry Shampoo – A travel size helping of dry shampoo is a festival beauty essential, especially for longer events like Glastonbury, where you’re unlikely to be showering for five days. Please try to avoid washing your hair under drinking taps at festivals – there are often very thirsty people waiting and queues can build up really quickly. Wash your hair the morning you set off, keep it fresh with a spritz of dry shampoo and bring hats and headscarves to help disguise any grease!

Carex Hand Sanitizer – This is a no-brainer product to bring with you. As well as using this after the dreaded festival loo visits, make sure you rub a bit into your hands before applying makeup or moisturiser to your face, to avoid transmitting germs and dirt.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Protection Cream SPF 50 – I have pathetic skin when it comes to sun exposure (according to the packaging of this sun cream the technical term is ‘sun intolerant skin’) but make sure you pack a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 25, even if the weather forecast is predicting rain. You never know what can happen with British weather and burnt skin at a festival isn’t fun!

Neal’s Yard Remedies Aloe Vera Cooling Spray – If you do get burnt then after-sun cream or spray can help to soothe your skin and ease that ‘burning’ feeling. This spray is light and smells delicious thanks to the lavender essential oils it contains.

Benefit They’re Real! Mascara – I’m not one for wearing a lot of make-up at festivals – it’s a hassle and the warm weather can dry out liquid based products – but a sweep of mascara can help perk up tired eyes. I know there have been mixed reviews about Benefit’s They’re Real! but I love it for giving longer, un-clumpy lashes, so it’s made it’s way into my festival make-up bag.

Vasline Lip Therapy – A neutral lip balm like this has so many uses at a festival, from keeping lips chap-free to preventing blisters on your feet (yes, really) just make sure you was your hands before applying, otherwise the pot could become a hotbed of germs.

WH Smiths gold glitter pot – A festival wouldn’t be complete without a little frivolity, and glitter is a fun way to channel that. Apply liberally around your eyes or on your shoulders or hands using the aforementioned lip balm – apply a light coating of Vasline Lip Therapy in a semi circle around your temples and cheekbones and pat the glitter over the top with a dry finger.


Do you have a festival beauty routine or any tips you’d like to add? If so comment below!



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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Rock The Week festival fashion

  • Festival hype. Anyone who follows me on Twitter may have noticed that I’ve been a little festival obsessed this week and that’s because I’m off to Glastonbury Festival today. I work there so I’ll be on site for the next seven days and I’m so excited. As a result the blog will be quieter than normal, but I’ll be tweeting and on Instagram if you want to keep up with my festival adventures.
  • Festival fashion. Due to the above excitement, the blog has been a festival fashion zone this week, with posts on my festival style icon, Florence Welch, and the Cabot Circus Style Challenge, which involved sharing how to put together the perfect festival outfit for £150. I just hope I get to wear some of it and not the waterproof trousers and jacket I’ve packed!
  • HTML. It’s not much but I want to redesign Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion so this week I’ve started by neatening up the sidebar and adding some social media buttons for Twitter, Pinterest etc to make it easier for anyone wishing to follow me to do so. It was only a half hour job but I’m really surprised at how simple it was to do.
  • Round up posts. Finally, it was a lovely surprise to see that on of my festival posts has been included on the Bonjour Blogger Saturday Summary post this week. There are some great posts and bloggers in there including Bristol Fashionista and Pretty Much Penniless so if you’re looking for a weekend read and some new blogs to sample, take a look!

What’s been rocking your world this week? Are any of you off to Glastonbury? Let me know by commenting below…


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Festival Icon: Florence + The Machine

Festival Fashion: Florence + The Machine
Mango chiffon dress / Topshop embroidered blouse / AllSaints cropped leather jacket / Isabel Marant real leather boots / Jack Wills leather jewelry / Accessorize Bracelet jewelry / Dolly Bow Bow Pink headband / Peacocks Belt

When Florence + The Machine played the Other Stage at Glastonbury in 2010, I was stood watching the show with some friends to the left of the stage. The sun was shining and in front of me was a girl of around 10 or 11, sat in a wheelchair and flanked either side by her parents. This girl had delicate features and long wavy hair, topped with a garland of tiny rose buds.

With every song Florence Welch sang, this young girl sang along, copying every word while moving her hands to the music above her head. Watching her was transfixing and reminiscent of the way over-excited congregations get in the Bible-belt churches of the US, except the music took the place of a religious experience. I was surprised that the songs evoked so much passion in someone so young.

As well as her emotive music, Florence Welch is also a style icon, especially when it comes to festivals. When we had to come in musical fancy dress at work a couple of weeks ago I picked Florence and wore a maxi skirt with red lips, glitter and a floral garland in my hair, and for the Cabot Circus Style Challenge it was Florence I was thinking of when searching for a kimono.

Welch has a unique style that incorporates brocade shorts suits, backless vintage dresses and a hippy vibe offset by a rock and roll air. I’ve tried to capture her style with this festival wishlist and if I thought I could relax while getting mud over a £170 backless beaded dress like this one from Mango, then I’d wear it in a heartbeat.

Is there a better example of festival style than Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine? I think not. If you disagree then share your festival style hero in the comments!


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Festival Fashion: A summer Style Challenge with Cabot Circus

Cabot Circus Festival Fashion

When Cabot Circus challenged myself and two other bloggers to a Summer Style Challenge I couldn’t resist shopping for the ultimate summer look; festival fashion.

I go to at least one big festival every summer, not to mention the numerous one and two day affairs that take place in the heart of Bristol throughout the year, and to me they signify the start of summer.  This year I’m heading to Glastonbury and crossing fingers, toes and every other body part that it will be a rain-free festival.

Armed with £150, channeling Florence Welch and the hazy warmth of Coachella, I headed to Cabot Circus to shop for the perfect festival outfit. I’m insanely sensible when it comes to festival dressing and already own a waxed cotton jacket and wellington boots from previous festival shopping sprees. But festivals are a place to have fun and if it doesn’t rain all weekend then the last thing you want to be stuck wearing is jumpers and hot rubber boots.

Topshop Chelsea boots

I started by investing in a pair of Chelsea boots from Topshop. Clocking in at £65 they’re not cheap, but a good pair of comfortable ankle boots are a festival must-have. Glastonbury is nearly two square miles so if you’re planning on seeing acts at every stage that’s a lot of walking to do!

Shorts are another festival essential – if it’s hot you can wear them with bare legs and if it’s cold and wet you can layer tights of patterned leggings underneath. These stonewash ‘boyfriend’ shorts are from New Look and at £14.99 they’re a bargain! To keep with the hippie-folk feel I paired them with a £25 Chelsea Girl sleeveless cream blouse from River Island. I love the lace details and the button front – it’s so easy to wear and can be paired with skirts and leggings just as easily as shorts, making it perfect for a capsule festival wardrobe.

A backpack is an on-trend way to carry festival essentials such as a camera, suncream, tissues and a bottle of water, so I chose this brown cotton number from the men’s department at H&M. As a rule I find menswear on the high street to be more robust, and am partial to jumpers and t-shirts designed for menfolk. At £15, this backpack was the perfect choice as the colour will go with the rest of my festival wardrobe and if it gets a bit muddy then, well, at least this will act as camouflage!

Finally I topped this look off with the ultimate in flamboyant festival fashion, a fringed kimono top from Zara. At £29.99 I think this cream number adds the touch of frivolity that festivals demand. The jade, magenta and burnt orange flowers on the back make this a statement piece that could easily be worn over a simple t-shirt, black jeans and ballet pumps on a night out as well as at a festival.

That’s my Style Challenge outfit – do you think it’s festival ready?

To see more Cabot Circus ‘Home of the High Street’ Style Challenges don’t forget to check out how Gina put together her honeymoon style challenge and how Christina tackled a summer chic look.

Fringed kimono – Zara / Cream lace sleeveless top – River Island / Stonewash ‘boyfriend’ shorts – New Look /  Tan Chelsea boots – Topshop / Belt – H&M / Hair garland – Glastonbury festival market stall

Floral hair garlandCabot Circus Summer Style ChallengeZara kimono and River Island topZara fringed kimono and H&M backpackNew Look Boyfriend shorts


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Rock The Week Topshop Chelsea boots

  • Festival shopping. This week I’ve been shopping for lots of festival goodies in conjunction with the Cabot Circus Style Challenge (more on that on Tuesday) and planning some festival-based content for the blog.
  • Clean skin. On Friday I reviewed Origins Clean Energy cleansing oil and it’s fast becoming one of my skincare saviours. With having dry skin I find oil products nourishing and gentle, plus somehow massaging oil into my face far more relaxing than harsh cleansing gels and washes.
  • Heartfelt. Yesterday I spent my afternoon sipping elderflower fizz with Mandy of Heartfelt on Alma Vale Road. This vintage boutique-cum-café is a gem of a local business located just off Whiteladies Road, and once I’ve managed to edit down all the photos I took of ballgowns, mannequins and antique jewellery I’ll share them on Ship-Shape.
  • You know nothin’ Jon Snow! Season 3 of Game of Thrones finished on Monday (sob!) and after the penultimate episode I was literally on the edge of my seat while watching it. If you haven’t seen it and like medieval fantasy, drama, battles and bloodshed and, let’s face it, boobs, you love it! I can’t wait for season 4 to start but since filming hasn’t started yet I’ll probably be waiting a while!

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Origins Clean Energy cleansing oil

Origins Clean Energy cleansing oil

My skin is not feeling particularly happy right now. If anything I’d say it’s distinctly sad, a tad maudlin and, like everyone’s favourite depressed donkey, Eeyore, a bit down in the dumps. I’m the owner of perpetually dry skin. As a teenager this translated to crystal-clear skin without a spot in sight, but as I get older my skin will wrinkle and line quicker than someone with oilier skin, boo!

Since January my face has been even drier than normal so over the last few months I’ve built up an arsenal of different skincare products in a bid to help it, one of which is Origins Clean Energy, above.

After having sampled this cleansing oil during a couple of Origins mini facials at Bristol’s House of Fraser, I decided to invest in a bottle of my own a few weeks ago. Unlike the cleansers I tried in my teens, when I knew little about skin types and thought a St Ives apricot facial scrub was the hight of sophistication, this cleansing oil is a lot gentler and doesn’t leave my skin feeling tight and dry.

The mix of sesame, sunflower and safflower oils is surprisingly light and not at all like cooking oil, which is the consistency I’d expected before I first tried it and pleasingly, doesn’t really smell. Personally I think there’s nothing worse than skincare products that have a synthetic or overpowering smell to them.

Clean Energy costs £19 plus £1 for a pump, which I’d recommend buying as it’s much easier to use than pouring straight from the bottle. I use a small pump of oil once a day and massage it into my face and neck before rinsing it off in the shower. If I wore make-up more often I’d probably use it in the evenings as well as it’s supposed to double up as make-up remover, though I’ve yet to put this to the test. I follow this with Neal’s Yard facial oil (I wasn’t joking when I said my skin is seriously dry) and E45 moisturiser and while my skin hasn’t snapped back to the way it used to be, it’s certainly calmed down.

Have you tried a cleansing oil or oil-based products before? And are there any other skin saviours you’d recommend for dry skin? Let me know in the comments!


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Rock The Week 09/06/13

  • Welsh hills. RTW is late this week because I’ve just returned from a long weekend in Wales. Every year a group of us stay in a converted cowshed, miles from the nearest town. It’s a yearly pilgrimage that involves eating lots of food (especially cheese), long walks, barbecues on the beach and, this year, lots of book reading in the sun. It’s remote, with no television, no mobile phone signal and certainly no internet, making it a blissful escape from reality for a few days. We packed so much in to two and half days that I feel like I need another weekend to get over it!
  • Special occasions. This week I posted about the dress Mr Ship-Shape bought me to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. Now that the weather has picked up I can’t wait to wear it around Bristol!
  • Mimi Noor. On Thursday I caught up with my friend Polly and hopped on the train to Bath to attend the Mimi Noor fashion show. One of Bath’s luxury boutiques, Mimi Noor specialises in luxury casual wear, and the show, in a beautiful underground bar, was a treat, complete with MiH and Victoria Beckham denim. Thanks for the invite Mimi!

That was my week in a nutshell – what’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Anniversary Dressing with Oasis

Oasis sundress and tweed jacket

A couple of weeks ago Mr Ship-Shape and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. How two years have passed is simply baffling to me, but passed they have, and along with another year comes the traditional anniversary gift. The first year is traditionally marked with paper, and this year we advanced to cotton –  there is quite a way to go before one can get their mitts on diamonds and rubies – which translates to this beautiful summer dress.

Despite having what some friends and family have delicately call an ‘eclectic’ taste in clothes, I’m not the easiest of people to shop for, so I was blown away when I opened this colourful cotton sundress from Oasis.  It’s lightweight and has captured the cotton theme perfectly, with an exposed zip, double peter pan collar and coral coloured skinny belt.

I wore it on our celebratory restaurant crawl, complete with my old H&M tweed jacket and glitter-tastic ankle boots. I know I’ll get lots of wear out of this dress this summer and it could easily be worn during autumn with a pair of colourful tights and a t-shirt or blouse underneath. The fact it was a gift makes it that much more special. Here’s to the next two years!

Floral sundress – Oasis / Tweed jacket – H&M / Ankle boots – New Look / Earrings – Accessorize / Pin badge – Oxfam

Oasis sundress double peter pan collarOasis floral sundress and coral beltOasis floral sundress and tweed blazer


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Rock The Week 02/06/13

  • Family. This weekend I visited journeyed to Bournemouth to visit my family and have only just got back, hence the late post. It was quite last-minute but thoroughly enjoyable, complete with cake, fish and chips, makeshift wardrobe consultations, gardening and a few cast-offs from Grandma Ship-Shape, above. As always the weekend flew by far too quickly…
  • Outfit posts. This week I posted a spring outfit that I wore over the Bank Holiday weekend, the perfect mix of vintage and high street. Despite the rubbish weather this week I’m pleased the sun showed it’s face this weekend. To help coax it out I shared some photos of our recent holiday to Cornwall. It was a blissful trip and one I hope to repeat soon.
  • Blogging resources.  On Friday I posted about some of the awesome blogging resources we have in the South West. I’m eager to share the blogging love so head on over, have a read and if there are other UK blogging resources you find invaluable then share them in the comments.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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