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MUST-SEE ACTS AT GLASTONBURY 2017 //

Heading to the UK's biggest (and some may argue, best) festival this year? Here's some acts to look out for at Glastonbury 2017.

Glastonbury Festival 2016 - Flowers to the People

Ed Sheeran


Is it too obvious to throw a headliner into the mix here? Maybe, but Ed Sheeran is one worth mentioning. Having played the festival before in a shorter and earlier set, coming back to close this year's festival will definitely be a different experience for his fans. I'm not sure what to expect - is it a strong enough overall performance to rival Adele's solo headline act? Who knows, but I'm certainly excited to find out.

Your other mainstream acts include Katy Perry, Biffy Clyro and Stormzy, all of which are guaranteed a huge turnout at the Pyramid.

Skinny Lister


These are entertaining, dance-worthy and truly worth a watch. From the same indie label as Frank Turner and Beans on Toast, Skinny Lister are a folk band with catchy rhythms and plenty of audience participation, whether it's swigging beer or accompanying the 'ooh's' and 'aah's'.

There's a strong female presence in general over at the Avalon stage this year, also featuring the incredible Lissie, Lucy Rose and Birdy.

Royal Blood

They're back! Following the release of their latest single and announcement of the upcoming new album and tour, Royal Blood will be making a return to the festival for their biggest show to date. A rock duo well worth a watch and if you haven't heard of them already, where have you been hiding?

These aren't the only comeback kids this year. I, for one, am truly excited for a performance from throwbacks Goldfrapp and Shaggy. 00's music unite.

Girl Ray

A mellow and sway-worthy performance that will be a welcome break from the hustle of Glasto.  It's girl pop but not as you'd expect it, and their debut album is coming out in August of this year. If there's going to be any gig that gets a name out there it will be at Glastonbury.

 If you don't get to see them at the festival, they'll be gracing my hometown of Leeds on June 20th too. Haim will also be making an appearance this year if female pop power is your cup of tea.

Lorde


With a cracking release of Green Light, Lorde has again caused a scene and recently teased her new album's tracklist. As a hugely talented 20 year old, she makes me feel envy and admiration in equal measure and an immense urge to chop my hair into a similar style.

Lorde is only going to get better and I am massively looking forward to dancing throughout her set at Glastonbury 2017. Another strong female act to watch out for are First Aid Kit, who joined Mumford & Sons (amongst others) in their 2014 headline slot.

There's a playlist featuring all these incredible acts here on Spotify - give it a listen and let me know who you'd like to see on a festival stage this year.



leanne

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SPRING MENU AT BROWNS, LEEDS //

Seafood platter at Browns, Leeds | The Dress Diaries

Browns have multiple locations across the country and Leeds' own has recently had a fancy new refurbishment. Not only this, they've also introduced their wonderful Spring menu, and more importantly, cocktail list.

This was my first visit since the refurb and I was also looking forward to sampling their food for the first time.

Herbs and cocktails, plants and interiors
Pouring spirits for cocktail at Browns, Leeds | The Dress Diaries
Gin Basil Smash - pretty tile interior and Spring cocktail
Pea flavoured cocktail, Leeds

Let's start with the cocktails because well, on the night we certainly did.

There were a selection of cocktails featuring seasonal herbs and GIN was firmly on the menu. I had the pleasure of creating my own gin basil smash and safe to say, it looked and tasted pretty great.

Others we sampled included a classic English Garden T&T and the rather more elaborate Spring Green Sour (made with sugar snap peas, I kid you not.)

Seafood platter, Browns Leeds | The Dress Diaries
Food sharing platter of the new Spring menu
Beetroot Hummus and Feta Cheese - Veggie starter

The food we sampled included an incredible seafood platter (I had mussels for the first time: spoiler, I didn't mind them) and all the calamari. We were then offered an assortment of canap├ęs including chicken and satay sauce, pork and apple sauce and beetroot hummus and feta on fried bread.

It was a colourful assortment of Spring food items and coupled with the pretty cocktails and wonderful company, the evening was definitely an enjoyable experience.

Cocktail close up, greenery and herbs

Browns makes a great event space due to sheer size and customer service and the Leeds city central location is ideal for after-work drinks. It's likely there's a restaurant local to you too, so check out their website for your nearest.

We'll definitely be heading back this year to taste some more of the fab menu, and maybe have a pea-inspired drink or two. Thanks to the Browns team for being so accommodating and in particular, Steve for teaching us some strong cocktail-making skills!


leanne

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Disclaimer: I was kindly invited by Blogl to this event free of charge, however, all views are my own and unbiased. These views were also expressed when I'd sobered up for the gin, I promise.

CHANGE YOUR DIRECTION //

Woodland and forest walk in Yorkshire | The Dress Diaries

Sometimes, life gets a little bit complicated. You're falling at the hurdles and no matter how far you look into the distance, a finish line doesn't seem to be getting any closer.

Recently I've felt a little lost. There are so many different directions I want my life to go in but not entirely sure I can make any of them happen and if I can, where the hell do I start? It's easy to let work, relationships, money problems and more become a burden, so I want to share a few things that can help if you happen to be stuck in this same, uncomfortable boat.

Re-evaluate


What are the actual problems? Is it something that is out of your control, or something you can work hard to change? If it's the former then stop worrying, there's nothing that you can do to change the scenario so riding it out is sometimes the only way.

If it is indeed something that you can change, then it's all going to work out. You probably know, or will eventually know, what you can do to resolve the mess so concentrate on yourself and get it done.
Then continue with the following points, of course.

Focus on the positive


No matter how terrible a situation makes you feel, there's often a positive and shiny silver lining. A break up, for example, means you've got a chance to spend more time on yourself and some wild, drunken single nights out if the mood takes you.

This advice is probably the most difficult for me. It's important to remind yourself of the great things you have going for you rather than dwell on the negativity. Whether it be amazing friends, family or you have the chance for a fresh start - put your love and appreciation into the things you do have.
As Sarah Knight (a wonderful no fuck giving woman) would say: "Joy over annoy."


Get yourself an end goal


Focussing on a goal means you can steer all your intentions towards a final objective. Putting a more specific goal in place also means that when you reach it, you get an additional sense of achievement.

Personally, I find my goals are never too specific as I don't really like committing myself to something as my thoughts and intentions tend to change a lot. Whatever works for you, try to give yourself a checklist of things to do or a date that you want to complete something by to ensure you keep going.

Treat yourself


Self love isn't necessarily just something to think about when you're in a bad place, however, allowing yourself some precious 'me' time when you feel down can work wonders. Treating yourself doesn't have to be a physical something like buying yourself a new pair of shoes (that's totally okay too) but may mean taking a friend out to brunch, or allowing yourself more time to sit and be creative when you wouldn't normally.



Although this isn't a profound piece of writing that will solve all your problems, I do hope that one or all of these points are able to help you take back some control of your situation.
We all have moments where we struggle. If like me, you prefer to keep it to yourself (and Twitter) then using some of these can encourage some positivity

Ultimately, a change of direction doesn't mean going backwards.



leanne

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