Festivals around the world

Living in the UK, when I think about festivals I think Glastonbury, Camp Bestival, Reading and Leeds, then Notttinghill Carnival, Isle of Wight and the Wilderness festival. However, they not only take place all over the UK but all over the world.

Festivals Around The World

Festivals around the world

It’s amazing how many different types of festival there is. Cheese, fairy, music, woodland, carnival, LGBTQ, snow and ice, Holi, Mardi Gras, ballon, bulls just about anything you can think of there is a festival for it. I thought I would share with you some of my favourite festivals around the world.

Coachella

Coachella has to be one of the biggest festivals in the world. Every year my social media goes crazy with celebrities attending Coachella, seeing their outfits and who is performing. Coachella has been growing in popularity of the last few years, it has some of the biggest names in music performing. Coachella takes place in Indio California.

Dubai international Jazz festival

Jazz is a very popular across the globe, and each year Dubai is home to it’s famous international Jazz festival. It takes place in February each year over 3 days. Thousands of fans attend each year to see their favourite Jazz artists. Dubai is so easy to visit now, Destination2.co.uk have a fabulous range of great holidays, why not getting booking for next years Jazz festival.

Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest takes place in Munich, Germany each year. Starting towards the end of September until the first weekend of October, it lasts 16-18 days. Each year millions of people attend the fun fair and beer festival. Oktoberfest now takes place in cities across the world, but nothing compares to the original home of Munich.

Carnival, Rio De Janeiro

The Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is probably the biggest festival in the world. Taking place during February or March over 5 days to mark the Catholic lent celebrations. Over 5 million people attend each year, with people travelling from all over the world to attend. It’s home to the worlds best Samba dancers and is known for it’s spectacular show stopping outfits full of colour. It is also home to one of the biggest parades in the world. If you want to visit a carnival like no other then Carnival in Rio De Janeiro is the place to go.

Snowbombing

For the lovers of the snow then Austria’s Snowbombing festival is the place to go. It’s not all about music and snow, why not try Yoga up on the mountains, or pop to a spa. Austria’s Snowbombing is a fabulous festival for a group of friends, who love skiing in some of Europe’s best ski resorts, but who love music. With amazing headlining acts each year. Next year is due to be the best yet for their 20th anniversary festival.

Have you been to a unforgettable festival? Please let me know which ones you would recommend.

 

*This is a collaborative post. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

New menu launch at the Cosy Club Stamford

I love going into Stamford, it’s a beautiful little Lincolnshire town, which is about 15 miles away from my home. It is somewhere that I go with friends for lunch, out for drinks and a meal with my hubby and a great place for shopping as there are some lovely shops in the town. Stamford is sat on the river Wellend, which is a lovely spot to take the children for a picnic in the warm months. Stamford for me is a go to place for lunch, when the children are in school the Hubby and I will often head there for a wonder around and some lunch.

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The Cosy Club Stamford

When we head there for lunch and sometimes breakfast, we would normally choose the Cosy Club, the only time we haven’t been there when visiting Stamford was when the Christmas Markets were on and it was so busy we couldn’t get in.

The Cosy Club have recently launched a new set of menus, they now offer a vegan, gluten free and of course their standard menu, plus they have a new selection of puddings and cocktails. So they invited me along to try out the new menu.

I love the Cosy Club in Stamford, I have visited many times before, I love the atmosphere there. It’s has a real old English feel to it, with a large vintage union jack flag hanging in one corner. Wood panelled walls, mismatched chairs and tables, random lampshades and pictures on the walls, all working in perfect unison together.

Mocktails

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I took my sister along with me to try out the food and drinks. Looking through the drinks menu I was drawn to the cocktails, however with the school run to do later that afternoon we both went with mocktails. I will be honest, I don’t normally order a mocktail, in fact I don’t think I have had one since being a child. After trying them I am not sure why I don’t choose them more often.

I went with the watermelon and green tea cooler, my sister a virgin summer sangria. Later on during our meal we ordered another mocktail each a virgin passion fruit mojito and a St Clements they were lovely, by far my favourite one was the watermelon and green tea cooler. It was so refreshing and enjoyable, I would happily have it again and again.

Tapas

For food we opted for the Tapas, which was an unusual choice for us. We head out for lunch together quite often but we have not had a sharing meal before, but the Tapas really appealed to both of us. There were however a lot of other items on the menu we would have loved to try. 

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The Tapas is priced at £13.95 for 3 items or £4.95 each. So we decided on 6 items to share.

  • Halloumi sticks with a chipotle chilli jam.
  • Pulled chicken and chorizo with crispy potatoes.
  • Tempura king prawns with a soy and ginger dipping sauce.
  • Squid and chorizo pan fried with red wine and garlic and served with mixed leaved and butter bean aioli.
  • Crispy sesame seed chicken, with a soy and ginger dipping sauce and a coriander salad.
  • Garlic Mushrooms on a sourdough toast.

We also added a bread board of Ciabatta with dipping balsamic vinegar and oil.

We both really enjoyed the tapas, my favourite would have to be the crispy sesame seed chicken and the garlic mushrooms. Although it was all delicious, my least favourite was the squid and chorizo, mainly because I am not the biggest squid fan but it was my sisters favourite dish. The flavours all worked really well together, the halloumi sticks are very popular right now and I know why, along with the chipotle chilli jam they were so yummy.

The 6 items of tapas and the bread was more than enough for us both for lunch.

Desserts

I love a dessert, in fact I generally will look at the dessert menu first before deciding on a main course, eating at the Cosy Club was no different. There is a fabulous range of desserts on offer at the Cosy Club Stamford. My eyes were drawn to the salted caramel cheesecake, with butterscotch sauce and popcorn straight away. My sister went for the Nutella and vanilla cream doughnut, topped with candy floss and raspberry dust. When they arrived they looked amazing, and we began digging straight into them.

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I was a little disappointed with the cheesecake, I felt it was a bit warm, as though it needed another hour in the fridge to set, the base was also so thin that you hardly knew it was there. It did however taste amazing, full of caramel and butterscotch flavours. Just wish it was a bit firmer and a thicker base.

My sister is a big fan of doughnuts and nutella, so she was winning with this pudding. However, she also was disappointed with it. She felt that she couldn’t taste the nutella as it had been mixed with vanilla cream. I also tried a little bit and although there was some chocolate flavour I wouldn’t have said it had that rich nutella flavour I was expecting, it was a little disappointing.

The staff

I honestly have never had any issues with the staff at the Cosy Club, whenever I have visited they have always been helpful and welcoming, answered any questions I might have had. Our visit was no different, the manager who I have seen there a few times, was on hand to help with any questions, the staff were all happy and efficient in their work. They clearly have great mixology skills as the mocktails were all fabulous.

Although our desserts were a little disappointing, we had a wonderful meal at the Cosy Club Stamford and I wouldn’t hesiate to go back again, in fact my Hubby has a couple of days off work soon, so I thought we could go over together for lunch. He would love the tapas but also the Major-General burger, is what I would put money on him ordering.

Thank you Cosy Club for inviting me along to try out your fabulous new menu, great job.

Beautiful wedding veils from Lace and Favour

Wearing a veil at your wedding is almost as traditional as wearing a wedding dress. Over the years the amount of brides wearing veils seemed to decrease, with the increase of civil ceremonies taking place. I feel that some brides felt it was not needed. However, thanks to the recent Royal weddings veils are making a comeback, and there are some stunning ones available to buy. 

When I got married in a very low key style wedding almost 8 years ago, I did not have a veil, but if I was to do it all again (to the same man) I think I would do. I am very much in love with the long cathedral length veils. Although with me being only 5ft it might be a bit too long. I love the statement they make walking down the aisle, plus the photographs you could get would be fabulous.

Although many of the bridal boutiques stock a range of veils, often it is very limited and brides are turning to the internet to find something that is just perfect for them. Lace and Favour is an online wedding emporium and they stock a beautiful range of wedding veils and just about every other bridal accessory.

My top wedding veils from Lace and Favour

Veils come in a range of different lengths, ranging from the birdcage style all the way to the cathedral length. I have put together my top picks from Lace and Favour.

Fingertip veils

Fingertip veils, are just either a single tier or a double tier veil that finished at your fingertips. They are a really popular choice with brides wanting to show off the bottom of their dresses, or to have tucked into their hair up do. Often for brides having the fingertip veils are a good choice because they are traditional yet a more modern take on a veil.

Wedding Veils from Lace and Favour

I love this Joyce Jackson Santa Anna fingertip veil which costs £139. The beautiful lace and bead edges, give it the real vintage feel, it also comes in 3 different colours.

Cathedral or Chapel length veils

Cathedral or Chapel length veils, are my favourite ones. Finished with beautiful luxury lace, Swarovski pearls, beads some with scalloped edges. Some with built in head bands, others with a hair comb. The dramatic effect of these long veils, for me really give the wow factor.

This Lunaria by Rainbow Club that costs £175 really caught my eye, I love the lace edging. It’s 96 inches so it’s lovely and long if that what you are looking for. 

Waist length veils

Waist length veils, are just that bit shorter than the fingertip ones, they are a very classic yet add a splash of fun and an edgier side to your wedding look. Waist length veils are also a great option if you are wanting to wear your veil all day, as the others you may need to remove before your sit down meal because you will end up sitting on it and possibly pull it from your hair.

I love the simplicity of this stunning Rainbow Club Tosca Russian braid edge waist length veil, with it’s ribbon edge, will really allow your wedding dress to do the talking. This veil costs only £49, so it’s among the best value of the veils I have chosen.

Birdcage veils

Birdcage veils, add that vintage feel to your wedding. They are often popular with more mature brides, or something looking for something a bit different. A birdcage veil is for someone that is wanting to go for something other than a classic veil. I really do like the Birdcage veils, they are different, they stand out and they look very chic.

This beautiful birdcage veil by SassB Couture with crystal embellishments costs £82, with a hair clip of Swarovski crystals. It’s a perfect little veil for someone looking for an element of couture.

Full length veil

Full length veils are just that, they come down to the floor but do not give you any train. They are beautiful, they offer a tradition style without having to worry about people helping you to sort your train out. They come with lace, beads, pearls, Swarovski crystals, and from one tier to three tiers. If you opt for a full length veil, just make sure it covers the length of your dress, it will look odd if it finishes a few inches short of your dress. If you are not wanting a really long veil, why not try a fingertip veil.

This gorgeous Gaia Bohemian floral inspired full length veil, is perfect for the bride looking for that boho feel to their wedding. It has a silk ribbon covered band, that sits like a halo with gold lace flowers. The band has flexibly so you are able to move it into place easily, it costs £259.

What do you think to my selection of wedding veils from Lace and Favour?

Whatever veil you go for, make your have something that suits the silhouette you are looking for. Choose a veil that suits you, your personality and also accompanies your dress perfectly.

 

 

*This is a collaborative post, all images are credited to Lace and Favour. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.