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Guest Curator: Festival Finds from Fabulous Magazine

Jun 19, 2013

by CarlyJemmaHobbs handmade and vintage goods

Carly Hobbs is Deputy Lifestyle Editor at Fabulous, Britain’s most-read glossy weekly, which comes free with The Sun every Sunday. When she’s not looking after the homes, beauty, travel and health sections in the mag she can be found supping Prosecco, eating pesto pasta and watching bands. This summer she will be hanging out in fields all over the UK all for the love of festivals. Isle Of Wight, V Festival, Wireless and Bestival are just a few that she’ll be popping to, which is why she can’t get enough festival action on Etsy.

Once upon a time as it poured with rain, I bounced up and down with my besties in one big huddle, and sang (ok, wailed) along with The Killers in the middle of nowhere and was hooked on festivals. Here are my Etsy picks that have been inspired by the laid back, fun, magical vibe that comes from hanging out in fields with your favourite musicians and mates.

Dress up

When it comes festivals it’s all about easy trends that lets you dance, look good (you never know when you might bump into a boy from a band after all) and style out the change-able weather. From playsuits to ponchos here are my serious fash festival fixes.

dress up

[1. Lafayette playsuit by JalouseShop 2. Watercolour poncho by iheartnorwegianwood 3. Vintage floral print dress by MillieAndMeVintage]

Bag It Up

Pennies, phone and prettifiers – you’ll need a bag that will pack the lot in, slip across you so you don’t get robbed and not get in the way of dancing. I heart these beauties.

Bag it up

[1. Vintage shoulder bag by Luncheonettevintage 2. Leather clutch with tassles by oSoFancy 3. Vintage coach leather bag by AsburyHill 4. Vintage military bag by ARoadThroughTime]


Call me vain, but I cannot do a festival without sunglasses. In fact it’s all about the accessories. From pretty floral crowns to stylish sunnies and statement rings, you can VIP your look with the perfect plus ones.


[1. Tale as old as time necklace by LifeistheBubbles 2. Gold floral beaded sunglasses by ShopKP 3. Vintage Ray Ban aviators by Raybanicos 4. Floral crown by MissVioletLace]

Party props

Not only do fun add-ons make your festivals pics look aces, they’re also a great for making new friends. I think the more random the more likely the banter…think quirky pirate eye patches, cheeky music video inspirations and a tash on a stick.


[1. Fox ears headband by BangBangCrash 2. Cupcake bra costume pieces by Shimrita 3. Leather star eye patch by LMEmasks 4. Photo booth props by TheManicMoose]

Step up

These boots were made for walking, well festivaling more like. They’ll look cool and let you dance all day and night long.

step up

[1. Men’s Chelsea boots by EOTNK 2. Vintage cowboy boots by LotusvintageNY 3. Blue pixie boots by CecilyRoseVintage 4. Custom cowboy boots by SophieAlexi]

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