Independence Day: Just another great all American excuse to par-tay! That said, let’s ring in this day of explosions in the sky with good company, a good shindig, and a great outfit.
Let’s stick to a loose and airy look this weekend. The heat wave is here and since most of the activities are outdoor it’s best to try and stay cool. Put on your tie blouse with some Hudson shorts, and pair with your most comfortable wedges. A definite red, white and blue hit!
Now here are a few ideas to celebrate your day of independence:
1. Beach BBQ: Usually the best way to spend the 4th is at a BBQ near the beach with your best buds! Get a potluck going, pick a beach and you got yourself a party. Maybe even rent out a beach house! Some local beaches are also having fireworks and activities for the 4th like: Santa Monica, Huntington Beach, and Long Beach.
2. Hall & Oates: Kick it old school at the Hollywood Bowl with Hall & Oates! Nothing like some good ol’ fashion American music and firework show to celebrate the 4th with a group of music loving friends.
3. Poolside: If sitting poolside is your forte try heading over to The Roosevelt on Sunday the 3rd for the “Wet Pool Party.” Celebrating the 4th a day earlier with Miguel Migs DJing sounds like a great independence plan to me!
4. Booze Cruise: Nothing better then relaxing on a boat and admiring the BEST firework display over the pacific ocean! If this sounds good to you then reserve your seats on the Fireworks cruise of Newport beach. Food + booze + fireworks + no after party clean up = a perfect day!
The trend may have heated up in Los Angeles, but food trucks are hardly a new idea. Cultures all over the world offer quick and easy delicacies along the side of the road, literally turning a restaurant into a mobile environment. But while LA has their taco trucks, New York took the idea of a food truck and ran with it in a way no one’s seen yet. Now city streets are covered in decorated trucks, offering everything from Korean barbeque to slushies. What began as just a few lone mobile chefs has turned into a massive collection of restaurateurs. And to continue the move towards embracing new forms of culture, each truck broadcasts their location through social media, announcing on Twitter each morning their planned destination. This summer, forgo the regular dinner in a restaurant and opt instead for dinner al fresco, in a park with one of the many food truck dishes!
We arrived on a very muddy and wet Thursday night at Winding Lake farm, a spot off-site full of luxury winnebagos with hot showers and plasma TVs. Neighbours for the weekend included England football player Wayne Rooney and his glamourous wife Coleen. Beyoncé arrived there in a helicopter on the Sunday before she headlined the Pyramid stage.
All day Friday we were shooting with ES magazine with super hot model couple Sara Blomvquist and Jeremy Young. The shoot was very much a reportage of their trip to Glastonbury. We found some amazing shoot locations including an original airstream from the ’60s, the stone circle and Shangri-la… a very secret part of the Glastonbury site which comes alive after dark.
Sara Blomqvist in her Hudson Hampton Cuffed Shorts
We sheltered from the rain and hung out backstage in the Hospitality bar and spotted Bono and his wife Alison Stewart having a quick break before his set with U2.
We made sure to get a good spot for Pulp who had reformed for a special guest appearance at the Park stage. It was so packed that even Kate Moss wasn’t allowed past the security at the gate past security to see Jarvis. He seemed in his element performing to a crowd of over 30,000 die-hard fans. He was incredible and proved he still had his moves!
On Sunday crowds including Brit Alexa Chung headed down to see Laura Marling in the blazing sunshine. Poppy Delevigne and Sara Blomqvist hung out backstage in their Hudson Hampton cuff shorts. We made our way over to the Other Stage and almost ended up on the stage with the huge range of wristbands I had amassed on my trip!
Poppy Delevigne in her Hudson Hampton Cuffed Shorts
Sadly we had to leave before Beyoncé’s epic performance but will be watching it on BBC iPlayer from the comfort of my bed this evening!
While going to the cinema isn’t normally associated with the summer; Lexi Cinema’s latest venture might entice film-lovers. The Nomad, a kind of roaming pop-up cinema is currently on tour around London and the south-east of England, setting up screens indoors and out at castles, theatres, ballrooms, churches and parks.
The genre of films on offer vary somewhat and yet they are all united by a kind of cult status. Expect the likes of Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and the Coen brothers’ Fargo which is a part of The Saab Independent Thinking Season – films that challenged viewers and changed the rules of film-making. 50% of all profits will be donated to charity – The Sustainability Institute in South Africa. Co-founder Sally Wilton says ”For The Lexi this is a dream come true, taking film out on the road to our public, having one hell of a good time and raising money for charity, life doesn’t get much better than that.”
When the weather turns warm in New York City, eating outside becomes a desired way of life. City residents are so desperate to escape indoor confines and bask in the summer’s heat that it’s easy to forget the cute little outdoor table you’re about to sit down at is actually on a major bus lane. So in attempt to pair both dining al fresco with city living, forgo the gross fumes thanks to a variety of rooftop dining locations. If you’re a Brooklyn lover, make plans to visit Juliette, where a hidden terrace provides a dinner experience under the city stars. With Mario Batali’s latest creation comes Birreria, a rooftop beer garden serving all Italian delicacies. Indulge in meats and cheeses from the various parts of the country, while sipping on a selection of beverages like Italian and American craft beers, plus three original cask beers brewed in house. When you’re in the mood for sushi in the summer, take off for the West Village, as Sushi Samba provides both the views and delicacies for an evening of dining under the stars. For a bit of culture, spend the afternoon checking out the Metropolitan Museum of Art and finish off the afternoon of art with a refreshing glass of vino and snacks on the museum’s rooftop, overlooking views of the Central Park.
Juliette; 135 North 5th St at Bedford
Birreria; 200 5th Avenue at 23rd Street
Roof Garden Cafe; Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street
Sushi Samba; 87 Seventh Avenue South at Barrow Street