June 24, 2015

Lifestyle | Events | Don Julio x i-D Party

A couple of weeks ago, a dream team made up of my favourite tequila brand and fashion magazine collaborated to throw a killer party.

Chef and food writer Gizzi Erskine was also involved, preparing a selection of authentic Mexican classics with a twist to pair with the Don Julio tequila. We were treated to everything from pork carnitas tacos with charred pineapple and pink pickled onions to sea bass ceviche and margarita sorbet.

I'm a sucker for an event with a selection of cocktails and the variety on offer was a plenty. The one cocktail I tried was the Don Julio Anejo Old Fashioned. By the time I get on the tequila, it's usually of the slamming, salt and lemon sort so, it was good to be able to experience in a more original way and appreciate the flavour of Don Julio.

You can catch up with all of the goings on from the event and delicious recipes by watching the video below. Cheers Don Julio and iD for having us!

Those who know drink responsibly Drinkaware.co.uk for the facts

This post was written in collalboration with Don Julio & iD magazine.

June 17, 2015

Music | Isle of Wight Festival with Diesel #DieselPreFall15

Clothing Diesel Pre Fall '15

Photographs by Lel Burnett

When Diesel asked me to get on board to head to Isle of Wight Festival with three other digital influencers that I'd never met, I was a little nervous to say the least. On meeting Gwilym, Zac and Charlie bright and early to drive to the Isle of Wight, it was obvious we were all in for a treat of a weekend. The guys at Diesel had got it spot on and instantly, we got on like a house on fire and it was clear how passionate we all are about the brand and excited about creating content for the Pre Fall '15 campaign.

Bags crammed into the back of Gwilym's car and us dressed head to toe in Diesel Pre Fall '15, we hit the road to the ferry. There's not a lot to be said for the ferry across to the Isle of Wight. It's probably one of the most monotonous, slow modes of transport I've encountered but it got us from a to b.

The festival wasn't far from the ferry and after half an hour, we found ourself tent poles in hand, confused as anything as what to do with them. How many Diesel digital influencers does it take to put up a tent? Quite a few it turns out. Obviously, all that I did was sit and watch the boys and stamp in a few tent pegs.

A couple of beers later and we were finally on our way in. It wasn't long before we were stopped and Gwil and Zac were asked for their photos taken. When the photographer queried what it was the four of us were up to, us proclaiming we were a band who were to perform on the main stage seemed like the obvious answer, which turned out to be a reoccurring theme/joke over the weekend.

I'm not sure about you and maybe it was naive of me but I never realised that a VIP VIP area existed. These are the golden tickets, the ones you can't buy and have to be invited by the festival to. Luckily enough for us, we had our very own golden tickets allowing us backstage access and unlimited food and drink all weekend, which could only lead to absolute carnage.

We got soaked as we ventured for the security from the rain backstage to jump around to The Prodigy and the rest of the first night turned into a blur of rain, dancing and mud with us finally rolling into our tent in the early hours of the morning.

Day 2 swung around all too quickly and we picked out our second Diesel Pre Fall '15 outfits and spent the best part of the morning shooting/frolicking before heading into the festival. It's probably best I let the pictures do the talking.

Big love to Diesel for sending us and Zac, Gwilym, Charlie and Lel for all being such babes and making the experience what it was over the weekend.

June 8, 2015

Lifestyle | Events | Moet Imperial Ice Summer Party

Left to Right: Shini, Emily, myself, Raven & Ella

Photographs by Dave Bennett

There are so many things to love about summer. One of them being fabulous parties outside where you often bump into your favourite people unexpectedly. Moet's Ice Summer party was exactly this. We arrived on the roof of One Exchange to large white glasses of Moet, laced with strawberries, waiting for us to celebrate the launch of their new Ice Imperial bottle.

It wasn't long before Emily and I were clinking glasses with Shini and then moments after stumbled across Ella and Raven setting us up for a wonderful evening of delicious drinks and great chats with friends. Aside from the wonderful views of the city and the sunset, we were surrounded by ice sculptures and thrones in the midst of the nautical themed party.

Served over ice, the champagne is a world first and after spending the evening drinking nothing else, I'm not sure anything but Moet's Ice Imperial concoction will do for the rest of summer.