Possibly the toughest challenge I’ve faced in a long time.
It’s time for Vintage at Goodwood, and, due to my (permanent) lack of funds I will be spending the weekend in a tent. Just a one day ticket and spending money will have already cost me the price of an off season week in Tenerife, it’s been a challenge to afford it, but I was very keen to go for the first of what promises to be a fantastic event if it’s even HALF of what’s been advertised.
* Quick note, I didn’t even bother applying for press accreditation, figuring I quite fancied the chance of enjoying the event without the pressure to report (not that I won’t naturally!) I hear many bloggers have been denied press passes, so I’m glad I didn’t. I don’t think my fragile little ego could have stood the rejection!
For me normally camping is about keeping as clean as possible so that when I return to civilisation I don’t scare people and making my campsite as much like civilisation as I can. In fact I camped last weekend.
Yep, that’s me, preparing dinner in a headscarf in the middle of a wood. I wrote last year about some excellent essentials for camping in comfort.
Whilst most of those things are still very handy to have, camping at Goodwood is like civilisation, but with added risk of mud, rain and bugs. I won’t be wearing bin bags strapped to my legs like I did at Glastonbury in 1997, I promise you that. I not only need to remain clean and comfortable, but also achieve full on glamour for a 3 course silver service dinner at the Tanqueray Torch Club.
I hear Goodwood has excellent camping facilities in the way of showers, toilets and actual running water, so that’s one load off my mind. A lot of logistical planning has led me to make some slightly odd packing decisions this weekend. They are informed decisions of a woman dedicated to the maintenance of a glamorous lifestyle, but who has also spent some time under canvas, often in places without running water.
These are my tips for maintaining glamour under canvas at Goodwood this weekend.
Having covered the issues of greasy, knotty hair, creased clothes, dark circles, chipped nails and grubby feet essentially the rest of my plan is to hide in my tent in unattractive leggings, which are comfortable and warm to sleep in while camping. In the morning I shall change into something more presentable (even if it’s just pyjama bottoms!), drag myself to a washing facility and return to my tent with my hair and make up mostly done before changing into my miraculously uncreased clothing in the tent (a challenge in itself!) and putting the finishing touches to my make up.