Concert season is easily the most exciting time for music lovers (which is essentially everyone). It’s the perfect opportunity to road trip with friends and see all of your favorite artists in one place. Surely, it’s the atmosphere, the concertgoers and the memories you make during a string of 3-day weekends that make any summer one to mention. And this isn’t your first rodeo, you’ve skimmed over a few summer music festival packing lists and you have the basics down: Toothbrush, reservations, tickets, phone and cash in-hand. But here’s a concert travel guide with a few things that you’d want to be sure not forget:
This past weekend I had the pleasure of attending the Budweiser Made In America Festivalfor year four of the annual music and style extravaganza. What I love about Made in America Fest is that it gets bigger and better every year. The performances, the street style, the sponsors – everything gets better with each year that passes! (Click here to read my recap from Year 1!) Though I missed seeing Bey’s epic performance live (you know I was watching it on livestream and shimmying in my PJ’s at home Saturday night) I did make it out for Day 2 and Sunday’s lineup did NOT disappoint. Here’s a small sampling of what I got into and the epic street style I captured through my lens:
It’s that time of year once again! Next weekend kicks off one of the last music festivals of summer. Made in America takes place in Philadelphia on September 5th and 6th. That means it’s times to let go of some of our favorite festival beauty trends. Headed to the festival this year? If so, keep reading for 6 Made In America festival beauty ideas that are fun, wearable and perfect for transitioning into fall!
This past weekend I attended the Governors Ball Music Festival in NYCand while I was there, I snapped a few street style pics of my look. After going through these images, I realized that I tend to wear the same types of items over and over to my favorite outdoor music festivals like Governors Ball, Made in America and Afropunk, for example. I’m not alone – many fashionable festival-goers pull from the same inspiration to complete their looks.
If you have plans to attend any upcoming summer festivals, here are 5 of my personal music festival style essentials you may want to try:
1. Flower Crowns
The quintessential hippie accessory, flower crowns are always a huge hit. Now that they’re ever-so-popular you can find them in most fast fashion and accessory retailers like Forever 21 or Claire’s.
2. Flash Tattoos
My obsession with flash tattoos started when I applied my first one in the Dove cabana at Governors Ball, but they’ve been incredibly popular for quite some time now. At music festivals, they’re everywhere and so can be considered chic mainstays in festival attire.
Though you should be careful about size restrictions (some festival grounds won’t allow them oversized), backpacks are a growing trend in festival fashion. You can carry all your belongings without slinging them across your shoulder and you’ll still have free arms to wave left and right during your favorite performances. WIN!
4. Leather Booties
These are great all-weather shoe options for an outdoor festival because you don’t know what the weather will bring AND it can get pretty dirty on festival grounds. Sandals are cute but you’ll inevitably end up with black feet by day’s end. You also run the risk of someone turning up a little TOO high and crushing your toes. Play it safe – wear booties.
5. Body Jewelry
Rising in popularity is unconventional yet delicate jewelry I like to call body jewelry. I call it that because it spans beyond just rings, necklaces and bracelets. Some pieces span from your ring to your wrist like the one I’m wearing above. Other pieces hang from your neck to your back. Some even wear the pieces around their head like a crown. Anyway, they’re officially a thing. Especially for festivals.
This past Friday I was invited by beauty brand Dove to attend and cover the 2015 Governors Ball Music Festival. Being my second time at the festival, I was looking forward to enjoying live performances (folks like Future, Rae Sremmurd and Drake performed on Friday!) and also enjoying a day out with some of my good friends like Jessica and Andrea of Glamazons Blog, Ty of Gorgeous In Grey and Dana of HuffPost Beauty.
The Dove team invited us to hang out with them all day in their cabana soaking up the festivities and also getting the opportunity to learn about their latest products including the new Dove go fresh Revitalize collection, scented with mandarin and fragrant tiare flower.
I’ve been a fan of Dove products for years so it’s exciting to see that they’re constantly innovating and introducing new products for their fans to grow with and love. We learned about advancements they’ve made in their formulations and how Dove’s been proven to improve skin’s elasticity.
In the pic above, the orange rind on the left has been treated with a competing brand, while the orange rind on the right has been treated with the Dove go fresh Revitalize collection. Can you say “skin on fleek”?
Dove treated us to a day of fun activities, giveaways and also some pretty amazing accessories like flash tattoos which I’m now officially obsessed with.
Why can’t real tattoos come in gold and silver? I feel like it might be nice to live like with metallic shimmer, no?
They also treated us to mini manicures. I opted for hot pink, because, I’m me. And I live for hot pink. The color went really well with my bold jewels and prints that day.
It was a big hair kinda day at Governor’s Ball for me. I got crochet braids for the first time and had more Marley hair on my head than I probably needed. My hair literally overpowered all my #selfies that day. It was a moment, honey.
Between the cocktails, the amazing live performances and the scents of mandarin and tiare flower, I was pretty much in my zone all day.
And to top it all off – we got flower crowns! You guys know I adore a flower crown. These orange and white ones custom made for Dove were so adorable. We felt like part of a special hippie tribe with our matching crowns.
Best day ever with Dove. Special thanks to them for sending me to Governor’s Ball Festival for a day. Even though I’ve been to the festival in past years, this year was incredibly special and I have them to thank for that.
Ever been to Governor’s Ball festival? What summer festivals are you guys excited about this summer?
If you didn’t know, this weekend marked the unofficial beginning of Summer. Even though temperatures on the East Coast haven’t broken 70 yet, you know summer is coming when social media is taken over by photos and videos from the Coachella festival. Coachella, the season’s first and biggest summer music festival, takes places in California over 2 weekends in April every year. People come from near and far for the best music, good vibes, and to show off their festival style. This year, attendees did not disappoint with classic boho chic and Woodstock inspired looks. Bold prints, denim, lace, and floral crowns are proving to be the biggest trends in Coachella Festival Style. Get into our favorite looks below!
How fab are these looks?! If you’re going to a festival this summer, check out our Summer Festivals tag for everything festival related. Coachella is just getting started so be sure to check back for more Coachella Festival Style next weekend as the good vibes continue!
There are so many things to love about to love about the summer season, beach trips, iced lattes, the return of rooftop parties but the number one summer delight thing we’re looking forward to this music festival. I mean who doesn’t love an excuse to wear a flower crown?
We’ve rounded up 25 festival must haves for the curvy girl. So whether you’re going to get your Coachella on in California or you’re about to jet to Afro Punk in Paris we’ve got you covered.
I still remember back in 2013 when I attended the Coachella Music Festival for the first time. I had SO much fun.I posted a full recap about it here. From the music to the live parties and the celeb run-ins, it was really an amazing time.
Above all I enjoyed people-watching the most. Festival style is so unique for every individual. Half the fun is seeing how people dress up!
Festival season is right around the corner! One of the biggest music festivals, “Coachella” kicks off this weekend. Each year thousand gear up to head to sunny Indio, California for great music, delicious food and amazing fashion. Are you still trying to figure out the perfect accessory and makeup to wear with your festival outfits? Here are 6 of our favorite beauty trends to try this festival season.
This year I’ve been taking a lowkey approach to festival-hopping. Though last year I went everywhere from Palm Springs for Coachella to Philly for Made In America, this year I decided to keep things local and explore many of the festivals in the NYC area. In May, I posted a recap of the BAM Dance Africa Festival. And yesterday, I went back to Brooklyn for the 2014 Afropunk Festival.
Aside from having really cool indie music acts, Afropunk always has the best and coolest fashion and beauty vendors, the hottest street style looks and they almost always have amazing food truck vendors. So of course I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to stop by and soak up some sun at Commodore Barry Park in Fort Greene.
What I love about Afropunk is their support of young, up & coming designers and artists. I stopped by to see my friend and fellow fashionista Samantha Smikle of accessory brand TNEMNRODA. She’s known for her bold & bejeweled eyewear, super chic midi rings and gems.
I tried on a pair of her TNEMNRODAluxe sunnies and fell in love. You can check out her selection of sunnies here. I already have quite a few of her rings. I posted about one in this outfit post.
So proud of this young business woman. She’s definitely proof that you can make your dreams come true with hard work and dedication.
I ran into the founders of an accessory brand called Red Period Co. Their tagline is “Be Bold [Period]”. They were definitely representing the brand well.
Another indie brand Tribal Immunity has beautifully remastered accessories and clothing with hand-painted designs. Love these handbags!
Obviously I couldn’t go to Afropunk and NOT shoot pics of the amazing hair. I saw so many women with dope hairstyles including this couple.
The summer fedora was an accessory staple at Afropunk. Love how this girl rocked hers with dark shades and a bold red lip.
I literally had to stop this girl and snap a pic because I was mesmerized by her big bold curls.
Also featured at the festival were a myriad of hair and beauty brands including one of my faves Nubian Heritage. They are under the same Sundial umbrella as Shea Moisture and they have some of the best and most effective natural products on the market.
Printed backpacks! There were so many cool vendors selling ankara, waxprint and kente pieces.
Jewelry designer Andrea Bocchio makes handmade crochet jewelry like these fun statement necklaces and bracelets of the same design.
Last but not least – the FOOD! What I love about Afropunk is that they always have an incredible selection of exotic food trucks. One in particular I stumbled on was a truck called Sweet Chili run by Top Chef finalist Lisa Fernandes. Lisa happened to be working the truck that day and I had a chance to talk with her. Anyway, she makes these Sriracha Fries that will make you wanna slap your mama. They are the perfect mix of sweet & spicy.
I had a great time at the Afropunk Festival.
What about you? Have you ever been to Afropunk Fest? Have a festival similar to this one in your city? Leave a comment and let me know!