Festival Season 101 

Let’s just put this out there:
 GO BIG OR GO HOME this year! This is the year of great festivals and if you’re not planning on going to one (or eight) of them, then you should definitely change your mind! Music is life, dude. And it’s so much better live! 

Festivals are so much fun, and a chance to express your crazy side! You see everyone at coachella with the crazy outfits/hair/and makeup and wonder, how can I look like that at a festival?! Well, let me help you with some inspiration! 

HAIR // 

Ask your stylist (or come to me at my salon) and ask for Redken City Beats color to add some pop to your every day look! They have all kinds of beautiful colors that don’t last too terribly long so that you can go back to work the next week looking like your professional self. 

MAKEUP // 

Glitter, glitter, GLITTER. It’s everywhere!! My absolute fav right now is glitter from Glitter Injections!

OUTFITS // 

Check out Forever 21, Tillies and Pacsun for some festival vibe clothes. Or, get them online for cheap like me! I order a lot off of the Wish app and the Wanelo app. They take a little longer to ship so order in plenty of time! Also, if you want it quicker, try Amazon Prime! It’s my jam! 

ACCESSORIES //

Amazon, amazon, amazon… 
Get your nails done right beforehand so you don’t have to worry about them. 
Eyelash extensions are the bomb because you don’t have to worry about wearing a ton of makeup at the festival. 
Bathing suits for clothes is OKAY. It’s too damn hot to dress up in bellbottoms and bell sleeve tops. 
Practice your braids with friends! 

I can’t wait to share my own festival looks with you all! Comment below with any questions! 

Best of Summer ’16


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Man, this Summer’s been one for the books… good and bad, but mostly good. I’ve had tons of fun, spent time with new friends, explored and traveled, danced the nights away, ate my weight in great food, sung my heart out at concerts and festivals, colored my hair purple, wore a morphsuit and high-fived people for hours, dealt with a small heartbreak, got over a couple shitty guys, gained a new sense of confidence, drunkenly danced on top of tables at bars, cried the happiest of tears with my best friends, helped plan my sisters wedding and I still have so much more to come! Summer’s not over until I say it’s over… or at least until it starts feeling like Fall, because then I’ll be a happy camper. Maybe even take some camping trips, have some bonfires, eat a ton of s’mores, carve a pumpkin and do, you know, all the Fall stuff.

Here’s my little reminiscing recap of my beautiful Summer! What were some of your favorite moments?

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Bonnaroo Lovin’


 

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So, I was lucky enough to be able to spend another week on the Farm this year at Bonnaroo! Having strep throat a week before, an immense lack of sleep and working extra at the salon didn’t stop me from returning to my place of fun and freedom. There was a small part of me that thought about not going this year and selling my tickets…then I thought, WHAT?! Why the heck would I miss out on this?? That was the crazy side of my brain talking… Anyway, my younger sis and I packed up all of our camping gear, spent way too much money on groceries and headed out to Manchester, TN. Traffic was horrible getting in, per usual. But, we actually snagged a decent camping spot. Luckily, my sister and I have an incredible father that raised us with a love of being outdoors and being able to set up our camping equipment like strong independent women and embrace nature without acting like a couple of babies.

Now, this was one freaking hot year. Like, damn, it was too hot. But, we managed to survive with spray fans, tons of water, a cooling towel and yes, we caved and payed a little money for a shower one day and it was the best decision I made all week. Every day going into Centeroo (the main venue area) we would take our CamelBaks to stay hydrated, sunscreen, money for yummy vendor food and a blanket to chill on in the shade while enjoying the music. We also snuck in a couple Redbulls in order to be able to stay alive for the late night shows.

Having fashion-forward outfits was really tricky this year. It was too damn hot for me to wear anything super trendy that I hoped to. Honestly, throwing on a bathing suit every day was your best and most desirable option, but I still tried to throw in a little style into my ‘fits. You can forget about your hair or makeup looking cute, because you’re just going to sweat it out anyway. Also, comfy shoes were a must. I tried to rock some booties one day and quickly changed back into my Sanuk sandals.

The lineup and shows were awesome! Some of my favorites were J Cole, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Lizzo, Andra Day, Adventure Club, Big Grams, Purity Ring, Bryson Tiller, Two Door Cinema Club and I could keep going… I danced my little heart out ’til I couldn’t dance anymore. Madelyn and I decided to bring something creative to ‘Roo this year, so we each bought Morphsuits. Mine was an alien and hers was tie-dyed. Let me tell you, they weren’t overly hot wearing them, but I couldn’t see a dang thing through them. We had fun, high-fived a million people and got pictures with people I couldn’t even see, but I probably wouldn’t do it again… We also ended up meeting some super cool new friends, raged all night and had the time of our lives. I can’t wait to do it all again next year!

Happy Roo!

xx || ps

Hangin’ Out at Hangout

The Hangout Music Festival was hands down the best festival I’ve been to so far. It was also the best and most fun weekend I think I’ve ever had. I already have a strong love for music, artists and festivals in general, but there’s just something about being on the beach with your best group of friends, partying it up in the sand, drunkenly dancing like a fool to your favorite songs, soaking up the sun and making memories that’ll last forever.  Every day, we were able to sleep in, make some breakfast, get in some much needed beach time, then head out to the festival to dance our pants off! Pre-gaming was definitely the way to go, because drinks were very expensive inside the venue. We also had shuttles available to take us back and forth from our condo so no one had to worry about driving.  Score! 

This sounds so cheeseball, but this trip was truly liberating. So many positive vibes surrounded you and you were able to be your silly self! I’ve never felt so far away and free from negativity of my everyday reality. Away from the stress and busyness of life, away from responsibilities and having to clean my house, away from men that are crazy to not want to be with you, away from Nashville traffic and people that can’t drive that make me yell at them, etc… Yes, I’ll eventually be happy to be home again, see my friends, family, great clients and my little dog, but there’s definitely a part of me that will miss Hangout Fest, the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores and all the great laughs and times I spent high-fiving and yelling compliments at people while intoxicated. I’ll never forget when I asked the face painting lady to paint a sunflower around my eye and ended up with a Mike Tyson tatt. I’ll also never forget twerking to get a free meal, repeatedly loosing my shoes every night and having to buy new ones and contemplating alien conspiracies on the beach. Lastly, I’ll never forget crying bittersweet tears while hugging my best friend Linds (the blue haired partner to my purple hair) because we were so happy to be there making memories and so sad to be going home the next day. 
Alright, enough about my happy and sappy experiences…

Lil Dicky was probably my favorite performance. I’m still a little jealous that he didn’t choose me to be the girl he gave a lap dance to in his underwear, though… Following that would be Run The Jewels, P!ATD, Florence and the Machine, Flume, Walk the Moon, X Ambassadors and The Weeknd. There were so many great performances! I even enjoyed little side shows of artists that I wasn’t even familiar with. I was super bummed that Calvin Harris wasn’t able to make it because of a car accident. Hoping that him and his crew have a speedy recovery! The vendors were great and they had a bunch of cool merch. My family gave me real funny looks after seeing my Run The Jewels tank top… The food in Hangout Fest was better than anything I had outside of the festival. I stuffed my face with as much fried shrimp as I could get…and lots of pizza Pringles, of course. I’ll fortunately be returning to Bonnaroo in a couple weeks, but I’m not quite sure if it’ll top my Hangout experience. Guess we’ll find out! 
Follow my adventures on Instagram @paisleyjewels or Snapchat @paiss

Until next year, Hangout! 

xx || ps

Kaleidoscope Krazy


 

I can’t even express how freakin’ stoked I am for my upcoming festivals! My little dancing soul will soon be on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, for the Hangout Music Festival. Amazing artists, some much needed sunshine and fun with the best group of friends. I wish I was there right now! Then, a couple short weeks after that, I’ll be living it up on the farm at Bonnaroo! If you’re attending either of these festivals, or others, make sure you check out my last post about Festival 101 and your survival guide. You’ll need it!

Here’s one of my favorite outfits that I’ll be rocking this year! I got this bomb ass top + bottom combo from Jac Vanek. She has the ultimate festival and every day style! Her clothes speak to me…literally. Some of her graphic tees and tanks actually describe my life perfectly. As soon as I saw this on her Instagram, I knew I had to have it. It’s super comfy, light and breezy enough to wear when it’s hot out.

Stay tuned for more Summer outfit inspo to come!

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All photos // Blake Lewandoski

Kaleidoscope Top + Bottoms || Gypsy Warrior Cacti Wrap Necklace || s/o to Rita’s Italian Ice

xx || ps

Festival 101


Festival season is among us!

I’ve been patently waiting all year for these happy times to come around. Great music, fun with friends, total freedom and positive vibes!

Now, some of you have probably been to a few festivals here and there. Or, maybe it’s your first time! I’m definitely a festival lover and have learned over the past couple years what to do and not to do, what to wear, what to bring and how to survive and have the time of your life!

Here are some of my tips and tricks to help you along the way!


Alright, there are 3 types of people that go to festivals:

the easy goers & free birds // the people that purely go to festivals, get in their own zone, rock an easy bathing suit and shorts and don’t give a single damn about what others think.   These people live out their festival days and reality the same way. They don’t keep up with trends or put any extra thought into packing. They solely enjoy their time without a care in the world.

the fashionistas & creative birds // this is where I fall. The people who do the following listed above, but love to rock their favorite styles, expressing their creative and crazy outfits with confidence. Although these people are bold, they stay comfortable and do these things out of fun. It’s not like I can rock my wild outfits to work… (although, I wish I could) These people have a true love for music, but have a creative side. They enjoy being different and weird in their own way. Festivals are just their favorite time to truly express themselves and get their groove on.

the overachievers & bandwagon birds  // “the flower crown gals” …not to say that floral crowns are frowned upon, but don’t be the person that tries too hard. No one at festivals really care about what you’re wearing and how good you look. You have to do it for yourself, not for the attention of others. The first two categories will be busy enjoying themselves while you’re stuck being uncomfortable. These people may or may not love the music, and most likely are just there for the social aspect.

what to wear

// you can easily just pack a few bathing suits, shorts and loose tanks. but if you’re feeling a little creative; I’ll share a few outfit choices that I might rock to a festival:

  • sundresses are easy, breezy and…beautiful… (I had to)
  • loose clothing is preferable because we all sweat
  • a plethora of undergarments to keep clean and fresh
  • bathing suits take sweat better than your ave underwear
  • COMFY SHOES. You will hate yourself if you try to rock some heels or something crazy. Sanuk sandals are my go-to! or good tennis shoes/comfy boots.
  • socks
  • anything fringe is always fun
  • panama hats for fashion and shade
  • bring shoe insoles for added comfort and support
  • wear a hat or bring plenty of ponytail holders. if you have a lioness mane like me, you won’t be able to keep it down.
  • bandanas are great, because they are fashionable, can be used to pull your hair up, protect you from the sun and to put over your mouth if it’s super dusty and dirty out.
  • bring accessories and jewelry if you choose, but try not to get too crazy. also, don’t bring anything too valuable. Grandma’s gonna be really pissed if you lose the ring she gave you…

Here’s some ideas that I’ve conjured up for you:

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what to do

// Listen to the artists prior to the fest. Get a feel and a vibe of what/who you enjoy listening to, plan out who you want to see and try and catch as many shows as possible. Don’t stay for an entire set unless you absolutely have to. After all, you’re paying a hefty amount for the whole experience, so you might as well get as much out of it as you can.

// Have the absolute time of your freaking life. You’re away from work, school, annoying people, negativity, etc… This is your small vacation for freedom, fun and jamming out to some awesome music.

// Don’t drink alcohol during the day when the sun’s blazing on you. Trust me, I love me some alcohol and am 100% more fun while drinking, but at least wait ’til after the sun goes down. It’s pretty damn hot when these festivals occur and you need to make sure that you’re hydrated at all times. They typically always have free water fill stations so you can always keep your CamelBak full. Even if you think that you’re drinking enough water, drink more. *** If that doesn’t convince you, this will… Last year I saw a girl come up to the first aid tent with a cup full of black liquid. If you haven’t guessed already, it was her own pee… Moral to the story, I was scarred for life and that’s why you should stay hydrated!!

// If drugs are your thing, do it… just be SAFE. Seriously, I’ve seen way too many people tripping out of their mind and passing out cold in the middle of a ton of people that will not help you. In my opinion, I wouldn’t want to miss out and not remember what I came to see and experience. Just be smart, people. It’s not that hard.

what to bring

// If it’s a festival where you are camping, really take the time to plan out all of the camping equipment you’ll need for the amount of time that you’ll be staying.

  • tent
  • tarps incase rain
  • shade tent to put over your tent (you need all the shade you can get)
  • a hammer and extra stokes for your tent and shade tent
  • sheets to clip around the shade tent for added shade and privacy from neighbs. (if you have the extra time to tie-dye them, go for it.)
  • air mattress or pallets, air pump, blankets or sleeping bags and pillows
  • towels if you’re going to rinse yourself off daily
  • batteries!!
  • folding chairs to chill outside
  • a battery powered fan (you will thank me so much for this)
  • multiple coolers
  • TONS of extra water. or lots of ice because it’ll melt throughout the time.
  • non-perishable foods and plenty of snacks
  • dry ice if you do bring things that need to stay cold (stores will run out before Bonnaroo, so get it ahead of time and just hope it lasts long enough…)
  • if you happen to have a mini portable grill, by all means, bring it. although, make sure it has a mini propane tank rather than charcoal.
  • a fold up table if you’ll be cooking/ grilling
  • napkins, plastic utensils and cups, and don’t forget trash bags!
  • bring mini condiment packages rather than bottles. find them at any fast food restaurant.
  • soap or baby wipes (depending on how clean you really care about being)
  • deodorant
  • dry shampoo will be your life saver
  • allergy meds / Advil or Tylenol
  • SUNSCREEN
  • bug spray
  • sunglasses
  • a small blanket for chilling inside the venue area
  • toothbrush / mouthwash
  • CamelBak water backpack
  • a hat
  • hairbrush (my hair started forming dreads last year)
  • mini walkie-talkies if you want to split up (forget about getting any service while you’re there)
  • portable chargers. DON’T kill your car battery.
  • extra keys to your car (if you lose them without a spare, there’s no coming back)
  • plenty of cash. ATM lines are ridiculous.
  • a flash light to get around at night
  • ear plugs if you decide to go to sleep while there’s still artists performing late-night
  • flip flops for just hanging around the campsite
  • toilet paper / wet wipes
  • bring a small backpack or fanny pack to keep sunscreen/money/ID, etc… in the venue area.
  • bring your smiling face, because you’re about to have a great time!

 

Now you’re prepared to survive any festival that may come your way!

Just remember to have fun and leave all your worries at home!

Feel free to ask any questions below. Happy Wednesday!

xx || ps

 

|| Music Midtown ||


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I’m so happy that I had one last hoorah at a music festival this year, so that I can show off my last festival gems before the Fall weather really sets in. One amazing Music Festival that everyone should try to attend annually is Atlanta’s Music Midtown Festival. I’ve attended the fest for the past two years and absolutely love it and have a blast each time! They host numerous big-name artists and it is held in the beautiful city of Atlanta, GA.

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Now, festival season may be coming to an end here soon, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t use some of these festival essentials for general travel or for festivals in the future:

  • As you can see in the picture, I always carry a hat. Whether it’s hot or cold outside, it can shade you from the sun or add a little warmth to your head. (and it’s very fashionable, duh.)
  • Make sure that you’ve got a good pair of sunnies and an easy-to-carry purse or backpack.
  • Bandanas are optional. We just used them as a fashion statement.
  • DON’T FORGET YOUR TICKETS/WRISTBANDS.
  • Carry along a small blanket or mat to sit on. Grass stains aren’t very fun.
  • If you’re going to see one of your favorite artists, make sure to show them some love and support by wearing one of their T’s or tanks.
  • If you don’t already have one, buy a Polaroid camera. Yes, the film can get a little expensive over time, but the pictures are much more sentimental and right at your fingertips to do as you please with them.
  • Most people don’t like to get dressed up for festivals, but I say why not? It’s always better to be overdressed than underdressed in my opinion. If you have the chance to wear some crazy outfit or rock some funny accessories, DO IT.

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If you’ve attended Music Midtown Festival, what did you think of it? Who was your favorite artist? Also, what are some fun things that you like to do in Atlanta?

We loved every minute of our trip, and will definitely be attending next year! Click on the links below to see where I got some of my awesome festival attire!

Felt Fedora Hat || O-Mighty Drake Tank || Suede Cross Top || Go Jane Fringe Pants || Instax Polaroid Camera

xx || ps