Music festival season is nearly upon us my friends, and while I won’t be heading south to Indio this month, I’m already planning my festival attire anyway. The Bay Area is playing host to its own awesome music celebration this spring, with Bottlerock hitting the Napa Valley in May, and I certainly won’t be missing that. Music fest getups should be easy but fun, and comfortable footwear is of the utmost importance, since no one likes traipsing around festival fields/gravel/mud pits in heels. Other things to take into consideration are sun and heat, so easy fabrics and sun protection are key.
Happy music festing!
From left: Topshop Crop Broderie Shell, Mango Tencel Long Skirt, Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent Fallon Sandals; Ace&Jig Duo Racerback Tank, A.L.C. Camden Striped Shorts, Sam Edelman Petty Boots;San Diego Hat Company Paper Braid Wide Brim Fedora, Topshop Mexican Bodice Dress, Ancient Greek Sandals Niki Metallic Strappy Slides
Almost forgot – a comfy bag big enough to carry all the essentials:
Making use of my grandmother’s pareo as a beach blanket in Santa Monica
Southern California can get a bit of a bad rap from its northern neighbors, but I don’t really get it. Every time I visit LA, the sun is shining, people are smiling, and there’s just a general happy vibe throughout the city (save the parking lot highways). We took advantage of the holiday Monday this weekend and headed south to LA for a few days to visit friends and soak up the sunshine, and the 80-degree weather certainly didn’t disappoint. One of my favorite parts of the city is Santa Monica – with plenty of sparkling coastline and loads of shopping to boot – and we spent a lovely afternoon there lazing on the beach and wandering around the promenade, followed by a dinner of delicious ceviche and sangria back in Hollywood at the very awesome Los Balcónes del Peru.
On Sunday we headed to the Hollywood Farmers’ Market and later visited Calle Olvera, a super colorful Mexican walking street in one of the oldest parts of the city, where we gorged on Mexican fare and explored shops filled to the brim with Mexican art and trinkets. All in all, a very colorful and sunny long weekend. Happy Tuesday, friends.
Scenes from LA’s Calle Olvera
Wandering through Olvera Street (Free People Fitted With Daisies Dress)
The Santa Monica Pier on an 80-degree February day
Something about camel outerwear is so crisp and classic, bringing it back season after season (after season). I’ve always been drawn to it – I think it reminds me of happy fall days in New England – but I’ve never particularly liked the way it looks on me (something about the camel and blonde just doesn’t seem to work). I think this season may be the one I forge through that, though – there are an awful lot of pretty iterations out there.
So my love for (obsession with) all things neon has clearly not yet subsided, as I recently spotted this tank’s neon triangular appliques from across a boutique and beelined. Can we please bring neon with us into fall? I’m gonna go with yes.
Another thing of note about this outfit: When I was anywhere from, say, talking age to about 10 years old, I would have nothing to do with any and all things pink or purple and preferred to stick with my trusted blues, greens and browns. My 8-year-old self would be horrified at my current state.
I’ve always had some serious love for the laid-back Southern California styles of Planet Blue and all the boho-chic awesomeness they have to offer. This lookbook popped up in my inbox recently and immediately got those dance-around-in-a-summertime-field juices flowing. Braids, shades and white floaty dresses, anyone?