1. Festival Feature 1

    Style Watch: Festival Chic

    Hey Everyone! As I mentioned last week, I spent this past weekend in Chicago at the Riot Fest Music Festival in Humboldt Park. I’m here to give you a full recap, covering everything from the most versatile festival fashion piece to some of the awesome foods and people watching we did! My partner in crime and co-worker Mikaela and I made our way down to Chicago on Friday afternoon and spent a long weekend at the festival.Festival Picture 2Because the weather in Chicago is so unpredictable, it can be difficult to pack, and just our luck it rained all day on Friday so by the time we arrived at the park, it was a huge mud pit. I was so happy I brought a pair of sturdy boots to trek through the trenches of mud!  Another item of clothing I always make sure to throw in my duffel is a trusty flannel! It’s perfect for layering and proved to be an awesome piece as the day of sunshine transitioned into a much cooler night. I love flannel for so many reasons but especially for its versatility! It works just as well wrapped around your waist as it does layered under a denim jacket for extra warmth. I could not believe how much flannel I saw on other festival goers. The variation in colors and patterns was such an awesome sight! There were even vendors selling flannel for people who forgot theirs at home.

    Speaking of colors and patterns, I couldn’t get enough of Mikaela’s outfit on day two. She paired her basic red flannel with a pair of awesome black and white striped pants. The combination of patterns may be too much for every day, but festivals are meant for having fun and making a bold statement with your sense of style. ALL WEEKEND people were calling her Beetlejuice! I think that nickname might just stick! Festival Picture 3After jamming to our favorite bands all day, we had to nourish ourselves at some point. Being from Wisconsin, you know that we needed something ooey, gooey and cheesy. Mikeala opted for a plate of cheese fries while I waited in line for 30 minutes to get my favorite grilled cheese from Cheesies, a Chicago favorite! Totally worth the $10 and the wait. You can take the girl out of Wisconsin, but you can’t take Wisconsin out of the girl!

     

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    Mixed Media

    Mixing is the new matching! Careful coordination has been replaced by a fearless fusion of textures, fabrics and patterns that create three-dimensional style.  Quilting details update a comfy sweatshirt, exposed zippers give an edgy look, and combining lace gives plaid a feminine feel.  We can’t get enough of mixing these great details to create a fresh new look.

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  3. Festival Beauty Essentials

    Festival Beauty Essentials

    Hey Everyone! It’s Danielle here today, and I’m gearing up to bring you the best tips and tricks for festival beauty packing! I’m packing my bags and getting to head to a music festival in Chicago for the weekend.  Since I’m an avid festival go-er, I thought I’d pass along some of my best beauty tips to help you make the best of your festival experience!

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    Stay Clean

    During a day of nonstop sunshine, festival food and porta potties, it can be difficult to stay feeling clean. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve found myself at a porta potty with no soap and water, or trapped at a food cart eating nachos with no napkins. To combat all the stickiness and grime, it’s always a good idea to bring your own hand sanitizer. This purse friendly version by Purell is awesome because it clips right on your bag! No more digging through your festival tote with sticky hands! In addition to hand sanitizer, it’s always a good idea to carry some all-purpose wipes.

    Dusty fields + Sandals = less than pretty feet. Stay prepared by bringing a travel size packet of wipes!

    Stay Fresh

    One of the biggest issues I have while attending festivals is dealing with less than perfect hair. After a long plane or bus ride, the last thing you have time to worry about is washing your hair… which is why I’m a huge fan of dry shampoo. It cuts grease while adding a boost of volume!  Pro Tip: Wait 2 minutes after applying your dry shampoo before combing through to get the best results! If that doesn’t do the trick, throw your hair up into a quick top knot. I love these Scunci hair ties because they don’t dent your hair and double as bracelets! My last recommendation for staying fresh is Neutrogena face wipes. These are the most gentle, hardworking face wipes on the market. They remove even the toughest eye makeup, leaving you fresh and clean once it is time to catch some sleep, even if you haven’t showered.

    Stay Pretty

    There are a ton of awesome festival beauty looks out there, but I prefer to keep my makeup look fairly simple. It’s always important to start with sunscreen, which is why I’m a huge fan of Rimmel’s BB cream with SPF 30. It’s affordable and a great size for travel. Not to mention it gives the skin a great glow and sun protection. For the lips, I’ve totally been digging a matte lip lately! Revlon’s ColorBurst matte lip balms are the perfect balance of a matte finish and a dose of moisture. For my nails, I’m already getting excited about deeper hued manicures. I chose this gunmetal grey polish by Cover Girl to give my mani a little edge!

     

    Other festival packing reminders:

    -Always bring a poncho! ALWAYS. You never know what kind of weather will come your way!

    -Bring an empty water bottle. Often times there are free water stations to fill up at. Avoid paying $1 or more per bottle.

    -Don’t forget earplugs! If you plan on getting to the front to see your favorite band, they are always good to have.

     

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091814_mixed_media_blog_v2

Mixed Media

Mixing is the new matching! Careful coordination has been replaced by a fearless fusion of

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