This weekend I attended Style Festival hosted at the Dadeland mall by Refinery29 with Erica from A Touch of Leopard. It was fun! There were so many awesome & fashionable people hanging out in one place. Activities included styled merchandise booths, free flash tattoos, customizable t-shirts, a fancy photo booth that prints photos you post on social media with their hashtag, hair braiding, and last but not least: TWIN SHADOW.
I made a few friends and snuck a few photos of the crowd:
And finally, Twin Shadow!!!!!!!
If you guys haven’t checked out Twin Shadow you really should. They’re amazing! They recently endured a bus accident and are back on the road playing shows. The lead, George Lewis Jr., is a Dominican-American based out of Brooklyn, New York. At the show he says the first place he lived in the US was Miami and they’ll be playing more shows down here soon.
It’s that time of the year again! SUMMER TIME! I normally celebrate the fourth of July with my family, but this year I will be attending Warped Tour!!! With that in mind I will be making a sort of Warped Tour “survival guide”. I think that many things in this guide could be applied to any festival for the summer.
What is Warped Tour, you ask? It’s the largest traveling music festival in the US. A multitude of different kinds of bands play there (band list here) Yes, it’s outside, there are pits, and it gets muddy. It’s sponsored by Vans (and these other people). It generally opens at 11:00am and the show closes down by 9:00pm.
FIRST OF ALL! I would pack my bag the night before instead of scrambling all morning and rushing to get there. If you’re going to try and cut the line by bringing canned goods (by donating to the Feed Our ChildrenNOW! booth), I’d get those the day before too. If your under 18, your parents get in free! I don’t know about y’all’s parents, but when I was that age mine would never be caught dead at warped tour. EAT BREAKFAST! I never ever eat breakfast. Ever. But for Warped Tour, I do. If you can, I’d carpool.. parking is like $20. If you want free access to backstage, look up the blood donation thing on the official Warped Tour website.
How to Dress: Warped Tour isn’t like the other festivals floating around lately. There isn’t a huge need to be trendy and look super boho and put together. Your priorities should be keeping cool and being comfortable. I’d suggest comfy sneakers, shorts, a tank, and a backpack. Depending on how craptastic the weather turns out to be, you might even want to throw some of these things out at the end of the day. Here are some of my coordinates:
Tank: h&m • Shorts: Ralph Lauren • Watch: cotton on • Bra: Everlast • sunnies: rayban
Get the looks:
What to Pack:
Backpack: I wouldn’t bring a purse to this event, it would be super cumbersome. You’ll need somewhere to keep all the stuff your going to bring, whatever free stuff people hand you, and any merch you end up buying. No one wants to hold these things in their hands all day…
Ziploc bags: If you’ve ever been to ANY festival in south Florida you already know why. Picture this: bright sunny day birds chirping, mosquitoes biting, little white fluffy clouds hover over head. BOOM: Perfect storm appears out of nowhere. If you have a ziplock you’ll be able to keep your essentials (phone, wallet, camera, back up phone battery, etc.) dry. If you bring an extra your friends will probably appreciate it.
Small Towel: If you get a small cheap towel (from any convince store or Walmart) you’ll be able to dry of if it pours and wipe off any sweat. Just toss it out at the end of the day.
Watch: ANYTHING to save your phone battery. If you have a watch on you’ll be able to check the time and catch all of your bands with out messing with your phone.
Extra tshirt: Because Rain. I left this in my car last year and just changed it when I got out at the end of the night.
Extra socks: Because Rain. If your shoes get soaked at least you’ll be able to change socks.
Bandaids: You never know when you’ll need these! What if something happens, like your shoe is being evil?
Sunglasses: Because too much Sun.
Hat: Because Sun (I wouldn’t go into the pit with this unless you want to lose it)
Water: You’re allowed to bring in one sealed bottle of water. They let you refill this! Make sure you drink water ALL DAY. I wouldn’t even think about beer or soda… unless you want to die of dehydration. If you’re tired of water maybe buy a Gatorade there?
Cash: Because credit isn’t accepted anywhere… and you’ll need to eat something! It says you’re allowed to bring “a small homemade snack.” This probably isn’t enough, even if you don’t plan on buying merch, you should bring some cash for food.
Sunscreen: BECAUSE SUN DEATH
Poncho: Because Rain.
Hand sanitizer / Antibacterial wipes: Because Porta-Potties.
Phone charger/Battery pack: I know, annoying, but if you’re phone dies and you’re separated from the pack, you’re screwed. Make sure the portable battery is fully charged and working before you get there! As hard as I try not to check my phone a thousand times a day… it never works out. Snapchat and instagram, taking photos, texting, etc, all of these things will drain your phone so fast!
Sharpie: Autographs. Also, you’ll be able to mark all the set times and stages on the little map when you get there ( the little map is like $2.) Maybe a tiny notepad too?
Earplugs: to save your eardrums. I don’t usually bring this, but I’m trying it this year.
Extra bobby pins/hair ties: Because.. it’s hot & sweaty! I mean, unless you have no hair
Update your social media at the end of the night! It’ll save battery and you’ll be able to live in the moment better.
DRINK WATER! I’m super serious about this. Hydrate!
Keep track of all your stuff! If you’re going into the pit and your friend isn’t leave leave your bag with them. I cannot tell you how many people I’ve seen lose keys.
For God’s sake, don’t wear flip flops. I’ve seen these lost in the mud and broken. Terrible game plan.
Get the time sheet! Even if it changes, its easier to keep track of it like this than taking a picture of it with your phone. I did the phone thing last time. Didn’t work so well.
If you can, put one of those fancy lifeproof covers on your phone!
Be considerate of all of the other people around you!!!
I recently got nominated for the Liebster award by Zarrin of Too Short for High Fashion (TSFHF) which is a blog award given to smaller blogs by other bloggers. Thanks for the nomination TSFHF! Her blog is super spunky & cute; every one should check her out
After a long weekend it’s so difficult to get back to the office grind. It was mush smoother for me because my mystery package from China arrived! I recently tried out the new Wish App my co workers were talking about. The app itself is really easy to use. you click what you like, put in your credit card info, and buy it. There are a lot of customer reviews on everything. I would suggest you read them all if youre actually going to buy something. As expected the black “dress” was a little shorter on me than on the Asian girl in the picture, but hey it makes for a perfect tunic to pair with my Peony leggings.
In preparation for this weekend I have put together three outfits, one for each day of the weekend. Most of these things I’ve been slowly accumulating since January. What do you have in your closet for this weekend?
We’re going to try and do one of these every Monday! I will be featuring outfits worn by my very fashionable cousin/BFF, Andrew. He plays guitar, works at Express, attends college, loves Johnny Cash, and is very supportive of all of my photography nonsense. You can find more info on him at his soundcloud & IG. The following outfit was put together for our friends over at thinker tees; we had a photoshoot this weekend.
This weekend was the Wynwood Life festival in Miami. It’s a three day event featuring food trucks, shops, and art. The flyer said “beer” would be featured, but the only beer I saw was a whole lotta Blue Moon, some Peroni, and the usual suspects (miller light etc). Now, I’m not saying these beers aren’t good and I don’t mean to sound like a giant beer snob, BUT there are so many amazing local breweries in that area that I was extremely disappointed. Lu and I decided it would be worth a go anyway. We arrived at around 2:30pm on Saturday. For those of you that are not from south Florida, this is REALLY EARLY in Miami time. Of course true to Miami this time of year, it promptly poured on us as we tried to eat at the food trucks and ruined our hair. Lu’s hair still looked great of course.
Enter one of my best gal’s, Lu:
Shoes: Steve Madden Top: H&M
Bag: Vince Camuto Necklace: H&M
Didn’t her gorgeous hair hold up well after the rain? The grounds were soaked and it was still Super hot and sunny. We found a tent (aka The Oasis..) full of art and a fan. We clearly had to play with the fan.
I didn’t mean for us to be typical Miami people and pose in front of paintings.. but this was literally the only place people were not taking pictures. Plus the art was pretty. Here is what people in Miami do:
Step one: Find an artist
Step two: Take their photo of artist/take selfie near artist (the crowd pictured below has this on lock)
Hi, My name is Monica and I have a Lingerie addiction. There, I’ve said it, and now I can continue on with my Lingerie Addicts speech:
It’s almost Valentine’s Day. The day in which I celebrate my love for lace undergarments. However, this leaves me with an entirely too large credit card bill at the end of January and February. I try my hardest to keep each purchase at a reasonable price. Here I’ll be listing my 14 favorite finds under $100, plus one that’s a little over. If you’re lucky, by the time you see this, these bad boys won’t be sold out. I think if you buy them RIGHT NOW they might get there in time for V-day. If not… I mean, they’re good on other days too! I’ll also include a small review for the one’s I’ve actually lusted enough after to purchase.
This bra is on sale at the Free People website for $49.95, which is why I linked there instead over to the lonely website. If you can’t find your size at free people, you might want to check here. I love the spiderweb looking lace that makes up the flowers on this bra. I also love the straps. It’s so cute!
I actually purchased this bra from Free People for $69.95 I’m a 34 and the band fit is a little loose but I refused to send it back. I think it’s like that so you don’t turn into a tied sausage when you put it on. This is a steal! Lonley sells this bra for $115.00 at their website.
I drool over LA With Love’s instagram all day. This is one I’d choose for V-day if I had extra funds. They go for $23.99 and can be purchased on their website or through their Etsy.
I also saw this lovely on instagram. They go for $21.99 It’s playfulness with the nude mesh makes lust for it even more.
This is something I came across while casually scrolling through etsy. I wish her instagram was more lingerie related. It has too many travel photos for me. However that doesn’t stop the want. This one is available for $25.00 and I only found it on Etsy.
I don’t usually like things “celebrities” design… but look how cute this one is!!! It kind of reminds me of a vintage boudoir. I hear the soundtrack from Moulin Rouge trickling into my ears when I stare at it long enough. You can acquire this for yourself at the low price of $65.00 at Net-a-Porter.
H&M never ceases to surprise me with their reasonably priced trendy items. If your size is still left (I’ve checked 2 H&M stores and mine wasn’t; I’m terribly heartbroken) You can get this one for $34.95
Doesn’t this little heart scream VALENTINE’S to you? Because it’s screaming at me to buy it: $77.00
This was my one over $100 serious lust. Can someone please donate this piece to me? It’s only $121.00 Size 34C please.
Trendy negative space? Check. Support? Check. Under $10? Check! $9.90
Forever 21! Why don’t you ever have my size left!? Quick run to get yours before you suffer the same tragedy. For $10.90 I have definitely put myself on the “waiting list” Has anyone ever actually heard back from the F21 wait listed items? I REALLY want this one.
I have this bra! It’s cute, functional, and good for every day use. I love it! Nothing hugs my girls like the support of a Calvin Klein bra. If you’re super lucky you can find this bra in other colorways at a Marshalls near you. If you must purchase it at full retail it’ll only set you back a small sum of $44.00
Yes my darlings, another Calvin. I also own this bra… in at least 2 different colorways. It gives a lot of support for a little lacy nothing. Sometimes there isn’t any need for padding when you have a great wire. Macy’s has this for $40.00 but I’ve also spotted them at Marshall’s.
What is there not to love about this? I’m in loved with almost all caged bras. This beauty can be found on the Urban Outfitters site for $48.00
Save the best for last right??? I think this is the best “deal” got the negative space /strappy / banded bras out there right now. I love the bright red pop of color and the fact that it has an underwire. I currently have this bra wasting away in my cart and have been restraining myself for 2 weeks from purchasing it, $33.63 , pay day please come quick!
Do you have a favorite bra lacy bra or bralette? Please let me know with a link in the comments. The Addiction is real.
Song for lounging round (in your new lingerie):
Portland’s Blouse makes dreamy dream-pop that makes me super relaxed.
Give ’em a try after you spend entirely too much on lingerie.