EDC Orlando 2019

Where do I even begin? I never initially felt drawn to go to EDC for some reason, but after taking a day trip down for one day in 2018, I fell in LOVE with this production of a music festival.

2019 was the first year EDC spanned 3 days instead of just 2, and I was in countdown mode for weeks!

The festival is held at Tinker Field in Orlando, Florida yearly. The vibe at EDC truly is PLUR. There are people young and old raging face and making friends at every stage…rocking the craziest, most elaborate wild outfits ever! It’s a festival experience like none other and I regret waiting as long as I did to go.

I’m going to share with you my outfits for all three days!

DAY 1:

It rained out and was actually freezing day 1, so I spent a lot of time hiding out under the canopy tent where the sound is amplified like crazy and the stage lights pierce the darkness. I don’t have any professional photos from day 1, so here’s some straight from the gram for your viewing pleasure.

Velvet Swim top + bottom:https://rstyle.me/+ufz7506xDE1GpWO_FoHfIA https://rstyle.me/+tsvxPQ8FoLt490GP6PHjNQ

Similar holographic boots: https://rstyle.me/+_rCM8Ytp0dsrgu1HcgK_pw

Socks: https://rstyle.me/+kisdK3TnTYmW4WJ-3RkZGQ

Similar belt: https://rstyle.me/+IY2W-RtHWL4ADu6LDRYEoA

DAY 2:

Today was the day we were ready to make up for lost time from the night before! I walked in with a mission – have the best weekend EVER with the people I love most!

Similar swim: https://rstyle.me/+FhcV-4qyAA3GIhBiRpeO5A

Sour Fuck Boys crossbody bag: https://www.dollskill.com/?search=sour%20fuck%20boy&page=1

DAY 3:

What does exhausted even mean?! I never know how I make it out of these things alive, but I’m assuming it’s because my adrenaline levels are 10/10 the whole weekend! Lol. No complaints here though!!

PS- This outfit may have been my allllll time favorite festival curation. 🥰 HUGE thank you to Claudia Pink for custom making this beautiful hand-pieced chain skirt. It was everything I wished for and more!

Necklace: https://rstyle.me/+wuRpWg1fRpyh_vQfSXpGQg

Similar sunglasses: https://rstyle.me/+F38cXGw8VsoEmQAlw6UHnw

Hair pins: https://rstyle.me/+5i4fwwm7csRgadNsJYz5Zw

Bra top: https://www.dollskill.com/kiki-riki-o-ring-crystal-bra-top-white.html

Chain skirt: https://www.claudiapink.co.uk/product-page/capri-skirt

Rhinestone tights: https://rstyle.me/+PfH7ap5fLPv3-S1DCMIMnQ


And that’s a wrap! We’ve already purchased our 2020 EDCO tickets + I can’t wait for them to get here! See you at Circuit Grounds, friends 🙂

Guide to Your First Time at a Music Festival +

Before the fest:

Learn whether the fest you’re attending is one where you’ll be camping or if it’s in the city where you’ll be booking a hotel or Airbnb. If it’s the latter, I highly recommend booking as far in advance as possible. Hotel rates increase when there’s an event happening and prices go up the longer you wait.

Airbnb’s also get booked up quickly!

If you’ve never used Airbnb before, you can use my link for $40 off here.

If you like to travel solo, festivals are amazing because people are generally happy and welcoming for you to join their crew. If you’re trying to find a squad to join, try creating an account on the app Radiate. It’s a huge music festival forum where people write tons of useful info on whichever event you’re attending, resell tickets/wristbands, and give insight on the security + vibe at the fest. It’s honestly a super useful resource for any festival goer.

Plan your outfits! This is my favorite part. Shop any and everywhere! There are many dedicated rave/festie websites such as iheartraves, Rave with Mi Gente and Little Black Diamond.

Don’t forget a hydration bag!!!! Almost every festival allows you to carry one, even when they have size restrictions on bags. (Always double check through the festival Q&A on their website. You do not want to have to throw away your stuff or worse, wait in the entrance line all over again.)

My fav hydration bags are Vibedration!

Use code “KRIS” to receive a discount on their huge selection of hydration bags, backpacks and fannypacks!

Wear comfortable shoes. I repeat. Wear comfy shoes!!!!

You may see me wear heel booties more often than not, but I have a particular pair that I bought a half size big just to wear to festivals. They are broken in and super comfortable at this point. I prefer wearing booties cause I’m barely 5’2″! Lol.

If you’re not comfortable in a heel I would suggest sneakers (Chucks are perfect) or combat boots that are worn in. Definitely something closed toed as you will be shoulder to shoulder with drunk people at some point or another, and you don’t want your toes stepped on.

Day of the Fest:

Pull out cash!!! Sometimes vendors don’t accept cards and you may need to have money on hand. A lot of festivals allow you to pre-load money on your wristband, which is a convenient option as well.

Spray yourself with sunblock and don’t forget to pack sunglasses, hat, hand sanitizer, and baby wipes! You will thank yourself. Trust me.

Download the app for the music festival if they have one. Most have one. It will have the schedule and the map of the grounds, which you will find extremely useful when trying to navigate. Some festivals are huge and it’s easy to get confused. Use the schedule to plan out the sets you want to see in advance. Nothing is worse than missing out on a set you were dying to see.

Pro tip: one person save the map as their screensaver & another person save the schedule as theirs. It will save you battery! It wouldn’t hurt to pack a small portable charger as well.

Another useful app for your group to download is Fire Chat. This app doesn’t need signal to send messages, it works off Bluetooth. I wouldn’t count on having service during the event due to network congestion, and if someone gets lost it could be your only way to communicate!

At the Fest:

Fill up your hydration pack first and make a point to remember where the water filling stations are. Future you will be eternally grateful.

Be friendly!!!! Talk to the people next to you in the crowd. I’ve made so many friends at music festivals, and it’s so easy to. Music truly brings people together. Even if you’re the most introverted person on the planet, festivals have a way of bringing out the most radiant humans. It won’t take long to realize this for yourself.

Last but not least.

Be happy. Have fun. Let loose.

The Lollapalooza 2018 Experience +

ABOUT LOLLA:

Lollapalooza is a huge festival held in various countries around the world. It was created in America 1991, running yearly until 1997, and then later on revived in 2003. The tickets sell out extremely fast- the festival hosts almost half a million people over the span of 4 days. We attended this year where it was held at Grant Park in Chicago.

The venue is large and beautiful, CLEAN, and relatively easy to navigate once you memorize the rectangular layout.

THE VIBE:

Lollapalooza- Lolla for short- is known for being a multi-genre fest. With everything from alternative rock + heavy metal, to hip-hop and EDM, there’s truly something for everyone. Here’s the 2018 lineup:

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Lolla is an ALL age event. This is something to be noted for people who are used to raving or are regular festival attendees. Although it’s jam-packed with college kids and at times felt like a massive frat party, I’d still say it maintained a PG13 vibe. If your college days are over, consider upgrading to VIP to stay away from the younger crowd.

ATTIRE: 

Think less boho than Coachella and less ravey than EDC. 95% of people kept simple and comfy in a crop top with denim shorts. Don’t forget festival safe footwear (i.e. boots so your toes don’t get stepped on, broken in converse you don’t mind getting dirty) and a hat. Cute but practical. Chicago is surprisingly hot during the day. It didn’t get too cool at night, so I wasn’t worried about carrying a jacket. Regardless, be sure to check the weather in advance. Camelbacks + Vibedration bags are welcome- I highly recommend carrying one at any festival!

Use this link to buy my favorite hydration bags! Or use code KRIS at checkout.

DAY 1.

top- east n west label purchased from dolls kill

shorts- forever 21

kimono- dolls kill

shoes- converse high tops

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DAY 2.

top- dolls kill

bottoms- club exx

fanny pack- vibedration

boots- steve madden

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DAY 3.

top and shorts- club exx

bra- dolls kill

boots- forever 21

belt- missguided

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DAY 4.

top- windsor

shorts- vintage

belt- asos

boots- steve madden

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I hope some of my outfits inspire you to have fun dressing up if you’re a festival goer! Most of my gently used festival items can be found for resale on my Poshmark account here. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

Until our next fest!

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Shaky Beats Music Festival+

Shaky Beats is an EDM music festival held yearly in Atlanta, GA. The second I saw Kygo on the lineup I didn’t blink twice before I purchased my ticket. He is my all-time favorite DJ/artist and was doing a tour for his recent album. Lucky for me, he made a stop at Shaky.

This was my first time attending this festival & I was anticipating it for months! The best part for me (ok well other than the experience itself as a whole) is planning outfits and seeing what I can bring together. Hope you enjoy! Xx

day 1.

outfit details:

black bikini – Windsor

star bodysuit – Dolls Kill

sunnies – Forever 21

boots – Steve Madden

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day 2.

outfit details:

face jewels – The Gypsy Shrine

chain bra – Claudia Pink IG: @claudiapink

sequin shorts – Elsie & Fred

boots – Forever 21

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day 3.

outfit details:

choker – Topshop

nude bikini – Asos

mesh crop – For Love and Lemons

kimono – Pacsun

boots – Agaci’

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I hope some of my outfits inspire you to have fun dressing up if you’re a festival goer! Most of my festival items can be found for resale on my Poshmark account here. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below!

Until next fest!

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The 2017 Okeechobee Music Festival Experience +

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I can confidently tell you that Okeechobee Music Festival was the best weekend of my life.

Music festivals, in general, are great for being surrounded by close friends while having the opportunity to meet new ones who share so many common interests. Although nothing is as liberating as being completely worry-free from our usual mundane reality, the power of the music comes close.

Jam packed with art exhibits, food trucks, and hidden stages, it’s easy to see that OMF crew knows what they’re doing, and they do it well. Overall, the festival is extremely organized, and there’s never a shortage of things to do. Not to mention, they cater to vegan and vegetarian lifestyles!

There’s a strong sense of humanity and unity at music festivals that seems rare to experience in daily life, but I especially felt it at Okeechobee. It’s a heart warming feeling that really opens your eyes!

If you’re comfortable camping out, then I highly recommend this festival- especially if it’s your first time attending one (it was mine).

Tickets are currently on sale for OMF 2018 – will I see you there?!

The BIG Ticket+

Location: Metro Park in Jacksonville, Fl.

I experienced The Big Ticket for the first time today. It’s no Warped Tour, having only two stages and taking place in a much smaller venue, but it was still worth the excitement.

Twenty One Pilots and Of Monsters and Men were the two main headliners, and as I read down the lineup, I had no clue who almost anyone else was. Turns out, I actually knew a lot of songs from the other artists once they hit the mic. Walk The Moon, Robert Delong, The Neighborhood, BORNS, and X Ambassadors definitely got me caught up in the hype and had me adding so many songs to my playlists on the way home.

We were fortunate that it was such perfect weather, considering the well known, unpredictable climate Florida offers. Just chilly enough to layer for nighttime, yet warm enough to get away with a crop top during the day.

To my own surprise, I managed to stay sober for 90% of the event.  

We ended the night with Twenty One Pilots, to whom I had never given a fair chance at listening to their music. Needless to say, it’s understandable why they had thousands of people’s undivided attention- with girl’s crying and all.  They have a distinct, unique sound, which in my opinion, is hard to do, and still attract the masses.

The girl’s and I had so much fun, even while I was running off of 4 hours of sleep, no caffeine, and had woken myself up at 7am to get ready. (1 hr hair/makeup, 1 hour to pick out an outfit…this is regular.) But I can’t complain too much, since I do wake up for concerts earlier than I wake up for work every single day….lucky me.

Here’s to The Big Ticket- may next year’s lineup be even better!