Festival Style: What to Wear (Whoa, It’s An Outfit Post!)

You guys. It’s an outfit post. A real live outfit post. Guess when my last one was? Five months ago. Yep. November 6, 2014 to be exact. I’ve had fun sharing my monthly clothing favorites this year via What I’m Wearing Now posts (and I’ll continue to do them), but now that the weather is finally warming up, I plan on actual outfit posts making at least a slightly more regular appearance around here again.

This particular look was shot during my recent trip to Arizona, where there the average daily temp was in the mid ’80s. That, along with the gorgeous natural backdrop, made shooting easy, as did the inspiration behind the shoot – festival style. As I mentioned in my recent post about what to pack for music festivals, the summer music festival is a dear, long-time friend to me. From almost a decade of vending my eco-fashion line at festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, to producing festival fashion shows, to styling bands at festivals, to my husband’s festival career work, to just plain attending them for fun, music festivals have been a big part of my life for many years. And with the start of Coachella just three days away, festival season has officially arrived.

When it comes to what I decide to wear to festivals, the same principles apply as I outlined in my ‘what to pack’ post. I focus on pieces I can layer, since I’m going to be predominately outside and the weather can change at any time. I also make comfort a priority. I’m not going to lie – style is big for me as well (I may or may not have a several year old picture of myself from Women’s Wear Daily‘s Bonnaroo Style Guide saved in my ‘Very Important Keepsakes’ box for all eternity), but I go to festivals to dance and explore and you won’t find me in 5-inch heels or constricting skirts. I tend to wear a lot of ’60s and ’70s inspired boho clothing in general which are not only big at festivals anyway, they’re also usually really comfortable. Like I also mentioned in my other post, wearing pieces that showcase your own personal style is key. Music festivals are incredible places to express yourself, and I prefer to dress in pieces that are genuinely enjoyable for me to wear and allow me to be myself.

The articles of clothing in this particular outfit are spot on in terms of my typical music fest look. A great pair of denim cut-offs, like this pair of deconstructed midi shorts from Mudd, is a festival staple for me. They’re perfect because you can pair them with so many other pieces and wear them for multiple days in different outfits. I also love to sport a soft, neutral colored music-inspired tee like this rad Ramones t-shirt from Rock & Republic. And you’ll almost always find me in a loose cardigan or kimono like this comfy jersey one from Mudd. (All three of these pieces can be found at your local Kohl’s store or on their website.) From there I like to add lots of leather bracelets, layer on some bohemian-inspired necklaces, step into a worn-in pair of boots or moccasins, and throw on a floppy hat to protect me from the sun. It’s my functional-yet-stylish festival ‘uniform,’ and you’ll likely find me in some variation of it at every music event I attend in the summertime.

 Tee: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Kimono: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Shorts: ℅ Kohl’s  //  Hat: H&M (similar)  //  Booties: ℅ Minnetonka  //  Feather Necklace: ℅ Roots & Feathers  //  Turquoise Necklace: F21  //  Earrings + Copper Rings: ℅ Jade Stone Jewelry  //  Other rings: old + gifts  //  Sunglasses: UO  //  Bracelets: thrifted + ℅ Lisa Leonard  // Bag: Target  

What types of ‘festival fashion’ clothing and accessory items do you like to wear? Anyone attending Coachella this weekend? Anyone in shock that I finally posted an outfit?

This post is in collaboration with Kohls. Thank you for supporting Bubby and Bean by allowing us to post occasional sponsored content.

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Off Camera Flash

I went out yesterday fully equipped for the first time to take some pictures using off camera flash.  This is what I learned:

  1. Carrying a lightstand, umbrella and speed-light in one hand and your camera in the other leaves no available hand to pick up poop.
  2. There is a very small pocket of light that your subject needs to be in.  Coulee is fantastic at taking directions but she doesn’t know how to move forward 2 steps or back 1 step… we have to work out a targeting system.
  3. Umbrellas catch the slightest breeze and fall over – a sandbag, or something is definitely needed.  As is another arm to carry that with.
  4. Putting her on something is a great way to get her to be exactly where you need her to be.
  5. An assistant would really make things go smoother/faster.
  6. I have a lot more to learn.

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Flea Market Montgomery – Long Version

This local TV commercial has made it to national TV via the Ellen Degeneres show. This is the extended version.

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Friday Funny: I just wanna be friends…is that so wrong?

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Thank you for all you do for this breed. I rescued…

Thank you for all you do for this breed. I rescued a Boxer/pit 2 1/2 yr old female that was used for puppies. She will be spayed and just be the loving compainion she is. Such a sweet girl and I treat her like a Queen.
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Dog Training – It’s All About the Relationship

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Your dog’s behavior doesn’t exist in a vacuum. Perhaps you’ve heard the phrase (or seen it written here): “The dog is always right”? The reason is that dogs are simply responding to what is happening in their environment. And, specifically, how their environment makes them feel.

Whatever your dog is doing, it is ALL about the relationship that you have with your dog. And the relationship that you have with the significant people in your life. And the relationship that you have with yourself.

The obvious relationship that matters here is how you are with your dog. Are you nervous? Rigid? Harsh? Grounded? What are you communicating with your body language? What is your emotional state communicating to your pup? 99% of the time, what your dog is doing is “right” – meaning that your dog is simply taking in all of the information that you’re giving (and primarily the physical and emotional information – NOT the intellectual or conceptual information) and doing what makes the most sense to a canine under the circumstances.

Guess who else’s behavior doesn’t exist in a vacuum? YOURS! You are affected by your self-image and beliefs, and the relationships that you’re having with those around you. One of the biggest challenges that I’ve had over the past 10+ years of working with people and their dogs has been helping the PEOPLE change their habits. I would see, over and over again, how the emotional atmosphere of a person’s life – their stress at work, or in their primary relationships, or their view of themselves – was affecting how they lived their lives. Their habits. And this is important, because…

Your habits are creating your dog’s habits.

A little over 5 years ago I decided to branch out and get some training, as a coach, from the Robbins-Madanes Institute for Strategic Intervention. For me it was an opportunity to not only focus on shifting my own habits of being, but to also develop more skills at facilitating change for the humans with whom I was working. In the time since then, it has truly been an honor to not only be helping people with their dogs, but also to be helping them with the overall quality of their lives.

During that time, it became a passion of mine to work with people on improving their romantic relationships. You may notice that my original site (yes, this existed BEFORE Naturaldogblog) www.neilsattin.com has been revived. There’s a lot of great content there, and more in the works, that’s focused specifically on improving relationships. I’m also about to launch a podcast, called Relationship Alive, focused on helping you have amazing relationships (or easeful breakups – should that be the path that you choose). So stay tuned for more information on that.

In the meantime – think about it this way. Your dog is an emotional creature, picking up on everything that’s happening in the environment and responding from a place of heart – not head. What’s going on in your world? Where is the stress? Where is the tension? Where is the anger? Where is the love? Now look at your dog’s behavior, and ask yourself “how is my dog giving a voice to everything that’s happening in our world together?” I look forward to hearing what insights you uncover.

Dog Training – It’s All About the Relationship is a post from: Natural Dog Blog – Training and More

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March Reminder Emails

We’re sorry for the confusion about March reminder emails.  Some pet sitters that had already renewed their membership received the 7-day reminder.  It was the result of an update of the membership system, but it has been corrected.  If you received one, and had already renewed your membership, just ignore it!  Thanks!


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Clima Europa: settimana 22-28 Marzo mite ad Est, più fresca ad Ovest

Clima Europa: settimana 22-28 Marzo mite ad Est, più fresca ad Ovest
Nella settimana appena trascorsa (22-28 Marzo 2015) il tempo sull'Europa è stato caratterizzato e disturbato da vortici mediterranei che hanno causato piogge soprattutto sui settori mediterranei. Gli accumuli hanno infatti superato localmente i 50 mm
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Jimmy Walker has a dyn-o-mite weekend in his native south central Texas and cruises to a four-shot victory at TPC San Antonio for his second title of the season. Story. Golf Headlines. Jimmy Walker wins hometown Texas Open · Tiger falls from world's
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Golden Poodle awards for March

The Golden Poodle award goes to Negrita, the incredibly smart doggie mother of 9 pups who buried them under a metal structure to protect them from a raging forest fire. All the pups were safely rescued by firefighters. A second Golden Poodle award goes to Cindy Abbott, 56, who succeeded in finishing the Iditarod on her third try after climbing Mt. Everest on her first try. She won the Red Lantern award. The Lizard Brain…
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What I’m Wearing Now: March

What I'm Wearing Now: March // Bubby and Bean
1. Dreamy Daze Print Dress, Free People  //  2. Cropped Denim Jacket, Ann Taylor brand (thrifted years ago for $ 3; love this almost identical version from Madewell)  //  3. Floppy Black Hat, H&M  // 4. Sterling Necklace with ‘Mom’ and ‘E’ Charms, Helen Ficalora  //  5. Anthem Tank in Whiten, Madewell  //  6. Cream Printed Kimono (bought last summer; love this similar one from She Inside)  //  7. Charlie Diaper Bag, Timi + Leslie (still going strong after 15 months of daily use!)  //  8. Denim Cut-offs (DIYed; way into this similar pair from Rag & Bone)  //  9. Mossimo Bailey Footbed Sandals in White, Target  //  10. Thunderbird II Moccasins in Brown, Minnetonka  //  11. Border Print Wide Leg Soft Pants (you might recognize these from my music fest roundup last week), Joe B  

Yes, I’m posting this month’s edition of What I’m Wearing Now on the very last day of March. So I suppose it’s not technically what I’m wearing now as much as what I already wore this month. To be fair, we just got back from vacation a few days ago, and I was making an effort to stay away from the computer while I was away. So there’s my excuse. For those news to this series (now in its third month), the motivation behind it was mainly in response to our beginning-of-year reader survey, where many commented that they missed seeing outfit posts – which have admittedly dwindled down to once every couples of months since I had Essley. In an effort to share what I’m wearing at the moment without relying exclusively on my inconsistent outfit posts, I decided that I’d put together a monthly round-up collage featuring some of the clothing and accessory items (or the most similar pieces I can find, if certain items are sold out, old, or thrifted/vintage) that I’m wearing the most that particular month.

March was a unique month, both because the weather dramatically changed mid-month (we had a 75 degree day on the16th; awesomely bizarre for Chicago in March), and because I spent a third of the month in Arizona. So while January and February were all about heavy layers, boots, and hats, this month meant mostly lightweight dresses, flowy pants, kimonos, denim cut-offs, sun hats, and sandals. I know it’s a thing for bloggers to favor fall and even winter when it comes to fashion, but I’m a spring and summer style girl through and through. So these types of pieces are my favorites, and it was a treat to pull them out of my closet for a few. It’s funny because next month’s What I’m Wearing Now will likely be focused on much cooler weather clothing than you see here (or at least more jackets and layers). It will probably feel like backtracking from the pieces that I’ve been wearing the last few weeks. Underneath my April layers though, I’ll be secretly counting down the days until I can bust out these summery styles again.

Believe it or not, there will actually be a couple of real live outfit posts coming in the next couple of weeks as well. I took advantage of the insanely gorgeous weather and stunning surroundings in Arizona to snap some shots of my favorite outfits there. So stay tuned.

What type of clothing and accessory pieces have you been wearing most this month?

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