if you are in the mood to have a great time memorial day weekend go to lightning in a bottle! for those that are unfamiliar, lightning in a bottle is a music festival based in bradley, ca. the festival is thrown by the do lab, one of my favorite places to shake it at coachella. this was my first year attending and i will definitely be back! the vibes are right! the art is beautiful. the lines are short (for bathrooms and bars). everyone is camping (a sense of community) and having a great time. what drew me in? the music!
of course jamie xx was my favorite... at one point he remixed drake's one dance and i lost my shit. i made a bad joke "just drop the new drake in your set and everyone will love it". but for real, he was incredible. he took the crowd on a 2+ hour musical journey, mixing vinyl, playing the original songs he's sampled, etc. honestly everyone blew me away minus mr. carmack but i'm not going to get into that... hint: he remixed ultra light beam with a salsa song.
the truth is festivals aren't really about the music. you can have a plan, memorize set times, etc. but you are bound to miss some acts and stumble on artists you've never heard of. i think that's the point! additionally, LiB does a great job of making it about much more than the music. countless workshops, yoga, meditation, etc. you can even go shopping! which brings me to outfits! i love dressing up at festivals because it's an outlet for self expression and creativity. one thing i always make sure of... comfort! recently my friends and i have really gotten into kimonos. they are great to throw on because they are lightweight, you can use them later to sit on or tie around your neck as a scarf.
i got this kimono on etsy! finding something unique is worth the 30min search! this swimsuit was comfortable, sexy, and cheap. i used tribal markers to paint my legs! they were so easy to use and gave my outfit a nice boost. everyone made fun of my soul patch! i'll try and get better at the face designs ;)
i purchased this crop top and short set a year or so ago. i also grabbed a fanny pack from forever 21! since we were camping i didn't need to pack a backpack. this made dancing much more enjoyable. i threw on a necklace, some combat boots and more body paint (pretty easy to remove so you can do new designs every day).
i got my nails done at sparkle in the mission! you can see the dreams of dawn logo on my thumb!
despite the delicious food i actually lost a few pounds over the weekend from the dancing and hiking (there are hills & stairs). our camping location was sooo far away - i would not recommend rv with hookups. if you're doing the rv thing camp w/o hookups and you will be much closer to the action! the good news was the closest stage to us was my favorite stage - the woogie! woogieing is a thing and i suggest you try it! did i mention you can bring your favorite drink along with you?
woog vibes ya'll. hope to see you there next year :)