The Best Style at The Greatest Day Ever Festival

See how attendees styled the three stripes into their outfits.

The Greatest Day Ever music festival, sponsored by Adidas, drew in thousands of attendees to not only enjoy music by RL Grime, Young Thug, Torey Lanez, Alison Wonderland, Majid Jordan and more. Adidas and the Greatest Day Ever team provided me with the opportunity to share my experience at the event on social media.

Throughout the two-day event, I captured some of the “greatest” Adidas style seen throughout the festival grounds. It was truly blissful to see how people styled the Adidas brand into their style. I saw a range of sneakers including the Arkyn, Deerupt, Falcon and naturally all renditions of the Yeezys to date.

I found this festival quite intriguing due to two things:

  • Adidas sponsorship: Yes, naturally the Adidas brand held a presence in many aspects of the festival; however, it didn’t feel as if the company placed the logo on every single opportunity. This played out nicely because it was clear as day what company sponsored the festival, but it didn’t feel too “in your face” especially with photo opportunities and carnival rides. If brands aspire to sponsor a festival properly, they can take key notes from the three stripes brand.
  • Diversity: I’ve been to more than 20 festivals in my lifetime, and this was by far the most diverse crowd I’ve ever seen. I don’t mean ethnicity, even the age ranges varied from toddlers following their parents around, teens who swarmed the main stage area for Lil Skies, college-aged students who came in squads, young adults who enjoyed sets from an elevated viewing area and a few mature adults I found enjoying carnival rides and napping in hammocks.

Take a look at some of the heat seen throughout the day. Perhaps we’ll see you next year! Stay tuned for a video, which will be uploaded to my YouTube channel!

[UPDATE]

You can watch the video here!

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Stay Trill

Trillectro Music Festival celebrates five years.

Photos by TheKevinJ.

Trillectro Music Festival kicked off its fifth annual year with Kid Cudi as the main headliner. A handful of my favorite DMV artists painted huge murals throughout the day while I roamed around the lawn and 9:32 Club. While I didn’t stay for the entire day, it only took minutes for me to fall in love with Lil Uzi.

I styled my Topshop camo pants with a fake RIPNDIP x Supreme tee, which popped with the bit of red. Chris bought me this as a get well gift earlier this month and I can’t stop styling it on weekends when the cat sticking a middle finger up might not be appropriate for the workplace.

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Sunglasses: Flea market in Korea.

Top: Fake RIPNDIP x Supreme.

Pants: Topshop.

Bag: Flea market in Korea.

Sneakers: NikeLab Women Free Inneva.

Photos by TheKevinJ.

Firefly Music Festival 2016

A recap of my third encounter with the Delaware event.

All I can say is, wow.

Firefly Music Festival came to a close this past weekend after a four-day long event. Although I only attended Friday through Sunday, I can’t imagine actually going the first day due to my lack of sleep, exhaustion and complete dehydration.

This year concludes my third time attending the festival and after working as a brand ambassador with Red Frog Events and the Firefly team, I felt this year I attended properly. I prepped my concert schedule in time to make it to the very front of my two favorite acts, Gallant and Goldlink. Although I missed Ludacris, I managed to see Major Lazer from a far-away spot in the audience and discover a love for Tchami.

I managed to say hello to Gallant and expressed my love for his music while hugging him; and snapped yet another picture with Goldlink after recalling our meet at Broccoli Festival. After capturing beauty from all the lighting and vocal talents, I managed to also get tagged on Gallant’s Instagram account and received a notification he liked one of my tweets (fangirl so hard).

I lucked out this year with the weather since no rain fell Friday through Sunday and moderate temperatures. Dust filled the air, but Justin and I came prepared with face masks to shield away the mess.

Strangely enough, I witnessed my first (and second) glow stick drop during Deadmau5‘s and Major Lazer‘s sets. The sky literally filled with a rainbow of neon colors during the best drops in songs. I noticed less art filled the festival grounds, which bummed tons of people out. The best part is walking through a wonderland of colorful umbrellas or paper birds! Yet, I did notice that after muddy paths filled nearly every inch of the grounds last year, rocks and sand replaced potential hazardous areas.

Last year, I decided to not attend Firefly, but as you can see I still ended up going. So no promises for next year, although after attending too many festivals for this lifetime, I might be done forever. Perhaps a one-day pass will be the move?

Firefly Music Festival took place in Dover, Delaware on June 16-20, 2016. 

 

The sweetest life

Fashion (and music) takeover at Sweetgreen’s music festival.

In 2010, sweetgreen decided to throw a small local event in honor of their second location opening in Dupont Circle. Today, more than 23,000 attendees enjoy more than just a delicious salad; festival-goers witness amazing musical acts while learning about sustainability and trying delicious food.

Influencers, models, musical talent, founders and more elites filled the VIP tent as we all avoided the two-hour rain storm that took over the festival for a short period. I even had a chance to talk to Anna Gaca who watched Brianna and I chow down our Luke Lobster rolls while also chatting with me about previous Sweetlife Festivals and this year’s range of music acts. It’s always so great to meet new people at these huge events! 

Although several parts of Merriweather Post Pavilion endured muddy areas, the wet grounds didn’t put a damper on the talented musicians. Flume stopped his set near-three times due to technical issues, while Grimes excitedly pumped up the arena with an upbeat tempo and impressive dance moves. PARTYNEXTDOOR brought his A-game with a mix of tracks from his endless body of work including “Come & See Me” and his verse in Drake’s “With You.”

In my quest to vlog more, I not only shot video throughout the festival, but also snapped pictures with TheKevinJ of the most fashionable attendees. The area offers more than just Coachella-typical styles, the DMV embodies a combination of edgy, street-centric characteristics that showed in several outfits.

 

For Sweetlife, I styled my Adidas Originals sports jacket with a Vans cap I found in my sister’s bedroom. Since cool temperatures filled the air, my high-waisted jeans from River Island and a crop top held up perfectly throughout the day. My Converse sneakers, which aren’t as near comfy as any of my other shoes, may you RIP. The mud destroyed them, but I am contemplating throwing them in the wash to get rid of the mud.

Photos below by TheKevinJ

 

Photos above by TheKevinJ

 

A special thank you to Brandlink Communications and sweetgreen for inviting me to experience Sweetlife Music Festival this year! As always, I am blessed to get my personal photos from TheKevinJ.

My outfit:

Hat: Vans.

Jacket: Adidas Originals.

Shirt: Young & Reckless.

Jeans: River Island.

Backpack: UNIF.

Sneakers: Converse.

Looking at Landmark from the bigger picture

Fashion and style at the first annual Landmark Festival shows DC offers more than just good music.

All photos by TheKevinJ. 

Music festivals exploded the past couple years with more popping up in major cities. It’s come to the point when almost everyone attends at least one during the long, hot summer days with huge acts coming to surface.

When Landmark Festival announced Drake as its major headliner, alongside not-so-big Miguel and Wale, how could one turn away? After all, the 6 God rarely makes appearances in the District.

I saw a lot of people sporting different styles, sharing good vibes and hyping the day’s festivities. With good bites, lyrical geniuses on stage and a cool drizzle of rain, Landmark Festival made its mark on DC and we can’t wait for its return.

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All photos by TheKevinJ. 

Wondering what Landmark Festival looked like? Take a look at the video I created for Stereo Champions or read the article.

Bow: Forever 21.

Shirt: Lazy Oaf.

Knee Socks: Forever 21. (Similar here)

Sneakers: Adidas Originals.

Backpack: UNIF. 

Made in America

Ending the summer with one of the most anticipated music festivals in Philadelphia.

Made in America Philadelphia took place this past weekend and I left with a horrible sickness and hatred for sold-out shows.

Bummer, it’s the only picture of me! Photo credit: Steven Asifo.

This year, Budweiser decided to mirror Firefly Festival‘s limited ticket options with the only possible way to attend the festival through a two-day ticket.

While I only attended one day, I won’t be heading back next year unless a VIP option becomes available. I attended the first day and sold my ticket for the second because I decided the time and effort wouldn’t be worth seeing J. Cole, Big Sean and the Weeknd after already seeing them this summer.

Yet, I made my way to Vic Mensa, who definitely gained charisma this past summer. From seeing him at Sweetlife Festival in May, the artist since released collaborations with both Skrillex and Kanye West. He even went so far as to cover Ye’s unreleased “Wolves” and an old Nirvana song. He soared through his performance gaining the crowd’s excitement and rapping his “U Mad” lyrics.

If you checked Twitter on Saturday, you saw that Meek Mill brought the bae (Nicki Minaj) on stage to help with his “All Eyes On You” song, but sadly Chris Brown made no such appearance.

Also notable…Nick Jonas. His fan base brought screaming tweens to loving young adults beginning his set with “Chains.” It was only then I realized how far he’s come from his Jonas Brothers days.

Cedric Gervais brought his A-game playing two Lana del ray songs through his set and Budweiser showed it kicked it up a notch with LEDs on fences at the Freedom Stage.

Finally, to end the night, Beyoncé took home the gold. Beginning her set his 50 Shades of Grey remix of her own song “Crazy in Love,” I found myself dancing to her eerie voice as she landed on stage.

Yet, I personally expected more from the Queen B. Her performance remains memorable, but also similar to her past tour with a few changes in between. If anything, she needed a surprise appearance, especially from her hubby. But hey, it was her birthday the day before and we all know she probably practiced all day in preparation.

Budweiser Made in America, doubtful you’ll see me back, but thanks for a great end to the summer in a nearby city.

Sunglasses: Sunglass Spot. 

Tank: Rad Clothing.

Shorts: Express.

Boots: Dr. Martens.

The end of the dog days

Back-to-school basics with this solid tunic, Supreme snapback and Nike Air Max 90’s.

It’s the week before Labor Day weekend and it signifies a rush of summer regret.

Did you wish to go to the beach and never did? It’s okay, I’m in the same boat. Why can’t summer hours exist through the year? I guess we can look forward to shorter days and a long winter.

To soak up the bit of summer, I headed to Georgetown to walk up and down M street for a final time. Now filling with college students, the street is a reminder of how much the area has changed from the beginning of when I started college in 2010 to now. So many shops have gone in and out; restaurants sink or swim.

It’s a reminder that change occurs on a regular basis, but it’s natural.

Despite my younger sister finally attending my alma matter (UMD), I can’t help but feel nostalgic. I paired some basics, perfect for the fall season as if I was about to head to class.


  

I paired my hype-worthy hat that I bought right when I arrived in New York city after graduating college with my Joe’s Jeans and Nike Air Max’s I recently bought from KITH and my latest summer city visit.

While I love summer for its ability to wear high-waisted shorts and cute flared skirts, I miss wearing jeans especially in the summer. On cooler days when the evening temperatures fall below 70s, I’m prepared to throw on my jeans, grab a burger and eat outside under a lamp post.


  
  
  
  

As summer comes to a close, I plan to head to Philadelphia for Budweiser’s Made in America musical festival to reminisce in my college days and live out an annual tradition I celebrate with my best friend (who just started her first year in medical school!) Lauren! We’re planning on taking on all the Philly cheesesteaks and rage to J. Cole, Beyonce, Big Sean and most importantly: The Weeknd.

Hope to see you there! Cheers to the end of high humidity levels and sweaty evenings. Hello lace tights and oversized sweaters!

Hat: Supreme.

Shirt: Me to We.

Jeans: Joe’s.

Sneakers: Nike Air Max 90.