Lollapalooza - Three Days, 30 Bands and a Little Street Style

My first Lollapalooza was 21 years ago! That first show in 1991 at Blossom Music Center in Cleveland, Ohio started my obsession with music festivals. My outstanding memory from that day was walking to my seats inside the pavilion for Nine Inch Nails and looking up at the lawn and watching a sea of people rush the pavilion past the barricades to fill the aisles. It was frankly a little terrifying, but I knew by the end of Jane's Addiction's set (which I watched from somewhere in the first five rows, because so many people had rushed the pavilion) that that wouldn't be my last Lolla. And it wasn't. At the end of it's initial run in 1997, I only missed two years. And when the festival revived itself in 2003, I was there.

As I got ready for this year's three-day extravaganza, things were no different than they were all those years ago. I'm prepared. I'm a planner. I knew who I wanted to see (Metric, Franz Ferdinand, White Rabbits, Of Monsters and Men, Santigold), who I could miss (mainly because I'd seen them before) and who I had to see no matter what (Childish Gambino, Sigur Ros, The Shins, Florence & the Machine, The Black Keys). By Sunday, we had seen 30 bands in three day. And it was strangely relaxing. But how could I not relax when I got to sit and enjoy this view for three days?!

Lolla Lounge

The Chicago skyline from the Lolla Lounge.

Buckingham Fountain in Grant Park.

The best part of Lollapalooza and it's eight stages is if you don't like someone's set you can move on and check out someone else. In the process of all that walking, not only did I discover some great bands, like Dry the River and LP, I also got to do a whole lot of people watching. This was mainly a tank top, cut off denim shorts kind of crowd, but let's face was freakin' hot!! I was regretting my choice of a linen romper on Day 2. Even in the luxury of an air-conditioned restroom trailer, that thing was no fun to button and unbutton in that heat. The one good thing that came out of that storm evacuation was my changing out of my romper and into some wellies and...well....denim shorts.

A last minute decision to throw these in my suitcase was a good one. Remember, I said I come prepared.

All that relaxing and music listening also meant I didn't take any good street style pics of my own, so I've picked some of my favorites from what I've seen online to share with you. These ladies definitely had their festival style covered.

Whether backstage or on stage, Florence Welch was stunning. Photo by Nina Westervell/MCV Photo for

This dress was major. Photo by Lauren Olson for VH1.

I wasn't the only one who remembered to pack her Hunters. Photo by Nina Westervell/MCV Photo for

It was a pleasant surprise to see Nashville-based photographer Heidi Jewell from Under the Guise on my very early flight to Chicago. She takes fabulous street style photos. Here are some of my favorites from her Elle UK Lollapalooza coverage.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Johanna and Klara from the band, First Aid Kit.  Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

I'm coveting these boots. Photo by Heidi Jewell/Under the Guise for Elle UK.

I'm already prepping for next year...wellies and all. See you then Lolla!


Shop Like You Give A Damn: Cri de Couer - These Boots Are Made For Flauntin'

I first featured ethical footwear collection Cri de Coeur in a Shop Like You Give A Damn post last February to introduce you to the line. They keep bringing the cruelty free heat and I just had to share with you the two boots I am currently coveting.

Florence Tasseled Wedge Boot in Ebony -  $495

Named after fabulous indie-rocker Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, (I mean have you heard her new album Ceremonials yet? It is brilliant!!) this platform wedge boot will entice any dame who is seeking to infuse fun and flair to her wardrobe. I adore the unexpected tassel and asymmetrical design elements that Flo herself would surely appreciate!

Hand crafted in Los Angeles and made from faux patent leather and reclaimed wood makes this a solid sustainable style must-have.

Addison Lace-Up Wedge in Rust -  $450

The must-have shoe of the season, Addison is so transitional in your wardrobe from cuffed denim and fitted cargos to textured tights paired with dresses. The platform wedge and lace-up styling make these booties a snap to strut your stuff while the contrasting off-white patent vegan leather buckle strap separates it from the hum-drum pack of less than worthy booties! The 1” wedge is also made from reclaimed wood while being made cruelty free in the U.S. of A.

Finn Platform Cutout Sandal - Originally $390. Sale Price $292.50 

Gorgeous kicks, right?! Don’t’ forget to check out Cri de Couer's SALE section that is chalk full of beautiful shoes including the Finn Cutout Platform Sandal available in Camel for $100 off!

Don’t’ wait until Spring to wear these lovelies… pair this sandal with slouched socks and leggings and boogie the night away!

Leave a comment and let me know which of these three coveted items is your fave and how you would work them into your wardrobe.

See you next Sustainable Sunday!












Photo courtesy of Ashley Hylbert Photography.