Stella Shops August Playlist - Lollapalooza 2015

Another Lollapalooza is in the books and for this month's playlist I'm highlighting some of my favorite artists I saw at this year's festival. Needless to say Paul McCartney was nothing short of incredible. I don't know how someone plays on a main stage in front of 70,000+ people and makes it seem like an intimate show, but he did just that. He played 31 songs over 2 1/2 hours. 31 songs. The fireworks during Live and Let Die were probably one of the best concert moments I've ever had. Honestly, this set was so perfect, I could never see another show and it would be okay....but we know that won't happen.

Paul McCartney Lollapalooza 2015

Paul McCartney Lollapalooza 2015

Fireworks during Live and Let Die

Every year I make sure I see some of the Nashville bands play and they never disappoint. Moon Taxi, Bully and Nashville-resident Sturgill Simpson all played killer sets.






Moon Taxi



Sturgill Simpson



Can't leave Lolla without a Buckingham Fountain photo.

Hope you enjoy this month's playlist as much as I enjoyed hearing these songs live!

Shop Like You Give a Damn: Gentlemen of the Road Stopover

Okay, okay. I haven’t posted for the last few weeks….

Where oh where has your Stella Shops Sustainable Style Editor been you ask?

Well, all of this cruelty-free do-gooding has led to some mighty fine karma, as I was a guest for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers for the last couple of weeks. Unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts, I missed the final US stopover in Monterey, but the incredible experiences I enjoyed will certainly last a lifetime.

As an avid music festival attendee, I have pretty much seen it all but I was beyond impressed with the layout of this series. Each location was handpicked and supported the hosting community by utilizing local resources and businesses. Each day-long event truly supported music, food, people, and embraced the small town culture.

My behind the scenes experiences ranged from campy bonfires, ping pong or soccer matches to dance parties in historic train stations, trickery from magicians, and rides in a chicken car…yes, that actually happened. I definitely had an amazing time and developed some friendships that I will continue to cherish. Here is the perspective of my first stop, Bristol, Tennessee AKA Birthplace of Country Music.

The Mumford’s curated lineup in Bristol included a mix of Nashville’s finest including Apache Relay, Justin Townes Earle, and JEFF the Brotherhood along with tour mate Dawes, London club kids The Very Best, The Felice Brothers sibling Simone Felice, and emerging LA girl posse Haim.

JEFF the Brotherhood didn’t disappoint with an energetic set that included singer and guitarist Jake Orrall dropping trou during the set. Rock and roll babay.

Justin Townes Earle also gave the sold out crowd a proper education on country music.

Proper festival hobbies included the following:

And, we couldn’t leave you hanging. Here’s some festival style to peruse:

Next Sunday I'll bring you the scoop on the Gentleman of the Road Stopver in Dixon, Illinois. Comment below if you were able to attend any of the stopovers. We’d love to hear your feedback!











Photo credit: J Bryan Dill

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 - I'm with Billy and the Band

Billy Reid

With the type of work I do, I always have access to free t-shirts (especially from fundraising events or emerging fashion brands) but I happen to be very particular about the tees I wear. Call me a cotton snob, but they must already possess that soft worn-in feel and fit my torso “just so” for me to even want to wear it to the gym, let alone wear it out and about on a sticky Summer day!

With that being said, I have a nifty little collection of band tees I cherish to the core. Ranging from my vintage Bruce Springsteen three-quarter length sleeve baseball tee (it’s actually a kid’s size shirt!), to the assortment of vintage remakes I’ve amassed of Aerosmith, Jimi Hendrix, The Pretenders, Fleetwood Mac, ACDC and David Bowie from Trunk Ltd, it’s clear I love band tees.

My elation kicked into high gear when CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Menswear Designer of the Year Billy Reid (who is also known for hosting bitchin’ SXSW Music Festival Shindigs) started to feature fantastic band tees in his collection. I was lucky enough to attend his SXSW party this year and caught Brendan Benson, The Apache Relay and Delta Spirit‘s sets. My Billy sighting was the icing on the cake. He was jammin’ right along during the shows with his rumpled chinos and signature specs.

I know that Stella Shoppers love a good deal, so check out these tees that are currently 50% off!

I was lucky enough to book a small tour and radio promotion with the fellas from Delta Spirit a few years ago and they continue to be one of my favorite bands. Check out their music and then buy this tee for only $24.

Brendan Benson (solo artist and also of the Raconteurs) also runs Nashville-based Readymade Records. With your purchase of these 100% cotton tees, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the artists too! Original price $48 – On SALE now for $24

You can order these online or head to one of seven Billy Reid retail locations including our beloved Nashville store.

Although you may have missed SXSW this year, you can still download the FREE seven-song digital sampler of the featured artists from American Songwriter Magazine.

Comment below and let me know which songs from the sampler you can’t get enough of and what (new or old) band tee you keep wearing out.

Keep cool until next Sunday loves!











Photo credit: J Bryan Dill