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!


Object of Affection: Clare Vivier...Hot Style for Your Cool Tech

Yes, I do love my gadgets and technology. Not the least of which is because each new tech toy needs something pretty to encase it. It was the love of my new iPad that led me to Clare Vivier. I was after form and function, protection and panache. My first purchase was this (very) vivid green envelope for said iPad. I was searching for something that guarded my precious gadget, but also brought its own game to the style lineup…

It’s always seemed a little risky to order a leather product online. I want to see it, feel it, and check the stitching. But with Clare Vivier, I gambled. And it’s paid off big. This case has worn beautifully, scratches with grace, and always gets compliments. (And it’s a bargain at $104.)

Now that I’m smitten with this line, I’ve gone back for more. My oversized neon red fold-over pouch (with a contrasting zipper…a signature Clare Vivier touch) is the perfect carryall for a wallet, camera, notebook and iPhone (along with my iPad in its snug green envelope).

The company has the sort of great story that successful small businesses usually do. Started in 2006, it was Clare’s response to her search for a stylish-but-sturdy computer bag. Given that provenance, it’s no wonder that her line is grounded in technology needs of the modern woman…while remaining eminently elegant and polished. And it’s designed and made on home ground in L.A.

What this photo and bio of Clare Vivier (from makes clear: she’s a bada*s.

Recent collaborations between Theory and Wren will only amp up this brand’s profile on the “it bag” radar. I can only suggest you get onboard now!

Me? I’m aiming for a few new clutches/pouches in some eye-popping colors. And particularly for one of these hold-everything La Tropézienne totes (navy please). Now…if only Clare would make an iPhone case for me.



About Cindy Wall

Cindy’s a communications and marketing pro, a writer, a grammar snob, and a rapacious reader. In her own words, she knows “a little about a lot” — i.e., 19th century literature, Karl Lagerfeld’s latest adventures, professional bike racing, and when to use the Oxford comma. She’s a fan of indie film and music — and bullish on local eating and shopping.