As summer approaches we are in prime time for festivals. With Coachella kicking off the 2013 season where I drool, gag, lust and horror over the celebrities outfits posted all over the internet and magazines. Then after pouring over my instagram full of friends attending Stagecoach this past weekend, I couldn’t help my excitement for the upcoming summer of Sassquatch, Beer Fests, Tastes of and Bites of, Block Parties and Food Truck Meet-Ups. Being who I am…I wonder…what shoes best fit these occasions, and how does one achieve “Festival Chic”?
I think being Festival Chic is about rocking the things you love that you can’t wear in the dreary winter months. Bright colors, odd patterns, fringe – all at a fraction of the size that is normally acceptable in public? I think it’s about feeling great in something you can wear the whole time. I say this from the personal experience at The Gorge Amphitheater where the walk to and from camping is at least a mile. Whatever festival you are attending this summer – here are my picks for shoes.
I would top the look with my favorite Pur Cashmere tissutissu scarf.
Yay ski clothes!
If you haven’t checked out Columbia’s new omni technology, give it a look. The technology heats your body when you’re cold and cools you when you’re sweating, virtually keeping you the perfect temperature all the time. They have really been stepping up their game in terms of style as well. I love the light blue color of the Parallel Peak Jacket, and the 20k rated fabric means that here in the Pacific Northwest if the resort says it’s “snowing,” but it looks more like rain, you’ll stay dry.
I’m a Smith girl for helmets and goggles because that means no gaper gap, which also prevents brain freeze. Plus, the I/O’s are super easy to change out lenses.
For skis and boots, I love my Salomon boots. Remember, new boots are always horrible to break in, so don’t plan on too many runs your first few days getting used to how tight they are. The Rossignol S7 is a great all around ski and has been winning awards since it first came out a couple of years ago. Rocker technology makes them easy to turn in the tough stuff, and they’ll float in the deep stuff. Anything that makes skiing easier is good in my book!
For layers, I prefer Nike sports bras to hold the girls, and Icebreaker base layers because the natural wool is wicking, and they are super soft. On the bottoms, I don’t like my long-uns to go under my socks because that creates bunching, and leads to sore shins. So, I prefer the cropped kind. I pull my Smartwool socks up to prevent leg-gappage.
I LOVE Hestra mittens, because my hands never get cold wearing them, plus the cuffs of my jacket can go over the top, to prevent wrist gappage. Are you seeing a common theme here? I hate gappage.
Lastly, I’m obsessed with my Surface rainbow poles, because, who doesn’t like rainbows?
Now, let’s just pray Ullr gives us a great snow year!
Ever since I saw this photo of Gwyneth Paltrow rocking relaxed jeans, a grey sweater, and red booties I’ve been obsessed with tracking down a pair of my own and copying her outfit. Here is what I found – don’t be surprised if next time you see me, I’m wearing those little red boots.
Everywhere we look right now, booties are getting credit for being this fall’s shoe of choice. We’ve already discussed those, so I think today we’ll let the smoking slipper shine today. Perfect for the transition of fall to summer, I mean who are we kidding it seems like it’s hot through September these days. Here are the ones I’m deciding between.
I’m digging the prints, sparkles and studs for this style to add a little pop to your outfit.
It’s no secret that S and I have an affinity for shopping at Nordstrom. So, when the anniversary sale comes around every summer, we do our best not to get too carried away. This year, I’ve been scoping out booties. I mean, I already have my fair share of tall boots. But these would truly round out my collection. Plus, they are totally spring/summer wearable, right?
Check out my other anniversary sale picks on my Pinterest board.