As Jessi mentioned in her last post, 80/35 is always a highlight of the summer, and this year was no different! Fashion-wise, I declared this year to be Crop Top Year at the music festival. Before you cringe and think, “Oh God, isn’t she in her thirties?” please know that high-waisted skirts are the solution to the “How DO I make this a crop top year when I’m 32?”
I found this gem of a denim crop while thrifting with Jessi in Kansas City earlier this summer. It actually has a hole in the middle of it to show off your totties but I opted out of that little circus and instead tied this scarf around myself like a little gift and pulled the bow part out! The first day of the music festival was July 4th, so naturally I had to milk that for all it was worth. This amazing Western-style skirt I found just days before the festival, and it’s really the perfect skirt to get your twirl on in.
Friday highlights: Watching my son tap his little foot to the beat of the music and Conor Oberst taking me back to 2002 when I loved Bright Eyes!
Outfit details: sunglasses, earrings :: Forever 21 | Denim crop top :: Re-Runs in Kansas City | red scarf :: thrifted | skirt :: Atomic Garage | sandals :: K-mart (yep. and I love them. AND they are on sale right now for $8)
Day two I of course continued with my crop + high waisted skirt theme, although this time I left the country at home and went with a bit bolder ensemble. I decided on tights because I felt like I was going to end up accidentally flashing my butt to strangers every time I sat down on the street curb to eat a corn dog. Problem solver!
This outfit is my favorite of the two, which surprises me since I admittedly didn’t have it on all day. In the morning I opted for an easy, summer dress because my hangover was saying to me, “You want to wear what? Here, just put this on.” But in the middle of the day Joe and I went with my mother-in-law and Charlie to my brother-in-law’s house for a fun BBQ and after we got back I decided to step it up.
Saturday highlights: Boy and Bear, Har-di-Har, cheeseburger at Proof, Those Darlins, banging down the bathroom door and running full speed to get to my girls for “The Distance” by Cake. Yes, I am that fan.
Outfit details: gold bow :: seriously found this at the Dollar Tree | sunglasses :: Forever 21 | Triangle necklace :: Nicole & Dime (bought this the day before at 80/35!) | Crop top :: I Heart Ronson at JCPenney | skirt :: Vitae Design Collective | Tights :: Target | Booties :: Charlotte Russe
Talk to you soon kitties!
Another year, another 80/35 notch in my belt! 80/35 is a major highlight of the summer and this year didn’t disappoint. I love the mix of seeing my friends, local bands play (Gloom Balloon, Foxholes and Quick Piss) and rocking out to bigger acts that have filled my iPod for years (Best Coast! Those Darlins’!). Nonstop music, plus friends, plus zero commitments to anything other than the festival make for some truly exceptional times.
I try to plan my outfits in advance; I think long and hard, but this year my ideas were derailed at the last minute on both days. Day 1 was super sunny so I wanted to stay cool and yes, get some sun. This denim racer-back dress is comfortable, fairly lightweight and has pockets (important, duh!) my favorite thing about this outfit though are the new Ray-Bans my hubs gifted me after he recently bought new ones for his birthday. Lucky for me his head is too big for them (his words) and I must say it’s a bit of a luxury to rock some sunnies worth more than $10 in cost and quality.
On day 1 I ended up in bed before the headliner was even done. Oops! Too much fun! But that meant I had plenty of time to rest up for day 2. The day was overcast and actually pretty perfect temperature-wise. I scrapped a seventies floral dress in lieu of this gingham skirt and vintage sweater tank. I got the top from a friend’s garage sale a few days before for two dollars and thrifted the skirt in Omaha ages ago. I threw on boots just in case it rained (it didn’t) but left my jacket and umbrella at home. Also this year I downsized to a smaller purse and I have to say it was a good move for me. Dancing with a bulky purse is tricky, ya know?
After the festival was over me and Mar, our husbands and my brother and his lovely girlfriend ate a gigantic brunch the next day and went on our separate ways after pretty much spending the whole weekend together. It was *so* fun and I can’t wait til next year!!
Outfit details: scarf, belt, boots, skirt, top :: thrifted | necklace :: White Rabbit
Luckily while we were taking in all the music and booze this past weekend, Jessi and I were smart enough to stop some pretty kitties that brought their A-game to 80/35 this year. Since the first day of the festival was the 4th, we loved all the creative patriotic outfits. Of course, we were also pumped to see so many cat prints!
Anna | Derek
Bradie | Will | Jes
Carly | Austin | Hillary
Josie | Josh | Ramona
Arin | Gina | Katie
We’ll be sharing our festival outfits soon!
Hi Pretty Kitties! Are you as excited as we are for the big festival tomorrow?! MEOW! For those of you dear cats not in the Des Moines area, tomorrow is the start of one of the best weekends in Des Moines: 80/35! Piled full of great bands, fun people, endless booze and fireworks, the result is too. much. fun! So do you need some last minute inspiration on what to wear? Look no further, we have a couple ideas for you:
FRIDAY (picked by Marlena)
Since it is the 4th of July and all, why not represent?
1. This hat will keep you cool while looking cooler.
Catarzi Fedora Hat :: ASOS
2. Time to take your outfit up a notch with this dazzling coin collar necklace. Let’s hope it’s doesn’t get too hot in the sun!
Chanour Antalya Coin Collar Necklace :: Free People
3. Acid wash is always a yes in my eyes.
Kid Cutie Dress :: Modcloth
4. Bring it all together with these patriotic sunnies.
American Flag Sunglasses :: Zooshoo
5. You’ll need a tote for all those festival necessities: water, sunscreen, and toilet paper!
A Cutout Above the Best Tote :: Modcloth
6. If you are one of those people that can rock a giant wedge for 12 hours, this is your shoe! Otherwise, better store some standby flip flops in that tote….
Paris Hilton Amina Wedges:: Heels.com
SATURDAY (picked by Jessi)
1. Rock star it up with some easy gold hoops.
Vanessa Mooney Stevie Gold Hoops :: Urban Outfitters
2. Stripes + floral = my summer obsession!
Stripe Cotton Crop Top :: American Apparel
3. A festival is the purrrrfect place to break out something crazy from your wardrobe. Live it up!
Nora Kitty Shorts :: Pixie Market
4. Keep track of set times so you don’t miss your fav bands!
Casio Women’s Denim Watch :: American Apparel
5. Those booties are too cute (if not the most practical…) Don’t worry if your feet get sore, that’s what the booze is for!
Wild West Side Leather Bootie :: Nasty Gal
6. Ok, fine, a clutch may not be super practical either for a festival but if you’re in it for the fashion who cares?! Just convince one of your besties with an oversized tote to store it for you when you’re busy clutching beer in one hand and water in the other. That’s what friends are for!
Raffaella Straw Clutch :: Francesca’s
Hope to see you there!
It only takes two things: dabbing on some red lipstick and adding a string of pretty pearls around your neck!
I’ve said it before, kitties: my husband is the only reason I have nice things. About a month ago he overheard me mumbling to myself that I should try spending more than $5 on a tube of lipstick. Well, he heard me and then some!
Today is my birthday (yahoo!) and Joe let me open my presents a day early: timeless make-up from the Chanel counter (think red lipstick, jet black eye liner, and a powerful mascara) along with this beautiful string of pearls. Pearls are my birth stone, and they will always hold a special place in my heart because the first gift Joe ever gave me were these pearl earrings I’m wearing.
Last weekend Joe also took me out for a lovely date night in St. Louis for an early b-day treat. We went to Franco, a French restaurant in Soulard (shout out Krystle for the recommendation!) and it. was. so. good! Speaking of food, tonight Joe is making me my birthday dinner, which will consist of all of my fav foods: white cheddar mac and cheese, crab rangoon, and strawberry shortcake. Oi, you can tell I’m old because my birthday now revolves around food….
Outfit details: white bow accessory :: Forever 21 | sunnies :: Forever 21 | pearl necklace :: gift from Joe, Joseph’s | striped dress :: Charlotte Russe | red scarf as belt :: thrifted | black sandals :: Target
Well June is flying by and just yesterday it occurred to me to finally buy some new sandals. And there are so many cute ones out there, darlings! We love ourselves a good wedge or pretty flat…
1. The cute cork panel is adorable with the stripes!
Nautical Wedge Sandals :: Forever 21
2. Add a few inches to your height in style!
Notch Strappy Heeled Sandals :: Topshop
3. These bright whites paired with some red and blue makes the ultimate July fourth ensemble.
New Look Peep Toe Sandals :: ASOS
4. These would be great and comfy to rock at an all day summer festival.
Black Swish Strap Sandals :: Dorothy Perkins
5. These can go with everything, all summer long!
City Classified Ashley Wedge Sandals :: Lulu’s
6. Nothing better than a red, woven flat sandal for work or for play!
Holdin’ My Breath Sandals :: Seychelles
7. A statement sandal adds a splash of fun.
Cabana Band Wedge :: Modcloth
8. Scour vintage stores, goodwill or etsy for some rad 70s wedges.
Vintage 1970s Peep Toe Wedges :: GirlLeastLikely via Etsy
9. Perfect for an evening stroll.
Swedish Hasbeens :: Urban Outfitters