Guide to Your First Time at a Music Festival +

Before the fest:

Learn whether the fest you’re attending is one where you’ll be camping or if it’s in the city where you’ll be booking a hotel or Airbnb. If it’s the latter, I highly recommend booking as far in advance as possible. Hotel rates increase when there’s an event happening and prices go up the longer you wait.

Airbnb’s also get booked up quickly!

If you’ve never used Airbnb before, you can use my link for $40 off here.

If you like to travel solo, festivals are amazing because people are generally happy and welcoming for you to join their crew. If you’re trying to find a squad to join, try creating an account on the app Radiate. It’s a huge music festival forum where people write tons of useful info on whichever event you’re attending, resell tickets/wristbands, and give insight on the security + vibe at the fest. It’s honestly a super useful resource for any festival goer.

Plan your outfits! This is my favorite part. Shop any and everywhere! There are many dedicated rave/festie websites such as iheartraves, Rave with Mi Gente and Little Black Diamond.

Don’t forget a hydration bag!!!! Almost every festival allows you to carry one, even when they have size restrictions on bags. (Always double check through the festival Q&A on their website. You do not want to have to throw away your stuff or worse, wait in the entrance line all over again.)

My fav hydration bags are Vibedration!

Use code “KRIS” to receive a discount on their huge selection of hydration bags, backpacks and fannypacks!

Wear comfortable shoes. I repeat. Wear comfy shoes!!!!

You may see me wear heel booties more often than not, but I have a particular pair that I bought a half size big just to wear to festivals. They are broken in and super comfortable at this point. I prefer wearing booties cause I’m barely 5’2″! Lol.

If you’re not comfortable in a heel I would suggest sneakers (Chucks are perfect) or combat boots that are worn in. Definitely something closed toed as you will be shoulder to shoulder with drunk people at some point or another, and you don’t want your toes stepped on.

Day of the Fest:

Pull out cash!!! Sometimes vendors don’t accept cards and you may need to have money on hand. A lot of festivals allow you to pre-load money on your wristband, which is a convenient option as well.

Spray yourself with sunblock and don’t forget to pack sunglasses, hat, hand sanitizer, and baby wipes! You will thank yourself. Trust me.

Download the app for the music festival if they have one. Most have one. It will have the schedule and the map of the grounds, which you will find extremely useful when trying to navigate. Some festivals are huge and it’s easy to get confused. Use the schedule to plan out the sets you want to see in advance. Nothing is worse than missing out on a set you were dying to see.

Pro tip: one person save the map as their screensaver & another person save the schedule as theirs. It will save you battery! It wouldn’t hurt to pack a small portable charger as well.

Another useful app for your group to download is Fire Chat. This app doesn’t need signal to send messages, it works off Bluetooth. I wouldn’t count on having service during the event due to network congestion, and if someone gets lost it could be your only way to communicate!

At the Fest:

Fill up your hydration pack first and make a point to remember where the water filling stations are. Future you will be eternally grateful.

Be friendly!!!! Talk to the people next to you in the crowd. I’ve made so many friends at music festivals, and it’s so easy to. Music truly brings people together. Even if you’re the most introverted person on the planet, festivals have a way of bringing out the most radiant humans. It won’t take long to realize this for yourself.

Last but not least.

Be happy. Have fun. Let loose.

The Best Wedding Gift Idea +

If you’re anything like me when an event approaches, you can’t settle for something on the registry that may have already been purchased for the lovely bride and groom.

I like to customize things for others because it feels a little more personal + thoughtful, which usually will make anyone feel special. And that’s what you want to do when there is a huge event for someone!

So my cousin got married + I obviously wanted to give them something that would last a long time, as well as regularly be used….and what can’t you go wrong with? WINE.

Thanksgiving? Wine.

Valentines Day? Rosé.

Christmas?? Wine.

New Year’s Eve? Pop open a bottle.

Traveling? What the hell. Wine.

I ordered a custom wine rack from Robert’s Craft Shop. There are multiple fonts, colors and wood styles to choose from. For me, simple and elegant did it nicely.

Then I went to a few different places to get a few wine bottles I love. In this case, I wanted a variety of colored tops for a variety of types of wine – different flavors suiting different events or holidays.

Hint: If you’re ballin on a budget, Trader Joe’s has some AMAZING wine for under $10!

Once I found bottles in the shape and colors I was looking for, I removed the previous label by soaking the bottles is lukewarm water with baking soda overnight – carefully avoiding the foiled tops.

After cleaning up the bottles, I was ready to put on my new labels which I customized for the newlyweds.

I ordered these sleek and clean looking labels from Pria&co. The shop had great ratings and included a useful guide for picking out bottles + relabeling.

They have a label for any holiday or event you choose.

And voila! Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

You have a beautiful custom gift for the bride + groom you love. Now let’s see if they can make it to each holiday before drinking them all ūüėĚ

Christmas Mimosas +

I’m sure at some point you saw the Facebook video circulating about with the pretty glasses full of fruit & champagne. 10 seconds in and I was sold.

I decided to try out the “Christmosas” for myself. The video was super simple so I stacked up the ingredients & went to work!

 

What you’ll need:

  • 2 apples (whatever kind you prefer)
  • Green or red grapes
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Fresh cranberries
  • Sparkling grape juice
  • Extra dry champagne

 

I diced up the apples & grapes and tossed them in a large glass pitcher I had.


Then dumped in a handful of cranberries & a half a pack (2.0 oz) of pomegranate seeds.

Afterward I poured in about half the sparkling grape juice & the entire bottle of champagne.

Mix up and enjoy!

I loved making this for my family. We all sipped our Christmosas and got lit as we opened presents! It was an extremely simple recipe and cost under $30. Totally doing this again next year.

NYE+

Location: Savannah, GA.
¬† ¬† Every year for NYE celebrations I’ve gone with sparkly dresses, shorts, or tops, so that’s exactly what I wanted to stay away from. I kept it pretty simple with black, nude, and a bold red lip. For some reason, I’m always more willing to try out different makeup techniques when it’s a big occasion, rather than on my free time, and it always ends disastrous because I rush. So after applying and removing my makeup twice at this point, I didn’t do anything extravagant, except dust a few sparkles over the top (not actually pictured).

I had never been to Savannah, so the only association¬†I had with the city was Forrest Gump because it was filmed there, and for some reason old people, because it came off as a huge isolated retirement community to me. No idea where that came from. Maybe Georgia in general just doesn’t appeal to me. Possibly because I’m a Gator fan. It’s just a deeply rooted bias apparently lol.¬†Anyway.¬†It was already dark when we arrived, but what I could take in from the Uber on the way downtown , was that it was beautiful.

Processed with VSCOcam with a4 presetOur first destination was The Bar Bar. It’s underground, so you walk down a staircase, and the entrance in underneath this¬†huge building. It’s all brick walls, and there’s pool tables, two separate bars inside, a dance floor, and some of our friends were playing Jenga….I’m not sure if they brought it, or if Bar Bar just has that many different options for fun. We started drinking, and stayed there to ring the new year in.

img_6780My Beeb and I shared our first New Year kiss together, which was the highlight of my year thus far. (hahaha) I’ve never been so excited for my future with someone, and it’s refreshing to begin another chapter with the person you love.

After Bar Bar, we went to another bar that I can’t remember the name of, but I want to say it was an Irish pub type place. Who knows, I was pretty drunk at this point. They were doing karaoke though, and everyone inside was singing along. We didn’t stay for more than 20 minutes, we wanted to go somewhere with more hip-hop music, so we could drink and dance. We ended up at a little eco lounge (what does that actually mean?) called Seed. Okay I looked it up, and it said the drinks are organic. I didn’t know Ciroc is organic? Alright. Whatever we were drinking it regardless. We got a VIP section to ourselves, so after more drinks and Jell-o shots, everyone was having a really good time.

I’m not sure at what point the night ended, but we eventually Uber’d back to our hotel and passed out.

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Photo courtesy of Alexia Tomasik

New Year’s Day we spent the morning¬†exploring downtown Savannah. I’m so in love with all of the old architecture. ¬†The weather was a little chilly and super cloudy. I’d like to revisit when it’s warmer and sunny to enjoy the city to the fullest. There’s an area¬†where¬†you walk down a flight of stairs and under a building then it opens up to the river. Most of the streets are lined with these huge oak trees, and it gives such a warm, homey feeling. It’s just a beautiful place overall.

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Christmas Eve Eve+

On December 23, 2015, we threw a crazy awesome Christmas sweater party. I ordered my sweater from Etsy a couple of weeks before. Being the diehard Drake fan that I am, this was only fitting.

Setting up+

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My roommate & I initially attempted to make a photo booth wall. We got home & started cutting the tablecloth, hung it on the wall, and realized no matter what we did, it looked cheap and shitty. I was super frustrated, & decided to completely throw the idea out the window, and go with something new. We created a small snack bar with desserts, alcohol, and photo props instead. Overall, it was relatively inexpensive to make, and easy to bring together. We started with a $5 roll of wrapping paper from Target. I tried to find something as simple and tasteful as possible…you can’t go wrong with stripes. We strung lights around the edges to make it a little more festive, and hung a Happy Holidays banner over the top. The banner was from¬†Urban Outfitters, on clearance for $10. We used our photo booth’s white tablecloth ($2) & some decorative holiday paper bulbs ($3) from Party City.

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Holiday table set up

On the Table we had an assortment of yummy food items & candies.We baked vanilla cupcakes with marshmallow frosting in striped cupcake liners, then added a peppermint inside, and sprinkled snow-like sprinkles on top. The champagne flutes were also dipped into the frosting & then coated with gold sprinkles. Two more flutes held crystal rock candy and said “Merry x-mas”. For more candy, we picked up a bag of Christmas colored M&M minis, poured them into clear cups, and added a peppermint striped straw. The only random, non festive item was a yummy buffalo dip we made to snack on. I considered adding red food coloring to make it fit in more aesthetically, but just didn’t.

The Party+

Bitches came over, yeah we threw a party. -Drake

Despite not having our photo booth come together, everyone still managed to make use of the props. A few glasses of champagne later…..

Everyone had so much fun. It was the first official party we’ve thrown in the house, and I’d definitely say it was a success.