festival fever

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Festival season is in full swing and boho style is all the rage at the moment – but what if you’re not headed to a festival? I experienced my very first festival this past April when I headed to weekend 1 of Coachella. I had the time of my life – truly – but withdraws lasted much longer than the long weekend of festivities. I have no festivals lined up for the future. My work schedule is too heavy to jet off to my old city (New York) and experience Governor’s Ball and Outside Lands (in San Francisco) is sold out, so what am I to do with all of this festival inspired spirit? I'm still going dress like I’m headed to a festival, of course.

I left Ohio when I was 24 years old and had never heard of Coachella. My sister had gone to Bonnaroo, but I honestly thought it was a bunch of hippies camping and listening to music I had no interest in. Moving to New York opened so many doors for me in the musical world and I’ll never forget the first urge to head across the country to Indio. Festival fashion had gradually become more mainstream over the next few years, and now hippie chic is mainstream in the best way possible. Needless to say, I’m addicted to the festival life – the free spirited people, the endless amount of incredible music, the ability to be whoever you want to be with no restrictions… I could live at Coachella forever.

Reality check, though. You can’t live at Coachella forever. The up side? It’s totally cool to dress like it nowadays. This Elizabeth & James maxi dress does just the trick and cures all of my post-Coachella blues. I waltz around like a gypsy child in this getup with no regard for the world around me and I love it! 

Photos by Stephen LaMarche (http://www.stephenlamarche.com)

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