Thursday, April 30, 2015

festival survival guide


the count down is officially on: only one week left until shaky knees! after going to several festivals over the past few summers, i have learned that while fun, they aren't quite as glamorous as coachella and alessandra ambrosio make them out to be. sure white lace and sandals are great if you're reclining by a poolside bar sponsored by lacoste in the middle of state that has not seen a drop of rain in months...but they're not very practical when you're drenched in sweat or even worse rain. our first year at shaky knees, it poured for three days straight. luckily, we learned to adapt quickly and still had a ton of fun. so here's quick check list for what you should pack to rough all the elements - sun and storms included.

1. sunglasses  / warby parker 
for obvious reasons, you are hoping it will be 70 and sunny during your festival. don't let the glare keep you from seeing your favorite band. bonus, these double as a windshield for your face during summer storms.

2. croakies / vineyard vines
croakies aren't just for frat bros or fishermen. they're practical, and you don't have to worry about setting your sunglasses down and losing them. these "every day should feel this good" croakies are perfect for this occasion, too.

3. backpack / north face
a backpack is a must. store all your tickets, jackets and snacks in one place. plus, unlike a purse, it distributes the weight evenly on your shoulders, so you can carry it around all day. (or, bring one for your entire group and take turns carrying it). i especially like this north face one because it's light weight and has mesh pockets on the outside so you can easily access your water bottle(s).

4. water bottle / camelbak
i cannot stress this point enough: it is so, so important to stay hydrated during a music festival, especially if you are drinking. dancing and running around all day are extremely draining, especially if you are somewhere hot and humid like the deep south. most festivals have stations where you can fill your bottle up for free. you paid a lot of money for those tickets, so don't black out or get sick and miss the show. camelbaks are particularly nice because water doesn't gush all over you when you go to take a drink.

5. power bank / amazon
some festivals have charging stations, some don't. better to err on the side of caution and not be tied down for 30 minutes. if you know you like to instagram, snap chat, etc. pick one of these bad boys up. when you battery gets low, just plug your phone in and drop it in your backpack for a few minutes until it's ready for action again.

6. sunscreen / cetaphil
do not get sunburned on the first day. you will suffer for the rest of the weekend. i love cetaphil moisturizer because it has SPF 15 and you can apply it to your face before you put on your makeup, and it doesn't leave you feeling greasy and gross. also, it doesn't make your skin break out. i've been using this stuff for years and swear by it.

7. closed toed (flat) shoes / converse
gladiator sandals and heeled booties are really cute, but they're not very practical. nothing is more annoying than 1) having someone step on your toes 2) feeling dirt or mud in your shoes while you are sweating and 3) having to sit down because your heels are hurting you. invest in some cute sneakers. when you're running from stage to stage, you'll be glad you did.

8. rain boots / l.l. bean
if it looks like there is even a remote chance of rain, plan for it. and if you can only bring one item ahead of time, make it proper footwear. wet, soggy feet lead to cold, grumpy festival goers, and that's not who you want to be. bean boots look great with cut offs when the weather is questionable, or you can tuck in your jeans or some leggings during a down pour for total coverage. mud washes off the leather easily, and they come with a lifetime guarantee.

9. rain coat / north face
rain coats are a good layer to pack because even when it's not raining, you can throw them on as a light jacket when the sun goes down. once again, north face wins my vote because they make light weight jackets that are easy to carry around or stuff into a bag. also, they have lots of fun colors (mine is bright pink).

10. poncho / walmart
i know, i know. you just packed a rain coat! why do you need a poncho too? i will tell you why: to keep your rain coat from getting totally saturated. if it looks like your festival is going to take place in an all-day downpour, layer up because your jacket can realistically only handle so much. the plastic will keep your core nice and insulated while the rain falls down. from experience, i suggest buying the largest size available (that way you can cover your backpack and arms) and buy a few because those things rip easily. bear grylls is hawking this poncho, so i would obviously buy it.

11. bonus tip / stay someplace with a real bed and shower
camping is fun when that's all you're doing...or if you have a yurt...or if you are a hardcore backpacker. but after a long day of dancing, drinking and sweating, your body/mind really just needs an actual bed and a good, hot shower. check and see if your festival has any partner hotels nearby the grounds with discounted rates. or, rent an air b n b to save some money and still have all the luxuries of home.

anything i missed? let me know because i'd love to hear your tips and experiences!

image via google

Monday, April 20, 2015

fruit pizza


this summer, i've teamed up with my friends at terminix service to share some great ways to enjoy time with your friends and family outdoors. since south carolina gets hot fast, when you have someone over for a glass of wine on the porch, you need something light and refreshing to snack on while you chat. that's why one of my favorite parts about spring is all the fresh fruit that starts popping up in the grocery store. the other day i figured that instead of making a traditional fruit salad, a fruit pizza would be a fun (and much healthier) twist. so, i traded in the mozzarella for feta and used blackberries, strawberries and kiwi instead of olives, pepperoni and peppers. i also love to put ranch on my pizza, so i made a little dip to go on top of the fruit version. it was just the right balance of sweet and savory, and it looked gorgeous on the table. if you want to make your own, here's what you'll need:



pizza
half a watermelon
4 oz feta cheese
2 kiwis
3 strawberries
a handful of blackberries

cut the watermelon into triangular slices, then lay flat on a serving tray like a pizza. sprinkle with feta cheese. chop the remaining fruit and sprinkle over watermelon. (i made the mistake of not assembling my pizza on my serving tray the first time. it's kind of tricky to transfer, so i highly recommend assembling on the tray.)



fruit dip
1 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup brown sugar
4 tsp grand marnier

whisk all ingredients together in a bowl. dip or squeeze onto your pizza!



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Friday, April 17, 2015

happy friday


happy friday! we've had sort of a dreary week of rain here in greenville, so i thought a pop of color was just what we needed to kick off the weekend. i love this look, but not sure if i'll be trying it anytime soon ;) i am getting my first-ever spray tan this weekend, though (!) so more details on that next week. what are you up to this weekend?

image via pinterest

Monday, April 13, 2015

weekend edition: sweetwater brewery


this past weekend, we headed down to atlanta to celebrate justin’s birthday a little bit early with some friends. our first stop was sweetwater brewery. we’ve been fans ever since we moved to greenville, so it was really fun to have the whole selection on tap. the brewery was huge, much larger than anything we had toured before. and even though it was crowded, no one was bumping into you, so you could still enjoy yourself. the weather was absolutely gorgeous, and they had two outdoor (dog-friendly) patios to enjoy the afternoon on. 

the way sweetwater works is you pay $10 for a cup and six tickets. the tickets entitle you to a sample of beer, which comes out to about half a pint. three beers and glass for ten bucks? that’s a good deal in my book, especially when sweetwater blue and 420 are on tap. i was even able to snag a nice pint coozie to give my poorly circulating fingers a break from the cold. the tasting room is only open from 2-4:30 pm though, so make sure to get there early if you want to use all of your tickets. after tasting, we took a quick tour, and then went on our merry way to dinner at alma cocina (think guacamole sampler and blood orange margaritas) and the decemberists show at the tabernacle. after such a great weekend, monday was quite the shock back to reality, but luckily, we get to celebrate justin’s actual birthday on wednesday so the festivities continue!









Tuesday, April 7, 2015

conestee dog park


our friends janine and justin came down from virginia this weekend to visit us, and since they brought their dog remy, we decided to check out the new dog park at conestee park that opened back in october.

Friday, April 3, 2015

happy friday


happy friday! our friends from virginia are coming down to visit, and we're planning on brunch at tupelo honey. speaking of brunch, did you see that buffalo & bergen in washington, d.c. is now offering bagels and lox as a garnish to their bloody marys? according to washingtonian magazine, "lox & loaded [is] a spicy bloody crowned with a fresh-baked bagel and smoked salmon." i'll take two, please. what do you think: genius or too much? hope you have a wonderful weekend!

image and story via washingtonian

Thursday, April 2, 2015

now in greenville: king of pops


king of pops is now officially in greenville, yall! leave it to laura (she writes the reedy review) to have the inside scoop on this kind of thing. so when she invited me on a popsicle run, i was all in. i love king of pops, and i feel like i've enjoyed them everywhere but greenville (atlanta, louisville and even richmond). so i am really excited to tell you that they have not one but two carts in downtown greenville as of yesterday. we went to the one on the corner of mc bee avenue and main street, right outside jerky and vine. the other is a few blocks down at the intersection of augusta road and main street, i believe (someone please correct me if i'm wrong.) they'll be open every day until 6 pm and will also be at the td saturday market every weekend. 

with awesome flavors like key lime pie, arnold palmer, and chocolate sea salt, i'm sure it won't be long before people start lining up. so get in on the action early, and go grab a pop. they're $3 each and luckily they have square for people like me who never carry cash and accept cards. plus, if you snap a photo with your pop server and post it on instagram with #kingofpopsgvl, you might win 12 free popsicles. i strongly recommend the grapefruit mint (pictured above) or the sea salt chocolate, a classic. laura had the raspberry lime which also looked great. and if you can't get downtown, fear not because you can also pick up a pop from a few local stores like community tap and swamp rabbit cafe and grocery. welcome to the neighborhood, guys!