August 10, 2010

lolla land

haven't posted in so long!

we've been in chicago for the lollapalooza music festival, so clearly we were nowhere near a computer. actually, our entire weekend mostly consisted of lots and lots of people crowded in a (actually very large) space, accompanied by tons and tons of music. and literally not much else. it feels kind of nice to be back in the civilized world where you don't spend 12 hours in grant park dancing until your legs hurt, eating $8 hot dogs, and forgetting the rest of the universe is still existing, but the insanity is always worth it for me.

we saw dozens of shows, and even missed a few after catching the wrong train or waking up a littttle too late from sheer exhaustion - but it was all part of the adventure. some of our favorites included phoenix, the strokes, matt & kim, grizzly bear, dragonette, the walkmen, ana sia, the big pink, chromeo, and the xx.

here's a video of phoenix's opening track, "lisztomania." it felt surreal to see this band live; i've been a huge fan for several years and was so happy to hear them play older classics like "long distance call," "rally" and "if i ever feel better." however, the best part had to be when they went all-out in their encore performance of "1901" - absolutely the highlight of the weekend.

matt & kim were amazing live - somehow i wasn't expecting it. silly me, right? they had so much energy you couldn't help but fall in love with both of them, incessant cursing and ridiculous stories and all! in between their own songs, they added in shortened covers of classics, like "just a friend" by biz markie and this "better off alone" cover. it was insanely fun, as every single person recognized the classics and broke out in a huge, slaphappy dance party:

to end the post, here's a picture of me and liz at the dragonette show! it was the beginning of the day, so we were still miraculously non-sweaty and only partially exhausted.
>> it was nearly impossible to look your best in the scorching heat, and we definitely saw some interesting outfits (namely girls wearing bandeaus with nothing layered on top + tiny denim shorts, guys in speedos, and even one girl who just wore her bra and hot pink panties that said "yes please" on the back - too far.) me and liz stuck to cool, breezy pieces like lightweight dresses, loose cutoff shorts, and floaty tops. i'm wearing my favorite ray-ban cats 5000 shades with a patterned crop top from a local boutique, and liz is wearing this great top we got at the nordstrom bp section for $28. it's super-sheer and looks so on-trend with a lacy black bra or bandeau underneath, or paired with distressed denim and heavy jewelry. i'm pretty sure liz got those aviators at bp too - we've been shopping there a lot lately, so happy with their incredible clothes and shockingly low prices.

prepare for lolla '11!

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