I’ve quickly run out of titles for polka dot outfits, but am still digging wearing them. These photos are from a couple of weeks ago at Avett Fest. These pants have become my summer favorite, though they belong to my sister, who has recently had a baby and will be requesting them back soon. Until then, polka dot pants errryyyyday.
Lorde, aka Ella Yelich-O’Connor, is a 16-year-old from New Zealand who sings about not being obsessed with riches. Her song, “Royals” is the antithesis to almost every rap song, crooning “We’ll never be royals, it don’t run in our blood. That kind of lux just ain’t for us, we crave a different kind of buzz.” Too bad she’ll likely become famous and rich..
Top: Anthropologie / Bottoms: Target / Sandals: Madewell / Bag: Coach / Sunnies: Kate Spade
Last week(end) was full of exciting Independence Day festivities. With friends in town, an extra day off of work, great dinners and a NEW BABY, my weekend was ex-cell-ent. On Saturday, we went to the Mill City Farmers Market (one of the most beautiful markets I’ve been to) via motorcycle. I was nervous to wear all white on the bike, but it turned out okay and I felt summery and light. An all-white ensemble easily transitions from farmers market fair to rooftop patio dining at night. Easy peasy.
Saturday’s glorious weather set the perfect stage for Avett Fest in Somerset, Wisconsin. The 6-hour show began with Wheeler Brothers, followed by Dr. Dog, Brandi Carlile, and of course, The Avett Brothers. Dr. Dog’s show rocked and rolled, while Brandi Carlile’s vocals were on point and chock full of heart. Brandi requested that the crowd “save her a spot on the lawn” to watch Avett.
The Avett Brothers played an hour and a half, 25-song set that kept my full attention throughout. Opening with “Live and Die” from their current album The Carpenter, the set list danced to and from several of their albums. The band mates play and vocalize in perfect harmony, perhaps because Seth and Scott are in fact, brothers and they all have played so long together. Best moment of the show? The entire crowd of thousands singing “I and Love and You” in unison.
Setlist: Live and Die / Go to Sleep / Gimmeakiss / Down with the Shine / And it Spread / Colorshow / Laundry Room / Paul Newman vs. The Demons / Shame / Distraction #74 / At the Beach / Head Full of Doubt/Road Full of Promise / Ten Thousand Words / When I Drink / The Fall / I Never Knew You / The Prettiest Thing / Kick Drum Heart / Geraldine / I and Love and You / Slight Figure of Speech / Life // Encore: The Coo Coo Song / Salina / Unknown (TBA)
Other Thoughts: The Avett Brothers are my favorite band, ever / I should have stayed and camped instead of driving home / Reserved seating is a better view than lawn, but not necessary / Pack a dinner because the food at Somerset is meh at best / This was even better than the time I saw Avett at Red Rocks, despite the downgrade in location / The Avett Brothers have seven full-length albums, go treat yourself to some!
I ended the first half of the year on a very high note – dinner out with friends, Avett Fest and an afternoon celebrating Pride. The weekend was long and beautiful; the month was just the same. In June I shop-hopped around Minneapolis, indulged in good reads, enjoyed the blooming flowers and days of sunshine and started planning my winter trip to the UK. Here’s to the second half of the year being just as glorious!