Spirit Guiding Your Way to the Best Fest Ever: Bonnaroo Recap

Hi loves! I'm barely a week out of the wildness of Bonnaroo and it was one of those somewhere over the rainbow, traveling to the north star and back, 100 trips around the sun types of experiences.

Festival Dancing in Fringe

I could write for days on end about the feelings, the music, the friendship and the food we experienced.... however here today I've got three things to share with you. 

1. How to get in the mood for a festival of this size.

2. How to spirit guide yourself into the best style & beauty choices for a festival weekend.

3. My top picks of the weekend in regards to bands, pop-up shops and food!

Sound good? Let's go.

Beach Balls in the Sky
Camping at Bonnaroo

Getting in the Mood

1. Focus on the possibilities to come: to be honest if I was an impatient person a festival of this size could be daunting... the first day will require you to navigate traffic, figure out parking, sort out gate entries, and learn the grounds... however keep in mind that every moment is an opportunity to experience something new. I traveled to Bonnaroo with my little sister, and lucky for me, she'd been several times before... so good news! She knew how to navigate our way around as we finally got settled on day 1. We sorted through the waves of people and settled in ready to take the weekend in stride. 

2. Be Present: There is so much good music, yes - but a festival like this will give you time to connect with your friends (new and old) on a completely different level. I checked my iPhone health meter and we were literally walking 8-10 miles everyday... journeying from stage to stage, to the campgrounds and back... and with that sort of time you can really bestow some heartfelt attention on your traveling partners. Michelle and I were able to connect on so many things during that time, I think it's truly one of the reasons I love festivals the most. 

3. Find a thrill in curiosity: If I only saw the bands I knew when I arrived at Bonnaroo I would have missed so much. On the first night we saw Mondo Cosmo... why? I had never heard of them, but the name sounded right up my alley (hi "cosmo") so we went and it was a blast. The last day Ben joined us and recommended a UK band Royal Blood... again, never would have thought of it, but watching the wild 90's style mosh pit that formed at 2 pm (from a safe distance) was a bit of a thrill!

Sequin Jacket Sunset

Spirit Guide Your Style

I am girl that dresses myself the same way I did when I dressed in costume as a child. There were a few mornings that I wondered... is this too much? However, here's my thoughts when it comes to festival style.

1. Be your boldest you: Well, first start with a comfortably stylish shoe and then move forward. There's not many times on a given week that you'll feel comfortable donning loads of patchesfringesequins and twirly dresses.... or dying your hair shades of highlighter yellow (which I did the night before) ~ however, this IS a time to be bold. I honestly pursue getting dressed in the morning for me and me only, and I highly recommend taking that approach too... so if you're your boldest you on the festival grounds you'll surely get more comfortable being that in regular life too. 

2. Let it breathe: while being bold is one thing, keeping your skin happy and healthy goes along with it. I chose light weight dresses and cotton patterned sets and layers and layers so as the cold air set in at night I'd be able to warm up. Quality fabrics will allow your skin to breathe and you'll feel better for it. 

3. Channel your inner dancing queen: I truly danced the days away every.single.day. When I was little I was certain I'd be a dancer on one of those 80's TV shows... Solid Gold anyone? So put your hair up, slather on the glitter and make the festival grounds your own personal dance floor. 

Back that Jazz Up Festival Dancing

Top Picks of the Weekend

1. Favorite shows: Mannnnn, this is a hard one - there was so much good stuff! However, here's a few acts that I was MIND BLOWN 💥 by: 

Crystal Castles (for their punked out ghostly insaneness), Glass Animals (hiiiii that's me twirling madly way down front), Tegan & Sara (yep, me again down there), The XX (the interaction on stage is sheer magic), & Aaron Lee Tasjan (best dressed, best guitar shred and the best of Nashville for sure).

2. Best pop up shops: Mamie Ruth! I stopped by everyday for glitter freckles and new wardrobe.

3. Best food: Subway. Every day at 4:30 we ventured back to the Subway Greenroom (they literally built an entire store including a stage for acoustic sets on the fest grounds). We ate red pepper hummus wraps (soooo much better than overpriced fest pizza), an awesome vegetarian option and dudeeees it was free - to everyone.

Sun Flair Sun Dress

I truly can't thank you guys enough for following along on my festival adventures. As the music loving girl that I am, these trips have been so incredibly special. So as the sunsets on Bonnaroo, I promise to be back again with more of these to come!

Stage at Bonnaroo

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

This fest season I've been so incredibly fortunate to be invited by Subway to hit the road with them to attend a few of the top music festivals across the country. I shared my 10 Things to Stay Cool at Summer Fests' list right before taking off for Hangout, and I'm happy to report back that my packing list served me well. This post was a paid partnership. 


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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".

A Wanderful Life Photo Preview: Wanderful Girls on the Road

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This week has been one for the books. Or at least, about a book.

After traveling all year creating the content for A Wanderful Life (the book I'm releasing next Spring if you're new here!) I'm finally back in my home office getting this baby underway. My big submission, 35,000+ words and hundreds and hundreds of photos, went off to my editor on Monday.

My three traveling partners on the book's 9 trips:

Allister Ann: A music and fashion photographer by day, an ethereal wildflower of a girl by night.
Keiko Lynn: My makeup maven and indie fashion loving friend with the swoon worthiest closet on planet earth.
T’Ben Alleman: My tour bus living bf with an electric cowboy style. A mariachi jacket layered over tie dye? It’s his grocery store attire.

I'm forever grateful to the three of them for being my soul mate travelin' crew. One of the best parts of these trips has been experiencing each destination with each of them.

Big advanced thank you to Hunter too, who shot the photos for both the Florida road trip and the Southern swamplands trek as well.

There's still so many photos in edits, however, I was way too excited to not at least give you guys a little peak at a few of my favorites Wanderful girls photographed on the road.

So here we go!

Jasmine of the blog Alice & Lennon playing dress up with Allister and I at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA. photo: Allister Ann

Jasmine of the blog Alice & Lennon playing dress up with Allister and I at the Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo, CA. photo: Allister Ann

Kate & Alexis being mega babes in Grayton Beach, Florida. photo: Hunter Holder

Kate & Alexis being mega babes in Grayton Beach, Florida. photo: Hunter Holder

One of my favorite girls (Ashley!) and locations (the 66 diner)! on our Route 66 trip. photo: Allister Ann

One of my favorite girls (Ashley!) and locations (the 66 diner)! on our Route 66 trip. photo: Allister Ann

Mardi Gras mask shopping with Gabrielle in New Orleans. photo: Hunter Holder

Mardi Gras mask shopping with Gabrielle in New Orleans. photo: Hunter Holder

Horsing around with Bullet, one of the sweet horses at Camatta Ranch. photo: Allister Ann

Horsing around with Bullet, one of the sweet horses at Camatta Ranch. photo: Allister Ann

Wanderful Guide, Amanda Born, on her Pacific Coast Highway roadtrip to make her latest music video! Photo: David Donaldson

Wanderful Guide, Amanda Born, on her Pacific Coast Highway roadtrip to make her latest music video! Photo: David Donaldson

Me. Climbing on things I probably shouldn't on our Pacific Northwest travels. Photo: Allister Ann

Me. Climbing on things I probably shouldn't on our Pacific Northwest travels. Photo: Allister Ann

We had such a blast along the way and I can't believe it's finally time to lay everything out. Over the last several weeks my intern crew and I have been pulling our favorite photos to start narrowing down what will make the book. The process of going from idea to concept to finished product requires so much pre-planning!


One of the things I find to be important when I have new interns on our team is a quick lesson on how to build the mood boards, and the importance of creating a shot list.

Here's how we do it:

1. Pinterest Boards: We start with a basic Pinterest board that everyone on the team can pitch in ideas to.

2. Once we've created the board, I go back through the pins and create a shot list. It's important to know exactly how many photos we're intending to get in each set up, what the model will be wearing for each shot and if we require props, certain lighting, etc that needs to be noted as well.

3. I create the shot list with detailed notes of what our intended outcome. For example: if we want photos to tell a story that takes place over several days, we need to change wardrobe, hair, makeup and sometimes lighting and location too. As we work through the shoot it's important to check back and ensure no detail is missed. I use Go Moodboard, here's an example from our Route 66 Shoot. I can add the notes and organize the mood photos according to the shot list.

4. After the shoot, I like to select the photos that will best fit the story and then print them to get a perspective of what we have from each shoot. It's super helpful when working with the photo editor to have everything in front of you when making final selections!

Big thanks to HP for showing up fairy godmother style. We were in serious need of an affordable, high-quality printer for the office, something with high-yield ink cartridges that would print hundreds of photos without killing the cartridges (and the piggy bank). The printer we picked up prints twice as many pages with Original HP high-yield ink cartridges. I'm blown away by the quality and speed in which this thing gets work done.

Once we got the printer set up, which took a whole 2 minutes, we were able to print wirelessly from each device in the office - laptops, smartphones and tablets. We're also able to scan illustrations, memorabilia and all that fun stuff from the trips.

Can't wait to share more with you guys! What do you think so far?

xoxo,

Andi

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Andi Eaton

Andi Eaton is a creative director, author, entrepreneur, and cultural influencer in a variety of media. She produces Oui We (ouiwegirl.com) the modern bohemian's guide to everything from travel and style to beauty and holistic wellness. Andi and her projects have been featured on Domino, Glitter Guide, A Beautiful Mess, Southern Living, SELF, Hello Giggles, Refinery 29, WWD, Elle Canada and more; in 2017 she wrapped a year of road tripping throughout the U.S. photographing and documenting travel, style and culture stories available in her new book: "Wanderful: The Modern Bohemian's Guide to Traveling in Style".