Sloss Music & Arts Festival

This past weekend I had the most unforgettable time at the Sloss Music & Arts Festival in Birmingham, AL with my sister Ariel and my best friend Kensley. When you combine listening to some of your favorite bands with great food and drinks, how could it not be a blast? I was able to see bands like Alabama Shakes, Nathaniel Rateliff, Judah and the Lion, NEEDTOBREATHE, Sturgill Simpson, Widespread Panic, and many more.

This was my very first music festival, and now I’m hooked!  They are such an amazing experience that everyone should get to do at least once. One of the main things that caught my attention all weekend was all of the wonderful and unique festival fashion that I was surrounded by. I love seeing individuals express themselves through fashion, and a festival is the best place to witness that. It’s a an event where you can completely mix up your usual style and maybe rock something new that you thought you could never pull off.

Day 1:

This was more of an exploring day for us because most of the bands we wanted to see were on day two. So we started the day by exploring all of the adorable photo walls and looking at the local artists’ art work.

Then we hit up the Tito’s tent where they had a build your own drink bar. It’s safe to say that this tent is where we spent most our day at to hide from the rain (the delicious drinks didn’t hurt either). I just mean, is it me, or does a pretty drink somehow seem to taste better?

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Later, we danced the night away in the rain listening to Spoon, NEEDTOBREATHE, and Widespread Panic.  This dress was super breezy and perfect for the rain. It originally came with a white slip dress underneath. However, the material would have been crazy hot, so I took out the slip dress and opted for a black sports bra and Spanx. I really stepped out of my comfort zone with this outfit (which is what you should do a music festival). This backpack purse is a must have for a festival because it allows you to dance the night away while holding everything that you will need.

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Dress: Forever 21
Shoes: Steve Madden
Purse: Forever 21 (similar version)
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters
Necklace: Nordstrom Rack

Day 2:

This was the biggest day of the festival, so we spent all day hopping from stage to stage with not much exploring time in between. I didn’t mind at all though; I got to spend all day listening to some of my favorite bands while obviously making pit stops at the Tito’s tent again. I’m not kidding, those drinks were incredible!

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We then went back and forth between stages to see Judah and the Lion, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sturgill Simpson, K-Flay, and Alabama Shakes. All of these bands put on incredible and unforgettable shows, but I have to say Alabama Shakes was the best. If you ever have a chance to see them live, DO IT!
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The weather was much more cooperative on day two, but that meant it was hotter than day one. So I went with a white one-piece swimsuit that I wore as a bodysuit with my favorite blue jean cut-off shorts on top (this made peeing extremely difficult). This outfit was perfect for beating the heat! For shoes I went with a pair of 4 year old combat boots to help me dance and get around in the mud more comfortably. Of course this outfit was completed with a crap ton of glitter (which I’m still covered in 3 days later) — it wouldn’t be a festival if there wasn’t glitter right?

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Bodysuit: Aerie
Shorts: American Eagle
Scarf: Nordstrom Rack (similar version)
Shoes: Wanted (similar version)

Which was your favorite music festival that you went to this festival season? Which festival should I experience next?

XOXO

Krista Williams

 

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Goodbye College, Hello Real World!

It’s a little scary to think about entering the real world and having to be an “actual adult”. I still have to call my mom just to ask her how long to heat up food in the microwave — how am I suppose to be responsible for myself? Well in the next few weeks I will be graduating from The University of Alabama with a bachelor’s degree in apparel and textiles. I have made some of the most wonderful lifelong friends at this university. I am leaving this beautiful small town with memories that will last me forever. For example, cheering on the greatest football team in the country — ROLL TIDE! College truly is the best four years of your life, and you should never take that time for granted. Unfortunately though, all good things must come to an end.

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After my graduation I will be moving to a big city (well it’s big to this small town Alabama girl) to intern for the fabulous retail company fab’rik in Atlanta, Georgia. I will be working as an e-commerce intern and I will be styling photo-shoots, web-inventory management, web content creation, online personal shopping, and much more. I am so excited for this next step in my life! Every time I think about it I get butterflies in my stomach. Like, me? I get to finally fulfill my dream of working in the fashion industry? Somebody pinch me! 

So I decided to make my first blog post about this huge milestone in my life so my readers could get to know me a little better. For my graduation pictures I wanted to wear something that expressed my personality and my major that I dedicated the last 4 years of my life to. The greatest thing about this outfit is that all of the pieces are under $30!! I fell in love with this dress the very first second I saw it on ASOS — I mean who wouldn’t? IT HAS RUFFLES! It can be easily dressed up for a cocktail party or perfect for a more casual event like graduation, duh! The way this dress fits on your body makes it easy to move around but yet is still flattering and shows off a little bit of your figure. I can’t help but smile and want to dance around immediately when I put this dress on. ASOS has quickly become one of my favorite places to go for online shopping. They carry such a large variety of brands and have a huge price range. The best part is that they offer 10% off for students (I mean if you needed any reason not to drop out of college and become a stripper, this is it).  

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Dress: ASOS // Shoes: Target // Earrings: HM (similar version)

For shoes, I decided to opt for something a little more practical for walking around campus or across the graduation stage. I mean let’s face it, super high heels look great but nobody wants to have a Lizzie McGuire moment and fall on stage at graduation. These shoes are perfect to wear to a dressy event because they are very sleek and classy yet they have a low chunky heel so you are comfortable to walk around and dance the night away. They are easily one of my favorites.

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I hope that all of you future business women/men of America are excited to enter the “adult world”. We’ve got this! Also, if you have any new and exciting events coming up in your life or need advice on what to wear for your graduation events let me know by commenting below. I would love to hear from y’all!

 

Cheers to the next big chapter in life!

XOXO

Krista Williams

 

Photography: Caidie Johnson

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