WARMfest: the Outfits & the Music

Welcome back from the long weekend, everyone! I hope yours was lovely.  I spent a good chunk of mine at WARMfest, which was a pretty good distraction from the fact that I’m no longer at the beach. I relaxed on a picnic blanket, I ate from food trucks, I did some pretty great people-watching, and (obviously) I listened to good music.

Below are my festival outfits from Saturday and Sunday. They’re nothing terribly exciting – I was more worried about being comfortable than impressing anyone. You shouldn’t be disappointed…I mean “real life” is right there in the blog title. You knew what you were getting in to. If you’re looking for ridiculous, impractical festival wear, there are plenty of other blogs for that.

My outfit photos are in color, and I included some photos of my favorite bands in black & white. So if you’re just here for the clothes, that part’s easy to find. But if you’re a music fan, be sure to check out the black & white stuff, too!

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Outfit 1: Shirt (on sale) // similar Skirt (only $10) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses

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On Saturday we paid a little extra to take a “cruise” on the White River while being entertained by folk rock singer Megan Maudlin. She was really great, as was her friend Dave Vogt who played with her. I’m not convinced he’s real, though. I think he had a little mouse inside his guitar, and the mouse had its own tiny guitar that was supplying half the notes he was playing. He was insane.

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This was Sweet Poison Victim (great name, right?)…their sound is like a blend of African and Caribbean music. Very fun.

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Of Montreal was the headliner for Saturday. I loved the music, just don’t ask me to explain the…dancers?

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Outfit 2: Jacket // similar Dress // similar Belt (under $13) // Shoes (under $15) // similar Bag // similar Sunglasses // Bracelet (on sale)

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These two are from the Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. This chick is the most badass washboard player ever. Granted, there’s probably not a lot of competition.

WARMer

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Remember WARMfest? If you don’t, review yesterday’s post. Well, we had so much fun on Sunday that we went back for more on Monday, the last day of the festival. This time we went in the evening through (almost) the end of the night.

There’s nothing terribly special about this outfit. Honestly, I was mostly going for comfort. This isn’t Coachella, so I didn’t wear $150 jean shorts from Free People that look like they’re from the thrift store or wear a flower crown. Nor did I show 6 inches of midriff. Because I’m not 17. We’re a little more down to earth in Indiana. Maybe that’s why I subconsciously picked earthy colors to wear.

Anyway, on to the music! My favorites bands on Monday evening were the Whipstitch Sallies (Americana/bluegrass) and Said the Whale (indie rock). Rounding out the night (and the whole festival) were Michael Franti & Spearhead. You know how sometimes there’s a band that you wouldn’t necessarily listen to on your iPod or in your car, but you still really enjoy seeing them live? This was one of those bands. They were just so energetic and put on a really good show. It had a lot to do with Michael Franti constantly telling the crowd to put their hands in the air or jump up and down. Which is super helpful because sometimes you just need instructions to jump, you know?

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Not to get all sappy on you, but Labor Day is considered the unofficial end of summer, and I can’t think of a better way I could have ended it! Thanks again, WARMfest.

Shirt // similar Pants // Bag // Sunglasses // Necklace* // Shoes*

It’s the Remix…

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*Necklace provided courtesy of Flourish Boutique; shoes purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M.

Festival Style

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This Labor Day weekend, my lovely city of Indianapolis put on the inaugural White River Arts & Music Festival, aka WARMfest. Not that I have a lot of music festival experience for comparison, but I’m going to go ahead and say that WARMfest is the best one ever. I say that because (1) I’m biased because it’s my own city and (2) it really was fantastic.

If there are any WARMfest organizers reading, you guys did a great job! I can’t imagine how much work it was to find so many talented bands from all over the country – of so many genres – and get them all here for 3 days on 5 stages. Not to mention all the food trucks and local artisans and boutiques. I was very impressed…If I didn’t know this was the first year for the festival, I never would have guessed.

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These photos are from Sunday. We were there from about 3:30 to 7:00, but it was a million degrees so 3.5 hours felt like a lot longer. Good day for a breezy dress and a Panama hat, right?

We went in knowing basically nothing about any of the groups, but it was kind of nice that way. No expectations means an open mind and some new favorite bands. Kristin’s favorite from Sunday was JD Wilkes and the Dirt Daubers (rockabilly) , and mine was Machines are People Too (poppy indie rock – if you like Neon Trees, you might like these guys too).

We had such a good time Sunday that we went back Monday night for the third and final day. Be sure to follow me on Bloglovin’ and check back tomorrow for more WARMfest. You can also see my photos on Instagram.

similar Dress* (on sale) // Hat // Bag // similar Sunglasses // Bracelet* // similar Shoes (on sale)

*Dress purchased with gift card provided courtesy of H&M; bracelet provided courtesy of House of Gemmes. This post was in no way sponsored by WARMfest!