MusicFestival Season Part 3: The Bonnaroo Line-up!

If I included every single artist that was going to be at Bonnaroo this year, you’d hate me for going on so long. Instead, I’ve decided to highlight some of my absolute favorites and some of groups I’ve seen live before . . . and loved!
 
If you don’t know already, some the headliners for Bonnaroo 2011 include Eminem AND Lil’ Wayne. I can’t help it, I’m sold.While I haven’t been a huge hip-hop fan since 1993, I really believe that these two are some of the most talented hip-hop superpowers out there right now, and as a writer, I am always impressed with their clever and high-powered lyrics.
 
Raise your hand if you think these two might be teaming up for festival-powered duos!!
The crazy, kooky gypsy punk band, Gogol Bordello, will be there, as well as a Global Gypsy Punk Review curated by Eugene Hutz (that’s Eugene in the middle with the mustache and stripey pants)!
Florence (and the Machine) looks like she got stuck waiting in line on the road, but no, she’ll be there too!
Live electronica gurus, Beats Antique, are coming to woo you with class, ambiance and a bit of tribal bellydance.
Do you like The Strokes? Of course you do, EVERYBODY likes The Strokes!!!
Ray Lamontagne. . . oh goodness. Did anybody see him on Letterman May 12th? If not, then check out this link for the performance.
Loretta Lynn: lookin’ just as sweet as a peach in her pink gown. Collaborator with fellow musician Jack White of The White Stripes, Loretta is as contemporary as ever. Work it girl!
A few years back I got to see the lovely Miss Abigail Washburn (below) play with an-all girl group called Uncle Earl. Abigail was a definite standout, and if you’re lucky, you may get to hear her sing in fluent Mandarin!
And, if you’ve ever seen the Old Crow Medicine Show, then you know that these Alt-Country Bluegrass fellas simply tear the stage up! With super high energy and clever, witty tunes, these good ol’ boys are a total fav.
Who else you ask?
 
How about The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Primus, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Beirut, The Del McCoury Band and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, G. Love & Special Sauce and Amos Lee. To view the entire line-up go here.
 
Don’t forget our friends the Kopecky Family Band will be there, and you can enter to win 2 tickets to Bonnaroo on the Contest Page

BeautyHeaven in a Bottle: Get a Whiff of Lavanila Perfume!

Quick poll please:  Who out there secretly loves the little perfume samples inside the magazines? Do you surreptitiously rub it on your wrist during your lunch break and hope nobody else will notice you were the one who accidentally ripped off the tabs? Do you walk around the office having people sniffing the air as you walk by? I knew it! Me too!  
 

 
Only, I have a problem. When I walk by, people sniff their heads in revulsion, not appreciation. There’s a strangely rancid air in the well, air, when I apply something awesome like Marc Jacobs Daisy or J’adore by Dior to my welcoming wrists.
 
 
For some reason, my body chemistry is such that most perfumes and sprays smell absolutely terrible on me. All my life, I’ve suffered from smelling like very old chemicals when I try on the hottest new perfume. One time, I spent almost two hours in Sephora spritzing on nearly every single perfume they had, and they ALL smelled bad. It was terrible! Even the sales ladies agreed that it was no spring bouquet on me!
 
Luckily, one kind woman finally took pity on me on one visit and introduced me to the amazing, wonderful, and life-changing brand called Lavanila.
 
 
Lavanila is a brand of vanilla-scented body products that are actually good for your skin and contain only natural and organic ingredients. There are no harsh chemicals, and it is free of petrochemicals, Propylene Glycol, Mineral Oils, Silicone, Synthetic Dyes, Sulfates, Parabens, or Phthalates. I can barely spell most of those words, muchless know what they mean, so the fact that they are NOT in my perfume makes me very happy! In other words, then, Lavanila is a fragrance line that is good for your skin! 
 
Using Madagascar vanilla (from which they take the name for the product) as a base, they combine it with wonderful things like grapefruit, lavender, orange blossom, coconut, and passionfruit to create fragrances, body lotion, lip care, deodorant, sunscreen, and candles that smell delicious and won’t irritate your skin or make you smell like a dead animal. For some reason, the natural scents and absence of chemicals is the perfect combination! All my guy friends used to say I smelled like cookies! Yum!
 
My personal favorite is the Pure Vanilla scent, which I currently carry as a rollerball in my purse so I can just add a little extra whenever I want, but I’m also rather partial to the Vanilla Grapefruit, and I’m dying to try the new Vanilla Passionfruit!
 

I have been wearing this fragrance for almost four years now, and I’m still absolutely in love with it. If vanilla is your scent, then this brand is definitely for you because there are enough variations to keep you interested throughout the year. Plus, in addition to smelling great and being great for your skin, every order you make goes to the planting of a new tree! 
 

Have I convinced you yet? Head over to the Lavanila website to check out their awesome products and order some happy for your life!

Any other Lavanila lovers out there already?

FashionInsta-Cute! Starr of A Thought Is The Blossom

Blogger Starr Crow of A Thought Is the Blossom in perfect spring style!!

ContestsName the Dress Contest #50!

When: This new unnamed and adorable dress needs to be named to be put online tomorrow evening!! (see above picture for this weeks’ dress)!

What: Monday through Tuesday by 4:00 PM PST enter your idea for a name for the dress presented! The winner will be announced tomorrow evening when the product goes up online!!

Where: Enter to win (as many times as you’d like!!) on our blog by leaving a comment with your name idea below.

PrizeYour name on a dress on Lulus.com and a $50 Gift Card!!!

Note: Entries are made public via comments and therefore, we cannot delete any entries. Submitting a name used by any other site or brand will disqualify your entry.

ContestsOrchid Grey and LuLu*s Team Up For A Contest!

Very recently, we were lucky enough to pair up with one of our favorite blogger friends, Julie of Orchid Grey, to offer readers a chance to win a $100 shopping spree to Lulus! We asked that readers head over to the fabulous site, Polyvore, to create a collage using LuLu*s items expressing their spring-to-summer style. We had some amazing entries with collages including everything from Jeffrey Campbell to Mink Pink with awesome and colorful accessories in the mix! Sadly, we had to pick just one winner! Based on creativity and thoroughness, Julie and I decided on the collage below by the talented Kaye! This lucky lady will be able to shop ’til she drops with a $100 credit to our site. Check out her colorful and cute collage below for some fabulous summer inspiration.

Orchid Grey x LuLus Contest

Orchid Grey x LuLus Contest by KayeRey featuring a black ring

 


Thanks to all of the readers who took the time to enter! Make sure to check back on our blog, as well as Julie’s, for more contests and summer inspiration!