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8.08.2011

lessons from lollapalooza.

oh, breakfast (and mimosas)

the mountaingoats

lykke li

come rain or shine

noah & the whale

two favorites: latte and charlie

mayer hawthorne

shade from the sun and some really rock 'n roll

local natives, lollapalooza

food, glorious food

you can't even imagine how that rain came down.

i started to get really blue last night. and this was more than your average sunday-night-blues. this was an intense feeling of not wanting to return. not-wanting-to-return-to-the-real-world-blues. these past few days have been so very good to me--good for me. and i am aware that some of what transpired will never be spoken aloud (words only go so far, you know?) and most of what transpired will be left in chicago frozen in some glorious moment in time. but i also thought, some of what made these past few days so wonderful could certainly be introduced into my real-world-life, no? so what i offer below are my lessons from lollapalooza:


1. sometimes a morning mimosa is the only way to begin a day, lattes be damed! or heck, have them both if you so fancy.

2. an umbrella is a versatile thing.

3. there's a fine line between looking ridiculous and looking unbelievably cool. it's a confidence thing.

4. it's okay to flirt, to not give a damn, to eat whatever you want. (all three in moderation, of course).

5. when the sky opens up, dance. and laugh--laugh, a lot. (and if you're so lucky that music is playing, do sing along, won't you).

6. people in restaurants, on the train, even those standing three feet away from you for the three hours leading up to local natives--it's okay to talk to them. they won't bite. and heaven help me, a smile goes a long way.

7. a twenty-dollar dress can be a girl's best friend.

8. the really good stuff, music or not--everyone will stop to listen.

9. you have to show up. because it's when you least expect it that you find yourself at the very best concert.

34 comments:

Sladjana said...

I hate that feeling when you have to go back to everyday reality... Sucks!
BTW Good list! Especially like #5,6,7... :)

xoxo
-S

Lottie said...

Looks like you had an amazing time!

Love the list too, think I will have to incorporate some of it into my resolutions.

xxx

Alissa said...

Such a clever way to share pictures from your trip. Well done! And boy am I a fan of lesson 4 (flirting and food are two of my favorite things, naturally). And I also like lesson 1 quite a bit too. Hmm . . . Anyhow, this post was a great way to start my day. Thank you :)

Vera Elisabeth said...

Looks like you had a lot a lot of fun! Next week I'm also going to a music festival where Noah and the Whale will perform.

Can't. Wait.

Sonja said...

I love your photos! I love your list and I love the words that you use!!!
Sounds and looks like an incredible weekend. And hey, that was a part of reality, so more stuff like that to come, I'm sure! :o)

rebecca said...

glad you had so much fun! cool pics!

Little Lo Hood said...

I really hate that feeling too! It is just a dread. It looks like you had so much fun and I hope you can incorporate some of those ideas into your day to day! :) -Lo

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look a little closer said...

love this and i'm so glad you had an awesome time :) cute pics and a great list. i know what you mean about leaving little (and huge awesome ones) moments behind where they were made. because no matter how you describe them and how people relate to them, they are YOURS and YOURS alone :) and no one will be able to understand them quite as perfectly as you. although, you are pretty damn good at writing them out. anyway, i don't know what i'm saying, except that i'm glad you had a great time, chicago is the best, lolla rocks (radiohead there two years ago was da bomb!) and i'm just so happy to see you happy (despite having to come back) love!

Alexandria said...

I agree with all 9 of these in all life situations. Especially the rain one. The skies opened up and poured on me for my first half-marathon and all I could do was laugh. And run. Sometimes rain can be magical.

Allison said...

So glad you had a wonderful time! I got stuck in the rainstorm downtown yesterday, and I shared the best "look at each other and just smile and start laughing" moment with a cute guy under an overhang while waiting to run across the street. I hope you can bring some of that magic back to your everyday.

Madeline said...

I totally TOTALLY agree with the confidence thing! practically my motto in life. Sounds like you had quite the adventure. Love this.

look a little closer said...

btw...the last time the skies opened up in brooklyn. i ran in the rain. and played. and jumped in the puddles. like seriously - legs off the ground - it was fun. :)

Alivia said...

Lord I hate those dark blue feelings. This list of wonders is a perfect remedy for anyone else feeling the same, though. Thank you for making my day a little brighter.
xo

Alex said...

Morning mimosas are magic.
Looks like you had an incredible time!

Miss Bibliophile said...

Looks like such a fun time!

The Lewicutt's est 2006 said...

Loving the bangs, lady.

Looks like a blast! And ps. I think the iPhone takes the best pictures. Need.

communikate. said...

you look so happy, meg! i'm glad you had a stellar time!

oh, and great line up!

Lara {simply irresistible blog} said...

Absolutely loving this list especially for a Monday morning. These two made me smile:

3. there's a fine line between looking ridiculous and looking unbelievably cool. it's a confidence thing.

4. it's okay to flirt, to not give a damn, to eat whatever you want. (all three in moderation, of course).

SOOOO True.

wildchild said...

sounds like a magical weekend, flirting and dancing and smiling. and hell yeah to morning mimosas instead of lattes. that's the way to start the day off right.

Jenni Austria Germany said...

whatever is going on in that first photo - i want to eat it.

Ariel said...

Looks like you had an amazing time!

jasmine said...

Ohh jealous! I saw Noah and the Whale this spring in concert and want to see them again as soon as possible!

jorjiapeach said...

loveee this. i think there's something intrinsically magical about open air musical festivals. coachella was my lollapalooza. it changed my life.

debbiecutieface said...

I love this post! Everything from the pictures to your thoughts (especially the "standing in front of a fan" picture. It made me laugh - I'd totally do the same thing). You are so right girl, a smile does go a long way.

stephanie said...

I'm so glad you saw Local Natives! I saw them at Bonnaroo last year and they were incredible. Someday I'll make it up to Lolla :)

Andrea~CrowNology~ said...

Well Done!

The bangs truly rock.
xo

Bridget said...

lykke li?! local natives? gosh this sounds like an unbelievably good time.
also, your hair/bangs look awesome.

Emily Anne said...

Guhh Meg I am so jealous you saw Local Natives. All I want is to see Wide Eyes live! And of course you're gorgeous as always. xo

Katie said...

Looks so great, I'm jealous! xo

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Betsy said...

Looks like you had a great time! I lived in Chicago for 2 years, and I miss it. Love that city. Also, I don't have mimosas in the morning enough. I need to remedy that. Thanks for the reminder! :)

Anna said...

"9. you have to show up. because it's when you least expect it that you find yourself at the very best concert."

amen.

Shawnee said...

"when the sky opens up.. "

all fantastic lessons to remember.

loving your older posts.