Five Music Festivals You Need to Attend This Summer

Mark your calendars, because festival season has officially arrived. If you missed Coachella and Stagecoach, there are still plenty of upcoming events worthy of your attendance. So go ahead and start planning your festival outfits now, because the season’s hottest outdoor concerts are just getting started.

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Manchester, TN

June 9-12, 2016


The Lineup: Pearl Jam, J. Cole, Ellie Goulding, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Death Cab for Cutie, M83, Haim, Halsey, Miguel, Chris Stapleton, Ween, Chvrches, Big Grams (Big Boi and Phantogram), Band of Horses, Father John Misty, Grace Potter, the Chainsmokers, Purity Ring, Two Door Cinema Club, Sam Hunt, Zeds Dead, Tyler the Creator, Flosstradamus, Third Eye Blind and more.


As if Bonnaroo’s musical lineup isn’t enough to make you purchase a ticket right this very second, the festival’s schedule is also packed with comedic shows featuring Judd Apatow, Adam Devine and Vanessa Bayer.




FIREFLY-MUSIC-FESTIVAL


    Dover, DE

    June 16-19, 2016


The Lineup: Mumford & Sons, deadmau5, Florence + The Machine, Blink-182, Kings of Leon, Earth, Wind & Fire, Death Cab for Cutie, The Staves, A$AP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, Ludacris, Saint Motel and Two Door Cinema Club.


This unique festival combines incredible musical performances with the summertime fun of camping. Bring some marshmallows for roasting, and enjoy a fantastic lineup that’s sure to make happy campers even happier.




AUSTIN-CITY-LIMITS


    Austin, TX

    September 30-October 2, 2016; October 7-9, 2016


The Lineup: Kendrick Lamar, Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, Mumford & Sons, Kygo, Willie Nelson, Flume, Chris Stapleton, M83, Haim, Cage the Elephant, Schoolboy Q, Two Door Cinema Club, LL Cool J, Young the Giant, Band of Horses, Local Natives, Foals, Cold War Kids, Miike Snow, Kacey Musgraves, City and Colour, Andrew Bird, Awolnation, Corinne Bailey Rae, St. Lucia, Jack Garratt and more.

Austin is the live musical capital of the world, and Austinites definitely know the music scene well. That’s why this festival is brimming with some of the top performers in the world. While you’re there, check out our favorite Austin destinations.



SUMMER-FEST


Milwaukee, WI

June 29-July 3, July 5-10, 2016


The Lineup: Selena Gomez, Luke Bryan, Sting, Alabama Shakes, Blake Shelton, Def Leppard, DNCE, Kacey Musgraves, Martin Garrix, Willie Nelson, Death Cab for Cutie, Jason Derulo, Fitz and the Tantrums, Nelly, Barenaked Ladies, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Young the Giant, Cheap Trick, Commodores, and more.


Let’s look at Summerfest by the numbers: 11 days, 11 stages, over 1,000 performances by more than 800 acts, 45+ food vendors and four marketplaces for some bonus shopping. Count. Us. In.



LOLLAPOLOOZA


Chicago, Illinois

July 28-31, 2016


The Lineup: Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, J. Cole, Lana Del Ray, Future, Ellie Goulding, Major Lazer, Disclosure, Jane’s Addiction, Flume, G-Easy, The 1975, Haim, M83, Two Door Cinema Club, Halsey, Chris Stapleton, Flosstradamus, Hardwell, Martin Garrix, Grimes, Bastille, Leon Bridges, Bryson Tiller, Miike Snow, Local Natives, Vic Mensa and more.


A musical tradition since 1991, Lollapalooza returns this year with a vibrant lineup of top acts. Enjoy all that “The Windy City” has to offer (but bring some hair ties with you to keep your hair tangle free).




Which of these summertime festivals are you planning to attend this year? Let us know in the comments!


Happy festival season!


XOXO,


The Chan Luu Team


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Wishing and Hoping: Our Spring Wishlist Revealed

 

Just as the September issue holds the promise of fall styling inspiration, the beginning of spring captures the first glimpse of fashion’s year ahead. We’re currently lusting over a bevy of fresh seasonal styles, and our spring wishlist is quickly turning into a list of non-debatable must-haves.

 

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1. Airy Layers

 

Spring is all about renewal, so it makes sense that our closets experience a metamorphosis of sorts as we enter the months ahead. Heavy winter knits get replaced with airy, lightweight fabrics that suit our mood and the theme of spring, and the change is most certainly a welcome one. We’re crushing on sheer layers in gauzy cotton, luxurious silk and flowing chiffon. These timeless fabrics are even more versatile in neutral hues and earthy palettes. Sigh.

 

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2. Ladylike Shoes

 

Sometimes, a girl just wants a shoe that’s more comfortable than a stiletto and more flattering than a flat. Right? In the past, finding the perfect heel height has admittedly been hit or miss. Sure, a kitten heel or stacked ankle bootie both work like a charm for certain outfits, but all along, we knew something was missing. Fortunately, footwear designers have taken the hint and have integrated mid-height pumps and mules back into the fashion rotation. Even better, these new styles come in a medley of color pops, dreamy pastels and pretty embellishments.

 

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3. Bracelet Bags

 

Another emerging trend we think has major staying power is the clever bracelet bag, which blends two timeless accessories into one romantic piece. Keep everything you need right at your fingertips – literally – thanks to this innovative bag that has all the charm of a clutch and all the function of a wristlet. (It’s especially ideal for those of us who would lose our heads if they weren’t screwed on.) Balenciaga’s Spring-Summer 2016 runway showed how gorgeous this style is when paired with delicate slip dresses.

 

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4. Mixed Prints

 

Polka dots, florals, nautical stripes, paisley… all of these patterns are necessary components of mix-and-match style. Pair them up accordingly for an inspired take on finding your own “prints charming.” When done right, these artsy combinations elevate your look to stylish new levels… and besides, how fun is it to play with prints? Our Floral Print Kimono is a great place to start.

 

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5. Flare Jeans

 

For the longest time, skinny jeans reigned supreme on the fashion catwalks as well as in the real world. We love this flattering fit just as much as the next girl, but we also enjoy keeping our options open – which is why we’re particularly excited by the newest batches of denim essentials. High-waisted flares and cropped culottes are giving us serious spring anticipation. (Madewell’s Flea Market Flares are giving us a major ‘70s vibe, too.)

 

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6. Playful Proportions

 

Speaking of culottes, this trendy pants length is “cropping” up everywhere to our collective delight. There’s something so Parisian chic about this ankle-baring length that not only showcases our favorite pair of ankle-strap shoes but also insists that we get creative with our styling decisions. A cropped cardigan, a tight bodice or a sheer knit blouse? A kitschy vintage vest or an embroidered belt? The possibilities are endless (and incredibly fun).

 

Which items are topping your fashion wishlists for spring? Keep the ideas coming in the comments section below! While you’re at it, shop our fresh apparel styles here.

 

Cheers to a fashionable spring wardrobe!

 

XOXO,

The Chan Luu Team

 
 

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10 Enlightening Destinations in India That Will Expand Your World View

 

Mark Twain once famously said that, “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great-grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most instructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only.” How’s that for a travel recommendation?

 

India is indeed one of the most awe-inspiring places in the world to visit and a top travel destination, but it’s also a land that inspires spiritual awakenings and enlightenment. Ready to plan a trip? Here are a few destinations to keep in mind when creating your itinerary:

 

1-Varanasi

Often referred to as the City of Temples, Varanasi is considered the spiritual capital of India. It’s also ripe with history, as its settlement dates all the way back to the 11th century B.C. Interestingly, many people of the Hindu faith believe that if you happen to die in Varanasi, you can escape the cycle of reincarnation and achieve nirvana.

 

2-The-Golden-Temple-in-Amritsar

At first glance, the Golden Temple (formally known as Sri Harmandir Sahib) looks like a royal palace, but its roots are far more humble. The temple is the most sacred shrine to those who practice Sikhism and welcomes steady numbers of Sikh pilgrims each year.

 

3-Darjeeling

When you hear the word Darjeeling, you likely first think of tea… and you’re not off base! Darjeeling is home to sprawling tea plantations on its lush green slopes. This area is also well known as a prime spot to take in a majestic sunrise (with a cup of hot tea, of course).

 

4-ruins-of-hampi

Take a step back in time by entering the weathered ruins of Hampi. Here, you’ll find the remnants of ancient Dravidian temples that once belonged to the Kingdom of Vijayanagar, which was demolished by pillagers in 1565.

 

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Calling all you nature lovers. If the idea of strolling through scenic meadows blooming with wildflowers sounds like your idea of heaven, then India’s Valley of Flowers National Park is a must-see travel destination. In fact, its breathtaking views have drawn visitors since ancient times.

 

6-haridwar

Another spiritually rich locale, Haridwar is considered one of the seven holiest places on Earth to the Hindus, and it’s a site of constant pilgrimages for those who wish to bathe in the flowing holy waters of the Ganges River. This water has even been called “the water of immortality.”

 

7-bodh-gaya

It makes sense that Bodh Gaya is a sacred site for Buddhists considering that this is the exact location in which Gautama Buddha is said to have gained Enlightenment beneath a Bodhi tree. The city is also home to the picturesque Mahabodhi Temple.

 

8-kerala

Kerala is perhaps best known for its serene streams of backwaters, floating houseboats and tropical terrain. This gorgeous locale is home to robust tea and spice production, as well.

 

9-Rishikesh

Welcome to the “Yoga Capital of the World.” Rishikesh is certainly a major hub of yoga and meditation, but it’s also commonly referred to as the Gateway to the Himalayas. Its Lakshman Jhula suspension bridge (pictured here) is reason enough for a visit if you’re not exactly yoga inclined.

 

10-Cherrapunji

The town of Cherrapunji may be known as one of the wettest places on earth, but don’t let that dissuade you from visiting its lush terrain. While its flowing waterfalls are a sight to behold, its living root bridges are the main draw.

 

Which of these locales have you personally traveled to, and which are on your list of places to see? Share your favorite Indian destinations with us in the comments section below!

 

Happy (and enlightening) travels!

 

XOXO,

The Chan Luu Team

 

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