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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Creating a Spring Atmosphere for Your Home

Spring is the time of year for renewal, and that definitely rings true when it comes to your home décor. Combine your annual spring cleaning with these simple refreshers than can transform your home atmosphere and channel the beauty of this blooming season.

Garden Variety

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We know, Miranda Priestly. The suggestion of florals for spring is not exactly groundbreaking, but it’s an absolute must for your wardrobe and your home interior. Surround yourself with lush houseplants, vibrant potted flowers and as much greenery as you can stand. Check out our pet-friendly recommendations here.

Bright Ideas

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Whether you love stacking your couch with a clever arrangement of throw pillows or prefer laying down a colorful area rug, bright prints and patterns are always an eye-catching do. Don’t be afraid to pair unexpected pieces for a confident combination or make over a neutral space with an accent wall or loud wallpaper. (Opt for the removable kind if you’re on the shy side.)

Lemon Aid

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When winter hands you lemons, make lemonade in the spring! Yellow is such an underappreciated color, and it’s an ideal choice for a cheerful home makeover. Style it with color pops and muted hues alike. Whether you integrate a canary yellow piece of furniture into a bare room or toss a butterscotch blanket onto your bed, this sunny shade is a golden design opportunity.

Shine a Light

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Speaking of sunshine, this season demands that you replace wintertime’s doom and gloom with plenty of natural light. Take down those grey curtains, let in some fresh air and perk up your windowsills with a fresh coat of white paint. Your rooms will automatically look cleaner and brighter drenched in the sun’s rays, and you’ll have an easier time looking on the bright side.

Dinner Plans

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Your dining room table is the ultimate gathering place – well, besides the living room couch on Netflix night. Set your spring tabletop accordingly with bright floral dishware, glass terrarium centerpieces and glowing votive candles. Rustic placemats add a charming touch, while runners create eye-catching texture atop cotton tablecloths.

Lighter Linens

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Spring is also an ideal time to swap out your heavy winter comforters for lighter, brighter bedding. Look for lively patterns, pastel hues and breathable linen fabrics that will help you sleep more comfortably as the temperatures rise. Toss some beaded or metallic pillows on for good measure, and marvel at how they catch the sunlight like a sweet dream.

Rustic Accents

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Enjoying the great outdoors becomes much more pleasant once spring has sprung, so it makes sense to integrate earthy, rustic décor into your home environment around this time. Consider small additions like wicker baskets, tin caddies and burlap table runners as well as statement pieces like raffia furniture or reclaimed wood tables. This is the perfect spring update for those who embrace minimalism and love their neutral palettes, and these pieces are obvious choices for decorating your outdoor space, as well.

How do you plan on revamping your home interior for spring? Share your design ideas with us in the comments section!

XOXO,

Chan Luu

All images courtesy of Pinterest.

Five Pet-Safe Houseplants

 

Our fur babies bring so much happiness to our homes, and keeping them safe inside them is imperative. Many people, however, are unaware that several common houseplants are toxic to cats and dogs, and this toxicity can prove debilitating or even fatal. That’s why we’re browsing the best pet-friendly botanicals to incorporate into your home décor. Knowing which plants are safe for pets can prevent your puppy love or feline friend from becoming sick, and you’ll feel confident knowing that no matter what houseplants your pets get into (and you know they’ll get into something), they’ll ultimately be okay.

 

(Keeping your plants safe from your pets, on the other hand… that might just be a challenge!)

 

DONKEY’S TAIL

 

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Donkey’s Tail (which is also commonly referred to as Lamb’s Tail, Burro’s Tail or Horse’s Tail) is far more than the standard type of succulent. Its thick ropes of greenery cascade brilliantly over the sides of a planter with a look that mimics Medusa’s serpentine strands, only braided. This houseplant is particularly ideal for someone with little gardening experience, as it requires minimal maintenance and is very tolerant when it comes to potential newbie mistakes.

 

BOSTON FERN

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Chances are high that even the most novice gardener recognizes the Boston Fern, the most common variety of indoor fern and a staple household plant since the Victorian era. This frilly houseplant gives a whole new meaning to lush leaves with its intricate and voluminous texture. This fern needs some shade and regular watering, or else it might yellow in the sun. Looking for something a little more unique? Try the Lemon Button Fern, which is another pet-friendly option.

 

TURF LILY

 

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Also referred to as lilyturf or lilirope, this non-toxic plant boasts a rich purple color that’s the kind of backdrop we imagine strolling through in our fringed kimonos, silk saris or georgette women’s apparel. Turf Lily is also known to improve oxygen levels and air quality within a home in addition to its signature beauty, and it requires plenty of light and regular watering.

 

BAMBOO

 

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Bamboo is notoriously linked with good fortune, so keeping a few stalks in your home is certainly a good idea. In fact, the common belief is that a higher number of bamboo stalks yields greater fortune, so look for plentiful stems if you want to see your luck improve. Keep in mind that it’s vital to keep the roots of this beloved Asian plant covered with water. You don’t want your luck dying, after all.

 

BLUE ECHEVERIA

 

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It’s hard to ignore the beauty of this blossoming succulent. Echeveria comes in a variety of calming colors, but we can’t help but think that this houseplant looks especially eye-catching in blue hues. While not a cactus, it does survive with little water and is resistant to drought, although regular watering is recommended.

 

Before bringing any plant into a home with pets, be sure to check the ASPCA’s full list of toxic and non-toxic plants to ensure that your animals are well protected. Hanging planters can keep plants out of reach from little nibblers, as well, and they make beautiful additions to your overall decor.

 

Which of these houseplants is your favorite, and which ones did we overlook? Keep the conversation going in the comments section below! We’d love to hear about your family pets and how you beautify your home with their safety in mind.

 

Images courtesy of Pinterest.

 

xoxo,

The Chan Luu Team