Inspiration: 20 Forecastle Festival Outfits to Try This Weekend

The rain is {finally!} gone and it’s time to start getting ready for Forecastle Festival. It’s looking to be a good one with clear skies and a lineup that includes Sam Smith, Modest Mouse and Louisville’s own My Morning Jacket. I’m still not sure if I’ll be heading out there this year but I love me some festival style so why not help those of you heading to the Waterfront get ready for the weekend.

Now when it comes to festival style, I’m not advocating that you grab one of everything from Forever 21 and Free People to look like a festi-girl caricature. So let’s not layer crop tops, flower crowns, cut-offs, fringe, graphic tank-tops, flash tattoos, kimonos, gladiator sandals, more fringe and braids. Maybe just pick a couple of your favorites (choose your own adventure –  festival style). For the rest of your look, here’s some tips to keep in mind.

* Remember the three C’s: casual, cool (and by cool, I mean temperature wise) and most importantly comfortable.

* No Heels Allowed. This seems obvious but you’d be surprised. You’re gonna be on your feet all day so leave the heels at home. Also, it will most likely still be muddy down at the Waterfront, so you may want to drag out an old pair of sneakers (or just grab a pair of knock-off keds or slip-ons at Target) or flat booties instead of flip-flops. The mom in me must also point out that there will probably be broken glass and no one wants to deal with a first-aid pit stop.

* Bring a water bottle. I always try to remember this and always forget. It’s supposed to be crazy hot on Saturday and Sunday, so you’ll need to stay hydrated if you want to make it to the last show. There is a massive water station where you can refill for days but it’s a giant pain if you’re having to use tiny cups. Bring a water bottle and you’ll be set for the day.

* Pack it Up. Buddy up with a friend and bring a backpack instead of an annoying purse. Throw your watter bottles in there (they won’t fit in a little cross-body), along with other essentials like sunscreen, deodorant (just me? that’s cool. no but really, there’s nothing worse than being by a smelly person) and a fold-up blanket for the less-crowded acts (you gotta sit at some point). My sweaty ass would probably bring an extra shirt too (TMI? Sorry). Throw enough crap in there and you can probably sneak in some booze or beers.

* Don’t forget to eat the fair food. First off, fair food is delicious. Second, you’re gonna need some food if you’re planning for a full day of partying. So just get the bratwurst.

* Reconsider the Romper. Okay okay okay, I know rompers are great and most of the time hit all three of the C’s. BUT you MUST consider whether you can use a port-a-potty while wearing one. Worst case scenario – you’re trying to get back into the romper when someone accidentally opens the door to said port-a-potty. Now I know there are some rompers that allow for easy changing or using the bathroom but I would just suggest that you think things through before committing to a romper.

Now on to the inspiration:

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Inspiration: A Colorful Road Trip to Charleston x Bend the Rules

When it came to taking another road trip to Charleston, I was kind of spent. Did I really want to spend another 9+ hours in the car (times two)? Wasn’t it going to be expensive? Most importantly, can I get off work again? In the end, the lure of the beach, celebrating good friends and a kid-free getaway won me over.

Seriously, a road trip may be one of the only times Drew and I can sit in the car and have a conversation that doesn’t involve answering a hundred and one questions from the master inquisitor also known as our son.

When it comes to the blog, Drew is pretty hands off. Supportive, for sure but not super interested in the day-today. I can’t say I blame him. But I thought it might be fun to do something a little collaborative for our trip to Charleston (no, he will not be doing any outfit posts). Bend the rules a little and get him involved in sharing some of his creative side. Totally inspired by the color in this HP x360 Behind the Scenes video, we each got behind the lens to share our trip to the beach. I may or may not have helped him edit his a little but it’s cool to see the difference in what catches our eye. Check out the video here to see where we’re coming from.

And in order to really enjoy our road trip (and inspired by HP’s #BendTheRules campaign), we decided to break a few rules to be mildly less responsible.

* Checking in Less.  No one loves their kiddos more than me but sometimes a little break helps you recharge. Thankfully we have very little to worry about since they are in really good hands. A quick morning check in lets us see their faces and tell ’em we love them before letting us both enjoying a little time apart.

* Letting Work Go. I’m REALLY bad about putting up an out of office or letting other people take the lead while I’m gone. For two days I figured I could channel my inner Elsa and Let. It. Go. It will all be there Monday when I get back.

* No Penny Pinching on Experiences. Yes, we are cheap when it comes to rooms or driving vs. flying but once we get where we’re going, it’s time to really soak in the fun. Rather than nickel and dime on good food and fun, we pick a place we’ve heard is great or really want to go so that the experience is memorable.

Now that we’ve got that covered… on to the pictures – any clue who’s are who’s.

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Wild Dunes Resort – We stayed here for the wedding and it was amazing. Such a pretty resort community. Made me want to rent one of these pastel colored condos and stay another week.
Palm Tree
When you’re on the Isle of Palms…
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Wedding Ready (Dress is from H&M) Note to Self: Gotta Quit Slouching
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Ice Cream Treats because when it feels like it’s 101+ outside, you need to cool off.
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Wild Dunes Beach Toy Game on Point
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Wild Dunes Resort – Isle of Palms, SC

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Home Team BBQ on Sullivan’s Island. So delicious. Start with a Game Changer (their version of a Pain Killer). It’s frozen and delicious, then get all the wings. They do theirs with a delicious dry rub and serve them with a house made ranch. You won’t be dissapointed.
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Sullivan’s Island
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Isle of Palms Dream Homes
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King Street
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Even the bikes are pastel down here.
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Spotted Louisville’s own Clayton & Crume at M.Dumas

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King Street at Dusk
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Husk. Picturesque setting, amazing service , crazy delicious food. Try the fried chicken skins.
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The Bar at Husk. If you can’t get in to Husk for dinner, stop in here for a quick cocktail and get the pimento cheese on homemade benne crackers.

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by HP x360 but all opinions, thoughts and randomness are my own. As always, I would never lead you astray and only partner with brands I trust and respect.

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