If you follow along with me on Instagram (@apinchoflovely), you might have seen that I was at Hangout Fest in Gulf Shores, AL this past weekend with the Subway team! Although I’ve been to New Orleans Jazz Fest and Bayou Country Super Fest numerous times, this was my first time going to Hangout. Gulf Shores is about a four hour drive from Baton Rouge, so I was lucky to have friends who had attended in years prior to provide tips a successful fest weekend. Their advice paired with the Subway activation really helped make our trip a memorable experience! For those thinking about attending next year, I’ve included Hangout Fest tips and additional information about our stay in today’s post!
I’ll be covering a little more about lodging, festival food, what to wear, transportation and the VIP experience in the second half of today’s post. But to start things off, let’s talk essentials to bring inside the festival. I packed a small backpack each day (note – it WILL be thoroughly searched before entrance) with must-have items:
Sunscreen is an absolute necessity.
Bring a large water bottle to fill up at the numerous water stations.
Something to sit on – like a blanket or towel.
I brought a hat with me every day + an extra pair of sunglasses.
Hand sanitizer – unless you are VIP, you will be using the port-a-potty.
CASH. For parking + quick transactions at the bar and food locations.
While in Palm Beach (see my travel recap here), we made sure to make a visit to Major Alley, the spot in today’s post with MAJOR (get it?) floral wall #goals. It’s a spot nestled right off of Peruvian – the same street from this post about packable vacation dresses. But instead of the slip dress, I’m talking about another summer dress trend to try now – the tie front dress.
The midi dress has always been a fave of mine, but it’s getting a little summer update with a twist – literally. I’ve been seeing a lot of these tie front styles lately, and they are adorable for vacation packing. This tie front dress is especially great because of the light material and no-fuss wearability. I found it for under$100 and wore it to dinner at Pizza al Fresco! (I figured that I might need the room for an extra slice!)
I’ve already raved about these heels over on Instagram (@apinchoflovely) because they are beyond comfortable! You can also see them in this recent post. See the ready-to-shop widget below for even more tie front styles!
I’ve mentioned Aveda products here and there in my Friday Favorites posts before. BUT it’s quickly become one of my can’t-live-without brands. Not only is it eco-friendly, it also strives to use all-natural ingredients which I love. So, it only makes sense for me to round up my favorite Aveda products that are currently in my beauty arsenal – get ready there are quite a few!
I also frequently visit the Paris Parker Aveda location for everything from highlights + lowlights and spa services. If you have an Aveda location in your area, I’d highly suggest trying one of their facials! I made a facial appointment recently when I had a round of hormonal breakouts, and it was a major lifesaver in clearing it up! Talk to them about your skincare concerns, and they will come up with a facial to fit your skin needs.
And since I already have talked about their chakra essential oils, the massage services are a no-brainer favorite for me too! I love their use of essential oils as a combination to the massage therapy. Ps. Baton Rouge peeps – the Paris Parker spa area is getting a major update and renovation soon to enhance the spa services even more!
Keep Reading About My Favorite Aveda Products!
hair color and style + makeup c/o Paris Parker Aveda
Read more about these products in today’s full post!
OH Palm Beach, how you’ve stolen my heart! On my recent and (very first trip) to Palm Beach, I could not get over the glamour and beauty of this little island. Mainly because when you hear the word “island,” you get a totally different visual in your head. Palm Beach is unlike any other island that I’ve ever seen, and I think you’ll see why in today’s trip recap. I’ve put together a post sharing where we stayed, the amazing meals we ate, and all of the things we learned along the way on our Palm Beach girls’ trip!
Where To Stay in Palm Beach
The Brazilian Hotel is a luxe boutique hotel nestled quietly into neighborhood streets. But I’m not talking any neighborhood. These houses are bougainvillea manicured perfection – you’ve never seen more attractive garage doors, I promise you. The very first thing we did was drop off our luggage and explore the area taking in every picture perfect corner. We quickly found out that nearly everything worth seeing is within walking distance from The Brazilian Court: restaurants, shopping, the beach – more on these in the full post. We only took transportation twice during this trip outside of going to and from the airport!
Plus, The Brazilian Court has so much to offer its guests. Every morning, we either had breakfast downstairs at Café Boulud or coffee and fruit delivered to the room. (Finally, good hotel iced coffee!) There’s also an on-site salon. You won’t be surprised to hear we arranged for blowouts at the Frédéric Fekkai salon the first morning of our trip. Is there ANYthing better than someone else shampooing and blowdrying your hair? I think not.
Another thing I loved about the hotel was hearing the history behind it! You can almost imagine the glamourous 1920’s parties that probably took place in its tropical, yellow courtyards. Two of the luxury suites are named Brando and Hepburn after the Old Hollywood celebrities that frequented them. And if you’re into Bravo like me… THIS is where the Countess and Tom got married. Yep I did a twirl in the ballroom for them. See the end of today’s post for a promotional offer from The Brazilian Court!
I’m so excited to be heading to Hangout Fest for the first time ever this weekend! Festival fashion is always a big trend for spring and summer – also see this post for more festival outfit ideas. So, I wanted to share how I’m wearing the festival inspired boho dress and how you can wear it for weekends even if you aren’t heading out to fest!
Ps. I’ve also mentioned these Sole Society Esme heels on Instagram already, but they are SO comfortable. I’ve been wearing them all over the place. I even wore them all night during a recent wedding with no ouch-moments – highly recommended!