i just got back from attending lollapalooza in chicago for 3 days as gap’s correspondent. heather and i wandered around the park, took photos of festival style, and listened to some good bands. i gotta say, in the beginning i was a little overwhelmed by the massive crowds since i’ve never been to a music festival before but got used to it after a while and had fun. it’s been over a year since i’ve worked with gap (remember this post from back in the day?) so it was cool to team up together on another project. they are such a classic brand with so many good wardrobe staples so i’m happy to represent them. those coated denim pants i’m wearing up above became my new favorite pair of pants (seriously!) such a good fit.

before i get into the post, here are some notable chicago spots:
fish tacos from big star
we kept hearing suggestions to check out this speak easy bar called the violet hour but didn’t make it this trip
the james hotel was a great choice although the area isn’t the most ideal.
longman and eagle has a lovely brunch
the publican has a killer bloody mary.
really wanted to try breakfast at bongo room but didn’t have time!

these best friends that heather photographed were so adorable. they were definitely representing in the patterned shorts category.


you may have seen but i posted a photo on my instagram cheeeeesin next to the designlovefest & gap logos in the tent. it felt pretty surreal to see for some reason. it just made me think about the day i started this little blog as a hobby and all the hard work that’s gone into it since then.


i worked with the awesome illustrator asia pietrzyk on some graphics that people in the tents could use to design custom t-shirts with. we spent the week before the festival coming up with ideas so it was really satisfying to see all the people making the shirts at the festival! asia lives in sweden, but i sure wish she was there with me to see her pretty designs in action. everyone could select the graphics they liked, choose colors, scale, placement and then they would print the shirt in under 5 minutes. pretty sweet deal. (download the desktop downloads using the graphics below)

we saw this cute pink haired girl on our way out of the festival. i’ve been wanting my hair violet or pink for some time now and can’t seem to bite the bullet on it. she did the color justice…

more friends with style…


this was on the way to go see the postal service play…ohhh the nostalgia. took me right back to my emo high school days of black rubber bracelets and writing bad poetry on my xanga journal.

like most festivals, there was no shortage of flower crowns on the ladies…this sunflower one was my favorite!

a few friends that we made the first day attempted to get heather and i to crowd surf at the new order show. i thought about it, but ultimately didn’t want to fall on my face like the guy right before me. i applaud his courage…


the last day we ran into two of my LA friends. their dudes play in a band called local natives (which were great live)

have you been to lollapalooza before? heather keeps trying to convince me to go to more festivals with her now!

oh! here are a few desktop downloads for you using the graphics from the gap tent. someone mentioned to me recently how they miss the desktop downloads and it reminded me that i need to get back into that column. hope you enjoy and look out for more soon!


click to download the desktops here :: PINK SUNGLASSES (1812 downloads)  :: ARROWS (2216 downloads)  ::  YELLOW SUNGLASSES (1909 downloads)

photos by: heather gildroy
partnership with: gap

more style posts: right here


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    Catherine says:

    Oh you looked like you had so much fun! Such prety and dreamy photos!
    I cant wait till festival season down here. And OMG those pants – Lookin hot Bri!

    Man, you hit the nail on the head with the good places to eat in Chicago! Those are all my favorite suggestions, too. The funny thing is that the Violet Hour is right across the street from Big Star (literally)! Next time, next time.

    We didn’t make it to Lolla (haven’t been in a few years), but we love all the hype and excitement it brings to our city!

    shayna says:

    You went to all my favorite spots in Chicago! Big Star and Longman and Eagle are the BEST. And yes, what Kim said, Violet Hour is *right* across the street from Big Star. Also “The Aviary” is the new hot spot for shmancy cocktails.

    Coachella is the other epic festival near LA, if you don’t want to travel far. You can rent a house with friends for the weekend. Always good times.

    Love these photos – the fashion + style of this post is so much more interesting than the standard festival fashion posts you generally see. If you don’t mind my asking, what type of camera did you use? The lighting is beautiful.

    L says:

    Where are those amazing patterned pants from?

    Tori says:

    Those bell bottom pants are killer! Love them! Looks like you had a blast!

    Much love, http://www.myomlife.com/

    Elizabeth says:


    Abbey says:

    Oh i loooooove local natives! One of my favorite bands! Lollapalooza looks like it was a blast! (:

    Daisy says:

    OMG your pants!!! I love them!!

    such a fun round-up! went to Lolla last year, but didn’t have a chance this time around. isn’t Postal Service amazing? I actually/essentially cried when I saw that at Coachella. major nostalgia. :’)

    and love the xanga reference!

    xo, http://www.lilyonfillmore.com

    Asia says:

    Ohhh i wish i wish so much I could have been there! So much fun to see people to play around with my illustrations:)) Your pants % glasses rock, Bri! You look fabulous!xx

    Shawnee says:

    bri – obsessed with all of your outfits!! hippie child perfection. i’m dying to go to lolla; i’ll have to try for next year! xo

    maggie says:

    Ahhh! It looks like you had such an awesome time! Chicago is my hometown, so I’m glad it treated you well.

    You look sooooo cute. Great photos .

    jess lonett says:

    i love local natives! their live show in DC was the best show i’ve ever been to. the energy they bring live is out of control!

    Amanda says:

    Ahhhh this looks super fun! I haven’t been to a festival in ages. How as New Order??

    awesome photos. you totally captured the feeling of a music festival. and those pants!

    anne taylor says:

    Look at you, all hippie like. I would have felt the same way at the festival – overwhelmed with all the people and noise. But I bet after you’ve been there for awhile, you really start to mesh with the vibe. Sounds so fun!

    you should do pink!! i also have bleached platinum hair and made a temporary hair dye so that i could have the lavender i wanted without committing to anything – http://www.radicalpossibility.com/2013/05/temporary-hydrating-hair-color-mask.html

    it washed out 100% in 4-5 days but was exactly the color i wanted at the beginning, so it was a great way to test drive it!

    you roll with the local natives & co? that’s pretty sick.

    i used to work for the gap, but i just folded clothes… i didn’t get sent to lolla. looks like an amazing time!

    PS the violet hour is excellent and not to be missed next time you go to chi-town!!


    Chelsea says:

    It looks like you had a blast Bri! So glad, you totally deserved it after last month. Loving all of the flower crowns and your Rachel Zoe-esque look!

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    Rita says:

    Your friends are dating the guys from Local Natives?! Beyond jelly. Loved this post! Lolla always looks like a mad good time – hope I can go sometime in the near future since I’m only 2 states away.

    Jennifer says:

    Looks like you had so much fun! Mel is the cutest little rockstar’s wife…too much style, all of you! Hugs! 🙂

    Sarah says:

    I looked for you but didn’t see you! 😉

    I had a great time at Lolla this year as well – what were some of your favorite acts? I must say The Cure and The Killers KILLED it, ha!

    Glad you took in some of our great Chicago restaurants. Add the rest to your list of “next times.”

    Amy says:

    Love the white dress and sweater (with knee socks and comme des garçon). Where did you get them from?

    kerry orsini-byron says:

    Simply Amazing! So proud, so excited for you all! Love mumma kess in Far North Queensland, Australia xoxoxo.:) Your clothing line would be perfect here! 🙂

    lei says:

    local natives are awesome!

    love all the style. i’ve never been to a music festival before but now i want to go even more than i did before!

    Maggie says:

    It was SO nice to meet you at the Gap! I wish we could have talked more but so many people were coming up to you! You were so humble and sweet 🙂

    katie says:

    love the pants your wearing in the last few photos, please tell me they are not vintage!

    so fun! and those bellbottoms make you look like 100 feet tall. pants definitely suit you!

    i feel like i’ve travelled back in time! this is so reto-ly awesome! gorgeous

    Kylie says:

    Yay! Love that you remembered to upload some new wallpapers — sprucing up my desktop as we speak :). Lovely meeting you at the Gap event and glad to see you had a great time!

    Melissa says:

    Love this post and lovin’ your boho hair style! Hope you don’t mind, I was inspired to use it on a style post of mine http://bit.ly/16wLnG3. (link to DLF included)

    jmillewitz says:

    great pics and cute outfits! LOVE Big Star and Longman and Eagle.

    *next time* you’re in Chi you should check out staying at the Ruby Room. It’s not as fancy as the James, but the locations\ can’t be beat (right on Division, two blocks from Damen in Wicker Park) plus it’s right above a day spa. Something to think about.

    Sarolta says:

    I love the style of the pictures!

    Lindsey says:

    I was there too! Such a blast!

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    Beautiful pictures! Does anyone know how these types of photos are taken? (:

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