What I’m Packing for the Life is Beautiful Festival 2016

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I’m not going to lie to you guys.  I had the HARDEST time trying to pack for the Life is Beautiful Festival 2016 that I am about to leave for in a few short days.  First of all, whenever I did my research for this event and really all festivals in general, do you know what I kept on seeing over and over again in regards to the fashion?  Those high waisted “mom shorts” that are the most unflattering things in the world paired with a bikini top.  That just wasn’t going to cut it for me.  I am extremely picky when it comes to choosing looks to share on the blog and Instagram.  I like pieces that are visually interesting but yet are wearable in “real life“.  I try to stay conscious on price points and making sure a piece has a good ROI.  It has to be a multi-tasking piece that can be worn again.  I have limited closet space and everything has to be worth the real estate space.  Plus, it is going to be Vegas hot during the day and then cold at night.  So much to account for!  However, since I am partnering with Zappos for this event, it was a match made in Heaven.  I seriously had 6 orders to get it right. My last order I placed at 4pm EST and I had it to my door the next day. Plus, did you know they had a 365-day return policy??  It really doesn’t get any better than that right?


What I Packed for the Life is Beautiful Festival 2016



I wanted to have a light and airy romper with a fun to photograph back and this piece by Brigitte Bailey fit the bill perfectly.  Also, major new brand crush on Brigitte Bailey.  Aren’t her pieces so cute and such a great price point.  Just make sure to size up, she runs more like a Junior size.  I got the romper in a medium and this floral bell sleeved dress as well.  I adore this flowy tunic by Free People.  It is lightweight, non-wrinkle, and can be styled so many different ways.  It can be worn by itself, half tucked into BF shorts, or at night pair it with a great pair of skinnies.  Runs large, I picked it up in an XS.  I love the print of this BB Dakota dress plus I adore long sleeve dresses for the Fall.

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My absolute favorite piece is this off the shoulder sweater by Free People.  The nights will be cooler there so I can throw this over any of my outfits.  I love how feminine it is and it just makes any outfit right?  I wanted one really funky and fun piece and this lace number fits the bill.


I also have been wearing this lace up top on major repeat.  It keeps everything sucked in and get ready to see it all the time.  I’ve also been on the hunt for a burgundy floppy hat and this one goes with everything.  I’m also so excited to announce that Dolce Vita one of my favorite shoe brands is in on this collaboration as well.  Chunky accent buckles are trending for the Fall and how fabulous is this pair?


My absolute favorite suitcase, it fits so much!



Let’s talk about this festival!


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When I was approached for this opportunity I was initially a little hesitant.  I treat my blog like a business but could I really fly across the country for an event for it?  I mean, this is big-time stuff.  I talked with Mark and he was beyond excited for me and really pushed me to do it.  I’m glad I have him. I can be such a homebody shell retreating in Cancer (my sign) sometimes.  The more I looked into the event, the more I knew I made the right decision by saying yes.  Not only does the Life is Beautiful Festival have amazing acts that I am so excited to see like Mumford and Sons, the Lumineers, and Mark is excited about J. Cole.  Plus, my EDM loving self is going to break out some glow sticks (is that still even cool??) and dance the night away under the desert skies.  Check out the full line up for the Life is Beautiful Festival 2016 here.



Not only does the festival have killer musical acts but there is also a strong focus on arts (hello wall murals) food and influential speakers.  You have to make sure you follow along on my Snapchat and Instagram Stories because I will be sharing the experience the whole time I’m there.  The festival is this coming weekend September 23rd – 25th.  If you are local, tickets are still available!  Come and party with me, I swear I’m pretty fun. I can’t wait to head to the Life is Beautiful Festival 2016 and thank you to Zappos for sponsoring this post and opportunity!

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28 responses to “What I’m Packing for the Life is Beautiful Festival 2016”

  1. Lauren says:

    This festival sounds like so much fun!

    Lauren Elizabeth
    Petite in Pearls

  2. Rachel says:

    Love the lace up top, shorts, booties, and hat look! So perfect for a music festival. Hope you have a good time :)

  3. Biana says:

    EDM is Gary’s favorite type of music so I know he’d love to go to this festival! Hope you guys have a blast! xo, Biana –BlovedBoston

  4. Is that a body suit?! Please tell me body suits are back… I wore those all day every day circa 1995!

  5. Pamela says:

    That lace up top is gorgeous on you! And hope you guys have the most amazing time in Denver, that festival sounds like a blast! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

  6. What a fun festival! These looks will be perfect. You have to stay with what you are comfortable with, regardless of what the norm is, so I know you will look great! Have a wonderful time!
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

  7. Karly says:

    I am beyond excited for you, and I’m so glad that Mark pushed you to go! It looks like it’s going to be an awesome festival, and you’ll get to see some great acts. I love everything that you packed, especially that hat. So cute on you!

  8. Hello Amanda!

    I love the clothes you are packing, great fall colors. I am also super jealous that you get to see Rupaul speak in person! I am a big fan, he’s got the best energy and attitude towards overcoming diversity. Have a great time!

    xo Gennifer

  9. Jackie says:

    I’ve never heard of this festival, but it sounds AMAZING! And I love Zappos as well, they have the best customer service and return policies.

  10. Nora Gouma says:

    Love your amazing post, love your beautiful outfit as well, it must be very exiting to go to the festival, thank you for sharing, ENJOY!!!



  11. Have a blast in Denver! Such a fabulous city (I hope you make it for brunch at Ophelia’s) and those outfits you packed are perfect for a Fall festival!

  12. Lindsay says:

    Have so much fun! You’re wardrobe you packed is so festival glam!

  13. Shauna says:

    That bodysuit is SO good! You could not be more gorgeous -xo



  14. Shannon Jenkins says:

    How fun!! Loving everything you packed! Those fringe olive booties are fab!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  15. Have fun at the festival! I love all your looks, you are packing so well! I love love love that laceback romper, I must have it!

  16. The shoes are lovely ;)
    Mónica Sors

  17. Love all the color tones!! Especially that maroon!

  18. Ah love everything you’re taking and I’m seriously lusting over that suitcase! x

  19. Amanda, what an amazing opportunity! I absolutely love the outfits you chose and that they are not bikini tops! So not flattering! Those cut offs are too cute!!

  20. I had not heard of it until I saw your FB post in it!! Hope it was fun! We just had music midtown this past weekend in Atl!

  21. Rachel says:

    The festival sounds like so much fun! I love all the pieces you packed and of course the fabulous suitcase! Those fringe open toe booties are too cute!

    xo, Rachel
    A Blonde’s Moment

  22. Ashley says:

    How FUN, lady! And Zappos ftw! I love how quickly they ship- it puts everyone else to shame!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  23. kristen says:

    love those shorts! you would probably look great in the high waisted shorts and a bikini top lol but you are right-definitely not real life!

  24. ahhh so awesome!!! you’re going to have the best time. can’t wait to see the pics!

  25. So, you like basically have the best color palette ever. haha For real, I would where every single one of these things! I’m so excited for snaps and to see photos! Have an amazing and safe trip!

  26. Tiffany says:

    I am so pumped for you! What an amazing opportunity and I can’t wait to follow along!

  27. Heather says:

    Awesome post and packing tips! Traveling can be intimidating if you aren’t organized.



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