People will always tell you to go listen to this song, because it's really good, or listen to this album, because it's great, or listen to this band, because they're amazing. What people don't tell you about though, is great song titles. Bands like All Time Low, Fall Out Boy, Mayday Parade, and Panic! At The Disco are well known for having hilarious and long-winded song titles. They're not the only ones though, as many bands and singers have ushered in fun new songs with even better song titles.
Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.
1. He has always been there.
Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.
2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.
I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.
3. He sends the cutest texts.
Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.
4. He taught me how to be brave.
When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.
5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.
My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.
6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.
Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.
7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.
Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.
8. He shows me how I should be treated.
Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.
For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!
Here we go:
1. Show your style.
Festivals are where fashion icons THRIVE. Who wore it best? Who cares? The most attractive thing is confidence, so wear whatever shows who you are, and wear it proudly. There is no one you need to impress - no one you owe anything to. As long as you feel beautiful, as long as you are confident in your own skin, you are winning.
2. Put yo game face on.
I am such a rookie when it comes to makeup it's not even funny. But if you're like me, there's hope! Don't know where to start? Here's a list of everything you'll need. Still stuck? You can get all glammed up using online tutorials from professionals like YouTuber Danielle Mansutti. If you're skilled with the makeup but are in need of inspiration, check out ideas on Elle.com, Refinery29, Popsugar, or even Pinterest.
3. Get some cheap sunnies.
Want to look like a cool chick but don't wanna lose those trusty Ray-Bans? A perfect solution is to find some cheap sunglasses that'll keep your eyes hip and protected without punishing your wallet. A few great places to find these are Amazon (obviously), Forever21, Nordstrom BP, Sunglass Warehouse, and Urban Outfitters, all averaging under $16.
4. Change up your 'do'.
Your hair can make or break your festival look. When you're trapped in crowds of sweaty people jumping around, it's probably not the easiest thing to keep your locks in line. If you're nervous about frizz, flyaways, or grease, you're in luck! Seasoned festival-goers have compiled lists of durable (yet fashionable) hairstyles that will let you have fun without worrying about how you look. Most of these can be done by yourself, but in a pinch, there are professionals standing by to treat you with braids, cornrows, and dyes galore.
5. Stay hydrated.
It's going to be hot, you're going to sweat, and you're going to get dehydrated. Unless you want to pass out and get trampled by the thousands around you, I'd recommend keeping hydrated. According to CamelBak, the rule of thumb is to "sip early and often." Drink water before you head to the stage, while you're there, and when you get back. Bring a water bottle, a CamelBak or similar, wear sunscreen, find shade, and don't forget the electrolytes! Don't push yourself if you're feeling woozy; it's better to chill for a second than it is to wake up in the first-aid tent.
It's just as important to stay hydrated as it is to maintain a full stomach. From what I've heard, festivals have some pretty dank food - I mean, look at that donut - so this shouldn't be a problem! If you're concerned about money, check out these tips to ball on a budget throughout your banterous weekend.
Not only does carpooling make things easier on you and your group, but it also eases congestion, speeds along check-in, and reduces carbon footprint. Festivals have begun to embrace the rideshare economy, recommending fans use sites like amovens, RickyRides, and Ridevu to connect with those seeking transportation to the same events. These are all great options if you don't have access to your own, a friend's or a rental car!
Need I say more?
9. Find an elevated surface.
Are you just a little too short? Can't quite see the performer? Ask a tall friend (or stranger) to hoist you up onto their shoulders. Might be awkward as you both try to dance with the change in balance, but you'll make it work. You've gotta get the full experience!
10. Live by the buddy system.
I wish I didn't have to write this one, but it's true: stick with your group! When you're one of the thousands wandering acres of land, it helps to have a pal by your side. Keep your phone charged, share your location, maybe even try using walkie talkies! There is safety in numbers no matter your sex, and it doesn't hurt to be extra careful. Getting lost would really be a downer on your whole experience.
11. Take lots of pictures.
Okay, yeah, you have to live in the moment. Enjoy everything with your own senses, but pictures can help preserve the moments. If you're nervous about bringing your phone into the crowd or losing battery you need for communication, disposable cameras can be a great solution - as long as you don't lose your group (see above)!
12. Be spontaneous!
Not sure if you should go? Go. My roommate decided the DAY OF to go to Coachella. And guess what? She had the time of her life. These kinds of memories might be made on a whim, but they last a lifetime. Dancing, singing, living it up with your friends... nothing beats that. So take it from me: when in doubt, send it.
13. Enjoy the view.
Most of these events are held in absolutely breathtaking locations. Whether it's in the desert, on the river, or in the middle of a city, you are a part of something beautiful. Live in the moment! Take a look around! Take it all in! Let your ears be happy with the music and your eyes feast on the view.
14. Roll with the punches.
It's not going to be perfect. It might get too hot, too crowded, too loud, or the day might just not go as planned. Regardless of what happens, though, you'll get through it. At the end of the day, remember how lucky you are to be where you are, with who you're with, doing what you're doing. All the ups and downs are just a part of the fun.
15. Ultimately, make the experience what YOU want it to be.
We don't know how many moments we're going to have, so we might as well enjoy the one we're in. Go see your favorite headliners, stay strong in the choices YOU make, and strut around that campground like you own the place. The only person who can control your experience is you, so don't let anyone get in the way of the time of your life. Live it up sis!