02 May 2014

Summer Arrives With A Length Of Lights; Summer Blows Away, And Quietly Gets Swallowed By A Wave

This summer is going to be different, but it's hard to explain exactly why. Though it will be my second one in the UK, it kind of feels like the first. Last year was a really stressful mess of visas and border agencies and immigration issues -- and though Patrick and I escaped for about 10 days on a road trip through Britain, the summer was veiled by questions and insecurities about my status in the country. Now that we don't have that issue this summer, relaxation seems imminent. And one way we're planning on doing so is attending festivals.
So I know the U.S. has a festival scene, i.e. Coachella, Lollapalooza, Burning Man. But it's always been my impression that some of them (principally Coachella) are all about the celebrity factor, rather than the music or the vibe. In all honesty, I've never been to one, so I cannot say with certainty what they're like. But I've never felt like festival culture was much of a thing back home -- whereas over here, it's the quintessential summer experience. There are the top tier festivals: the ones with the obscenely jam-packed lineup of top-40 stars and thousands upon thousands of spectators and no room to breathe. But there are also a ton of smaller festivals that are more about the feeling and the process of making friends and getting totally off your face and camping in a field, on top of discovering independent musicians and small bands as a bonus. 
I've been in the pre-festival mood for weeks now, so when I saw this dress from Beloved Endeavor Vintage, an Etsy shop run by Deena Dee in Preston, I couldn't help but envisage myself wearing it at The Green Gathering -- the festival I'm most looking forward to this year. I can't describe it as anything other than psychedelic grandma chic. It's a calf-length, vintage style piece, reminiscent of the dresses I've seen my own Abuelita wearing in old '40's photos. But the pattern is trippy and fun, and paired with this straw hat I found in Brighton -- ideal for summer. Considering this is England, I wanted something that would be airy and comfortable, but still warm enough to brave unexpected and inevitable rain showers and winds, and I think I found the perfect thing.
Beloved Endeavor Vintage sells new and vintage pieces in sizes 14 and up, as well as accessories. It's one of the best shops I've found in terms of authenticity and size range. The prices are pretty reasonable, with items starting as low as $15, but spreading into the hundreds depending on quality and brand. 
This post was sponsored by Beloved Endeavor Vintage. As always, all opinions expressed are my own.

I leave you with this GIF...
And a song, of course.

Shoes are from ModCloth, but are unfortunately sold out :(


  1. "psychedelic grandma chic" = yes!! I'm gonna go check out this shop. alsooo, I want to start seeking out more indie festivals because that sounds more fun than, like, Outside Lands.

    1. Hehe. I always love when you post Etsy shops on your blog. There's so much on there that it can be mildly overwhelming, but I love it. If you find any festivals state-side, please let me know!

  2. As usual, such a gorgeous photo shoot! I often scour Etsy for plus vintage finds. I'll have to check out Beloved Endeavor next time I'm browsing around. The dress you scored is lovely. It's such a rich, pretty palette and print. It's something you could style for the Christmas holidays, too. Your festival tour through the UK sounds like loads of fun. I've read a lot about music festivals on UK blogs, but I feel like it's only been the last year or two that summer festivals have become a "thing" in the US. Maybe I'm just out of touch. lol But I feel like I'd only heard of Coachella a few times in years past, but I felt bombarded with it this year!

    <3 Liz

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Liz. Do check out Beloved Endeavor. Overall, the items are really affordable and come in a pretty varied plus range, which I totally appreciate because I'm a different size in literally everything. I hadn't thought of styling this piece for Christmas, but I LOVE the idea. And I agree in terms of festivals, though. In the past few years Coachella coverage has been intense to say the least. I wonder if the US has gotten the festival inspiration from the UK, because there are SO many here. But if so, I have a feeling they've sort of failed at replicating the vibe. Shame!

  3. Many thanks for choosing beloved Endeavour! *MWAH!*
    - Deena

    1. Thank you so much for this fabulous dress Deena! xoxo


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