6 Things You Must Do to #Festival at 30: Made in America Edition

Guys. GUYS. I’ve got to take a minute and keep it real real with you all for a minute.

I went to the Made in America Festival this weekend.  Yes. That’s it. That’s what I wanted to tell you.

Made in America is a festival sponsored by Budweiser and Jay-Z and is in its 4th year, taking over Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Labor Day weekend and turning it into an extreme and always epic two-day outdoor musical extravaganza.

I love a good festival (remember the Richmond Jazz Festival in August?) and Made in America is no exception. I’ve danced and sang along to Janelle Monaé and Kanye and Kings of Leon, thrashed around to Danny Brown and Odd Future and swayed to Jill Scott and D’Angelo. But something felt different this year. This year, I felt old.

I’m a young 30– no kids, single, down with the millennial lingo du jour– but I am also, let’s say, at least 5 years older than the average MIA Festival attendee. I’m here to share my wisdom of how to hang with the young ones but still act your age.

  1. Be comfortable.


Crop top: H&M or similar. | Overalls: Target or similar | Sneakers: BP by Nordstrom or similar


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My Wine, My Way: Columbia Crest Crowdsourced Cabernet

I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Columbia Crest. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a perfectionist. I like things to be JUST SO and for things to measure up to my precise standards. It’s a good trait in a makeup artist. It’s a great trait in a writer. It’s a necessary trait in a designer. It’s kind of a pointless and defeating trait in a casual wine enthusiast without constant access to a vineyard and the funds to correct that situation. (P.S. If you would like to buy me a vineyard, call me. Let’s talk.)

But things have CHANGED, my friends. It is the 21st century and the perfect day has finally dawned for the persnickety, armchair winemaker. May I present Columbia Crest Crowdsourced Cabernet.

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