Out and About: Robyn & Röyksopp at Wolf Trap

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Robyn and Röyksopp

Living in the DC area, we’re lucky to have several awesome music venues, and come summer there’s a type of venue for any type of music fan. One of my favorite places in the summer is Wolf Trap; it’s not close by, but they have a shuttle from the Vienna Metro station and it’s worth the trip. The acoustics are fabulous and they let you bring in picnic baskets and coolers of your own food and alcohol (no bottles, but these days you can find fab beer in cans and wine in boxes). We usually try to grab a weekend day festival there each summer, and it’s a great place to see classic artists, plays, and orchestras. However when I heard Robyn with Röyksopp were coming I HAD to go!

I’ve liked Robyn since the late ‘90s (yep, same gal), but after seeing her at Bonnaroo in 2012, Karl and have become mega Robyn fans. Our friend Nicole is a fellow Robyn lover, so the three of us decided to go. Nicole suggested we get pavilion seats and we decided to splurge. Gosh am I glad she suggested that!


Thursday, August 21 was the Robyn/Röyksopp show and if you’re from this area, you know it wasn’t the best weather. It rained in the morning, cleared up some, but the rain returned by rush hour. By time I arrived at Wolf Trap it was rainy, humid, steamy, and disgusting. We hid under a tree to enjoy a drink and then quickly retreated to our pavilion seats to stay dry.

The opening artist was ZHALA and well, I felt bad for the gal.  While she likely would be awesome in a smaller, intimate venue like the 9:30 club, performing on the big stage of Wolf Trap before sundown was a bit depressing and felt as though we were spying on someone dancing in her bedroom in front of her mirror.  She manned her own smoke machine and got down while the crowd was busy texting their friends, finding their seats, and chatting with one another.  We decided to take the time for a restroom break (the perk of a Robyn show is the crowd is primarily male so no line for the facilities) and get a drink (can’t bring anything but water into the pavilion so I ended up splurging on a $9.50 cup of Pinot Grigio).

When Röyksopp started we went back to our seats.  It was dark and they started strong.  While most of their songs are instrumental, they kept the crows riveted with a light show that rivaled Pink Floyd.  They got the crowd in the right frame of mind for the headliner, and when Robyn came on the stage the crowd erupted with cheers.

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Images via Robyn’s Facebook page

Robyn is just as animated and awesome in person as she is in her videos and TV appearances.  Her energy level is astounding, she dances all night long while maintaining a strong singing voice, which is even more impressive when you realize she’s 35, not in her early ’20s like most pop stars.  I love how she doesn’t give a fug and dresses how she wants and dances how she wants without trying to look sexy or cool and totally gets into the moment.  Robyn kept the crowd going all night and it was fun to see folks from all walks of life dancing with her, the energy was so positive and friendly.  I didn’t get any good photos because it was dark, and because I was too busy dancing!  We decided to leave just before the end so we could get out of the parking lot at a decent hour since the next day was work for all of us!

For more photos from the show, check out this post from my friends at This is Our Jam!

Labor Day Super Sales

I don’t believe in shopping just to shop, but if you have holes in your closet or need to update for the colder months, there’s some AWESOME sales going down this Labor Day weekend!

LOFT

This morning I hit up LOFT and got this camo sweater, this striped sweater, and these pants for about $145. 50% off everything, no code needed. Deal ends 9/1/14 so don’t delay!

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50% off select full priced items and 50% off all sale prices. Not too shabby, and a great way to score a nice suit or a holiday season frock for a nice price. But the best deal I see on the 50% off full price is the shoes – great time for some classic shoes for work and social affairs at killer prices – Eryn Kitten Heel or Favian Pump for $64 and the Leiah flats for only $39.

TALBOTS

Oh, this sale is dangerous, you know how much I’m loving Talbots lately! They’re having 25% off all full-priced items and have taken extra discounts on sale so they’re up to 80% off. I am dying over this bucket bag and think this denim shirt dress is utterly adorable for work and weekends.  I’ve gotten many good shoe deals from Talbots and they have some awesome ones right now; these wedges are great for late summer/early fall and prep for next year, and these metallic peep toe flats are too cute.  Shop while there’s still decent selection.

ELOQUII

Eloquii is having their friends and family event right now which means 40% off your entire order and free shipping for any order over $100.  Use promo code FRIEND. I used their Studio Midi and if I were 2″ taller I would have kept it, it’s so well made and GORGEOUS in person, and this perforated faux leather midi is drool-worthy and would look so cute with a band tee or glammed up with a cashmere sweater.

J.CREW

40% off Final Sale items (and some at 50% off) with the promo code WEEKEND. Final Sale can be scary, but if you know the items or the brand, it’s a good time to get some sweet deals. I usually use this kind of sale to stock up on tees, tanks, and snag some fun accessories (like this gorgeous classic link bracelet).

J.CREW FACTORY

J. Crew Factory is also having a major sale, where the majority of the site is 40 – 60% off. This means classic cashmere cardigans under $100, this ponte dress that I own and love is under $60 (under $50 if you dig navy as much as I do), and this killer leather skirt that will look cool now and years from now is only $159.50.

NORDSTROM

Nordstrom is having their clearance sale with up to 40% off, and there’s some real awesome and current items part of it. My Tasha necklace is now only $34.80, this tweed jacket is a steal under $80 that can be worn to the most conservative offices of dressed down for the weekend with jeans, and I have this jacket in ivory and think this price is insane. Click here to see everything that’s on clearance.

GAP

Online, you can get 20% off your purchase with the promo code HAPPY, but sale ends 8/30/14 so take advantage while you can. Do note this deal doesn’t work on jeans, leather and suede items, shoes, and a few other things. Though the deal didn’t work on sale, the prices on these Sexy Boyfriend jeans and True Straights with the raw edge were too good so I snagged them anyway.

BANANA REPUBLIC

40% off EVERYTHING! And gosh, is Banana Republic’s new collection awesome (I see your touch Marissa Webb and I am loving it!). Totally digging this sweater moto, and this shirt dress would work now with sandals or come fall with tall boots or tights.  Use promo code BRLABOR, sale ends 9/1/14.

OLD NAVY

Oh Old Navy, I have such a love/hate relationship with you! This summer I found some great scores (like this dress), so I’m feeling hopeful about their fall collection and right now the entire store is up to 50% off.  May have to snag this awesome leopard pencil skirt and this dress is the perfect thing to wear on weekends with boots or a pair of Shorelines.

DOROTHY PERKINS

Dorothy Perkins’ sale department has been reduced even more where items are up to 70% off. Spend $50 and get free shipping with promo code DSHIP50.  I’m digging this striped crop top, think it would look so cute with the full midi skirts that are everywhere this season, and this $15 dress is such a score and perfect for everything from work to a weekend bridal shower or day wedding.

GYMBOREE

For you parents of little ones, Gymboree is having 40% off everything. I know, right? Get back to school shopping pronto!

NEW YORK & COMPANY

Pants, jeans, and jumpsuits are buy one, get one free at New York & Company. Rest of the store (except clearance) is 50% off. They’re also offering free shipping on any order over $50.  How cute is this dress from their Eva Mendes Collection?  And OMG regarding this jumpsuit – gorgeous and nice to see a stretchy one you can easily get on and off!

MYHABIT

Y’all know I love me some MYHABIT, well they’re having and end of season sale where they’re clearing out and items are up to 80% off. Sale ends 7pm EST 9/1/14.

Have you seen any other great deals happening this weekend? Do share in the comments!

So This Happened…

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Remember that little baby I had?

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Well that little baby started kindergarten this week!

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There’s three kids she’s already friends with in her class, and I know she’ll have tons more before the week is through. Her teacher is so nice and has a wonderful reputation. I’m a bit sad that my baby is growing up, but am thrilled for her her adventure!