Festival-Going In Style

Posted by Amy Swift Crosby on Jul 4, 2017 1:54:25 PM
Festival Essentials Pillow and Tapestries

Whether you’re a Burner or on your way to Summerfest, a Jazz aficionado or Newport Folk Festival fan, upcoming festivals represent a pinnacle of outdoor venues, with a variety of conditions and terrains. Between sand and grass, the challenge is how to sit between your danceathons so you can listen to music comfortably, hang with friends and enjoy the scene – with anticipated protection from the elements.

Even if you aren’t attending one of the top listed annual festivals, you’ll likely find yourself in similar situations during local events – at a town fair, Fourth of July celebration or any outdoor gathering with notable entertainment on the horizon. Luna contributors and Burning Man/Coachella veterans Leah Forrester and Angelina Carrera can be seen here with all the right accessories, using their usual California beach hangouts as their pre-festival warm-up. Here’s how we recommend you pack – and build – your Luna camp!

bohemian mandala beach blanket festival style

BYOT: Bring Your Own Tapestry

They provide shield and shade, quickly dry if they get wet; add padding, perimeter, and dimension to any sitting space, anywhere, and bring décor galore to the outdoors. Tapestries are the MVP of festival going! You will likely use them for everything. Between spreading them out to form an official “camp” area, to using one in the evening wrapped around your shoulders, or draping a small tent to block the sun, tapestries should be considered essential packing – you can’t have too many. Textiles and block prints are in our roots here at Luna Bazaar, so we relish layering pattern on pattern, and color on color, as a way to immediately invite people into the eclectic mix.

Tapestries offer a throwback to the sixties, with a bohemian casualness that festivals themselves embody. And the best part about tapestries? Spills and stains don't stand out amidst their vibrant patterns. And we all know festivals can be all day (as well as all night!) adventures, with multiple meals and libations throughout, so to have a canvas for sitting, eating, singing and dancing – that doesn’t show much wear and tear – that is a hero product in our mind.

festival essentials: plenty of pillows

Pillow Party

If you want to take your camp up a notch, just add pillows. More than any other décor accessory, when people see pillows, they feel at home, taken care of, comfortable and happy to stay-a-while. Our Shibori pillows are flying off the shelves here, due to their distinct pattern and flexibility against almost any other color or design story. Festival style is meant to be a hodge-podge, a mix of colors and patterns that create a symphony of style that’s less designed, but no less intentional. Our mandala pillows are also becoming a haute favorite, and do the same thing; add comfortable dimension. Festivals are easy-going affairs, with a built-in “no fuss” attitude – which is why you want this bohemian, unpracticed approach to festival décor. It’s authentic and easy to achieve.

relax with decorative throw pillows

Parasol Essential Festival Accessory

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The sun, while one of the best parts of a summer festival, is also the most unrelenting element, second only to wind. May we suggest a parasol for a little protection? This easy-to-pack accessory will do just the trick in mitigating glare, heat, and exposure, and provide sunscreen on the go – from stage to stage or during impromptu socializing. With so many colors to choose from, a group of parasols stands out as a band of stylishly appointed festival goers! Ours are solidly constructed, and can even stand up to a little wind and minor drizzle, should some come your way.

So, why wait? Get ready to get down with laid back style – the would-be envy of Coachella & Bonnaroo, whether you're wandering the festival circuit or enjoying festivities closer to home!

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Topics: throw pillows, Outdoor Design, culture, outdoor entertaining, festivals

With Love From Mexico

Posted by Jaime Rodominick on May 3, 2016 5:32:46 PM

Luna contributor Leah Forester celebrates her Mexican heritage at the table on the regular. Here, she get's creative with a global style sensibility, using our handcrafted Indian Tree of Life Tapestry as the foundation for a beautiful Mexican Feast.


You can’t help but surrender to the exquisite inspiration felt when exploring the art and traditions of Mexican culture. From the vibrant and transcendent color palette of revered artist Frida Kahlo to the ceremonial patterns in Papel Picado banners handcrafted by an artisan’s chisel, you are instantly transported to a world layered in warmth, texture, romance, and history. So leave your bags unpacked, you won’t have to travel far to infuse Mexico’s resilient spirit and bold aesthetic into your next fiesta.

Beyond Cinco de Mayo, there are numerous occasions worthy of transforming your space to host a lively celebration with friends, family, neighbors, tasty margaritas and mojitos!


We’ve crafted some colorful tips to compliment any traditional or contemporary Mexican inspired spread:


Set the Table

The meal is the heart of every gathering in Mexican culture and beyond. It’s where everyone comes together, pulsing with life and energy. Just as eclectic as the personalities on your guest list, you can add a playful mix of our Recycled Glass Vessels, Mason Jars, and our Punched Tin Shadow Lanterns to accessorize with your dinnerware. Brighten it up with some lime slices, loosely arranged flowers and our Papel Picado flags for a traditional element that evokes a festively cheerful ambiance.


Add Flowers

Adding floral elements serves as double-duty in the color and texture department. Artfully placing Paper Flowers and Pom-Poms around windows and doors, mixed into garlands and wreaths, or used in place settings will make a lively statement. Be sure to incorporate rich colors such as deep reds, oranges, and pinks with brilliant blues, greens, and purples for a dynamic and festive look. Our Multicolor Mexican Party Banner, handmade in the Papel Picado tradition, creates another colorful layer that pays homage to Mexico’s multi-faceted heritage.


Make a Surprising Drink

It’s always fun to get creative with fiesta cocktails by crafting a wickedly unique and memorable concoction. Border Grill Chef/Owners Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger have the perfect formula!


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BORDER GRILL MOJITO

Combine the lime juice, sugar and mint in a blender, and puree until smooth.

Fill 2 tall glasses halfway with ice cubes, then pour half the juice concentrate in each. Add one ounce of rum to each glass (optional).

Top with sparkling water, garnish with lime and mint, and serve.


INGREDIENTS

1⁄2 cup lime juice, freshly squeezed
1⁄3 cup sugar
1⁄2 cup mint leaf, packed
12 ounces sparkling water, cold lime slice (to garnish)
mint sprig (to garnish)
1 ounce rum

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