Thursday Three: Lilyette Estanislao

I’m stoked to have family stopping by and contributing to .stART here. today! My cousin, Lilyette Estanislao, has totally colorful taste in true fellow Sagittarius form, and I love her for it. She is unapologetic for her scintillating style for miles and manages to constantly have her finger on the pulse. She’s always been an inspiration to me, and so I had to ask what she’s inspired by these days. Check out Lily’s Thursday Three below – all about remembering and embracing the simpler times.

Thanks for hanging out, Lily! You rock!!! ❤ ❤ ❤  #arrowed #heathers #familyalways

Alabama Shakes

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I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Alabama Shakes perform live at Panorama Music Festival on Randall’s Island recently. I had no idea who they were or what they were about. Arriving late on Friday evening, they were the first band I got to see and one of the few that left a really lasting impression. Their blues rock sound was a throwback to simpler times. Brittney Howard’s voice ringing out over the crowd was enthralling! I may have been feeling “some kind of way” already being at a music festival in NY in the middle of summer, but watching and listening to her made me feel all the more: that the tension and politics in the air as of late could easily be wiped away when you’re surrounded by people with one goal in mind: be present and ENJOY this moment (no matter how hard you’re sweating).

Stranger Things

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There seems to be a recurring theme in the things that are interesting me lately … they are all reminiscent of a simpler time — perhaps because the NYC grind can be so exhausting. Stranger Things on Netflix is no different. A real nod to everything we loved about the 80s, it reminds us of the innocence, passion, and vigor of childhood. Anyone that grew up in the 80s will love this; it is like stepping into a time machine and watching something you would have back in the day and remembering how KICK ASS “back in the day” really was! The soundtrack and score are also effing amazing! The Duffer Brothers killed this – thank you for making something NEW with a feeling of the old. Hoping for a second season!

Raystown Lake

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My summer is never complete without a trip to Raystown Lake in Hesston, PA. In fact, if I can’t take the trip, my summer feels like a huge fail. This trip is also about the simpler things: fun with friends on summer vacation – floating, day drinking, playing silly games, TALKING … Remember just hanging out with each other minus all the distractions? It’s a weekend about unplugging, being present, and LAUGHING your ass off. Go a few days without primping, “shower” with a jump in the lake, lay on the top deck, and see more stars than you ever will in your life. This year, we dubbed it #Rays20FIXteen and that it did.

Lilyette Estanislao was born in Queens, raised in Jersey, and now lives in Brooklyn, NY. An aspiring actress with an award-winning, one woman comedy short film under her belt, she is also a boss in the restaurant industry. She recently helped launch a new restaurant lounge on the Lower East Side where she is now the reservations manager. Lily is young at heart, loves a themed party, and adores her family and friends. You can always find her donning a colorful and totally fly, head to toe outfit, heavy on the accessories. She is always red!

 

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Fresh Friday Finds: Firefly Music Festival

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Thirteen friends and I headed to Dover, DE last weekend to camp out for the Annual Firefly Music Festival at The Woodlands. I danced my ass off all weekend despite having twisted my ankle on the way to see the first band on the first night. What was I going to do – sit down and rest it?! I’ll sleep when I’m dead, thank you!

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, and Foster the People were headlining bands, but I have to say that my most favorite was the bitchin’ superstar Azealia Banks, who we saw right after an amazing Calvin Harris set. Another highlight was the crazy downpour of much needed rain during the Matt & Kim set. Karen O rocked her new blonde hairdo and killer red, leather outfit during the Yeah Yeah Yeahs awesome daytime performance too.

Check out the highlight videos created by Firefly below of all the awesome bands we saw and def head out the festival next year if you can! We had a blast!