Live music was made to happen in the summer, on late nights spent singing along with your favorite bands with your best friends. I’ve met some of my favorite people attending concerts, and watching a great live performer is my favorite way to spend a warm summer night.
This year’s music festival line-ups and album releases have us more excited than ever for our favorite touring performers. In anticipation of those shows, I’ve rounded up the top ten summer concert tours you’ll want to keep an eye on.
1. Kendrick Lamar
He won Coachella, and now he has a nearly sold out summer tour. If you’re one of the lucky ones to have scored a ticket, you’re likely seeing the hottest concert of the season.
2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
These ’90s legends never fail to put on some of the most energetic and honest live shows you’ll ever experience!
3. Hans Zimmer
The most surprising act at Coachella this year is taking it on the road, and if you’re a movie score fan, you will love hearing your film soundtracks come alive. This show is perfect for a summer date night!
4. Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is just a good time overall. Gather your girlfriends and dance and sing the night away with Bruno as he performs hit after hit.
5. New Kids on the Block, Boyz II Men, & Paula Abdul
If you’re “old” enough (like me!), this show will be nostalgic perfection.
Another show that should not, could not, will not be missed this summer! If you love live music and energetic performers, be sure not to miss Future on tour.
7. Jason Aldean
I know not everyone is a country music fan, but if you are, you’re probably planning on going to at least one of Jason Aldean’s highly anticipated live shows.
8. Britney Spears
Not technically a tour, but the last year of Britney’s Vegas residency is sure to be one of the hottest shows that you can attend this summer.
9. Enrique Iglesias & Pitbull
These two should never tour without each other! Enrique and Pitbull put on one of the hottest shows, and you can be sure there will be guest performers making appearances left and right!
10. John Mayer
John Mayer has been out of the spotlight for quite some time, and I expect nothing but good surprises to come from his new music.
Let’s celebrate what Coachella is really about: the music! Of course, the fashion and celeb sightings are bonuses to the weekend, but the music is what brings everyone out to the desert. If you weren’t able to make it this year, don’t fret—I’ve compiled a list of the best performances to catch online. They might just inspire you to begin planning for next year’s festival!
Kendrick Lamar closed the first weekend of the world’s premiere music festival, and fans everywhere are calling it legendary. Not one for gimmicks, Lamar had several surprise guests and focused on his music, performing from his new album released the previous Friday.
Debuting new music from her upcoming album, Lorde made an impression on fans and non-fans alike. Beginning with what may be a show of solidarity with Coachella-snubbed Kate Bush, Lorde doesn’t hold back in her performances and this past weekend was no different.
A German film score composer with a full orchestra performing at Coachella? Was it a joke? Hardly. It was a brilliant move that will have Coachella-goers looking back for years to come. I am hoping this is the beginning of Coachella continuing to surprise us each year by branching out and booking acts from all music genres.
Is it any surprise that Lady Gaga had one of the best performances of the weekend? Gaga may have been a replacement when Beyonce bowed out, but no one was disappointed during her dynamic set.
They may be getting more press for their sound issues than their actual performance, but Coachella veteran Radiohead has never given an actual bad performance. Radiohead will, of course, be back this weekend to prove their showmanship without technical difficulties, but do we really need further proof?
Future barely had to perform himself, with fans across the desert grass often singing loud enough to hear over the speaker system. The crowd lost themselves even further when Future brought out special guest Drake.
One of my husband’s favorite bands, the xx proved why they are universally loved as they rocked the desert last weekend. Raw, real, and emotional, the xx was a welcome addition to the heavy hip-hop and electronic lineup at this year’s festival.
If the theme of the weekend was surprise guests, DJ Khaled was the winner. From radio DJ and music producer to a musician in his own right, it wasn’t a shock to see so many guests during Khaled’s set, but nonetheless, the excitement at each new one was felt throughout the crowd.
Four Tet, Floating Points, and Daphni
The three performed together, back-to-back, collaborating for 3 hours in the Yuma tent. From disco to house music and electronica, the Yumi tent was not to be missed on Saturday afternoon. Time will tell if the trio will combine their sets for the second weekend of Coachella.
Soul singer Sampha brought his velvety smooth voice to Coachella this year and defied the odds; Coachella’s most hailed acts are usually the big name, big performance artists, but this year we’re taking notice of Sampha and his simple three-piece band and soul music.
They’re the people behind the stars, behind the “it” girls and guys of fashion; celebrity stylists are responsible for most of your favorite celebs’ best fashion moments. From behind-the-scenes looks to stylist tricks of the trade, celebrity stylist Instagram accounts are full of snaps you don’t want to miss. Check out some of my favorites to follow!
Micaela Erlanger, @micaelaerlanger
Can it get any better than having stars like Meryl Streep, Jennifer Hudson, and Lupita Nyong’o as your number one clients? One of the hottest names in the celebrity style game, Micaela shares celebrity looks, her own personal style, and her wacky personality all on her Instagram.
Elizabeth Stewart, @elizabethstewart1
Elizabeth Stewart’s celebrity client roster includes the likes of Reese Witherspoon, Charlize Theron, Gwen Stefani, and Julia Roberts. Working on a variety of high fashion editorials, red carpet appearances, and fashion magazine cover shoots, her Instagram is full of A-list celeb snaps that you are unlikely to see anywhere else.
Erin Walsh, @erinwalshnyc
As a fashion stylist represented by The Wall Group and Creative Director at SBJCT—an online journal that features interviews and editorials with creative and entertainment personalities—Erin styles A-listers like Sarah Jessica Parker, Kerry Washington, and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Erin shares everything from her colorful styling work to her seemingly perfect family and home life on her Instagram feed.
Petra Flannery, @Petraflannery
If you want to know more about the stylist dressing the who’s who in Hollywood, look no further than Petra Flannery. Petra has a roster that boasts the likes of Emma Stone, Amy Adams, Carey Mulligan, and Zoe Saldana.
Rachel Zoe, @rachelzoe
We all know and love Rachel Zoe; not only because of her amazing work—on clients like Anne Hathaway, Jennifer Garner, and Kate Hudson—and her own personal fashion sense, but because we also got to know her quirky personality on her reality show… which I may still binge watch every once in a while.
Rob Zangardi, @robzangardi
Have you ever wondered who’s responsible for the perfection that is Jennifer Lopez? Or the edginess behind Cara Delevingne? What about Lily Collins’ effortless style? It all boils down to the man behind the scenes: Rob Zangardi. You can’t help but to be inspired when you follow Rob’s Instagram!
Ilaria Urbinat, @ilariaurbinati
From celeb stylist life to mom life, Ilaria Urbinati shares it all on Instagram. To see how a down-to-earth, hardworking mom and professional pulls it off in Hollywood, be sure to follow Ilaria!
Who are your favorite celebrity stylists to follow?
We follow our favorite celebrities on social media to get an inside peek into their lives, but sometimes that’s just not enough. Luckily, for those looking for more than 140 characters or an Instagram caption, many of them also have blogs to discuss their interests more in-depth. Some of these celebrity bloggers have incredibly useful tips and inspiration for all areas of your life, perhaps unsurprisingly. After all, they’ve worked with and learned from the best in the business!
I’ve rounded up my most recommended celebrity blogs, worth adding to your favorites!
Jamie Chung, What the Chung?
Former reality star-turned-actress Jamie Chung created her blog What the Chung? to share her passion for style, beauty and travel. Her outfit-of-the-day photos will lure you in, while her beauty and travel sections will inspire you to stay a loyal reader.
Olivia Palermo, Olivia Palermo
Fashion, beauty, art, and travel—what more could you want from the fashion “it” girl who’s come a long since her days on reality TV? My favorite section of her blog has to be the shop section, where you can shop Olivia’s favorite pieces without having to search endlessly for that piece you spotted on her in a paparazzi photo.
Hannah Brofman, HBFIT
The DJ superstar who’s now a health and fitness blogger inspires her readers to live their healthiest lives on their own terms. Down to earth, quirky, and honest, Hannah began sharing her fitness journey on Instagram. She soon turned to blogging to share her ever-expanding wealth of tips and thoughts.
Lauren Conrad, Lauren Conrad
Lauren Conrad’s blog is the epitome of girl-next-door advice. Humble and honest, Lauren and her team share tips, DIYs, and inspiration in topics ranging from fashion to food and health to décor.
Tiffani Thiessen, Tiffani Thiessen
The ’90s kid inside me squealed with delight when I found out that Tiffani (it almost pains me to leave out the “Amber”) Thiessen has her very own show on the Cooking Channel (Dinner at Tiffanis), as well has her own blog! In it, Tiffani shares her impressive cooking and dinner party skills with her fans, old and new. Who knew the former teen actress was so humble, down to earth, and skilled in the kitchen?!
Ashley Madekwe, Ring My Bell
I admittedly came across Ashley’s blog very recently, not realizing I was coveting the style of the star of ABC’s Revenge. Ashley started her blog before she made it as a TV actress, as a way to keep her family and friends updated on her life while she traveled for work. Eventually, Ashley was able to grow her blog into a space to share fashion and inspiration not only with her television fans, but with all fashion lovers.
Gwyneth Paltrow, Goop
I know, I know—Goop has a love-hate reputation amongst fans and readers. But all prior judgements aside, Goop is a well-written blog with everything from style, food, health, career and family tips. It is definitely targeted toward readers with a taste for luxury, but for the rest of us, we can always live vicariously through Gwyneth.
The Fashion Spot has published their list of top walkers at New York Fashion Week, and I was pleased to see such a diverse group of women leading the runways. Models are often written off and not taken seriously, but these women (and men) make it possible to admire the beautiful art that we call fashion. Let’s take a moment and spotlight five NYFW models that took the runways by storm this year!
Jay has topped the Fashion Spot’s list two years in a row for walking the most shows (or tying for the most). She walked 14 shows this season, including Public School and Jeremy Scott.
This Jamaican native commanded the stage in 13 shows including Anna Sui, Oscar de la Renta, and Jason Wu.
One of my favorites on the list, Cong’s stunning beauty and fluid walk make her one of the top picks for the runway this year.
This one-name wonder walked a total of 13 NYFW shows this season—and from the looks of it, it won’t be the last we see from her.
Lia earned a spot on the list by walking in 13 shows, narrowly beating out her twin sister. Lia is continuing to build her resume by currently walking in London Fashion Week.
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