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Best Fest Tips from your Soul Flower Buds

Our Soul Flower Buds (that is YOU, our awesomely cool customers) sent us the best of festival tips for making the most of this live music season. We took all of the advice & compiled the most mentioned and best ideas into this list – here it is, what to bring to make it your bestie festie yet…

Attitude – Because it’s not what you carry on your back that really matters, it’s what you carry in your head. Bring a “free mind…hugs…free spirit, positive energy…open mind, warm heart, loving arms, and ….don’t forget to smile, smile, smile.”

Let the Music Play – Ah, yes, the music, what draws most of us here in the first place…lots of tips from your buds about the music – “get there early & mark your space” and “Get a festival schedule before you go, highlight your fest, and copy it to let you friends know where you will be.” And don’t forget to “breath deep, dance lightly & feel the earth beneath your feet”. A great place to find & preplan your festivals: jambase.com.

The Essentials – Most of our buds feel like Less is More, but there are a few essentials you need to let the good times roll…a tent (or a VW bus, which it seems a few of our buds can’t fest without…), earplugs, breakfast food, camping stove, camping chair, comfy shoes, a blanket/sleeping bag, sunscreen, dry socks, ziplock bags, lip balm, a flashlight or headlamp, a towel, a poncho, wipes (or wet washcloths in ziplocks), a flowing skirt, camera, band aids, refillable water bottle (full of water), a good hat, toilet paper, power bars, tarps, trashbag, cash & your TICKETS!!! Carry a few essentials with you in a small, easy to tote bag.

Beyond the Essentials – This part of the list is tricky, as some of our buds claim these to be essential. It really just depends on you, but here is the list to take your fest up a notch & make it the best eva. Bring hula hoops, glitter, bubbles, body paint, flow toys, Frisbees, glow sticks, a sunshower, cocktails, coffee, a costume (or two), a can koozie, nag champa incense, battery powered fan, a picnic table, fresh flowers or other homegrown goods to share with new friends, a journal, instruments (including drums, guitars, and an accordion), a flag to fly, a slip & slide, duct tape, and tapestries.

Pitch Your Tent – A good tent is very important and do a little test run before you go, especially if it is new! Then find the perfect camping site – look for shade or use a series of tarps to create your own. Camp with a circle of friends and definitely get to know your neighbors. Fly your own freak flag so your friends can find you easier…

Love your Mama –Respect what mother nature gives to you, whether it be the SUN (wear sunscreen, stay hydrated & find shade), the RAIN (tarps, ponchos, dry socks), and/or the little buggers like chiggers or poison ivy (bring the bug spray, lavender oil, & first aid kit). And most definitely bring a trashbag. Most fests have a recycling plan or bags for your campsite – find out about it when you enter.

Make New Friends – and keep the old. Go to your fest with good friends you trust & look out for each other. Stay safe. But also get to know your neighbors, creating your own mini community is the best way to enjoy a festival.

And a few extra tips:

-Freeze a jug of water so you will have cold, cold water for a few days….

-Taking the Kids? Here is a great link to the best tips on taking your kids along.

-Bring enough to share…karma goes a long way in this world. So when you can give a little bit, you will get back so much more.

So there you have it buds! Enjoy your festival season and look for our very own Karma Krewe out & about handing our soul flower goodies at festivals all summer long. Peace & Love, Your Buds.

The Down-Low Low-Down with Ms. Trish

Hey Buds,
By now you know about our Karma Krewe, Soul Flower’s own street team pounding the pavement (both virtual and actual) to help spread the word about Soul-Flower.com. Trish is one of our karmic mamas – and you just may see her on the west coast, at a festival or two or just out & about enjoying the never ending NM sunshine. Trish has been so kind to us – always sending smiley photos telling us about her sweet adventures. Since we keep getting updates about where she has been (over 100 shows a year), we thought it would be fun to share a few of her latest photos in the Down Low Hemp Hat, giving you the low-down on Trish in the down-low hat from Soul Flower:

“I’ve been loving my Down Low Hemp Sunhat! I have received so many compliments and it keeps my skin happy when I’m out promoting.” ~*~ Trish ~*~

ON THE ROAD
FURTHER FESTIVAL
JAMS OF ENCHANTMENT board mtg
MAKING STRIDES WALK
FIRST CSA VEGGIES OF THE SEASON
We will keep posting the low-down down-low photos as we receive more – in the meantime, watch for Trish on the road & at a festival near you. 🙂

Stacey & Ricky Hit the Trails

Hey fellow Soul-flower Buds! Let me just start off by saying I have yet to purchase an item from Soul-flower that I was disappointed with and the Remember When…Tapestry Patchwork Backpack is no exception. I am absolutely in love with this backpack! The colors and designs vary somewhat, as the one I received is a bit different from the one pictured. However, it is just as beautiful! Besides, waiting to see exactly what mine would look like was half the fun and excitement! It has four different sized, zippered compartments on the outside and one small one on the inside. There is so much room in this bag! I have been carrying it around with me for a couple of weeks now and it’s holding up wonderfully. The hand-sewn fabrics are durable, but I don’t recommend carrying many books or other really heavy items in it. I have thrown my laptop in it a few times and so far, the weight of it seems to be fine.
The moment I laid eyes upon this bag, I knew it had my name written all over it. I love just about anything with patchwork and embroidery. I just wish I had owned this backpack last summer when I took my cross-country road trip. It would have been perfect. Traveling is one of my favorite things and I am really looking forward to taking this bag on lots of future trips with me. Hopefully it will accompany me on my vacation to Mexico and the Mayan Runes this summer.
Hiking is also something I really enjoy. From this point on, whenever my boyfriend and I hit the trails, you can expect to see me with the Tapestry Patchwork Backpack and him with The Wanderer Bag (which by the way, is also an excellent Soul-Flower item!) I am anxiously awaiting the warmer weather and the many adventures in store for me with my new backpack. Thank you Soul-Flower! You are and will continue to be my favorite store. ☮Peace.

The Karma Krewe

This is our team of enthusiastic & fun-loving customers who are helping us to spread the soul flower vibe across mother earth. Watch for them out there: handing out stickers & catalogs; talking about Soul-Flower.com; and writing product reviews and stories right here on our blog.
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Cam & her Soul Flower Mandala Bag

This bag review comes from our bud Cam. She recently received the Cool Hippie Bags, one of Soul Flower’s ongoing favorite bags. This bag is beautiful, well constructed and continues to stand the test of time. We could go on, but we will just let Cam tell you about it. Here she is:

The decision came easily when it was time to choose my first Soul Flower item – I went for the mandala bag. I received it a couple of weeks ago, and honestly, the catalog picture just doesn’t do it justice.

On the page, the color comes across as being muted, almost beige, but when you have an actual visual, it is a saturated shade of deep green. The threading that you see on it wraps all the way around the shoulder band, down the sides of the bag, and underneath it. The mandala is so awesome in person because you can see the detail, and different shades of thread! My first impression? This bag sure has a lot of threading to not see a strand out of place! Not one single little thread running amok! Somebody really took their time to construct this bag solidly, and it extends to the mandala design.

I also noticed that the shoulder strap at the top is very wide, so it will distribute the weight evenly. For someone whose bag gets heavier throughout the day, that is an added perk! The outside fabric is sturdy. I haven’t been exactly easy on it so far, and I see no snags or tears. Something else I like, there are zippers on both inside panels. One in the front, and one in the back. So, you get one big open space in the middle, but also two zippered compartments if you choose to use them. I like having separate spaces for the things I carry that I don’t want others to see if I have to dump my purse out to find my keys because they have disappeared down into the abyss again.
I chose the bag as something I would like to test out, and then spread the word to my buds, because I’m a mom. Most of my friends are moms. And, moms usually require some stylish storage. When I am out of the house there are things I have to carry with me. For instance, right now I have: two organic apples in case my son or I need a snack tomorrow, a book for those moments I get to sit & read somewhere, my camera, my MP3 player because my son loves to listen to it, a small journal, ink pens, two guitar picks, a flattened penny from a machine on River Street in Savannah, and my change purse. The best part about all that stuff being in there? The bag doesn’t even appear crammed full. So far, the response I’ve had from others has been really positive. I can’t wait to choose my next item, and add to my Soul Flower collection! Peace, buds! (btw, click here to see the bag on soul-flower’s site)

Meet Stacey (of the soul flower karma krewe)

Stacey first got in touch with us at Soul Flower by writing some amazing reviews on our website. Then we noticed she had soulflower in her email address &, there you go, the timing was right & the bond was formed 🙂 Welcome Stacey! We are excited to post your first review here on the blog about the Remember When… Backpack….coming soon!

Hey all you Soul Flower buds! My name is Stacey and I currently reside in Leominster, Massachusetts along with my mini lop-eared bunny, Terence. I recently turned 21 years old and am still in the process of figuring out exactly what I would like to spend the rest of my life doing. As of now, I work at the Leominster Public Library and play trumpet professionally for weddings, funerals, and special occasions.

I have 43 dreadlocks, am a vegetarian, and care deeply about people, animals, and the environment. I enjoy traveling, plants, bonsai, music (listening and playing!), reading, writing, poetry, cooking, making jewelry, and spending time with my wonderful boyfriend.

My Favorite Band: Dave Matthews Band
My Favorite Person: My amazing best friend and love of my life, Ricky.
My Favorite Vacation EVER: This past summer, my boyfriend and I took our first road trip across the U.S. It was a life-altering experience. I had no idea how beautiful my own country was!

Sheila, our own Karma Krewe jewelry weaver

Sheila is a long-time customer from Philly who makes some supa-sweet jewelry. Truth is, we love her stuff so much we wanted to carry it at Soul Flower. It ends up her items are so special and one-of-a-kind that it didn’t work out to sell them here. But we have stayed in touch & so dig the imagery in her product descriptions on her site, we can’t wait to read what she writes about Soul Flower goods….welcome Sheila!

My name is Sheila and I live and work in in the Philadelphia area. I love hanging out in the beautiful outdoors of The City of Brotherly Love, but I also love to travel with my favorite person, my hubby Evan. Our favorite trip so far was a road trip through the Pacific Northwest along highway 20 last Summer. This country is so beautiful! My soulflower gear made it easy to just pack and go!! In the Summer, you can find me in Sea Isle City, NJ relaxing on the beach and looking for inspiration in nature for my handcrafted jewelry which I sell online at http://www.sheilaferlet.etsy.com/.
my favorite music: Bob Marley and Johnny Cash

my favorite shoes: dansko clogs!

my favorite color: turquoise

Here’s Sarah of the Soul Flower Karma Krewe

Meet Sarah, student & karma krewe member extrodinaire. When we asked our buds to send us some ideas of what they like to write about, Sarah chose a cool poem she wrote about just hanging outside with her dog Mickey and loving life while watching the world go by. We love her vibe – she personifies a big part of what we try to evoke at Soul Flower (positivity and good vibes!!). Welcome Sarah!
My name is Sarah, i’m from Connecticut but I currently live in Plymouth, New Hampshire attending school at Plymouth State. I love hanging with awesome people, live music, and using the unique creativity of the human mind. Having a good time, thinking freely, positive energy, and living contently with good, genuine people are some of the most important things in life!

My Favorite Band: led zeppelin
My Favorite person: mom, of course!
My Favorite color: yellow

Karma Krewe Introductions: Meet Cam

We are excited to have Cam involved in our Karma Krewe, reviewing products & helping to spread the word about Soul-Flower.com. We love that she just got a vintage VW bus – the perfect vehicle to journey wildly with her family & friends.

Hey Buds! I’m Cam, and I live & love with my free-spirited family in coastal Georgia. I’m a thirty year old un/homeschooling mama. I enjoy spending my time hanging out at the beach, and walking softly on this earth. I believe in Mother Nature’s ability to sustain and nourish us with anything we need in this life.

I have a natural tendency to see the humor in any situation and I try to spread that vibe around. I try to live simpler, happier. I just bought a vintage VW bus, and cannot wait to get it on the road to a few festivals!

You can also find me at JourneyWildly

My Favorite Fruit: a Georgia peach, of course!
My Favorite Band: (newly) Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
My Favorite Shoes: flip-flops, or barefeet!

Peace, Friends!

Karma Krewe: meet Trish B

Trish says “I am not a big blogger but I’m a talker” and a traveler and a music lover. Seems like the perfect combination, doesn’t it! Trish will be writing a bit but also will be hitting the streets, literally pounding the pavement at shows to help spead the Soul Flower vibe.

Hey there, My name is Trish. I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico with my husband, daughter, and many pets. My husband and I see over 100 shows a year and live for live music. I work for numerous promoters and enjoy sharing my passion for live music with my daughter and everyone else I meet. I also love hanging with my family, reading, sewing, beading, and traveling.

My favorite band: right now is Monsters of Folk
My favorite soul-flower find: is to hard to narrow down…I’ve ordered numerous skirts and love them all. I especially love the patchwork!
My favorite shoes: Patagonia Clover Clogs

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