Last summer, my friend Rob got us backstage passes to Lollapalooza since he knew someone who knew someone in the band Cage the Elephant, and it was one of the best nights of my life for lots of reasons (another story for another time), but one of the reasons was because I met this beauty blogger who also knew someone in the band and she was at Lollapalooza with L’Oreal as an influencer. Back then this blog was just an idea I had and I had just started to take it more seriously and the idea of representing a prestigious brand at such a large event was mind-boggling. I vowed that someday that would be me. I would get to go to Lollapalooza because of my own personal brand.
When it actually happened this year and Toyota asked me to go to Lolla to cover their presence at the fest, it was a total pinch me moment! It was a crazy, wild four days but I was so happy to have the opportunity. And not just that, I got a loaner car this past week to test drive and tell you all about!
But let’s start at the beginning, which would be Day One!
Lollapalooza: Day One
I started my Lolla experience by heading straight to the Toyota Music Den because Fletcher was playing and I love her! A lot of people, myself included until now, don’t know that Toyota actually has their own music tent set up on the north end of the fest. They usually have people who have previously performed during the day later during the week or later in the day so you should always check their schedule when you go next year! It’s a hidden gem for live music 🙂
I also got to check out the interior of the C-HR which is the car I got to drive around all this week, but more on that later! We scurried off after seeing some music and checking out the cars because we had to see Chvrches and Arctic Monkeys who were both fabulous. Day one was a success – especially because it was less crowded!
Best part of the day: Getting my hair & make-up done at Goldplaited in River North! I loved it and I felt pretty badass all day long because of it!
Lollapalooza: Day Two
My friend Mindy joined me on Friday so we could see our fave body positive singer Lizzo, but first, we stopped by the Toyota Exhibit Love tent that was set up by Buckingham Fountain. This one was my favorite tent because they had free scoops of ice cream and the cones even had the Toyota logo stamped on them! So cute!
Mindy and I also got to record our own voices using the JBL headphones to make a commemorative pin that had our voices etched onto it. I had mine say, “Sassy Confetti loves Toyota!”, because this was the best week ever. That is not sarcasm, this was the best 4 days ever thanks to Toyota. Did I mention they hooked us up with VIP passes? Well after we checked out the Exhibit Love, Mindy and I went straight back to VIP to get some free snacks and drinks all while watching Lizzo from some plush seats with SHADE. Shade is a hot commodity at Lolla, let me tell you! We also go to Bruno Mars, which was a real highlight of the weekend for me. He is such a showman. Day two, complete!
Best part of the day: Meeting Lizzo…well, I didn’t, but Mindy did and seeing her get all emotional about it was pretty great. OH, and I met Jordan from the Bachelor which was pretttttty great.
Lollapalooza: Day Three
Saturday was a HOT day, so my friend Nic and I went over to the Toyota x Sirius FM booth because we heard it had a LOT of shade. They were right! The whole vibe screamed Marfa, TX (maybe because that was the theme ha!), and it had a real spiritual Texas vibe. I even got my aura read and I mean they readdddddd me. Our spiritual guru told me I need to stop planning so much and just let life happen. Not sure how well I will ever be at that, but I guess we should give it a try if that’s what my aura says, right?
This was our favorite day of the line-up in terms of singers: Carly Rae Jepsen, Dua Lipa, and The Weeknd! We had a great time and maybe a little too much wine before ending our night with a faux deep dish pizza at the Hilton across the street!
Best part of the day: All of Nic’s horrible puns. If you watched my stories, then you know haha.
Lollapalooza: Day Four
At this point, NOT sure how I am alive after four days of drinking in the Chicago humid heat, but I am alive and kicking, and I had to stop by the Toyota Exhibit Love booth again to get my commemorative Lollapalooza screen printed tote.
Afterward, with margaritas in hand, my friend Sammy and I headed over to see The Aces who were fabulous. If you don’t listen to their music, you should start. They are going to be the new HAIM! We also got to see Bazzi and Odezsa to round out a great final day at Lollapalooza. And then it was a week of recovery for me!
Best part of the day: Two things – The Aces (they really are amazing!), and getting glitter like the kids do!
Week After Lollapalooza: Recovery with My Toyota CH-R
Getting this loaner C-HR from Toyota could not have come at a better time, to be honest! I was so tired from walking all over Lolla that I needed a reprieve from walking all over the West Loop to do errands, pick up lunches, and taking public transportation! Not only that, but I had a wedding in the suburbs and was going to Ravinia on Sunday after the wedding so having a car was super ideal.
After a week of driving it, I had to give it back and I already miss it. My favorite features were for sure the Toyota Safety Sense, which beeped at you whenever you floated across lanes and would nudge the steering wheel back to where you were supposed to be. Really helpful when you’re driving on the highway or narrow Lake Shore Drive! I also loved the in-mirror back up sensor which helped me see if any car was near me when I backed up in my packed parking garage, and this car is Apple Car compatible and I love that hands-off feature where you can respond to texts or command it to call people! It’s a lifesaver when you’re driving and need to send a quick text to someone but don’t want to pull over or be distracted by your phone.
Hands down, I would recommend this car to anyone looking for something that would transition well from city to suburbs.
Thank you again Toyota for such an amazing experience! It was the highlight of my summer!