COACHELLA: First Timers Guide

We survived Coachella! It had been on my bucket list for awhile so I was really excited to go. Cody and I both love music and love going to concerts so we decided to finally make the trip this year! There is a lot of things I learned from going and I wanted to share more of a “beginners guide” for going to the festival. I still would have been clueless on half of this stuff but we spent an hour talking to this kid who has gone 7 years in a row and gone both weekends every year. A true veteran!

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DETAILS: GREY LONG SLEEVE TEE  (OLD – SIMILAR HERE ) | WHITE DENIM SHORTS (SIMILAR HERE) | DENIM JACKET (OLD – SIMILAR HERE) | BLACK CROSSBODY | WHITE SLIP-ONS | PINK SUITCASE | DUFFEL BAG | SILVER WATCH | SUNGLASSES

CODY: BASEBALL TEE | JOGGERS | SNEAKERS | WHITE SUITCASE | AVIATORS (OLD – SIMILAR HERE)

1. Picking your Weekend.

Coachella runs for two weekends. I had no idea the two weekends were any different. The first weekend is when most people go: more events, parties, celebs, and guest artists with the bands (i.e. Disclosure had Lorde and Sam Smith the first weekend and the second weekend we were there the guests were people I didn’t know) The second weekend is nice if you want a little more laid back experience. It’s still really crowded but you don’t have as long of lines and it’s easier to get closer to the stage.

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DETAILS: WHITE BODYSUIT | DENIM CUT-OFFS | FRINGE BOOTIES | PINK MAXI ROBE | HAT | SUNGLASSES | BLACK CROSSBODY 

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2. Where to Stay.

We booked our hotel about two months out. I had looked when we first got our tickets like 3-4 months ago and even in the month time I waited the rates went up like a hundred dollars a night. So as soon as you know you are going book your accommodations. One of my friends who also goes a lot said to get a good Airbnb you need to book like a year in advance. I kind of laughed when he first told me that but we tried to find a house before we got a hotel and it was slim pickings. You can also camp, the kid we talked to that’s gone every year said that’s what he always does. We stayed at the JW Mariott in Palm Desert. It’s about 20 minutes from Coachella. I had no idea when we booked but they have FLAMINGOS! I was so excited!! It was my first time seeing flamingos!

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DETAILS: BODYSUITCREAM MAXI KIMONO | DISTRESSED CUT-OFFS | BLACK ANKLE BOOTIES | DOUBLE BUCKLET BELT (SIMILAR UNDER $30 HERE) | CROSSBODY BAG | SUNGLASSES

3. Timing.

Make sure you plan at least 45 mins for parking and walking before your first show. We didn’t realize it was going to take so long to park and we literally were running to get to our first show because it was someone we really wanted to see (Years and Years). If you want to get close to the stage you need to show up at least 15 minutes before the show starts for day shows and 20-30 minutes for the evening ones. The evening shows are way busier!

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4. Coachella

Use the Coachella app! It makes things so much easier putting your schedule together and seeing when bands play and wear. They also have lots of different lounges to hang out between events. We didn’t get to see all of them because we didn’t realize what they were until the last day. We saw a big tent with Heineken on it and the line was insane! We thought it was just the beer gardens are we were like dang I can’t believe people are waiting that long just to get a drink, we later found out it was an AC-ed lounge where guest artists came and played. I guess Kayne had gone and played and a bunch of other people.

The food is also really good at the event! The frozen lemonade and popsicles (get watermelon!) were our favorite, but all the food was really good. It is kind of pricey like a piece of pizza was $9 I think, but you kind of expect that being at an event.

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DETAILS: BLACK LACE UP TOP | DENIM CUT-OFFSGLADIATOR SANDALS | HAT | ARM CUFF | SUNGLASSES | BLACK CROSSBODY

CODY: GREY TANK | SHORTS (CUT-OFF FROM JEANS) | SNEAKERS | AVIATORS (OLD – SIMILAR HERE)

4. What to wear.

I thought I was being super smart packing flat/low heels boots. One of the pairs was new and I wore them around the house for an hour before we left and they didn’t hurt my feet at all. Well add 6 hours of walking I had the two worst blisters on two of my toes and I wanted to cry! Thankfully they had a general store you could buy bandaids, but I literally ended up going bare foot part of the night cause my feet hurt so bad. So gross I know! That being said – wear old shoes you know are comfortable, flats, or sandals. These gladiators worked great!

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DETAILS: SWEATSHIRT | DOUBLE BUCKLET BELT |  DISTRESSED SHORTS | BB CONTOUR STICK

You guys have seen this contour stick on my snapchat a couple times. It’s genius especially for traveling or when you have to get ready on the go. It’s a highlighter and contour all in one! I just kept this in my purse for quick touch ups.

Couple other tips:

  • at night the weather drops quite a bit so tie a long sleeve or wear a light weight kimono or jacket so you have an extra layer at night
  • bring a bandana! It gets super windy and dusty so bring a bandana to cover your face and keep the dirt out. Either way your going to get dirty! But it helps.

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DETAILS: PRINT ROMPER | CREAM MAXI KIMONO | SUNGLASSES | FRINGE BOOTIES

In the morning or afternoon before the shows go see the wind turbines they are so cool!! Another first for me but it was probably one of my favorite things!

We had such a great time! It was our first weekend with out the kiddos that wasn’t a work trip in 2 years! We obviously missed the kids a ton, but it was so much fun having some us time :)

XX,
Christine

5 Best Dessert Spots in LA

cadonutsphoto via pinterest

CALIFORNIA DONUTS

3540 W 3rd St.
Los Angeles, 90020

Okay – no joke guys.. you HAVE to go to this donut shop. Donuts are my favorite breakfast treat and what’s better than a cereal donut?? I can’t tell you guys how happy it makes me that this donut shop is open 24 hours! They have every type of donut you can imagine, so cute and so yummy!

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THE MILK SHOP

1639 Silver Lake Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

7290 Beverly Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036

How amazing do these look?! These macaron ice cream sandwiches have me all sorts of hungry! They also have ice cream sundaes, cookies and cupcakes – I might have to try one of everything!

alfred espressoimage via LA times

ALFRED COFFEE AND KITCHEN

8428 Melrose Place
Los Angeles, CA 90069

(More locations here)

Some days I just can’t get by without a little espresso pick me up but if you put it in a waffle cone I might need that afternoon pick me up every day. 😉

the donut man photo via the Huffington Post

THE DONUT MAN

915 E Route 66
Glendora, CA 91740

These are definitely not your ordinary donuts. Forget jelly or cream filled, The Donut Man stuffs glazed donuts with fresh fruit – so it’s basically healthy, right?

coolhaus photo via pinterstst

COOLHAUS

8588 Washington Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

59 E. Colorado Blvd
Pasadena, CA 91105

Ice cream sandwiches have never been so gourmet! There are endless ice cream flavors to choose from and also tons of cookie options. I know I’m going to have a hard time deciding…

If you get a chance to try any of these treats or have been to any of the spots let me know what you think below or shoot me a tweet on twitter (@hellofashblog) with a yay or nay!
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XX, Christine

 

Desert Life

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DETAILS: WHITE BODYSUIT | DENIM CUT-OFFS | FRINGE BOOTIES | PINK MAXI ROBE (ON SALE! – WEARING SIZE MEDIUM) | HAT | SUNGLASSES

Last week when we went to Coachella it was my first time to Palm Springs/Palm Desert. I was surprised how many flowers and greenery there still was in the desert! We live close to St. George and the desert is completely different there. I fell in love with the little city I hope we make it back soon!

I found this pink kimono/robe on sale and immediately added it to my cart! You guys know what a sucker for pink I am and I love the lace detailing on it. They were sold out of small so I got a medium and its not big at all. Also if you don’t have any body suits yet you need to get some! They are my favorite thing right now! The one I have on in this post I also wore in this post a few weeks ago, I like it cause it’s a thicker white so it’s not see through. Then I also just bought this one. I love how smooth they lay when you want that tucked in look with out all the bunching – they will be your new best friend 😉

Hope you guys all have a great weekend! I am going to do a Coachella round up post next week with what I learned from being a first timer :)

XX,
Christine