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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!

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.

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

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!

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!

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.

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!

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.

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

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  1. Cynthia

    Cute! You guys are totally adorable together, and I like those gladiator sandals too.
    Likely By Sea

  2. Sara Kate Styling

    This guide is amazing!!! What a great post. I definitely want to go and it’s so nice to hear the inside scoop from a blogger perspective. LOVINGGG that long flowing vest.

    xo,
    Sara Kate Styling

  3. Caterina

    Wow, you too look so happy. Thats great. And the Pictures are so beautiful. Seems that you had a great time at the Coachella.

    Caterina
    http://caterinasblog.com/

  4. Amy Pham

    oh. my. goodness…you stayed at the exact same hotel I did!! and the same weekend too! I was really hoping I would run into you at some point, as I’m a fan of you and your blog!

  5. La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Simply fun, carefree and beautiful … Such a sweet memory to cherished for a long time! 🙂

    La Bijoux Bella | by mia

  6. kristen

    coachella outfits were super cute!!!!

  7. Ashley

    This looks soooo fun! And I love the outfits you picked! BTW- I tried several of your links for different pieces and they weren’t working, just a heads up (the cream maxi kimono and black crossbody and a few others!)

    Nineteen Windsor

  8. Mademoiselle Coconath

    Coachella is definitely on my bucket list! Hopefully newt year!
    Great post
    xx
    Mademoiselle Coconath
    http://mllecoconath.com

  9. Jill

    Thanks for sharing! Very useful post! I have a goal to go to Coachella next year and I’ll definitely will need these tips!
    By the way, all the photos are awesome!
    Jill
    Jill D Blog

  10. Holly

    I have never been to Coachella but have always dreamed of going! If and when I go for the first time, I will be sure to come back and reread this post! Thanks so much for sharing so many helpful tips!
    Holly
    http://www.teachmestyle.com

  11. Cassandra @ AyeMiLady

    Awesome. What fun!

  12. Katelyn Foley

    I myself have been to this festival and I liked hearing a different perspective and experience from my own. The tips are all so helpful and definitely some things I never even considered.

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