Wednesday, April 16, 2014

O'Neill x Coachella Recap

1st Look: O'Neill dress (in stock here). Patricia Nash backpack. BC wedges.
2nd Look: O'Neill top. O'Neill pants. La Mer watch. Birkenstock sandals.

For my second day at Coachella, I was super relieved I had strategically planned a couple of cozy and comfortable looks in O'Neill after a long first night out. I've been a fan of O'Neill since I moved to California and became centrally immersed in the land of surf, and their stuff is so right for the free vibes of Coachella. 

After an early morning of quick recovery, I slipped on this beautiful printed maxi dress for an easier-going day out in Palm Springs. We were all craving a hearty brunch to start us off right and we found this cute little place called Jake's right in Downtown. Of course a Saturday brunch isn't complete without a little party liquid from Stack Wines, which are great little portable wines we took with us all over town. Filling up on delicious food makes all the difference in the world with the day and we were ready to get on with our party route. Kyle and I headed over to the relentlessly chic Ace Hotel to stop by our good friend Kelsi's Blogger Lounge where we enjoyed special, intimate performances from artists such as Josie Florence and The Pierces. We kept this stop super low key and explored the widespread grounds of the Ace, letting my O'Neill dress flow free in the sun and across their famous mural installation. While we were able to rejuvenate with some vitamin D and rest, we Uber'd over to The Saguaro where it was about to get turnt up 180ยบ. A Club Called Rhonda was hosting the party of the day and it was prismatic, lively, and wild. This is where Halloween gets relived in the most fabulous way - think lots of Adam & Eve wardrobes and eccentric headpieces. We lounged in VIP and sipped on lots of free Blue Moons; this is one of those pool parties we can never miss. 

After dancing away all the energy we had replenished, we had to make a stop back at our hotel to rest up before heading out to the fields. I changed into my wide-legged O'Neill pants and top to lounge snugly by our quaint pool and I had no motivation to leave again for the day. But the opportunity to see Lorde should never be passed up.

Stay tuned for more of my Coachella weekend recap this week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

James Jeans x Coachella Recap

James Jeans vest and shorts. Motel top. BC shoes.

What a weekend! I'm currently back home in the OC and I'm superglued to my bed and it's never felt more comforting. I took a much needed nap and when I woke up, I knew exactly how my iPhone feels after it charges up from death and finally powers on after a couple percent. As exhausting as it was, a close-to-home Coachella trip to experience amazing live music, grand parties, and the whimsical beauty of Palm Springs is always worth it. 

Check out my #JamesJeansxCoachella adventure on Instagram!

I brought one of my favorite clothing brands James Jeans out with me to start the weekend in some cute and comfortable denim wear. I am in love with their new Spring collection as every piece is perfect for festival season and they just had to make an appearance at the biggest festival of them all. High-waisted shorts are pretty much my go-to style for Coachella, but I look for details to be sure that they're not just like every other denim shorts roaming around the desert. And that's the very reason why I am obsessed with these playful lace-up sides of their Cover Girl shorts. We drove into the desert Friday morning and landed straight at the colorful Saguaro hotel for the Opening Ceremony party as our first stop on the agenda. Kyle and I started our first party scene with [literally] really cool drinks at the Reyka Ice House, complete with delicious fruity cocktails and fun ice mugs. We met up with my blogger partners in crime, Chanelle and Enocha, and checked into our adorable Spanish-style hotel, which provided the perfect backdrop to lounge about with provided mimosas and snacks before really popping off the night. We drove out to my favorite slice of oasis, the Merv Griffin Estate, where Soho House was perching for the weekend and the Forward by Elyse Walker party was happening. Glamorous day beds, a splendid lake, and copious amounts of delicious food easily dubbed this as my kind of event. After getting our fix of charming Palm Springs chic life, we were ready to get down and desert-dirty for Outkast, the sole reason why we came to Coachella. I changed into James Jeans' striped jeans since the desert chill creeps in as soon as night hits; the winds pick up and sand is everywhere. Luckily my vest kept me warm enough to dance the night away after the Outkast set at the Details Magazine after-party. Perhaps the warm grilled cheese they catered helped as well. Although we usually like to remember Saturday as the big night out, I think Friday unexpectedly turned into my favorite night and I'm for sure happy I got to look cute in James Jeans for it. 

Stay tuned for more of my Coachella weekend recap this week!

Check out the winner of the James Jeans giveaway here.

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