Music and fashion and sunshine, oh my

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I can’t believe I’ve been to Coachella four years in a row. It’s crazy how time flies, and it’s been very interesting to see the way the festival has changed even in just a few short years. What was once a festival that flew under the radar has become a media focus and totally commercialized; Modern Family referenced it a few weeks ago, Good Morning America chatted about it on air, and brands are scrambling to be in your face left and right, trying to get a piece of the popular pie. Continue reading

Coachella 2013: What I’m wearing

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Though the quality of this year’s line-up has been the topic of much debate, I couldn’t be more excited for Coachella. Though music is the true star of the festival, the celebrity scene, exclusive parties and most importantly, fashion, are close runners-up in terms of buzz. This year, I’ve prepped more outfits than necessary for lounging by the pool, traipsing through the polo fields, dancing my face off and partying until the wee hours.

It would be silly of me to completely spoil my looks by modeling them in their entirety, so I’m just giving you a sneak peek. You’ll have to follow me on Instagram to see daily accounts of the ‘fits, and tune back in post-fest for a full report of the weekend in the sun. So what am I planning? Continue reading

Festival fashion: Coachella is coming!

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Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping, the air is warm and the sun lingers longer in the sky. All of nature’s renewal can only mean one thing: the countdown to Coachella has officially begun! Though SXSW is the kick-off to festival season, Coachella is truly the place to see and be seen, fashionably speaking. Continue reading

Boot me up, Scottie!

It’s almost May and I can’t believe I’ve made it almost four whole months without “regular” shopping. There were a lot of haters that doubted my ability to do this, but I have satisfied my needs and cravings with shopping sprees at Buffalo Exchange and Crossroads. Have I saved as much as I thought I would? Hell no. But you know what? I’m saving the Earth, and that’s way better.

I’ve realized a few things about myself in this process, and I’m proud to say they’re pretty good realizations. For one, I don’t miss Forever 21 nearly as much as I thought I would. Another is that this challenge has made me a lot more creatively inspired, which has in turn made me a better dresser (I think). And lastly, I’ve learned I love shoes a lot more than I thought I did. I never fancied myself a shoe freak, but lo and behold, I understand why Coco wrote this song.

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When in Indio…

As a kid, you look anxiously look forward to Santa’s arrival, summer camp and the nights your mom makes breakfast for dinner. As an adult, you look forward to long weekends away filled with behavior you’d prefer Santa not to see.

Ahhh the mid-twenties, a time where spending $800+ (at least) and two vacation days on a music festival in the desert is the only way to hail in spring. Though the weather wasn’t 100% desirable and I had a few tanning/wardrobe malfunctions, I overcame my #firstworldproblems in order to enjoy being young, wild and free. Here are some shots from a truly fabulous weekend.

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Let’s play dress up!

Who says that girly girls have to be high maintenance? In my opinion, the staple article of a female’s wardrobe is not only the most feminine piece of clothing, but also the laziest. The dress is hands down the easiest thing to wear, and perhaps that’s why I’ve ended up with more new dresses in the past few weeks than I have anything else.

Though I was supposed to be honing my shopping focus onto Coachella, the past few weeks of secondhand shopping have brought the addition of some fun new dresses (case in point, my Second Hand Saturday on Long Beach’s Retro Row). Maybe it’s the beautiful SoCal weather as of late, but all I want to wear is dresses, dresses all day long.

On a recent trip to Buffalo Exchange in Downtown Fullerton, I was on a specific Coachella shopping mission, but walked away with two dresses and a poncho/kaftan that is essentially a dress. This maxi dress was a whopping $12- how could I say no? It’s the perfect throw on for summer, and how cute is it? Add a jean jacket, some accessories and cute sandals, and bing bang bong- cute city, population 1.

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Website Wednesday: We Move Vintage

In an effort to be a better blogger and second hander, I’ve decided to add another weekly post in addition to Current or Classic? The humpiest day of the week, Wednesday, will bring you a different website selling the finest of second hand fashions through the information super highway.

The first website in the new installation is We Move Vintage, an awesomely weird collection of vintage pieces that have left me going “ahhhh” and “ehhhh?” My friend Jackie (mentioned here) shared today’s site with me, as she often tends to do, because she wants me to be poor. WMV describes themselves as “an artists collective dedicated to bringing you the most diverse collection of vintage and non vintage items around” that  “centers it’s world around finding items that are valued on style and relevance.”

Here are some of my favorite items: This gorg kimono (left) is still for sale at $86, but the to die for cape, sold out… of course.

        

Major designer score, Escada skirt $155 and the envy of all the gals, 60’s peach party dress $64

        

Serious statement Guatemalan hand embroidered jacket, $68 and easy breezy (and cheapie), white lacy day jacket $38

        

This caftan was posted on WMV’s Facebook with a caption reading “The perfect dress for Coachella,” which is amazing, because I just bought a bad ass caftan for Coachella. Winning. This one is $56, I scored mine for $11 at Buffalo. Sheer dress, $58.

In addition to Website Wednesdays and Current or Classic on Fridays, I hereby solemnly swear to bring you new posts on Mondays about yours truly’s adventures in second handing. I’ve gotten a bit back logged, but not for lack of inspiration or want, solely due to a lack of time. But you, dear second handers, deserve more. So more you shall get!

p.s. like that shit: http://www.facebook.com/SecondHandChallenge 

Coachella is coming! What are you wearing?

As Coachella swiftly approaches- 29 days to be exact!- blogs are all a flutter with discussing fashion’s favorite festival. As a Coachella-goer myself, I have been giving this thought for months, as you may remember from this post. With less than 30 days to go and 3 days to dress for, my second hand hunt is intensifying, as is my excitement. Here are some functional wardrobe tips and tricks to get you in the Coachella shopping mode.

If you think wearing that furry animal hat you stupidly bought is a good idea, think again. It’s HOT at Coachella, so you’re best off leaving that hat at home (or better yet, in the trash).

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Cotton is the fabric of our lives and it’s also the fabric of Coachella. It breathes and it’s comfy, what more do you need? This is a great place to start with your Coachella outfit: jeans shorts and vintage tee. The best part? These are SO easy to find at thrift stores and vintage stores.

Cotton cool: shop this look at Nastygal.com

Who wears short shorts? Shorts are the best article of clothing when it comes to Coachella-wear. They’re easy, they’re comfortable, they look cute and most importantly, you can dance all over the place without exposing yourself. Personally, I’m a fan of high waisted shorts and I already have a few in my arsenal for this year’s Coachella attire.

Brooke's shorts were THE pair for Coachella. Plus her crop top & crocheted vest? Perfection.

Rompers & dresses: wear if you dare. A romper may seem to be a great option for coachella attire: it’s easy, comfy and keeps you ready to crowd surf or climb up on some muscular shoulders. Only thing is, Coachella’s ONLY bathrooms are port-a-potties, so every time you need to go, be prepared to get completely naked. Seriously.

Dresses are always fashionable, and being light/airy, they’re a great option for Coachella. BUT… sitting indian-style on the grass WILL happen, and exposed panties weren’t even cool when Paris and Britney rocked them. TIP: wear shorts under your dress if you’re going to wear one.

I wore a romper last year and will probably not be repeating that choice.

Accessories are arguably the most important Coachella necessities  when it comes to fashion AND function. Here’s some must-haves:

  • Hats: Not only do they look cool, they keep you cool. Direct sunlight to the face for 8+ hours is not exactly conducive to a flowing fountain of youth.
  • Fanny packs: I’m not kidding; my neon OC Weekly fanny pack was my best friend at Coachella last year. Though cross-body purses are also handy and the recommended choice as far as purses go, a fanny pack keeps all your valuables and necessities close to your body and hands-free all day.
  • Backpacks: Someone in your group should have a backpack, especially if you aren’t camping onsite, so you can have everything you need.
  • Cheap Sunglasses: Sunglasses are a MUST at Coachella, but nothing you wear/bring should be something you’ll cry over if it gets ruined or lost. So, leave your expensive sunnies at home and spring for a funky, cheap-o pair.
  • Comfy shoes: Yes, those new funky sandals are super cute and in an ideal world, Coachella would be the perfect place to wear them. But guess what? Feet are friends and we need to treat them that way; they deserve support, love and care.  I would highly recommend closed-toe shoes as feet stompers are abundant.

Ready to rock!

So, with that, get shopping! Also, get ready for my pre-Coachella post with all of my outfits entirely built out of second handed finds. What are you going to wear?

p.s. Second Hand Challenge is now on Facebook! Like that shit.