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Living it up at Coachella

So Coachella 2012 weekend two was amazing. Seriously why have I not gone before? With big blue skies, soaring temperatures (40 degrees!), good friends and a lineup of stellar music, there was no way this weekend could have been any better.

Here are some pics from the weekend:

We were lucky enough to stay with a friend’s parents’ place. Who knew it would look like a page right out of architectural digest? (Yeah I happened to coordinate with the accents, what can I say?)

Day one was amazing. We took in The Sheepdogs, Other Lives, Gary Clark Jr., Mazzy Star and finished off the evening with The Black Keys.

As mentioned it was scorching hot so day two involved tracking down some bandannas, to make these guys look badass of course.

It also involved an insane amount of good music starting out with Dragonette (where their computer kept overheating),  Childish Gambino (Troy from Community raps for those who didn’t know), Noel Gallagher, Feist, dancing to David Guetta and chilling at Bon Iver.

Radiohead closed the evening with mind-blowing performance even if Thom flubbed a couple lines and giggled.

So Day three was the one I had been waiting for. After catching the the last song by the folk-duo First Aid Kit (definitely worth listening to) and dancing to Santigold (a less aggressive version of MIA) next up was Gotye. Even though I am sure most people in the crowd only knew “Somebody that I Used to Know”,  he still managed to get everyone up dancing and singing. We zipped over to catch Girl Talk who drew a massive crowd with his easy-to-dance-to mashups.

Then it was time for the woman I had been waiting for: Florence and the Machine. Dressed in a black leotard with gauzy wings and as kooky as ever, Flo put on a wicked show. Best part about it was I could actually see the stage. A really tall guy was nice enough to switch spots (seriously, who does that?!).  If you haven’t seen her and you have a chance to you should (pssst, she’s coming to Vancouver).


Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre and yes, hologram Tupac closed Coachella. We were all  surprised (or maybe a bit embarrassed) to realize we actually know way more of his songs that we thought—who knew we were such gangstas.


So, see you at Coachella next year?

Coachella 2012: Beauty Bag Prep

Since I’m attempting to pack light, I figure I need to downsize my make-up bag to the essentials.

Here are my beauty must-haves (pared down of course) for Coachella:

1) Sunscreen
After spending my first very rainy winter in Vancouver I am probably the pastiest I’ve ever been (I know, so hot) which means good sunscreen is a must. A long-time fan of GM Collin products I’ll be applying and reapplying their Créme Solaire Mineral Sun Cream SPF 25 to my face and slathering the rest of me in Ombrelle.

2) Waterproof Mascara
Racoon eyes. ‘Nuff said. I’ll be taking along Maybelline’s XXL Extensions waterproof mascara.

3) Lip Balm
On a recent trip to Sephora I was introduced to fresh Sugar lip balm. It’s light, smooth and doesn’t get all gooey when you reapply. Bonus points for SPF 15.

4) Neutral Palette
Oh Bobbi, you always know what a girl needs. This shimmer brick comes with five neutral shades from a rosy pink to a dusky taupe and does triple-duty as a blush, eyeshadow palette and highlighter. It’s like a make-up Swiss Army knife.

5) After Care
I’m looking forwards to loads of sun and dry desert air but I suspect my skin isn’t which is why I’ll be sure to give my skin a little TLC every evening with my don’t-leave-home-without-it eye cream by GM Collins.

Travel Tip: Make flying easy on yourself by packing all your makeup in a clear bag instead of having to deal with taking everything out and transferring it to an airport Ziploc. I love the Joe Fresh clear makeup pouch (pictured). Pretty sure you can pick one of these up at your neighbourhood Superstore.

What to Pack: Coachella 2012

I’m not going to lie for someone who has travelled a lot I am absolutely horrible at packing light. Tell me to pack for two years and I am good to go, tell me to pack for five days and suddenly I decide that seven pairs of shoes is totally acceptable. What can I say? I’m a much better long-term traveller.

One of my travel goals is to be able to pack everything I need for a five-day trip in carryon and still be stylish and appropriately dressed for any occasion. I know, it’s a really serious goal. (If you are a really awful packer, Kelly of Travellious found an amazing app that makes packing a snap!)

Coachella is a mere week and half away (we’re headed to the second week) and I cannot wait! I’m determined to pack light and am looking at the lightest but most versatile clothes that I can cram into a carryon. Maxi dresses are my new fave (I know I am late on that trend) so I chose one simple dress and built around it. I’m opting for basics and then adding in some fun with bright (and inexpensive, thank you H&M) jewellery and accessories.

What to pack for Coachella

 

Everyone is telling me to pack boots but given that I plan to rock a carryon I suspect my trusty Converse will be the shoes I end up wearing the whole time. Don’t worry, I’ve heard the horror stories of wearing sandals to any music fest (thanks to Coachella expert Kelsey Dundon of The Anthology) so my sandals will be worn outside the venue.

What is your must-have for a music festival?

Odds & Ends: Yogis are crazy, design your own shoes & Coachella recovery plan

Another edition of random things from around the web.

1) I prefer clean and simple shoes, put a buckle, tassel or chain on it and I’m shuddering in disgust. That’s where Shoes of Prey comes in, they let you just make what you want. Finally.

2)  This video is absolutely amazing. How strong is that?

3) I am not much of a beauty product gal but I’m always on the look out for that perfect lengthening mascara. It shouldn’t be a surprise that beauty guru Bobbi Brown has got this in the bag with her  Lash Glamour Extreme Lengthening mascara.

4) I think we might spend some time recovering post-Coachella at the retro-inspired Ace Hotel. Pool, drinks and spa…that’s all I’m going to need.

5) Right now I’m on a press trip in Victoria for Dine Out, a showcase of the top restaurants and wineries around (I know, hard job, right?), if you’re interested you can follow my foodie adventures on Twitter @kels_m