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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?

Fashions Fade, Style is Eternal

“Young women you’re going to be old women some day…”

I figure the fashion faux pas you’ll end up regretting the most occur between the ages of 14 to 25. Don’t get me wrong, that is what being young is all about. Your teens and twenties are for sampling, experimenting and getting away with wearing just about anything (However it doesn’t mean you won’t look back and cringe at your chunky-heeled wedge sandals circa ’99—you know you did).

I’d like to think that all this experimentation (and cringing) leads to developing your own individual style, hopefully one that goes past just what the current trends and magazines are touting and one where you feel like you are expressing exactly who you are.

About a year ago I came across this really awesome blog, Advanced Style —probably one of the only street style blogs that caters to the plus 60 set. It’s awesome and encouraging that just as fashion today is geared to the young, true style is something you develop over your entire lifetime. These ladies are a testament to that:

I sincerely hope I rock it this hard when I am 90.

Photo: The always irreverent Iris Apfel by Bruce Weber