Coachella advice from from your friendly valley girl

Coachella Valley Music Festival is three days of artists making your ears buzz, converse giving your feet blisters, and chicken strips, watermelon and ice cream helping you gain 5 pounds. But it is also the best 72 hours of my every year. As of just returning from my third year of music and fun in the Indio sun (I like to rhyme) I have acquired some “chella wisdom” that I would like to share with you all.
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the ‘Chella Diaries: Day 3 (April 13th, 2014)

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I am sitting in my bedroom currently very depressed, because the most special carefree weekend of my life slipped away in a matter of a couple of blinks. It’s so hard to transition from a dreamy musical wonderland full of color back to the drab reality of responsibility and school. Coachella was a sweet escape and I wish it was my reality, and I want it to be, but I know it can’t be. Yesterday was our last day and it was absolutely wild. Here’s who we saw:

Krewella 5:00-6:00: Cairo was dying to see Krewella so we ran into the Sahara tent and got up close and raved. It was an awesome show and I recommend going to see it if you know their music
After Krewella we rushed over to the food court (which if you haven’t been to Coachella is endless and overwhelming with its infinite possibilities ranging from chicken and waffles to ice cream and waffles. We got awesome fish tacos and were chilling on the ground when some random guy came up and started talking to Cairo and then burned her armed with his cigarette! Um excuse me, so rude and unexpected. We had quite a few strange encounters this year. For one, when we were walking over to the Sahara tent on Saturday some weirdo guy who was sweating profusely came up to me asking him if I remembered him from Vegas and his friend grabbed my face and went in to kiss me but I leaned back before he could make the move. Yikes who knows what kinds of STD’s those guys were spreading around. During Skrillex, there was a strange man on some sort of extreme drug wearing a unicorn mask thing and dancing around like he was in a dream land. He was standing directly in front of me doing some strange disco moves and oohing and was facing me dancing, instead of the set of Skrillex. I asked him if he wanted to turn around and actually watch the show but he said he didn’t need to, so I let him do his thing.

Cairo and I met up with Shelby during Calvin Harris 7:20-8:25: THIS WAS HONESTLY one of the best shows. Located at the Coachella stage (which was the biggest venue there and was outside in the heart of the festival grounds) Calvin Harris literally made the crowd go wild and the grassy field shake with excitement. It was one of the busiest shows there was and I felt on top of the world dancing with Shelby and Cairo who were both feeling just as extremely carefree and happy as me as we jumped and danced to all of his amazing songs, our energy bouncing back and forth between each other. I went insane when he played “Feel So Close” as well as “(I Don’t care) I Love It”

Lana Del Rey 8:15-9:05: This was the show I was most looking forward to all weekend. Lana Del Rey is the epitome of perfection. Her music, lyrics, her style, everything about her as an artist is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. She has this exotic, feminine look to her and a velvety voice that is addictive. Her range is incredible and she’s got this fuzzy low tone that is extremely sensual and can put you to sleep; it is rare that a female can sing so low and so strongly and I absolutely love her sound. When she came on stage I started to cry out of joy and shock, I couldn’t believe I was seeing her live. I love her so much. She was so calm and relaxed on stag and she moved about so gracefully and took off her heels and then politely asked if she could smoke a cigarette on stage, saying she couldn’t think without it. Her venue was quite short because she came on a bit late, so that was extremely sad. BUT she made it so worthwhile. She started off with one of my favorites, “Cola” and introduced us to her new song, “West Coast” which I can’t stop listening to now. My favorite songs from her are definitely, “Cola” “Without You” “Born To Die” “Body Electric” “Off To The Races” “Million Dollar Man” and of course all of her most popular songs. Two of my favorites that are unreleased are called, “Queen of Disaster” and “Burning Desire”. Look them up on Youtube!
I almost got trampled and suffocated to death while trying to leave Lana’s set, it was absolutely insane. BUT Lana was worth every painful foot stepping to each time my face got pushed into the sweaty arm of a random dude to every “sardines in a can” moment in general.

Disclosure 9:35-10:35: started right after Lana at the same stage and Carina (our friend), Cairo, Shelby and I chilled in the grass and listened to “When a Fire Starts to Burn” as well as “You and Me” which are two of their biggest hits.
Then we walked over to see…

Jhene’ Aiko 10:00-10:45: I did not know Jhene’ Aiko very well but Cairo and Shelby really enjoyed her so we went and I was pleasantly surprised. She had a beautiful soulful voice and her music was amazing. She brought out surprise guests CHILDISH GAMBINO and DRAKE which was awesome as well. Seeing her singing up stage sipping her tea and sitting on a stool made me really feel for a moment that I wanted to be up on that stage, singing for all these people and that I was wasting my time in school learning things to get me into college when I could be focusing on things I am really good at.

Duck Sauce 10:25-10:35: Cairo, Shelbs and I walked over to this crazy DJ at the Sahara Tent and picked up some delicious popsicles (Blood Orange for me of course) and decided to head over to Arcade Fire instead because we were tired, but this DJ ended up apparently being the best so I recommend you go if you’re going weekend one.

Arcade Fire 10:20-11:55: they sounded pretty good from what I heard, but we were really just relaxing far back on the grass soaking in the last bits of ‘Chella we could get before we had to leave.
Walking back was very difficult and I tried to look around and enjoy as much as I could, knowing I’d have to wait an entire year to return to this beloved haven of sweetness and music. I will miss you forever Coachella 2014. You were too good to me.

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^^ ummm this is called being a DEDICATED FAN. LIV LUV LANA FOREVER

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^ perty mermaid hurrr

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^ during Krewella!

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^^ umm did I saw it was packed during Calvin Harris?

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^^ Cairo,me and one of my best friends Serena! Check out her adorable gardening/creative outlet blog here: http://gardensandgnomes.wordpress.com !! She’s a newbie but her posts are hilarious and quirky be sure to follow her!

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^^ my beautiful mistress, Lana.

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“Am I allowed to smoke on stage?” she asks… why YOU CAN DO WHATEVER YOU WANT BABE

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^^ found that somebody had written Happy Coachella out in glow sticks on the ground and thought it’d be an adorable picture if we laid down in the grass next to it. Shelby and Cairo thought it would be ridiculous and we would look stupid since people were trying to take pictures of it but I forced them into the dirt with me and voila! Not too bad and you can see what I was envisioning, right?

~xoxo Ali~

the ‘Chella Diaries: Day 2 (April 12th, 2014)

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As I sit in my fluffy hotel bed eating my crispy hash browns, sunny side up eggs, bacon, and white toasted slathered in orange marmalade, I question how this weekend could be slipping by so quickly. Yesterday was day 2 of the CHELLA DIARIES. Luckily, Shelby was feeling ten times better and all three of us survived the whole day. We slept in and indulged ourselves with the delicious breakfast buffet that our dream hotel offers. I had an omelet and a Belgian waffle with chocolate chips, syrup, whipped cream, and cinnamon whipped cream. Yes. After experiencing the blistering sun in mid afternoon yesterday, we decided to get a little bit of a late start yesterday at around 3:30ish. Unfortunately, we came a little too late to see Cage the Elephant who I would have really enjoyed watching, but its okay because I got to see all of these people:
City and Colour 4:30-5:20: the main singer of this band has the most beautiful, folky, voice and it could put you to sleep. That mixed with the acoustics was really beautiful.

Kid Cudi 5:45-6:45: I had never seen Kid Cudi before this performance and I was a bit surprised by his look; he was a lanky, tall guy wearing fitted jean shorts and a red crop top, almost like a college kid from the 80’s. He wasn’t like one of those intimidating big rappers that barely smiles, instead he was this loving, friendly guy who wouldn’t stop smiling and looked like he couldn’t harm a fly. He has such an awesome voice and he had a really cool set; I really admired his originality. Cairo and I were packed up super close like sardines in a can; it was ridiculously crowded. During the performance he came out and sang right up next to the crowds and we were 5 feet away from him!!! My favorite songs are, “Up Up & Away” “Erase Me” “Day n’ Night” “Mr. Rager” “Soundtrack 2 My Life” “Pursuit of Happiness”. One of my favorite shows for sure.

Dillon Francis 6:45-745: We scurried over to Dillon Francis and met up with Shelby; Shelby saw Cudi but came to the festival with her dad instead of taking shuttle with Cairo and me. She cried at Cudi because she absolutely loves him. In the Sahara Tent, you could obviously assume that Dillon Francis was insane. We got up close to the front but all the way on the edge of the tent, tightly squished between people but not as bad as Cudi. Dillon Francis was hilarious when he talked to the crowd and put on all his little personas like “DJ Hanzel” and he made the crowd go crazy. It was really fun to dance to his music, but we ended up leaving halfway because eventually the music started to get a bit repetitive, but mostly in order to get a good spot for Lorde.

Lorde 7:55-8:45: LORDE WAS ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE. It’s crazy to think she is 17 years old, because SO AM I. I was very curious to see how she would perform, considering everyone was hating on her for her “freak performance” at the Grammy’s which I had never even seen until this morning when I looked it up to see what all the judgment was about. Her voice sounded exactly like it did recorded and it was absolutely beautiful. She’s got a really funky kind of punkish-pretty voice and its like nothing I’ve ever heard, plus her accent makes it ten times cooler. She’s got this relaxed attitude and acts so natural on stage, as if she’s performing for some good friends and doesn’t have to worry about what people think;she gets so into her music and I love that in an artist. She jolted her body and moved around simultaneously with the beats of her music and her hands friskily moved in the air like she was the composer of a symphony, directing her music. It was genius and beautiful and incredible and I died. My favorite songs are “A World Alone” “Buzzcutt Season” “Ribs” “Team” “Tennis Court” “Royals” and especially “Love Club” but she said she had to skip a song or else they would cut her set off, and I think “Love Club” is the one she skipped!! So sad but still amazing.

Foster the People 8:20-9:10: We skipped over to Foster the People and chilled in the grass. Cairo and Shelby sat down and relaxed and I danced around on the grass to all of their music. The lead singer’s got such an energetic, dynamic voice and their music is so catchy!!! I loved it when they played “Pumped Up Kicks” and “Don’t Stop” back to back. So awesome.

Skrillex 11:25-12:55: Skrillex was absolutely PACKED with people and was probably the most crowded show of the night. He was awesome and everyone was going absolutely nuts. Claire, Taylor and I were up really close to the front and we in the center of the crowd (Cairo and Shelby went to go sit and get hot chocolate because they were cold and tired). We stayed in for Skrillex for most of the show but I started to get bored with the music. Last year I had the time of my life in the Sahara Tent and I think it was because I had never experienced anything like it before and EDM music was new to me, but this year I already knew what to expect so I didn’t get the same sort of shock. It was still so much fun, but I just get a little tired of raving to EDM music nonstop because personally I think it all starts to sound the same after a while. So we left and I met up with Cairo and Shelby and we were exhausted so headed home to crash for the night.

If you didn’t know, last year there was a giant wind/sandstorm Sunday night of weekend 1 and it happened again, ONLY ALL DAY YESTERDAY. Grains of sand danced in the vicious wind and felt like tiny needles hitting our skin. We walked around with what I call a “Chella Stache” or in basic terms a dirt mustache. It’s the only appropriate time that you can sing the song “I Wear My Sunglasses at Night” and actually be wearing them along with everyone around you, because if you don’t sand and dust will cloud your eyes and trust me it’s NO FUN. I absolutely cannot wait to rock out for our last day and scream and cry for Lana Del Ray. LIVE LUV CHELLA!

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^ SAHARA TENT!!!!

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^ Cairo, Shelbs and I

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^^ pretty bad photo quality… BUT its LORDE!!

~xoxo Ali~

the ‘Chella Diaries 2014: Day 1 (April 11th, 2014)

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After a 3 hour car ride and coverage of my entire Coachella playlist, Indio was finally in eyesight. This year, I am attending the heavenly 3 day music festival with two of my best friends, Shelby and Cairo. Shelby and I have been friends since preschool and live in a 1 mile radius of each other and we met Cairo at the sleep away camp we’ve been attending since elementary years. We have managed to stay close with Cairo, who lives all the way out in Paolo Alto for the past four years even though we only see each other a couple times a year, if that! Yesterday was our first day groovin’ in the Indio sun and it was sublime. Coachella is not just a festival, it’s a feeling and every time I step foot on the grassy planes and see the sparkling Ferris wheel twirl in the baby blue sky, all previous worries and life distractions evaporate with the scorching heat. Yesterday, we began the day at around 1:30 and immediately bought our chella clothing, because last year I had to wait in a ridiculous line on Sunday and I knew it’d be smart to get it over with right away. We bought super cute Coachella jackets and were excited to begin the adventure, but Shelby turned snow white and felt an immense rush of fatigue fall upon her. She ended up going to the medical tent to rest and then joined us again for our second band but felt sick again, so ended up going back to the hotel to rest for the rest of the day. Cairo and I were very disappointed in this and felt horrible for Shelby, but luckily we met up with my best friends Serena and Claire (Claire I went to chella with last year for both our first times) and my other friends Caroline, Taylor and Kennedy. This is a list of the bands we watched yesterday:

MS MR: 2:50-3:55 We saw the second half and ending of this band. My favorite songs are “Bones”, “Dark Doo Wop” and “Fantasy” which we got to see and they were great. The girl singer has rockin red hair!

ASAP Ferg: 3:40-4:30 Went here because Cairo, Shelby, Serena, and Claire wanted to and I stayed for a bit. I wasn’t exactly satisfied with the performance considering it consisted of a lot of yelling and shouting and I wanted to hear a bit more melody in my music, so Cairo and I headed over to Grouplove.

Grouplove: 4:00-4:50 I saw Caroline and we went into the crowd and got there just in time for their most popular songs, “Tongue Tied” and “Ways to Go”. The guy singer had awesome shaggy blue hair and was wearing an extremely oversized, holy tee shirt and some pants. He reminded me of Nirvana’s, Kurt Cobain. The girl was wearing a funky, tight full body blue unitard of some sort and she rocked it.

HAIM: 4:55-5:45 I left Grouplove a bit early so I could get a good spot at one of my favorite bands playing at chella, HAIM!!!! Three Jewish girls from the valley just like me! I couldn’t find any of my friends so I literally stood super close to the front all by myself in a crowd of some nice college kids. I was talking to this one guy who said he went to school with them and grew up in the Valley. I asked him where they went to school and shockingly found out they went to MILLIKAN MIDDLE SCHOOL, which is where I WENT! For high school they went to LACHSA, which is where some of my friends go! Pretty crazy. Regardless of the fact that my friends weren’t around I had an amazing time as I sand along to every single song they performed. Their guitar playing skills amazed me; they were jamming out and soloing like real rock stars. They were beautiful and amazing and I absolutely loved it. My favorites are “My Song 5” “Falling” “If I Could Change Your Mind” “Go Slow” “Don’t Save Me” and of course “The Wire”.

Kate Nash: 5:50-6:35 Met back up with Cairo and we were expecting to hear some of the cute melodic tunes of Kate Nash but were surprised to see her in a completely different persona, a girly punk rocker and I didn’t hear any songs I knew, so we headed over to Ellie Goulding. My favorite songs from her are “Pumpkin Soup” and “Merry Happy”

Ellie Goulding: 6:40-7:30 We made it just in time to hear all of Ellie’s main hits, “Lights” “Burn” “I Need Your Love” and “Anything Could Happen”. She has an incredibly unique voice and her range is surprisingly huge; she put on an awesome show and really has some nice pipes.

Chromeo: 7:55-8:45 Might have been my favorite show of the night. I started listening to Chromeo a couple of weeks before the festival and grew to love their funky, soulful techno music which is unique to anything I’ve ever heard. I rocked out to every song with all of my friends and got to sit on this super nice guys shoulder’s during their biggest hit, “Over Your Shoulder” and I danced up there for the entire song. I got a perfect view of the entire crowd and the stage and kept looking over my shoulder and singing to my friends while he sang “Stop Looking Over Your Shoulder” and it was pretty awesome. Definitely one of the highlights of my Chella 14 experience. My favorite songs are “Hot Mess” “Needy Girl” “Over your Shoulder” “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” “Come Alive” “Bonafied Lovin’” and “Night by Night”.

Flume: 9:30-10:20 Flume was incredible. We all went nuts for the performance as we jumped up and down bumping our heads and pumping the air. He is a hot Australian dude and his mixes are super catchy and relaxingly energetic which is kind of a paradox, but that’s why it’s so cool. Can’t wait for more rave and EDM music. My favorites from him are “Sleepless” and especially, “Drop the Game”

Zedd: 10:05-11:20 We got to see the end of Zedd, which was in the infamous SAHARA TENT. We went to the back and got to listen to two of my favorites, “Clarity” and “Stay the Night” but had to leave to get to Outkast on time so didn’t get to see my real favorite one, “Lost at Sea”. But it’s okay you win some you lose some. I felt my heart bump and the adrenalin rush through my blood as I screamed and jumped to the music with Cairo. It was amazing!!

OutKast: 11:05-12:30 OutKast was groovy, funky, and totally old-school. We chilled in the back and sat on the cool grass to give our bruised, numb feet a break! It got a bit chilly so we put on our hoodies and got up and danced to the songs we knew. I went absolutely insane during “Roses” “Ms. Jackson” “Rosa Parks” and of course. “HEY YA” !!!!! Serena and Claire left it early because they were tired and eventually so did Taylor and Kennedy but Cairo and I toughed it out to stay at the end and see those songs. Afterwards we sprinted out to avoid the crowd, the cool wind whipping its fingers through our rat-nest filled dirty hair. We ran towards the shuttle lines, hopped on, and got back to the hotel.

Currently it’s the afternoon on Sunday and we are about to get ready to head over for our second day in the Indio sun!!!!!

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~xoxo Ali~

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Two hippie-feel 70’s tops that I am hoping to sport at ‘Chella this year ☮

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This top’s got a total 70’s feel with its long flared arms and lacey/crotchet texture and material. The creamy white color is perfect for a hot day out in the Indio sun. I could pair this with a flawy pair of floral pants, some grungy high-wasted shorts, or even a simple maxi skirt.

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This silky, light, cropped top is another perfect piece of a music festival. Adorned with delicate lace, it gives off a flirty and flowery ambiance that makes you want to dance! ✿

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To give it the finishing touch, I added this turquoise, stone necklace I thrifted from Out Of the Closet a couple of years ago. The aged turquoise really gives the top the “flayva” it needs.

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~xoxo Ali~