Turn it Up Thursday

We love a playlist that gets you pumped up for the weekend. Still infected by the Coachella bug (#Coachellaforever), we are continually discovering new music from the bands we saw in the desert. This collection of songs is meant to get you moving, so if you’re taking a car trip this weekend or going for a long jog outside, make sure you turn up these tunes!

Xx, E & S

Coachella Diaries: Friday Favorites

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Sarah’s Favorites (from Top Left, clockwise): Kai Luxe Mermaid necklace, Brixton Messer Hat in Black, A fresh manicure and iced coffee, Flash Tattoos Zahra Pack

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Emmy’s Favorites (from Top Left, clockwise): Free People Hat, Long Lost Jewelry Love Spike necklace, Bright white nails and iced coffee, Ray-Ban aviators

 

Happy Friday! As our social media pages are filling with Weekend 2 pictures, we are reminiscing about a few of our favorite things that helped us survive our very first Coachella weekend. The accessories, jewelry, and caffeine (make that lots of caffeine) that we love and that made each day count.

Oh, and another favorite thing is capturing a video at just the perfect time. This was taken from the Martin Garrix set on Night 1, which Emmy uploaded it to her Instagram (@emtaps). We wanted to share it with you all, and sorry, Mom, for the language!

Have a great Easter weekend everyone –

Xx, E & S

Coachella Diaries: Day 3

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Waking up on the final day of the festival was bittersweet. We were excited to see the final set of performers, but so bummed to face the real world the following day. An early Starbucks run was a must before the long day of festivaling, packing, and driving, so we visited the El Paseo Shopping district in Palm Desert for a hearty brunch and some window shopping. Then, we geared up for one more great day at the grounds!

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Outfit Details

EMMY (TOP): RAY-BAN AVIATORS, STONE COLD FOX x BEACH RIOT BIKINI TOP (OLD, SIMILAR HERE), VINTAGE KIMONO, URBAN OUTFITTERS SHORTS (OLD, SIMILAR HERE), HAND-PAINTED WHITE VANSLONG LOST JEWELRY LOVE SPIKE NECKLACE, HANDCRAFTED BOUTIQUE NECKLACE
SARAH (BOTTOM): URBAN OUTFITTERS SUNGLASSESNASTY GAL TOP (ON SALE), ONE TEASPOON SHORTS, URBAN OUTFITTERS SNEAKERSKAI LUXE MERMAID NECKLACE, HANDMADE RICHMOND NECKLACE

The hot and clear Day 3 (with no wind, yes!) called for comfortably cute sneaker ensembles. Emmy was dying to wear her white Vans that she painted for 4th of July last year, which she dressed up with a fringe bikini top and sheer kimono. Sarah rocked her own fringe festivalwear with dark cut-off shorts and brightly colored sneaks. The fringe looks even better when jumping, don’t ya think?

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Who We Saw

It seems like we always start the day with a more mellow band, and Sunday was no different with a fun set from Frank Turner. If we were to describe his musical style, it would be a cross between Flogging Molly and Mumford & Sons, which sounds like a great musical pairing to us! We then danced away to the upbeat tunes of The 1975, and headed over to the Krewella tent. An EDM set during the daytime was definitely an interesting experience, since you’re not getting the full effect of the lights, but Krewella’s crazy talented girl duo made up for it. After Krewella, we made our way back outside to The Naked and Famous, whose dreamy melodies had us swaying. Our last performed of the night was Calvin Harris, and we wanted to have the best experience in the front (like, the VERY front), so we sat and held our seats for almost an hour. When he finally hit the stage, the music was so loud that our bodies were literally one with the beat. When he shot off fire and pyrotechnics, we could literally feel the heat on our faces. And then when the confetti shot out of the stage at the end, we were swimming in red hearts. It was loud and crazy, but in the best possible way. If you’re heading out to bands on Day 3, make sure to see Krewella, The Naked and Famous, and Calvin!

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Xx,

E & S

until next year

Coachella Diaries: The Dos & Don’ts

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After reading plenty of blogs and receiving some great advice from friends, we felt that we were overly prepared for the festival weekend (if that’s possible). Some pieces of information we somewhat ignored and thought we could get away with, like leather pants, black ANYTHING, and sandals. But we very quickly learned that some advice was spot-on and other words of wisdom were there to make our Coachella experience the best it could be.

 

Do List:

FLOWER CROWN: Our advice – make one, don’t buy one! Seriously a must, when else do you get to channel your inner flower child so freely? Check out some DIY’s here and here.

FASHIONABLE FANNY PACK/CROSSBODY: You thought the fanny pack was dead, but it is alive and well at Coachella. Neon, Designer label, Boho styles – you can really find a fanny (pack) that really suits your festival wear. Or, if you think they should stay in the past, opt for a crossbody. Just keep your hands free! No one likes to break it down with a huge backpack or purse in the way.

SNEAKERS/CLOSED TOED SHOES: You will thank us if you plan on taking on the EDM tents. We know you feel more with Mother Earth in your barefeet or more hippie in lace-up sandals, but for your own comfort and safety, cover up those toes! Coachella is a three-day, ALL day event and you will be standing for most of it…or dancing/running/cartwheels/hula hooping etc. Keep your feet happy and you will stay happy too!

CREATIVE GROUP EMBLEM: If you are going in a big group, having your own unique “thing” is a must. Something you can see high in the air or lighting up at night (or both), so that if anyone gets separated, the Minion on a stick will guide you home!  Remember: Anything goes! Giant flags, Cut-outs of lead singer’s faces, stuffed animals, pool noodles, etc.

SHORTS, ROMPERS, OR DRESSES WITH SHORTS: The desert heat is no joke and neither is the amount of sweating you will encounter! To get those carefree vibes, wear comfortable, yet cute, clothing, especially bottoms. Emmy wore a romper on the first day, and many people comment on a “bathroom situation”, but honestly I slipped the whole thing down my body, and was good to go (literally).

B.Y.O.W.B. (BRING YOUR OWN WATER BOTTLE): This one’s a biggie: HYDRATE! Coachella provides a couple of water stations for refilling bottles, so why not save some money and get a great new water bottle as another practical accessory! Remember, no metal bottles are allowed into the festival, so make sure you rock that BPA-free plastic.

FLASH TATTOOS: We mentioned the Flash Tattoos in our Day 2 Diary Post, but we saw these babies everywhere at Coachella (even on the fellas!). Add them to real jewelry, or show them off solo. We loved seeing all the creative placements and ways people wore their Flash Tats.

-BANDANNA/SCARF: Unless you want to experience #Dustchella with an exposed face, don’t forget to bring something that will cover up your nose and mouth in case the sand strikes again!

-HAT/SUNGLASSES/SUNSCREEN: Two words – Desert. Sun. Need we say more?

Read on for our “Don’ts” list!

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Coachella Diaries: Day 2


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We hope you guys enjoyed our post from Day 1! We were slow to get out of bed the following day due to our aching backs and feet, so we started with an early breakfast at a cute French bakery and a little dip in the neighborhood pool. The weather was significantly cooler than Day 1, and there was a wind advisory, so we packed our scarves just in case. Little did we know that we would be attending #Dustchella several hours later (more on that below).

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Outfit Details

Sarah (top): Brixton Messer Hat in Black, Ray-Ban Aviators, Asos top, Urban Outfitters shorts, Vans sneakers (old, similar here), Kai Luxe MERMAID necklace, Lightning Bolt necklace
Emmy (bottom): Handmade flower crown, Urban Outfitters sunglasses, Urban Outfitters dress, Seychelles boots, Long Lost Jewelry Love Spike necklace, Vanessa Mooney Pretty Girls necklace

 

Sarah mixed a fun sneaker with edgy high-waisted shorts and a black fedora style hat, and Emmy dressed down her feminine frock with playful cut-out booties. We also kept our accessories simple, but wanted something extra special to stand out in the desert. Enter Flash Tattoos. These metallic, jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos are the perfect way to layer on the bling without worrying about bulk or heat. We bought the Zahra pack for the festival. You can see them featured on Emmy’s shoulder blade in the bottom left frame of the Outfit collage and Sarah’s wrist in her close-up picture on the Top collage. Definitely a must for any accessories lover!

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Who We Saw

We were pretty accustomed to the layout of the grounds by Day 2, so we were ready for another day jam-packed with bands. We started off with a mellow set from the crazy-talented City and Colour, and kept our spots for the highly-anticipated set from Kid Cudi, which did not disappoint! We took a few breaks for food and water, and then came back for the Foster the People set, which is one of our favorite bands to see live. Then, we ran over to catch the end of Sleigh Bells set before Pharrell. We’re sure you read about all of the craziness that happened with his 5 GUEST PERFORMERS: Busta Rhymes, Nelly, Diplo, Snoop Dogg, AND Gwen Stefani! Due to the winds, they had to keep many of the jumbo screens lowered, which was a bummer because there were so many celebrities in one place. We have no idea what Pharrell will have in store for Weekend 2, so you have to go see him, Kid Cudi, and Foster the People in your Day 2 events. 

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#Dustchella

One thing we did not foresee in our Coachella packing list was a bandanna. In the Day 1 EDM tents, we saw plenty of people with bandanas covering their faces, and we just figured they were making a fashion statement. Once we started having coughing fits, we realized that all of the jumping and dancing in one area creates a mini dust storm. So, for Day 2, we packed our scarf and bandanna planning to only use them in a tight-packed crowd. But the wind was so strong throughout the grounds, that there was dust flying all over our faces and into our eyes, nose, and mouth. Regular festival-goers said wind that strong was rare, but we ended up walking around looking like the picture above regardless. By the time we got a good look at each other in regular light, our faces were shaded by the light brown dust. Nothing another long shower couldn’t fix! But another tip would be to definitely pack a bandanna in your day bag – you never know how quickly the weather will change.

Check back tomorrow for our final day details!

Xx, E & S

Coachella Diaries: Day 1

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We’re really starting to feel the tinge from our post-Coachella blues. Three days of nothing but music, peace signs, and palm trees can really transport you to a vacation-like mindset. The best part about today was getting to upload 500+ of the pictures taken over the weekend and relive all of the fun through these snapshots in time. Since this was our first Coachella, we wanted to overview each day’s details, fashions, and performers to not only help us for next year, but to also give some insight to the Weekend 2 attendees! Day 1 was the longest, but it was also Emmy’s birthday, which made the day that much more special. It was also a scorcher in terms of weather, but the clouds and light breeze made for a perfect evening full of amazing acts!  Continue reading

Coachella Bound!

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Spring is here, which can only mean one thing for us West Coasters. Coachella is upon us! Well, actually make that two things. Coachella and the birthdays of FromVA2CA (April 11 & April 14). And amazingly enough, they both happen to fall on the same weekend! Best. Birthdays. Ever.

Yes, both sisters are headed to the desert this year for Coachella Weekend 1. As first-timers, our planning has been a little excessive, but we really can’t hide our excitement. The music, the atmosphere, and of course, the fashion! Indio the perfect place to let your inner flower child shine.

It is a little difficult planning your Coachella outfits when your sister lives on the opposite coast of the U.S. So, we collaborated a mini must-have list to stock our suitcases with festival essentials.

Every weekday we will be featuring a new must-have leading up to Sarah’s arrival from the East Coast (woohoo!). Even if you’re not heading to Indio this year, these pieces will have you channeling your inner boho goddess for Spring and Summer.

Check back on Monday for more!

Xx, 

Musical Siblings

I was listening to the new Kings of Leon CD when I realized the band is comprised of three brothers and a cousin. It got me thinking about all of the great bands, past and present, that sported “Brothers/Sisters” in their name or just had a great musical presence only heightened by their genetic material.

I don’t know if its the harmonizing vocals or the syncopated rhythms that comes inherent to a familial musical group, but one thing is for sure, they put out some great tunes. And coming from a blogging sister duo, our next Grooveshark playlist for you guys had to be an ode to brothers and sisters (and cousins) in the music industry. And you might be surprised which bands have relatives involved. Hope you enjoy our sibling serenade!

Happy Wednesday!

Xx, E

An Ode to FOAM!

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Do you ever find yourself completely engulfed in every article and every page of a magazine? Like, starring and bookmarking and re-reading pages until they were splitting apart? Well, that actually did not happen to us very often. At least, not until FOAM magazine entered our lives.

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Headed by the stylish and courageous Sari Tuschman {above}, (F)ashion (O)cean (A)rt (M)usic magazine caught Sarah’s eye when she was browsing through the daily Refinery29 articles. Even though the article is now more than a year old, the pictures of Sari struck Sarah as a perfect portrayal of surfer chic. The passion Sari exuded about her publication and the humbleness in her responses had us signing up for subscriptions within days. Even now, one of the quotes she gave in that article still sticks with us: Continue reading

East vs. West: Summer Music Edition


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Who has the better surf, the superior music, the best fashion, cities, culture…well, you get the point. Living across the country from one another for the past five years has created a little more competition between us sisters (as if there wasn’t enough already). Of course, it is always in good fun, but we thought we would take our East vs. West battle to the public!

Trust us – there will be many more of these epic encounters in the future, but with summer sadly winding down, we felt it necessary to give you the playlists that have accompanied our lives this season. So after you have gotten your Groove-Shark on (yes, it is another shameless reference to Shark Week) for both playlists, take to Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the comments section below, and cast your vote for #TeamSarah (East) or #Team Emmy (West)!

SARAH’S PLAYLIST:

I love those days where the radio happens to play all the right songs, or my Ipod has the perfect shuffle going to describe my day. I mean am I the only one who has that “movie moment”, where the music playing fits so perfectly that it is almost staged? Even if it is JUST ME, we all enjoy music to enhance our lives.

My personal taste in music is pretty eclectic, ranging from Hillsong United, Drake, Taylor Swift, Mumford & Sons, Bob Marley, AWOLNATION, and it just gets more random from there; my musical heart just can’t love one genre. However, most days my heart yearns for the crash of waves and melody of sea. “Home is Where the Waves Are” is my playlist to accompany your perfect surf day!

To start you off on your musical journey: songs that get you in the island spirit! Eric Hutchinson is a pop/alternative genius and his songs will have you in a happy, relaxed mood for the day ahead; even one without waves (which can be common here… points for CA). Of course Bob (Marley) and Jack (Johnson) make appearances in my surf day playlist because their music embodies all things sea and sand.

Zedd and Avicii are House/Dance/Techno DJs who are making serious waves in the music industry and rivaling veterans like D. Guetta and Calvin Harris. Zedd is actually the mastermind behind this summer’s hit “Clarity.” His album, also titled “Clarity” has been my music addiction for a few months now and the songs featured on my playlist, “Spectrum” and “Lost at Sea” have to be some of my favorites. As the playlist rocks on, you start to lose yourself to the Two Door Cinema Club and “Tune Out” with the Format. TDCC is a beloved band by both Tappen Sisters, but while she is raving over their newest album, I am still stuck on their previous “Tourist History,” because EVERY song on the album is a hit! Finally, the rhythms slow to Mae, Pepper, and an oldie but goodie, “Crystal Blue Persuasion”. I love to mix old favorites and new found darlings to make a playlist that will take your mind to another place, but particularly the beach (duh).

Happy listening! #TeamSarah

EMMY’S PLAYLIST:

So, I have a little bit of musical ADD. I’m one of those people who plays a song until it makes everyone around me hate me, and then I jump onto something completely different. I bought Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” and Mumford’s “Babel” album right around the same time, and I swear I alternated between the two for about two months straight and listened to nothing else. I grew up listening to Pop/Indie Rock with my best friends (New Found Glory, Brand New, Yellowcard, Something Corporate) and developed a style for more alternative, but still danceable (and more importantly singable) tunes.

Right now, I am digging on Two Door Cinema Club‘s latest release “Beacon” along with some awesome alternative remixes like Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness” and Bastille’s “Pompeii”. Summer is my favorite time to mix up my musical preferences because it’s the season of outdoor festivals and concerts in the park, and there are talented up-and-coming bands everywhere. I’ve got my money on Walk the Moon and Crystal Fighters as the “bands to watch” from my playlist. And since I have to constantly deal with the lovely SoCal summer traffic, my playlist serves as the perfect mix of new artists, classic sing-alongs, and soothing summer beats to transport you away from bumper-to-bumper and over to surf-and-sand.

And when I’m not singing along to my latest radio obsession, I always revert back to the mellow sounds of a guitar and/or a piano. “The Ocean” by my long-time favorite band, Mae, has such a beautiful piano track; it always relaxes me as soon as the first ocean sounds play. And somehow a good amount of my songs are related to the West Coast.  Laid-back tunes and good vibes? Sounds good to me.

Happy listening! #TeamEmmy