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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The Guest Blog Love Continues

So, remember that awesome gal that posted for us yesterday? The super-chic and witty Asia Croson? Well, she has plenty of those wonderful blog posts as a part of her photography page, where you can see both her style and her photography! She is a super-talented photographer that I was lucky enough to shoot with for my college senior pictures last year. I am finally reminiscing over that wonderful day on her blog today, with a few tips and tricks for a perfect photoshoot.

www.acrophotography.com/fromva2ca

Xx, E

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Acro Photography Guest Post: Rockin’ the #OOTD

Oh, the #ootd. You think you can only do it if you look amazing. Or if you’re doing some sort of 30-day challenge. Or if you look particularly horrible and you’re into irony. I feel you.

But if you’re the fashion maven I think you are, you may just look amazing A LOT of the time. And then it is necessary, obligatory, mandatory.. for Pete’s sake woman, just show us your awesome fashion concoctions on Instagram and hasthag it. Gracias.

But now, how to do this without being totes boring…?

Let me give you the proper ingredients to rocking your #ootd for us Instastalkers to adore.

Prerequisites: You have a full length mirror, an iPhone, a non ugly cover (I literally took mine off sometimes), and an Instagram. Obvi.

1.     Find your pose.

You’re going to see a variation of this in most of my #ootd posts- Legs crossed (hello hour glass), elbow into the side (oh, hi tiny waist), playing or not playing with my hair. One of my friends commented “Maybe you need a new pose” and I was like.. why? I look amazing in all these pictures. Let’s face it.

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2.     Then.. don’t do it.

So maybe my friend had a point. Find your pose, then change it up when you feel you can. Is your dress doing the hour glass thing for you? Awesome. Lean against the wall and show it off.  Sit down. Show off the shoes. Do it all.

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3.     Show off the accessories

“It’s in the little things.”.. Don’t they always say that? Yes, yes they do. So show those little things off. This is what PicStitch was invented for, #ootd cute details. Obvi. So show us the goods! Also, feel free to throw in a random accessory that you’re actually not wearing (see maracas below), just because it’s relevant and matches and looks cool. It’s your #ootd, girl, maybe you ARE wearing the maracas. Nobody on Instagram can tell you you’re not!

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4.     Show it off

Have a favorite part of the outfit that you want to especially point out? Mine’s usually my hair. Note #Tip 1 photo 1- pulling the hair. I straightened my hair that day (I NEVER do anything with my hair.. as you may have noticed in these pics..) and really wanted to show off its length. In the pics below, I have a wig on anddd wanna make it clear to anyone new showing up that I indeed do not have a ginger fro.. and I also have THE CUTEST flowers in my hair for a photoshoot in the next pic. Point them out. Don’t let them go unnoticed! What if someone was attracted by my awesome skirt? No! The flowers! Look at the flowers!

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5.     Do a sequence

Sometimes your #ootd is #2ootds or #ijcd (I just cant decide). Or #iamshoppingrightnowformyootd. That’s great. Two of your amazing fashion recipes in one day?! Amazing.

Pic stitch is your friend. And your Insta followers are your friends, too. I could not decide what look to go for for my Valentines Day date with my honey this year- cute ballerina or sexy maven? So I asked my Instafriends to give me some input! Can you guess which one won? 😉

(The second pic is of me shopping with wedges and advising friends to NEVER shop with wedges. Everything looks good with wedges! Had to buy it all!)

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6.     Just do it

Remember, #ootd is not just for tight dress, high heel kind of days. Like remember when it’s FINALLY FALL and this has been the longest summer EVER?! Yayyy getting to wear boots and a comfy sweater finally!! What does that mean? Oh, #ootd. Yeah. Orrr.. getting dressed in the dark and still being kind of matching? #ootd worthy. These aren’t just pictures and records of your fashion triumphs.. these #ootds are SO MUCH MORE. They are stories of your LIVES. What you wear is a reflection of what you’re doing, where you are on your path, WHO YOU ARE. Who knew hashtags and selfies were so powerful?

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Leave a comment below with your instagram handle (Mine is @asiacroson!) so we can follow you and be inspired by your #ootd! And if you haven’t done one, get.to.it. Or I will keep going with my “Clothes are an important extension of your life” thing, and then if you REALLY don’t, I will get going on my “Photographs are THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF REMEMBERING YOUR LIFE” thing.. and that’s a whole other story!

Happy #ootd day people! ❤

 { Asia Croson, founder of Acro Photography, also blogs! Check out her blog page: http://acrophotography.com/blog/}