Free People tank and cutoff shorts, vintage vest and belt, Vanessa Mooney necklace from Free People, Vintage Shoe Co. ankle boots, random backpack bought in Soho, Free People sunglasses, cuff and body paint
First official update from Coachella ella ella. Wahooooooooo! I'm back in Philly after a beautifully rock and rolling 4-day weekend in Indio, California to cover Coachella with Free People. I was joined with my sister Natalie, Free People bloggers Brigette and Julia, Lindsey from Stylebistro.com, Alyx from Australia's The Vine, Jenni from I Spy DIY, and our lovely Free People PR Manager Katelyn! We stayed in a gorgeous residential house in Palm Springs, decorated Free People style, where we lounged by the pool and worked on our tans while sipping sangria in the morning before heading out to the festival just in time to see a bunch of our favorite bands. I was literally living in a desert dream this past weekend. The weather was hot and luxurious, and the vibe was liberating and undeniably California. It was so nice to be back in my home state, even if it was just for a little while. More to come about the Free People house, but let's move onto the MUSIC!
We got made sure we had an earlier start at Coachella on Friday since we had to pick up our media passes beforehand. Coachella is always such a scene. I love people watching. The free birds roaming the festival grounds is such a site. So much dancing, so many smiles, thousands of hands in the air, a legit amount of bare skin. I was in my zone. We started off the day with Divine Fits and Metric to start getting in that ok-i'm-going-to-party-state-of-mind, then zoomed off to catch Of Monsters and Men at the Outdoor Stage, who were simply spectacular. The crowd was feeling their upbeat and folksy tunes so hard. The emotion was just so positive at their show. The Outdoor Stage was THE STAGE to be at Friday night. Or at least I like to think so. As soon as Monsters of Men finished, we went to find the rest of our crew and brought them to have their minds blown away by Local Natives. I recently saw the band play in Philly a few weeks ago, and what they create on stage together is pure magic. The drums, the vocals, the triumphant guitar riffs. It was a delight to sing along to all their songs again with my new friends friends. After Local Natives, we decided to stay for Beach House. I've heard a lot about Beach House but never really took the chance to listen to their music much, so I was surprised to totally vibe with their sound. So chill and dreamy, and the lead singer reminded me so much of Stevie Nicks with her flowing hair and deep vocals. I danced my my hands in the air and also lied down with my eyes closed during their set, imagining pretty colors swirling in my head. Adding Beach House to my Indulgence list pronto.
Theeeeeeennnnn, of course we had to see the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Like, duh. Karen O. is probably the coolest leading lady ever alternative rock history. She worked those metallic pants and acid blonde bob. Girl's got moves and a screech I wouldn't mind listening to for days. Finally after so many years of head bobbing to them during my long car rides home after work in Cali, I got to thoroughly enjoy them live. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are dynamite. We took a sweet turn back at the Outdoor stage afterwards for Band of Horses. They are good old All American rock, but I couldn't help but hold my breath and cry just a little when they played Funeral and No One's Gonna Love You. Shit, I think I'm crying a little right now just writing this. Two of my most favorite heart-wrenching songs. To finally hear them live hit me deep. Gah. Still feeling shivers. By the end of Band of Horses we were all getting a little cranky due to lack of sleep and too much sun exposure, but we couldn't help ourselves as we walked by the overcrowded scene that was the audience at Jurassic 5 (back at the Outdoor Stage, of course). Base heavy hip hop that you just have to dance to no matter what is always an A+ in my book. We all passed out from tiredness hard that night, but it was all worth it. What a freaking good start to Coachella 2013!
My first day outfit was meant to beat the heat and capture the Western-esque place my head was in at the time. Free People's cutoff shorts are always my favorite. A little slouchy and perfectly frayed in all the right places. Cutoffs are festival worthy in every way.
Who else went? Who did you see? Who did you love most??