3 Days, 3 Kinds of Babes: The Ultimate Coachella Outfit Guide

We all know that Coachella is more than just a 3 day music festival, packed with some of the best artists and good vibes to last you until next spring. It’s also a fashion show! Babes from all over the world strut their coolest duds for this weekend of madness and new Facebook profile pictures. But putting together a rad outfit can be kind of stressful. To put the Starter Pack Memes to shame here’s a guide to help you be the best babe you can be at Coachella 2016!

The Casual Babe

Whether it’s a first day vibe or the weekend mood, you’re really just here to chill and have fun. These no-fuss looks are super cute and you won’t need to spend an extra 5 minutes in a crusty Porta-Potty trying to put on the crochet dress you just fucked up at Jack U.

 

American Apparel bodysuit, high-waist denim shorts, tinted sunnies, & maybe some Converse.
Levi's & American Apparel bodysuit. Chiara Ferragni - The Blonde Salad:

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Form-fitting, cutout overalls, minimalistic sandals (and peep the cute bandana on her wrist!)- perfect for a chill afternoon in the beer gardens.The Last Hurrah - Man Repeller:

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Chiara Ferragni, the Queen of Street Style. Nikes & a sequin skirt. The power of a simple graphic tee. Who’da thunk it.

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This mesh bodycon looks amazing over a two-piece swimsuit. You could also tie a jean jacket around your waist and throw on a pair of ankle boots. Sexiest dress, bar(e) none.:

The Desert Babe

These looks are for the days you start off poolside with a mimosa in hand, taking it easy until Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ set time. This kinda babe likes to get a little wild and look damn good doing it.

 

Stone Cold Fox knows what’s up with this patterned jumpsuit & fringe earring combostone cold fox. capulet jumpsuit. #fashion:

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Channel your inner Stevie Nicks with a cool, wide-brimmed hat, loose blouse and statement jewelry.

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Pair a white fringe skirt with matching white sunnies and your squad will never lose you in a sea of basic-ness.
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Honor Hamilton rocks funky culottes with a mesh top. Check her insta @Hondawgg for more groovy styles

Nasty Gals do it better:

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The Raver Babe

This kinda babe is like a mix of casual & desert chic, but weirder, almost futuristic. You’ll most likely find her donning 3D glasses atop a tanned boy’s shoulders in the Sahara Tent, or frolicking near the Do Lab. And if this girl is you, you probably already have something rad planned out. Here’s some quick inspo just in case:

 

Crazy braids and colored sunglasseshouse of holland sunglasses:

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Errythang adidas. Praise baby Bella

Bella Hadid does sporty chic in an Adidas body con dress and Stan Smith sneakers.:

No matter what kind of babe you decide to be for the weekend, just make sure you’re comfortable and happy! See ya on the polo fields!

How to Rock a Scarf and Not Look like a Douche

There seems to be a recurring dilemma with straight men looking too douchey or metrosexual when it comes to fashion. Imagine it’s a hot day, so naturally you want to wear a tank top. But deep down you might feel like an extra for 21 Jump Street. And when it’s cold, you can’t exactly wear your snowboarding gear off the mountain and look fresh. Your girl probably has plenty of different scarves and plenty of ways to wear them. You don’t have as many options… which is a good thing. Here’s why:

Simplicity = Sophistication

Men’s scarves should be simple for this exact reason. Stick to a neutral pattern/color/design and you will be way ahead of the game. scarf1

Choose the right material

Cotton and linen scarves tend to look like feminine accessories. You want to look like you’re wearing the scarf out of necessity. Stick to fleece, cashmere and knit fabrics for a scruffy, masculine texture.

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The right wrap

How you wrap the scarf is the main indicator of douche-baggery. Note how the gentleman on the left is rocking a more loose and effortless wrap. It’s cold as fuck but he also doesn’t give a fuck (or so he wants you to think). And on the right, the scarf is wrapped like an ascot. Who wears ascots? Douche bags. Sorry Brad.

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Since my opinions as a female are a bit biased, I asked my fashion-forward boyfriend what his thoughts were on the topic.

Me: How can men wear a scarf and not look like a total douche?

Andrew: “The rest of your clothes have to also make you not look like a douche. The scarf isn’t gonna do anything if the rest of your outfit screams douche bag.”

Me: Do you have any advice on finding the perfect scarf for your style? What do you consider to be “douchey”?

Andrew: “Scarf advice #1- no sports scarves, football/baseball whatever that is extremely douchey. if you’re already riding a motorcycle and wearing aviators, for sure rock a bandana but otherwise you should upgrade because that shits like 99 cents.”

Me: How do you feel about prints?

Andrew: “I have a neck scarf with a cool black and white geometric print, got it in a bespoke one of a kind dip in lower Manhattan. Can’t wear it for every situation though, it’s mostly for hikes and bike rides to the beach. You gotta be careful or you might look like a gay bullfighter.”

Cheerfully Cheap Holiday Décor

Shout out to all my fellow procrastinators- you’re not alone and you’re not a bad person. But Christmas and New Year’s Eve are right around the corner, and considering they only come once a year, the time to put up decorations would be now! Whether your parents are paying a visit or you’re just feeling the holiday spirit, there are a few somewhat effortless and cheap ways to deck the halls in the knick of time.

Christmas Tree

Remember when you used to beg your parents for the biggest and baddest tree in the lot? Yeah, well, what we don’t remember is that that Douglas Fir was about 600 bucks. If spending rent money on a disposable tree isn’t really your thing, head to Vons or Home Depot for a mini version starting at just $24. You can then place it on your kitchen table or a spacious corner in the living room. If you wanna get a little extra creative and even cost-efficient, buy a cactus! It’s an interesting twist on the pine tradition, plus, you can have it on display year-round. And if you’re extra lazy, put some pine branches in a nice vase. As for ornaments, local drugstores and the 99 cents store should have a pretty decent selection.

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Lights

OK, so they might be a pain in the ass to put up but once you do you might not ever want to take them down. Multi-colors are fun and festive, while white lights are a bit more universal and wintery. Get a hammer and some nails and go to town. Here’s some Pinspo:

I would love to have a light like the one at the Intercontenital Hotel in Buckhead, Atlanta, GA. There's a switch by your bed that turns on the restroom light. Great for the hotel and ideal for the home!!: wine bottle lights. these are perfect for lining the top of the bar, instead of boring empty bottles: super cute idea.:

 

Advent Calendar

Starbucks and Lindt chocolates has one and that’s all you need to know 😀

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Mistletoe

Adventure time: Walk around your neighborhood and look for a pine tree. Once you’ve found said pine tree, steal a little cluster and be on your merry way. Go to a fabric store (Michael’s) and get some red ribbon. Nail the strand above a doorway and voila! You have your very own homemade mistletoe. Don’t get a room.

Party Favors

If you end up being the hostess you gotta at least try to have the mostest. It’s actually quite cheap and easy to add some flare to your party.

Find a shiny piece of fabric or tinsel from Party City and hang it on your wall for a photo backdrop:

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Provide your peeps with some cool hair pieces

DIY this star garland crown for New Year's Eve.:

Bitches love balloons

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Dressing Savvy & Stylish for This Year’s Holiday Festivities

IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!!!!! Insert every single Elf GIF in existence!!!!! With all the holiday parties coming up, your wardrobe might need a little extra holiday cheer. I miss the days when I just showed up wearing whatever my mom bought me, ate all the cookies,  and passed out. I mean I still eat all the cookies, but there’s a lot more shmoozin’ and boozin’ involved. Not to mention putting together the proper outfit so Great Aunt Mabel doesn’t lose her glass eye over my skirt length. To make this month a bit easier on our minds and budgets, I’ve mapped out a holiday party guide to get you looking merry & fly as can be.

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Family Parties

Ladies, the key is to not look like you ended up at 1Oak. So nothing too short, see-through or backless. J Crew has some amazing ideas for conservatively chic outfits. Think knit sweaters and flashy midi length skirts. Gent’s, a nice sweater and boots are fail-proof! Think what you would wear to meet your girlfriend’s fam for the first time, but more festive and less buttoned up.
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Work Parties

Almost the same as dressing for a family party, but more polished and professional (depending on the job). Dress how you normally would for work but with slightly more flare and color. Maybe a pop of red on the collar, or an embellished knee length skirt.

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Friend Parties

Honestly, wear whatever you want to your friend’s party because we’re gonna be more lit than a Christmas tree. Buuuuuuut if you love to dress up this is a great excuse to buy a fab outfit!! (Guys you can stop reading unless you wanna be a savvy gift giver for all the stylish ladies in yo life this year). For Love and Lemons and Stone Cold Fox’s F/W 2015 collections offer up some great inspiration, rich with crimson, charcoal and navy shades.

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Nothing says “I’m here to party” more than fringe & leather

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The Reformation has a fun NYE collection featuring lots of velvet and metallic knits, with various dresses named after various cocktails and Drake songs.

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Stylish Houseplants to Spice Up Your Boring Apartment

Plants are one of the greatest gifts of nature. They purify the air, are a source of nutrition, and give aesthetic pleasure to mankind. If you’re looking to add some vitality to your naked apartment, getting a houseplant is a great way to start. Look at it this way- would you rather spend $400 at Ikea buying piece of shit rugs, throw pillows, and a canvas print of some street in Paris, or spend $30 or less on a beautiful, everlasting plant?

The best places to find cool plants at reasonable prices are local garden centers and flea markets. Avoid trendy floral shops as they significantly mark up their prices. Mini succulents and cacti should be in the $3-$5 range, whereas larger houseplants can go up to $50 depending on the size.

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Photos taken by me at the Melrose Flea Market

Plants are like pets- they need TLC! So before you go out and buy your first baby, figure out where in your home it will grow best. Place smaller plants on a sunny windowsill, like in your bedroom or kitchen. This will give them the perfect amount of indirect sunlight. If you want to place them outdoors, make sure it gets enough shade during the day, because too much direct sunlight can be detrimental to the plant.unnamed

In addition to their daily dose of Vitamin D, water is crucial to a plant’s lifespan. However, every plant is different. For example, succulents and cacti retain moisture because they have evolved to survive in dry deserts. Therefore, they do not require as much water as, say, a fern. So Dr. Greenthumb, meet Dr. Google. Find out exactly what type of plant you have and do some research- some plants have more specific care requirements than others. You wouldn’t want this to go down the toilet like your beta fish Theodore did last month. 🙁

All technicalities aside, have fun and get creative with your plants! There are tons of different ways to hang and pot your plant. Go to Color Me Mine and make a custom cactus pot. Buy a trough or bowl so you can grow multiple succulents at a time. Get some fishing wire and a drill and hang one from the ceiling in your living room! For more ideas, check out all of the plant-inspo on Pinterest.

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Grown-up Things | Moving in Together

Maybe it’s been months, or even years that you’ve contemplated moving in with your boyfriend/girlfriend/partner. But there’s a whole range of reasons and fears that prevent you from doing so. Your parents, friends and colleagues think you’re too young. Or maybe you’re just not ready to give up all of your gross habits. I am twenty-one and have been living happily with my boyfriend for almost two years. We both have busy schedules, so sharing an apartment makes it easier to hang out. If the thought of moving in with your significant other feels exciting, and even a little scary, go for it! Our culture makes this seem like such a grown-up marriage thing, but it really doesn’t have to be. We all need a home. Here’s what you should consider before making the move:

Observe their current living habits

I know you might be unconditionally in love with this person, but you have to treat them like a roommate for a second. If you’re a neat and tidy person and your partner is not, this will cause serious issues. You’ll end up resenting them for never washing the dishes and may take this frustration out in other damaging ways. Harmony in habit = harmony in the relationship.

Splitting up rent & other expenses

Figure out how much income is being made between the two of you and decide on a proportional rent budget. It’s best to make things as fair as possible. If your partner makes more money than you do per month, they should pay more rent. Then look at other expenses, like water & gas, internet, and electricity. Split the most expensive one and divide the others. Do your grocery shopping together – it’s fun and cheap(ish)! You can split the bill according to your grocery budgets.

You will share literally EVERYTHING

You’re going to sleep in the same bed, share all your groceries, use the same shower products, pee in the same toilet, you name it! Unless of course you buy something ridiculously expensive and/or personal and want it all for yourself, which is totally understandable. You’re also going to be sharing emotions. We all have our fluctuations of happy and sad, and you might see a side to each other you never knew before. But if you create a support system and separate the effects of the day-to-day grind from your love life, the relationship will prosper.

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Have a life outside the home/relationship

Let’s be real – we all get annoyed with each other eventually. She hates the way you talk to her, and the way you cut your hair. You hate the way she drives your car, and you hate it when she stares. But 99% of the time, you both just need some space. It’s healthy to miss each other every once in a while. Go to the club with your girlfriends, sing-a-long with Taylor Swift, talk shit. Wake n’ bake with the bros and play FIFA all day. Whatever. By the end of the day you won’t care that she forgot to get quarters for laundry. Again.

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Clarify your intentions

Moving in with your significant other means different things to different people. For some, it is very serious and considered a pre-marriage step. For others, it can be fun and casual. Communicate why you want to live together. However, if you are considering the move strictly for financial benefit, I would suggest holding off for a while. This next step in your relationship should be based on the love and passion you have for each other, not temporary financial convenience. It is also important to note that uncertainty about the future is ok. We are young, and most of the time life does not go according to plan. Just make sure you communicate a mutual openness to the changes that will come.

Have a plan for when shit hits the fan

You made an adult decision to move in together, so you have to act like adults if you break up. Put both names on the lease so that you are equally responsible for rent. That way neither of you will get screwed over with all the costs later on. Have a back-up place to stay while figuring out your next move, otherwise it’s going to be pretty awkward sharing the same bathroom and kitchen with your ex. Also, be aware of who paid for what possessions so that you can take what is rightfully yours upon moving out.

Living with your sig. other will be tough at times, but mostly (hopefully) it will be a blast! There’s nothing better than creating unforgettable memories with someone you love, and sharing a home is just an extension of that.

“Nothing in the world is worth having or worth doing unless it means effort, pain, and difficulty.”                  – Theodore Roosevelt

The Best Campsites in California

With each new responsibility in my life comes a stronger urge to escape to nature. A well-paying job and high-speed internet does have its perks, but this tends to facilitate an existential crisis for me. After reluctantly scrolling through meme blogs for two hours on a Tuesday night I desperately crave encountering a bear and fearing for my life. Fu*k my $2000 tempurpedic, I want some bug bites and a sunburn. So every few months I pack up my tent and hammock and road trip to some of the best parks in the Golden State. Whether you need to run away from your problems and feed some sort of primal dignity or simply love nature, you’re practically obligated to check out these amazing campsites in California.

Starting from North to South:

Yosemite

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This place is what made Ansel Adam’s photography famous. The 1,200 square mile park is filled with sweeping valleys, natural waterfalls and lakes, wildflower meadows, black bears, and hundreds of phenomenal hiking trails. It’s the perfect getaway for a long weekend or week, if you have the time. And if you’re based in southern California, it’s only a five hour drive away!

Tuolumne Meadows is one of the best campsites, located in the upper-east side of the park. As the name suggests, it is near a vast meadow where many people have picnics or take in the view at sunset. A creek runs through the grounds to sit next to and relax during the day. It is a great starting point for all-level hikes, like the 2.5 mile trail to Elizabeth Lake or the 5,000-foot ascent to Half Dome.

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Sequoia

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The Sequoia landscape is quite similar to Yosemite’s with its lakes and trails, however the main distinction is the size and stature of the trees. The Giant Sequoias cover over 196,000 acres of the forest in 34 different groves. At a volume of over 52,500 cubic feet, the General Sherman tree is the largest tree in the WORLD. It’s quite humbling to stand next to and be in awe of its magnificence.

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One of the most popular campsites in Sequoia is called Lodgepole, where some people reserve their spot up to two years in advance. There is a lovely creek and waterfall running through the grounds and you can reserve a spot along the water, if you’re lucky. There are plenty of hiking trails that lead out towards the Sequoia groves and meadows. Also, if you have a fishing license you can fish at most of the nearby lakes. And luckily for those who like to camp clean there is a laundry and shower center just a 1/4 mile away from the campgrounds.

Big Sur

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Pfeiffer state park camping. Image courtesy of seemonterey.com

If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair AND make a pit stop in Big Sur. This drive up the California coast was made famous by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road  and continues to be an inspiration for me and many other curious explorers. Big Sur encapsulates all that is the west coast with its cavern-crusted beaches, dense forests, and sunny weather. If you have a night or two, reserve a campsite or lodge at Pfeiffer State Park where you can go to the beach and hike during the day and roast marshmallows next to a campfire at night- it doesn’t get more California than that.

Joshua Tree

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Joshua Tree is the raddest desert on the west coast and offers some of the best rock-climbing zones in the country. It’s only an hour east of Palm Springs but feels like a light-year once you find yourself standing in a martian-like terrain of exotic cacti and piled rocks. While en route to your camping destination, it is imperative that you stop to see the Cholla Cactus Garden. This vast field features the unique Cholla cactus species ranging from light yellow to pale grey in color and is set against a surreal desert backdrop (Google images doesn’t do it justice). Make sure to camp at Jumbo Rocks and Hidden Valley, where there are plenty of rocks to climb and unbeatable views for watching the sunset and stargazing.

 

Diving into Beginner Yoga

Life can be physically and mentally taxing, which is why _______ exists. Most people I know would fill in that blank with an array of illicit substances. But yoga allows you to feel good without the consequences of partying like an animal. Like many other cultish activities, yoga is ridden with stereotypes. So before you go and find out for yourself, it must be known (especially for all you dudes) that there is more to yoga than the pants. Yoga is a 5,000 year old Indian practice that involves effort from both the mind and body. It is a transcendental meditation that requires you to synchronize the breath with movement for maximum benefits. Each practice has the power to tune out the external world and let yourself tune into your most internal needs and desires. So here are some tips for anyone interested in taking their well-being to the next level with yoga:

Start with Beginner Vinyasa

Vinyasa flow is a great place to start as it incorporates basic movements such as sun salutation and downward dog. Once you have perfected this series, move up to an Ashtanga class where the poses and flexibility levels are more challenging.

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Guided Sun Salutation chart courtesy of yogaanonymous.com

Breath is everything

Yoga requires you to be conscious of each inhale and exhale. Each breath sends energy to wherever your mind tells it to go and can allow for a deeper stretch. The deeper the stretch, the better you feel.

Be mindful of your intention

Yoga is a powerful tool for release and breaking down mental/emotional barriers. If you go into class with a positive intention, you will come out with a positive perspective. If you enter your practice with anger, chances are you might come out angrier. Over time you may find this very healing because it brings neglected or hidden feelings to the surface.

Yoga is not a competition (unless Russel Brand steals your girl)

There will be difficult poses that others might be doing effortlessly, but it is important to understand that everyone is at a different level in their practice. In this sense, yoga can be interpreted as a metaphor for life. It is so easy to compare our lives to others and suddenly not feel as accomplished or content. But once you realize that everyone is on their own unique journey you can relax and enjoy each breath you’ve been given.

It doesn’t have to be expensive

You can sign up for a free week or month trial at most yoga studios to see how you like it. And if you’re a student, they usually will offer a discounted membership. If you’re not looking for any commitment, check out local donation-based studios, which suggest a minimum of $10-15 per class.

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Eventually you will become more in tune with your body’s needs, whether that may be a quick stretch or what you want to eat. Stress levels will become much easier to manage as you start to integrate yogic breathing techniques and meditation into your life. For whatever reason you decide to start practicing yoga, remember that it is an internal workout rather than external. Listen to your breath and let your troubles drip down your nose and onto your yoga mat forever. Your body will thank you for each practice.
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