A friend and I are heading out to the desert tomorrow morning at, gasp, 9AM. There are very few things that could actually get me to wake up before 11 on a Saturday but hey, Memorial Day in Palm Springs is calling me.
J. Crew bikinitopandbottom: I love a red bikini or, really, a red anything. This one is simple and the strings make this particular style look good on almost every body type.
Dorothy Perkins Black Aztec Crossover Dress: First off, I love the pattern. Second, this dress is the perfect minimalist vacay dress (and can also serve as a cover up!) that can take you right from daytime to night.
Forever21 Classic Straw Fedora: A hat is a MUST when I’m outside in the sun for a long period of time. Not only does it keep me cool but it also prevents sun damage on my face and scalp.
Redken Color Extend Sun Solar Screen SPF 12: Blonde hair can fade and oxidize fast when in the sun for too long so it’s VIP that I apply a spray with SPF protection and, as a bonus, the SPF also protects your scalp.
Kate Somerville SPF 55 Serum Tinted Sunscreen: It’s very inaprop to wear a full face of foundation at the pool or beach but yeah, with my rosacea and hyperpigmentation, I never go full on bare faced. This face serum is the perfect solution to my problem since it not only has SPF 55 but it’s a serum (e.g. lightweight) and it’s tinted so it actually hides most of my imperfections.
So this past weekend I attended Belvedere Vodka’s Belve Music Lounge party in honor of Coachella weekend! As I’m sure you know, Belvedere is one of my favorite vodkas and so naturally, I was thrilled to receive the invite. The lounge was held at a private estate about 5 minutes from the Coachella festival and my friends and I hung out by the pool and sipped on some specialty Belvedere Coachella-inspired cocktails– my favorite was the Belve Beat! (check HERE for all of the recipes).
So I’ll be attending my very first COACHELLA this weekend and I’m simply so excited I can barely think about anything else. One, I’ve never been to Palm Springs and two, my friends and I rented an amazing mansion and I’m looking forward to a long weekend of relaxing by the pool, parties and, of course, plenty of sun. I’ve been asking around what I should be packing for my little trip to the desert and everyone’s been telling me that for one, it’s H-O-T hot and also kind of hippyish. Here’s what I’m thinking:
Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Sunblock Spray SPF 70 – No explanation really necessary. The desert sun is super strong and what I love about this sunblock is that the spray actually cools you off, making the re-application process even more enticing.
Epicuren Aloe Vera Gel – No matter how many times I apply and re-apply sunblock, I always seem to miss at least a little spot of skin that results in a burn. This luxurious aloe vera gel soothes the skin and promotes faster healing.
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Hillier bag – I just purchased this bag from my beloved Shopbop.com and its already sold out in black on the site! It’s a perfect Coachella bag because of the great strap that can also make it a messenger bag.
A87 solid fedora – LOVE this hat and it’s super cheap. It’s important to protect my scalp and hair color (it fades in the sun!) from the sun’s harmful rays. Plus, I like how I look in hats.
Seychelles Layover gladiator sandals – I bought these gladiators a few months ago and I wear them at least 4 times a week. They’re super comfortable and I love their slightly edgy look.