Last Day In LA

So you know I had to represent, right?  I'm sure you're probably happy (or not?) that I'm almost done with my California pics (I kinda did drag them out a bit) but I'm not.  All good things must eventually come to an end, right? 

 Urban Outfitters Los Angeles Raglan Wash Hat | BooHoo V-Neck T-shirt | Asos Light Wash Denim (old)| Alex and Ani Daughter and Steller Love Bracelets | Nike Roshe Sneakers

We finished off our Cali trip with brunch at Cafe Teragram for the second day in a row.  The food there is so good!  This was my traveling outfit.  I kept it super simple: a tee, jeans, comfy sneakers, and a baseball cap.  Our flight wasn't until later so I wanted to be as comfy as possible.  Now that I think of it, this is basically my weekend uniform  so it makes sense that I would turn to jeans, a tee, and a baseball cap for comfort.  I have to mention this tee!  It's soft, not too snug or too loose...and it's grey - my second favorite neutral.  It's a great $9 basic that would pair well with any bottom - whether jeans, shorts, or a skirt.  I'm wearing a size small for reference! 

xoxo, 

Francheska 

Little White Dress

I really, really love this dress.  Every single part of it!  The spaghetti straps, the way the bow ties in front, the cut-out, the length, the black and white polka dot pattern...I love it all.  It's probably one of my favorite dress purchases of all times.  It just screams summer in so many ways. This day I wore it out for dinner in Cali but I also wore it out last year for an all-white dinner and am already trying to find another reason to wear it again! Yes, I am a serial repeat outfit offender.  #sorrynotsorry  The Good news?  This dress right here is nearly identical! You're welcome. :)

SHOP THE LOOK: Cream Newburgh Polka Dot Cut-Out Dress (last summer; shop similar here)

I hope you guys enjoy the silly little slide show I have here.  I had such a great time in Cali and I wanted to show you us being total tourist on the Hollywood Walk of Fame lol.  I did buy this dress last year at Cream Newburgh but I am sharing similar styles I love down below.  Please, please, please check out their website and Instagram.  I wish I lived closer to them because I am seriously obsessed with their selection in clothing! 

xoxo, 

Francheska 

Black and White Striped Midi Dress

I bought this striped midi dress at the beginning of the year for my trip to Florida.  It since sold out but Forever 21 has a ton of cute options still available (see here, here, and here) as well as this Pinstripe Gaucho Jumpsuit that is basically the jumpsuit version of my dress.  Just click on the link and see for yourself!  Is there such thing as owning too many stripes because I kind of would like to buy the jumpsuit now, too! I didn't even plan on bringing this dress with me to Cali but when I saw it hanging in my closet I figured, why not? Black and white stripes are classic and pretty much work for any occasion. 

F21 Midi Striped Dress (sold out) | Steve Madden Slides via TJMaxx (similar here) | F21 Brow Bone Sunglasses (similar here) | Crossbody Belt Bag with Lion Detail (almost identical here for cheaper)

I didn't even plan on bringing this dress with me to Cali but when I saw it hanging in my closet I figured, why not? Black and white stripes are classic and pretty much work for any occasion. Towards the end of the trip, I barely could make it out of bed, let alone think about what I wanted to wear.  I looked at my luggage and the first thing I pulled out was this dress. It's funny how that works out.  Something I wasn't even planning on bringing with me just so happened to be the thing to wear for a casual day of sightseeing.  As you can see, this dress was a great fit for brunch, a walk through The Urban Lights, and a photo-op in front of the Hollywood Sign. #Priorities    Two things that I love about this dress are the thick straps (no need to wear a special bra!) and the mix of horizontal and vertical stripes (which make my legs look a mile long).  Side Note: We did not hike up to the Hollywood Sign.  We drove up in true diva fashion, which is why I was able to get away with sandals and a dress.  Hey, we just spent 3 days in the desert sun.  Don't judge. Oh, and this is the bag that I wore as a fanny pack for Coachella.  I loved having the option to wear it two different ways.  A convertible bag is a great way to switch it up and save space in your luggage.  I'm really thinking about buying it in red now! 

What do you guys think?

xoxo, 

Francheska 

Exploring Santa Monica

We stopped by Santa Monica right before heading to Palm Springs.  Even though we didn't have much time to explore, we did stop by The Santa Monica Pier.  This place is perfect for passing time.  They have an amusement park, arcades, shops, and endless food options - all great things that make the pier a perfect place to channel your inner kid.  I'm still mad I didn't get on the Ferris wheel!  My favorite part: the beautiful views of the ocean and the mountains.  Next time I would love to ride a bike or even rollerblade my way through the pier. 

Urban Outfitters Button-Down Linen Midi Dress | H&M Oversized Denim Jacket | Zara Raffia Bag (old; similar here) | Steve Madden Slides via TJMaxx (similar here)

We stopped by Santa Monica right before heading to Palm Springs.  Even though we didn't have much time to explore, we did stop by The Santa Monica Pier.  This place is perfect for passing time.  They have an amusement park, arcades, shops, and endless food options - all great things that make the pier a perfect place to channel your inner kid.  I'm still mad I didn't get on the Ferris wheel!  My favorite part: the beautiful views of the ocean and the mountains.  Next time I would love to ride a bike or even rollerblade my way through the pier.  Unfortunately, this dress wasn't meant for riding bikes but it was great for taking a stroll by the water and taking in the beautiful scenery.  This button-down midi-dress from Urban Outfitters is so beautifully made and totally worth the price.  If you don't believe me, just check the five-star ratings on the website.  The light-weight linen is not only comfortable but extremely flattering, too.  This dress is definitely going to be a staple in my closet all spring and summer long.  As a matter of fact, I just might wear it tomorrow! 

xoxo, 

Francheska 

 

Coachella Weekend

If I could describe Coachella in one word that word would be phenomenal.  If you've been following me here for awhile, you know I've been dying to attend Coachella for years (let me take you back to here and here) and I finally made it!  So worth the wait!  For those that don't know, Coachella is a Music and Arts Festival that takes place in Indio, California on over a span of three days.  Indio is a town about 30 minutes away from Palm Springs - where 10 of us (shout-out to my crew) stood at an Air BnB because this girl does not do the not-showering-for-three-days thing. The line-up this year was insane. The headliners were The Weeknd, Beyonce, and Eminem.  Some other major performances for me were Cardi B, French Montana, Russ, and Sza.  I also fell in love with new music - Alina Baraz is amazing. 

Day 1 - Friday, 4/20/18: I ran on coffee the entire day because I was still jet lagged.  This outfit was my favorite out of the three days.  I'm not at all the flower crown in your hair, fringe-wearing, typical"Coachella" kinda girl.  In everything I do, subtle trend is what I feel most comfortable in.  This romper was a last minute purchase at Express and like I mentioned before, I've been getting really lucky when buying clothes there.  Right away I knew it would go great with this hat.  It's so important to have one because during the day that sun is strong.  The last time I wore this basket bag was last year in the Dominican Republic.  A lot of people told me I wouldn't be comfortable in sandals but I felt fine.  Your feet get a little dirty but seriously no big deal.  Your entire body will be covered in dust, anyway.  By the end of the night, you won't even notice your feet, trust me. 

I'll be honest, Friday was probably the least exciting for me.  Don't get me wrong, I had a great time.  As far as the line-up, The Weeknd, and SZA were the only performers I was looking forward to seeing that day.  Being that we got there super early, I did a lot of taking in of the scenery and took advantage of every photo op possible - like these in front of the famous Ferris Wheel.  Wifi wasn't great which ended up being a blessing.  I spent a lot of time sitting in the grass, chatting with the girls, and people-watching.  There are so many people but it's almost like everyone is in there own little world.  My crew loves EDM so I followed them around until it was time for SZA and The Weeknd to come on.  I danced all day and all night long.  For someone who isn't really into EDM, I had a great time.  The energy alone was incredible.  By the end of the night, we were all exhausted and it was only the beginning.  SZA was amazing and I love her vibe.  I felt every word in her music and the story behind it.  The Weeknd, of course, amazing.  Wow, that man can sing.  

Customized Beyonce Shirt via Etsy | Floral Shorts (similar here and here) | Soludos Original Dali Espadrilles | Crossbody Belt Bag With Lion Detail (Back in stock & now also in red! Also, this is a nearly identical and cheaper version.)

Day 2 - Sat, 4/21/18: Beyonce Day!  The entire group was pumped for this day if you couldn't tell by our shirts. I learned a lot from the day before like not to wear a cross-body bag that will bang at your hip the entire time you dance.  No matter how cute it may look, sometimes it just isn't worth it.  Or better said, it wasn't worth it at the moment but for the pictures it was. ;)  Anyway, this fanny pack was a much better choice (worn here as a crossbody) and it matched the shirt so well because of the gold lettering.  I was originally going to wear denim shorts but I bought these cute little flower shorts for 6 bucks at a store in Chinatown (downtown LA) and I ended up loving the way they looked.  I wish the pictures were more clear but I'll definitely be wearing this outfit again to provide more details of the look.  Just realized that you can't see my Soludo espadrilles in any of these pics.  Definitely, have to recreate this look again.  

The first day was sort of practice for the rest of the weekend.  We were much prepared for day 2 just based off of what we did wrong the day before like leaving the house way too early.  We took our time leaving this day and it was so much more worth it.  We spent less time in the sun so we weren't as drained.  But the only reason we got away with it was that a lot of our favorite artists weren't set to come out until about 4:00 pm or so.  There were a lot of Avicii tributes through the weekend but Mike Posner's was my favorite.  I also saw and heard Alina Baraz for the first time in my life and now love her music.  I attempted to see Post Malone's set but that crowd was insane.  I saw him perform like 1 or 2 songs and I jetted out.  The Beehive was obviously on a rampage.  Walking to the main stage was insane and I  have no idea how we managed to even get as close as we did.  She came in 25 minutes late which was annoying.  Let me tell you though, watching her perform is so worth it.  That girl can put on a show.  It was one of the most impressive things I've seen in my life.  No exaggeration.  She had musicians, a drumline, dancers and a legit step team on that stage.  You can tell the amount of blood, sweat, and tears this woman and her team put into that show.  She sang all my favorite songs and she brought out Jay Z, Destiny's Child, J. Balvin and Solange who did a dance routine with her.  It was a full-on concert and I almost felt like I cheated my way in because that set alone was worth more than the $500 I spent to go to the entire festival.  I'm getting chills now talking about it.  I literally can go on and on about how great she was and yes, she looks that FLAWLESS in person.  

ASOS DESIGN Back Drape Hareem Maxi Dress| Zara Backpack (old; similar here) | Madden Girl Sandals via Marshalls (old) | Zara Headband 

Day 3 - Sunday, 4/22/18:  As the days went on, I took fewer pictures.  I blame part exhaustion and part battery life.  My charger stopped working halfway through and I wanted to enjoy as much of the festival as possible and not be phoneless.  Eminem a.k.a. one of my favorite human beings ever was at the end of the night.  #Priorities.  By day 3, I was more chill and my outfit reflected that.  This maxi dress gave me life in more ways than one.  Another outfit that I wish I had better pictures of.  Accessories are key when everything else is so simple.  This headband brought a little color and pattern to the look and added more of a bohemian vibe.  My yellow backpack is one of my favorite purchases.  It holds so much and always comes through as the perfect pop of color.  I love the gingham scarf tied to it.  {See the last time I wore it here.}

As far as the day, the group split up and I ventured out on my own a lot.  There were so many artists performing this day and that was the only way we would all see who we wanted without getting in each other's way.  I loved Russ' performance and was really happy I made it in time to see him.  Cardi B killed it.  I gotta give it to her, 7 months pregnant and she tore the stage up.  I didn't go that hard with making it to the front of each set after Cardi.  I went to see French by myself so I stood on the outskirts and enjoyed him from the back.  I skipped out on Miguel and Migos because I was so tired and I didn't want to miss out on Eminem.   But, Eminem {insert heart eye emojis here}.  He was the highlight of my weekend, yes, even before Beyonce.  I waited the entire weekend to see this man.  I loved him since my pre-teen days when I would sit on my couch watching music videos on MTV.  I rapped every song word for word and no one could tell me nothing.  I was not leaving until that man walked off the stage!  He brought out Dr. Dre and 50 Cent and did a few sets with them.  When he walked off stage people started screaming "encore, encore".  He came back out to Lose Yourself and the crowd, including me, went wild.  It was the perfect ending to the weekend. 

If you read through this entire thing, bless your heart.  I know it was a lot to take in.  I really did try my best to keep it as short as possible but three days is a lot to cover in one post.  If you ever plan on going (which you obviously should for more reasons than one) I would definitely say to prepare yourself because as fun as it is it is very tiring.  BUT again so worth it.  You can see videos of me at Coachella on my Instagram Stories.  Just go to my page and you'll see it there! I hope you guys enjoyed Coachella through my eyes! I would definitely go again! 

xoxo, 

Francheska