Festival Season Style

Happy weekend - and happy Coachella! To those of you who are attending. To those of us who aren't (ahem, me) let's all take a moment to appreciate that this is the kickoff to Music Festival Season. Of course, you don't need to be in Palm Springs to enjoy all the style that festival season has to offer, so if you're in need of some inspo (for Coachella or otherwise) look no further.

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If I've said it once I've said it a thousand times - layering is your best friend. Music Festivals often means day-to-night dressing, and the key to nailing that is having pieces you can add and subtract as the temperatures change.

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Of course, another part of the fun of Festival Season is showing a little personality with your look. And contrary to what you may have seen, it's possible to do without appropriating other cultures. Imagine that! (I'm looking at you, Native American headdresses)

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For example, I'm really having a moment with this whole neckerchief thing. It's cute and very throwback Fred-from-Scooby-Doo vibes. I'm here for it. I also threw on a pair of cheap mirrored shades, because why not.

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Lastly, throw on a pair of chucks (or equally comfortable footwear) since you're bound to be standing - and dancing, hopefully - for hours. If you do take a seat, make sure you're wearing something that you can get a lil dirty. Hence these safari-inspired shorts. I feel very Laura Dern in Jurassic Park in these. Which frankly, is the only vibe I'm ever trying to channel at a Music Festival.

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If you need me, I'll be over here, dreaming about Palm Springs and looking forward to my upcoming concerts this summer. Beyoncé anyone???

DIY Distressed Boyfriend Jeans

Happy Tuesday, all! are we getting looks ready for music festival season? Coachella approaches in just 3 short days, you know. And One of the most popular festival trends is sure-to-be the distressed boyfriend jean. Similar styles retail at Barney's for over 300 DOLLARS! But today, I'm going to share with you how to achieve that look at a fraction of the price. 

First, start by buying an inexpensive pair of jeans at your local thrift. (I got my pair of vintage Gap jeans at Goodwill for 6 dollars!) You'll want to try them on in-store first... the fit should be slouchy, and sit low on your waist. Make sure they're long enough to roll up at the hem. That's key to this look.

Next, assemble your tools. To make this pair you'll need a pencil, an Xacto knife, a cheese grater, and some Tweezers. Now, I suggest finding a pair of jeans you want to emulate- and use those as your "pattern" going forward. Personally, I like a blown-out knee.

Mark your jeans where you plan to cut, and make your incision with the Xacto knife. Once you've cut slices into your jeans, use your tweezers to pull the vertical (ie, the blue) threads out of your jeans. By removing the blue vertical threads, the white stringy horizontal threads remain - giving that destroyed look that we've come to know and love.

Another way to achieve this is by using sandpaper (or a sandpaper block, like I did here) until the blue threads break down, leaving the white horizontal threads remaining. 

Finally, take your cheese grater to various places on your jeans that could use a little lived-in distressing. (I like to hit the belt loops, the fly, the pockets, the knees, and the hem.) Et Voila! Your very own, totally unique, and way inexpensive pair of distressed boyfriend jeans.

Let me know how this DIY works out for you - and share pictures of your projects in the comments below! Ps- if you're reading this in an email, be sure to check out the original post on my website HERE