friday’s fab five {4.25.14}

The fab five is posted every Friday to end the week on a happy note and features items on my radar that I’m loving right now. Who knows, you might find something that could be on your fab five list!

What are you up to this weekend? Justin and I are recovering from our weekend at Coachella by ways of NyQuil and decongestants (which makes me feel like saying this). This weekend we are taking it easy getting lots of sleep, a much-needed massage, and catching up on TV. Yes.

On to this week’s fab five:

1. Recipe of the week: Feta and Lemon Dip (via Sweet Paul Eat & Make Cookbook)


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I love feta cheese and when combined with lemon and olive oil, this dip sounds like a whole lot of yummy. Pair with veggie sticks or pita bread for a healthy and delicious snack. Looks super easy to make and would be a great appetizer for parties!

2. Sephora Collection Spray on Foundation $26


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I’m so glad my sister and I decided to wait in line and check out the Sephora tent at Coachella, because Inside was a beauty junkie’s paradise that was sure to make my husband run the other way (he’s smart though and made a bee-line to the Samsung tent faster than we could say “want to come with us?”). Packed with phone charging stations and self-service counters with skin and makeup essentials, this spray on foundation hit the jackpot. Spray it on a brush (not directly to your face) and apply for flawless skin. It lasted pretty much all day at Coachella in the sun, wind and dust. Super lightweight and non-oily. Consider me sold.

3.  Recycled Newspaper Mirror $90


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Love this mirror made with recycled newspapers. The neutral color goes in any room, the texture is fun and unique and the size is perfect as an accent piece or a wall statement depending on the room. Sold at Bed Bath and Beyond which always has those 20% off coupons.

4. California Coast


Justin and I decided to drive down the 1 to Palm Springs for Coachella so he could show me the beautiful California coast. He wasn’t kidding about the amazing views. We kept stopping to take some pictures with my new camera and taking in the gorgeous mountains and beautiful water. It is truly nature at it’s best.

5. Song Pick: Arcade Fire “Wake Up”

Kind of love this band so much more after seeing them perform live at Coachella. They put on an amazing show, ending with a walk-out through the audience followed by a marching band with the song “Wake Up”. it wasn’t even about their music specifically, but the emotion that was felt throughout. It was the perfect ending to Coachella, swaying back and forth with my husband and sister, just enjoying the moment and weekend. If you were there you know what I’m talking about. *the video above is from 2011 but performance was similar*

That’s it for me, have a great weekend everyone!

5 tips for surviving Coachella


Surviving music festivals takes time, planning, stamina and a certain mindset that isn’t easy to come by. My husband and I are no strangers to music festivals as we’ve done ACL (Austin City Limits) twice. If you follow me on instagram and facebook, you know this was our first time attending Coachella.

Coachella is a huge music festival in April that draws over 100,000 people each year. Featuring artists of all kinds of genres from hip hop to EDM, it appeals to all music lovers. It’s held in Indio, CA, which makes it susceptible to dust and high temperatures.

Looking to attend next year? Here are 5 tips for surviving Coachella:

1. Be open-minded and flexible

Music festivals are notorious for scheduling big bands at the same time, encouraging you to make an annoying choice about which bands you’re going to see. This year, my #1 was Disclosure, and Justin’s #1 was Arcade Fire. Both overlapped by 15 minutes so we needed to make a plan to see both. There were bands playing at the exact same time in opposite ends of the festival, forcing you to choose which ones to miss out on. Finally, sometimes the best bands are the ones you stumble across while walking around the grounds. That’s how we found Passion Pit and Big Gigantic.


2. Go with people of the same mindset

We’ve gone with friends and family before that just don’t have the same mindset. A lot of the time people who go for the first time just don’t know what to expect and end up being real downers. The crowds, weather, food, lines and cost of beer isn’t an easy experience. Go with people who have the same mindset as you (whether it’s planning out exactly what bands to see and that’s it, or doing it hippy style and seeing where the wind (or ears) take you).


3. Actually think about what you are going to wear

I was surprised to see how fashionable people were at Coachella. At ACL people weren’t interested in fashion (we’re here for the music remember?) and just wore clothes that were comfortable. At Coachella it was all about high-waisted shorts, crop tops, peasant tops, flowy dresses, flower headbands and bib necklaces. Shoes consisted of combat, ankle boots and cute sandals. There was also a lot of short shorts with exposed butt cheeks, but I’m hoping that’s a fad that will die soon.

4. Find the perfect spot for the bands you really want to see and get there early

My sister and I are short, 5’4 actually, so being in a big crowd with no elevation is a crap shoot for us to find a place where we can even see the screen. If you are on the short side, consider finding a spot next to a fence where you can see the stage and eliminate the amount of people directly in front of you. It’s worth it, believe me.


perfect view of the screen!

5. Eat breakfast and pack essentials for being outside all day

The first day and a half left us feeling like we had been hit by a truck. Feet hurt, body aches, coughing (the dust does that to you) and headaches galore. After we decided to get to the festival later in the day to avoid the harsh sun, eating a hearty breakfast (which was cheaper anyways) to fuel up for the afternoon, taking allergy medication to fight the dust complications and packing water bottles and sunblock, we were good to go.

Music festivals are fun but they do take a lot out of you. Whether you camp out, get a hotel, drive down or fly, they are an experience all in of itself. Take the time to check out some bands you may not know, try the different food stations (we had crab fries which were incredible) and peak inside the sponsored brands (Sephora had an awesome tent where you could charge your phone and re-apply your makeup). The grounds are really beautiful, lined with palm trees and a huge Ferris wheel that make a sunset backdrop so picturesque.


friday’s fab five {4.18.14}

The fab five is posted every Friday to end the week on a happy note and features items on my radar that I’m loving right now. Who knows, you might find something that could be on your fab five list!

What a week! With my awesome family in town and another birthday come and gone, it’s been a week of pure joy. What are you up to this weekend? I plan on spending a lot of time with my new best friend, a Canon Rebel I got for my birthday. I’ve wanted one for so long and finally got one this year! I’ve joined to DSLR club people!

Here are this week’s fab five:

1. Recipe of the week: Broccoli, Cheddar and Wild Rice Casserole (via Smitten Kitchen)

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As a side or entrée, a broccoli casserole is one of my favorites. Cheesy rice with crunchy broccoli wins every time. This recipe from Smitten Kitchen is the bomb (and her photography is mouth-watering). Check out her book for awesome recipes.

2. Canon Rebel EOS


My new birthday gift and I are in the beginning stages of a relationship. I’m asking a lot of questions and trying to learn as much as I can. I don’t want to be one of those people who puts her fancy camera on automatic so she doesn’t have to deal with settings. I’ll be an ISO, shutter speed, white balance kind of gal.

3. Song Pick: “Summer” Calvin Harris

Calvin Harris will be at Coachella this year and this song is so awesome. Props to my sister Vanessa for keeping me in the loop of new songs to add to my “play over and over again” playlist.

4. Birthday Flowers

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Flowers rock, they just do. The easiest way to show a girl she’s special is to get her flowers. Whether it’s for a special occasion or just because, it’s just always a good idea. This year I felt so loved with lilies, tulips and daisies.

5. Poverty Flats Satchel

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Love, love, love this purse I got as a birthday present from my sister. Satchels in coral are kind of a double win for me, so my sister Natalia hit the mark when she picked this one out.

That’s it for me, have a great weekend everyone!