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Friday, May 29, 2015

into the wild

One of my favorite things about living in LA is getting out of LA. Sure, the perfect weather, the palm trees, the beach, the buzz of Hollywood, the shopping, the restaurants… they’re all fantastic, but Southern California is full of so many natural treasures and even more exciting places - and they’re all just a couple hours away. 

Joshua Tree is one of my favorite spots to visit for a day or two. Ever since some friends and I went camping about a year ago at the National Park, I’ve been in love. I convince every Joshua Tree virgin to come along with me, to visit Pioneertown, to shop at Hoof and the Horn (owned by folks form Akron!), and of course to climb on giant rocks. I actually don’t think calling myself 28 is quite appropriate when it comes to the rock climbing situation.

Anyway, Joshua Tree virgin (and super talented photographer) Steven LaMarche and I headed out for the day stoked for adventure – I was especially stoked because I got to choose the playlist – with a car full of my favorite outfits. 

I remember the first time I saw and felt an Equipment top, it was instant lust and I needed one in my closet ASAP. I also saw that these tops were attached to a hefty price tag and I lost all hope. When The Wrld contacted me, I couldn’t help but to flip shit when I saw that there were Equipment tops (and other incredible second hand designer pieces) for me to choose from. The combination of the blue ombre tone and snakeskin print is so killer – I now wear this beauty all the time! 

Skirt: Forever 21
Booties: Lulu*s
Necklace & Bracelet: Rocksbox (Get your first month FREE with you use the code xoxostylesarah)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

festival fever

Festival season is in full swing and boho style is all the rage at the moment – but what if you’re not headed to a festival? I experienced my very first festival this past April when I headed to weekend 1 of Coachella. I had the time of my life – truly – but withdraws lasted much longer than the long weekend of festivities. I have no festivals lined up for the future. My work schedule is too heavy to jet off to my old city (New York) and experience Governor’s Ball and Outside Lands (in San Francisco) is sold out, so what am I to do with all of this festival inspired spirit? I'm still going dress like I’m headed to a festival, of course.

I left Ohio when I was 24 years old and had never heard of Coachella. My sister had gone to Bonnaroo, but I honestly thought it was a bunch of hippies camping and listening to music I had no interest in. Moving to New York opened so many doors for me in the musical world and I’ll never forget the first urge to head across the country to Indio. Festival fashion had gradually become more mainstream over the next few years, and now hippie chic is mainstream in the best way possible. Needless to say, I’m addicted to the festival life – the free spirited people, the endless amount of incredible music, the ability to be whoever you want to be with no restrictions… I could live at Coachella forever.

Reality check, though. You can’t live at Coachella forever. The up side? It’s totally cool to dress like it nowadays. This Elizabeth & James maxi dress does just the trick and cures all of my post-Coachella blues. I waltz around like a gypsy child in this getup with no regard for the world around me and I love it! 

Photos by Stephen LaMarche (