Coachella Fun Guide: 7 steps to stay cool & have fun



Coachella is: all the crowds, all the music and all the heat. Every April thousands of festival lovers take over the Palm Springs area. One of my favourite ways to kick off a summer of festivals is to jet down to Coachella for 2.5 days of sun, fun, stellar music, crazy art and big, beautiful crowds. Coachella is the first big American music festival of the summer season and usually harkens the first hot hot hot weekends in the Coachella Valley, located about three hours east of Los Angeles and 45 minutes from my one of my favourite US Sun destinations: Palm Springs and Joshua Tree National Park.

Located in Indio, California the 17 year-old music festival is one of the best organized, greenest and cleanest festivals I’ve attended. The grounds are generally immaculate thanks to the festival’s posh hosts, the Empire Polo Club.  Cochella’s grass is shorn like a navy boy’s haircut and the palm trees perfectly hug the funktastic art installations and five plus music stages.

With temperature soaring to the high 30s and early 40 degree Celsius range plus tens of thousands of people, Coachella demands respect. It’s easy to loose your friends and bank account to the mega ebbing and flowing crowds and overpriced booze gardens due to the beating sun. I was lucky enough to attend Coachella three times in the past few years (2009, 2010, 2012). Each time was both beautiful (Lykke Li sunset set of 2009) and mind-boggling (I’m looking at you Tupac hologram) and each time my ‘Chella posse grew. I attended the fest with one other person, with three others and then with five others. I wouldn’t recommend going with any larger of a group because then the potential for war-like logistics and compromise spats grows exponentially.

I love Coachella and really want you do have a great time – whether you want to sway slowly to TV on the Radio and dagger to Major Lazer (just kidding, kind of), there are so many bands to see and sunny hangs with friends to be had. Below you’ll find my guide to a having a fantastic and kinda frugal time at Coachella. *Caveat: I’m not a Coachella camper, this guide is aimed at people is staying off-site.* Read more

My First Furniture DIY: A Travel-Inspired Breakfast Table

 A Palm Springs-inspired breakfast table (AKA an upcycled closet door.
A Palm Springs-inspired breakfast table (AKA an upcycled closet door.

A couple weeks back I wrote about the itch I get every January. To scratch that itch, I decided to try out a travel-inspired DIY project. The folks at the Edmonton Renovation Show approached me last year to be one of their local bloggers to participate in this super cool upcycling challenge. We had to pick up a door, any door, from the local Re-Store and renovate it to become whatever we wanted. Some of my fellow up cyclers did some rad stuff with theirs: one made a bean bag toss game, another a galactic inspired door, another a record rack/table.

Here’s my little inspiration blurb that’s accompanying my creation at the Edmonton Renovation Show:

As a huge fan of Palm Springs and the mid-century modern aesthetic found in the homes and hotels of that area, I was hoping to create something that harkens back to the era of Rat Pack parties and pops of colour. I chose a closet door that has a Danish teak look to it. There will be some geometrics involved as an ode to the triangular Albert Frey-designed Palm Springs Tramway gas station that now serves as a tourist destination.

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Weekend Anthology ~ January 2016

Morning ritual c/o the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in PSP
Morning ritual c/o the Ace Hotel & Swim Club in PSP

Every year around this time I get the itch. The Palm Springs itch. The Coachella itch. The incredibly strong pull south to the desert itch.

Every January, the Coachella line up is released, a flurry of tickets sell out and I’m left yearning for days of sun, music, dancing and friends. After the festival, we usually spend a few more days with poolside drinks and patio ceviche or coffee at the Ace Hotel & Swim Club or mini-excursions to explore the other nooks and crannies of the Coachella Valley. When I’m old I will own a vacation house in PSP – I swear.

This year to help with the itch I’m taking part in my first EVER DIY challenge as I participate in the Ultimate Upcycle Challenge at the Edmonton Renovation Show. Upcycle a door for charity? Kick 2016 off with a major creative outburst? Pay homage to my love of desert modern architecture? Why not! Thanks for the nudge Karen Seen & Heard in Edmonton, so far playing with paint and sandpaper and an old closet door has been oodles of fun. (More later this month…)

Besides usual life/work/mamahood/winter juggle, I’m (like you) scanning the interwebs for good reads, big laughs and life hacks/advice.


I’m missing the Albert Frey designed Tramway Gas Station come Palm Springs Visitor Centre.

Loving this new Canadian typeface.

Re-reading this comic advice on apologizing over and over #sorrynotsorry

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