Desert Hearts is the mecca of festival fashion. I knew the DH crew has some of the best-looking fans, I just was not prepared for how many amazing outfits I would witness in the short time I was there. Let me break it down for you...
The girls (and guys!) at DH will find every way possible to wear sequins. I loved seeing all the creative ways designers are using reversible sequins. No longer relegated to pillows and hoods, wear a pair of hot pants made out of reversible sequins and you'll be getting requests to rub your butt all day long.
My favorite item I saw for sale was the sequin kimonos made by B-Glittz. I was too slow to purchase the one I had my eye on, but will keep a look out for when it is restocked on their website.
As the temperatures dipped into the 40s at night, it's no surprise fur was one of the most popular items to wear. Big coats and capes were the best option to keep out the cold. My eyes have seen hundreds of new patterns, colors, and styles of faux fur. The unique ways fur is being lit up with el-wire and LEDs is mind boggling. I can't wait to try and experiment with some ideas of my own. The number of vendors selling beautiful fur pieces was quite impressive. Had I been looking to purchase a new coat, this would have been one of the best places in the world to shop.
On a side note, it was a dual bummer/blessing that many of the merchants were unable to take credit cards. The lack of cell reception made it impossible. I know many people who would have made more purchases but were held back by their lack of cash. If in the future there is a way to provide WiFi to the vendors they will be able to sell even more amazing items.
Fun and colorful heart sunglasses are a given here. Why not show your love for the DH crew right on your face? Self-promotion opportunity: I just posted some cool new heart-shaped designs in my shop.
I also saw some incredible sippy cups, pimp cups, and other bedazzled drinking vessels. I'm not sure if totems count as accessories, but to no one's surprise, the totems at DH were some of the best I've seen.
The number of beautiful tushes parading around the reservation was undeniable. Please do not forget to put some SPF on down there! A sunburned behind sounds like an awful way to ride home on Monday.
Well, that's my recap of the fashion at Desert Hearts. This is without a doubt one of the most beautiful, fashion-forward festival crowds on the planet. Keep your eye on this community to see where festival fashion is headed.
Glitter: A Dissertation
WARNING - DANGER AHEAD: I am not advising you to put craft glitter on your face. This is only an account of choices I have made. I am not a doctor or your mother (unless you are a pug.) I wore paint pigment as an eyeshadow for years and I'm sure my eyelashes will fall out any day now. My friend found a piece of glitter in her eyeball a week after the party she had worn it to ended. Make good decisions!
ALL ABOUT GLITTER
It's the most sparkly time of year! We are already in the full swing of holiday party season. I'm about to show you the latest glitter trends. Let's make sure we shine to our full potential.
Have you noticed glitter is back "in"? No longer just a casualty of the early 00's along with Gadzooks and Britney Spears' innocence. It's finally acceptable for non-strippers to douse themselves in tiny metallic flakes.
Big, chunky glitter is the wave of the future. You can find all different kinds of shapes and colors these days. In my opinion, the bigger the chunks the better it looks.
I like to work with multiple colors at the same time. Usually a "neutral" (when it comes to glitter a neutral is silver, gold, or iridescent) and a color that compliments my outfit. Use the color as the base and then dab on the "neutral" as a highlight. A small paintbrush from the craft store is a great tool for your glitter kit.
Glitter owes a lot to Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer of Scottish band Chvrches, for its resurgence. Her experimental eye makeup is leading the way. She is my go-to when I need glitter-spiration.
You can buy glitter at makeup stores, craft stores and of course all over the internet. We have the popularity of nail art to thank. Beware - there is a difference between craft and cosmetic glitter. Craft glitter is not to be used on your face, especially the tiny little flecks. They can contain metal and cause eye injuries, but you read my warning right!?!
There are 2 different methods for attaching a pile of glitter to your face.
Eyelash glue - If you want your glitter to stay put, eyelash glue is the way to go. Make sure you're confident when you apply the glue and have some good make-up remover around in case things get out of hand. Eyelash glue works best to keep a small dose in place.
Vaseline - This is my preferred vehicle for shining up my face. The glitter will move around throughout the night. But it usually migrates to places you would naturally want a highlight anyway - like your cheekbones. You will get glitter on other people. They will think it's cool at the time but likely curse you later. If you have a glitter-induced breakdown, and absolutely must get it off your face immediately all you need is a tissue.
If you introduce glitter into your life it will end up everywhere. It's in every corner of my apartment building. It's hard to clean up and I expect to start seeing rules about glitter use in hotels and vacation rentals.
Glitter is MOOP (matter out of place, fool!) It's a big no-no at Burning Man. Every time I use it, I know it's bad for our planet. But I make a conscious choice to do so. I'm not wearing glitter every day or dumping it down the toilet. I do my best to enjoy it when I wear it and not be wasteful.
Biodegradable glitter is a real thing. I have not come across it in the wild yet. Although I would imagine you wouldn't make too many friends having to constantly defend your biodegradable glitter.
Glitter is back. Go for the big chunky shapes. Wear it proud. Enjoy the trend while it lasts. And shine your damn ass off this holiday season!
But First, An Explanation
Do you love live music and dancing the night away? Tired of over-priced clubs with expensive bottle service and ridiculous dress codes? Are you curious about music festivals, transformational festivals, and the underground music scene? Allow me to show you down the rabbit hole...
I'm 31 years old, I live in Los Angeles and my favorite thing to do is spend all night dancing with my friends. I love pugs, La Croix's Pamplemousse, bubbles, glitter, losing myself in a project and singing my heart out. I attended my first music festival about 5 years ago and haven't looked back. As one of CRAVE's producers my goal is to bring our event to more festivals. I believe that laughter opens people up in the same way that dancing does and comedy will add to any festival experience.
So we are all on the same page here, when I use the term music festival I'm referring to the events put on by large-scale promoters and corporations (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza.) A transformational festival is an event usually produced by artists or the attendees themselves with a focus on creating a community and personal growth (Burning Man, Lightning in a Bottle, Shambhala.)
I created this blog as an outlet to share my knowledge, engage in discussion and attempt to give back to this community I feel so lucky to be a part of. Expect to find practical advice, creative projects, discussion on current trends, topics, fashion and much more. What questions do you have? Let's find the answers together and try to bring more love and laughter to this crazy world.
CRAVE: Deserted is almost here! I'm sharing my personal festvial packing list for this special occasion. This list is designed specifically for cold-weather, camping situations. I can't wait to see all of your creative outfits out in the desert!
The CRAVE Queen, Mother of Pugs, Pamplemousse Princess offers her insights, wit and wisdom on music festival life and beyond.