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i’ve been sweating and breathing dust for three straight days and my feet are covered in blisters which can only mean i just got back from coachella. there is obviously so much hype around coachella so i’m going to give you guys the pros and cons, recap what happened this year, and give you some tips and tricks so you can thrive at your next music festival To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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But every time that I go to Coachella. I'm always like. Oh my God, that was so difficult. Like the whole weekend is so difficult. There's a lot of problems that you run into, and a lot of them. Could be prevented. If you just thought. A little harder and you just planned a little harder. And so that's why in today's episode I'm going to be giving you festival advice. This could apply to Coachella or any other music festival. That you want to go to. I would say Coachella is the most extreme festival. You know it's the most. Actually. That might not necessarily be true. There's just a lot of hype around it. Coachella is like. The Kylie Jenner of music festivals, right? It's the most glamorous, it's the most talked about. It has the most hype around it. Whatever, but anyway. I'm going to be giving. Some music festival advice today. My first piece of advice is that. You need to be extremely thoughtful about what you wear. I'll use myself as an example. On one of the days of Coachella this year, I decided to wear a full body suit type thing. It it it was kind of like a romper, you know? It's like a it's like shorts and a tank top connected. I decided to wear a romper that was very tight and very difficult to get on and off. But very cute, but very difficult to get on and off. This was a problem because. Every time I had to go to the bathroom throughout the day, I had to fully take off this whole bodysuit and normally that would be. Just a minor issue. But when it's 100 degrees out and you're sweating. Taking on and off of full body suit is so difficult. It is so difficult. The sweat like it makes your clothes cling to you in a way that makes it so difficult to get clothes on and off so. That was not great planning on my part, right? A full body suit was not the right idea. Also wearing something extremely tight, not the right idea, I was sweating my *** off. In this bodysuit, the fabric. Was like thick knit material and I was just. Boiling in that thing. So that just wasn't great planning. I also decided on one of the days to wear a new pair. Of boots that I'd never worn before. I walked into the festival. And within the 1st 5 minutes of me being there, I had massive blisters on my heel and I had to start asking everybody I knew if they had Band-aids. Thankfully, one person was smart and brought a whole package of Band-aids. I went through probably between 10 and 15 band aids in that one day alone, and I have the most massive blister on my heel that I've ever seen now. It wasn't one of those things where it was like, oh, you know. I walked 20,000 steps and then I started to get a blister. No, I had a blister. Like less than an hour after putting the boots on my feet, right? It was not good. And this catastrophe could have been avoided if I had worn a pair of boots that I. Had worn before because you know. You know the staple pieces in your closet. You know the pairs of boots in your closet that don't give you blisters, and you know the ones that do so when you're going to be walking. For 10 hours a day at a festival. You know which boots in your closet are not going to cause a problem, and you know which boots are going to. But if you wear a new pair of boots, you don't know. You don't know what these what these boots are going to do to you, you know. So wearing a new pair of shoes was not the best idea. Umm. When picking out an outfit for a music festival. You need to think about a few things #1. Are you going to be comfortable in it for 10 plus hours #2? Are you going to have a wardrobe malfunction? Is there a possibility that while you're dancing around? A **** cheek might pop out, a **** might pop out. You might sweat through your entire outfit like. These are questions you need to be asking also. When you decide to accessorize, let's say with rings. R. The rings too tight because I had an issue this weekend where I got a ring stuck on my finger because. When you're walking around a lot and you're moving around a lot and it's really hot out. Your body gets swollen a little bit and so. I didn't really think about this and I was wearing a bunch of rings on my finger and one of the rings got stuck so bad because I when I put it on it was in the morning and my body temperature was cool and everything was fine. In the middle of the day when it's really hot and I'm sweating and I'm swollen because I've been walking around all day, I got a ring stuck on my finger and. It was so bad that in order to get it off I I literally was spitting on my finger so that I could squeeze it off and I now have cuts all over my finger from trying to get this ring off. Because they just didn't plan accordingly. That piece of advice might not apply to all festivals, because not all festivals. Occur in really hot weather, but. Coachella does, so you need to plan for the hot weather and you need to plan for how your body's going to change throughout the day. You're going to get swollen, you're going to get sweaty. Are your clothes and your accessories. Going to become a problem when those things happen. All of that needs to be considered. And you would think, after three years of me going to Coachella, that I would know to plan accordingly. For whatever reason, it seems that I forget every time that I go. That my outfit needs to be really well thought out, and it does. It can't be all about looking cute. It also needs to be about functionality. So I think really, really thinking about your outfits and whether or not they're going to be a problem later is. Possibly some of my biggest advice, because the truth is, is that yes, you know, music festivals are an opportunity to make a fashion statement. Don't get me wrong, I love that, but at the same time. It needs to be a wearable fashion statement. You know what I'm saying? You need to strike a balance between fashionable and comfortable. I'm not saying that you need to show up to the festival in, you know, some ASIC running shoes and. Running shorts. I'm not saying that. You can still be fashionable, you can still be cute, but you have to be thoughtful. And I'd honestly avoid wearing boots at all costs, because I wore boots two days in a row at the festival and I was in a lot of pain both days on the last day. I decided to wear sneakers. And it was so much more comfortable. So I would really recommend finding a chic sneaker and going that route instead of wearing boots. Because although boots are very cute, they're not very comfortable and also they're you sweat in them and you get blisters in them. It's just not good anyway. My second piece of advice is to eat and drink as much as you can before you go to the festival, because #1 the lines. To get food and water are insane. You will be waiting for an hour to get food. That's just the truth of the matter. And the other thing is. The food. Is so expensive. If you were to get a hot dog at a hot dog stand somewhere, it would be maybe $2.00. Maybe as high as $5 at a music festival. A hot dog is $15. You see what I'm saying? It's like out of control. The prices are insane. And so. It's just better. To prepare your body properly by eating a nice big meal and drinking a lot of water before you leave so that. You don't have an emergency. Where you're like, I'm starving, I need food right now. And then you get in line and you have to wait in line for an hour, and then you get to the front of the line and then you see that, you know, a hot dog is $15.00 and you're like, I don't even want a $15 hot dog. Like, that's not even worth it to me. I don't even like hot dogs that much. And then you're like, ah, well, now I'm stuck getting a $15 hot dog if you're not. In desperate food mode while you're there, then you can make more rational decisions. You know you can like, you can take your time and look around at all the different food options and be like, you know what? I'm in the mood for a veggie burger. And yes, the veggie burger is $25.00. But you know what? It's worth it to me because I love a good veggie burger. Or you could just bring a lot of snacks. You know, you could bring snacks in your bag. Eat snacks all day and then. Make yourself a nice big dinner when you get home like. You need to plan the food situation. You can't just assume that you're going to be going to a festival and eating. Easily, like it's it's a challenge to get food. But you're also, you know, running around all day and you're getting hungry, you know? So you need to. Plan for the food situation. You usually can't bring drinks into festivals. You usually can't bring like water into the festival. So I think you need to go and get a water bottle first thing. When you get into the festival, find one and buy one and then just have it on you all day because. You also don't want to get into a situation where you're really dehydrated and then you have to wait in an hour long line to get water when you're already like extremely dehydrated. I will say, though, that all of the food I ate at Coachella this weekend was so good. Like I didn't have. One bad meal at the festival I ate a few times while I was there. It was very difficult every time. It was a long process every time, and I just tried to avoid it at all cost by eating before and after. But the few times that I did eat while I was there, it was very good. So at least you know, you know that the work is worth it, right? Like the work to to get some festival food is worth it. The food's amazing. I had some tater tots. Like loaded tater tots. Very good. I ate a lot of random different French fries. Off of other people's plates throughout the weekend, all of those being delicious. I had some popsicles. Those were all very good. I had some ice cream that was very good. I had a bunch of other things. It was all good, right? And I would argue that it was worth the money, but at the same time, you know, getting those things was so challenging that. I was glad that I prepared myself before I left each day. We're talking about Macy's again. My favorite one stop shop in such a beloved friend to anything goes. Macy's is the best because it really has something for everyone and every occasion. Whether it's clothes, HomeGoods, cooking Ware, whatever it may be, Macy's has something for you in the spirit of everybody having their own individual Macy's shopping experience. They're making us feel like true VIP's for the next couple of weeks because Macy's VIP sale has arrived just in time to get everything you need to cozy up this fall. From September 23rd to October 3rd, get 30% off regular sale and clearance items plus. 15% off beauty. And again, outside of beauty, that's 30% off. Pretty much everything from clothing, shoes and handbags to home decor and appliances. It's happening at Macy's. You want to know what I'm going to get? I'm going to get scarves because I really want to have a scarf. I live in California. It's only cold for like 3 months here, and it's not even that cold. Like it never snows, but I need to be leaning into the winter. Entire this year, because last year I wasn't going hard enough. So I will be picking up a few things from Macy's if you need to get some stuff for fallcheckoutmacys.com, that's macys.com. You'll find what you need. I can guarantee you that. My next piece of advice. Is plan your bathroom breaks? Thoughtfully, because the line to the bathroom is so long. If you are having a emergency or a poo emergency, you're ****** at a music festival because the lines to the bathroom are so incredibly long. But on top of that. The bathrooms are so unfortunate and dirty and gross that like. It's it's not the kind of bathroom that you can run into. At any given moment and just, like, plop down on the seat and like, go to the bathroom. Like when you go into the bathroom at a music festival, you want to clean the seat first. You want to line the toilet seat with toilet paper. Or you know one of those like, toilet seat liners because it's disgusting in there. It's not like the type of bathroom where you just like, you know you're having a pee or poo emergency and you just can run in and sit down immediately and start going to the bathroom. No, it's disgusting. You need to prepare. You need to clean the seat. You need to do the whole thing and. So I think it's wisest. To do. Bathroom breaks every few hours with the whole group that you're with and whether or not everyone has to go to the bathroom, it doesn't matter. Everyone needs to try. It's like before you leave for a road trip and your whole family is like, OK, we all have to go to the bathroom one more time. It's the same thing at Coachella. It's like every few hours everybody needs to go to the bathroom and at least try because they might not have access to a bathroom for another few hours. I also don't recommend drinking too much coffee while you're there. I know it might be tempting to go to one of the coffee stands at a music festival and grab a coffee. But I think that you need to be drinking your coffee before you leave, because coffee makes you have to pee, and it makes you have to poop. And guess what? Peeing and pooping at a music festival is one of the most difficult things that you'll do. So. Again, we need to be planning accordingly. I would say stick to water honestly and if you need caffeine. I don't know. I don't know what to tell you. You should have, you should have planned better, and you should have had multiple coffees before you left. Where you still had access to a toilet. My next piece of advice is don't bring things that you care about to a festival. You're going to lose things. You're going to lose sunglasses. You're gonna lose jewelry. You you might even lose your bag. You know what I mean? Like. Plan on losing things. Bring things that you don't care about losing because. You're running around all day. And it's inevitable that something's going to get left behind at some point. It might be your portable phone charger. It might be your favorite pair of sunglasses. Wear cheap jewelry. Wear cheap sunglasses. Bring a cheap. Portable charger like don't. Bring your favorite things. I actually managed to not lose anything this whole entire Coachella. I don't know how it's possible, but years in the past, I would lose everything. I would lose everything. By the end of the by the end of the day, I I left with less things than I brought. And every single time this year I I don't know why I didn't, but normally I do. And so I think it's best to not bring things that you care too much about, because the last thing that you want is to be scrambling and upset because you lost something important to you. And to try and go find it and realize that it's. Dawn into the music festival abyss. Like that's a terrible feeling. And the whole point of these festivals is to have fun, so you don't want to have a heartbreaking moment where you lost something that you care about. My next piece of advice is prepare yourself to wait around a lot, OK? Music festivals are so overpopulated it is insane. There are so many people at these festivals. It is. Actually unbelievable. It reminds me of. Amusement parks. You know how when you go to an amusement park? You prepare yourself to wait. In lines to get on rides all day like I don't know if any of you have been to Disneyland or Disney World, but. If you go to Disneyland or Disney World. You usually have to wait a minimum of an hour and a half. To get on a roller coaster. That will last for what, 2 minutes? It's the same thing with Coachella. You know what I mean? You might have to wait 45 minutes to get into the bathroom. You might have to wait an hour and a half to get food. You might have to wait. Two hours for a car to come pick you up from the festival? You might have to wait. In hour for your favorite artist to come on. There's going to be a lot of waiting. So just prepare yourself for it. And just lean into it. You just kind of have to accept it. You have to accept that. Majority of your time spent at these music festivals will be spent waiting for the next thing. You know, it's not like boom, boom, boom. I'm running around and it's just like. One exciting moment after another? No. There's a lot of waiting in between, and you have to be ready for that. But if you bring the right people, you bring the right friends to the festival, it can be really fun. Like for example, this year I went with people that I have a lot of fun with. Every single person that I went with, I have fun with and so. It didn't even feel like we were waiting for stuff all the time, even though we were, because we all had fun together and we all get along really well and it was great. Years in the past I've gone with people that. I maybe don't get along super smoothly with, right? So everything felt a lot more grueling, and there were a lot more disagreements, and there was a lot more painful waiting. If you bring people that you have fun with in any scenario, you're going to be in a good spot because. Even the worst of moments will become fun. And that leads me to my next piece of advice. Be thoughtful about who you go with to music festivals, because music festivals will test your friendship. You think you have a great friendship with somebody? Go go to a music festival with them. There's a lot of room for argument. Because. One person might want to go see an artist, while another person might need to go to the bathroom. And it's really not the best idea to separate. From your group in at a music festival because it's very hard to find somebody again because. The venues are huge. And also there's usually no phone reception because there's so many people trying to call and text in a condensed area at one time that the phone towers, even though it is 2022 and you would think that technology has advanced. Passed. Overwhelming a phone tower, you would think, but no. When there's a lot of people in one place, phone reception is not good. And so it's very difficult to call and text somebody and be like, hey, meet me here. It's just not going to happen. Calls are not going through, texts are not sending. It's very hard. To separate and then meet back up. So you kind of need to stay together for the whole day and. I think you need to go with people that. Are willing to make some compromises with you, you know. Because there's going to be conflicts of interest. You should also go with people that have similar music tastes to you, or else you know one person is going to want to go see. The country musician. When you want to go see Harry Styles, you see what I'm saying? It's like you want to be on the same page with the people that you're going with. They need to be people that are chill. You gotta go with your chill friends if you're like, hmm, OK, I could go with my chill friends, or I could go with. Might not chill friends go with the chill friends because. Otherwise, there will be arguments, there will there will probably be arguments regardless, but. Try to go with people that you really, really get along with. My next piece of advice is. Don't come with any expectations at all. You can't. Because you will inevitably be disappointed that way. In the years past I've always been very disappointed. After going to Coachella because I had such high expectations that it was going to be the best weekend of my life and that it was going to be smooth sailing all the way through, you know, and everything was just going to be a dream. It's going to be a weekend from my dreams. And that never happened because. Coachella and music festivals in general are a mess. That's truly what they are. They're a mess. They're so exhausting. You're you're walking around all day your your body hurts. You didn't make it to that one performance that you really wanted to see. Your friend got really dehydrated. And, you know, you know, it didn't feel very good, like there's always chaos and. That's the truth of a music festival. It's never perfect. It's never smooth sailing, so you can't go with expectations. There's a good chance that you're not going to make it to see all of the artists that you wanted to see. There's a chance that there's a technical difficulty during one of the. Artist performances that you wanted to see and it didn't turn out as. Amazing, as you expected. There's a lot of that going on, there's a lot of mishaps and so if you go to the festival and you have no expectations, you're like, I don't. Care what happens, whatever happens, happens. You're far more likely to have a good time, I think that the disappointment. And the upset? Comes from. In unrealistic expectation of what a music festival is going to be, it's not going to be the best weekend of your life. It's just, not. Your best. Case scenario. Is that? You maybe got to see one artist that you like. And you didn't. Sprain your ankle like that's best case scenario and maybe you made a few good memories. To be honest, I think some of the best memories from music festivals come from. The chaos like. You know, honestly, a fond memory for me. Is. My friends and I running around trying to find band aids because multiple people in the group that I was with had blisters, and so we're all, like, literally limping around the festival trying to find Band-aids that ended up being a funny memory. Right. A lot of the good memories come from those moments of chaos and then solving the chaos. It's the crisis averted. That creates a good memory, it's not the. Smooth sailing that creates a good memory, so keep that in mind. Don't have your expectations too high. And just go into it with the mindset that I just want to make the most out of the weekend and have a decent enough experience and you're going to be pleasantly surprised if you go into it with that mindset. Whereas you're going to be horribly disappointed if you go into it thinking, I'm going to see all of my favorite artists this weekend, I'm going to see them all perform and it's all going to be perfect and I'm going to be super comfortable the whole weekend and it's just going to be the best weekend of my life. No, no, no, no. Clothes are one of the many ways that we express ourselves and we're constantly switching up our wardrobes. To reflect our interests and styles. But one thing that is a little bit more difficult to switch up is our glasses. Until now, because now with pair eyewear. You can have a different frame every day, OK? With pair eyewear, you start with a chic pair of glasses, right? That look great just by themselves, but they have a special secret. Which is that they have at little. Magnet inside so you can snap on. A cool frame on top of your existing glasses. I got the crystal clear Reese base frame which is just a really chic pair of all clear glasses. 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Bring sunscreen with you, wear sunscreen to the festival, bring aloe Vera to the place that you're staying so that you can put aloe Vera on you after every day of the festival. You need to be prioritizing your comfort. And so that is a huge. Priority. OK, but also. Bring a jacket because I didn't do this the first two days. I didn't bring a jacket. Or a sweater or anything. And when the sun goes down. It gets cold no matter what music festival you're at. It gets cold at night and. It might be annoying to carry around. A sweater or a jacket all day when it's ******* boiling hot. But. In my opinion, the most fun part of a festival is after the sun goes down. And. You don't want to be cold. I was so cold the first two days because I I was wearing. Almost nothing I was wearing like. I was covering basically just. My like abdomen, like my legs in arms were. Out. For the first two days and. The second of the Sun went down. I was freezing cold and. It made me miserable, you know, it was like. That was the straw that broke the camel's back for the first two days. That was like the thing that made me need to go home the first two days because it was like, OK, I could handle being a little sunburnt. I could handle having a few blisters on my heels. I could handle, you know. Smelling like **** because I've been sweating all day. I could handle that. But the second I got cold, I was like, that's too much now. It's too much now. I can't handle it. And I was so regretful every day that I didn't bring. Some sort of jacket? And I think that if I would have done that, I would have been a lot happier. Umm. So that's that. My last piece of advice is. If you don't. End up going. For whatever reason. To a music festival that all your friends are going to. Don't beat yourself up over it. Don't get me wrong, music festivals are very fun. There's a lot of memories to be made. You know, it's like a weekend long party. It's fun, don't get me wrong. But it's also not life changing and if you have to miss a year if you don't get invited if. You don't think it's worth it to spend? Money on the ticket this year. Don't get. Too upset over it. OK. It's not the end of the world. It's definitely not the most fun weekend of the year, you know? It's actually very painful, very difficult. It's a. It's it's extremely expensive. It it. It's not really that worth it. Like it, truly. It's really fun. But it's also not that worth it. Like I I don't think that. It's. In amazing enough experience to make it worth it, I think that you're better off. Going to a concert with your friends, like if you really wanna see. Live music. Go to a concert. Concerts are so much more fun, honestly because. They're always or usually at night. And they're also only a few hours, and I feel like you can really make the most of a concert because. You can put all your energy into. Seeing that one performance instead of going to a festival and having to run around all day and trying to see a bunch of different people and also having to, you know, figure out food and and where you're going to stay and like get an Airbnb. Like that whole situation so complicated. You're better off going to a concert in your hometown. Or in the. City that you reside. You're better off doing that. It's just so much easier, it's so much more fun, and you also get to like hand select the artist that you want to see, whereas at a music festival the the music festival chooses for you and usually you end up buying your ticket before you even know who's playing. And so I think that. It's a better use of your money and your time to just go and see. Somebody in concert, you avoid so many of the. Issues? That come with going to a music festival, so if you don't go, don't worry about it. Just plan to go to a concert instead. And. You might even have a better time, but at the same time, if you do end up going to the festival, don't feel like you're wasting your time. Because in life, every experience, whether it's good or bad, is an experience and. That's what life is about. And so. I think that. You're kind of good either way. You're good if you go, you're gonna definitely make some memories, but you're also good if you don't go because there are so many other opportunities to see live music that are actually more enjoyable and also. It's not great enough. To beat yourself up over not going. OK, so that's all of my festival advice. I hope that that was helpful in some way, shape or form. But now I'm going to answer some questions about music festivals and Coachella. That you guys asked me on the Twitter at AG podcast. So let's get into the questions first question is Coachella overrated? I'm going to say yes. I'm going to say yes because. It. Is the most hyped up music festival, at least to my knowledge. Everybody talks about it. It's a whole spectacle. It it feels like everybody's talking about it. When it's Coachella weekend, it's a big deal in a way, right? And. I know before. I ever win. It was like my dream to go, like I had always wanted to go. And I thought it was like the most fun. Weekend of the year like that, that's what I believed before I ever went. But the truth is, is that. It's very, it's very difficult, you know, like the whole experience takes a lot out of you. You're physically in pain the whole weekend. You never end up seeing all the artists that you want to see play. You know you never see all the music that you want to see. And. It's extremely expensive to go, you know, like the cost of staying in Palm Springs, which is the. Place that Coachella has held every year. Staying there is very expensive during Coachella season. The food in the water and everything is so expensive at Coachella. The lines for everything are so long like it's not. It it's very exhausting and it's not just fun and easy like, like you would expect it to be. And because of that, I think that it's overrated. You know, I think that if you go to Coachella, a big part of going is just to say that you win. And also, you know. To just not have FOMO, right? I I think that the best part about going to Coachella. Is not feeling the FOMO you know, like when and if you don't know what FOMO is, that's the fear of missing out. So if you go to Coachella and you experience it then. You're not sitting at home. Wishing that you were there, wondering what it's like, and I think that that's honestly the best part about going is just feeling included in. The fiasco that is Coachella. It's a lot of work, it's a lot of money and it's. Never as perfect as you expect it to be. And and that's just the truth of it. I think it is overrated. But I also think that if you have the opportunity to go or if it's something that is a dream for you, that I think you should go. Because even though it's kind of a ******* mess, it's still fun, you know? And it's it's almost fun because it's a mess. And if you have the right perspective and you go in with no expectation and you go in just like, you know what? I'm just going to. I'm just going to go with the flow this weekend. You there's a great chance that you'll have a good time because it's an adventure and I love a good adventure no matter what. Problems come my way. If I go into something and I look at it as an adventure, then I always have a good time. And so I think if you go into Coachella with that mindset, there's a great chance that you're going to have a good time. But it's also. A mess. You see what I'm saying? Somebody said, do you think that Coachella is more about fashion than the actual music? I do. Honestly because. As I mentioned earlier, it's so. Overwhelming and almost impossible to see all of the music that you want to see. That I feel like it's more of. A fashion show and a big party. Umm. I think it's more of an opportunity for people to go. And party. And be dressed up while doing it. I honestly think that that's the main activity because seeing music. At a festival like that. Is also not all it's cracked up to be. Because. Most of the time you're at the back of the crowd. It's so hard to to push your way to the front. It's impossible to push your way to the front. Most of the time when you're watching a performance you're not even like. Seeing the actual artist, you're just seeing the display because you're so far back that you can barely even see anything, and you can barely even hear it because there's so many people watching. Each performance that it's so hard. To even like get up close and and and personal with the performance. So. Not only is it. Almost impossible to make it to each performance that you want to see, but also when you get there. There's a good chance that you're gonna be standing at the back of the crowd. Almost unable to see anything like you know what I mean? It's so hard to. Get a good spot to watch each performance that unless you dedicate your whole day to seeing one artist. And you dedicate your whole day to waiting at the front of the crowd. So that when your favorite artist comes on, you're at the front. Unless you do that, you're going to be at the back and you're not going to see ****. It's not about the music. It just isn't. I really do think that. If you want to have an experience where you see your favorite artist live, you should go to a concert because it's much more organized. Every seat in the house, usually. Is placed in a spot where you can see. The artist. I would say concerts are more about the music and music festivals are more about. The fashion and the partying. I really do think that. And don't get me wrong, like music is still important at these festivals and it's still a very fun element because. You know, being at the back of a crowd isn't the worst thing. I personally prefer it. I like to stand at the back because I just want to hear the music. I don't really care about seeing the artist. Physically, right? Like, I don't really care. I I just want to listen to the music and dance around. And even if the quality, the sound quality at the back of the crowd isn't so good, like you still. Can have fun, right? But. It's not great, you know. It's not ideal ideally. You know, like it wouldn't be as crowded so that you could be more up close and personal with the performance. But that's just really unrealistic and I think that a big part of. Coachella is. Everything about the music, and it's funny because when you're walking around, you know, you see so many people taking photos in their outfits. In spending a lot of time doing that and I think that that's because that's a huge part of. The culture of the festival, right? Like before I left for the festival, every day I took photos of my outfit like I just I did because I was like, I can't help it. I put so much effort into these outfits, I'm just gonna, I have to take photos in them, you know? But I always took photos in my office before I left because when I got to the festival, I just wanted to enjoy. I didn't want to think about taking a photo of my outfit. I was like, no, that's that's a waste of my time. I want to just enjoy myself once I get there and on the third day of the festival. I gave up entirely and wore sweatpants and a tank top because I was so over it. But that's beside the point. Somebody said how are the VIP parties? You know, I'm going to be completely, brutally honest with you guys right now. I've been to so many different types of parties in my life. I I've been to high school parties when I was in high school. I've been to frat parties at colleges I've been to. Sneaky Secret Hollywood parties. I've been to some VIP Coachella parties. I've been to a lot of different parties in my life. They are all the same. I almost want to make a whole episode about this topic in general. I don't care what kind of party a party is. They're never. As fun as you want them to be, ever, I don't care if it's a high school party or if it's Justin Bieber's Coachella after party, most parties are boring. That's just the truth of the matter. Most parties don't live up to your expectation. It's just the truth. And so I went to a few after parties at Coachella. They were OK. But they weren't great, and I was excited to leave like I I never had fun. Parties are you know what? I'm not even gonna speak anymore about it because I wanna make a whole episode about parties. I feel like I've experienced so many different type of parties and I just have some really strong opinions that I want to share. But I will say that all of the Coachella after parties that I went to were not great. They were not great. 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Having to act social, seeing celebrities, etc. Honestly. I enjoy this element of Coachella. One of my favorite parts about Coachella is the people watching. I love people watching. I love it. I love. Just sitting down and just watching people like, it's so entertaining to me and I will say there's no better place to do that than Coachella. One of my favorite memories from this past weekend was my friends and I sitting. On the ground and just watching people walk by and back and forth for hours because we didn't have any artists that we wanted to see. And we were like, you know what? Let's just take a break. Let's just sit on the floor and just like people watch and watch people walk around. That was the best part. It's so entertaining. There's so many people around. You're like, Oh my God, there's a celebrity. Oh my God, there's, you know, look at those people they're fighting. Oh my God, look at those people. They're wearing such cute outfits. Oh my God, look at those people. They're outfits are really, really interesting and kind of awful, like. It's so fun to just. Observe. And that's actually one of my favorite parts about it. So I think being in a place like that, that's very crowded. Is actually really entertaining and I didn't get anxious at all. Because I refuse to put myself in any situation where I would get anxious. Like for example, I get really anxious in being in the middle of a crowd. So I just don't do that. I just. Watch music from the back. I just, you know, stand really far back. And I stand at the back of the crowd, where you know you can escape at any moment and. I just. Don't put myself in situations where I'm going to feel overwhelmed. And because of that, the fact that there's so many people doesn't bother me. I think that. Trying to, you know, be in the middle. Of a crowd for a performance is when the overpopulation becomes a problem, right? Like the overpopulated nature of music festivals becomes stressful because. You can pin yourself into a situation where. It's very hard to escape, but if you don't do that then it's actually very fun. Somebody said. How did you plan out your outfits? So how I plan my office this year was I made a mood board, I went on Pinterest I went on. Some of my favorite clothing websites, all that and screenshotted all the things that I loved. And then I made a moodboard. Then. I sent it to my stylist. Because. In the years past I didn't have a stylist and I would go and find pieces all by myself and it was extremely time consuming. But at this point in my life, I was like, you know what? It's time. To kind of take some of the stress off of my back and to collaborate. With my amazing stylist. On this, you know, because in the years past, like, I wanted to do it all by myself. But this year I was like, no, I'm gonna get some help, you know? So I sent the moodboard to my stylist and was like, this is the vibe. Then he went and he picked out a bunch of stuff. Then. We did 2 fittings. To find the perfect outfit, so the first fitting. We just tried on all of the stuff and we narrowed it down to like five options that we really liked, 5 to 10 options that we really liked. We altered all the clothes to fit me and then during the second fitting we tried everything on again and picked out the final outfits and that was how it that was how it happened. And. That was that. It was honestly the easiest. This year was the easiest fashion year for me because years in the past I picked out all the outfits myself and done all of it on my own. But this year, working with. Someone who has. The same taste as me and like just gets me made the whole process so much easier and. It was really fun, it was great and it was easy because I had some help. Somebody said how do you deal with the heat during the day at a music festival? Honestly. I think the best thing that you can do. Is. Wear clothes that are breathable. That's the hugest thing, like. Wearing breathable clothing makes all of the difference. On day one and two of the festival, I wore materials that were knit like. Almost sweater material. That was not a good idea because those materials are not breathable. They're very sweaty, they look really cool, but very sweaty, and so that was kind of a mistake on my end. You want to wear stuff that's breathable. You also want to make sure that you're drinking water, cold water, because that really helps cool down your body temperature. I also recommend bringing a facial spray. I brought like a face spray like, you know, like. A facial mist spray? That really helps because just spraying that on your face. Cools down your face. And that feels really good, so I was doing that. Also, just hanging out in the shade as much as possible and that's pretty much all you can do. And then once the sun goes down you're good. But until then you know. It it kind of sucks. Somebody said, what's it like arriving in leaving Coachella? It's a mess. This actually might be the worst part about Coachella is the process of arriving to the festival and leaving the festival. There's a lot of different options. There's an option to Uber like to call an Uber or a Lyft, but that's extremely complicated because. If you Uber to the festival, then that means you have to Uber. Back home from the festival. And calling an Uber to the festival is so complicated. There's like an Uber pickup and drop-off area, but the problem is there's thousands of people calling an Uber at the same time, so it's like an absolute mess and it takes forever. The other option is that you can drive your car, but the parking lots are massive, and trying to find your car at the end of the day is extremely confusing because all of the parking lots look the same. You're like, I don't remember where I put my car. And there's no reception. So, like, even if you. Saved a pain in your phone of where your car was parked. There's a good chance that you're not going to be able to map yourself back to your car because there's no connection. Or if you hire a driver. To drop you off and pick you up at the festival. Number one, that's extremely expensive, but #2 it's impossible to get in contact with the driver because. Again, there's no reception, so it's like you can't call them and be like, hey, pick me up here. And even if you did do that, there's a good chance that they're going to get lost while trying to find you. That is easily the worst part of the whole festival is the drop off in pickup situation. I think that your best option is to drive your own car. And park it somewhere and just hope that you remember. But also, the traffic getting in and out of the festival is insane. It's. So bad you're waiting for. Hours to get in and out of the festival unless you come or leave at awkward times, for example if you show up to the festival really early. You have a good chance of getting a good parking spot. In getting in with less traffic, whereas if you come at like 5 PM, 6:00 PM when most people are showing up, the traffic is terrible. And if you leave? After the last show of the day. The traffic is awful. Because everybody's leaving at once, whereas if you leave. Early. Then there's like no traffic at all. But the problem with that is that you miss the last show of the night, which is usually. The headliner or the most? Prestigious performance, you know what I'm saying? So it's kind of like a lose lose. If you leave early. Then you miss the most exciting performance, but you don't sit in traffic or you watched. The last performance of the night, the most prestigious one, the most exciting one. But then you sit in traffic for like 2 hours trying to get out of the festival. It's tough. It's really tough, honestly. Like you're kind of just gonna be struggling one way or another. Somebody said, do you feel like Coachella felt the same even after the pandemic? Honestly, yes. It felt completely normal. It felt the exact same as years that I've gone in the past, which was very shocking to me, honestly. Somebody said why does the audience at festivals always seem so dead? Is it the culture of festival goers to listen silently? I think what it is is that. There's a lot of people at these music festivals that are watching performances of artists that they aren't really that big fans of, right? Because you're at the festival anyway and you're like, well, I've heard one song from this artist, so I guess I'll go watch their set and I'll go watch their performance. But then, you know, you show up and you know the lyrics to one song and not to the rest. So then you just end up standing there kind of awkwardly because you're like, well, I only knew that one song. And I think that that's a lot of what happens. I think that the audience at festivals. Tends to be less passionate because. There's a lot of people in the crowd that don't really know the artist that well, but are just watching it because they're already at the festival anyway, whereas when you buy a concert ticket. There's a good chance that you're a fan of that artist and you know all of the songs, because why would you go to the concert otherwise? I think that that's why, you know, the audience tends to be less passionate at festivals. Anyway, on that note, I need to rest my voice because my voice is gone and I also need to take a nap and possibly just sleep for the rest of the week. I'm exhausted. My whole body hurts. I'm having like, the most severe back pain I've had in months, because Coachella always makes my back pain worse. But yeah, thank you for hanging out. Thank you for listening to me talk this week. I hope that you enjoyed. You can check out. Anything goes on Instagram, at anything goes, or on Twitter. At AG podcast you can subscribe to. Anything goes on any platform that you stream podcasts and leave a review. On those platforms as well if you would like. You can check out my coffee company. Called Chamberlain Coffee, Chamberlain, coffee.com. Actually, this weekend at Coachella. My company was selling Chamberlain coffee. Cold brew ice cream. Dairy free at the festival and that was really good and I ate that multiple times, which was exciting. So that was kind of cool. Actually very cool and very much a dream come true. But yeah, that's all I got this week. You guys. Thank you so much for listening. Don't go to Coachella. And if you do? Keep your expectations on the floor. And expect nothing. And only then. Will it be a good experience? Alright, love you guys. Talk to you next week.