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Coachella 2017

May 1, 2017

This year has been an amazing year – partially because I finally got to tick off one of my big bucket list items – #COACHELLA. I always promised myself that I would attend Coachella before I passed 25 years old and with it being 1 month away from my 26th birthday the year 2017 for my first Coachella experience couldn’t have been more perfect.

I honestly didn’t know what to expect since it was our first time at the festival. The below are 7 lessons I learnt from my experience at Coachella:

1. No DSLR cameras in the festival (unless you have a media pass – and nope we didn’t). Trust me – leave them at home, security is pretty tight and we even tried to smuggle it in but anything with a detachable lens is a NO GO.
2. Dress comfortable – don’t wear heels (if you’re going to wear heels for a photo then bring a bag and put a change of shoes in there).
3. Most people go to the festival from 4pm onwards until the night. It’s extremely hot during the morning until almost sunset and all the great lineups usually play at night.
4. Plan your day – download the Coachella app and make sure you know the times for the lineups you want to listen to. It can be hard to get reception at Coachella so be sure to know where you are going and don’t lose your group.
5. Cards are accepted inside the festival. It isn’t a cash only place.
6. Wear lots of sunscreen if you’re planning to go during the day.
7. Bring a jacket for night time – it can get pretty chilly.

Since no DSLR cameras were allowed I’ll show you my experience through the eyes of my iPhone camera. Here’s my Coachella 2017 Photo Diary:

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  • Sheree May 1, 2017 at 6:53 PM

    I’ve never been to Coachella but I think your 7 things learned would be great and useful for first time goers. From what I’ve seen, you have managed to capture all of your fashion and style with the iPhone, I didn’t know that DSLR camera wasn’t allowed either. Loved your rainbow hair, it must be such a stand out and you would get compliments on them. You look very festive and ready for the fun.

    ~ xo Sheree
    Posh Classy Mom

  • Christine Kong May 2, 2017 at 9:51 AM

    I have never been to Coachella before and it looks so amazing. I am glad you got to go as you planned before your birthday! I loved seeing all your beautiful dresses and looks for Coachella and omg your hair is so incredible! The colors are so vibrant and perfect for the festival. These tips are perfect for anyone planning to go. I had no idea that no DSLR’s were allowed! That’s a major tip! Glad you had such a great time and if you go again maybe we can plan on meeting up while you are here! xoxo, Christine

    • Lani May 4, 2017 at 2:47 AM

      Your Unicorn hair!!! Love it babe! Also are your tats real? (if not, they look pretty real!) I like how your outfits blend in perfectly with the Chella vibes. Thanks for your tips, hope to make it there one day too!
      xo Lani |

  • Jessie May 2, 2017 at 4:21 PM

    O-M-G Coachella looks so amazing!!! I can’t wait to go there one year. It is definitely on top of my to do list!!! Maybe I will try to aim 2018! I love your Coachella outfits especially your unicorn coloured hair! It is totally on point to match with the festival theme! Totally obsessed with it! Is it hard to maintain the colours tho?

    xx, Jessie

  • Diana May 3, 2017 at 5:26 AM

    I never done Coachella, but I feel like I am too old for this type of celebration. I love clubbing, but staying all day long on your feet probably is very tough! I didn’t know you can’t bring camera. How bloggers get their outfits being shoot? Cute outfits and watched your snap stories. Where are you right now?

  • Aimara May 3, 2017 at 5:35 AM

    I’m living my dream through your photos!
    Loved your Coachella outfits on Insta and your hair too! It’s so perfect for festival season!
    YAY for crossing off items of your bucket list!
    I’ve never been but I’d love to one day. I went to Lolla for the first time last year and these tips pretty much apply for it as well.
    Especially the DSLR camera one and timing! It makes no sense to go there since like 10 am when all the cool groups start playing at four!
    Thanks for sharing Mandy, looks like you guys had a blast!

  • Open Kloset May 3, 2017 at 7:41 AM

    Hey Beautiful,
    I was soooo excited about your Coachella Post since I saw Your Amazing Hair:) One Of my Big Dream too , to visit Once this Amazing Place:)
    Your Tips was Super Useful, I will Follow up each when I go:)
    Your Outfits were Amazing:)
    The Pink cute Dress was my Favorite, but all were Very Festival Style:)
    So Happy for you that you finally visited Coachella:)
    Love Kisses
    Open Kloset By Karina
    Happy Tuesday

  • Shalini May 3, 2017 at 9:40 AM

    I have never attended Coachella even after living in the US for the last 21 years. Looks a lot of fun and thank you for all the tips if I decide to go in the future. All your looks are super cute and festive! I love love the pink stripe dress the most and your hair is incredible! You are so Coachella ready and I am glad you had an awesome time! xo shalini

  • Maggie May 3, 2017 at 2:11 PM

    This is like the ultimate Coachella post! I loved what you did with your hair and makeup! So cute! I didn’t know Coachella didn’t allow you to bring dslr cameras. I guess the other bloggers had media passes for their photographers. You didn’t take any food pics! Were they not good? I’ve always wondered about that. Haha.

    So good meeting you afterwards babe! Hope you’re having a blast traveling and stay in touch!

    Maggie S.

  • Vanessa May 3, 2017 at 3:31 PM

    Wow! Congrats girl! Coachella sounds like a wonderful experience. I would love to go, I moved to California 4 years ago and attend the festival is now on the top of my wishlist of future destinations. Thanks for sharing such a great tips. I didn’t know that cameras are not allowed but let me tell you that looks like you don’t needed it because your images are amazing and very well taken. You look gorgeous on the outfits you wore. Very nice selection, you embraced a wonderful boho-style, totally appropriate for the occasion. And your hair is the most creative idea I have ever seen. Looks so unique! Love this post and thanks for sharing this great adventure.


  • Sarah May 4, 2017 at 1:44 AM

    I have never been to Coachella, but I have always wanted to go too. Thanks for your tip’s, I had no idea that DSLR’s wouldn’t be allowed and it’s so good to know that credit cards are allowed. I would probably not feel comfortable carrying too much cash. But I do feel that I may be to old, as I am 30 haha. It looks so much fun, I am curious to know which Music acts did you manage to see? Also loving all of your Coachella looks. My favourite one has to be your pink stripped dress, it’s super fun :). And I still can’t get over your gorgeous hair, it was absolutely perfect for Coachella.

    Hope you have a lovely trip ahead.


  • aurela May 4, 2017 at 4:06 AM

    I have never been to Coachella too and is on my bucket list for sure. It looks so amazing and fun to attend. Glad you made it for your birthday. Loved all your tips, I will keep them in mind in case I ever make it. At times I doubt it as I feel so old to attend type of fun festivals. I would totally pass out by 10 pm LOL All your outfits look so pretty and my favorite is the stripped dress and not because I am striped obsessed but it really look so pretty on you. Your hair and makeup looks great too, did you do it yourself?
    Aurela xoxo

  • Andreea Birsan May 4, 2017 at 6:14 AM

    So happy for you that you finally managed to make it to Coachella! This festival is also on my bucket list for such a long time and I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it there in 2018. Will have to note all your tips and make sure I won’t be getting my DSLR with me, hehe. And yeah, wearing heels to a music festival makes no sense at all, comfort should prime after all :). Also the outfits you wore were both cute and cozy and the unicorn hair was more than fabulous. Wishing you a great day! xx


  • Manda May 4, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Hey Mandy!

    I’ve never been to Coachella before but I love hearing everyones experience and different festival tips! What a great thing to cross of your bucket list before your birthday! I had no idea cameras were not allowed inside unless you are press but I guess that makes sense! I have to say your iPhone did a fantastic job! I would think it would be cash only, so that’s good to know too! I hate carrying cash unless I have to. The images are gorgeous! I still cannot get over your gorgeous hair! It was absolutely perfect for the festival! How has it been holding up?! Also, love your temp tattoos! They are so cool!

    Manda |

  • Jacqueline May 4, 2017 at 10:24 AM

    This looks so fun! Had no idea about the DSLR. Does that mean any camera or just that specific type? Loving how colorful your outfits are and match your gorgeous hair. Also seriously don’t know how people tolerate that heat. That’s been my one concern about going to Coachella. Not sure if I can hang. Glad you were able to cross this off your list!

  • Thomas Falkenstedt May 4, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    Dear Mandy, I’ve really loved seeing all your outfits from Coachella on your Instagram and now seeing the full coverage here makes me want to tick that off my bucket list next year too. Not only does it seem to be an amazing experience, but it’s a blend of music, fashion, art, meeting people and just enjoying life. Those tips were really good. I promise I won’t wear heels, haha, but I probably would have dragged along a lot of cash as festivals usually only accept that and credit cards are a no-no.
    Now I’ve got the most important tips pinned down for my own debut at Coachella next year 🙂

  • Michelle May 4, 2017 at 1:33 PM

    I have never been and you make me want to go just for the fashion. I LOVE your Coachella style! I just can’t get enough of your rainbow hair!! And I need your pretzel bag in my life! What an amazing experience – sounds like you had a great time Mandy! Great tips too! Too bad you couldn’t bring your DSLR – thou your iPhone pics are great. And it was probably easier to not have to lug it around anyway….

  • Tandya May 4, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Love all of your outfits! These are great tips! When/if you go again you’re all set! It is a bummer that you aren’t able to bring a detachable lens. I am not sure if you tried, but a lot o the times people sneak them in. Definitely try to get a media pass next time and always bring a jacket! The desert gets cold at night! Glad you had fun!

  • Jessica May 4, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    I’ve never been to the concert, so I am loving these tips as I hope to attend on year to enjoy it in person! From your hair to your tips, I really love learning so many of the little details not many people get a chance to share! thank you! xo, Jessica

  • maryam May 4, 2017 at 2:32 PM

    Coachella is on my bucket list too, but glad that you were able to check that off your list 🙂 Your outfits are so on point and I love your hair. It’s just so fun! Reading through post, I never would have thought that they don’t allow DSLR cameras in there. Because I always see people posting fabulous pictures so I guess they must have media pass. This is good to know. I am planning on attending next year. Anyway, your pictures look beautiful, your iPhone did a great job 🙂
    xo, Maryam

  • Darlene May 4, 2017 at 3:53 PM

    I have never been to coachella ! Thank God for reading this post. I didn’t know you can’t bring a dslr ! That’s awful because I bring mine everywhere I go. Is it safe in your hotel? What are your tips into getting a hotel when attending? I’m so curious now and would love to go for next year. That’s my goal! I love the unicorn hair and my favourite outfit is the pink stripes and the black one! I need that black one.

    Can’t wait to hear more about your trip in US


  • Eva May 4, 2017 at 5:52 PM

    Did you say Coachella ?? How nice it is to be a great energy engagement, one day I would like to be able to go but it is further away from me. I like the black romper on you and the pink dress is fine, but also the overknee boots are stunning. Your looks are always impeccable. Thanks for the tips.

  • Rachel Holliday May 4, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    Coachella is definitely on my bucketlist too and this post made me want to go even more! It’s crazy that you took these on your Iphone- they look really professional. I’m loving your cute unicorn hair is so on-point too! I adore the second outfit (jumpsuit), is it Camilla?

    Rachel xx

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