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Living in NYC - Thoughts After 1 Month

Hey guys, 

It’s been a little more than a month since I've moved from San Francisco to New York City! The first few weeks were jam-packed with messy buns, unboxing clothes and building furniture. Now that I’ve settled down and fully transitioned to full-time influencer work, I wanted to catch up and share my initial thoughts of the city!

I’m really interested to see how my perspective and style will change living on the east coast. Will, I fold my pizza in half? Will I stop at stoplights? Will I fall into the stereotype of Rude New Yorkers? Only time will tell!

-Erica



The Ultimate Coachella Survival Guide

Coachella is coming up fast and I’m always frantic about last minute details so here is my packing checklist and 10 most valuable tips to ensure your trip runs smoothly.

Still looking for outfit styling tips, check out my last post: Hottest Looks and Brands of Coachella 2019

Coachella Address: Empire Polo Club -  81800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201

1: Ticket

Your ticket is literally the most important thing of this weekend. DO NOT forget your ticket at home, I repeat, do not forget your ticket! Pack it in a secure location, I recommend your carry on bag (in case your checked-in luggage gets lost) and triple check it before you leave.

Also, don’t forget to register your wristband which requires downloading the Coachella App.

1: Create a Coachella account online or via the Coachella app if you don’t already have one (this is a separate account from the one you used to purchase tickets)

2: Log in to the Coachella app on your phone, which is the only place where you can activate your wristband.

3: The landing page will ask you to activate your wristband (you can skip this if you plan to sell your wristband). Make sure you have selected the correct weekend, enter your first and last name, and then enter the six character code located on the back of the plastic portion of the wristband and hit submit.

2: Water

Do not underestimate the Indio sun! You are partying in the desert and the last thing you want to do is miss out on all the fun because strapped to an IV treating dehydration. Drink a whole bottle of water before you leave for the day and replenish often. Coachella sells bottles of water for $2 each but they also offer free water stations so no excuses here.

3: Sunscreen

Sunburns/skin cancer ain't cute, do yourself a favor and load up on the SPF. If for some reason you need to get out of the heat, the Yuma tent offers air conditioning and seats for you to chill.  

4: Dust Mask/Bandana

High winds and heavy dust are common in the Coachella Valley and as the weekend goes on the grass will dry up, meaning there won't be anything to trap the dust. People wear dust masks or bandanas over their mouth and nose to protect themselves walking between stage to stage. This is especially important if you’re going Weekend 2, it will be a lot dryer and all the grass will be dead by then.

5: Comfortable Shoes

I usually opt for boots because boots are comfy to me but if you can only stand in sneakers for 12 hours a day, do sneakers. You’ll be doing a lot of walking/standing so whatever you wear, make sure it’s comfortable for you.

Just a heads up: unless you’re camping there's about a 1-mile walk into the campgrounds - prepare for that. Bike trolleys are priced at $10 per person and will take you directly in the festival.

6: Parking

If you happen to be driving to the festival, Coachella offers different color-coded parking lots spread across the field. Make sure you remember which trail you go down! I thought all the parking lots were connected my first year and spent about 2 hours after the event trying to find our car - not fun. Also the lot you park in will determine how long your walk will be, try to find the closest lot to avoid a long walk!

7: Bring a Jacket

The weird thing about the desert is that it’s really hot during the day but super cold at night. Bring a light layer to shield yourself from the cold and dust when you’re leaving the festival.

8: Camera

I know Coachella says no cameras BUT as long as you don’t have a 3-foot lens, you can actually bring in a DSLR. For a complete list of banned items check out this list.

Pro Tip: Write down your contact information on a piece of paper and take a picture of it. If you lose your camera, someone can easily look through your pictures and return.

9: Meeting Spot

Cell service is spotty so having a designated meeting spot is crucial. “The Ferris wheel ticket booth at 2 pm”, “back left corner of the Mojave tent in 10 minutes” and the “entrance to the Heineken beer garden when the festival is over” are some example. I recommend time stamping everything in case you get lost.  

10: Porta Potty essentials

As much as you say you’re going to avoid the porta potty you’ll most likely have to use it at some point during the festival. Bring extra tissues in case they run out and hand sanitizer to kill off any germs.

Packing List - To Palm Springs

  • Ticket

  • Festival Outfits

  • Festival Shoes

  • Sleeping/Lounging Clothes

  • Underwear

  • Swimsuit

  • Cell Phone Charger

  • Toiletries

  • Makeup

  • Hair styling tools

  • Laptop/Charger

  • Camera

  • Tampons/Pads

  • Birth Control/Condoms

  • Medications

Packing List - To Coachella Festival

  • Ticket - should be registered and on your wrist

  • Phone

  • Room/House Keys

  • Sunblock

  • Secret Flask

  • Bandana

  • Tissues

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Cash

I hope this guide helps was helpful and if you’re going Weekend 1 be sure to say hi! Follow me on Instagram @ericaluoo to get see the most recent snaps of my looks.


3 Steps For Making New Year's Resolutions and Keeping It

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HAPPY NEW YEARS! For the past few years I’ve set new year's resolutions and have been pretty successful at meeting those intention. So today I thought I would share with you how to set yourself up for success and achieve the life you want!

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#1: Split your resolutions up by category

It doesn't make sense to me that someone would only pick one resolution for the year. That's like saying if I accomplish ONE thing this whole entire year my life will be better. I mean... if that’s how you function, bless your heart please us. Instead I like breaking up my resolutions by different categories. Typically I’ll have different goals for work, relationships, health, and everything else will fall under personal.

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#2: Pick goals that are quantitative

One of the biggest reason why people fail on their resolutions is because they don't have a way of measuring. Let's use the resolution “I want to lose weight” for example. It’s great that you’ve set that intention, but how will you know if you have succeeded? A better way to think about it is “I want to lose 15 lbs by the end of the year”.

With that being said, I like to take it a step further. Instead of focusing on your end goal, I recommend setting quantifiable action items as your resolutions. So instead of “I want to lose 15 lbs by the end of the year” try “I will work out 4 times a week”. Ultimately it will help you reach your end-goal and it’s something you can accomplish.

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#3: Work in silence

Your resolutions are for you and no one else. I get that sharing it with others might hold you accountable; but if you share it with others, are you really doing the resolution for yourself, or to impress people? Let your success be the noise and have more than you show!

At the end of the day new year resolutions are meant to keep you on track and to help you be the best versions of yourself. It’s ok if you don’t stick to it 100% and don’t reach all your goals by the end of the year. I’m sure you’ll be a lot closer than if you didn't set your intentions at all!

I hope this was helpful and if you test it out let me know! As always, follow me on Instagram @ericaluoo and subscribe to my newsletter if you haven't already.

Love,

Erica