Summertime equals camping, music festivals, road trips... you name it! Along these trips you might find yourself in need of a shower. In most of these places, you'll find showers don't exist, sadly, so therefore you must fake one! Personally, there are some things that I just need when I travel, and one of those is a shower! Below you'll find various products that will help you do what you gotta do when you're out on the road, in the wilderness, or in the blazing hot sun at a music festival this summer! —Maddie
skyn ICELAND Cleansing Cloths
First of all, you must bring along a pack of all purpose cleansing cloths for when you need to wipe away the grime.
Evian Natural Mineral Water Facial Spray
For those times you may not want to wash your face in the morning with lake water.
The Gnarly Whale Unisex Body Spray
Things are always more pleasant when the whole group you're with smells nice, so take this unisex body spray for that reason!
Tangle Teezer Salon Elite Styler Hairbrush
No need to worry about those tangles anymore, plus this hairbrush comes in several other cute colors.
Eva NYC Freshen Up Dry Shampoo
You think you might be able to go a few days without washing your hair, but trust me, it's not fun. Thankfully, dry shampoo is here to rescue you. Spray it right on, and watch the icky oils go away!
skyn ICELAND Relief Eye Pen
Because droopy eyes are no fun.
Roberts Florentine Rose Water
Rose Water is the easiest way to feel refreshed after being out all day, spritz a little on your face and you'll feel 500 times better.
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It's hard to document events without ever mentioning the weather when they play such a significant role--like a villain in a story. But if said villain is terrifically-developed, it's also hard not to grow fond of him/her/it--as people do with Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights, Spike or Dru in Buffy, Frankenstein, Professor Snape… you get the idea. I had a point there somewhere.
Instead of letting the rain soak festival spirits, Toronto pretty much embraced the atmospheric villainy. In between intermittent pouring, the guys behind Young Lions Music Club & Live in Bellwoods pulled off yet another Great Heart success at Trinity Bellwoods.
Headed again to the Arts & Crafts Pop Up a few blocks down, this time to see Toronto's Alvvays and Prince Edward Island's Boxer the Horse.
(Boxer the Horse)
And also managed to snap some rain-embracing style from festival-goers!
Brooklyn's Black Marble was also playing just a few steps away at the Blk Box. Caught them just before heading to the Comfort Zone for Braids. And unsurprisingly, so did every other festival-goer, it seemed. The queue outside took a fair bit, but whoever chose the venue for the Montreal-based band definitely had the right idea. Braids' music perfectly blended with the eerie glow-in-the-dark lighting.
My only regret that evening: not wearing a Picnic at Hanging Rock–dress!
Mikal Cronin was conveniently playing next door at the Silver Dollar, which proved to be my favourite set of the festival so far. Not only was the band great to watch but the crowd also held up its end of showing genuine fervour!
(The Soft Moon)
Around 2 A.M. one of our secret shows, The Soft Moon, went on at The Horseshoe Tavern and totally blew the crowd away.
At the end of the night, it just feels right to see broken guitar strings. —Carmel
This week we are up in beautiful Toronto for NXNE! There's a ton (like, ton) of cool shows going on, so you'll also be seeing guest blogger and Toronto native Carmel helping us out on some posts! We are all gonna have to be on top of our energy drink game if we want to keep up with everything that's happening. Since arriving yesterday we've been too busy to stuff our faces with poutine (soon), but we did make sure we had plenty of time to check out one of our secret shows, Merchandise, at Parts and Labor. Here's our recap! (And follow our Twitter to see what else we'll be up to.) —Katie
When we first got to Parts and Labor it was packed! Since we were early, we got to catch Milk Music's set and they were totally awesome. I'd been meaning to see them for a while, but they had never played near me, so it's like the fates aligned.
Seriously, if you get the chance to see Milk Music live, you definitely should. They put on an incredible show, and everyone was super into it. (Got a little warm, if you can't tell.)
After Milk Music ended their set, Carson Cox, frontman of Merchandise, came out for their secret set and was like, "Yo, it's my birthday! I'm drinking!" And everyone cheered. Happy birthday, dude!
Merchandise also put on a fantastic show. By the time they were a couple songs in, everyone was moshing like crazy and I was hiding behind a speaker because I am a delicate infant. Like, I would seriously like to give it up for how enthusiastic (drunk?) the crowd was the whole time.
At this point, everyone was going crazy. Carson threw his guitar down on the stage and hopped out into the crowd with all the fans. And that shirt? Stay young indeed, my friend. MAY WE ALL STAY YOUNG FOREVER.
People were 100% committed to this show, crowd-surfing every chance they got, even though the ceilings were probably no higher than 7 feet.
After the show ended we hunted everyone down to get this Merchandise and Milk Music hybrid band picture. Birthday boy on the right was having a blast and a half. Good job being handsome and talented, everyone.
It's like you're right up in the action, right? If only we could have .gif-ed the moment when Carson jumped out into the crowd. Thanks for an awesome show, guys! And everyone else, stay tuned for more posts from NXNE - we've got a lot more planned and we can't wait!
"Tuesday evening in Los Angeles was quite a memorable one, in which I attended the premiere of Sofia Coppola's new film, The Bling Ring, presented by A24 Films, Vanity Fair, and Louis Vuitton.
So, where to even begin? The premiere took place at the Director's Guild (7920 Sunset Blvd) in the heart of good old Hollywood. I took my place amongst the super serious paparazzi and other press people who were all there to catch a glimpse of some of the very important people in attendance, like Emma Watson and the writer and director herself, Sofia Coppola!
Sofia arriving in all her cropped, glittery jacket glory!
Claire Julien, and Israel Broussard, who play Chloe and Marc in The Bling Ring, arriving, and looking mighty fine as well!
Gavin Rossdale, who has a role in the film, and goddess Gwen Stefani arrived owning the title of best couple ever. Not that they had ever had to fight for it...
Also, there was no possible way for me not to freak out over Paris Hilton striding majestically into the building...
After about an hour of press pandemonium, it was finally time to enter the theater, and nothing was cooler than running into one of my fave actresses slash style icons, Chloë Sevigny on the way. I had a total fangirl moment, let's be real here.
I think this photo provides an accurate image of what was going on when Miss Emma Watson entered the room.
I mean, Chloë!
As I said, it was movie time! Personally, I was quite excited to finally see The Bling Ring because many of the actual events actually happened in my hometown, so it was very interesting to see Coppola's adaptation of the situation. I don't want to spill too many deets so everyone can go see the film, but I very much enjoyed it. I was most pleased with the amount of new faces—like Israel Broussard, Taissa Farmiga, Katie Chang, and Claire Julien—that Sofia cast as the main roles. The cherry on top was Emma Watson's performance as the perfectly delusional Nicki. Also, the cinematography was prime. And the opening credits sequence? I can't wait until you guys get to see it!
The film even got the double thumbs up from Jason Schwartzman.
Of course, you can only guess what happened next. The after party, which was appropriately held at the "legendary" Chateau Marmont (8221 Sunset Blvd) in West Hollywood, where Sofia actually filmed her recent work, Somewhere. My partner in crime for the evening, Vanessa, UO's associate social media manager, and I rolled up to the gate in kind of a shock! I never thought I'd be cool enough to enter the premises of the Chateau Marmont, but now was our chance!
As the cool summer evening wore on, we rubbed elbows with Paris Hilton, her model boyfriend River Viiperi, plus plenty of Hollywood's finest. We ate and drank some pretty yummy things, and danced to a super A+ DJ. On the way out, Vanessa and I managed to bump into Sofia, Chloë Sevigny, and Emma Watson all while picking up our car. Not a bad way to end the night.
Had to include this stealth photo of Paris, Taissa, and Israel at the Chateau!
A special thank you to A24 and Filter Magazine for inviting us to the event, and make sure you catch The Bling Ring out June 14 in New York and Los Angeles, and nationwide June 21! "—Maddie
Want to take a walk on the wild side? Yep, thought so.
Have you seen this Mars One thing yet? It's literally the most terrifying prospect I've ever seen, and for once in my life I am not being hyperbolic. Basically people are applying to go to Mars and never come back. If you need to take a minute to lie down and have a panic attack, I understand. If you're selected for the mission, you'll fly off to Mars to live in an inflatable pod until you die because scientists don't yet have the technology to bring people back. AUUUGH. I know. It's terrible. Earth is full of too many delightful things that make me never want to leave. Here are some of them. —Katie
What if you get to Mars and you realize you don't like any of the three people you're going to be living with forever? Every two years, four more astronauts will be shot up to Mars to chill with you, but, man, that is some slim pickins. What if no one gets your humor? Or likes to talk about the movie Twilight? You'll be forced to talk to a volleyball, a la Wilson.
I bet diehard Mars fans will be like, "Whatever, I don't need french fries. I will be fine crunching on this dehydrated ice cream sandwich. Space exploration rocks! McDonald's is the downfall of America, anyway."
All of those people are liars.
Mars wouldn't have an abundance of cute people to crush on. It would have approximately eight people to maybe crush on. This is considered a fate worse than death to some (me).
You know how sometimes you're like, "I'm going to step out for a bit of air"? Not gonna happen on Mars, buddy. On Mars it's like, "I'm going to step out in my gigantic spacesuit to go stare at this planet that looks exactly the same all over and imagine the wind blowing through my hair and also I will try not to cry because wiping my tears through my space helmet is pretty much impossible." And then you cry anyway.
Well, maybe Netflix would work on Mars, but it would probably always be buffering like crazy. So there you are, sitting in your inflatable house, watching the buffer screen go from 23%, down to 19%, and back up to 23%. Again you will try not to cry. Again you will fail.
If you're like, "Boy, I sure am getting a little stir-crazy here in my pod..." then your options are 1.) Go to another pod that is the same and probably occupied by someone you hate or 2.) Put on your giant spacesuit and go walk around in Mars dust. Gravity is lower on Mars so it might be fun to kick a rock for 20 minutes, but then the rock flies away and you're left with nothing but despair and the grim realization that you'll never again enjoy the simple things in life, like consuming a 64 oz. soda at a movie theater.
Join us this Friday at Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) in LA for the opening of the mega cool Zamrock inspired pop-up shop and art show, Bazaaaaar, presented by Dossier Journal and Urban Outfitters. Open from May 3rd until May 27th, the shop will bring together many different cultures, all in the style of an old fashioned marketplace, hence the title of the shop. Bazaaaaar will be carrying lots of interesting things, including sustainable pieces, which I'm very excited for! Come and see treasures from Della, Now Again Records, Android Homme, and lots more. During the evening there will also be a DJ set by Kilo Kish, a live performance by Theophilus London, and a Zamrock Live! performance, featuring WITCH's Jagari Chanda. If you're not familiar with Zamrock, it is a type of rock music that came from Zambia in the 1970s. If you're able to attend this Friday, make sure you RSVP on Facebook or by email to RSVP@Space15Twenty.com. —Maddie
That's right! Neutral Milk Hotel will be reuniting this fall to play a handful of shows. Just try not to think about what a nightmare scoring tickets is going to be. —Katie
Oh hey, is a 55-year-old dad writing this post? Nope, just me! Because guess what? Bob Dylan, Wilco and My Morning Jacket touring together this summer means an exciting time for everyone. The Dylan/Wilco/MMJ tour is called the Americanarama Festival of Music, so it'll probably be a good ol' laid-back, folky time. It looks like there will also be an appearance by Ryan Bingham (who's great), so you should definitely buy some tickets (on sale today). Everything kicks off June 26. COWBOY BOOTS, Y'ALL! —Katie
By Pavia Rosati for Fathom
You’ve made it all the way out to the desert: Don’t just limit yourself to the festival. Our pals at the travel website Fathom picked the best things to do when you’re in town for Coachella. Joshua Tree to the east, Salton Sea to the south, Palm Springs to the north. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg: Coachella planted itself in an area of California with lots of distractions. Take a day off from the festival – or better, add a few days to your trip – to check them out.
Borrego Springs is a surreal alternative to its bourgeois neighbor, Palm Springs. Dig the giant animal sculptures throughout Galleta Meadows Estate, a mini Marfa and a city folk's safari rolled into one. Then ponder the galaxy: Borrego Springs has one of the blackest night skies in the US, so much so that it was deemed California's only Dark Sky Community. It's Disneyland for the stargazer.
Read all about it: Prehistoric Beasts and Prankster Sheep
The Integratron in Joshua Tree State Park is an acoustically perfect structure built on a geomagnetic vortex in the 1950s by aeronautical engineer George Van Tassel, who apparently got instructions on how to build it from aliens. True story! Come for a sound bath, an hour-long sonic healing session.
Read all about it: Adventures in Palm Springs
Desert Hot Springs
What’s with all the springs around here? For a desert area, they sure do have powerful water. Desert Hot Springs calls itself California’s Spa City, and it’s a great place to come for a restoring soak in rich mineral waters. There are lots of easy options, but we’re partial to Desert Hot Springs Spa Hotel.
Read all about it: Just Back From Coachella
Gear up at Fathom + Urban Outfitters music festival shop.
Score more great travel ideas on Fathom.
How much marijuana is too much to be on the road? KIROtv conducted an amazing experiment to find out. They got a few of volunteers super stoned on the strain "Blueberry Trainwreck" and put them behind the wheel (with the cooperation of police, of course). Are you reading this? THEY GOT PEOPLE STONED AND PUT THEM BEHIND THE WHEEL. My question is: how did they get to do this? How do I get to do this?
Our friends at Fathom put together this guide full of critical info, and were kind enough to let us share it here.
Since its humble beginnings in the late '90s, Coachella has become the opening bell for summer festival season, a three-day affair where rock's biggest names hold communion under the endless desert sky, surrounded by swaying palm trees. In 2012, Coachella expanded to two weekends, and it's staying that way in 2013; the lineups will be identical, although last year the second weekend's crowds were a little lighter than the first weekend's throngs.
Big names playing this year include French titans of cool Phoenix, winsome twins Tegan & Sara, the ever-explosive Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and "Harlem Shake" crafter Baauer. This year's lineup has a decidedly retro bent, with New Order, Dead Can Dance, Blur, and the Stone Roses among the old-school titans. And, of course, there's the people-watching -- walking around Coachella's grounds is like being in a fashion show, with festivalgoers decked out in a style that combines hippie breeziness with desert temperature-inspired minimalism. Think long, loose skirts, floppy hats, bandeau tops. (This year's New Wave bent might mean that some goth influences will creep in, although they'll likely be kept to an accessories-based minimum. After all, wearing black underneath a desert high noon isn't always comfortable.) And keep an eye out for celebs going incognito: Boldfaced names who spent last April at the Polo Grounds included Emma Watson, Usher, and Kate Bosworth.
What to pack:
Sunscreen, breathable clothes, sunglasses, a phone charger, a non-metal water bottle (refillable at on-site water fountains)‚ and, even though it's the desert, something you can throw over your shoulders once the sun goes down. The music's 12-hour-plus span means that temperatures will fluctuate a lot‚ and that doesn't even take into account the parties, which stretch into the wee hours.
But you should probably not bring:
Blankets, chairs, musical instruments. (The Coachella website makes particular mention of not bringing drums -- hippie chic only goes so far.)
Be on the lookout for:
1. Date shakes, a delicacy particular to the desert; Palm Springs and the surrounding areas are flush with the sweet fruit, and they're absolutely delectable when blended and served up with a straw. Food vendors on-site will have them, but there are also a few choice sipping spots
2. Metric, who are playing a mid-afternoon set on Friday both weekends. When I saw them in 2008, the combination of frontwoman Emily Haines's sweet vocals and her band's punky punch was great for recharging my batteries and getting ready for the long night ahead of me.
3. Outside parties, to a point. Since Coachella sprung up in 1999, other companies have tried to get in on the action, throwing swag-filled fests at hotels and other venues within driving distance (well, an hour) of the Polo Grounds. A bunch of them are invite-only. Sorry, regular folk, you only get to see the action after the paps have off-loaded their DSLRs! But Spin's SpinHouse
But don't worry about:
Being at the center of the "action." Yes, the festival has grown into its own cottage industry, with tickets selling out less than 24 hours after they go on sale and sponsored parties popping up around the periphery. But there's a lot to take in, and going at your own pace for 72 hours is more than OK. Given that there are six stages' worth of bands and tons of art on-site, not to mention a record store (operated by the west coast music outpost Zia Record Exchange
How to recharge:
The Ace Hotel & Swim Club Palm Springs
I love California with a fanaticism that borders on full-on obsession. I haven't been to every state, but it's hard to imagine that there's one out there that is more beautiful or weirder than this one. That said, if the Coachella throngs get to be too much for you out there in the desert, there are several quick(ish) side-trips you can make to experience some of that signature weird beauty.—Kate
I've been to Coachella a grand total of ONE time before, which means that I am definitely not an expert and probably not qualified to give advice...but I'm not going to let that stop me! So here are a few tips to help you get through three days of music and fun in the sun with your health, sanity, friendships, and car still intact.—Kate
Now that we're just a couple of short days out from Coachella, you're probably thinking to yourself, is my shopping done? In case it isn't, Space 15 Twenty (1520 N. Cahuenga Blvd) is hosting a party on Saturday April 6 for you to wrap up all of your festival shopping! There will be tons of goods that are festival-ready courtesy of Bones and Feathers Collective, Cult Gaia, Cotton Citizen, and so many more, plus Kleur will be there to make your fingertips fancy. Turbotito of Poolside will be providing a rad DJ set too, and you can listen to a mix of songs by Coachella 2013 artists that he made just for the event here. RSVP on Facebook if you're coming! —Maddie
Two weeks ago, when a snapshot of Alexis Gross popped up on my Instagram feed of her rocking a full head of cornrows, I should have known SOMETHING was up. Little did I know that "something" was her starring as a female version of Alien in Vice's Spring Breakers-inspired 'Spring Break Forever' fashion shoot, photographed and styled by Miyako Bellizzi.
Here's a video of Riff Raff trying to review Spring Breakers. Of course, he brings up the Alien and Riff Raff comparison, which leads to a long, nonsensical rant ending with him challenging James Franco to a MGM Grand boxing match. He's out of his damn mind but I have to admit, the thought of James Franco going out and buying a RR Halloween costume and superglueing it to his body made me lol.
Ever wonder what the Spring Breakers characters were texting about when the cameras were "off?" Writer Alex Kazemi takes a stab and I have to admit, it's probably really close. My favorite are his messages between Brit and Candy—he totally gets their friendship and how they were probably glad that boring ol' Faith bailed. I bet they were even texting each other about it while sitting in the same room as Cotty. That's some true-blue BFF shit-talking right there! (via Logo)—Ally