Galentine’s Day SD | Moniker Warehouse

Hosted by Layered Vintage, Pow Wow Design Studio, Miho Catering Co., and Barçon Catering Co., Galentine’s Day SD was E V E R Y T H I N G. 7o’s themed and all things groovy, it was an Instagrammer’s dream. Gold foiled donuts, pretty pink cocktails, and a disco ball – I didn’t want to leave empty-handed. And I didn’t. I walked away with lots of photo booth photos and a feeling of female empowerment.

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Galentine’s Day SD

So what is Galentine’s Day? It is also a celebration of love, but for your girlfriends – single or not! Apparently the term was coined by Parks and Rec.. Now, I’ve never seen that show, but it has produced lots of memes. And being the social media addict I am, I see a lot of those.

I’m all for romantic love, but what about all the platonic relationships in your life? They deserve as much attention, if not more, on Valentine’s Day. And that’s exactly what this event brought to light.

There were probably around 200 women who attended the Thursday party at Moniker Warehouse. Imagine the grooviest, most radical, all girl 1970’s disco. Now imagine that with 10x the glitter! The whole place was beautifully decorated – faux fur pillows, cute furniture, and fresh flowers galore. I know that I, myself, couldn’t stop fawning over it all. On top of that, everyone was in their best dress. Seventies’ fashion was all about the bell sleeves, jumpsuits, and platforms. And if you know me, you know I love a good themed party.

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Empowered women empower women

I’m lucky to be able to work with some pretty rad ladies and have some of the best friends a girl can ask for. Empowered women empower women – and in a world where we’re constantly having to prove ourselves and our worth, girl power is super important.

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Ovaries before brovaries, always ✌?

8 Tips to Survive Coachella

Because I’m still not over this past weekend, I am continuing my Coachella series with yet another blogpost! To be frank, I’m actually quite surprised I made it out of there in one piece. Obviously, I did something right. And as you may or may not know, this year’s Coachella was my very first, true music festival experience. So, I’d love to share some tips and tricks I discovered during my weekend there. Here are 8 Tips to Survive Coachella from a first-time festival goer!

1. Stay Hydrated

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One of my major tips to survive Coachella is to drink water! Whether you’re in the sun, dancing at your faves’ sets, frolicking around the grounds (or all of the above), it’s so incredibly important to stay hydrated. The California desert does not play, and if you start feeling light-headed or ill, you’re probably in need of some liquids. And for those of you who love an adult beverage or two, make sure you’re matching it with good ol’ water as alcohol is extremely dehydrating. Pro-tip: bring a reusable bottle to refill at water stations throughout the grounds or even consider investing in a CamelBak!

Watermelon is also a great way to keep hydrated. Just make sure you have wet wipes because it will get sticky!

2. Slather on the Sunscreen

Keep your skin safe by applying sunscreen at the beginning of the day, and throughout as well. Sunburns are a big killjoy, and most likely will not go with your second and third day outfits. I like the Neutrogena sunscreen stick because it is easy to use and extremely portable.

3. Pack Light & Right

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When packing your day bag, it’s important to remember that you’re going to be carrying everything the whole time. So, make sure you have the essentials. In order to survive Coachella, you NEED sunglasses, a reusable water bottle, wet-wipes, hand sanitizer, sunscreen, and bandaids. I brought a paper fan and hat, too. It’s also not a bad idea to bring a bandana or scarf for when those infamous dust storms hit. The last thing you want to be doing is inhaling a bunch of dirt, ew.

4. Bring a Portable Phone Charger

Not that you should be on your phone too much anyways, you’re at a festival after all! We’re all pretty guilty of forgetting to be in the moment! That being said, having a charged phone is a good idea when you’re needing to meet up with your friends or updating your Snapchat story. Carry around a small charger or at least your USB cord – there’s plenty of charging stations at Coachella! Another pro-tip: turn your phone on airplane mode when you need it to charge extra fast.

5. Eat for Energy

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No one likes a grumpy Gus and being hangry is an actual thing. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gotten snappy just because I was needing to eat. Pack some granola bars, but don’t get stingy when it comes to food. I’m the type to rather spend money on food than material goods. After all, that souvenir isn’t what’s going to keep you dancing until dark.

6. Choose Your Crew

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I can’t stress enough the importance of good company. It’s understandable that not everyone in your party will have the same tastes in music, but when you are all open-minded and willing to check out new artists, it can be magical. Alyzza (pictured) and I dragged the other two to see Halsey, and little did they know that she’d bring out the one and only Brendon Urie! Diana was on the verge of tears. One of the best memories from Coachella is seeing Diana’s reaction to Brendon and Halsey singing Panic! at the Disco.

7. Plan Your Schedule Wisely

There is bound to be overlap when so many great artists are playing at Coachella. If you plan beforehand who you want to see, it will save a lot of walking between stages. Just make sure you allow yourself some time to get a good spot!

8. Have Fun!

It goes without saying that anything can happen at Coachella. Follow these tips to survive Coachella and you’ll be fine! It’s great to be prepared so you can anticipate anything that tries to ruin the good vibes of the festival. Coachella is an amazing opportunity to listen to great music, meet people from around the world, and dance your heart out. You’ve spent all this money, you better enjoy yourself. Just be smart about it!

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Happy Festival Season, everyone!

Coachella Car Camping

In this post, I will be sharing my Coachella car camping experience – sparing no gritty detail.

Let me be the first to say that you are not getting the full Coachella experience unless you brave it out and camp. I know, I know – for all us princesses, the idea of portable toilets is enough to deter away from camping. However, hear me out when I say that it’s actually not that bad… Except at night/the end of the day. BUT THERE ARE FLUSHABLE TOILETS INSIDE THE FESTIVAL! Make the most of those, everyone who camped did.

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As I mentioned in my last post, the first night was the hardest due to the strong winds causing lots of noise. I recommend bringing earplugs if you camp, and in general especially if you find you’re a light sleeper when you travel. I have been doing this for years, and it has helped a lot.

The Coachella valley is notorious for its sandstorms, so expect the noise and the dust. Each day, we noticed a thin layer of dirt on our things. Bring a tarp if its a big deal to you. We kept our important possessions in the car and tent for this reason.

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As a group of 4 girls, one could say that we definitely took it up a notch when it came to our campsite. Aside from the essentials, such as the tent, canopy, sleeping bags, etc., we brought tapestries and circle chairs to achieve that bohemian feel. My favorite addition were these round towels we put on the ground outside our tent. They were perfect!

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The nights got progressively better from the first night and as we got acclimated to Coachella car camping.

By trial and error, we found that the free showers were way better than the “luxury” ones (in which you paid $10 a shower). It’s a good idea to invest in a headlamp for those night-time bathroom breaks. And you definitely need all the tapestries, towels, and tarps you can get for that coveted shade. It starts warming up as soon as the sun rises. Don’t underestimate that!

It also isn’t a bad idea to bring your own toilet paper and flushable wipes to the port-a-potties.

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What to bring:

  • Tent
  • Canopy
  • Stakes
  • Tapestries
  • Battery-powered lights (anything really)
  • Sleeping bags + pillows + blankets
  • Chairs
  • Table
  • Towels
  • Food + water + drinks (must be in cans)
  • Coolers + ice
  • Duct tape/zip ties/scissors
  • Flushable wipes + toilet paper
  • Headlamp and flashlights

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For those camping for Weekend 2, Happy Coachella! I’m still in post-Coachella car camping recovery mode.

My Coachella Experience

I’m back from my first Coachella weekend! And my body/mind are still in full-recovery mode. Who knew four nights camping and three days of festival frolicking could take so much out of a girl?

I was lucky to have spent the whole weekend with three other girls who I’ve known since middle school and high school. We met up in Indio on Thursday afternoon, then headed straight to the campgrounds to set up our site. We had the cutest setup! Photos don’t do it justice.
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Day 1

Our first night on the campgrounds was difficult. As a light sleeper, I always keep a pair of earplugs in my bag when I’m not in the comforts of my own bed. But even with my ears plugged, the combination of desert winds, EDM, and snoring neighbors meant restless nights. However, the first day of the festival was here – so you can say we were all running on several hours of sleep and the excitement that is Coachella.

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Some of the sets we saw this first day included Years & Years, ASAP Rocky, M83, and Ellie Goulding. This was actually the same day that we encountered the infamous Sahara tent for the very first time to try and see DJ Mustard, and I’ve been scarred for life! My poor backpack was destroyed – one of the straps was ripped off! The Sahara does not play. We also tried to see Jack Ü’s set, and the crowd was just as merciless.

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The second day was less windy/dusty, but much hotter. It was probably my favorite day set-wise because we saw some of my favorites: James Bay, CHVRCHES, Disclosure, and Halsey. We were even treated to several surprise guests this day! Disclosure brought out Lorde and freaking Sam Smith (!!!!!) during their set, Brendon Urie during Halsey’s, and Ice Cube had Snoop Dogg. Obviously, it was a great day. We ended the night with Guns N’ Roses and RL Grime.

Day 3

We couldn’t believe how fast the weekend went by, and even though we were all ACHING for our own beds and flushable toilets (camping gets tough), it was still bittersweet knowing Coachella was coming to an end.

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We basically stayed at the main stage for the majority of the day. I wanted to see The 1975 (fun fact: my blog’s name Dressed in Black came into being because of their song Chocolate) and Diana wanted to see Diplo, I mean Major Lazer. We also watched Matt & Kim, part of Sia and Flume’s sets, then ended the night with Mr. Calvin Harris. He brought out Big Sean, Rihanna, and John Newman. Such an awesome end to the festival.


I would definitely say that Coachella is an experience of a lifetime, and if I ever have the opportunity, I’d do it all over again. Most likely not the car camping, but the festival for sure. You can’t argue with the feeling of being young and free for an entire weekend.

In another post, I will share some of my camping + festival tips as a first-time festival goer. But until then, I’m sending everyone all the good vibes.

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Until next time, Coachella!

Coachella 2016 Playlist

We’re officially a month away from Weekend 1 of Coachella 2016, and I am STOKED. Whether you are attending the music festival in the valley or are bracing yourself for major FOMO (that’s fear of missing out for those of you who don’t know), I have put together a playlist of this year’s lineup of artists to prep you for the weekend. Here’s my Coachella 2016 Playlist!

This will be my very first Coachella and music festival, and I am semi-aware of just what I’m getting myself into. And we will be car camping for the “proper” experience! Aside from logistics, it has all been so exciting in the lead up; and I’m almost certain it will continue to be so until I’m driving away from the festival, listening to my Coachella 2016 playlist.

I’m excited to be exposed to new music, but I’m even more excited to see artists I’ve always wanted to see in concert! I’m looking forward to jamming out to The 1975, Ellie Goulding, Halsey, Sia, Calvin Harris and oh how I hope that the Biebs comes out during Jack Ü’s set. The playlist includes some of the lesser known artists as well, but at the end of the day, music is music. The Chainsmokers have some really good songs out too! There’s just so much to look forward to.

And of course, I can’t wait for all the Coachella fashion. This festival, more than others I think, is very much a fashion show. Where Coachella Queen herself, Vanessa Hudgens, frolics around in bohemian-inspired outfits that are TO DIE for. Just look at her, she is my idol in every aspect of the word. I just adore her.

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I’ll be channeling my inner Vanessa the whole weekend. I just have decide what I’m going to wear, which I think will be the hardest part.

I will be jamming out to this Coachella playlist from here on out! Hope you will, too.

My Christmas Playlist – 2015

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December means Christmas music, even if I have personally been guilty of listening to Justin Bieber’s Under the Mistletoe since August… Oops. Today I have for you my Christmas playlist. Find and follow it on Spotify, it’s called HAPPY CHRISTMAS! and I’ve filled it with some of my favorite Christmas songs and artists.

You’ll notice quite a bit of Michael Bublé, *NSYNC, and Ariana Grande on my playlist. Their Christmas albums are easily at the top of my favorites, in addition to Justin Bieber’s of course. You may or may not like him, but you have to admit that his music is very good. That is, if you are a Top 40 kind of person.

I can’t be alone in saying that it is absolutely mad that it is already December! The years keep flying by and I’m not too sure how I feel about it. However, I do love this time of year and I hope to make the most of it before it’s over. I can’t wait to drink loads of hot chocolate, break out my winter clothes, turn up this playlist and just be merry.

With everything that’s happening in the world, it’s important to take a step back. My heart is honestly so sad whenever I read the news. It is as if there is only darkness and evil in the world, but that could not be further from the truth. Darkness and evil will never win so long as there is love and light. May this holiday season be a reminder of that.

I like to believe this playlist captures the spirit of the season. I can’t help but smile and sing along when I’m listening to it. It makes me want to wrap up presents and wear Christmas sweaters!

With that being said, I hope you all enjoy! I know I’ll be listening to this playlist all December-long.

What are your favorite Christmas songs?

The Pinery Pumpkin Patch



One of the must-do fall activities is the pumpkin patch. For those who don’t know, a pumpkin patch is where families and friends go to pick a pumpkin while also having the opportunity to walk through a corn maze, go for a hay ride, pet various farm animals, and just get into the fall spirit.

This weekend, my family and I checked out the Pinery Pumpkin Patch, alternatively known as Bonita Pumpkin Farm, in Bonita, California. This pumpkin farm had an 8′ tall corn maze, tractor hay ride, farm animals like goats and chickens, and a wonderful selection of pumpkins and gourds!




I was personally fascinated by the pumpkin farm, where patch-goers could literally pick a pumpkin from the ground. They had orange and white pumpkins, and I took particular liking to the white ones. Though, we ended up with two of the most perfect orange pumpkins in the place. Or so we thought.



If you’re in the San Diego area, I recommend this pumpkin patch for all your fall needs. Although dogs are not allowed, admission and parking is free! The pumpkins are individually marked with their prices, and there is no shortage of them. They are open from 9 am to 8 pm everyday until this Saturday, October 31.

My Last Spring Break | Oahu, Hawaii

For my last-ever Spring Break in college, I got to spend the week in the island paradise of Hawaii. Composed of 8 islands, Hawaii is a world of its own, full of a special kind of Aloha that will always keep me coming back.

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Oahu could easily be my favorite Hawaiian island, however I have only been to 4 out of the 8, or 5 out of 9 if you include Hawaii’s honorary 9th island of Las Vegas. Which you should, as a lot of the locals do. Though in all honesty, each island has its own unique flair – as cliché as that may sound!

In my opinion and experience, it goes like this:

Big Island – relaxation (if you forget the whole active volcano)

Kauai – adventure

Maui – beaches

Oahu – diverse

Oahu is extremely diverse, in several different ways. Regarding the population, I think a huge part in this is due to the fact that the capital, Honolulu, is found here. It has a city-feel that none of the other islands possess. Then, you can also consider the different areas of Oahu: the hustle and bustle of Waikiki in the south, the peace and serenity of the west, the gorgeous scenery in the east, and the North Shore’s surf. I like them all, don’t make me choose a favorite!

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I have a couple of Hawaii-related posts for the blog, so please stay tuned and thank you for staying put! Spring Break is over, and I’m in the home stretch now. A little over a month away from graduation! To say I’m excited is an understatement.

Jasmin x

How to: Celebrate NYE in Paris


A year ago, I was in Paris, France, ringing in 2014. It was my first time doing something different to celebrate the new year, and it has left a lasting impression.

So, whether you find yourself in Paris this New Year’s Eve, or if you’re at home wherever in the world that may be, here is: How to Celebrate NYE in Paris.

  1. Preparation. The whole evening is centered around the dinner table, so the day is usually spent in full prep mode. The menu consisted of somewhere around 5-6 courses, with dessert at the end!
  2. Avoid hangriness. It varies by family, but the dinner is usually set to begin around 8PM, and will last until midnight and beyond. So, if you’re used to early dinner hours, make sure you get a snack in. No one likes to be hangry.
  3. Dress to impress. It is, after all, the French who we’re talking about. If it’s not their food, it’s their fashion.
  4. Greetings. The kiss on both cheeks that the French are also well-known for. Every time someone new arrives, you get up, say hello, and faire la bise.
  5. Bon appétit! The rest of the evening is spent at the dinner table, with the occasional toilet/cigarette/faire la bise break.
  6. Never leave a glass empty. I like to believe this speaks for itself.
  7. Converse!! Being stuck at the dinner table when there’s no conversation = hours of agony. If you’re the sole American like I was, try your hand at the language of love. It proves to be the best ice breaker there is.
  8. Traditions. A lot of families have their own traditions, so if you are ever so lucky to be invited, participate!
  9. The New Year’s countdown. I believe this is a NYE tradition that transcends all cultures. So of course, in France, it’s done in French: dix, neuf, huit, sept, six, cinq, quatre, trois, deux, UN! 
  10. More bises. Individually wish each other a Bonne Année/Happy New Year with kisses on both cheeks, aka les bises.
  11. Ring in the new year. At this point, it is just necessary to make a whole lot of noise.
  12. Dessert. The perfect way to end the evening, and don’t forget to have another glass of your beverage of choice.

Read more about my personal Parisian NYE experience here.