BRB: Currently at Coachella / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


BRB: Currently at Coachella

Coachella here I come! It's finally time for Weekend 2 of the highly anticipated arts & music festival. Follow me on my journey because I will be updating this post LIVE throughout the fest! I will do my best to keep this going throughout the three-day experience. Check in on the blog every few hours to see what updates I've made.

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Thursday, April 21, 2016

+ 3:02 a.m - I'm up. I'm groggy but up.  Final packing moments then we're off to Indio!
3:51 a.m. - We're leaving San Diego!
+ 3:53 a.m. - Never mind. Now we're getting gas.
+ 4:10 a.m. - En route to Indio! 101 miles to go.
+ 5:51 a.m. The sun is starting to rise! I love those cotton candy skies. Just a few miles away now.
+ 6:10 a.m. We're in the car camping line! Yay!
+ 6:24 a.m. Just heard a girl ask her friend "wanna start drinking after I put my makeup on?" I'm too old for that. Haha.
+ 8:12 a.m. - The car camping line is moving; waiting to get checked by security. It's hot already.
+ 10:06 a.m. - We are almost done setting up camp. Our next-door camp mates offered us a nice cold beer which we accepted gratefully.
+ 11:23 a.m. Fred & I have been drinking water because it's already nearly 90°. Currently checking out the information booklet they gave us upon arrival. Free blowouts & updos at the Beauty Bar & Barber Shop y'all!!!!
+ 1:24 p.m. - Woke up from a much-needed nap & now walking & exploring the camp area.
+ 2:26 p.m. - Some girl rode past us on her bike saying "I hate you. I hate you. I hate you." & then squirted us with her watergun.
+ 6:48 p.m. - We just woke up from a second nap. It's been brutally hot so most of the day has been spent finding shade & drinking water. 
+ 8:18 p.m. - You have no idea how much more comfortable it is now that the sun has set & it's cooling off. Night & day difference. Literally. Currently making chili Ramen & we finally cracked open a beer.
+ 10:51 p.m. - Just found out about the recycling program on the campground so we might take up the offer of collecting cans & water bottles. We went to the activity center & charged our phones but now we're back to the campsite to wind down.

Friday, April 22, 2016

+ 12:35 a.m. - Enjoyed a couple hours with our neighbor & had some Jamison. Bedtime. 
+ 8:48 a.m. - We woke up & rejuvenated ourselves. Now eating breakfast which is eggs, veggie sausage, & broccoli with cauliflower.
+ 11:41 a.m. - We took an amazing shower using a bucket of water & soap.  It was so refreshing & necessary to rejuvenate ourselves after a very hot first day. We turned in our cans, so far we have 96. Currently getting ready to head out for the day.
+ 12:04 p.m. - Just entered the fest.
+ 12:43p.m. - We made it for Sheer Mag's set. I found an AIR CONDITIONED bathroom which was heavenly. Got Afters ice cream: Cookie Monster Milky Bun. Amazing.
+ 1:38 p.m. - Jackfruit nachos are a thing & they're delightful. Currently at the Frances show; she's lovely live.
+ 3:40 p.m. - All right all right all right. We saw Lapsley & she seriously rocked! Wow! We just finished watching the HEALTH set from up front at the barrier! Currently making a pitstop at our camp site to re-up on ice cold water & have our first beer of the day.
+ 11:59 p.m. - Oops time passed. We saw Foals, ASAP Rocky, Ellie Goulding, & LCD Soundsystem. We had lavender Earl Grey & double blueberry donuts. I told Fred I didn't think they were worth the price but he disagreed.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

+ 8:50 a.m. - We put our canopy back on. Hopefully, the wind won't be as terrible. We certainly saw our fair share of dead & damaged canopies. We're tidying up our tent & campsite. Fred's allergies are flaring up with all the dust & black boogies are definitely a thing for everyone. Our dry ice has been a miracle worker & kept our water & food nice & cold. Highly recommend.
+ 1:28 p.m. - We made some breakfast of eggs, refried beans, broccoli & cauliflower, veggie sausage, & a crappy homemade version of sorbet to cool us off. We took another campsite shower, bought some ice, & now we're trying to stay hydrated. It's 84° but feels much hotter.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

12:36 a.m. - I apologize for the lack of updates on Saturday but I was just enjoying the moment. Some of the highlights were: catching part of Deerhunter, AlunaGeorge, Vince Staples,  a bit of Grimes, vegan Jamaican food, Guns N Roses, Ice Cube who brought out Dr. Dre at & Kendrick Lamar. Such a good day.
+ 6:19 a.m. - Someone's alarm went on & hasn't been turned off in several minutes. Woke up & went outside. It's a joy to have some brisk temperatures in Indio, if only for a moment.
+ 7:38 a.m. - Hello from the Connected Lounge. I'm updating this on an ancient laptop; it should be in a museum. Charging our phones here as well.
+ 11:08 a.m. - We took a refreshing bath/shower this morning & made some breakfast. I got a piña colada smoothie & Fred💖 got an iced coffee from one of the camp vendors. Our next-door neighbor campers left this morning because their tickets were invalid because they were scammed. Very unfortunate.
+ 4:14 p.m. - Started off the day with De Lux then PRAYERS. Both were great. We caught Joywave then ate a churro.  Now Wolf Alice.
+ 7:48 p.m. - A wave of exhaustion hit me, so I'm back at the tent trying to take a little nap before Sia.

Stay psyched & read my Coachella posts from last year:


  1. this sounds amazing! have fun, cant wait to see pics!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. this is a kind of place I wish I could go one day

  3. Ooh so exciting, hope you have tons of fun! It is a great idea to keep a journal like this!


  4. yayy! hope you have so much fun!

  5. Aw so jealous.. it looks amazing! I would love to follow each other, let me know if you would too x

  6. Sounds like fun! I love camping and I love music so this would be an awesome experience. Can't wait to see more!

  7. JEALOUS! Have a blast! Can't wait to see more updates!


    Bridget ||

  8. Eek! I can't believe you're at Coachella! That's freaking amazing! I hope you're having an awesome time, I can't wait for updates <3

    xx Bash |   go say   H E Y   B A S H

  9. This is so much fun, girl! I can't wait to see more updates and pictures, of course:) Thanks for sharing and have a great time:)

  10. AMAZING! & so jealous that you made it there, I am still yet to go. I would absolutely LOVE to go and do celeb spotting haha. You looked fab! <3

    The Dazzle Guide

  11. This seems like sooo much fun! Can't wait to see the pictures, wish I could be there!


  12. Oh my gosh, what early wakeup times... but I'm sure it was so worth it! So jealous!!!

    Via Sora

  13. awesome...Love the coachella look this year. I can't wait to see more pictures.I We created an entire line of boho wrap bracelets that double as necklaces just for festival l wear !! Wish I lived closer

  14. I really wish I could go to coachella! I made a inspired look of it and you can check it out!

    Daniel x

    The Daniel Originals | Instagram: danielpoonvignez

    New Post: Coachella inspired look

  15. Wonderful news :) I wish you had a great time there hun! Can't wait to see more photos!

  16. So jealous you got to go to Coachella. Its a dream festival for me to go to. Sounds like you had a fab time!

    Georgie | | bloglovin

  17. WOW I am so jealous! I will go to Coachella one day!!!

    Love how you have really documented your experience. great post.
    Natalie xxx
    Made In China

  18. A journal in the moment is always a good idea for reflection later. :]

  19. It has all the fixings for a fun time, that's for sure. :]

  20. Thanks Bash. Still recovering from the fatigue. :]

  21. I took a lot of videos, not so many photos! Eek. :]

  22. Weekend 1 is perfect for celeb spotting, not so much Weekend 2. :]

  23. Soooo early. I'm still tired. :]

  24. There are plenty more festivals coming soon. :]

  25. Everyone should go to Coachella at least once just to see it for themselves. :]

  26. Thank you, Natalie. A journal helps me remember over time. :]

  27. Oh very wonderful pics sweetie
    i loveit the concept of this psot
    Great blog


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