Chilling out with Pura Vida

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Pura Vida x Cactus and Fog
Pura Vida x Cactus and Fog

I love the beach. I’ve said it before, salt water soothes the soul. And this particular spot will forever hold a special place in my heart. It’s where I go to clear my head.


The ocean makes me feel so alive.


And I feel like, somehow, it knows me. Each time I visit there seem to be new critters milling about, waiting to say hello. Some days there are crabs peeping out from the surf, some days sand dollars are scattered about. When I shot these photos, the rocks were covered with ladybugs. The little guy I picked up seemed to like these Pura Vida Bracelets just as much as me. He nestled onto the strings and hung out while I watched the waves.

Pura Vida x Cactus and Fog
Pura Vida Bracelets x Cactus and Fog / Desert Dunes Pack

Local artisans handcraft these festival-worthy wristlets in Costa Rica. It all began when a couple of dudes from San Diego visited the island country and met a couple of bracelet-makers living in poverty. They teamed up and Pura Vida Bracelets now provides full-time jobs to more than 100 people in Costa Rica.


Pura Vida is a way of life.


It’s the Costa Rican mantra of “pure life” — taking things a bit more slowly, helping others, appreciating life’s simple treasures and choosing to live life to the fullest.

(And BTW, their collection of printed clutches slay me! You will love the popsicle party print!😍 Keep scrolling for a 20% off coupon code.)

Pura Vida Bracelets x Cactus and Fog
Pura Vida Bracelets x Cactus and Fog
Pura Vida Bracelets x Cactus and Fog / Desert Dunes Pack
Ladybugs (via @cactusandfog)


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Festival Fanny: Coachella-worthy belt bags

Festival Fanny Packs // Cactus and Fog

When you hit the trampled grass for Coachella next weekend, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is losing your bag. Going hands-free with a fanny pack shouldn’t cramp your festival style. Belt bag, hip pack, call them what you will — these beauties are fit for festival frolics, and they won’t look cheap when you party-hop all those swanky Palm Springs soireés.


 
1.   Wendy Belt Bag, REBECCA MINKOFF at REVOLVE   //   $195

2.   Indio Leather Pocket Belt, FREE PEOPLE   //   $128

3.   The Brae, HOBO at ZAPPOS   //   $138

4.   Fanny Pack, CLARE V. at REVOLVE   //   $289

5.   Belt Bag with Lacing, IVANKA TRUMP at ZAPPOS   //   $42

6.   Baby Rider, LOEFFLER RANDALL at ZAPPOS   //   $295

7.   Leather Convertible Belt Bag, WHITE HOUSE BLACK MARKET   //   $150

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Desert Valley Gold

Wearing: Tobi Fair and Square Top / Gold Sequin Shorts (similar here) / Scala Raffia Safari Hat / Vintage Necklace (similar here) / Off-Brand Sunnies (similar here)

Cactus and Fog // Tobi // Coachella Festival Outfit

Cactus and Fog // Tobi // Coachella Festival Outfit

Cactus and Fog // Tobi // Coachella Festival Outfit

Cactus and Fog // Tobi // Coachella Festival Outfit

Cactus and Fog // Tobi // Coachella Festival Outfit

Wearing: Tobi Fair and Square Top / Gold Sequin Shorts (similar here) / Scala Raffia Safari Hat / Vintage Necklace (similar here) / Off-Brand Sunnies (similar here)

What a great week in the Valley! I’m always so energized by the sunshine and time with the fam. Living long-distance, 420 miles away from my bae, makes our moments together that much sweeter (side note: he totally hates it when I say bae). We always do sushi. We always do wine. And we always do some serious Netflix-bingeing. It’s kinda crazy to think big-picture and realize I’ve called San Francisco home for nearly a year and a half. And then there’s the realization that I’ve only got two months left. It’s almost time for a new chapter to unfold.

I’m looking forward to the desert’s summer heat. And this particular afternoon, I got a taste of it with temps dipping into the 90s. My friend Catherine and I spent the day frolicking date palm groves and sipping cocktails at a nearby dive bar. This look is totally Coachella-inspired — you’ve gotta have a few pops of color and at least one outfit with sequins. This fab lattice-sleeve crop top comes from Tobi, and it’s a day-to-night piece you can easily mix-and-match — a simple, basic shape with killer sleeve detailing. No one-hit-wonder here, you’ll get multiple wears out of it.

If you like this look, you’ll love these too:
Shining Star Crop Top
Glitz & Glamour Sequin Crop Top
What the Aztec Crop Top


Looking for more festival style inspo? Check out Tobi’s selection of dresses (maxis / midis / skaters / bodycons), bodysuits and rompers. Coachella’s coming quickly, and whether you’re looking for something to wear to the festival or for a night out in Palm Springs, Tobi’s got you covered! #shopTOBI


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Festival Fringe

The desert floor’s flush with flowers, as if to welcome festival-lovers and crop-topped bohemian fashion bloggers from around the globe. It’s the perfect backdrop for weekend frolics in heavy fringe set to the soundtrack of Coachella crooners. But if you’re hoping to brush elbows with celebutantes and the fashion elite, you’re going to have better luck dropping by the satellite hotel (slash private estate) pool parties.

What to wear to Coachella Fest // Cactus and Fog x Tobi #shopTOBI

Wearing: Tobi Dual Plunging Fringe Dress / Scala Raffia Safari Hat / H&M Necklace (similar here) / G by Guess Booties (similar here)

What to wear to Coachella Fest // Cactus and Fog x Tobi #shopTOBI

What to wear to Coachella Fest // Cactus and Fog x Tobi #shopTOBI

What to wear to Coachella Fest // Cactus and Fog x Tobi #shopTOBI

What to wear to Coachella Fest // Cactus and Fog x Tobi #shopTOBI

Wearing: Tobi Dual Plunging Fringe Dress / Scala Raffia Safari Hat / H&M Necklace (similar here) / G by Guess Booties (similar here)

Unless you’re my friend Jessica, who seems to meet celebs each year — from Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul (she said “Ellie Goulding was performing Anything Can Happen” #ummperfect), to Workaholics’ Blake Anderson in line at the portapotties, to a group of dudes she chatted up only realizing later they were Modest Mouse — you probably won’t run into any celebrities on your must-meet list. (Danny DeVito and his #trollfoot have eluded me since 2010! One of these days I will find you.)

I’ve spent full 12-hour days at the polo fields and I’ve also done my share of party-hopping. Since Coachella repeats itself over two weekends, I’ve come to realize the best bet is hitting up the satellite events weekend one and attending the fest weekend two for the best of both worlds.

Because the parties are smaller, you’re more likely to run into your favorite fame-monsters. So put on your favorite romper or a cheeky bodysuit and get to mingling. At FLOODfest, we were front-row for Chromeo. At the ACE Hotel, we hung out with American Authors. At Pandora’s Indio Invasion, we danced on stage with Questlove. At Sabo Skirt’s shindig, we shared a shuttle with bloggers Natalie Off Duty and Dylana Suarez.

I recommend RSVLTS for an insider guide to all the local parties.

What to wear to Coachella Fest // Cactus and Fog x Tobi #shopTOBI

Wearing: Tobi Dual Plunging Fringe Dress / Scala Raffia Safari Hat / H&M Necklace (similar here) / G by Guess Booties (similar here)


If you like this look, you’ll love these too:
Rapture Romper
Twang and Slang Mini Skirt
Invest In You Faux Suede Vest

Still looking for the perfect dress? Go browse Tobi’s selection of festival-ready maxis, midis, bodycons and skater dresses. New customers get 50% off!

And be sure to check out my 5 tips for effortless festival style.

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5 tips for festival style: The perfect Coachella dress

Coachella Fest begs for flowy maxis and strategically placed cut-outs. Fashion designers have latched onto the trend and that means shops are stocked with dresses in every shade of dip-dyed crochet — but with all the options, how do you pick the perfect one? Keep scrolling to read my 5 tips for effortless festival style, courtesy of one of my favorite labels, Tobi (pssst… new customers get 50% off the first order!).

What to wear to Coachella // Festival style with Cactus and Fog x Tobi

Wearing: Time After Time Maxi Dress (also comes in black and olive)
gifted flower crown / vintage necklace

What to wear to Coachella // Festival style with Cactus and Fog x Tobi

What to wear to Coachella // Festival style with Cactus and Fog x Tobi

What to wear to Coachella // Festival style with Cactus and Fog x Tobi

What to wear to Coachella // Festival style with Cactus and Fog x Tobi

What to wear to Coachella // Festival style with Cactus and Fog x Tobi

Wearing: Time After Time Maxi Dress (also comes in black and olive)
gifted flower crown / vintage necklace

 

5 Tips for Effortless Festival Style

 

1. Go with the flow

Flowy garments flatter most figures, so go for lightweight fabrics with a lot of movement (trust…it’ll be hot). I’m pretty flat-chested, so pieces with ruffles on top like this Time After Time Maxi Dress from Tobi fit me well. If you don’t want the extra threads up top, you might prefer a skater dress (generally fitted at the bust and flared at the skirt).

2. Play with length

Coachella Fest spans three days and I’m a big fan of mixing up my looks all weekend. That means playing with length — something maxi, something midi and something mini. Asymmetrical hems and high slits are always a good idea, but if you’re worried about having a Marilyn moment choose a romper instead. (Fair warning: rompers are tricky in the portapotties. And — take my word — you definitely don’t want to layer that romper over a pair of tights #facepalm.)

3. Cut it out

A music festival is the perfect excuse for cut-outs. These days, they’re cutting out clothing in just about every spot. Choose a feature you’d like to show off and let your outfit do the talking. I love side details that let my tattoos get a little fresh air. The deep-V front and open back are great options too (if that’s your thing, check out Tobi’s selection of bodysuits for a snug fit) — just don’t forget the sunscreen!

4. All the feels

Texture is your friend. This dress is a super-delicate, slightly-ribbed rayon with little crochet details. It’s simple and beige but the textured fabrics transform this dress into a bohemian statement piece worthy of the #festivalstyle hashtag. When in doubt, look for pieces with embroidery, lace or fringe.

5. Mix and match

Still can’t settle on a single dress? Mix and match by pairing a crop top with a twirl skirt to create a look all your own. Pick pieces in contrasting colors and complimentary prints — big and small, florals and stripes, etc.

What to wear to Coachella // Festival style with Cactus and Fog x Tobi

Wearing: Time After Time Maxi Dress (also comes in black and olive)
gifted flower crown / vintage necklace


 
Festival style is all about making a statement. So how can you decide on the perfect dress to wear to Coachella? Pick something flowy in the length that feels right to you with cut-outs and an attention to textured details. If you still can’t decide? Mix and match to make your own. Be sure to browse Tobi’s new arrivals for more festival style inspo!


If you like this look, you’ll love these too:
Dusk To Dawn Maxi Dress
Sunstreak Stroll Maxi Dress
Seize The Day Maxi Dress

Looking for more Coachella tips? Go read my festival survival guide next.

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Cactus and Fog is a personal style blog written by a girl wandering the coast of California, from the cactus-studded dunes of Palm Springs to San Francisco's bustling billows of fog.

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Emily is a fashion and lifestyle writer at Golden Gate Xpress, currently finishing her studies in Print/Online Journalism and Social Media Marketing in San Francisco. A bohemian freelance creative infatuated by word, design, fashion, photography, and fellow free spirits.



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