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COACHELLA 2018 ROUNDUP

April 20, 2018

After last year’s fiasco with a festival that never ended happening, this year I was lucky enough to attend Coachella for the second time.

My experience wasn’t all that different from the one in 2016, but this time the list of artists I wanted to see was way bigger and the scheduling conflicts had me pretty bummed. Since last time I had experienced weekend 2 I felt like I needed to see what weekend 1 was all about.

With Beyoncé being a headliner, I understood immediately that her show would end up being one of the biggest acts in the history of the festival, and because of that I had to sacrifice some performances that I would have loved to check out. In the end I can say it was 100% worth it though; her concert was surreal and it’s hands down the best music concert I have attended in my life.

Even though I tend to avoid this type of events (I’m not a fan of being in a hurry, staying long hours outdoors in the sun and being in the same place with literally hundreds of thousands of people), Coachella is definitely in a whole different category and it’s worth every single minute you spend on the grounds. I’ve been asked before how many times do I plan to attend the festival and I’m not really sure I have an answer. The best one I can give right now is that given the opportunity, I will do it all over again as many times as I’m able to.

For now, I leave you with the recap of the bands I saw and the clothes I wore. I shared a ton of Instagram Stories with more moments from the weekend. I hope you enjoy them!

Friday

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Life After Denim total look:

Cozumel Short Sleeve Shirt

Zuma Shorts, Medium Grey

Leotony Yaki, Sunglasses in Velvety Silver

GREATS Royale Perforated Blanco Sneakers

Music:

LÉON (literally the one I was most excited about from all the lineup bands), The Weeknd, SZA, Kali Uchis, Vince Staples, Kygo, Los Ángeles Azules, Kelela.

Biggest regret: Missing St. Vincent.

Fav discovery: Tank and the Bangas.

Saturday

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Vintage Land’s End Stripped Shirt

H&M Shorts

Privé Revaux The Assassin Sunglasses

Nike Air Force 1 Low Sneakers

Music:

Beyoncé. Even though I don’t consider myself a huge fan of hers it can’t be denied that she is probably the most talented entertainer alive right now. Her set was amazing and it made it totally worth it being on my feet for more than five hours waiting for her because I ended up seeing her from very close. It still feels like a dream.

HAIM, BORNS, Sigrid, MO.

Biggest regret: Missing Jorja Smith 😭

Fav discovery: First Aid Kit

Sunday

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Guillermo Jester Shirt

ZARA Denim Shorts

GREATS Royale Perforated Blanco Sneakers

Music:

Hayley Kiyoko, Cardi B, Portugal The Man, Vance Joy, Aminé, The Drums, San Holo, THEY

Biggest regret: Missing Jessie Ware

Fav discovery: Ibeyi

Thanks again to GREATS, Life After Denim, Leotony and Privé Revaux for sponsoring my Coachella looks!

Until next time,

-SGS


Después del fiasco que viví el año pasado con un festival que nunca sucedió, este año tuve la suerte de regresar por segunda vez a Coachella.

Mi experiencia no fue tan diferente de cuando fui en 2016, sólo que ahora definitivamente había más artistas que quería ver y los horarios terminaron siendo un caos, además de que en esta ocasión fui al Weekend 1 en lugar del 2. Con Beyoncé como headliner sabía que su set sería uno de los más grandes en la historia del festival y por lo mismo tuve que sacrificar otros performances que me gustaría haber visto, pero en general toda la experiencia valió la pena.

Aunque por lo general suelo evitar este tipo de eventos masivos por la gente y la correteada (entre otras cosas), definitivamente Coachella está en otra categoría y vale cada minuto que estás ahí. Me han preguntado que cuántas veces planeo ir en la vida, y la verdad es que no estoy seguro. Mi mejor respuesta hasta ahora es que si tengo la oportunidad, no duraré en repetir el viaje cuantas veces pueda.

Por lo pronto les dejé mi recap de las bandas que vi y la ropa que usé. En Instagram compartí un montón de historias con una probadita de los shows, ¡espero las disfruten!

 

 

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MARFA ROAD TRIP

December 6, 2017
Marfa

A couple weeks ago, and after a few years of wanting to visit, I finally had the chance to travel to Marfa, Texas. The truth is that Marfa is a place that’s very underestimated by many and terrible overestimated by others. This time, instead of writing a full travel guide this is just a recap of my weekend road trip; if you want to learn more about the logistics I recommend checking a few guides (Vogue and Ballroom Marfa have two of the most comprehensive ones) and check in with the locals; at the end of the day most of them have the same tips and recommendations because to be honest, there’s only so much a 1.6 square mile town can offer.

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CUBA TRAVEL GUIDE: PART 2

August 14, 2017
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It’s been a while since I published part one of my Cuba travel guide, but I’ve finally come around to publishing part two.

On my previous blog post I talked a bit about the basics of planning a trip to Cuba: where to stay, what to do, how to handle the money, etc. This time I’ll focus on talking a bit about the weather you can expect there and what I wore during my stay in Havana.

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CUBA TRAVEL GUIDE: PART 1

July 3, 2017
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After months of planning and lots of expectations, a few days ago I finally had the chance to visit Havana, Cuba. For all those who are going in the near future or that are considering traveling to Cuba but are still on the fence, I hope this short guide helps you plan your trip and my tips help you have the best time in this extraordinary country.

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FYRE FESTIVAL FIASCO: A RECAP

May 7, 2017
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At this point many of you might have already heard about the infamous Fyre Festival, a music event that was supposed to take place in a private island in the Bahamas last April but turned into a fucking nonsensical nightmare instead. I was one of the many people who had a ticket to attend, so I wanted to write a recap of my experience in the hopes of clarifying many of the lies and inaccurate facts I’ve encountered since this disaster happened and also to give my two cents about many of the things that unfolded:

  • First of all, me and my other two friends with whom I was supposed to travel are fine, we never got to the island and didn’t experience any of the horrible things some attendees had to endure.
  • No, it wasn’t exclusively an event for rich people; even though some of the last packages they started promoting had a ridiculous price tag, when Fyre Festival was announced last December the tickets were selling for much less.
  • I bought a Duo package with a friend and spent $1,000 USD each for our tickets. I also funded my Fyre band with an additional $400 USD because the organizers mentioned many times that your band would be the only way to pay for things once you arrived to the island. I SPENT MY OWN MONEY, NOTHING WAS GIVEN TO ME.
  • If you think I’m rich because I spent a thousand dollars on a first-time ever music festival to be held in the Bahamas, please shut your mouth and go take a look at the cost of attending Coachella.
  • I was one of the few (lucky?) ones that didn’t make it to the island. In fact; I didn’t even make it to Miami because I had issues with my visa a few days before. This doesn’t make me any less enraged by the whole thing.
  • As I’ve stated before, I’m not rich. And even if I were, I don’t understand why so many useless assholes are saying this was actually a good thing and that it should teach rich people lesson. Are you saying that rich people deserve to have bad things happen to them just because they’re rich? Talk about a fucking petty way to think about how the world works.
  • As of this moment, nobody from Fyre Festival has contacted any of us to give us an update on our refunds. To be honest I don’t even think that’s going to happen. I initiated a chargeback claim with my credit card company and they denied my refund, so basically they told me and my friend to go fuck ourselves and at this point we don’t think we will ever see our money again. I hope I’m wrong.
  • Besides the money (which I’m a 1000% entitled to feel angry about, thank you), what makes me feel even more pissed off about the whole situation is the level of incompetence and disregard shown by the assholes in charge of the whole thing. YOU KNEW that this was going to be a disaster and still let people get into those planes and arrive to a shitshow. I’m also mad at the people who worked for them and knew this was going to fail weeks or even months in advance and yet said nothing. And then after the shit hits the fan you go and give an interview saying that you knew the whole time and you didn’t even have an NDA so you could have warned people who put themselves in serious danger months in advance? That’s rich.
  • To all those know-it-alls and self-righteous assholes claiming that this smelled like a fraud from the start, please get off your high horse and stop pretending you’re smarter and better than anyone else. When the campaign for the Fyre Festival was announced nothing seemed out of the ordinary; in fact, many of the promotional materials (including the involvement of high-profile influencers) and the information provided looked more than legit, so there was no immediate reason to think that this would turn into the disaster it did.
  • Which brings me to my last point: influencers absolutely ARE NOT the ones to blame here, at least not all of them. I’m sick of Twitter idiots trying to pin this on people who didn’t have a way in fucking hell to know that things would turn out the way they did, and that were just doing something that is considered an extension of a job (or maybe even a full-time job for many). Influencer marketing is not the enemy, influencer marketing is not a bad thing, and you’re probably just jealous and petty.

Even though it’s been a few days already I’m still trying to process many things about what happened here. I’m also not trying to portray myself as a victim since I know there are people who had it much worse than I did. Obviously I wish those responsible will get what they deserve, and obviously I know that there are many more “real” problems in the world that make this look like nothing in comparison, but still it’s a thing that happened, many people were inconvenienced, and just because someone has different problems to worry about than you do, that doesn’t make anyone’s struggle less important.

PS: Fuck you Billy & Ja Rule, from the bottom of my heart.

Until next time,

-SGS

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COACHELLA WITH SPERRY ROUNDUP

May 4, 2016
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As you probably read somewhere on my social profiles, this year I went to Coachella (weekend 2) for the first time, and oh boy did I had a blast. It really was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I can’t wait to go back again in the future.

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MY TRIP TO MEXICO CITY WITH LA VALISE HOTEL

October 2, 2015

Last week I had the chance to visit Mexico City for a few days and it turned out to be one of the best trips of my year so far. First of all I was able to attend concerts by Hozier and Sam Smith, which were beyond amazing. I also had the chance to work on a project that it’s not ready to be revealed yet, but I can tell you that it was a very satisfying experience and hopefully I’ll be able to tell you more about it very soon.

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