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I’m in New York. It’s raining. It’s freezing. And it’s with a wistful smile that I remember back to those three days of suffocating heat in Palm Springs. Even though when the trip first started, it was… Well I would say just ok.

Ah yes. Because the first day, I had no friends around.

No seriously, I’m not kidding, no friends. I was invited at the last minute so I didn’t send a single e-mail, no phone calls, nothing. I had no idea who was going to be around and Sivtone and Nathan, the friends who were joining me, wouldn’t arrive until the day after.

And if there’s something that should be done with friends or not at all, it’s for sure a festival. Can you imagine dancing alone to the Strokes? Having a glass of champagne at the bar, all alone, and toasting with yourself? How dumb is that?

But hey, an invitation like the one I got, you just don’t refuse. Well and then sometimes, being alone is the best way to make friends.

…And to make some wonderful strategic errors. And get some good life lessons. So yeah, I’m talking Coachella lessons.
There are quite a few Coachella lessons. Some of them don’t need much explanation, and others ended up being real chapters in my life there. Here are the lessons we’re talking about:

Coachella Lesson #1: Without a car, you’re nothing.
Coachella Lesson #2: Without sunscreen, you’re nothing. (No further explanation needed)
Coachella Lesson #3: Without a Multi VIP pass, you’re nothing.
Coachella Lesson #4: Without denim cut-offs, you’re nothing. (No further explanation needed)
Coachella Lesson #5: Without friends, you’re nothing.
Coachella Lesson #6: The thing about Coachella is that it’s not so much about the music (We’ll see if this requires further explanation.)

And we’ll start at the beginning.
Coachella Lesson #1: If you don’t have a car, you’re nothing…

I didn’t have a car.

The first day, I was on it like a champ. And what exactly does being on it like a champ mean for our little Garance, listless and lost in the middle of the desert? (Okay, so I’m exaggerating a little bit, yeah yeah, I was in one of the coolest hotels in Palm Springs where Freja was swimming in the pool right off my balcony. Well, I can say the hotel was right smack dab in the middle of the desert!)(Okay, in the middle of Palm Springs which is an oasis in the middle of a dessert, yeah yeah yeah, okay already.)

FYI : Palm Springs is 40 minutes away by car from Coachella. It’s the closest city to sleep in if you’re not pitching a tent.

So what’s being on it like a champ entail?

It’s sneaking on over to the first person who looks nice enough, asking them right away, You have a car? Are you going to Coachella this afternoon? And then before they have the time to think about it, taking his silence for a yes. Then actually stick to them until the person is ready to go.

So this one first person ended up being… well… 10 or so people in actuality all smiling and joking around, and are all more well known under the Ed Banger label.
And that’s how I set off, with the Ed Banger crew, who were there to go play at the Villa Lacoste, three cars all with VIP parking spots. Not bad for my first time passing through the Coachella gate.

As they were all hilarious and adorable, I was pretty much to the point where I was sure they were going to be my bestest friends and that life would be as lovely as a VIP parking spot, and that we’d make a record together setting off the new wave of French Touch, when bam, right at the entrance to the festival, I hear :

“You Don’t Have Access”

[To see the next part of this story, skip ahead to chapter two, Coachella Lesson #3 : Without a Super Mega VIP pass, you're nothing, and see how just as I made my new besties for life, I lost them, and how it's not at all their fault.]

Getting back was a little more complicated. And of course, I knew tons of people at the actual Festival, seeing as Coachella is pretty much mini New York. After seeing a few too many concerts and dancing on the Eurodanse without realizing I was missing the concert of my life three stages over [and this is when I first came to see Coachella Lesson #6, The thing about Coachella is that it's not so much about the music.], I found some friends to head back with.

These new friends were far less smiling and joking around than the Ed Banger crew, oh but of course : They didn’t have VIP parking.
And with no VIP parking, that means you’re sharing spots with 100,000 other people. So it took us 3 hours to get out of there. We left the concert at midnight and got back to the hotel around 4 a.m.

So totally zonked awake and tired out of my mind ready to go, I woke up at 6 a.m., jetlag in full effect, with one single idea in mind :

Uhhhh, actually I can’t think of anything at all. I’m as brainless as a koala (?). I think this is what I did :

I had some coffee (I think this took an hour and a half. Maybe I fell asleep into my cup)
Attempted to give myself a pedicure (Three hours of my life on 10 little toes, AND I messed it up anyway)
Decided to do some yoga (About 3 minutes before I decided it was too hot)
And then finally, took a shower (Which turned out to be a bath. I know. I should’ve just gone straight to the pool. But you understand… Freja was down there)

And then suddenly it was 2PM, and it was time for the Mulberry pool party at the Parker Hotel. I decided to take a cab.

A cab.

AHAHAHAHAHAH.

Wait, I’ll say it again:

AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH.

A cab.

There’s not a cab to be found during Coachella. They’re all reserved. That or you can wait three hours and even then who knows if they’ll actually come.

So after crying for a while (on the inside, of course. Every drop of water is precious in these desert conditions), I decided that I was entirely too alone and desperate to try hitchiking and that I just needed to just let luck have its way and went out to the front of the hotel.

And luck answered the call, in the form of Vi, who’s in the picture above, jumping in the sky. She had the face of an angel, had left from LA in a taxi and stopped to ask directions to the Ace Hotel. I told her, “Okay, we’ll make a deal. I’ll tell you how to get there if you leave me off at the Parker.” She started cracking up and opened the door. Ha, and she told me that she was on her way to go meet Ed Banger’s crew and there I say : leave the door open to luck and destiny want to step inside. Right?

Yes. After that, my friends Sivtone and Nathan just HAD to arrive in their Ford Mustang, and not only would I finally have my friends nearby, real ones I could do a toast with, but on top of that, we could go wherever we wanted in our convertable and I no longer had to suffer in a carless heeeeeeeeeeell!

So I just realized that my post is now longer than 1000 words (Yep, we are joining the industrial age here at Garance Doré Studio. We’ve even got word counters!) and that’s as long as a post is allowed to be, especially a post where I’m talking out of my ass. Agreed?

But before I finish, I have to say that Sivtone and Nathan arrived a lot later because destiny (by that I mean, the crazy Coachella traffic jams) had decided I needed to spend a couple days without them and before I started crying my eyes out (on the inside of course), Alexa Chung asked me to tag along to the Phillip Lim pool party, and while waiting I met up with Rumi et Colin (I just love them) and they took me around in their super cool SUV and we had a better time together than anything I could’ve ever planned on.

And then Sivtone and Nathan finally arrived (Yeeeeeah!!!), it was six in the afternoon, and they went off to get their passes, and that took them exactly 4 hours (Boooo!) because Without a Super Mega VIP pass, you’re nothing. So around 10 PM, we were reunited.

Get this, they were so tired after their hellish day, they just wanted to go to sleep.

And that’s how I missed out on Arcade Fire, my favorite band and bam, Lesson #6 rears its ugly head once more.

And so now, I’ll let you get back to your life. If my Coachella lessons didn’t make your head spin too much, I’ll be back in season 2 with new lessons much shorter than this season’s. Promise.

Can I give you a little tip? My pass was yellow. Booooo.

Translation : Tim Sullivan


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  • Claire F. May, 5 2011, 7:56 / Reply

    Hello Garance,
    juste : “tu n’ES rien” (je suis, tu es, il est)
    ;-)

  • Julie May, 5 2011, 8:01 / Reply

    haha, moi j’aurai tout simplement profité de la piscine de l’hotel et laisser tomber le festival, mais bon, je suis un peu (trop) épicurienne :-)

    http://leblogmodedejulie.blogspot.com/

  • Garance May, 5 2011, 8:02 / Reply

    Claire : Merci !
    Clemence : Franchement j’y ai pensé. C’est épuisant un festival !!!

  • Anaiïs May, 5 2011, 8:02 / Reply

    Garance, tes post sont toujours géniaux mais celui m’a toutsimplement donné envie d’ètre dans une de ces soirée VIP californienne et dansé toute la nuit (avec le pass VIP bien sur!). J’ai hate d’entendre (ou plutot de lire) la suite de tes aventures !

  • Johnny May, 5 2011, 8:04 / Reply

    Sooooo goood hahha, hell of an experience :D

    I suffered with you !

  • Roelsbeth May, 5 2011, 8:04 / Reply

    Dear Garance,
    J’adoooooore les posts qui font plus que 1000 mots et qui racontent n’importe quoi! Merci!

  • The Photodiarist May, 5 2011, 8:08 / Reply

    But you took some amazing photos while there. That’s what counts in the eyes of a photographer.

  • véronique May, 5 2011, 8:08 / Reply

    Love Love Love. J’aime constater que je ne suis pas la seule à porter la Pierre Richard Attitude à travers le monde . God save la chèvre, film culte (non ?)

  • isis May, 5 2011, 8:13 / Reply

    Oui !!! vivement l’épisode 2 !
    J’adore !!
    Bravo !!!!
    isis

  • Melissa May, 5 2011, 8:13 / Reply

    even if your post was 3000 words long it wouldn’t matter, but it cause it would be 300o words full of pure amusement

    http://lavie-amonavis.blogspot.com

  • snappy May, 5 2011, 8:13 / Reply

    Great action shot, jumping for joy at summer!
    snappy x
    http://www.snappylifestyle.com

  • isis May, 5 2011, 8:13 / Reply

    Tu devrais écrire un livre !!!
    isis
    PS : mon éditeur serait ravi de t’éditer !

  • Kazuko May, 5 2011, 8:16 / Reply

    oh my gosh – that sounds awful (and makes me feel a little better as i was neither able to go to coachella, nor to one of the VVVIP parties or parking places :D )

  • Al May, 5 2011, 8:19 / Reply

    No, just one thing Garance, seriously: you went through all this and you missed the Arcade Fire?????

    Are you crazy????

    LOL but in the end I understand you a little: even the idea of being left there without friends, and especially without car, after all of that, must have been terrible. Even for Arcade Fire.

    Oh and I’d have many things to say on your post but I won’t, because my comment would become long the double of your actual post and that would be just boring, not like your post that was one of the most entertaining things I’ve read lately on the internet.

    So yeah, let’s say just two things:

    1. I don’t like Coachella EXACTLY because it’s not all about the music and it’s really really too VIP. A little bit is fine but like this it gets the fun out of the whole thing

    2. I love your long posts, they’re the best. Trash word-counter at the Garance Doré Studio, you don’t need it

    kiss

    Al

    -The Red Dot-

  • monsacbyme May, 5 2011, 8:22 / Reply

    Quand je lie “arrapède”……. ! cette expression Marseillaise m’éclate, au milieu d’une écriture géniale ! whaou !.

    http://monsacbyme.com/

  • Jane with the noisy terrier May, 5 2011, 8:25 / Reply

    Just brilliant! And I totally agree that luck, or what I like to think of as happy accidents, often makes for a better time than you might ever imagine if you’d carefully planned each minute.

  • Clémance May, 5 2011, 8:26 / Reply

    hahaaha énorme ce post….
    Le principal c’est que d’avoir profité un max de ce moment et ca a l’air d’etre la cas….
    Et tu nous a ramené de super photos…. ;D
    Mais j’avoue que ces leçons de vie sont bonnes à savoir, on ne sait jamais…. ;)

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  • Katja May, 5 2011, 8:28 / Reply

    Do not worry about 1000 mots, I could read 100.000 mots if it was as funny as your post!

    Amazing!

    Katja

  • Benoît May, 5 2011, 8:29 / Reply

    Coachella était LE festival à ne pas louper dernièrement, enfin c’est LE festival tout court. J’étais vert de voir une amie qui s’y rendait, Youtube a donc était un allié de taille pour tenter de vivre un soupçon de Coachella (déjà mieux que rien). Je me consolerai cette année avec Rock en Seine ;)

    Freja? Beha? Qui est mon mannequin préféré, raaah quelle chance Garance!!

    http://www.streetlook.fr

  • Clémance May, 5 2011, 8:34 / Reply

    ps: tu as mis “ma mettre à pleurer” au lieu de “me”

  • Rosa&Carlotta May, 5 2011, 8:35 / Reply

    sounds like you need a lot of things to be ‘something’ at Coachella ahahaha
    i just can’t wait for summer :):)

    xx

    fashion illustrations at ILLUSTRATED-MOODBOARD

    .

  • maisquelbeautemps May, 5 2011, 8:36 / Reply

    oh ben même 10000 mots pour un post, c’est pas si long quand c’est passionnant ;D
    tu as l’air d’avoir vécu une aventure pleine de rebondissements… personnellement, j’aurais fait pfffffff… je me serais plantée quelque part 3 jours durant en me disant “on verra bien qui passe par là”, avec un parasol un bob une glacière et des claquettes… not very coachella, n’est-ce pas?!

  • Ashley May, 5 2011, 8:36 / Reply

    You are too funny… I’m so glad you had fun at Coachella despite a few bumps in the road. I feel that’s just how music festivals are sometimes, no?

    xx
    http://lovelylittlevices.com

  • Midori. May, 5 2011, 8:37 / Reply

    Juste pour dire que je suis verte parce que j’ai toujours rêvé de faire une photo trop cool en plein saut genre yihaaaaaa I’m alive et ça rend toujours trop trop moche!

    Je suis donc jalouse, NA !

    Bisous Garance ;)

    Midori.
    http://www.bowsome.com/

  • thefashionguitar May, 5 2011, 8:40 / Reply

    Love the article, as usual, and what an amazing photo! Thanks for having such a cool blog… it’s one of my all time favs!

    XO Charlotte
    http://www.thefashionguitar.com

  • Jessie May, 5 2011, 8:44 / Reply

    i know new york was absolutely miserable yesterday. but today it seems much nicer! the coachella lessons are hilarious. absolutely love reading this blog :D
    xx, http://wordbyjessie.com

  • sophie May, 5 2011, 8:46 / Reply

    Moi j’aime bien tes longs post :-)
    ça donne tellenent envie tout ça,les festivals,le soleil et les fêtes de swimming pool :-)
    et ça alors que je vis en Espagne :-) va falloir que j’aille visiter la californie alors !
    la suite la suite!!!!

  • Mioara Roncea May, 5 2011, 8:46 / Reply

    It is raining in Bucharest for three days now. Ufff! This picture is like a ray of sun in between these clouds.

    Mioara Roncea.

  • Clémence May, 5 2011, 8:47 / Reply

    J’adore autant tes histoires que ta façon de les raconter. Laisse tomber le compteur de mots!!
    Je retiens ta leçon #1 : si on peut camper sur place en festival , il faut en profiter (je n’ai pas mon permis, et c’est plus marrant que l’hôtel).

  • Sihem May, 5 2011, 8:51 / Reply

    En fait t’as fait Pekin express à Coachella , ma pauvre et moi qui me disais elle est avec scott il s’amuse et moi en galèrienne je suis en vacances à rien foutre , bon t’aura un truc à raconter à t’es petit enfant , bon sinon je me languis trop la suite de tes aventures , la dernière fois je regardais tes archives (non en fait je faisais ma fouine) et ben je suis tomber sur l’article où tu parlais de ne plus faire un livre , et là quand je lis cet article je me dis qu’il y a un bon sujet , un livre genre Garance Doré diary’s (avec plus de 1000 mots) . Bon moi je fais pas faire un roman là de suite sous la forme de commentaire donc je te souhaite une bonne journée Garance , et sinon t’en a pas marre de nous montrer des belle gosse avec la peau gorgé de soleil non lol :)

  • Leah May, 5 2011, 8:53 / Reply

    Oh Garance, you are too funny!

    I thoroughly enjoy reading your stories.

  • Wrenaissance Art May, 5 2011, 8:55 / Reply

    It’s not just Coachella.
    Driving a car is an essential part of American culture! Once you get behind the driver’s wheel on a winding highway in the West, you’ll be hooked for life. :-)
    If you already have your French driver’s license, getting a NY one should be easy. Most states let EU citizens residing in the US to get a license just by taking the written exam and driving exam.
    One morning of your time, max.
    Good luck!

  • Sara May, 5 2011, 8:56 / Reply

    I understood just a little bit, ’cause I don’t understand your language very well, but this “little bit of” made me smile! ;)
    Great picture!
    http://lifeincurl.blogspot.com

  • Julie May, 5 2011, 9:02 / Reply

    J’ai eu un peu les mêmes galères sans voiture à Palm Springs ou à Las Vegas pour rentrer à Los Angeles… En Californie LOUER une voiture!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • anna May, 5 2011, 9:06 / Reply

    Genial ce post!
    Dire que ce festival me faisait rever…
    Je voyais un petit festival babos dans le desert…hum!

  • ginger May, 5 2011, 9:09 / Reply

    c’est bien pour cela que moi je vais écouter arcade fire au montreux jazz festival et que pour rien au monde (plein d’ironie hein, plein!!) j’irais au coachella……
    j’adore tes histoires folles de people et normalité.

  • Fashion Blog May, 5 2011, 9:09 / Reply

    hilarious and fabulous post!

    http://www.citizette.com

  • raph May, 5 2011, 9:09 / Reply

    Oh garance ! Je compatis pour toi qui a loupé ce groupe incroyable qu’est Arcade Fire. Je suis fan moi aussi ! Ils sont incroyables en live ! Tu voyages tellement, je suis certain que tu parviendras à recroiser leur route tôt ou tard au détour d’un autre festival ! Après tant de galères au miliei du désert californien, c’est le mieux que je te souhaite :-)

  • Veverre May, 5 2011, 9:17 / Reply

    C’est quoi Coachella face aux vieilles charrues??? Rien
    ;-)

  • Lani May, 5 2011, 9:21 / Reply

    Now, that’s what I call complaining on a high level. But …. funny still :o)

  • Sophia May, 5 2011, 9:21 / Reply

    Great Post! I loved reading the rules and even more I would have loved to go to Coachella. And know I know how I need to behave there and what I have to take with me. So for my next festival I’m prepared!

    http://umbrellabeachfashion.blogspot.com/

  • Chiara May, 5 2011, 9:24 / Reply

    Sei troppo simpatica! Super fun post :)

  • céci May, 5 2011, 9:35 / Reply

    LOL

    PS: quelle paire de jambes!

  • céci May, 5 2011, 9:36 / Reply

    ..en l’air…

    oui, je sais. Je suis déjà partie.

  • Blair May, 5 2011, 9:42 / Reply

    Ce post est trop hilarant! Je ne peux pas croire que tu ais manqué Arcade Fire, quelle tristesse :( Au moins tu as voyagé avec Alexa Chung, vu Freja Beha et été à des superbes fêtes pendant que je me noyais dans la pluie à Montréal…

    J’adore ton blog, et tes long posts sont toujours les meilleurs!
    Blair

  • Lnchou May, 5 2011, 9:50 / Reply

    J’ai hâte de lire la suite :-)

  • aurore May, 5 2011, 9:57 / Reply

    Purée, j’ai tellement envie d’aller là bas !
    Et vraiment tu es trop drôle, j’arrive à m’identifier à chacune de tes histoires, ça me fait trop rire !!

  • The Foolish Aesthete May, 5 2011, 10:00 / Reply

    This is one of my favorite shots of yours!

    http://thefoolishaesthete.blogspot.com

  • Brei May, 5 2011, 10:04 / Reply

    Fly on down to jazzfest this weekend in New Orleans! Better Than Ezra is opening up for Arcade Fire on Friday! You would have the time of your life. I promise you would eat the best food because well who can pass up crawfish bread and amazing music? You could get right up on the stage. Because at jazzfest VIP is something but not everything. And not to mention this but Ms. Lauryn Hill is playing on Sat. (Who knew she can only be called Ms. Lauryn Hill now!) But here too having a car is everything! You should have seen the line for taxi’s after Jason Mraz and Bon Jovi finished playing last weekend. Pretty sure those people were out there for hours! We had some guys from Chicago offer to pay us 1000 just to bring them to Downtown NOLA.
    BTW I would read your post if they were a novel every day because you make me laugh.

  • Sel May, 5 2011, 10:12 / Reply

    Moi je veux aussi saluer ce post excellent!? ? ?

    Déjà parce que comme ça je suis” prepare for Coachella 2012″ grâce à toi…

    Je retiendrais toutes ces bonnes leçons de survie en Festival dans le désert aride californien!

    XOXO

    Sel

  • sev May, 5 2011, 10:12 / Reply

    hahahahaha ! La suite ! La suite ! La suite !

  • K.rolyne May, 5 2011, 10:13 / Reply

    bOn ben c’est CoOl la viE avec des mAjUsculeS un pEu paRtouT ! C’eSt l’efFet VIP non ? Absolument imcompréhensible d’ici, mais je rigole quand même. Et cette Vi a l’air punchy, et puis la VIE aussi d’ailleurs, qu’est même mieux que la VIP. BiBiZ.

  • mademoiselle mauve May, 5 2011, 10:16 / Reply

    bien contente que tu y sois allée pour nous ;o)

  • Marion May, 5 2011, 10:16 / Reply

    Dans quel hôtel as-tu séjourné pendant ces 3 jours à Palm Spring?

  • alice May, 5 2011, 10:18 / Reply

    tu ne voulais pas aller direct à la piscine pour ne pas voir freja ?

  • Cams May, 5 2011, 10:40 / Reply

    ENCORE ENCORE ENCORE!!! J’adore. Et ça me donne terriblement envie d’aller à Coachella.

  • Lucero Arechiga May, 5 2011, 10:43 / Reply

    Garance, no friends? pffff! I don’t believe it!

    Amazing shot.

    http://www.houseofhemingway.blogspot.com

  • blue roses May, 5 2011, 10:46 / Reply

    oh, this is hilarious….. you are a wonderful writer, i love your longer posts!

    http://dallianceswithsuitsandskirts.blogspot.com/

  • María May, 5 2011, 10:52 / Reply

    Ha, ha, ha….. you made my day….

  • Verena May, 5 2011, 10:56 / Reply

    The first one is always a sort of trial visit, isn’t it? xx

  • Y. May, 5 2011, 10:59 / Reply

    alala mais une invitation sans ‘access’ c’est pas une invitation ça ! et puis sans voiture wow tu as été courageuse

  • bigdollsboudoir May, 5 2011, 10:59 / Reply

    Même si galère de voiture il y a, je rêve toujours d’aller à Coachella!! et puis qui sait peut etre qu’Alexa Chung me proposera de me prendre en stop :-)) hâte de lire la suite!!
    ps: Jolie la demoiselle en photo !! c’est qui?

  • Camille May, 5 2011, 11:00 / Reply

    Génial, trop bien écrit!

  • no&me May, 5 2011, 11:16 / Reply

    HAHA, ça fait plaisir de lire une expression typique du sud : j’ai fait l’arapède ! Je le dis tout le temps, j’ai l’impression de lire un mail d’une personne de ma famille du coup :-D

    La suite, je l’attends avec impatience, parce qu’au final, les posts où ça part dans tous les sens tant il y a de choses à dire, de sentiments à exprimer, de décors à décrire, de personnes à citer, ce sont ceux que je préfère ! Tu es en totale ébullition, et on le sent, c’est trop drôle ! :-) Du coup, le comique de situation passe comme une lettre à la poste, et on se marre comme des connes en t’imaginant dans tes petites galères. J’adore ! :-)

    Bisous et Carrément géniale cette PHOTO ! Yeah !

  • nydontleaveme May, 5 2011, 11:22 / Reply

    This is why I love you! Even as fabulous as you are, you are not immune to the awkward occurrences of life! And better yet, you have absolutely no problems sharing them! You had me cracking up!

    http://www.nydontleaveme.com

  • Rebecca May, 5 2011, 11:23 / Reply

    Sublimement….Magnifique…

    J’adore…merci pour ce recit

    PS : je veux absolument le SUITEEEE

  • melle M May, 5 2011, 11:27 / Reply

    C’est trop bon de te lire !
    Moi aussi grande fan de Arcade Fire. C’est un peu la loose de les avoir loupé….
    ici un groupe top moumoute (Dark Dark Dark), mais peut être que tu connais déjà :
    http://www.myspace.com/darkdarkdarkband
    Bon week-end !
    Melle M

  • Ambyr May, 5 2011, 11:30 / Reply

    Aw California misses you already. It’s still sunny here, come back anytime! I guess it’s back to the trendy rain boots and trench coats…. hoping the rain is gone soon!

    xoxo
    http://www.thewrittenrunway.com

  • Camille May, 5 2011, 11:32 / Reply

    Génial se post, la photos, ton humour, la californie….quoi de meilleur pour finir la semaine :)

  • Femi May, 5 2011, 11:46 / Reply

    En fait Garance we love you! ta manière de raconter!! trop chouette en plus tu ns montre un peu le dessous des trc genre Coachella c’est pas si glams que ca et qui a pas que les photo super que tu prends avec des gens super et que toi aussi il t’arrive de galerer un peu aussi ak ds la tete le ”pitain qu’est-ce que je fais la! j’ai pas d’amis” genre te faire prendre par Alexa Chung et tout ca!!! et que malgré le fait d’être une mini outsider t’a trouve tn chemin comme un chef!!!#moi je dis!!Thumbsup

  • Argy K May, 5 2011, 11:50 / Reply

    You say what we all feel–wish we could be friends, happy to read your blog, 1000 words be damned:)

  • Zsuzsa May, 5 2011, 12:04 / Reply

    Great post! Keep on writing!
    One remark: it is interesting how the meaning, boundary of the term “friend” is loosening.

  • Carole May, 5 2011, 12:07 / Reply

    Ahah, que serait un festival sans galère? J’adore la photo, heu comment on fait des photos comme ça? Enfin, le coup de la voiture, j’aurais pu tele dire. En Californie, Coachella ou pas, sans voiture tu n’es rien. En tout cas ce post est excellent.

    PS: reviens à LA, il fait beau et chaud et la vie y est douce :)

  • Le Fiancé du Pirate May, 5 2011, 12:22 / Reply

    C’est marrant la distorsion que procurent les images: en voyant tes photos, j’avais la sensation d’un Coachella languissant de chaleur, rafraichissant de cocktails, de piscines et d’éclaboussures.
    D’un truc où tout le monde lézarde ou danse chaudement enivré.
    Un truc pendant lequel le temps s’est arrêté, où les corps écrasés de chaleur, paressent.
    Une sorte de Dolce Vita …
    En fait, il n’en est rien.
    Watchaaa !!!! C’est super minuté, galère, “crowded” !!!!!
    Finalement t’aurais du faire comme sur les photos: te contenter de lézarder au soleil, entre deux plongeons et quelques drinks ;-D

  • Sunny Side May, 5 2011, 12:25 / Reply

    Ah si j’avais un blog ce serait la photo de mon header tellement je l’aime ! Ton post est trop génial même au-delà des mille mots, on s’en fiche !

  • Scarlette May, 5 2011, 12:28 / Reply

    C’est quoi arrapède?

  • Sofia May, 5 2011, 12:32 / Reply

    hahahha garance, tu es particuliére. Ta facon de raconter les faits est just super interessante! Le compteur de mot limité est trop nul par contre :( moi je voulais connaitre la suite ( bon biensure, je retourne voir si il y a du nouveau). Enfin bref, meme avec tous les elements perturbateurs que t’a rencontrer, je suis sure que tu as passer un magnifique sejour (ben oui, Coachella et ne pas passé un bon sejour ne vont pas dans la meme phrase)

    Ah oui, on viens de publier un post sur des photos que j’ai prise de toi avec Scott a la fashion week de paris! Je te fais un enorme bisous

  • Miss K May, 5 2011, 12:32 / Reply

    Garance – fantastique as always! 1000 words of pure entertainment – and a valuable reminder to leave things up to luck sometimes…

  • Amélie May, 5 2011, 12:50 / Reply

    Moi j’trouve sa Kool quand tu expose tes moments de vie comme sa

    Post très frais , sa m’en donne le sourire d’ailleurs :)

    Sur ceux Baci jolie Garance

  • Little C.M. May, 5 2011, 12:59 / Reply

    Wouuuhh si je pouvais en dire autant pendant mes deux semaines de vacances… Toi c’est en mm pas trois jours!! Merci pour le récit garance, ca m’a bien fait rire!!!

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  • Gégé May, 5 2011, 1:02 / Reply

    Noooonnnn !

    Moi j’en veux encore j’adore tes histoires (j’ai même trouvé ça trop court) ! NB : pense à écrire un bouquin je suis preneuse :-)

  • Marta May, 5 2011, 1:03 / Reply

    Ah Garance, mais c’est que j’adore ton blog! J’en lis plusieurs, mais aucun aussi proche et amusant comme le tien. C’est mon préféré.
    J’aimerais tellement te rencontrer un jour et parler un peu avec toi! (Si un jour tu vois une adolescente folle courir vers toi avec une caméra de photo et un grand grand sourire, ne doute pas, c’est moi).
    Gros bisous depuis le sud de l’Espagne :)

  • no&me May, 5 2011, 1:21 / Reply

    @ Scarlette : une Arapède, c’est un coquillage en forme de chapeau chinois, qui colle TELLEMENT au rocher, que tu ne peux pas l’enlever ! Jamais ! Celle qui y arrive, je lui paye des nèfles !

  • Caroline M. May, 5 2011, 1:32 / Reply

    ta vie est juste merveilleuse Garance, et non ce n’est pas seulement le destin, quand on sourit à la vie, c’est les hasards miraculeux qui viennent à toi.
    mais quand même je suis jamais tombée sur les Ed Banger en cherchant un taxos. Raaa tu m’énerves!!!!

  • Joy May, 5 2011, 1:47 / Reply

    hahaha top le post!
    parce que bon, en vrai, vous vous baignez dans la même piscine que Freja, Alexa Chung vous dépose en voiture, mais au final, vous restez (volontairement ou non) super naturelle, pas prise de tête, surtout pas grosse tête et ambassadrice de la pierre richard attitude comme c est dit dans un comment un peu plus haut partout à travers le monde. Et honnetement, c’est génial de voir le monde fascinant du luxe et de la mode dépeint à travers vos yeux.

  • camille May, 5 2011, 2:02 / Reply

    Ahhhhahahah ton humour me met du baume au coeur!
    Je reviens tout juste de mon voyage de NY et je n’ai qu’une envie: y retourner MAINTENANT! Alors profites de cette FABULEUSE ville pour moi!
    Et c’est bien dommage pour Arcade fire! Mais bon t’as pu admirer Freja à la pistoche et prendre la bagnole avec Alexa!

  • Percy May, 5 2011, 2:18 / Reply

    La suiiiiite !!! ;)
    Ah ça devait être fantastique, Coachella !

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  • Alice R. May, 5 2011, 2:18 / Reply

    Tu t’en fiches probablement fortement. C’est on ne peux plus éloigné de ton quotidien (ou du ce que tu nous montre)
    Mais je suis en concours (après deux ans de préparations) et je “donne tout” (ou tout du moins j’essaie) depuis mi février. Et c’est ce genre de post, où tu te lâches totalement, que j’adore et qui me vide la tête et me font une pause.
    Et après une semaine de BCE, c’est plus que rafraichissant de te lire, de regarder tes photos, et d’échapper à mon quotidien (un siège, une table, une phrase, quatre heures).
    Donc plus que jamais (je te suis depuis 3 ans) :

    MERCI.

    Et vivement la suite !

  • Alice R. May, 5 2011, 2:19 / Reply

    Tu t’en fiches probablement fortement. C’est on ne peux plus éloigné de ton quotidien (ou du ce que tu nous montre)
    Mais je suis en concours (après deux ans de préparations) et je “donne tout” (ou tout du moins j’essaie) depuis mi février. Et c’est ce genre de post, où tu te lâches totalement, que j’adore et qui me vide la tête et me font une pause.
    Et après une semaine de BCE, c’est plus que rafraichissant de te lire, de regarder tes photos, et d’échapper à mon quotidien (un siège, une table, une phrase, quatre heures).
    Donc plus que jamais (je te suis depuis 3 ans) :

    MERCI.

    Et vivement la

  • Emily May, 5 2011, 3:18 / Reply

    Indian Wells is actually the closest city to stay in for Coachella.

  • Alice May, 5 2011, 3:27 / Reply

    I love to read your blog in the evenings, kinda relaxing. :)

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  • gipsybluesmoke May, 5 2011, 3:30 / Reply

    Nan, Garance tu ne nous (en tout cas moi) saoûles jamais !!!!!!
    Vive la chère et tendre galère des festivals qui fait qu on rencontre plein de gens qu on n’aurait jamais imaginé croiser, les concerts ratés qui font que la prochaine fois qu on chope la date du gig, on se démène comme un diable pour y aller et les aventures EXTRA- ORDINAIRES à raconter aux potes – et sur son blog !
    VIVA COACHELLA et thanx à l’envoyée Spéciale !!!!
    @nn

  • Safia May, 5 2011, 3:49 / Reply

    Fun fun fun !!!! J’attends de lire la suite !!
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  • Angeles May, 5 2011, 4:35 / Reply

    I’m already exhausting about the Coachella “adventure”…because that it’s in my opinion.
    You are extraordinary how to explain with the best humor and details about this “music festival” that in my opinion the music is at the bottom all of these…o no?
    Love your blog, your pictures and the illustrations!
    Kisses

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  • Elza Sokolovski May, 5 2011, 4:49 / Reply

    La photo est tout simplement parfaite !

  • maud de toulouse May, 5 2011, 5:01 / Reply

    mais Garance..tu te compliques la vie…c’est au festival d’Albi l’an passé qu’il fallait être pour voir Arcade Fire voyons! pas de passe VIP ni d’hôtel dans le désert mais des toilettes sèches et des petits plats bio…

    bien sur, on ne se régalerait pas de tes anecdotes..alors, continue tes tentatives à Coachella

  • L&F May, 5 2011, 5:03 / Reply

    J’aime cette photo très énergique!

  • Sara May, 5 2011, 5:33 / Reply

    i love your long posts, they’re hilarious!

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  • milk May, 5 2011, 5:49 / Reply

    This is wonderful insight and hilarious. A cab in Coachella? Welcome to California! I will read this again when I go to Coachella! Love

  • Tara May, 5 2011, 8:25 / Reply

    I saw you at Robyn! But was too shy to say hello. Enjoyed the story :)

  • genome May, 5 2011, 8:36 / Reply

    We have been to Coachella for the last four years and always had a blast (this is year was the best so far). To us, Coachella is all about the music. Where else are you going to see Arcade Fire, Strokes, Cut Copy, Chemical brothers, Kanye and so many more – all in one glorious sunny weekend….not only is it good fun, it is efficient :)

    Love your blog!

  • elle May, 5 2011, 9:37 / Reply

    ohh thats so sad that you think the festival is all about VIP passes and not about the music… thats why its almost not worth going to anymore. people treat it like a fashion show/celebrity watching event/pool party and they dont really care about the line up. very sad to hear that your one of those people..

  • bling duck fashion May, 5 2011, 10:01 / Reply

    give me pits and bod like that and I’ll willingly do this pose! haha <3

  • petit soleil May, 5 2011, 10:21 / Reply

    excellent! excellent! j’adôôOOrrre, tu racontes trop bien ,on vit ton épopée avec toi :D
    miam miam encooore!!

    (et comme dit sihem un livre genre Garance Doré diary’s ,oh yes ,comme ça le ferait graaave!)

  • Adrienne May, 5 2011, 11:05 / Reply

    I generally love reading your posts, they’re always so funny and tongue-in-cheek. But this one… not so much. Exaggeration makes a good story but you seem to be willfully tricking your readers into believing that a) Palm Springs is aeons from Coachella, Indio (it’s not, it’s actually a 10-15 minute drive in normal traffic, b) you need a tricked out VIP pass to have fun (no, you don’t, because all 75,000 “regular” people who attended seemed to have an awesome time, and c) At Coachella, music takes a backseat to schmoozing and displaying oneself (whaa?)

    Either that, or you are woefully deluded/this is a lapse in judgment (I fervently hope the latter).

  • sonia May, 5 2011, 11:56 / Reply

    Well, Coachella used to be about the music. But that was a long time ago.
    Then the trendy “celebrity” types caught on… funny how they are always a few years behind!
    So glad I stopped going before all the VIP bull…

    Still, your post cracked me up and I adore this blog of yours…

  • Xiaoyuan May, 6 2011, 2:20 / Reply

    Hi Garance,

    I saw u on 5th Ave yesterday and we were checking each other out. ^-^what a small world!

    I am the Chinese girl~

  • kristine May, 6 2011, 3:03 / Reply

    vite la suite ………………… le suspens est insupportable, le passe jaune ??
    merci de nous faire sourire en vous lisant, c’est un si bon moment!!
    belle journée.

  • Marie May, 6 2011, 3:26 / Reply

    peut etre tenter le camping une autre fois….!!!
    mais on n’aurait pas eu le droit à un post si marrant … quoi que???
    :D merci Garance, tes posts sont toujours un délice

  • Anne Chic and Geek May, 6 2011, 3:36 / Reply

    C’est toujours un plaisir de venir par ic, mais quand en plus de la jolie illustration, on a droit à tes élucubrations, c’est carrément jubilatoire :)

    T’es une extra-terrestre pour moi et Coachella une planète lointaine, mais va comprendre, j’arrive à m’y projeter le temps d’un billet et même j’entends presque la musique dans ma tête… ou au moins la tintinabulante musique que font tes mots.

    Alors Merci et OUI pour la suite !

    Bisous
    Anne

  • Olivia (à Paris) May, 6 2011, 4:07 / Reply

    J’ai bien ri, vite la suite!!!

  • BigBagGirl May, 6 2011, 4:14 / Reply

    ..great place.. and great pictures!!!!!!
    <3

  • melissa May, 6 2011, 4:26 / Reply

    This photo is full of joy and happiness! Great job! <3

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  • Grace Escudero - The Afeminada May, 6 2011, 4:54 / Reply

    Now I never want to go to Coachella!!

    -Grace

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  • Barbara May, 6 2011, 5:16 / Reply

    Oh Boo, No Arcade Fire. Well at least you still have your fantastic story telling ability and Coachella didn’t (sans Super VIP) suck it out of you! Bravo Garance
    Bisous

  • Jess May, 6 2011, 5:17 / Reply

    OOh! com’n now! you got the power of writing 100000000 words without being boring!!!

    kissesss

  • Thomas May, 6 2011, 6:02 / Reply

    The taste of summer ;)

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  • Hello Muses May, 6 2011, 6:07 / Reply

    Je suis juste trop jalouse !
    Hâte de lire la suite.

  • galliane May, 6 2011, 6:48 / Reply

    La suite, la suite ! (genre Alexa Chung t’emmène comme ça, non mais c’te vip).

  • Trisha May, 6 2011, 9:19 / Reply

    gahahaha!!!!honestly, garance, this is the funniest post ever!!!please, please,please write some more about those ugly coachella lessons!and don’t feel inclined to shorten it!

  • Davidkus May, 6 2011, 11:52 / Reply

    This is one of the best posts ever! At Coachella (at least if you are serious about the music), you have to camp – that saves a lot of time in getting there, parking etc. The point of going to a Rock festival is not to live a life of luxury, is it? Having said that, what can you expect of a festival whose name whose name sounds like Coachella or a number of STD.

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  • Calamarali May, 6 2011, 3:49 / Reply

    Very funny story.

    Being guests of Sir Paul was the ultimate Coachella experience. You have your own shaded backstage area with food and drink all day plus transportation . We called it quits after that, nobody can top that.

  • Kiki May, 7 2011, 2:50 / Reply

    This is a very interesting experience ( although feeling lonely is not) and this post is too. It’s my pleasure to read it (although it is a bit long really). You need not shorten your next lessons as long as you think they are what you wanna say!

  • Nicole May, 7 2011, 7:13 / Reply

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  • Shamini May, 7 2011, 7:33 / Reply

    hâte de voir la suite… on adore ces longs billets où tu nous racontes des bribes de ta jolie vie!
    big bisous

  • Christina H May, 7 2011, 8:49 / Reply

    I have to agree with Al and Elle- the reason Coachella isn’t good anymore is precisely because of all the fashion and Hollywood types who only care about the outfits and the status. Some people never even leave the VIP tent. I wish they could all stay locked up there so the festival would be more enjoyable to the ordinary-looking, middle-class, non-special, people who go for the music.

  • adele May, 8 2011, 12:33 / Reply

    awwwwweee. the photo looks so cute! carefree! love it! :)

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  • Leslie May, 8 2011, 2:24 / Reply

    Pourquoi faire plus court ? Les longs post intéressants et drôles c’est tellement bien !

  • Omar May, 8 2011, 8:53 / Reply

    Never mind, I love your long posts! They’re always fun, smart, super-explanatory and of course very interesting.

    Kisses.

    Omar.

  • DCCTV May, 10 2011, 10:20 / Reply

    So lovely girl she is! I like it. Nice pose.

  • Kay May, 13 2011, 10:41 / Reply

    Hilarious article – I laughed more than a few times.

  • dina May, 13 2011, 8:03 / Reply

    you are too funny! i love how you spent your morning before the Mulberry party hihihi :)

    and yes please, long posts from you are always a pleasure to read :)

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  • valerie kundisova May, 14 2011, 11:37 / Reply

    wow t’avais pris un taxi?! MDR! mais toi, t’es très styleé… so I’m sure you pulled it off and still looked good

    la prochaine fois, appelle moi lol. je suis allée à Coachella aussi, et j’aurais aimée d’avoir été ton amie pour le weekend :)

  • Alexandra April, 21 2014, 3:20 / Reply

    Garance- I love this!!! How do you make every situation, no matter how grim (not that your Coachella experience was grim, but clearly you wouldn’t want to replicate it if otherwise avoidable), seem quirky and cute and yourself even more lovable? I keep trying to figure out how my writing would sound, given the same experience, and I can just tell it would be nowhere near as winning.

    No wonder we all love you so (a.k.a. you’ve got friends everywhere)
    xx,
    Ali

  • Patty April, 22 2014, 3:26 / Reply

    I loved it!
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