In the Closet of: Ayana Jimenez

Meet Ayana:

24-year-old Ayana Jimenez was born and raised in the Philippines, but she moved to Seattle, WA last summer. I met her at Coachella Weekend 2, and her style was too good not to capture. Two out of three of her outfits were original creations – she’s in the process of creating her own clothing line! Ayana loves to travel, dance and take photos. She was most excited to see Bon Iver at Coachella. Her dream job would be a professional dancer. In ten years, Ayana hopes to be “settled in,” hopefully by the beach.

How would you describe your style?

My style usually goes with how I feel. It could go from bohemian to sexy, girly to preppy, casual to elegant. Mixing and matching color palettes is my favorite thing to play with.

What inspires, or influences, your style?

I get inspired by my surroundings – color palettes of buildings, landmarks, sunsets, trees, deserts, skies, etc. Some [of my styles] are influenced by past fashion trends.

How did you decide that you wanted to start a clothing line?

I simply wanted to create clothes that inspire the free spirit – something that could work for everyone.

How would you describe your line? What kind of pieces are you hoping to put out?

I don’t have a line at the moment. [My cousin and I] are in the process of experimenting, and hopefully we’ll slowly put it out when we’re ready. For the line of dresses, we were thinking of something that has a gypsy, island girl feel to it, with subtle, elegant cuts or slits here and there. We want a lot of looks that tie around the body and waist, so it can work freely for anyone. My cousin, Alexis Jimenez, is currently working on a collection of sexy and elegant robes.

What has been the hardest thing about this process? What has been the most fun?

It’s a challenge to find the right fabrics and patterns. The fun part is seeing the actual product come to life.

Where do you see your clothing line going?

We could see it starting out online, and then moving into boutiques. Hopefully, we’ll be partnering with brands in the future.

What’s your favorite current trend?

Tattered jeans and denim. I love seeing sneakers!

Featured Image by Alexis Jimenez.

In the Closet of: Coachella

Coachella has officially come to an end, and my friends and I had the amazing opportunity to go to Weekend 2. After hearing about the surprise guests and seeing all of the amazing art structures, venues and outfits at Weekend 1, our expectations were high – and they were all totally met! SDSU students Alexis Jimenez and Rafia Rehman shared their thoughts and opinions on Coachella, festival style and their favorite looks

Looking back at both weekends, what would you say were the most common pieces? What items stood out to you the most?

Alexis Jimenez: A lot of people wore maxi dresses, sheer or mesh materials, bralettes and those Western-looking buckle belts. Cool, unique sunglasses with different colored lenses stood out to me a lot.

Rafia Rehman: Most people wore bandanas, shorts, skirts and crop tops. The items that stood out to me the most were the accessories people added to their outfits, like jewelry and glitter. Those can really turn any simple outfit into an original look.

Who, or what, did you take inspiration from when you were putting your outfits together?

AJ: Jhene Aiko. I like her style a lot – it’s really chill, but she always looks chic and put together. I also went for a ’90s, kind of a retro vibe for one of the days, and I pulled inspiration from Tommy Hilfiger for that. A lot of people go for the “gypsy,” hippie look at Coachella, but I wanted to look different. I wanted to be comfortable but still look cute, so I kept that in mind when I was creating my outfits.

RR: Woodstock, definitely. I was going for that carefree, 70s vibe.

What was your favorite look at Coachella?

AJ: I really liked the retro looks. I saw a lot of people wearing vintage pieces – vintage Gucci tees, old band shirts, sneakers with denim.

RR: My Day 3 look was my favorite. It was the most comfortable and it felt the most original to my style.

Which artists were you looking forward to seeing the most? 

AJ: Gucci Mane. He was the only rapper I’ve been wanting to see that I haven’t already [seen]. I was really excited to see Jai Wolf’s “Indian Summer” because that song holds a lot of memories for me. I saw Kehlani at the Pemberton Music Festival in Canada last year, but it was cool to see her again last weekend. She’s one of my favorites. Seeing Bon Iver perform “Skinny Love” was an amazing experience. I always tried to play it on my guitar; never worked out, but hearing it live was enough for me!

RR: Mura Masa, Francis and the Lights, Porter Robinson, Bon Iver and Kendrick Lamar. Francis and the Lights is such a quirky performer – he was fun to watch. I really wanted to hear NAO’s “Bad Blood” and Glass Animals’s “Gooey” – both were amazing.

Who would you have loved to run into at Coachella?

AJ: Aimee Song and Rocky Barnes. They’re my favorite bloggers, and it would’ve been cool to see what outfits they came up with. Vanessa Hudgens came back to Coachella for Weekend Two. She’s been deemed the “Coachella Queen” the past few years because of her festival style, so it would’ve been cool to see her. She was posting on Instagram, so I was trying to look for her outfit in the crowd!

RR: Rihanna. She’s fierce. I look up to her as a woman and a fashion icon.

What advice would you give to people interested in going to Coachella next year?

AJ: Bring a bandana because you’ll be literally inhaling dust for three days.

RR: Be prepared for there to be a lot of people. Plan out who you want to see so you can figure out how to get to everyone. Eat before you get there, and bring snacks – the food is ridiculously expensive! Don’t forget to hydrate.

Featured Image by Alexis Jimenez.

Coachella Weekend Two

After last weekend, I think it’s safe to say that Coachella has made it onto my list of the most unforgettable experiences ever. Coachella is a three day music festival in Indio, California, and it happens over two weekends in April. Every year, the headliners and lineup get released a few months before April, and it’s hard not to get excited when the countdown starts and the hype builds. Three of my friends and I packed up a day early and headed out to Palm Springs for Weekend Two. Once we got to the festival, it was hard not to run wild. Music was playing constantly from seven different stages, interesting art figures were displayed all throughout the grounds and the variety of fair food was endless (the Monster Fries and freshly squeezed lemonade were my favorites).

The headliners this year were Radiohead, Lady Gaga (who replaced Beyonce) and Kendrick Lamar. With the release of Kendrick’s new album, “DAMN.,” he was my favorite headliner. Although he didn’t bring out Rihanna as a guest to perform “Loyalty” like I was praying he would, he did sing my favorite song on his new album, “Love,” as well as a lot of his classics. Although, I’ve never been a huge fan of Lady Gaga, she was a fun performer and sounded amazing live. I saw Francis and the Lights when he opened for Chance the Rapper at the Cal Coast Credit Union Amphitheater last fall semester, and he’s such a quirky, energetic performer; I loved seeing him again. I didn’t catch many full performances because a lot of artists overlapped, but I got to see a few of my favorite songs from each artist: NAO’s “Bad Blood,” Glass Animals’s “Gooey,” Grouplove’s “Tongue Tied,” Porter Robinson’s “Shelter.” The most memorable experience of Coachella was being front row for Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love” (I pushed through waves of people and waited an hour and a half to be that close!). He played at the Coachella Stage, and the whole crowd was silent throughout the performance – it was awe-inspiring.

If you’re looking to go to Coachella next year, they do have an advance sale that goes on in the summer. The nice thing about the advance sale is that you can sign up for the payment plan. You can find more information about that on their website! If you’re not sure about getting a ticket that early and want to see the lineup first, tickets go on sale again around January.

Featured Image by Trent Croci.

Brianna’s Fauxchella

The sun is getting warmer; the flowers are starting to bloom; the fringe is coming out of storage! A combination of all three of these elements can only mean one thing… festival season is now upon us.  This weekend will be Weekend 1 at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. Now I’m a struggling college student trying to stay on top of my Netflix bills, so with that being said, no. I have never been to Coachella, but I hope one day I can dance in the desert to the sounds of EDM and classic rock. Since I can only dream about this music festival I was offered to do a collaboration with TickPick since they are my resource for purchasing tickets fee-free.  Together we came up with a personal “fauxchella” that will fill my eardrums for this weekend. Here is my pick if I were to come up with a festival lineup:

Pearl Jam 

Now I am a big, BIG fan of Pearl Jam. They have been playing and performing together for ever 25 years. They have been on multiple world tours, selling out venues all over the globe. Now I haven’t seen them perform live, but it is definitely on my bucket list. I’ve read about their concerts, and I’ve seen tons of snippets online. Performing live is in their blood, and they know how to do it. Frontman, Eddie Vedder, instantly connects with the audience by singing straight into their eyes, giving away tons of tambourines, and sharing his setlist with the crowd. He is also known for sharing multiple bottles of wine with whoever is closest with an empty glass. Pearl Jam continues to rock, and they would be that perfect classic rock to headline for my line up. Sidenote: It is one of my dreams to get a tambourine from Eddie… so Eddie, if you’re reading this I am your biggest fan. Come over to my house for dinner after the show – whenever you’re in San Diego next.

 

Fleetwood Mac

I’m keeping that classic rock vibe going and to co-headline my lineup next would be Fleetwood Mac. I feel like they have some real happy grooves that will get the crowd going. Many songs from their 1977 album Rumours would be absolutely perfect. Also Stevie Nicks’ wardrobe from the late seventies will fit in just right from the flowy wraps and flower patterns.

Drake

Before you even say it, yes I know. Two classic rock bands and then Drake?! Yes! His rap songs will round out perfectly. The grooves to his songs will give a nice combination of different musical genres. Some of my personal favorite songs are Energy and one of his more recent tunes Right Hand. I feel like his lyrics are relatable, and the crowd would have fun watching him.

Ellie Goulding

I would be so excited to finally see Ellie Goulding perform live since she is like a festival queen! Some of my favorite songs from her are Army, I Need Your Love, and Love Me Like You Do. She is also able to collaborate will various DJs like Calvin Harris. She would be awesome at my festival because the whole crowd could jump up and down in anticipation of the beat getting dropped.

The Chainsmokers

Lastly I would have The Chainsmokers to add some more electric tunes to my festival. I like them a lot because their music is upbeat and deep. I can totally imagine myself checking out the art side of the festival with some Roses in the background.

 

I think that my personal fauxchella would be fun to go to – lots of options for any music lover out there. I want to give a big thanks to TickPick for reaching out to me and giving me something to think about! My personalized graphic is amazing! If my festival ever were to actually happen you could pick up your concert tickets on their website or if you are more into sports you could get the hookup on their NFL tickets page!

Have fun at all the music festivals coming up! Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen!