Archives: f’in travel


when we were planning our first-ever trip to europe last summer, the graphic designer sister of our duo mentioned her lofty goal of fitting everything she needed for the two-week long trek into a carry on. the fashion girl sister laughed, “okay, have fun with that, I’ll see you at LAX with my 5 checked bags.” however, as 14 days of international planes and trains approached, the idea of lugging gigantic suitcases and paying baggage fees on four flights started to sound less and less appealing. so, yes, a fashion girl did the unthinkable — took her pragmatic sister’s advice and packed two weeks’ worth of clothing and toiletries into a fucking carry on. even now, it gives us the chills to think of it.

if this clothing-hoarding girl can do it, you can certainly do it too with the summer travel tips we’ve chosen to impart here today. here are the essential pieces you’re going to need:

T-SHIRT DRESSES:
2 to 3 of these are key. they’re comfortable and versatile — re-accesorize when you wear them again later in the trip for a totally new look.

BLACK SHORTS:
whatever fabrication you choose, we suggest bringing along a couple pairs of black shorts, rather than a light washed denim. black can be dressed up and down, while denim is — well, just denim. pair with a muscle tee and sneakers for a comfortable day of walking and wear them at night with a dressier shoe.

3 SHOES:
you can get by with three pairs of shoes, if you plan carefully enough — yes, seriously. 1) flat booties: they’re comfortable, keep your feet clean (who knows what the hell is lurking on those often dirty, well-traveled streets), and are a little dressier than a sneaker. 2) fashionable sneaker: listen up, you americans: a comfortable sneaker does not have to be ugly. these are perfect for preventing you from looking like an asshole tourist on days that will involve a lot of walking to see the sights. 3) dressy flats or loafers: perfect for evenings and nice meals out. choose a versatile color or pattern that will allow you to pair them with any outfit.

EASY TANKS:
these are comfortable and breathable, which is crucial when you’re walking around in the sweltering heat. all we can say is that we were thanking the lawd for muscle tanks in 90 degree italian weather.

1 DO-IT-ALL-JACKET:
a faux leather moto jacket can be paired with everything from evening skirts to cocktail dresses to denim shorts, and it looks appropriate with all of them — we don’t understand it, we just embrace it. we suggest a jacket in a cropped cut or a basic black blazer as the one jacket to bring along for your summer travels.

ok, now that you’ve got your key pieces — here’s where the magic comes in. to allow room for pajamas, toiletries, and any other absolute necessities in your carry on, you’re gonna roll these bitches. lay out any lightweight, cotton items, one on top of the other: tanks, dresses, &/or shorts. start from the top and roll them as one down to the bottom. for a better, more visual take on how you go about this, check out purewow’s video on rolling as a luggage space saver.

additionally, if you are traveling for two weeks and upwards, you can really maximize your space by packing a travel-sized laundry detergent. halfway through your trip, wash your worn clothes in your hotel room sink with the detergent, and re-wear: if you are concerned about wearing the same outfit in your photos (not that WE were that vain — but, uh, maybe we were), be sure to re-accessorize. tanks can be worn over dresses, a statement necklace can change the outfit entirely, or swap out your booties for your dressy flats.

now, go have fun and travel lightly! any remaining summer travel packing questions? feel free to leave them in the comments.

as coachella weekend two begins, we’re reminiscing on the crazy, surreal experience of weekend one. not only did we have an incredible time at the festival taking in amazing shows from some of our favorite artists (pharrell!girl talk!solange!) & surprise guests (jayz!beyonce!sam smith!), we somehow managed to squeeze a few epic parties in there, too. the gorgeous oasis of the lacoste pool lounge & the sheer insanity of the alexander wang x h&m party left us with unforgettable memories (& stamps from mr. wang himself that took several minutes to scrub off).

we f-bombs also don’t like being separated, particularly when it means one of us is going to have to miss a chance to see live music by some of our favorite artists. to remedy the situation, we just did what anyone would do — created a cardboard cutout of the other, gave it the personality of a festival drunk, & took it with us everywhere. duh. follow below as heather physically attends the festival and erin attends in cardboard form.

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ahhh. we remember our  first coachella. everyone told you if you’re not camping you’re crazy? scared you won’t be able to find your car? not sure what the hell to wear? we got you, girl. we got you. read on to learn the ins and outs of this festival thang and our coachella tips to ensure you have the best. time. EVER!

coachella tips + survival guide for the non-lame girl

DON’T dress differently than you would in real life. yeah, you might be a little more inclined to wear a crop top or short shorts than you would on any other day because it’s 100 degrees out. plus, it’s a friday and you are drunk in a desert, instead of in your office. you celebrate that shit all you want, girl. you bare that midriff in honor of your newfound liberty. but coachella is not a costume party. so if you don’t dress like a tiny navajo princess or glaring neon sign on a day to day basis, don’t do it here, girls. for the love of god, don’t do it here.

DO have some cash with you and accept the fact that you will need to purchase water once inside of the festival grounds. coachella does this cute thing where they tell you ahead of time that if you bring an empty refillable water bottle you’ll be able to fill it up at water stations. feasible early in the day but later on when the drunk people notice how thirsty they are, the lines at the water stations rival those getting you through security. you’ll be so happy to shell out the $2 for a bottle of crystal geyser and move on with your life!

DON’T wear sandals. your feet will be covered in dirt and sand the second they hit the walkway to the polo fields until the last artist ends at 1am, and that just ain’t proper. boots or sneakers will keep you comfortable and (relatively) clean.

DO take advantage of the parking lot if you aren’t staying within walking distance. we assure you, it is not what everyone makes it out to be. park, drop a pin so you know where to find your car, go forth and have a blasty blast. but be sure at least one person in your group is sober and safe to drive home.

DON’T climb up on your boyfriend’s shoulders during shows. every chick who does this immediately looks around to make sure everyone sees how cute and bohemian she is. we can assure you of 3 things in this situation: 1) nobody thinks you’re cute, and you’re blocking their view. 2) you’ve been hanging out in 100° weather all day and no one’s head belongs between your thighs right now. 3) this isn’t woodstock and your photo isn’t going to be taken for you to live forever in infamy on getty images. get the fuck down.

DO bring some booze-y booze to pre-game and possibly even some snacks to bring inside the festival with you. like food, alcohol is expensive on the grounds (we’re talking vegas prices, for shit’s sake). we’re pretty certain there is absolutely no way you could get any alcohol in around security, but at least you can pre-game for cheap.

DON’T wear those denim diaper shorts that show your cheeks. truly horrific. aside from all the lectures we could give you on being a lady, the absolute most important thing these should make you fearful of: chafing. c-h-a-f-i-n-g.

DON’T do that weird, kicking, i’m-a-pixie-in-the-woods dance. stop that. at once.

DON’T say “i only go if i have an artist pass”, whether you are actually attending coachella or not. odds are, if you’re saying this, you DON’T have an artist pass & just don’t feel like telling people you didn’t want to buy a ticket. stop being a hater, you sassy little angeleno tart.

DO have fun. coachella is what you make it to be. yes, you will be amongst many types who came for the parties. but, you will also be amongst many who came for the music, just like you. ignore the lame ones and have fun with the people you came with and you’ll have an amazing time.

ahhhh new york fashion week. we came, we saw, we froze our gonads off, and we had the goddamn time of our lives. while it’s nice to be decidedly un-bundled back here in 70° los angeles, we’re also finding ourselves reminiscing just a little as we flip through our photos from the trip. ok fine, dammit, WE MISS YOU NEW YORK!  here are some of our favorite moments to get us through to september.

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

scenes from backstage at lincoln center


 

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

the beautiful lexington hotel and bad photo strips from an awesomely dingy gay bar


 

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

inside lincoln center & a peek of prettiness from tadashi shoji


 

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

a new york skyline at happy hour and parisian macarons at laduree’s new soho tea salon


 

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

can you tell who that is with her back to us in the upper right corner of the pic? us either, because we were trying to be cool & not obvious while snapping a pic of jenna lyons as we walked out of the marc jacobs event. we also had giddy sightings of carine roitfeld, miroslava duma, derek blasberg, and some of our other biggest fashion crushes.


 

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

favorite pieces from the met


 

new york fashion week photo diary // fbombsandcupcakes.com

til next time, NY!

 

if you’re like these two bitches right here and you’re traveling to new york fashion week in the next few days, you’re probably shaking in your little boots at the horrors of high temperatures in new york city projected in the low 20′s. yeah, seriously, what the fuck do you even do with that. BUT… BUT WE’RE FROM LOS ANGELES!

if you’re going to be attempting to simultaneously battle snow and not look like an asshole in front of street style photographers at the lincoln center like we are, we’ve put together a list of essentials to pack that’ll help keep you both fashionable and warm.

    sorel snow boots — to change into from your heels (after you leave the lincoln center. duh.)
    glam squad — an iphone app that’ll deliver a stylist to your door for hairmergencies

see you kids in frigid new york!