If you missed part one of our Fauxchella recap, you can have a read here.
Rich Kim: Saturday was another morning of nursing hangovers while we got ready for the day’s festivities…Diesel’s Studio Africa party was supposed to be our first stop but: #1 we couldn’t find it according to the address given and #2 we heard a rumor that it got shut down due to lack of permits…eeek—buzz kill.
Nikki Spiegel: Luckily, the H&M Music party was around the corner at the Merv Griffin Estate, which came to the rescue. This was one of the most beautiful Estates in Indio IMO with floor to high ceiling windows overlooking the property’s pool, cabanas and lagoon, which you could paddle boat in.
Rich Kim: It felt like we were schmoozing around inside a Ralph Lauren ad, because everything was laid out in full presentation style…
Nikki Spiegel: They even served you drinks in actual glasses. It was the perfect beginning for our upcoming crazy day and we wrapped up our stay with just enough time to eat tacos n’ pork sliders, drink cocktails and bolt.
Rich Kim: We would have loved to have stayed for the intimate performance by Santigold, but we had a date with an alligator…
Lacoste L!ve Desert Pool Party
Nikki Spiegel: If you're going to Coachella make sure to wear some flowers in your hair. Arriving to the Lacoste L!ve desert pool party was like walking into a time period film, where Greek gods and goddesses ruled the world. If it weren't for the pops of fluorescent leggings and random goths in black, roaming the pool area you wouldn't have known the difference. Lacoste had a substantially larger wait line this year but that didn’t hinder eager guests and their plans to party. With less than enough time to finish a bottle of water Team Fauxchella were ushered into the venue and off ordering REAL drinks. Word must have gotten out about all the swag given away at this pool party in previous years because it was packed to the gills with swag-happy guests.
Rich Kim: And if there was something that you wanted, which happened to not be free, you could easily pick up Coachella-discounted Lacoste gear at their pop up shop… $10.00 for an otherwise $30.00 Lacoste beach towel??? Wow that’s one helluva deal for sure!
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Laws of Fauxchella:Coachella Dress Code = have fun…looking like you're searching for a coffin to crawl back into is a big sore thumb when we’re all partying in direct sunlight...
Rich Kim: This year there was an outrageously large red Lacoste polo shirt across the pond…we were puzzled as were many guests, up until we heard loud "whooshes" followed by "splat" sounds coming from the corner of the pond…talk about cool…this year, instead of remote control boats in the pond… Lacoste set up a row of pneumatic air cannons, trays of brightly colored paint and a booth where Fauxchellians could try their hand at shooting paint covered tennis balls at the shirt…the object of the game? Shoot the alligator, win a pair of free VIP tickets to Coachella…sadly Team Fauxchella failed…but 1 and only 1 lucky shooter did manage to hit the alligator towards the end of the party. But this wasn’t the only thing available to party-goers....you could lawn bowl if you felt so compelled, snap photos in the Samsung photobooth, play ping pong under a canopy tent, set up an appointment for a mani/pedi (which got you free flip flops afterwards), order a custom made Fiji water snow cone, eat a Patron popsicle, jump into the pool, work on your tan with the amply offered free Kiehl’s skin care products, get a custom hand made floral head piece from Cult Gaia to satisfy your secret hippie flower child inside, check out the 98.7 FM mini concert stage on the side, stargaze as Katy Perry, Elijah Wood, Rita Ora, Alessandra Ambrosio and more as they walked on by, try your hand at the alligator putting greens where a hole-in-one got you a pair of SOL Republic x Lacoste headphones…very nice…, or even simply just use the bathroom…in their air conditioned toilet condos! With all of this going on… Who cares about VIP, because EVERYONE WAS A VIP at Lacoste L!ve's Desert Pool Party.
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Rich Kim: Lacoste has continued to come through on providing guests with an enormous plethora of things to do as well as the most important things like…top shelf libations from Patron and deliciously satisfying eats...I personally was extremely happy to see (3rd year in a row) one of my favorite food trucks… Don Chow Tacos! Every year these guys have always been nothing but good natured, fun loving purveyors of amazing tacos… it’s kind of surreal and hella cool to “talk tacos” with Elijah Wood while waiting in line for your food to be served…cuz that’s how it rolls at the Lacoste L!ve desert pool party…
Laws of Fauxchella: Eat before drink…food foundations are essential for successful, excessive boozing in the sun. Without it, you’re guaranteed a “free escort” out of the party.
Rich Kim: And of course shrouding the afternoon’s poolside and pond-side frolics was the audible umbrella of groovy great music delivered by Alexa Chung & Mom Jeans (aka Danny Masterson). Team Fauxchella <3's Lacoste L!ve! and we truly didn’t want to leave such a grand pool party…but we had to make it to our next destination…
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The Vestal Village
We were off to one of our Fauxchella favorites… the Vestal Village… a couple miles south.
Kimberly Hall: We entered the hallowed halls of the Vestal Village and immediately we loved that it was once again filled with probably the most up beat attendees of the weekend, running around playing games and swarming the pool and jacuzzi. When’s the last time you went to Coachella and played drunken football with unknown friendlies? And keeping in tradition with the “real” vibe that was the Vestal Village, the on site saloon once again had the nicest and most friendliest bartenders ever! After grabbing our cocktails (and extra energy drinks) we dodged some mid-air projectiles from the nearby Sailor Jerry bean bag toss and headed over to the BCBGeneration gifting airstream trailer. Yay! You can’t help but love free BCBGeneration cut off tanks & super cool bracelets swag… thanks BCBG!
Rich Kim: I ended up displaying my quarterbacking abilities with some guys and a gal, as we played catch…of course with beer in hand. Everything at the village was awesome, tranquil and pleasant without a care in the world...it really is one of my favorite spots to hang and decompress at during the craziness of Fauxchella…everything was great until the winds started to pick up and cautionary measures were quickly being made to keep campers and village guests away from the large red bull umbrellas which threatened to seriously impale unsuspecting victims. And sadly since we were in the middle of the desert…pow!POW! Sandstrom! And we were in the thick of it.
We, just like many others, quickly ran to the one safe haven away from the sand…the Saloon… typical…our favorite sweet-hearted bartenders were at full speed pouring and popping drinks to us dust covered masses. So after a few more drinks it was time and we journeyed back to our car through the flurry of sand.
Laws of Fauxchella: Always take care of those that take care of you…bartenders, shuttle drivers, golf cart transpo, hotel maids, etc.
Rich Kim: Driving through a sandstorm sucks! And we experienced that briefly as we left the village on our way back to Palm Springs.
Nikki Spiegel: The Hard Rock Hotel Music Lounge was too good to stay away from, so much so that it merited a last stop before heading back to our hotel. We ended our Fauxchella Saturday afternoon by heading poolside just in time to catch a sultry sexy performance by songbird Leah Labelle, one of the guest performers that Kelly Rowland had brought to the music lounge poolside…
and after the last song, Team Fauxchella jetted back to the hotel for preparations for our favorite night time event… The Neon Carnival!
Laws of Fauxchella: Disco nap whenever you can! Nobody wants to see you yawning at the most epic parties of the weekend.
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Nikki Spiegel: Armani Exchange’s 4th annual Neon Carnival opened its doors a little after 10:30 pm due to a late arrival by DJ Kayper.
Kimberly Hall: Thank gawd Bolthouse Productions had a wristband pre-pick up back in LA before the weekend, because the regular line was disgustingly long with 4 rows of people...and when the doors finally opened...the antsy crowd cheered and droves of Fauxchellians and Coachellians skipped, danced and ran through the hangar walled corridor entrance to the hallowed fields of the Neon Carnival.
Rich Kim: In case you didn’t know, the carnival is set in front of a couple of airplane hangers in an airport in the middle of the desert… Thermal, CA to be exact. Once inside you couldn’t help but forget about how far away the BFE location was and it was so very easy to get lost in a carnie paradise! Games games games were plentiful and ready to be played, testing your coin tossing, football throwing, watergun aiming skills with a slew of plushies as prizes…sadly we missed the Armani Exchange Pop watch prizes that were available at last year’s Neon Carnival (read about it here). But I did find one prize that was my favorite…the monkey plushies in the bowling ball booth.
Kimberly Hall: Which I had to carry all night long.
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Neon Carnival photos by Seth Browarnik (WorldRedEye.com)
Thirsty? Svedka vodka stations were sprinkled all over the grounds to insure your liver was well marinated… and ours definitely were. And in connection with food and the “Laws of Fauxchella,” there were two brick oven pizza stations that kept serving delicious cheesy edibles to absorb the massive amounts of alcohol that all of us were pouring down our throats. A carnival just ain’t a carnival without some rides…and this place had them in aces…our favorite Buccaneer Ship swing was sadly absent but it was quickly forgotten after we got insanely road raged with the bumper cars, slid downhill on the mega-slide and relaxed for a bird’s eye view of all on the carnival’s pièce de résistance…the ferris wheel. You can’t help but feel like a kid again!
Nikki Spiegel: This was by far the hottest party ticket at Coachella and Fauxchella…and with good reason. Where else can you dance the night away with an electrified carnival as your playground where the booze flows freely and you’re surrounded by celebs galore?
Rich Kim: Talk about celeb soup…you couldn’t help but brush shoulders with Paris and Nicky Hilton, Russell Simmons, Vanessa Hudgens, Emma Roberts, supermodel Alessandra Ambrosio, Alexander Skarsgard and Ryan Merchant of Capital Cities, just to name a few…
Photo by Seth Browarnik (WorldRedEye.com)
Kimberly Hall: And as we cruised the dancefloor we’d see celebs and then friends and then acquaintances as they passed by, then all of a sudden like a right hook in yo' face, you realize you just passed by “dis guy”…
And then you think to yourself… “Do you feel lucky, punk?”
Yup. We did.
Rich Kim: I have to say that it was a bit sobering running into Clint Eastwood and his 3 deputy chaperones on the dancefloor, but the guy was hella cool, shaking everyone’s hands, snapping pics and small talking with all…you couldn’t help but like the movie legend…
Nikki Spiegel: Begrudgingly we determined that we had our carnival fix for the night and decided it was time to jump to the next venue.
Kimberly Hall: One of the main reasons we tore ourselves away from this escalating party of frolic indulgence was the imminent fear of having to brave the belligerent mobs of imbibers needing to pee at the porta potties. Swarms of drunken guys and gals refusing to adhere to any kind of organization or common courtesy, pushed past each other causing angry spats and pee-pee-rage.
Rich Kim: It got so bad that dudes in line straight up began doggy peeing in between the porta-potties themselves. One guy started peeing on a fence that had a girl on the other side, who stood there puzzled at why her feet were getting wet. Yes, good Samaritan me did tell her…” uh you’re getting peed on”… as I walked past her shrieking like a banshee in the night...Grossssssss!
Laws of Fauxchella: Steer clear of strange puddles in the middle of a desert party…that ain’t water mister.
Nikki Spiegel: Upon leaving the party around 2:30 am we could have sworn we saw Jeremy Scott (who throws his Adidas party on the same night) and his posse entering the hangar, confirming that this definitely was the party not to be missed.
Rich Kim: Just when you think your night’s over, "ding" your phone lights up with a text from your homie Daniel (LA Riots), who just so happens to be spinning a late night uber private secret party at the Vestal Village…
Nikki Spiegel: It’s late, you’re tired and covered in a thin film of dust…but…Suck it up! This is Fauxchella!!! The party must go on. A short drive from the Neon Carnival and we ended up at the closed front gate of the Vestal Village. Of course we got the “sorry no one’s allowed to come in unless you’re on the list” so off to the side of the road we sat…until our fearless editor-at-large finished firing off a few texts…then the magic happened… “are you Rich Kim? You’re the only one that we’ve gotten a call back for,” said security…” sorry about the confusion, we’ve been getting tons of people trying to get in as you can see.”
Rich Kim: And sure enough there was a small mob of people trying their luck to talk their way into this after-hours shindig. Big thanks to Derek (Vestal) and Daniel Linton (LA Riots) for making sure Team Fauxchella was well taken care of.
Nikki Spiegel: After parking we walked over a small meadow and towards a large opened stable where LA Riots was setting the dancefloor off dropping hard banging remixes that kept the dance-charged crowd jumping. Icicles on the ceiling illuminated the venue and lasers created the ambience for non-stop partiers into the early hours of the morning. It was a perfect culmination to our night.
Kimberly Hall: We were all so happy that the bathrooms were clean and readily available and since this was a private party, the booze continued to flow until there was no more…Neon was done at 3 am but at the village, in the middle of no where, the music continued to bang bang bang until a little past 4 am.
Rich Kim: And then started the long drive back to our hotel…
Rich Kim: Stress stress stress! We stumbled back into our hotel room at around 5 am…Having an ominously unyielding 10 am Hotel check out time, we all knew we were going to be in hell in a few hours…nevertheless we all followed the “Laws of Fauxchella” and got some much needed sleep.
Nikki Spiegel: Most people wake up Sunday morning on Coachella weekend "beat" and wanting to head home. We have to admit the thought may have crossed our minds from time to time however Fauxchella only happens once a year and we would be forced to call this "half-Ass chella" if we didn't go hard on the last day of this weekend. Besides, as seasoned Fauxchella-vets, we know from experience that no matter how exhausted you feel at the end of the weekend missing out on a fun soirée is so much worse.
Laws of Fauxchella: Stay motivated, keep your eye on the booze, we mean prize and follow through and finish the weekend that you started…it will be worth it…we promise.
Kimberly Hall: Our wake up was a frenzy of just throwing shit into opened bags. We were able to checkout on time and decided to put a solid meal in our bodies for the first time this weekend. The Rock Garden breakfast brunch buffet was filled with mountains of bacon, sausage and a enormous selection of yummy eats…we gorged ourselves, loaded up on coffee and diet coke and game planned the rest of our last day before we would be throwing in the Fauxchella towel…
Lacoste L!ve Desert Pool Party Day 2
Rich Kim: Next stop…the last day of the Lacoste Party. Sunday was a little hotter than the past few days with threats of another sandstorm but we didn’t care…why should we, we just passed through the entrance of the Lacoste desert pool party for one last hoo haa and it was time for booze!
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Laws of Fauxchella: Fellas…wax the “crappy” trail…a happy trail on the front is a little ok-passe, but on the opposite side, above the ass crack…that’s just hideous…Please, no…Hotties are watching and they highly disapprove…
Kimberly Hall: Day two at Lacoste had a much more relaxed feel to it, which was perfect. We were lucky to secure an umbrella oasis as home base and even luckier to have the Lacoste girls save us from lines at the bar by periodically taking our drink orders, offering cold refreshing bottles of Fiji water and setting us up with Kiehl’s sun block and lip balm, my favorite product. I even got a mani/pedi and some free flip flops.
Rich Kim: With the soothingly groovy sounds of Miles Hendrix and our Fauxchella favorite Elijah Wood, this had all the fixin’s of an absolutely perfect way to end our 2013 Fauxchella. As the hours fleeted by and the ice melted in our cocktails, it was time for us to bid farewell to one of our favorite daytime pool parties and slowly make our way back towards home...
But not before we stopped to check out two of my favorite DJ/producers A-Ttrak and Nick Catchdubs at the Fool’s Gold pool party.
Hard Rock Hotel Music Lounge: Day 3
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Hard Rock Hotel Music Lounge continued to be our oasis in Palm Springs. Today would be a bittersweet day of partying before our long departure back to Los Angeles. Once again the VIP suite continued to generously pour pour pour and after we cocktailed up, it was off to the poolside stage for some A-Trak, Catchdubs goodness.
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Kimberly Hall: Before heading to the pool, the lovely gals at Missguided once again styled the ladies of Team Fauxchella with some awesome mini skirts!
Rich Kim: A-Trak was tearing it up at the pool stage and the whole place was filled with grooving bodies whether they were on the small dance floor, in the pool, on sun chairs or in the Barefoot Refresh cabanas, where we settled down at. Team Fauxchella had finally begun to feel the effects of a hefty weekend of party after party after party…and even though our livers were being romanced by yummy Barefoot Refresh wines on the rocks, our bodies were beginning to feel the cold fingers of exhaustion…it was getting very close to the end of our stay…but not before we got to hear Catchdubs skillfully take over the decks to close it out for the thoroughly enjoyed poolside party.
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Bravely we trudged through a thick sandstorm on the freeway drive home…and finally we all were reunited with our favorite worldly possessions—our own beds. Bravo Fauxchella 2013…we will see you next year with a renewed vigor!
BRAVO! Fauxchella 2013...thank you for another weekend to remember...
WE WILL see you next year with a renewed vigor!
Tip of the hat to our man Rich Kim for putting this together. and a special thanks to the three ladies that rounded out Team Fauxchella:
Nikki Spiegel, contributing writer
Kimberly Hall, contributing writer
Danielle Alvarez, guest writer