Tuesday, May 31, 2011

best weekend of my life! (thus far)

Sasquatch 2011 was no let-down! I had the best time ever and I will never forget the time that I had! I made some amazing memories with my girls Kelly and Kelli.

A quick update: I took disposable cameras (as mentioned in my sasquatch survival guide) and will be taking them to Walgreen's, TODAY, to get developed. Be on the lookout for a blog post consisting of amazing pictures of the featured artists and me and my girls!

I want to give ya'll a list of bands (in no particular order) that I absolutely raged too this weekend.. so damn stellar. 

Sleigh Bells
Be prepared for this group. Get ready to rock out and fist pump to the loudest music you will ever hear and the strongest bass... incredible.

DJ Anjali & The Incredible Kid 
One word: Bollywood. While mixing Punjabi beats, DJ Anjali teaches the crowd some amazing indian dancing moves. Loved every second of it.

My absolute favorite performance of the weekend! Loud bass and head bangin. At the bass drop in every song, the crowd would throw thousands of glow sticks in the air! Crowd surfing, just one hell of a time.

 Beach House
Another one of my favorites. More laid back, but Victoria (lead singer) has the most amazing voice ever. Great instrumentals with this band.

 The Glitch Mob
One pleasant surprise! More dub-step madness. These 3 guys rocked it out. 

 Gold Panda
Another pleasant surprise. Didn't know what to expect. More club beats. Awesome.

 Local Natives
The first group we saw during the festival. Amazingness. Mellow indie. Nothing better.

Pronounced "master-kraft" ... this group is bomb. More club music! One of my favesies. They went 30 mins. past their scheduled time. They don't mess around!!

This is the group that ended my Sasquatch experience. One of my favorite artists. These guys are awesome. The beats are so sick. So pumped I got to see them live! They came back out with an encore performance to "Seventeen Years" ... my favorite Ratatat song. 

Friday, May 27, 2011

sasquatch music festival survival guide!

Memorial Day weekend has finally arrived and I could not be happier!

Artists that I am beyond stoked to see include: Ratatat, Beach House, Bassnectar, Local Native, Yeasayer, Robyn, Modest Mouse, The Flaming Lips, Mstrkrft, Death Cab For Cutie, The Glitch Mob, Matt & Kim, Iron & Wine, Sleigh Bells, Fitz & The Tantrums, and Tokyo Police Club.. talk about star struck! There are over 50 bands that will be at this 4-day festival!

To prepare all you fellow Sasquatch attendees, is this survival guide. This survival guide most likely applies to any and all other Summer music festivals.

Survival Guide:

1. Hydrate! Drink a lot of water. I am planning on bringing those gallon jugs.. probably about 2-3 of them.

2. BYOF (Bring Your Own Food). At festivals such as Sasquatch, vendors realize they can charge whatever they want for eats being that you are about 40 miles away from everything. Bring your own food (granola bars, pb&j's, fruit, chips & salsa, etc.) to avoid spending way too much money and to also save time by not having to stand in the long concession stand lines! And come on people, you already forked out enough money for the festival passes, why bother wasting more money on food?

3. Dress Comfortably! Face it, you are going to be dancing your ass off and wearing heels (ladies) is probably the worst idea at this point. Also girls, don't wear your nicest clothing. You can still dress to impress by wearing converse and a hipster outfit.. after all, you are at an indie music festival! This is your time to do something different and wear that hippie outfit you have been dying to show off!

4. Disposable Cameras. Pictures are an important thing to take at any event! You want to cherish those memories! But, don't bring your expensive Nikon or Canon SLR digital camera. It will most likely get stolen and you will feel like a fool for even thinking that you could hold onto it for the entire weekend. Disposable cameras are cheap and you can get your pictures put on a CD to be uploaded to your computer! Digital problem solved!

5. Check Weather Forecast. Look at the forecast! Even if it says it is going to be warm and sunny, bring a light rain coat just in case! You'll be happy you did. If it says it is going to be rainy and cold, bring clothes that are suitable for both light and frigid cold weather. It's always good to be over-prepared than under!

6. Hygiene! Bring your own toilet paper (trust me, portables run out quickly) and baby wipes. Wipes are amazing to give your skin a quick wipe down after a day's worth of partying. Ladies, bring makeup wipes, these are amazing!!! Also, hand sanitizer is a must. You don't want to be using your hands to eat food when you have been around thousands of people. 

7. Bring Cash. Although you should not be wasting money on food there will be vendors selling lots of cool and random things. You always want to carry a little cash on you (don't bring huge bills) so that you do not have to get cash out of an ATM machine.. trust me, the lines for these machines will be a disaster. 

8. Wear A Watch. This is crucial! Wearing a watch will help you figure out when the next band you want to see comes on next. Also, bring the stage schedule so that you know where and when each band plays!

9. Wander Around! Socializing and meeting new people is all the fun! But girls, be aware of those dirty men looking to scheme on girls when you have had one too many to drink. Always stick to the buddy system!!!

10. Take Naps. Your days will be long and if it turns out to be warm, you will be exhausted. Find out which bands you are not too pumped to see and take a nap during those lineups! You will want to stay up for the late night shows!!

Well, off to the land of George, Washington to camp out at the Gorge! I cannot be more pumped for this and I have waited months (since I bought my tickets) for this day to come! I will be blogging early next week of my Sasquatch shenanigans! Peace!

tutorial: messy side ponytail

Now, if you know me pretty well (or maybe you can tell by just looking at my hair sometimes) you know that I do not wash my hair daily and I love to wear my hair up on that 3rd day of not washing my hair. This messy side ponytail tutorial, courtesy of A Cup of Jo, is a favorite of mine. I rock this hairstyle weekly, but have never tried to back-comb my hair like this tutorial suggests. Excited to try this look, inspired by J Crew's Spring Lookbook...

1. Start with day-old hair... meaning its been a day since you've washed it. (If you must wash your hair, then use a volumizing spray to add oomf; and if your hair is oily, use a dry shampoo to build body and texture.) Now make a deep side part on one side of your hair. You can use a rat-tail comb to get an extra straight part.

2. Back-comb the top quarter of your hair. Basically, brush the hair downwards toward your scalp so it's sort of frizzy and can stand on its own.

3. Gently brush the very top layer of your hair to make it smooth on the top. That way, all the backcombing will be hidden under the layer that you brushed. Still, don't brush too much, you want it a little messy.

4. Take the entire back-combed section and pin it behind your head. To make it secure, place the bobby pins in an "X."

5. Now take all your hair and put it in a low ponytail at the nape of your neck. Tighten the rubber band as tight as you can. This will help "push" your hair up, creating more volume at the top.

6. You can either leave the rubber band exposed, or hide it by taking a small half-inch section of hair from the ponytail and wrapping it around the rubber band. Take a small bobby pin and pin the hair to the rubber band.

7. Rough up the ponytail with your fingers to match the texture at the top of your hair. Use the same motion as you did to back-comb, but use your fingers instead, since this will create a messy texture but will be softer and gentler than using a comb. Remember, this look isn't about perfection; it looks best slightly messy.

Images: A Cup of Jo

five things friday

5 things that are currently making me happy this week are...

{Sasquatch Music Festival at the Gorge!!!}

{black nails}

{flight to visit Collin in Ottawa is booked! July 3rd-14th}

{yet again.. another Nasty Gal order}

{running on Centennial Trail in downtown Spokane}

Thursday, May 26, 2011

thursday treat!

Nobody loves sweets more that I do. Chocolate-dipped pretzels? Yes please! This recipe, courtesy of Cupcakes and Cashmere is sure to be a hit at any Memorial Day party. Look at the Memorial Day inspired sprinkles! This recipe is so simple. All you need to do is melt some chocolate (whatever chocolate you prefer, in this case, I would do semi-sweet chocolate) in a double-broiler, dip the ends of the pretzel sticks in the chocolate, and then roll them in some sprinkles. How simple is that?! And, nothing like a homemade treat for your friends and family to eat. Much better than store bought anything!

Images: Cupcakes and Cashmere

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

girl crush: who's this nastygal?

I have desperately been trying to figure out who this Nasty Gal model is. I have searched high and low. She is currently being featured in Nasty Gal's Summer 2011 lookbook. Whoever she is, she is absolutely stunning. Get it girl.

Someone please find out who she is for me! Please and thank you...

Images: Nasty Gal

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