~Simply Serenity~

This should have been done so long ago but this past month has been pretty hectic and this review/recap kind of escaped us. Apologies!

Our lady group was driving on a dirt road zigzagging through grassy hills, not entirely sure if we were on the right path, until BAM, we heard the sound of electronic music playing loudly in the distance and a box office in our view with people waiting in line. Serenity Gathering is a 3-day electronic music festival that occurred April 26-28th this year in the beautiful Woodward Reservoir, which is about an hour and a half southeast of Sacramento, California. The festival included a range of music from Troyboi, Yheti, to Kaminanda and an array of workshops to attend throughout the day.

We figured we would have to wait in a long line to get into the venue and have to fight for the size camp we needed, but we were actually shocked to find out neither were the case! We drove straight in with no backed up traffic, almost no line at the box office, and a great spot! While there were already plenty of people that had gotten in before us (they provided early arrival camping for an extra fee), our campsite was still only a mere 10 minute walk, if that, from the center of the festival grounds! We knew this festival was about small-medium size but were so happily surprised with how quick and easy everything came in terms of arrival and set up. The lake was only a couple camps over from ours, and we took full advantage of spending our afternoons relaxing in our floaties while enjoying some drinks.

Something that my fellow festival babe and I do have to be honest about is the fact that there weren’t a lot of art installations or interactive art like we were anticipating. We are by no means throwing shade, simply just stating what we observed and what we wished there was more of. We have been to our fair share of festivals on both ends of the size spectrum and were definitely expecting more items that attendees could gawk at and/or climb on given the vibe that Serenity was promoting.

There were a few pieces, though, that we did enjoy! The first was a giant art car that was actually an old bus designed to look like a willow tree; you could actually climb up to peer out from a deck that was atop the car. There was also the Frick Frack Blackjack table where festival goers could play their hand at blackjack while using items they have on their person to use for bets (since they don’t allow any cash). I have to admit that was probably one of our favorite spots to be at since there were always people playing with such joy and excitement as more and more obscure items were brought on the table as the betting continued throughout the night.

They did do a good job with the stages! There were 5 stages each styled with very intricate designs and structures that promoted its vibe of music: Serenity, Psyrenity, New Moon, Heart of Serenity, and The Cove.

Serenity stage was the main stage and that is where the headliners of the festival performed, like Blunts & Blondes, Emancipator, and Mr. Carmack. What we liked about the Serenity stage was that it was big, had a great view of the other stages across the land’s many peninsulas, and all throughout the crowd there were flow artists moving to the music while their LED toys lit up the darkness. Of course our favorite headliners were Minnesota, Emancipator, Medasin and Troyboi; each had amazing sets that kept us wanting more, and we had a great time grooving to their energy regardless of whether we were front and center or in the back with the flow artists.

The Psyrenity stage is where, you guessed it, they had psytrance artists performing pretty much all day and all night, so there was plenty of music to go around. We aren’t big psytrance lovers so unfortunately we have nothing to report about that stage since we would only walk by it and never stayed to listen to any artists, don’t hate us! Haha

The New Moon stage was really dope. This stage played different types of dubstep and bass artists. What kept it interesting, besides all the bass heavy goodness, were all the fire dancers and aerial artists that would perform on their own side stages during various sets. One artist I did not know well prior to the festival was Tiger Fresh, and damn did he HIT IT, our group was getting down so hard to his set! Props to you man for getting weird and letting us feel those beats. I wish we had some pictures of this stage and the performers, but we were too caught up in the moment.

Heart of Serenity was another favorite of ours, with anything from experimental beats, psychedelic bass, to world singer-songwriters with haunting voices. The stage was set up more like a traveling performer’s tent with string lights hanging everywhere and foam pads on the ground, so if people wanted to dance barefoot they could do so without problems. Two artists who I’d like to give a shout-out to is Heather Christie and Arula, both I didn’t know about prior to attending, and their performances were so chilling and wholesome. They had the whole tent dancing freely and sensually to their sets. Another good point about Heart of Serenity was the fact they had many workshops held in it, making it a very relaxing yet engaging environment. From a relationship building class to a twerking class, there was plenty to learn, and many ways to open yourself up to new experiences and new people.

The last stage was The Cove, this stage played an abundance of house music and had a very mysterious yet appealing feel about it. We’re not sure if it was the moody lights or the fact it was tucked back on the left side of the festival grounds, but it always seemed to have many people dancing at any time of day. We never got a chance to check out The Cove since we don’t listen to much house music but there were some recognizable names on the schedule.

Another point we wanted to make was that considering this was a smaller festival, similar I’d say to Northern Nights, there weren’t many shop vendors or food vendors. What was nice was the fact the ice vendor also sold popsicles and iced coffee, which was much appreciated during the hotter parts of the day. Killa Dilla, the quesadilla extraordinaire vendor, was there whipping up insanely good ‘dillas into the late hours of the night. The water station was also very easily accessible and at the beginning of the festival grounds so the paths didn’t get too muddy.

Overall, the festival was a solid good time. The lake made for fun and relaxing afternoons with friends, and the festival’s smaller size made crowds nonexistent. This also meant no crazy lines when needing to use the Porto-potties, which by the way were always very clean and close by. Camp setup was not stressful at all and an easy walk from the festival grounds. There were no cops wandering through campsites making people uncomfortable. Everyone we encountered was very pleasant, friendly and open for conversation. The weather was never blazing hot nor freezing cold and most importantly there were different types of electronic music for pretty much everyone!

If you’re looking for a smaller electronic fest closer to you, if you live in Northern/upper central California, and need a body of water to relieve yourself from the warmer temps, this is a festival to check out. This is also a good festival to go to if it’s your first time going to an electronic festival, and even more so if it’s your first camping music festival, since it’s low-key and those with social anxiety won’t be overwhelmed. We hope this festival brings on more art installations so festival attendees have more to interact with, as well as get more food and/or shop vendors so there’s a little more variety in the future, but all in all our lady crew enjoyed our time and are happy we experienced Serenity Gathering for the first time.

New Convex Sounds

Alright everyone, we would like to do something new here at Festival Babes and start introducing you all to new tracks that we absolutely love.

There is no one better to kick this off with than Convex! His new track 4U is out today, featuring Jex Jordyn.

Convex (aka Zack Morgan) really took off after winning a spot at EDC Las Vegas through Insomniac’s Discovery Project in 2014. Since then, he’s played at events like Beyond Wonderland, Countdown NYE, and GrooveCruise. He’s primarily known for his melodic bass music, but what makes Convex special is his willingness to experiment and incorporate different genres into his music.

4U is no exception! The track is a great dive into glitch hop, featuring a funky beat and melodic vocals. Jex Jordyn really entrances the listener with her voice and just adds so much to this track. The song is upbeat, it’s fun, and it’s really well done.

Convex really delivered with this, and we can’t wait to see where he’s headed!

 

Check out 4U here:

Snowglobe 2018 Review

Snowglobe is probably the most unique festival I have ever been to. It’s a New Years Eve festival that takes place in South Lake Tahoe. What makes it so unique? It’s outside. All three days. In the snow. Which means getting creative with your outfits and preparing ahead of time so that you stay warm! (See my previous blog post for tips on how to prepare and dress properly) I loved seeing how crazy people got with their outfits, there were people in onesies, retro snowsuits, furs, shimmery glitter, and everything in between!

I still have yet to find a better way to spend New Years than in the snow, dancing, with fireworks going off in the sky.

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New Years Eve is always the last day of the festival, meaning sometimes the festival falls on a weekend and other times it’s in the middle of the week! This year the festival fell on a Saturday, Sunday, Monday which was pretty perfect. This was my third year going to Snowglobe, so I was interested to see if some of the issues I had previously encountered were fixed. A big issue I had with previous years was how disorganized it was entering and leaving the festival. The last couple times I went it was always just a mass of people trying to get in, with very disorganized lines and lots of people cutting. I have to say they vastly improved the experience of entering the festival. This year there were very clear lines laid out and metal detectors, which made the whole process of getting in go by faster. Keep in mind I skipped 2017, so some of this could have been fixed last year!

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Snowglobe is a pretty small festival space-wise, but that makes it pretty easy to split sets and jump stage to stage. The Main stage and Sierra stage are both outdoor stages while the Igloo stage is indoors. I spent most of my time at the Sierra stage which had all of the bass and trap artists. The Igloo is known for mostly having house artists. There were artists I wanted to see in the Igloo, but it was so packed every night that it was impossible to even get in most of the time, which was such a bummer. Even if you did get in, you were pretty squished, which isn’t how I want to see music. It reminded me of when the Sierra stage used to be covered and had that same problem. I hope Snowglobe will move toward making this another outdoor stage so everyone can enjoy the artists they put in there. Snowglobe does have other indoor structures so I just don’t really see the need to have an indoor stage!

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There was a food lodge and a drinks lodge (called the MTV lodge), and every time I went inside one of them, they were full of people sitting on the ground camping out (I assume because they were freezing haha). I appreciated that there were a lot of different places to get a drink (the drink lodge plus multiple outdoor spots to order drinks) because I never had to wait in line too long. My favorite was the hot drinks spot where you could order a spiked hot cider, hot toddy, or hot chocolate. That pretty much saved my life on Day 3 when it was the coldest and windiest. Warmed up our souls!

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So I’m going to lay out my favorite acts of the weekend, and then try the impossible task of picking one absolute favorite for each day, along with my surprise act of the day (this always goes to an artist I didn’t really have on my radar and played a great set!) Keep in mind this was so unbelievably hard to pick a favorite act of the day, but for some reason I thought it would be fun and I forced myself to, so go easy on me! I think my picks might be surprising since I didn’t really pick the huge names (which I wasn’t really expecting!). I also missed sets I wanted to see, especially if they were in the Igloo or earlier in the day (still crying over how early G-eazy was).


Top acts of Snowglobe 2018 (in no particular order): RL Grime, Big Gigantic, Ekali, Slumberjack, Nghtmre B2B Slander, Manila Killa B2B Chet Porter, Kaskade, Cray

Favorite Saturday Act: Big Gigantic             Surprise of the day: Party Favor

Favorite Sunday Act: Ekali                             Surprise of the day: Sam Gellaitry

Favorite Monday Act: Slumberjack             Surprise of the day: Medasin

I wish I could write about all of the sets I saw at Snowglobe as there were so many I enjoyed, but I’m going to try to limit myself to my top 3 favorites so that I can try to finish this review within my lifetime (and stay sane in the process).


Big Gigantic

If you have not seen Big Gigantic live before, then you really need to. What I love about this duo is they so perfectly mix electronic and funk music, that every set I see them just becomes a huge, funky, dance party. You can’t help but smile and have the best time at one of their sets. Dominic always plays the sax during their sets (just more reason to love Big G), and I have to give him major props for playing in that cold weather. It’s my absolute favorite when an artist or group can mix electronic music with live music like that. Their music is always big and thunderous; it’s addicting, it just invites you in. Big G is always full of surprises, and you honestly can’t put them in any one genre, you never quite know what they’re going to pull out next. During their Snowglobe set, they got down and dirty at times, throwing down some harder tracks. You could tell how excited the crowd got too, and I gotta say they did a great job at transitioning these tracks with their funky music.


Ekali

Full disclosure, I love Ekali, I will always love Ekali, he’s the freaking best. I’ve seen him so many times and will always go see his set at a festival no matter how many times I’ve already seen him. Not only is he just a good human who’s very open about mental health on twitter and very encouraging/grateful to his fans, but his music is so hard-hitting and fun to get down to. His music is trappy goodness where you’re just throwing down and getting grimy the whole time. This is a you-never-stop-moving-the-whole-set kind of set, trap music at its finest. He released some new remixes during his Snowglobe set and the crowd went freaking crazy for it. He really knows how to remix a song, but his original music is so good too, and I hope he puts out more of it. His new EP, Crystal Eyes, features some more airy music with really catchy lyrics, featuring some well-known female vocalists like Elohim and K.Flay. In my opinion these songs show a softer side of Ekali, and during his set, he manages to remix these songs so that they start off beautiful and then after the drop you realize they are complete bangers.


Slumberjack

Okay so I have been waiting to see Slumberjack for what feels like forever! I first discovered them back in 2016 when listening to artists on the lineup for Northern Nights. I put them on my playlist and was stoked to see them, but as happens often at music festivals, plans went out the window and I missed them. I’ve regretted it ever since and have been patiently waiting for my next chance. Slumberjack is a duo from Australia whose music (in my opinion) is always melodic, catchy, but then also unbelievably dance-y and hard-hitting. I love how they can combine two ends of the spectrum like that. They really experiment with their music and give it such depth. Their set was a great mixture of their own original songs and remixes they’ve done (that I had heard on Spotify and was dying to hear in person). I can tell you I definitely did not stop dancing during their whole set, and it was so fun being toward the front, watching them do their thing!  The energy was amazing and everyone needs to go see Slumberjack right now.


I also want to give a quick shout out to Manila Killa and Chet Porter for absolutely exhausting me with their set because I couldn’t stop dancing. They remixed all of my favorite songs and their set just made me so happy. It was just pure and good and absolutely worthy of a shout out! I didn’t give them my surprise act of the day because I already love both of these artists and knew without a doubt their set would be so fun!

And Kaskade is just always going to have my heart. I can’t tell you how much jumping up and down I did when he last minute got added to the lineup. I actually first discovered Kaskade years ago at Snowglobe, and I’ve been obsessed ever since. Not much can compare to listening to his song Eyes in the snow…talk about MAGIC.

Okay I want to take a moment to comment on the shuttle situation at Snowglobe because boy have they STILL not fixed the same problems they have had for years. First of all, you have to pay extra for a shuttle pass, which would normally be fine except they don’t even check if you have a shuttle pass to get on the bus! Each time I got on, no one checked that I had a wristband, which made me feel like I completely wasted my money. The organization of the shuttles also leaves a lot to be desired. Each shuttle line was just a cluster of people all trying to shove their way on, with many people having no idea which shuttle went where. They need to have more clear signs, and more people working to organize the lines. The one good thing is I appreciated that they had two different shuttles this year (Yellow line and Blue line) rather than just the one to the casinos like they normally do. It provided more options for attendees. But the Yellow line just dropped off in a liquor store parking lot (with no signs anywhere) which was kind of weird and unofficial. So shuttles were helpful, but disorganized.

To bring this to a close, I had an amazing time at Snowglobe this year! Shout out to Above and Beyond for bringing in the New Year with some crazy fireworks and emotional songs. Even though it’s not really my kind of music, it was definitely memorable. And a thank you to all the new friends we made, you guys were the best! This was absolutely a festival for the books, and if you haven’t made it to Snowglobe yet, you gotta put it on your list! Now excuse me while I continue to revel in my post-festival  blues…

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How to survive Snowglobe

With New Years Eve quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking about plans and where you’re going to spend it!

Hands down my favorite way to spend New Years has been at Snowglobe (I’m looking at you 2015 and 2016). It’s such a unique festival, being a winter festival in South Lake Tahoe! Most festivals are in the summer with warm weather, and I love how different this one is from all of that. Dancing outside in the snow surrounded by trees with fireworks going off is an amazing experience that everyone should have.

The biggest struggle of Snowglobe is figuring out how to dress for a cold weather festival so that a) you’ll survive through the night and b) you can still have fun with your outfits!

Each year I went to Snowglobe, I had friends complain about how cold it was and how they wouldn’t go back because of that. Now I’m the biggest baby when it comes to cold weather, and I’ve never had a problem at Snowglobe. In my opinion, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes! You have to bring the right kind of layers.

You need to start with a good base layer made of wicking fabrics. A wicking layer draws sweat and moisture away from your body, making it easier for it to evaporate. This is crucial so that sweat doesn’t freeze to your body! Since you’re probably going to be dancing at Snowglobe (you better be!), you’ll want this layer. This layer needs to be snug on your body to make sure it actually picks up moisture. For my base layer I usually choose something made out of polyester that’s like a spandex/athletic shirt. I really like this long sleeve from amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B075VK9T4C/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o05_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

This article was great  in terms of figuring out what kinds of fabric wick moisture and what the pros and cons of each were: https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/underwear.html

Your mid layer is your insulating layer and provides warmth. It should be looser than your base layer so that it leaves insulating air between layers. A fleece works great for this and is pretty lightweight!

Lastly, you need a shell or outer layer. This is usually a ski or snow jacket that protects you from wind and water. This year for the first time I’m going to try a fur on one of the days, so stay tuned on how that works out for me.

This site does a good job of summing up the different layers if you want more resources:

https://www.rei.com/learn/expert-advice/layering-basics.html

Other essentials you want to bring include a scarf, beanie, gloves, and wool socks! I would also absolutely recommend bringing snow boots or at least waterproof shoes. There’s a waterproof spray you can buy and spray on your boots! I tried that one year and it worked just fine, but I’d still highly suggest snow boots over everything!  If your feet get cold or wet, you are seriously done for. Bring extra socks in case yours get wet!

A lot of people swear by handwarmers also, so if you get cold easily, think about scooping up some of these! Bonus tip, you can put some in your boots if your toes get cold!

So basically, I will be wearing a long-sleeve, a fleece jacket, and either a fur or snow jacket up top. For bottoms I will be wearing leggings that wick moisture, fleece-lined leggings over that, and then a fun bright pair of leggings over that! You could also just wear snow pants if you’re really worried about being cold (I did that both years I went and it worked great!). Then I have gloves, beanies/headbands, and scarves to choose from! I’ll also be rocking some LED jewelry for extra fun.

It’s better to have too many layers than not enough! Remember that you can always take layers off if you’re too warm. But trust me, when the sun goes down, you’ll be so grateful to have all of them.

Lastly, don’t forget lots of glitter 🙂

Here’s some of my crew from Snowglobe 2016 featuring my bright red snowsuit I scored at a thrift store for $3 (which I absolutely will be wearing again this year!) Stay warm and have fun friends 🙂 Remember to follow us on Instagram @festivalbabes2 if you want to see our Snowglobe adventures!

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City of Trees 2018

City of Trees is a one-day music festival in Sacramento put on by the radio station ALT 94.7. Hosted at Papa Murphy’s Park, this year the fest featured artists such as Chvrches, Bastille and none other than Odesza as the headliner.  I was lucky enough to win free tickets courtesy of 94.7, and of course I had to bring fellow festival babe Jess along with me! She had never seen Odesza before, and I could not wait to share that experience with her.

Papa Murphy’s Park is home to Sacramento’s soccer team, Sacramento Republic FC. It surprisingly makes a great music venue, with the stage set up on one end of the field. The set up makes it so you can stand up front by the stage, sit in the back on the grass, or even sit on the bleachers alongside the field. It was nice to be able to bring in a blanket and sit down when we wanted instead of having to stand up the whole day! The venue was set up with multiple spots to use the restroom, buy alcohol, or get food, which was so appreciated as it spread out the lines and reduced wait times. Some of Sacramento’s most famous food trucks were there too, and I gotta give a shout out to my favorite, Its Nacho Truck. This truck makes its own chips, uses beer based cheese sauces, and puts together some really freaking good nachos! Seriously guys, if you live in Sacramento, you gotta try this food truck.

Okay on to the music….

Chvrches and Bastille both put on really fun, upbeat shows, but my surprise band of the day was actually lovelytheband. I had never heard of them and was really enjoying the whole set. They had an indie pop vibe going on and looking around, everyone seemed to be really into them! When the last song came on, I immediately got excited, realizing I knew this song! I had heard “broken” on 94.7 (of course), and had never known who the band was. I definitely went home and had their album on repeat the whole next day!

The highlight of the fest of course had to be Odesza. Even though I had seen Odesza three times prior to this, I was still way too excited. Odesza is one of those groups that I could see over and over again without ever getting tired of them. The best way to describe Odesza’s set is, it’s pure magic. Their music never fails to transcend me into another world. It’s twinkly and airy and emotional and just GOOD. You feel their music, whether you’re dancing or just standing there with your eyes closed, gently swaying.

They played old songs, new songs, everything I could have wanted. And when they brought their drum line out…oh man it was on a whole different level. Odesza has managed to make electronic music such a live experience, from the drum line, to the light show, to the artists they brought out to sing certain songs. They pulled out all the stops. I’ve gotten to see their live show evolve over the years, and I can easily say that was my favorite time seeing them.

There was a moment when “Across the Room” was playing where I thought, this is it, this is what pure happiness feels like. Surrounded by people I care about, all of us in our own world enjoying this music, I wanted to stay in that moment forever. Even today, listening to that song brings me right back to that moment, to that feeling.

We had an amazing time at City of Trees and are already looking forward to next year’s lineup! This is such a fun one day fest to check out if you live in the area, we highly recommend it! And if you haven’t seen Odesza yet…you need to! Seriously, do it!

Thanks 94.7!

 

 

😸 Kritter Klips ✨

Alright everyone, the very long anticipated review for the one and only: Kritter Klips! Now, as you all have probably noticed on our Instagram pages, we have recently taken a fully committed liking (more like obsession) to the festival accessory company, Kritter Klips. So here’s the scoop. Kritter Klips is based in the CA Bay Area and is a company that sells high quality, handmade clip-in animal ears! How adorable is that concept? If some of you are thinking ‘what’s the big deal?’ or ‘that’s ridiculous,’ then you have obviously not given it a try and have no idea how fun these accessories can be. If the rest of you are thinking ‘that’s so fun, I want to try on a pair’ or ‘yesss, I love them’ then congrats, you’re on the right side of the world 😉 But honestly, you can wear these ears for whatever occasion you want: concerts, festivals, random outings, etc. These clip-in ears are a fun, durable piece you can add to any look. They are sewn onto a standard hair clip so you just place them where you want them on your head, clip and you’re good to go! Dancing, running, flailing around…they’ll stay put.

I first came into contact with Kritter Klips a few years ago when I first got into attending festivals in 2015 and noticed their vendor booth at festivals like High Sierra, Lightning in a Bottle and Outside Lands. At first glance I was in love with the many styles, textures and colors that Kritter Klips has to offer but also how incredibly soft all the ears are! I think it was the initial factor of them being something different than the standard festival vendor that attracted me, they sell ears! How fun and different can you get? So each festival I attended I’d make a stop at the Kritter Klips booth, chat with the employees, gawk over all the festive ears they had to offer and told myself one day I’d commit and finally be able to rock a pair of festival ears.

So here’s the sappy story on how I finally popped my Kritter Klips “cherry”. It happened this year at Gem & Jam Music Festival 2018. I was checking out the vendors and happened to noticed that Kritter Klips was vending which I was happily surprised, but also not surprised, to see. After chatting with one of the employees for a few minutes and telling him my search for my first pair he pulled out one of the most perfect set of Kritter Klips ears I had ever laid eyes on: the limited edition Red Silk Road ears. The ears were dark brown with light brown tips which perfectly matched my hair and therefore gave a “realistic” look to them when I had them on, but what really sold me was the beautiful red and black silk material on the inner part of the ears. The guy explained how the inside was from Chinese silk gowns and therefore they only had a limited amount available of that kind and color. They were perfect, I was in love, I had to have them. And just like that they were on my head and I was prancing around for the rest of the festival as happy as a kid on Christmas Day. I felt so free, like I belonged to something bigger, like I had found my festival “niche” in a sense. It seemed silly to me that something as simple as clip-in animal ears would give me such joy, but it did, and still does.

Fast forward to now and I love being involved in the Kritter Klips family and love to promote their brand as much as I can, because I want to spread the excitement and love their ears so much. I occasionally chat with them via Instagram and always try to stay in the loop with what’s next for the Kritter Klips brand. What’s even better is that both us Festival Babes got a chance to be a part of their “new faces of Kritter Klips” photo shoot they were holding at Lightning in a Bottle Music Festival this year! We both noticed on their Instagram page that they were looking for people to get involved and we jumped right on it. At Lightning in a Bottle we brought a friend of ours along to the meet up and met the Kritter Klips crew at their vendor booth and were introduced to their talented photographer, James, of James R Photography, who would be shooting all of us. James and the Kritter Klips staff were all so friendly and genuine right from the start, which made it easy to feel excited about the shoot. The crew helped pick out two matching sets of ears to wear with our festival outfits we wore to the shoot and then we got the shoot going. The photo shoot was a relaxed forum and a lot of fun and we got along so naturally with the other three girls that were apart of it. For real, check out James on Instagram, he’s based in the King City, CA area and loves doing creative shoots! Anyways, after we were done taking pictures the Kritter Klips crew told us that as a thank you for our participation we would be able to take a pair of ears home with us, as a gift! How nice is that?! Just another reason why we love this crew and this company so much.

As of now I currently have five pairs of Kritter Klips ears and my fellow Festival Babe partner has two; some as gifts, some from online purchases, some from festivals, and we don’t really plan on stopping. Kritter Klips has such a fun and carefree vibe that the company exudes through their workers and all the styles they create with their ears and we are so glad to be apart of the family. The ears represent more than just a random festival accessory you can wear; you can create a whole new look or persona by putting them on and wearing them at whatever event you choose to. We had a wonderful time at the LiB photoshoot and really appreciated the opportunity to be a face for Kritter Klips. We definitely look forward to many more encounters with the Kritter Klips crew in the future and can’t wait to go to our next festival, ears and all! They’re just so darn cute and a great way to bring excitement to your style and next event! Who wouldn’t want to be a kritter? ❤

LIB Excitement

Alright everyone, as you may or may not know, the best festival in California is quickly approaching….LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE! LIB is held on Memorial Day weekend (May 23-28) in Bradley, CA at the San Antonio Reservoir and is put on by the Do LaB.

LIB always has an amazing, eclectic lineup, but it has always been about more than just the music. LIB offers yoga, learning and culture, and art lineups on top of your typical music lineup. There are countless talks, workshops, and healing sessions. Art installations and structures are everywhere, and even the stages are their own form of beautiful art. Some call LIB a transformational festival, a festival that encourages social responsibility, community, and creative expression.

You can start off your mornings with yoga, body painting, or maybe attend a class at the Learning Kitchen and learn how to make a new dish (and try some yummy food!). Attend a meditation workshop, dance class, or even intro to blacksmithing!

A talk I am definitely not missing this year is “Magic and Medicine of the Bee” at the Earth Arts area. I come from a beekeeping family, and I could go on and on about the medicinal properties of honey and bee byproducts. I’m excited to see someone talking about this and sharing the magic!

There are so many activities and fun things happening at LIB too! Each year there is a Soap Box Derby and a 5K, just to list a couple. It is on my list to make it to the Soap Box Derby this year which has always looked like so much fun. People make their own “cars” and race them down a hill! I think one time I saw a vehicle made to look like a banana! I’m not too sure of the specifics of this, but I just know I need to see it finally!

Don’t get me wrong, you will definitely find me dancing to my hearts content at the different stages (Thunder, Lightning, Woogie, Grand Artique, Favela, or Pagoda). But if you don’t give yourself time to explore, you’re really missing out. At my first LIB I found out that on Meditation Hill everyone howls to the sunset, and that you high five everyone you pass on the bridges. There’s interactive art that you can climb or sit on, and rows of vendors that you can easily spend hours perusing. I must have spent at least half an hour at a swing set that we found, just letting myself be a kid again!

Alright so let’s talk about music. What I love about LIB is that each stage represents a different style of music for the most part. Thunder stage is primarily bass and trap for example, while at the Woogie you mostly find house music. The Lightning stage is the “main stage” so you find more of the bigger name artists there and the type of music varies more. I love that each stage has it’s own style, so if there’s ever a time you’re not sure who to check out, just go to the stage that hosts your type of music! This is a festival where you can find a variety of electronic music but you also can enjoy live music. Some artists I’m particularly stoked about this year are: The Glitch Mob, Zhu, Griz, Paces, KRANE, NAO, and MK! I actually have a LIB playlist you can follow on the home page in the right hand panel. Part of the fun of LIB is discovering new artists, so if the lineup looks pretty unfamiliar to you, just start listening and discovering!

In 2017 there was a lake for the first time at that venue, and let me tell you it was a game changer! Instead of laying at camp too hot to move (yes 2016 I’m looking at you), we just took our floaties to the lake and spent a couple hours relaxing and swimming. This year the lake level is not as high as it was in 2017, but it seems like they will still be letting people swim!

I almost forgot to mention that this is a camping festival! LIB employs a free-form style of camping, which means you can take up as much space as your group needs. The camping is not in a neat row, but rather spread out throughout the grounds. This really contributes to LIB’s freeing vibe. Make sure to check out the LIB packing list if you’re not sure what to bring. Remember this will be your home for the next 4 days, so make it comfy!

LIB is a leave no trace event, so please remember to pack it in and pack it out!

I could go on and on about why I love this festival or what it has to offer, but you really need to check it out yourself to get it. The most I can say is that LIB has always felt like home. A place where I belong, where I can be myself, a place free from judgement. People dress in bright crazy colors, people love their neighbors, people encourage expression at every level. This festival is truly transformational. I know I’ll never be the same.

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