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. 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.

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!

Snowglobe

 

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.

final-LIB-2018-Lineup

Product Review: Rainbow Optx

Our current obsession is colored sunglasses. All of the colored sunglasses. As many different colors as possible. Thankfully, Rainbow Optx has us covered!

They offer 6 different styles (Mercury, translucent, aviator, cat eye, heart, round) and 10 different colors (magenta, violet, indigo, blue, aqua, green, rose, yellow, orange, red). Each color is supposed to correlate with a chakra, element, and a need. These glasses are more than about just the color, they’re about balance. I’m including the descriptions for both the red and aqua colors at the bottom of this post, since those are the colored sunglasses we are rocking in the pictures!

 

The best part is whenever you buy a pair of sunglasses, they throw in a free pair! It just depends on whatever they’re offering at the moment. They tend to cycle through all of the different types of glasses and colors though. So basically you are getting 2 pairs of sunglasses for the price of one!

Most importantly, these sunglasses have UV400 protection, aka maximum protection! I’ve been searching for sunglasses that looked fun but also would protect my eyes. Found them!

The sunglasses come in a little protective pouch and with a little card detailing what each color means. They fit pretty comfortably on my face, and I love getting to see the world through whatever color you’ve chosen! BUT! DO NOT WEAR THESE WHILE DRIVING! They will change the color of stoplights, making it extremely dangerous to drive and wear these!

They generously offer every first-time buyer a 10 percent off code when you visit their site! Go check them out now! Rainbow Optx

10/10 would recommend.


Red

Mantra: I Am
Affirmation: I am safe, secure, grounded, protected, supported.

Chakra: Root
Element: Earth
Focus: Survival
Your Need: To feel more grounded.

Red is a stimulating color. It will energize the base chakra. It warms and it activates. It awakens our physical life force. Red strengthens the physical energy and the will of the individual. It can stimulate deeper passions, such as sex and love, courage, or hatred and revenge. Red can be used to raise the body’s temperature and to energize the blood.


Aqua

Mantra: I Express
Affirmation: Matters of the heart are spoken and understood effortlessly.

Chakra: Throat & Heart
Element: Ether & Air
Focus: Communication & Love
Your Need: To speak calmly from the heart with love and compassion.

Aqua is cooling. It combines the beneficial vitalizing and purifying effects of blue and green. Blue is the color of the throat chakra which is the center for communication, and green the color of the heart chakra, the center for love and compassion. Aqua can be used for stimulating the combination of these centers, facilitating heart centered communication.


 

Lightning in a Bottle Packing List

Hello lovelies! After 2 years at LIB and countless other camping festivals, I’ve put together a pretty comprehensive list of everything you need to be comfortable and prepared while camping! It’s broken down into general camp, personal, and fun items!

General Camp Items

  • Rug/Comforters for lounge area
  • Pillows for lounge area
  • Camp lights
  • Table
  • Folding Chairs
  • E-Z up
  • Flag for camp
  • Tapestries/Clips
  • Trash Bags
  • Bigger water container/jug for camp
  • Toilet paper/Paper towels
  • Coolers
  • Breakfast and lunch food
  • Smoothies/Coffee/Yerba Matte
  • Plates and cups
  • Pots/Utensils for cooking
  • Portable stove
  • Cooking Spray
  • Salt/Pepper
  • Snacks/Fruit
  • Alcohol
  • Bluetooth speaker

Personal Items

  • Sleeping bag/Pillow
  • Tent/Tarp for under tent
  • Stakes/Hammer
  • Air mattress/Pump
  • Extra batteries for air mattress pump
  • Daytime clothes/Nighttime clothes
  • Sweatshirt/Jackets
  • Bandana/Face mask
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Floatie
  • Shoes/Socks
  • Flip flops for camp
  • Toiletries
  • Earplugs
  • Neti pot
  • EmergenC
  • Water bottle/Hydration pack
  • Sunscreen/Bug spray
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Wet Wipes
  • Wristband
  • Portable charger and cord
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Chapstick
  • Hair ties

Fun Stuff!

  • Eco-friendly Glitter
  • Body paint/Brushes
  • Glowsticks
  • Temp tats/Scissors
  • Face Jewels
  • Onesie