Spirit Mother Live Performance

Live performance of Spirt Mother performing “Shapeshifter I” with a couple of my edits at Good Bar in Long Beach, California. The video was taken on June 16, 2019.

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Removable Wallpaper Tutorial| Home Decor for Beginners

Home Rental Hacks

Decorating anything and everything is a hobby I thoroughly enjoy! Making a house a home is very important to me and I’ve never really gotten the opportunity do such a thing until now! This is the first time I’ve decided to really go all in when it comes to my home furnishings and decor. White walls can get pretty boring when you’re renting an apartment or home. It honestly drives me nuts. So, I decided to spice it up and add a bit of flare to my apartment by trying out removable wallpaper for an accent wall.

Home Decor Lover on A Budget

Originally I wanted to wallpaper the entire room and of course I still can but it can get expensive quickly. I opted for an accent wall and ended up buying two rolls of removable wallpaper from amazon for 1 wall. The application process wasn’t very challenging to do alone but it would have been a bit more efficien with another person. Also, spending on necessary tools to help apply the wallpaper wasn’t that expensive either.

Typically people will use a wallpaper spray tool to activate the adhesive with. The spray nozzle and size of the tool is much bigger and can apply in a wider range of area when working. However, I didn’t want to buy a tool I only believed I was going to use once. I opted to use a regular hairspray bottle and it still made my process smooth! Don’t say I told you but a ladder also isn’t necessary depending on the height of the wall you’re trying to cover. I personally don’t know anyone with a ladder and didn’t want to rent one for this one project. My next best option was to stand on something tall in hopes I could reach the ceiling. That’s not the safest option and if you’re gonna go down that route, please be careful!

Final Thoughts & Results

Since it was my first time, I was sort of expecting to mess up at least one time. I did end up cutting too short of a strip for the wall and was able to blend it to make it less noticeable. I don’t think anyone can really tell its uneven unless they’re looking for it. Plus its my apartment, so its good enough for me! Lol. Honestly, I don’t have much experience with wallpaper let alone removable wallpaper but I can say the application process was easy, the quality of it looks great, and I would definitely purchase again.

As far as the removing part I don’t plan on removing it anytime soon but if I ever do, I’ll keep you updated and let you know how that process goes. Let’s hope it goes smoothly!

Until next time,

Raven

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Victorine – Frances Parkinson Keys Book Review

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Level of Reading Difficulty: 2 out of 5

Book Rating: 4 out of 5

Copyright Year: 1958

Old Soul Buys First Antique Book

My generation is an interesting one. We were born into the digital era but have experiences of life before the second industrial revolution. Ya know, the technology revolution. Reading is what I enjoyed and primarily did before I got my first cellphone. It’s been such a long time since I’ve posted a book review and mainly because I was concerned about the lack of people reading them. Through recent practice of not caring about whom I may be serving, I’ve decided to put my voice and thoughts on a tray for those willing to take from it.

I’ve always been someone who appreciates the older ways of life because I value their experience richer at times than my own. I find it richer in a terms of wisdom, I suppose. Anyone older than me could argue my experience is richer due to ease of living and convenience. However, I find both ways of living to have their pros and cons in terms of value. I just romanticize life before technology to be much more pleasant. This is one of the reasons I believe I’ve enjoyed this book so much.

It brings me so much joy to live in a ‘small’ town in California and be able to find such little treasures like this book at antique shops. I plucked ‘Victorine’ from the shelves based on the title name and flipped the book open to read the description cover flap. Of course, I fell in love.

The Story (No Spoilers!)

The setting of the story takes place in the early 1920’s of Louisiana. Louisiana was originally owned by France and had left a large cultural influence after being purchased by the U.S.. For some reason I’ve personally always adored French culture for its beauty and romance. Also, Louisiana is a signifying Southern state which hits close to home for me seeing that I’m from Texas. So, I’ve got my fancy taste and country culture in a book. I’m already sold! The setting of a book sets the atmosphere for our imagination. Without the setting, we have nothing to create or build from in a story.

The book is named after one of the main characters Victorine, whom was easily relatable to the traditional minded feminine fashionista. Her co star being her romancer, Prosper Villac was a generally well liked man throughout his community. Their romance comes unexpectedly but an uber drive once told me and an ex boyfriend some advice that relates to this story line. “If you two are willing to argue that much with one another, you must care deeply about each other”. At the time, I didn’t care to hear the driver’s advice but now I can understand where he’s coming from. This advice goes hand in hand with Victorine and Prosper. I wouldn’t say this is the best piece of advice, on account it depends on what you’re arguing about with a significant other. What and how you’re arguing can depict the severity of care you may or may not have for one another. In this storyline case, it was a lack of lifestyle differences and understanding. Victorine could be viewed as pretentious because of her upbringing as opposed to Prosper’s humble life.

Book Appeal

The romance isn’t what made me want to continuously read “Victorine”. What really sold me is the idea of Prosper being potentially involved with the murder of his previous love interest. Once a dead body was found in Prosper’s workplace, his reputation, trust, and freedom was on the line. Most importantly his newly announced love for Victorine was also at stake. Francis Keys narrates perspectives for each character so that the reader isn’t entirely biased and favoring of one person throughout the story. I personally tend to elaborate and draw out my stories, so I enjoy a good book that does so too! It keeps the reader on the edge of their seat and persuades them to keep reading to find out who actually committed the murder.

If you’re a fan of stories like The Notebook, you’ll most definitely enjoy this book. I wouldn’t say the passion about the romance is as elaborate or drawn out as that story though. This book dances between mystery and romance. Victorine is beautifully written and it constantly had me in awe of appreciation for older authors. Not to put a bad vibe out there for modern writers but the vocabulary and the form of writing during this time period was just extremely different. I’d like to continue reading books from Francis Keyes and experiment with other books published around the same time.

Final Thoughts

The main characters names just dawned on me. Prosper is a perfect name for this character based on his continuous emotional roller coaster of character development. Victorine is also a signifying name for her character because of the many battles she has to face throughout her character development but consistently prevails with victories. This book has short chapters and is a fairly quick read. It allowed me to fall in love and hope for a happy ending which I haven’t found in quite some time. I recommend this book to someone who may want to get back into reading or someone whom enjoys old romance.

Love & Light

R

Running From Fear

Constant Motion

November has been a month filled with transition. Constant motion but not too overwhelming like October previously was for me. I’m thoroughly enjoying November, except for the time change.. but what can ya do? My friend developed some of her film that we took in late summer and sent these over to me. These photos are wild because I remember going to Echo Park Rising this day and feeling extremely ugly. I didn’t want to leave my apartment because of how bad I felt about myself. It was one of those days.. but I decided to go to the festival regardless to make memories and get outside of my head. In August, I wasn’t very interested in makeup as much as I normally am. Being natural and experiencing life through that lens on a day to day basis helps keep me grounded with my raw self.  There are periods of my life where I don’t wear fake hair, wear makeup, or add anything extra to my physical appearance because I simply don’t want to. I love creating and wearing different styles in clothing and makeup because its fun and expressive! However, I also think its important to take breaks from things like that. They aren’t the most important aspects of life although extremely fun!

Facing Fear

Getting to my point, whenever I looked at these photos I realized how stupid my feelings were about feeling ugly. I cried when I saw these photos because all I could see was wasted potential in myself. Since these are on film with no edits, the realization was heart hitting. I let go of a dream because I doubted my natural beauty. My natural self is my most beautiful look and it took me awhile to embrace that! I moved to California to pursue modeling but let fear drive me into the ground. My headshots were never sent into agencies because of a variety of different reasons I made up out of fear. I’m a very confident person normally but we all have our days where we don’t like something about ourselves. Looking at these photos inspired me to want to try modeling again.  You never know until you try! So, I’m gonna face my fear. I’ve got nothin to lose.

P.S

The two girls in the photos are Ashlee & Angela. These two are always there to listen & support me. I’m extremely happy the universe brought us together.

P.P.S If you’re running from fear, face it.

 

Until Next Time,

Raven

 

 

Glamorama – Bret Easton Ellis Review

Glamorama

When purchasing Glamorama, I was mainly attracted by online reviews mentioning the book being one of the best novels set in the 1990’s. Being a child born in the 90’s, I was excited to read something relatable and nostalgic. The title of the book seemed to hint drama and perhaps that subject involving glamorous people. I thought, I live in Los Angeles, why not give it a chance. I honestly had no idea what I was really in for when attempting to read this book, but nonetheless I forced myself to read it.

Main Character

The main character of this book had nice character development. When Victor was first introduced, I immediately knew he was going to be over the top and slightly annoying. What I didn’t know was that the entire book was going to be based around a male character! I personally don’t ever read books with a male main character because I usually don’t find interest in them and am unable to relate. However, as the book went on, Victor’s ego began to deflate and it allowed me to connect more with him.

Majority of the women that are involved with Victor through out this book are completely aware he is a tool bag but continuously allow him into their lives. How cliché of a fiction drama novel is that?  The answer is pretty freakin’ cliché.

What I Did & Didn’t Like

Whenever I’m reading a book,  the way an author illustrates a story through words is extremely important to me. I found that when I was attempting to physically read the book, Ellis was constantly listing things. It annoyed me. Name dropping brands to get the point across of a 90’s glamour filled drama, I definitely expect. However, the amount of times Ellis listed celebrities was too much.
h. It seemed as if he was just trying to fill up space with celebrities names in my opinion.

One thing I did enjoy about Ellis’ writing was the left turn the book took. I had no idea this was going to turn into horrifying and morbid story. In drama, I expect something to evoke emotion but this type was completely unexpected. There were aspects of the story, I kept telling myself wow didn’t see that one coming. I think not being able to predict what’s going to happen is what makes a good book. Regardless of not knowing what was going to happen, I had no motivation to continue reading this book due to it just being incredibly boring.

Final Thoughts

I’m not sure if the story was just not for me. I’m not sure if the characters weren’t developed enough in order for me to grow attached. This book overall just was boring to read. There was nothing that screamed 90’s to me besides the relevancy of the brands and celebrities Ellis listed throughout the book. Ellis did write in a way that allowed me to sympathize for the main character at times, but I wasn’t attached to Victor ever.

The book has way too many sex scenes also in my opinion. I don’t understand why there was so many sex scenes! As if the sexual aspect of the book was to make it more interesting or entertaining. I have no idea. This was probably one of the worst books I’ve read in a while, but I’m happy I at least finished it through audible. I don’t recommend this book to anyone. The story is boring and pointless.  However, I am blogging about it so I don’t forget I’ve read it and to warn you to stay away!