Pasadena Daydream Festival 2019

My First Time

Originally I was planning to go to Austin City Limits in Texas because the line up seems amazing. Not only that, its just honestly not that expensive for a 3 day festival. The tickets range around $275 and has a ton of big name artists like The Cure, GunsNRoses, Cardi B, Meg The Stallion, and more! So, I was heavily debating on whether I wanted to go that. During this ‘should I spend the money’ thinking time, I saw that The Cure was also playing in Pasadena, California but in August rather than October when Austin City Limits is happening… Hmm

The Pasadena Daydream Festival was only 1 day, priced at $170 and only had 3 bands I really wanted to see. Instead of blowing over $1,000 just to go to a 3 day fest in another state, I opted for the Daydream Festival. I mainly just wanted to see The Cure for the first time ever in my life! Let me just say, I definitely got my money’s worth though because The Cure played a 2.5 hour set. They didn’t slow down once and neither did my dancing, singing, or tears. Lol!

Festival Lover

When it comes to attending a festival my inner child comes out and, I’m able to easily allow myself to have a good time. Going to festivals and seeing bands perform live is one of my favorite things to do because of how intimate and eclectic the experience is each time. You get to be surrounded by people who are into the same weird stuff as you, make friends, drink outside, and most importantly just live!

It’s also extremely fun for those who love festival fashion. For some fashion/style is not important but being the Leo sun I am, I have to express myself outwardly or I’ll feel caged. Style is something I’m aware of is a privilege and I’m very lucky to be able to live the life I do. I don’t ever want to seem like I’m shoving materialism down your throats.. it’s just something I genuinely enjoy when it comes to self expression. No judgement if it’s not your cup of tea! For this particular festival, I opted for platforms although the venue was held on a grassy knoll. It wasn’t extremely comfortable and I did fall at least once. NO REGRETS THO!!!!

Daydreaming in Pasadena

Overall I’d say the festival was a pleasant experience. It was extremely chill in the sense people could bring lawn chairs, their kids, and blankets to lay on while listening to music. I kept saying to Angela how cool it would be as a kid to say you were like 8 years old at a Cure concert.

Robert Smith seems to be extremely passionate about his work even after 40 years! It was as if I was seeing them in their 20’s and everything was brand new. The Cure’s music is something that’s deeply resonated with me for the small amount of time I’ve been on this earth. My heart feels more full hearing and seeing them play live. This was such a monumental concert for me because I have a feeling I won’t get to see The Cure ever play again due to their residency in England and their age. At the very least, The Cure has been marked off my list of bands to see before I die! I’ll always remember this festival as something extremely special in my heart.

Love & Light

Raven

Lights Live Performance 2019

Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, California – August 11, 2019

The Growth of An Artist

Watching one of your favorite musicians grow as an artist is one of the most inspiring things about life. Lights and her music have been there for me since middle school and it was so amazing to see her 3 days after my birthday. She just keeps getting better and better like a fine wine. From her first album to watching her go above and beyond to create an album with an accompanying comic is fuckin insane. Not only that she followed it up with an acoustic album! This video features a new song called “Tabs” from the acoustic Skin & Earth album. I had to record it live because of how beautifully raw the song is. The lyrics are pretty straight forward and the way Lights sings it packs a powerful punch in the heart.. or ya know wherever else your mind wanders when listening.

The Next Issue

Now that the acoustic tour is done and over with.. is Lights going back into hibernation to work on the next issues for the comic? I really hope so! She’s always working on something but I have yet to hear or see what’s been going on behind the scenes. Being a mom, a wife, an artist, a touring musician I honestly don’t know how she manages her life or hell even her mental health. Lmao but she seems to be a very strong willed person and genuinely killing the game. We love a strong woman! I’ll always be a ride or die Lights fan!

If you’re not familiar with the comic Skin & Earth Lights illustrated and wrote, I wrote a post on it in January of 2018! You can find that post here –> Skin & Earth Comic by Lights. It’s got some neat photos of what the inside of the comics looks like. Check it out. You won’t be disappointed!

P.S I think I’m getting better at recording live shows.

Maybe one day I’ll get to interview bands before or after the shows. 🙂

Love & Light

Raven

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.

Find them on Spotify & Check out their merchandise!

https://www.spiritmotherofficial.com

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