{LATE} Mid Week Distraction Vol. 3

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This week started with a stupid stye in my eye from what I assume to be from rubbing my eyes when I have climbing chalk on my fingers. I do it without even realizing it and this week it caught up to me. I kind of liked having the excuse to not wear makeup.. why do we use that crap anyways? Oh, right, because mascara is magic. Ill tell you this much though, a good boyfriend is the kind who says you look the same with or without it, even though you know its a lie. Its the good kind of lie.

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Speaking of a good lie, I watched this movie this week. A MUST SEE. Its on HBOgo right now or in redbox If I recall.

YES.

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HUGE fan of this interchangeable shelving display from oldbrandnew. So much versatility and easy to DIY.

I love how everything begins with an artist. Extremely impressive to me. I found this fitting because of the new Jurassic World being all the rage as of late.

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Its probably one of the best times to have a vagina.. I  mean if we’re talking era wise, we clearing have the most options to deal with our monthly gifts in a more comfortable or discreet manner than say .. when the pioneers crossed the plains (bless their hearts). Its time to be open about menstrual cups. This may be a topic for an individual blog post because I have so much to say about them. All I can say for now is that a menstrual cup has been a game changer for me. HERE is a list of reasons someone else put together as to why they are the shizzzzzzzz. Its not for everyone I suppose but everyone should at least be aware of this option. If anyone wants another blog post about this alone, I’d love to talk it out, Im not embarrassed one bit getting real about this stuff. In fact, I enjoy it.

One of the first songs released from Metrics new album that still has yet to come out. This acoustic version has been my treat all week.

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Via Bobulate

I enjoyed this really inspiring story of a girl who became paralyzed from the waist down in a climbing accident and how her resilience, and the help of her friends and family, allow her to still go on her outdoor adventures. Grab some tissues.

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To wrap up this weeks distractions… here’s a sneak peek of a future project of mine. Feeling excited and challenged.

Yay for the weekend.

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{LATE} Mid Week Distraction Vol. 3

Life is Beautiful – Day 2

Day 2 we did more exploring because we didn’t have bands we wanted to see til later on in the day. Saw a couple random bands, wall murals, and cooking demos. And took embarrassing jumping pictures.
This band named Five Knives… was horrible.  and the singer was gross and crowd surfed in a small dress..  we were laughing so hard at how ridiculous this was.
Haim was a group Ive been looking forward to seeing for months now. They didn’t disappoint.

I wrote my thoughts on them here a little while back.

proud to say we were standing in the very front , so I had to use someone elses video that was standing a little behind us.

That creepy curly headed guy that’s always lurkin’ behind us is our friend Brock… if we didn’t know him I would be worried too.
I have to acknowledge the many many “bass faces” that Estee, the Bass playing sister makes.
There’s a tumblr blog dedicated to her here. I think its well earned.

Later that evening we saw Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend (shown above), and The Killers.. one right after another. We wanted to get as close as we could to the Killers.. as did everyone else. So we were squashed for about 5 hours, surrounded by strangers, some of which didn’t smell that good, which is a given when people are at an outdoor musical festival for 2 days .. but I assure you, its was all worth it….
 to be just that much closer to The Killers.
I’ve never seen The Killers live before. I’m glad that I waited to see them til now. One, because it was the last show of their tour. And two, because it was in Vegas, and they went above and beyond and really showed their love for Vegas. Gosh, I have goosebumps thinking about it. Brandon Flowers kinda has a grandpa-like voice when he talks to the crowd. I think its kind of charming and adorable.
Brandon Flowers gave a shout out to Lou Reed, the former The Velvet Underground singer, songwriter and musician, who had passed away earlier that day. He talked about the impact he had made on him as a musician personally. I loved that part.
Lastly, an Elvis Viva Las Vegas cover that blew my mind. It was the greatest surprise addition to the set list.
It was a perfect weekend! I think the goal of the festival planners was to provide an atmosphere that made you sit back and realize …man, life really is beautiful.. and for that I thank them.
Can’t wait for next year.
Life is Beautiful – Day 2

Life is Beautiful – Day 1

This weekend was therapeutic yet exhausting all at the same time. Yes, that is possible. Here’s how..
Vegas Downtown decided to host a new festival called “Life is Beautiful”. While researching all about this festival I came to learn that the makers who brought LIB to Las Vegas wanted to create a festival that is different than Coachella or Lollapalooza but had its own spice so festival goers wouldn’t have to choose one or the other, but rather BOTH.
LIB provided a 4-way threat to set it apart from other festivals:
1. Music
(the obvious)
 2. Food
(chefs from all over to share their food and cooking tips)
 3. Art
(art exhibits in all rooms of a motel, tons of amazing murals on the walls of downtown, as well as cirque du soleil performances)
4. Learning
(Guest speakers with all kinds of motivational insight to share)
That being said.. 2 days of restless, sitless, leg throbbing fun.

Alpine – Aussi band.

Me, Jerilyn, and Britt

Jeri and I

Nico Vega.

I post this only so I can remember how she came out in the crowd and stopped right in front of me.. I had to move or my face would have been on her stomach.


yeah she’s awesome.

Poolside.

All I wanted to ask this kid was, “where are you parents?”

Andrew McMahon (Formerly Jack’s Mannequin)

There was a whole lot of attractive boys on this stage during this set. Wasn’t complaining.

A huge highlight of day one was listening to The Buried Life boys talk to us. They’re still beautiful, funny, and changing lives if you were curious. Check out my last experience with The Buried Life.

we got to Imagine Dragons a little late and the crowd was HUGE.. so it was impossible to get close. They put on a great show though. They collaborated with cirque performers for the last song. See in video.


4:18 and on. fabulous.

BECK. dude, beck might be an oldie.. but he is definitely still a goodie, he killed it.

Every time I decide to just bring my phone along for the photo documenting, I regret it a little. Especially if its things far away you’re trying to capture its a grainy mess. But at the same time, I don’t want to lug around my nice camera and worry about it getting stolen or damaged. I can’t win.

But alas, Day 1 was a huge success. I expected for it to be a little unorganized, for it being LIB first year, but I was very impressed how smoothly it all went.
Stay tuned for Day 2 coming soon.

Life is Beautiful – Day 1

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 It’s no secret Im the biggest fan of female rockers. It’s impossible for me not to feel empowered by them. Also, as often times proven, siblings who do their art together, succeed more often times than not. I don’t know if its that they share the same blood so they vibe easier off each other or what the secret is, but I envy it. Haim is a trio of young sisters, preparing to launch their debut album this year. Been following them for a little while now, and I really hope they go far. I think they’re already breaking new ground.
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Banter

Mainly im posting this so I have this video saved somewhere so I can find it again.
I promise im not un healthily obsessed with them.. they just have the most entertaining banter ever.
(i hope im not the only person that has devoted 50:20 minutes listening to this)
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Rooftop with T&S

It was high time for a little after work hooky time. And by hooky I mean a concert. Lucky for us it was a rooftop and pool side show at the Cosmopolitan. Probably my new favorite venue. I most likely wont say that when its 115 degrees in a couple weeks. But hot dang, last nights weather was perfection. No wind. 70 degrees. Couldn’t have been better.
Me and my friendship Cathy Snavely devoured sushi before the show.
concerts are great and all; A group of people coming together to enjoy music they mutually enjoy, its my favorite past time. But theres something  .. something so fascinating to me when seeing a group that you have followed from the beginning of their career.. Its just a thing that I love a whole ton, so i’ll stop before I tear up.
Remember that one time Cathy and I (above) went to a Tegan & Sara concert when I was in high school. Around the same time I went through my platinum blonde stage. imsorryimnotsorry
 Now that we’re all grown up, we still homies.. And we thought it only appropriate to see them again before her and her family move to Florida for 2+ years. First concert and last concert (til she returns).
Rooftop with T&S