Friday, May 22

Lava Music Festival 2015

If there were any certainties about my four years at WM, it's this one.  If there was live music, I was probably there.  And apparently grad school in Williamsburg means more shows.  Case in point, Lava Music Festival.

This past Saturday was the inaugural Lava Music Festival, at Suffolk's Executive Airport.  Ten bands, no overlapping sets, a free retro arcade, and food trucks.  What's not to love?

To start the day off, the weather was absolutely amazing, perfect festival weather.  We came to Lava when it opened, checking out the pinball arcade and the merch area, before we settled in to watch Major and the Monbacks, one of my local favorites.

Major and the Monbacks

We stopped by the food trucks and ended up getting fish tacos at Bro's Fish Tacos, and a pint of Bold Rock.  I was definitely looking forward to the fish tacos, and they did not disappoint.  We got a little bit of face paint before Robert Delong, then watched the up-and-coming LA artist perform.  The rest of the night included frisbee, a few more amazing bands, and my first Of Montreal show.  Needless to say, it was a day to remember.

Robert Delong

Kishi Bashi and Tall Tall Trees

Kevin Barnes, Of Montreal

Overall, this was an incredible first year for Lava and definitely something I'd consider attending next year.  For another review of the festival, check out AltDaily's review here.  Their critique is on point, in my opinion.

Me, gettin' my face paint on.

Currently listening to: "Don't Say a Word" Major and the Monbacks

Tuesday, May 12

Philadelphia Wizard World

This past weekend, my sister and I attended Philadelphia Wizard World.  Similar to a smaller Comic Con, the convention hosted hundreds of artists and vendors, thousands of guests, and an incredible lineup of actor appearances.  Not to mention, an ideal location in the middle of downtown Philadelphia (right across to Reading Terminal Market).

Over the weekend, we attended a few pretty great panels, ate at Reading Terminal Market (although, not enough times, in my opinion), and met some cool people.  I did end up purchasing my own tiny top hat and another timepiece necklace, but realistically...what blog named "in a world of my own" doesn't have some sort of Alice in Wonderland paraphernalia.  And also, it makes it that much easier to create an Alice in Wonderland costume for a future convention/Halloween.

Photos of only a few of the amazing cosplays at the con.

The Mad Hatter from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland

Osgood and Dalek from Doctor Who 

Me (and my newly purchased tiny top hat) and the Tenth Doctor

Lady Captain America and Bucky Barnes from Marvel's Captain America movies

Annie Leonhart from Attack on Titan

And no nerd convention wouldn't be complete without its fair share of guest appearances.

Summer Glau (River Tam from Firefly)

James and Oliver Phelps (Fred and George Weasley)

Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter from Marvel's Captain America movies and Marvel's Agent Carter)

While I had and still have more than a few angry words to say to the Wizard World organizers, I had a really great time.  I think more than anything, I really just enjoy traveling/exploring new cities with my sister, and I've been pretty grateful to have had multiple chances to do so in the recent past/future.

 Currently listening to watching: The Social Network (one of my favorite movies; I've been watching it pretty frequently recently)

Monday, April 27

Passion Pit at The Norva, Pt. 2

Last night, I had the privilege of going to my second Passion Pit concert at The Norva.  A bit of an impulsive decision, I drove down to Norfolk the day of, purchased a ticket, then spent the afternoon taking in downtown Norfolk before the show.  It was a recipe for the perfect day.

Passion Pit's latest album, Kindred, was released only this past Tuesday, but I had been listening to the album on repeat for over a week....not to mention their first two albums was the soundtrack to long days in lab for the past semester.

I absolutely love The Norva; I can safely say it's my favorite venue.  It's a great size, the atmosphere of it is perfect, and they've always got great bands playing.  Now for the good stuff...the concert was beyond amazing.  They performed almost all of Kindred, and of course, all the classics from Manners and Gossamer.  Michael Angelakos pours his soul into the songs and lyrics, and you can definitely tell.  A few years ago, he became vocal about his battle with bipolar disorder, about how it's affected his personal life and career.  It gives each Passion Pit performance I watch an extra level of depth and complexity.  He is definitely giving it his all, and I soaked it all in.

Some pictures of the day, unfortunately taken with my iTouch.

The famous dolphins that Norfolk is famous for.

 I'm all about the low quality, iTouch photos.  :(

Everyone needs days like this.  Impulsive decisions, alone or with friends, keep life interesting.

Currently listening to: "Whole Life Story" Passion Pit

Tuesday, April 21

Music Spotlight: The Hunts

Live music is a wonderful thing.  And local bands are just the icing on the top.  At The College's last Fridays @ 5 performance of the semester, The Hunts left us awestruck with their hour and a half long show.

The Hunts are an indie folk band from Chesapeake, VA.  The seven members in the band are all siblings, and no member of the family's talent is wasted.  Each member of the group plays a multitude of instruments and their ethereal sound and haunting harmonies are something really special.  After the first few songs, I knew I had to purchase their first CD and latest EP.  Their original music brings you immediately to a relaxed state and to a simpler time.

"Make This Leap"

"Hallelujah" cover

Currently listening to: "Remember Us" The Hunts

Sunday, March 29

Fashion Fascination: Clogs

I will be the first to say that clogs have never been my cup of tea, when it came to shoes.  There was something too chunky and uncomfortable about them.  Until, however...I saw this look below.

It was just completely perfect and got me craving a pair of my own.  I think I'd definitely go for the summer, sandal clog.  It's a good piece to elevate my summer looks.

Emilee Anne wearing American Apparel Crop Top // Zara Gingham Shorts // Swedish Hasbeens Sandals // Prada Sunglasses // L'Occitane Straw Tote

These.  I want these.
Bryr Eva Braided Clogs

Currently listening to: "If You Ever Want to Be in Love" James Bay