Alternative Fashion Directory: Festival & Rave Clothing Brands, Custom Labels and Independent Design Houses

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Post last updated November 20, 2021.

Originally, this started out as a short post about my go-to online brands when shopping for rave and festival outfits…after doing some research and discovery, I quickly realized I was going down a fashion rabbit hole! Now it is a rockstar librarian style catalogue of all the dope brands I come across.

I belong to multiple festival and rave Facebook groups. One of the most common questions I see asked time and again is where to get alternative fashion online.  After a while of replying to posts with the same list of brands over and over, I decide to start making a structured directory. I went back and read through hundreds of comment threads and wrote down the brands that other people were frequently recommending. After collecting brand names I had seen constantly, I then did some independent research, which led me to discover a whole other world of fashion suppliers.

Fast forward three weeks of me scouring the internet, and I had managed to compile a detailed list of over 100 awesome fashion brands where you can find the hottest garments and accessories. The thought behind creating this list was selfishly to make my life easier the next time someone asked me, “What are good places to shop for crazy fun clothes online?” I could just send them a link with all this info like a pro. Long story short, I wrote this post in an effort to serve as a directory for various brands I have discovered over the years. Style & genre inclusive: Goth, Kawaii, Neon Western Wear and so, so many more!

The list is long and ever groing, so in an attempt at being unbiased, I will list brands in alphabetical order. Some brands are fast fashion, others are small businesses. That is why the links will vary in destination. Most will lead you to the brand website, a few others will direct you to Instagram or Etsy. Fun fact, I am an ambassador for some of these companies and I included my promo codes and discount links where ever you see #affiliate.

I plan to add to this list as new brands pop on my radar. Have a brand that you love or own a business that features alternative fashion and/or festival rave wear? Reach out to me to have it featured in this directory!

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*AliExpress: While this site can be overwhelming due to literary hundreds of thousands of items to search, it’s full of awesome things. Pros: low price. Usually ordering factory direct. Cons: can take a couple weeks to arrive. Large site, that can be hard to search through. Make sure to read the reviews and shared product pictures to make sure you are purchasing a quality item.

AliExpress

*Alien Outfitters: Badass baelien brand and Festival scene favorite. Great for everyday alt fashion, shoes and accessories.  Complete with a whole shopping area dedicated to vintage wears. Sizing available up to 4XL. Fun mix of throwback favorites with a little bit of sass. Great site to find random gifts and things to make your look out of this world. Use promo code: HONEYJAYNE to get 15% off! #affiliate

Alien Outfitters

*Amazon: I think we have all heard of this online shopping conglomerate by now. The alluring 2-day or less free shipping is perfect for last-minute items, and they have an abundance of alternative clothing options for every event. It can be overwhelming, or hard to narrow down search options, so I have included my own Amazon list of Festival/Rave related things to make it that much easier for you all 🙂 Also, don’t sleep on Amazon handmade, so many talented artists that will craft one of a kind items. #affiliate

Amazon

*AMI Clubwear: Club vibes, festival must haves and stylish items for everyday awesome outfits. Well organized site with large selections, including shoes, plus size, costumes and intimates. Get 60% off various departments using the following codes: HALLOWEEN60 LINGERIE60 DRESS60 HEEL60 THIGHHIGH60 #affiliate

AMI Clubwear

*Atanadinata Design: Busy Etsy shop cranking out some trippy wearable art patterns that make you feel Wavy! Bodysuits, leggings/top sets, overalls, masks, pins and stickers. Great selection of pastels with a fun Kawaii vibe. 

Atanadinata Design

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*Bandelettes: This innovative brand saw a problem and solved it: CHUB RUB! Offering thigh garters and lace shorts that have you looking cool and feeling comfortable. Chafe no more with these products. 

Bandelettes

*Bass Line Movement: Etsy shop doing big things. Trippy fabric prints and fun matching sets. 420 friendly products with a flare for putting colors together.

Bass Line Movement

*Bexi Apparel: PLUR vibe Tshirts, sequin & fringe accented Items, plus accessories. Womens and mens lines. Up to size 4x, with an option to sort by size! 

Bexi Apparel

*Black Milk Clothing: Aussie company serving up fresh twists on some classic garments like overalls, activewear and panty hose. Great selection of spooky, sassy, even licensed apparel like: Barbie, Super Mario, Pokemon, Harry Potter and Star Wars. Most clothing items up to 2XL. 

Black Milk Clothing

*Blvucci: 3D graphic prints for all you 90’s fashion lovers. Track suits with color pop accents and clothes for everyday awesomeness. All clothes are done in a unisex style and run through size XS-3X.

Blvucci

*Bottle Blonde Studio: Fun fashion studio out of the UK. Probably most recognized for their variety of tinsel jackets & earrings available in various colors and lengths. As well as reworked vintage Denim jackets and funny tshirts, co-ords and hair accessories. Funny mugs and coaster sets and a bunch of other fun sparkle things. Perfect for being extra everyday! 

Bottle Blonde Studio

*Britts Blossoms: Cat and Mouse ears, fuzzy feather headbands, and stash earrings. LED flower crowns and tie-dye bucket hats, socks & tanks. Accessories for days! All handmade and perfect for your inner flowerchild.

Britts Blossoms

*Broken Promises: Lounge wear and comfy clothing with a twist. Collaboration with Santa Cruz and a unique collection of things like boxers and beauty products. Carries up to size 3X, and also has a kids line in addition to womens and mens.

Broken Promises

 

*Burnt Soul: A love for Lycra out of the UK. This brand focuses on individuality and producing sustainable Activewear and party wear.  Fully customizable catsuit and other garments. You chose the fabric combinations, back style, add sleeves, sizing, ect. Stock sizes run up to UK 20-22 and even carry options for children.

Burnt Soul

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*Chrome Monarchy: Unique holographic costume pieces. Masks, collars, armor, wings, bras, garters belts…some even are reflective! Custom made to fit all sizes. Awesome for fun cosplay and taking your costume to the next level.

Chrome Monarchy

*Citi Trends: While this retailer has online shopping, this is my favorite store to browse for affordable festival wears for men, women & children. Street wear and playful fashion with great discount racks plus shoe & accessories selection is legit.  Size inclusive.

Citi Trends

*Coco Fields Boutique: Handmade slow fashion sets, bodysuits and swimwear that runs from size 6-12. Custom orders and sizing available. Style a mix of sexy rave babe meets late 90s fashion, with something in every color 

Coco Fields Boutique

*Coexist: This slow fashion label features Punk and Gothic styles from Berlin, Germany. Clothing and accessories for everyday alt fashion or your next festival or rave outfit. Plus sizing available up to 4x and custom fitting options as well.

Coexsist

*Cosmic Unicornz: Sequins, iridescent and glitter.. harnesses, chokers, colorful, iridescent. Tshirts, adjustable bralettes, skirts, scrunchies, and *Mystery Bundle*!

Cosmin Unicornz

*Coquetry Clothing: Custom clothing that caters to men, women, children and PETS! Playful and innovative designs for all custom sizes. Over 80 options of 4-way stretch fabric galore. They also offer a great rewards program. Awesome fashion that allows you to fully customize your garment…including adding pockets!

Coquetry Clothing

*Crazed Wear: Women’s and Men’s clothing, with trippy & colorful patterns. Cool bucket hats, and chain jewelry.  Order a *mystery bundle* of surprise items. Little grunge, little rave, lots of awesome.

Crazed Wear

*Cyber Dog: One of the longest running rave stores in the world, this UK brand focuses on Cybergoth and alternative fashion. Large selection of harnesses and LED accessories Cyber Dog has something for the whole family with Women’s, men’s & children’s clothing.

Cyber Dog

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*Daisy Daydreamz: Size inclusive that will make custom orders for any fit. Matching sets and fun designs that make this brand unique. Flattering styles for fuller figures and a great selection of patterns and textured fabrics to help you live your best rave life.

Daisy Daydreamz

*DEMONIA Cult: One of the most defining alternative footwear brands. Known best for their platform boots and metallic accent designs. Well made, comfortable for long wear and build to withstand the elements. This quality product holds a high resale value as well. 

Demonia Cult

*Depop: This website is similar to other resale website, where you can buy & sell your clothing. Basically an online thrift store. Large selection, ability to shop via app. Seems to be a great place when sourcing those 90s looks or trying to track down a favorite clothing item from the past.

Depop

*Devil Walking: Selection of catsuits for women, children and men. Full coverage costume suits with detailed 3D printed graphics. Trippy, futuristic patterns set off playfully designed hoodies and hoodie dresses. Great selection for colder weather events. Goes up to size 2XL.

Devil Walking

*Diosa by Seco: Elevated sets that have sparkle, fringe and tons of bright colors. Hoodies with coordinating pants/shorts and chaps for her & him. All these wears are crafted artful designs.

Diosa by Seco

*Disco Lemonade: Intoxicating sparkle festival dresses, disco sets, fairy sleeves and shawls. Detailed sequined designed fabric, that is feminine and fierce. Also fun spandex sets.. Custom sizing available & size inclusive.

Disco Lemonade

*Diverse Design Clothing: Coordinating sets, fun cut outs, and Chaps. Skirt sets, short sets, and flare sets. Swimwear and unitards. The list of offerings is long! Perfect to dress up for a girls night out, to shaking it at a rave, this brand offeres a wide variety of coverage options. Sizes UK4-16.

Diverse Design Clothing

*Dr Martens: These boots justify their price point because the provide unmatched durability. While they can take a bit to break in, they are built to endure the test of time. Available in an insane amount of colors, textures & finishes.

Dr. Marten

*Dub Luv: Mens & Women’s clothing & accessories, that feature fun graphic spandex sets and tank tops/shorts sets also. Perfect for coordinating those matching couples outfits!

Dub Luv

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*Easy Tiger: Fun Denim mashups and over-the-top sequin sets. They use high quality fabric designed to last, and plant five trees per order. Goes up to size 16UK. 

Easy Tiger

*Eat Sleep Rave: Neon motocross sets with fun modern designs. Great clothing peices that are must Haves in ever rave closet. Lots of Biker shorts & fun cut tops.

Eat Sleep Rave

*Electric Couture Dolls: Fun scrunchies, a reflective collection, fun print metallic sets, and other outfit choices for a feminine touch.

Electric Couture Dolls

*Epic Cosplay: Wigs! All lengths and colors. Hundreds of choices. Options for lace front to extensions. They even offer a full tutorial on how to select the perfect color for your skin tone, how to measure your head to ensure a proper fit and how to cute an wear a lacefront wig.

Epic Cosplay

*Etsy: This oasis of handmade and custom products is a godsend for anyone wanting a one-of-a-kind look.  Support small businesses and work directly with artists to commission personalized pieces for you & your crew!

Etsy

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*Fan Daddies: Awesome fans, and fan accessories, like holsters. LGBTQ+ brand featuring colorful graphics and funny play on words, and of course pride! Custom designs welcome.

Fan Daddies

*Fashion Nova: Big website with over 2,000 matching sets, something in every color…curve category with option to search a Tall selection too! Very sporty meets club, with a mix of 70’s, 70’s & 90’s.

Fashion Nova

*Festival Gal Store: Fun and creative, abstract cut out sets and harnesses. 4-way stretch fabrics, great use of velvet, and metallic accents. Offers customizable fabric choices & sizing. One stop shop for the everyday to festival/rave scene.

Festival Gal Store

*Festy Besty: Cool combat boot, long-sleeved T-shirts, hoodies, and joggers. Some matching sets, and fun Bodysuits.  Tie-Dye and sassy graphics.

Festy Besty

*Five And Diamond: Future forward fashion house with a brick in mortar in San Francisco. Women’s, men’s and plus size fashion offerings. Super large selection of black and jewel tone solids. Mix of lightweight fabrics and leather. Perfect for everyday edge to your outfits or dancing in the dusty desert. 

Five And Diamond

*Flat House Press: Great custom screen printing company that has cool effects like: puff, color shifting, glow in the dark and UV reactive. Eco friendly Headbands, hats & tees. Sizes run XS-XL.

Flat House Press

*Fluffy Wuffy: Fluffy faux fur boots in a comfy Ugg style slip on. Also features a wedged heel design. Literally comes in all the colors and even a few pattern options. Great for staying warm and looking cool. They also offer fluffy scarves as well as ears & tail sets.

Fluffy Wuffy

*Free The Spirit: Canadian company offering new & pre-loved rave and festival fashion. Robes, dusters, rave bras, gypsy skirts, tops, bottoms & accessories. Most items are one offs, so don’t wait to snatch them up.

Free The Spirit

*Freedom Rave Wear: Fun & trippy graphic patterned fabric sets, and constant collaborations with other artists. Nice selection of accessories to complete any look. Splashed of reflective designs, bright colors and fun mesh accented pieces.

Freedom Rave Wear

*Fringe & Co.: Fabulous sequined caftans and statement head wraps. Tinsel jackets and funny graphic T-shirts.  This shop has a great variety of sparkle that you can rock everyday or out to a festival or a rave. 

Fringe & Co

*Frisk Me Good: All handmade & upcycled. Streetwear and editorial pieces. Think corsets made of sneakers!

Frisk Me Good

*Foguelina: This label is out of Berlin, Germany and serves up some seriously awesome harnesses and alternative accessories like vinyl boleros and neckties on their Etsy store. All colors available including pastels, jewelry tones, patterns even holographic and neon materials. 

Foguelina

*Fun.com: This site has all the cartoon, comic book and Disney accessories. Movies, TV shows, video games and sports. Apparel, accessories, costumes, toys/collectables and even home goods. Size inclusive, for men, women and childrens clothing. Great for festivals, gifts and novelty items. Use this link to get free shipping over $65 #affiliate.

Fun.com

*Funki B Clubwear: The Etsy shop is full of Faux fur. Glorious coats, shrugs, and booties. They also craft lace & fishnet accents on tops, bodysuits.

Funki B Clubwear

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*G_irl In Real Life: Super colorful brand offering up Kawaii and LGBTQ Lisa Frank vibes. Sizes range from XS-3XL.

G_irl In Real Life

*Give Me Plur: large selection of Pasties, sets, bodysuits, catsuits,  dresses, string bikinis, body stickers & face jewels, various fishnets & tights,

Give Me Plur

*Glitter Trove: Made to order creations. Fringe/chain harnesses, sequin vests, hats, jackets and bandanas. Fun themed cardigan sweaters and acrylic jewelry. Acrylic jewel chain tops and skirts. 

Glitter Trove

*GloFX: Flow toys, refraction glasses, space whips, levitation wands, gloves and so many more LED festival and rave items.

GloFX

*Glowsource: As the name implies, this company has everything LED and GLOW to light up your world. Hats, eyewear, Decorations, jewelry, pool accessories and so much more. Some of the best prices I have ever found, wholesale available & world wide shipping. Option to shop by color. Definitely check them out before your next event. Use code: FIRSTVISIT10 for 10% off your first order. #affiliate

Glow Source

*Gorgeous Nightmare: Size inclusive clothing with plus size up to 3x, and also XL Pasties offering 4″ of coverage. Line of Lingerie, legwraps and fingerless gloves. Full body harnesses, including holographic winged harnesses, along with a versatile face mask selection.  Save 10% with code: HONEYJAYNE #affiliate

Gorgeous Nightmare

*Goth B B: Alternative dark clothing style and accessories for Goth, pastel goth, Lolita, cosplay, k-pop and more. Boots, heels and Mary Jane shoe selection. 

Goth B B

*Gothic Lamb: This shop hits the spot for all your Gothic graphic T needs. Spooky fonts and sassy sayings make this brand a great fit for anyone looking to add to their punk anesthetic or witchy wardrobe. 

Gothic Lamb

*Ground Score: Cloaks, kimonos, joggers, shorts, enamel pins, shirts and sets. Trippy festival designs and crafted with comfort in mind. Men’s and women’s apparel, sized up to 2XL.

Ground Score

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*Harness Me Designs: Elastic harnesses. Bras, garters, cage leggings, shorts, full body designs, and sets. Lots of color choices. Sizes go from XS-5XL in women’s. Custom orders welcome!

Harness Me Designs

*Hartland Hippie Shop: The Etsy shop specializes in stylish ways to keep you warm on those cold festival nights. Cloaks/coats/kimonos of those awesome woven blankets. Various lengths and patterns, these are a great addition to layering to stay warm. 

Hartland Hippie Shop

*Hellcat Eyewear: Next level laser cut sunglasses.  Colorful and super creative designs that make sure you get seen.  Definitely unique eyewear, with a playful goth twist. 

Hellcat Eyewear

*Hemp by Steph: Eclectic collection of all things crochet. Shirts, ponchos, purses and so much more. LGBTQIA inclusive brand with psychedelic aesthetic and all the good vibes. 

Hemp By Steph

*Honeiibeth: All the harnesses in every color and theme. Garters, pasties, sets and other accessories to set off any rave look! Size up to 3XL. 

Honeiibeth

*Honey Birdette: Sexy, sturdy lingerie and swimwear. Supportive bras that help secure the girls while dancing around.  Multiple solid color sets, strong femme designs that give satin bondage goddess vibes.

Honey Birdette

*Honey Jayne USA: Disclaimer, this is my brand! Focused on clothing for fuller figures and a love of spandex. All items are one of a kind. Some signature accents include: glow in the dark, reflective, and bedazzled elements. Specializing in festival hats, pasties, sunglasses and upcycled clothing. Use discount code: HONEYJAYNE for 20% off!

Honey Jayne USA

*Hot Topic: The tried and true cornerstone mall store we all know and grew up with. Punk/Goth vibes, all the Manic Panic hair colors, band merchandise and fun gifts/collectors items. Clothing for her and him. Size inclusive with Plus selection that runs to 5x.

Hot Topic

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*iEDM: Men’s & Women’s clothing & swimwear. Large selection of 3D printed clothing items for cooler weather, like Hoodie dresses with matching pants sets!  Bold colors & pattern options.

iEDM

*I Heart Raves: Mens and Women’s clothing. Great selection of shoes and boots, including DEMONIA & YRU. Large selection of accessories, LEDs and fans. This site offers a large selection of rave sets and festival clothing staples. Save 10% with code HONEYJAYNE #affiliate

I Heart Raves

*Into The AM: Large selection of graphic and all over print T-shirts, tanks & hoodies. Dashed with some shorts, joggers and hat accessories. Great place for Unisex/Men’s festival and rave apparel options.

Into The AM

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*Jackalope Land: Over the top sparkle! Dreamweavers of bespoke costumes and finery from a fantasy realm.  Jumpsuits, corset bodysuits, leather jacket, and boots. Sequins, rhinestones, holographic, and iridescent. Harness featured sets, and fringe accented pieces. Elevated and glamorous cowgirl vibes!

Jackalope Land

*Jazzy Garms: Unique reflective patterns combined with outfits designed to stand out. With a focus on sustainable fashion, Jazzy Garms even offers a Zero Waste collection that features pieces made from recycled scraps. Custom sizing available.

Jazzy Garms

*Johnathan Singer Art: Amazing trippy art and detail prints on clothing, including skirts, shorts, hoodies, tanks, and kimonos. Also have accessories and Hoe decorations. Women, men and children’s options. Sized up to 2XL in choice garments. 

Johnathan Singer Art

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*Kandi Toy Box: Steller Etsy shop with everything made from pony beads and perlers. Intricate cuffs, harnesses, belts/skirts and so much more! Custome orders welcome. 

Kandi Toy Box

*Katty Kloset: IG account that is a great place to scoop up previously loved rave/Festival pieces & sets for a bargain. Most items under $10. 

Katty Kloset

*Katalyst: Handmade, custom fit-to-order dance and rave wear. Great use of trippy prints with reflective accents for clothes and body stickers. Also, this brand features compression shirts and Rave Kilts for men…something I had never seen until now! 

Katalyst

*Kate Knows: Clothes for her, him & couples sets. Size inclusive up to 3x. Offering Kimonos, bomber jackets, hoodies, neck gators, and leggings/joggers. Bright colors and fun pattern mashups. 

Kate Knows

*Keen: Boots, shoes, and sandals perfect for walking anywhere. Some of their best selling sandals have a closed front design to protect your toes in a crowd. Fun patterns and innovative designs that look fun and fashionable. 

KEEN

*Kelsey KO: Great selection of harnesses and accessories from bedazzled sunnies to fully decorated captains hats. Oil slick and sequin clothing options, along with spirit hoods and reversible bandanas.

Kelsey KO

*Kikimora Fashion: Etsy shop pumping out awesome custom bodysuits, costumes and masks. Extremely creative designs with unique features you don’t see in most brands. Cosplay, Cirque du Soleil and Burning Man vibes. These outfits and accessories are next level. 

Kikimora Fashion

*Killstar: Spooky vibes and Gothic glam. Something to make your dark light shine. Clothing and accessories for witches & warlocks.

Killstar

*Konane Wild Craft: Bell sleeved sequin kimonos, reversible shrugs, and fun sequin jewelry and accessories. Large holographic and iridescent sequins to help you stand out from the crowd.  

Konane Wild Craft

*Kritter Klips: All the furry ears your heart desires. Bears, kitten, pierced, colorful, pride and cartoon characters.  They even have options for tails. 

Kritter Klips

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*Lilac Milk Co: Creative clay designs and truly innovative color combinations. Fun dangle accents with rhinestones and metallic accents. Great for anyone looking for quality handmade earrings that catch the eye. 

Lilas Milk Co

*Lit Unicorns: Fabulous lace front wigs and poney tail extensions. Options include 44″ long wigs, Human hair, unicorn colors and even GLOW in the dark.

Lit Unicorns

*Little Black Diamond: Geared towards opening up your fashion Chakra, this site boasts hippie vibes with boho and festival looks. Fun variety of accessories like pony tails, jewelry, crystals and sunglasses. Lots of awesome collaborations with other strong brands on this list. This site carries a little bit of everything for someone looking for a variety of styles in one place.

Little Black Diamond

*Liquid dreams: Yoga shorts, tapestries, fans and clothing wears for women & men. Options to shop by art style. Sizes run through 2XL. 

Liquid Dreams

*LOM Fashion: Fabulous catsuits and bodysuits, mostly available with fringed sleeves. Fun bold graphic printed shirts and hoodies that are sure to make you stand out from the crowd. Statement necklaces, chokers and harnesses. Size inclusive up to 2x in stock.

LOM Fashion

*Love Khaos: This brand has a total flare for all things holographic, leather, fringe and feathers. Featuring bold silhouettes and sharp tailoring these pieces push the boundaries of fashion. Clothing for him, her and also a gender fluid line.

Love Khaos

*Lunchbox Hydration Pack: Know for their anti theft design & changeable skins, Lunchbox packs level up your festival experience. Comes with 2L bladder, safty whistle, loops designed to hold a string of EL wire…included in your purchase!

Lunchbox Hydration Pack

*Lux Muse: Awesome rave outfits for theydies and amazing custom coats! One of a kind designs that are tailored to your colors, interests and vibe. 

Lux Muse

*The Lyte Couture: Sassy little Etsy store making some beautiful outfits. Size inclusive slow fashion that makes adorable sets, with fun tie accents & cutouts.

The Lyte Couture

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*Mahem Spandex: One-off spandex catsuits for women and men. Unique cutouts, mesh panels and tailored lines make these designs original and perfect for any festival. Also wide selection of headdresses and cool visors, all ethically handmade.

Mahem Spandex

*Majestic: Lovely garters and chokers with flair. Create custom garters that you can add Charms and choose choose colors/style. Size inclusive. 

Majestic

*Marina Fini: Innovative Acrylic accessories designed to make any look fabulous. Full of color and thoughtfully crafted. Available in a few brick and mortar locations, and custom orders welcome. 

Marina Fini

*Mood Kandi: Amazing Kandi and Perler bead artist! Custom cuffs, fused charm necklaces, fun chain belts and masks. LGBTQ+ friendly and super PLUR vibes. 

Mood Kandi

*Moody Rainbow: This brand is slow fashion, handmade in California. Their lines feature women’s, mens and unisex clothing in fun material patterns and design elements and is size inclusive up to 3X.

Moody Rainbow

*Mountain Girl Clothing: Cool hoodies made from tapestries and pashminas. Shirts, tank tops, robe jackets, headwraps, masks, leggings, trucker hats, and even baby clothes! Also, they offer all the wears for the Dead Head in your life.

Mountain Girl Clothing

*My Little Halo: Punk rock awesomeness meets spandex metallics. These Rockstar styles are next level leggings. Pockets, studs and corset laced accents make these pants pop. 

My Little Halo

*Mythical Merch: Awesome collection of enamel pins! Over 200 designs that are Trippy, featuring your favorite bands, cartoon characters and Disney princesses doing crazy things.

Mythical Merch

*My Willows: Retro frames paired with dangle behind the ear chains that add style to your sunnies. Chains are weighted with hand chosen crystals that double as an elongated earring look.

My Willows

*Mystique Apparel: Canadian company serving up some awesome rave babe vibes for all shapes and sizes. Buy Mystery Boxes, bucket hats, various sleeves and bodysuits. Colorful designs, trippy patterns made of 4 way stretch fabric. Sized up to 2XL in stock, and they offer the ability to customize your item & sizing with over 70 fabric choices!

Mystique Apparel

*Mystic Fables Leather: Face masks, shoulder holster, pocket bags, leg bags, cuffs and wallets all beautifully crafted and embellished with precious stones and metallic accents. 

Mystic Fables Leather

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*Nasty Gem: Punk rock vibes, with all the spikes you can handle! Chokers, bags, bracelets & earrings.

Nasty Gem

*Neon Cowboys: A place for all your country rave and space cowboy clothing! Reppin’ an inclusive & diverse American culture, this brand offers light up Cowboy hats, boots and other incredibly unique GLOW items. Great for cow print & Cactus apparel needs!

Neon Cowboys

*Neva Nude: Appeal, Pasties, body stickers and shoe wings. Lost of glitter. Holographic and reflective elements, with a large selection of designs.

Neva Nude

*Nixi Killick: Serving up Lisa Frank rave vibes. Original artwork & designs that are futuristic and fun. Everything from outerwear, clothing and all the accessories. Options for women, men and children. Bold color patterns and full coverage options. 

Nixi Killick

*Nomad Kandi: Kandi kids rejoice! This Etsy shop has page after page of laser cut accessories in ever color. They offer customized items that can be easily personalized for you and your festi bestie. 

Nomad Kandi

*Nomadic Clothing: Fringe, bright colors and lots of fun movement. Sets, sleeves and separates. Clothing sizes S-L. Custom jewelry options available. 

Nomadic Clothing

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*Ota-Q: Kawaii & Pastel Goth gold mine. Couture cuteness overload. Clothes for Japanese fashion enthusiasts of all sizes.

Ota-Q

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*Pandorika Designs: Tie dye awesomeness for all tastes. Festival and everyday wear items for women, men and children. Plus sized selection that carries 3-4X. Clothing, headbands, robes, tapestries, jewelry, mystery packs and even custom vinyl designs available.

Pandorika Designs

*Pastease: The main focus is reusable, comfortable, sensual Pasties for every mood, occasion and theme. This is not your average nipple cover site. They offer hundreds of styles in various sizes of coverage. Also available are chain accessories to further customize your boob stickers for a unique chest look. Coverage runs from half an inch (XS) to 3″ (L).

Pastease

*Patekitty: Hand painted, super detail oriented Denim jackets, vests and festival hats, most with UV/blacklight reactive features.  Accented with rhinestones, spikes and fun personal touches. Size inclusive and available for custom commissions. Contact for custom styling sessions available in the Sacramento area.  

Pate Kitty

*Peridot Clothing: Spandex and holographic clothing for men, women and children. Body harnesses and fringe harness skirts. Sale shop organized by size (xs-2x). All fully customizable with approximately 100 fabric options.

Peridot Clothing

*Planet Apex Clothing: Lovely linear spandex bodysuits, catsuits, tops, and bottoms coming from the UK. Fun color-blocking sweatshirts and joggers. Notable designs that set you apart from the crowd. 

Planet Apex Clothing

*Planet Disco: Fun rave sets and separates, 4-way stretch material and fun accents like jump rings and chains. Carries up to size 2X in most items. 

Planted Disco

*Play Gear: Colorful custom wigs, Playboy Bunny and Bratz printed designs. Sporty velour sets and fun accessories, like ski masks and purses.

Play Gear

*Plurthlings: Men’s (unisex) fashion label with trippy 3D graphic printed designs and sacred geometry. Vibrant colors and patterns. Hoodies, joggers, tanks, masks and hats. Up to size 3XL.

Plurthlings

*Poshmark: Buy and sell second hand fashion easily through this site and app. Ability to shop by brand and negotiate price, this site is useful for finding all kinds of sold out fashion trends. 

Poshmark

*Pretty In Punq: Sets, skirts, tops. Great for pink outfits, fun black and white clothing and a feminine punk spin on festival and rave outfits.

Pretty in Punq

*Prism Kisses: Fun metallic and sparkle sets & separates. Innovative designs, like butterfly top, full chaps and shorts with garters. Bikini and peekaboo tops. Most items sized up 2XL.

Prism Kisses

*Psychedelic Cactus: Your headquarters for all your stash scrunchy needs. Perfect accessory to match all your outfits.

Psychedelic Cactus

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*Radioactive Brands: Selection of Light up items and custom options for Jerseys, camp/scout shirts, masks, snap backs and hoodies and even neon signs! Sizes run up to 2XL. 

Radioactive Brands

*Rage Nation: Awesome, detailed graphic clothing for men and women. Along with unique t-shirt and jogger designs, they boast outerwear, jewelry, sports bras, jerseys, pashminas, hats, skateboards and home decor. Great for layering and colder events. Use code HONEYJAYNE #affiliate

Rage Nation

*Rage On: 3D, all over print hoodies, button down hawaiian shirts, ugly sweaters, and matching sets. Fun stickers/car decals, and home decor.

Rage On

*Rave After Rave: Everyday wears like hoodies, joggers, and T-shirts. Fun color coordinated rave sets with chain embellishments and playful lines. Dresses and Bike short options too. 

Rave After Rave

*Rave and Dance Wear: Sexy aesthetic that caters to exotic dancers and brands itself as “Hoe Couture”. Featuring handmade micro bikinis, bodysuits, heels, lingerie and skirt sets. Sizes run from XS-4XL. Save 10% off with the code: Subscribe10 #affiliate

Rave and Dance Wear

*Rave Bae Couture: Fun sets and body suits. Playful wet look metallics with buckles & ties a-plenty. Also carry full J. Valentine line in addition to other collaborations. Gret for detailed rave sets and accessories.

Rave Bae Couture

*Rave fix: Sexy costumes and wide selection of rave wear. Lingerie, bodysuits, separates and sets. Holographic and wet look fabrics take these looks to the next level. Most sizes run S-L.

Rave Fix

*Rave With Mi Gente: Hot shorts, fun bottoms & wrap bikini tops, sets, and sport tops. Fun harnesses, pasties, and chokers. Eye-catching prints, lots of spandex, mesh and wet look leather.

Rave With Mi Gente

*Rave Wonderland: In addition to a full website, they also have a brick & mortar in LA. Great selection for both women and men.  Large selection of shoes and platform boots.  All the rave accessories: LEDs, eyewear, jewelry, harnesses, makeup and bags. Size inclusive to 3X.

Rave Wonderland

*Raveflags.com: Tons of festival and DJ flags. Also option to custom make different sized flags. Cool way to pimp out your campsite or wear as a cape.

Raveflags.com

*Rolita Couture: Size inclusive, self branded with “Sexy has no size”. They have funky laser cut belts and jewelry that compliments a collection of mix n’ match strappy/cutout sets. This brand features 420 friendly designs.

Rolita Couture

*Romwe: Fast fashion offering a large selection of 90’s/y2k clothing styles, swimsuits, and accessories.  Activewear, dresses and sweatshirts. Options for womens and mens outfits. Ships worldwide and carries up to size 2XL.

Romwe

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*Scummy Bears: Clothing for the dark side of raving! Trippy melting designs and punk graphics. Jerseys, cloaks, and creative hoodies. Options for Men’s and Women’s fashion. Size inclusive up to 2X for most items.

Scummy Bears

*Sea Dragon Studio: Comfortable and fun holographic festival wear. Offers XL and custom sizing! Womens and Mens looks. Most notable are their colorful bomber jackets and the fact most pieces come in over 10 color choices, perfect for coordinating group outfits!

Sea Dragon Studio

*Sequin Emporium: UK based Etsy shop pumping out some serious sparkle. Bomber jackets, blazers, shirts, and bumbags. Items for women, men & children, custom orders welcome. 

Sequin Emporium

*She Has Evolved: Super sexy fashion trends for everyday or any festival. Elevated designs and unique styles. Super boss babe and bad bitch vibes.

She Has Evolved

*Shein: Definitely fast fashion, but one of the more budget friendly options for sourcing some funky garments. Men’s, Women’s & children’s options for apparel are aplenty. Double check your measurements and the size charts before ordering. Pro tip, Get creative with your search keywords. #affiliate.

SHEIN

*Shop B Glittz: Fun, snarky play on corporate logos for tank tops. Lots of fringe accents.  Matching sets, gloves & stockings. Laser cut Jewelry, metal belts & harnesses. Bedazzled bucket hats. Retro upcycled tshirt bikinis.

Shop B Glittz

*Shroom Beach: Obsessed with psychedelics this brand uses a lot of mushroom focused designs that trip you out by looking at them.  Featuring a full line of reflective Mushroom clothing for women and men, and nice selection of baseball hats, and beanies. Use promo code HONEYJAYNE for 15% off your order! #affiliate

Shroom Beach

*Skidz: This is an old school brand, that was born from wanting comfort and style. Best known for their elevated scrub pant styles, they also offer hats, tops and shorts. Fun and trippy patterns, perfect for fests or just living your best life. 

Skidz

*Snag Tights: Tights from size 4-36. Fishnets, graphics, patterns, every solid color, mock garters and even chub rub shorts! They even carry options for kids. 

Snag Tights

*Sound Waves Co: Etsy shop with merch, clothing and bags for different festivals and DJs. Funny 420 graphic Tshirts and cool accessories.

Sounds Waves Co

*Sparklefide: Awesome Etsy shop featuring a spandex collection of fun fringe shrugs, leg covers and even LED wedding dresses! Catchy use of metallics and neon colors.  Creative, and unique hand made pieces that will certainly get you noticed in a crowd. 

Sparklefide

*Spirithoods: Faux fur coats, hoods, blankets, shawls and robes. Some LED options as well. Options for womens and mens, up to size XXL.

Spirithoods

*Spvce Island: Cool line of festival clothes and super colorful platform boots, fur coats, and corsets. They even have holo, iridescent, rainbow, and chain harnesses. Hoodies, shirts. Bodysuits,  chokers and goggles. Pretty much all the things!

Spvce Island

*State Of Disarray: This UK brand has a unique selection of animal hoods, costume onesies and jumpsuits. They also offer steller bomber jackets with sequined accents and holographic hoodies with colorful fabric combos. Innovative designs sprinkled with sparkles and imagination.

State Of Disarray

*Suspex: Edgy statement brand of sustainably Handmade bikinis and ravewear. Sizes from XS-XL.

Suspex

*Sweet N Spicy The Label: Formerly “Pretty Little Plurmaid” this brand is stocked with sets, head scarves, hats, little bikinis, and masks.  Lots of matching/ coordinating pieces.

Sweet N Spicy

*Sykadelic Dreams: All the clothing options for women, men and children. Hoodies, leggings, swimwear, kimonos, masked shirts, tapestries and towels. Up to size 2XL. Awesome artist collaborations with all over graphic designs and sacred geometry prints. 

Sykadelic Dreams

*Syzygy: Staple solids, fun lines and designs. Great sets and use of 4way stretch and mesh materials. Up to size 2X in most items.

Syzygy

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*Tara Khorzad: UK brand keeping playfulness alive! Funky color pop patterns that are sure to make you stand out from the crowd.  Lounge wear, swimsuits, sets, dresses and all-in-one outfits.

Tara Khorzad

*Tasteful Girl: Stock size inclusive up to 2x and made to order services available. Matching sets, skirts, dresses, some really funky fun bodysuits. Trippy & glam. selection of various cut tops & bottoms available in all basic colors, perfect staples for any festival wardrobe.

Tasteful Girl

*Telepakik Creations: Custom harnesses, sleeves, bottoms, bodysuits, skater skirts and more. Lots of 4 way stretch metallic and velvet pieces. Also has mystery box purchases available.

Telepakik Creations

*Teva: This footwear is great for functionality. Sizing for women, men & kids. Adjustable straps, various designs and they stay secure on your feet in and out of water. Thicker, comfortable soles make these sandals great for hiking and events with a lot of walking. 

Teva

*That New Label: Fabulous fashion from Down Under. Bright and eye catching fabrics from spandex bodysuits to lounge wear track sets. However, the real show stopper are the fur coats. A colorful mash-up of sequins and faux fur. Over the top designs that are amazing wearable works of art!

That New Label

*The Black Temple: Outerwear, customizable graphic options, lots of oil spill and metallic prints. Fishnets, sequins & crochet! Rock n Roll vibes with innovative design. Statement pieces and accessories to show off your dark side. Clothing options for women and men and a nice selection of spoon pendants.

The Black Temple

*The Fairies Pyjamas: Sweet should holsters, clothes of mostly organic cotton, designs for elvish creatures, cosplay, flow and festival fashion. Leaf skirts and accessories, tie dye and cargo shorts with fun details.

The Fairies Pyjamas

*The Pop Icon: Light up lollipops on a lanyard. Refillable sucker candy in a variety of flavors. Various color options available, as wells as LED lanyards and LED pins to elevate your style. Nice alternative to a pacifier/hard candies.

The Pop Icon

*The Rave Box: Clothing up to size 3X and lots of accessories and hydration packs. Shop single items or prder one of their mystery boxes and let them surprise you with fun outfits picked just for you. They also feature a brick & mortar store in LA, as well as rent a rave van for parties on the go and styling parties.

The Rave Box

*The Rave Kulture Kreations: This brand showcases items for you hair and face. Braided clip in hair extensions and hair bundles. Tinsel, pony beads and charm accents. Available in multiple colors and themes like pride, 420, and Galaxy. Good selection of lashes and makeup also.

The Rave Kulture Kreations

*This Is Fairy Love: Colorful spandex bodysuits with metallic accents and chevron design. Fringe sleeves and pieces with movement. Striped playsuits and leotards, sparkling fairy wings, headdress and statement captains coats.

This Is Fairy Love

*Thistle & Spire: Beautiful bras, underwear and bodysuits. Mesh base with detailed embroidered designs. Sexy for under everyday clothes or living your beat rave life. Up to size 3X and F cup.  

Thistle & Spire

*Threaded Roots Creations: Awesome Etsy shop with crochet collection of wearable art. Shorts, bikinis and stash pendants. Other wears like 4 way stretch sets, bucket hats and tshirts. Nice selection of misc rave and festival garments. 

Threaded Roots Creations

*Thunder Thighs: Around 30 color selections, this thigh high sock brand caters to us thick thighed beauties. Designed to fit 27-39 inches around comfortably, and includes tips on how to keep them up/from rolling.

Thunder Thighs

*Trash Queen: All the things! Uniquely designed with fun patterns. Overall shorts, jackets, skater skirts, bags, scrunchies, French berets and mystery “Lucky bags”. Size inclusive from XS-5XL. Custom orders available. They even have a “shop by vibe” section!

Trash Queen

*Tribe of Ravers: Sets, bodysuits, skirts, outerwear and fun sunglasses. Great selection of 4way stretch materials up to size XL, 2XL in some options. 

Tribe of Ravers

*Tunnel Vision: Awesome old school 90s/y2k aesthetic. Vintage wears and accessories. Dresses, tops, bottoms, hoodiea and cardigans. Options to search by size, goes up to 4XL. 

Tunnel Vision

*Twisted Movement: Edgy, handcrafted bodysuits, catsuits, leggings, and more done in a slit weave style. Fun patterns/prints as well as solid colors and velvets.

Twisted Movement

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*University Customs: Design custom matching merch: flags, all types of jerseys and tapestries. They even offer help in designing your one of a kind idea! 

University Customs

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*Vaprwear: This product line is featured on Amazon. They have backpacks, shirts, and hoodies that you can attach your vape cartridge to and smoke discreetly. Perfect for festivals and everyday functions to help you live that high life. #affiliate

Vaprwear

*Vibedration: Backpacks and crossbody bags that hold you things and keep you hydrated. Coming in various bladder size and bag styles, complete with countless designs, Vibedration always stands out in a crowd. They also carry accessories like bum bags, wallets and hats. To save 10% off your order, use promo code HONEYJAYNE. #affiliate

Vibedration

*Vicerays: Stash sunglasses! Travel light and lit with these stealthy shades. Perfect for road trips, days on the beach, or your next concert.

Vicerays

*Victoria Anise: Beautiful lingerie and swimwear designs. Colorful material and delicate lace designs that are sure to bring out your sexy side. Size S-XL. 

Victoria Anise

*Videnoir: Serving up some serious glam gothic/vampire vibes! This brand has some very detailed lingerie and boudoir items that are great for a sexy Halloween or living your best spooky goddess life. Custom sizing available, stock size up to XL. 

Videnoir

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*Warrior Within Designs: Beautiful onesies, bodysuits, and coats. A whole selection of velvet wears and tie-dye! Full line of Grateful Dead inspired garments. Offers clothing options for women and men.

Warrior Within Designs

*Wekoko: Super large selection of all the things! Clothing, Jewelry,  Bags, Shoes, accessories. Fans, bedazzled sunnies, men’s clothing!

Wekoko

*White Market: Page after page filled with choices for unisex clothing & accessories. Size inclusive up to 3x. Free worldwide shipping. Enamel pins, fun sunglasses, and catchy graphic shirts & hats. Funny socks, 420 friendly apparel and lots of play on words/corporate logos. Great options for accessorizing any outfit. 90s Club Kid vibes with the alternative fashion we are all looking for today. 

White Market

*Who Cares Why Not: Bling bling Burning Man vibes. Bedazzled hats and goggles. Sunnies, sparkle jackets and coats too. Somehow this brand puts me in the mind of what “festival formal” would look like!

Who Cares Why Not

*Wild Thing: Fun festival clothing for women and men that includes bedazzled military jackets, leggings, sparkle vests and funny tie-dye T-shirts. Full sequin bodysuits, spandex catsuits, and bold pattern design. Fun accessories like Fringe epaulettes, head chains and headdress for carnival. Great spot to pick up an all-around rave ready look.

Wild Thing

*Wobble Factory: Nice selection of jerseys and T-shirts with a love for dark colors.

Wobble Factory

*Wook Earrings: Cute dangle charm earrings that have Earplugs attached so you never lose them or of forget them at your next festival or music experience.

Wook Earrings

*Wooks’ Nook: Pashminas, mini spoons, fun socks and catchy T-shirts. Nice variety of colors and patterns, funny and druggy at the same time. Great place to get festival staples or gifts for your favorite Wook. 

Wooks’ Nook

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*Yandy: Lingerie, sports wear, dance wear, shoes, and accessories.  They even carry the full J. Valentine collection. Think more of a XXX version of other rave fashion sites. Prices are low, and has a large selection of options, including plus size and costumes. Save 15% with promo code 15percentYandy #affiliate

Yandy

*Youphoria Festival Wear: This innovative brand makes cozy full length festival coats (with pockets!) THAT FOLD INTO A BACKPACK! They also offer kimonos/duster vests, shoulder capes, sequin tops/tanks/dresses. Most clothing items have POCKETS (even tops and dresses) and go to size XL.

Youphoria Festival Wear

*YRU Shoes: This is one of the main staples in the world of festival shoes. Platforms, boots, sneakers, heels, flats and sandals, there is something for all occasions.

YRU

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*Zumies: Great selection of streetwear for women, men and youths. Skater vibes and comfortable clothing. Large collection of garments and skater accessories. Lots of fashion choices for layering and cold weather, even a snow collection.

Zumies

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*3 Wishes Rave Wear: Lingerie, rave wear, costumes, and swimwear. This site has it all, and goes to size 3X/4X in plus category.

3 Wishes Rave Wear

Must Have Items For Summer FUN

Whether you’re trying to have your Hawt Girl Summer, or just live your best life in the sunshine, there are a few items that you need to round it all out. I Have listed my top 16 things everyone should have to maximize their fun in the sun and get the most out of the outdoors this summer!

Fun fact about me, I try to hide form the sun. I basically treat myself like a Vampire. Big hats, rash guards, long sleeve tunic dresses, and personal shade are my BFF’s. I often get warm quickly and the direct sunlight will zap my energy and leave me sun drunk. I also hold tan lines for a long time and the contrast drives me bonkers, so I just opt out of it all together!

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1. Caftans. This traditional middle eastern garment is a great addition to the summer pool wardrobe. It is usually more full coverage and shapeless, but flattering at the same time. Caftans are a great cover up regardless of if you are poolside or lounging at home. The are comfortable and lightweight, the perfect compliment to a fabulous summer.

2. Cotton dress with pockets. Cotton is the ultimate summer fabric. Lightweight, breathable and easy to throw in the washer so you can have it ready to wear many times over. Enjoy wearing it at home as lounge wear or pair it with some cute shoes and fun hat, you are an instant summer sensation…with pockets!

3. Functional pool float. Not all swim floats are created equally. While some might look fun, they are not functional. I have found that the best style of inflatable float is the semi-submerged lounge chair with dual cupholders and handles. Great for linking up and keeping track of your items/drink.

4. Sunscreen. Don’t let the sun harsh your fun. These fun colored options make putting onsun block a work of art and a way to express yourself!

5. Bug spray bracelets. I personally fell like these help me keep those pesky skeeters away. And I tent to use two on my ankles and am good for the day usually.

6. Telephone chord hair ties. These are great to add some volume to a regular top knot. I also like that they have a great non slip grip, but do not pull and cause far less damage to your hair then the average elastic hair tie.

7. Waterproof stay put sandals. There are so many brands to consider, from the generic water shoe to a customized pair of Crocks. One of my favorite brands is KEEN. They are super durable, waterproof, and designed to give you arch support and over all comfort in an out of the water.

8. Hair/beard oil. Chlorine pools, salt water and the sunlight can all have a pretty harsh impact on your hair. Protect it from damage and enhance that natural shine with Caster Oil. I like to make my own mixture with hints of essential oil to give it a nice fragrance.

9. Pop-up net coverings for food. Summer tends to mean firing up the grill and having a BBQ. Cooking outdoors can attracted unwanted insects and put a damper on dining. Help keep the pests away with these lightweight netted coverings, that are easy to pack and store. No more swatting flies aways from salads and sides.

10. Corn on the cob holders. A bounty of fresh produce is one of the many perks of summertime. a popular saying I grew up hearing was “The corn should be knee high by the 4th of July”. Eating sweet corn at cookouts always makes me nostalgic. Just ‘cuz you’re having a hot girl summer doesn’t mean you should burn your fingers. Why not make the whole experience outright extra by adding some novelty corn on the cob holders. Classy throwback fun vibes.

11. Half umbrella shade area. Perfect for a multitude of summer events: kids sporting events, the swimming pool, local park, or a movie night in the back yard. I leave this in the trunk of my car “just in case” and it provides plenty of space for at least 4 adults. It is versatile and great to use for rain or shine!

12. Hydration backpack. There are endless brands that offer this water bottle/backpack hybrid. I have owned various ones over the years, some of my favorite brands for functionality and style were CamelBak and Vibedration. If you are looking to invest in one, I suggest going for at least a 2L bladder, and give yourself a few pockets/compartments for storage. Bonus for adjustable straps and D rings to hang items from. For longevity of the silicon bladder, make sure you wash and store it properly.

13. Cooling towels. These bad boys have saved me countless times. The temperatures tend to rise in the summer months along with the time spent doing outdoor activities. Cooling towels work instantly to lower your body temp and prevent overheating. Wet the towel, rap up a few ice cubes and place it around your neck. The material retains the water, but keeps it cool against your skin for a few hours. You can even tie it around your head and wear it as a hair accessory so you not only feel cool, you look cool too!

14. Water drinking bottle with mister. Who doesn’t love a good mash-up? This Frankenstein style invention is the best of both worlds. Prevent dehydration while keeping yourself cool with a burst of misted water every now-and-then. Complete with lock feature so you don’t accidently squirt yourself…Genius!

15. Waterproof lanyard bag for your phone. Swimming at the pool/beach, canoe trips, rafting adventures, water parks, boating adventures, thunderstorms. All very big traditions for summer fun. Don’t let water dampen your fun by ruining your cell phone. Make sure your mobile is protected so you can still snap pictures, record videos and make phone calls. Not only are these cases waterproof, they float and have a lanyard strap so you can hang it around your neck for easy access. Got to love that touch screen technology.

16. Rashguard swimwear. This style originally worn only by surfers and divers and has been a summer fashion trend for a few years now. These are typically made of 4 way stretch fabrics that block out a certain amount of UV rays to protect your skin. Rashguards are great for when you are spending long amounts of time in the water and don’t want to worry about constantly applying sunscreen, or are in a natural area that doesn’t allow the use of sunscreens, a rashguard is the perfect solution. I suggest ones that have a full zip front to get on and off easily, wet or dry.

Everything You Need To Know About Crowd Surfing

Curious About Crowd Surfing, Let Me School You!

With another year of large gathering/events being postponed, there is no excuse not to be prepared when things open back up after quarantine. Going to a rave or festival for the first time is on a lot of folks Bucket Lists. I want to help you level up your crowd game for when events open back up, because you know that after two years of having to hold it all in, people are going to go HARD once festivals are a thing again. You have never really fully embraced a large crowd until you have rode it like a wave!

Crowd Surfing Visual

One of the most fun experiences of attending music concerts and some festivals is Crowd Surfing. Also commonly referred to as Body Surfing the crowd, it means you are transported from one point to another simply by people passing you over their heads, distributing your body weight among their many hands. Crowd surfing has been around for almost 50 years in the communities of any edgy genre you can think of — rock, punk, metal, ska, etc., but now it extends to many EDM shows as well.

What To Expect

Taller folks, you most definitely get an arm work out for the night. Shorter people, you make instant friends with all the tall folks around you, but you also get hit in the head with more than a few elbows and feet. Everyone should have their hands up, regardless of height, because you never know when you’ll have to help carry the weight of a surfing body. That is what it is like to be on the ground while someone is crowd surfing in the sea of hands above you. I have MANY friends that refuse to “go-up” for various reasons. For those of you who are still interested, keep reading! Crowd surfing to me is like flying. It is a feeling of weightlessness and of being oh-so magical and free.

*PRO TIPS* for those considering the Crowd Surfing experience. 1) Have a post-surf plan 2) Secure all the things and 3) Communicate with the people behind the hands.

While you are hopefully practicing the buddy system you turn to your friend and you hash out a quick plan. For example, a certain song comes on and that is when you’re wanting to “go-up”, then where to meet after you “drop”.  Figure out how to best secure your loose items. Zipper pockets are your friend. Everything you can not secure/don’t want to risk loosing needs to be left with your buddy or stashed in pile somewhere. What shoes are you wearing? If you can tie the laces tightly and your shoes will not slip off easily, wear them. If not, leave them with your buddy!

Next, have a planned meeting spot for either after that set ends, top of the hour, etc.  Whatever suits you best.  And just as you have been communicating with your buddy, say positive things as you are passed to the front of the crowd.  A “Thank you! You guys rock!” goes a long way.  Also, try to keep your core tight/stiffen your body a bit. It makes passing you much easier to those on the ground. Try not to be a limp noodle. I tend to cross my legs together at the ankles and then have my arms out. By making myself easier to pass it ensures I am less likely to get hurt during the surf session as well. Lastly, pick your moment and yell with your little rock and roll heart “PUT ME UP!” and you are off baby!

Crowd Surfing in an inflatable boat

Things To Keep In Mind

A few things to consider that you might not have thought of concerning crowd surfing. If you are wearing a skirt or a dress, it’s going to end up letting your goodies all hang out. Usually on accident, sometimes because people are perverted. Either way, I advise AGAINST crowd surfing in easy access clothing. Take the hoodie off your waist and wear it. I have also seen bathing suits, tank tops, even t-shirts get torn off a person as they pass over the hands. The little straps and loose fabric gets caught on things, and again, people can be jerks.

Another thing to keep in mind is, if you go over the wall/fence between the fans and the stage, you are pretty much done. Often, but not always, you will have to go alllllllllll the way out and around to even start to get back to where your friends are huddled together just a few 100ft from stage. Remember, over the wall = backstage of sorts. Sometimes, security is cool, band members start partying with you. Other times, you are escorted quickly to a side exit and shown the door. Keep in mind you might have to get your bearings on where you are in less then 10 seconds after being literally handed over horizontally!

Steve Aoki Crowd Surfing at his concert.

This activity is not without consequences. Beyond the torn/lost clothing and personal items, you can actually get hurt doing this. There are numerous stories at EVERY EVENT of folks suffering broken bones and cuts that require stitches after Crowd Surfing. Please proceed at your own risk and use your best judgment to gauge the crowd and the possibility of risk. I have shared all my personal tips for harm reduction, the rest is up to you to make that informed decision. Go with grace!

Important Phrases for *Crowd Surfing*

  • PUT ME UP: This gets the crowd surfing experience started by letting those around you know that you want to be put up into the sea of hands.
  • DROP ME: Lets the hands know that you want to be put down, and end your surf.
  • OVER THE WALL: You want to be thrown over the divider between the crowd and the stage. *I always opt to drop a few rows from the front for premium viewing placement.

Confessions of a Pastry Chef: 15 Tips & Tricks Home Cooks Can Use To Master Baking Recipes In The Kitchen!

Fun Fact, in a previous life I was a classically trained Pastry Chef. I graduated from culinary school then held a multitude of jobs in the industry, including my own baking business, and I want to share some pearls of wisdom I learned along the way. The goal is to help you work smarter, not harder friends. I have so many tips and tricks from my 12 years of professional experience it’s criminal for me not to share them!

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  1. Baking is all about timing. From the actual cook time, to any rest requirements for an item, minutes matter! A few minutes under and your product is still raw, if you leave them in the oven a little too long, they can taste burnt. Timing gets more complicated the more ingredients you have. Do yourself a favor and mise en place everything you need before you start actually combining them. This ensures you will have prepped everything you need, and allows you to streamline the baking process when you are actively combing ingredients for a recipe.

2. Sifting can make a difference. If you are using Powdered Sugar or Cocoa Powder, definitely sift. I like to sift all my dry ingredients together in general to make sure there are no clumps and that everything is evenly distributed. My preferred method for sifting is to use a wire strainer and a rubber spatula.

3. Measure everything correctly. Did you know there is a difference between liquid measure, and dry measure? Dry measures are typically opaque and come in a set with different predetermined amounts that stack into each other, where liquid measures are see-through containers that have a tiny pour spout on the lip and have markings on the sides to indicate how much is being used. When using dry measurements it is imperative that you level measure the cups. This means taking something, like the back of a butter knife, and dragging it across the top to remove any access product that is domed over to insure you are accurately measuring the proper amount. Fun fact, brown sugar needs to be “packed” while flour should not be! When in doubt, weigh your ingredients with a kitchen/gram scale. This is how the majority of professional recipes will list measurements for ingredients because it has less room for error.

4. How to easily scale recipe yields. Want to makes cookies but the recipe you have is for 10 dozen?! You can reduce any recipe down to the lowest egg. Ex, 4 eggs, you can reduce everything by 3/4 to scale down a recipe. Again, remember that a large egg = 2oz, 1:1 yolk to white. This allows you to do the math if a recipe only calls for one part of the egg, or measures in weight.

5. Trust the toothpick method for testing doneness. Nothing worse then spending all that time preparing your baked good to have it be still raw in the middle after baking. For those who have never heard of the toothpick test, it is the simple process of taking a toothpick and poking it into the center of an item, and seeing if it comes out clean (done) or if there is still raw batter below the surface (needs more cook time).

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6. There is something called “carry over baking”. Which is the process of the baked item continuing to cook once removed from the oven, but still in the pan/dish. Take this into account if your item is more on the well done side as you should try to remove/cool asap once out of the heat source. 

7. There are some staple ingredients that you should always keep on hand. Having these items already in your pantry will allow you to bake most things on the fly, without a trip to the store. With the exception of the last item (eggs) all the food stuffs on this list have a long shelf life, making them perfect to stock up on when they are on sale.

  • White Granulated Sugar
  • Brown Sugar
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Honey
  • All Purpose (AP) Flour
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon
  • Cocoa Powder
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Baking Soda
  • Baking Powder
  • Salt
  • Eggs
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8. TASTE, TASTE, TASTE! Taste everything before you bake it in the oven. You can make adjustments to raw product, or know if something is off before it is cooked by simply tasting. Whenever you are working with a flavor especially, it is important to remember You can always add more. Taste each bit of your raw mixture as you add flavor. It can quickly go from not enough to too much.

9. The freezer is your friend. Freezing items after they have been baked is a great way to lock in their freshness and elevate the flavor. Renowned Chef Thomas Keller swears by freezing his Parisian macarons for 24hours – 2 weeks. I recommend chilling cookie dough batter for a few minutes before portioning and baking off to firm up the butter and allow for better finished product. I use the freezer the most when I am doing cake decorating. Once the cake comes out of the oven, let it cool to room temperature before placing it in the freezer. In addition to locking in flavor, putting cakes in the freezer allows them to firm up so they are easier to cut and cover in icing.

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10. Read the recipe. This sounds like a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how easy it is to forget an ingredient or accidentally skip a step. Cooking and baking is really just about how well you can follow instructions and accurately execute a dish as it was intended. Pay special attention when a recipe calls for items to be at room temperature or cold, they mention that for a reason. This is legit science people! One thing I do, especially if I am working with a new recipe, is I write it out. That way I can check off things as I go, and it allows me to make notes/adjustments as needed. Once I am finish, and I deem it a worthy recipe, I add it to my repertoire.

11. Butter consistencies matter! Adding melted butter from the microwave is usually a sure fire way to ensure your baked goods are not fluffy and flakey. Unless your recipe calls for melted or chilled butter, it usually wants it at room temperature. With chilled butter, usually the colder, the better. The purpose is so it doesn’t melt when being mixed in with the other ingredients. For example, when making a pie crust or biscuits, I like to cut my butter into small cubes then freeze it. When working with melted butter, it should not be hot, but liquid and lukewarm. Hot butter can start cooking your eggs in your batter, and that is no bueno. Butter is far easier to mix in and get the correct consistency when it is prepped ahead of time. I also leave out a couple sticks of butter and let them get to room temp the day before so it is easier to work with when a recipe just calls for regular butter.

12. Keep track of recipes that you like. Keep a notebook or a binder for a hard copy version, then snap a picture and have a digital version as well. The pictures allow you to have access to your recipes while on the go and also the ability to share them easily with friends and family.

13. Oven temperatures matter. Get a hanging oven thermometer to ensure your cooking temperatures are accurate. Also, make sure that you keep the oven door closed as much as possible while in use to keep the heat in. Maintaining heat in the oven is one of the most important things during the cooking process. Baked goods can get messed up many different ways in the oven, and it is a shame to ruin your efforts in the final stretch.

14. Line your baking sheets. Putting down some parchment paper, or a silicon mat, makes for easy release and even easier clean up. While used mostly when baking cookies, I also use parchment to line the bottom of my cake and brownie pans before I pour the batter in. *PRO TOP* There is something called the *Spray, paper, spray* method. This means spraying your pan, then putting down parchment, then adding anther layer of easy release spray. I do this EVERY time I bake a cake. This allows for them to easily come away from the pan and almost always prevents ripping or tearing of the finished product.

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15. Coat heavy mix-in items with flour before adding. With heavy ingredients, like chocolate chips, fruit, nuts, etc. it is best to lightly coat them in flour/flour equivalent. It helps to prevent them from sinking to the bottom of your batter, and allows them to be more evenly distributed in the batter.

Looking for further reading materials on cooking & baking? Wanting to try out new recipes from master chefs? Check out some of my favorite cook books below!

The Art of Self Care

What is self care?  That is a broad question, but I tend to think it encompasses listening to your inner voice to recognize your own needs and then, in-turn, processing those emotions constructively.  Something that requires constant maintenance.  An ever fluid situation that is often influenced by the things happening around us.  We all know how loco 2020 was, but loving yourself is never out of date!  If you find quarantine has taken a toll on your sanity and your patience, YOU ARE NOT ALONE!

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It has almost been a year…everyone has had a quarantine birthday, it all sucks.  Some have run the gambit on emotions.  But the one thing I think is, that anyone with a sense of personal awareness, has realized things about themselves.  What they like, and don’t like.  What they have the power to control, and how they deal with stress, boredom, and loneliness.  There’s a number of frustrations in the world at this moment, and it can get overwhelming.  It’s important to take care of ourselves, not just physically, but mentally too.

Sometimes my mind goes to a dark place.  I think that is common for a lot of folks.  The trick is not letting yourself get stuck in that mindset.  It’s challenging to break routines, and having reoccurring negative thoughts is a form of routine.  How does one change they way they think?  Here are some of the ways I like to disrupt my own thinking patterns and snap myself out of a funk…

1. SUDOKUS. Your brain needs a workout too.  These are far ess frustrating then a crossword puzzle and are a fun way to keep your thinking skills sharp. 

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2. TAKE WALKS. It’s truly amazing what just a little change in scenary will do.  Walking allows you to take in a lot more visual ques that stimulate different areas of the brain.  Not only is it a beautiful distraction, but walking in nature is great for all your senses, sort of flooding your receptors with information… subconsciously redirecting your thoughts. You can always add your headphones to the mix an listen to some of my favorite songs, but it’s often nice to hear the sounds of wildlife to really make you feel alive.


3. COOKING.  No matter your skill level, thanks to the internet, pretty much as long as you can follow instructions, you can put together a fabulous meal.  Cooking is a great way to engage your brain because there is typically a lot of multitasking & planning involved.  From researching a recipe, sourcing ingredients, to chopping/measuring and then actively cooking. Cooking also offers the ability to include others in the process, from children to a group of friends/family. The great part about cooking and mental health for me is the process forces me to focus on the task at hand, rather then any other randlom thoughts.  Then once I’m finished making something, I feel a sense of accomplishment usually immediately followed by satisfaction.  Like, legit, I made this awesome tasty thing, oh hell yeah!

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4. CALL PEOPLE.  This might sound like a gimme, but it’s something we all take for granted. Reach out to that childhood friend, bestie from High School or a favorite old co-worker.  These calls are great as they bring nostalgia, but also a sort of talk therapy that happens when you let the conversation free flow. 

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5. DRINK WATER. It really is one of the fastest, most natural energy boosts. Often times we don’t even realize we are under hydrated until it is too late. Make sure your body is getting enough of the basics, we are made up of 60% water, so that’s pretty important. I know I always feel a sense of accomplishment after a chug a 16oz glass. Want a cheep rush? try it!

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6. VITAMIN B.  Don’t for get to take your Vitamins! B is a great place to start, and feel free to add others, but if you only do one, vitamin B complex should be it. Great for a natural energy boost and helps with hangovers!  Heads up, if you have never taken these before they will turn your pee bright yellow, but that’s normal.  These have been a staple in my daily regimen for the last 7 years.     

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7. BREAK STUFF.  *Got an old pillow? Rip it to shreds.  Just don’t let your dog see you do it. *Random old, broken appliance tucked away in the garage or the basement?  Go full Office Space on that bitch.  Have the home demolition project that you have not tackled yet? Now is the time to throw that sledge hammer around. Another idea, visit a thrift shop/ secondhand store, buy some china, flatware, plates, ect…put on some tunes, start dancing and throw plates on the ground.  The Greeks do it, OPA! Bonus points if you throw on a little Limp Bizkit while you do it!                   

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8. DIY SPA DAY.  I’m a big advocate of these. Run the gauntlet of all the pampering or pick one task and lean into it.  Face masks, bath bombs, scented candles, paint your nails, cucumber slices on your eyes, soak in a hot bath, conditioning treatment for your hair, coconut oil moisturizer treatment for your skin…just to name a few!                  

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9.  MAKE A PLAYLIST. Again, on of my favorite things…but this time, the focus is on the act of creating based on feelings.  It’s a sort of music therapy combined with nostalgia.  Listening to the different songs takes you down memory lane and once you build the playlist, it’s one more tool in your arsenal against *those days* as music has been scientifically proven to have an impact on our moods.  I have playlists for all the occasions…crying, angry, relaxing, uplifting. While I don’t listen to them all that often, I constantly add to them.                             

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10. SELF IMPROVEMENT.  At the end of the day, the only thing we can control is ourselves.  Internal reflection is healthy, but can be tricky waters to navigate.  One of my favorites books, called “The Four Agreements” by Don Miguel Ruiz has been the single most impactful guide I have come across so far, which is why I revisit it every so often to keep it fresh in my mind. A short read, even faster listen, this work focuses on the individual, and how we ourselves influence our worlds.

***Trigger Warning***

While seasonal feelings of anxiety, depression, and loneliness may be temporary, they can feel overwhelming.  If you, or someone you know is struggling, don’t be afraid to explore and reach out to any or all of these resources: 

  • The Suicide Prevention Hotline. Call 1.800.273.8255 for 24/7 confidential help, free of charge. Services are available in English and Spanish.                
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  A very detailed and elaborate website with a wealth of information, resources and support systems.                                                    
  • Suicide Prevention Resources Center. A search page that allows you to quickly filter down to the services offered and available in your specific area or any location.

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Share the Love: 20 Out-of-the-Box Valentine’s Ideas!

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The Hallmark holiday that makes people feel obligated to display grand gestures of love. I am of the mindset that you should celebrate love all year long. If February 14th is the one time a year you express your love, you’re doing it wrong! Regardless of if you are coupled up or solo this year when cupid is flying around, spreading love is one of the best feelings in life, so let’s make it FUN!

This year will prove challenging due to COVID restrictions, but I dug deep and came up with a variety of ways you can entertain yourself, your partner, and even the kiddos this Valentine’s Day! I am going to try and keep this post PG-13, but reader beware, there are discussions on Sex, Drugs & Rock ‘n’ Roll…three of my favorite things.

Every year I want to do something nontraditional to celebrate this lovey-dovey holiday. This post is my Valentine to the world, fun ideas, gifts, and other ways to spice up your life and spread the love this upcoming week and beyond! Also, this goes out to everyone who does not want the played out “box of chocolates and flowers”, here are 20 ideas to treat yourself and all your Valentines. Most are DIY or able to be shipped quickly with Amazon Prime.

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TO DO

Host a Palentine’s Event. People, show those non-romantic partners in your life some love! Plan a group zoom call, even gather socially distanced in the garage, backyard, rooftop, etc. Or pick up the phone and reach out individually to those boss babes and down ass dudes that make your life that much more awesome because they are in it. Love doesn’t have to be only romantic folks, plutonic love between friends and family can be some of the strongest bonds in life!

Drive-in Experience. From Movies to Raves, it’s all going down at the drive-in these last few months! Most areas that have a drive-in theater have utilized them as a great way to safely host events during COVID. Do a quick Google search to see what is available in your surrounding area. Perhaps there is something going down on the 14th, or maybe you just gift tickets to an upcoming show.

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DIY Spa Day. Life is crazy right now, everyone deserves a day of relaxation! Give yourself a mani/pedi, get some face sheet masks, have some bath bombs or shower soothers, rub yourself (or one-another) down with lotion/oil/massage melt bars. Want to get extra freaky? Try a hot soy candle. It burns at a lower temperature than regular candle wax and also provides a moisturizing element idea for all over the body.

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Name a Cockroach after your Ex. Have an ex that was just the worst? Name a cockroach after them and then have it fed to an animal at this San Antonio Zoo as part of their “Cry me a Cockroach” FUNdraiser! A great way to release that negativity out of your life. “For just $5, the Zoo will name a cockroach after your former significant other and feed it to a bird, reptile, or mammal. And if your ex-boo was an especially snaky one, pay $20 more to have zookeepers feed a frozen rat to a reptile instead. For those not into critters, the zoo offers a $5 herbivore option that consists of romaine lettuce, cabbage, and other leafy greens that can be fed to vegetarian animals. The best part of the deal? You don’t have to be at the zoo to watch your ex-turned-pest get eaten up. San Antonio Zoo plans to stream the feedings on Facebook Live. You’ll even receive a certificate to share on social media. If you’re feeling brave enough, post it and tag that unlucky someone. Jilted lovers have until February 13 at 6 p.m. ET to register on the zoo’s website. Only first names will be displayed during the event. The money raised is going to expanding the zoo’s jaguar exhibit” — CNN

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Send out Actual Valentines. Make handmade cards or pick up a box from the store, then send them out. Who doesn’t love personal mail! Put that homeschool art time to good use and share the love with friends, family & neighbors.  Or to take this to the next level, contact a local nursing home to see if you could make Valentine cards for the residents or even just hearts to display on the windows outside to literally show some love!

Play with Animals. Go to an animal shelter and see about volunteering, or just to play with the kitties and puppies. Animals need love too! Plus, who knows, maybe you will connect with one of the animals and decide it is time to add a fur baby to your life. Animals are great because they provide us with the unconditional love that we all deserve!

Learn more about the History of Vday. Do you know how this holiday tradition got started?! Read about the reason for the season of love here.  This is great especially if you have children you are teaching from home at the moment…instant lesson plan that covers the legend of St. Valentine, The origins of Valentine’s Day as a Pegan festival and a day of romance, as well as who is Cupid and typical Valentine’s Day greetings.

GIFTS

Music. Go old school & make a mixed tape! Or update that to a burned CD or custom playlist! Spotify now offers real-time music sharing (beta) with friends.  Share songs in real-time, make your own song line ups, and have the ability to actively change the tracks as you see fit to match the mood.  Very cool feature and a great way to be interactive and present with friends and lovers. 

Alcohol. Seems like most people have upped their drinking game since quarantine. If you are looking for something to gift the lover of libations, try a nice bottle of wine, special aged spirit, or even a craft beer sample pack. Add some fancy/custom drinking glasses, invest in a fun ice tray to make some heart-shaped ice cubes, or get condoms for your wine bottles…practice safe sips!  

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Lotto Tickets. With casinos closed, I know many a gambler who is hurting for some action. Scratch offs are great for all ages and are fun even if you don’t win. Plus, these are hard times, who wouldn’t love to win a little extra cash?!

Forever Flowers. Real flowers are beautiful, but they don’t last. If you would like to DIY the flora and fauna, check out this tutorial on making paper origami flowers. A great craft that the whole family can enjoy. If you are interested in something more luxurious that will stand the test of time, might I suggest a gold-dipped preserved rose. It will look as beautiful as the day you got it forever.

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Bacon Roses. Perfect for anyone on a Keto diet, or anyone who loves bacon! This easy DIY is a showstopper. Also great idea for Father’s Day! Simply roll up two slices of thick bacon, secure together by inserting a toothpick all the way through the lower half. Place in muffin tins and bake-off at 350 for approximately 12-15 minutes. Want to make them legit? Buy silk flowers from the dollar store and pop off the tops because you only need the stems. Insert the cooked bacon “rose” where the silk flower used to be, then for a finishing touch, bundle in wax paper then wrap with crate paper or cellophane for decoration.

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NOT Chocolate. Believe it or not, there are people in this world who do not like chocolate. I know, sounds made up…annnnd dibs!  That being said, here are two of my favorite convenient treat ideas for your sweet: Conversation hearts.  I know, so cliche, but seriously, it’s like snow on Christmas…it just isn’t the same without it!  Plus, you can get sexy adult versions now, and who doesn’t love X-rated candy?! Also, on that same note, have you ever tried edible underwear? Now available in candy necklace style or the OG gummy versions.

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Chocolate. I had to include a few chocolate options just in case there is someone out there who is just burnt out on the same old run of the mill candy boxes but doesn’t want to give up on chocolate completely…don’t worry, I’ve got you. Make your own custom candy bars!  If you want to go full Chocolatier, you can make up your own flavor profiles and confection combinations. If that sounds a bit much, making a customized wrapper is another way to go. Looking for something different, but still a crowd-pleaser? Check out chocolate-covered potato chips! My personal favorite is the Mike Sells & Ester Price brand. And if it’s salty-sweet you’re looking for, we can take that a step farther to include chocolate-covered bacon.  

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Cannabis. Invest in some good old fashion Mary Jane!  A lot of states now have either a medical allowance or are fully recreationally legal. Try a pre-roll, pop a gummy, or enjoy an infused beverage.  Already a regular user? Get yourself/partner a new accessory!  Rolling trays, fun novelty pipe, flavored rolling papers, or even go all out and clean their current piece to look good as new!  Stock up on pipe cleaners, 420 cleaner & some gloves because your hands will get resin on them if you’re doing it right.  *PRO TIP: You can easily make your own homemade 420 cleaning solution by simply combining vodka and coarse salt together.

SEXY TIME

Book Time with a Sexpert. Not just any advice, but award-winning advice from *XBIZ Sexpert of the Year*!!! If you are looking for guidance from a sex-positive ganja goddess, I have just the person for you. Her name is Ashley Manta and she can help you unlock your own sex magic.  Published author many times over, including her just-released book Merry Jane’s The CBD Solution: Sex: How Cannabis, CBD, and Other Plant Allies Can Improve Your Everyday Life host of Elevated Intimacy podcast and multi-talented sex coach, Ashley Manta, The Cannasexual, is a wealth of resources and knowledge! I highly recommend engaging her services to add some spice to your life regardless of if you are in a relationship or single.

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Boudoir Photography Shoot. Boudoir photos are all about capturing intimate, sensual, and sometimes erotic images. This type of photography is great for building self-esteem! Now even men are getting in on the trend with “Dudeoir” sessions of their own. You can hire a photographer that specializes in this romantic style, and they will know how to pose you complimentary to your body type. If you find yourself a bit timid about doing this in front of a stranger, you can DIY this! Set up a tripod (bonus if there is a remote) with a full-length mirror behind it so you can see yourself. Make sure you have good lighting, a ring light is very helpful! Then, use the timed delay feature on your cell phone camera to give yourself 10 seconds to pose. Great things about this, you can take all the pictures you like, and only keep the ones you like best. Gives you total control over the process. But once you see how dang hawt you look, you’re going to want to make it your next Christmas card!

Vibrators. My personal favorite, that I have recommend to many-a-person, is the HITACHI MAGIC WAND.  This will pay for itself 100x over…you can thank me later!  Do not be intimidated or turned off by the fact this toy plugs into the wall, look at it as you’re getting more power than a battery can provide and you’ll never have to “borrow” batteries out of the remote ever again! There is no excuse to not get some this Valentine’s day as you can provide yourself with endless amounts of TLC when you practice self-love.  The great thing about masturbation?  It is the power of knowing your own body and the ability to control your own orgasm.  The great thing about a vibrator?  You don’t have to do all the hard work!  Great for all genders, vibes take things to the next level.  Literally, now there’s voltage involved.  

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Flavored Lube. The perfect way to surprise your partner and a nice incentive to spend some face time below the belt.  Take intimacy to the next level with a tasty alternative to regular lube.  Available in a variety of flavors and base lubricants to suit what fits your needs best.  My personal favorite is water-based Sliquid, in cherry-vanilla.  If you want to search for various taste options, please make sure to avoid lubes with sugar as they can cause irritation and infections, especially for vaginas. 

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In closing, I hope you all got the bigger message of this post…that love doesn’t have to be only romantic, in fact, some of the best loves are not. They are plutonic. The love of self, love of family, love of friends, love of country…the unconditional loves we are all worthy of! 

Don’t skip out on the love celebration just because you are not partnered up!  Sometimes the 14th of February is referred to as *single awareness day* and I think that’s BS.  This day should be a reminder to all that LOVE WINS.  Love yourself, love nature, love animals, love each other! 

Still thinking Valentine’s Day is not your thing? SKIP IT and celebrate Mardi Gras!  Just remember, in the words of the Queen of Drag, RuPaul herself, “How you gonna’ love somebody else if you can’t love yourself?!”  

45 Ideas To Level Up Camping And Outdoor Adventures in 2021

With the New Year full of promise, and folks adapting to the “new normal”, everyone is going out into the wilderness for some fresh air and sunshine. Camping and outdoor adventures are now more popular than ever. I have done my fair share of camping over the years, from canvas tents in Girl Scouts to yurts at Burning Man, and I have definitely learned how to camp smarter, not harder over the years.

This post is designed to level up your nature experience. Activity ideas, pimp campsite decor, food/prep tips, and game-changing products & gear, I’m going to cover all of it! Click on the product pictures below to learn more about or to purchase an item. I may receive a small commission if you purchase something from the links provided as I am now an official Amazon Affiliate!

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ACTIVITIES

Some of my favorite memories are from camping events. There really are endless ways to entertain yourself when you are out in nature, but here are a few extra ideas that might spark inspiration…

  • Birdwatching.  Fun fact, there are roughly 10,000 bird species in the world today. Over 2,000 can be found in North America! Birding is a great way to connect with nature with your eyes and your ears. The really cool thing, you only have to go as far as your backyard to discover some avian beauties. Grab a bird guide book or check out the National Audubon Society for some online resources. 
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  • Climb a tree.  Embrace your inner child, maybe scuff a knee and get some sap on your hands.  Either way, it is a very nostalgic way to enjoy nature.  Climbing trees also gives you a higher vantage point to get a broader view of your surroundings, and who doesn’t love a fresh perspective?! 
  • Spelunking aka Caving. The National Speleological Society has a great introduction to caving that includes videos and lots of tips. Plus, fun fact about caves, they are naturally temperature-controlled year-round, so great no matter the season.
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  • Fire. Take that bonfire to the next level by tossing on a few Magic Fire Color Changing Packs to see a rainbow of flames. The blue, green, and pink colors especially are a real eye-catching surprise as you watch the flames dance. Fun for all ages, and a fast way to upgrade your campsite.
  • Fire 2.0. Feeling extra adventurous?  Give Fire Spinning a try!  Dancing with fire satisfies your soul on a very primal level.  Want to know more, watch this short clip about Fire Dancing Safety. While the video is directed to the Burning Man audience, it is extremely applicable to the average camper wanting to get a quick, well-rounded intro. Here is a printed list of things to know if you preferrer to read about how fire works. To find out more about the Fire & Flow Arts, check out The Flow Art Institute for more info.  
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  • Stargaze.  typically, campsites have significantly less light pollution than urban areas.  This makes it more desirable for viewing the night sky.  Look for constellations, try to find the milky way, and wish on shooting stars. 
  • Forage. Want to compose a meal out of wild produce? Start by grabbing a guide book, and joining a local foragers club IRL and/or virtually on Facebook.  Maybe you don’t want to go full gatherer right now, but it never hurts to hone those survival skills. Learn what plants are native to the area, can any be used as medicine?  Are there any that are poisonous that you should make sure to avoid?  Never a bad idea to educate yourself about your surroundings. Also, check your local and state rules before you set off on this adventure…for example, California has prohibited nearly all foraging on state-owned lands.
  • Release sky lanterns. I love floating sky lanterns.  They are magical mini flaming globes that float into the heavens and can be seen for quite a while after they have been released.  Originally started in China, there are now floating lantern festivals all over the world including Night Lights and Lights Over America which both take place across the US. But you don’t need a big festival to enjoy these, get your own and have fun wherever you are!  Personalize them by writing messages or drawing designs, then send them off. 
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  • Hide-n-Seek. Fun during the day and extra fun in the dark. At night this activity tends to turn into flashlight tag, but regardless, fun for kids and adults alike. 
  • Orienteering. This is a group of sports that require navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain whilst moving at speed.  This is an organized event usually, as a race.  Check the linked websites for times/locations. While this is not typically associated with camping, it is an outdoor activity. The first time I ever did one of these events was at night with my Grandfather,  who was an ultra-marathoner, and I wasn’t even old enough to drive. We had a blast! Perfect for family bonding or anyone who wants to get a taste of what Amazing Race would be like. 
  • Geocaching.   A real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. Super fun for all ages and great to do on a whim. This is fun because these things are hidden in some really trippy spots. I did this a few times when I lived in San Francisco and I went to parts of the city I didn’t even know existed…and I lived there for almost a decade!  Really great way to get out and explore where you live, or wherever you find yourself, and who doesn’t love a real-life treasure hunt?!
  • Junior Ranger Programs. Almost all parks have Junior Ranger programs where your child and yourself can go through a series of special activities to highlight some of the fun duties performed by Park Rangers and to get a better look behind the scenes through a unique hands-on experience. My mom actually did this with my sister and me at a handful of national parks when we were on a West Coast road trip in 1995 and it was pretty awesome.  Sometimes we helped feed animals that were being rehabilitated, other times we participated in a Flag ceremony or got to do things like go on a special night hike. 

DECORATIONS

Decor is a very personal choice, and camping in the elements provides a unique challenge all on it’s own. If you are looking for easy ways to quickly jazz up your camp site to make the experience that much more magical, I have you covered! Some ideas are practical, others are pleasing to the eye, all are FUN!

  • Festival Banners, Bunting, flags. No matter how you refer to these items, they are usually colorful, made of either cloth or waterproof plastic, and great ways to add pops of color to your outdoor space. Line the top of your tent canopy, decorate nearby trees or adorn them from your car/chair/tables.
  • Personalize your gear. Use some Spray Paint or decorate with cool colored duct tape!  Add reflective stickers for a bonus. Do anything you can to differentiate your items from others, its a great way to ensure your items don’t get accidentally mistaken as someone else’s and makes them easier to spot in general.
  • Tapestries and sheer curtainsThese large wall coverings can provide shade and are good to make “walls” for your camping site for some added privacy/art. They also add a whimsical element with the flowy movement in the breeze.
  • Rugs. Use an old one, make a new one. Also, try to use a woven beach “blanket” so that you can make the space feel a little cozier, have somewhere you can safely roam around without shoes on and still have your feet protected.  Nice to have a smaller rug just outside your shelter so you can take off your shoes and have somewhere to stand.
  • Lights. Blinky lights for personal adornment, clip-on hanging lightbulbs with 3 different light modes and/or Fairy lights to ad pops of color and give your site a whimsical touch. Whatever the choice may be, you are sure to never miss your tent in the dark again! *PRO TIP: Try to find solar charging options for your lights. It’s perfect as they can charge during the day and cut down on the need for batteries.

FOOD

Ah! That primal feeling of cooking over open flame! Something about a campfire that can really take cooking to new heights. Below you will find a few recommendations for recipes that are great to cook over a fire, some gadgets that make outdoor cooking easier, and smart ways to organize your food stuffs & cooler to ensure all your food is not waterlogged or bug infested.

  • Metal Skewers. Whether it’s hotdogs, S’mores, or any other thing you can think of, take your roasting game to new heights with these camping tools that put the FUN in functional.
  • Flavored Marshmallows. Speaking of S’mores, level up with these cool marshmallows from SMASHMALLOW!  Fun flavors that play well with chocolate and graham crackers as well as just a tasty treat to pop all on its own. My personal favorites are Mint Chocolate & Cinnamon Churro! 
  • The Banana Boats. Want to mix up your dessert game?  Try a camping classic, a the Banana Boat!  Leave the peel on a banana, split id down the middle, add marshmallows, nuts, fruit, chocolate chips, cereal, granola, peanut butter, Nutella, caramel, etc., then wrap it up win foil and place it on the fire to cook down and get ooey-gooey. *PRO TIP: These are sometimes best to do the last night of camping also, so you can use whatever you have conveniently leftover.
  • Dutch Oven.  Go old school and bust out this timeless cookware to make sweet and savory camping yum yum in this time tested favorite. My personal favorite recipes to make in a Dutch Oven while camping are deep dish pizza and peach cobbler.   
  • Cooler Racks. The best way to utilize your cooler space and elevate items out of the icy water by incorporating a stacking system. Use the shelves to make your cooler more functional for storage and protect your food items from being waterlogged. Compact enough to fit most standard coolers, and allows for easy access to floating ice-cold beverages below while keeping all other items dry.
  • Snacks. Food game is a challenge especially when you want to have things that do not have to be refrigerated but also won’t melt in the heat. Some of my personal favorite snacks to take on outdoor adventures are things I would not normally ever crave or eat normally. That being said, my first must-have snack is Perkey Jerky, Turkey Jerky in Teriyaki flavor. It is so tender for a cured meat. Full of flavor and not overwhelming on my jaw to chew, this brand of Jerky is some of the best I have come across…and I’ve been looking! Continuing on the salty side of life, I recommend dried seaweed sheets. Paper-thin sheets of crunchy seaweed that flakes ever so tastefully in your mouth. You will find yourself craving these long after they are gone, so make sure you stock up! *PRO TIP: Trader Joe’s always has a nice flavor selection of these. Next, Peanut M&M’s are always with me, even in the default world. Great way to make sure you will get your chocolate fix as they don’t melt, plus they are the perfect combination of salty, crunch, sweet! Moving on to, Baby carrots. A great little snack that can survive out of the cooler for a few days if they have to. Perfect mid-day pick me up and a great way to add some hearty crunch to any meal. And then, fruit cups. These are magical to leave bobbing around the bottom of your cooler with the beer and other beverages. Gets you some fruit, a nice little sugar treat, and when they are ice cold like that, there’s just something extra satisfying about them, swear! From there we go to, Werther’s Original Hard Candies. If you want something sweet that travels easily and lasts a little longer, got to have these. Perfect addition to any morning coffee for a little flavor boost as well. Flip back to salty, and I’m talking Sunchips, any flavor. That corny, crunchy flavor burst that hits your mouth with every bite, but doesn’t leave you feeling greasy. Plus, they take a little bit longer to go stale once exposed to the elements I have found. Lastly, one of my must-have camping yum yums is a timeless classic, Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup. Great In the event someone doesn’t feel well, also clutch if you want to warm up from the inside on a cold night or just enjoy a hassle-free meal that can easily be heated up over a fire or a portable stove.

  • Coffee Press. If you are anything like me, that little morning pick me is always extra needed when camping. An important thing to have is a good coffee press. You can always skip that step and hit the instant, but some people feel a certain type of way about ground beans, understandably. You’re already roughing it, don’t actually punish yourself by taking away that morning caffeine boost! This is an all in one camping french press coffee mug with a collapsable handle and seal-tight lid for travel.
  • MIO drink quirts. Small, compact flavor boosters that you can add to any drink. Water, Lemon lime soda, vodka. These tiny drink bombs are perfect to keep on hand whenever a mixer is needed, and they even include B Vitamins and electrolytes. Pretty much like a case of gatorade in the palm of your hand, talk about space saving!net “pop up” dish covering for outdoor picnics.
  • Food storage containers. Pack up leftover food, store prepped items, even double as a bowl/plate set. SO many uses. *PRO TIP: stockpile those fancy plastic to-go containers from your favorite take away restaurant and make them a staple in your camp kitchen!
  • All-purpose WypAll wipes. Not just a roll of paper towels. Waterless cleaning wipes. These clothes are sturdy enough to be reused a few times before they have to be tossed. Great for cleaning up a multitude of surfaces and actually cleaning them as it wipes. Handy for spills and small messes and easier dinner/kitchen clean up.

GEAR

I can never stress enough the importance of being radically self-prepared when it comes to any adventure, let alone exploring the great outdoors. Over the years I have come to find many gadgets and pieces of equipment that have been total game-changers. Don’t just survive your camping trip, thrive in your chosen temporary environment!

  • Pop-up canopy. Great for providing shade over your tent, allowing you to sleep in or take a midday nap much more comfortably.  Also great to hang lights and decorations off of the frame. In addition to adorning the structure, you could paint a design on the actual tarp covering.  Bonus points for a canopy with a sun wall or mosquito netting!
  • Folding tables. The great thing is these come in a variety of sizes and there is always a need for a table. It can pull double duty and act as a prep area, card/game table, even a place to eat meals.  This table comes with 4 chairs that conveniently fold away into the table for compact storage. This particular example includes these little chairs that also make great footrests!
  • Comfortable Chair. This chair is complete with a side cooler, pockets, cup holder, and holds almost 500lbs. Perfect for cuddling! My chair is my home base when camping and I love being able to curl up in this and store all my random gear in one easy-access spot. I have seen many a collapsable chair break while in the middle of a trip, and have always found this reinforced frame as sturdy and durable.

  • Sleeping cots.  Total game changer.  I’m not in my 20’s anymore, so comfort while sleeping is more of a priority for me.  Cots are great as they elevate you off the hard/cold ground and provide ample storage underneath.  I’m on the shorter side of life but have had a few 6-foot friends who said they were surprised how well they slept on them.  They fold up easily and are nice and compact for storage.  Takes no time to set up and strike alone, we’re talking 2 min max per cot. Load bearing up to 450lbs, no middle cross body bar, and a storage bag with lots of pockets for easy access to items and general organization.
  • Quality footwear. Boots/shoes with a good sole are a must.  Shoes that are comfortable and you have worn before. Breaking in a new pair of shoes on a long weekend is no fun. I have always been partial to Columbia brand boots as they are a benchmark in the world of outdoor gear. Always comfortable, and I like that they have a wide variety of color choices and they offer a limited lifetime warranty. *PRO TIP: Always have a spare pair of shoes, bonus points if they can double for water play like crocks or flip flops. Also, for those times when you’ve taken off your hiking boots, but just need to walk a short distance to the bathrooms…Take it from me, nothing will spoil your trip faster than a foot injury…Bacalar, Mexico – Thanksgiving 2019 I impaled my heel on a fence gate I was closing behind myself, totally sober. Eesh. God bless Tetanus shots!
  • Headlamp.  Great to have on your person at all times. I usually wear mine around my neck to provide ambient lighting on demand.  This handsfree lamp is my favorite thing when using any outdoor bathroom and general visibility at night.  
  • Collapsible LED Lantern. These bad boys pack a bright punch for such a small container. I like the fact they can be collapsed part of the way to control the amount of light you want to shine. The handles make it easy to both carry and hang. Plus, the battery draw is low, so they usually last for well over a week. When I got mine in 2014 they came in a 2 pack and these babies have paid for themselves over and over again!
  • Small portable fan.  Sometimes I need a little white noise to doze off to for an afternoon snooze.  Other times I need a little cool air in my tent to help me fall asleep. This fan provides all that along with LED lights and convenient hanging hook and USB charger. Mobile air on demand is a blessing when it’s hot and you need to cool down.

  • Hand warmers.  These babies are amazing.  Once the sun goes down, the temperature typically does too. Perfect size to stash in your pocket or bag and a great way to heat yourself up when it is cold out.  I have gifted these to many thankful souls on a chilly festival night. *PRO TIP: Toss one or two in your sleeping bag before bed, cozy all night long as they last about 10-12 hours. 
  • Earplugs. Ensure you can drown out the noise so you can catch some ZzZ’s. Inexpensive, compact, and lightweight, there is no reason not to stash a pair of these in your toiletry bag forever!
  • Clear plastic tubs. Easy to see through, pretty watertight, and stackable…which allows them to double as a table/flat work surface. I like the more shallow tubs as they are easier to store under sleeping cots 😉 Bonus if the handles latch down.
  • Arc Lighter. Rain or shine a fire starter is great to have. Starting a fire is already a feat for some people, but when the elements are acting up is a whole other challenge. Flameless lighters are a real time saver when trying to get a spark. Perfect for trying to light kindling, fireworks or smokes even when it is blustery out! These are often charged by USB (car outlet) and require no fuel or batteries!
  • Pop-up trashcan.  Littering is never an option. It is important to make sure you secure all things you brought into that environment with you, especially trash, and carry them out with you. Make being responsible with your waste easy by setting up a personal camp trashcan.  This particular model is 33 gallons, waterproof, and comes with a zipper lid, perfect for keeping out unwanted critters and ideal for collecting all your food scraps, plastic wrappers, bottles/cans, etc. It collapses down so takes up very little space when not in use there’s no reason not to bring one of these with you! 
  • Luggable Loo. Aka Camping Toilet. Bathroom matters are no joke. There is nothing worse than when you are all tucked in and then all of a sudden you have the dreadful thought of having to hike all the way to the latrine just to tinkle. For dudes, this is not so much a problem, but ladies know the struggle is real. Check out this detailed post I wrote previously titled *Porta Potty Etiquette* that tells you how to construct the best DIY camping toilet I have found so far, and also gives you some bonus Porta Potty tips!

  • Sleeping bag onesie. So incredibly comfortable. If you toss and turn at night, this night be your best answer to staying warm and comfortable. Plus, you could just wear the onesie sleeping bag around, so you are warm everywhere and also ready for bed! Nothing says “here to party” like wearing a sleeping bag! Easy access zippers to allow you to use your hands and feet to move about freely and a hood for keeping in all the extra heat.
  • Shiftpod. This tent has been one of the greatest innovations in a shelter that camping has seen in a long time. Easy to assemble, I mean like set up by one person in 2 minutes or less easy. The reflective material that is covering the outside keeps this domicile cool during the day and insulated at night. Made and developed specifically to withstand the harsh environments of Burning Man, this design has come a long way to now include portable AC units, fans, and other cool accessories.
  • Kodiak Canvas Tent. One of the primary advantages of a canvas tent is its durability and ability to be used in all types of weather. Plus, a well taken care of canvas tent, when stored properly, can last for decades, making it a worthwhile investment. The Kodiak tent also comes in a wide variety of sizes and are known for being able to stand up in them as well as having a lot of useful add on accessories available. Not the easiest to put up, requires 2 people for sure.
  • Hexayurt. Want to make your own structure? This dwelling space is a design that was literally gifted for public use to create temporary living spaces in refugee and other areas that have less than desirable environments. Like the Shift Pod, a Yurt typically is constructed of a material that also has a reflective coating that makes it great for insulation, and like the Kodiak tent, you can stand up in a yurt. This is a DIY construction project, but almost all your materials can be conveniently found at your local big-box hardware store. There is one thing I have had to consistently order offline, and that is the *special tape that you need to join the pieces together.

As always, thank you for reading this and I hope you found some fun and inspiration ideas & gadgets to make your life a little easier. May you thrive in your adventures and flourish in nature. Heres to hoping you now will camp SMARTER not harder…Cheers!

DIY NYE Ideas: Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021!

Typically, New Year’s Eve is the one night a year that even people who do not go out, actually go out. From watching the Ball Drop to fancy hotel ballrooms and rocking house parties, this is the one celebration that happens for everyone, all over the world. Regardless of your NYE traditions, this year most certainly will be different.

There are many ways to ring in the New Year right from the comfort of your own home. Here are some traditions you may consider starting or reviving if they were a thing of the past. In this post, I’ll elaborate on ways to decorate and transform your space, fun recipes & food traditions, and of course, magical music playlists and fun activity ideas. Let’s all embrace “out with the old, in with the new”, and here’s hoping for a happy and healthy 2021!

DECORATIONS! One cool thing about transforming your own space temporarily is the change allows you to use your imagination. There are so many things you probably already have, laying around waiting to live up to their entertainment potential.

  • Christmas lights all over inside. Wrap them around furniture, ball them up & put them in vases, or even rig them to the ceiling.
  • Throw some scarves or thin material over lampshades. This lets there still be ample light to see, but really sets the mood and adds pops of color.
  • Cover your chairs/couch with fabric/blankets/scarves/tapestries to give an instant furniture makeover. Bonus points for sequins as they catch the light. *PRO TIP* T-shirts double as great makeshift, no-sew pillow covers…get a concert theme going with old tour shirts, or play with color blocking to set a tone.
  • Have any spare mirrors or extra makeup compacts? Use those reflective surfaces to bounce the light around and create that disco ball vibe.
  • Move your furniture around so you have room to dance. Most people do their best dancing at home when no one is watching 🙂

FOOD + DRINK! Some people eat to live, others, such as myself, live to eat. Food is a magical way to transport ourselves to another place and time by using our tastebuds. Here are a few ideas for yum yum this New Year and some of the traditions behind them.

  • Tamales are a traditional Mexican celebration food and NYE es una gran fiesta! Try your hand at making them at home. Those delicious bundles of masa stuffed with meat, wrapped in corn husks and steamed, have come to symbolize family, with generations often gathering together in the kitchen, laboring with love, to make this traditional food that will be eaten all holiday season long. In Mexico, that spans from December 12th, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, to January 6th, Three Kings’ Day.
  • If you have German heritage or are from the Midwest in the US, then Pork Spare ribs and sauerkraut are popular for dinner on NYE. Legend says that Germans were looking ahead to the New Year and chose to enjoy pork because pigs look forward when they root for food, rather than chicken/turkeys which scratch backward. They also wished each other would receive as many riches as there are shreds of cabbage in the sauerkraut they eat in the New Year.
  • Perhaps black-eyed peas, are more your good luck tradition. Traditionally prepared with greens and cornbread to represent dollars and gold, black-eyed peas are a commonplace food thought to usher in wealth and prosperity in the New Year for a lot of folks in the southern part of the USA.
  • Charcuterie boards. Everything and anything has a place on these appetizer spreads nowadays. As far as NYE is concerned, it is considered good luck to eat 12 grapes, the food of the gods, 1 for every month. Besides fresh and dried fruit, things to include are nuts, sweet & savory smears, cheese, chocolate, candy, meat, and crackers. Be as luxurious as you want. Dates, raw honeycomb, Lox, Caviar, truffles, a variety of olives…the choices are endless and only limited by your preferences.
  • Seafood extravaganza. Boil your own lobsters and learn how to clarify butter. Enjoy raw oysters, put together a shrimp cocktail, or even just go all out on that to-go sushi spread!
  • No matter what your beverage of choice is, traditionally, Champagne is drunk on NYE. I am not a big drinker, but I loves me some Champagne. So much so, that in an alternate universe I go by the name *Tiny Bubbles*. Champagne is traditionally used to represent elegance and celebration. Not a drinker? No worries! Grab a non-alcoholic *Sparkling Cider* perfect to mix into a punch or give to the kids so they feel extra special.

MUSIC! I have crafted two playlists. One that is chill and another to get turned up to. Always Yin & Yang-ing! Music sets the mood and rounds out the overall feeling of the space, so if you need a little help, I’ve got you covered! Just click either hyperlink below to go directly to the Spotify playlist.

  • *NYE * Turn Up* is designed to get you dancing and be heard with the volume up. Expect an eclectic mix spanning the decades filled with sing-a-long classics, dance remixes of popular songs, as well as a few jams at a slightly higher BPM to keep the energy up.
  • *NYE * Chill* represents a more tranquillo vibe designed to relax you and be easy to talk over. Settle in for the night and let the music take you on a peaceful journey into the New Year.

ACTIVITIES! Sometimes in life, you have to make your own fun. Look at this year as you get to put together a New Year’s Eve magical oasis just for you and your chosen few. How cool is that?! Want to craft a little more magic…try adding these little *extras* to kick the night up (or down) a notch.

  • Track down some sparklers and light up the night. Who doesn’t love just a touch of fireworks when it comes to celebrations!?
  • Take a relaxing bath. Not everything has to be party, party, party. Hit the pause button and give yourself some much needed time to recharge. Center yourself. Grab a book, put on some tunes, and enjoy the magical healing powers of warm water. Drop-in a bath balm, some scented oils, or add bubbles. Treat yourself, you deserve it after the year 2020 has been!
  • Think about CHEERS-ing. How many languages can you say “cheers” in? What are you celebrating? Write a toast! Give 2020 the proper send off…air your grievances and let go of that weight you have been carrying, especially for the last few months.
  • Be truly extra. Get all the wearable blinky LEDs, combine that with smoke cannons and be the midnight rainbow that helps everyone get in the brightest of spirits for 2021!
  • Go on a night bike ride or hike. The moon will just have been full so there will be a good amount of natural light. Plus, it gives you a chance to be one with nature and say thank you to mother Earth and make sure you have grounded yourself for the New Year.
  • Bang pots & pans at the stroke of midnight. This is a personal family tradition that goes back at least 3 generations. When else can you go outside and be loud for an entire minute and no one will bat an eye? Embrace it. Make all the noise! Yell, scream some sentiments, and let the world know you’re a fighter and ready for the New Year!
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Seriously, if 2020 has taught us anything, it should be “ENJOY LIFE, you never know when it will change”! Now is the time to celebrate life, so bust out that fine china, wear that fancy outfit, and put the good vibes for health, wealth, and prosperity out there in 2021! Cheers to you and yours and best wishes in the New Year ❤ Always, Honey Jayne.