Photo Diary: Ultra Music Festival 2013

Ultra 2013

I am having a love affair with Miami.  After my visit in October I went back last month to attend Weekend 1 of Ultra Music Festival.  It is like a heavenly playground for fans of electronic music.  I’m more of a hip-hop and R&B girl but even I was impressed by this year’s lineup.  Electronic/dance music has become increasingly more mainstream (I call it the Jersey Shore effect) and names like David Guetta, Calvin Harris, AVICII and Swedish House Mafia definitely caught my attention.  In terms of size it blew Coachella out of the water. You really need a solid game plan when attending with a group because it is easy to get lost.  Our group spent a good chunk of one night on a wild goose chase that I would like to forget.  But I took my chances on the last day and went solo to camp out in front of the live stage to check out the urban portion of their lineup; the beacon of light for that one friend who doesn’t like house music and got dragged to the festival by their friends.  I caught the controversial Azalea Banks (in an equally shocking outfit), got my life during Major Lazer’s set, watched Snoop Dogg Lion blaze the stage and finally the reason why I endured the pains that come with standing in the front row…The Weeknd!  Ever since watching him at Coachella last year, I have been obsessed with his mixtape trilogy. Needless to say I was thrilled to be able to scream (off-key) the lyrics to Wicked Games back at him while I was so close (yet so far away).  Check out more pictures from the weekend (get it? ha ha) after the jump. Continue reading

Photo Diary: Coachella 2012

Last weekend I went to Coachella, a 3-day long music festival in Indio, California.  Despite the difficulties that came with camping for the first time and extreme weather conditions, the weekend was a blast and full of singing and dancing my heart out.  I discovered new music and could talk to you for hours about the moments that left me laughing hysterically and shaking my head (but I’ll save those for my vlog).  It all culminated with the confirmation of a rumor that has been going on for years…Tupac is alive!  During the Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre set, a hologram of Tupac made an appearance but I bet you couldn’t tell half of the people in the audience that it wasn’t really him.  Watching the Tupac hologram perform was insane/cool/creepy all at the same time.  The Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre set was immediately legendary and the best of the weekend.  Check out some of my favorite snaps of the festival below:

P.S.  I am currently obsessed with Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean and The Weeknd, all of which performed at Coachella.

Photo Diary: Dominican Republic Summer 2011

Some pictures of my trip to Dominican Republic.  A week was not enough!  I had fun and laughed a lot at the expense of my fiancé, who had never been outside of the U.S.  I felt like I was seeing the country for the first time through his eyes.  So many things shocked him that seemed perfectly normal to me, such as people piled onto motorcycles/scooters, shanty towns and large insects.  I think I may have traumatized him in the creepy crawlers department, but I’ll save the story that ended with him staying up all night with a pair of flip flops in his hands for YouTube.

Above I am pictured with three guys who were going around playing music at the restaurant where we ate for my birthday.  My sister requested that they play “What is Love,” which pretty much made my day.  The only part that I could actually understand was the chorus: “What is love, oh baby don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.”  The singer pretty much gargled the rest of the lyrics and it was glorious.

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