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The Studio lineup for the #GKHoliday Fest this Sunday! Stay tuned today for the Marlin Room and Grand Ballroom lineups. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, get them here: tktwb.tw/1yV3CDM

We’re also giving back at the show! Bring two canned goods for a chance to win one of five limited edition, screen printed posters signed by all the bands playing the show. Donations will go to the Ali Forney Center!

DAVID SHEPPARD - TOUR MANAGER

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a tour manager? We asked David Sheppard, who you might have seen touring with We Are The In Crowd this past fall on the GK Tour:

GK: How did you start touring, and what made you decide to be a TM?

DS: I actually worked for my sister’s boyfriend’s band and then started interning at a local venue before I actually got on the road. The decision wasn’t necessarily intentional either. My dad was a professional tour manager, so when I started going to shows and became friends with local bands it felt natural to move towards the position.

GK: What does a tour manager do?

DS: I usually describe it is as being a business manager/babysitter/father figure/accountant all wrapped into one. I am usually the first up, and the last asleep if that helps hah. I field any sort of problems encountered or any logistical issues daily.

GK: What makes a great TM?

DS: Confidence. Any great TM that I have worked with has always been confident. There are plenty of other characteristics that make a great TM, but confidence is the most important. Nobody will trust or feel comfortable following a TM who is confident in the decisions he makes.

GK: What’s your favorite tour you’ve ever TM’ed?

DS: In recent memory, the We Are The In Crowd headlining “Reunion Tour” this last spring was one of my favorites. There were a bunch of great bands out on it (State Champs, William Beckett, Set It Off) and it made for a solid group of people.

GK: What are your tour essentials?

DS: Most people would say this, but my iPhone and Macbook. Insanely essential for all the work I do daily. Aside from that, my in-ear headphones; I listen to music everyday while I set up gear and it’s a good way to relax during the day.

GK: What’s the worst tour you’ve ever TM’ed (maybe- no need to name names)

DS: HAH! Well I won’t name anyone, but I did a tour 5 years ago TMing an artist that hadn’t really toured before and didn’t understand it. Said artist, would ask to stop and eat lunch at Olive Garden when we needed to drive 6 hours to make load in, strictly listened to their music (crazy), and overall thought very highly of themselves and was insanely stubborn, which made my job more difficult than it needs to be.

Check out the CDR Tech Jacket, your essential jacket for the road: http://smarturl.it/CDRTechJacket

One of our favorite winter jackets! The Floral Tay Bomber makes the perfect holiday gift: http://smarturl.it/TayBomber

Our Live Fast Pullover and Raglan are restocked in our EU store! Get your AWG before it’s gone: http://smarturl.it/AWGw14

Need a last minute gift? Need to let someone far away know you’re thinking of them? Try our GK gift cards!: smarturl.it/gkgiftcards

Still love wearing dresses into the holiday season? Checkout our Pushing Daisies 3/4 sleeve dress! smarturl.it/PushingDaisiesDress

We’re giving back at the GK Holiday Fest this year! Bring two canned goods to the show on Sunday for a chance to win one of five limited edition screen printed posters, signed by all of the bands playing our Holiday Show! It’s a great time to help out two really awesome non profts:

All donations are going to the Ali Forney Center, an organization dedicated to helping homeless LGBTQ youth: http://www.aliforneycenter.org/. The donations will be collected by Rescuing Leftover Cuisine, check out their food rescue missions, along with donation guidelines: www.rescuingleftovercuisine.org

Tickets to the GK Holiday Fest: tktwb.tw/1yV3CDM

JENNA MCDOUGALL- HEALTH ON THE ROAD

"I was never terribly concerned about my diet until I was about 19, and in most cases that would be considered pretty early in life. 

I went through a rough year with my health between 2011 & 2012. It’s a story I have told only a handful of times but if you’d like a little background to what I’m about to share you can read my blog here! http://gemini-moonstone.tumblr.com/post/53991996615/the-ocean-lyric-meaning

I owe one of the biggest turning points in my life to Ayurvedic Medicine. The ancient Indian practise consists of a number of disciplines including aromatherapy, massage, yoga, acupuncture and meditation; but the most vital aspects to my recovery from a debilitating state of eczema were diet change and herbal medicine. Through my treatment I learned one of the most important lessons I will ever receive with food; that you can divide everything we eat into two groups: alkaline forming and acid forming.


Reference the chart above. On the far left you’ll see meat and dairy, alcohol & soda, and processed grains including wheat, flour and white rice. If you compare this chart to the ‘Food Pyramid’ you’ll find that some of the food classed as staples in the modern diet are among the most acidic on the chart. For a lot of people, myself included- this wouldn’t be considered an uncommon way of eating but over time an acidic diet will weaken the immune system and function of our organs. Day to day tell signs of an acidic state include fatigue, stress, headaches, recurring infections, slower recovery rate, emotional irritability, restless sleep, achey joints and the list goes on. For most people these symptoms aren’t unusual to experience and therefor would rarely be drawn back to the diet, but just consider: "An acidic body is the perfect environment for disease to develop.”

With this new found knowledge, in 2012 the first thing I cut out from my diet were processed grains. The difference it made for my skin, energy & general quality of life was like night to day. I also stopped drinking alcohol and started to eat less animal products.

It was also around this time that I became interested in juicing - for a raw and easily accessible serving of fruits and veg each day.  

With all this said! How on Earth are we supposed to achieve optimum health while travelling? To be honest, at times it seems near impossible, as convenience and living on a budget will often outweigh any other option. Some of the basic guidelines I try to follow include:

Avoiding processed food

Food that is further from it’s natural state is lower in nutrients & higher in acidity.

-One way to identify processed food is if it has to be bought in a wrapper. Processed food is packed with sugars, salts and preservatives 

-*My exception to the wrapper rule are Cliff Bars & Amy’s microwave meals. Cliff Bars ingredients are 70% organic and 100% vegan which I think is really cool and Amy’s meals are totally vegetarian with a handful of vegan and grain free options also. They’ve become a staple on the bus as a good alternative to local fast food and are made with quality ingredients.*

- Sometimes you’re going to have to result to low grade and sometimes even chain fast food, but its all about balance. Alkaline food helps offset acidic food

Eating raw 

-Try to make an effort to eat one raw snack or meal a day. Keep it simple with things like fresh carrot and hummus, veggie wraps or salads. 

-Raw food has higher nutritional value and is also easier to break down, meaning more energy is available to use outside of digestion. 

-My Ayurvedic doctor always said to me ‘Never compromise flavour’ which I think is totally important too! Health food doesn’t have to be boring. One of my favourite parts of using Instagram are all the foodies I follow. 

Minimising animal products

-I won’t get into a vegetarian discussion here as it’s something I’ve slowly introduced to my life and am still learning about, but avoiding animal products has naturally encouraged me to resort to a more plant based diet. Without grains in the picture I rely on fruit and veg now more than I ever did in the past.

Always have a backup

-Plan ahead! Have food available in your backpack/fridge/cupboard that you can resort to before you are starving and craving convenience food. 

-A craving is your body’s way of saying ‘you’re doing something wrong’ or ‘something is missing’. I try to remember this when I want something sugary or chocolatey & replace the hunger for confectionary with something more fulfilling.

-I have always made sure to tour with a small blender for superfood smoothies, but I’ve recently further simplified to an ‘All In One’ protein shake by Vega. I drink their shake once a day with a dairy free alternative, and team it up with Organic Burst products like Maca root and wheatgrass powder. It’s an easy meal replacement while you’re travelling and a balanced source of vitamins, minerals, protein, greens, antioxidants, probiotics, omegas and fiber.

Counteracting & Supplementing 

-I depend on my supplements a lot on tour. I take anything high in chlorophyll like spirulina, chlorella and barley grass to support my body’s detoxing functions as well as counteract the naughty things I like to have sometimes like donuts and a drink or two. 

-This year I’ve got into immunity shots/elixirs. An easy all rounder is something I like to call The Fireball, made up of lemon, garlic and ginger juice with cayenne and turmeric; which I make using a juicer. 

-On the road I use a small hand juicer and simplifying the recipe to fresh lemon juice with ground cayenne and turmeric for a quick alkaline, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory booster that aids in supporting the liver and immune system. I make this every second day or so and look for fresh juice places wherever possible.

I’m not by any means an expert and I’m still learning. But what I’ve learned so far has changed my life. Don’t wait until you’re sick before you make changes in your life. I think it’s a shame how easily accessible all this information is but how little we are exposed to it. Health and nutrition have become something that actually excites me. Thank you for reading my blog! Keep researching and feeding your hunger to learn!”

Jenna McDougall. Get her essential tour jacket: smarturl.it/jennasurplusjacket

Thanks to everyone who came out to our warehouse sale this weekend! What rare GK did you guys find?

Consider adopting your next pet! Part of the proceeds from our new peta2 collab will go to help animal shelters, read more about how you can help: www.glamourkills.com/peta2

Our new tees are PERFECT to layer under cardigans and denim vests:http://smarturl.it/GirlsWinterTees

Our new tees are PERFECT to layer under cardigans and denim vests:http://smarturl.it/GirlsWinterTees

This Sunday! Who are we gonna see this weekend at the ‪#‎GKHoliday‬Fest? http://smarturl.it/GKHolidayFest

Get flat rate shipping until our holiday cut off dates!http://smarturl.it/gkholidayshipping

PVRIS for the new GK Zine, available in all orders until we run out: http://smarturl.it/GKZine

The always lovely Tay Jardine of We Are The In Crowd in her new Floral Bomber! http://smarturl.it/TayBomber

Help out our four (or three) legged friends! Make sure you adopt your new friend, and check out our new peta2.com collection:www.glamourkills.com/peta2

Today’s the last day of our warehouse sale! Don’t miss out on some rare and out of print GK, never to be seen again:www.glamourkills.com/warehousesale

Keep your noggin’ warm with our new Space Out Beanie!www.glamourkills.com

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