Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrors at the Seattle Art Museum

One thing I was really excited to come home to see after being in India for a couple of weeks was Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum. Some of the pieces showcased in this exhibit were conceptualized starting in the 1960s and continued to evolve to the present day! Advanced tickets for the exhibit were sold out almost immediately after the dates for showcase at SAM were announced (June 30 – Sept 10, 2017), and only tickets to be purchased on the day-of are available. Here are some sneak peaks of what you’ll see being exhibited and some tips for your visit!

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This probably goes without saying, but Kusama’s work is incredible to see in person! There are 6 Infinity Rooms that you can immerse yourself in. Aside from the 360 mirror-surrounded repetition rooms and kaleidoscope boxes, The Obliteration Room is interactive one where you have the opportunity to participate in the making of the art by adding dot stickers to the walls, floor, and furniture!

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I won’t ruin all the fun surprises for you (there are a lot of original artwork pieces also on display between the Infinity Rooms), so here are some tips for planning your visit to the SAM for the Infinity Mirrors Exhibit:

Arrive early for tickets!

Since the advanced tickets are all sold out, only a limited number of day-of tickets are available for purchase on a first-come, first-served basis. The SAM opens at 10am everyday (except for Tuesday, as it’s closed), so plan to brave the ticket lines early. Each person can only purchase a maximum of 4 tickets.

Try to avoid bringing a backpack

If you can avoid it, leave your backpack (or large bag) at home. Most small crossbody purses will be ok to bring in, but anything larger will have to be checked into bag check. I was lucky enough to be able to take my backpack into the museum under the condition that I carried it on my front (or in my arms) the whole time. This is more a safety precaution for the art than anything else, so to avoid waiting in more lines, I’d recommend leaving the bag at home if you can!

Get shutter happy!

You’re allotted 30 seconds per Infinity Room. I was definitely not prepared for how quickly 30 seconds flies by! If you’re planning to take photos while in the rooms, have your camera on and ready to go shutter happy before you enter. Lighting may be a bit tricky to adjust for, as lighting is different in every room, but if you really want to get the shot, you can always queue up again to experience the room.
*Note: There is one room – the Pumpkin room – where photography is prohibited and you’ll be followed in by a security guard. This is the newest – and coolest, imo – addition to the Infinity Rooms.

Have fun!! This is such an incredible exhibit and I am so grateful that Seattle is one of the cities to get to experience it.

Disclosure: A HUGE thank you to the Seattle Art Museum team who made this visit possible. We were lucky enough to see all of the Infinity Rooms and exhibits as press – while still adhering to the same guidelines that ticket holders do – to share with you our experience as well as the tips for how to best prepare for your visit.

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Studio Choo visits Seattle

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend celebrating with Mom! The day before Mother’s Day, I had the pleasure of hanging out in the Seattle West Elm store for a workshop from The Flower Recipe Book by Studio Choo. Jill and Alethea, the lovely ladies of Studio Choo, drove up to Seattle all the way from San Francisco just for this 2 hour workshop!

Studio Choo at West Elm Seattle
Studio Choo at West Elm Seattle

There were so many amazing women taking part in this event! As someone who is on the opposite end of the green thumb spectrum (uh, I may have accidentally killed a cactus last year from over-watering… I thought it needed more love!), I will admit that I was quite intimidated by everyone around me. These women knew their stuff and were ooooh-ing and ahhhh-ing over the delicious selection of fresh cut stems picked out for our workshop (I could only identify the peonies! “Pretty flower” is how I addressed everything else… oops).

Studio Choo at West Elm Seattle
Studio Choo at West Elm Seattle
Studio Choo at West Elm Seattle

Alethea and Jill started the workshop off with a demo, teaching us how to create a structurally sound base with thicker, stronger stemmed pieces before adding the focal point flowers. It was so interesting to learn about all-natural-non-processed-plant-food methods of extending the livelihood of an arrangement. We also learned how to cut and prep the stems of different types of flowers being added to our arrangements to help encourage nutrient intake. These ladies have flower cutting down to a science!

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After the demo was over, we were left to explore all the beautiful flowers at our work station to build our our arrangements. Having never worked with flowers before, it was beautiful and scary and exciting all at the same time! You can see my partially finished “base” above, but I was having a bit of trouble filling up gaps and “bald spots”. Thankfully, Jill and Alethea were anxious to hear each of our grand visions for our masterpieces and offered up great advice for how to fix any problems we were having.

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After an hour of fiddling around with different flowers and colour palettes… TAAAA DAAAA! Even though my arrangement was not as purposefully asymmetric as I was planning for it to be, I’m really happy with how it turned out. Jill and Alethea were so great with answering all my (amateur) questions and helping to fix a huge bald spot that was smack dab in the middle of my arrangement.

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Studio Choo at West Elm Seattle

I really wish I lived closer to my Mom. This would’ve been a perfect gift for Mother’s Day! But no complaints here, as the flowers are sitting beautifully on my kitchen table. ;)

I am really excited to dive deeper into The Flower Recipe Book! I am so fascinated by the thought of caring for multiple types of flowers all hanging out in one vase and trying to keep them looking fresh and alive for as long as possible.

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Breathing underwater

Yesterday felt like summer in Seattle! It was almost 30°C (still working on imperial conversions…) which meant an obligatory trip to the beach! There’s nothing quite like sitting on the giant rocks, listening to the water, while enjoying the biggest cup of bubble tea on a sunny day.


The discovery of the in-box Cinemagraph app on my phone (Nokia Lumia 920) was pretty awesome too.

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Ending an errand-filled afternoon with a trip to the beach was exactly the thing that I needed to unwind after a long day of scouring the shelves of Hallmark and Target for the perfect Mother’s Day card. Speaking of Mother’s Day (don’t forget, it’s next week!), I’m teaming up with Sperry Top-Sider to style the blue Seersucker leather strap with Crab dial watch, which is part of their new line of women’s accessories that I think would be perfect for gifting on Mother’s Day. You can check out the whole collection on Sperry Top-Sider, Macy’s, or Dillard’s.

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outfit details:
dress: eBay
belt & purse: Forever 21
boat shoe flats: Docker’s
watch: c/o Sperry Top-Sider (exact)

While playing around on the driftwood, I somehow managed to get a splinter (don’t click if you’re squirmish!). It’s so easy to forget what it’s like to be a kid again, climbing on rocks and jumping from log to log. ;)

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What did you get up to this weekend? Did you get a chance to soak up some sun too?

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Los Angeles weekend away part 2

I’m going to preface this post with how much I love my Windows Phone. I got the Lumia 920 last year and debated long and hard between the Lumia and an iPhone. It’s true that the WP platform has less apps than iPhone (sigh…still no Instagram), but the one thing I couldn’t say no to is the amazing camera. I find myself carrying around only my phone instead of both my phone and DSLR nowadays. All the photos that were taken in these LA recap posts were taken with my Lumia and I am so impressed!! Not having to tote around a DSLR on vacation definitely makes traveling light easier.

So the second half of the weekend in Los Angeles was spent at the Getty museum, checking out the amazing furniture and other finds at Nick Metropolis, running into Seattlites at Venice beach, and, of course, eating delicious food that’s special to LA. The first stop was the Getty Museum, which in itself is a work of art:

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The J. Paul Getty Museum

Yeah. This castle-looking building is a museum! Can’t not mention he cactus garden and a huuuuge floral garden walkway. If we had more time in LA, I’m sure it would’ve taken a weekend in itself to explore all the nooks and crannies of this museum!

Next stop: Pink’s hot dogs

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I’m not a huge fan of hot dogs, but I’ll give it to Pink’s for converting me to temporarily think that hotdogs > burgers. Pink’s is known for their chili dogs, but as usual, I got distracted by the witty names of menu items and went for something with a punnier name. On the left is the chili dog, and I ended up getting the “Lord of the Rings” dog, which was onion rings topped with barbeque sauce. haha come on…. the name is pretty good, no? *cricket, cricket*

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Another really neat place we made a stop off at was to see the collection of furniture and other collectibles at Nick Metropolis. I swear I’ve seen Nick’s shop featured on some TLC show within the last 5 or so years. The selection of goods range from old school Hollywood signs to 1920s flapper-styled mannequins to 1940s military trunks (still with the original owner’s uniform, photos, and letters. Nick himself was really friendly and showed us the really unique gems currently in his shop (the military trunk being one of them).

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We also had the pleasure of meeting Blue, the sweetest, most affectionate Chihuahua I have ever met. Blue is one of the workers at Metropolis’ dog and she is such a cutie. She usually sits near the front entrance of the shop and will occasionally be allowed to run round the shop. She loves people and wants to play all the time. Such a big difference between Blue and other yappy Chihuahuas I’ve met in the past. (Go figure the most interesting thing in the shop for me is a new animal friend ;) lol)

Last stop: Venice Beach! Gosh, looking at this photo makes me wish there was a more accessible beach in Seattle where I could kick my shoes off and sit in the sun for hours on end!

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Eddy Lee art

While walking the Venice Beach strip, we stumbled upon the artwork of Eddy Lee. Believe it or not, he’s originally from Seattle (!!) and recently moved to sunny California. The work above is part of his Versus series, where each piece s a modern twist on a popular classic. It’s pretty incredible to see such beautiful work being displayed at beach side. I left with a print of the “Vs Michelangelo” piece, which is currently sitting on my work table waiting to be framed and mounted.

The weekend away in LA was filled with a lot of art and inspiration! After staying stationary in Seattle for almost half a year (with the trip back home to Toronto for the Christmas holidays), it’s nice to step away and see how different the world is outside of the Seattle boundaries.

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Geekery: Jump From Paper 2D bags

Be still, my little heart!

Sometimes I wish I lived in a video game (that would totally help to justify why I have 8-bit Hello Kitty printed PJs) because all the clothes and character details are so ridiculous– in a good way! You have no idea how badly I freaked out when I first saw the bags made by Jump From Paper. This bag company has captured the heart of my inner geek and I’m swooning hard for a bag in every style.

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1. Play Hooky messenger bag – $99 | 2. Travel Fever (special Japan edition) – ¥7,980 ($100)

The design and style of these bags gives the illusion of living in a 2-dimensional world. Who doesn’t want to live in a real-life cartoon?

Of the bunch, my favourite one is the Travel Fever bag. Sadly, it looks like this style was made as a limited edition for sale in only Taiwan and Japan. Le sigh.

What do you think of these bags? Would you feel like a real-life video game character toting one of these around?

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