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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Oyster picking at Hama Hama

First off, a HUGE thank you to everyone who took the time to read, comment, and/or email about last week’s post on buying Instagram followers. It has been such a treat to hear so many different perspectives on the issue, especially now knowing that a lot of people (both bloggers and readers) are seeing the effects of buying Instagram followers. Quite honestly, Instagram has become such an odd social media platform with the weighted algorithms, shadow banning, etc, that it was exciting to unplug from it between Tuesday’s post and this weekend.

A little mini road trip to Hood Canal was exactly what I needed. A bunch of friends and I headed to Hama Hama for our annual oyster picking trip. The forecast called for pouring rain all day, so I geared up with my new rain jacket and boots, only to be greeted by light mist and sunny breaks throughout the ~2 hours we spent picking oysters and digging for clams. Weather wise, this was a complete repeat of 2016’s Hama Hama adventure.

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hama hama oyster picking
outfit details:
Helly Hansen Kirkwall raincoat: c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
tie-front sweater: c/o J.Jill (old, also worn here)
denim: AG Jeans (exact)
baseball hat: H&M (old)
bean boots: thrifted for $15 (exact)
Especial primo backpack: Timbuk2 (exact)

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oyster picking Washington

The biggest difference between this year and last year’s trip was the fact that we arrived a bit closer to the end of low tide times, so we had to pick quickly! Thanks to the crash course for shucking oysters last year, I had a blast shucking about two dozen of the 5 dozen that were picked by the group! (Only ended up eating 1 of those 24 that I shucked… turns out I’m still not a huge fan of raw oysters… some things never change!)

Also, my sweet fiance ended up finding a little baby crab while picking oysters! I have such a soft spot for baby crabs and can’t help but love to hold them (may have played with a bunch of them while crabbing last year). Don’t worry though… put this little guy right back into the water.

What a perfect way to unplug for the weekend!

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Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale!

Today’s an extra exciting post because of an upcoming event this weekend! If you’re in the Seattle area, I’d love to invite you to the Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale (FB event details here) happening on Saturday in Pioneer Square. Along with 6 other bloggers/small business owners in the city, we’ve teamed up to throw an afternoon hangout with drinks and snacks while opening up our closets for folks to shop!

Earth Day Blogger Closet Sale
Where: Fresh Tangerine studio (89 Yesler Way, 2nd Floor)
When: April 22, 2017; 11am – 3pm

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Jenn of Hello Rigby, Lisa of Story of My Dress, Alyson of Circa 1988, Rebecca of Blogger Not Billionaire, Me (!), Kim of Fresh Tangerine, and Moorea of Moorea Seal

I will be sharing a rack with the lovely Alyson of Circa 1988 and cannot wait! I have about 30 items pulled from my closet (some – embarrassingly enough – still have tags on them) and am so excited to find new homes for them. Here’s a little teaser of what I’ll be bringing to the event. You may notice from familiar pieces from the blog!

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Hope to see you on Saturday! (FB event details here)

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Cabin fever

This past weekend, my partner and I took a short road trip to Crystal Mountain (~2 hours outside of the city). While I usually opt to stay indoors on chilly Winter days, we’ve found ourselves on a mountain snowboarding almost every other weekend since the end of December. Even though I was still recovering from the last snowboarding trip, I tagged along for the drive to enjoy being outdoors in the powder. I go a bit “crazy” (aka have too much energy for my own good) when I get cabin fever!

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This has got to be the most stereotypical west coast, Pacific Northwest-er, outfit I’ve ever worn! I call it my “cabin outfit” because I dream about wearing it to a cabin on a winter getaway. In reality, I wear it to work on an almost weekly basis. I love this outfit because it incorporates: a thrifted piece, a gifted top from my family, and a borrowed beanie and backpack from my fiance (what’s his is soon-to-be-mine, right? haha!). I haven’t owned a flannel buttondown since I was about 10 years old, which my grandma bought to help me brave the winters as a kid who hated being outside at recess. Over the holidays, my family (back in Toronto) decided it was about time for me to own a flannel shirt since apparently not owning one and living in Seattle is a faux-pas.

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UGG Cecile boots styled
outfit details:
plaid flannel buttondown: American Eagle (exact)
cable knit cardigan: thrifted via Goodwill
UGG Cecile boots: c/o J.Jill (exact)
leggings: Lululemon (similar)
Especial Primo backpack: Timbuk2 (exact)
beanie: borrowed from the fiance ;)

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If you’re wondering what’s up with my thigh-high snow legs, there’s a funny story behind that. You might’ve already read it on Instagram over the weekend, so feel free to gloss over this paragraph if you did! While we were taking these photos, there was a really cute spot I wanted to walk further over to. T was asking if the snow was packed enough to stand on, since he was only wearing sneakers after having changed out of his snowboarding boots. “Trust me! It’s packed solid!” was my response and then not a moment later after making that statement, I fell through into thigh-deep snow!

Of course, we couldn’t stop laughing about it and that’s how we ended up with this set of silly photos. Moral of the story is to never trust me as your snow tour guide. I will get too excited jumping around in it and end up with soaking wet socks for the 2 hour car ride home from falling through non-packed piles of snow.

… aaaaand blooper! This was taken right after falling through the surface of the snow into thigh-deep powder. As you can tell, I was having a splendid time with snow down my boots!! This is my, “hey can you help me out of here?” face.

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Apple picking

A few weekends ago, some friends and I braved the torrential downpour and went on a mission to go apple picking, As the non-planner for this trip, I fell asleep on the car ride over. As we parked the car, I woke up only to realize that I went to this same orchard 4 years ago! Looking back on that old post, I can say for a fact that I dressed more appropriately this time around ;) haha!

apple picking in Seattle
outfit details:
raincoat: c/o Helly Hansen (exact)
Dress Pant Yoga Pants: Betabrand (exact)
Bar Harbor All-Weather boots: LL Bean (exact)
beanie: H&M (similar)

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apple picking in Washington

I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but these L.L. Bean boots have been sitting in my closet for almost 2 years before this apple picking trip. Buying items off-season has its pros and cons. The big pro for buying these boots back when I did is the fact that they were 20% off. The con is that I had to wait almost a full year before they were weather appropriate to wear. By that time, I may have forgotten about them in the back of the closet. Rediscovering (and wearing them for the first time) almost 2 years after their initial purchase is more than a little bit embarrassing to admit.

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If you ever find yourself apple picking during planned downpour, I highly recommend wearing some sort of eye protection. Despite these big frames, I still got hit in the eyeballs a handful of times with sideways rain drops. Not exactly the best conditions for blog photos haha!

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