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Infinity Mirrors Exhibit: What to Expect

If you haven’t heard of Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors exhibit, you’ve likely seen the images somewhere on your Instagram feed. It was about a year ago when I came across a picture of endless glowing pumpkins and was instantly intrigued by this mind-blowing exhibit.

To give you a little bit of background, Yayoi is an avant-garde Japanese artist who transformed her visual and auditory hallucinations into art. The result was an experiential sensory overload: her Infinity Mirror Rooms.  Needless to say, I stalked the exhibit until it finally made its way to the High Museum in Atlanta. Tickets went super fast but I managed to snag two for opening day.

The exhibit will be in Atlanta through February and for those who have tickets, here’s what you can expect:

  1. Get there early! They begin the line for each time slot a half hour early, so best to arrive at least 30 minutes before so you’re at the front of your group. They only let small sections of people up at a time.

  2. Lines on lines on lines. You’ll get a private experience of all seven of the Infinity Mirror Rooms but you have to wait in line outside each room. However, since you don’t have much time inside, the line moves pretty quickly. We didn't wait much longer than 20 minutes for each room, and were done with the full exhibit in an hour and a half.

  3. Be ready to soak it all in when it’s finally your turn. While you get solo time in the rooms (they only let in two to three people at a time), you don’t get longer than 30 seconds. Make sure you have your fingers ready to snap those pics.

  4. You’re allowed to take photos in every room except one: “All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins” or the pumpkin room featuring bright-yellow, dotted pumpkin sculptures. Apparently, Yayoi is extremely protective of this one and prefers to control the amount of photos of it on social media. I was bummed and even contemplated slipping our attendant a $20 to sneak a pic but you know, gotta respect the artist. ~

  5. The exhibition also features more than 60 paintings, sculptures and works on paper along the walls, giving you something to look at/read about while waiting in line.

  6. Sadly, advance tickets are sold out. BUT there will be approximately 100 tickets available onsite each day through February 17.

It was by far one of the most unique and immersive art exhibits I’ve ever been to. And turns out Yayoi is one dope chick. I’m also going to Tokyo in the spring (CAN I GET AN AMEN) and hope to visit her gallery while we’re there.

Let me know if you have plans to visit the exhibit!

 
 
How I Survive My LDR

Ahhh, LDRs (long distance relationships). If you're in one now or have ever been in one, you know it comes with its struggles with a capital S. Since I've been in one for what seems like eternity, I thought I'd finally share some of my personal journey and what has helped me most when trying to survive a LDR.

I used to always say I didn't believe in long distance. That I know different strokes work for different folks, but me? I couldn't deal with that. But here I am in a four-year relationship that's been long-distance for over half of that. Let me give you a little background. 

Austin and I started dating in November 2014 and shortly after, he moved to Charlotte. We did the long-distance thing for about a year until he got transferred to Raleigh and I decided to join him. Shortly after that, he was transferred back to Charlotte so we moved again but about a year ago, he got an awesome offer on a new career path in ATL. He took it but I decided to stay in Charlotte because I had a great job, liked the city and it wasn't right for me at the time. So here we are. My life has consisted of lots of FaceTime calls, drives up and down I-85 and comical attempts to simultaneously watch Netflix shows. I have proved myself wrong these past fews years, though. I can, in fact, do long distance. But it hasn't been easy.

Here's how I manage to stay sane.

Working out
This one might sound cliche, but working out has always been my #1 stress reliever. When I moved to Charlotte, I immediately joined ClassPass and it got me out of the apartment, into new studios all while giving my endorphins the boost they need. When I'm stronger physically, I somehow feel stronger emotionally. 

Finding a schedule that keeps me busy
Speaking of working out, having a busy schedule is key. I plan workouts throughout the week, I recently joined a book club and I try to schedule happy hours/dinners/lunches with friends to keep me busy. When you have a lot going on, you tend not to dwell on the fact that you're missing the shit out of your boyfriend. 

Lots of FaceTime
Listen, you gotta do what you gotta do to make it work. Text, FaceTime, Skype - download all the things and keep in touch in all the ways that work best for you. We both have super busy schedules so we don't even get to talk on the phone many nights. Time just slips away and then before we know it, we're both drained and getting into bed. But communication. is. key. 

My mom
I bitch to my mom so much it's unreal. Whether it's about the roach I found in my apartment or how my job is stressing me out, she literally takes it all like a queen and never gets annoyed. I only have limited time with Austin, and limited time to talk to him each day, so I don't want to spend it venting and complaining (I'm making myself out to be really negative but it's only every other day!! :)). Of course I tell him everything but it's important to have people outside your relationship to talk to as well. 

All this being said, we've really had to find what works for us (together and individually) to keep this love train going. There have been bad days and worse days but I wouldn't trade it for anything and I always remind myself of the end game - that this isn't forever. Everyone is different but it definitely takes extra effort and patience. When you have a person you know is worth it, you do whatever to make it thrive. 

Studio Style

I'm officially a Plaza Midwood resident! 

My lease in South End was coming to an end in August and I wanted to move for a couple reasons; the main one being I needed something less expensive. I shopped around within various neighborhoods including South Park, Dilworth and NoDa. But I managed to find the cutest apartment in Plaza for about $200 less per month. My lower monthly rent came with a bit of a downsize, but it wasn't extreme. It's technically a studio but the bedroom still has walls so it feels more like a one-bedroom apartment. 

Now that I had a smaller place, I had to buy new decor/furniture (DRATS!!) because some of the old stuff didn't fit.  If you recall my last post on the apartment decor, you'll remember most of the furniture was from Austin's first place. I was so excited to make my new space my own and get some CAYUTE new things. I'll likely be paying off my credit card bill for the next few months, but here's a breakdown of some of the new stuff I got! 

Rug from Urban Outfitters (they have SO many great options)
Coffee Table from Amazon
TV Stand from Amazon
Sheer Curtains from Amazon
Curtain Panel from Urban Outfitters
Snake Plant and Planter from Lowes

Stay tuned for more updates! 

 
 
Sudio Moments

I love my music and I absolutely have to listen to some hip hop when I’m working out. But, I hate cords and fiddling with the tangled mess that is ALWAYS my iPhone earphones.

Apple came out with wireless earbuds but the price tag didn’t seem worth something I’d potentially lose within two weeks. When I learned about Sudio and their wireless options, I was intrigued. It’s a Swedish brand that makes earphones with a contemporary Scandinavian design. Their take on earphones is that they should be easily integrated into everyday life as a stylish accessory. They really want to change the attitude from earphones being purely a tech device to something people wear all the time. I could jump on this earbud train so I tried the Vasa Blå earbuds in Rose Gold/White (they also come in black, blue and pink). It’s a wireless model with great battery life, rose gold detailing and studio-quality sound.

Honestly, the sound quality is awesome. And all their products are designed for active lifestyles, so they’re all sweat- and water-resistant, too. One thing I like about them is you’re still able to remain aware of your surroundings. If I’m running, I can hear people or cars around me.

My style features the following:

  1. Four pairs of extra sleeves
  2. Leather carrying case
  3. Range: 10 meters
  4. Battery time: 9 hours (active), 10 days (standby) Charging time: 10 minutes (quick charge), 120 minutes (full) 
  5. Built in mic

Fun fact: Sudio stems from an incident when one of the founders spotted the musician Phil Collins in New York having problems with his headphones. With the frustration of not yet being able to offer any better alternative to Phil, the only words he could utter were: “trust me I know the feeling,” as they shared eye contact. The name Sudio is a homage to the Phil Collins song Sussudio.

Sudio generously provided a 15% discount code for my followers: SOMEWEARWILD.

Let me know what you think!

 
 
Worth 100

On International Women’s Day this year, I celebrated at the "Worth 100" event sponsored by Lulu Lemon.

One of my favorite yoga teachers (and people in general), Jaimis, was hosting a free yoga event for IWD - and anything that involves Jaimis is automatically amazing. The space was packed when we showed up and I was so excited to see the overwhelming support.

The theme was Worth 100. Meaning, it's time to recognize our 100% worth. We started off with a few words from Jaimis and from there, went straight into a light flow/meditation. Afterward, a local yogi and artist spoke about their personal journeys and the value that comes from being truly vulnerable.

I loved being surrounded by the amazing energy and it was a perfect way to celebrate being 100%.