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Kusama + Tokyo Tower

Remember when we travelled to Houston to see Kusama?  How could we not catch her in Japan too!  We also caught another of my favorites, Mucha!  Sadly, I wasn’t allowed to film in Art Nouveau.

After the National Art Center Toyo, we walked through Roppongi Hills (and made a legitimate attempt to creep on the Pokémon Company) to Tokyo Tower.  The top floor wasn’t even open, but WHAT A VIEW we got regardless!

This is my second to last Japan vlog, but I’ve got a few more Japan posts in the works too!  Stay tuned!

Februarygrams

I couldn’t be more excited to get out of February and launch into March!  I’ve got a biiiig trip coming up and I’ve been counting down the days!  Let’s revisit some of the great things that happened in February, though.

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[1] a trip to the MFA!  [2] lots of amazing books [3] a trip to Philadelphia and an indulgence in Federal Donuts [4] Valentine’s day gifts from my love [5] trying out Pokeworks [6] the sun’s setting later, making for beautiful walks home [7] green tea ice cream [8] testing out Burberry’s Liquid Lip Velvet [9] amazing spring weather!

What were your favorite February moments?

Play Me, I’m Yours // Street Pianos

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Bostonians may remember that pianos graces our streets in 2013.  Play Me, I’m Yours is public playable art– painted pianos scattered throughout the city.  They’re coming back to Boston’s streets soon!

Back in 2013, my  most artistic friend, Chelsea Rathbun, got the opportunity to paint one of these pianos.  Chelsea’s piano sat at the bookstore at Berklee College of Music, thus got a lot of play!  You can still see it here.

Chelsea’s got another piano hitting the streets this year, and I visited her in the studio to see it in progress and get a sneak peak at some of the others!

These pianos will be yours next week!  Street Pianos will grace Boston September 23 to October 10.  Visit their website to see where this and other pianos will be and check my instagram for shots of this one in action.

At the End of the Universe

Remember the time I traveled 1,847 miles for art?  Then asked my boyfriend if he even liked art?*

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The main purpose of our Houston trip was to see Kusama: At the End of the Universe at the MFA Houston.  I can’t recommend travelling for art enough!  Think about how many people visit the Louvre every year.  Sure, Houston’s not Paris, but this exhibit was well worth the trip.

Yayoi Kusama’s infinity boxes are mirror room exhibits that you step into and experience.  At the End of the Universe is in Houston for roughly another week, (September 18th,) so if you can go see it, I recommend you do.  I couldn’t let the opportunity to see these infinity rooms go, so I took it!  The added benefit was getting to see a new city.  Our only regret is we didn’t get to see this exhibit again!  We were only able to snipe tickets for Monday, as they sold out fast for the weekend.

Matt recorded the experience on his GoPro, and I didn’t want to slice the clips up for my vlog, so I’ve made another little video so you can experience Kusama: At the End of the Universe too!

*He doesn’t, for the record, but he still loved this exhibit!

Top Chef: Eyes, then Hands

You eat with your eyes first, right?  The Quickfire Challenge from this week’s Top Chef was all about #foodporn!  Yes, with the hashtag.  It’s a plating challenge.  The twist?  It’s junk food that they’re plating.  The other twist?  Instagram likes will decide the winner of immunity.

Here’s what the chefs create:

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L to R, top to bottom: Phillip, Carl, Chad, Jeremy, Marjorie, Karen, Kwame, Amar, Isaac

While the Quickfire was all about eating with your eyes, the elimination challenge was all about eating with your hands!  Neal Fraser introduces the concept of beefsteak– a traditional event in which there are no utensils, and no napkins.  Three teams are three are to make a meat dish, a fish dish, and two sides each.

The red team is basically all of my favorites– it’s Kwame and my Boston people, Karen & Carl.  The blue team is Marjorie, Isaac, and Chad.  The green team is Jeremy, Amar, and Phillip.

Here’s what they make:

It was pretty hilarious to see everyone in black tie and eating with their hands.  The best part, however, was that Hugh Acheson (heart-eyes emoji) was there to judge!  He also flung a piece of lamb that Padma had nibbled and hit some guests for the charity event.  Miss you every episode, Hugh!

Karen is announced as the winner of the instagram Quickfire securing herself immunity.

Most of the plates suffered from being too dainty and missing the point of the challenge.  Ultimately, the green team won for being the closest to hitting the mark, and Phillip claims his first win for his on-the-bone lamb.

The blue team ends up being the least favorite.  Luckily for Marjorie, my favorite member of this trio, Tom announces her the best baker Top Chef has seen– seriously, my mouth is watering for that milk bread!  Chad is sent to pack his knives.  Sadly, his instagram was my favorite, but he had trouble switching gears.

Which ‘gram is your favorite?  Seriously, how pretty are they?!

Goodbye July

Holy freaking cannoli, I cannot believe that July is gone.  I can’t handle anything about this summer or how little of it I’ve gotten to relax through.  Enjoying and making the most out of this summer means I’m very, very tired, but I think these little things were worth it:

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[1] I’ve spent every single July weekend in Rhode Island and you can watch them all here. [2] I’ve discovered my new favorite ice cream place in Charlestown, RI. [3] And I’ve eaten a lot of ice cream in general. [4] I’ve been playing with make-up, despite the heat. [5] I enjoyed a beautiful Boston sunset over the Charles. [6] I checked out Hokusai at the MFA and absolutely fell in love. [7] My hair started cooperating, miraculously. [8] I’ve found moments of peace on hectic days. [9] And I’ve eaten so much delicious seafood!

I’m thankful we still have one summer month left.  Tell me some of your favorite July memories!

Hokusai

If you follow me on instagram or watch my vlogs, you know I went to check out the Hokusai exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts last week.  I was glad I found time to see it, as I knew I’d like it… I just had no idea how much!  This has been my favorite collection since Chihuly a couple of summers ago, reminding me how much I need the MFA in my life!

You might know Hokusai from the Great Wave:

Red might have tried to sell this to you in Animal Crossing New Leaf.

Red might have tried to sell this to you in Animal Crossing New Leaf.

Hokusai closes at the MFA Boston on August 9, so I highly recommend you see it before it’s gone!  A collection of works by pupils of Hokusai is coming at the end of August, and I cannot wait!  I took a million pictures, but I’ll share a few more with you here. (more…)