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Yayoi Kusama: Give Me Love

Looking for something to do this weekend that’s insanely fun for all ages and free? Don’t fret my pet, you’re in for a colorful treat! Today is the LAST day of Japanese artist (and my spirit animal) Yayoi Kusama’s Give Me Love exhibition at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea, NYC. Run there early, as wait time to see the Obliteration Room portion is at least an hour long (SO worth it)! These are cell phone pictures, so bear with me!


What is the Obliteration Room? From the exterior, it looks like a humble abode or a quaint little cookie cutter house. Upon entrance, you are handed a sheet of circular dot stickers and asked to keep your time inside around 3 minutes. What’s inside, you ask? A colorful explosion! A freaking party! Selfie heaven! The most adorable home I’ve ever seen! The other visitors I noticed were also instantly happy, it is SUCH a happy room.


20150609_155117At the beginning of the exhibition in May, the house was originally a completely white canvas. But with the assistance of visitors leaving their marks and obliterating the room with haphazardly strewn stickers, it has become an incredible sight – a beautiful mess. All of us are tiny dots in this world and in that room, but together we can create something amazing!

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I’m rocking a vintage 2-piece outfit, Indian belt, Elizabeth and James platform leather sandals and a DIY straw bag!

The gallery also continues to showcase other striking pieces of Kusama’s infamous art. All I know is that if I win the lottery, Miss Kusama will definitely be decorating my home. Or maybe in the meantime, I’ll just invite some friends over and bust out some stickers and wine – have everyone Give Me (Obliterated) Love.

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Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Sometimes, fate happens. Just like when I went to the Beacon’s Closet Greenpoint location for my bi-annual closet clean out. If you aren’t familiar with Beacon’s, it’s an awesome secondhand store with various loactions in Manhattan and Brooklyn. There, you may sell clothes and accessories that you’ve kept in good condition and are looking to get rid of. If the buyers like your stuff, in return they will give you 35% of their tagged price in cash and/or 55% in store credit. It’s rather affordable and you are very likely to find everything from big name designers to unique vintage pieces.

So, while I waited my turn for the hip buyers to sift through my offerings, I meandered through the store and perused the racks upon racks of clothing, shoes and accessories. I was hoping not to find anything because the whole point of the purge is to rid, not accumulate. But, there it was! Hidden between this jacket and that jacket – THE jacket!


This incredibly warm and Funfetti (best cupcakes in a box EVER) colored sweater, obviously handmade to perfection with contrasting black paneling TOTALLY brings me back to high school days and letterman jackets. I was a cheerleader during that era, albeit an admittedly mediocre member of the varsity team. Come to think of it, I now think I really didn’t give it my all because I didn’t give a shit if the football team scored, won, or even showed up. Maybe, if my heart was into it, I would’ve kicked a little higher and shouted a little louder.

DSC07542Made my “Varsity Letter” with cardboard and crafting pom-poms!DSC07546

One team that I could totally get behind is COLOR – the uninhibited, with a vivacious, in-your-face neon punch, color! An immediate urge to perform chants and do cartwheels overcame me as I deeply wanted to express my adulation for my newfound sweater coat treasure. I dreamt up picking up my dusty pom-poms and cheering my team to victory!

Color always brightens up the muggiest of days and awakens the spirit, even when paired with the darkest of blacks. I guess if you are going to cheer for something, it should certainly be something you care about. And, I will forever and always be the greatest advocate for living colorfully. I’m about to organize a pep rally in hopes of drumming up support in this movement! In life, we can choose to live in darkness, but it’s so much more fun to choose vibrant, kaleidoscopic light!

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I got a little crafty with riches from the Dollar Tree, Jo-Ann Fabrics, Hobby Lobby and my garbage bag pom-poms!
DSC07567I’m rocking a sweater from Beacon’s Closet, Julie Mollo retroversible crop top, vintage skirt, H&M socks, old Michael Kors wedge sneakers, old Betsey Johnson bag; also with Adidas mesh top in above images


In the words of Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, “Give me my coat. My amazing colored coat.” And Beacon’s did! With my trade, I not only walked off with this masterpiece, but cash as well to make up the difference. I’d call that a fashion win! Goooo Team!


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