Firefly 2017

Back to the Woodlands for my favorite summer music festival.

This year marks my fourth experience at Firefly Music Festival. My sister and I decided to utilize our creative juices and showcase our fashion styles in two ways. We picked up this velvet bodysuit from Forever 21 and put our own spin on it. Both our outfits retailed for less than $100. Despite 100 degree temperatures, we managed to stay hydrated all day and watch The Weeknd, Cashmere Cat and T-Pain perform amazing sets.

 

aMAZEd in Philadelphia

Can you find your way through this mirrored adventure?

Several years ago, I followed ViktorVash on Instagram because I loved his photography. When he posted images from his visit to the Franklin Institute, I made a point to see it this summer. Philadelphia is only a few hours from my hometown in Maryland. When my mom called me one day and explained she wanted to visit the city, I jumped at the chance and invited my sister and fiancé for the adventure.

The science museum hosts “A Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature” through September 4. Immediately upon entering, you’ll be shocked by the neon lights and stunning patterns that seem to surround yourself endlessly. After bumping into a few mirrors, you can find your way around the immersive experience. The 1700-square-foot maze challenges you to discover how geometry, tessellations and repetitions are the basis of design in the world today.

You can explore the rest of the museum once you’ve found your way out. Your inner child will come out as you soak in all the science and technology in the building. Maybe you’ll learn a thing or two!

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Dress: Rebecca Minkoff.

Sneakers: Opening Ceremony.

Luminarium

An immersive inflatable sculpture popped up in Columbia, Maryland.

You had me at “immersive inflatable sculpture.”

When I saw this article on Hypebeast, I immediately changed my weekend schedule to accommodate the Columbia Festival of Arts. I knew the photos wouldn’t serve how immersive this experience could actually be.

On June 16 at 5 pm, the Katena Luminarium by Architects of Air opened with a 45-minute queue growing longer by the minute. I waited in the humidity, but when I entered the front I met a cold breeze since the inflatable structure hosted air condition. I removed my shoes (a necessary action to enter), learned more about the sculpture before entering into a surreal environment. Neon colors filled the walls; illuminated textures added additional sensory. Kids ran around as my friends and I became lost while exploring the entire structure.

Several famed structures inspired parts of the Katena including Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia and a Hindu temple.

These pictures don’t do it justice.

The next US stop will be in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania August 4-13. For additional tour dates, click here.

ARTECHOUSE

A new gallery in DC opens to the public just in time for the summer rush.

The combination of digital technology and artistic talent created a beautiful exhibition featured at ARTECHOUSE, a new gallery making waves in Washington DC. I explored the venue opening day with much excitement. It’s certainly an experience that Instagrammers will fall in love with. The timing couldn’t be more perfect with the end of Yayoi Kusama‘s exhibition at the Hirshhorn, locals will be heading straight here.

Dress: Uniqlo.

Shirt: Kaws x Uniqlo.

Sneakers: Yeezy V2.

Bag: Korea.

Dragon Boat Festival

In celebration of Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

I rowed my way down the Potomac River on a cloudy Saturday afternoon with a team of active militants, retired veterans and a few friends. Why? In celebration of Asian Pacific American Month, I wanted to not only give back to the community, but also explore a different culture. I learned a bit about the festival and its roots from Taiwanese culture.  After weeks of preparation, our team, Full Metal Dragons, won third place out of 40+ teams.

If you’re interested in rowing next year, let me know and we can paddle together!

Jersey (Also our team uniform): Amazon.

Tank: The Hundreds.

Leggings: Nike.

Socks: Stance.

Sneakers: Nike.