Burning Man in DC

You won’t need to leave the east coast to experience this Nevada festival.

It’s no secret Burning Man festival takes place in a remote desert only to bring more than 50,000 attendees to create a temporary city. Most east coasters know about the festival’s reputation, but most do not flock to Nevada to experience the major event.

When the Smithsonian announced “No Spectators: The Art of the Burning Man” exhibition to take place in the Renwick Gallery, I knew there would be interactive installations that would embody the festival’s spirit. Not only can visitors gaze at marvelous artwork, they can also enjoy immersive room-sized installations, costumes, jewelry, artifacts and a virtual reality tour.

So if you’re like me and you’ve been itching to go, but would never want to endure the heat, this is a great way to get a taste of Burning Man.

For more information, visit https://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/burning-man.

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Parallel Universe

The final days of the Parallel Universe exhibition at ARTECHOUSE.

With only a few days left, Parallel Universe is an extraordinary experience that you can immerse yourself into at ARTECHOUSE. If you love the Netflix show Black Mirror, you’ll find yourself comparing imagery at this exhibition. Projections cover the floor-to-ceiling walls so that museum visitors can lounge on bean bags while watching abstract shapes swirl around the area. Take a look at my video to see my personal experience and be sure to check back for the Cherry Blossom Dream Sakura Yume coverage.

The Future of Sports

MITD opens a pop-up art installation in the H St Corridor.

After endlessly visiting New York city for seasonal pop-up art installations, I found myself containing my excitement as I stood on a baby pink tennis court surrounded by a wall of tennis balls.

Made in the District (MITD) opened The Future of Sports, an interactive exhibition, yesterday evening. The museum is similar to experiences to 29Rooms, The Museum of Ice Cream and The Boba Room. Yet it’s positivity can be felt throughout the District for showcasing the city in a creative light.

Visitors can tour a royal blue indoor track on the first floor while enjoying cocktails and music. Downstairs there are nine rooms that host sports in the most Instagramable fashion. Stand against a holographic basketball court or cycle in a neon red room. Either way, you’ll be snapping pics.

  

The Future of Sports runs through November 30. Tickets are sold online.

Work it, gurl

No sear sucker, but the summer vibes are present.

Summer heat is here.

In an effort to ditch the denim skinny jeans, I styled this Young Hungry Free dress with my Careaux x Puma sneakers. The variety of blue hues on the footwear contrasted with the black and white stripes. The appearance looks like sear sucker material, but alas it is a cotton polyester blend. The off-the-shoulder, straight cut on the dress makes the outfit less pajama-like and more fashion forward. For that city chic appearance, I added a baseball cap for a lighter shade on top.

Additionally, No Kings Collective painted this mural earlier this month. You can find the 30,000 sq ft artwork in the 14th St corridor of DC. For more information about the mural, read this Washingtonian article.

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Cap: Champion.

Dress: Young Hungry Free.

Bag: MK by Michael Kors.

Sneakers: Careaux x Puma.

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.

DC Fashion Incubator

Hosted at the hip and colorful Blind Whino Southwest Arts Club.

On the evening of April 28, I attended the New/NEXT Fashion Showcase hosted by The DC Fashion Foundation and DC Fashion Incubator. More than 350 people gathered to watch the area’s local designers highlight their work. The evening raised more than $10,000 to renovate its incubator for future DC-based entrepreneurs in the fashion industry. I wore my platform FENTY Puma sneakers and styled my outfit with a black jumpsuit and long-lined vest. Take a look at a few shots from the evening!

  

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Inspire those around you

Live to create.

Photos by TheKevinJ.

Someone recently inquired about a photoshoot that would involve me doing an activity that I loved. I needed to think about this because I felt unsure how to define blogging, filming and capturing within still images. Recently I met with TheKevinJ for a photoshoot in Washington DC (I was not the subject, someone else was), and he took these images of me that somewhat defines my passion.

I love to create. 

Whether this means filming a video, taking pictures or painting on masks, I enjoy creating. If I can help my friends to do so, or even inspire a stranger, then I feel uplifted because I impacted someone’s life in a positive manner.

Isn’t that what we want in the end?

Camera: Canon G5X.

Jacket: Dear Stalker.

Hoodie: Mint Crew.

Leggings: Kendall and Kylie.

Sneakers: Nike Sock Dart. (University Red)