Yayoi Kusama: My Eternal Soul

The exhibit being held at The National Art Center in Roppongi goes on till May 22, 2017! We were so lucky to be there while this was still in Tokyo and had the perfect day at the museum. It cost 1600 yen which is about $14 and is soo worth it for such an extensive exhibition, and I do not mind supporting the museums that bring us these amazing shows. The first time I experienced a Yayoi Kusama installation was similar to the one pictured below, except it was in Copenhagen, Denmark at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. They had a set up in a small room which only four people were allowed to experience the Light of the Gleaming Souls at a time. This time they had a path set up so that viewers could walk through and out. Learning about Kusama’s childhood and seeing her early works was really fascinating — She strives to make art that promotes togetherness and unity which I also enjoyed from her, considering that she struggles with depression and actually lives in a mental institution. Check out my video below to see our experience!

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Check out more of my pictures from the exhibit on my Instagram @nikkibrittain

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Chanel S/S 2017 Mini Flap

I have been loving the latest collections from Chanel recently. My favorite color is gold, closely followed by iridescent and then turquoise, so when I saw the new mini flap while I was in Hong Kong I could not believe it! The other bags the SA brought out were mini squares which paled in comparison to the glimmering iridescence of the one below! (There was a primary blue caviar, primary blue calfskin, pastel yellow chevron patent leather, black chevron patent, and caviar red chevron). The ones that have been catching my eye are a metallic lambskin which gives it an ultra shine that changes colors and is kind of hard to capture in one photo! I call it a mood ring mermaid bag — lol… It will match everything, right? I do usually wear neutral colors although I love crazy combinations so I think this little purse could be a great pop of color and interest to any ensemble.

My unboxing video to be uploaded soon and pics of possible outfits in an upcoming post 🙂

 

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New Zealand Observations

1. A lot less slang than Australia but they do still have some interesting words

  • Toasties – toasted sandwhiches
  • Mince – ground (meat)
  • Trolley/Trendle – shopping cart
  • Sallie’s – Salvation Army
  • Throaties – Cough drops
  • Scrumpy – ?
  • Plunger – French press coffee
  • Op Shop – opportunity shop (thrift shop)

2. Kiwi e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g… rare bird and country mascot

3. The most genuinely friendly people I’ve EVER met

4. Remote… mountains everywhere, cell service lacking unless in a “city”

5. Most things are overpriced because there is no other option or choice around

6. The locals don’t like the “city” but even the cities feel TINY

7. Very fresh air, not as humid as Australia for sure!

8. Sandflies are tiny gnat-like flies that leave a bite 100x itchier than a mosquito (the itch takes a LONG time to heal)

 

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New Zealand Videos

Day 1 — Exploring Queenstown & Te Anau

Day 2 — Milford Sound Cruise

 

Day 3 & 4 — Wild Penguins and Seals in Moeraki + Springfield, New Zealand

 

Day 5 & 6 — Jade Hunting in Hokitika, Franz Josef Glacier & GLOW WORM CAVES!!

 

Day 7  — Tasman Sea, Cave Hikes & Pancake Rocks Blowhole

 

Day 7 & 8 — Exploring Christchurch

 

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Australia – Best Drinks

A quick walk around the neighborhood (or an all day expedition around Sydney) and it’s not hard to notice the copious amounts of runners, people working out in the park, cross fitters in their own corner… People definitely care about their health. The markets likewise offer a nice variety of fresh produce, dairy free foods and specifically harder to find DRINKS!

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These are not flavored coffee drinks with almond milk but a line of flavored milk! I have not been able to enjoy drinking straight milk since I was five and was forced to drink a cup with dinner for growing up healthy until I got sick all the time and found out it was because I was allergic. I went with the salted caramel flavor although I’m sure I will try them all eventually. It was really good! No overly strong flavor, not too sweet, no weird aftertaste yet not bland either! Really happy with this, and it was about $2.75 for the drink. I imagine this would be cool to mix with smoothies or coffee if you wanted–

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I know there are some brands back home that do almond milk coffee. They taste okay, but nothing special that I would want to drink on the daily. The coffee is usually too bitter and watery. I was excited to see this, it on the shelf below the inside/out drinks– had to get it because it was made with only a few ingredients and all were good. #1 ingredient – coconut! We got the Coconut Vanilla Latte – a long time ago I would indulge in a bottle of Starbucks vanilla latte but it was too much dairy and sugar! I consider this to be an amazing replacement for that!

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