Summer Art Events NYC

Dan Graham with Gunther Vogt: Met Roof Garden- open until November 2nd, 2014.

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective at the Whitney- open until October 19, 2014.

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Tara Donovan at Pace Gallery- open until August 15, 2014.

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All photos belong to The Basis NYC.

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Firefly Music Festival 2014: An Overview

I just returned home from the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. I attended 2 out of the 4 days of the festival and it was a blast! Here’s my Firefly 2014 rundown =

Who I Saw:

| My favorite performer of the weekend was, without question, the Arctic Monkeys. They have been my favorite band for as long as I can remember and yet again they put on an insane show. I pushed my way up to the front during Iron & Wine, so I was nice and close when Alex Turner took the stage at 6:45pm. They played all my favorites, old hits and a lot of songs off their latest album, AM. It was magical.

| If anyone ever offers you tickets to a Girl Talk concert, don’t hesitate and TAKE THEM. Initially, I was pretty indifferent about seeing them, but from the moment Girl Talk took the stage at 12:15am I never wanted to leave. The whole crowd was a party. There were blow up animals crowd-surfing through the crowd, and giant machines blowing toilet paper into the pit. He blended mashup on top of mashup for a totally fun environment. The crowd was just there to have a good time and to get down and dance!

| Imagine Dragons put on a great show. I was standing pretty far back, but had a really good view of the area. They ended with “Radioactive,” and brought the Cage The Elephant’s lead singer on stage to help out with the chorus.

| Foo Fighters were awesome! No one else was performing at the same time as them, so the whole festival turned up for the show.

The Food:

The food at the festival was surprisingly great. There was so much variety in choices; they had everything from kale smoothies and salads, to burrito bowls and stir fry noodles.

Things To Pass The Time:

| Firefly had one of the coolest Silent Disco’s i’ve ever seen. Silent Disco’s have been at nearly every music festival I’ve ever been to, but this one was different. It was in the middle of the woods, pretty secluded from all of the stages. So many people were rocking out in silence; it was crazy!

| The Hammock Hangout: I spent a solid 2 hours one day rocking back and forth on hammocks at the festival. They have a giant area that is filled with hundreds of hammocks. It is so peaceful and a wonderful addition to the festival.

Overall, Firefly was great and I can’t wait to return in the future!

A Whole New World: Chloe’s Frozen Fruit

“3 ingredients: fruit, water, and a touch of organic cane sugar. Dairy, fat, and gluten free. ”

This is the Chloe’s Soft Serve promise. Sounds too good to be true, right?
For the past few weeks, Chloe’s has been my go-to dessert spot in NYC. Located in Union Square (and the Hampton’s), Chloe’s Soft Serve is the perfect snack.  Definitely a MUST-TRY this summer season.

My Order: Mango with chocolate chips.

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A Bittersweet Goodbye to Roseland Ballroom: Lady Gaga Performs

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The last time I saw Lady Gaga live was at her 2011 Monster Ball tour at Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has released a new album and has gained insane amounts of international fame. Also since then, it has been announced that the historic NYC music venue Roseland Ballroom will close. The venue, which has had artists like Beyonce, Lorde, Phish, Imagine Dragons, etc.,  will be closing after 95 years.

Last November, Lady Gaga announced her intentions to headline 6 shows at Roseland which would be the final performances ever at the venue, and after selling out in minutes, a 7th show was added. Last night, I got to attend the 4th show Gaga was playing at Roseland, which was also the 3rd to last show ever at the Ballroom.

Going in, I understood why Gaga was chosen to do these shows- she is a talented artists, a native New Yorker, and has a liberal outlook on life- but it wasn’t until the end of the night that I fully grasped the unique touch that only Gaga could add to the Roseland Ballroom.


The show wasn’t about Gaga’s crazy yellow wig or her costume changes, it was about the music and Roseland, and she knew that. The whole stage was decorated in giant plastic roses and each pole was covered in fake, colored flowers. Gaga ran around the whole room, using every part of Roseland as her stage. She climbed up a ladder to the top-tier while singing “Bad Romance” and ran to a side stage while singing “Dope.” Each song was so beautiful and the crowd was so into it.

Gaga has 3 more performances at the Roseland Ballroom until it closes its doors for good! (April 4, 6, and 7) The last show on April 7th will be live-streamed on YouTube so make sure you don’t miss it!

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Spring Break Week 2 In Instagram Pictures

I just got home from my 10 day road trip to Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah with my family. It was an amazing time and I got to see some parts of the USA that I never knew existed.

I’m currently weaving through the 1000’s of digital/film photos I took on the trip, so for now here are some of my Instagrams as a sneak peak.

1. Buffalo skulls in Santa Fe, NM.

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6. A view from the balcony in Monument Valley, Utah.
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Spring Break Week 1 in Instagram Pictures

1. On Monday I stopped by the Dover Street Market on 30th Street and Lexington avenue. The store was beautifully set up with a glass elevator making stops on all 7 of the floors. Perhaps my favorite part of the Market, which sells Comme des Garçons and Supreme, was this giant colorful sculpture pictured below.Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.16 PM 2. Cronuts! They were SO worth the wait. I woke up at 6:45am and got on line at the Soho Dominique Ansel Bakery at 7:15am. The bakery opens at 8am and there is a 2 per person cronut limit! This month’s flavor is milk and honey with lavender sugar. It was unreal. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.39.58 PM 3. I finally got a GoPro! I had been meaning to get one of these for the longest time, and even though I’m not sporty I think I’ll be able to take some awesome pics and videos with it. I can’t wait to bring it with me to Arizona and New Mexico next week. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.25 PM 4. The David Zwirner Gallery, which previously housed the Kusama show, now has a new show by Doug Wheeler and it is totally underrated! You have to make an appointment to see the room, and slip on a pair of booties, but then you get to walk inside a giant light purple infinity room dome. No words or photo could do it justice. It was just really cool! Directly upstairs was this awesome piece of art, which I snapped a pic of my friends in front of. Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 3.40.06 PM

Currently Obsessing Over: Triangl Swimwear & Underwear

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photo: Triangl

It is not everyday that I find out about a clothing company through Instagram, but that’s just where I scrolled upon Triangl Swimwear. The Australian company makes super trendy, fitted bikinis and undergarments.

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Lucie bra // photo: MetallicPaws.com

The Triangl Underware is really soft and comes in two styles: ‘Isabel’ and ‘Lucie.”Lucie’ ($59) is the underwire balconette bra design, whereas the ‘Isabel’ ($49) features a soft cup bra in a triangle design. They come in 5-6 colours each and both sets come with hipster briefs.

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photo: Triangl

The Triangl bathing suits are made out of neoprene- a scuba/wet-suit material that is super flattering. It is really thick and doesn’t become sheer in the water. My favorite out of all the styles is the classic triangle shape bikini top that comes with natural padding and adds a subtle but lifted effect. The set of top and bottom is $79.

I am in love with these bathing suits/ undergarments and cannot wait to order one for myself. Many of my friends have them and they are incredibly flattering to all body types. I will probably order the mint color bikini, because mint is vibrant and neon for the summer beach. 🙂

If I’ve convinced you and you are considering purchasing some Triangl goods, make sure you check out Tumblr and Instagram for some inspiration!

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photo: Tumblr