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The Broad

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I’ve been wanting to write about going to the Broad since the first time I went, back in January, but for some reason I just didn’t think it would be a great enough post.  I, recently, returned to visit the Broad museum a few weeks ago.  This time was different.  My friend and I solely went to see Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrored Room.  The first time I went with my mom was when I could get the tickets for - after work on a weeknight.  This meant only having a couple of hours in the museum and no chance at being able to see the Infinity Room (since spaces fill up to see the room within the first 2 hours of opening).  And all I wanted was to see the Infinity Room.  After finally getting to experience the infamous room, I finally felt like I could do a little more justice by writing a post.

The Broad Museum is really relatively new to the Downtown Los Angeles scene and just next door to the Walt Disney Concert Hall and MOCA.  Founded by philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad (pronounced Bro’d not Bra’d), this museum is bursting with contemporary pieces of art.  The building design in itself is a piece of work.  You’ll definitely be taking pictures in front of the buildings’ textured white exterior.

If you are able to get into the museum within the first 2 hours then you may be lucky enough to get in to see the Infinity Room.  My friend and I were part of the first 10 people to enter the museum since we had the first time slot for reservations.  You only get 45 seconds in there, so go with a plan!  I’m not going to go into huge detail about the magic (this is quickly becoming one of my favorite words) that is the Infinity Room, you’ll just have to see it for yourself!

After that, you can check out the rest of the museum! The long escalator up to the second floor, where all of the pieces are, makes you especially anxious to see what the light is at the end of the tunnel.  The museum is so full of light and airy-ness.  

 

Don’t miss these (while they're still there!)

  • Under the Table by Robert Therrien - Giant 7-piece table that will make you feel like you're a part of Honey, I shrunk the kids
  • Any of Andy Warhol - I love Warhol's, enough said
  • Any of Roy Lichtenstein - Just like Warhol's, it's hard not to love Lichtenstein and his bright, comic like paintings
  • Ellsworth Kelly - Green Blue Red, Blue Red, Green angle - all of Kelly's pieces are so simple and yet so beautiful
  • Flag by Jasper Johns
  • Balloon Dog / Tulips / Michael Jackson and Bubbles by Jeff Koons
  • Double America 2 by Glenn Ligon

 

If you’re feeling hungry, head next door to the Otium restaurant.  It is a little more on the pricey side, but my goodness, the food is so delicious and the plating is gorgeous.  Go hungry.

 

Yours Truly // Shannon

The 'Forget Me Not' Packing Checklist

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In the midst of packing for my trip to Bali in a few days, I keep thinking I'm going to forget something.  I mean, I have that thought most every time I travel.  And, I'm not talking about clothing or shoe options, I'm talking about the essentials.  Like have you ever forgot your passport and remembered when you're already on route to the airport to travel abroad?  Well, I thought I would put this handy dandy (and oh so nicely designed - if I do say so myself) for you to use when packing for a trip.  I hope it helps you and actually prevents you from having to turn the car around last minute.

Happy Packing and traveling!

Yours Truly // Shannon

Travel Photo Diary: Rome

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The city of Rome holds a very special place in my heart.  I spent a summer in Rome during college for a study abroad program and it was one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life.  I think I really was able to grow up and find my footing by travelling alone to a city I had never been to.  I had studied abroad before during high school at Magdalen College, which is part of Oxford University in Oxford, England, but this was a completely different experience.  In high school, I chose to do a program with a good friend.  We flew abroad together, took the same classes and hung out together.  For Rome, I went alone.  While terrifying, I really learned how to be independent and trust myself.  This was huge considering I don’t normally like doing anything alone.  In the end, I made some of the best friends, felt like I experienced the city like a true Roman and travelled all around the great country of Italy.

Rome itself has so much to offer.  Yes, there are the big tourist attractions like the Coliseum, the Vatican and the Trevi Fountain but really even the smallest side streets held so much history and beauty.  The little street that I lived on, Via dei Capocci (shout out to all of my Capocci roommates), is actually shown in the first picture above.  It was a dream driving by the Coliseum on the bus to and from school and walking down that cute little street.  One of the pictures of the Coliseum was a secret spot I found where the Coliseum basically looks like it did in its hay day, a full structure.

For this Travel Photo Diary, I really wanted to feature Rome since it is one of my absolute favorite cities in the world.  I realized looking back at my photos that I barely took enough pictures.  I feel like I say this all time! At least not enough to show the true beauty of this city.  I think living in Rome is completely different than travelling there as a tourist.  I was definitely more worried about stopping by the grocery store every other day or finishing up homework from my classes than taking pictures more frequently.  C’est le vie.  Oh wait wrong language.  That’s what I get for taking French and then Italian.  Sometimes I think in one language instead of the other.

If you do have the chance to visit Roma (as the Italians call it), try to experience all the city has to offer.  Head to Trastevere for dinner one night.  It is the cutest little area.  Or walk from the Coliseum to Piazza Navona or the Pantheon.  You’ll get to see way more of the city that way.

Yours Truly // Shannon