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Empty No Longer

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stumbled upon this free tour for an exhibition called How Much Do I Owe You in Long Island City. Curated by a nonprofit organization called No Longer Empty; their mission is to go in search for spaces that are no longer being used and revitalize them through art! Who says art can't move the public? Apparently, this organization has produced so many exhibitions in the past. If I had only knew then! I would have gone to them! With every place they choose, they use the setting as the theme. For How Much, the exhibition took place in the bank of the long abandoned clock tower. Bank = money, power, savings, trust, debt through the eyes and ears of artists from around the world.

Our tour guide, Lucy, told us a story about the mural behind her. It's a house made of losing lotto tickets. These tickets show the lost dreams of one man, who kept all his losing tickets in boxes. The intricacy of this artwork is amazing and painstaking for the artist to do, I'm sure! 
Learning the history of the bank was way more interesting to hear from Lucy, our guide, then from my HS teachers. Apparently, in the 1980s or so, Chase bought out the bank and they plastered the place with boringness (as I would call it lol) but No Longer Empty tore it out and exposed the original detailing of the building. But the best part of the tour? Was seeing the bank vault! Never have I ever been close to one let alone an abandoned one that was still in pristine shape! 

The piggy bank: a symbol of savings. Most of us growing up had one. We all dream of a better life so we save money and/or play the lotto. 

This room in the basement housed some old bank deposit boxes which was cool but what I liked about this room was the eerie nature of it symbolizing that even in the darkest corner of a place, things (ie plants) can still flourish. The oxygen masks used as lights even made the effect more creepy...

They also had participatory things for attendees to do so my boyfriend and I created our own 100 dollar bill. His was way better than mine so here is his masterpiece. This is what I imagine Benjamin Franklin would be as a dog. lol

I was feeling girly, bold and dark at the same time so this is what I ended up wearing to the tour. Love the black and white combination. It will never go out of style in my book. Too bad it was still pretty cold or I woulda whipped out my new Zara pumps. Alas, what can a girl do but wear her trusty booties!

 Lulu's lace top | Candie's floral pants | Forever 21 jacket/booties | Gifted beanie/circle scarf

Last day to see this exhibition before they close it down is Sunday, March 17th!! Please go if you get the chance!  It's free for the public! :)

Lulu's Style Studio

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Totally delayed post...The 9th of February was an eventful one. First was the Rebecca Taylor show. Then that night, I attended the Lulu's Style Studio. Not sure how I stumbled upon it but regardless glad I registered to attend. The free (yes free!) tickets were sold out in just a few hours after that.

Upon entering, you will see a few booths known as the gifting suite where you get to pick up a few goodies! There were lip salves from the Rosebud Perfume Co.  which I've heard good things about! Had to pick one up in each scent! Twistband had such cute, colorful hair ties!  For thick haired Asians like myself, these was perfect! Even my sister snagged a few from my bag. Also, being the nice sister that I was, I shared the LĂ„RABARs with her. For someone who isn't fond of eating banana anything, their banana nut was delicious!! Gotta get me some more! See below for the awesome goodies we were to bring home! Thanks to Hpnotiq for getting the party rolling with their complimentary cocktails.

Attendees were also able to vote on new items to be featured on the website in the future. Critiquing the color down to the whether if I simply liked the item or not. It was definitely fun being in the shoes of a buyer.


Photo courtesy of Lulu's 

Each blogger was able to choose a complimentary piece and I snagged this peplum top! Love the lacy detailing on the shoulders! I also purchased the peplum top in white since I couldn't decide which to get! (15% off all purchases) When in doubt, just get both. No regrets!  


Forever 21 sweater, pants and booties
Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Natasha Q crossbody bag
Yesstyle floral chiffon top

Super great event and can't wait for next year!

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