Take a Day Trip (out of the City)!

📍Dia:Beacon

If you and your “Instagram Boo” are looking for new backdrops (*cough* holiday cards *cough*), look no further.

I dragged mine—willingly, of course—to Beacon, New York.

Tucked neatly alongside a slight bend in the Hudson River, 89 minutes north from Grand Central Terminal, Dia:Beacon, a modern art museum and enclave of all things très chic, is the perfect destination for a Saturday getaway.

Home to 21 exhibits, both visiting and long term, the museum, a former Nabisco box-printing facility, spans 160,000 square feet in exhibition space. With collections that include Dan Flavin’s untitled (to a man, George Mcgovern) 2, Robert Irwin’s Excursus: Homage to the Square³, and Walter De Maria’s 360˚ I Ching / 64 Sculptures, Dia:Beacon—its expansive grounds and impressive artwork—served as an ideal date destination.

👇 Here’s the play-by-play! 👇

Robert Irwin's garden entrance to Dia:Beacon—a quaint nod to the manicured lawns in Paris, don't you think?

To make the 9:43 a.m. Poughkeepsie train, I was kindly reminded to wake up at 8:30 a.m. Coffee downed and scrambled eggs devoured—a little past 9:00 a.m.—my handsome date and I were out the door.

Pro tip: if you’re taking the 9:43 a.m. train from Grand Central Terminal to Beacon, New York, prepare to board by 9:30 a.m.

With the amount of ambitious hikers ready to conquer Bull Hill, you’ll be fighting them for a seat on the train. The majority of these early morning passengers get off at Cold Spring, a stop or two before Beacon, so the idea is to SIT DOWN FAST before you have to stand for the majority of your ride.

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Train tickets roundtrip, off-peak, are $32 per person and the museum entrance fee, for adults, comes in at $15.

There’s a Metro North Getaway deal for $36.50 total, but unfortunately, I couldn’t figure out how to work the system. Still, $94 for a day trip worlds away from the hustle and bustle of the city was completely worth it.

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Dia:Beacon has a pretty relaxed photography policy so as long as you’re mindful of your flash, all snapping—except for pictures of Walter De Maria’s 360˚ I Ching / 64 Sculptures—is fair game.

Regardless whether or not you’re shy, there will be visitors dressed to the nines posing next to the various installations.

At the same time, there will also be visitors who are genuinely there for the artwork so regardless where you fall on the vanity spectrum, you’re guaranteed to have a good time.

Debating whether or not to go for the pose? I say you channel Nike and just do it!

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G and I wandered the four-story establishment without much of a method in mind. I enjoyed anticipating the artworks that waited ever-so-patiently behind every corner, staircase, and wall.

If you prefer to plan, strategize, and optimize your route, you can pick up a floor plan at the entrance of the building.

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Three hours, one cappuccino, one latte, and one chocolate-dipped macaroon later, we were both ready to go home.

I napped so soundly on the 2:08 p.m. train back that I actually drooled.

For those eager to rally, however, Storm King Art Center, the super cool sculpture park, is well within driving distance and also worth a visit!

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What to read up more on Dia:Beacon or the Dia Foundation? Click here and here respectively.

Otherwise, I bid you adieu with a successful Instagram taken by my Instagram Boo.

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Three Instagram-Worthy Spots to Visit this Weekend!

Smize, Y’all! Oh, and werk! 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m always a big sucker for insta-worthy destinations. Feed on fleek? You betcha!

Here are three super awesome places I scouted out for scenic pictures and dope backgrounds. Taking a social media cleanse? No worries! They’re also great places to visit in general.

Lights, Cameras, Action!
[title subtitle=”25 Greene Street”]Blackbody Show Room[/title]

The Blackbody Show Room is home to the world’s first OLED (organic light-emitting diode) display. The space consists of two floors filled with all things lights. We’re talking incredible fixtures and mind-boggling chandeliers! Their “Orange Room” with “raining” lights is definitely a fan favorite.

Plus, it’s that perfect backdrop for your new profile pic.

And, admission to this French light installation is free! If you’re ever in the area, I highly suggest dropping by to relax your mind, body, and soul.

[title subtitle=”22-25 Jackson Avenue (Long Island City)”]MoMA PS1[/title]

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You can find this contemporary art museum in Long Island City, Queens. After walking through the colorful “Weaving the Courtyard” to get to the actual museum, I have to say, I thoroughly enjoyed everything the three-floored MoMa PS1 had to offer.

Not gonna lie, there were some disturbing artworks, but I guess that’s just what contemporary art is.

Otherwise, the museum has an incredible selection of art ranging from short films, to simple paints, to sculptures. Come with an open mind but you might want to leave the children you’re babysitting at home.

Oh, and admission is free for all New Yorkers until October 2017 in honor of the museum’s 40th anniversary!

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You need to check out the SeaGlass Carousel because it is the prettiest carousel I’ve ever laid my eyes on. Even though I’ve “been there” and “done that,” I gladly would do it all over again.

Yeah, I know, it’s $5.00 for just a couple of minutes, but these glowing and rotating fish are so worth the mulah!

Best of all, it’s gram-worthy day and night, inside and out!

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OTHER PLACES TO CHECK OUT

  • Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
  • David Zwirner Gallery

 

Pray tell, what are some of your favorite gram-worthy spots this summer?

Man vs. Chipotle Burrito Bowl

[title subtitle=”It was Awesome”]I Spent $28.50 on a chipotle Burrito Bowl[/title] Hey, Guys! It’s Chris again—the fulltime fatass who has forced my dysfunctional life upon you whether you like it or not. When thinking of an adventure for this week, I seriously considered my options. Yoga? Nah. Vegan? Absolutely not. And then, it hit me.

I’ve read plenty of articles on how to get the most “bang for your buck” at Chipotle. As a raging enthusiast of the restaurant chain, however, I have fantasized scenarios on how much I could spend on a single burrito bowl—nothing short of a personal dream I’ve had since gliding out of my mom’s…nevermind. Thus, another out of hand LoDown adventure was born.

Last Monday, September 28, I decided to hit up the Chipotle on St. Marks, the one I frequent way more than I do my own home. Side note: that was for sure one of, if not, the saddest sentences I have ever typed. Yikes. Anyway, I walked into 19 St. Marks Place feeling like this adventure was my destiny, which is also how I fully expect to feel when greeted at the gates of hell after I die from the monster I am about to create.

Obviously had to snapchat (itschrisklemens) my adventure because I'm a gross millennial.

I make my way to the counter and am greeted by an elderly woman who is just trying her best and is by no means ready for this jelly. I immediately start listing my demands before she even has time to ask me what I’d like to order, further proving my addiction to food.

“I’d like rice, black and pinto beans, aaaaand (wait for it) double of every meat, please,” I say. It was in that moment I honestly thought the poor old woman was going to drop to the floor from cardiac arrest. I’m pretty sure her eyes widened the biggest they’ve ever been in her entire life. “You want DOUBLE of every meat?” she asked with the utmost confusion. She clearly didn’t know she was dealing with an Olympic gold metal fatass.

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Between piling on the meats and making sure they don’t spill from the bowl (very important), she hollers out to the cashier, “Hey, Linda, are you keeping track of all of this?” After the meats are in the bowl, she tells me that the rest of the toppings, which included double guac, will have to be put in another bowl because there was no more room in the current bowl. Goals.

I get to the cash register and nervously anticipate the damage I’m about to do to my bank account and my already piece-of-shit body. She rings up the total, which turned out to be $28.50. Much like reading the bible and finding out Jesus died (spoiler alert), I was sad and disappointed, but I then reminded myself that Jesus died for me to do this…I think. I don’t know, I read the Sparknotes.

For anyone thinking I was lying about spending $28.50 on a single burrito bowl....sadly I'm not.

Anyway, back to the more important matter, my 14-pound burrito bowl. After a struggle on par with the Great Depression and The Oregon Trail, I finally mixed everything together in one bowl and went to town on my creation. Actually, I’d say I was on my way to town but had to turn around because I forgot my wallet at home because I could only finish half of the monstrosity I created.

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Yes, it was almost $30, but the good thing is that I had food (and irritable bowel syndrome) for the rest of the week. Oh, the memz.

Moral of the story, friends: The guac isn’t always greener on the other side.

Feel free to share my story with your friends especially those who share my addiction with Chipotle, but in the meantime, I have a toilet to clog. Until next time, guys!

If this isn't the cover of my autobiography if I write one, I have done it all wrong. Photo by Katia Temkin

5 Things We Learned from Fashion Week 2014

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Seven straight days of clothes, crazy people, coffee, cabs and more are officially finished for one more season. Like when anything comes to an end, it’s time for reflection. Navigating through the endless looks, designers and trend trend overload post Fashion Week frenzy can be daunting. So here are the top five lessons we’ve learned from this seasons marathon.

1. Gym clothes not for the gym are everywhere – Bust out those sneakers! Nearly everything designer from Alexander Wang to Rebecca Taylor showcased sportswear inspired looks, perfect for not so athletic gals like myself.

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2. Tastefully Transparent – From sheer tops to fully transparent skirts, Spring 2015 is all about sexy translucent pieces. Slip optional.

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3. Bigger is better – This season we saw over-sized everything. Easy breezy loose fitting dresses, coats and tops that leave a trail of flowing fabric behind. Light luxe fabrics are ideal for the warmer months ahead.

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4. Makeup is out – The #Iwokeuplikethis trend is strong as ever, as countless designers including Marc Jacobs showcased barefaces. So start exfoliating and moisturizing your way into Spring 2015.

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5. Gingham,gingham, gingham – The picnic friendly plaid also known as gingham proved itself as a major staple this season. The pattern gives any look a sweetness with a does of edge. Use it in your wardrobe for some pattern play and layering.

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What did you think of #NYFW, #LFW, and #MFW?  Paris is next!  Leave your comments below!

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