Instaworthy Exhibit Designed For Hashtags

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A life size egg carton filled with giant styrofoam eggs.

Social networking sites such as Facebook and Instagram are notorious for photo sharing and using hashtags. When it comes to getting likes for photos by using hashtags, Instagram holds the torch. The photo sharing app has even earned its own verb. “Instagramable”. Meaning that a photo is worth posting on Instagram to get plenty of likes. Society has become so reliant on getting likes on their pictures for the sake of instant gratification that they are willing to pay for it. Not just by purchasing followers.

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Ellis the Egg sleeping in her New York apartment and dreaming about success in the big city.

The Egg House is a pop up exhibit that opened in downtown NYC was meant to attract visitors with props for them to share photos and use the proper hashtags. The purpose of the hashtag is for app users to to become aware of the exhibit and purchase tickets to the exhibit.
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Ellis the Egg in her reality. A tiny plastic egg on a doll sized bed inside of a hole in the wall.

Unlike most art exhibits, The Egg House didn’t have any valuable substance. It was a venue that was literally designed for guests to take pictures for social media. The entry fee was $20. It will cost you $20 to take tacky photos in front of plastic props to get more notifications on your phone. It’s ironic that millennials in particular will spend money to go out for the sake of being able to spend more time looking at their screens.

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The hole in the wall that cost $20 to look at a plastic egg.

Photographer Adeos Yeboah told me he does not find any benefit in taking photos at meaningless exhibits that claim to be art. “I feel like that’s kind of sad. It’s not something that I would personally do but you can’t control what people want. It’s their phone.”

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Ellis the Egg on screen. I giant egg rolling around on pavement.

The colorful props do create more content for social media pages but, the digital age has a reputation for making society more narsacisstic. The idea of getting dressed up to pose for social media photos is society’s new norm that has most app users craving that instant gratification through a double tap on a screen. Purpose over popularity. Guests are unlikely to question the purpose of why they are taking photos. They will use hashtags to gain popularity for their photos by counting the number of likes. The apps on our phone screen have control over society because most people fail to recognize the purpose behind a photograph. Most of these pictures are fabricated in order to portray a false image for popularity based on numbers.

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Striped wall with furniture props for taking pictures.

Going to a cheesy “art” exhibit to take pictures for social media isn’t a crime. Charging an exorbitant amount for entry to these exhibits should be thought out more carefully before you buy tickets. Some of these exhibits can inspire people to get creative with their photo taking and editing skills. Before dropping your hard earned cash on these pop ups, make sure you are getting an experience worthwhile and not another cliche photoop to mark yourself “here” in a social media post.

Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Color Factory

An inside look at NYC’s colorful haven.

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Entrance to Color Factory

Color Factory is a pop up exhibit in downtown NYC that takes visitors through rooms with different activities that are designed around color themes. Visitors get an experienc that is interactive and educational. Each room let’s you explore colors through sight, taste, sound, and touch. Keep scrolling through this photo gallery to explore more of my Color Factory experience.

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A low ceiling of streamers in various shades of the color spectrum. Visitors gather under these streamers before entering the exhibit. They are also given a piece of mochi ice cream with flavors that have colors matching the color scheme of streamers. 
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This colorful hallway has magnetic walls with pins attached. Guests can pick a round pin off the wall as a souvenir to keep. Guests are encouraged to choose a color that resonates with their mood (or any color they like) and wear it throughout their visit.
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The color of the Macaron you choose, might not be the flavor you are hoping for. CHOOSE WISELY! The flavors are unknown until you take a bite.
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Put the phone down. Sit at the station with your partner across from you. Put on the headphones provided and carefully listen to the instructions on what to draw in the circle. Exchange drawings with your partener. AWESOME! Once you’re done, please enjoy sour candy for your job well done!
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K is for Khaki. Pull on the knobs to reveal the name of the color in accordance with it’s given letter. The color description is on the reverse side.
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Take a spin on the giant color wheels. I promise, you WILL get dizzy.
Photo by Adeos Yeboah
The contrast between cool tone and warm tone colors. Red and blue are nearly opposite of each other on the color wheel. When opposites attract, take a dip inside an adult sized ball pit.
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The ball pit is an interesting shade of aquatic blue. It appears to mimic the look of an actual pool. The room strangely smelt like chlorine water (but that could probably be my weird sense of smell). This made me feel like I was really at an indoor pool party.
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Thank you for visiting Color Factory. Please exit through the colorful hallway. Don’t forget to enjoy complimentary ice cream and treats on the way out.
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Complimentary souvenirs!
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Ice cream after the ball pit.
Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Pink Tax

The “WTF” moment when you realize your paying more for pink frills.

The decor at Pietro Nolita just screams how we should all feel about Pink Tax.
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A gender based pricing known as “Pink Tax”, is a surcharge toward women for the same hygiene products used by men. While floral scents and packaging colored in different shades of pink distinguish women’s hygiene products from men’s, the price tag is also a major difference. Razors, body wash, hair shampoo, and specialty sized clothing will cost women a significantly higher percentage than men. It isn’t exactly clear when Pink Tax started but chances are women have probably been charged since birth. Throughout my research I found that even identical children’s toys with similar functions are priced higher for girls than boys. This discriminatory tax is only excluded in 12 states. 

In a study of gender based pricing done by the New York City Department Of Consumer Affairs in 2015, the agency found that women pay seven percent more for similar products than men. According to the DCA, about 800 products of male and female versions were compared from two dozen New York City retailers online and in store. The study of comparing products included: children’s toys, adult personal care products, home health care products, and clothing. The DCA specifically found that girl’s toys cost seven percent more than boy’s toys, 13 percent more for personal care products, and eight percent more for clothing. 

A clear example of gender based pricing in a study done by Jezebel, which was a comparison of a children’s self-riding car being sold by the company Fisher Price. This article was surprisingly accurate. Fisher Price sold their Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler self-riding car at $206.54 for the blue Hot Wheels version for boys and the pink Barbie version for girls at $214.88. Both of the toy cars have the same functionalities. The cosmetic difference is where the consumer gets an increase in price. According to Jezebel, product marketing director at the consumer data firm Index Jenn Steele says “If you’re finding consistently that pink sippy cups are more expensive than the exact same sippy cup in blue, then the marketplace could be putting pressure on sellers to drop the prices of the blue ones more.”

Business Entertainment/ Entrepreneur/Educator, Ebonie Jackson find told me that she, like many other women, deal with Pink Tax. Jackson told me that she does notice a change a difference in taxes for things like shaving cream, razors, shampoo, and lotion. Jackson said, “The ones that are geared toward women are a lot more expensive than the ones that are geared toward men, even though they complete the same function.” Jackson told me that feminine products are essential items and are not luxury items. I’m sure plenty of women like Jackson, would agree that they shouldn’t be paying more for items that are essential.

Deal News did a comparison of men and hygiene products. In the study a woman’s razor from Walmart cost $4.49 while a man’s razor cost $4.27. Their study also showed that women’s body wash from Olay cost $0.33 per ounce while men’s body wash from Old Spice cost $0.23 per once purchased from Target. 

Jackson is also the mother of two teenagers. I wanted to know if they were ever instances where she had to refrain from buying pink packaged items when it comes to her daughter. “I have two teenagers at home. One’s a boy and one’s a girl. We all use the same stuff.” Jackson told me that her daughter wants the pretty pink stuff and the packaging but it doesn’t make sense financially.

I spoke with Brianna Daquin, a recent graduate from Stoney Brook University who says she’s always stealing her boyfriend’s razors, literally. Daquin says that she purchases her Gillette razors from Amazon to save money a broke college grad’s budget. She shares her Amazon account with her boyfriend and noticed that the cost of his razors were lowers than hers yet, they were purchased from the same company. “I feel like I use more razors than he does. Just because men can skip shaving sometimes it isn’t fair that they get to pay less than we do,” said Daquin. I wanted to know if Daquin has an alternative to paying higher prices for women’s hygiene products. She said “From now on I’m buying all my razors and body washes in the men’s section. I don’t care about smelling like a man. It actually smells better to me” she said laughing.

Pink Tax certainly feels like punishment. The crime? Being born of female gender. All women should have the freedom to live unapologetically as females. As far as the pink packaging on women’s essential items; the the Pink Tax needs to be removed without a doubt but, the packaging should still remain pink as fluff.

Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Keeping it in The City

Keeping it in The City

As a New Yorker born and raised in Queens, I’m always looking for an outlet to get local news about my city. Grabbing a newspaper on my commute into the other boroughs isn’t always as convenient as having the news on my phone. The City is a non profit news site that brings direct reporting to New Yorkers. Before I even read any of the articles, I was quite impressed with their Pigeon logo. Some New Yokers are too embarrassed to admit that the Pigeon is the official bird of NYC. IT IS. The City site covers stories in all boroughs in New York. Check out the links below for some of the articles I found most interesting. These articles include NYC classrooms, subway delays, and budgets for construction.

NYC Classrooms With No A/C

https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/thousands-of-nyc-classrooms-still-dont-have-air-conditioning.html

Subway Graffiti Costs & Delays

https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/subway-graffiti-costs-and-delays-up.html

Developers Donate to Queens DA Candidate

https://thecity.nyc/2019/04/developers-back-katz-for-queens-da-despite-crackdown-vow.html

Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!

Alex and Ani Harry Potter Time Spinner Necklace

Alex and Ani Harry Potter Time Spinner Necklace

 

“Three turns should do it” said Albus Dumbledore in “Harry Potter And The Prisoner of Azkaban.” The ever risky Time Turner worn by Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) had the ability to make wizards and witches go back in time to alter past events. Or in Hermione’s case, take an extra potions class. 

Alex and Ani Harry Potter Time Turner
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I love when I can get my hands on a unique piece of jewelry that reflects my interests and who I am. Since I’m a major fan of the Harry Potter series (books & movies) it was only fitting that I have Hermione’s time turner from the Prisoner of Azkaban.   

Alex and Ani is my go to source for jewelry when I’m looking for a piece that resonates with me. From birthstones to zodiac signs, you can count on Alex and Ani to have jewelry that fits an array of personalities and beliefs. To be honest, I never expected to find my beloved fan fiction series as themed jewelry, like the time turner (which I’ve been wanting for a long time) at Alex and Ani. But I’m so happy I did! 

Alex and Ani Harry Potter Time Turner
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The Alex and Ani Harry Potter Time Turner has a unique design that differs from the one used in the film. Made with rafaelian gold and Swarovski Crystal, the necklace has a delicate look that adds a statement to a casual outfit. If you know Hermione Granger, then you know she’s not one to strut in heels wearing the latest trends. After all, you can’t be occupied trying to dress for the runway when you’re casting spells at Hogwarts, or flying away from creatures in the Forbidden Forrest. 

The Time Turner has the function to spin like it does in the movie. The knobs on the outer ring however do not turn.  It’s placed there to add detail to an already stunning piece. The Swarovski Crystals mimic the look of a miniature hourglass. Around the hourglass is an inscription that reads “I mark the hours. Every one. Nor have I yet outrun the sun.” The chain itself features an adjustable strap to control the length of the chain. Keep in mind you have to pull this necklace over your head since there is no clasp. 

Alex and Ani Hermione’s Time Spinner / Harry Potter Collection
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What makes the Alex and Ani Time Spinner different from the movie version and the ones being sold at Barnes and Noble, is that it’s origins are less easier to spot. At first sight you wouldn’t know that it’s a replica inspired from the Harry Potter series. Instead, it gives the impression of a time spinner that could have easily been your grandfathers but amplified to be more fashion forward. Barnes and Noble actually carries a replica in their Noble Collection line of Harry Potter products that is nearly exact to what is shown in Prisoner Of Azkaban. Of course it’s larger, bulkier, and easier to spot because it was made to be just like Hermione’s Time Turner from the film. There are also a lot of fakes of the Noble collection being sold on eBay for much cheaper prices with lesser quality. 

Noble Collection Harry Potter Time Turner
Photo: Barnes and Noble website

Wether you like the exact replica from the Noble Collection or the cheap fakes being sold online, the Harry Potter Time Turner is a must have for any Potter fan. The Alex and Ani version is a more wearable piece that doesn’t distract from the outfit, though it is still a conversation starter for being so unique and pretty. The Alex and Ani Time Spinner is a beautiful necklace to have for anyone who appreciates the meaning of the time turner as described in the books and movie. Any Potter fan would be ecstatic to have one. The fact that it’s Alex and Ani though, makes it even more special. 

Alex and Ani Hermione’s Time Spinner / Harry Potter Colection
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Kaye

I’m an actress habituated with train delays in my favorite heels, and proud of it. I use fashion as my script. Wearing contrastive styles gives me a chance to perceive an unfamiliar character. If putting on a new pair of shoes and adding new styles to your wardrobe makes you feel more confident, then you’ll revel in my blog!