Rainbow Vomit Dallas: Night Mode!

As those of you that have been keeping up with me know, I visited my very first immersive art Rainbow Vomit, a colorful immersive art experience located in downtown Dallas, in January of 2019! Visiting Rainbow Vomit in January was not only the beginning of my journey as a blogger, but it was also one of my first times getting out of the house by myself after months of being withdrawn from the outside world due to my symptoms!

7 months later, I have gained a couple of pounds of muscle, taught myself photography, restarted modeling (FINALLY!), and have gone to over 8 immersive and pop-up art exhibits since then! Things sure do change in 7 months, and Rainbow Vomit’s exhibit is no exception! As of August, the artists behind Rainbow Vomit have opened a new visually appealing attraction called “Night Mode”! If you like backlights and have been wanting to see Rainbow Vomit, I would suggest going to Rainbow Vomit “Night Mode” to have your fair share of blacklight fun! Below are some things you might find helpful before your visit:

Things to know before attending Rainbow Vomit Night Mode:

-Tickets generally range from $23-$28! Check the official Rainbow Vomit website and Rainbow Vomit instagram for more information!

-LOOK FOR THE SECRET ROOM! Hint: it’s close to the entrance and the location is more obvious than you’d think!

-There is a DJ upstairs! This is helpful to know if you want to avoid loud noises or if you want to suggest some music!

-if you have epilepsy, please attend with precaution. There were not normally many flashing lights on or strobes going on during my visit, but there is a possibility that the DJ might choose to flash the lights based on how the crowd is feeling.

-Dress in something that will respond well to blacklight! White and neon colors show up well under blacklight!

-The staff and owners will help you take photos if you ask them! Take as many photos as your heart desires!

-It’s a great date night idea if you want something to do in downtown Dallas after taking your significant other to dinner! My boyfriend was not able to come to Rainbow Vomit “Night Mode” as he wanted to help me out with my duties at home, but I took him to another immersive art exhibit the next day and he loved it so I would recommend attending an immersive art exhibit as a part of date night any day!

-Night Mode is more suitable for adults as it is at night and can be something you do with your friends either before or after bar-hopping or clubbing! To those of you that hate going out to the club or bar (like me), Rainbow Vomit “Night Mode” is one of those things you can do without feeling too much social anxiety!

I personally don’t go clubbing or bar-hopping so Rainbow Vomit “Night Mode” was a wonderful Friday night experience to me that I attended with my good friend Jeremy LaRue! All the photos from my visit to Rainbow Vomit “Night Mode” were shot by Jeremy LaRue and you can see them below!

And now I present to you, the photos from Rainbow Vomit’s secret room!

I hope those of you that are considering visiting Rainbow Vomit “Night Mode” or just Rainbow Vomit attend as it is a visually captivating once-in-a-lifetime experience in a world of colors!

Details/Credits: -dress: Charlotte Russe | -shoes: Steve Madden 2018 | -photographer: Jeremy LaRue

My Experience at the Museum of Memories (Dallas)

If you are a millennial reading this and didn’t get to live out your 2000s dreams, look no further, you’ve stumbled across the right blog post! As a certified millennial weirdo who hated recess and wasn’t very popular on MySpace, the 2000s was more of a dark time for me so after attending the Museum of Memories, I feel like I finally got to satisfy my tweenage dreams to my heart’s content.

I had no real concept of beauty until I was 11 and no concept of body image until I was 12, when I first realized that having big thighs without a flat stomach was “unacceptable”. The 2000s wasn’t the best time to be an adolescent female because it was an era where tall, skinny girls were considered hot, and being thin was the standard of beauty for females. Scene girls who were popular on MySpace and the stereotypical preppy “popular” girls that dressed like Regina George (“Mean Girls” character) ran the show, and anyone that didn’t fit the mold was considered an outcast. Body positivity and mental health awareness weren’t popular concepts in the 2000s, neither was social media other than MySpace so there were really not many outlets for adolescents and teenagers that didn’t fit in to express themselves. I was in middle school in the 2000s and a size 2 brown girl with curly hair and glasses was an abnormality in Rochester, Minnesota in the era of “Mean Girls” and Paris Hilton.

I was tired of being bullied and ostracized by my peers so I would up free Bollywood gossip magazines from the local Indian grocery stores and studied photos of Bollywood actresses to learn what being a “hot girl” meant and how a “hot girl” dressed. 2000s fashion seemed so exclusive to me because it’s not like there were influencers tagging where they got their clothes from so the most I could do was assume what clothing was fashionable by observing the “popular girls”.

When I was invited to The Museum of Memories, I was excited that I finally got to bring the future me that occupied my middle school daydreams to life. I did my best to channel my inner “2000s hot girl” and live out my 12 year old fantasy of what I would look like in the future, apart from the fact that fantasy me is tall and real life me is short. I think that the 12 year old me would at least be satisfied with what I ended up looking like to a certain extent.

All of the murals at The Museum of Memories were hand-painted by the artist Steffi Lynn, also known as @haveanicedayy_ on Instagram! Unlike a lot of the other pop-ups that are good for photography, The Museum of Memories also had exceptional art that brought each room and scene to life. Upon viewing the photos, I was shocked to see how realistic each mural appeared in the photos so it’s definitely worth paying attention to Steffi’s artistic talents when you visit! You can check out her store here to see more of her art, and the official Museum of Memories Instagram here as well!

I drew inspiration from the memories of the magazine images of Bollywood actresses whose beauty I idolized and the Disney Channel show “Kim Possible” and added some personal touches to my look for The Museum of Memories. Without further adieu, I present you with the photos of me living my 2000s dream! All photos below are by my friend Jeremy LaRue, as always! Jeremy frequents pop-up art exhibits often too so you should check his feed out if you have the chance!

Pink is such a 2000s color!
“I want Candy” by Aaron Carter inspired wall
This is for those of you that ask me where I’m from.

Credits/Details: -Top: Aeropostale | -Skirt: Aeropostale | -Shoes: Steve Madden 2018 | -Photographer: Jeremy LaRue | Artist: Steffi Lynn

Like Immersive Art and Tacos? Visit TacoTopia & Read this before You Go for Some Ideas!

Sometimes, all it takes is one time to get hooked on something, and that was what happened with me and immersive art!

I fell in love with immersive and interactive art after my visit to Rainbow Vomit and decided that one of the things I was going to showcase on my blog was immersive art exhibits and pop-ups. Visiting immersive art exhibits is easier for me since my IBS and MC are still active, and on top of that, I am still struggling with SIBO so it’s a bit more of a hassle for me to hike to my heart’s content like I used to. Going to immersive art exhibits gives me an opportunity to get out of the house and have fun for a short amount of time without having to be afraid of not having access to a clean bathroom.

So one day in February, I sat down and looked up immersive pop-ups in the major cities in Texas. I stumbled upon a few that caught my attention, and two of them were in Austin. Since my family likes to go on day-trips, I didn’t have to do much to convince them that it was a good idea to take a day-trip to Austin to visit the two art pop-ups I found—TacoTopia and Hopscotch.

TacoTopia is an immersive art exhibit that is themed about everything taco-related and is on tour! Here is what their official website says about TacoTopia:

“Tacotopia is a larger than life playground presented by Cholula Hot Sauce, a hybrid amusement park and Taco Festival all rolled up into a funky, Tacotastic, immersive exhibit.” –TacoTopia website

The Austin exhibit ended on March 31st, but TacoTopia is on tour and will be in Los Angeles, New York City, Miami, and Chicago so if you live in one of those cities, you should consider checking out TacoTopia! TacoTopia is sponsored by Jarritos and Cholula Hot Sauce so you will get a complementary bottle of Jarritos and 1 sample size bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce for each person in your party. There will be a chip bar where you can try the different flavors of Cholula Hot Sauce with corn tortilla chips.

Things to note before you go:

If you have health problems like mine that can be irritated or triggered by fried food, corn, carbonation, acidic foods, or spices foods, I would recommend you try the samples with precaution or don’t try them at all! 

TacoTopia’s lighting involves ring lights so I would suggest doing some light correcting and color grading to your photos if you are using a DSLR and in some cases, even iPhone photos!

-Ticket cost varies by the time you purchase the ticket and city! We got our tickets on sale so check the website and Instagram page for deals!

Don’t hesitate to interact with the surroundings and take pictures by the wall or with a hat on.

If you are by yourself or members in your party don’t know how to use a DSLR or take photos up to your standard, ask the employees to help you! Don’t make the same mistake I did, as I had my DSLR but didn’t want to bring it in to risk out of focus pictures.

iPhone portrait mode won’t always work in TacoTopia because of the artificial lighting so if you are looking to use portrait mode, I’d suggest really working at it or processing your photos in an editing application afterwards. 

Jarritos Mineral Water is an option if you can’t have too much sugar.

There will probably be other people around you waiting to take pictures so be courteous but don’t get nervous! If it’s possible, plan your poses out ahead of time!

There is a foam ball pit so if you plan on getting in, wear clothes that may be suitable! You have to your shoes off before getting in anyways so suitable clothing is more important! 

An hour is actually a good amount of time to take photos, consume samples. and interact with everything at TacoTopia. 

Going into TacoTopia, I hated hot sauce, but then I tried Cholula Hot Sauce and have since then converted into a hot sauce fan. I am not sponsored by any means by Cholula Hot Sauce, I just wanted to give those of you that hate hot sauce a potential option that might convert you too. I actually ended up buying a bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce this week!

Since I am prone to ulcers and have IBS and IBD, I can’t really have too much hot sauce, but I did purchase a bottle of Cholula Hot Sauce a day ago just to add a drop or two when I want some extra flavor in my food. Even my family loves Cholula Hot Sauce because the vinegar taste that we hate and is dominant in most hot sauces is not that apparent in Cholula Hot Sauce. I would recommend trying the Chili Lime flavor if you’re into milder flavors like me, Chipotle if you like a nice smokey taste, and Green if you want some heat in your hot sauce.

According to the website, there are about 25 different backdrops at TacoTopia. It’s amazing how creative they got with the way they themed their entire exhibit around tacos and elements found in Mexico in general like piñatas and cacti. Here are some of the rooms and backdrops that are in TacoTopia:

Guacamole bowl ball pit

Looking back on my experience at TacoTopia, there were a number of poses and photo opportunities I missed out on and could have done way better! I would go again if the exhibit comes back to Texas next year for sure. I would highly recommend that you go to TacoTopia if you’re in the cities that TacoTopia is coming to. While TacoTopia is great for bloggers (both upcoming and experienced), cosplayers, models, influencers, and anyone who wants to use the photos for their social media, it’s also a great experience that you can take your children to! You could even go on a date there! Whether you’re 6 or 60, you’ll be able to have fun at TacoTopia, but you don’t have to take my word for it, go see it for yourself if you live in one of the cities TacoTopia will be in!

So if you love tacos, immersive taking pictures, hot sauce, and Jarritos, TacoTopia is definitely for you!

My First Immersive Art Pop-Up: Rainbow Vomit

Depression is the enemy of creativity so I’ve been having trouble trying to get this started. Every bad mental health day is a day of productivity lost, and I’ve already lost so many days to poor mental and physical health. Ever since my flare-up started in July 2018, my whole life has turned upside down, and I’ve had to make a LOT of lifestyle changes to accommodate my chronic digestive issues. Not only have I hit the pause button on my modeling and acting career for a while, but I’ve also had to stop traveling for the most part as well.

When I lived in New York, I was taking some medication four times a day for my ulcer that had a side effect of constipation. It helped me get out of the house and see some beautiful gorges and waterfalls in upstate New York, but eventually, my digestive issues got worse and I had to leave upstate New York. While living in upstate New York for a change was great, I couldn’t get an appointment with a primary care physician for a check-up because most of them weren’t accepting new patients. I had to come back to Dallas, where physicians are abundant but waterfalls are not. 

It’s as they say, everything is bigger in Texas—which meant any state park worth visiting was quite the distance from Dallas. Taking day trips to these state parks was not a realistic option for someone who was dealing with the symptoms of multiple gastrointestinal issues. I stopped wanting to get out of the house because of my symptoms. Even grocery shopping became problematic and difficult for me, and the fatigue and pain associated with my conditions started to become a problem for me. 
Dealing with on and off periods of diarrhea isn’t new to me so upon being diagnosed with microscopic colitis and now IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), I really felt like a weight was lifted off of my shoulders. I’ve been searching for an answer that wasn’t a juice detox and eating mostly vegetables for years so receiving the first diagnosis helped me achieve some peace while the second diagnosis kind of disrupted the peace. I was treating microscopic colitis for all of these months and I was told that I had to treat a whole other disease too so it’s caused quite a bit of anxiety for me. All of the new challenges that have been popping up since this flare from hell began are a lot easier to deal with since I know what’s causing the problem, but I’m sick of having to change my lifestyle over and over.

The things that used to bring me joy only bring me anxiety now, like, for example, ANY activity that has to do with getting out of the house. Traveling used to bring me a peace of mind, but now all I care about is whether there is a bathroom at the destination and if I have all of my food prepared to take with me in the event that there are no restaurants with food I can eat. However, now that I’m finally making progress with my colitis, I wanted to try to get out of the house for a bit. 

That being said, an hour at an immersive art pop-up seemed reasonable to start off with. I had been mentally preparing for this for days and despite having a cold and a rash the day of, I was determined to force myself to get out and do something for an hour. I kept telling myself it was “only an hour”, but getting out for that one hour took a whole day of mentally preparing and planning—don’t you just love anxiety?

The car ride to Rainbow Vomit was an anxiety filled 25 minutes of me freaking out over what I could eat for dinner and my outfit not being colorful or correctly planned enough to match the concept. I went with a simple, cute outfit instead of an eccentric one so I spent a whole 25 minutes regretting my outfit. 25 minutes of non-stop anxiety is a hell most of us know but want to forget.

Needless to say, my anxiety REALLY calmed down when I got there. 
I met up with my photographer friend Jeremy at the Rainbow Vomit. We had worked together last year on a shoot, and we have been great friends ever since then. He never disappoints when it comes to edits, and I’ve always loved how bright his work is so I feel like his style is perfect for a colorful art exhibit! I asked him if he wanted to check out Rainbow Vomit with me, and I’m glad it worked out because neither of us had been to an immersive art pop-up before so it was a really unique experience. 

The two photos below are taken on my iPhone 7 by me.

The Lobby
Vintage style office table with a typewriter & phone

Rainbow Vomit is a comic book themed immersive art pop-up and had both colorful and black and white rooms. We were all informed to be on the look out for a secret room at the start of the exhibit as well. The lobby and some other areas such as the bathroom were in black and white but as we went through the exhibit, we started to see more the colorful and eccentric side of Rainbow Vomit.

All photographs featured below were shot by Jeremy LaRue.

Being someone who shot boudoir and swimwear primarily, I was completely out of my element at a whimsical art pop-up, which made it all the more fun! Due to my ongoing struggle with my health, I haven’t shot in over 6 months so posing in an interactive art exhibit in jeans and a crop-top in a room full of strangers was definitely a challenge. I’m still new to blogging and channeling my inner blogger for photos hasn’t been a walk in the park just yet.

We used up the full hour to take photos and experience the entire exhibit. I’m sure there were subtle details we missed because I was afraid of breaking things. We didn’t end up finding the secret room, and some others who had gone to the exhibit told me where the entrance was after we left. The entrance to the secret room is one of those things you have to seek out instead of letting it find you so the next time we go, I’m 100% sure we will be looking out for it! I’ve been looking at immersive art pop-ups since October 2018 and it’s now February 2019 so I’m glad I finally got the opportunity to go to one. I look forward to visiting more immersive art pop-ups whenever I come across one again!