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

Vintage Market Days 2019: McKinney, TX

After about 6 months of consistently working at blogging, I’ve come to really develop an interest and newfound love for my hobby. I used to always look at bloggers and think I could never go into blogging because blogging requires you to essentially be a one person team. Bloggers often have to be their own stylist, makeup artist, photographer, retoucher, writer, and do their own social media marketing so for someone who struggles to get out of bed, blogging seemed like a very daunting task to take on. One thing I’ve been struggling with for the past 7 years is productivity so anything that requires me to do a lot of work is not really my cup of chai, but then I started struggling with this IBD and IBS flare-up so I needed a hobby. Initially, I had to take some time for my symptoms to get a little bearable before I really started getting into blogging in January. I’m still relatively new to blogging and have a lot to learn, but I’m happy with the progress I’ve made with learning more about the blogging world.

I was invited to a preview of Vintage Market Days in McKinney, Texas, which is a suburb of DFW. McKinney is an area that I go to often so I decided to accept the invite, and I was super excited to attend my first real influencer/blogger event! Although my blog is primarily travel and art focused, I spend a lot of time in my home base, which is Dallas so attending Dallas events more often is something I am attempting to do more of!

Vintage Market Days is a farmhouse and vintage themed event full of vendors from all over the country! When I first entered the Vintage Market Days, I was transported to a world of Southern charm and farmhouse flair. The rustic charm, country feel, and authenticity of the vendors made the event a very unique experience. Below are some photos of the event as well as a list of the vendors websites. I wasn’t able to get the name of every vendor I visited or took a photo of so if I have left off a vendor, I will update it if I find out the name in the future!

Some of the vendors pictured below:
-Paula’s House

-Mad Dash Mixes

-Stillwaters Farm

-The Cat’s Pajamas

-The Rustic Angel

-Flash & Trash

-Tastebuds Coffee

Because of the event, I got to meet this wonderful vendor by the name of Tastebuds Coffee! Their coffee is fair-trade and organic, which makes it great for conscious consumers. I am working towards becoming a more conscious consumer every day so knowing how a product is sourced and whether it contains pesticides or not is important to me! As someone with chronic gastrointestinal issues, coffee is something that I cannot have without experiencing cramps, pain, nausea, and many other symptoms. I thought coffee was something I was forever done with until I discovered Tastebuds Coffee! While I cannot speak for others with chronic gastrointestinal issues or caffeine sensitivity, Tastebuds Coffee seems to agree with me so that makes me quite happy! This coffee does not have a bitter aftertaste, which helps a lot with how my body processes this coffee, and I haven’t experienced nausea, queasiness, stomach cramps, or a stomach ache due to the lack of the bitter aftertaste. While I have never experienced feeling sick to my stomach after drinking Tastebuds Coffee, but I am NOT a doctor or medical professional yet so please note that this is NOT a medically proven statement, this is just my opinion and experience with Tastebuds Coffee! My favorite flavor so far is “Almond Mocha Crunch” (pictured below), but I also like “Sinful Pleasure”. Below are some photos of their booth and other content related to their brand so you can learn more! If you intend to check them out, please let them know Kal sent you, and I am sure they will be happy to give you the best possible assistance as they gave to me! You can check out more on their official website and Instagram!