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Happy Place & My Musings on Instagram

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Sorry to leave you, it’s been nearly two months since I last posted & I’ve missed being here dearly.  Life circumstances had me focusing on more pressing matters, but I hope to be back here more regularly now.  I have several blog posts I’ve been working on for a while and am excited to publish them over the coming weeks.

Happy Place is the epitome of culture in 2018 (or dare I say it, lack there of).  Not a museum, not an art installation – just a  temporary pop up for people to go and take pictures for Instagram.  Much like the Colour Factory, or the Museum of Ice Cream, Happy Place is a travelling, interactive installation of decorated rooms, each with their own theme, all filled with bright colours to match YOUR theme.  I wasn’t fond of every room -bc, you know, they weren’t on theme, so this is only a small fraction of the available backdrops – but in my opinion, these are the best!

With Happy Place you purchase tickets ahead of time & get a time slot – so they can control how many people are wandering around taking photos at once.  Tickets are $40 – which in my opinion is a bit steep for a series of rooms in which to take your own photos, but I mean, I bought them, so it’s obviously working for them.  Once you’re inside you’re constrained by time in some rooms and free to do your own thing in others.  It’s set up pretty well, with the current cultural obsession with photos in mind to ensure that you can get a collection of portraits of yourself without anyone else in them.  It takes about an hour to get through, although it seems once you’re in you can stay as long as you like.

It’s definitely a great business idea to appeal to the current infatuation with photos of ourselves and bright colours, I kind of wish I had thought of it first.  How is everyone feeling about this – how much longer will Instagram last?  Last year I was absolutely obsessed with the application, but I’ve found it becoming stale lately.  I kind of find it overwhelming to keep up with and it was actually pointed out to me the other day that I receive an ad every THREE photos, so thirty three  percent of what I’m consuming is pure advertising.  This doesn’t include the brands I follow, or the influencers shilling products in their photos.  The worst thing is, I didn’t even notice this was happening until someone else told me – I was just mindlessly scrolling by these ads without realizing their glaring presence and frequency.  

I know some influencers have tried lately to push to a more genuine and less filtered theme – but then, what’s the point.  When Instagram really began to take off a few years ago it was about selling a fairytale, selling people their ideal life.  Now I find though that everyone is just regurgitating the same content, going to the same spots and wearing all the same clothes and it’s not really a creative space anymore, but just a place to brag about your last purchase, or vacation and try to convince people that your life has more glitter in it than it actually does.  Share your thoughts below, I’d love to know how you’re feeling about it.  Is there somewhere else I should be going for fashion, lifestyle and travel inspiration?

As far as Happy Place goes – I don’t know I’d spend $40 again for a handful of pretty pictures of myself.  If you’re creative enough, you can find things to take pictures of for free!  I will say though, as far as Toronto goes, they’ve picked the perfect time of year.  It’s always nice to have somewhere to go in this cold city from November to March which isn’t the movies, the mall, or your favourite coffee shop.

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My Outfit

Currently one of my favourite outfits in my closet – I bought the blouse & jumper straight off the mannequin at Zara.  Immediately when I walked in I saw Chanel.  The belt is again Zara – which I honestly can’t tell if it’s tacky, or not, but looks so much like what the models were wearing strolling down the beach for Chanel’s Spring/Summer 2019 collection that I had to have it for this outfit.  The opaque white tights, I’ve wanted after seeing them in Chanel Resort 2019 are dance tights from Mondor (more durable than fashion tights) and boots are Steve Madden.

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xx Sheila

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