Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Park Hyatt hotel Tokyo

Location for the show I did yesterday.

The views from the 39th floor were great but nothing compares to New York

sleepy morning bedhead getting fixed

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yayoi Kusama. Give me Love.

A little throwback to New York, although still Japan related.

Two weeks ago I took off to David Zwirner gallery to see new big exhibition by legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b 1929) well-known for her trademark polka dots. 

Stainless steel pumpkins featuring either painted or perforated dots

The large-format My Eternal Soul paintings

The most fun part of the show was The obliteration room,  an all-white, domestic interior like prefabricated American suburban house that over the course of the show is covered by dots of varying sizes and colours. 

All visitors are handed a set of stickers to add their own touch to the house. The accumulation of the bright dots ultimately changes the interior until it is eradicated into a blur of colours, a sense of depth and volume disappears as individual pieces of furniture, floors, and walls blend together. I would love to go again just before the exhibition end and see how it looks like then!

admiring from the outside

When architecture is better than the actual clothes.

Loved this sign of Sally Scott's store

Issey Miyake

Prada store by Herzog & De Meuron architects

The copper details of the new Miu Miu store, also by Herzog & De Meuron. 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

sweet girls of h a r a j u k u

Takeshita Street in Harajuku - everything pink, cute and amazingly annoying together on one street, makes a good spot for observing people tho! 

facade of a creperie

when in Japan,

more is not enough for eyeliner and mascara.
My eyes still hurt from removing that though.. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pho 321

PHO321 - a small hip Vietnamese noodle bar in Harajuku.

2 Chome-35-9 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001

It funny how I usually consider grains like rice and wheat based products like noodles not the healthiest options but the food in Japan tends to be super healthy despite basing on the two latter. 

New York in 24H Guide for LAM Magazine

Have only limited time for your visit in New York? Check out the 24h guide I created for LAM, a new Scandinavian based magazine, celebrating individuality, contemporary culture & young talent.

The guide features 13 of my favourite mostly non-touristic spots and activities in New York (including flea markets, ice cream and coffee stops, yoga in park, designer consignment boutiques and museums), read on below.

(all text and pictures by me, expect the first polaroid by Alexandra Elizabeth)

Friday, May 22, 2015

as simple as that

Black and white portraits by Jonas Bresnan shot in New York last week, meanwhile I've already packed my bags and landed in Tokyo for some new adventures. More about that later! (as soon as I overcome the jetlag and 13h time difference.)

/wearing almost zero make-up and my new favourite earrings from & other stories/

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Building of Whitney Museum

Whitney Museum of American Art has now a new home in Meatpacking District designed by architect Renzo Piano.
Eight floors of galleries + outdoor terraces with nice views of Hudson River, High Line park and Meatpacking District.

artwork you can actually sit on 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Food and drinks aka wine&tapas in Barcelona

Food always deserves a special post, no? I wasn't that familiar with Spanish cuisine before but I was eager to discover and try everything and I ended up having pretty much everything from paellas, Spanish potato omelette to anchovies  and other seafood tapas.

First, Afrodita, small restaurant we stumbled upon in Gothic Quarter.
 perfect for the afternoon sangria (what a generous glasses they had, couldn't even finish half of it). Also, there's seating in an adorable courtyard where you can get a glimpse of local life.

Late lunch at Cervecería Catalana, that was recommended by many as the best tapas place in the town and we didn't have to disappoint. I thought it would be crowded, too touristic and over-priced but it was quite the opposite. It's great you can actually sit by the bar, see the food and order by it looks.. perfect for me who didn't understand the menu in Spanish. We had four round of tapas and all were good! My favourites were scallops gratinéed with cheese and spinach and razor clams.
Cervecería Catalana
Carrer de Mallorca, 236

Casa Guinart right next to famous Boquiera food market. Probably the most touristic place where I ended up but they had a great burrata salad nevertheless. 

Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona

I was walking on the main street Passeig de Gracia and then spontaneously decided to turn to one of the small passageways and ended up in this grandiose hall lined up with different restaurants and bars. Wow! Luckily it wasn't dinner time yet so it was rather empty and I could walk around and just admire the interior.

Friday, May 15, 2015

China Town, New York, May 13

can't get enough of those bustling streets


I fell in love with Barcelona since the first the first day there. Not in a way that I would ever like to live there but to just chill and enjoy. People are friendly, kind and relaxed, the opposite of what I had thought of Spain beforehand. 

I was obviously inappropriately dressed, wish I had a wide brimmed hat instead of heavy woollen scarf / Detail of Gaudi's Casa Batlló

View from above

Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi (1904-06) also known as House of Bones because of its facade.

At first I was bit hesitant whether I should go to the Sagrada Familia or not, thought it might be just an over-crowded tourist-trap. Well, I am overly happy that I did go (and glad I bought tickets online to avoid the lines), the interior was magical. Even now looking at the pictures, still can't believe it was real..

Courtyard of Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi

Cultural Centre of El Borne district

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"No. 5 in a New Light," Chanel's pop-up exhibit

Meanwhile in New York...

Sometimes I'm just lucky.. like today when I accidentally stumbled upon Chanel pop-up exhibition in Chelsea which I had nothing heard about.

"No. 5 in a New Light,"  is an interactive pop-up exhibition to celebrate one of the most iconic fragrances' 94th birthday. The exhibition guides you through the inspiration, creation, composition and revelation of Chanel No. 5 fragrance.
“Let your senses guide you through the illumination of an icon,” Chanel states on its website. “Discover the facets that make up the world’s first modern fragrance.”

It was such an exceptional experience. First, there are good-looking French men dressed in suits who will personally guide you through the exhibition space to tell the background story. Secondly, it was interactive in a way I've never seen before. 

wave you hand in air to move the rose petals in the pond and read facts about cultivation of No. 5's ingredients. / abstract No. 5 bottle that was very revolutionary at the time for being so simple and minimal. 

And the best part, after the show you can sit down at long table for some arts&crafts. Using stamps and ink pads, customise your own Chanel postcards which you can then post around the world free of charge. 

Obviously whole thing is meant to boost the sales of the fragrance but I loved how discreet it was... There was no gift shop or anything, all visitors were just handed free sample size bottles of Chanel No. 5

reserve your visiting time here to avoid waiting in lines.
May 7 - 17  |  Noon - 8 PM
461 W. 14th Street at 10th Avenue