Right now I really wish I could slow down time and take everything from the last week of my stay in New York. Still here but already missing it and all the excellent coffee shops, parks, smoothie bars, my building's doormen, abundance of art galleries and museums, Beacon's Closet, great people I met, and Duane Reade around the corner that's open for 24h for all my late-night cravings. can't wait to come back next spring
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
"Not buying new stuff because soon enough I have to pack my life into a suitcase and come back home" thing is not going so well. How can you say no when you receive an invitation to Proenza Schouler sample sale where's everything is up to 85% off retail prices (love you, new york!). Even though most of the stuff was still out of my budget, I yet managed to get three great items for less than $200, including the patterned top in the picture.
Most importantly, I am wearing my new lovely earrings by a NY-based brand Ming Yu Wang. I had a pleasure working for the designer a couple of weeks ago and I absolutely fell in love with her very simple and refined jewelry. Can't wait to show you the look book we shot in a beautiful location outside the town.
Ming Yu Wang Key Earrings in white
Monday, November 16, 2015
Introducing an adorable tea house I stumbled upon in East Village last week. Cha-an teahouse has a traditional Japanese interior, wide variety of different teas, lunch sets and incredible dessert menu. Tea comes in a small pot they refill with hot water from time to time, so my little tea lasted me for a couple hours I spent there.
After seeing photos of their amazing desserts on yelp.com, I knew that Black Sesame Creme Brulee was what I had to order for sure. It was amazing, topped with black sesame ice cream and sugar crisp and tasted unlike anything I have had before.. And I am not even a big fan of creme brulees. In the picture on the right side you can see a sneak-peak of a new jewelry collection I have been working on. More info and pictures soon!
Sunday, November 8, 2015
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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Monday, October 26, 2015
Saturday, October 24, 2015
Sharing some polaroids from the time before fashion week when Alexandra and I would go to East Village to get some cotton candy.
The only place we found was do-it-yourself, meaning that for 1$ you are given a wooden stick and sugar to make your own cotton candy. Who would have thought it's ain't so easy!
Alexandra Elizabeth photographed by me
As the evening moved on, we would eventually go and buy pink wigs, heart-shaped sunglasses and blue flowers from a deli, ending up fooling around in Tompkins Square park and having an ice cream at Van Leeuwen.
Harleth photographer by Alexandra
Friday, October 23, 2015
Wanted to give a shout-out to one of my favourite lunch spots in New York, meet Dig Inn, a place that keeps the farm-to-table food at reasonable price level.
Yesterday I asked my roommate Farhiya to come with me and try out their new seasonal fall menu. Excited and hungry we headed to one of the Dig Inn locations on 275 Madison Ave.
The scheme is simple: choose your protein (for example lemon herb chicken, braised beef, meatballs, wild salmon or go for veggies-only plate), pick between grains or greens and then add a choice of 2 sides from a wide range of selection (roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale, golden beet etc)
I opted for marketplate with wild salmon on a bed of farro with butternut squash with sides of kale and curried delicata squash + roasted carrot with kale-pumpkin seed pesto. Sounds complicated and fancy but actually it's all about just simple ingredients and seasonal veggies from local farmers.
Everything was delish and fresh! My favourites ended up being the farro and kale with curried squash.
Small marketplates are all around 8$, a reasonable price in New York.
As it's still so nice and warm outside we walked to Bryant Park to have our lunch in the front of New York Public Library, accompanied by squirrels, birds, falling leaves and office workers - such a NYC moment.
happy, hungry and excited about all the goodness
I also got my hands on the Dig Inn fall taste book that includes recipes for their Kale-pumpkin seed pesto and savory rosemary walnut granola, ..might come handy if I actually decide to start cooking one day, so far it seems like eating out is actually cheaper than doing grocery shopping.
Thursday, October 22, 2015
New York is funny...in a good way. Whereas there was a first snowfall last weekend, it's pretty much t-shirt weather again. Works for me, as I just got this fabulous fringe top from Raquel Allegra.
You might remember Raquel Allegra's name from a few years ago when her shredded t-shirts were a big hit and I even did my DIY version back in 2010 (see it here).
I had to wear jeans for castings yesterday but actually can't wait to style the top with long wide silky black pants or a skirt