Monday, September 22, 2014

Coney Island

Between about 1880 and World War II, Coney Island was the largest amusement area in the United States, attracting several million visitors per year.
 I think it was the most depressing place I've visited in New York so far but in a way I liked how it's all rusty, old and tired.













Saturday, September 20, 2014

Chobani SoHo yogurt bar

I know I have already blogged about Chobani before (see here)...but it was like 2 or 3 three years ago! Time flies! 
I revisited their yogurt bar in Soho last week and they had improved a lot, especially when it comes to the savoury menu. So many options and everything sounds good! Luckily they also hand out recipes which are very easy to follow at home.
This time I went for Mango + Avocado (a combination that never fails) with jalapeños, olive oil, cilantro and lime juice, served with blue tortilla chips.

152 Prince Street

City escapes

As I've been here in New York for almost two months now, I've began looking for ways how to "escape" crowded, noisy and dirty Manhattan.

Just a 15 minute subway trip and I discovered myself in magnificent Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The highlights include a peaceful Japanese garden with a huge pond, a cherry esplanade, rose garden, green houses, herb gardens and many other things to discover. During the two hours I spent there, I saw just a few people...true blessing!


An 1 hour trip with an express A train takes you to Fort Tyron Park in the Hudson Heights.

The Cloisters, which is a branch of The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MET),  incorporates several medieval buildings that were purchased in Europe, brought to the United States, and reassembled, often stone by stone. For a moment I felt like I was in France or Italy instead of New York.

It is also home to the Unicorn Tapestries dating back to 15th century.


New York September

Lower East Side

Madison Square Park

Oyster bar at Lower East Side

Friday, September 19, 2014

Welcome to New York

having a love and hate relationship with this city, it inspires and sucks out all the energy at the same time. 





Thursday, September 18, 2014

Killer Heels: The Art of the High-Heeled Shoe

Another good reason to escape Manhattan and go to Brooklyn: excellent exhibition at Brooklyn Musem - on everything about high heels!

Killer Heels explores fashion’s most provocative accessory. From the high platform chopines of sixteenth-century Italy to the glamorous stilettos on today’s runways and red carpets, the exhibition looks at the high-heeled shoe’s rich and varied history and its enduring place in our popular imagination. 

I loved how they showed historical examples, last season designer shoes, architecture, decorative arts and movie clips side by side as serving inspiration to each other


Prada spring/summer 2012

Prada


Maison Martin Margiela glass slippers, for real-life Cindrellas maybe?

Nicolas Ghesquière for Balenciaga

On the left: Rocky Color Cone by Jarvis W. Rockwell (1938), on the right: Salvatore Ferragamo platform sandals from 1938

Did you know where this season's "it-shoe" origins from and why it's named a mule?


Presented alongside the objects in the exhibition are six specially commissioned short films inspired by high heels. The filmmakers are Ghada Amer and Reza Farkhondeh, Zach Gold, Steven Klein, Nick Knight, Marilyn Minter, and Rashaad Newsome.

Stills from the Steven Klein's Untitled 7 minutes long movie (see a short preview here)

And Nick Knight's film for the exhibition:
'La Douleur Exquise' features a one-of-a-kind, specially-made pair of glass slippers by Georgina Goodman and draws on the object's association in fairytales with the painful pursuit of love. Passion, tension, hardship and discomfort are all themes that underly this visual exploration of shoes.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

september 15

Last week I was still running around like crazy trying to find a pair of perfect summer shorts as it was 30 degrees Celsius outside, now suddenly it's all about layers, sweaters and leather again. Couldn't been happier!


/leather jacket - Zara, bag - &other stories, boots - Adieu Paris, cardigan - H&M/


Sunday, September 14, 2014

boom

williamsburg

golden hour

when sun is about to set

Friday, September 12, 2014

bad luck spot


Autumn has arrived

at least at the Union Square greenmarket. Otherwise it's still sunny and hot like summer...




Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Early morning at Flower District



Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream

Van Leeuwen's ice creams are my favourites I've had in New York so far.

They started out in Brooklyn, selling their ice cream out of a truck but now there's already three cafes and six trucks all over the city.

You are most likely to spot their ice cream truck in Soho, on the corner of Prince and Greene street.


I usually never have strawberry ice cream because they're all very artificial but at Van Leeuwen you can expect only natural and the highest quality ingredients. 

This is their cosy cafe in East Village where they also serve excellent coffee and have special weekly flavours. 
Sour cream ice cream with blueberry swirl - ice cream experience I'll never forgot. After having 2 scoops at the cafe, we also took a pint of it home with us.
Also, the Earl Grey was much much better than I ever expected.

Passion fruit + salted caramel + sour cream blueberry


Vogue Italia September 2014, 50th anniversary issue

One of the very first shoots I did in New York is now finally out in the iconic Vogue Italia 50th anniversary issue.

Luxottica Special