Thursday, September 25, 2014

Mac Conner: A New York Life

I've always wanted to go to the Museum of City of New York but hesitated a bit because it means a trip to East Harlem.  Actually the express train to 110th Street was pretty quick but I still managed to get lost in Central Park on my way to the museum. Which wasn't that bad as I discovered a beautiful waterfall of which existence I had no idea before. 

And the museum itself was definitely worth the trouble. Beautiful building and interesting exhibitions. Definitely recommending!

McCauley (“Mac”) Conner (born 1913) grew up admiring Norman Rockwell magazine covers in his father’s general store. He arrived in New York as a young man to work on wartime Navy publications and stayed on to make a career in the city’s vibrant publishing industry. The exhibition presents Conner’s hand-painted illustrations for advertising campaigns and women’s magazines like Redbook and McCall’s, made during the years after World War II when commercial artists helped to redefine American style and culture.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

First Day of Fall with Black Book mag

A Fuzzy Fendi Bag and Reed Krakoff Pumps: Get Furr’d Up, Part 2 for BlackBook magazine, see more from here.

Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Ryan McGinley's Yearbook at Team Gallery, what a happy exhibition!

The photographer's passion for fleeting youth is on full display in this installation. Depicting 200 models, all young and in the nude, the piece consists of 500 studio portraits printed on vinyl sheets, which are stuck to every square inch of the gallery's walls and ceiling. It's a celebration of the innocent and anodyne but also, as the title suggests, an acknowledgment of the transition to the ravages of adulthood.

Monday, September 22, 2014


Getting Furr'd up for Black Book Mag

Tomorrow marks the official start of a cooler new season, and with the slight chill we’re granted access to the cozier parts of our closet.
Before the weather gets too harsh we have a few perfect weeks when a furry accessory is all the extra warmth you need — so to celebrate early fall, we rounded up our favorite shoes, bags, and even jewelry to keep you looking cozy, and the best pieces to wear it with to make sure you stay cool.
Keep an eye out for new looks all week on Black Book
Wearing jeans by Acne, top by CG, tri-color By The Way fur bag by Fendi, and shearling shoes by Coach.
Photographer: Ben Rosenzweig
Fashion Editor: Alyssa Shapiro
Hair Stylist: Corey Tuttle
Makeup Artist: Giselle Hernandez
Fashion Assistant: Emily Ovaert
Photo Assistant: Caroline Dorn

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


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