Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Tuesday, July 29, 2014
After having to spend some time on Times Square or 5th Avenue, you really start to appreciate more quiet and calm areas like East Village. Yesterday I wandered around St Marks Place all day long and occassionaly sat down in the Tompkins Square Park to rest, read or just daydream.
St. Marks Place is the extension of 8th Street named for historic, progressive St. Mark's Church in-the-Bower. It's just in just three blocks that stretch from Third Avenue to Tompkins Square Park but packed with various cafes, restaurants, bars and vintage stores.
Almost evey other place here urges you to do a cleanse, detox whatsoever..
However I still had black coffee instead of 15$ juices..
I was already so full of the ice cream I had before but I couldn't resist when I walked past this tiny Japanese street food place where they offered takoyaki and okonomiyaki . Takoyaki means grilled octopus balls, doughy inside and crispy outside, slathered with special sauce, topped with ribbons of mayonnaise & garnished with big flakes of dried bonito. Maybe sounds "too interesting" but believe me, it's love from a first sight... still remember the time when I first tried them in Tokyo. So good! I have to go back there and have okonomiyaki too, those are savory pancakes with crunchy cabbage and pork or shrimp.
Otafuku x Medetai
220 east 9th street new york, ny 10003
Last Thursday I participated in an event called Chelsea Art Walk 2014. That meant all the galleries were opened and welcomed guests with various installations and happenings. Maybe I was too late to the event but I didn't see much happening and most of the shows were rather boring, The only spectacular exhibition I saw was by a Chinese artist Zhang Dali
Zhang Dali: "Square". Read below
The name of the exhibition, Square, is a reference to Tiananmen Square. It highlights the energy, significance, and power of a place that Zhang Dali refers to as “holy” and "brimming with bright light." Widely known throughout The People’s Republic, the Square stands as one of the most significant landmarks in the country. In this exhibition, Zhang Dali's abstraction of Tiananmen acts as a capturing of the holiness he finds there.
The sculptures in the series are pristine white fiberglass casts of migrant Chinese workers in their everyday clothing. Attached, above and amongst these free-standing casts, are flying and resting doves also cast in white fiberglass. The scene that the sculptures craft could be plucked directly out of Tiananmen Square, with one major exception—doves are nowhere to be found in this city center. These scenes are imagined and Zhang Dali can only dream of seeing doves in Tiananmen. The free-flying birds represent the artist’s resolve to reconstruct what Tiananmen symbolizes—wishing it was a place where thoughts, desires for the future, and an individual’s resolve are free to soar.
Also liked this self-portrait series, forgot the artist though...
And the scenery..
Monday, July 28, 2014
Last Friday I had my first hair salon experience here in New York. I just got my ends trimmed and a gloss treatment. Nothing special but the salon itself was spectacular. Wonderland Beauty Parlor located in Meat Packing District is more like a club or a lounge decorated with pink glitter, led lights, fuchsia cushions and other quirky objects. The service was super nice (consider complimentary bubbly) and everything went smoothly (well you have to count on tipping generously later..)
Sunday, July 27, 2014
I have newly discovered a cool location near my home called South St Seaport. It appears to be a hip place to hang out. It is surrounded by a bunch of old sea containers, just like those places what we can often find in Estonia - the only difference is that people like to play table soccer instead of ping pong here. There are stores, galleries, food trucks and even a pop-up beer garden! They also host a free outdoor cinema and live concerts during the weekends.
Financial district isn't exactly “boring” after all! ;)
Saturday, July 26, 2014
As you may have noticed from instagram, I've been in New York for the last couple of days and going to stay at least a month more. I'm here to do the both - model and as well as work on my jewelry line. This time I'm staying in a model apartment in lower manhattan by East River. That means everything is new and exciting, never before have I had reason to come to Financial District.
New York has already treated me well and I've already seen so much. To keep up with the tempo of the city, I'm more likely to post on a go so check instagram/twitter/tumblr for more frequent updates.
/brooklyn seen across the river/
/loved these eye mosaics at one of the subway stations/
/One Chase Manhattan Plaza/
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
I have made banana "ice cream" aka blended frozen bananas for several times now but the last time I experimented with adding matcha powder and it was the best decision I've ever made. The result was just surprisingly amazing.
For one serving you need 2 large bananas, peeled, cut into chunks and then frozen in a freezer, 1-2 teaspoons matcha powder. Blend everything and optionally add some honey but not much because bananas are alrady rather sweet and creamy. Serve with berries or/with nuts.
Almost equally good with blueberries..
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
photos from a super-quick trip to Paris last week, fortunately managed to check out Buly 1803 ( a parfume shop I wrote about here), Colette and amazing Dries Van Noten exhibition between the appointments.
Dries Van Noten at musée des Arts décoratifs. An exhibition entitled "Inspirations" was like a cabinet of curiosities displaying everything that has ever inspired Dries - scenes from movies, old photos, painting, odd objects and items from textile museum's archives. Next to inspiration was the real outcome and pieces from Dries Van Noten collections throughout the years. Such an inspiring exhibit indeed!
opened until 2nd November.
Moschino's Spongebob Squarepants had taken over windows at Colette
Buly 1803. Amazingly haunting and beautiful store.
and found a great alternative to hotel breakfast which means bread.. and toast.. and some more toast. Nutri-smoothies from vikwäl.
A random courtyard I stumbled upon