Saturday, December 26, 2015

Monquer X Anni Jürgenson

Last summer I was contacted by Estonian jewellery brand Monquér to collaborate on a new jewelry collection, 
 I took a few moments to think and said yes! It was a unique chance to have my jewelry designs executed by professional silversmiths. Usually when making jewelry, I am very much limited by the materials and techniques, or especially the lack of them. 

We started the work process right after I had returned from Tokyo and I was full of inspiration from Japanese culture. After a thorough research we chose Japanese red-crowned cranes to be our starting point and main inspiration. Their elegant and long necks were meant to be adapted to statement rings and earrings! Moreover, cranes have a very significant meaning in Asian culture, these symbols of faithfulness and longevity are often embroidered on Japanese wedding wear. 
Mixed with Monquér's signature style and my taste for minimalism, the Tori collection was born, taking its name from a Japanese word for birds.

Take a look at the creating process in the short video below.

Monquer x Anni Jürgenson. Tori jewellery collection creating process. from Monquer jewellery on Vimeo.

In the beginning of December we held a small press presentation at beautiful christmassy Hotel Telegraaf. Thank you everyone who came and supported!

With the lovely Monquér team - Vitali and Kateryna

Friday, December 25, 2015

Alpaca scarves

Last week I took a trip to Alpaka Design studio in Tallinn to replenish my scarf collection even more.
 My previous huge alpaca wool plaid from Alpaka (see here) has traveled with me around the world in every season, every occasion - it has been irreplaceable during cold winter, chilly summer nights and long-haul flights. 

This time I chose something lighter - baby alpaca wool mixed with silk, in light blue color because it feels like it's spring already.
 Love how it looks very casual yet elegant at the same time.  

Charcoal 100% baby alpaca scarf was a Christmas present for my dad but I am probably going to borrow it a lot!

Alpaka scarves are handcrafted from the best natural materials and sold both online here and on site in Tallinn: Tatari 64 Tallinn 10134, Estonia. List of rest of the retailers can be found here

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NYC favourites: Two Hands

My go-to spot in Lower East Side/ Soho - Two Hands.
They have excellent coffee drinks, laid-back atmosphere and a great selection of healthy dishes (including acai bowls) 

My absolute favourite there is Good Morning Salad (fried eggs over red quinoa, chickpeas, roasted beets, spinach with nuts and spicy yogurt dressing)
here: matcha latte and Zoe's Market Plate

Most Wanted

David King Reuben's Most Wanted opening at Soho Arts Club
Such a fun night with my former roommate Abla

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Words and Play! at MoMA

Went to Museum of Modern Art for new Jackson Pollock survey but ended up liking the exhibition of works by Catalan/Uruguayan artist Joaquín Torres García much more. How great is that quote! 

Jackson Pollock

Friday, December 4, 2015

Frank Stella at Whitney Museum

So good! I was especially impressed by the huge wall sculptures because I did not know to expect those. So far I had loved Stella for his minimal paintings only

go for sure!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Love letter to New York vol. 20308097

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

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Heatwave in November

Another gem from the Proenza Schouler sample sale - skirt with a crazy mesmerising print that stands out even in front of the glitziest wallpaper. 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November Sun

"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

Cha-An Teahouse

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, 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

Lower East Side, Ludlow St

Taking a different route every time when walking to uptown, yesterday it was Ludlow Street. 

Ludlow Hotel, Dirty French

Storefront of Reformation 


Paintings by Bradley Theodore


Pouches by Pamela Barksy

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Fall in New York

Must be my favourite season. It's still warm enough to sit outside for lunch (temperatures are high as 21 degrees some days), instead of rain, tiny yellow leaves are falling on the ground and sunsets are amazingly beautiful. 

Monday, November 2, 2015

Raquel Allegra holiday lookbook

Always a pleasure to work for brands I actually admire :)

Raquel Allegra holiday special 
photos by Margo Ducharme