Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Gucci on 5th avenue

Although I still miss the previous sexy-Gucci-woman, I really like the new direction that Alessandro Michele is taking Gucci to.

Details from their 5th ave store window

Monday, October 26, 2015

Fall Colour Stories

current shade-musings from the streets

Saturday, October 24, 2015

New York sugar stories

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

What are hungry models digging / at Dig Inn Seasonal Market

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

#OOTD October 21: Raquel Allegra

New York is 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

Monday, October 19, 2015


shot a bodysuit story for Opening Ceremony last week, 
see more and read a brief history of the bodysuit over Opening Ceremony blog.

photos: Isabel Asha Penzlien, style: Kindall Almond, beauty: Annie Kim

Sunday, October 18, 2015

NEW YORK DIARY: October 18

from China Town to Time's Square and everything inbetween

Seasons changing

The seemingly neverending summer in New York has came to an end and city's preparing for pumpkin spice season (although I'd rather skip it and go straight to hot chocolate and mulled wine season), leather jacket weather, beautiful colourful wonderland at Central Park, anticipation of Halloween. 
Despite all the difficulties, New York remains my favourite city in the world and perfect fall weather makes loving it much easier! Let's see what happens when colder weather approaches as winter in New York is something unbearable even for one coming from such a cold place as Estonia.

Downtown Manhattan, Battery Park

Irish Hunger Memorial and World One Trade center in the background

 Williamsburg, Brooklyn 

Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life at New York Botanical Garden

Last weekend was perfect for a little day-trip out of Manhattan - to Bronx. My destination was New York Botanical Garden and Frida Kahlo Art, Garden, Life. exhibition to be more specific. After an hour long train ride I found myself in sunny and hot Mexico City, surrounded by sombreros, traditional music, margaritas and tacos. NYBG had done a great job creating a specific atmosphere to go with Frida's paintings and her appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork. 

Besides more than a dozen paintings exhibited, NYBG also reimagined Frida Kahlo and Diego Riviera's lifelong home and studio in Mexico City - Casa Azul (aka blue house). How amazing are those vibrant hues accompanied by sunflowers and cacti...Makes me want to take a actual trip to Mexico City right now.  

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Love on the streets of New York

Love going out for a walk and discovering new (positive-minded) murals and street art every day. Keep the coming!

Love is Food For The Soul by on Broome Street

REBEL on West 26th Street

What Lifts You by Kelsey Montague on Kenmare Street

Tokyo Diary for Marilyn NY

talked a little bit about working culture, politeness, respect, modeling industry, bathing culture and last but now least, amazing matcha lattes in Tokyo for Marilyn Agency NY newsfeed. I hope you enjoy ;) 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Opening Ceremony behind-the-scenes

For the past couple of days I have been working for 
A lot of great stuff coming up! Including my old favourites, J.W Anderson and Jacquemus and some great new discoveries like this Japanese street-wear brand Nattofranco pictured here on the right

behind the scenes from the shooting days

J.W. Anderson / Acne Studios

New work: karrimor FW15/16: Wonderland Tokyo

Wanted to share some pics from Karrimor FW 2015 campaign I shot in Japan together with great guys Emiliano and Simon. The whole story was about backpackers coming to Tokyo. We started off at Narita airport, checked in at a really cool urban hostel Nui (check it out, when you're planning a trip to Tokyo), then exploring the city further and ending the great day an izakaya having a beer and edamame beans. I can recall it was such a fun shooting day despite the 3.30 am call-time. 

I think it looks pretty authentic and brings me back all sweet memories of Tokyo

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

China town on Sunday

Walked all the way to China Town on Sunday morning to find unusually quiet, sleepy and less bustling as usual. Works fine with me. I have discovered it's a good place to buy cheap fruit and the best place to stock on Chinese green and pu-erh tea.