Saturday, May 30, 2015

Shinjuku

Today I took the train to Shinjuku station - world's busiest station serving about 4 million people every day. Hence I tried to get away from the station and all the big department stores as quickly as possible and decided to get lost on little streets and alleyways instead. Somehow I ended up in Korea Town - streets filled with Korean beauty stores, K-Pop idol boutiques and bibimbap restaurants.  






For lunch I went to one of the fast food chains, Matsuya, again. You pick your dish from vending machine, pay, sit down and hand the ticket to the waitress. Food arrives in 2-3 minutes as no one has time to waste for eating. A man next to me devoured his huge plate of curry in two minutes. I took a little bit more time to try and experiment with all the complimentary pickles and sauces offered. 


Bibim bowl (spicy meat and egg on a bowl of rice) for 3 euros (!)

Friday, May 29, 2015

current mood

been obsessing over dusty pink shades and succulents lately... can ony blame streets of Tokyo for that 



visiting traditional house of Japan

kyu Asakura House in Daikanyama
The house was constructed in 1919 by Torajiro Asakura as his private house, and a place for him to conduct business. It survived the Great Kanto Earthquake and the Second World War





Thursday, May 28, 2015

Tokyo cheap eats

Miso-based ramen with pork - yet another fulfilling lunch under 5 euros. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Park Hyatt hotel Tokyo

Location for the show I did yesterday.

The views from the 39th floor were great but nothing compares to New York

sleepy morning bedhead getting fixed

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Yayoi Kusama. Give me Love.

A little throwback to New York, although still Japan related.

Two weeks ago I took off to David Zwirner gallery to see new big exhibition by legendary Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama (b 1929) well-known for her trademark polka dots. 


Stainless steel pumpkins featuring either painted or perforated dots


The large-format My Eternal Soul paintings


The most fun part of the show was The obliteration room,  an all-white, domestic interior like prefabricated American suburban house that over the course of the show is covered by dots of varying sizes and colours. 

All visitors are handed a set of stickers to add their own touch to the house. The accumulation of the bright dots ultimately changes the interior until it is eradicated into a blur of colours, a sense of depth and volume disappears as individual pieces of furniture, floors, and walls blend together. I would love to go again just before the exhibition end and see how it looks like then!




admiring from the outside

When architecture is better than the actual clothes.

Loved this sign of Sally Scott's store

Issey Miyake

Prada store by Herzog & De Meuron architects

The copper details of the new Miu Miu store, also by Herzog & De Meuron. 




Sunday, May 24, 2015

sweet girls of h a r a j u k u

Takeshita Street in Harajuku - everything pink, cute and amazingly annoying together on one street, makes a good spot for observing people tho! 


facade of a creperie





when in Japan,

more is not enough for eyeliner and mascara.
My eyes still hurt from removing that though.. 

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Pho 321

PHO321 - a small hip Vietnamese noodle bar in Harajuku.

2 Chome-35-9 Jingūmae, Shibuya-ku, Tōkyō-to 150-0001


It's  funny how I usually consider grains like rice and wheat based products like noodles not the healthiest options but the food in Japan tends to be super healthy despite basing on the two latter. 



New York in 24H Guide for LAM Magazine

Have only limited time for your visit in New York? Check out the 24h guide I created for LAM, a new Scandinavian based magazine, celebrating individuality, contemporary culture & young talent.

The guide features 13 of my favourite mostly non-touristic spots and activities in New York (including flea markets, ice cream and coffee stops, yoga in park, designer consignment boutiques and museums), read on below.

(all text and pictures by me, expect the first polaroid by Alexandra Elizabeth)







Friday, May 22, 2015

as simple as that

Black and white portraits by Jonas Bresnan shot in New York last week, meanwhile I've already packed my bags and landed in Tokyo for some new adventures. More about that later! (as soon as I overcome the jetlag and 13h time difference.)

/wearing almost zero make-up and my new favourite earrings from & other stories/


Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Building of Whitney Museum

Whitney Museum of American Art has now a new home in Meatpacking District designed by architect Renzo Piano.
Eight floors of galleries + outdoor terraces with nice views of Hudson River, High Line park and Meatpacking District.




artwork you can actually sit on 







Saturday, May 16, 2015

Food and drinks aka wine&tapas in Barcelona

Food always deserves a special post, no? I wasn't that familiar with Spanish cuisine before but I was eager to discover and try everything and I ended up having pretty much everything from paellas, Spanish potato omelette to anchovies  and other seafood tapas.


First, Afrodita, small restaurant we stumbled upon in Gothic Quarter.
 perfect for the afternoon sangria (what a generous glasses they had, couldn't even finish half of it). Also, there's seating in an adorable courtyard where you can get a glimpse of local life.


Late lunch at Cervecería Catalana, that was recommended by many as the best tapas place in the town and we didn't have to disappoint. I thought it would be crowded, too touristic and over-priced but it was quite the opposite. It's great you can actually sit by the bar, see the food and order by it looks.. perfect for me who didn't understand the menu in Spanish. We had four round of tapas and all were good! My favourites were scallops gratinéed with cheese and spinach and razor clams.
Cervecería Catalana
Carrer de Mallorca, 236



Casa Guinart right next to famous Boquiera food market. Probably the most touristic place where I ended up but they had a great burrata salad nevertheless. 






Passeig de Gracia, Barcelona

I was walking on the main street Passeig de Gracia and then spontaneously decided to turn to one of the small passageways and ended up in this grandiose hall lined up with different restaurants and bars. Wow! Luckily it wasn't dinner time yet so it was rather empty and I could walk around and just admire the interior.