Friday, April 29, 2016

Seoul: Galleria Magazine April - Full Blossom

Loving this shot from my editorial for Galleria's, one of the main luxury departments stores in Seoul, magazine April issue. Proves that this lacy Celine dress works well in both ways, here I am actually wearing it backwards. 


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace

The emptiness (nevermind the tourists), mountains, exquisite paintings and details on buildings - Gyeongbokgung Palace  is quite magical, even a bit mystical place. More than enough to explore for 2€ (!) ticket price, 

Seoul: Factorial Label look book

pajamas-looking silk blouses were awfully appropriate when shooting this look book on a sleepy Sunday .

Monday, April 25, 2016

Hold Me Down: bags

After a little research I found some more funny bags similar to mine in I like my handbags smokin' hot post.  Available within US based online retailer BKBT Concept. Check out their bag shop here

Some less, some more kinkier, some just fun.. all very silly but life shouldn't be serious all the time anyway

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Seoul, Bukchon Hanok Village: hipster take on traditional Korea

My favourite area in Seoul must be the one between two main palaces - Gyeongbokgung and Changgyeonggung. This is also location for the Bukchon Hanok Village which I blogged about here.
I really like the balance between traditional buildings (hanoks), tea houses, Korean restaurants and new hip coffee shops, craft beer joints, flower stores, ateliers and contemporary art galleries. Perfect for spending a whole day just strolling around and occasionally making stops at some of the many cafes. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Seoul Coffee Shops: Tulip Coffee in Myeong Dong

I have to end my 45 Days in Seoul series because my 45 days are up and I am still here - decided to stay for a month longer. Clearly I haven't had enough time to fully discover this huge and diverse city yet. 

Today was my first time in Myeong Dong - one of the primary shopping districts, favourite of Chinese tourists. Well, when I arrived in the middle of bustling shopping street, the first thing I did was start looking for a nice quiet coffee shop which I quickly found with a help of Foursquare. 

중구 명동3길 23, Myeong dong, SeoulSeoul100-845

Very spacious cafe on three floors, of which last one has an outdoor terrace overlooking the street. Felt like white-washed oasis with plants in the middle of hectic shopping paradise. 
There weren't many people which here doesn't mean that the place isn't any good. There are always simply too many coffee shops on the same street. (Fun fact - Seoul has the most Starbucks stores per city in the world, 284 locations in total, followed closely by new York)

Thursday, April 21, 2016

I like my handbags smokin' hot

It was about the time to change the fact that I only have black leather handbags - bright green is definitely a step forward. I was instantly takes by the old-fashioned shape and silly embroidery.

Another reason I decided to purchase the bag is that I hadn't seen anything like that before here. When you go shopping in Seoul, you quickly realise that most of the trendy Korean fashion stores sell exactly the same stuff with slightly different prices. And most of if probably comes from the same wholesale markets in Dongdaemun area. There are huge marketplaces where anyone can go and buy tons of dirt cheap made-in-china clothing and brand knock-offs of any kind. 

The label inside the bags says Kiitos Life but unfortunately I wasn't able to find their website/social media. 

Goes equally well with coffee as with steamed dumplings. 

/wearing: bag - Kiitos Life, blazer - Helmut Lang, pants - Zara, shoes - Puma X Hussein Chalayan/

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Seoul: Color Your Life. At Daelim Museum

I don't know if it was they exhibited many works by Northen Europe designers, but Daelim Museum had very Scandinavian feel to it. Museum Café even served coffee and cakes on Iittala tableware, no secret that I am already rather homesick so I enjoyed it a lot!

Daelim Museum
21, Jahamun-ro 4-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul

Their current exhibition Color Your Life introduces the processes by which color combines with creative designs of diverse materials to produce new objects that transform our everyday lives. It was a feast for the eyes! especially the furniture and interior design part.

COLOR IS EVERYWHERE: color-themed photographs of six artists creating a journey of rediscovery through colors found in the people, food, scenery and objects around us, re-illuminating the hidden aesthetic value in everyday life.

'COLOR MEETS MATERIAL' offers experience of the chromatic textures produced when color meets glass, fabric, leather, metal and other materials with distinct properties of their own. 

COLOR CHALLENGES DESIGN demonstrates some of the creative new directions in which seven international contemporary furniture designers -Morten & Jonas, Bethan Laura Wood, Nika Zupanc, Fredrik Paulsen, Anton Alvarez, Hilda Hellström, Lex Pott- are taking color.

 Bethan Laura Wood

Tiles by Hilda Hellström

COLOR PAINTS SPACE introduces 2016 color trends in collaboration with eco-friendly paint brand Dulux, which has announced annual color trends for the past 10 years. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Korean black smoked eggs

I was so excited when I saw some curious black eggs at a supermarket, like a kid in a candy shop. And yes, I only bought them because I thought they look good. 
Later did some research at home and found out those are smoked eggs coated with charcoal to keep the eggs moisturised. The taste wasn't anything particularly special (kind of like smoked cheese), but still good enough to eat without butter and salt which I usually can't skip when eating regular boiled eggs. 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

45 Days is Seoul: Leeum: Samsung Museum of Art

It's no secret that Samsung owns almost everything in Korea, even art. And they do it well! Leuum is so far my favourite art museum in Seoul, already planning another visit, because one hour last time wasn't clearly enough.

Samsung Museum of Art: Leeum, consists of three buildings, one for traditional Korean art, the other one for international contemporary art and third for educational centre. The three buildings of Leeum were respectively created by three of the most renowned architects of our time—Mario Botta, Jean Nouvel, and Rem Koolhaas

I usually don't rent an audio guides at museums but at Leeum it's highly recommended. First, there's not much information written next to artworks and secondly because the audio guides there are particularly high-tech Samsung devices that automatically recognise which painting you're looking at.

And the best? Sculptures by Anish Kapoor and Alexander Calder outside the museum are on view for free. 

Japan: Yokohama city

Throwback to the day when I decided to exchange bustling Tokyo for somewhat calmer port town Yokohama. At times I forgot I was even in Japan, looks more like US West Coast, no? 

Had a lunch at an Italian restaurant Grip Organic located on a terrace of Yokohama's famous Red Brick Warehouse, a cultural and commercial center built into two historical buildings.
 I love how they brought a whole pot of their homemade salad dressing to the table and I could use as much as I would like. 
1-1-2 shinko nakaku
yokohamashi kanagawa

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Japan: Sankeien Garden in Yokohama

I started looking at my photos from the past months and found these of Sankeien Garden in Yokohama, 30 minutes away from Tokyo. Probably one of my favourite gardens I visited in Japan, almost as amazing as Kyoto, only closer to Tokyo... Definitely a must-visit in Yokohama. 

58-1, Honmoku Sannotani, naka-ku, Yokohama 231-08

Friday, April 15, 2016

Seoul: Cafe in Planet

Guess I have found a new favourite hang-out spot in Seoul. Cafe in Planet, you won my heart with hammocks on the patio, 

Cafe in Planet, in Hong-dae
332-19, Seogyo-dong, Mapo-gu