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

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