Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Sunday by Lake Como

Whenever  I ask locals recommendations what to do in Milan, answers go something like this "Well, you could go to lake Como, or take a train to Florence, Verona, Rome.." The latter being a bit further away, I started from Como which is less than an hour drive away from Milan. 

Como town itself is nothing very special but its proximity to beautiful Lake Como and to the Alps still draws a lot of tourists. Nevertheless it was perfect to spend a Sunday afternoon - a little walk, lunch by the lake, trip up to Brunate village, one last gelato and then a train back to Milan. 



Lake Como



 For 5€ one can take a funicular up to village Brunate 720m above sea level. 




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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Saturday by Lake Iseo, Italy

This weekend we drove up to lake Iseo in north of Italy to check out  The Floating Piers. It's a site-specific installation by Bulgarian artist Christoconsisting of 100,000 square meters of yellow fabric, carried by a modular floating dock system of 220,000 high-density polyethylene cubes making it possible to "walk on water"

Who thought that one art installation would be so popular - there were tens of thousands of people trying to reach the piers resulting in a chaos in local transportation and traffic. Eventually we gave up and just enjoyed the view of the piers from above. 


Driving alongside the lake we ended up in a small village called Marone. Perfect for a afternoon swim and coffee! A spontaneous trip at its best!









Thursday, June 23, 2016

Tilk! take 2

Back in February I wrote about then new Estonian skincare brand Tilk! and their amazing hand and facial creams here.
 By now Tilk! has gained a lot of popularity and also launched some new products. As I really liked their Regenerate me cream for combination skin, I have my hopes up Moisture Me and Spoon Me night cream. 

Already the colors of the creams are amazing! The smell is earthy and the texture makes it to absorb very quickly leaving skin soft and glowing. 

All the products are available online



Milan essentials

There are some picturesque places in Milan if you look hard enough! (Well, true, Duomo cathredal isn't difficult to find). However overall look of the city is rather industrial and dull..

View from the Duomo rooftop terrace 


Inside of the cathedral

Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, one of the world oldest shopping malls dating back to 1877.




Pinacoteca di Brera,  which became an art gallery in 1809

A random courtyard I stumbled upon


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Valentino: star studded

Valentino Wonderwoman inspired collection special story for Galleria Department store, Seoul. 

loving this hair color! had never thought about it before


Fondazione Prada + Bar Luce

Fondazione Prada in Milan, set in former distillery built in 1910, hosts exhibitions of contemporary art, film screenings and conferences.



And the best part of the visit? Bar Luce designed by film director Wes Anderson. The atmosphere and interior of the bar easily makes you feel like you are in the middle of some Anderson's movie set. 







Friday, June 10, 2016

Milan: Villa Necchi-Campiglio

Expect some upcoming posts about Milan because this is where I am going to spend the next few weeks. It's my first time in the city so there must be a lot to discover, or at least I hope so!

Already on my second day here I felt like I needed to escape from castings&work madness and headed to Villa Necchi-Campiglio, an oasis in the hectic city.
 Constructed in 1930's (by Piero Portaluppi), the house has remained completely intact, both inside and outside with its yard, swimming pool and tennis court. The property has been opened to public since 2008 and now anyone can walk around in the yard, enjoy a drink or lunch by the pool and take guided tour inside the villa. I was very happy I took the tour, worth the 10 euros. There so much to see inside - endless inspiration and awe.

The place might seem familiar in case you have seen 2009's film "Io Sono l'amore" (aka I am Love) starring Tilda Swinton as the main part of he movie is filmed at the very same villa. 


Villa Necchi Campiglio
via Mozart, 14 - 20122 Milano, Italia 

Amazing veranda! When I was little I was dreaming of living in a green house, well, this is even better

Bathrooms were definitely my favourite, black tiles and round windows imitating the ones in ships. 

Dining room







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current obsession: Dr. Jart+ Dermaclear Micro Foam

Finally made my first purchase from Korean cult brand Dr.Jart+
Although I must say the brand seems much more popular in the US, where widely promoted by Sephora, rather than here in Korea. 

How good is that clean and white packaging..
Any other recommendations from Dr.Jart? 

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Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Seoul: one in a million cafe/pub

I have noticed myself often choosing a coffee shop by its looks. It is not only the menu, prices and location that count when making a decision. 
Well I guess it's everywhere in the world but in Seoul it's especially distinctive - a cafe has to look photogenic, so called insta-worthy, to drive more customers. Here people are shamelessly spending 20 minutes to get a perfect instagram shot of their coffee, even walking around the place to find a better background and light. And then another 20 minutes goes for getting an outfit shot...

 A few keywords for an instaworthy cafe - marble tables, tiled floors, well-designed cup-sleeves, cute neon signs, room plants etc...you name it. 

One In A Million, a coffee shop I luckily came across last week, fulfils all these requirements! 
Recently opened cafe/pub in Hannam-dong neighbourhood is already popular amongst the well-dressed fashionable crowd and no wonder why..

One in a Million




Eclectic furniture and perfectly icy green grape ade


All the details have been thought of - even the towel dispensers in bathrooms were painted pink