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 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.

Friday, May 15, 2015

China Town, New York, May 13

can't get enough of those bustling streets


I fell in love with Barcelona since the first the first day there. Not in a way that I would ever like to live there but to just chill and enjoy. People are friendly, kind and relaxed, the opposite of what I had thought of Spain beforehand. 

I was obviously inappropriately dressed, wish I had a wide brimmed hat instead of heavy woollen scarf / Detail of Gaudi's Casa Batlló

View from above

Casa Batlló by Antoni Gaudi (1904-06) also known as House of Bones because of its facade.

At first I was bit hesitant whether I should go to the Sagrada Familia or not, thought it might be just an over-crowded tourist-trap. Well, I am overly happy that I did go (and glad I bought tickets online to avoid the lines), the interior was magical. Even now looking at the pictures, still can't believe it was real..

Courtyard of Basílica de Santa Maria del Pi

Cultural Centre of El Borne district

Thursday, May 14, 2015

"No. 5 in a New Light," Chanel's pop-up exhibit

Meanwhile in New York...

Sometimes I'm just lucky.. like today when I accidentally stumbled upon Chanel pop-up exhibition in Chelsea which I had nothing heard about.

"No. 5 in a New Light,"  is an interactive pop-up exhibition to celebrate one of the most iconic fragrances' 94th birthday. The exhibition guides you through the inspiration, creation, composition and revelation of Chanel No. 5 fragrance.
“Let your senses guide you through the illumination of an icon,” Chanel states on its website. “Discover the facets that make up the world’s first modern fragrance.”

It was such an exceptional experience. First, there are good-looking French men dressed in suits who will personally guide you through the exhibition space to tell the background story. Secondly, it was interactive in a way I've never seen before. 

wave you hand in air to move the rose petals in the pond and read facts about cultivation of No. 5's ingredients. / abstract No. 5 bottle that was very revolutionary at the time for being so simple and minimal. 

And the best part, after the show you can sit down at long table for some arts&crafts. Using stamps and ink pads, customise your own Chanel postcards which you can then post around the world free of charge. 

Obviously whole thing is meant to boost the sales of the fragrance but I loved how discreet it was... There was no gift shop or anything, all visitors were just handed free sample size bottles of Chanel No. 5

reserve your visiting time here to avoid waiting in lines.
May 7 - 17  |  Noon - 8 PM
461 W. 14th Street at 10th Avenue

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

LOEWE Barcelona

I was so impressed by the architecture in Barcelona (not only Gaudi) that at times it seemed even more grandiose than in Paris. 
Even Zara and H&M stores were placed in palace-like buildings

Here's a facade of Loewe boutique on Passeig de Gràcia

Hola, Barcelona!

Next stop, Barcelona! 
Blue skies, sun and sea - exactly what I was longing for after constant rain in Stockholm. I was supposed to go just for one day for a job but decided to stay longer as I had never been to Spain before. The trip came so unexpected that I didn't have time to do any research, all I knew about Barcelona was that it's home for countless of architectural masterpieces by Antonio Gaudi. 

The first day was for a shoot at beach and times skateboarding and having a lunch at beach bar, didn't feel like a serious workday honestly.
 follow the next posts for what I saw and did for the rest of the weekend. 

location for the shoot 

a quick introduction to Spanish cuisine at the lunch break - amazing seafood paella, delicious anchovies, bread with crushed tomatoes and tortilla de patatas - egg omelette with potatoes.

and playing around with the shoot props - skateboards..not that I know how to ride.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Last chance to spend a couple of days in Stockholm because of an editorial job. For some other girls, it would had been an exotic destination but for me felt like almost coming home which was great actually! I was even excited about seeing familiar food at supermarkets or having black bread, cottage cheese and herring for breakfast at hotel buffet. 

I didn't see much neither could I do any shopping as everything closes 7pm, however at least the shooting location was interesting this time. We set up the story at old-fashion café - Valand Kafe Konditori. It was established by German-born lady whose Swedish husband Stellan designed the interior himself in 1954 and absolutely nothing has been changed ever since then: wood panelled walls, chairs and tables made of teak, unique black stonefloor. Can't wait to show the final pictures which will be out in August!
  I have to go back next time for the cakes which I heard are delicious.