Just in time I got back to chilly Estonia, I was greeted with a lifesaving plaid made of 100% baby alpaca wool.
My biggest gratitude goes to ALPAKA, a company originated in Estonia sourcing materials from Peru and making the softest and warmest plaids, scarves, rugs and throws of natural alpaca wool. Alpacas are South American camelids, indigenous to the Peruvian highlands. The harsh climate and temperature fluctuations of up to 40°C that the animals have to endure at 3 500 - 5 000m of altitude, make the material of alpaca one of the most desirable natural fibers in the world.
ALPAKA products are sold in 30 countries worldwide, online and at their headquarters located in Tallinn.
Handmade teddy bear to show you how gentle and smooth the alpaca fur is.
At first I was thinking about using the plaid at home while lounging and reading a book but it has actually proven itself as a great everyday scarf. Especially now when sunshine gives me temptation to sit at outdoor cafés but temperatures aren't really encouraging it. Just wrap yourself in the scarf (a great replacement to the ugly plaids they give out at the cafes)and pretend it's summer already!
I am glad to share you a story a shot in Paris for Le Paradox magazine. It was one of the shoots where the editor in chief/stylist is 22, photographer 25 and you suddenly feel old at 19 years. Inspiring and intimidating at the same time! Proves that everything is possible when you have the energy and passion. Makes "let's move to Paris and work in fashion" look easy.
THERESA MARX PICTURES ANNI JURGENSON AS THE “ABSTRACT GARDENER”. IN AN INDUSTRIAL GLASSHOUSE WITH NO GREEN, THERE AREN’T ANY SHRUBS TO TRIM FOR THE ABSTRACT GARDENER. THE SUNLIGHT FILTERS THROUGH THE WINDOWS AND SLOWLY TURNS ANNI INTO A FLOWER. AS A DELICATE SPRING BLOSSOM, SHE WEARS THE PLAYFUL DESIGNS OF GYO YUNI KIM CHOE. THEN SUDDENLY SHE GROWS INTO AN EXOTIC PLANT. HER HUMAN BODY DISAPPEARS IN QUOÏ ALEXANDER‘S FOREST OF KNOTS AND WOVEN WONDERS, FINALLY REVEALING HER SAVAGE BEAUTY.
A pompous building by architect Frank Gehry in the outskirts of Paris to host various cultural events and a collection of contemporary art by names such as Wolfgang Tillmans, Ellsworth Kelly and Nam June Paik.
. The outstanding site is worth the visit even if you don't care about the art.
Musée Cognacq-Jay is small museum in Paris, which collection was put together in the early 1900's and was focusing mainly on 18th century French work and rococo artists such as Watteau, Fragonard, Boucher. In 2015 the museum was reopenend after a long period of renovation. Fashion designer Christian Lacroix was given free hands to curate the museum's collection and include works of his own and by his fellows, for example dresses by Vivienne Westwood and photos by Tim Walker. The result was an inspiring mash-up of 18th century's and contemporary art which all fit into the same mood.
Surprisingly, the first museum I visited here in Paris was a museum of hunting and nature.
Even if you don't have any particular interest in the subject, you will be impressed by the breathtakingly beautiful rooms filled with paintings from 18-19th century, photos, sculptures, taxidermy, collection of arms and other objects used for hunting throughout history.
Besides temporary collection, they also showcase some work by contemporary artists embracing the same theme.
I know I haven been such a lousy blogger but a lot is going on. Since my last post, I've left New York, made a quick stop in London and landed in Paris. Just wanted to remind you that I am still instantly updating my Tumblr with iPhone photos I take throughout days and of course Instagram. Feel free to follow!