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)
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/
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.
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.
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.
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..
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
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 skatepark...fun 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.