Monday, October 17, 2016

Glossier: The Supers

I finally made my first order with Glossier to see what's that hype all about! If your not familiar, it's a relatively new skin care and cosmetics brands created 2 years ago by Emily Weiss, the founder of popular beauty site

That New York based brands really stands out in the midst of hundreds of beauty companies.They just get it all right - marketing, social media, visuals, positive message with a dose of humor, product design and packaging. That being said, the products arrived in a pink box, wrapped in pink bubble wrap and with cute complimentary stickers. 

And what's not to love about their slogan:
Skin First.
Makeup Second.
Smile Always.

I decided to try out their The Supers -  a set of 3 skin serums for different skin needs. I always been frustrated with buying products that are divided just by skin types, because it feels different every day.

  Super Glow for a dull face after an all-nighter, Super Pure to fight with breakouts and Super Bounce for that dry and tight skin after a long flight or a night out. 
After two weeks of using, I am really happy with the purchase! Not implying that they're absolutely irreplaceable but still  a nice addition to the skin care routine. My situation with breakouts is definitely a lot better now and all the super dry chapped areas have disappeared.  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Fall looks

Story I shot for Gioia magazine in Milan back in July

photographer: Laurence Ellis

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Inside The Oculus

New World Trade Center mall + transportation hub finally reopened 15 years after 9/11

The "Oculus" (eye in Latin) is designed by internationally acclaimed architect Santiago Calatrava. Besides the design, it feels like just another shopping mall, reminded me a lot those in Seoul. 

Monday, September 26, 2016

New York: Harlem

Yesterday I visited my former New York apartment in Financial District and realized how much I like my new neighborhood in Harlem more! There's so much more life, authenticity, laughter, music and dance over here! People are sure struggling to make the ends meet but they do it with a smile on their faces. 

fried chicken is a major thing here

names of products are often written in Spanish only

the place called Food Universe! The cheapest food I've seen in New York so far

how good job this lady is doing with matching the fence 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

New York update 1

Oh my, how time flies when you are busy. I just finished the 4th week in school and it only gets busier and busier. And it's not even mid-terms nor finals week yet. I usually spend about 12 hours at school, staying at open studio to work on my jewelry or at library until it closes at midnight. It is not unusual to also go to school on weekends and work on my assignments due Monday. The library, in fact, is amazing and I don't really mind spending time there. They have amazing technology labs and every single art and fashion book you could possibly imagine. 
Although FIT is regarded as a fashion school, it is part of New York State regulated SUNY colleges implying that I'm also required to obtain a wide base of general education. For example now I'm taking English Composition, Intro to Science and Fashion Marketing classes in addition to those related to jewelry design. It is actually a nice change for very labour-intensive design and fabrication classes.
I am learning a lot and especially about the sides of jewelry design I hadn't thought about before. Drawing class is basically all about drafting and technical drawing, none of which I have previous experience in. Gemology aka science of gemstones feels a lot like physics and chemistry class (both of which were my least favorite subjects in high school). The whole program is very hands on and focused on technical training to have us ready to start working in the industry as soon as we graduate. 

The toughest part is finding balance between school, leisure and social life (and when am I supposed to go to laundromat and shop for groceries??). There are so many exhibitions in town right now I wanna see but I guess I have to put them off for a now until I have more time However, I did an effort and went to see Manus X Machina at MET Museum on its last day of showing. Definitely worth it! 

Meanwhile my iPhone got stolen (hey it's New York) so I lost most of my photos taken here.. and actually all my photos taken since January 2016 (tell me more about importance of back-ups...)  However, I managed to save a few..

on MET rooftop overlooking Central Park / Chrysler Building, my favourite art deco building in NY

 at The MET Anna Wintour's Costume Institute
Manus X MachinaFashion in The Age of Technology explores how fashion designers are reconciling the handmade and the machine-made in the creation of haute couture and avant-garde ready-to-wear.

Noa Raviv 3D printed dresses

left: Christopher Kane / right: Dior in the 50's

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Ming Yu Wang Fall 2016

Had a pleasure shooting a look book for New York based jewelry brand Ming Yu Wang. Love-love-love!
 Shot in Woodstock, NY, in an amazing house surrounded by fairy-tale forest

photographer: Jacqueline Di Milia
fashion director: Gerald Ding

Saturday, August 27, 2016

MOOD September 2016

Preview of the editorial I shot for MOOD September 2016 issue back in Tallinn.

photo: Johanna Eenma
mua: Gerda Miller
style: Marion Laev

New York fall 2016

 I know this blog has been quiet for a while but not without a reason. As you have might noticed from instagram, I have changed sweet little Estonia for New York. My next two years will be spent at FIT (Fashion Insitute of Technology) majoring in Jewelry Design, and hopefully will include many afternoons at MET, nights in Lower East Side, amazing finds from my favourite vintage stores, lunches in Union Sq park and a lot more that New York has to offer.
Let me know if you would like to hear more about how FIT works, how to apply etc. I'd be happy to help!

leaving Estonia

Central Park as seen from The MET (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) rooftop 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Florence: Gucci Museo

Gucci museum was opened in Florence in 2011 to celebrate brand's 90 anniversary. It all started in Florence in 1921 when Guccio Gucci started his company making high-end travel cases.

For 7 euro ticket I expected little something more.. maybe more photo/video archives, more accessories.. At least they recently added extra rooms dedicated to Gucci's Tom Ford era.. I'm sure Alessandro Michele gets one sooner or later too. Nevertheless, it was very interesting to learn about history of a fashion house that has such a cult following. It was fascinating to see that many elements, patterns and cuts that Michele uses today actually date back to the house's long history. 

Travel section

Flora World
 Flowered pattern designed by Gucci for Princess Grace in 1966. Now the pattern has become a timeless Gucci classic

Tom Ford for Gucci, 1990's

Gucci café


Impressions of Firenze 2

Yes, Firenze was super touristic but it still has its genuine charm. Wouldn't mind going back anytime soon!

Ponte Vecchio, the only bridge in Florence that survived WW II. There are actual buildings and jewellers's shops on the bridge.

The streets were somewhat less crowded and more cosy across the river Arno. The left bank of the river is also home to artisan quarter where many workshops are open to public.

Endless arrays of antique stores and wine bars


Sunday, July 10, 2016

Florence: Palazzo Strozzi and Guggenheim

Palazzo Strozzi is an amazing 16th century palace in Florence that's now home for a cultural institution hosting spectacular modern and contemporary art exhibitions.  Their current exhibition brings in over one hundred masterpieces of American and European art from 1920's to 1960's from Solomon and Peggy Guggenheim's collections. 

My favourite exhibition I saw in Florence. Visiting Peggy Guggenheim's home and museum in Venice is still on my top list!

Keep you eye on this place! This fall and winter it hosts Italy's first major retrospective on Ai Weiwei