Halloween at Krispy Kreme

DSCN8154Now where else if not Tokyo could you expect to find specially themed Halloween donuts in September? The return of Krispy Skremes… starring Caramel Halloween Jack, Orange Chocolate Spider and Purple Potato Mont Blanc donuts is available in Tokyo stores from September 11th – October 31st.

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Soen and Soen Fashion Awards

DSCN8127Cutting-edge Japanese fashion magazine Soen is celebrating its 77th anniversary with an exhibition entitled “Soen and Soen Fashion Award” at the Bunka Gakuen Costume Museum. Throughout the exhibition, viewers can gaze upon some 850 issues of the Soen magazine and track the evolution of trends in magazine covers, content and fashions from 1936 until the present.

DSCN8129In 1956, in celebration of the magazine’s 20th anniversary, Soen founded the Soen Fashion Awards with the intent of promoting the work of young and overlooked fashion creators flying under the radar, something which the magazine continues to do with incredible success today.

The exhibition includes garments spanning from the first year the fashion award was created with many of the garments having stood the test of time looking just about as modern as something you could expect to find in boutiques today. What struck me the most during the exhibition was how long it took for the covers and content to develop into what we can pick up today from the newsstand. Having it all displayed next to each other in long rows, chronologically organized helped put the stylistic development of fashion into perspective.

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Tips from a Frequent Flier

SAS Scandinavian Airlines

I figured I might share some wisdom that I’ve picked up over the years and many, many, many hours that I continue to spend on long haul flights. With airplanes and hotels being like a second home to me it’s become important to know what and how to pack fast.

In my carry-on you can expect to find… My trusty Nikon camera, Apple laptop, and what feels like infinite cables and chargers for my many technical devices. Also, my latest read be it book or magazine, sunglasses, toothbrush, toothpaste. Maybe even a cashmere shawl and some comfy yoga pants to change into once airborne. Muji’s travel shop sells these amazingly practical travel cases and carriers that I rely entirely on to organize my luggage into neat sections that won’t shift as much upon handling, I can highly recommend them to any fellow neat freak travelers out there.

DSCN8031How do you choose your flight outfit? Based on comfort and style. I often bump into people I know when I fly so hanging out in sweats and flip-flops just isn’t an option. It would also look a little out of place when traveling in a cabin full of businessmen in suits.

What beauty products do you pack? I love having a L’occitane hand cream (100ml) tucked away in my purse for when it becomes unbearably dry up in the air and forgetting a thick lip balm would probably be my worst nightmare. I also pack a mini face cream, floss, toothbrush, toothpaste, and an Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat stick.

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Pre-flight ritual… A cup of warm green tea, a hearty spoon of raw organic honey *consumed separately though.

Fit for flight means… That ideally you’re well rested beforehand, lusciously moisturized, properly fed with something healthy and looking forward to the journey or at least the destination.

Scandinavian Airlines System

Post-flight ritual… A tall glass of mixed fruit smoothie followed by a long steamy hot shower scrubbing off germs and jet lag, while hydrating a dry nose and throat. After, full body moisturizing and chowing down on something healthy. Then, sleep, sleep, sleep!

The Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities

DSCN7968Sometimes you don’t even have to leave the country in order to travel and see the world. You can still get your cultural fill by visiting small and slightly obscure museums such as this, the Museum of Mediterranean and Near Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm, Sweden.

DSCN7975Although small, the museum displays antiquities from Egypt, Cyprus as well as Greece and Rome. In order to take full advantage of what the museum has to offer, I suggest viewing the collection in combination with a tasty light lunch at their Bagdad Café. The interiors are simple but their feta cheese, aubergine salad with olives and pine nuts is absolutely amazing.

DSCN7971I certainly wouldn’t mind bringing a few of the beautiful white marble statues from the collection home with me. Imagine the stunning interiors and baroque garden that could be created with such additions.

Uppsala Botanical Garden

DSCN7526When the weather is as gorgeous as this, there’s nothing quite as nice as taking advantage of it by being outdoors. Therefore, I chose to spend my day in the beautiful Uppsala Botanical Garden exploring the park, orangery and tropical greenhouse.

Uppsala Botaniska Trädgård, Uppsala Botanical Garden

DSCN7550The botanical garden also offered a very flattering vantage point for viewing the 16th-century royal castle.

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DSC_0120Apart from exotic plants and beautiful landscapes there was also a series of stunning photographs on exhibit that took its inspiration from plants such as linnaea or linnéa.

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Uppsala Botaniska Trädgård, Uppsala Botanical GardenIn the orangery there was an art exhibition by artist Ulla Viotti entitled brick garden and also a terrific cacti house that made me want add a few cacti to my otherwise only orchid collection.

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Ulla Viotti’s brick garden.

DSCN7587The cacti house.

DSCN7593The cacti.

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