Now 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.
Cutting-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.
In 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.
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.
How 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.
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.
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!
Sometimes 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.
Although 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.
I 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.
When 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.
Ulla Viotti’s brick garden.
It’s not everyday that a rousing exhibition such as this presents itself so it’s always important to take advantage. Retrospectives are especially exciting as it offers a large selection of an artist’s work in one setting allowing the viewer to observe the breadth of their work and development.
I’m a big fan of Helmut Newton’s black and white fashion photography which to this very day continues to command our attention with its modern, edgy perspective. However, have a more difficult time finding purpose or pleasure in his female nudes of pornographic and sadomasochistic tendency.
As he himself put it, “I love vulgarity. I am very attracted by bad taste – it is a lot more exciting than that supposed good taste which is nothing more than a standardized way of looking at things… If the art world rejects me, all I can say is ‘good luck to the world of art.’ If I look for a real point of view, I’m not going to start by looking at what art will accept so I can conform to that. That’s why… sadomasochism still seems interesting to me today. I always carry chains and padlocks in my car trunk, not for me but for my photos.” -Helmut Newton, Press conference, Austria, 1984
It’s been a new experience discovering Uppsala, Sweden with its many historic buildings such as Uppsala Cathedral which dates back to the late 13th century, Uppsala Castle from the 16th century, Uppsala University which was founded in 1477, and one of Uppsala University’s renowned scholars Carolus Linnaeus’s garden and house.
Although I’ve been extremely busy with the apartment renovation and interior design project that I’m currently working on, I’ve managed to squeeze in a bit of time to explore my surroundings. Here’s a glimpse of what I’ve found so far.
Had a phenomenal Saturday evening at Drottningholm Palace with Christopher O’Regan and the dazzling actor Johan Rabaeus who’ll play the character Salieri in the upcoming play Amadeus at The Royal Dramatic Theatre, (Dramaten).
The evening was a triumphant success with a mix of theatrical readings by the talented Johan Rabaeus, then Christopher O’Regan narrating the audience through the good and the bad of life during the late 1700s with classical interludes performed by a small ensemble playing music by Mozart, Kraus, Roman and more.