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Best Of New York: Whitney Port

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I förra veckan damp jag ner i en soffa i Chelsea och pratade bort en regnig stund med designern Whitney Port – faktiskt en himla fin och jordnära tjej! (Intervjun får ni vänta en stund på.) Nyligen gjorde hon en sammanställning av sina West Village-favoriter för sin kompis sajt Paper & String – för övrigt ett jättebra ställe att hitta NYC-tips på – och med Whitneys tillstånd och goda minne publicerar jag nu den listan här (notera svenska Acne-referensen). Läs här för att kolla in hennes Soho-favoriter också.

ENGLISH: Last week I sat down with designer Whitney Port in a studio in Chelsea – such a sweet and down-to-earth girl! (You’ll have to wait for the interview. If you understand Swedish…) Recently she listed her West Village favorites for her friend’s website Paper & String, a great place to find NYC happenings, and with Whitney’s permission and unanimous consent I now post it here (please note the Swedish Acne reference!). Read here to catch her Soho-faves too.  

Best coffee: Joe the Art of Coffee (141 Waverly Pl. between 6th Ave and Gay St.) “This is where I get my Joe when I’m on the go — which is always when I’m in NYC! My usual drink of choice is a Soy Cappuccino, but the last time I was here, I dared (just a bit!) and tried Soy English Breakfast Latte. The verdict? Just as delicious, and the best way to kick-start your day.”

Best Smoothie: One Lucky Duck (75 9th Ave, between 15th and 16th Sts.) “The Banana Nut smoothie at this all-vegan stall in the Chelsea Market is something I dream about the minute I get on the plane in Los Angeles. Made with banana, cashew milk, vanilla, and a hint of cinnamon, it’s the perfect mid-day snack, and a healthy one, to boot.”

Best Shopping: Castor and Pollux (238 W. 10th St, between Hudson and Bleecker Sts.) “This fashion-forward boutique is perfect for my Cali-hattan aesthetic. From chunky Acne sweaters to kitschy Bing Bang necklaces, this store is home to some of my favorite brands. One of the coolest things I’ve seen recently? These stackable “Maggie” bracelets, designed by Portland-based designer Kim Dunham. Each is inscribed with “tu es pulchra.” Translation: “You are beautiful,” in Latin. Guys: Any girl will drool over these, I promise.”

Best fresh fish: Extra Virgin (259 W. 4th St, between Perry and Charles Sts.) “Spring has arrived, so fellow New Yorkers, I ask you: What’s better than dining al fresco? That’s right, nothing. Feel the warm breeze as you enjoy the buffala mozzarella and grape tomato salad. Laced with roasted peppers and arugala, too, it’s a divine way to start the meal. But I really come here for the fresh fish. The “Halibut Simply Grilled,” with herbs, tomato carpaccio, and a side of arugala is genius.”

Best dancing: The Jane Hotel (113 Jane St.) “Imagine the best dance party ever (think: Jackson Five, Cee Lo Green, and everything in between) in the comfort of your very large, cozy and very mismatched living room. Add eye popping people watching and yummy cocktails and you have yourself a Saturday night at the Jane Hotel, one of my favorite weekend haunts.”

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Skynda Fynda: Acne, Filippa K, Nudie Sample Sale

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Stressig dag, så har inte hunnit posta förrän nu, men skynda så kan ni kanske fortfarande fynda på Acnes, Filippa K+Nudies sample sale (60 Grand Street, t.o.m fredag klockan 20)! I höstas blev det två jackor för min del, i dag två par skor (enkelriktad uppenbarligen, man kan säga att jag satsar på det som tar mest utrymme i vår minimala lägenhet…). Nu är det bara att hoppas att det slutar regna så att jag kan använda dem snart. (Helst redan i kväll på Lykke Lis konsert på Webster Hall. Snälla!)

ENGLISH: Been a busy day, so haven’t had time to post until now. But if you hurry there might still be some cute finds at the Acne, Filippa K+Nudie sample sale (60 Grand Street, until Friday at 8 pm)! This fall I fell for two jackets, this time I found two pairs of shoes (I’m apparently extremely one-way minded, I just go for whatever takes up most space in our tiny apartment…). Now I’m just hoping it’ll stop raining soon, so I can use them (would be perfect for tonight’s Lykke Li concert at Webster Hall. Please!)


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May 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Will Smith Was Here (Exploding Plastic Inevitable)

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May 12, 2011 at 11:32 pm

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Shop Of The Week: Prada Flagship Store In Soho

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Pradas flagship-store (575 Broadway) i Soho får bli veckans butik, både för att jag älskar den lekfulla vårkollektionen (tur att jag var förutseende nog att fynda ett par randiga flatforms på en loppis i Gamleby förra våren) och för den labyrintliknande arkitekturen, som gör ett besök till en lek i sig. Butiken är designad av välrenommerade holländska arkitekten Rem Koolhaas (OMA) och oavsett om pengarna bränner i plånboken eller inte är den helt klart värd en titt.

ENGLISH: I’m making Prada’s flagship store (575 Broadway) in Soho the shop of the week, both because I love the playfullness of the s/s collection (fortunately I was smart enough to find a pair of striped flatforms at a flea market in the Swedish countryside last spring) and because of the labyrinth like architecture, which makes a visit a game in itself. The boutique is designed by prestigious dutch architecture Rem Koolhaas (OMA) and even if you don’t have a pocket full of money the store is worth seeing.


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April 3, 2011 at 9:39 pm

Shop Of The Week: Alexander Wang

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Den invigdes med pompa och ståt under Fashion Week, Alexander Wangs Soho-butik (103 Grand St), men jag har inte hunnit titta förbi förrän i dag. Den är ljus och fin (såklart) och live blev jag ännu mer förtjust i hans dekonstruerade vårkollektion i mintgrönt, rostig persika och vitt. Fina skor och väskor också. Men jag får väl vänta till sample salen antar jag…

ENGLISH: It opened with a big bash during Fashion Week, Alexander Wangs Soho shop (103 Grand St), but I haven’t had time to stop by until today. It’s big, light and pretty (of course) and I liked his deconstructed spring collection in mint, peach and white even more live. A lot of nice shoes and bags too. But I’ll have to wait for the sample sale I guess…

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February 28, 2011 at 4:26 pm

Dearest Of Dearest: Ruvan

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Ruvan Wijesooriya heter en grym fotograf jag känner. I går hade han vernissage för utställningen “Dearest of dearest” på Ion Studio (41 Wooster Street) och det var verkligen många kära ansikten där – både på väggen och i publiken. En fin grej var att alla fick plocka bilder från väggarna och ersätta dem med en lapp som man kunde skriva eller rita något fint på. Jag tog bara bilder på mig själv, ehum… Det kom så mycket folk att det var lång kö utanför, och på slutet fanns bara Four Loko kvar i baren (oklart om det var den förbjudna versionen, eller den nya, jag vågade inte prova). Ruvan är också aktuell med en lookbook till designern Mandy Coon som du kan kolla in här.

Ruvan Wijesooriya is the name of a fantastic photographer I know. Yesterday he opened his new exhibition “Dearest of dearest” at Ion Studio (41 Wooster Street) and the room was filled with dear faces – both on the walls and in the audience. A really great thing was that everyone was welcome to take pictures of the wall and replace them with a handwritten note, which added a nice dynamic to the show. I only took photos of me, ehum… The place was packed, there was even a line outside and at the end the only drink left at the bar was Four Loko (it’s unclear whether it was the banned version or the new one, I didn’t dare try). Ruvan also has a lookbook for designer Mandy Coon out right now, you can see it here.


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February 10, 2011 at 2:07 pm

I Love Balthazar

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Jag älskar Balthazar (hörnet Spring str och Crosby) – lokalen, personalen, menyn. Som en liten bit av Frankrike mitt i Soho. Och i går gjorde jag det: beställde moules frites. Såhär i januari/februari brukar jag få rätt stora köttcravings, tror det handlar om någon form av näringsbrist. Musslor känns då som en lagom kompromiss (har ännu inte lyckats utreda huruvida musslor upplever smärta eller inte – någon som vet? – men vad jag förstår är de i alla fall bra för havsmiljön). Champagne, musslor och en knäckig créme brûlée, den ultimata brasserieupplevelsen. Köksmästarn: “Som om Julia Child stått i köket, väldigt klassiskt franskt. Bra portioner, väldigt väloljat maskineri. Gediget, allt ifrån champagnen till den något översizade crème brûlén. T-bone-stek grillad till perfektion. Spänstigt kokt hummer, fint presenterat. Bra brödkorg. Saknade vinrekommendationer, men vi valde en god pinot noir. De dricker ju gärna cocktails till maten här, barbari som min (italienska) pappa säger”.

ENGLISH: I love Balthazar (on the corner of Spring Str and Crosby Str) – the ambience, the service, the menu. A piece of France in the midst of Soho. And yesterday I did it: ordered the moules frites. In January/February I usually get enormous meat cravings, I think it’s some kind of nutrient shortage. And mussels seems like a good compromise (still haven’t figured out if they can experience pain – does anyone know? – but as I understand it they’re really good for the ocean environment). Champagne, moules and crème brûlée – the ultimate brasserie experience. The executive chef: “As if Julia Child herself was in the kitchen, very classical french cuisine. Good portions and very well managed. Solid, everything from the champagne to the somewhat oversized crème brûlée. The T-bone steak was cooked to perfection. Fresh lobster, nicely presented. Good bread basket. I missed wine recommendations, but we ordered a really good pinot noir. Here they don’t mind drinking cocktails with dinner, barbary as my (italian) father would say”.


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February 3, 2011 at 2:17 pm