Parisian Street Art (the 10th arrondissement)

The 10th district of Paris is abundant with colorful street art and lively characters. It is not what one would expect when thinking of Paris. I personally loved seeing this side of the city, covered in music posters and graffiti, because of its contrast to the classic Parisian architecture.

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These graphic stickers of random faces could be found on various corners throughout the district.

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Along the canal were plenty of pop art posters promoting local events and concerts.

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Stickers saying “J’existe”, or “I exist” in English, were stuck all over the canal barriers and street signs.

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This area could easily be considered the Shoreditch or East Village of Paris for those of you familiar with London or New York. If you love street art and exploring the younger scenes of cities, then visiting the 10th district of Paris, by the canal, is a must.

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Amsterdam’s Art Scene

When I think of Amsterdam I just think of a cool city with cool people. And naturally, when a city and its people are cool, there is a pretty mind-blowing art scene. Not only are there some amazing, well-known museums, like the Van Gogh Museum, but there are galleries and exhibits that are rarely mentioned in the plethora of guides to Amsterdam that you see on Pinterest.

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One of my favorite places that we stumbled into was the Home of Art art gallery. I loved this lantern-like exhibit that was displayed in the front of the space. The way the sun shone through the windows was beautiful.

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I think I loved this gallery so much because of the people that ran it. They were welcoming, offering us up some wine and snacks, and left us alone to enjoy the art. If you are a frequent gallery-goer than you know that those running it make or break your experience. A lot of people can be stingy, watching your every move, judging you, or simply ignore your presence all together.

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Of course we visited the Van Gogh Museum, which was an amazing experience. I learned so much about the artist that I never knew. I loved seeing how his work evolved throughout the different time periods in his life and changed depending on where he moved. The museum does a brilliant job at intertwining Van Gogh’s history with his paintings, explaining his story perfectly through his art.

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Lastly, right next to the Van Gogh Museum, is the Moco Museum, a pleasant surprise for someone who loves street art or impressionism. I had never even heard of this museum before walking by it. It houses an extensive collection of Banksy and Dali, walking the viewer through the meaning of their different pieces. While we did not get the chance to go inside, this will definitely be the first museum I visit the next time I’m in Amsterdam. Remember to hit up all of the museums early in the day so you don’t face the same struggle against the 5pm closing times that we did.

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To learn about more of my favorites spots in Amsterdam, check out my Ultimate Guide to Amsterdam- What to See, Eat, Do, and be sure to follow me on Instagram to see all of my European adventures!

My Daily Commute in Pictures

Every time I walk from Old Street station back to my flat I think how lucky I am to be in London in this beautiful neighborhood. While this may not be everyone’s idea of beauty, especially those used to the more traditional London, beauty is all in one’s own perception. Here is my daily commute through Shoreditch in my eyes:

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A Dose of Art: the Brooklyn Bridge

I don’t know about you but I am constantly inspired by what I see around me as I am walking down the city streets. I particularly love the stickers that businesses, musicians and artists stick to bridges, street posts and subway cars. You never know what cool graphics you will find.

I have taken a particular fascination in photographing these stickers for easy access to inspiration whenever I need it. I also enjoy looking up the website on the stickers to see what the sticker is actually promoting. You find some interesting things…

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Illustrapow is a website that features the work of Karen Warners, an illustrator and graphic designer. She seems to do a lot of graphics and paintings involving animals. Her work reminds me of art you would see in a children’s book.

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After looking up @miss_hein on Instagram I discovered that Danielle Hein is both a teacher and an artist. She has made a lot of awesome paintings of skulls, experimenting with bright colors.

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Since this sticker has no website or social media handle, I decided to google “the lonely loner”. Turns out the only thing that came up were Kid Cudi lyrics of course. Maybe this old man is looking to free his mind at night?

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The Houston Project

You may be wondering, what is the Houston Project? If you have ever found yourself stopping in the rag & bone shop on Houston Street in New York City, then you have definitely stumbled across this particular project.

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The Houston Project is a public art initiative taken by Rag + Bone, in hope to raise awareness for local artists and add some inspiration to the city streets. Every month they recruit a new New York City-based street artist to paint the wall outside their small store on Houston Street. Some of the previous artists who have worked on this space include Nicholas Forker, Rubin, Yoon Hyup, and Alexis Diaz.

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One of my favorite murals of the Houston Project has to be this pizza painting by Yok and Sheryo from back in June. I mean who doesn’t love a colorful slice of pizza!? This pizza slice definitely has personality, which I love.

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This particular mural was painted by Marc Evan back in the beginning of October. I love the hues of blue and how they pop against the stark whiteness of the store. The lady in the mural reminds me of a modern-day Medusa with her captivating eyes that have the ability to turn men into stone. Evan is known for changing the communities he touches with his paint strokes, through his public art pieces. This mural is definitely no exception with the amount of inspiration and joy it brought to the neighborhood.

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Walking around the city and taking in the art around me is one of my favorite things to do when I have some extra time. I could wonder around the streets for hours just photographing art murals, reading graphic stickers posted on street posts, and watching the unique characters. Without projects like this one people like me wouldn’t be as inspired by everyday life in New York City.

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As you may have noticed, I have recently started embracing my natural hair texture- curls on curls on curls. I found it ironic that just as I began to do this, I found this art mural. This mural reminded me to embrace the wild, crazy part of myself that makes me unique- my hair. Art has the power to trigger, reinforce, or rethink any ideas you’ve been having. This is exactly why I believe a city like New York, which is filled with art, is the hub of so many inspiring minds.

Sculpture Garden in the Heart of NYC

Yes, you read that right. This beautiful sculpture garden is in the middle of downtown Manhattan, hidden away between two quiet streets. If you’ve happened to stumble upon this garden while walking down Elizabeth Street, consider yourself very lucky. It is not everyday that you find a gem like this one in such a busy, evolving city.

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The Elizabeth Street Garden is the perfect place to escape the hustle of the city streets and curl up in a good book. The garden is full of hidden pathways leading to benches and tiny tables with chairs. The giant sculptures and blooming flowers create an atmosphere buzzing with creativity and inspiration. This space is so important in a neighborhood like this one where there is only three feet of open space per resident. Us New Yorkers don’t get the luxury of open space to call our own which is why this garden means so much to so many of us.

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Around since 1903, this garden represents a time in history. It was originally built in partnership with a school, by architect C.B.J. Snyder, and served as a civic and social center for the surrounding residents. In the 1970s the school was torn down but the garden remained.

Sadly, potential developers are looking into destroying this one-of-a-kind space in the city, turning the garden into just another apartment complex. Whether you are a native New Yorker or someone across the world who someday hopes to visit this garden, please take the time to send this electronic letter to those who have the ability to protect the Elizabeth Street Garden.

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It pains me to know that a place full of history, wonder, and a unique perspective of art could be destroyed for more city housing. Everyone deserves to seek the same creative inspiration that I have, from this space. The sculptures, flowers, and even people this space attracts have influenced the way I dress and the lens I view the world by.

The garden has reminded me to dress with a sense of ease that is pleasing to the eye and unique to myself. It has also showed me how to mix classic pieces with more modern ones, like these crepe pants and dark leather jacket. Just like the garden is a reminder of the simple beauty in an ever-changing city, my wardrobe remains classic and refreshing while I continue to grow and change.

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My favorite piece in the garden? The greyhound sculptures, of course. I have been a sucker for greyhounds ever since my family rescued my sweet, three-year-old baby girl, Luna, this past May. Coming to this garden reminds me of her when I am missing her most. And, with the greyhound winning the National Dog Show this November, the statues might just be a lucky charm for the future of the Elizabeth Street Garden.

 

Esabitchin’- A Presentation in Sustainable Fashion

At the close of New York Fashion Week I was invited to a conscious fashion exhibition party called Esabitchin’. Naturally, I jumped at this offer because I love seeing sustainable fashion showcased by up-and-coming designers.

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When we walked in there was a table set up with cards displaying the details of the event. Following the theme of sustainability, these cards were unique in that they could be planted and grown into the flowers pictured on the table.

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The first designer that caught my attention was Lindy Fox. Her collection featured lots of earthy tones and geometric shapes. Fox uses upcycled material in order to create beautiful pieces like the ones featured above. If you are unfamiliar with the word upcycling, this means she reuses fabric that were once used for something else.

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I then found my way to Zero Waste Daniel‘s presentation. His clothes are made from brightly-colored, crazy-patterned fabric scraps. Daniel is aiming to do big things, starting with saving three tons of pre consumer textile waste in 2016 alone. Not only does he make a statement with his designs but also with the purpose and goals behind them.

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Last but not least is Study NY. This collection was definitely my favorite because it embodies my style the most. It is simple but makes a statement with the silhouettes and color-blocking of fabrics. Tara St James, the genius behind this brand, uses sustainable fabrics as well as ethical production methods to make each piece.

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Dying over the sweater vest and denim blouse combination!

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As for me, I of course had to sport my favorite sustainable fashion brand for the night, EILEEN FISHER. I am wearing one of my favorite silk dresses of hers and knee-high, suede boots. Be sure to read about my EILEEN FISHER experience for all the scoop on the brand’s latest sustainability projects.

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A night of fashion wouldn’t be complete without a little bit of art as well. Throughout the event this artist was live painting on a canvas in the outdoor courtyard of the space. She was painting everything from jeans jackets to polaroids.

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Please check out Esa, the company that put together this event, and educate yourself on the importance of sustainable fashion. It is just as easy to create beautiful clothes using ethical practices as it is to create clothing in harmful ways.