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Georgia O’Keeffe Home and Studio, New Mexico / Cereal Magazine

Georgia O’Keeffe by Alfred Stieglitz

Let me introduce my summer muse, a painter with countless gorgeous headscarves and infallible taste on clothing and interior. If you are in New York this summer, I highly recommend to visit Brooklyn Museum’s Georgia O’Keeffe – Living Modern exhibition, focusing on the things mentioned above.

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Modern architecture is not the first thing that comes in mind when thinking about Paris and it’s Haussmann buildings. However, there are couple of gems worth visiting.

Maison Louis Carré, designed by Finnish Alvar Aalto is located 45 minutes outside of Paris and open for visitors every weekend. French art dealer Louis Carré was first considering Le Corbusier to design his new home but was not so convinced by his “colder” style such as use of beton.

Maison La Roche, designed by Le Corbusier and Pierre Jeanneret is located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris. It was designed for a Swiss banker and art collector Raoul La Roche.

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I’ve noticed how easy it is to become blind for the beauty of your home city. Now when living in Paris, I’m constantly finding places I want to visit in Helsinki and Alvar Aalto’s studio and home were the first on my list.

A Helsinki based Japanese designer asked few days back, what is Finnish design to me. It’s very hard to put in to words something that you grew up with, but I found the answer from Aalto’s studio; purpose-driven and unpretentious. Like the Paimio chair above – it was designed for the tuberculosis patients of Paimio sanatorium. The chair made from bended plywood is light to move around, easy to clean and the shape opens respiratory tract and makes breathing easier.

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PARIS TIPS – Where the first Jean Paul Gaultier boutique once located, now holds this gorgeus italian restaurant, Daroco. I have to go back to test their cocktails, but at least food was really good, and the interior is not so bad either! 6 rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris.

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PARIS TIPS – Here’s my current favourites Paris spots and must sees. Paris is just overwhelmingly beatiful during the spring bloom.

Balenciaga, l’oeuvre au noir, Musée Bourdelle – One of the best exhibitions I’ve visited for a while. Perfectly curated, Balenciaga archives mixed with the permanent collection of sculptures.

Jardin des Plantes, Galerie de Minéralogie et de Géologie – Leaves you speachless, how fascinating the nature can be.

Bois de Vincennes – I used to run here all the time so now I’m very lucky to live just 5 minutes away. Piece of nature in Paris and sometimes no people in sight.

Nous et Les Autres, Musée de l’Homme – On my list for this week. Described as an exploration of the origins of prejudice and racism. Sadly, very relevant exhibition.

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Jacket Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghésquiere

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PARIS TIPS – Fashion archives combined with sustainable form of shopping and recyckling results in an obsession for vintage stores. I wanted to share my favourite depot-vente boutiques in Paris, where I can wander for hours feeling the fabrics and admiring the details. From the smallest ones you can find some real treasures and negotiate good deals. If you’re not in Paris, Vestiaire Collective is another good option to escape the current fashion world for a while.

Depot – Vente Deluxe  is my absolute favourite, tiny boutique with very good and well curated selection. Here I found my Balenciaga by Nicolas Ghésquiere wool jacket with the signature round shape and very low price. 2 Bis Rue du Roi de Sicile, 4ème arrondissement

La Boutique de Cara has a selection for a slightly older clientele but best option if you are hunting for well fitted trousers or timeless silk blouses. 80 Rue de Turenne, 3ème arrondissement

Lily Rose Luxury holds the best vintage bags, here you can find everything from Louis Vuitton trunks to Birkins and gorgeus limited edition Chanels. They also know the true value of these bags and prices may go even higher than the original ones. 40 Rue Dauphine, 6ème arrondissement

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PARIS TIPS – First year of university I was doing a visual research about Chloé. As Gaby Aghion was very inspired by those cool kids of left bank in Paris, I came accross to some of Ed van der Elsken’s photographs. My teacher advised me to search his book Love on the left bank which took me almost a year to find (ok I wasn’t looking too hard), until one day I stopped by at Book Marc searching something completely else, but oh the excitement when I saw the book!

So you can imagine my excitement when yesterday I was doing a list of must see current- and upcoming exhibitions. In my favourite museum in Paris, Jeu de Paume, there’s going to be Ed van der Elsken exhibition starting in June 13th. I migh have to see it twice.