MoMA x NYC

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Finally I’ve managed it. It’s always been high up on my list. Yet, I’ve never found the time previously to go and enjoy it myself. The MoMA, the Museum of Modern Art, is exactly what I am talking about. This time around in NYC, the big apple, I actually found myself more or less free one afternoon (due to a snow storm and all meetings had been cancelled) with my hotel being right across the street of the MoMA. Immediately I took off and decided to spend a few hours in this museum, allowing myself the time to digest each and every piece carefully as I walked through the halls filled with one masterpiece after another. My favorite? Hard to say, though I extremely liked the contrast play in Andy Warhol’s painting “The Supper” from 1986 (top photo) – especially because looking at it I would have thought its from after the 2000s. It’s incredible how far ahead Warhol was with so many art pieces he did 30 years ago.

Yet, it’s hard to say which my overall favorite piece was. All brought out different emotions within me – from feeling blessed and fuzzy all around to being worried about where the human race is heading to feeling empty all inside. That is what I love about Art so much – it has the power to making people feel all sorts of emotions. So I’ve picked out some of my favorites, those that spoke to me with varied emotions, to share with you.

Of course, the all-time famous “The Starry Night” from Vincent van Gogh from 1889.

Tarsila do Amaral’s “Operation (Workers)” from 1933.

Jackson Pollock’s “One: Number 31, 1950”.

Claude Monet’s “Water Lilies”  from 1914-26.

Carmen Winant’s wall of photography called “My Birth” from 2018.

Henri Matisse’s “Dance (I)” painting, which I loved so much I had to buy the miniture poster of it for my own apartment back in Zurich!

Welcoming my first puppy; Zaphira

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First things first: Happy September! Jee – time passes unrealistically fast these days..!

Now, I finally took that one step I have been thinking about for too long – I finally bought a puppy. Welcome home, Zaphira. I picked up Zaphira on Wednesday in Berlin – flying back and forth for one day to picking up this little piece of love. You may have noticed that I am obsessed with dogs and couldn’t wait to get my own. Finally, it has happened. It still feels so unreal when I wake up and have this little lovebug looking into my eyes and wanting to cuddle first thing in the morning. The breeder asked me to choose a name starting with Z – so Zaphira it became. I wanted a name that is not so popular, not so much known, and rather elegant in its nature. She is an Italian Greyhound (which I find elegant in their own nature), 10 weeks old, and honestly the cutest thing on earth. Yet, she is a little chewing devil. The minute she is awake after taking a nap I cannot leave her out of my sight without having to worry she will release herself on the carpet (still need to practice) or chew on something other than her toys. But who can be mad at such a sweet little angel? I can’t! Yet, being “strict” is especially important in the beginning to teach her everything. What are your tips and tricks on teaching the puppy to pee outside and stop chewing everything they see? I would love to hear from anyone with a dog and some puppy experience! xo

Tate Modern, London

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Oh London, you always do surprise me a little bit more with every time I visit you. As a few of you might have seen on Snapchat and Instagram, I am currently back in the city of (what I like to name it) business. That is, I usually only come here for meetings; fly in early and back out late. This time, however, due to meetings on Friday and tomorrow, Monday, I was able to stay over the weekend and explore London just a little bit more than usually. I loved it thus far. I’ve been walking around for kilometers every day, from the St Paul’s Cathedral (opposite my hotel) to the famous Palace, across several bridges – and of course, to the Tate Modern.

I don’t go often to museums. In fact, I barely go at all. Another fact: I don’t go often enough. Having visited the Tate Modern today for a couple of hours really reminded me how much I love looking at art. It is inspiring, intimidating and really makes you think twice. Then there is art I simply don’t understand – but that is another topic to discuss. Seriously though, I don’t understand some of this stuff. But hey, it’s art, and who am I to judge, right?

I wanted to share some of my favorite pieces with you. Generally, I love art that is a little provocative to the mind. Be it discussing or demonstrating certain historic events or political happenings, or simply making us re-think certain daily routines or objects we use. I also love photography that is .. a little edgy? Perhaps that is not the best word to use, but I wouldn’t know how to better describe it. I love photography that displays the not-so-perfect scenes. I love photography that makes you think, that gives the viewer new perspectives, that shows the un-perfect of the world, the truths we often close our eyes towards, and contrasts we often overlook.

Also, I went to the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO) Open-Air today. It. was. brilliant. I love classical music in general – and this experience, seeing it live on the streets, was breath-taking. It likewise reminded me I don’t go to concerts enough (especially orchestra ones. And actually, I have never been). So hey, another to-do that I want to add to my list. One more to remind me to enjoy life and simply “let go” from time to time. Life is so short. We should enjoy it to the fullest and damn it yes, do what we want to do and what makes us happy.

Barthélémy Toguo, 1967, “Purification 2012”

One of my favorites; btw.
Andrea Bowers, 1965, “The Worker’s Maypole, An Offering for May Day 1894”

Loved the idea behind these pieces and the thought-provoking part of it. Seriously, why are we in the 21st century and women are still not seen as equal to men in so, so (!) many places of the world. This must change.

Also, I know I’ve been MIA these past view weeks. I will change it – just give me a little more time (I am almost done with my Masters! yay.) xo

Coziness in Miami

Good morning! I still have so much content left from my travels from 3 weeks ago. Looking through my phone last night I just found these photos again and searched through their website. Anthropologie is a store I stumbled upon on my little Saturday shopping spree in Miami – and I fell in love. It has this Scandinavian charm to it (and knowing me, you know I love everything from there) and I could have bought the whole store. They have such cute clothing pieces. What really struck me though, is their interior design pieces. There were so many bronze pieces, so many colorful, amazing plates, such great details everywhere – and so much stuff for my kitchen. However, there are some problems: my kitchen isn’t the greatest, my kitchen is already quite filled, my apartment in general isn’t all too empty (I love everything cozy for my home), and my luggage was already more than full. Good thing is, it didn’t kill my wallet. Yet again, I went on their online shop and fell in love, again. What are your favorite pieces? I am in love with the plates and dog-faces on them. And the bronze cups. Oh. Everything, really. Now I need to jump and go to the office though – so I’ll have to get back to this later tonight! xo

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ps. a new President has been voted – Trump it is. Yay or nay? Thoughts?

Selfies

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Helloo and welcome back! That is more thrown to myself than you – I have the feeling time is flying by waaay too fast at the moment and I am seriously lacking updates on all sides and levels. And even missing out everywhere? That is, even some of my friends are already complaining that I am barely available anymore (which is not the norm considering I am online or on my phone 24/7). Nonetheless, I am far from complaining. Life is good to me – seriously. I landed in Miami Wednesday night and have been more or less running errands since then. I did catch 2h of sun today though (for those that saw it on snapchat @stylephantom).

With Friday being more or less over and me still being at the office (not working anymore though), I only have tomorrow left to explore the city a bit. Which is more or less impossible. From what I have seen though, this is a great city. It has everything. Similar to Cayman, the temperatures are a dream-come-true. The worst about coming home – as much as I love it – is that winter basically already started. From what I hear, people have already unpacked their winter clothes and are walking around in fur-jackets. Can you imagine? It’s still October!

I’ve tried updating you guys more or less via snapchat and instagram (@laurananette) the past days to not be too absent, though still have quite a bit of content left to share with you. Before I bore you with forever-long-texts, though, I thought I’d share a few snap-selfies with you and give a quick heads-up that I am still alive (and loving life). I promise to give a better update and share some better pictures soon. Now I will once more stare at the art pieces here at the office (seriously, my colleagues have amazing taste – you might have seen a glance on my snaps / I feel so at home here) and then most likely go to bed early. I have been going to bed at around 10-11pm every night now, which is super early compared to my usual routine, and woken up before my alarm clock (if any). I actually get work stuff done before heading to the office or going for breakfast. And you know what? It feels great. I am so productive! Let’s see if I can keep that routine going after jetlag hits me once more next week (arriving back in Zurich on Monday)!

Also, it almost looks as if I cut my hair shorter (long-bob / blob style) in the first picture. I’m really digging it – but so indecisive. Thoughts?

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PS. I also updated my ‘wish-list’ on the right-hand-side. Seriously, how pretty is that LV bag? I can’t get over it.