The Cloisters New York

Manhattan’s hidden sanctuary

The Cloisters museum and gardens is like a medieval puzzle. Elements from medieval cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Trie-sur-Baïse, Froville, and elements once thought to have come from Bonnefont-en-Comminges—and from other sites in Europe have been brought together and incorporated into the fabric of the building to create one spectacular piece of architecture. Continue reading

Design thinking

What is design thinking?

As part of my Masters degree in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons we constantly use the process of design thinking. When starting classes we heard a lot of buzz words or phrases to explain this process, it uses a range of ‘research methods’, it ‘uses ideation processes’, it ‘uses theoretical frameworks’ and ‘it helps us to identify areas of opportunity’. I needed this explaining in simple English so here is how I’d explain it to my younger self on my first day of university. Continue reading

Levain Bakery cookies chocolate

NYChocolate

My first year of University is over and after looking into the world of chocolate for one of my projects it was the first thing I reached for.

When researching the chocolate industry I was shocked to discover that in just 20 years time chocolate may become something that only the social elite can afford. With that scary thought in mind I planned to sample as much of it as possible before I can no longer afford the luxury.

In 20 years chocolate will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it

– John Mason, founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council

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I love New York

If I were a bird…

I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.

― Harun Yahya

When reading this quote I thought to myself how lucky I have been to travel the world yet understand the comfort of finding a place called home. After recently moving to New York I find myself with less inclination to get on a plane and travel as everyday here seems to offer something new and exciting for all of my senses. Knowing myself well I realise that this feeling won’t last long but for the time I love being that flightless bird.

ABT American Ballet Theatre 75th Anniversary

ABT American Ballet Theatre celebrates 75th Anniversary

Last night I attended the American Ballet Theatre, who opened their season at the Lincoln Centre. Celebrating their 75th anniversary dancers and choreographers from around the world came together to show the incredible range that ballet theatre had to offer. There was romance, drama, comedy and horror from Michel Fokine, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor and Jerome Robbins. Continue reading

Ralph Lauren Parsons

Ralph Lauren talks to us, Parsons students

Iconic American fashion powerhouse, Ralph Lauren gave an inspiring talk at Parsons as part of the ‘At Parsons Table’ talks with by Paul Goldberger and I was lucky enough to see him speak.

Ralph Lauren is a huge name in fashion design and seems fashion line embody the wholesome American image which many aspire to worldwide. When he walked on stage at the auditorium he was wearing a brown suede fringed jacket, worn jeans, walking boots, a white polo shirt and a heavy metal belt. He exuded the exact style that thousands try to emulate in wearing his clothes.

Stay in the and believe in yourself
– Ralph Lauren speaking at Parsons 

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Sarah Kehoe photography New York

Hello Brooklyn, how you doin’

The good weather has finally melted away the harsh winter in New York and with it comes the inevitable day trips. For my first summer in New York I decided, like hundreds of tourists do everyday, to walked across the Brooklyn bridge from Manhattan and finally got to glimpse what life is like on the other side of the Hudson. Continue reading