Russia

Abramovich's art island to include outdoor hot tub

Abramovich's art island to include outdoor hot tub

Roman Abramovich, the billionaire Russian businessman who owns (among lots of other things) the Chelsea Football Club, recently purchased an island off the coast of St.Petersburg – like ya do when you’re the 11th richest man in the world. Last winter, Ambramovich announced he would dedicate $400 million to converting the island – previously used as a military base – into an enormous art center, complete with offices, hotels, restaurants and boutiques along with a new museum. A “Starchitect” search soon followed, with submissions from top architects all over the world. Just last month, New York-based firm, WORKac, was given the nod – probably because theirs was the only design to include a giant jacuzzi in the courtyard.

Moscow sex museum gives the finger (amongst other body parts) to the Kremlin

Moscow sex museum gives the finger (amongst other body parts) to the Kremlin

photo via the Los Angeles Times
It’s one thing to open a sex museum somewhere like New York City or uber-permissive Iceland, but in Moscow? A stone’s throw from the Kremlin? Now that takes balls. The new Museum of Eroticism, the largest sex museum in Europe, is the brainchild of Alexander Donskoy, the one-time mayor of a small town near Moscow who was sent to prison and barred from politics soon after he decided to run for the presidency back in 2008 (coincidence? he thinks not).

Museum of Soviet arcade machines

Museum of Soviet arcade machines

If you’re heading to Moscow anytime soon be sure to swing by this museum to see their collection of arcade video game machines from the Soviet era. On their website you can actually play a Flash version of the game above. When I first visited Moscow years ago while still in elementary school, I recall…

Brian McKee and the 2014 Olympics in Russia

Brian McKee and the 2014 Olympics in Russia

15 new works by photographer Brian McKee open at the Vogt Bernal gallery in New York today. Called “The Power Suites,” these photographs track the progress of the building in Sochi, Russia for the upcoming 2014 Olympics, with a focus on the impact on the natural environment. Currently one of the largest construction projects in the world, the Sochi countryside is being leveled in order to create an entire city and infrastructure to support the Olympics and the tourism it will bring to the small, coastal city.

Summer fun in the hot city

Summer fun in the hot city

GaGa shows off to the press. That’s my girl! Photo by Nick Laham / Getty Images.

With it being summer, I thought I’d put together a little cheat sheet about what’s hot in my imagination for this summer, my summer in the city.

LADY GAGA
Let’s face it, the last two years have been years of Gaga, but there is something so personal about her music and her style that inspires me every day. From the mini short clad dancers in her new “Alejandro” music video, to her whimsical display of her middle finger at major sporting events, there’s nothing not to love. Lady Gaga’s adoration for her fans is something that everyone who is blessed enough to have fans should learn from. There isn’t a morning, day or night in these hot months that I am not rocking my “Poker Face.”

FASHION
Summer fashion isn’t always something that I go for, I have disproportionate leg muscles which can make shorts and issue, and my skin is paler than Casper’s, but I love letting some skin show and making my skinny rib statements on every hot, sticky, miserable day. Chanel has some amazing tanks from their summer collection, Garreth Pugh put out an insane pair of leather leggings for those frisky nights out grinding to the “thumpa thumpa” and J Brand has introduced “Jegging” shorts, which are basically denim inspired biker shorts that make my booty look glorious. I may prefer bundling up in fur for winter, but this summer there are a lot of hot things to try.

Amazing shots of Beluga whales

Amazing shots of Beluga whales

These incredible, almost unbelievable, shots of Beluga whales in Russia’s White Sea seem too beautiful to be real. Far beneath ice in a whale sanctuary photographer Franco Banfi and team took handsaw to ice and dived below.  ‘When a whale comes up to us and swims by, it looks you right in the eyes. Sometimes,…

Century-old color photography from Russia

Century-old color photography from Russia

The blog Socyberty has collected a bunch of amazingly vibrant century-old photos by a Russian photographer named Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky. “With the blessing — and funding — of the Tsar, Nicholas II,” Socyberty writes, “[Prokudin-Gorsky] embarked on an extraordinary journey to capture the essence of Russia in full color photographs. Many of these pictures look…