Monday, 25 May 2020

10 Things to keep you sane during Covid-19

  1. Being scared is OK. It means you are human, which I hope you are.
  2. People look glamorous on Instagram, baking cakes and planning their next adventure. You can, too.
  3. If you don't do glamorous, it's OK, too. 
  4. Take it one day at a time. It's the only way to swim through it.
  5. Do breathwork (try Mindvalley ). It makes you feel more conscious and less self-conscious. 
  6. Talk to God. The view is better from above.
  7. Keep a diary. For you, for those you care about.
  8. Skype. FaceTime. Whatever. Look at your tribe in the eye.
  9. Keeping safe is loving yourself and loving others.
  10. This too shall pass. 

Friday, 22 May 2020

Folk into Fashion

Love of all things folk, is a longtime passion of mine. It links me to my roots, it provides me with inspiration, and almost always speaks of tried and tested good taste in the most daring of ways.
This summer, dresses in traditional folk patterns and techniques make for a strong presence in our wardrobes.
Here is inspiration from the most individual creators, to the High Street.

Designed and manufactured exclusively in Greece
Loukoumi dress, named after the sweet Greek delight

Kendina (i.e. embroidery in Greek) white Broderie Anglaise dress

HM Broderie anglaise dress

Kendima Volant Skirt, designed of different reused, vintage tablecloths, handpicked in the South of France.

Signature crafted silk made in Soufli, a small town in the northern part of Greece
Absolute elegance 

Will you give it a go this summer?


Monday, 18 May 2020

Happy World Bee Week!

If Lions are the kings of the jungle, Bees are the queens of Nature. They are also the queens of human kings, including the French Merovingians, and most famously of all, the emperor Napoleon. 

Because a honeycomb is naturally made up of hexagonal prisms, it was considered by philosophers to be the manifestation of divine harmony in nature. Its construction was associated with insight and wisdom: “My son, eat thou, honey, because it is good… So shall the knowledge of wisdom be unto thy soul…”(Proverbs 24:13-14)

Did you know that...

-Bees fly the equivalent of three times around the world to produce a kilo of honey
-Bees need to collect nectar from two million flowers to make a kilo of honey
-The bees communicate with each other by dancing
-A bee visits 50 to 100 flowers during a collection

In Greece, cosmetics and wellbeing company Apivita, is using the wisdom of the bees to offer its clients products of high quality answering to strictly ethical criteria. 

Have a bee-eautiful day!


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Welcome to my cave

If I were to believe the doomsayers, we are about to embark on a road of no return towards savagery. I do feel optimistic, though, about the immediate future. Humanity longs for a restart. If we end up in the caves to keep ourselves safe from The Big Eye, then may this be my cave with a view of blue skies, lots of pink salts and comfortable space for lounging, reading, drinking mint tea, and planning the next kingdom.

Wednesday, 19 February 2020

7 Things You Shouldn’t Share with Anyone, As Per Hindu Philosophy

For those who’re not aware of the term Hinduism, it’s a religious body of people, primarily in living India. It is deeply immersed in philosophy and spiritualism. Hinduism has taught people to develop an ability to share emotions and feelings with each other—especially love. At the same time, it restricts people from sharing certain other thoughts. It’s not as if these emotions are something that people should be ashamed of. It’s only a way of life that Hinduism hints at which is equally applicable to even those who don’t strictly follow the religion.

1. Don’t impose your spiritual beliefs and knowledge on anyone

Each person’s journey is unique and so is our spiritual education gained in the process. So while it is alright to discuss it with someone, imposing it on anyone else isn’t the best way to go about it.

2. Don’t advertise your ideas before executing them

We love to share our ideas and plans even before we act upon them. It’s a risky thing to do because you don’t know if someone close to you sees that as an opportunity to cease the plan and make it their own. Let the results precede the words.

3. Do not share everything about yourself with strangers

Each of us have a story about our life expereiences. Don’t share each and every detail with everyone. It’s best to reveal a bit and to reserve the rest to yourself.

4. Don’t gossip

Talking about others in an inappropriate manner isn’t the best way to evolve. We should try to circulate positive energy around us rather than partake in thoughtless gossip.

5. Don’t boast about your kindness

If you confer a favour, do not boast. If you feel the need to overstate your kindness then probably it was a selfish act disguised.

6. Don’t broadcast your worries 

It’s true that we look out for help and suggestions when we discuss our problems with anyone. But it’s best that you keep it within your inner circle to avoid anyone misusing the power that you’re granting them.

7. Keep your sexual experiences private

Keep the details about your sexual experiences to yourself. If you’re facing any problems or want to talk about it, do so with your partner. Respect your partner’s privacy as much as you respect your own.

Sunday, 3 November 2019

100 years of Greek Fashion: A special exhibition in Athens

The Foundation of the Hellenic World, in collaboration with the PeloponnesianFolklore Foundation-Vasilios Papantoniou, are organising in Athens the exhibition “Greek Fashion – 100 years of inspiration and creativity” displaying fashions from the 1920s to the day.

The exhibition is taking place at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center. It includes 140 exhibits from the PFF’s permanent collection, both urban and popular, with distinct hellenic traces from shape to pattern to colours and materials. 
Furthermore, in a specially designed area, selected companies from the fashion industry, showcase their contemporary creations inspired by the Greek civilisation.
During the exhibition, a series of educational programs will be available for kindergarten and elementary school students, as well as guided tours for high school students run by the Department of Education of the Hellenic World.

HELLENIC WORLD: 254 Piraeus Street, (tel: 0030-212 254 0000)
General entry: 5 euros.

Monday, 15 April 2019

Spring and new beginnings

Were it not for flowers, we'd have no idea where time goes. And seasons. Rain and sunshine. Peace after the wind blows. And the interim. Where you don't know whether you are alive or not, whether breathing is enough, when there is nobody to tell you if you must wait or if you must push.

This photo was taken on a winter. Last winter. When life felt like Spring. When everything seemed possible. When I could be as vocal as I wanted, and as alone and as together as I pleased.
Till life pushed me to my current state of prison. Where home is not home. And all I craved and escaped for, seems so close and so gone.

The window that opened that summer morning in Provence, lead me to my freedom. And my freedom taught me my limits. And my limits taught me that my life is not infinite. That breaking free gave me hope, and a new lease for life. 

I travelled. I loved. I am so thankful for the sweet taste of freedom and love

I am loved. And that's all that matters. 


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

International Woman's Day 2019 and Feminists on Netflix

Today we honor all those women who worked hard for us to enjoy the freedom to speak our minds.
We honor those who kept their head high, ad wrote, gathered, fought, for the right to be human.

Let's embrace and empower ourselves on this International Women's Day 

And to teach my daughters and myself, I am watcing Feminists on Netflix. Netflix's documentary takes a look into the women's movement in the 1970s . Watch the trailer and join me!

Sunday, 25 November 2018

This week I am in pre-Christmas mood (tbt and recipes)

Last night, on my way home, I put on the radio EASY FM , a Greek radio station playing -did you guess?- easy listening music. But during the Christmas Holidays, it plays all day Christmas music, which helps put me to the mood!

Saturday was spent prepping up home, and in between reading some interesting posts over the web. Like this modern Australian ranch from The Design Files. 

I realise I have not done a Christmas Home Tour in ages. Many! 
Have a look at years past

A White Christmas

Christmas in Athens

Christmas in the bedroom

A thoughtful Christmas
(One of my most meaningful posts allover, go read it)

Last family Christmas

This year, though, I think I am going to show you around my new beach side abode, so stay tuned!
And while at it, have a look at some traditional Greek recipes, right here!

Best of  all , I found a recipe for authentic Austrian hot chocolate from none other than Demels in Vienna. We took a trip to Vienna at Christmas when my kids were little. Vienna is one of my favorite cities in the world! 
Here is the recipe:

Remember to check my Instagram feed for my 
Christmas on the go

Sunday, 30 September 2018

October: Renew in the womb

I welcome the rain.
I welcome the night.
The darkness.
The need for warmth.
I accept that I need you, and I surrender to Fate.
I am tasting all of the goodness of life.
The chestnut. The caramel.The liquid of life coming together with the solid.
I welcome life, my love


Tuesday, 4 September 2018

September: I am ready, honey. Let's go!


I feel hesitant. Alot. 
every step carrying the weight of an eternity.
though life goes on and it goes fast.
i am already through half an eternity.
and i know that i must take the step to set me free
to set me moving
let's take that step together, 
there is a reason we are here
there is a reason we can set each other free
will be 
I am ready
i know you are.


Darling, let's carry on being open to the life we both deserve. let's dance and make music. when we love each other, life is a feast. 

and now, together we go....


Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Capricorn in July {Boy, have I felt the eclipsis!}

You've got major shifts happening in close partnerships this month, both business and personal. A Solar Eclipse on July 12 will land in your relationship sector, offering the potential for a fresh start in at least one major alliance. This eclipse, however, will demand that you learn how to correctly use your power by empowering the relationship rather than trying to control or manipulate the other person involved. If you can do this, then you can count on this connection to be indomitable. If you are more focused on what you can get from the other person or are trying to push an unhealthy attachment in this dynamic, well … it's not going to be pretty. Let go of control issues, Capricorn. Plain and simple. Pluto is in your sign and will oppose this eclipse point, making certain that you learn this lesson one way or another. As long as you choose to take the highest road possible and avoid doing anything underhanded in order to ensure that your personal needs are met, then you are initiating what could be a very solid and mutually empowering relationship. In terms of business, you and this person could be unstoppable! But remember, you need to check yourself. This is not the month to allow yourself to be seduced by any unsavory motivations. This is not the month to be an opportunist. That will backfire in your face. This IS the month to nurture the potential you have with someone else and lay the foundation for something that can truly stand the test of time. In other news, you'll need to be extra patient this month when it comes to your money. Mars will be retrograde in your earned income sector through August 27, making it seem as if your money is leaving to pay bills faster than you can make it. In fact, a Lunar Eclipse on July 27 in the same area of your chart might lead to you losing a source of income. Either way, your security buttons are sure to be pushed, making you extra anxious about financial matters. Do what you can to keep it in perspective and know that this too shall pass. Mercury will turn retrograde in your 8th House of Joint Finances and Investments on July 26. This might actually be a good time to take a look at where you have money socked away. If you need to take a chunk of cash out of an investment in order to get through a financial rough patch, the good news is you'll have the money to do so. Again, it's all temporary. And in the end, it's only money.

Wednesday, 11 July 2018

Wearing my pearls with pride

Pearls... Do I love pearls!
My mother tought me this. She was super stylish in a very simple yet striking way. She would wear the simplest of outfits, a white shirt, a navy skirt, high Charles Jourdan heels and Chanel handbag, and accessorize with one of her classic real freshwater or stunning faux strings of classy rows of pearls, and lovely earrings, sometimes a pearl ring, and be the talk of the tea, as it were. 

Nothing spells "class" and "elegance" like pearls. 
So many colors and sizes to choose from, so many price tags, too,
in which case, a good offer is always a good thing. I love  this one from Zales: 


And these!!!

Or a lariat, so NOW! 

Which is your favorite pearl item? 
A choker?
Peard studds?
A ring?


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