Friday, 12 June 2015

Something zesty for today

{mon egerie, loves fun}

Kick your left leg and clap your hands under your thigh, then repeat with your right leg.

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Fashions, Make up, Hairstyle: So, how do you prep up for Summer?

Living in a place like Greece, somewhere warm and welcoming, one expects to be off the usual dress code, and that pulling yourself together can seem simple and easygoing. Trust me when I tell you, it is not!

When it comes to Greek women, I always admire the style of older ladies, and you can, too, when people watching in Kolonaki Square in Athens and Aristotelous Square in Thessaloniki. 

Younger generations do dress nicely and fashionably, but may I say, they all look the same! And aren't you wary of women dressed up like teens when in their 30s? 

As far as I am concerned, I like to be polished. So a blow dry, a manicure and a pedi, especially in the summer months, when we may show some toe cleavage, are ESSENTIALS. 

A note, before we get to the main menu: Trust your mum!
My mother had this as a rule: perfect hair, perfect shoes and the rest may be excused!


Being on the PLUS side, my two favorite shops, which you may also visit on-line, if you are visiting from around the globe, are Vertice Xl-Closet and Mat Fashion. Their lines are certain to flatter, whatever your size. And I do love harem pants in neutral black and navy blue. Good with sandals, too. Cropped pants for Plus sizes, unlike what you may be told, are a no-no. 

For my business closet, I like to shop from Marks and Spencer. Theirs are not by any means "fat clothes" and they produce good quality at fair prices all year round. Their swimwear line is great, with excellent quality and fit.
What I love most about them, though, is their Lingerie. It takes into account all shapes and sizes. Plus, M&S does not forget that Big Girls know how to have fun!

For many years I have been shopping Gudrun Sjoden. Her attitude is perfect for when I want to feel creative and inspired. I must also stress that the quality of Gudrun Sjoden is unlike any other. Yay for eco-conscious, fun, great quality clothing!

Make up

Summertime is good, and the living is easy, but who wants to feel suffocated under tones of make up? Not me! So, take a good look in the mirror and take care of your face. 
My two essentials for summer are sunscreen and lip gloss. 

For sunscreen I trust Vichy, Capital Soleil 50. It is light as a feather and it guarantees my fair skin gets trully protected. 
As for lip gloss, I adore Clinique for its chic colours. I have been a faithful of Clinique since the age of 14, and although I have switched my skin care regime with time, (of thet in a future post), I still recommend their 3-step program that saved my adolescent skin from many troubles other young ladies of my age faced. 
But for lipgloss, no one beats Lancome for its  always inspiring Juicy Tubes. I love Sorbet de Framboise. A summer must!


I have coloured hair. I have grey hair. I do not like salt and pepper hair. Maybe when I am sixty or seventy and look like Cindy Joseph.
I use Body Shop Coconut Beautifying Oil before washing my hair at home. But most of all I trust my hairdresser. So when she suggested I do a Hair Bottox, I went for it, and so should you! 

Extra Love

For happy nails,
Essie at the salon, is love! 
But when it comes to painting my own nails, I love Opi! Perfect fit for a mommy in a hurry! 
The Opi Hawaii range is perfect for summer!

My one stop summer essential, though, would definitively be Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse. 

So, what do you do to keep yourself fresh and happy in the summer?

 {This post was inspired (but not sponsored in any way) by Ally Paige of Madison Reed, a hair care company that has created a hair dye free of gluten, ammonia, PPD and resorcinol.} 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

At home with Ines de la Fressange

Sweet, sweet, sweetest of homes.
a delight.

Have you seen my other posts on Ines de la Fressange's home?

here, here, and here

You may want to know that Mme de la Fressanfe recently opened her real life as well as her virtual shop that you can visit here.

Sunday, 7 June 2015

« Tout ce qui est beau peut cohabiter »-Ines opens her shop

L'ouverture d'un souk-concept

  Lunettes, carnets, bijoux, homewear, objets de déco

« Tout ce qui est beau peut cohabiter »


Ines de la Fressange, 24 rue de Grenelle (7 ar. )

Read more:
here, here and here

And of course

Taproot magazine

You know I am a big (huge) fan of Soulemama.
There are places that make you feel good.
Just because.
So I was moved by the subject of her new magazine issue,
Taproot: Wild

And applied for an issue.
But because postage is quite expensive and it'd cost me nearly as much as a subscription,
I applied for a subscription.
4 issues
Waiting for 3 weeks for my first issue?
Long time?
I'll let you know if it is worth the wait.
Apply for yours right here.

Friday, 5 June 2015

Huffington Post:These Under-The-Radar Greek Islands Are Perfect Definitions Of Paradise

You've heard of Santorini and Mykonos, but these destinations aren't the only highlights among the more than 200 inhabited islands off the coast of Greece.
The lesser-known Greek islands are also bursting with culture and beauty. Most of them attract fewer tourists, so visitors have more freedom to enjoy turquoise water, lush hills and pristine architecture without thousands of other humans crowding around to do the same. Here are five islands worth a visit -- or a permanent stay.
1. Syros

Music echoes all over Syros: Visit the opera house on the coast, the open-air cinema and plenty of concert settings. Syros is known for its intricate neoclassical architecture. Of course you can dive in the water or go for a hike, too.
2. Amorgos

Amorgos strikes a perfect balance between adventure and relaxation. After hiking to the shipwreck in the cove, wander island paths to churches with stellar sunset views. Mouros Beach has an impressive collection of sea caves to snorkel.

3. Astypalaia

So much adventure; so little time. Historic landmarks abound on Astypalaia, like a real-dealVenetian Castle and numerous churches to explore. Take a boat cruise, trek into a cave, go mountain biking, or simply kick back at the beach.

4. Kastellorizo

Near the coast of Turkey sits an island of colorful mansions and homes. Take a hike through the hills for postcard views of Turkey's coastal towns. Limited roads and cars means plenty of space for strolling from cafes to shops to the medieval castle on a hill.

5. Andros

Andros is a natural paradise that'll leave everyone impressed. Trickling waterfalls and sandy beaches contrast with picturesque windmills and low-key nightlife options. Sailing and windsurfing are big here, too.

{read more here}

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There is something to love in every corner of this blessed land

And while you are there get hold of something beautiful and original like the Salty Bag.
The Salty Bag people, accomplished Greek professionals with their HQs on the island of Corfu, -my personal heaven for many-many years-, collect discarded, retired and decommissioned sails and give them new life and new value by turning them into unique, elegant and long lasting items. 
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