November 16, 2017

Ca(r)pe Diem

Skirt // CHICWISH also in Red here
Cape // ZARA, same here 
Hat // H&M (old), similar here
Bag // ZARA, similar here
Top // ZARA (old), similar here

I strongly believe that most of us have those days asking ourselves "why I didn't do this, why I skipped the other, why I wasted my time in doing things with no meaning". The most skipped and forgotten task this passed year for me was going running. Oh, I could find so many excuses not to go: I had other things to do, more important (or so I thought), the weather was too hot or too cold or too wet, I was very tired etc.

About a month ago, I woke up one morning and felt my entire body aching, from the neck to my ankles, from my shoulders to my knees. What was wrong with me?! I started panicking and thinking many creepy scenarios... But, I had forgotten the most important. I had stopped working out for quite a long time. Of course I was walking my 6K steps daily outside for meetings and errands and of course I would do many things around the house, cleaning and ironing included, which I consider heavy tasks, but my body was on sleep mode.

So I challenged myself to answer why I had stopped doing something that I enjoyed so much. The main reason was "time". I used to go in the late afternoon, which was obviously why I stopped going. It was darker, colder and I was more tired. Although terrified by the thought, I decided to try morning workouts (not a morning person). And it worked! It's been a month that I go running 3-4 Km 5 days a week and I already feel so energized and fit.

And after my morning intense workout, I have a whole day to seize. #CarpeDiem

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Photos by The Duke


October 24, 2017

Dorinus Illustrations // Fashion Artist

Couple of months ago I discovered Dorina and her beautiful illustrations on Instagram and been following her ever since. One hot day of Summer, while I was between house renovations, maid of honor obligations and summer vacation, I received an email with a gorgeous fashion illustration that was inspired by me! Me!! So touched and excited at the same time.

I realized then, that this was not just a hobby for Dorina, but actually her job! So, I went to her Etsy shop to see more and was amazed by the variety of items and themes that she designed and that the prices were absolutely fantastic! See some of my favorite illustrations by sweet Dorina below:

Couture girls, fashion prints, planners, notebooks, t-shirts, pillows and more! You can even request for a custom order

*Check out her Etsy Shop and don't forget to take part on our giveaway here, ending tonight!

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Photos c/o Dorinus Illustrations

October 16, 2017

Last Days of Summer // Photo Diary

It might be the middle of October, but here in Athens the weather is wonderful. Sunny and warm, with clear skies and no less than 25 Celsius degrees during the day is like it is calling us to go out and soak up some sun for the cold winter days. One of those days, my friend Marianna and I decided to go out for a brunch and some chit-chat.

We sat at the Athenaeum Conservatory Cafe, Kelari and I treated myself with some carrot cake - which was delicious, you should try it - and a freddo espresso, while Marianna went for a toast and a fresh orange juice. Their open space is lovely and quiet during the day, you can also go their to read a book or even do some work.

Before heading back home, we went for a stroll at Areopagitou Str. where some stunning buildings and houses stand tall under the Acropolis. Feeling so blessed and lucky that I live in this city, because, no matter what, the sun will shine eventually and the historical center is so beautiful, like a postal card.

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Photos by me & Marianna from Vintageholic

October 6, 2017

Winter Garden

Belt // similar here
Shoes // similar here
Bag // similar here

It's ALWAYS Spring (and Summer) in my heart, in my head, in my mood and, of course, in the way I dress. Although it's October already and the weather is getting colder and gloomy, I am in the mood for flowers and bright, vivid colors. This is how I am, my way of being, surviving every day. I have bad moments, like everyone else, but instinctively I overcome everything and anything that comes in the way between me and happiness. Thinking (or wearing, even better) flowers makes a great difference, trust me.

My "Winter Garden" is never withered or cold and wet. A bit cloudy and dark, but also warm and colorful.

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Photos by The Duke

September 29, 2017

Max Factor // Healthy Skin Harmony Launch Event

Την περασμένη εβδομάδα είχα την χαρά να παρακολουθήσω ένα σύντομο beauty σεμινάριο με αφορμή το λανσάρισμα του νέου foundation της Max Factor, Healthy Skin Harmony, στην Σχολή του Γιάννη Μαρκετάκη στου Ψυρρή.

Επειδή λοιπόν το συγκεκριμένο προϊόν έχει ΟΛΑ τα χαρακτηριστικά που ψάχνω στο ιδανικό foundation, δεν μπορούσα να μην το μοιραστώ μαζί σας.

1. Έχει SPF. Άκρως απαραίτητο για τη μάχη ενάντια στην πρόωρη γήρανση της επιδερμίδας του προσώπου, τις ρυτίδες και τις πανάδες
2. Είναι αρκετά ελαφρύ. Δεν μου αρέσει η υπερκάλυψη, με κάνει να νιώθω άβολα. Θέλω να αγκαλιάζομαι και να φιλιέμαι χωρίς να φοβάμαι ότι θα "φύγει το μακιγιάζ". Γι' αυτό προτιμώ foundation, τα οποία καλύπτουν μεν μικροατέλειες και δυσχρωμίες αλλά δεν κάνουν το πρόσωπο να μοιάζει με μάσκα
3. Είναι ενυδατικό. Μετά από το απαιτούμενο crash test που περνάω όλα τα foundation που μου στέλνουν οι εταιρίες (8+ ώρες), διαπίστωσα ότι στο τέλος της μέρας η επιδερμίδα μου παρέμενε ελαστική
4. Δίνει λάμψη χωρίς να είναι ιδιαίτερα λιπαρό. Δεν μπορώ να σας πω ότι είναι εντελώς ματ, γιατί θα πω ψέμματα. Μετά από 4-5 ώρες, η περιοχή της μύτης, το μέτωπο και το σαγόνι μου είχαν αρχίσει να γυαλίζουν. Βέβαια είναι το δέρμα μου λιπαρό, οπότε το διευκρινίζω, προς αποφυγή παρεξηγήσεων.

Η αλήθεια είναι ότι προτιμώ τα προϊόντα που δίνουν φυσικό αποτέλεσμα, προστατεύουν την επιδερμίδα και την κάνουν να φαίνεται υγιής. Αν αυτό προτιμάτε κι εσείς, σας προτείνω να δοκιμάσετε αυτό το καινούργιο foundation. Μπορείτε να το βρείτε σε όλα τα γνωστά καταστήματα καλλυντικών (Sephora, Hondos Center, Galerie de Beaute) και η τιμή του είναι στα 24€.

Μπορείτε να διαλέξετε ανάμεσα σε 5 αποχρώσεις (Beige, Golden, Sand, Bronze, Caramel) την καταλληλότερη για εσάς. Δεν είναι πολλές, αν έχετε λοιπόν ενδοιασμούς, δοκιμάστε περισσότερες από μία για να βρείτε την ιδανική. Στην δική μου επιδερμίδα ταίριαξε το Beige (Νο55)

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Photos by me and Concept Communication Strategies

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