May 25, 2016

Some Like It Retro


Dress // Dolly & Dotty
Petticoat // old, similar here
Shoes // ASOS
Purse // similar here




You know me, I am a retro dresser! I prefer going out looking like I jumped out of a 1950s movie than wear something too modern or too boring or too not-girly! My closet is built on a mix of feminine and romantic looks, I never follow the "trends" and if sometimes they actually apply, I adjust them to my own personal style.

I am pretty sure that Some of you Like It Retro, just like me!

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos by Alex Antoniadis aka Zizanius

**Special thanks to Barouge, an amazing retro bad-a$$ bar in Piraeus, for allowing us do the photoshooting











May 20, 2016

Met Gala 2016 Favorites // Red Carpet


It's been 10 days since the 2016 Met Ball, Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology, but I am sharing my favorites today. I think this is my biggest delay ever to cover an important red carpet event, but I am pretty sure that you will still enjoy it. It's all about the never-ending glamour, right? So, fasten your seat-belts and enjoy the ride! Better late than never...

I believe that Blake Lively wore the most 'fairytale' dress of the evening and she was "the belle of the ball" alongside 'princess-y' Claire Danes. According to an interview that designer Zac Posen gave a day after the gala, Claire's 'Cinderella' dress took six people around 600 hours to make! The gown was created using custom-made Gossamer fabric, sourced in France. To make the dress light up, LED lights and 30 mini battery packs were sewn into the lining. And to keep it as light as possible, he said, the dress was hollow inside, overlayed with the delicate, almost transparent, Gossamer. Finally, the actress also had a midnight deadline, just like Cinders. Posen, who has been friends with the actress since they were teenagers, told Entertainment Weekly that the dress was returned to the atelier by its 11.30pm curfew, with Danes changing for the after-party. [source: Metro UK]

As you can realize, I couldn't decide whose photo I should put first, but eventually Blake won because of the flowers (of course! the flowers! it's always about the flowers!!). However, I must admit that although the dress was one of my favorite and Blake one of the prettiest, I didn't like the hair, the makeup and the earrings, all three combined. Maybe if one of them was out, preferably the hair, she would be the winner, but... Claire was also stunning and Amber looked ravishing.

To sum it up, I honestly think that last year's red carpet looked way better, at least I had more "wow" moments. Scroll down to see my favorites and don't forget to write yours in the comments!

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos via PopSugar

Claire Danes in Zac Posen

May 17, 2016

Athena // Greek Mythology


Dress // ZARA, similar here
Hair accessory // Claire's, similar here
Earrings // Vintage, similar here
Purse // ZARA (old), similar here




When I was little, just before bedtime, I head stories, not about princesses, dragons, wolves and evil witches, but about Gods and Goddesses. Yes, I was raised and nurtured with Greek mythology, that my dad used to read me and my brother Aris. Athena was one of my favorite. According to the myth, she was one of the Twelve Gods of Olympus, the daughter of Zeus, who was born out of his head, Goddess of wisdom, civilization and justice. Athens, Greece's capital city, was named after her, the most famous ancient Greek temple in the world, Parthenon, was dedicated to her and she was the protector of famous warriors, like Achilles and Ulysses.

I still consider knowledge of higher power than wealth or beauty and this is the reason why I will never stop learning and evolving until my heart stops beating. The ultimate wisdom relies to the realization that one doesn't know and never stop searching for the truth.

You can read more about Goddess Athena here.

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos by The Duke

May 11, 2016

Bougainvillea


Top // CHICWISH
Skirt // ZARA, similar here
Hat // Oysho, similar here
Shoes // old, similar here
Bag // old, similar here




Have you seen anything prettier than bougainvilleas?? Although we were heading to the beach to shoot this outfit, the moment I saw this magenta bougainvillea in full bloom I asked the Duke to stop the car. It was mesmerizing, more than you can see in the photos. 

We have a small one on our tiny balcony, which blooms later in the Summer and keeps its flowers until Christmas! I just can't get enough of this tree (or bush or vine, I really don't know what it is) and thank God the Greek islands, are fully covered during the Summer period in all colors.

I have posted photos on my Instagram from my trips to Ios (here & here) and Elafonissos (here & here)

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos by The Duke

April 27, 2016

Kiss Me 💋 Kiss Me


Skirt // CHICWISH
Shoes // ASOS
Bag // Candy Kisses, same here
Top // Stradivarius, similar here




Although I don't wear it as often as I want to, red color is one of my favorite. So bright and fierce, draws all eyes on you, well, if you want them be drawn...
*TIP: Don't wear red if you want to lay low! 

Now, about that red lipstick... Yes, it's gorgeous, it's ultra feminine BUT it can be very tricky! There are three things you should pay attention, in my opinion:
1. Shape is very important: You need to keep a steady hand to draw the line around your lips. Don't try it if you had too much coffee, haha
2. Clean teeth can be a challenge: Keep your teeth lipstick-free by gently biting a napkin with your lips right after applying and then wiping the inner parts which are always wet and keep amounts of product that stain your perlies. Don't bite too hard because the paper might stuck!
3. Last, but not least, the duration of the color is key for the perfect red lips: After years of experimenting, I realized that if you want your lips to stay red all day (or night) you must use a matte lip product. Glossy or satin reds might look juicier but wear off very quickly. So, first, I apply a matte lip-liner all over my lips and then fill it in with a matte pencil lipstick. And even if I am out for drinks or dinner, the color remains to a 80%. Then, I refill, but not too much.

Do you have any tips for luscious red lips? Let me know in the comments section!

xoxo
|barefoot duchess|

Photos by The Duke

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