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Friday, 20 January 2017

A march of ladies


It's the year 2017. Yet sometimes it feels like we live in the middle ages. People all around the world still fight each other over religious matters or matters of ethnicity. Or pretend to do so. People all around the world still make fun of other people's disabilities. People all around the world still can't accept the homosexuality as a natural state of being. People all around the world still think of women as inferior, behave violently towards them and deny them their human rights. And these people vote.

The result of all of this resentment and hate that grows among us is the election of extreme politicians - politicians like Donald Trump as the president of the U.S or the fascist parties that keep gaining ground on European parliaments. 

Donalt Trump is about to have his first day in office tomorrow. But also he will  confront a huge gathering. Ladies and all people who support the goal will march peacefully 
in Washington DC tomorrow. 

It all started  when Teresa Shook was so disappointed from the result of the elections that  she turned to Facebook and asked: What if women marched on Washington around Inauguration Day en masse? And after that everything went viral...

Today thousands of people have registered for the march. Also 616 "sister" marches are about to take place all over the world. I am very happy to see that a sister march is about to happen here in Athens, Greece as well. And I urge you to be part of it.

Some might say that this is another America oriented thing, that some might gain profit from it and other conspiracy theories which my mind can't even imagine. But even if there was any truth in all of that, I wouldn't care. Because tomorrow lots of people will just follow their heart, will unite and march for a cause so noble, so uplifting. I intend to join those people, support them. I want those people to lead and reform our world, a world where my newborn daughter is about to be bred.

Aren't you?



More information on the march here : Women's March


Thursday, 29 September 2016

Baby loading : 24h bump styling with Storq bundle

It was one of those beautiful slightly chilly early mornings - first days of fall are so refreshing! When you grab a cosy knit and go out in the balcony to feel the first sun rays on your face as you breathe the crisp air. Mmmmm....

So I closed my eyes and made a quick plan for the day : early morning coffee while catching up with my favorite blogs for inspiration and then a walk around an open market for ...whatever findings (!), afternoon tea with girlfriends for some chit chatting, date night for movie and drinks - "oh lets figure out what to wear" said to myself and opened my closet - but WAIT! I almost forgot ...I am 37 WEEKS PREGNANT!!!

( and on a bad hair day as well ) 


I know you feel me. At least all of you who didn't actually anticipate to cover themselves under strange roomy garments called 'maternity clothes'. Those who wanted to continue feeling in their own skin while carrying their little one. 

These were the thoughts floating around my mind when I came across Storq at the beginning of my pregnancy.  I was absolutely amazed by their philosophy behind the Storq bundle : a convenient prepackaged collection of four luxe essentials, designed to accompany you throughout all nine months! Four basics made of soft and eco - friendly fabrics that can be combined with pieces from your wardrobe. Price is quite reasonable, considering the quality of garments which can be used postpartum as well. It was a dream come true for me! And the service is excellent, too. As the company didn't ship to Greece, all it took for me was an email and a few days later they responded they would gladly sent me the garments - they landed on my door soon after that!

So back to the chilly morning - care to see how I styled my activities throughout that day?
Here is the long tank, worn as a dress, cozy and soft enough for my morning routine, 

the leggings, perfect for a long walk around the market,

the skirt, a black midi that enfolds around the belly, sooo sic and comfortable at the same time - and off to meet the girls!

Last, my favorite of all fours, the dress. A lovely LBD that can go a long way from morning to evening, worn here with a vest and booties, ideal for the date night out!!!

And some pregnancy clumsiness ( I keep dropping everything!!! )

So what do you think? Would you go for the bundle??? Please do tell me...


y ❤️

* you can check out more about Storq here

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Baby loading : just another pregnancy diary #not

        Well ...hello! It's been quite a while my friends, I know I know...cause life can be quite unpredictable. When you think you have it all figured out, something happens and everything is..turned upside down!!

Being busy handling job obligations, sticking to a posting schedule and trying to begin writing my thesis a few months ago, news hit me like a hammer...

.... pregnancy test positive!!! No there is no doubt, I am pregnant alright! 

To be honest here, nothing happened without my absolute consent. Me and my man are two grownups who made the decision to start trying to...make a baby!! But someone overestimated herself as being prepared for what was about to happen...

No  I wasn't ready for the whole transformative period in a woman's life that is called pregnancy. I mean everything happened really fast - and I am of course grateful for that! - but still... 

So there I was in my first trimester feeling absolutely scared and a little bit depressed ...until nausea started to show its ugly face and I got really messed up.....didn't really have the courage to do all those things that actually give me fuel to keep up with life's challenges. Had to postpone blogging, yoga or researching for my Msc!! That was a hard one for me. On top of that I had to force myself show up at work when the only thing I felt like doing was sleeping all day long!!!

Then the second trimester came along and things started to get better - feeling the first moves of my little one was somehow liberating and uplifting, I really needed that. A relaxing vacation close to the sea made me feel much better - at beautiful Melitsina in Kardamili (Peloponnese), you should check it out! Swimming during pregnancy turns out to be  soothing and energy boosting at the same time. 

And all that led me to my third trimester....and having to keep up with it during the HOT HOT HOT greek summer!!! But somehow I managed to survive through severe back aches, hot flashes, digestional problems ( and lack of sleep because of the previous ) and organise the nursery, do some baby upbringing reading  and stay positive - most of the days anyway! And here I am now at the end of it all, anticipating to meet this little lady I 've been spending my time with all those months...
Well before I leave you to go and be... a mother (!), I would like to share some thoughts - this is dedicated to all of you who didn't actually ....fancy being pregnant like me :

  •  emotions are going to undertake your world; it's ok, it's the hormones, so just take a deep breath and experience it...it shall pass!!                                                                  
  • there will be some body aching, especially if you are an over - 35 - preggo girl! It is absolutely normal...
  • googling during pregnancy is an absolute NO, NO and NO!! ( Unless it is for searching styling tips about you or your little one...:) ). Find a doctor and a midwife that you trust and confide all your worries in them.
  • try not to gain much weight - everything will be much easier this way. But even if you don't manage that, don't be hard on yourself. You 'll have plenty of time to deal with it postpartum.
  • don't lose yourself - pregnancy is just another period in a woman's life, a period of growth. So stay true to yourself and your ways, keep up with your favorite activities as much as you can, don't let fear take control over you.
  • style your bump up!! I have an upcoming post about that, stay tuned....
  • there will be lots, LOTS of opinions from people around you. Most of them mean well but if it makes you uncomfortable just kindly ask them not to share with you...or get yourself some earplugs!!!
  • read "Bringing up bebe" - soooo enjoyable!
  • don't underestimate your partner or loved ones; they can be true life savers if you just let them.
  • at the end of the day all that matters is to ensure healthy conditions for you and your little one!

And that's about it I guess.... 

Hope you come along with me in this new unknown path of my life...I intend to take one step at a time and keep... blogging about it!

Lots of hugs and kisses from baby - loaded me....

y ❤️

*the above illustration was inspired from Christopher David Ryan's work. Go check him out!


Monday, 8 February 2016

Falling for Grace : the cat lover


What is it about fashion people and cats? They seem to love each other endlessly. You can watch those little creatures play their role to campaigns, on prints, on kitten(!) heels either at front row seats! The last is humorously presented at the The Catwalk Cats with Grace's
illustrations of her cats. The book documents the life of Grace Coddington and her companion Didier Malige through the eyes of their hairy little cat friends.


So fashionistas love cats and vice - versa. Any particular reason why that happens? Well from my point of view a person who loves fashion is a person who - above all -  loves constant changes. Who cares about innovation and needs the freedom to change her mind whenever she feels like it. Yes. Freedom and spontaneity are the key words. And maybe, ehhm a little snobbism?? ( check out Karl for that one !).

So a cat is a perfect pet for them. Independed, free, sometimes even behaving like brats, not so loyal and as wild as spoiled darlings at the same time. Oh yes! I prefer them myself as well. Can't stand a dog's loyalty no matter how cute...



I leave you to get on with the rest of your Monday tasks - before that I must ask: are you a cat or a dog person? Or neither?! 

Oh I almost forgot - Grace's cats from the book above are about to be turned into an animated film! Can't wait for that one.....

Lots of kisses!

y ❤️



Monday, 1 February 2016

Falling for Grace : 3 things she is an inspiration for


The news spreaded like a wildfire several days ago : Grace Coddington steps down as a creative director of American Vogue. WHAT?! Things are going to be very different from now on for sure....

Because Grace does for Vogue what the fashion designer does for the brand : her creativity fuels up all aspects of the magazine. That's why she has become an unexpected rising star since the documentary film "The September Issue" was released in 2009. Her autobiography Grace was an instant hit - still craving for that one!! - and the low profile stylist got all the attention she deserved! 


So did her 2002 work on "Grace : Thirty years of Fashion at Vogue" weighs 4,5 kg, contains 400 pages of photoshoots and sells for up to $2,450 (!) on eBay for a signed copy.

Here you can check out two of my favorite specimens of her work for Vogue: 


She has collaborated with the best fashion photographers out there - including Tim Walker, Arthur Elgort and Anne Leibovitz - creating their own fantasy world in each and every one photoshoot.


So when the 74 - year - old decided it was time to leave her, since 1988, position at Vogue in order to persue other potentials - please just think about what most ladies do at her age - I couldn't help but feeling inspired and intrigued at the same time!!
Here are three things that make me want to live life the Grace way:

1. Do it your own way  

 Against her bosse's - Anna Wintour - tend for commerciality and celebrity culture, Grace sticks for aesthetics and considers fashion from her arty perspective. And how I respect that integrity in people!! The redheaded  girl who was raised during Word War II by the proprietors of a ramshackle hotel in Anglesey (that's in Wales bytheway), used to love sailing and sewing her own clothes managed to become someone important. Escaped Anglesey - where in her own words "you could end up working in either a clock factory or a snack bar" - started modelling and never looked back. So staying true to yourself and beliefs is sometimes all it takes....

    2. When life gives you lemons you go and plant a lemon tree.
    So Grace was enjoying her life as a successful model in the 60's - nothing had prepared the young lady with the perfectly cropped hair from Vidal Sassoon who made out with Mick Jagger for th disaster that was about to come. Yes, life does that. She survived a car accident that sliced off her right eyelid, had a miscarriage and found out her fiancé was cheating on her. Modelling days were over for sure. Stuff like that destroy peoples lives in a second. But Ms Coddington decided that whining is boring and went on becoming the best creative director Vogue ever had! Things get tough for all of us sometimes. The power to become stronger and just keep on fighting  lays in our hands...never give up your dreams. They are what actually defines you after all!

    3. Shy people do rise!

    Being the kind of girl her friends in college used to call poppy due to the blushing effect on my face EVERY time I speaked up, you can understand  why I relate to Grace's shyness! Loudness seems to be promoted as a necessary tool in order to succeed. But I happen to believe that hard work and self confidence are the important factors and people like Ms Coddington are around here to prove it!
    The following two posts are also dedicated to the redheaded lady - lovely things about ...cat lovers (!) and styling. 

    So what do you think  of her?


    y ❤️

    • Vogue
    • Anothermag
    • NYtimes

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