Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Black velvet

The back-from-having-a-baby-three-months-ago outfit for Loukia Omnium Gatherum.

Black velvet dress, ZARA. Black suede pumps, MIGATO. Grey trenchcoat, SOTIRIS GEORGIOU. Black snakeskin belt, MIGATO. Earrings, KENNETH JAY LANE. Bag, ZARA.

Photo by Ioanna Hatziandreou

Monday, 7 November 2016

Loukia Omnium Gatherum

Monday October 31st 2016 we gathered to celebrate the 40 years of legendary Greek haute couture fashion house Atelier Loukia.

Loukia Omnium Gatherum - as it was called - was a perfectly executed by boutique communication agency Plus More 360° in grandeur and class, with the help of an array of big sponsors, all while showing immense respect to Loukia's story and vision.

Kudos to the production team for having the ability to juggle all these and winning the bet.

As to Loukia's work, you really can't beat the craftmanship and love for real couture handwork.

Really, if you have ever witnessed Loukia in action - like I had the honour back in the day - surely was mesmerized by her instinctual hand motions that twirl lace and chiffon into couture.

The show was broadcast live and you can watch the recording here:

If you now find yourself craving more Loukia, you can visit the "Οmnium by APIVITA" photography exhibition in downtown Athens, with work by 23 Greek fashion photographers, featuring Loukia creations. Hurry up, it is open 12:00-20:00 daily November 1-10.

Thank you for existing Loukia, people like you are rare nowadays.

Monday, 20 July 2015

Pink about it

Have you ever pinked about it?

I mean, to pay a visit to the brand new and sparkly Pink Woman in Glyfada, 23 Aggelou Metaxa st!

Here's the thing: I live in downtown Athens, and Glyfada is kind out of my way. However, every time I visit the southern suburbs, there's this diferent vibe... kind of like leaving the grimey city behind and heading to California.

The store itself is mix of clean white surfaces, light-coloured wood elements and big mirrors that help difuse the light. Minimal but not in cocky, pretentious way. In a word, lovely.

But you most of you don't really care about these things, right? 

You want to see the clothes!

This beautiful staircase leads to the fitting  rooms, where all the magic happens. I carried my big bundle of goodies and got down to business.

First candidate, the blue dress. I love blue and I love dresses, so why are we even discussing this?

Plus, little fish. Dangling in front of a deep blue dress. Almost lyrical.

Then, I went for something more proper, in a Hugh Grand 90's rom-com kind of way.

Loved the volume on the botom.

Gold, white & navy, how chic, right?

And let's not forget the cool T-shirts that i love to wear with high-waisted skirts.

And for the end, I went for my arch-nemesis.

The jumpsuit.

I used to hate them, but just look at it. So comfy, cute and chic, in a all-inclusive way.

I left with several cute things in my pink bag, which you will be seing this summer, mostly in my instagram, but hopefully here as well.

Pink about it, but not too much... See you in Glyfada! 

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Saturdays are for beautifying

Ok, let's admit that I'm not the kind of gal who spends their Saturdays in a beauty salon. I generally dislike spending time in beautyfying procedures. For example, I cut my hair about once a year and really hate doing my own nails.

Taking care of my face though, that's a whole other story. As someone who has been troubled by acne more than half my life, religiously cleansing and moisturizing is something of a given in my daily routine. I have it down to the basics and just do it. Still, the day comes when you wake up, it's Saturday and you just have a strong sense that there's something a professional could do a lot better. That's when Eleanna comes along.

Eleanna Ploumidou is a lovely girl, who means business.

Her spacious studio is located just opposite the Cholargos metro station and offers all the beauty & wellness services you might crave, and then some more. Even though she is magical with face treatments (I had a 1,5 hours facial, that made me change my mind on what facials are supposed to be - no redness, no blotchy skin, no pain whatsoever) but her real love is reflexology. She treats professionals and athletes with specific injuries, so I guess you can stay assured she will know what to do with your sore neck.

Plus, she also has a pet turtle you can meet and greet in the courtyard.

And she let me bring along my Hello Kitty mug and take sips of coffee throughout the process.

Last but not least, did I mention that her pricing is beyond competitive?

Why am I telling you all this now?

Two reasons:

1. If you are anything like me, you need a good push or excuse to indulge in such services. Hello, holiday period? Girls, just take a couple of hours off your schedule and pamper yourselves. Trust me, you won't regret it.

2. I'm actually planning on going back for some more action, e.g. serious hair removal, in preparation for summer. Girls, consider yourselves warned: if you want to do therapies involving lasers or intrusive peels, this is a friendly reminder that we live in Greece and the sun shines almost all of the time anyway. Don't wait until it's spring, when the sunlight is already strong - start now, in the dead of winter. 

Oh and always wear sunscreen at all times. But Eleanna will talk you into that anyway.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Boots to get you through the season

Every year, start of season, same problem: An ever-ending search for the perfect everyday boots that are not high-heeled, but can still be worn with skirts and dresses while not looking totally frumpy.

This year I found them.

Leather boots with hidden wedge by MIGATO.

Insider details: They are currently retailing at 87€ down from 110€ (yay, pre-XMAS sale) but you can only find them in The Mall Athens, Ermou (Athens) and Mediterranean Cosmos (Thessaloniki) MIGATO stores.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Back from Dubai

Actually, I've been back for a week now, but life's crazy, so here are the pics.

Traveling starts at the airplane.

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

At Sindagha Palace, the original Dubai Emir palace, before all that jazz that made Dubai what it is today. Wearing A.L.E. dress, NIKE Air Max trainers, CARRERA sunglasses, MIGATO bag.

In the old days, wind towers like this provided natural air-conditioning.

Taking a boat ride along the Dubai Creek.

I call this one the magic carpet - it will take you places.

Loved the striking colours.

One of the Twin Towers along the Dubai Creek. The Rolex logo is a great example of how perfectly all brand logos are transcripted in arabic, without losing their font colours and style.

Strolling at Deira. Wearing ASOS polka-dot dress, TOM'S shoes, CARRERA sunglasses, MIGATO bag.

The aquarium inside the The Dubai Mall.

Brunch at Tom & Serg.

The PRADA store in the Mall of the Emirates. That's the one that has a ski slope inside.

This is an architectural model for the new AKOYA Oxygen residential development by DAMAC. Taglined "green is the new black", it sells luxury housing to filthy rich people. In that case, interior design by FENDI kinda adds a little extra something.

Bye bye Dubai, till next time!