Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Almost outdoors

Personal style blogs mean it takes personal work. I don't walk around with a world-class street style photographer following my every step, so I get things done with my DSLR on timer mode at the balcony. Oh, and the baby in his high chair, out of the picture but definitely feeling very amused.

Sweater, ZARA. Floral midi skirt and black belt, vintage from my mum's closet. Black lace-up espadrilles and backpack, MIGATO.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

10 Reasons I Love MyCarrier by Stokke

After having a baby, moms try to find solutions that will make their everyday life easier and more enjoyable. And it’s great to share knowledge and experiences, so that others may learn or benefit from them. That’s way I wanted to pen down this post about my love for Stokke MyCarrier.

Here are 10 reasons I believe Stokke MyCarrier is one of the best baby gear buys that new parents can make:

1. It is really, really well-made

As an architect married to an architect, aesthetics, usability and great design are values of great importance in our household.

Stokke MyCarrier has won an award in recognition of its innovation, aesthetics and usability, having been named as a reddot awards product design 2013 winner:
"This baby carrier grows with the child – without compromising on comfort or ergonomics for the baby. Suitable for newborns, babies and toddlers up to approximately three years of age, it offers two carrying options in front and one in the back."
Let me re-phrase that: You get 3 baby-carrying options in one sleek buy. Plus, it’s made from 100% cotton, making it super breathable and baby skin friendly.

2. It is safe for the baby’s hips

This is a super touchy subject for babywearing folks, so I was relieved to find out that Stokke MyCarrier is acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and medical experts.

3. It is easy to put on

Let me tell you how babywearing started for me: MyCarrier wasn’t the first baby carrier I tried after having a baby. I started my adventures with a baby wrap, the one-piece-of-cloth kind, when he was just a few weeks old. It was great in “hugging” him all over and making him feel safe pressed against me,  but it was a pain in the ass to put on, with all the wrapping around and twisting and puling. And it was nearly impossible to put on when outside, with the long tails of fabric swiping the filthy floor. Ugh!

I love the fact MyCarrier is really fast and easy to strap on, even on the go. That’s way I now always carry it along with my stroller. If the baby gets fussy, into the MyCarrier he goes and all is good.

4. We will be using it for a long time

MyCarrier isn’t cheap  -and it shouldn’t be, given all the great design, engineering and quality materials that went into making it. As an investment buy, it was great to know that we could use it from 4 weeks up to 3 years.
  • Babies from 4 weeks up to roughly 9 months can be carried in the front, facing the parent, with the head rest providing the necessary support for newborn's neck and head.
  • From 5 months up to about 9 months the baby can be also carried facing forward, to have a better view of the world.
  • And from about 9 months for up to 3 years, they can be carried in the back, in a high seating position for a great panoramic view.

5. Dad wears it too

Stokke MyCarrier is fully adjustable to fit all bodies and unisex in design, so that everyone can enjoy babywearing!

6. It makes you mobile on every terrain

Do you have to go up and down stairs? Do you live in a city where parked cars and terrible sidewalks are giving you a hard time in your outings with bebe? Or simply fancy a trek in the woods? With a stroller, forget it. But with MyCarrier, you simply strap on the kid and go.

7. It frees your hands

Going grocery shopping with the baby in a stroller means you can’t use a shopping cart and you end up carrying a heavy shopping basket. Doing the same with the baby in MyCarrier revolutionized grocery shopping for me.

8. You can go out in the rain

More about  the “freeing your hands” thing. Going out with a stroller in the rain is a nightmare. Going out with the baby strapped snuggly on you, an umbrella  in hand and a pair of rain boots is a total game changer.

9. It’s great exercise

On a lighter note, babies are heavy! Imagine the all the extra calories you will burn just by going for a walk with the baby strapped on you.

10. It keeps the baby happy

There’s no going around the fact that human babies love to be held and carried around. MyCarrier makes that easier while going on with your life, and this applies to all 3 configurations:
    The front carry facing towards the parent is the perfect positioning for keeping a newborn feeling safe and snuggle, plus the bouncing sensation when walking works like magic in colics.
    The front carry facing outwards is the best when the baby starts to feel bored facing you and is curious to see the world.  

    And finally, the back carry gives the child a great taste of how the world looks like from a grown-up's point of view.

    If you love Stokke and live in Greece, I suggest liking - they share photos of real mums and dads enjoying their Stokke gear!

    Do you babywear? How has it been so far?

    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.