A day in Salem

A day in Salem

Salem is largely associated with the witch trials which took part in the late 17th century. The ironic thing is that the city actually thrives on the story of those witches, especially in October as “haunted happenings” are taking place all over the city. There are also a couple of museums dedicated to witches and not to mention that I came across a few psychics, palm readers, witchcraft stores!

The Coven Cottage, a family owned witchcraft store Witch Museum/Salem Waterfront

I arrived in Salem by train and as I was walking down Washington street and then turning left at Essex, I was really not impressed by the city and I actually said to myself “I don’t see taking many pictures today”. That all changed though once I reached the waterfront. Sea+Sun make me happy! Plus the combination reminds me of Greece, so yeah, I liked the waterfront a lot! I walked up to the port where the ferry to Boston departs, exploring the area, seeing some grotesque Halloween decorations (not included in this post) and admiring little decorative details here and there! The best hit was a house (?) that I came across on Blaney street which has a yard full of knick knacks from machines! Interesting stuff!

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Paris Valtadoros: A Retrospective

Paris Valtadoros Retrospective

Athens Xclusive Designers Week is taking place in Athens right now. Actually I think today is the last day and if I was there I would be trotting from show to show like I did last year, but for now seeing photos over the internet will have to do! One show I’m bummed to miss is that of Paris Valtadoros. Paris is a Greek designer, with unique creations with an almost architectural style! I have the pleasure of knowing him in person since we studied fashion design together and I have been to almost all his shows!

His collection for Spring/Summer 2015 is called Surya Namaskara (a.k.a. Sun Salutation for those who do yoga) and is inspired indeed by yoga and body alignment! I can’t wait to see (online of course) what Paris came up with. So, I thought it would be nice, since I’m missing the show to do a retrospective on his past shows, featuring his best designs!

My favorite collection (ever) was Atlantis for Spring/Summer 2012. I liked the color palette and the lines of this collection a lot. Memorable dresses are the backless dress below from the Egypt collection, the white mini (wedding) dress with red shoes from the Orchid’s Dance Collection and the lovely layered pink mini dress from his previous Mayan Galactic Butterfly collection!

For more looks, better shots and Paris’ more affordable RTW line, visit his website!

Spring 2011 Egypt

Fall 2011 Typhoon

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Photo of the Week: Red

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A few weeks ago when the weather was nice, I ventured out to the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. This is my favorite photo of the day, depicting a red viburnum, which was actually the first time I encountered one of those, as in Greece there’s mostly dark blue colored viburnums. This shot could make a nice cover for Arnoldia, the arboretum’s quarterly magazine!

P.S. Add me on Instagram for more photo-fun!

The Style Digest #8 – The beauty edition

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Sooo….I decided to name my link round up “The Style Digest” from now on, which is going to run bi-weekly (that’s the plan at least) and have a theme most of the times!

This week’s roundup is beauty related. From skincare to make up I’m presenting you with the most interesting posts I’ve stumbled across the last 2 weeks.  I must admit that I’m quite experimental with my beauty routine. The routine stays the same, the products change, because my skin is hard to please and wants me to find a moisturizer with a WOW factor. I think I’m close to this one as my skin is loving my latest product!

So in order to learn about new products and brands I like reading about other people’s routines as well! I particularly enjoyed Joanna’s latest beauty series named beauty uniform, where 8 women share their beauty rituals. I’m taking notes…. Next up is Ru’s post on natural skincare to help you zap those zits! Ru is a green beauty bloggers and I suggest you check her blog out and be inspired on how to make your routine “greener”.

Another post that will probably make you reconsider the way you choose your next moisturizer comes straight from my Facebook feed (told you, I’m finding some good gems there recently). The article revolves around  the claims that beauty companies make about using advanced bio-technology to minimize the signs of aging. Basically there isn’t an authority which puts those claims to test, so how can we know that they are true?

And last, on a lighter note, a post from my favorite minimalist blog Into Mind on how to streamline your make up looks for autumn and assemble an appropriate make up kit!



Exploring Boston: Beacon Hill

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Beacon Hill is one of the first places in Boston that I explored and I must admit the coziest one. It’s full of 19th century buildings, nice little squares and antique shops on Charles street. As my guide (Top 10 Boston) says this area screams “old money”, so my fellow Athenians could compare this are with Kolonaki. Minus the nightlife and the abundance of cafes and restaurants which Beacon Hill (compared to Kolonaki) doesn’t have. Charles street is actually the only street in the area with some serious commercial activity as it’s  full of antique shops, cafes and restaurants (spotted a couple that I’d like to visit). That’s where the photos with the signs are from! My favorite place in Beacon Hill has to be Louisburg Square, which definitely has a London feeling to it. I also love walking on Beacon street, because on the one side you have all these beautiful buildings  (like this one) and on the other you have the parks, which is Boston Common and Public Garden. On Beacon Street you’ll also find the Massachusetts State House with its golden dome (yeah really), which is rather shiny on sunny days!!

So, this isn’t the last time you hear about Beacon Hill, because I’m definitely going there again to explore all the little streets I didn’t on the first place (Acorn is on my list) and report back! As usual here’s the map with my suggested walking route! Enjoy!

P.S. You add me on Instagram for more lovely photos of Boston! Currently filled with fall foliage!

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Dream Vacation: Japan


For me vacations are the perfect opportunity to escape routine and experience something new. Something different. Another culture. Another country. So if you ask me of dream vacation blue sea, the Maldives or the Caribbean probably won’t be my answer (I’ve swam in turquoise sea in Greece thank-you-very-much). My dream vacation would be going to Japan. Never traveled anywhere in Asia (does Istanbul count?) before, but the one country I definitely want to visit is Japan.

I think that the film “Lost in Translation” has a lot to do with my desire to visit this country. About the time (almost) I watched the film I also bought a book with quirky Japanese fashion, called “Fresh Fruits”. The book actually derived from a magazine with the same name, which was about street style fashion in the Harajuku area of Tokyo, long before The Sartorialist made street style a household (almost) name.

And then there are the cherry blossoms, which are absolutely breathtaking as you can see in the collage above! The photos in this post were kindly provided my Aggie, who visited Japan twice in the past 2 years. When I see her photos of cherry blossoms I can’t restrain myself from going “aahhhh”! Surely I’d like to visit Kyoto and old temples and would be more than happy to spot a geisha and touch REAL kimonos (and not the ones that you can pair with denim shorts – I’m guilty of that too) and experience a country that’s so different than mine (Greece that is).

The last (but not least) reason why I want to visit Japan is Hello Kitty. I’ve grown up always having some sort of merchandise here or there, but going to Tokyo, boy that would be it!! I would have to get an extra suitcase just for cute stuff!!

So, I’d like to know, where would your dream vacation be?

P.S. Visit Aggie’s blog Once Over Lightly to see more lovely photos from Japan and many more! The photos I used for the collage are from the posts Sakura, Kitano Tenmangu and Gion.

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5 Ways to Wear Grey Jeans

5 ways to wear grey jeans

A few years ago I didn’t even own a pair of grey jeans, relying only my trusty blue ones and the occasional black pair! But as I rummages the sales stand in Zara one day I found a pair of skinny jeans in my size, realized that I look good in them and got them! Since then I styled them in various ways and on various occasions and I can tell you one thing: it’s like wearing a pair of blue jeans! They can be styled with almost every color!

Which Colors Look Best With Grey

Yellow and grey is a winning combination in my books and I know I’m not the only one! Baby pink and grey on the other hand is a more “romantic” combination, as this pin also illustrates. Personally I’ve styled my jeans with my neon yellow cardigan numerous times, but it was this year that I started to combine it with my pale pink t-shirt (heck that was even my latest travelling outfit)!

Yellow and pink do bring the best out of grey, but is can also be paired with blue, black, cream and even taupe (depends on the hue) tops.

Another day, another top!

In terms tops grey jeans can be paired with t-shirts, button downs, bohemian blouses and sweaters. It depends on the season and the mood! You can dress them up with a sparkly top, or down with a casual sweater! I usually err on the casual side!

And what about shoes?

Skinny jeans look really great with heels: it’s a pairing I love to make! They also go along pretty well with ballerinas too! Especially if those said ballerinas inject a pop of color in the outfit! And last for colder months ankle boots are a must!

Tell me do you own grey jeans? If so, how do you style them?

Fall Fashion Inspiration

fall fashion inspiration

Last week I wrote about the color burgundy and how to incorporate it in your wardrobe! This week I’m taking a step behind and share with you some fall fashion inspiration. Of course it involves burgundy as well…styled by no other than Olivia Palermo, who by the way is one of my 3 style icons (want to know the other 2? Check my corresponding Pinterest board).

So…autumn for me calls for:

Grey…even more grey! To add to my extensive collection of grey sweaters(of all hues)
Burgundy…to add warmth and a pop of color to those said grey outfits
Cozy cardigans and sweaters…I just love to snuggle up!
Ankle boots…because it’s not that cold for knee high boots. Want to know how to style them? I’ve got you covered!
Parkas…In the beginning I couldn’t understand what the fuss is about, but I got one and I love it!

Photo sources: Cardigan, Olivia Palermo, grey outfit, Damsel in Dior (the rest 2 are mine)

P.S. Linking up in Fab Friday’s Favorite Link Up

Helene in Between Blogtober

Avli Restaurant, Rethymno

Avli restaurant Rethymno

So, I’m taking a small break from showing you my whereabouts in Boston, to travel a little back in time to my summer vacations and introduce you to a little gem…

If you’re visiting Rethymno, then Avli restaurant, should be on your “to visit” list. Located in a picturesque cobblestone, bougainvillea adorned little streets in the Old Town, this restaurant offers a mix of traditional Cretan dishes, as well as “reformed” Cretan dishes as well (what I call “with a twist”). Avli in Greek means yard and that exactly is the main feature of the restaurant: a nice little yard adorned with quirky chandeliers and peculiar wall art.I discovered this restaurant  after reading about it in Sandy’s blog “S Marks the Spots” and back in August, when I was vacationing in Crete, I devised my schedule in such a way in order to make sure that I would visit the restaurant.

Avli restaurant Rethymno decorative details

The food was delicious … Oh man, I could just be satisfied with the bread assortment they serve plus a salad. But alas, we also tried mushrooms with cheese mousse as an appetizer, a vegetarian risotto (with cereals, fresh mushrooms, zucchini and thyme) and a free range goat cooked with a delicious marinade of honey and thyme. Price wise, Avli is on the mid to upper part of the scale, but the quality of the food won’t disappoint you! Needless to say that we ended up recommending the restaurant to everyone we know!

Essential Information: Avli is located in corner of Xanthoudidou 22 & Radamanthios streets, Rethymno 74100, tel: +30 28310 58250/26213. You can also find it online here (they offer accomodation as well).

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