A walk around Greenwich Village, NYC

a walk in Greenwich Village | Aspects of Style

Today I want to introduce you to my favorite neighborhood in New York City: Greenwich Village. As per Wikipedia “Greenwich Village has been known as an artists’ haven, the Bohemian capital, the cradle of the modern LGBT movement, and the East Coast birthplace of both the Beat and ’60s counterculture movements.” Needless to say that I didn’t know any of these when I visited Greenwich Village 5 years ago, but it stole my heart!

Greenwich Village has lots to explore: shopping streets, interesting architecture, Universities and Sex and the City spots! Need I say more? Today I’m taking you on a little tour in the Village starting off from the Meatpacking District, which of course I first heard about on Sex and the City. If you were/are a fan, you might remember that Samantha bought a house there. That happened in the early 00s when the area was starting to develop from meatpacking to an “it” destination for shopping, dining and going out!

Meatpacking District is now the home of the Whitney Museum. The new building is located on Gansevoort Street right next to the Highline entrance, which is very convenient I should add. You see, unless you’re living under a rock, The Highline is quite trendy lately. The Highline is a defunct elevated railway track used for freight trains until the ‘80s. In 1999 the Highline was threatened with demolition, but neighborhood residents formed “Friends of the Highline” and proposed the preservation and reuse of the structure. Ten years later, first part of the Highline was open to the public! You can choose to walk either from the Meatpacking district up to 34th street or the other way around. I usually do the latter and walk north to south!

Another gem that I discovered in the area next to A Brit and a Southerner is Gansevoort Market. It started off as a farmer’s market in the late 19th century and re-opened as a multi vendors market last year. Here you’re going to find everything from pizza to tacos and even Greek yoghurt (the real deal)! I’ve visited twice and both times ended up having a pizza slice from Luzzo!

Heading south on Hudson Street we’re going to meet Bleeker, which is my favorite shopping street in NYC! Ideally I walk from the W11th Street until I reach 6th avenue and then I head to SoHo, which is another favorite neighborhood of mine. So what’s so special about this street you might ask? Well, the stores for starters. Marc Jacobs is clearly a fan as he has 4 stores within 2 blocks (women, men, beauty, and books). I visited half of them! Then there’s Nars and Maje and Sandro… There is Fresh whose beauty products I absolutely adore (and the do feel fresh) and many other “niche” brands.

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3 Restaurants in San Francisco worth visiting

3 restaurants in San Francisco worth visiting

My posts regarding my Californian road trip back in March wouldn’t be complete, without me blogging about food right? I do have a couple of suggestions and tips about Los Angeles, but dining out in San Francisco definitely stole my heart stomach!

1) Mijita

Mijita is located in Ferry Building Marketplace and overlooks San Francisco’s Harbor. It’s a no fuss, colorful “gourmet taqueria”. It is  budget friendly too. My friends and I got sandwiches which are served on a toasted roll with tortilla chips. Each one of us got a different filling; mine had grilled chicken with achiote mayo, guacamole and lettuce. I also tried the pineapple soft drink pictured above, but wasn’t impressed as it didn’t actually taste like pineapple!

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Interiors: Not your typical Greek Island house!

The view from an island house in Kea

What comes to mind when you here the words “Greek island house”? Is it white washed walls? Blue accents? Minimal design? Nautical details? Well a Pinterest search will validate all these points.

Carrying of from previous week’s Greek islands related post, I’m going to present you an island house like no other! It’s located on Kea island and belongs to architect Thanasis Kyratsous, who instilled his personal style. Thanasis studied in Italy, so it’s no wonder that Italian frescoes are incorporated in the decoration of the house. It is also furnished with a mix of antiques and items brought back from his travels!

The house’s best asset is the view over Kea’s port (Korissia) and of course over the Aegean Sea. It’s one of these places you don’t want to leave once you get there. You want to sunbathe by the pool, watch the sun go down while swimming, chill out on the porch at night (with a cover up always as it gets chilly)!

What do you think? Would you like to spend a weekend there?

Kea Island home porch

Swimming pool, Kea Island house

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Which Greek Island is ideal for you?

Which Greek Island is ideal for You?|Aspects of Style

Did you know that Greece has about 6000 islands? Yes indeed. But from those islands only around 200 are inhabited! I get questioned a lot of times about which Greek island one should visit, which honestly isn’t a question that is answered easily, because not all of them are the same and not all people have the same tastes!

In this post I *tried* as hard as I could to put on a mini guide on which island would suit you better depending on your preferences.

If you like beautiful scenery: Santorini, Milos, Hydra

Santorini Greece

Photos of Santorini and more specifically from Oia and Fira are blasted all over the internet. It’s a really beautiful island and that volcano blast thousands years ago made it even more unique! But, it’s not the only picturesque one in Greece. Milos can easily rival Santorini’s sunsets and has the most unique beaches among the Cyclades islands. I’m pretty sure you’ve seen photos of Sarakiniko; a narrow beach surrounded by white rocks. And then comes Hydra with its cosmopolitan air. Of course those islands are just an indication, since you’ll find whitewashed houses and cobblestone streets in almost all islands in the Cyclades archipelago.

If you love to party: Mykonos

mykonos

Mykonos is the Greek version of Ibiza. It has a handful of clubs, with Cavo Paradiso being the most famous one. It opens in the afterhours and hosts many internationally acclaimed DJs. Now Mykonos isn’t the only island with a significant nightlife though, but it has the wildest.

You’ll find bars and smaller caliber clubs in almost all Greek islands. If you read the news, Faliraki in Rhodes is full of clubs, but I’ll give you a tip: it’s not where locals party!

If you’re after Beautiful Beaches: Milos, Lefkada, Elafonisos Lakonias, Elafonisi and Balos in Crete, Antipaxoi, Koufonisi

Here the list can be endless, because there are so many islands which do have beautiful beaches, so here is my attempt to present to you the crème de la crème of the Greek beaches (tough call). As I mentioned before Milos has unique beaches like Sarakiniko and Kleftiko. The latter is only accessible via sea, so you HAVE to take a boat that sails around the island. It’s something I totally recommend.

Lefkada in the Ionian Sea has a couple of killer beaches too. Porto Katsiki is the most famous one. You’ve probably seen it on Pinterest! Egkremnoi, Kathisma and Agios Nikitas also worth a mention!

Elafonisos (Lakonias) is a small island off the coast of Peloponnisos in the Lakonia region. It has a couple of beautiful and accessible beaches with Simos being the most famous one. There’s also a smaller one next to it called small Simos and they’re divided with just a small piece of land. The water is turquoise and crystal clear. The sand is white. To me this is paradise.

The top spot for me though, holds Elafonisi in Crete. If you notice it shares a similar name with Elafonisos, which is the case actually. Both mean Deer Island. And I have to tell you, those deer, they chose the best beaches. Elafonisi can easily rival the Bahamas. It even has some pink sand mixed up with the white one. Another beautiful beach in Crete is Balos, which is far northern than Elafonisi, but still in the same region (Chania) of western Crete. You might have seen Balos on Pinterest too. It is on my “wishlist”!

Last but not least, a small island south of Corfu called Antipaxoi. Antipaxoi have a beautiful beach with the whitest sand you have ever seen!

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I love New York!

I love New York t-shirt

That photo shoot should have taken place in New York in order to match the t-shirt. But it happened in Cambridge, MA next to the Charles River and across from Harvard Business School (which you can see in a photo in the background).

Now, this t-shirt is the only souvenir t-shirt I own. My souvenir collection is usually about magnets and shot glasses. For the latter I have a cool display that my uncle made for me. Needless to say that it is already full!! But t-shirts? Never.I find them too tacky and not well made.

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Instagram {aspects} #14 – Travel and Blooms

NYC skyline from Williamsburg

After a grueling I-don’t-want-to-think-about-it winter, the first blooms made their appearance in April. Through Instagram I documented the whole process from “hey look at those crocus flowers” to full on bloomed magnolia trees in Boston.

The weather was so warm in mid April that I even got to (finally) wear the clothes that I bought during the winter sales. They’re more nautical than spring-y but they do the trick!

April was also a month of constant traveling! I flew to Washington DC to experience the cherry blossoms around Tidal Basin and then went to NYC to meet with my mum who flew from Greece to visit (and do a lot of sightseeing as well). I have so many photos and things to write about NYC, that I can’t even… I will process the photos and will start blogging about my discoveries and places that you should visit in due course!

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5 Social Media tips that actually work!

5 Social Media Tips that actually work|Aspects of Style

Social media tips are in abundance lately! I challenge you: perform a Google search or even a Pinterest search (because Pinterest is the new Google in my opinion).  In the past 5 months I’ve collected, read and pinned a lot of them. I went over them more than one times making notes on what works, how it works and what fits me personally! And then I implemented what I’ve learned and came back to report!

1) Be Active

In order to have followers and get traffic back to your blog from social media, you must post something! I’ll give you one example from my Pinterest account. Last year with all my wedding planning and moving to Boston I didn’t pin much, so my followers and re-pins stalled. Back in the fall I started being more active. The result? The average monthly viewers have increased by 2596,58% and the average monthly engaged by 1378,50%. Impressing! Also, do you see that dip in my stats? Well, that’s when I traveled to California, which meant that I wasn’t active.

Pinterest_analytics

2) Engage

This goes for Twitter and Instagram mostly. See a tweet/photo you like? Instead of just hitting like why not respond to the person who posted it!

In addition when you share a blog post/article you liked with your followers, do mention the author’s Twitter handle. He/she might re-tweet your post or even better find your blog/feed interesting and give you a follow! This post by Buffer is the perfect example of how you can gain followers by engaging with others.

Another way to be engaging is to take part in Twitter chats. Blisschat is my favorite and I will be very sad to miss it when I move back to Greece.

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Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

Jefferson Memorial, Tidal Basin and Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

This year I crossed not one, but two experiences from my wish list. The first one was visiting California. The second one was visiting Washington, DC when the cherry blossoms are in peak bloom! Which for me is the second best thing to experiencing the cherry blossoms in Japan.

I spent roughly 24 hrs in DC with the sole purpose to see and of course shoot the cherry blossoms! I know I come across as crazy (I call it dedication), but I was super lucky as the weather was more than fine the day that I visited and I got some sweet photos to share with you!

Cherry Blossoms in Washington, DC

If you want to visit DC too to see the cherry blossoms, I’ve got some tips for you (for next year I guess)!

– Check the bloom watch. The National Cherry Blossom Festival website provides an indication about the peak bloom dates (that’s when 70% of the blossoms are open). Weather conditions can alter these dates. In the website you’ll see how the peak bloom dates differ from year to year.

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Shades of Blue

Ann Taylor shirt and pants

Finally an outfit post,showcasing spring clothes and colors as I promised in my previous one!

My husband and I took advantage of the lovely weather last Sunday (which was also Easter Sunday for us, as we’re Orthodox Christians) and ventured out to Beacon Hill for some photos. Now, the hill’s cobblestone streets are not the best for wearing heels, but I absolutely needed to take my Prada pumps out of storage! It’s been more than 6 months since I last wore them!

In true Anna fashion I decided to color co-ordinate my outfit (except for the shoes). The shirt has become a favorite of mine lately as I wear it all the time (you also spotted it here). The pants are from Ann Taylor (similar) and were also bought during  winter sales and waited patiently for warmer weather to arrive! My scarf is from Zara (alternative) and my bag from Guess (same in different colors)! My bangle and earrings are from Folli Follie (I love their rose gold collection)

So tell me, what spring outfit did you wear lately?

P.S. Grey Coat, Bright Yellow Cardigan, Hera Kimono by Nidodileda

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