5 Fashion Books to Add to your Reading List

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Well, by now I should be posting more photos from Boston, a city which I explore part by part daily, but you see I decided on enrolling in the current Blogging 101 course by WordPress.com and I’m playing along. Today’s task asked that we make the daily prompt personal, so I’m sharing with you 5 fashion related books (non fiction) that I enjoyed and I believe worth being added to your reading list!

1) Fashion Makers, Fashion Shapers

This book was a gift and though I’m pretty sure the person who got it for me based his choice on my love for fashion, he did pick a really interesting book.  “At the heart of this book is a series of in-depth interviews with famous designers—the Fashion Makers—unveiling the process that creates an appealing design, collection, and brand.

Get this book and you’ll remember me! It’s a must read one!

2) Fashion Design Drawing Course

I bought this book 10 years ago (of course the version I linked is a more updated one) before even taking fashion design courses (yeap, also did that as well) and I learned so much about inspiration, creating mood boards (my favorite) the process of design and so many more. Of course I never applied any of these in real life, except for creating boards and drawing whenever I saw fit!

3) Fashion Babylon

This is what I call the “insider” book. It follows the life of an anonymous British designer for 6 months and we get to see what it’s really like! Interesting read for anyone pursuing a fashion designer career!

4) Who What Wear

An easy to use book that will help with you with styling up for any occasion! Oh yes, back in the day the girls from Who What Wear published a couple of books as well!

5) Tom Ford

Well, this is different than the rest, as it’s more of a coffee table book than reading material. Yet is a purchase I never regretted. I like this book so much, not only for the visual inspiration from Ford’s time at Gucci, but also for his ideas and way of thinking.

Have you read any of these? Which are your favorite fashion news?

Links Worth Checking Out #6 – Travel in Style

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When I started this type of posts, I had the intention on making them bi-weekly or monthly at least. But alas, wedding and travel preparations took the best of me and I stopped. For this edition of “links worth checking out” I take my recent post on “What to Wear when Travelling”, to expand a bit on travel preparations and even packing a suitcase! The latter was a difficult part for me, as I had to pack a suitcase plus a hand luggage with clothes and accessories to last me for 9 months covering autumn, winter and spring. Of course I’m also buying clothes here, especially for the winter, but still had to be vigilant on what to bring or not.

And that brings us to the concept of creating a capsule wardrobe. I’m not that organized to be honest but I found the BEST blog for wardrobe organization/detox called Into Mind. Here you can read Anushka’s guide to building a capsule wardrobe which is a very good starting point. For those who need to choose clothes for vacations, here’s another brilliant post on the same blog.

In case you need packing tips, I recommend you check out this video from Samsonite ft. Zina from Fashionvibe. Moving on to your beauty bag, here’s a brilliant post by Amelia Liana (and accompanying youtube video) on choosing the travel beauty essentials. Then you can take cue from Caroline and prepare a in-flight pampering session just for you!

After having your suitcase sorted you’ll have to decide on your traveling outfit (I’ve got you covered on thatyou must consider your look as well. This post by Audrey will give you some direction and you’re ready to go!

What are your tips for traveling in style?

My Boston beauty haul #1

I’ve wrote about what I’ve seen in my first few weeks in Boston (and there is more to come), but I know some people back home are wondering? Well what have you bought so far? Yes, I’m afraid that I can easily turn into a shopaholic especially in the US. Well so far I’ve mainly got furniture from IKEA, home appliances and kitchen utensils from Target and oh! a bunch of beauty products because I arrived here empty handed!

So although I refrain from blogging about beauty in this blog (save for some Instagram re-caps) today’s post will be a beauty one, because I’m itching to write about all the goodies I’ve picked up from Sephora, CVS  and Bath and Body Works since setting foot in Boston. If you are a US reader, you’re probably be unfazed, but I know that some people back home would be interested, because here there’s an array of different products, plus you get to buy Essie nail polishes at $8 (that’s 6,2€ to you). So here’s the products that I got to cover my needs (since I came here with practically no skin/body care), divided in 3 categories: Skincare, Hair and Body Care and Miscellaneous.

Fresh Lotus moisturizer and eye cream, Algenist toner, Neutrogena cleanser, Josie Maran Argan Oil, Sephora micellar water

Skincare

Before I even set foot in Boston I was perusing Sephora’s website looking for a moisturizer. My skin is normal/combination and the brands I considered were Fresh, Origins and Korres (which by the way has also products that are not available in Greece). In store a very helpful lady also showed me some other options, but I decided upon Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream. It was about time I started using a “youth preserve cream” I guess, being over 30 and all that!! What won me over, was how lightweight the cream is. When I put it on my face I feel so nice, no over-moisturizing and feeling oily. I also opted for the eye cream for the same line, which is also lightweight and pleasant.

For cleanser I got a creamy/foaming one from Neutrogena naturals line. I clearly mistook it for a creamy make up remover, but I was wrong. Although it is foaming in conjunction with the Algenist toner that I got, it makes my skin feel so fresh. Really my whole skincare routine right now, leaves me fresh faced! Before leaving Sephora, my eye caught a travel size bottle of Josie Maran’s Argan Oil, which I snapped immediately as I really wanted to see how pure argan oil is. I use it at nighttime instead of moisturizer sometimes and it feels nourishing yet lightweight (lighter than the rosehip oil I’ve used in the past, though it doesn’t have the same properties). I’ve also used it in the ends of my hair after washing them.

The only product I got and I’m not really satisfied is Sephora’s own micellar water. Having used Bioderma’s, Garnier’s and L’Oreal’s micellar waters I guessed that this would be ok for my eyes too. Well, it’s not…it stings a bit, so after I’m done with it, I’m going to look for another micellar water!

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What to Wear When Traveling

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The stylish traveler: an elusive concept or an attainable reality?

It’s all up to you really and the effort you are going to put in creating your ideal travel look! I’m just here to help and give you helpful tips drawing from my personal traveling experience and not to mention my latest transatlantic trip.

 1) Do it like a Celebrity

If it sounds confusing, I’m talking about layering. T-shirt, cardigan, jacket and (the ubiquitous) scarf are your best friends. That way you neither going to freeze, not feel extremely hot. Nicole here  provides us with a nice example, though I’d add a cardigan in the mix too.

2) Wear comfortable shoes

A pair of sneakers or ballerina flats should be your best bet. Avoid wearing knee high boots, it’s tried and tested (because I wanted space in my suitcase) and wasn’t comfortable at all (I ended up unzipping my boots on board). I’ve also seen people in flip flops and always wonder whether their feet don’t get cold!

3) Ditch the bling

I never wear jewelry when travelling, save for a silver cross that I wear for good luck (don’t ask me, it’s the only “superstition” I have). It would be annoying to have to remove bracelets and necklaces for the security check and not to mention that they would annoy me when I try to sleep.

4) Choose your carry on wisely

If you’re not getting a trolley as a carry on, then the bag you will be carrying must fit all your travel necessities and then some more (book, notepad, maybe a tablet). For years I used this cute Hello Kitty bag that could hold all that I needed and the some more (shopping *wink, wink*)! During my last trip though I did have a trolley (this one by Delsey), so my bag of choice was my Folli Follie K Vintage handbag.

5) Dress for the country you’re visiting, not the one you’re leaving behind

If your destination is colder than your country of origin, then by all means pile on those layers! Also keep a wool scarf in hand if it’s winter!

So tell me, which is your go-to travel attire? Laid back? Stylish? Don’t-even-care? Do share in the comments!

P.S. The photo above belongs to an editorial shot by Raymond Meier at Heathrow Terminal 5 and Charlotte Pilcher being the Fashion Editor for the shoot. You can find it here. The photo above was taken by me from Vogue Hellas who had reprinted the editorial.

Boston: First Impressions

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I’m almost two weeks here in Boston and so far I’ve managed to a) familiarize myself with the immediate surroundings (Sommerville), b)shopping for the home (mainly online at Target, which has literally everything) and stocking up on beauty products that (of course) I didn’t carry with me c) exploring Boston one step and the time (and a bit of Cambridge to) and d) drive a van to IKEA to make this house a home!

1) Unlike many cities that I’ve visited either in Europe or in the US, Boston has hills, both downtown and in the suburbs (at least where I live). So a distance that seems short, might actually be more challenging because of the hills.

2) Everything (downtown) is in walking distance. Seriously one day I walked from the North End to Newbury street all in one day, zig-zagging as I went along. A comfy pair of shoes is all you need and you’re ready to go!

3) The sunsets are amazing! Surely I can’t take a picture every day, but they’re really beautiful. (Not sure that that happens all year long or it’s a coincidence).

4) There are Dunkin Donuts everywhere! Surely I’ve seen Dunkin Donuts before. They even opened a store in Glyfada (suburb of Athens) about 17 years ago. Not sure how long it lasted.

5) Yes, there are places that you’d swear you were in the UK. But similarities end only in the architecture. The British didn’t use that much red brick in their buildings.

6) There are flowers everywhere! On the entrance stairs, on balconies, on flower boxes…everywhere. Also in the small gardens, sometimes there are decorative details, like that owl I shot.

7) Downtown there is a mixture of architecture, where old meets new and of course that intrigues me!!

8) Harvard Yard is a smoke free area. Now if only some folks back in Greece would experience such tobacco ban in Universities (which are all but tobacco free)…

9) There are people riding motorcycles and make noise. No, that’s not a novelty for me, but that something I have not encountered in Europe except for Greece.

 As the time goes by, I’ll explore more, visit some museum, dine, have lunch and cafe and report back! Now that I’ve said cafe; I was very pleased to find out that there is a Caffe Nero in Boston (my favorite in the UK) and there is a PAUL opening up soon! I’m made!!

P.S. I’ve included photos from the places I’ve seen so far and I liked the most! I’m ending this post with a video my husband shot while we were returning from IKEA the other day (I was driving)

P.P.S. For those you’ve seen the preview in Instagram, a post with all the new beauty goodies I’ve bought here will follow!!

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Galini Tavern, Plakias Crete

Galini Tavern, Souda, Plakias, Crete

I maybe far away from Greece, but there are still some posts and photos from the past that I’m going to share here on the blog like this basic but wonderful tavern I visited while vacationing in Crete.  It might not be trendy and stylish as the places I usually feature in my blogs, but it has really great food! Ideal after spending the morning (or afternoon) on the beach!

Galini Tavern is located in a small and picturesque bay called Souda, near to Plakias village/beach in southern Crete (not to be confused with Souda near Chania, also in Crete). Galini translates to tranquility, sereneness and I think it describes perfectly the feeling you have when watching the sea (on a non windy day, just to be clear).

Here you’ll find traditional Cretan and Greek dishes, meat and fishes dishes alike. Though I failed to shoot the main dishes I took photos for your viewing pleasure the salad and the (super yummy) fried cheese balls that we ordered. Also, when in Crete I usually try out local soft drinks: I went for an orangeade while my husband got a soft drink based on carob (which is produced and is very popular in Crete).

P.S. I’ve included a panoramic photo of Souda beach in Plakias, where the tavern is located.

Salad at Galini tavern

Galini Tavern, Souda, Plakias, Crete

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Hello Boston!

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Flashback to 2011: I had booked a trip to Ann Arbor, MI to visit my best friend who was working/studying there and in order to find the best deal I had 2 stopovers on my way back: one in Boston and one in Amsterdam. Exhausting I tell you, especially as I had a 6-hour break in Amsterdam and was wandering aimlessly in the city in 8 o’clock in the morning! But that’s not my point. My point is Boston. I still remember the landing in Boston. It was early June, the weather was great and I couldn’t get enough of Boston’s harbor and islands. Really. I said to myself that I had to visit that city one day.

Well I guess the universe heard my request as I’m going to spend the next 9 months in Boston! My husband got a scholarship to study in Tufts University and I tagged along after getting an unpaid leave of absence from my job.

The common question I get is what I am going to do (since I won’t be working). Well for starters I’m going to find a yoga studio and become a regular there! Second I’m going to give more attention to my blogs and respective social media. And then I’ll see what I’m going to do! I treat this time as a “gap year” and all I care is to have fun and enjoy it as much as I can :P

P.S. The photo was taken from the airplane as it approached Boston Logan Airport and actually depicts Salem and Marblehead since I haven’t found the time yet to visit downtown Boston (I have a house to decorate first)!

Instagram {aspects} # 7- Vacations edition

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It’s been more than I week since I came back from vacations and only now I came to compile this little post with my instagram snaps. You obviously noted that there are a few photos featuring the sea, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t hit the beach at all! I spent my vacations in Crete relaxing, swimming and …eating (how original for us Greeks)! So it’s no wonder that this year instead of “mini guides” for the cities I’ve visited I have a few posts lined up from restaurants!

So tell me how/where did you spend your vacations??

Discover Kea

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Kea is one of the largest islands of the Cyclades and the one closest to Athens. Yet due to its mountainous landscape and the fact that “locals” prefer their privacy vs. the influx of tourists (either from Greece or abroad), the island isn’t on a lot of people’s radar. Yet the Daily Telegraph discovered it and included it in their “secret” beach holiday resorts in Europe.

So I thought that it was high time to post photos from my latest visit in Kea (also known as Tzia) here on the blog, back in 2012. I stayed over at a family friend’s home, which deserves its own post on the blog and will follow shortly. I’ve visited Kea many times (always staying at the said house) in the past 10 years. It has many small, clean beaches that are usually hard to approach (with a conventional car) as there aren’t many asphalted roads. Koundouros (in the south) is the most well-known beach  as well as Otzias (but it’s in the north, so when wind blows that way, it’s not ideal to swim there). But there are other beaches as well, like Spathi and Sykamia two beautiful, rather quiet beaches in the northeastern part of the island.

Now, as food+drink is concerned, Vourkari and Korissia (the port) are the most popular choices.  Unfortunately I don’t have any photos of Ioulida, which is the “capital” of the island, but it’s worth the visit. An important sight of the island is the monastery of Panagia Kastriani which has spectacular views over the Aegean Sea.

How to get there: Ferries for Kea depart from Lavrio port. You can find information and book tickets here.

Where to stay: There aren’t many hotels to stay in Kea and you’ll have to choose from either expensive ones or basic bed and breakfast ones. Here you’ll find the available hotels in the island. Of course you can also check out airbnb as there are many homes available for rent.

Koundouros, Kea a cat in Kea Korissia, Kea Sykamia beach, Kea

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Summer Blue

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Is it in Miami? (nope) Malibu? (nope) Those palm trees you see are located in the National Garden in Athens.

I’m spending my last week in Athens, before heading to Crete for my vacations and since I couldn’t hit the beach for technical reasons, I spent last Saturday afternoon in the city, eating sushi in Furin Kazan, stopping by the National Garden for some photos and then hitting the stores for luggage shopping.

For this outing I chose an all (light) blue outfit consisting of my favorite denim shorts by Replay that I own for more than 5 years and a peplum top by Free People (which also isn’t new). I liked the top so much when I saw it that I bought it, despite being a US size 8 whereas I’d normally wear 4 or 6! The blue bag that completes the outfit is by Guess and it’s a recent purchase. Its blue color stroke a cord and I just had to get it!

I finished off my look with those beaded earrings, which added a tiny dose of red color and matched them with a coral-ish lipstick (the color is actually a combination)!

What do you think? Isn’t it an ideal summer outfit for both the city and vacations?

P.S. Oh yeah, after the wedding I chopped off my hair, but I guess you noticed that.

P.P.S. I’m linking up to today’s Style Elixir Style Sessions.

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