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Kiss summer goodbye

I first visited Kinsterna boutique hotel when it opened its doors a couple of years ago, during a photoshoot for Vogue Hellas. Last week I payed another visit at this gem of Monemvasia, as a last summer call before we slip into our jumpers and boots and wait for fall (it’s not here yet, thank god). However, Kinsterna is ideal for autumn and winter excursions too, as its medieval architecture, its location up the hill and the rooms equipped with fireplaces, are more than inviting for a relaxing getaway. It is, also, privileged with a great garden and produces its own olive oil and wine, as well as other delicacies with seasonal goods. We tried a fig daquiri and some fig sorbet, both deliciously pure and fresh -it was amazing to watch the bartender walking towards the fig tree with a basket to cut some fruits for our drinks! The flowing water from the ancient stern is the absolute zen, and hotel’s restaurant offers some pretty good dishes, especially for dinner.
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Wait, there’s more.

For the wine lovers, Kinsterna announced a tasting weekend between 4 and 6 of October, when Master of wine Constantinos Lazarakis will introduce the guests to the secrets of blind testing. You can find more about Kinsterna’s special offer here.

Backstage at Wrap London

Right before my summer vacations I worked with a great British team for the new Wrap London look book (great cashmere jumpers and leather booties: noted), with world known photographer Nicole Nodland, starring super model Cassie Gardner. The shooting took place around Plaka and at the imposing Ypatia mansion.
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Eyes Wide Open

Busy bee, busy me.

I recently started writing for Votre Beaute magazine and this is the first spread I did for the column “Style Secrets”, both text and photos. My guest was her gorgeousness Elisabeth Leau, the megababe behind the eyewear brand Deepshallow Exposition.
The August issue is out already and here are some extra shots I took of Elisabeth, at an impressive house designed and owned by architect Nikos Smirlis.

Find the original piece in greek at the end of the post.

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Είναι σίγουρο ότι η Εlisabeth Leau δεν περνάει απαρατήρητη. Με κορμοστασιά μοντέλου, λεία επιδερμίδα, μεγάλα μάτια κι εντυπωσιακό χτένισμα, είναι αναμφισβήτητα ένα από τα πιο όμορφα και ενδιαφέροντα κορίτσια που κυκλοφορούν στην Αθήνα. «Μικρή ήθελα να γίνω ή μπαλαρίνα ή αρχιτέκτονας», μου λέει ενώ συζητάμε για την καλλιτεχνική της τάση. «Τελικά επέλεξα Aρχιτεκτονική και Spatial Design στο Central Saint Martins στο Λονδίνο». Όμως, το αεικίνητο κορίτσι που μπαινόβγαινε και
έπαιζε με τις πρώτες ύλες στο εργοστάσιο οπτικών του παππού
της δεν έμεινε μόνο εκεί. Έχοντας μια έμφυτη αγάπη για τη μόδα, το design και το στιλ με άποψη –όπως είναι, άλλωστε, και το δικό της–, αναβίωσε το ιστορικό παρελθόν της οικογένειας που μεταπολεμικά είχε ανοίξει το πρώτο εργοστάσιο κατασκευής γυαλιών ηλίου και οράσεως στην Ελλάδα και συνέχισε την τέχνη του χειροποίητου, δημιουργώντας το δικό της brand με το όνομα Deep Shallow Exposition.

«Μου βγήκε εντελώς φυσικά. Στην αρχή ξεκίνησα για να κάνω ένα ξεχωριστό δώρο στους φίλους μου ή να φτιάξω για τον εαυτό μου το σχέδιο που ακριβώς ήθελα. Όμως, όλη αυτή η δημιουργία με τράβηξε τόσο πολύ – όταν είμαι ανάμεσα στα μηχανήματα και τα υλικά αισθάνομαι να βρίσκομαι μέσα σ’ έναν κόσμο μαγικό, γεμάτο πολύτιμα πετράδια!»

Η Elisabeth παρακολουθεί τις τάσεις αλλά κρατά μόνο μια εικόνα και τη γνώση του τι γίνεται γύρω της, ενώ η ίδια δεν επηρεάζεται άμεσα. «Δεν μ’ ενδιαφέρει η μαζικότητα της μόδας, θέλω να προσφέρω κάτι διαφορετικό», τονίζει. Το προσωπικό της στιλ είναι ανδρόγυνο, μίνιμαλ, με μεγάλη επιρροή από τα ’80s και τα
’90s και ιδιαίτερα από την γκαρνταρόμπα της μαμάς της, από την οποία δανείζεται συνεχώς πολλά κομμάτια, με τη σφραγίδα μιας  «παλιάς vintage δόξας». Αγαπά τις συλλογές των Maison Martin Margiela και Saint Laurent Paris, καθώς και τα πιο «σκοτεινά» κομμάτια του Riccardo Tisci για τον Givenchy, ενώ στην ντουλάπα της μπορεί να βρει κανείς πολλά bold τακούνια, μεγάλα αξεσουάρ και έντονα κοσμήματα. «Οι φίλοι μου λένε πως είμαι χαμαιλέοντας. Και σε ένα μεγάλο βαθμό είναι αλήθεια, μπορώ να φορέσω ένα μάξι, εξώπλατο, τολμηρό φόρεμα κι ένα αντρικό κοστούμι με την ίδια χαρά».

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The love birds

The engagement party of Mariaflora and Jonas could be nothing less than dreamy and fun. The couple welcomed some close friends to a garden dinner decorated to perfection, with wine and delicious fingerfood. As if we had mentally communicated, both Mariaflora and me payed tribute to Anna Molinari, sporting some off white delicate dresses -that ethereal frock looked absolutely gorgeous on her.

Congratulations guys, love you

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Moments in Rome

I spent the last five days in Rome living La Dolce Vita, due to a very special occasion. The wedding of my dearest friends Cici and Andreas. A four-day of unforgettable moment sharing with the ones I love. Here is a photo calendar of my trip, from the magnificent garden of Hotel Quirinale to the food experience in Rome.

Highlights: The gigantic tree in the garden of Quirinale, the live jazz at Etabli vineria, the welcome cocktail party at Salotto 42 (ranked Νο.2  in the best 100 bars by Worldsbestbars.com), the raw seafood at Baccano, the day trip at village Ariccia, the homemade tiramisu at Casa & Bottega, Rome in full bloom, Cici in her green dress looking happier than ever.

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Easter zen

What I love more about Easter holidays is that I have plenty of time for gardening and cooking. And enjoying the peace of my house. Spring outfit consists of pajama-type suit with wide pants, stripes, the vintage Versace necklace, Balenciaga lace up pumps and a pair of so-very-90s DeepshallowExposition sunglasses.

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Diners

On Sunday night dinner was served chez Eleni Psychouli, with homemade cheese & olive breads, meat soup with veggies, pies and greek delicacies. Unpretentious hospitality, inherent kindness and love is what always makes those nights with her the best time spent ever.

For all food lovers who don’t know it yet, Eleni launched a couple of months ago her food blog, To Pirouni(Very proud to say that I kind-of have been featured there).

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dark amber

Definitely one of the best nights of Christmas holidays till now:

Dinner chez monsieur Pandos was a combination of ingenuous elegance, great food, outrageous late

night tales and hysterical laughs. I had missed that.

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At Bollywood

Another dinner post.

This time was all about Bollywood, the indian restaurant located in a former industrial warehouse at Gazi area, oriental decorated with indian weave patterns and elephant scultptures -but not too indian.

Great food, given that you’re into spicy cusine. Kudos for the Beef Vindaloo, the “Cashmere” (vodka martini cocktail with ginger and saffron), the rose sorbet and the indian psyche music by dj Iznogoud on the decks.


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at Mageia shop

The latest project curated by the students of Fashion Workshop by Vicky Kaya was to conceive and create the window shop of Mageia boutique on Haritos str, that was unveiled on Thursday afternoon and celebrated the way it should: with big smiles and joy. Well done girls! See more photos here.