Istanbul, the city where old meets new in every corner.
Pristine beauty and technology/ history and evolution/ byzantine art and ottoman blend.
I visited the new Zorlu Center, it’s immense and jaw dropping, a shopping heaven.
I ate so much I’d almost die. Apart from traditional turkish food and sweets, I loved the salmon with mango sauce at Well Done restaurant. Very well done indeed. Agia Sofia brings tears in your eyes, so beautiful it hurts.
A walk at Grand Bazaar to buy silver and jewelry is more than needed.
If you have too much money and don’t know what to do with it, book a room at Ciragan Palace.
The view from the hills of the city and the seaside will captivate you, it’s one of those you cannot easily forget.
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).
Friday was one of those days that nothing could go wrong.
Benetton launched “One fits All”, a new series of underwear and loungewear -that is actually One Size and literally fits all- so light, overstretch and soft that you hardly feel the cotton on your skin. A lucky few were invited to test the new products, in an event quite different than anything else: A one-hour class of Aerial/Antigravity Yoga *APPLAUSE*.
I have to admit the time spent at Swaha Yoga Center swinging from giant hammocks from the ceil was fascinating. And though I don’t want to make you jealous, it got better. 45 minutes of body massage after that and lunch at the restaurant of Acropolis Museum is what made me a happy woman for the rest of the week.
The One Fits All outfits and all photos below (apart from the first three) with my selfie hanging here and there and upside down, are all courtesy of Benetton.
The new “Cranberry” lipstick by Amway, together with a piece of chocolate from Fresh that once had my name on, the Summer 2013 fuchsia Valentino sling-backs, the book I currently read which is Michel Houellebecq’s “The Platform”, my Jil Sander dream-come-true from Raf Simon’s very last collection for the house, the entire color palette of Korres summer nail polish , a long-desired collectible vinyl of my truest love, aka Arthur Russell from 1986 that I got from Discogs and the very new Nike Air Max that arrived in my mailbox,
is what turned those crappy days into domestic delight.
I am over thrilled with Prada’s latest toy, the web application dedicated to parfume “Rossetto”. I’ve already spent several hours creating collages (some of which you see below) and I just can’t stop. A different idea pops in my head every five minutes.
You may try it but I warn you, it’s highly addictive
“A digital project born from the collaboration with Michael Rock and New York’s studio 2×4. A platform that will allow users to create their own moodboard starting from the suggestion of different backdrops, where iconography and graphics with different references are applied. All in line with the user’s creativity and taste and – of course – signed off with the graphics of the new Prada fragrance, red lips”.