Thursday, 31 December 2009

Seen the last of 2009

For my last outfit of 2009, I chose to wear my supergirl t-shirt. It's been quite a good year for me, and I feel proud for that. I finally got my architecture degree, I had my first two real jobs, I went on trips to Bucurest, Amsterdam and York, and many other wonderful things...

Moreover, I saw this blog blossom even more. And for that I want to thank you dear readers. May we have an even more amazing year in 2010!

Green cardigan, Mango. Supergirl t-shirt, Bershka. Grey knit skirt, Benetton. Grey ballet flats, Pull&Bear. Black shawl worn as a scarf, given to me by my grandma.

Monday, 28 December 2009

Vivienne does walls

Not exactly fashion and architecture, but definitely falling into the fashion and interior design category. WWD reports that our favourite ginger grandma of fashion, the ferocious Vivienne Westwood, has teamed up with posh wallpaper manufacturers Cole & Son to produce a collaboration collection of wallpaper under the name Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son.

According to the official Cole & Son release "the Vivienne Westwood for Cole & Son wallpapers are all based on signature designs from her fashion collections such as the iconic Squiggle print from the Autumn-Winter 81/82 Pirate collection and the more recent Cut-Out Lace from the Spring-Summer 07 I am Expensiv collection".

Inspired by fabric textures and patterns, the wallpaper designs were named quite appropriately.
Here is a small selection:

Trompe d'oeil Drape (seen above on wall)

Cut-Out Lace


Vivienne's Lace


What does Viv herself say?
"It is good when my ideas get carried over into other artistic media. This collection is a perfect opportunity to be able to work with a heritage company like Cole & Son and to see my ideas from fashion translated into the world of interiors and wallpaper."
And which one is my favourite?

Union Jack
270cm x 150cm sold as a complete panel.

Just imagine a wall covered with it...
Want, want, want!

[story via WWD, pics via Cole & Son]

Saturday, 26 December 2009

Boxing day sales

I have spent the biggest part of those last two days on the sofa, watching movies like Zoolander and clicking on the sale newsletters that keep appearing in my mailbox. And since I really should constrain myself from buying any more stuff online (I'm waiting for one last exciting parcel to arrive after the holidays) I decided just do some virtual window shopping and present my best finds here on the blog. Far safer for my credit card bill, don't you think? On this post, my picks from


Ted Baker Waterfall Sleeve Shift
€158.98 NOW

Yeah, I know this one is still way expensive, even after the discount, but don't you just love those sleeves?

Grey and red just look great together. Plus, I love girly strapless dresses layered with t-shirts underneath. And the print on that slouchy tee... amazing!

Sugarhill Boutique Jersey Tee Sweetheart Bandeau Dress
61.62 NOW 43.13
Diesel Cloud Print T-shirt
36.97 NOW 22.18

If this doesn't look like much of a dress to you, I urge you to click on the link and see its back. Girly as hell! And with quite a big discount.

Trout & Pout Crossover Tie Back Mini Dress
117.08 NOW 34.51

Again, relaxed silhouettes are so much better than clingy ones. And that red... love!

Jovonna Batwing Mini Contrast Dress
78.87 NOW23.42

Who would buy that dress and wouldn't wear it to death? So simple it hurts, but with that perfect little twist detail on the hem.

Pepe Jeans London Fold Hem Longline Stripey T-Shirt Dress
67.78 NOW 54.23

This one earns a spot on my top-10 of LBDs. Excellent cut, flattering line, good length, cute little ruffle detail. Perfection!

Mango Ruffle Sleeved Dress
67.78 NOW 54.23

Again, I'm starting to get more drawn to simple cuts, with small creative twists. These two numbers above are perfect examples of that!

ASOS Tailored Tulip Dress
34.51 NOW 22.18
ASOS Ponti-Roma Sleeveless Pleat Front Dress
34.51 NOW 22.18

And yes, no shoes on this post. I'm one of those people who upon their visit to an on-line boutique, click on the "dresses" button before the "shoes" one. What can I say, I'm a dress-obsessed weirdo!

[all pictures originally from and edited by me]

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Couldn't wait for Santa

The presents we give to ourselves are the best ones, right?

Here are the two things I got myself from Nasty Gal.

Eternal Knit Looped Scarf by De*nada.

$54.00 on Nasty Gal (no longer available last time I checked)
$58.00 on De*nada

De*nada is a handmade accessories line, inspired by the Peruvian heritage of its founder Virginia Blanca Arrisueño. According to the press release found on her site, Arrisueño works alongside skilled artisans in Perú to create De*Nada’s growing collection.

Handmade in Perú? I'm impressed and intrigued, not to mention in love with my new scarf.

But that's not all...

I also got this amazing silver plated two-finger bow ring by Erica Anenberg.

$64.00 on Nasty Gal
$93.00 on Erica Anenberg

Ouch, Ms Anenberg. $29 more on your site and you're the actual supplier, while Nasty Gal is just a merchandiser? That hurts... Good thing for me I got it cheap.

And yes, it's two rings shy of an iron fist, but it has a bow on top, so let's put it in the "cute" category, not the " malicious weapons" one, shall we?

For my dear readers who asked about the whole ordering from the internet experience, here are my thoughts this time:

Nasty Gal
originally started as a vintage boutique, but now it stocks new stuff too. It is a really easy site to navigate and order from. The scarf and ring I got were $118 total and the shipping was $13, which I believe is a fair amount. They arrived in less than three weeks, which again I think is fair enough, considering that I checked the First Class Airmail box and not the Priority Mail or Express Mail option, both of which would be pricier. Not to mention that my orders usually take longer than that to arrive.

The only thing that puzzled me was the fact that my parcel was small enough to be considered a letter, so the postman brought it along with the mail and left it on top of my mailbox, outside my apartment building. And as fellow blogger Stella learned the hard way, this is not a good thing. Up until now I was used to the good old post office note, saying I have to pick up my parcel myself. Parcels containing cute stuff I paid $131 for, left unattended outside for anyone to steal, is NOT something I wish for.

But Santa came anyway, so happy holidays everyone!

Friday, 18 December 2009

The late blogger

Usually late for work in the morning, definitely late to update the blog, generally late for everything.

On the bright side, this week I received my long-awaited package from Nasty Gal. Special post on my new purchases to come soon. Promise!

Purple skirt, H&M. Grey v-neck sweater, Pull&Bear. Black short-sleeved cardi, Mango. Scarf, Bershka. Brown belt, came with a Zara top. Necklaces, Pull&Bear (seen here). Brown leather boots, INCI. Black puffy coat, A.L.E.

P.S. I know I look kinda angry on that last photo, but pay no attention. I'm just grumpy/sleepy...

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

The surreal life of a fashion architect

These past few months, I have met several individuals in real life, who just knew me through this blog before, and who casually asked me what I do. And when I answered back that I am, in fact, an architect, they replied with a surprised face and the phrase "reaaaaaally? I thought that was just your blog title".

So yes, I am an architect.

And lately, I have even started working as one. To be more precise, I am currently involved in the process of designing a retail store for a Greek women's clothing brand, in downtown Athens. And this is where the surreal part begins. Because, how else would you describe it if your boss wanted you, instead of doing paperwork or the coffee run, to go into the Gucci store in Kolonaki first thing in the morning and measure the fitting room, in order to clarify how big a luxury fitting room is supposed to be? And of course, in order to get inside that fitting room, you would have to try on some piece of clothing, namely, a sequined cocktail dress, worth €3.995?

Should I say that I love my job? Well, I would, if I didn't have to spend the following 8 hours standing on my feet, furiously sketching the same stairway over and over again in order to get it just right, while covered in drywall dust. But still, I have a pretty cool job.

FYI, the dress, which according to the Gucci salesgirl is the only one of its kind in Greece, is now 50% off. Just so you know if you have a nice party to go, nothing to wear and two grand lying around...

Oh God, my feet hurt.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Rock n' Vogue

An old chinese proverb says:
A fashion blogger with an invitation to Vogue's annual party is a happy fashion blogger.

Vogue Hellas held their Rockin' Angels party last night, at Venue club here in Athens, and fashion bloggers plus stylish friends were invited. Well, thank you dear Vogue!

The dress code was "ROCK N' SHINE".

I happily obliged.

Not a proper outfit picture, but pretty close. I think I quite nailed the "shine" part. Maybe even blinded some people.
Oh, well.

And I also managed to snap most of the cool people:

Stylish guy lostinrainbows rocking his skinny tie

Amalia the Glamour magazine journalist, aka amalucky of twitter fame. Not a fashion blogger per se, but definitely a fashion twitterer! Amalia asked her numerous twitter followers to help answer the eternal question: what to wear? She tweeted the three options with details and let the tweeple chose. And, as you can see in the pic above, they chose well...

Mod babe Chloe in the Sky (read her coverage here - including a pic of my shoes!!!)

Christiana of Fashion Paths, more specifically her killer shoes

Thalia of Life in Athens (read her coverage here)

Well, you'll be right to guess we had an amazing time.

A rocking good time!

Not to mention that Amalia and I went home with a pretty cool souvenir...
Me, Alex and Thaleia in the photobooth
And as if taking photobooth pics with Alex of Matisse wasn't enough...

...we got an amazing Faith tank top as a freebie!

Thanks Vogue! Till next year girls?

Friday, 27 November 2009

Just before I start my day

No time for words. Just pictures.

Purple skirt, H&M. Medal brooch with french text, handmade by Naked Tile on Etsy. Khaki button-down shirt, Pull&Bear. Metal and leather belt, Massimo Dutti. Resin ring, Accessorize. Girl's face ring, handmade by Polindim on Etsy. Leather handbag with metal details, ZARA.