Saturday, 20 December 2014

Saturdays are for beautifying

Ok, let's admit that I'm not the kind of gal who spends their Saturdays in a beauty salon. I generally dislike spending time in beautyfying procedures. For example, I cut my hair about once a year and really hate doing my own nails.

Taking care of my face though, that's a whole other story. As someone who has been troubled by acne more than half my life, religiously cleansing and moisturizing is something of a given in my daily routine. I have it down to the basics and just do it. Still, the day comes when you wake up, it's Saturday and you just have a strong sense that there's something a professional could do a lot better. That's when Eleanna comes along.

Eleanna Ploumidou is a lovely girl, who means business.

Her spacious studio is located just opposite the Cholargos metro station and offers all the beauty & wellness services you might crave, and then some more. Even though she is magical with face treatments (I had a 1,5 hours facial, that made me change my mind on what facials are supposed to be - no redness, no blotchy skin, no pain whatsoever) but her real love is reflexology. She treats professionals and athletes with specific injuries, so I guess you can stay assured she will know what to do with your sore neck.

Plus, she also has a pet turtle you can meet and greet in the courtyard.

And she let me bring along my Hello Kitty mug and take sips of coffee throughout the process.

Last but not least, did I mention that her pricing is beyond competitive?

Why am I telling you all this now?

Two reasons:

1. If you are anything like me, you need a good push or excuse to indulge in such services. Hello, holiday period? Girls, just take a couple of hours off your schedule and pamper yourselves. Trust me, you won't regret it.

2. I'm actually planning on going back for some more action, e.g. serious hair removal, in preparation for summer. Girls, consider yourselves warned: if you want to do therapies involving lasers or intrusive peels, this is a friendly reminder that we live in Greece and the sun shines almost all of the time anyway. Don't wait until it's spring, when the sunlight is already strong - start now, in the dead of winter. 

Oh and always wear sunscreen at all times. But Eleanna will talk you into that anyway.

Friday, 5 December 2014

Boots to get you through the season

Every year, start of season, same problem: An ever-ending search for the perfect everyday boots that are not high-heeled, but can still be worn with skirts and dresses while not looking totally frumpy.

This year I found them.

Leather boots with hidden wedge by MIGATO.

Insider details: They are currently retailing at 87€ down from 110€ (yay, pre-XMAS sale) but you can only find them in The Mall Athens, Ermou (Athens) and Mediterranean Cosmos (Thessaloniki) MIGATO stores.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Back from Dubai

Actually, I've been back for a week now, but life's crazy, so here are the pics.

Traveling starts at the airplane.

Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest building.

At Sindagha Palace, the original Dubai Emir palace, before all that jazz that made Dubai what it is today. Wearing A.L.E. dress, NIKE Air Max trainers, CARRERA sunglasses, MIGATO bag.

In the old days, wind towers like this provided natural air-conditioning.

Taking a boat ride along the Dubai Creek.

I call this one the magic carpet - it will take you places.

Loved the striking colours.

One of the Twin Towers along the Dubai Creek. The Rolex logo is a great example of how perfectly all brand logos are transcripted in arabic, without losing their font colours and style.

Strolling at Deira. Wearing ASOS polka-dot dress, TOM'S shoes, CARRERA sunglasses, MIGATO bag.

The aquarium inside the The Dubai Mall.

Brunch at Tom & Serg.

The PRADA store in the Mall of the Emirates. That's the one that has a ski slope inside.

This is an architectural model for the new AKOYA Oxygen residential development by DAMAC. Taglined "green is the new black", it sells luxury housing to filthy rich people. In that case, interior design by FENDI kinda adds a little extra something.

Bye bye Dubai, till next time!

Sunday, 26 October 2014

MI-RO La Pluie

Last season, I very much admired the MI-RO collection, but in a non-personal way, the way you admire a masterpiece of an art you have no special interest in. 

This time, I actually longed to be inside the clothes.

Fluffy white lace and demure black lace, chunky jumpers, felt hats, bad-ass leather, velvet in dark forest green and rich burgundy red, shiny taffeta - with the exception of that last one, they all I would love love to have on me this season. Of course then, I would be a perfect case of "all dressed up and nowhere to go" but that's a problem of mine not to be discussed in this post.

Felt hat adorned with feather, huge navajo earrings, chunky knit embellished with big black sequins. Even the mustached guy in the background concurs! 

Now, if you want to break this down to the fundamentals, it's actually a chunky knit paired with a girly skirt and heels. Maybe I'll try a version of mine and wishfully it won't be a sad version of this.

It's so fluffy I'm gonna die.

Dark forest green velour pants, I would really want you in my life.

The taffeta part. Visually enchanting, but still a no for me.

Did I say demure? Demure, demure, demure.

And I love this shade of something between olive green and gold.

I can almost see the local celebs fighting over who's gonna wear these embellished black lace numbers.

Now, that's what I'm talking about! I should have done a standing ovation.


At the finale, one of the male models was teasing the girl model (the one from Next Top Model, I don't remember her name) by giving her his hat, which eventually slipped and fell on the floor.

Guys, if you're looking for it, here she is:

Finders keepers Chrissiana, you looked much better in it anyway.

Till next time!