Tuesday 14 November 2017

#followMI into a blogger's lifestyle

A perfect morning in October, I found myself inside a beautiful renovated maisonette in Keramikos, along with 17 other beloved greek fashion bloggers, for the #followMI into a blogger's lifestyle photoshoot for MIGATO.

It is the third season that MIGATO organizes a bloggers day photoshoot and the second time with Panos (see the first MIGATO bloggers day here).

#followMI into a Blogger’s Lifestyle - the photo shoot’s intriguing concept - reflects typical everyday moments of a fashion blogger, according to each one’s personality and particular style.

The photo shoot comes after MIGATO’s successful communication concept of #followMI which is an invitation to all #migatolovers to share photos with their favourite MIGATO items on social media.

Naturally, we all did our own styling according to our personal style and based on our favourite  shoes and bags from the MIGATO Autumn-Winter 17/18 collection, the talented make-up artist Vasilis from greek cosmetics company TommyG did our make-up and the uber-photographer Panos Georgiou took the shoots.

Here I am having fun with lovely Sevastiana.

You can read more about the photoshoot and see all the bloggers' photos at the MIGATO blog here and shop all our goodies at the MIGATO bloggers lifestyle product list here.

As for me:
Cream lace top and leather skirt, ALE. Black velvet booties with embroidered block heel and clutch bag with attached ring, MIGATO.

Thursday 27 July 2017

A walk in the park

Straight from the office for a walk in the park to clear up my mind and take some outfit pics.

As usual, I give full outfit credits at the end of the post, but I just wanted to stress the fact that these simple black espadrilles are still available at MIGATO and on sale. Hurry up if you want to find your size! 

Blouse & skirt, ZARA. Espadrilles & backpack, MIGATO.

Photos by @giorgozzzz

Thursday 20 July 2017

Pampers got our back

Time sure flies.

This time last year, I was almost 9 months pregnant and stocking up on newborn-sized Pampers. 

Then I had the baby and Pampers became one of the few things I didn't have to worry about. For example, even in the middle of summer, diaper rash for us was almost non-existent. 

Also, that wetness indicator strip down the middle, that goes from yellow to blue when the diaper is wet, was a life-saver.

You might think that's silly, but those two simple things were a lot of help during these first few sleep-deprived months. 

Time flew by again and we quickly jumped to size 2, 3 and now 4. 

This time, it's Pampers that changed into a more fitting appearance, so don't get confused next time you are at the supermarket:
Both New Baby Premium Protection and Pampers Premium Protection Active Fit now have a new brand new packaging, as Pampers Premium Care

Turquoise and gold look good on our diaper station set-up.

And that’s the face of someone who doesn’t like changes –like the fact he has grown out of his changing table.

In fact, soon he won’t be able fit there at all – or he won’t want to stay horizontal long enough - so we are going to “graduate” into Pampers Pants and start changing while standing up, like a big boy. 

Wednesday 12 July 2017

Are you decent?

Most days it's like that. Trying to throw something on me that will look semi-interesting and decent for work. Works for now.

Orange t-shirt, H&M men's. Striped skirt, PULL&BEAR. Necklace, H&M.

Thursday 29 June 2017

What I wore while pregnant

I owed you this post.

This is both an outfit diary for me and an inspiration board for other expecting mothers out there on how to handle a pregnancy while buying/wearing as little maternity wear as possible.

Since seasonality plays a big role, many of these ideas won't apply to everyone, however I still think mosts ideas can be interpreted in both summer and winter outfits, e.g. dress worn plain in summer, add a cardigan for autumn, add tights, scarf and coat for winter.

Here we go:

December 1st 2015, at 4 weeks + 1 day pregnant
I still didn't actually know I was pregnant, but I had recently lost some weight, so I was happy wearing things I hadn't worn for a while.
White knit dress BILL COST. Belt and bag, MIGATO. Jewellery, SWAROVSKI.

January 16th, 2016, at 10 weeks + 5 days pregnant
Pregnancy still wasn't showing. I had just cut my hair to donate it to a charity making wigs for kids.
Simple grey T-shirt by H&M.

January 22nd 2016, at 10 weeks + 5 days pregnant
At the Yes-I-Do Catwalk with Myrto Kazi. We are actually both pregnant here and at about the same stage, but neither one had announced it yet.
Floral dress, ZARA. Pumps and necklace, MIGATO.

February 8th 2016, at 14 weeks pregnant
At the Ioanna Kourbela catwalk show, straight from the office. Still wearing normal trousers, but with the top button undone and with loose tops.
Trousers & coat, ZARA. Blouse, H&M. Shoes & bag MIGATO.

March 21st 2016, at 20 weeks pregnant
At the adidas NMD launch. Have started wearing maternity jeans with loose tops.
Maternity jeans H&M. Top, SOMF. Jacket, ZARA. Shoes, ADIDAS. Backpack MIGATO.

March 27th 2016, at 21 weeks pregnant
It's spring, but still a bit chilly for dresses or skirts, so maternity jeans it is. Also, ditched the shoulder bags for a chic backpack, to save my back.
Maternity jeans and maternity long-sleeve t-shirt H&M. Coat, cardigan and scarf, ZARA. Shoes, ADIDAS. Backpack MIGATO.

March 29th 2016, at 21 weeks + 2 days pregnant
At the MIGATO SS16 press day, wearing a non-maternity skirt with elasticized waist. Obviously, I am not wearing it at the waist, but under-boob.
Knit crop top H&M. Skirt, ZARA. Flatforms, MIGATO.

April 3rd 2016, at 22 weeks pregnant
For a stroll at the Flisvos Marina, wearing a non-maternity empire waist dress with a ribbon tied under the boobs for definition.
Grey dress, ASOS. Jacket, BLANCO. Necklace, H&M.

April 20th 2016, at 24 weeks + 2 days pregnant
This was a typical work outfit during that time, regular top and a non-maternity skirt over the bump.
Khaki skirt, STRADIVARIOUS. T-shirt, ZARA. Moccasins, MIGATO.

April 23rd 2016, at 24 weeks + 5 days pregnant
Attending the "Fashioning the Law" conference, along with my dear friend Elena who was a speaker. Wearing a non-maternity bodycon rib dress with a kimono on top.
Burgundy dress, ZARA. Kimono, BLANCO. Arrow necklace, H&M. Circle necklace, PRIGKIPW.

April 28th 2016, at 25 weeks pregnant
Inside an empty pool at Chania, wearing a sleeveless knit A-line dress with a cardigan on top. You can see my ankles are already swollen.
Dress, ZARA. Cardigan, PULL&BEAR. Slip-on sneakers, MIGATO. Sunglasses, CARRERA.

May 21st 2016, at 28 weeks + 5 days pregnant
Realizing that I can keep wearing regular skirts with elastic waists over the bump was a life changer.
Skirt & scarf, ZARA. Top, PULL&BEAR. 

May 26th 2016, at 29 weeks + 3 days pregnant
Wishing Madame Shoushou happy 5th birthday. Yes, that's another regular skirt with elastic waist.
Skirt, ASOS. T-shirt, ZARA. 

June 2nd 2016, at 30 weeks + 3 days pregnant
That's a regular empire line dress in navy, perfect for straight-after-work non-alcoholic drinks.

June 6th 2016, at 31 weeks pregnant
With dearest friend Alex, wearing a regular caftan-style dress, bought a couple of sizes larger, layered with a body-con cotton dress underneath and tied with a ribbon over the bump for definition (trying not to look like a tent).
Dress, H&M.

June 25th 2016, at 33 weeks + 5 days pregnant
At Nileta's wedding in Syros, as formal as one can be at this stage.
Dress, YSTERIA ASTERIA by Alexia Kirmitsi.

June 26th 2016, at 33 weeks + 6 days pregnant
Babymoon in Syros, happy as can be with my sorbet and wearing - you guessed it - an elasticized waist skirt over the bump.
Skirt, ZARA. Top, H&M.

June 27th 2016, at 34 weeks pregnant
Regular tiered sundress, over regular bikini, on top of swollen ankles.
Dress, H&M. Flip-flops, ACCESSORIZE. Sunglasses, CARRERA.

June 29th 2016, at 34 weeks + 2 days pregnant
Skater dress and light sneakers. Because feet were as swollen as can be.
Dress, ASOS. Sneakers, ADIDAS Los Angeles. Sunglasses, FENDI.

June 29th 2016, at 34 weeks + 2 days pregnant
Another dress whose waist was supposed to be a couple of inches lower, but bump happened. Oh, and some sorbet of course.
Dress, OYSHO.

July 2nd 2016, at 34 weeks + 5 days pregnant
At friend Vangelis' wedding, still in Syros. Those gladiator sandals were a life-saver for dressier circumstances, as they could fit my ever-expanding feet and camouflaged them at the same time.
Dress, Toi&moi. Sandals, MIGATO.

July 5th 2016, at 35 weeks + 1 days pregnant
Attending the Marie Claire Blog Awards, decided to go full Kardashian with body con.
Dress, H&M. Sandals and clutch bag, MIGATO.

July 8th 2016, at 35 weeks + 4 days pregnant
I also attended prenatal Pilates classes twice a week. A life saver for my swollen feet. The T-shirt is not maternity, just oversized. Shorts are regular too, just worn a bit lower.
T-shirt, H&M. Shorts and sneakers, ADIDAS. Backpack, MIGATO.

July 30th 2016, at 38 weeks + 5 days pregnant
In this photo, I had just walked 8km in Pagkrati, midday in summer. I went into labour the next day.
Dress, H&M. Sports bra OYSHO.

Wednesday 26 April 2017

Almost outdoors

Personal style blogs mean it takes personal work. I don't walk around with a world-class street style photographer following my every step, so I get things done with my DSLR on timer mode at the balcony. Oh, and the baby in his high chair, out of the picture but definitely feeling very amused.

Sweater, ZARA. Floral midi skirt and black belt, vintage from my mum's closet. Black lace-up espadrilles and backpack, MIGATO.

Tuesday 11 April 2017

10 Reasons I Love MyCarrier by Stokke

After having a baby, moms try to find solutions that will make their everyday life easier and more enjoyable. And it’s great to share knowledge and experiences, so that others may learn or benefit from them. That’s way I wanted to pen down this post about my love for Stokke MyCarrier.

Here are 10 reasons I believe Stokke MyCarrier is one of the best baby gear buys that new parents can make:

1. It is really, really well-made

As an architect married to an architect, aesthetics, usability and great design are values of great importance in our household.

Stokke MyCarrier has won an award in recognition of its innovation, aesthetics and usability, having been named as a reddot awards product design 2013 winner:
"This baby carrier grows with the child – without compromising on comfort or ergonomics for the baby. Suitable for newborns, babies and toddlers up to approximately three years of age, it offers two carrying options in front and one in the back."
Let me re-phrase that: You get 3 baby-carrying options in one sleek buy. Plus, it’s made from 100% cotton, making it super breathable and baby skin friendly.

2. It is safe for the baby’s hips

This is a super touchy subject for babywearing folks, so I was relieved to find out that Stokke MyCarrier is acknowledged as a hip-healthy baby carrier by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute and medical experts.

3. It is easy to put on

Let me tell you how babywearing started for me: MyCarrier wasn’t the first baby carrier I tried after having a baby. I started my adventures with a baby wrap, the one-piece-of-cloth kind, when he was just a few weeks old. It was great in “hugging” him all over and making him feel safe pressed against me,  but it was a pain in the ass to put on, with all the wrapping around and twisting and puling. And it was nearly impossible to put on when outside, with the long tails of fabric swiping the filthy floor. Ugh!

I love the fact MyCarrier is really fast and easy to strap on, even on the go. That’s way I now always carry it along with my stroller. If the baby gets fussy, into the MyCarrier he goes and all is good.

4. We will be using it for a long time

MyCarrier isn’t cheap  -and it shouldn’t be, given all the great design, engineering and quality materials that went into making it. As an investment buy, it was great to know that we could use it from 4 weeks up to 3 years.
  • Babies from 4 weeks up to roughly 9 months can be carried in the front, facing the parent, with the head rest providing the necessary support for newborn's neck and head.
  • From 5 months up to about 9 months the baby can be also carried facing forward, to have a better view of the world.
  • And from about 9 months for up to 3 years, they can be carried in the back, in a high seating position for a great panoramic view.

5. Dad wears it too

Stokke MyCarrier is fully adjustable to fit all bodies and unisex in design, so that everyone can enjoy babywearing!

6. It makes you mobile on every terrain

Do you have to go up and down stairs? Do you live in a city where parked cars and terrible sidewalks are giving you a hard time in your outings with bebe? Or simply fancy a trek in the woods? With a stroller, forget it. But with MyCarrier, you simply strap on the kid and go.

7. It frees your hands

Going grocery shopping with the baby in a stroller means you can’t use a shopping cart and you end up carrying a heavy shopping basket. Doing the same with the baby in MyCarrier revolutionized grocery shopping for me.

8. You can go out in the rain

More about  the “freeing your hands” thing. Going out with a stroller in the rain is a nightmare. Going out with the baby strapped snuggly on you, an umbrella  in hand and a pair of rain boots is a total game changer.

9. It’s great exercise

On a lighter note, babies are heavy! Imagine the all the extra calories you will burn just by going for a walk with the baby strapped on you.

10. It keeps the baby happy

There’s no going around the fact that human babies love to be held and carried around. MyCarrier makes that easier while going on with your life, and this applies to all 3 configurations:
    The front carry facing towards the parent is the perfect positioning for keeping a newborn feeling safe and snuggle, plus the bouncing sensation when walking works like magic in colics.
    The front carry facing outwards is the best when the baby starts to feel bored facing you and is curious to see the world.  

    And finally, the back carry gives the child a great taste of how the world looks like from a grown-up's point of view.

    If you love Stokke and live in Greece, I suggest liking facebook.com/StokkeGreece - they share photos of real mums and dads enjoying their Stokke gear!

    Do you babywear? How has it been so far?