Pattern behaviour

Today was the day I realized I simply cannot pass through Athens International Airport without risking missing my flight browsing the Accessorize store.

This time, it was all about fabric jewelery.
Love my new bangles and ring.

Giving you an Insight

Hey girls! Do you ever happen to see something you absolutely love and want, only to realize it's actually menswear?

Meet the Topsy Turvy t-shirt, from Insight's artist collaboration line. This one in particular, is printed with artwork by Justin Lee Williams. Just do a google image search with his name - it will leave you speechless.

Well, a mens t-shirt? Who cares? I wanted it! And getting it for free for helping with a project didn't hurt either... Thanks for that Athlorama Sports and Dimosthenis!

Anyway, looks like it was fate for me and the Insight t-shirt to meet, because a few weeks after that, I got a newsletter from an online boutique, saying they were having a huge sale on all their womens Insight clothes. In other words, they made me an offer I couldn't refuse. Let me just say, I got four items in total and I'll leave you with that for now. Big post coming next, featuring all my newly delivered goodies.

If my camera decides to behave, that is...

Inevitable, after all

Well, she already is incredible and invisible, so I guess it was inevitable for Sugahspank! to start her own blog too, a fact I discovered thanks to her leaving a comment on my dear blog-friend Lucia's latest post. I have already mentioned her before in this post, where the picture above was taken from, but if you can't be bothered to click on the link (seriously, how lazy are you? just click already!) then let me just tell ya that I admire her for her unbeatable style as much as for her amazing music.

I already know Sugahspank! is just a girl like the rest of us who really likes clothes, so should we hope to see some fashion-related posts from her?
We'll just have to wait and see...

For the time being, show her some blog-love at

Running errands

Now the whole studying thing is over, I love getting my life back to its normal pace. This Monday morning, I got up at 10 and made a huge to-do list. Boringly, most of it was about house chores, but there was also a "pick up parcels from the post office" entry.
Which, needless to say, got crossed off first thing!
Expect photos of my newly delivered goodies tomorrow.

Pegged grey sweatpants, H&M. Plain black t-shirt, ZARA. Anthracite grey long cardigan, ZARA. Stripy scarf, BERSHKA. Silver ballet flats, ZARA.

Architecture degree, CHECK

Yup, that's right!

I finally presented my thesis titled The Architect-Client Relationship. An Ever-Existing Problem in Post War Greece last Thursday, and now I can happily say that I'll be officially graduating in November. Sorry I've been absent from this blog for so long, but it couldn't have been done any other way. Hopefully, I'll soon be able to remember once again how all this blogging thing is done.

Glad to be back!

The picture above is all I could bring myself to photograph from my presentation outfit:
An H&M A-line skirt with tiny grey-and-white stripes, my silver-grey Maloles flats, a plain black t-shirt and this wooden bead handmade necklace for touch of colour.

Oh, well

This has to be a quickie post, so I'll be brief in my rant.
So many wonderful things are going on around the fashion blogging world and I'm stuck here studying. I mean, how freakin awesome was the Weardrobe Conference in New York? All the coolest fashion bloggers having a field trip. And the Fashion's Night Out events in all the big cities (had one here in Athens too) and, well, hello? NYeffingFY. Thank goodness Bryanboy is tweeting everything straight from the front row.

Well, what has to be done will be done.

But not before I say I few things:

My, oh, my. Aren't fashion bloggers finally getting it out there? I mean, Susie, Bryanboy, Rumi and Tavi where all the rage in the front row. And lo and behold, the Bloggers Take Up The Front Row article by and the Fashion's Secret Helpers article on the Wall Street Journal, for crying out loud. How freakin cool is that?
Keep 'em coming, please!

And thanks to Nenyaki's tweet, I have more fresh, fashion-blogger-friendly news to share: Fashion bloggers get their own changing rooms in Kfem department store in Sweden.
Yes sir!

Aaaaaand, the ever-lovely Rebecca of The Clothes Horse sent over some much-needed love, by mentioning me and our meet-up during last year's Athens Fashion Week in her recent interview over at Delightfully Tacky.
Thanks darling!

That's about all, but before I end this brief whatever, who's in for some free music? More specifically an amazing mp3 mixtape by one of the most talented musicians I know. My dear friend Larry Gus just released the Weathers Mixtape as a prequel to his upcoming album and you can download it for FREE. Yeah for great music!

Ok, I got it all out of my system, so this is where I stop ranting and bury my nose back into my desk. See ya...

Oh, and kids, don't you ever forget that rudeness and disrespect are never in vogue. Yes Kanye, I mean you. You made the whole world cringe, including Beyoncé. Now please make yourself disappear and don't forget to take Amber Rose's fluo string bikini and the CAPS LOCK key along with you. They're both hurting my eyes.


When September ends

No, I won't be sleeping 'till then and I don't need any alarm-clock action. However, this blog will be on a temporary hiatus until about then.

Life caught up with me.

Saying it as it is

I had come upon Stratos Bacalis and his work long before I read this tweet mentioning his new article, titled Why should designers blog. For those of you who may not know it, other than being a professional architectural designer, Stratos Bacalis also runs one of the most acclaimed fashion doll blogs world-wide, called The Fashion Doll Chronicles. And apparently, he can write too. Some people have it all...

Why should designers blog? was written for and published in issue 14 of the South African DESIGN> Magazine. Other than being amazingly well-written, this article is also a real eye-opener for the professionals of design. Here's an extract, the part that seemed more appropriate to be mentioned here in this blog, given the situations we greek fashion bloggers have gotten ourselves into during the past.
[...]The obvious reason to blog of course would be networking. Getting in touch with colleagues, possible collaborators and clients from all over the world is a tempting option for the designer/blogger. Richard Haines, illustrator for In Style magazine, J Crew and 5 star luxury hotels, is wondering why not most fashion designers don’t have their own blogs, especially the more famous ones. And having such an immediate and easy way of communicating between them, it makes realizing projects that much easier. It also provides an easy access to the designer for his clients, who can comment on their projects without spending time on time-consuming telephone calls from a city 500 km away. The instant feedback one gets on his work through the blog is as valuable a tool as any. Writing also improves the designer’s communication skills, in writing and otherwise, while at the same time providing a nice variety and distraction from a routine workload.[...]
Read the entire article here.

P.S. Seems appropriate to also mention Sal's personal encounter with one very famous fashion designer, who happens to blog. Makes your heart warm...

Cream dress

As promised, here's the dress I got instead of that one:

Tried it on for the first time back then.

Fell in love instantly...

...but waited patiently.

Now it's mine, at 50% off!

(excuse the crappy outfit photo, I hate having to take pictures at night using flash but sometimes I don't have a choice)

Dress, BADILA. Necklace, Pull & Bear. Ring, Accessorize. Shoes (bought back then), ZARA.

10 things you don't know about me

Tagged by Natalie of Naked Tile. I've already done a 5-random-things version before, so I may repeat a couple of things.
Here it goes:

1. I can't use nail polish. It's a personal quirk. My nails feel like they're suffocating when I try to, so I quit trying a long time ago.
2. I was one of the first kids in junior high to get a mobile phone (overprotective parents who wanted to know my whereabouts) and one of the last to start wearing sunglasses. I used to hate wearing them.

3. Many of my guy friends like to call me McGyver or Bob the Builder because I love fixing things up and finding solutions to technical problems. Although now that I think about it, owning a proper tool case, complete with a power drill and a sander, must have had something to do with it too.

4. I can't play cards, charades, any board or electronic games without getting bored instantly, with the exceptions of Tetris and Trivial Pursuit. I'd also love to try Twister one day.

5. I really like watching football (soccer for Americans), preferably with the boyfriend and/or friends. I would love to be able to play as well, but being a girl, the boys never picked me for their team...

6. ...but I can't pair football-watching with beer. I gave the yellow thing lots of chances to prove itself, but I recently decided that I just hate the taste of it!

7. Weird as it may sound, I also don't like ice-cream, cake, chocolate, candy or any sweet stuff in general. My taste buds get sweetness overload after just one spoonful of the stuff.

As big as my clothes and shoes collection might be, I love my book collection even more. My over-stuffed black EXPEDIT is my baby.
9. I never read the horoscope in magazines. No, not even a glimpse. My friends think that's weird.

10. I'm not afraid of cockroaches. Not that I love them or anything, I'm just able spot and kill them without batting an eyelid. Same with snakes, only I don't kill them. And I find mice too cute. But, I get totally petrified just by seeing a tarantula printed on a magazine. Seriously, I can't even touch the paper.

And yes, this is my hand holding a baby mouse I found in the garden this summer.
Thanks for the tag Natalie, and sorry it took so long. Procrastinator, you see...

[all pictures mine, except Bob the Builder]

Birthday girl

I'm back in Athens after a quite gruesome 12-hour trip by ship. But I can't complain much, as it's my birthday today! So, I'm having the day off... Intense studying starts tomorrow. Hope you have an excellent day too!

In the picture, my best friend's present: An amazingly cute glass pin, handmade by a friend of hers. Absolutely love it!

Nenyaki wears it well

I was so happy when a couple of weeks ago I received this picture by my lovely reader Nenyaki:

Nenyaki won one of the three Attrattivo brooches in my give-away a few weeks ago, and kindly made the effort to send me the inspirational outfit-with-brooch picture I had asked for.

I love the colour combination and seeing the brooch worn in such an unconventional way, on the pocket of her skirt. And let's not get into the picture's background, I'm sure we're all awfully jealous right now.

Thanks girl!

Kitty has taste, lacks manners

Apparently, our newly adopted kitten really likes shoes. Not wearing them, more like chewing on them. And the newer the shoes, the happier he is. I think Alecca has a similar issue with her own Persian beauty, who is quite appropriately named Miu.

Here he is showing some "love" to my latest obsession, those yummy snakeskin flats by Bronx, yet another of my favourite footwear brands. Got those beauties in Amsterdam last month, for €30 down from €60 and I've already declared them as my new favourite sandals. How could I not?

Faltso shopping

No trip back home in Samos is complete without a visit - or several - to my favourite little shop, FALTSO boutique. This time, I tried on a perfectly laid-back maxi dress by A.L.E. but I chickened out of buying for two reasons: Firstly, I really can't think of any time or place where I could rock a maxi dress at this time in my life. Secondly, my profile view looked heavily pregnant.
I seriously *need* waist definition to look good.
Much unlike Eva, the boutique owner, who rocks any shape or style. I mean, I also tried on the BADILA dress she's wearing right here in this picture, and I looked even more pregnant than with the A.L.E. one! Contrary to Eva, who always looks perfect. I'm actually talking her into starting her own blog, as I believe all her outfits are worth documenting. The first step was made and is already running. Now, all we have to do is wait for the some outfit pictures... Can't wait!

Of course, I didn't leave the shop empty-handed. No way sir! But that will be a post on its own...

Still summer, but not for long

Silly me, I've been on the island for so many days, without posting any pics to show for it...
So, here's an example of what I've been up to:

A motorboat ride with the family - including the dog - around the island, while getting slightly jealous of other people's sailboats. Feeling the wind on your sails is much more stylish than a red inflatable boat with a a smelly, noisy motor.

Not that Ludi the dog minds it!

Life on the island is fine, but I'm starting to feel homesick of my own cozy apartment... What can I say, I like my own space.
And sleeping in my old childhood room is starting to get 0n my nerves!

Blue and green and a little kitten

New flip-flops from Accessorize.

New multi-coloured necklace, Accessorize (on sale). Green tank top, H&M. Blue backpack, ALDO. Off-white skirt, ZARA. Leather belt, Massimo Dutti. White-rimmed aviators, Von Zipper.

Kitten, stray.

Oh my, what a horrible blogger I've been, right?
Well, you can see my excuse directly above. My sister and I found this little kitten in our yard last Wednesday, the day we flew back to Samos. With our luggage, this time. We haven't decided yet on the little one's name, so if you know any cool male kitten names, then by all means, fire away!

Oh, and I've been too lazy to edit all of the pictures I want to show you from Amsterdam. If you still want to see some, I'll get to it this week, promise!

I'm back, my suitcase is not

Yup. That's right.

As I've already complained all over twitter and facebook (and usually I'm NOT a whiny person) ALITALIA managed to stay true to its name as a lousy luggage handler and leave all three of our suitcases in our transfer airport. This means that, while I'm back in Athens from Amsterdam, my suitcase is currently vacationing in Rome.

Along with almost all of my new buys, of course...

Hope to get it back soon and in one piece, as I'm leaving once again for Samos island tomorrow... Alas, my camera was in my hand luggage, so regular posting of my adventures in the Netherlands will start soon... Feels good to be back!

Quick, before I disappear again...

Sorry for going AWOL for so many days now, but I've been all over the place here in Greece. I left Samos one week ago to celebrate along with friends who got their architecture degree in Volos (my time WILL come too) and then I've been keeping busy here in Athens. I managed to get some shopping done before all that, but I can only give you a small preview, as I haven't been able to shoot proper pictures of my new buys, except for this one:

Trying to get back to my preppy roots, with this red strippy polo shirt from H&M.

And that's about it for now.

But don't worry, I saved the best for the end... I'm going to Amsterdam with my sister and friend Litsa tommorow! I'll be there for one week, and hopefully I'll try to do a couple of updates while I'm there, in an attempt for you to forgive me for being so lazy these past couple of weeks...


Sorry for the absence, but I'm afraid I will have to extend it a bit more...

And no, I haven't shopped anything in the sales yet.
That's something.

Accessorizing the cat

I'm in Samos island once again.
You know what that means... it's Frida-posting time!

In this photo, Frida is graciously modeling for us, my mum's new Accessorize necklace, which I'm definitely gonna borrow several times while I'm here.

See more of this island's most stylish Siamese cat here, here and here.

Success guaranteed


Desperate times, desperate measures?

Refinery29 via Brian Boy
(click one of the links for bigger image)

The perfect ice cube

I know this is a fashion blog, but we all love pretty things, right?
I visited Habitat this Saturday, and even though I loved almost everything in there, I had to restrict myself just to this fuchsia silicone ice cube tray. And some catalogues to take home for the obligatory eye-candy, of course!

Am I weird for being excited because it will make ice cubes with perfect cubic shape? And because it's hot pink?
Well, people have their vices...

Have a lovely weekend

Dress, Pull and Bear. Red flats, Maloles.
(see the dress worn with red flats here too)

Win this!

The amazingly cool, travelling-loving girl we came to know as Wanderlusting, is having a give-away on her blog Anywhere But Here. To enter and have a chance to win this cute Forever 21 strapless summer dress, read her post and follow the instructions.
Hurry up though, she's gonna draw the winner tomorrow!

Klein, royal, electric

Anyway you call it, I'm talking about the most vibrant shade of blue out there. And I already know two bloggers out there who absolutely love it.

[all photos from Le Blog de Betty]

[all photos from 13.9]

So, I really consider those two amazing girls and their blogs to be the inspiration behind my impulse to buy this
royal blue backpack by ALDO in Bucurest last month. Even if it only cost something like 12 euros.

I love its simplicity, the complete absence of logo and the amazing colour. Now, if only I can be as inventive and stylish as Betty and Yasemin when using to add vibrant blue in my outfits...