Chanel’s tribute to Greece as “the origin of beauty and culture”

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I couldn’t have loved a collection more than Chanel’s Cruise 2017-2018. Inspired by ancient Greece, “The Modernity of Antiquity”, as Karl Lagerfield named the collection, portrays the spirit of a Greek Goddess, reimagined. And if Gucci was denied permission, just only a few months ago, to hold their catwalk show in front of the Parthenon in Athens, Karl Lagerfeld brought the Parthenon to the Grand Palais in Paris.

White like the marble, gold like the sun, blue like the aegean sea. These are the true colors of Greece and they make Chanel’s Cruise 2017-2018 palette. Which is another reason why I love this particular collection. In December 2016 my final project in Art and Design in Fashion for the UHMC was named “Greek Goddess”.  And this is how I  imagined her modern version… With drapes, crowns and everything. Maybe Karl should have consulted me? After all I studied Greek Culture!

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Please don’t judge my drawing skills,  it was my initiation in fashion design and sketching. I have improved since then 🙂

Anyways, you may watch and admire Chanel’s full collection here:

My love-and-hate relationship with my new Apple Watch.

A gift for my birthday, I don’t know whether to love it or hate it. Yes I still have mixed emotions about my new Apple Watch. Why? For so many reasons. But let us start first things first.

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Undoubtedly the Apple Watch is beautiful. Personally I have a thing with oversized square-shaped watches and my dream watch is the Cartier Tank MC (did I just dare to compare the Watch with the Tank MC? Naahh..) So, big, check! Square, check!, Rose gold, check, check, check!

Notification reminders (can the Cartier Tank MC do that? I doubt..) It’s not like I didn’t have these before with my Misfit Shine but with the Watch notifications and reminders become a little more “personal” a little more “creative”. There are times though that I feel overwhelmed. You can certainly decide on the kind of notifications you want on your Apple Watch but when you have an iPhone then almost certainly you will choose all that apply to your phone. And if all these notifications and reminders cause you stress, then “Breathe” will remind you to take a break and bring your focus on your breathing so to relax. Which turns out to be a paradox… if you really needed to relax maybe you shouldn’t have all these notifications and reminders telling what to do in the first place. Does it make sense?

Apple Watch is waterproof and you can shower or swim with it and track your activity. It has a cool feature to remove any water that might have got in the speakers too. In this case you need to activate the “drop” icon and then turn the crown upwards to have sound vibrations push the water out. But however cool this feature may be, you might feel, just like me, that if water can penetrate the Watch, it doesn’t seem that safe to swim with, especially in windy conditions when fine sand and salt water mix. So last time I went to the beach determined to test my expensive gadget in the water, I finally didn’t dare and had to take it out before I plunged into the sea. Then, while in the water, I saw a guy next to me wearing his while trying to catch a wave with his boogie board. Yes I admit it, I was a chicken. I just couldn’t bear the thought of having Minnie Mouse telling me the time (yes! she does tell you the time when you tap on her!) with her voice distorted because of a sore throat after a swim…

Apple Watch can be used as a fitness tracker. Despite the initial puzzle with setting up the apps, when everything was set it still didn’t feel like I could use it as my strenuous exercise partner. It’s a lot more bulky and heavy compared to my Misfit Shine and I would have to make sure I had plenty of space around me while exercising so not to bang the Watch on some wall or hard surface. It is delicate and even if I have been very careful since the beginning I have already spotted a scratch on its ION-X glass out of nowhere, I can’t recall of even coming close to a hard object so it’s a total bummer. And then you look for all these reviews about how easily or not Apple Watch can get scratched and how scratches can (if they ever can) be fixed. And then you look for ways to actually protect the screen but at the same time keep the beautiful lean look. And then you realize good protection is costly but then again it doesn’t really offer much anyways. And then you decide to go for the Apple Care+ where you could eventually replace your Watch or have it fixed twice for accidental damage which the normal Apple Care doesn’t cover but you have to pay extra for that. And then you realize that if you didn’t have the Apple Watch you wouldn’t have all these issues and worries IN THE FIRST PLACE.

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So with all this time and money invested on the Apple Watch it seems that its aim is becoming your irreplaceable piece of jewellery. With all these notifications and charming little sounds it claims a place in your everyday life and becomes an absolute necessity so you’d forget about wearing your conventional watch ever again. But I love my other watches too. I want to wear my other watches too. I like alternating between my jewellery. At the end of the day I believe we already depend a lot on technology, I certainly didn’t need another mind organizer. Apple Watch seemed to take more of my freedom and independence than what it could offer me.  So I was ready not to fall for this technology trap (you could also replace t with c) and just send the Apple Watch back. My decision came also after Misfit Wearables offered, to my suprise, to replace my favorite lost Misfit Shine 2 with a brand new one, something I will be writing soon about. But then again Apple Watch “talked to me” and insisted I should keep it. It was hubby’s gift afterall. Plus I had an accident with hot soup exploding from my Nutri-bullet on my hands (don’t ask how I managed this, I’m a natural blonde) and if it wasn’t for my Apple Watch (and the miracle cream I have from Greece for burns) my wrists would have been totally burned. The Apple Watch strap prevented a large part of my wrist been exposed to the bursting hot soup. The Apple Watch strap survived the burning test.

So we made a deal. I will keep the Apple Watch. I will not stop wearing my other watches and I will mainly rely on Misfit Shine 2 for my swimming activities tracking. But I will certainly stay in charge and keep enjoying my Apple Watch and its features whenever I want. It’s actually simple: I will not let this relationship become one of a destructive interdependence…

Art Exhibition: I paint what I feel, I feel what I paint

Exceptional artist, brilliant mind and dearest friend Stella Stylianou paints what she feels and feels what she paints. The result: a world full of emotions, feminine and strong at the same time, a circle of beauties with seductive eyes, enwrapped in alluring mysteries waiting to be explored. If you happen to be in Cyprus this weekend you have to visit Stella’s exhibition and let your heart be charmed by her wonderful paintings.  Friday 8th to Sunday 10th of April at MS Viewpoint Studios in Nicosia. (Check below last picture for details on venue and timings).

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I have been watching Stella these past few months being in a creative frenzy and I love this girl’s energy. You can see what I mean by watching this time lapse video where she does her magic:

Art is food for the soul but it can get twice as beneficial when serving a good cause. For this reason Stella Stylianou has joined forces with Minus One, the music band that represents Cyprus in Eurovision Song Contest 2016. Both they support the “Wig Fund”, a program that helps provide wigs to cancer patients.

All proceeds from the painting #oils-1 will go to the “WIG FUND”.

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#Oils-1 : Minus One group members are shown on the girl’s beanie. Who’s gonna be the lucky person to have this painting?

 

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My favorite one!

 

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Almost ready for the exhibition!

 

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And here are the details of the exhibition. For Stella’s Stylianou past work you may check her website: stellastylianou.com 
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Lessons Learned. A mum’s letter to her son’s examiner

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Dear Mr. Examiner, 
I didn’t know anything about you before you came to Bahrain as an examiner for the Rock and Pop examinations but I had to check out on your music, especially since you failed my son on his drums’ exams.
All I can say is I really admire your work, and in no way would I ever doubt your talent or question your qualifications as a drummer and an artist. While checking out for your works I really enjoyed your music and I declare myself a fan of jazz.
Unfortunately I don’t share all of my music preferences with my son. He’s much more into rock style. I believe you found out he’s more inclined to rock music if I can guess from your comment on his improvisation performance where you noted that “this was too much in rock style for the specific genre”.
I will put aside this comment although I would be interested to know from you, how wrong would it be for a 10 year old kid to play in “rock style” especially when taking a “Rock and Pop” examination, to result to a fail mark. I’m sorry but didn’t see any comments for this particular song on the technical aspects of his performance and I would say that such a comment pertains to the drummer’s personal style and the examiner’s own music preferences. But that’s just me, so please don’t take the words of an amateur drummer too seriously.
But to the point. My intention with this letter is to actually thank you. Thank you for failing my son. If anything, you have given him a valuable lesson. Not one in drums, but in life. You certainly have taught him that there is injustice in this world. That there are instances that even if we do everything right, something or someone might come along the way and turn things upside down. And this time, just this time, it happens and it won’t be our fault.
I know my son and I know he’s too harsh on judging himself. When I saw his report at first I was hesitant to let him know of his fail marks, afraid he would be deeply hurt and discouraged from picking up the sticks again, especially since he seemed so confident about his performance in the exams and very optimistic for his results, one of the very few times his perfectionist self was really satisfied since the day he embarked on his music learning journey.
Thank you for this slap. Oh, yeah, it did hurt at first. He did cry. He couldn’t understand why this happened. “Why”? “I KNOW I did well”. I knew it too. I was there. I listened. And with the poor sound isolation of the examination room and my tiny musical ear I knew he did great. He certainly didn’t deserve to fail.
So I had to tell him that out of a total of 14 candidates who sat the exams in Bahrain only 3 have passed. Which I guess it’s true. I had to remind him how irritated you seemed at the day of the exams and how we thought and commented on it to be your way of looking “cool” and “strict”. And believe it or not my son would want you to be strict. Very strict. With regards to his learning be it in music, history or science he demands from his tutors that they are strict with him, strict but fair too. He knows that only by challenging his boundaries he can be a better version of himself.
Anyways, as a last resort to console him I suggested we should watch one of his favorite movies, “Whiplash” for once more. That calmed him down and made him realize that whatever other people say about you, however they null your expectations and dreams, you have to “upbeat” them by trying harder and believing in yourself.
I can’t thank you enough for this lesson on injustice. Nevertheless, as a mum I also had to teach my son a lesson out of his experience. And my lesson had to do with people’s reaction to injustice. I had to show him that no injustice should remain in the dark. That when we see injustice we have to take all necessary steps to correct it and make sure it won’t happen again. That justice should at least be given a chance.
So I hope you don’t mind that I had to report to the examination center for an investigation on my son’s marks and inconsistent comments. Of course I had to put down all the details of the examination so I had to report that on that day you seemed a little “too” nervous. I didn’t mention that as per rumors you had some issues with your arrival or accommodation in Bahrain cause this would be simply gossip, but I had to mention that when it was my son’s turn to take the exam, and with a 30 mins delay, you sent him back out of the examination room and decided he would be examined last on the list on the grounds that he’s “left handed” and you needed to “save time”. I don’t know if being a left handed is considered an impairment to you, but then again in the next minute or so, you changed your mind and asked him back in, so luckily my son didn’t have to wait for another couple of hours for the 10 seconds he needed to place his floor tom and ride from right to left. That would be “unfair” for him waiting that long to simply fail, don’t you think?
I really felt obliged to return the favor back to you. So there you have it. My thank you and a lesson: Never underestimate a mum’s sense of justice.
Honestly wishing you the best of luck in your career,
A mum and (amateur) drummer.

Playing in Nature

Where houses are abandoned, nature takes over and paints the town in summer’s golden hues. It’s time for reflection, time to love and feel loved, time to reunite with mother nature.
This is roughly the idea behind Maria Galati’s photoshoot who chose Zoe Manousaridou as her model to capture the sense of freedom one experiences when in interaction with nature. An actress, art director and manager of emerging music bands, Maria Galati wanted to simply express her idea through her lens and Zoe’s gypsy soul and country style channeled and delivered the message. Nature played her part too. Enjoy!
Art Director/Photographer/Creative Photo Idea: Maria Galati
Model: Zoe Manousaridou
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I Try to Talk to You. Listen. Watch.

More and more fashion houses and online stores realize the power of cinematic art as a way to showcase their collections. Sometimes the results are astonishing.
SSENSE and System Magazine present Hercules & Love Affair’s new video for “I Try To Talk To You” ft. John Grant. Directed by David Wilson and styled by Simon Robins, the video features looks from the Spring collections of Acne Studios, Balmain and T by Alexander Wang.
Speechless. Art and fashion working together to spread emotions. Watch the video, enjoy the music:
Remember Mine All Mine ? The concept is almost the same, although I found I Try to Talk To You powerful beyond measure.
Cute and playful, TheOutnet video for their 5th birthday features some of the hottest gals in fashion and music. Among them, personal favorite, brilliant blogger and Man Repeller, Leandra Medine. You can watch the video and campaign here.
So now that you listened and watched I wait for your comments! x

 

Update: Homer Anatolian? Epic Fail!

Update on our previous post: Homer Anatolian??? Epic Fail !!!
Bahrain Economic Development Board has quietly updated its Press Release with regards to performance “Troy” by Turkish dance company “Fire of Anatolia.” The updated version which you can find here reads: “poet Homer”. The same in Arabic. Although the word “Anatolian” was erased for Homer’s ethnicity we haven’t seen the word “Greek” added instead.
Probably because in the official website of “Fire of Anatolia” Greece or Greeks are nowhere mentioned. You can read about the Persians, the Romans, the Byzantines even Alexander the Great.. But Greece? Probably for Turkey Greece never existed. Or Alexander the Great was Turkish. Or Skopjan (another bitter story for another post).

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As for the Facebook post from Spring of Culture, this is not edited. And it won’t. It contains the words of Director Mustafa Erdogan in quotes so I suppose the event organizers have no control over what he says. Or at least that’s what they think. And that’s the oxymoron: freedom of speech is allowed to someone bearing the same name with Turkey’s Prime Minister who by the way recently banned twitter and youtube.

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So much for Mr. Erdogan’s words from their website: “The main concept behind Fire of Anatolia is the meeting of civilizations”. The meeting you said? Or the splitting?

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We will keep you updated of any news on the story. I just trust that fellow journalists, when conducting an interview with the Director Erdogan or the dancers, will ask the right questions.