Wake Up!

What would you do if you could turn back the time?

The answer in this short film, 2nd prize winner in Mofilm. Written and Directed by Kostas Karydas, Produced by Dimitris Floros and Vicky Kioutsouki

Wake Up!

source: http://www.mamma365.gr

Alternative Kitchenware by Grigoris Kouskouris

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Using the finest of Greek marbles, sculptor Grigoris Kouskouris presents his new inspiration: Alternative kitchenware. Simple and elegant artifacts for the passionate inquisitor of the art de la table, these masterpieces bring the Greek finesse and luxury in our everyday lives.

His exhibition “Alternative Kitchenware” opens at the central square of Pyrgos, on the magical Santorini island on the 15th of October at 20:00 and we would love to be there and admire his work.

Although we are sure we will be posting more about this great artist and his amazing sculptures, for a feast of the eyes you may visit his website: http://www.kouskouris.gr

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Design and Architecture International Awards: Dimitris Economou

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Paramythi Cafe Bar
Architect and Interior Designer: Dimitris Economou

Winner of 2012 design Hotel and Property Awards in the bar/ club/ lounge category, Architect and Interior Designer Dimitris Economou is award nominee for yet another year, this time for his project “Paramythi Cafe Bar”.  A big fan of his design work which you can see here, I couldn’t but admire this fresh space designed in his distinct style and I have voted for him. I urge you to do the same!

Unlike any other awards, The Design and Architecture International Awards, hosted by design et al magazine (a leading interior design magazine based in the UK), are not judged by a panel. Instead, the projects are presented online and voting is open to everyone. So if you want to vote for Dimitris Economou too, all you have to do is to click on this link and choose Dimitris Economou Interiors in the bar/ club/ lounge category.

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You have to cast your vote for every other category in the Hotel and Property Awards and include your name and email address for your vote to be valid. design et al also offers a complementary  3 month online subscription if you complete all your details in the online form.

“Paramythi” is the greek word for fairytale, so Dimitris Economou Interiors’ project is described as  ‘a playful cafe-bar’ which follows an imaginative storytelling theme with a series of little intrigues and design elements to help generate a sense of intimacy and reignite those childhood magical moments. You can experience this playful atmosphere when you click on the photos.

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Paramythi Cafe Bar
Architect and Interior Designer: Dimitris Economou

A favourite element is the set of swings that greet customers as they enter the cafe bar. They may choose to enjoy coffee or read a book while swinging from their seats, or rest their imaginations upon the wall of vintage books suspended vertically from the ceiling. The selection of materials is a correlation between raw industrial materials with a touch of rustic warmth. Aztec, tribal patterns in fancy table printings, fill the upper level adding a splash of color and life to the space. Dimitris Economou used his cut out wood furniture in chevrons and ovals to provide both functionality and an elegant touch.

Dimitris Economou Interiors’ projects include big names of the food and entertainment industry like Hard Rock Cafe, Haagen Dazs or even the “m ultra lounge” of Grammy-winning  Dj and producer David Morales. “m ultra lounge” in Mykonos island was the winning project for the Hotel and Property Awards in 2012. I so love the vibrant colors and fell in love with the idea of the red chain curtains!

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“m ultra lounge”
Architect and Interior Designer: Dimitris Economou
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Taylor says: legs for days

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This gal did it again. She made me fall in love with her new collection “Legs for days” and I ‘m going to get in trouble spending money on shoes I don’t actually need (Aren’t 79 pairs more than enough? Or should I round the number?)

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If you are a shoe lover (or addict like me) and haven’t yet seen Taylor Reeve’s one of a kind collections, then you are missing a lot. Because the “crazy blondie from South California” is a genius who touches our soles (and souls) with her magic brush in order to create masterpieces on which we can step elegantly. Red signature soles are ok, but what’s even better is funky art on your soles that will buzz WOWs all around you! Convinced? Then you should definitely visit Taylor Says.

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As for my favorite pair? KA BOOM!!! I’m sooooo buying them!

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Thank you’s that bring a smile

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Online shopping has the element of surprise. And anticipation. It’s not that you don’t know what you ordered (although sometimes this might also be the case..) but if you WILL receive WHAT you ordered. Is it going to be how you expected it to be? Will it arrive on time? Will it finally fit you? How will the packaging be? It’s like a mystery gift (sort of a Farmville feature) of which you know the contents, you know you paid for it (your credit card statement is the proof) yet you feel the same level of excitement as you would feel if you’d open an actual surprise gift or if someone else had paid for it. In my opinion this is why more and more people are shopping online except for the obvious reasons (i.e. to find sold out elsewhere items, for the convenience of not having to wait in check out lines, low prices during sales).
Packaging might tell a lot about a shop and how they value their goods and your opinion as a customer, but don’t judge a shipment from its outer normal post box with all the customs papers, tape and marks.  This is to protect the goods which decent online shops place in a second cute box wrapped or ribboned so to give you the joy of unwrapping.
Most online shops, in order to make up for the absence of a personal contact with their customers and to reward their courage for buying online without actually having seen the product, they offer little surprises along with the goods. Discount vouchers are always welcome and I have received many in the past from Abercrombie and Juicy Couture. Samples of perfumes or totes are great and can come of use in a fashionable way, especially if they have Victoria’s Secret logo. But my magic moment is when I open the box to check my treasure and find a thank you card. Preferably a hand-written one. I am old-fashioned and this little trick shops are using to make the online shopping experience more personal, is the one that does wonders for me. And it brings me a smile.
So here are my top 3 thank you cards from online shops. I would include one thank you note I received from HEX who make cases for MacBooks, iPhones, iPods and iPads but unfortunately after I moved to my new house I can’t find it. The reason why I was pleasantly surprised from this thank you note was that HEX is more of a gadget shop where you’d expect a “cold” transaction, yet not only did they send a handwritten thank you, they also send a small gift to show their appreciation for our business. It didn’t matter to them that my order was less than 15 USD! That means generosity and that every customer matters to them. Check out their amazing cases by clicking here.

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Juicy Couture prefers to keep it simple and straight with a printed Thank You in gold background.

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Tessabit sent me a beautiful postcard from Lago di Como of the past… I enjoyed my purchase which came in a black signature box beautifully wrapped in the shop’s ribbon as much as this little surprise thank you which I kept.  🙂  So romantic! I like especially this one as it brings me memories of my high-school pen-pals.

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Last but not least the surprise of this card from Département Féminin was amazing for it tricked me since the first minute I opened my box: A beautiful rosy-musky perfume filled the air. I couldn’t figure out where it came from until I saw an envelope which I brought close to my nose… This eureka moment made me open the envelope first and then check for the box’s contents! Needless to say I kept the card in my scarves’ drawer… As for my shopping experience… incroyable! Will tell you all about Département Féminin  on my next post.. In the meantime MERCI BEAUCOUP!

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Have you ever received a special Thank You Card that brought a smile on your face? Feel free to share it with us.

Lightning Show

Last night I spent an hour watching the lightning storm that hit Bahrain unexpectedly. I managed to capture some nice photos with my Iphone 4 which I share with you. Isn’t nature the greatest performer of all?

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My birthday wish: The Smart Ebike

ebikeMy birthday is near and I have been taking my wish list out… Hmmm I would love to have the Smart Ebike for birthday present but unfortunately they don’t bring it in Bahrain… But I have been thinking of buying it from Europe and having it shipped here. We’ll see. Meanwhile I just admire its simple design and lines on photos.

Just for the history, since in Bahrain and with the F1 coming up this weekend, the world’s first owners of the new smart ebike were The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg who were given their futuristic ebikes last year before the start of the F1 season.

With an unconventional design in line with the style of the brand, functions appropriate for city use and high technology standards that are demonstrated by the extremely efficient and high-performance drive package and high-quality components, the smart ebike has an exceptional position and guarantees dynamic, safe and fun cycling.

As a pedelec (Pedal Electric Cycle) the smart ebike is strictly speaking a hybrid vehicle: the electric motor switches on as soon as the rider starts pedalling. Muscle power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a lubricant-free, durable and quiet belt drive in place of a conventional bicycle chain.

Sounds pretty cool, eh?

On the other hand, the roads in Bahrain are not at all cyclist – friendly, not to mention the hot weather… Maybe I should be looking further down on my wish list, for the time being at least.

Trends We Love in “Like A Fairy Tale”

We teamed up with Umer Sheikh | Photography to bring you three Fairy-tale characters that inspire this season’s top fashion trends.
It’s true, I was initially approached by Umer Sheikh to simply model for his portfolio, but could not let this opportunity get away. It had been a long time I wanted to style a photoshoot to involve fairy tale characters dressed in the latest trends. Umer liked the idea so we decided to get on with it.
We didn’t have much time available or resources but I believe we gave a good shot.
However, for a consultant like me, it’s one thing to “picture” the concept of a photoshoot and instruct a model how to act and totally ANOTHER to style myself while being the model at the same time. Now I would have to get in the role of the characters I had chosen and prove what I preach my clients: Confidence is the ultimate accessory.
It wouldn’t be “like a fairy tale” if there weren’t any fairies of course. Vee Situmorang my make-up fairy transformed me instantly into Cinderella with her magic brush-wand and Ocha gave my hair some curls with a simple touch.
The good news was that when the clock struck 12 I wasn’t back in my jeans… instead I was Robin Hood… and then.. A Diva!!
Et voila!!!
Credits:
Concept/Styling/Model : Evie Varthi – Idol Image Consulting
Photography : Umer Sheikh | Photography
Make-up : Vee Situmorang
Hair Styling : Ocha
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“Cinderella”
The Trend: The Ball Gown
Strapless Dress – BCBG Max Azria
Shoes – Roberto Cavalli
Pearl Necklace – Chanel
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 “Robin Hood”
The Trend: The Alpine Hat
Leather Track Pants and Alpine Hat – Juicy Couture
Top – Top Shop
Shoes – Balenciaga
Handbag – Chanel
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The Trend: The Leather Track Pants
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Top – Top Shop
Blazer – Gap
Shoes – Balenciaga
Handbag – Chanel
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“Modern Diva”
The Trend: Leopard Print
Leopard Print Dress – Moschino
Shoes – Alexander McQueen
Earrings – Chanel
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If you like these photos you might want to have a look at the full album here. 

We so much enjoyed it !!

So tell us who is your favorite fairy tale character?