Designing everyday life

Thursday, 22 September 2016

Baby loading : just another pregnancy diary #not

       
   
        Well ...hello! It's been quite a while my friends, I know I know...cause life can be quite unpredictable. When you think you have it all figured out, something happens and everything is..turned upside down!!

Being busy handling job obligations, sticking to a posting schedule and trying to begin writing my thesis a few months ago, news hit me like a hammer...

.... pregnancy test positive!!! No there is no doubt, I am pregnant alright! 

To be honest here, nothing happened without my absolute consent. Me and my man are two grownups who made the decision to start trying to...make a baby!! But someone overestimated herself as being prepared for what was about to happen...

No  I wasn't ready for the whole transformative period in a woman's life that is called pregnancy. I mean everything happened really fast - and I am of course grateful for that! - but still... 

So there I was in my first trimester feeling absolutely scared and a little bit depressed ...until nausea started to show its ugly face and I got really messed up.....didn't really have the courage to do all those things that actually give me fuel to keep up with life's challenges. Had to postpone blogging, yoga or researching for my Msc!! That was a hard one for me. On top of that I had to force myself show up at work when the only thing I felt like doing was sleeping all day long!!!

Then the second trimester came along and things started to get better - feeling the first moves of my little one was somehow liberating and uplifting, I really needed that. A relaxing vacation close to the sea made me feel much better - at beautiful Melitsina in Kardamili (Peloponnese), you should check it out! Swimming during pregnancy turns out to be  soothing and energy boosting at the same time. 

And all that led me to my third trimester....and having to keep up with it during the HOT HOT HOT greek summer!!! But somehow I managed to survive through severe back aches, hot flashes, digestional problems ( and lack of sleep because of the previous ) and organise the nursery, do some baby upbringing reading  and stay positive - most of the days anyway! And here I am now at the end of it all, anticipating to meet this little lady I 've been spending my time with all those months...
 
Well before I leave you to go and be... a mother (!), I would like to share some thoughts - this is dedicated to all of you who didn't actually ....fancy being pregnant like me :

  •  emotions are going to undertake your world; it's ok, it's the hormones, so just take a deep breath and experience it...it shall pass!!                                                                  
  • there will be some body aching, especially if you are an over - 35 - preggo girl! It is absolutely normal...
  • googling during pregnancy is an absolute NO, NO and NO!! ( Unless it is for searching styling tips about you or your little one...:) ). Find a doctor and a midwife that you trust and confide all your worries in them.
  • try not to gain much weight - everything will be much easier this way. But even if you don't manage that, don't be hard on yourself. You 'll have plenty of time to deal with it postpartum.
  • don't lose yourself - pregnancy is just another period in a woman's life, a period of growth. So stay true to yourself and your ways, keep up with your favorite activities as much as you can, don't let fear take control over you.
  • style your bump up!! I have an upcoming post about that, stay tuned....
  • there will be lots, LOTS of opinions from people around you. Most of them mean well but if it makes you uncomfortable just kindly ask them not to share with you...or get yourself some earplugs!!!
  • read "Bringing up bebe" - soooo enjoyable!
  • don't underestimate your partner or loved ones; they can be true life savers if you just let them.
  • at the end of the day all that matters is to ensure healthy conditions for you and your little one!

And that's about it I guess.... 

Hope you come along with me in this new unknown path of my life...I intend to take one step at a time and keep... blogging about it!

Lots of hugs and kisses from baby - loaded me....

y ❤️

*the above illustration was inspired from Christopher David Ryan's work. Go check him out!





 



Monday, 8 February 2016

Falling for Grace : the cat lover


       

What is it about fashion people and cats? They seem to love each other endlessly. You can watch those little creatures play their role to campaigns, on prints, on kitten(!) heels either at front row seats! The last is humorously presented at the The Catwalk Cats with Grace's
illustrations of her cats. The book documents the life of Grace Coddington and her companion Didier Malige through the eyes of their hairy little cat friends.
 

                                         

So fashionistas love cats and vice - versa. Any particular reason why that happens? Well from my point of view a person who loves fashion is a person who - above all -  loves constant changes. Who cares about innovation and needs the freedom to change her mind whenever she feels like it. Yes. Freedom and spontaneity are the key words. And maybe, ehhm a little snobbism?? ( check out Karl for that one !).

So a cat is a perfect pet for them. Independed, free, sometimes even behaving like brats, not so loyal and as wild as spoiled darlings at the same time. Oh yes! I prefer them myself as well. Can't stand a dog's loyalty no matter how cute...


       

  
 

I leave you to get on with the rest of your Monday tasks - before that I must ask: are you a cat or a dog person? Or neither?! 

Oh I almost forgot - Grace's cats from the book above are about to be turned into an animated film! Can't wait for that one.....

Lots of kisses!

y ❤️

   
        

 
   
 
 

Monday, 1 February 2016

Falling for Grace : 3 things she is an inspiration for


       

The news spreaded like a wildfire several days ago : Grace Coddington steps down as a creative director of American Vogue. WHAT?! Things are going to be very different from now on for sure....

Because Grace does for Vogue what the fashion designer does for the brand : her creativity fuels up all aspects of the magazine. That's why she has become an unexpected rising star since the documentary film "The September Issue" was released in 2009. Her autobiography Grace was an instant hit - still craving for that one!! - and the low profile stylist got all the attention she deserved! 


                                   

So did her 2002 work on "Grace : Thirty years of Fashion at Vogue" weighs 4,5 kg, contains 400 pages of photoshoots and sells for up to $2,450 (!) on eBay for a signed copy.
       


Here you can check out two of my favorite specimens of her work for Vogue: 

       


She has collaborated with the best fashion photographers out there - including Tim Walker, Arthur Elgort and Anne Leibovitz - creating their own fantasy world in each and every one photoshoot.

       


So when the 74 - year - old decided it was time to leave her, since 1988, position at Vogue in order to persue other potentials - please just think about what most ladies do at her age - I couldn't help but feeling inspired and intrigued at the same time!!
Here are three things that make me want to live life the Grace way:

1. Do it your own way  

 Against her bosse's - Anna Wintour - tend for commerciality and celebrity culture, Grace sticks for aesthetics and considers fashion from her arty perspective. And how I respect that integrity in people!! The redheaded  girl who was raised during Word War II by the proprietors of a ramshackle hotel in Anglesey (that's in Wales bytheway), used to love sailing and sewing her own clothes managed to become someone important. Escaped Anglesey - where in her own words "you could end up working in either a clock factory or a snack bar" - started modelling and never looked back. So staying true to yourself and beliefs is sometimes all it takes....


    2. When life gives you lemons you go and plant a lemon tree.
      
    So Grace was enjoying her life as a successful model in the 60's - nothing had prepared the young lady with the perfectly cropped hair from Vidal Sassoon who made out with Mick Jagger for th disaster that was about to come. Yes, life does that. She survived a car accident that sliced off her right eyelid, had a miscarriage and found out her fiancé was cheating on her. Modelling days were over for sure. Stuff like that destroy peoples lives in a second. But Ms Coddington decided that whining is boring and went on becoming the best creative director Vogue ever had! Things get tough for all of us sometimes. The power to become stronger and just keep on fighting  lays in our hands...never give up your dreams. They are what actually defines you after all!

    3. Shy people do rise!

    Being the kind of girl her friends in college used to call poppy due to the blushing effect on my face EVERY time I speaked up, you can understand  why I relate to Grace's shyness! Loudness seems to be promoted as a necessary tool in order to succeed. But I happen to believe that hard work and self confidence are the important factors and people like Ms Coddington are around here to prove it!
    The following two posts are also dedicated to the redheaded lady - lovely things about ...cat lovers (!) and styling. 

    So what do you think  of her?

                                          
       
     
     
      Kisses!

    y ❤️

    Sources:
    • Vogue
    • Anothermag
    • NYtimes
       

    Monday, 25 January 2016

    Female pulses: Anastasia




    Female pulses...ladies who dare to take risks in order to communicate their inner desires, who are passionate about what they do and spread their creativity around. This is the new category I' ve decided to create here on the blog! We are about to meet together those girls, have a chat with them, ask them about their lives, their passions and of course..their style!!!

    So please allow me to introduce you to my friend Anastasia. I am sooooo glad to have her in my life again! You see Anastasia and I where very good friends back in high school - not so long (cough cough !) ago...:):). She was one of my dearest girlfriends with whom I enjoyed spending time and talking about - what else?? - style and boys! Ahh girls in their teens..... But then she left... her family moved to US due to her father's job obligations and we lost touch

    Until.... I started blogging! And we found each other - in fact she found my blog and commented in one of my posts and boom! We were friends again...and I found her lovely blog as well. Anastasia, between jobs and taking care of her beautiful famil
    ( mother of two )  is a renowned painter as well! She has taken part in several exhibitions in Greece and abroad. The moment I layed my eyes on her work I knew I wanted to dedicate a post to it. And last week we finally got together to have some coffee and talk about it.

    She invited me to her colourful place - so I grabbed my camera and some chocolate cake and there I was! Talking to my dear friend in person....care to take a glimpse into her world? 
    Follow me...

    When did you realise you were a painter?

    Well I guess I always liked to draw since I was a little girl. Being influenced by my family's close friend Lily Imellou who painted, I was fascinated by drawing and thought may be I could be a painter or even a fashion designer! I ended up studying completely different things at college...But when I went back to US with my husband I finally took art classes.   



    Where do you draw your inspiration from?

    Ohh there are so many things that can lead me to the canvas. A colour , a feeling , a textile , a movie atmosphere...in fact my painting the goldfish's kiss  must have been the representation of the feelings I had after watching the film Only lovers left alive with the extraordinary Tilda Swinton. Or the paintings I created in Hamburg in which the atmosphere is somehow grey and foggy.  Most of the times I start with an idea and as I paint I let myself free to get apart from it and keep on painting until it feels right. Once I draw - one on top of the other - seven different paintings on the same canvas!

    What's the most valuable advise you have received concerning your art?

     It's not actually an advice. There was a time in my life when everyday routine has absorbed so much of me that I had stopped painting completely. After a while I started having that feeling of emptyness - something was missing. That's when my husband surprised me with a huge order of art supplies - oil paints, brushes and empty canvas were there at my feet waiting for me to use them. And so I did and didn't stop ever since!

    Where would rather exhibit your work?

    My blog has proven to be an excellent tool to show my work and communicate some thoughts about the theme of each painting. But of course I prefer art gallery exhibitions - a more direct approach which can give you important feedback from people.





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    I 've noticed that there are a lot of female figures - with some textile detailing - at your paintings...

    As I mentioned before, I once wanted to be a fashion designer! I enjoy browsing fashion  magazines and draw inspiration from photoshoots, collections, colours, fabrics, interiors....Sometimes all it takes to get the ideas flowing is an interesting colour combination. I really like soft green along with pink for example!









    My kind of girl! So how important is style for you?

    Very much! I really like mixing different prints and textiles in order to decorate my home and myself as well. Everything changes around here according to my current mood. This makes me feel rejuvenated and inspired.  

    Which main garments in your closet  define your style? What's your absolute favorite?

    There is a classic black coat that never goes out of style. My cowboy boots. Loose feminine dresses. But the absolute favorite is my khaki backpack - an authentic military garment that I could carry around all the time!





    We kept on talking about several matters  - clothes, cooking, living abroad etc. We discovered we both have a preference for all things French!  I left Anastasia's home with a huge smile and a promise to meet again soon. Can't wait for some more coffee and chit - chatting...

    Kisses!

    y ❤️

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