Sunday, 24 May 2015

Peter Kucha in the park tonight

Today is the day of Pecha Kucha Nicosia in the park, after a year and a half off! The presentations will be hosted in the inflatable installations of the Urban Gorillas, as part of the NEON Festival, organised by Afro Banana Republic and the Cyprus Youth Organisation, amongst other NGO's.

Starting at 7pm, the speakers will be: 
Cans For Kids
Aνάκυκλοs
Σύνδεσμος Πρόληψης και Αντιμετώπισης της­ Βίας στην Οικογένεια
The Cypriot Puzzle
Future World Center
Λουβάνα Δίσκοι
CARDET
Urban Gorillas

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

OOTD: Black and white minimalism

No grey area here - Black and white minimalism.
Sleek hair, white jeans, black tunic, black bucket bag and tan classic sandals. Take this look from office to aperetivo with a slick of red lipstick.
LFC Vourka bucket bag: http://bit.ly/1Fq6dei
LFC Plato sandals: http://bit.ly/1IIym2Q
Have a great Tuesday lovers xoxo

Monday, 18 May 2015

If you're a traveller like me, you'll like anything to do with simplifying your baggage and keeping it down to the bare essential. Beside folding your clothes Japanese style, or rolling, you've also looked at space saving options for your toiletries. I tend to take every single magazine sample with me on my travels (you were wrong Marie Kondo, I DO use them), and only take full size sunblock because I can't live without this!

I've found this lovely concept for a Travel shaving kit, but you can see how the same packaging can easily be applied to shampoo, conditioner, body cream etc. I could even see a boutique hotel adopting this idea.

The TRAVEL SHAVER kit includes preshave wash pouches, a shaving gel tube, a razor and an aftershave tube. The products come in conveniently sized travel packaging. It is a complete shaving kit for the light weight traveller. The secondary packaging is not only compact and protective, but also acts as a tray for an organized and pleasurable experience. The kit is designed for a weeklong trip (7 days). So the customer does not have to open the kit before reaching destination or carry extra portions. 
 Via Behance.

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Lernert and Sander: 98 perfect cubes of food and melting chocolate bunnies.

Dutch artists Lernert and Sander cut raw food into 98 perfect 2.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm cubes, creating a tantalizing geometric display. This viral photo was commissioned by Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant for their their food-themed documentary photography special.
The two artists started collaborating on art-related projects in 2007, and their first film together explores different ways to melt a chocolate bunny. A beautifully filmed murder by heat of the chocolate bunny, with monochrome settings and a sultry but sad song lala song played on piano.

Monday, 4 May 2015

Spring Neutrals on Etsy

Fresh finds for spring in a neutral color palette for your home and wardrobe. These handmade lovelies are boasting some of spring's hottest trends: black and white, scalloped shapes, woodgrain, succulents and rose gold.   

Via Elite16 blog
(clockwise) black scalloped-edge planter by Beardbangs, black and rose gold sandals by LoveFromCyprus, white address plaque by UrbanMettle, black and ivory scarf by CBanningAccessories, wooden stool tray by Habitables, arches tote bag by ameliemancini.

BJJ Self Defense Workshop for women


Hey lovers, this June, Aspida Team Renzo Gracie will be hosting a 2 day Brazilian Jiu Jitsu workshop to teach women some basics to defend themselves.  BJJ has been called 'The great equalizer' because a small person who knows BJJ can defend themselves against a larger opponent who doesn't know BJJ.

You can read former WWE Fighter, Eve Torres's personal experience and her decision to become a self-defence instructor here.

I am a big supporter of empowering yourself and learning skills to defend yourself, and be more aware of everyday dangers and realities. Growing up in South Africa myself, I am very aware of the dangers out there, and from a young age practiced Karate (yep, I'm a South African champ BTW). In my mid 20's I met my hubby who is a BJJ instructor and I have also practiced this sport for a few years now. It really is another ball game, and although many women would not be comfortable with grappling, it's the only way for you as a woman to disarm an attacker that you are not taller than, and most likely, not stronger than.

Empower yourselves girls, and find an academy near you that teaches a women's class. You may actually find you really enjoy the sport. Bonus: BJJ attracts buff (though average height) fellas! But don't you become no Maria Tatami and go around with all the guys in the class. An LFC girl has standards and morals!


Beautiful Greek beaches

There are beautiful beaches all around the world. But these birds eye view picture are breathtaking, and in my humble opinion, the Mediterranean sea is my favourite place in the world. Granted I haven't travelled much, and I'm a bit biased.

Voidokilia beach, Greece 
Balos beach, Greece

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Hump Day magic

Good morning lovers. Being a kid is amazing. Everything seems magical and mystical. Being an adult that believes in magic is even more amazing heart emoticon
#lovefromcyprus #unicorn #love


Thursday, 23 April 2015

RE_STORE: Eco packaging for a concept store

A beautiful student concept project for a store, Re_Store recovers used materials and transform them into new products. One of their products is a bag made from sail boat fabric, which is designed to carry a bouquet of flowers, but also fruits and veg when the rope at the bottom is tightened.

You can see the full branding and bag design on the student's Bechance page at this link.


Listen to the ocean

If you hold a shell to you ear you can hear the ocean....but wouldn't it be even more magical if you could hear Billi Ocean?
Such a smiley and lovely man. He's even more stylish now that he's white haired than he was in the 80s!

Sunday, 5 April 2015

LFC x Honey Bee Swim

I've teamed up the the super talented Billi Doyle, designer of Honey Bee Swim for a sultry photo shoot States side.

Here's a little teaser of what's to come. Watch this space for more!

Visit Honey Bee Swim for more sexy swimwear and resort wear here.
Model wears LFC Icaria lace up sandals in white. See them here.

DIY: Gold speckled easter eggs

I found this absolutely gorgeous tutorial on gold foil speckled Easter eggs on SheKnows, and decided to share it here with you. Anything with the words 'fool proof' in the description has my attention, as time is a priceless commodity!

Traditionally-dyed eggs are taken up a notch with a metallic gold leaf treatment. These eggs may look fancy and the leafing process intimidating, but the freeform application goes quickly and is nearly error-proof.
Supplies:
  • foam block (mine was 12 x 6 inch)
  • 48 toothpicks
  • dozen white eggs
  • set of food coloring
  • white vinegar
  • heatproof jars (large and deep enough to dip eggs into)
  • metal spoon
  • leafing kit (found at the craft store in the framing section) or:
  • metallic gold leaf
  • size (glue-like liquid for applying gold leaf)
  • leafing sealer (optional)
  • foam brush
  • masking tape for cleaning up metal leaf remnants
Instructions:

Hard-boil a dozen white eggs. While eggs are cooking, boil a small pot of water for the dye.
As you're waiting on the eggs and pot of water to boil, construct a drying rack with a foam block and toothpicks. Space the toothpicks about an inch apart. Every four toothpicks balances one egg, so you do the math!
In each jar, add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and double the amount of food coloring drops that is indicated on the packaging (I followed the instructions for teal and dusty rose). Carefully scoop out a cup of just-boiled water from the small pot, and pour into one of the jars. Fill the other jars the same way.

Carefully place a hard-boiled egg on a spoon and gently lower into jar. It helps to hold the jar at an angle as you're dipping the egg in. The amount of time you leave the egg in the dye will vary depending on how deep and saturated you want the colors to be. I left my eggs in for less than a minute.
Scoop egg out of the jar with your spoon, and gently lay it atop the drying rack. As your eggs are drying, soak up the drops of dye that pool on the floor of the drying rack with a piece of paper towel.

When the eggs are completely dry, move on to the messy (but fun!) part of leafing. Gently tear a single sheet of gold leaf into quarters (it's very thin) and set aside. Holding an egg so that one side is facing you, use a small brush to apply a thin layer of size in small, random strokes. Take care not to cover entire egg; leave some areas size-free so that you get a marbling effect. Make straight and circular strokes, and add some dot-like dabs. Holding the egg, let it dry for a few seconds.
The size is very sticky, so be careful not to get any on the hand that is applying it, because, with this hand, you will then pick up a quartered sheet of metal leaf and lay it on the surface of the egg facing you. Rub down with either your free hand or with the foam brush. The excess metal will fall off while the rest becomes part of the surface of the egg.
Gently rub the gold leaf to achieve a random, but natural and smooth marbled pattern on the egg. Repeat this process on the other side of the egg. The leaf crumbles will create a mess that's difficult to sweep or wipe, so use a piece of masking tape for easy clean up.
If you emptied out your eggs and plan on keeping them for while, it's a good idea to apply a sealant to prevent the gold metal from oxidizing. Otherwise, your eggs are ready to display or hide for an egg hunt!

Wednesday, 11 March 2015

OOTD: Lace and rose gold romance

My favourite Greek (goddess) blogger Konstantina Tzagaraki has paired LFC rose gold Plato sandals with a lacey dress and created a romantic look, dare I say, perfect for a beach wedding!

Get the look with your own sandals and lace dress.

Sandals: Love From Cyprus
Dress: Choies

You can follow Konstantina's blog - The Serial Klother, for more envious beauty and style inspiration. 

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Let's play pretend: favourite finds for little ones on Etsy.

Hey lovers...so I'm house bound due a a back injury. I know...sucky! But this also means i've had a lot of time to use my imagination to keep myself entertained, as there isn't much I can do from my bed. I also watched a TED talk, where the speaker referred to research saying kids spend on average 8 hours per day online. That is shocking! I remember, growing up in the 90's, in a small town, where taking your bicycle and going to play at your friend's house for 8 hours was normal. I played with Barbies until I was 13. I know for some people it seems late, even my mother was concerned, but really, for me, it was wonderful!

I loved playing with my best friend, we'd make up stories and scenarios, and explain to each other the situation between our leading lady and her man. Even playing (fighting) with my brother was fun, cause we'd kick each other, and run away. Obviously I could run after being the older and taller one. He's get so mad...oh man! I'm going to hell for the torture that boy was succumbed to.

So this reminiscing led me to creating a colourful and fun kid's treasury on Etsy called 'Let's play pretend'. You can see the treasury here. These are all thing I've found which are fun, but also encourage imagination, creativity and smiles! Click on the Etsy treasury link to see the products, shop owners and listings.

Are you a cowboy or an indian, 
a superhero or a sailor? 
You can be anything you want to be, remember?  
It's all up to your wildest imagination.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

LFC summer Mama 'n me inspo: Larnaka and Plato

How cute is this little ensemble? Summer, here we come!
Matching 'mama and me' inspiration:

Womens Dress (a crochet version): http://bit.ly/1GDPUJ7
Womens Larnaka sandals: http://bit.ly/1tQTTR5
Kiddie dress (similar): http://etsy.me/1wFctHv
Kiddie Plato sandals: http://bit.ly/1K4rhe1



Friday, 13 February 2015

TGIF

Good morning lovers. It's our favourite day of the week again.


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

New LFC Nautical Collection is now surf safe

Feedback is very important to me, and at LFC we are constantly working on improving our quality and expanding our product range. Thanks to your feedback and requests, the new LFC Nautical collection is now made of stainless steel and is surf safe for all you sailors and mermaids.

We've also added two new designs do our range, the hook cuff and the anchor half cuff.
You can still customise your wrap, this time we've added more leather colours to the selection too.
LFC Anchor half cuff with turquoise / red rope.
LFC Anchor half cuff with purple / grey rope.
LFC Anchor with stone leather tie
LFC Hook cuff in silver tone.
LFC Hook cuffs available in silver tone and limited edition gold and rose gold plated.