Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Moustaki, my fluffy baby


My baby boy passed away and my heart is broken. I love you Moustaki mou. Thank you for all the love, the fluff and joy you brought into my life. You'll forever be mamas boy �� rest in peace. 
Thank you to all my lovers who offered kind words and support during my dark time. You have gotten to know a little bit of him though social media and know what a nonchalant and cool cat he was. My heart still aches, and probably will forever, when I think of my baby. He was my best friend and always made my day better. I feel good knowing he knew how much I loved him and lived like a king with us. We saved him from the street at just a week old. Someone had thrown him and his 3 sibling in the bin. We managed to save 3 of them, re-home Rosie and now his sister Nephele is still with us. Tomorrow is never promised, so make sure you always let the people (and animals) around you know how much you love them and how thankful you are for them.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Hello lovers.... Love From Cyprus

You will almost never see me because I am painfully camera shy, lovers. But I wanted to share with you all a little bit about me and the Love From Cyprus brand, as you are all already such a big part of my life and my dream.

About me:
My name Anastasia. I am the founder and designer behind Love From Cyprus. I was born and raised in South Africa, where I lived until I was 18. My father is Greek, from Thessaloniki and my mother Cypriot, from Paphos. After leaving SA, I travelled Greece for a bit and went to study Graphic Design in Kingston University, London. I worked in London as a branding and packaging designer and moved to Nicosia, Cyprus during the recession as it was becoming hard to find a job as a junior designer in London at the time. I worked as a designer at Pandora Ogilvy & Mather, in advertising, for the next 3 years. This was a huge learning curve for me and I truly loved my time there.

I moved back into packaging design as an in-house art director and packaging designer at Dimco Exports department, One Light. I rebranded the company and designed the catalogue and packaging for their lighting. As a designer I leant a lot and as a young adult, learnt even more about myself. During my time there, life, and 'the universe' made it very clear to me that I had a calling and an urge to create something more.

Since my student days, I was always making books and bags from upcycled materials and selling them to friends, or making them for companies on commission. After being unceremoniously fired (the best thing that ever happened to me) I got just the motivation I needed to start pursuing my dream. But not before giving the design-gig one last chance.

I worked at Qobo, which was a great time, being part of a start-up with a super talented team of webbie geeks. We created websites, branding and apps for numerous clients. Again, a stepping stone that would lead me one step closer to my dream.

I launched my web shop Love From Cyprus the weekend of the big 'haircut' here in Cyprus, March 2013. I guess this was both the worst and best time for me to go live. Although the economy was collapsing on our little island, it did put us on the map with the rest of the world, and I did create jobs for in an already crippled industry. I am of course still learning about designing sandals and bags and work closely with experienced local craftsmen and women to create quality products crafted using traditional techniques. Our raw materials are only sourced from the Mediterranean region, and we use the best veggie tanned leather for our sandals and bags. Two years of learning from you and growing with you, Love From Cyprus is what it is today. Your reviews are what drives us to strive for better quality, improved craftsmanship and more unique and creative designs.
Love From Cyprus - The concept
My goal for LFC never was, and still isn't to be a fashion brand. Love From Cyprus is a lifestyle, an authentic island experience. The products we create are created for girls who are travellers, dreamers, lovers and design enthusiasts. It's for the girl who isn't too mainstream, and appreciates the finer things in life. She buys her souvenir in a small alley that she got lost in while exploring new places. She lives authentically, and likes to share. She appreciates handcrafted products, and buys indie brands, not logo branded designer bags. She's a girl like me. She is curious, and honest, an open. She could be my friend, my lover. 

Our sole reason for existing is to create quality products, at affordable prices, inspired by the authentic Mediterranean island lifestyle. We want to take you from the beach to the street with ease, all the while reminding you of that summer feeling. All our products are handcrafted locally, and a little piece of Mediterranean spirit comes with every product when we ship them to you, wherever you live. 

I hope this gives you better insight into my concept, and will inspire you lovers to also follow your dreams. Of course there is always a risk involved, but all the magic happens outside of your comfort zone. It's better to have tried and failed than to live with regret. The universe it a magnet filed, and surprisingly you always get what you ask for. If you send out the request, be open and ready to receive it. It may not appear in the form you expected it. I certainly never thought I'd be designing footwear and bags, and I still don't know how LFC will evolve. But I do know that there is nowhere I'd rather be, and nothing I'd rather be doing than what I'm doing right here, right now.
Thanks for reading lovers. 
xoxo

Monday, 15 June 2015

Crocheted Leaf Sculptures by Susanna Bauer

To truly appreciate the delicacy of Susanna Bauer‘s leaf sculptures, think of crunching a dead leaf in your hand, how it disentigrates into dust with the slightest effort. To work with dry and fragile leaves as a medium for crochet seems nearly impossible, but Baur somehow manages it with ease, turning leaves into cubes, tunnels, and geometric patterns with techniques that might be more appropriate for durability of leatherwork. She shares about her process:
There is a fine balance in my work between fragility and strength; literally, when it comes to pulling a fine thread through a brittle leaf or thin dry piece of wood, but also in a wider context – the tenderness and tension in human connections, the transient yet enduring beauty of nature that can be found in the smallest detail, vulnerability and resilience that could be transferred to nature as a whole or the stories of individual beings.

Bauer has a new exhibition of work at Lemon Street Gallery in Cornwall, England through June 27th, and you explore a bit more on Facebook

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

#GIRLBOSS: Conversation with Sophia Amoruso


Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO, Nasty Gal & author of the bestselling book, #GIRLBOSS, sits down for an intimate conversation about her unique path to success and shares the story behind Nasty Gal's meteoric rise.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

6 Secrets of Master Presenters

Some of you may know, I'm big on public speaking. I'm terrified of it, but I understand the importance of being able to present confidently and convincingly in public. Now by public, it could even be presenting an idea to the board of directors at your office, to a pitch to a new potential client.

Here's a slideshow by Big Fish, highlighting what they believe the 6 secrets are that great presenters have in common.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Mighty Aphrodite treasury list on Etsy

I am strong and confident. I believe in nature, and work with natural raw materials. I am inspired by geometric shapes, clean lines and earth tones. I am Mighty Aphrodite.

This is a selection of beautiful things on Etsy, which I feel drawn to, using natural materials and earth tones. Think more 'contemporary-boho-city-dweller' and less 'barefoot-maxi-dress-tree-hugger' when you think of a modern day Aphrodite. She wears clean colours in natural materials, handcrafted with skill, modern lines yet strong and feminine. To see links and their stores, please click here.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

When did #LikeAGirl become an insult?



This campaign by Leo Burnett for Always won two Yellow Pencils as well as its Black Pencil, and shows women, boys and pre-pubescent girls being told to perform certain actions “like a girl.” What it proves is that for kids, “like a girl” is positive, but for older girls it’s an insult associated with feebleness and a crap throwing technique. Debuted during this year’s SuperBowl, it’s a great campaign that looks to prove that being “like a girl” is something to be proud of.

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.