Thursday, 27 November 2014

Black Friday at LFC

Black Friday is upon is lovers, and it's so much more stylish than expected!

Get 20% off all your favourite Love From Cyprus products using code BLACK20 at Code is only valid until midnight tomorrow night.

Newsletter subscribers get first dibs, as they get to start shopping from today (don't tell anyone you read it here, but so can you!).


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

All About That Bass

If you've got all the right junk in all the right places, shake it!

Kim's is the butt of all jokes, but why?

Ok, so you can't turn anywhere without people discussing, dissing, posting, sharing, liking, disliking Kim's butt these days. Paper magazine's break the internet campaign was smart. It got them noticed, and viral coverage which is what every modern day brand seeks in this over-saturated digital world today, and they completely maximised on the celeb-factor. Her Instagram account is the third most popular in the world! They did achieve super-mag status using the clever hashtag #breaktheinternet and claiming to not have used any Filters or photoshopping Kim's body (hmm).
With everything already being done in this world, I guess the next best thing to do is recreate legendary French photographer Jean-Paul Goude's iconic "Champagne Incidentphotograph, and what better celebrity to do it with than Kim Kardashian? It's a good photo, with a fun, larger than life celebrity, taking the mickey out of her own exaggerated curves. But why all the memes, and jokes?

Really folks, Kim is not the first one to get butt nekk'd. Paper didn't 'break the internet', but they got pretty close, as Kim just became the butt of all jokes (pun intended). 2014 is the year of the nekk'd, and everyone is flashing some boob and ass just to get in the media. I don't care much for anyone's punani or nipple action, as long as you are happy with the body you have, or are seeking healthy and active solutions to working towards your goals. I do have this to say about Kim's derrière, at least she is not flaunting an unhealthy body image. Why is it that when a curvy girl (Kim, Niki Minaj) show some skin it's scandalous and slutty, yet when someone skinny and shapeless like Kate or Keira take their top off it's art? Is fashion's mannequin-esque view still distorting our healthy body image? We sit and speculate where Beyonce photoshopped her waist or arms, and what for. We know that all images of celebrities have been touched up before they saw the light of day. I don't even think celebrities know what they really look like.

I'm a curvy girl, and have always felt that my XL bosom got me way more attention than I wanted, especially as a self-conscious teenager. I'm glad that curvy girls are making a comeback, I just wish it wasn't in this overtly sexual light. Yes we have curves in all the right places, and yes, we look good in and out of clothes, but do we have to exploit ourselves and our dignity? C'mob girls, stop with the selfies and need for approval from 'virtual likes' and 'hearts' and just be present in your own skin. 

PS: My favourite parody is by the Bondi Hipsters (bow down here).

Las Vegas Strip club: Tom Gould goes behind the scenes

For his latest piece, director Tom Gould ventured into a well-known strip club in New Zealand called LAS VEGAS, which happens to be the oldest in the country. Rather than making a run-of-the-mill gritty doc about an old club in decay, Tom decided to concentrate on a curious story within the establishment by way of Adrian, the DJ at the nightclub who has worked there for over 40 years. Adrian strictly refers to himself as the “Sound & Lighting Technician,” and is something of an eccentric, wizened old man with a good story to tell. 

'What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas!'

Via It's Nice That

Monday, 17 November 2014

LFC - outfit of the day

Get the look, #LFC_girl style!

Light cotton vest dress
Black basic cardigan
LFC Messenger bag (here)
LFC Larnaka sandals SS13 (similar here)

You look casual and cool, with a hint of sexy. Looking good babe xoxo

Friday, 14 November 2014

LFC Vourka Bucket bag - mood board

LFC Vourka Bucket bag
The LFC Vourka bag is now available in cream and black, besides whisky, and she looks tasty. I've included some mood board images for you, to inspire and tease your tentacles. These are from various sources. You can purchase the Vourka bucket bag here, and get an extra 15% off with the coupon MERCI15 for all you readers and viewers out there <3 p="">
LFC Water-resistent carry-all tote with Vintage Cyprus Map
Prea T-back bralette, Polka dot stockings
Lefkaritika traditional hand-stitched lace 
Coffee and TV
Vintage Cyprus map

The Power of Empathy - animated

In this beautifully animated RSA Short, Dr Brené Brown reminds us that we can only create a genuine empathic connection if we are brave enough to really get in touch with our own fragilities. 

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Obese to beast

A touching and beautiful confession of a boy who lost 160 lbs. The reality of such a big weight loss is loose skin. He's genuine and totally cute, and I have a crush on him!

Sharing is caring xoxo

Friday, 24 October 2014

Monday, 6 October 2014

Shop LFC Down Under

Hey can shop Love From Cyprus online Down That Little Lane - the Australian online shop run by stay-at-home-mom Tessa. The highly curated shop brings you only the best Australian products and a few select international brands (like me!).
Kamares Sandals
Lefkara Sandals 
LFC Mini-bag
Nifi strappy sandals
Paphos sandals
Persephone sandals in black pony skin and rose gold 
Hermes winged sandals
Plato sandals in black pony skin
Thalassa Sandals with LFC Anchor
LFC Vourka bucket bag

Monday, 29 September 2014

The Maestro: Alexander Geralis

So, after a long time of doing very little graphic design work (only for a few select clients), I have done some recent branding and design work for the most worthy: Conductor Alexander Geralis.
The maestro is young, modern, trendy and very talented. He is at the spring of his career and we wanted to design a CV and website to reflect his modern images, but also showcase his performances.

A lyre symbol was designed as a logo mark, to be used on it's own, or with the slab serif word mark. The symbol was designed to look a bit blocky and hand-cut, but the coral a cream colour palette keeps the overall look fresh and contemporary. The requirement was to keep the personal website simple, clean and appropriate, while avoiding looking boring and predictable. We also designed a matching CV, and soon the complete brand image will be featured on his Youtube channel and social media accounts.

Enjoy the Maestro's most recent performance of Mozart's Symphony 41 IV Movement, performed with the City of Athens Symphony Orchestra for the Panhellenic Masterclass with Michalis Economou. View the single page website here.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

This Dancing Crosswalk Signal Is Designed To Keep Pedestrians Safe And Happy

Traditionally, traffic stops are some of the most dangerous spots where pedestrians could get hurt from ongoing traffic, especially if they are not paying attention to the crosswalk lights. But what if we could change it so that crosswalk lights could be safer? Check out this unique signal that's nothing short of being brilliant.  Brought to you my Smart (obviously!).

Thursday, 4 September 2014

Love From Cyprus - SS14 roundup

Hello all

So, as summer draws to an end (here in Cyprus anyway...) I decided to use this opportunity to recap my summer 2014 and let you know how I've been doing.

At the start of the summer I decided to officially become self employed and invest all my time and energy into my dream, running my own brand which embodied the Mediterranean lifestyle, showcased Cypriot craftsmanship and extend my collection from LFC's 2013 footwear and accessory range. this meant saying 'goodbye' to being an employee and hello to being an entrepreneur.

With a little help and guidance from people who have done it an succeeded, alot of support from my beau and family, I was able to take the jump and go for it. 
Some reading material for those of you who are contemplating doing the same thing, but are scared of the unknown. 

I attended a free seminar by Mark Anastasis (author of The Laptop Millionaire), last year just before I launched my site, and it was a real turning point for me. He said something that really resonated with me, as I had been preparing and photographing and designing my new eshop for months and was feeling frustrated because it didn't look anywhere near as good as I wanted it to.....

He said perfectionists never succeed. They are always waiting for everything to be just right, constantly fine tuning and waiting for the 'right time' and the stars and moon to align...and for this reason they will never actually DO anything. That was it for me. The next day, I launched my webshop, flaws and all. I'd been limited to my own capabilities (web programming and photography and copywriting) and for this reason it never would look as perfect as I wanted it to, simply because I'm not an expert.

So I'm still live with that same site, I did get a little help from a web programmer, but it's still not what I have in my mind. But I've stopped using this as an excuse to keep me from working. I'm only now reading it, but wish I had started sooner with The Lean Startup. Eric Ries also has a free app, with free seminars about this type of business available online.. I can't remember the app's name for the life of me as I dont have my iPad with me, but you can search for it on your app store / play store. 

For girs that wanna become BOSSGIRLs and make in the fahion industry, you can of course checkout Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS book, who is the founder and CEO of Nastygal at age 30! She is an inspiration and has some raw, uncoated advise to give, but I think if you're gonna do it, stop reading and just start doing! 

Another webinar I attended, by Erlend Bakke (author of Never Work Again), was all about the types or entrepreneurs that exist.

1 - Solopreneur: one who does everything him/herself and the business will not run on it's own if that person is not physically doing things. Sort of like being an employee, but your customer / product is your boss. (This is where I currently am still stuck.)

2 - Wantapreneur: one who desires to be entrepreneur and even makes efforts towards being an entrepreneur, but neither follows through or do what really matters. (This is where I was two years ago.)

3 - Dammit...forgot the others. So I'll check my notes and update this tonight.

I'm of course very thankful to a few greta collaboration with some fashion bloggers who have increased my brand awareness amongst their readers and followers. I sometimes get taken by surprise when my products are featured on a blog or included in photos that are inspiring and sweet. These are the best features, because I don't actually have a budget for advertising and believe in word of mouth! So how these bloggers found me, is a mystery, but a blessing.

Here are some ladies whose blogs you should checkout, not only because I'm featured, but because I actually like these blogs too:

Fashion bloggers//

South African copywriters and moms write about style and life//
I heart your outfit

French momma writes about life//
This year also saw the introduction of my Nautical Collection - unisex marine-inspired anchors and hooks bracelets and (now) sandals. This collection will be extending into many more products, so watch this space because I'm feeling inspired and excited about where this will go.
For the SS15 look book, I worked with the great Cypriot fashion photographer Harris Kyprianou, on a series of photos that you can almost smell the sean and feel the sun on your skin, with an unmistakable Mediterranean feel to it.
LFC has now adopted the Mediterranean blue as the core brand colour, because it's one of those colours that makes you happy - all year round. It's a colour that represents my Greek roots, the Mediterranean sea and sky and all things good in this world.
This year, LFC has also become available at few new stockists:
Chiaraluna / Barcelona/ Spain/
Career dels Flassaders 34, Bajo, 2, 08003 Barcelona
Zahir / Vejer de la Frontera / Spain
Jose Castrillon 1, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain (Tel: +34 667 31 27 31)
September 2014 is also a milestone month for me, because in one week I turn 30 (yes, it's better than 20) and I will marry my beau! I am so blessed, and thankful for all the angels that have appeared in my life, at times when I needed them most, and in places I did not think to look. I wish you all a great end of summer, as we head over to the southern hemisphere where summer is only just beginning.

Ciao ciao xoxo