Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Avoid the Christmas rush

Don't get caught in the last-minute holiday rush. Santa's reindeers, and post offices, have too many presents to deliver during the holidays, so after December 1st, it's madness in the South Pole. That, plus the previous years experience has warned me that anything posted after December 12th, will surely arrive after Christmas, and you can't rush a handcrafted item. Good things take time, so plan accordingly.

So lovers, you've been warned. This weekend is the last one your order can be made and posted in time to arrive to you for Christmas. Don't make me say 'I told you so...'.


Anastasia xoxo

Giving thanks is just a conversation away.

Thanks giving may be an America holiday, but it's a great one to remind us to reflect on the year that has passed. This year we choose to celebrate it, in a non traditional way, by calling 5 people who we haven't thanked in a meaningful way, in a long time.

Little task: Say thank you to 5 people by calling them. Don't be tempted to send a lazy text or message on Facebook lovers... Express your gratitude to them for supporting you, loving you and for being in your life. Tell them what it is you love about them and make them feel good about themselves. Sharing is caring!

We wish to thank all of you, for your love and support. I truly believe that like attracts like, and have found my tribe in you all. We share the same interest in living an authentic lifestyle, great craftsmanship, beautiful design and all things created through love. LFC is a project, blossoming from the need to create, design and share. I am ever so grateful for another year that has passed with you by my side, and wish you lovers a safe and happy holiday season ahead.


Wednesday, 21 October 2015

When Herbert List fell in love with Greece

GREECE. 1937. Cyclades. Santorini. Plaster masks.
“The pictures I took spontaneously – with a bliss-like sensation, as if they had long inhabited my unconscious – were often more powerful than those I had painstakingly composed. I grasped their magic as in passing” said Herbert List, a man who captured beauty like no other. List was a classically educated artist who combined a love of photography with a fascination for surrealism and classicism. Born into a prosperous Hamburg merchant family, List began an apprenticeship at a Heidelberg coffee dealer in 1921 while studying literature and art history at Heidelberg University. During travels for the coffee business between 1924-28, the young List began to take photographs, almost without any pretensions to art.
GREECE. Athens. Circa 1938. National Museum. Classical head of a youth.
GREECE. Athens. The Acropolis. Parthenon portico. 1937.

In 1930, though, his artistic leanings and connections to the European avant-garde brought him together with the photographer Andreas Feininger, who introduced his new friend to the Rolleiflex, a more sophisticated camera that allowed a deliberate composition of images. Under the dual influence of the surrealist movement on the one hand, and of Bauhaus artists on the other, List photographed still life and his friends, developing his own style.

He has described his images as “composed visions where [my] arrangements try to capture the magical essence inhabiting and animating the world of appearances.” It was the years following his departure from Germany in 1936 for political and personal reasons, that List turned his hobby into a profession. Working in Paris and London, he met George Hoyningen-Huene, who referred him to “Harper’s Bazaar”.
GREECE. Athens. The Acropolis. Parthenon interior. 1937.
GREECE. Athens. Temple of Olympian Zeus. 1937.
 Greece became List’s main interest from 1937 to 1939. After his first visit to the antique temples, sculptures and landscapes, his first solo show opened in Paris in the summer of 1937. Publications in “Life”, “Photographie”, “Verve” and “Harper’s Bazaar” followed, and List began work on his first book, Licht Uber Hellas, which wasn’t published until 1953.
Working in Athens, List hoped to escape the war but was forced by invading troops to return to Germany in 1941. Because of his Jewish background, he was forbidden to publish or work officially in Germany. Several works, stored in a hotel in Paris, have been lost. The iconic photographer and artist had a special affinity throughout his life with Greece. The impressions of the Mediterranean that List recorded during his travels are a mosaic of past and present, art and life. An eclectic mixture of photography and thought that was inspired by Greece’s eternal beauty.
GREECE. Attica. Near Sounion. 1937. “Taverna by the sea”.
GREECE. Cyclades. Island of Naxos. 1937. “Youths”.
All images via Magnum Photos, from the book “Licht über Hellas, Herbert List”. Published by Verlag Georg D.W. Callwey, Munich, 1953 © Herbert List/Magnum Photos

Article via LuisaWorld

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Olive oil beauty secrets

Mediterraneans are know for the olive oil rich diet, but olive oil can also be a great beauty ingredient. My family presses our own olive oil from olive we collect from my parents farm. My mother being a real advocate for natural beauty, and using everything on the farm to cook with, has in recent years also being using natural ingredients to make beauty products at home.

Whether it's spring or autumn where you are, you should always look after your skin, as it's a long-term investment. What you put into your body, as well as onto it will only show years later. So without further delay, I'm sharing two of my favourite DIY beauty therapies, which you can do at home on the weekend, while listening to your favourite radio show (mine is EnLefko.fm - an electric radio station based in Athens).

  • 3 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Combine all ingredients and mix well
  • Apply to body and massage into skin
  • Rinse
  • BONUS: This scrub also works great on dry or rough skin on the rest of your body. Apply it to your heels and feet for an at-home pedi treatment! You can choose the coarseness of the grains by selecting a larger-grain sugar, or a soft brown sugar.
(Any remaining scrub mixture can be stored for up to 30 days)
Olive oil can create a big difference in moisture after just a few uses, and promotes a healthy scalp and hair roots. It also helps smooth and coat dry and damaged hair shafts. 
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
Mix together ½ cup of honey and ¼ cup of olive oil, warming the mixture slightly if you need to. Apply to dry hair starting from the tips, working your way up to your roots. Wrap a plastic bag around your hair (not head!!) and then a towel over that. The heat created helps the hair follicles open up and absorb all the goodness of the ingredients. Leave for 1/2 hour - 45 minutes. To rinse, first apply shampoo all over the hair and then slowly lather it with luke warm water. If you wet it first, it will be more difficult to remove the shampoo as oil and water don't mix.

Monday, 19 October 2015

Sweet and spooky: DIY pumpkin ideas

I'm sure by now you have all found your Halloween outfit and decor inspiration, but none the less, I'd like to offer a few versions here with a more feminine touch.

If you know how to crochet (it does require a certain skill), Flax & Twine show you a Crochet Pumpkin tutorial here. Paint your pumpkin any base colour you want, and then crochet away.

Poppytalk keeps it seasonal, with a Fall inspired leafy decoupage. Skill required is minimal, and this is something you can definitely get all little hands involved with and fun for kids.
If you're a Graphic designer, or Scandinavian, you're more than likely to be drawn to this minimalist version, with a simple colour palette and Aztec graphic lines. Homey Oh My shows you how it's done here, although it's not rocket science.
Last, but definitely not least, my favourite pumpkin of the lost is The Merrythought's Fresh floral pumpkin. This one is just the right mix of spooky and sweet. Have a browse at all your options, and if you have some great links to share, please comment below.

Leather details in interiors

I absolutely love leather. I like it when it's new, when it's aged, tanned, I the like way the patina evolves over time with wear. So I've complied a small selection of ideas, some very Scandinavian in style, about how you can use leather products, or little details in your home or office, in combination with wood, another natural material which ages beautifully. Some of these below are very easy DIY ideas, whereas other, you just have to appreciate a well-designed products and bow to the designer.

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

Korres: naturally Greek

It was a love story from the first. In the oldest homeopathic pharmacy in Athens, George Korres concocted natural remedies—teas, salves, wild rose oil—and attracted customers from across the country. Lena was one of the regulars, a fiercely intelligent chemical engineer with a passion for science and botanicals. And a lovely smile. When George launched Korres in 1996—inspired by his customers’ repeated requests for natural beauty products—Lena was his first hire. Lena and George started small, creating creams by experimenting with the pharmacy’s stockpile of fresh herbs and organic oils. Soon they were fielding calls from rival pharmacies asking to stock their lotions. The first Korres cosmetic product—Wild Rose 24-Hour Moisturising & Brightening Cream, infused with the pharmacy’s wild rose oil—is still a bestseller. When it became clear that Korres had legs as well as vision, Lena and George sat down with pen and paper to plan their brand’s future.
Today, Korres is among the most respected natural beauty brands in the world, smashing innovation boundaries by using technology inspired by Nobel Prize–winning discoveries in chemistry, and earning international acclaim for everything from its eco-friendly products to its contemporary packaging. The cherry on top? Lena and George are now married with children.

The Korres mantra—“Nature is the ultimate provider”—says it all.

Although Korres is now an international brand, and you can find them in all the big department stores and numerous online stores, they still think and act like a small family-run company when it comes to producing their products. Korres works with micro-farmers, and teach their partners organic farming and sustainable agricultural systems, helping them throughout all stages of cultivation and harvesting in association with the Agricultural University of Athens. We support solely organic farming through contractual agreements. 

Working with instead of competing against

The choice not to cultivate ourselves the herbs that Korres needs, is a conscious one. Their aim is not to compete, but to support the farmers and their unions, as well as the community bodies.

The natural active ingredients that we use derive from four primary ingredient groups:

MEDICINAL HERBS: Ingredients inherited from our pharmacy days / Calendula, Echinacea, Hypericum, Evening Primrose

GREEK FLORA: Plants that have evolved adaptations to grow in Greece’s unique environment / Thyme, Sage, Bay Laurel, Olive, Mastiha

FOOD INGREDIENTS: Beneficial ingredients with advanced skincare properties including Yoghurt, Thyme Honey

NATURAL ACTIVES: Actives such as natural antioxidant Quercetin, with proven efficacy as per the findings of international  research programmes including the primary research carried by the Korres Research & Development Lab.
That brand has really grown since 2002, when it was rebranded, and their ever-expanding range of products includes hair products (even natural hair dyes), skin care for men and women, suncare, makeup, fragrances and herbal pharmacy products. I've always been a fan of their packaging and branding, but also the products are really good too. I've recently been using the Black Pine anti ageing creams and they smell amazing. Your skin always feels nourished and soft after applying the cream and the prices are totally affordable. I'm also a real soldier when it comes to applying and reapplying sun block all day, all year round and find the Korres sun care with Greek yoghurt to be fantastic. 

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Geology of shoes - Barbora Vesela

Prague based footwear designer Barbora Vesela creates the most beautiful custom-made shoes inspired by geology, and the landscape of her surroundings. I discovered Barbora's work when doing some research for a talented footwear designer and when I saw her collection, it was love at first sight.

Barbora studied footwear design at Cordwainers College in London (part of London college of Fashion), her second degree after photography. She now makes bespoke shoes from her workshop in Prague, in a playful manner, yet using traditional and classical shoemaking techniques. Her collection is strictly luxury, and made-to-order, these are not the type of products you will find ever being mass produced, and every single pair is totally unique and special.

Taking inspiration from sediment layers and from effects of erosive processes in nature as well as from traditional shoe making techniques. Special construction method has been developed and used across the collection. Multiple layers of leather scrap pieces are added on the last and subsequently sanded down to achieve the final shape and unique colour pattern of the shoe. The colour schemes are influenced by old geological maps.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Water soluble fashion by Chalayan

It’s always a tragedy when you get caught in the rain wearing expensive designer duds – especially when you’ve already got a pile of clothes waiting to be dry cleaned. But designer Hussein Chalayan has an unexpected solution.
Two models stood on a raised platform for the first half of the show, wearing stiff-looking, collared overcoats. Then, after a shower, the garments appeared to simply melt away. Underneath, the white dresses were encrusted with Swarovski jewels and intricate black appliqués; not exactly the type of frocks you'd want to get anywhere near heavy rain or a showerhead. Chalayan's follow-up to these surprise-ending dresses is par for the course for the unconventional designer. His first dance production, a contemporary piece about identity and displacement, will debut in London later this month.