Sunday, 25 January 2015

Holding hands

Have you ever really held the hand of someone you love? Not just in passing, a loose link between you - but truly clasped, with the pulses of your wrists beating together and your fingers mapping the knuckles and nails like a cartographer learning a country by heart? 
― Jodi PicoultSalem Falls

YSL was a lover

Yves Saint Laurent lived in Marrakesh for a while with his partner, and he owned property there where he would holiday. Every new year, he would send his his clients and friends a LOVE card. A simple, but great message.
Today these postcards are on display at the Majorelle Garden, a 12 acre botanical garden. Here are some which I was able to find online. These cards originated in the 1970's, and were personally drawn by the designer. A tradition he kept for the next 30 years.






Lacoste L!Ve Pop-Up

Lacoste has launched a new product in their Lacoste L!ve line that features an eye-popping fragrance. The preppy urban design abstractly illustrates a classic short sleeve polo shirt with a crocodile. Playing on perspective, the liquidly aroma is packaged in blue glass with inspiration drawn from the De Stijl art movement and Mondrian paintings.

What excites me much much more than the packaging is the handmade pop-up book designed to celebrate the launch, exploring scent pictorially. 
The book looks and feels a uni student's final year project, which is what makes it so damn splendid. The creative studio responsible for the pop up book is WILD Advertising. See it in full action in the video below.
Lacoste - A L!VE pop-up story from Wildvertising on Vimeo.

Via The Dieline.

Barbie finally has some competition

When Taofick Okoya's daughter told him that she wished she was white, the Nigerian entrepreneur decided to help her fall in love with her natural black beauty. Sensing that her fair-skin worship was due to all of her favorite storybook, cartoon, and toy characters being white, Okoya began to imagine a world where Nigerian girls played with, and looked up to, black characters. 
That was in 2007. Eight years later the Queens of Africa dolls outsell Barbie in Nigeria. Modeled after the three biggest tribes in the country, the dolls each represent a different progressive value meant to empower black girls in their youth and in their careers. Nneka is Igbo and represents love. Azeezah is Hausa and is the queen of peace. In the music video created for the dolls, the Azeezah doll is seen holding a #BringBackOurGirls sign. Finally, Wuraola, the Yoruba doll represents endurance. “Water is soft, this is true, but it can break a rock,” she sings in the “Queens of Africa” song. The dolls are available in various outfits, though the traditional attire is the most popular.
Though the project is successful now, initially Okoya had a tough time convincing Nigerian toy stores to stock his dolls. “They said, ‘black dolls don’t sell,’” he told Elle South Africa. “I then embarked on an educational campaign via various media, telling people about the psychological impact dolls have on children, and [effect] dolls in the likeness of the African child can have on them. It took almost three years.” He also says that in order to get little girls who'd already been conditioned to value European standards of beauty to buy his dolls, the Queens of Africa dolls were designed without the curvy bodies, “fuller facial features,” and rougher hair textures that many of his consumers have come to demand. He promises that these “identifying African characteristics” as well as an animated series and movie are coming. He also hopes to expand the doll line to include at least one doll for each African country, as well as a limited-edition doll range to raise funds for an African education charity. 

All via Good Magazine, by Isis Madrid.

Monday, 12 January 2015

LFC Mood board: Nautically inclined

Fisherman illustration by Calore Chavelier
The sea has always been an inspiration to artists and designers alone. All things nautical and marine-esque are easily achievable with the use of blue, white and red. Mermaids have long been the fantasy of seamen, with many myths and stories written about these half-fish-half-nymph beings. As have sailors being the start of many a house-wife's fantasy. Enter JPG's 90's Le Male campaign...
Chandon's Nautical Branding
So keeping it simple, here's a little moodpboard to keep your creative juices flowing: in terms of style, decor and design.
Nautical DIY nails. All you need is tape, white, red and navy nail polish and a some basic knowledge of the international maritime flags.

You can find that here

Photo credit: @viewfromthetop
Nautical inspiration with blue, white and red - just for you to see how easy it is to style your black Plato unisex sandals, which you can get here.
Totally hooked on the Nautical collection. You can get your unisex LFC Hook with marine rope here.

Marine-inspired interiors are also very easy to achieve. Your aim is to keep it simple - play it safe with white, and use shades of blue, or stick to one blue if you have the luxury to source everything, and a little red if you wish. Beach wood also gives your space a more rustic feel, as a home would look if it were near the sea.
You could even start your concept at the front door with this gorgeous anchor door knocker.
Photo credit: @amy_stone
Pitchers by Stefaniu Vasques for Diamantini & Domeniconi.



Blue seas and skies

'Why is the sea so blue?' 
'Because it reflects the sky.''Why is the sky so blue?''Because it reflects the sea.'

Monday, 29 December 2014

Monday morning quote

Good morning babe! A little quote in beautiful hand lettering to start your week xoxo

LFC Mood board: Blue and white stripes

Ελλάς το μεγαλείο σου!

When you're Greek, you can't help but feel proud when you see the beautiful flag, officially adopted December 1978. The white cross symbolizes the Greek Orthodoxy, the established religion of Greece. The nine blue and white stripes represent the seas surrounding Greece with it's blue and white wave crests.

Photo credit: @tyffanieb
LFC Kamares sandals in Hellas colour mix.
LFC Plato sandals in silver.

This Anchor - Loyd C. Taylor

This anchor shall hold in adversity, 
When all else does threaten to give way; 
This anchor keeps my vessel from drifting, 
Never letting my ship run astray. 


This anchor holds though angry seas batter, 
When dangerous waves threaten to take hold; 
This anchor holds in the lonely night hours, 
When darkness renders my spirit less bold. 


This anchor holds with vigil over me, 
Scans water lest my ship drift away; 
This anchor is trustworthy and faithful, 
Making less anxious my passageway. 


This anchor holds fast though life is fleeting, 
When death’s icy hands grasps for me once more; 
This anchor will never let me falter, 
Till my ship moors on that sacred shore. 


Read the full poem here.

Unisex anchors for him and for her in gun metal - available at www.lovefromcyprus.com

Tuesday, 23 December 2014

LFC Holiday break

Hey babe,

So Christmas is finally here, and we'll be slipping off our sandals for a short break.
I wish you a wonderful holiday, filled with love, laughter, friendly faces and plenty of good food and wine.

See you in the new year.

xoxo

Melomakarona: honey-infused, citrus-scented spice cookies

Melomakarona, along with Kourambiedes, are the traditional sweets of Christmas.  This is an oil-based macaroon recipe that produces moist cake-like cookies flavored with orange and brandy bathed in sweet honey syrup and topped with chopped walnuts.
Although half way through the holidays there is still plenty of time to prolong the festive spirit. Open your pantry, pull up your sleeves and put on your brightest apron and make my grandmother’s Melomakarona. Once you’re elbow deep in cookie dough and the house smells like orange, cinnamon and cloves you will be ready to face the New Year with optimism and cheer.

Ingredients:
3 cups extra virgin olive oil
½ cup orange juice
a little salt
1 cup sugar
7 cups flour
2 cups semolina
1/2 cup Metaxa
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon ground cloves
Orange zest
Ingredients for the syrup:
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 cups honey
Lemon and orange slices
A couple Cinnamon sticks

Pre heat your oven at 180 degrees Celsius (350 Fahrenheit).  In a blender or with a hand held mixer beat the olive oil and sugar. Then add all other liquid ingredients. Once well blended add the dry ingredients leaving the flour last adding it slowly. You may need to knead the dough with your hands which is recommended.
Pinch off a 2 1/2 tsp. portion of dough and form into little oval shaped cookies. Place on a baking sheet 2-inches apart.
Bake for about 20 -25 minutes or until cookies are slightly brown (they get darker once you put them into the syrup).
Prepare the syrup. Put all the ingredients for the syrup into a saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower heat to a low simmer and keep watch over the syrup as it can quickly foam up and spill over.
While cookies are still hot dip them slowly into the syrup with a large spoon. Leave themin the syrup for a couple of seconds (making sure that the syrup covers all sides), then take them out of the syrup and place them on a plate.
Sprinkle with chopped walnuts and enjoy!

Kali Orexi kai Kali Chronia.
Happy 2015 to all.



Wednesday, 17 December 2014

LFC Weddings - Jennifer & Bradley

As a hopeless romantic, I was thrilled when Jen decided she wanted LFC sandals for her big day, for herself and her bridesmaids. I'm even more thrilled that she sent me wedding photos of her Australian wedding (bless!). I proudly share the love (with the bride's permission) with you here.

I've also made package deals for other future brides, who may wish to include LFC on their big day, or other special occasions. Please contact me here for information.