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.

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Had ocean been my confidant

Had ocean been my confidant
I'd have given it
All of my truths for safekeeping

Tales i would have written
Of seashells picking girls on beaches
Whose golden bodies were
Like isles of dreamland
But whose fates were
Like lines drawn in sand.

Had ocean been my confidant
I'd have given it
All my loneliness
I'd have walked with the wind
Clasping its finger in my fist
On distant paths
From whence no one comes back!

Had ocean been my confidant
I'd have given it all my depths
Stepping into its limitless
Blue bosom
I'd have made earth into my bark
Sky into my sails
I'd have made the woeful moment
Of separation
A connecting link between you and me.

Had ocean been my confidant!

Poem by Naseer Ahmed Nasir
(Translated from the original Urdu by Satyapal Anand) 

Love From Cyprus: Aphrodite sandals

The Aphrodite love knot sandal features a love-knot twist, and is available in monochrome and duo-tone variations. Inspired by goddess Aphrodite, the mythological goddess of love and beauty, born of the sea foam crashing against the Mediterranean island of Cyprus.

LFC: Market day mood board

Today's menu: Fish. Bread. Beer.

Mounds of silver fish make an attractive sight at the fish market, and best enjoyed grilled or cooked in a stone oven! Always served with olive oil, parsley and lemon.
Traditional Cyprus village bread is a round flattened loaf, large and small of heavier bread, delicious when fresh. Enjoyed with olives, halloumi cheese, dry red wine and dipped into salad juices. Nothing goes to waste!
Greek beer FIX was founded in 1864. After enjoying being a monopoly for almost 100 years, it went out of business in 1983. 

In 2010 it was successfully relaunched, with a new label, with references to the gold medals and prizes won by the original FIX beer. An aggressive advertising campaign, with references to the strong historic legacy of FIX beer in the Greek society, has dramatically boosted sales, effectively leading to a strong comeback of the brand.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Anchor poem by Kayla Ranee

Tie me down,
Like an anchor at the bottom of the sea.Heavy and rusty,Yearning for love as far as the eye can see.You try to support yourself,As an anchor does to a boat. Deep inside your tough as steel,But on the outside you can no longer feel.My words our bound,With a tight knotted rope that conceals.Drowned by water,Shades of shimmering blues.Cast it down,All the way to the bottom,Sink my love like you always do.

Anchor poem by Kayla Ranee

Anchor bracelet, gun metal plated with nautical blue/khaki rope.

Get it here:

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Love From Cyprus: Lofou sandals

This classic Greek sandal is a unisex style, and free fitting for all feet. Named after the picturesque cobblestoned village of Lofou, in the foothills of Mount Olympus, Cyprus. The name Lofou derives from Greek word 'lofos' which means 'hill'.

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

It's the most wonderful time of the year

It's Christmas, and the perfect excuse to get baking, with all those forbidden sugary treats again! I'm sharing with you (as I did this time last year) my FAVOURITE Greek shortbread cookie recipe - Kourambiedes. They are easy to make, and easier to eat. Make them into little balls for that snowball effect when stacked, or moon shapes, as is most common.

  1. 2 sticks ( 1/2 pound) unsalted butter, softened
  2. 1 large egg yolk
  3. 2 teaspoons rose water (or 2 tablespoons brandy)
  4. 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  5. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 3/4 cup confectioners' sugar, plus more for coating
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  9. Pinch of salt
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  11. In a large bowl, using a handheld electric mixer, beat the butter at high speed until light and fluffy, about 10 minutes. Add the egg yolk, brandy and vanilla and beat until smooth.
  12. Sift the flour with 3/4 cup of the confectioners' sugar, the baking powder, cloves and salt. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture in 3 batches, beating at low speed just until smooth. Scrape the dough onto a large sheet of plastic wrap or wax paper and roll into a 2-inch log. Wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 30 minutes or up to 3 days.
  13. Preheat the oven to 325°. Line 2 heavy baking sheets with parchment paper. Unwrap the dough and roll it into a perfect cylinder. Cut it into 3 equal pieces. Slice each piece crosswise into 12 cookies and arrange them on the prepared sheets about 1 inch apart.
  14. Bake the cookies on the top and middle racks of the oven for 20 minutes, or until golden on the bottom; shift the sheets from top to bottom halfway through baking. Let the cookies cool slightly on the sheets, about 15 minutes.
  15. Pour confectioners' sugar into a large shallow bowl. Add the warm cookies in batches and heavily coat the tops and sides. Transfer to a sheet of wax paper that has been dusted with confectioners' sugar and let cool.

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Cyprus Donkey Sanctuary

Donkey's used to be a mode of transport, but also used by farmers to help with heavy lifting and to transport the farmer's produce to the villages. There are two principal strains: a large dark-coloured type with a pale belly, probably of European origin; and a small grey African type which represents about 20% of the total population, which in 2002 was estimated at 2200–2700.

Sadly, once they are too old to work, these little fellows are either killed or deserted. You will not see as many on the island anymore, and the Cyprus Donkey Sanctuary is a retirement home for rescued, ill, deserted, unwanted donkeys.

For just 20 Euros per year, you can 'Adopt a donkey' and contribute towards it's care, at the sanctuary's website.

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.