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. 

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Women's health - check your boobs!

Breast cancer is the most common form of malignancy affecting women worldwide. It is also the leading cancer in females in Cyprus, with approximately 400 new cases diagnosed annually. It is well recognized that genetic variation as well as environmental factors modulate breast cancer risk.

LFC has decided to go pink, not only for October, but for every month after, with a percentage of profits going to the local breast cancer organisation, Europa Donna

After my mother-in-law was diagnosed in September, it's become a personal mission to not only raise awareness, but also assist in finding a cure for this disease that affects women (and even men) worldwide. As young women, we tend to neglect our health, and particularly topics that make us feel ashamed or embarrassed. Your health it not something to be ashamed about, and you should regularly visit your gynaecologist for all your routine checks, whether you believe you are at risk or not. That includes your routine Pap test, girls! Checking your breasts is something you can do at home however, and only you know your breasts well enough to know if you have found something out of the ordinary.  So don't be shy, feel your boobs up, get a boyfriend / husband / neighbour (if you roll like that) to participate if you're a team player!

Thursday, 17 September 2015

Paper anniversary

Saturday 20th September is my 1 year wedding anniversary to my beau. The only reason I feel safe to share this post before the date is because I know he doesn't read my blog. Ever.

As it's the one year anniversary, according to tradition, the first anniversary you give a gift of paper (or cotton according to the UK tradition). I've decided to go with the US version, as it just keeps things simple. I've ordered our portraits from an illustrator in Australia, Amanda Burnett. You can find here shop on Etsy, where you can contact her to make a custom request.
These are still work in progress, as water colour needs time to flatten the paper and colour layering, but I'm so excited to receive them. I plan to frame our portraits and place them about our bed. I've also ordered an extra portrait of my dear Moustaki, which I will hang somewhere separately, along with other members of our growing family as and when I get portraits of them too! I think this is a lovely tradition that I've begun, and a collection I can keep adding to over the years, even by different artists featuring different styles. I will share the completed pictures, framed and hung once I have them.

What gift would you have given for a 1st anniversary?


Wednesday, 16 September 2015

LFC goes pink this October

This is Maria, my beautiful mother-in-law. She has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer. Maria is strong, positive and a working professional. She raised my husband as a single parent, and carved a very successful career for herself in a man's world as an architect. She is an inspiration and we love her! From now on, we're giving a percentage of profits to our local Breast Cancer research organization. With your help we will raise awareness and find a cure for this horrible disease. 

#lovefromcyprus#breastcancerawareness #girlpower#pinkribbon

Friday, 4 September 2015

Icons - in one take

The Sunday Times - Icons from Us on Vimeo.

This amazing little ad for the Sunday Times Culture magazine just blew me away in 50 seconds! See how many 'iconic pictures' you recognise. Needless to say it's won more awards than I can mention. It was directed by two guys I went to university with, now working under the name We Are Us, Chris Barret and Luke Taylor.

Well done fellas, and keep up the great work.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Village life is the best life

My parents are renovating the house in Simou village, one of my favourite places to visit. The house is high up in the village, so it has the perfect view of all the village, Evretou dam and Akamas hills. I'm doing some research for an authentic, rustic look, although all the things we have in the house are very authentic. My grandfather built the house with typical beige Cyprus stone (pouro petra).

Her'e some options that I've come up with just from doing a quick online search, although some of these ideas require much more space than we have, one can dream.

The house consists of three bedrooms, all leading into the courtyard. We've renovated it as two separate spaces - 1 bedroom with en suite, and a separate 2 bedroom, bathroom and kitchen with fireplace. I would like to select a theme, not sure yet if it will be done with colour, or other, for each room.

Barn doors
Industrial sliding spokes for a DIY barn door, via The White Shanty
Industrial sliding spokes for a DIY barn door, via The White Shanty

Displaying collections
Keep it white

Outdoors / Indoors

Flying close to the sun

The best part of my job, is connecting with other girls who have the same shared interests and loves. LFC started out of a love for craft and it's lead me to where I am today. I get emails from my lovers, and really, I do feel like they are my lovers, with photos of them wearing their sandals in all these wonderful places. I've sent sandals to places I've never heard of, let alone been.
LFC goes to Hawaii.
I've met other fellow independent designers, doing their thing, and we've shared our experiences and our advice. I've even become close friends with a few of them and we often brainstorm together and help each other out.
Collaboration with Honey Bee Swim, in Texas.
Essentially, that's what LFC is to me - it's a lifestyle brand, that isn't tied down to just this little island in the Med. The Mediterranean lifestyle in Cyprus may be similar to Greece, and even Spain or Italy, but there is a similarity to this new, authentic type of lifestyle worldwide. The internet has made the world smaller, and brought us all closer. We share similar experiences across the globe. I'm so honoured and grateful for the girls that show their support in what I create, but also understand the essence of LFC.
Celine in France, sends me pictures of her cat, Leo, who looks like a clone of my baby, Moustaki!
Christina in New York (pictured here wearing her Icaria sandals) is an American Cypriot, but heard about LFC from a friend of a friend. We met up for coffee when she came to Cyprus on holiday.
Delphine sent me a picture of her wedding day, in Istanbul, where she tied the knot in Artemis sandals and her matching tan/gold Mini-bag.
Meeting Manuela from Chiara Luna, my stockist in Barcelona, while my hubby and I were doing our Euro trip, as also a special treat.
Chiara Luna, our stockist in Born district of Barcelona.
The best part of it is: the joy you express when you receive your sandals and open the package for the first time, and share your experience. These are just a few of the many, many stories I have to share, and it's all through the connecting spirit of love, wanderlust and art that I share with my lovers. You are just as big a part of LFC as I am, thank you!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

What's new at LFC

Hey lovers.

You're all aware, if you've been following our pages, that we have been working hard on improving our products, and adding more variety to our collection or sandals and bags. We've also had a little makeover which you will see slowly been rolled out on all our platforms. We are the same brand, but with improved craftsmanship, more of your favourite styles as well as new elegant and timeless designs which we will be introducing over the next season.
Aphrodite is the goddess of love and beauty who was born in foam of the waves on the shores of Cyprus, according to mythology. She has been our inspiration and now a leading star in our new collection. She will be with you in spirit and sole (yes sole!), sharing your travels, your loves and your dreams.
We've also improved the leather selection, as well as the leather soles and added the new all black leather sole too. We've listen to your feedback, and appreciate your comments and proposals. Some of the improvements though, come at an extra cost. So you may notice some products have gone up in price, while others have come down. We always try to keep our prices fair, and also fairly pay our experienced craftsmen and craftswomen, while offering you improved quality and craftsmanship. Most importantly, we reward our returning customers with a discount code, as well as maintain our free shipping.
Another change we have made to our designs is a new, sleek sole design, with a slimmer heel and more oval toe shape. The sole length has changed slightly, by a few mm, so please check our size chart to ensure you order the right size for you by following the measuring instructions below.

We've also asked you opinions where you want your products to come in a cotton bag or a recycled box, and you've all agreed you prefer a bag. We'll keep asking you your opinion when we have big decisions to make, because you are all just as part of the brand as we are. After all, sharing is caring!
Stay tuned for more news, and don't forget to sign up to our newsletter here to be the first the hear about new products or any special promotions exclusive to our subscribers.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Chios Is The Magical Greek Island That Cures All Wanderlust

You've heard of Santorini, and you know Mykonos is the destination for partying. But if Greece has a magical island, Chios is definitely it. 
This lesser-known isle sits happily in the northeastern part of the Aegean Sea. Chios is most famous for its cultivation and production of mastic, an aromatic resin that forms in teardrop shapes that comes from trees growing in the fertile Mastichochoria region of the island. 
Mastic (sometimes known as "Arabic gum," but not to be confused with "gum Arabic") has a range of uses, from functional -- it's used in varnishes and paints -- to medicinal to edible. On Chios, you can buy mastic-based jams, candies and local liqueurs like brandy ouzo. It's referred to as a "a tear that pleases, perfumes, relieves and heals.” So you'll definitely want to stock up on some at the Mastihashop, the island's main purveyor. 
The largest mastic village is called Pyrgi. The buildings there are adorned with geometric patterns, called "graffito," that are like nothing you've ever seen.

And if that's not enough, there's also Nea Moni monastery, a renowned UNESCO world heritage site in the center of the island. A Byzantine monastery, Nea Moni houses treasures such as mosaics and human skulls, among other things.
Don't forget the medieval village of Mesta, built as a maze with tightly spaced homes. The narrow streets were constructed with arches and vaults to protect important buildings from the pirates of the past. The whole place is hauntingly charming.
Did we mention the beaches are pretty awesome, too? Chios is about a 45-minute flight from Athens, making it the perfect beach escape for European adventurers. 
Jump on in, or watch a sunset. Ahh...

Friday, 21 August 2015

Sunday, 26 July 2015

How ink is made: a short film

A beautiful, romantic short film about making ink in every PANTONE shade. Canada-based company, The Printing Ink Company, shows us how ink is made in this short film. 

In this film, they talk about the materials, techniques and processes used in making their inks, such as the scraping tests conducted to ensure that every drop of ink is equally mixed. 
This film shows the passion, craft and science that goes into making every jar of ink. 
They have even revealed the methods of creating every conceivable color of the PANTONE spectrum, which is probably something every designer will find interesting. 

Via Design TAXI

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Old age and youth, one happy day

There's no denying that nursing homes are not the most pleasant places to be. There's constantly talk in the news of mistreatment, mismanagement, and mishandling of patients at various homes around the country. Couple that with the looming sense of dread always in the air, and you have a negative atmosphere. With more and more Americans facing retirement in the next 25 years, it's no wonder they're all hesitant to end up in a home.
What if I told you there was a place where the retired and the young come together to bring more joy into their lives? This hypothetical place would let the elderly leave their empty houses and help mold young minds. It would also change how we treat nursing homes and the elderly.
Luckily, such a place is very real, and it's changing the way we look at nursing homes and educating our young minds for the better.

Via ViralNova

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.