Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The Monocle Guide to Good Business (a good old-fashioned design book)

The Monocle Guide to Good Business is a book for would-be business leaders, start-ups and established companies that feel it’s time for some new ideas. This extended video goes behind the scenes to talk to the editors of the book and to take a look inside the covers. 
But don’t expect management speak, nor miracles for untold riches. It’s not a book about staging a revolution. It’s a book about doing things well (from how you run the show to the pens you buy). And even taking your dog to work. The 300-page book features original photography and illustrations printed on a selection of the highest-quality papers; it’s a handbook for those who want to make a company that will last.

As the editor-in-chief and editor explain, the book is more a lifestyle book, and not necessarily a book with a step-by-step guide to actually setting up a business. Monocle is one of the most successful magazines to be developed in the past decade. Armed with an unmistakable sense of aesthetics and journalistic tenacity, its team—led by editor-in-chief Tyler Brûlé—has created an intelligent publication that continually inspires a global readership who is interested in everything from diplomacy to design. 

Tyler Brûlé is a visionary, who has successfully started Monocle magazine, and the 'Monocle design & lifestyle' brand, which expands to shops, collaborations on products with various designers. Although this is a book that you'd want to own, flick through once or twice and then put on your designer bookshelf, I'm more interested in Tyler's biography, and HIS success story. How and where he started and how he built up this chic design / lifestyle brand, and how he's managing to actually live the dream.

Monocle's first book: The Monocle Guide to Better Living (Extended Version) is available here.

The Monocle Guide to Good Business (Extended Version) is available here.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Which country does the most good for the world?

Simon Anholt helps national, regional and city governments earn better reputations—not by launching advertising or PR campaigns, but by changing the way they behave. In a riveting and funny talk, he answers the question ' Which country does the most good? ' based on his Good Country Index.


Monday, 11 August 2014

Underwater photography by Trish Woodford

I absolutely love this underwater series by photography Trish Woodford. Her portfolio consist mainly of portraits of couples, weddings, families and a small bit of conceptual and model series.
These images are angelic and majestic, with the blue pool and white dress. More of these please Trish!

Thursday, 7 August 2014

All expenses paid for 30 years ago

As I always say...sharing is caring. This was to powerful not to share, and too moving to ignore.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

B is for blue... and Benedetto

I am an avid fan of artist Benedetto De Maio's instagram account, where he chooses to tell a story with the colour blue. And with almost 43 thousand followers, it's easy to see why he has such a following. His compositions are clean and simple, always featuring if not starring the colour blue.

Thank you for the inspiration Benedetto!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Watermelon things...

Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.
Watermelons have become synonymous with summer and picnics, and for good reason. Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help to combat the heat and also provide a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike to enjoy.

So here are some of my favourite thing to make with watermelon....just because the expert say it's healthy!

Watermelon Sorbet

Serves 4

Prep time 15 min

Total time - 30 min (+ time to freeze)


  • 4 cups watermelon puree (which is about 5 lbs of watermelon blended)
  • Juice and zest of half a lime
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons Campari
  • Heat 1 cup of the watermelon puree with the sugar, whisking until the sugar dissolves.
  • Add the rest of the puree, the lime and the corn syrup and whisk to combine.
  • Take the puree off the heat and add the Campari.
  • If you have an ice cream maker, pour the mixture in and proceed according to its instructions. Otherwise, pour the mixture into a plastic container and freeze for 4 hours (or overnight).
  • Let the frozen mixture stand at room temp for a few minutes to soften slightly, then process (or blend) and freeze again.

Watermelon Granita with Ginger and Lime

Serves 4-6

Total time - 3 hours

  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 6 cups roughly chopped seedless watermelon
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • zest from 1 lime
  • 1 (2-inch) piece of ginger divided, 1 inch cut into coins and 1 inch peeled and grated
  • fleur de sel, for garnish
  1. In a blender or food processor, blend together the lime juice and watermelon. Strain through a strainer, reserving liquid and discarding the solids.
  2. Put 1/2 cup of the watermelon water in a saucepan and add the sugar, lime zest and ginger coins. Bring the liquid to a simmer and cook until the sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool.
  3. Add the grated ginger to the remaining watermelon water. When the syrup is cooled, remove the ginger and mix the syrup into the watermelon water. Pour into a 9×13-inch baking dish and set in the freezer.
  4. Every 30 minutes, scrape the mixture with a fork to break up the ice crystals and to keep it light and fluffy. Scrape every 30 minutes for at least 2 hours.
  5. Scrape the granita into glasses and garnish with the fleur de sel.

Watermelon Ice

Prep time 5 minute

Total time - 2 hours, 5 minutes

  • Watermelon, cut into cubes
  • Water, sparkling water, soda water, lemon / lime soda, lemonade (according to preferences)
  1. Cut watermelon into small cubes. Lay in a single layer on a baking sheet and place in the freezer. Once frozen, store in a freezer safe ziptop bag.
  2. Fill a glass with the watermelon ice and pour your favorite beverage over.

Just in case you need more watermelon recipes, there are 23 more at this link.

Sunday, 27 July 2014

The Inglorious Fruits & Vegetables

It’s well-known that millions of tons of food is wasted each year and a big part of that number comes from stores discarding produce that doesn’t fit the standards of food beauty.
But one supermarket in France came up with a brilliant idea on how to get people not only buying those fruits and veggies, but actually seeking them out. Intermarché, the third biggest grocer in the country, launched a campaign called “les fruits et légumes moches,” or in English, the inglorious fruits and vegetables.
They gave the produce a 30 per cent markdown, some prettily designed ads, and some serious publicity — all in the hope to make ugly fruit and veg the new purchase trend.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Φάρμα Projekt II - Farma Project II

Oh Yes! It's Φάρμα Projekt II is upon us!

Φάρμα Projekt is a party organized by a team of creatives, in rural parts of Nicosia, on a farm. Every year the team also make a short film, which is something I look forward to every. single. summer.

This has the potential to be a kick-ass series. It's in Greek, but those of you who don't speak Greek, or understand the Cypriot dialect, can still appreciate great cinematography.

See pervious year here.

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Life Aquatic with Bruce Mozert

Mozert was born in Newark, Ohio, in 1916 and followed his sister Zoë to New York City in the mid-'30s; she became a renowned pinup artist, he a photographer.
Bruce Mozert, by the age of 20, was already an accomplished photographer in N.Y. City.  He came to Silver Springs in the fall of 1938 when they were making Tarzan films. Soon after arriving, he built his first underwater camera case.
The underwater pictures he took were so clear that MGM took them to Hollywood and used them. His pictures were picked up by wire services and magazines throughout the world. Mozert became well known for his underwater photographs, as well as his sexy pin-ups and animal photos.
Bruce Mozert created some of the most memorable kitsch photography in the era of Florida's tourism marketing boom of the 1950's. His underwater shots of beautiful models in crystal-clear waters were sent out on wire services and helped establish Silver Springs as Florida's premier tourist attraction. Gary Monroe has selected some of the best underwater photographs many unseen for decades that capture those heady times in all of their whimsical glory.

Friday, 11 July 2014

LFC - The dream. The reality.

Ok, so I'm shamelessly blogging all about myself these days, but I've been away too long as I've been busy setting up my own business. Design is still a very big part of my life, but something's changed.

Those of you who have been following my blog will know, I am a graphic designer. Working for someone else in Cyprus just got too difficult during the crisis. After working in advertising at Pandora Ogilvy & Mather, under the direction of my beloved CD Nikos Zozos, I moved to Dimco as an in-house designer where I rebranded the exports department (One Light) and designed their packaging templates and catalogue templates, where I was unceremoniously excused. It was a wonderful experience (wonderful in terms of personal growth, not actual experience), and I learnt so much about myself, about business, and about bosses from hell. What a great film! I once heard that you have to get fired at least once in your life, and it never made sense until it happened to me. It was my ah-ha! moment.

I then went on to work as an in-house designer again at a software design company, which was the best work environment I experienced in Cyprus (I try not to compare to the great studios I worked at in London... my heart aches). I learnt so much from my colleagues and bosses. Big thank you to everyone at, it was a great year working with you all.

I'm a restless sole, and once I get something in my head, unfortunately / fortunately I cannot let sleeping dogs lie. I've been working nights and weekends for years now, to slowly build my brand, literally from the ground up (to the second floor, currently). This is my second official summer trading as Love From Cyprus, but my first full-time year. Slowly but steadily I am adding to my range of products and introducing new collections. As I am a one-woman business - designing / making / branding / marketing / customer service / sales / coffee making, these things take time. But in the not-too-distant future, I hope to have a small team who are as excited about what LFC is, and what it stands for, as myself, and together we'll be leaving a small footprint (low-carbon) in the world.

Love From Cyprus, is not just a business for me. It's not the products, it's not the's a lifestyle. It's a way of thinking and a way of seeing things. It's about being inspired by life, nature, materials. Loving where you are and what you are doing! LFC may be based in the small Mediterranean island, but it's that small calling some of us have inside our soles, for the ocean, the need to be free, while always remaining grounded. it's about creating with your hands, and working with others to achieve something bigger than ourselves. I can now say with 100% certainty that I love my job, and I love where I am right now!

Working for yourself is a challenge, but working for someone else that only sees you as an employee is draining - for a sensitive soul like myself, this does not apply to anyone else. I know nothing about business, but I know everything about love, and if you love what you do, how can it it be wrong to do it? Certain things come naturally, others you have to learn and outsource. I'm learning something everyday, and I finally feel like my brain is working again, after a long period of being on autopilot.

I still work morning to night, but I know that to make a dream a reality, you have to work for it. Easy come, easy go, after all. I hope all of you reading this can take something from it.

Memoirs of a Friday night at the office

Wave after wave....

A clothes horse wearing paper roses and wings

Feeling so blessed today! Another totally cute blogger, Rebecca from A Clothes Horse, featured my white Hermes sandals, worn with a cute blue skirt with rose print, and clapper bag.

She is cute as a button and has a playful and colourful style. Thanks for the lovely photo Rebecca!

Shop my sandal collection at

Love from Cyprus to Greece

OMG! My girl crush Konstantina, the gorgeous Greek fashion blogger at SerialKlother, has featured our rose gold Plato sandals and she looks like a dream!

Thank you Konstantina mou...

You can get your Plato sandals in various colours at

Have a splendid summer!

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Quote of the day

In an effort to become more mindful of my actions, and how I start my day every day.

WHen all else fails...there's always Fanouropita

Saint Fanourios is a Greek Orthodox saint, known as the Martyr and the miracle worker. He is one of my favourite saints, because I have a very bad habit of losing things, and always end up plarying and pleading with hime to help me find my keys, phone, car... I like to consider him my caretaker, because without hime I'd lose my head.

His name comes from the Greek work 'fanero' which means ' I reveal'. You bake the traditional Fanouropita as a gift or thank you to the saint and offer it to anyone who will take a piece. I sometimes leave it at a Local St. Fanourios church, where the priests will take it to a hospice.
There is not a whole lot known about his life. We know that he lived during Roman times and was in constant persecution because of his Christian beliefs. There is an icon that was discovered on the island of Rhodes during a period when the island was ruled by Turks.
The Turks decided to rebuild the walls of the city that had been destroyed during the war. They sent workers outside to collect rocks from the house ruins to help rebuild the wall. While doing this a beautiful church that was also destroyed was discovered and many icons were found inside. Most of them were destroyed to the point that you could not read the lettering on them. Amazingly, one stood out from all the others completely unharmed. It was an icon of a young man in a Roman soldier’s uniform. In his right hand he held a spear and in his left hand was a cross and a lit candle. Around he perimeter of the icon were twelve events of martyrdom that the Saint suffered, which revealed much of his life.
The Tradition of the Fanouropita
The tradition of baking a Fanouropita is a great honor bestowed upon the Saint. It is typically a small, round cake and is made whenever the saint reveals a lost object, a job, a cure or anything else the person has sought to find, is found.
1 c. Olive oil (250 ml)
1 c. Fresh orange juice (250ml)
2 c. Sugar (400 gr)
1 tsp. Ground Cinnamon
1/2 tsp. Ground cloves
1/2 tsp. Baking Soda
500 gr. Self raising flour
Optional * crushed walnuts and raisins

  1. Mix flour and cinnamon. In another bowl, mix oil, sugar, orange juice, water and lemon peel.
  2. Beat mixture for a few minutes, then add flour, raisins and walnuts. Mix well.
  3. Grease and flour a baking pan.
  4. Pour batter into pan.
  5. Bake for 50-60 minutes @ 180 degrees.
  6. Cool completely.
  7. Dust with powdered sugar.
Tip: If you let the cake sit a day before serving, it absorbs the flavors better.

Via Orthodox mom, Recipe here.

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Love From Cyprus: Review 003

Another day, another review from Moriya. Hermes winged sandals seem to be a hit with all of you! If you've recently purchased LFC sandals of bags, please send your your photo and you review.

Хочу честно поделиться отличной находкой на etsy. Получила с Кипра сандалики, как на картинке и еще сумочку. Ручная работа. Кожа. Сделано на заказ - абсолютно точно определяешь сама сочетание цветов и размер. Очень порадовали и качество и удобство. Иногда сандали должны быть просто сандалями и просто удобно сидеть на своих ремешках - так вот это оно. В общем очень рекомендую этот магаз, а сама пока закажу еще одни другого цвета 

I wish to share fairly an excellent find on Etsy. I have received my sandals from Love From Cyprus,  pictured, and also a handbag. Handmade from genuine leather. It is made to order - absolutely you can select a custom colour combination and the size is true to fit. I am very much pleased with both quality and convenience. Sometimes sandals should be simply fit to your foot's form - and these do just that! I very much recommend this shop, while I make another order for a different colour!

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Iconic Graphic Designer Massimo Vignelli Has Died At 83

The legendary graphic designer behind New York City's iconic - and controversial - Subway map, Massimo Vignelli, has passed away at age 83.
The immeasurably influential Italian designer is best known for his uncluttered Modernist corporate identity work for company's including American Airlines, Xerox, Bloomingdale's and the iconic green and white United Colours Of Benetton logotype. However, with his wife and design partner Lella Vignelli, he also applied his design skills across everything from office accessories to domestic products, furniture, interiors and exhibitions.
Vignelli's New York City Subway design, created in 1972, caused controversy for its distorted scaling and its subsequent failings as a useable "map", however the system has remained in use and is widely considered a functioning piece of graphic art.
Vignelli is credited with popularising the Helvetica typeface, and his influence is almost unavoidable in daily life.
Of his long career he once said: "if you do it right, it will last forever" and in the case of Massimo Vignelli that sentiment couldn't be more fitting. He's survived by his wife, two children, and several lifetimes of fans inspired by the timelessness of his work.

Love From Cyprus - review 002

 Our French affair with the tatted Adeline Bray. Thanks for the review and for the photos of your customized Hermes LFC sandals.

I have just received my new shoes...fantastic!!! Size, quality, comfort, colours, everything is perfect, i am in love! Shipping was perfect, and the seller was exceptional, She helped me and personalised my shoes as i wished! Be sure That i Will recommend your products! Many thanks!

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