Thursday, 4 September 2014

Love From Cyprus - SS14 roundup

Hello all

So, as summer draws to an end (here in Cyprus anyway...) I decided to use this opportunity to recap my summer 2014 and let you know how I've been doing.

At the start of the summer I decided to officially become self employed and invest all my time and energy into my dream, running my own brand which embodied the Mediterranean lifestyle, showcased Cypriot craftsmanship and extend my collection from LFC's 2013 footwear and accessory range. this meant saying 'goodbye' to being an employee and hello to being an entrepreneur.

With a little help and guidance from people who have done it an succeeded, alot of support from my beau and family, I was able to take the jump and go for it. 
Some reading material for those of you who are contemplating doing the same thing, but are scared of the unknown. 

I attended a free seminar by Mark Anastasis (author of The Laptop Millionaire), last year just before I launched my site, and it was a real turning point for me. He said something that really resonated with me, as I had been preparing and photographing and designing my new eshop for months and was feeling frustrated because it didn't look anywhere near as good as I wanted it to.....

He said perfectionists never succeed. They are always waiting for everything to be just right, constantly fine tuning and waiting for the 'right time' and the stars and moon to align...and for this reason they will never actually DO anything. That was it for me. The next day, I launched my webshop, flaws and all. I'd been limited to my own capabilities (web programming and photography and copywriting) and for this reason it never would look as perfect as I wanted it to, simply because I'm not an expert.

So I'm still live with that same site, I did get a little help from a web programmer, but it's still not what I have in my mind. But I've stopped using this as an excuse to keep me from working. I'm only now reading it, but wish I had started sooner with The Lean Startup. Eric Ries also has a free app, with free seminars about this type of business available online.. I can't remember the app's name for the life of me as I dont have my iPad with me, but you can search for it on your app store / play store. 

For girs that wanna become BOSSGIRLs and make in the fahion industry, you can of course checkout Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS book, who is the founder and CEO of Nastygal at age 30! She is an inspiration and has some raw, uncoated advise to give, but I think if you're gonna do it, stop reading and just start doing! 


Another webinar I attended, by Erlend Bakke (author of Never Work Again), was all about the types or entrepreneurs that exist.

1 - Solopreneur: one who does everything him/herself and the business will not run on it's own if that person is not physically doing things. Sort of like being an employee, but your customer / product is your boss. (This is where I currently am still stuck.)

2 - Wantapreneur: one who desires to be entrepreneur and even makes efforts towards being an entrepreneur, but neither follows through or do what really matters. (This is where I was two years ago.)

3 - Dammit...forgot the others. So I'll check my notes and update this tonight.


I'm of course very thankful to a few greta collaboration with some fashion bloggers who have increased my brand awareness amongst their readers and followers. I sometimes get taken by surprise when my products are featured on a blog or included in photos that are inspiring and sweet. These are the best features, because I don't actually have a budget for advertising and believe in word of mouth! So how these bloggers found me, is a mystery, but a blessing.

Here are some ladies whose blogs you should checkout, not only because I'm featured, but because I actually like these blogs too:

Fashion bloggers//

South African copywriters and moms write about style and life//
I heart your outfit

French momma writes about life//
This year also saw the introduction of my Nautical Collection - unisex marine-inspired anchors and hooks bracelets and (now) sandals. This collection will be extending into many more products, so watch this space because I'm feeling inspired and excited about where this will go.
For the SS15 look book, I worked with the great Cypriot fashion photographer Harris Kyprianou, on a series of photos that you can almost smell the sean and feel the sun on your skin, with an unmistakable Mediterranean feel to it.
LFC has now adopted the Mediterranean blue as the core brand colour, because it's one of those colours that makes you happy - all year round. It's a colour that represents my Greek roots, the Mediterranean sea and sky and all things good in this world.
This year, LFC has also become available at few new stockists:
Chiaraluna / Barcelona/ Spain/
Career dels Flassaders 34, Bajo, 2, 08003 Barcelona
Zahir / Vejer de la Frontera / Spain
Jose Castrillon 1, Vejer de la Frontera, Spain (Tel: +34 667 31 27 31)
September 2014 is also a milestone month for me, because in one week I turn 30 (yes, it's better than 20) and I will marry my beau! I am so blessed, and thankful for all the angels that have appeared in my life, at times when I needed them most, and in places I did not think to look. I wish you all a great end of summer, as we head over to the southern hemisphere where summer is only just beginning.

Ciao ciao xoxo

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.

http://www.goodcountry.org/

 

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)


INGREDIENTS

  • 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
MAKING THE SORBET
  • 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

INGREDIENTS
  • 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
INSTRUCTIONS
  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

INGREDIENTS
  • Watermelon, cut into cubes
  • Water, sparkling water, soda water, lemon / lime soda, lemonade (according to preferences)
INSTRUCTIONS
  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.