Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Our salty winners announced!

Thanks to all my lovers who participated in our survey a couple of weeks ago. You feedback was very insightful and has helped us make some decisions we were struggling with. You've also pointed out things you liked and things we could improve on, so we are on it!

Congrats to our 5 survey winners, you've each won yourself a Lovers Scrub. These salty scrubs are new on our web store, and an online exclusive to us! We're so excited to share them with you because they are actually kinda fabulous! If you weren't lucky enough to win one this time around, you can always have a little peek here. Free Shipping worldwide on these goodies for this period only.


Thursday, 28 January 2016

The Evzone Tailors of Greece

There are ceremonial guards all over the world, patiently standing watch at this very moment. Of this large cadre, the Evzone Guards of Greece must certainly be some of the most unique. This elite infantry unit of the Greek Army stands guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Parliament Building in Athens. The uniforms were made famous by a band of mountain guerrilla fighters in the early 19th Century war when Greece was fighting to send the Ottoman Turks packing. Historically, the members of this unit are seen as heroes for their courage and outrageous guerrilla tactics. 
The Uniform:
The skirt / kids has 400 pleats in it, one for every year of the Turkish occupation. The uniforms are made by special craftsmen and takes around 80 days to make, each hand-embroidered. There are several kinds of uniforms. The Evzones waistcoat takes up to one month to sew, and the world famous shoes, or tsarouhi, all made in the tailor's department of the Presidential Guard training camp.
“You need the patience of a donkey to do this job,” says Vangelis Lazos, the master Evzone tailor, as he embroiders a fermeli (waistcoat), the most challenging part of the unit’s uniform. He learned the craft from his father and now teaches younger generations. The felt is so densely embroidered that its “good side” doesn’t show at all and its reverse is full of needle holes.
“You can tell a man’s character from the reverse. You’ll spot a nervous type from the stitching,” he says.
An Evzone’s costume weighs roughly 10kg while a pair of tsarouchia (red leather clogs with black pompons) weighs an additional 3.5kg.
The inimitable master of the legendary tsarouchia – a trademark of Greece around the world – Giorgos Dermatas is just starting to construct a new pair, using nothing but his hands, two small awls and two lasts.
 “We get goose bumps when we see the Evzones on their way to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We check their tsarouchia to see if anything needs to be fixed,” he says.
The smallest size they come in is a Greek 44 (9.5 in the UK or 10.5 in the US) and the largest a 53. The process begins with the cutting of the leather, which is then soaked in water to make stitching easier. The soles are made of cowhide though they look like mahogany. The parts are then sewn together with a waxed cord, also handmade using natural beeswax. Each pair requires more than 600 stitches and 100-120 nails are hammered into the soles. After the tsarouchia are painted and polished, the pompon is attached.
Some say Evzones would conceal a blade in the pompons for use during hand-to-hand combat.
“Let’s give this one a haircut,” says Dermatas as he grabs a pair of scissors and starts grooming a pompon.
“The earth trembles,” he says, pounding the shoe to emulate the sharp stamping of the Evzone’s feet as they march.
Article at Greece Is, by Maria Korachai, Photos by Dimitris Vlaikos.
To read more about the Greek Evzones, read this article (link here) about the history of the Presidential Guard.

Turmeric Milk

Hey lovers...so as you know, there is a much greater awareness for health and well being these days. With the rising numbers of illness and cancer cases, it's essential to not only eat healthy, but also to know what we are putting into our bodies. Were are less and less in control of the quality of produce, and less aware of the source of the product. It's as important to know what you putting IN
to your body as it is, the products you are putting ON to your body.

Today I'm sharing a recipe for Tumeric Milk, you'll also see it online as Golden Milk, via McKell at Nutrition Stripped.

Traditionally Turmeric Milk comes from many Ayurvedic practices and medicine in Indian cultures. Turmeric is nothing new to Eastern cultures, in fact it’s been known as a “healing spice” used to help anything from sore throats, colds, flus, stomach aches to wound healing, abrasions/skin issues due to it’s antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. It's packed with anti-inflammatories and anti-oxidants. You can read an article title Science confirms Tumeric is as effective as 14 drugs here

Turmeric milk is not only high in antioxidants, anti inflammatory compounds, healthy fats (especially when using coconut milk), but also manganese and iron (found in turmeric). In traditional recipes, which include peppercorns, actually enhances the absorption of curcumin (the main component found in turmeric) in our bodies. The ingredients in this recipe actually work in a synergistic fashion, which is fascinating!




TURMERIC MILK

Prep time: 5 minutes
Serves 2

A classic comforting warm and boldly spiced turmeric milk with a hint of sweetness.
INGREDIENTS
  • 2 cups of homemade almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon local honey, optional
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, optional
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick or 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • small pinch of black pepper and grated ginger (fresh is best)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Simply pour all ingredients into a small saucepan and bring to a light boil, whisk to combine ingredients. Reduce heat to low and simmer for up to 20-30 minutes.
  2. Strain the milk if you have large pieces of ginger, cinnamon, peppercorns, etc. To serve, add honey or a dash of cinnamon.
  3. Enjoy warm is best!
Notes
* You may use whatever milk you prefer: I recommend coconut or almond milk.
LOWER SUGAR // use stevia to sweeten

MAKE IT A LATTE!

Using a blender: simply add all ingredients into the blender + 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and blend for about 1 minute. It gets beautifully frothy!

SUBTLE VARIATIONS

  • Add 2-3 whole cardamom pods while boiling
  • Add 2-3 whole black peppercorns
  • Add 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Add more honey or maple syrup to sweeten
  • Add vanilla extract to taste




Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Lovers Scrubs - exclusive to LFC

We're so thrilled to be working on a collab with @loversscrub, who'e made a range of three wonderful sea salt body scrubs, exclusively available on Love From Cyprus.
The products are all 100% natural, and vegan, with locally sourced ingredients. Mediterranean sea salt from the Mesologgi sea lake of Greece is the main ingredient in all our products. The all natural body polish, gently exfoliate skin, removing dead skin cells and drawing boxing from the skin's surface. The circular massaging motion encourages blood circulation, helps fight cellulite and improves the skin's texture.

The blend of essential oils, including another Mediterranean favourite, nourishes dry skin, leaving your skin glossy and revitalised.

Select from three wonderful scrubs:

 Lavender & Olive oil

The calming properties of lavender make this dry scrub the perfect evening bath time partner. It exfoliates your skin and soothes you senses! The ingredients in our lavender & rosemary scrub are also known for treating acne, burns, dry skin, eczema, insomnia, headaches and provides relief from pain in the joints as well as pains caused by sore muscles.

Perfect for stressed out lovers, and a great evening bath time companion.

 Coffee & Sugar

For sensitive skin, this soft dry scrub exfoliates and nourishes skin so you can say a sweet hello to soft, smooth and hydrated skin! The ingredients in our coffee & sugar scrub are also known for helping reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks, lumps and bumps, acne and scars.

High caffeine content of freshly ground beans stimulates blood flow targeting cellulite, stretch marks, psoriasis, varicose veins, eczema, acne, and scarring.

Perfect for sensitive skin lovers, and the delicious coffee aroma is sure to make your feel warm all over!

Mint & Vanilla bean

This dry scrub exfoliates and refreshes the skin and senses! The ingredients in our mint & vanilla scrub are also known for helping reduce the appearance of dry and dull skin, stress and muscle aches, and also help reduce stress and mental exhaustion.
Perfect for that post-workout glow, or an energy boost!

Monday, 25 January 2016

OUTLET Sale continues

We're moving studio!

As you know we've made some changes to our designs and upgraded our materials. As we're moving studio we've decided to put our final pieces from previous collections up for sale. This is the biggest sale you'll ever see from Love From Cyprus, because all our pieces are made-to-order and we don't ever carry much stock. We even have some never-before-seen samples which we only made a 1 or 2 of. If you're lucky, they'll be your size.
 FINAL PIECES - GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN!! 
SHOP OULET NOW

Holding hands

Sometimes, reaching out and taking someone's hand is the beginning of a journey. 
At other times, it is allowing another to take yours.
 
- Vera Nazarian 

Martaki Mataki - Greek spring time traditions

The 1st of March denotes the beginning of spring in Greece and Cyprus and with spring comes the promise of warmer days and a burning sun.
The Greek saying for this time of year is:
“Απού ‘χει κόρη ακριβή, του Μάρτη ο ήλιος μην τη δει”
This means: “If you have a precious daughter, don’t let the sun of March see her”.
In earlier years, a woman’s beauty was defined by her white soft skin.
The tradition says that girls should wear a red twisted thread around their wrists from the first day of spring. This is called a “martaki” or “the little March” and it is worn to protect the young girls from the burning sun.
The “martaki” is worn until the end of March, and then the red and white threaded bracelet is to be hung on roses. They say that by hanging the thread on red roses will redden the young girl’s cheeks and will then be taken by birds to build their nests. You can keep yours for the next spring!

The Martaki Mataki - 'Little March Eye' is made with the protective red thread and a small evil eye charm with enamel. It's available online for Feb / March, limited stock available.

Tag your bestie

Hey lovers

We're having a giveaway, only on Instagram this time. Tag your bestie, and you could win a pair of sandals for each of you. What are friends for?

Go over to our Instagram account and find the post below to enter.

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Sean Project: the answer to a cleaner ocean

The mounting plastic waste in the world's oceans has been the subject of of some pretty bold environmental undertakings, perhaps none more so than the Ocean Cleanup Project aiming to eradicate the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. The Seabin Project represents a smaller-scale approach, but it is noble in its aspirations all the same. Installation in ports and marinas sees this ocean-friendly trash can suck up the surrounding debris and even remove oil from the water.
Dreamt up by two Australian surfers who had grown tired of taking to the local waters amid floating plastic and rubbish, the Seabin is basically a water filtering system designed for contained environments like yacht clubs, marinas and ports. Without needing to contend with stronger currents and ocean storms, here it can chip away at pollution in visible areas where there is plenty of human activity
It is installed on a dock and plumbed into a shore-based water pump. With the rim sitting even with the surface of the water, the pump sucks water into the bin and brings the surrounding trash, oil and detergent along for the ride. A removable catch bag made from natural fiber then gathers the debris and the water is pumped through to an (optional) oil-water separator, before being fed back into the ocean once cleaned.
The team were looking to raise 250K and managed to raise just over that amount by crowdfunding. I am so pleased to read about such a worthy cause and a great product design too! I wish the Aussie boys all the best, and I'll have my eye on this product to see how it goes. Hopefully we'll be seeing these bopping around all our marinas very soon.

Monday, 11 January 2016

Glam rock lives forever!

We are saddened to hear that mega superstar David Bowie has passed away after an 18-month battle with cancer. We'll always remember you, and glam-rock will live forever thanks to you David.

Love and peace be with the family during this time.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Larnaca welcomes 2016 with flocks of pink flamingos

Larnaca woke up to a most beautiful sight on the first day of the New Year as some 7,000 to 10,000 of pink flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) flocked to the Larnaca Salt Lake, having fled northern countries which were hit with a wave of heavy winter weather in the past few days.
Larnaca Salt Lake is one of the most important wetlands in Cyprus and it has been declared a Ramsar and a Natura 2000 site. It lies west of Larnaca and  consists of a network of four salt lakes, covering a surface area of 2.2 square kilometres – a stone throw from Larnaca International Airport. It is also an area of amazing natural beauty, which has been the natural habitat of sea life for more than 3 million years. In the past, the salt used to be collected on donkeys and stacked up for export but this activity was abandoned in the mid ‘80s.
Besides its picturesque beauty, the lake is the haunt of 85 species of water-birds with estimated populations between 20,000–38,000. It is one of the important migratory passages through Cyprus. Among them are 2,000–12,000 flamingoes (Phoenicopterus ruber) which spend the winter months there feeding off populations of the brine shrimp Artemia salina. 
The Larnaca Salt Lake complex was declared as a protected area by a decision of the Council of Ministers in 1997. Recent evidence suggests that contrary to previous belief the greater flamingo, (Phoenicopterus rubber) not only stops over but also breeds on this wetland.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Lovers Therapy: a survey

Hey lovers, 



As an independent brand, we try our very best to keep up with the larger brands, without losing our essence and our ethics. We want to thank you for your support, because overtime your purchase anything from Love From Cyprus, you are supporting an ecosystem, a craftsman and a designer who are  creating things out of love. 

Your feedback is important to us. This is why we want to hear your thoughts so we can continue to make products you love, better our work and add new products that your want to see from us. We've made a 9 - Question survey for you to complete if you have just 5 minutes to spare.

Please feel free to tell us all the good and the bad, things you love, things you feel we should improve, so that our love can continue to flourish and we can keep a dialogue open between us.

We know relationships are give and take, which is why we will select 5 lovers to receive a little gift, as a thank you!

Monday, 28 December 2015

This season we're drinking: Moscow Mule

INGREDIENTS

    • 1 half lime
    • 2 ounces vodka
    • 4 to 6 ounces ginger beer, preferably homemade (recipe here)

  1. PREPARATION

      1. Squeeze lime into Collins glass (or copper mug) and drop in half lime. Add 2 or 3 large ice cubes, then pour in the vodka and fill with cold ginger beer. Serve with a stirring rod.

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Under the mistletoe

Hey lovers... May your heart be filled with the joy of giving, as it is the expression of the love in your heart and the kindness in your soul.
The best gift you can give is love. 
Give love, give support, give compliments, give kisses, give hugs. Give to someone who has less than you. Give and you will receive tenfold.

The secret of happiness is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.Socrates

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

ANAMA wine concept - A visual and taste experience

My dear friends over at Anama Wince Concept have done it again: they've transported us on a visual story telling ride. ‘The ‘Anama Concept’ is the result of an inspiring partnership between Oenologist Lefteris Mohianakis & Jewellery Designer Kristina Apostolou. Together, both artists aspire to produce a refined & contemporary Authentic Cypriot product. Not only is the packaging and the content of the beautiful bottle absolutely delicious, but Kristina and Lefteris are authentic and probably the most interesting couple you will ever meet. Their creation: Anama Wine - a modern commandaria wine, embodies all the love, inspiration and authenticity of these two wonderful characters. 

Commandaria is a traditional sweet wine made in Cyprus, similar to a port. 'Nama', mentioned in the scripts of Hesiod, Homer & others, is the ancient-original name of Commandaria, is the oldest listed wine in the world, dating back as far as 5,500 years. Produced solely on the small island of Cyprus, Nama was consumed only by the high-elite society & by Royalty, or was offered to the Gods as a libation (sacrifice). 

‘Anama - a naturally sweet wine made from sundried grapes.  A contemporary concept based on the foundations of the oldest historically recorded wine in the world, “Kyprion Nama”, and its successor, known today as “Commandaria”, thus produced from Cyprus’s indigenous grape varieties Xynisteri (white) & Mavro (red).  The limited scale production is made using modern oenological methods and followed by a 2-year aging period in new oak barrels.  Finally, the wine’s ‘outfit’ is custom-designed & made on an annual basis.  Each & every bottle is labeled using precious materials and bares a unique hand-punched number, thus completing the product’s collectable profile.

To celebrate & communicate the launch of their 5th harvest, 'Anama Vintage 2011, The ‘Anama Concept duo Kristina Apostolou & Lefteris Mohianakis, designed & directed 'The Palate Project'.  The brief was to visually portray the complexity & richness of colours, aromas & flavours found in a glass of 'Anama 2011. A number of detailed tastings of the wine were carried out at various stages during the aging process, resulting in an in-depth break down of all the aromas & flavours that can be identified in the wine.  These were then colour sorted, resulting in five main colour categories. A sequence of five carefully composed photographs/ moodboards were put together, each one capturing a different essence of the wine palate. A variety of food props, Cypriot delicacies & conceptual pieces were used in order to achieve this. The five images are titled according to the colour-theme : Almond White, Chilly Red, Cinnamon Brown, Smokey Brown & Ruby Red.
Moodboard No.1 - 'Almond White' 
Moodboard No.2 - 'Chilly Red' 
Moodboard No.3 - 'Cinammon Brown' 
Moodboard No.4 - 'Smokey Brown' 
Moodboard No.5 - 'Ruby Red' 


Mood of the day: Nude & Grey