Vintage afternoon tea parties – Meeting Madame Gateaux!

(Dress: Lady V London)

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting the lovely Madame Gateaux Athens aka Kalliopi. Madame Gateaux is a pastry chef (from famous school Gordon Bleu) and she specializes in Vintage afternoon parties. She worked in esteemed and very posh hotels and department stores in London, where she got the idea to bring the Afternoon tea in Greece. But with a vintage twist!

She will come to your event (at home, work etc) and provide an array of handmade snacks, savory and sweet, that will compliment your afternoon tea. And everything will be served on vintage china, doily tablecloths and accompanied by old jazz tunes…

She will speak to you about the history of tea and tell you everything about the afternoon tea party etiquette, from 18th century in England till mid 1940’s in France. She has also created a beautiful space in Chalandri, Athens, which is where I visited her. This space will be available from September onwards, to host the afternoon tea parties and probably other vintage themed events. As you can see from the pics, the space is like a time capsule! I never felt more at home…. Every piece of furniture and decoration was collected over the years or belonged to Kalliopi’s family.

I didn’t actually know that there was anyone in Greece doing what she does and I was delighted to finally meet her. And even more delighted when she told me she also has a vegan menu!!! I was lucky enough to try some of her vegan snacks and they were delicious! Visit her site or contact her for more info!

Πριν από μερικές εβδομάδες, είχα την χαρά να γνωρίσω την γλυκύτατη Madame Gateaux, ή αλλιώς Καλλιόπη. Η Madame Gateaux, είναι pastry chef (απόφοιτη της γνωστής σχολής Gordon Bleu) και ειδικεύεται στα Vintage afternoon tea parties. Εργάσθηκε στο Λονδίνο, σε πολύ καλά Ξενοδοχεία και πολυκαταστήματα, όπου συνέλλαβε την ιδέα να φέρει το Afternoon tea με όλο το τελετουργικό του, στην Ελλάδα. Αλλά πάντα σε ύφος Vintage…

Έρχεται στον χώρο σας (στο σπίτι, την εργασία κ.λπ.) και σας προσφέρει μια σειρά από χειροποίητα σνακ, αλμυρά και γλυκά, που θα σας συνοδεύσουν για το απογευματινό σας τσάι. Και όλα σερβίρονται σε αυθεντικά vintage σερβίτσια, τραπεζομάντιλα υπό τους ήχους παλιάς τζαζ …

Θα σας μιλήσει για την ιστορία του τσαγιού και θα σας πει τα πάντα σχετικά με την εθιμοτυπία του afternoon tea, από τον 18ο αιώνα στην Αγγλία μέχρι τα μέσα της δεκαετίας του 1940 στη Γαλλία. Δημιούργησε επίσης ένα όμορφο χώρο στο Χαλάνδρι, όπου και την επισκέφθηκα. Αυτός ο χώρος θα είναι διαθέσιμος από τον Σεπτέμβρη και μετά, για να φιλοξενήσει ταafternoon tea parties και πιθανώς άλλες vintage themed εκδηλώσεις.

Όπως μπορείτε να δείτε από τις φωτογραφίες, ο χώρος είναι κυριολεκτικά σαν μια κάψουλα του χρόνου! Ποτέ δεν αισθάνθηκα περισσότερο σαν στο σπίτι μου… Κάθε έπιπλο και διακοσμητικό συλλέχθηκε με τα χρόνια από την ίδια την Καλλιόπη ή ανήκε στην οικογένεια της. Δεν ήξερα πραγματικά ότι υπάρχει κάποιος στην Ελλάδα που να κάνει αυτό που κάνει η Καλλιόπη και ήμουν ευτυχής που επιτέλους την συνάντησα. Και ακόμα πιο ευτυχής, όταν μου είπε ότι διαθέτει και Vegan μενού !!! Είχα την τύχη να δοκιμάσω μερικά από τα vegan σνακ της και ήταν πεντανόστιμα!

Vegan Afternoon Tea Menu
Δύο ροφήματα της επιλογής σας από το μενού (τσάι, σπιτική λεμονάδα κ.α).
Finger sandwiches με hummus και καραμελωμένα κρεμμύδια σε μαύρο ψωμί
Finger sandwiches με άλειμμα κόκκινης πιπεριάς, ρόκα και κολοκυθάκι σε λευκό ψωμί
Φρεσκοψημένα scones με μαρμελάδα φρούτων του δάσους
Και επιλογή ανάμεσα σε:
Μπράουνις με καρύδια και γκανάς μαύρης σοκολάτας
Τσίζκεϊκ με λεμόνι και φρέσκα σμέουρα
Εγώ ήδη τα ονειρεύομαι και ανυπομονώ να ξαναγευθώ τις δημιουργίες της! Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες επισκευθείτε το …
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How to marry a millionaire – Inspired outfit #3

Hello lovelies,

So this is my final post with “How to marry a millionaire” inspired outfits. I don’t know about you, but I was drooling over that fabulous bath robe that Marilyn Monroe was wearing in the movie. So I asked a lovely lady that makes vintage inspired lingerie and loungewear to make one for me. It wasn’t easy as she told me, as she couldn’t find a band so thick for the waist, so we settled for a thinner one. We also decided to make it pink, instead of white, which I think goes better with my skin tone and hair. Also, she put hook and eye instead of a zip, but I think a zip would cinch the waist better actually. Nevertheless, she did an amazing job (she even made me a turban) and I’m very grateful! She wishes to remain anonymous since she quit the sewing business and I have to respect her wishes… (sorry ladies!).

My eyeglasses again are from Retropeepers!

So what do you think? Did I get it right? 😉


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How to marry a millionaire – Inspired outfit #2

Hey lovelies,

I hope you liked my previous post and I also hope you like this one. So this is the second look I created that was inspired from the movie, and this time my inspiration was -my all time favorite inspiration- Marilyn Monroe! She was gorgeous as ever in the movie, wearing stunning outfits designed by William Travilla. She (or her role) was once more portrayed as the naive blonde, that she definitely wasn’t in real life and even though I always enjoy watching her, in any role, I believe she deserved better roles. She was a great actress, who was constantly studying and improving her skills and we can see those skills in some of her more dramatic roles, like in “Don’t bother to knock” or “Niagara”.

Dress: Collectif
Faux Fur muff: Handmade

Hat: Vintage
Shoes: Marks & Spencers
Eyeglasses: Retropeepers

In this look I’m wearing a dress from Collectif that I bought last year, which you can still find on their site. It’s a very elegant dress and the faux fur details make it even more interesting. The faux fur muff I made myself, and I stupidly forgot to wear my gloves to complete the look! The eyeglasses are by Retropeepers and are the closest thing I could find to what she was wearing. I think they are pretty close, what do you think?


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How to marry a millionaire – Inspired outfit #1

Hello lovelies,

I’ve been planning this post for a while and I finally managed to do it. “How to marry a millionaire” is one of my favorite movies of all time! Maybe it’s because Marilyn Monroe and Lauren Bacall are in it (my favorite actresses), or because the clothes they wear are divine or just because every girl secretly wants to marry a millionaire, lol! William Travilla designed the clothes for this movie, under the direction of Charles LeMaire, and they were both nominated for an Oscar for the fabulous costumes.

I will be showing you three different (inspired) outfits from the film. My first outfit was inspired by Betty Grable, when she came back from Bergdorf’s with that nice (mature) gentleman that they were all so happy to meet. I got this dress recently from Top Vintage (designed by the lovely Miss Victory Violet) and I was originally planning to do a fall lookbook with it, but then I somehow pictured it in this concept. Even though it’s very different from what Betty Grable was wearing, I believe when you style it in a similar way it gives you a similar feel and looks as glamorous, don’t you think?

(screenshot from the movie)


Dress: Vixen via Top vintage
Faux fur: Vintage
Gloves: Vintage
Hat: Dancing days by Banned 
Shoes: Zara (old)

Please keep in mind that the color of this gorgeous dress looks a bit different on my pics, as I tried to imitate Technicolor as much as I could. You can visit the link above to see its actual color. Fit and quality wise I’m super happy with it. It fits me perfectly (size S) and the fabric is warm(ish), but not bulky either. There’s lots of fabric on the skirt for impressive swirls too! 😉

Many thanks to my Photographer Constantinos Theodorou for the awesome pics!



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Lady V London – Liliana dress

Dress: LadyVLondon 
Shoes: Zara (old)
Bag: Vintage
Gloves: Vintage (my grandmother’s)

Hey lovelies,

I haven’t been very consistent with posting, but blame it on the weather, the photographer, everyone but me lol! 

But I had to do a blog post about this dress, because I fell in love with it and also because I’m sooooo happy with this photoshoot. We really found the ideal background for it….

So, Lady Vintage London, which is a UK company that makes vintage inspired garments, all manufactured in the heart of London, sent me this lovely dress with a beautiful print of hummingbirds and flowers (and of course I gladly accepted!).

The fabric is soft with a nice sheen to it and the fit is as I like a swing dress to be; fitted above the waist and flared below it. I’m wearing it with a petticoat for a bit more volume. The colors of the dress are so pretty and vibrant. Doesn’t it look wonderful under the Cretan sun?! 

As you guys know, I’m in Crete for the summer and I’m trying to make the most of it and capture as much of the beautiful scenery as I can. So my photographer and I decided to shoot in Tampakaria area. It’s a very small area, but very picturesque. Tanneries used to operate here from mid 19th century, but now they have closed down and you can see the old abandoned buildings and some of the equipment they used back then. A few of the buildings have been restored for hotels and restaurants and some have been renovated and are privately owned. 

Call me crazy, but I love abandoned buildings because the history behind them fascinates me! What do you think?! 



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