Christmas tree decorating with my vintage friends!

My outfit (skirt and top) is from The Weekend Doll

Hello lovelies,

When I wrote my last post the weather was still warm. Now it’s getting cold outside and it’s December so Christmas is coming…
So when I was invited to a Christmas tree decorating event at Madame Gateaux, I was super excited! I’ve shown you her beautiful tea room and truth is I can’t get enough of that place! Especially when I’m spending a lovely afternoon with my vintage friends Kalliopi (Madame Gateaux) and Viveta (La Cocote Athens).

We did some tree decorating, but we mostly did a lot of laughing and drinking! Yes, even though I’m not a drinker, I really enjoyed that Bosford Rosé Gin. Mixed with tonic and served with fresh strawberries and raspberries and a twig of rosemary….it was delicious!
And that pink color makes it so girly and retro. I think I have found my favorite drink!

And of course we didn’t leave empty handed… There were three beautiful gift bags waiting for us under the tree, one for each of us. Filled with Molton Brown goodies!
I think I picked the best one, because I got the Muddled Plum candle and the Eau de Toilette. They both smell sweet and yummy! And the packaging is very luxurious and festive…

I wish you all a very happy Christmas time and I hope the new year will bring us everything our hearts desire!

xxx

Photography by Konstantinos Tzemis

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Vintage inspired make up!

My Dress: Vivien of Holloway
Shoes: Zara (old)

Hey lovelies,

I haven’t posted in a while, some of you probably know why… But anyways, this is a happy post! I did Kalliopi’s make up (aka Madame Gateaux) and she also interviewed me about vintage makeup and we had a blast!

I can talk for hours about the history of make up and fashion and especially with Kalliopi, as she’s a also a fan of the 1950’s like I am. So, she made us a very refreshing nectarine iced tea and I did her make up, while chatting about Hollywood starts and their beauty secrets and so on…

You can read all about it on her blog Madame Gateaux (if you understand Greek that is) or you can just enjoy more beautiful pics! Also, have a look here at my post about her unique Vintage themed tea parties!

Photography: Konstantinos Tzemis

xxx

 

London photoshoot (part 2)

Top: Top Vintage
Trousers: Top Vintage
Shoes: Top Vintage
Bag: Top Vintage
Earrings: Top Vintage

Hey lovelies, I hope you read my previous post about my London photoshoot. This is part 2, with a slight difference to the outfit and a different setting. Still around London Tower and the London bridge. Please do check here my reviews on the beautiful trousers and shoes and also the bag. Here you see me wearing a striped top, that is very flattering and I’m going to enjoy wearing it this spring! I love everything nautical, maybe because I’m a Naval Officer’s daughter! 😉

The earrings are gorgeous! The perfect shade of red and with that classic Bakelite look and beautiful carvings…

xxx

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Mad Men inspired – The Dress Form

Dress set: The Dress Form
Gloves: The Dress Form
Brooch: The Dress Form
Shoes: Fullah Sugah

Hello lovelies,

This post is about a fabulous, original 1960’s dress set from The Dress Form, a vintage clothing online store, based in Canada! They have such beautiful things, all unique, carrying a special history… I don’t own a lot of true vintage, but I intend to change that, because I love the feeling of wearing something that was pre loved and was made in the actual era that I admire so much! This dress and bolero reminded me of Joan from Mad Men, whose style I adore. I also chose a pair of see through gloves and a sparkly brooch to go with it…

The dress luckily fits like a glove, thanks to the accurate measurements on the site. It can be a bit tricky to order vintage clothing online, because sizing was different back then and the clothes were not stretchy. But at The Dress Form you can find actual measurements of the garments, and advice that will help you understand something will fit you or not. And there are so many beautiful things to chose from, clothing and accessories that you can combine to create the perfect outfit for you!

By the way I chose the perfect place for this photoshoot, which is a recently renovated Bar – Coffee place in Athens, called Kika. The furniture is all vintage, from the 1950’s and 1960’s, and everything is carefully designed to create the perfect retro atmosphere!

Big thank you to KiKa Cafe Aperitivo for letting me do the photoshoot there, and to my Photograher Constantinos Theodorou!

 

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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 www.madamegateaux.gr 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
Ροφήματα:
Δύο ροφήματα της επιλογής σας από το μενού (τσάι, σπιτική λεμονάδα κ.α).
Αλμυρά:
Finger sandwiches με hummus και καραμελωμένα κρεμμύδια σε μαύρο ψωμί
Finger sandwiches με άλειμμα κόκκινης πιπεριάς, ρόκα και κολοκυθάκι σε λευκό ψωμί
Γλυκίσματα:
Φρεσκοψημένα scones με μαρμελάδα φρούτων του δάσους
Και επιλογή ανάμεσα σε:
Μπράουνις με καρύδια και γκανάς μαύρης σοκολάτας
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Τσίζκεϊκ με λεμόνι και φρέσκα σμέουρα
 
Εγώ ήδη τα ονειρεύομαι και ανυπομονώ να ξαναγευθώ τις δημιουργίες της! Για περισσότερες πληροφορίες επισκευθείτε το www.madamegateaux.gr …
Φιλιά!
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