London photoshoot (Part 1)

Cardigan: Dancing days by Banned via Top Vintage
Trousers: Dancing days by Banned via Top Vintage
Bag: Collectif via Top Vintage
Shoes: Betty Page via Top Vintage
Hat: Vixen via Top Vintage

Hey lovelies,

So I visited London for a few days and apart from catching up with my lovely friends, I also met up with my favorite photographer there, John from Portraits and Pinups. I had some beautiful items to shoot, all from Top Vintage. Their new Spring/Summer collection is already available and trust me when I say, you will want to get everything!!! I chose some basics, that I’ll be able to get a lot of wear out of and combine them in many different ways…

I split the blog post in two parts even though the outfit is the same from the waist down, but I didn’t want to post all the pics in one post. We did the shoot around the river Thames in London and I absolutely froze, wearing spring/summer clothes in 7 degrees Celcius. It’s hard being a model, I know! 😛

Let me start with the trousers: I love them! They’re comfy and stylish and very light weight. They have that signature navy style, that’s wider at the bottom and they’re high waisted. I chose size XS, because I like my trousers to fit my waist and I don’t mind if they feel a tiny bit tighter at the hips. As long as I don’t gain weight, lol!

The cardigan is the cutest thing! Feels soft to the touch and you can wear it buttoned up or open with something underneath. And I love the bright red color, but you can find it in many other colors if you prefer…

The shoes, are very dainty and cute and quite comfortable I should say. And guess what? They’re vegan! You can actually find quite a few Vegan leather options at Top Vintage and they’re all beautiful! You don’t need to wear real leather to look stylish and vintage… 😉

That bag though…. I got so many compliments for it! Even some musicians stopped me to ask if I was carrying drums, haha! It’s not the most practical bag to carry around, but when did we care about that?!

And last but not least, the lovely hat, that is so easy to wear. There is a metal clasp inside the hat so it feels quite secure when you wear it. And it goes so well with many vintage hairstyles, long or short!

P.S.: You’ll see more close ups of the trousers and bag in my next post…

So what do you think of the outfit? Do you have a Spring/Summer wishlist already?

xxx

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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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? 😉

xxx

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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?

xxx

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