INSPO CRUSH: Marni Summer/Spring 2016 Collection

I bet you all know Marni and if you don’t…you should! It is one of my favorite brands and I always seek inspiration within their collections. My mom has a few dresses and once she let me wear one of them at my brother’s wedding and I felt so special in it. Their fabrics, their lack of fear to mix textures and their color palettes are only a few key factors that make this brand so unique. 

I think what I love the most about them though is the fact that their target group is a wide range of confident women who are not afraid to stand out. And I really admire that. Because I’ve been the girl in my life that didn’t always to stand out, especially through her clothing choices. And I think it is a great pity to limit your creativity only in order to comply to the dressing norms. 

And Marni knows exactly how that is and “fights” against it. 

This collection is by far one of my favorite too…The killer color combinations mix perfectly all the feelings I have for summer. The silky options are great for more formal occasions while there is a certain element of safari-like outfits that completes the collection.

And then…the jewelry. Marni never ceases to amaze me with its huge, statement jewelry. Something I have a certain love for as you know! 😉

What do you think about their SS16 collection? anything you’d love to wear?

Something Amazing

Good news: Yesterday I received a lovely message containing the photo you see above. Around six months ago one of the Etsy admins reached out to me asking for one of my designs for a photo-shoot they were putting together for an Etsy Campaign. Of course I was thrilled and super excited to send it. A couple of months later I received the necklace back with no notice if they did use it or not. So I assumed they didn’t. 

But no! Yesterday was the day that proved me wrong. And I couldn’t be happier. Not only the result is amazing but also I was over the moon when I heard who the stylist and photographer were. Thomas Vermeer (with whom I happen to share a last name, wtf?) and Sabrina Bongiovanni  worked together for Etsy and made all this magic happen!

And I’m so glad they did 😉

Simplicity VS Minimalism

Wassily Kandinsky, “Tanzkurven: Zu den Tänzen der Palucca,” Das Kunstblatt, (1926)
Wassily Kandinsky, “Tanzkurven: Zu den Tänzen der Palucca,” Das Kunstblatt, (1926)

During the past weeks that I’ve been focusing on designing new pieces for my jewelry collection, I’ve been thinking a lot about the difference between simplicity and minimalism, mostly when it comes to design. 

Simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication

— Leonardo Da Vinci

I often remember my first year at architecture school, when a professor told me that it is difficult to create simple designs, highlighting the famous “less is more” by Mies van der Rohe. And as crazy as it sounds i really agree with my professor.. it is difficult to design simple forms. I’ve learned it through my studies and I learn it now again, through my jewelry. 

How the hell can you design something simple, elegant and new? Here’s the question!

And on top of that comes the difference I mentioned before. Simplicity vs Minimalism? Do you refer to those notions as they mean the same? I always think of minimalism as exactly what is needed to be functional…minus something.  I think I never managed minimalism efficiently. I’m always attracted by, so called, minimal forms and designs. And a lot by minimal fashion. But I don’t seem to own it. 

Simplicity is the keynote to all true elegance

— Coco Chanel

Simplicity though… I really want to think that I own that. Simplicity to me is more a way of thinking than a way of designing. It is not monochromatic and definitely not one sided. In my world minimalism is a blank white page and simplicity is a page with a beautiful drawing that the painter wasn’t afraid of leaving some white space.

I love minimalism. As I said before I’m really attracted to it. What do you think?

By the way, do you like the new Google logo? 

 

Setting the bar high

One thing is for sure, I’m no adept at business management & I haven’t mastered the marketing tools available for small businesses. And I guess it’s normal to one point, since  I haven’t paid so much attention to expanding my brand or to building a consistent following. 

But now it’s time to turn this around. Working on myLifebox this past month has been a hell of a process. And that’s how I realized that I was mostly fooling around before that. 

Quitting your 9-5 job, or actually never applying for one, needs balls guys. I can’t help but think that the only way to do wonders is to set the bar high. Because we all can be decent or good at something. Particularly, I believe that if you are not focusing on something specific, people can be decent/good at many many things. And here is the normal question…what do you want? to be the best at what you do or, anyway, the best of who you can be? or you’d rather be good at many fields?

I know I put it like I strongly believe that the answer should be “be the best at what you do”. But the truth is that I’m not 100% sure that that’s the case. Truth to be told, what’s wrong with being good at many things? Not acing anything. How does that feel? 

I always struggled with these thoughts. Maybe because it is way easier to just be good at many things. Think about it, putting no more than 20% of your potential effort into something and seeing results can be very confusing. You immediately think “well, that was easy, let’s keep it up that way and yay” BUT here is the trap. That is exactly the point where you should say “ok that’s great, but now I’m going to work my ass off”. 

Well, that’s exactly what I didn’t do the past year and a half. And that’s exactly what I plan on doing for myLifebox from now on. Because having the potential of being something is not the same as actually becoming that something. I don’t know what my potential is, but I’m going to figure it out along the way. 

25% DISCOUNT (a birthday offer)

Here I am. One day before i turn 25 and  still can’t believe it. How fast time flies? It feels just yesterday when I moved back to Athens and yet it’s been more than a year. I remember how happy I was for throwing a birthday party -more like a soiree if I want to be honest- in my new apartment. And i remember inviting people I had just met and now, one year later, I call them friends. 

Anyway, probably I’ll post more on my birthday one of the next days. My today’s post, although inspired by my birthday, is a completely different topic! I have many times posted how incredibly thankful I am for the support and appreciation people from all over the world have shown for my jewelry collection. Since i feel that this is a very precious gift you’ve all given me, it felt only right to reciprocate. Therefore, I will offer 25% off every item for the next days (until the 25th)!! How great is that? And in return I will take a small break from jewelry making with a short visit at Chania and Rotterdam. While not for pleasure I will definitely enjoy some days off away from Athens. 

Mother’s day

Everyone has a person in his life that holds really close to his heart. So close that it is almost a part of it. That person for me is my mum. It might sound cliche but it is 100% true. My mum has been my mmother, my father and my friend for my whole life. I practically owe everything I’ve turned into, to her. Personally and professionally. She has always been the person to look up to and my most strict judge. But in the most loving and caring way possible. We sure have had our difficulties and I’ve stormed out quite a lot screaming at her that she cannot get me at all. But who hasn’t claimed at least once that their parents don’t get them? And believe me, bottom line, she’s the only one that gets me that good. 
So, mum, I first need to say a big thank you for being there for me no matter what. For supporting whatever crazy thoughts and ideas I might have and for understanding my feelings so well, every time. You are my favorite person to share a wagamama meal with ❤ And I always enjoy watching cheesy movies with you while you almost certainly fall asleep. I promise I will do my best to show you my love more and be more understanding when I’m not and I promise to cook for you your favorite mini potatoes with rosemary whenever possible.
Love you!

May may May

Happy May & happy Sunday people!
May is my month so I’m super excited. In a few days I’ll be turning 25 – which i guess is a big deal. Or not. I haven’t decided yet how I feel about it. Usually I’m thrilled about birthdays and stuff. I never minded about getting older. But 25 feels a bit different, don’t you think? I can’t stop thinking where I imagined myself at 25 – and how far I am from being that person. Well, I guess it is only natural to question my achievements,right? Anyway, I have 9 more days to overthink about it 🙂
On a more general note, May is a bit more summery but still holds the freshness of spring! love love love it! Let’s all have the best of it..
xxx

DIY | Marbled Blue & White Rings

Yes yes! It was about time. After a whole year, with the entire blogosphere constantly blabbering about marble and everything marble-ish, I decided to give it a try. And I nailed it 🙂 So here are a few step by step instructions on how to marble with polymer clay yourself. The photos show how I did these rings below but I also made a cute little necklace and another one not shown here because my friend Mariana took it with her to France before taking any pictures 🙂 

For the full tutorial continue >>>

Materials needed to make rings:

– polymer clay

– extra strong adhesive glue

– rings

How to marble:

– first work the clay in your hands until really soft and a bit warm

– then chop in really small pieces the secondary clay

– roll the basic colored clay and gather all the small pieces

– work the piece of clay in your hands until the secondary color starts to incorporate

– stop whenever you feel it is “marbled” enough

Make the ring:

– press the ball on top of the ring to give it the appropriate shap

– bake for 30′ (follow the instructions on the package of your polymer clay)

– glue them 🙂

DIY | Fimo + Gold Foil Pendants

Black & Gold. The ultimate chic-modern color duo. I’ve always had something for gold jewelry, even when younger, when all my friends were wearing silver I liked gold best. I think it might match better with my skin tone or something. And black. Black in my absolute color. Well, it is no color technically. It is many colors. But you know what I mean. The cliche “black in the new black” was probably written for me and my wardrobe. So, when I had the urge to DIY a little again I thought “Uh I need a necklace to wear with ALL my clothes” ha! So it didn’t need much more thought. 

But the truth is that even all the DIY blogs are full of gold foil projects (pillows, dishes, candles etc) I’ve never used it before. It was a bit trickier than I expected but yet really simple. It is a bit hard to avoid the little voids but the final result works for me great.  

If you want to make some too, you will need:

And for the Greek readers there is this Eberhard Faber kit that I used and includes everything you’ll need.

How to:

First soften the clay in your hands and form small balls. If you are going for spherical beads make sure there are no wrinkles on the surface. If not you are set to go. Otherwise you need to work the clay balls a little more until softer and smooth. When they are ready, shape them as you wish and make holes using the toothpicks. Make sure the toothpick goes all the way, you want them to be big enough for your cord. 

Next step:foil! Well, now you’ll need to activate your fine skills. If you are going for a messy result then you won’t have a problem. Just add foil wherever you feel like and push it, lightly so you don’t change the bead’s shape, but hard enough so the foil looks smooth and sticks on the bead’s surface. Note that the foil might want to stay on your fingers so be gentle 🙂 

Baking time!! Here you’ll need to follow the instructions on your clay. Usually they need about 30′ in a 110C oven. But check yours!

Let them cool and then varnish them with a fine coat of glaze. If you take a good look at my beaded necklace, the first two beads aren’t varnished. I like to combine shiny with matte. 

Your choice though. 

To make it easier to varnish them without loosing any glaze, put the beads into a toothpick or bigger stick and let it on the trim of a glass. So the extra glaze will drop. 

Thread each bead and bring the ends of the cord together! Make a little knot and…TADA!!