Sunday, 27 December 2009

Santa's here!

Hands up mister! In a previous post, I told you to look out for Santa. Well, he's here now! A little late perhaps, but he's here nonetheless. And he's come bearing gifts. Two, to be exact. Yes, yes, it's giveaway time!

First, the rules: Well, it's the festive season, a season of joy and twinkling lights, of companionship and stuffed turkey, of love and copious amounts of booze so there are no rules! Just leave a comment here by next Sunday and you'll be entered!

The prizes? There are two prizes, made by moi, for two winners. The first one, will get the necklace pictured below. A purple, vintage plastic bead hanging from a 18'' antique brass-coloured ballchain.

The second winner will get this ring, made with an old greek coin, no longer in circulation, on an antique bronze adjustable ring base.

I hope you like them! Finally, as this is my last post for 2009, I would like to sincerely wish you a spectacular 2010, filled with all the people and things you love and to thank you for all your comments and thoughts and feelings and words and pictures you shared with me in 2009. They all made my days brighter.

Hugs, kisses and cupcakes for everyone!

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Fa la lalala, la lalala...

In today's post, Christmas snapshots! I do love Christmas, but as someone wise once said (it was I, a few days ago) "I love the anticipation of Christmas more than Christmas itself." Christmas Eve was spent with my family, eating, drinking eggnog, eating, drinking wine, eating some more. Time well spent!

That was lunch. I made mushroom risotto for lunch, it was my first time but I must say it was delicious! Must make it again soon!

We got store-bought eggnog this time (too lazy to make it from scratch) and added rum, nutmeg and a cinnamon stick. I'd have liked it a bit sweeter, but maybe I made it a little heavy on the rum, oops!

Amélie was on tv tonight, it's amazing how it still makes me all teary. I love it, it's so sweet, romantic and dreamy without being corny or annoying. A perfect movie.

A couple of Christmas stockings ornaments on the tree. The tree is a mixture of fabric ornaments, baubles, wooden toys and of course tons of twinkling lights!

Hope you had a lovely Christmas Eve and an even lovelier Christmas Day! And if you don't celebrate Christmas, enjoy the holiday!

Sunday, 20 December 2009

'Tis the season

Sorry for the lack of posts, but I spent my time working for my first craft fair which took place yesterday! It was fun, and went better than I expected actually! The lighting was a bit dark, and unfortunately I didn't take any decent pics. I'm so, so tired today, I'm looking forward to a good night's sleep!

There will be shopping and going out and stuff the following days so there will be more posts, I feel bad for neglecting my poor blog. Until next time, look out for Santa!

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

A day out

The plan was to spend a few nice hours walking around downtown, visiting jewellery designer Maria Mastori's bazaar, having coffee and doing what girls do. And I'm happy to say it all went according to plan! (yup, sorry no twists here).

I really liked the old lift of the building although I was kinda nervous at first, but it was a smooth ride after all.

This is what I bought! Squee!!!! It's a ring in case it's not obvious. So extravagant and over the top, I love it.

I actually promised not to post any more cappuccino photos here, but the coffee girl was nice enough to make me a cinnamon Christmas tree!

Stelios Parliaros' pastry shop is made out of sugar, cream and chocolate. He's the most popular Greek pastry chef, and I swear could spend loads of money in his shop, I wanted it all! As you can see, the window was amazing, there were choux everywhere! I was so overwhelmed by the products I couldn't decide what to get, so I only got the yummy chocolate and pistachio biscuits. I'm going back for sure!

Lastly, a couple of outfit details. Thick scarf with a flower brooch (gift from mum) and a vintage belt-like ring, one of my favourites.

I'm ashamed to say I still haven't started my Chrismas shopping! I'd better get to it... How about you? Are you done or not started yet?

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

An update

Another short post from me, have been feeling a bit under the weather again. Sore throat, and fighting off fever. I don't want this to turn into a self-pity post, so let's move on to more positive news! Saturday, 19 December I will be participating in the Be Younique exhibition taking place at Cabaret Voltaire, Gazi. First time doing something like this, stressed and excited at once!

I have also managed to finish a new ring collection, Europe Is For Lovers. Six bottlecap rings, inspired by Europe. Very limited edition!

Right now, browsing cookie and cake recipes for Christmas. I'm thinking ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Eggnog or glühwein? Hmm, maybe both!

Stay tuned for an upcoming giveaway!

Friday, 20 November 2009

I don't ever want to be anywhere without you.

I have so much strength in me you have no idea. I have a love in my life. It makes me stronger than anything you can imagine.

Punch-Drunk Love, 2002

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Essen und einkaufen

Of course, I couldn't go to Berlin and not take a photo of currywurst, street food consisting of a delicious sausage with lots of tomato sauce and curry. It was soooo good! Perfect food for a cold day.

I think it's quite safe to say that I could happily eat pretzels every day for the rest of my life. I think they're just scrumptious. Add to that a chilled prosecco to wash it down and I'm a happy girl.

Yes, I'm that weird girl who always feels the need to take a photo of her cappuccino.

Fritz-kola! These two happy guys looking at me from the shelf, how am I supposed to resist? Bye-bye Coke, so long Pepsi!

Lovely desserts and coffee (again) at Hackescher Markt.

I actually didn't do a lot of shopping, but these are my favourite things I got. A tote bag and a scarf with the greatest illustrations. Here's what the tag reads: This item is part of a Serious Fresh edition of clothing designed by the artistgroup Klub7. Part of the profits will be donated to fight child and adolescent poverty and to help social projects.

I was intrigued, so I did some research (ok, I googled them) and found their site and here's their bio from their Facebook fan page: We are a collective of six designers and artists who live in Halle and Berlin. We work and create within the sub-cultural areas of street art, urban art and postgraffiti. KLUB7 was founded in 1998. Since then, we have been realizing various wall and interior design projects. KLUB7’s fresh, authentic, urban style that is characterized by its long-year activity within the scene, is captivating.

This is a vintage, military-style pin, a lovely scarf and a pair of vintage black and white gloves. Love the swirls!

Last post of my Berlin trip, thank you for all the lovely comments and hope you enjoyed them!

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Then we take Berlin

A few pictures from the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery, a 1.3 km-long section of the Wall, which is located near the center of the city, on Mühlenstraße. It features paintings from artists from all over the world. The official website is here .

I get really nostalgic looking at the pictures! Great, big trees, the river Spree, bridges, trains, markets and lots of art! What more can you ask, really?

Final Berlin post coming up!

Monday, 9 November 2009

Ich bin ein Berliner

It was my first time in Berlin, and I can't wait to go back! Such an interesting city, filled with beautiful autumn colours, and way too big for me to explore in such a small amount of time! It was really cold, and the sun went down at 4:30 pm so excuse the dark pictures!

These photos are from an exhibition on Alexanderplatz, about the history of the Berlin Wall. These days Berlin is celebrating 20 years since the fall of the Wall.

The trip was really short, so there wasn't time to do a lot of things, but it was a much-needed break.

Another Berlin post coming soon!