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    ENVOLVE Entrepreneurship – A global Community of Impact!

    I’m committed to writing stories that aim to inspire and shed a “ray of hope” on Greek entrepreneurial endeavors. Greece has so many promising entrepreneurs, with great ideas, that wish to make a positive change and contribute to the improvement of this country’s economy and business quo. They seek guidance, education and support in order to realize projects and see their business prosper. Ideas are super important, but so many times, creative minds might not have the tools to create a solid business plan and thus, monetize a creative idea; or an excellent business plan might not have the funding to follow through and materialize a project that could potentially generate numerous job opportunities. Entrepreneurship needs guidance and support in order to flourish and become sustainable. When it does, success Stories that we all admire and get inspired by are created. Some of these success stories are already known to us: Anassa Organics, RTSafe, Yolenis, Blueground what they all have in common is Envolve (former HEA), a new global entrepreneurship support organization, which seeks to cultivate the next generation of business leaders through education, resources and regional awards. It is a new, non-profit organization that integrates Hellenic and American Entrepreneurship Awards and promises to reach wider international communities in need of economic stimulus. Continue Reading

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    Live Without Bullying

    Live Without Bullying is a cause very close to my heart and I’m very proud to have been an ambassador for its TV Campaign. As I know firsthand what it is like to be a sensitive kid, who feels scared and sad (fancy being “petite” and from a broken family back in the 80s!) – and probably, the reason why I have developed to be a such an outspoken woman is partly because, on many occasions, growing up both in school and in family settings, I felt I had no voice. And it is a universal truth that in all kinds of societies, schools, groups and systems, there will always be bullies and people who will push you to your breaking point for no apparent reason… Merely because you stand out a bit more than the usual norm, due to  your skin color, religion, hereditary issues, psychological factors, sexuality, habits, the way you talk, your school grades (either they are too low or too high), your clothes, anything really can be a trigger point for severe psychological or, in some cases, physical attack. And the thing is, bullies are often they themselves traumatized or broken kids – which makes bullying a

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    Chrysanthos Panas: Reviving Athens through the Art of Entertainment!

    Behind every success story, there is a personality. We tend to focus on the outcome, the milestones of every success persona, but often lose focus of the human factor, the character, history and beliefs. Chrysanthos Panas, together with his brother Spyros, are behind the iconic Island, Zonars and Salon de Bricolage, to name a few, both  visionaries with an impeccable work ethic, they have shaped and reformed the Athenian entertainment & hospitality scene. Chrysanthos, foresaw and came up with the term #AthensRiviera and now, along with his brother, they are focused on #AthensRevival: reviving the Athenian neighborhood around the Acropolis perimeter, back to its original glory! For the past two decades, I have been incredibly lucky to call Chrysanthos my friend and been to every single one of his entertainment venues. So, before I lay down his success story in this interview, I would like to say the following: his friendship has had a big impact on my life, as he has loved and supported me, unconditionally, ever since the very first day we met. From his getting my mum’s permission to chaperone me on various nights out, to advising me on love dramas and disappointments, to being the very first

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    The Home Project, a therapeutic beauty day for the children – sponsored by Smashbox

    “These girls need some laughter and happiness in their life”. That’s what Sofia Kouvelaki, Executive Director at The Home Project, told me. “They have been through so much trauma and hardships and I would like you to write and photograph them in a happy, therapeutic context. After all, they are kids, mostly teenagers and, despite their great stresses, they are also dealing with some very typical “teenage questions”… like, how to do their own make up! ” So, this was my incentive to reach out and organize “The Home Project – Beauty Day”, sponsored by Smashbox cosmetics. With the kind help of Smashbox cosmetics, a team of five make-up artists came to one of the Home Project’s shelter for girls, and showed them how to do their own make up; they also provided them with a Smashbox beauty make-up kit bag to have. It was a day of joy in a therapeutic environment, it may have not changed the world, but it made fifteen girls very happy. We often forget that small actions do have an impact, and we all can find ways to help. People should help other people in need, as feelings have a universal language, they do matter

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    Apostolos Apostolakis, a greek e-force that knows no borders.

    We live in a digital age and use online services to order deliveries, book a restaurant, find a taxi, a plumber or an electrician, a hairdresser or a nanny, rent an apartment, or even fix a doctor’s appointment! Take for instance, which currently has thousands of orders per day; with tens of thousands taxi calls, with hundreds of rentals in Athens, Dubai, Istanbul & New York and (that has also expanded in Belgium), with half a million visits per month… All these are services that have familiarised us with the internet, a tool mostly used in the past  to google and connect through Facebook. What they all have in common is the man who first saw the opportunity in these ideas and contributed to their success… Apostolos Apostolakis, Co-founder of, and, Investor and board member of, has supported more than 50 startups and is currently Co-founder and Partner of Venture Friends, a European VC fund investing in startups.

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    Twilly d’Hermès x theFMartini Video

    So happy & honored to have been chosen as a Greek Ambassador for Twilly d’Hermès, the new women’s perfume by Hermès! Inspired by the colorful, silk scarves, Twilly d’Hermès is such a daring fragrance, floral, spicy & exotic! “Designed for women who swim against the tide, impose their own rhythm and invent a brand new tempo ” – Christine Nagel, Hermès perfumer. Can you think of anything better?! LOVE to start my day with #Twilly ! #thefmartiniadventures Check the Video I made below:

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    Christianna Economou – “All we see is the sea!”

    This is the story of an artist, who is seriously in love with her home country, Greece, its rich tradition & folklore and… its fishing boats! I was honestly amazed by this young girl’s deeds and positive outlook on life, who found herself disembarking the 2:00 AM sea-jet on Schoinoussa, wearing bright fuchsia pants and looking out of place, only to win the hearts and respect of the local community within a few months! Christianna Economou (@chrieco29) in collaboration with “Agoni Grammi Gonimi”, a platform that designs and implements educational and social programs in remote areas of Greece, is reviving & documenting local traditions and crafts in the Small Cyclades. Her creations, fishing boats named “Fearless Boats / Καράβια Που Δεν Φοβήθηκαν”, are becoming symbols of local customs re-invention and serve to remind us that we should always appreciate and reflect on a country’s history and past… and that the best journeys in life are made on “Fearless Boats”…

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    Aperitivo at #CaffeTorino – Athens First Negroni Bar!

    #CaffeTorino, the famous apperitivo bar, sponsored by Martini, opened as a pop-up at Skouleniou 4, only for 3 days! I was one of the lucky ones to visit  it and get to taste the Martini Riserva cocktails first hand! The night was pure class and sheer fun, as the bar had been turned into #CaffeTorino, taking us all the way to Italy!  Among a sophisticated & elegant crowd , there were some of my favorite bloggers, chatting & snapping impeccable selfies, as well as  small companies of Italians, sitting at the bar. The food – italian bites of mozzarella, prosciutto crudo, Grana Padano and mini fried risotto balls – was droolingly yummy! I actually attacked those fried risotto balls and mozzarella bites several times in-between socializing!

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    What is Thermiva ??! Interview with Professor Peter Nikolaidis, Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Fetal Medicine Specialist

    I use my blog to write about stories that inspire me and people I love & admire. This is a post of a very HOT topic, concerning a high percentage of women in their late 30s and over. It is an interview of not only a magnificent doctor, Professor Peter Nikolaidis; Obstetrician, Gynaecologist & Fetal Medicine Specialist , but also of a magnificent man! I know this for a fact, because he also happens to be… my stepfather! On all accounts, it takes a great man to be able to love and care for a stepchild as if it were his own, and this is exactly what he has done for me (and I haven’t been a piece of cake, either). So, on this very Q & A, I’m proud to write about him and the non-invasive Vulvovaginal Application he is the first to have introduced in Greece,  Thermiva, or else, as I like to call it: “The Vagina Rejuvenation Machine” ! Yes, you read that correctly… Get the full analysis below:

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    The Yoga Mama Club – Weekend retreat in Sifnos!

    Invited by Sophie Ravier, the woman behind The Yoga Mama Club, I travelled to Sifnos to do a yoga weekend retreat for the closing of the summer season. I thought I was going there just to chill a bit from my continuous state of anxiety and get my muscles fired up again with the help of my bestie Zoe Karamani, who is an amazing Ashtanga teacher. But this was only part of the experience… The Yoga Mama Club is about rebooting and feeling inspired; it is really about Sophie Ravier’s energy & good intentions that aim to bring people together and offer a mini, rejuvenating, soul-soothing break.

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    Hermès “Carré Mania” Party in Athens!

    Hermès has a strong, sophisticated personality, but it is the pure elegance, combined with the French origin that really make up the essence of the brand. The iconic “Birkin” bags unmistakably stand out; wanted by many, envied by even more; a symbol of class & refinement. However, at the Athenian party “Carré Mania”, celebrating the renovation of the Hermès boutique in Athens, it was the colorful scarves that stole the spotlight and took center stage. It was undoubtedly one of the best parties I have ever been to in Athens. Everything was organized and presented to the nines. The hosts were no other than Pierre- Alexis Dumas, Creative Director and Francesca Di Carrobio, Director of Hermès in Greece. The night was magical, full of color and silk…

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    #Symi long weekend escape

    Greece is trully a blessed country, with divine greek islands that you can visit all year round! One of my favorites is Symi that I recently visited for a long weekend to celebrate my beloved friend’s Zoe’s birthday! We were a group of four girls with a check-list of paradise beaches, amazing tavernas, bars, shops and hidden knucks to visit… And we did go everywhere – trust me! Here are our tips from the weekend:

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    Next Level Dating: Single Dads!

    I had never thought I would, one day, find myself trying out the “Single Dads” portion on the dating menu… Apparently, however, if you are single, in your thirties and looking for an older man (aka late thirties or forties), the chances of bumping into a divorced guy with kids are high! This was the case a year ago, when I found myself in Mykonos, flirting with this gorgeous Italian guy and the moment he reached his phone to take my number, I noticed, to my surprise, his little daughter on the screensaver … And so, this was my introduction to what I like to call… Next level dating: Single Dads!

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    #theFMartini X Jack Pierson

    I feel so honored and lucky to have interviewed Jack Pierson for #theFMartini! I was very excited to meet the incredible artist, whose works are collected by major museums worldwide, while he was in Athens for the opening of his exhibition at the Zoumboulakis Gallery. Pierson first began making his word-sculptures in 1991, utilizing found objects – mismatched letters salvaged from junkyards, old movie marquees, roadside diners, Las Vegas casinos, and other forsaken enterprises. His work can be admired in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of the Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among other museums worldwide, while his “Self-Portrait” series was presented in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He has photographed many well-known celebrities and models, including Naomi Cambell, Snoop Dogg, & Brad Pitt.

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    F #Birthday!

    Today, it’s my #Birthday and looking back at this year, I have to say it’s been AMAZING! I turned my Love for writing into #theFMartini, my blog that  has given me a new purpose and so many great opportunities. Through my #thefmartiniadventures I’ve travelled, met and interviewed extraordinary people and made new friends & relationships that I cherish. I’m so grateful for everyone that has supported, followed and helped me. Thank you for sticking around and for being by my side. I’m truly blessed. And as for those that have challenged me, or my loved ones… I thank you for the inspiration! And Oh, don’t worry – I will write about you, too… #theFMartini style!

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    HEROES in Plaka – new gem souvenir shop by Eugenia Mela

    I’ve known Eugenia Kokkala-Mela since we were both teenagers, spending our greek summers in Spetses. So, I was thrilled to write this post about HEROES, her sophisticated Souvenir Shop – an absolute gem in Athens, Plaka! She has always been this incredible beauty, so opinionated and educated that carries the air of a Greek girl that has grown up and lived most of her life abroad.

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    John Paul DeJoria Interview

    This is an interview of an outstandingly inspiring man Who Did Well and then Did Good – John Paul DeJoria. He is a Greek-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Co-founder of Paul Mitchell and the Patron Tequila, two visionary, iconic companies. He has struggled against the odds, was  homeless twice in his life and  today, he is estimated to have a three-billion-dollar fortune!

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    John Paul DeJoria Interview – How this #theFMartiniadventure came to be

    A few weeks ago, I experienced one my greatest and most surreal #theFMartini moments when, completely impromptu, I interviewed the iconic John Paul DeJoria! The Greek-American entrepreneur and philanthropsist, Co-founder of Paul Mitchell and the Patron Tequila, was invited by The Hellenic Initiative and the THI international Ambassador, Tatiana Blatnik,   to talk about “How to start a business with little or no money“, in the Athens Hilton hotel. Considering #theFMartini, my own entrepreneurial baby step, I thought it would be quite the fit to take some bullet points and advice from this man, who had been homeless twice in his life, and now is a Billionaire!

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    #ANTIPAROS,  a small Cycladic boho island, carefree and original that has attracted many worldide celebrities  over the years! Especially on the last week of July and first weeks of August, the island is really buzzing with life and its tiny town, with traditional restaurants and bars, is crowded with sunkissed, good-looking people, both local and international. Antiparos can be a great place for family holidays and can be lived in a very tranquil & serene way…  But my memories from this island – especially on the first weeks of August – are those of an alternative & unpretentious party scene! Throughout summers, I have witnessed lots of hook-ups and beginnings of love stories taking place there. And I have to admit that I, too, have  fallen under the spell of the island on a rare blue moon…

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