“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 and will always matter…Continue Reading
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 e-food.gr, which currently has thousands of orders per day; thebeat.co.gr with tens of thousands taxi calls, Blueground.com with hundreds of rentals in Athens, Dubai, Istanbul & New York and doctoranytime.gr (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 e-shop.gr, e-food.gr and doctoranytime.gr, Investor and board member of Taxibeat.com, has supported more than 50 startups and is currently Co-founder and Partner of Venture Friends, a European VC fund investing in startups.Continue Reading
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 !
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”… Continue Reading
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: Continue Reading
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!Continue Reading
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. Continue Reading
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! Continue Reading
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! Continue Reading
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! Continue Reading
I interviewed HRH Princess Tatiana (nee Tatiana Blatnik) at the Athens Yacht Club, the venue where she had officially announced her engagement to HRH Prince Nikolaos of Greece and Denmark. She walked in tall, elegant, beautiful and welcomed me with a big, authentic smile! I was stunned by her incredible energy, she has a great sense of humor and immediately “broke the ice”, by starting to “interview” me instead, right on the spot! Unpretentious and dynamic, she then answered all my questions with the essence of a woman, who has lived and travelled all over the world and navigates life with great grace, as well as with the outmost “joie de vivre”.
A few days ago, my friends and I participated in the “Invisible Tours“, a social project run by the Greek street paper “Shedia”. It is a social tours program, based in the capital of Greece, Athens, in which homeless people become tour guides in a very different kind of a city walk… Continue Reading
Costas Voyatzis, or else the man behind the very successful Yatzer – a global online destination that allows readers to discover the most globe engaging, creative projects, as well as the people making their mark in design, art, fashion and travel – is what I like to call my “Blog Idol”. I have always been a great fan of his work and super refined aesthetics. After all, and especially in Greece, no-one else has managed to create and design such an internationally acclaimed and awarded online platform.
I was introduced to Eugenie Niarchos a few years ago, through some common friends, and I have witnessed her both on vacation and in sheer professional mode. The first thing I feel the urge to write about her is that she oozes elegance like no other. Yes, she is extremely stylish and very fashionable, but her real charm is not about that. Her mannerisms, stare, the subtle tone of her voice are so polite, kind and aristocratic that constitute the essence of her fair beauty. Continue Reading
Sisters Niki and Zoe Moskofoglou are the incredibly talented, contemporary marble designers and sculptors of on•entropy. I’ve known them for many years and I have witnessed their creativity develop and constanlty peak, leading them to represent Greece in the first ever London’s Design Biennale, themed “Utopia by Design”. Continue Reading
I had often heard about the importance of surrounding ourselves with positive people and influences. I mean, even on instagram, quotes about releasing ourselves from anything that doesn’t contribute to our personal evolution, pop-up daily on our feeds! Continue Reading
A few weeks ago, I had the chance to catch up with one of my oldest and best friends, Greg Tsouloufris, who also happens to be the owner of the hottest Mykonian club, Moni. He suggested I should include some videos in my blog and, after a few glasses of wine, I made him do an impromptu one with me, right on the spot! Continue Reading
I met Eleni Kairi, a Harmony of Space Consultant, some months ago, when I went to her latest book presentation, entitled “Well-Being in Love”. Being an eternal believer and seeker of love myself, I was very curious to find out more on the subject. So, after the book presentation, I went up to the author to get my copy signed and ask her for an interview. Continue Reading
I met James Hirschfeld, Co-founder and CEO of Paperless Post , last summer at a Cycladic Museum Young Patrons party, in Mykonos. Obviously, like so many of us, I’ve been a fan and a user of Paperless Post, a company of immense success that over the past eight years, has re-established the standards of modern correspondence, combining beautiful design and seamless technology. I mean… there is slim to no chance that anyone of us hasn’t sent or received a Paperless Post invitation for a birthday party, wedding, christening or dinner at some point or another! Continue Reading