“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…
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 !
Check the Video I made below:
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!
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!
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!
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…
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!
I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Pearl xChange conference in Los Angeles, co-founded by Nicole Richie and Ramey Warren, Founder & President of Media Savvy Plus. It truly was an enlightening, thought-provoking day, filled with inspiration and positivity, promoting the power of shared knowledge — totally worth the trip from Athens to LA!
Feeling incredibly inspired after having attended the Pearl xChange, a powerful conference held in LA, promoting the power of shared knowledge and experience in an unpretentious and heartfelt way, co-founded by Nicole Richie and Ramey Warren, Founder & President of Media Savvy Plus.
In life, especially when it comes to love interests, there are times when we – or at least some of us – find ourselves fantasizing about unavailable loves, ones that are not that into us. Yet, we tend to blow things out of proportion, decipher every little incident, a.k.a. text msg, nod or like on insta.
Winning the #MCBlogAwards2016 for the New Talent Category, sponsored by Belvedere Vodka, was such a great honor, for which I feel so grateful. Having a blog is far less glamorous than it might seem and, as far as I’m concerned, when I entered the arena of Blogs with the F Martini, I felt like the odd one out…
I’m so thrilled to have been nominated for the Marie Claire Blog Awards 2016, for the Lifestyle Insider category!!!
This summer has been a very tumultuous one, brought about many changes and forced me to re-evaluate almost everything I had thought of as “granted” up until now.
I feel, I should start by clarifying that this is NOT a bitter feministic post, targeted against men. On the contrary, I find life without men extremely boring and dull, and I greatly value having a partner to grow up and evolve with.
I was introduced to Sofia Karvela through a mutual and fabulous best friend. We were eighteen years old, kids actually, having fun in Mykonos
I think I have developed an “insistent-persistent” side… I have become highly confrontational and expect people, who matter to me, to be so as well.
As we are about to kick start a New Year of adventures, I thought about sharing a favorite poem – The Guest House. Written by the 13th century Persian poet, theologian and Sufi Mystic Rumi, it is one of the most frequently recited poems in mindfulness.
In the light of the enormous refugee crisis, I thought about posting this video of the incredible speech Angelina Jolie – Pitt gave,
I found this article about Paul Newman’s wedding vows to Joanne Woodward, while surfing on the internet on a late night, some time ago. I have kept it on my bookmarks list ever since, as it stroke a romantic chord. We all want to know the secrets for happy and fulfilling relationships and marriages.