#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!
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.
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:
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.
#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…
A few weeks ago, GREY GOOSE invited me on a one of a kind press trip. I got to visit (and record in detail) Le Logis, GREY GOOSE’s home located in the Cognac region of France! The property itself is a 17th century French manor (once home to the lords of the region), with impeccably elegant interiors that depict the brand’s class & style. As for the exterior, grounds carefully planted and landscaped, there are vineyards and a greenhouse with a variety of fruits and herbs from the local countryside.
I’m falling in love with #SKIATHOS over time, and the more I visit it, it’s becoming evident to me that, at this stage of my life, this is my favorite Greek island to be! I had been many times in the past in Skiathos, but I can’t say I was as infatuated as I am today. As with every destination, however, if you visit it with “the right people” and get to go to “the right places“, then you get a sense of the local vibe, you find all the hidden gems and have the best food! You experience the best of what the island has to offer and get to see the sheer beauty of it!
I recently visited Los Angeles together with another blonde lady… She is from Belgium and her name is none other than Stella Artois! She quickly became my new favorite beer and companion (Martinis were put on hold for this trip..!), not only because of her lovely fair color and delicious taste, but also because she combines another favorite element of mine: Stars! “Stella” means star in Latin and that’s why there is one in every bottle!
The more I grow up, the more I get to adore and admire Greece’s countless beauties. Though there are many landmarks I have visited in my childhood and I’m familiar with, I often realise that over the years, I have lost track of the exact details and images. I have grown a nostalgia for rediscovering my country and legacy, ultimately believing that through such expeditions, I get to rediscover parts of myself, too. And so in this spirit, on a cloudy and mystical day, my girlfriends and I visited, once again, the famous ancient sanctuary of Delphi!
It is my honest belief that Athens is going through a revival phase; this is a capital that not only has great history and culture, but it also counts many contemporary gems that have marked a new era for this city. Certainly, one of the most breathtaking new additions is the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, an urban, multifunctional complex of creativity, culture and recreation that signifies civic pride at its best!
Vienna can be a very romantic city to visit, the Opera, Palaces and Museums are mesmerising. Klimt’s incredible “The Kiss” painting is also there to see. And don’t get me started on the food… Schnitzels, Hot-dog stands to sin for, Apple Strudels and Chocolat Viennois…! You get the picture, head to the rest of the post to see more suggestions.
Recently, I got to visit enchanting Israel and experience first-hand the beauty of Tel-Aviv, Jerusalem and the Dead Sea. I was invited there for the wedding of a truly wonderful couple. Not only did I have the chance to witness their love, a very romantic ceremony and wedding reception in Tel-Aviv, but I also got their local, insider tips and detailed guide information on Israel shared below:
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!
Chrysanthos Panas, a Greek master when it comes to hospitality and entertainment, has an incredibly refined taste and avant-garde perspective. He is a longtime friend and one of the BEST people I know (and I really mean it!). Salon de Bricolage, the only Athens Private Members Club, is one of his latest ventures and, definitely, a must-go hot spot that keeps on creating a frenzy, nightlife hype.
Olympos, a mountain village a one-hour-drive away from town, was my greatest hook to go to Karpathos… I had been told about a legend surrounding it, whereby once you visit it, you are greeted by local women, who – more or less – force you to put on a “Mantila” (aka traditional greek head-scarf), and then make a wish! Story has it that, within a year, your wish will be granted…