This interview of my cousin Alvertos Revach was recorded pre-Covid-19 and, as I finally sit to write it down, I realize that, in a way, at least for me sentimentally, it happens to be relevant to these difficult times… Because it is in dark times like these that our primal fears take central stage; that we look within and quest for what is really of essence. Time is of essence, as it is not a given fact anymore, and we all wonder what the next day will bring. Family is of essence, those close to our heart, those we care and worry about the most, those we want to talk to, facetime and long to meet again. On a personal level, blog-wise, what has become of essence is to write, not just to produce pretty pictures and content, but to learn and evolve from the answers I get from my interviewees, who ultimately, take me a step further, not only from my own knowledge, but also from my own point of view. And as I’m writing these very words, I can’t help thinking how proud I am of my cousin Alvertos; of the way he thinks and acts, as well as of his deep concern about animal rights and environmental issues (long before they became a popular content on social media). He is a man with the courage to express his opinion and speak up in a kind, yet, firm and straight-forward manner, and even more so, to put his thoughts into action!
Everything has to be done with passion! And this is really the essence and what actually characterizes Eugenia Chandris and her own passion project, “A Magic Cabinet”: an online platform that combines magic journeys in Greece, through editorial storytelling and e-shopping of exquisite craftsmanship products; one of a kind beauty and fashion products, home decoration and even a range of pet accessories! All exquisitely hand-picked, tried, smelled (yes, smelled!) and tested by Mrs Chandris, who has skillfully given a new dimension to her mother’s magic cabinet. I met her one afternoon for the interview and was smitten not only by her sophisticated aesthetics, but also by her incredible ability to create pictures, fantasy worlds and transfer you throughout Greece and back to her childhood summers through her words. She truly has a superb way of eloquently narrating her stories, her passions and her “A Magic Cabinet”…
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Petr Shevchenko is a really good friend. Together we’ve had many laughs; he is kind-hearted and is always there to listen and encourage me. He is an amazing artist and I truly adore his art that channels so much spirituality and magic! His great talent will be showcased in a collateral event in this year’s Venice Biennale. Petr was born in Russia and raised in Switzerland and has been living in Athens for the past eight years, because he finds Greece wildly inspiring and loves its culture and people (Yes, he does!). He never ceases to remind me of the beauty of my own home country in fluent Greek, as he has become an avid speaker, turning our chats bilingual. I’m certain that many future interviews about him, will follow.
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I was acquainted with the gifted Elvira Panagiotopoulou, founder and designer of the Di Gaia luxury shoes, as well as Phi-male, her new collection of hand-made espadrilles, initially through Instagram; her unique, contemporary designs with pop, sexy, and Greek elements, immediately drew my attention! Later on, summer 2018, in Patmos, I met Elvira herself, a successful, dynamic, and beautiful woman with an international reputation – undoubtedly a Greek success story, and I asked her to let me visit her studio, learn more and admire her creations firsthand!
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Looking back on summer, my Grey Goose Spetses Weekend for the Regatta 2018 was definitely my highlight! I was so very fortunate to be a Grey Goose Greece ambassador for a second year and get to live, first-hand, the iconic brand’s sophisticated and tailor-made experiences. The Grey Goose team is truly a gem! Professionals, innovative and incredibly kind, they organized one- of- a kind experiences and events, in order to immerse us into the brand’s sophisticated, yet, contemporary philosophy. This time, I got to spend an exquisite weekend in one of my favorite islands, Spetses, get a front-row view of the Regatta, learn from the best mixologist experts how to prepare killer vodka martini cocktails, as well as taste gourmet vodka infused dishes at the Grey Goose Home – a beautiful Spetses villa, specially “formulated” for the weekend!
This is my photo diary, get a glimpse of my GG Summer Experience!
I adore writing and working with successful Greek brands that I support and Frezyderm is certainly one of these since for years now I‘ve been a big fan and use their products which are based on breakthrough technologies and are top quality! For this summer I’ve chosen to write about the absolute necessities, meaning what we all need with us on vacation!
“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…