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 to encourage me to start my own blog, to introducing me to Valentino and landing me an interview with Jack Pierson, to throwing me the best party at Zonars, the most elegant and sophisticated bar / restaurant in Athens. So, THANK YOU “Panas mou” for always believing in me and for being such a positive influence in my life. 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
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 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
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
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”.
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.