Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October
Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

Crete in October

Crete in October
Crete in October
 

Crete in October

Crete in October

Hotel: Lavris hotel 

While I was strolling the streets of Paris at the end of September, an invitation to join a group of journalists for a press trip in Crete organized by the Greek Tourism board in Vienna landed in my inbox. Needless to say, I jumped in joy! I can’t hide my love for Paris, and at the same time, I can’t hide my love for the Greek islands as well…

What I am going to say right now may sound strange but this was an invitation I was expecting! Why? Because for the past 2 years, I had the chance to visit Crete in October and somehow this trip became a habit that I wanted to repeat every October.

Not bad at all, if you think that in many parts of Europe it starts getting quite chilly and you hop on a plane with Aegean airlines, that brings you to a place where the sky is blue, sun shine bright, and you can still wear sandals and summer dresses and go to the beach! Who wouldn’t accept this invitation, right?

Apart from the fact that in Crete, summer lasts longer, this island has so many things to offer to visitors year around.

Below, you will find a list with things to do, where to eat, and places to visit in Crete. Those are the things we did during the press trip and hopefully they are a great source of information or source of rough itinerary for you when you start planning your next travel to Crete.

I would like to point this out, that Crete is a place to visit year round and not only in summer because of its mild climate and because there are plenty of activities that you can do, apart from going to the beach. Check out the flights of Aegean Airlines that flies you to Crete here!

During the press trip, we did many great things but I think that the best part was kept for the end: horse riding by the beach (thank you Maria Lavdaki for organising this extra activity for me)! Our press trip ended in the most beautiful way and I was the happiest!

Thanks to the Greek Tourism Board, Aegean Airlines, and Region of Crete for making this happen! Very grateful to be invited to join!

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Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris
Starck Paris
 

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris
Starck Paris
 

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Starck Paris

Photography by Stefan Kokovic

I will tell you a funny story that happened very recently. The other day, I went to the cinema. Next to me there was a lady I didn’t know at all..she looked at me and smiled. I looked at her and I smiled back. After a while, she looked at me again and she smiled. I smiled back. And then, she looked at me and smiled again for the third time but this time she also said: You are wearing a fantastic perfume! Of course I had to tell her which perfume it was and naturally she noted the name of it down on her mobile phone. I am glad she liked my perfume and I loved her honesty and spontaneity. I loved the fact that she asked me directly and that through me, she might have found something new that she will hopefully enjoy.

I caught myself reflecting on those two questions during the film: What is a perfume for you? And why do you wear it?

Have you ever asked yourself those questions?

The other day I received a collection of three Starck Paris fragrances at home: Peau de Soie, Peau de Pierre, and Peau d’Ailleurs. Each Starck Paris fragrance came with a little note with story that had me thinking of its creations and the messages they want to transmit. Peau de Soie is a paradox where femininity blossoms from a masculine bud. Peau de Pierre is a masculine fragrance which unveils its feminine side.  And Peau d’Ailleurs is an exploration into ourselves.

For the French designer Philippe Starck “to wear a perfume is to create one’s own territory”.

I personally tend to wear a perfume, not only when I go out, but also at home. The reason why I am doing this is because just a few drops of it have the power to make me feel good. And that’s the point of wearing a perfume after all, no? The inspiration behind the photos of this blog post was exactly that positive feeling that a perfume makes me feel. I wanted to transform this positive feeling into images and through the images to be a little part of Philippe Starck’s visionary world. 

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Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris
 

All photos taken by me

Every time I visit Paris, I try to treat myself to an experience that makes every trip to the city a little bit more special and memorable. An experience that I will anticipate before the departure and hold in my memory forever after the return.

Breakfast at Le Bristol Paris was this time’s special experience that I’d been looking for.

The last Paris fashion week came along with quite a few difficulties to handle… so, stepping into Le Bristol Paris on a Friday morning and having breakfast at the 3-Michelin star restaurant Epicure was exactly what my friend Polina and I truly needed.

We sat on a round table, right next to the window that overlook Le Bristol’s pretty garden, and forgot all the rest. We both opted for their signature breakfast that was served in a delicate china along with silver cutlery by Christofle, plus there was a small bouquet of red roses on the table that I couldn’t stop taking pictures of. While we were enjoying our breakfast and thinking how wonderful life can be, the maître d’ and his assistants were attentive enough to make sure we had the best time possible and that nothing was missing from our table from the beginning till the end of our meal.

Our breakfast at Le Bristol Paris lasted a little longer than it actually should have and we are completely aware of this. But we loved the food, calm atmosphere, and immaculate service so much that it was hard for us to leave.

Tip: if you go to Le Bristol Paris, look for the lucky kitty who happens to reside in the property for free! 

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3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam

3 days in Amsterdam
3 days in Amsterdam
 

Amsterdam holds a very special place in my heart because it was my first travel abroad at the age of 18, and it was a trip organized all by myself.

Why to the Netherlands? I had a pen pal who was living in a little town in the countryside, called Gouda, and the plan was to spend one week with her at her place. Back then, Instagram and Facebook didn’t exist, and if you had a friend abroad, you didn’t chat online, but you were sending letters written by hand in order to stay in touch.

All those years, since the age of 18, I always wanted to go back to Amsterdam but it never occured. Until the day an invitation to travel to Amsterdam, while I was vacationing in Mykonos, popped up in my inbox. I was invited by an advertsing agency from Germany to join a small group of creative minds in Amsterdam for a photography project (look for #smartinstabattle on Instagram). How cool is that? And this is how, more or less, I found myself in Amsterdam at the end of September. I was thrilled to be back.

I thought I should write a few words from this experience and share a few photos from the hotel where I stayed, as well as a bunch of insteresting venues that you want to add to the list of places to visit for your next Amsterdam trip.

Day 1:  Together with the team, we had dinner at The Lobby restaurant. The Lobby is situated on the groundfloor of the Hotel V Nesplein and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. I will definetely come back to this place for one more delightful dinner with candles.

Day 2: After spending a wonderful day with my friend Rebecca driving around the city of Amsterdam in an effort to take the best Instagram picture, I was quite tired in the evening. The best way to end the second day was dining at the Bar Brasserie OCCO which is located at The Dylan hotel in central Amsterdam. That was exactly what I needed for this night: Relaxed ambience, great food and a litte bit of me time. Next time I should remember to check The Vinkeles restaurant (located in the same hotel)!

Day 3: Although there are great museums to visit in Amsterdam, I preferred to spend half of the day walking leisurely through the streets and getting lost in the canals and in the bridges, before I caught the flight to Paris.

Amsterdam tips: Check Benji’s for Balinese vibes in Amsterdam, Van Stapele for the best cookies in the world, Corner Bakery for breakfast and brunch, and Kanarie Club for the best meals, drinks and bites all day, every day!

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Feelin good

Feelin good

Feelin good
Feelin good
 

Feelin good

Feelin good
Feelin good
 

Within the last month, I travelled to four different countries in Europe. They were mostly for work!  As hectic as my schedule sounds, I know how fortunate I am to have a job that constantly keeps me happy and enthusiastic about life.

But it is worth noting that having a busy lifestyle made me realize the importance of taking a moment to pause at home between one travel to the next. This allows for a much needed downtime for recreation and relaxation. My biggest ally in this crazy lifestyle for the past few months is Vichy skin care products.

During one of the breaks that I got to spend at home, I took the pictures that you see on this blog post. The photos feature a bunch of things that I use everyday: a calendar, my computer, a perfume, plus the LIFTACTIV vitamin C brightening skin corrector.

Every time I receive a product from Vichy, I try it out on my complexion. I also take the time to research the product and its ingredients. I don’t let myself spend money senselessly. I read the product reviews, what other people say about the product, and I examine each and every ingredient that the product is made of. I make sure I know what they can really do for me and why I need them. In other words, stay informed and use a product consciously.

This time Vichy sent me the LIFTACTIV vitamin C brightening skin corrector in a small bottle with a dropper that contains 15% pure Vitamin C + vitamin E.  It is paraben, alcohol and fragrance free and promises to deliver clinically proven results. It’ll leave you with a brighter and firmer skin in just 10 days.

So, I am going to use this little bottle for the next 10 days that I will be at home. As for you? My advice is the same as my previous blog posts: Always remember there is no magical cream that will do magic on your skin. It’s up to you to take care of yourself, don’t stress too much, choose a healthy lifestyle, use a high quality product and see your skin shine every morning.

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In collaboration with Vichy 

 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

At home with my Essenza mini

At home with my Essenza mini
At home with my Essenza mini
 

Exactly one year ago I moved into a small apartment on my own. In the beginning, it felt kinda of weird having to fit all my stuff in a 30qm apartment. But I tried to see the bright side and find ways to make things work out.

Moving into a smaller apartment is not necessarily a bad thing. It was for sure an experience that has taught me a lot. It taught me the importance of simplicity and minimalism. I learned to live with less, to say good bye to useless things I had gathered over the years, and keep only the essentials.

For example, when I first moved in, the previous tenant had left a huge kitchen table in the small apartment. Getting rid of this big table for four and replacing it with a table for two made a huge positive difference to the apartment. The table for two definitely fits better in the living room. Almost all of the things that you find in my apartment needs to fit two criteria: mini and essential. Regarding the style, I keep things simple and minimalistic. And regarding color, I keep them mostly white with a few black, gold and pink details.

I have never posted any photos of my new little apartment on this online photography space of mine. This changed when Nespresso sent me the Essenza mini coffee machine!. As you can see from the photos, it is smaller than a vase with roses. Nespresso’s smallest and cutest machine fits in my apartment perfectly! Like many of you that resides in the city, living space is often limited. Yet we coffee lovers can’t live without our coffee! Thanks to Nespresso at home, space is no longer an issue. You can put the Nespresso Essenza mini just about anywhere. Coffee lovers rejoice!

One week ago, I gave 3 options to my IG friends on Stories and asked them where to place the coffee machine in the apartment. Now, the ultra-light and ultra-compact Essenza mini sits nicely on my round side table next to the window. I don’t think it will move from there anytime soon, unless I move out from this apartment.

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In a collaboration with Nespresso

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 
Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 
Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 

Portes Mykonos

Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 
Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 
Portes Mykonos
Portes Mykonos
 

All photos were taken by me

When I landed in Athens at the end of August, I knew I would spend a few days in the capital city to see my family and friends. But for the rest of my time there, I had no plans on where to go. All I knew was that August wasn’t exactly how I would have liked it to be. But then again, there is nobody to blame for this. It’s me who decided to go on vacation in September instead of August…but I have a bunch of good reasons for it.

My initial thought was to visit Spetses and Hydra. But then somehow I remembered how much I miss the Cycladic white washed houses, so Mykonos won. It is after all the perfect picture island, and I knew I would never get bored. Apart from that, last year when I visited the island, I left with a feeling that 3 nights were not enough and made up my mind to come back soon again.

This year I stayed at Portes Mykonos Suites and Villas. Portes Mykonos had exactly what I expect to find in any hotel: exclusivity and privacy, along with a sense of peace and serenity. I especially loved the people working there who became my friends, room with walls all made of glass which served as the reception, late afternoon light, and amazing interior and exterior designs that reminded me of Dior Cruise fashion show in LA. What else do you need for the perfect holidays? Hope you get the chance to experience this beautiful property yourself.

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Be more active

Be more active

Be more active
Be more active
 
Be more active
Be more active
 

Be more active

Be more active
Be more active
 
Be more active
Be more active
 

Be more active

Be more active
Be more active
 
Be more active
Be more active
 
Be more active
Be more active
 
Be more active
Be more active
 

Photography by Pamina Aichhorn

Let’s be honest: I wouldn’t consider myself the sportiest person in the world and I totally dislike going to the gym. On the other hand, I like to look and feel good with my body and skin. Therefore some action is needed.

I remember exactly one year ago, on the first of September 2016, I moved to the 13th district of Vienna after vacationing in Italy in August, I had some extra kilos that I had to get rid of. Residents of the 13th district, including myself, are lucky to have Schönbrunn gardens in the proximity. I decided to take advantage of it and go running as much as possible, as often as possible. To motivate myself more, I bought a cool sporty outfit (pictured in the photos above), I downloaded an app which tracks my daily steps and reminds me to be more active and I decided that the best hour for me to go running was with the sunset, approximately 2 hours before the park closes.

Be more active”! That is exactly what I say to myself every morning.

The idea behind the visual story of this blog post is to share with you a little bit of this activity and hopefully inspire you to be more active too. The last time I went running, Vichy came up with the idea to provide me with their Mineralizing Thermal Water to try out. Using it on my sweaty skin after running up and down the Schonbrunn gardens was tremendously refreshing!

This face mist is powered by15 essential minerals (and not just some plain water that you can get from the tap of your kitchen). Apart from the refreshing feeling, it moisturize your skin and give you a glowy look.

Apart from using it while jogging, you can also use it in the morning after cleaning your face, and before you apply the Slow Age facial cream. Or you can take it with you and keep it on your office desk for when you need that refreshing vibrant glow. For travelers, don’t leave home without it. The spray bottle comes in a convenient travel size (available with 50ml) which is airplane appropriate and it works nicely for jogging as well, since nobody likes to carry many things while running, right?

How I use it: I apply it on a cleansed skin and I spray it all over my face in a circular motion. Then either you can leave on for a few seconds and blot it with a tissue or just leave it to dry without blotting it.

The most important thing of all is to keep in mind that using Mineralizing Thermal Water is a natural solution for boosting skin quality. Focus on having a healthy base because this can make your make up look even better on your skin.

Be more active. Stay healthy. Take care of yourself.

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In collaboration with Vichy 

lunch at L’Orangerie

lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 
Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 

Lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 

Lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 

Lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 
Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 

Lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 

Lunch at L'Orangerie

Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 
Lunch at L'Orangerie
Lunch at L'Orangerie
 

All photos were taken by me

If you followed along with me on Instagram, you would know for sure that I spent the entire month of July in Paris. During that month, many great things happened. And now that I am back, those good moments are turning into good memories. In an effort not to forget anything, I made two lists: one consisted of the highlights of the month, and the other one consisted of the things that I achieved.

On the top of the list with the great experiences in Paris was having Lunch at L’Orangerie restaurant at Four Seasons George V Hotel. When I stepped inside Four season George V, exactly two weeks ago, it felt like I was crossing the threshold of some magic place. Right at the entrance, I encountered a young lady who asked me kindly how she can help me. I was happy to meet her but honestly I couldn’t take my eyes off of the Jeff Leatham designed floral arrangement that was all over the lobby area. I managed to make a few steps further into the Hotel’s famous Marble Courtyard. While I was waiting for my friend Brandie to arrive, I felt excited about what was about to happen and I took some pictures of the fuchsia orchideas and of the Art Deco style of the hotel.

I know I am quite fortunate to have dined in many different Michelin starred restaurants in France, and I have always found it hard to describe with words such exclusive gastronomic experiences. This time, it was from Chef David Bizet’s artistic compositions. As you can see from the photos, Brandie and I went for fish as our main dish, and for dessert, we opted for the Meringue Flower and Chocolate leaves and Soufflé. All the dishes, apart from being a great treat for our palate, were also interesting for me to photograph. Each plate was created with meticulous attention to detail, and the natural light coming from the glass-and-steel structure made my work easy.

I am grateful to be able to have another memorable experience in Paris that I can share with you all. After all, the purpose of this blog is exactly that: to have a space where I can share my photographs with the hope that through this sharing, I will be able to enrich your lives.♥

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