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Happy 2015

happy 2015

I couldn’t find a better photo to wish you Happy New Year. This tiny creature, Shorty, and I wish you all the best for 2015. Many thanks to the persons who are close to me, support me, and make my life more beautiful (they know who they are).

For the year that went by, I keep only the good moments and for the year that just came, may I make a wish? I wish to get back to the greek islands as soon as possible. Καλή χρονιά ♥

Spread the word

Blogs or newspaper? What do you prefer to read? My father never stops telling me that I should read the news and I don’t dare to tell him that I prefer surfing on Internet and reading those links below:

♥Once I was talking to my friend in NY, who happens to know me well, and while we had an interesting conversation, suddenly he told me that I am “an old soul”. I didn’t ask him at that moment what “old soul” meant. This expression remained in my mind and some days after I found this article that states the 14 signs of being an old soul.

♥On October I met Seth, a young journalist from NY, and we visited together Karl Marx-Hof in the 19th district in Vienna. Thank you Seth for incorporating my blog into your article in the newspaper DER STANDARD.

♥I love Sarah Jessica Parker and she loves Greece. Watch this video to find out 73 Things You Never Knew about her.

♥Thank you Miriam for the interview.

♥Business of fashion is the equivalent to New York Times, when it comes to fashion and one of my favorite websites. It helps to understand a lot about the fashion industry.

When the Viennese Girl met Mademoiselle Jolie

viennese girl met mademoiselle jolie 33It was late and I was about to sleep. As I was going through several images on Instagram, I suddenly stumbled upon a quirky figure, named Mademoiselle Jolie. “Who is that gal?” i asked myself and opened my eyes wide. When The Viennese Girl met Mademoiselle Jolie, The Viennese Girl felt the urge to find out more about her and her life in Paris.

What is the biggest dream of Mademoiselle Jolie?
To become renowned in the advertising sector, by creating wonderful ideas that inspire and motivate people to make their lives happier.

Where will I meet Mademoiselle Jolie, when in Paris?
I usually like to hang out at the Café de Flore in the Saint – Germain Boulevard or you might find me making long walks across the Monceau Parc. (You can always find me with Dion there!)

If not in Paris, then where else in the world and why?
In Florence, Italy, where romance mingles with the art and perfection or maybe in New York, gazing through the window of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on a snowy Christmas Day. I also like eating and smelling sweet things, so you may find me as well at the Ghirardelli Chocolate Factory in San Francisco.

Which is her favorite blog?
I love all fashion bloggers, who care about a girl’s beauty, who dare to experiment with colors and shapes, proposing new aspects and tensions in fashion. To be frank, I have so many favorite blogs that it would be unfair to discern one among others. But I really do like the Viennese Girl!

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I can’t imagine myself not having a “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”. Especially when Audrey Hepburn keeps eating that brioche with such an elegance in front of her “temple”.

Favorite quote?
“I believe in pink”.

Which gift would impress her?
I like elegant gifts, but not in a superfluous way. I think that the most beautiful gift is the one which will remain in both my heart and mind, so a wonderful journey to Vienna would be nice, especially in Christmas, when everything turns magical there.

How would the ideal weekend be like for Mademoiselle Jolie?
Either with some good friends at the French province for picnic, or back at my hometown in Angoulême with my beloved parents.

What does Mademoiselle Jolie dislike the most?
I dislike ugliness and seeing people around me being unhappy.

What makes Mademoiselle Jolie the happiest creature in the world?
Definitely, if I became an ambassador of a famous house, like Hermes or Chanel, that would make me hop up in the air!

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What does Mademoiselle Jolie believe about love?
I believe in true love, that our half is somewhere out there, maybe around the next corner…

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Will Mademoiselle Jolie find the love of her life?
I hope so! (Blushing)

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Does Mademoiselle Jolie have any advice for The Viennese Girl?
Stay elegant, remain positive and give out the inner beauty of yourself.

viennese girl met mademoiselle jolie (7)For more photos about Mademoiselle Jolie, please visit her blog and you can also find her on Instagram!!! Enjoy…

The Viennese Girl Blog

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Photos by: V-Light Photography

I spend a lot of time reflecting on the Viennese girl project, not out of insecurity, but out of desire to provide readers with interesting content. I wouldn’t dare to say high quality content because I am afraid I am still far away from it, but I am working to that direction, it just takes time like all the good things in life. Nothing happens overnight, it’s a long process. Maybe it is the fact that it starts gaining visibility, and the more visibility it gains, more it scares me and motivates me at the same time to become better and better. I wouldn’t be happy if somebody visits the website and says, “it was a waste of time,” but on the other side, I have a friend who keeps telling me: you are too beautiful to be sad.

Although this blog started for fun, I should admit that I take it seriously. I thought a lot about it and made up my mind: good suggestions are more than welcome, suggestions not that good will be rejected. Sometimes we have to know to say No, when something doesn’t fit or doesn’t bring any value to what we are doing in life, right?

Despite the fact that I am neither a photographer, nor a journalist, nor do I have any idea on advertising and marketing, I use my brain, heart and instict, and I believe in that saying: practice makes the master. If you want something badly, you can achieve it.

Soon the Viennese girl blog will celebrate its birthday. The first year of existence was something like an experimental year; so far I didn’t get any bad feedback and still I feel so excited having that little corner on the web where I can express myself through writing and photography. I suppose that you all know that if we are alone in the world we cannot achieve anything. Of course there were persons who helped me and still help making this project reality. It’s such a nice feeling to have people that support you and believe in what you do, even if they are on the other parts of this earth!! They know who they are.♥

Weekend inspiration

Weekend inspiration I spend a lot of time now and then reading quotes because some of them gives me such an inspiration, boost and a lot of strength to hold on. I made a list with my favourite quotes and share it with you. Enjoy!

1.Throw your dreams into space like a kite, and you do not know what it will bring back, a new life, a new friend, a new love, a new country.- Anais Nin

2.Distance means so little when someone means so much.

3.The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. – Helen Keller

4.Nothing in this world that’s worth having comes easy.

5.A girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. – Coco Chanel

6.Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground – Theodore Roosevelt

7.The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. – Marcel Proust

8.Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.- Kahlil Gibran

9.Don’t lose a diamond while chasing glitter

10.Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. – Mark Twain

11. Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.― Roald Dahl

Shake Shack

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Have you ever been to London, Istanbul, or New York without eating a cheeseburger and fried potatoes with cheddar cheese on it from Shake Shack? Ha! I think you don’t know what you are missing dear! I never ever eat any kind of burgers somewhere else. But every time I visit one of these cities, a visit to Shake Shack is a must. Unfortunately, or maybe even fortunately (for my pocket and my body shape), you don’t find them in Vienna.

How did I become a victim of Shake Shack? They are delicious. On my last visit to London, I was going for my favourite cheeseburger everyday. The lady behind the cash machine asked: you came yesterday, right? I nod my head in the affirmative and then she said: See you tomorrow!

Oh, oh! Someone becomes addicted to Shake Shack, I am afraid..♥

Letters from you

Photos above were snapped on my holidays in Santorini by Antonio Giannakos.

Lately I received some strange emails. But when I say strange, I mean it in a very positive way. I mean…unexpectedly pleasant emails.

There was a girl telling me that she spent one hour and a half in front of the blog reading on it.

There was another email from another girl who was telling me that through the blog she found some places to visit that she didn’t know before even though she had been living in Vienna for eight years.

There was another guy who was a newbie in Vienna and before his arrival he searched for info about Vienna and downloaded lots of online travel guides. He sent me an email telling me that no other site helped him to enjoy Vienna as much as I did.

I replied to all of them. I try to reply to all of them for the simple reason that I appreciate that they took the time to write me. I won’t mention their names for privacy reasons but they really made my day. If The Viennese Girl Blog manages to make even one person smile, or helps somebody to do something, then we already talk about success.♥

Bikinis and bows

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One day a friend of mine in Athens gave me a link with some images and asked me to help her decide which swimsuit she should buy for the summer. She was kind of indecisive. I looked at all the swimsuits carefully and I told her my opinion. I liked them all a lot but I had to choose one and this is how I got to know Madame Shou Shou.

How was the world of Madame Shou Shou born?
The Madame Shou Shou world was born in 2011 with a lot of laughter, good vibes & plenty of love to give.

Why did you decide to call your brand Madame Shou Shou? Is there any special story behind this that you would like to share with us?
When I was young, I played with my older sister and we were always causing trouble so our grandmother would call us madame shoushou. The name got stock in my head for years, so when I created my second brand of clothing it seemed like the perfect fit.

What makes the brand Madame Shou Shou successful?
The brand’s characteristic is definitely the bow symbol which for me represents something very girly, romantic, cute, and feminine, but for this Spring/Summer 2014 collection I tried giving the aesthetic of a bow without actually using so many bows. We even had a T-shirt  with the motto no more bows on it. The most characteristic items are definitely our bikinis.

Did somebody help and support you at the beginning to make the Madame Shou Shou brand possible?
I always had the love for fabrics and design. But my mother who owns a store in the suburbs of Athens also played a big role for me. I love exploring new designs. It always gives me a state of bliss.

Where are your collections made and why?
All of our collections are 100% made in Greece from the inspiration to fabric to the actual creation of the clothes.
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Let´s say that I just finished my studies as a fashion designer in a fashion school. What are the next steps? What would you advise me to do? Are there any traps that I should avoid?
The advice I try giving to new designers who are trying to succeed in the fashion industry is to never lose their love and what makes them unique, don’t stop after the first negative comment you hear because the world is a tough critic. The most important thing is to never stop the research. Trying to succeed is like completing the second Fashion diploma.

Where can we find your collection? Do you have an online shop?
We do have our own online store which has some items available. We also collaborate with many stores in Greece but also in Germany, Finland, Italy, Dubai, Spain, Cyprus, and many more.

If you hadn’t made the Madame Shou Shou brand, could you imagine doing anything else?
I couldn’t imagine myself to be doing something else. I feel very blessed to be able to work on my dream.

What is life like in a big city like Athens? What are the positives and negatives and what things would you like see changed?
Athens is a very beautiful city, it combines everything since its a city with a great everyday life, which is surrounded by beautiful beaches and islands.

Which is your life motto?
“One small positive thought in the morning can change your whole day”

Photos of the collection s/s14: Ioanna Roufopoulou

 

 

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The blogging experience

The blogging experience

Photo (c) Elena Azzalini Photography

I started blogging seven months ago and I thought I should write some words about the blogging experience and share my thoughts with whoever might be concerned. Thoughts come out from my experiences. Blogging was and still is a very new world for me, such a big world and so many new things to learn, from technical things such as hosting companies, plug-ins, and SEO, to marketing and promotion. Overall, the blogging experience is fun but it can also be very tricky as well.

Copyright is something that everybody should take seriously. But many people don’t know that. And to be honest, some months ago, I also didn’t know that. When you hear of copyright, you might think: what’s the problem if I take a picture from another website? It is not that simple. Taking pictures that belong to others or copying text that someone else has written might get you into a problem and actions can be taken. I am not trying to warn you or to threaten you, don’t get me wrong. I am just trying to tell you to be careful with this stuff. I also visited once a lawyer who gave some very useful advices on what to do and what I shouldn’t do and also talked with photographers about copyright. For that reason, on my blog, which is like a photo journal, I use photos that were taken by me, or photos that other persons gives me with their written permission. I never use others’ photos without their permission.

To create a blog you need money and technical knowledge at the beginning. To keep up the blog and make it grow and grow you need a lot of time and creativity, and a big imagination in order to write entries that people would take the time to read and photos that people would fancy to look. Blogging is a job. It is like any other job that requires your effort and time. So, I find it reasonable that bloggers add advertisement to their blogs to make some money out of this.

The usual topics that bloggers write about are fashion, food, and travel. And I find that reasonable too. Would you imagine a girl writing about politics or football? I mean, if you feel like writing about football, you can do so. Nobody will forbid you from doing so, unless you do something that hurts or insult others. The topics of my blog are the same with so many other bloggers. By blogging the same topics we all run one risk. The risk of doing something that at the end might become boring and of no interest. The best we can do is, not to change topics of course, but to try to do it on our way, personal and unique.

The virtual world of The Viennese Girl has nothing to do with Silia’s world, my real world. This website gives me the chance to create a brand new world. A world that is more exciting, more charming and more interesting than my real world. A world without airplanes that are crashed on the air above the Ukrainian air zone, a world without wars and battles, a world without hunger and poverty. It’s all about creativity and imagination and whoever follows this blog shouldn’t confuse these two different worlds.♥

I have some plans that excite me for the future and the online world of the Viennese girl. But it takes time to realize them because simultaneously I have to carry out several other things in my private real life that need my time as well.

The conclusion is: You should never stop doing what you love and makes you happy, no matter what.

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