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Becoming a conscious consumer

Being a conscious consumer means being mindful and informed about your purchases. This also relies on the transparency of brands and businesses and what their bottom line is. You'll find smaller businesses and independents designers are much more transparent about where their materials come from and who makes their products.  Often I get asked about PU leathers or plastic materials. I understand the dilemma people may face regarding leather products. While the quality of PU leathers have improved immensely, sometimes to the point where you can't tell it apart from real leather, plastic is still unhealthy for your body, and for the environment. The process to manufacture plastic and synthetic products is far more harmful to the environment than leather is....
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Death and taxes

Hey lovers I write this blog post with a heavy heart, as some of you may know, I have lost my father very unexpectedly just before Christmas. Antonios Geralis, or Tony, was 71 years old. His heart stopped suddenly. I had only just moved to London beginning of December and exactly 14 days later I am flying back to bury my dad. This was not part of the plan. He was healthy, an active year-round swimmer, and overall in very good health. His only real health issue - STRESS. I've written and deleted so many paragraphs about what a good man he was, and I think as I am still grieving, it's easy for me to be over emotional right...
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The future is back to business!

Oh girls...I am all about raising awareness about sexual harassment. But this lollipop that everyone is sucking now has gotten out of hand, and suddenly we are ALL crying out that we've also experienced it. Even a look you got from the paper boy suddenly becomes harassement. It's getting out of hand, like any trend that becomes sickly sweet before we throw it away and hope onto the next one. Women have always been harassed by men in power. And so have men been harassed by women in power. It is simply that the proportion of men in power is so much higher than that of women in power. Next time some sleazy director puts his hand on your thigh, or...
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A lifelong commitment is not what you think it is.

A lifelong commitment is not what everyone thinks it is. It's not waking up early every morning to make breakfast and eat together. It's not cuddling in bed together until both of you peacefully fall asleep. It's not a clean home and a homemade meal every day. It's someone who steals all the covers. It's sometimes slammed doors, and a few harsh words, disagreeing, and the silent treatment until your hearts heal. Then...forgiveness! It's coming home to the same person everyday that you know loves and cares about you, in spite of and because of who you are. It's laughing about the one time you accidentally did something stupid. It's about dirty laundry and unmade beds without finger pointing. It's about...
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Swipe right to dating online

Singledom: breaking out of your uncomfortable comfort zone If you are single and can't seem to meet someone who interests you within your primary or secondary social circle, try any of the apps or services available now with an open mind. If you're like me, your social circle consists of five people, you work alone at home and only ever leave the house to get milk!  After the divorce, I had no way of meeting new people, especially men. My city is very small and everyone seems to know everyone (especially my ex), which makes it harder to meet someone. That plus the fact that I'm shy and not very outgoing wasn't doing me any favours.  There is literally an...
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Dear Karen

I do not have children yet, but I know that every woman that has given birth has insecurities about her changed body. Not many women talk *real* about this issue, and I know that taboo issues are much more common than we care to talk about. Which is why, when I saw this heartfelt post from one mother to another about post partum scars, I was moved to the point of sharing is with you. Photo and letter of support is from @fitness.fireball a mum of three who shares her journey through fitness, motherhood, pregancy and womanhood. Dear Karen I know your birth experience did not go as planned. You went for natural labour, but things got complicated so you...
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Ayios Fanourios and his cake

27th August is the day of my beloved saint, Ayios Fanourios in the Greek Orthodox calendar. St. Fanourios is one of the saints that we ask to intercede for us when we lose things. His name is from the Greek word fanerono which means 'I reveal'. The term 'lost things' is interpreted broadly—some people hope to retrieve literal lost objects, but equally popular is for unmarried women to eat it in hopes of finding a husband. It is also baked to find a job, a cure or anything else the person has sought to find. I often pray to him not only because I lose things all the time (although this is common) but also when I am feeling lost.  On...
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The cure to loneliness

Are you lonely? Do you feel you will only be happy when you meet someone special? Do you believe others around you are living a better and more fulfilling life, surrounded by friends, the perfect relationship, family, career, etc? Welcome to the 21st Century's most common epidemic: chronic loneliness. I watched a vlog by the lovely (read hunky) Matthew Hussey on loneliness and it really struck a chord with me, as I believe it will with many of you too.  You see, human beings were not designed to be solitary creatures. We survive and thrive better as a species in tribes, nations, families, partnerships, etc. John Cacioppo, author of Loneliness: Human Nature and the Need for Social Interaction, says that the...
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Visiting Kefalonia

Hey lovers I hope you are all happy and well as you read this post. As some of you are aware, I travelled to Kefalonia back in June, where Mr Fabulous and I spend two wonderful weeks. We also visited Zakynthos for four days, but that trip deserves it's own post, which will follow after this one. I'm going to share my itinerary with you here, where we stayed, what we saw and what we ate. First off: You need a car if you want to see the island. Not just some days, every day! There is no public transport and hiring taxis will end up costing more than renting your own car. We spent our days visiting beaches and sight seeing,...
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Top 5 Grecian Sandals of SS17

Woop Woop! I am so thrilled to be featured in Madame Figaro's Fashion News section, as one of the Top 5 Grecian sandals of summer 2017. Hera Tropicana with her feathery tassels has made the edit. You can shop for Hera in a selection of colours here. Merci Madame Figaro xoxo
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