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One Year Of Video Diary

It was exactly one year ago when I started with this project. I documented my 2018 with 1 second video of each day! Sometimes it was hard to stay consistent, but I made it and captured one year of memories and I’m happy for that. Thank you 2018!

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FashionLifestyle

Style for the top three most traveled European cities

When we travel abroad we want to experience the flavor of the country we’re visiting in every way. After all, this is the reason we love to travel! We try to learn a few words in the language spoken in that place, we search for the most typical food and we look for the cultural events that are taking place. What else can we do to blend in with the locals? A style is the answer! And by that, I don’t mean you should go shopping for new outfits before your trip! It’s about the right selection of the pieces you already have in your wardrobe and of course about the details.

According to the largest and most recognized online travel agency in Southeastern Europe, Tripsta S.A., iconic European cities London, Istanbul, and Paris rank as the top three most traveled to international destinations. Speaking about hopping around Europe, carrying just hand luggage makes it easier to travel from place to place but the struggle with packing is real. In order to make a lot of different outfits without taking with you too much stuff here are my two basic packing tips: Take neutrals and also pieces that you can layer with. A good example is a button down denim shirt! You can wear it on its own or almost like a cardigan over another top, plus by adding a necklace you can get a lot of different wears of it. But now, let’s have a closer look at how to adjust your personal style to the spirit of Paris, London and Istanbul.

Paris

Paris is one of the fashion capitals of the world and you wanna try to look your best. The first thing you notice when you hit the Charles De Gaulle Airport are the scarves. It’s a nice accessory no matter in which season you visit Paris. In winter it can be made of wool and in summer for instance of lightweight cotton. Another essential piece of a French wardrobe is an elegant blazer and if it’s a bit shiny or has interesting details even better! Pair it with a simple tee and a well-fitted pair of dark blue jeans and believe me you won’t be overdressed, but just right. The best advice is to pack one dress, but make sure it’s versatile, so you can wear it for a dinner, museums, and sightseeing. Whatever you do, leave your comfy leggings, hoodies and running shoes at home as that would be a surefire sign you’re not a local. French women are not wearing sports clothes for anything but sport. Also, speaking about walking shoes prefer a pair of flats instead of sneakers.

A French designer Justin Leconte says in her Youtube series about Parisian women that they never mix black and brown color in their outfits. She also mentions that international beauty brands aren’t successful with fancy colors of lipsticks and nail polish in France, because women there have always and will always wear red lips and red nails. I believe the most of French women look so elegant and stunning even in pretty simple outfits because they know how to dress for their body type. I also like the fact, that they don’t necessarily go with current trends, so they’re not fashion slaves, but rather style followers.

London

The London style is a little more complex than that of the Parisian style as it is segregated by London’s class system. There is not one British style but many because different districts dress differently. You will see anything from the posh style of the upper-class, through the subculture of the 70s punk rock style, to the Urban style. Unlike Paris, you can experiment more with the colors and prints, without worrying that your outfit will be too loud. Mixing and matching are key. Make a small research on the places you’re planning to visit in order to get an inspiration on how to highlight your individuality in such an electric city. Don’t feel like you need to see every popular site and attraction. Because really, how much does visiting Westminster Abbey tell you about everyday life in London? Find the neighborhoods you like, dress accordingly and explore! Just don’t forget your wind-resistant umbrella.

Istanbul

Istanbul is a cosmopolitan city but it’s smart to dress a little more conservatively especially if you’re planning to visit religious sites. Dress casual but stylish during the day and make sure you have a few outfits that transition into the evening because the locals tend to dress up at night. Incorporate some color to break up your neutrals. The city is full of beautiful colors and patterns in the markets, tiles and rugs so reflect these in your travel wardrobe. A maxi skirt seems to me like a good idea, because it’s comfortable and keeps you covered enough wherever you go. Just as for a trip to Paris I would bring a scarf because Istanbul is a windy city. Actually, I would rather buy one in the bazaar!

No matter where you go you don’t need to wear the latest trends to look fashionable. Wear what looks good on you and you’ll be always fashionable. Are you already planning your next trip? Download the app of airtickets®


Outfit details for my Athens style:
Skirt – Pure Peggy
Bag – Handstuff
Accessories – LeChat
Watch – Jord Watches
Photo credits goes to itphoto.gr

Greek version of the article is available here!

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Fashion

A Unique Wooden Watch to match any style

A watch is the single most important accessory whether you’re a man or a woman. Wouldn’t you agree?

When I realize I have left the house without wearing one, I freak out! Without a watch on my wrist, I feel almost “naked”! You see, it’s not just a time-teller, but a part of our look and style that makes any outfit feel complete.

I always used to switch between the typical silver and gold bracelet watches, but I had never considered a wooden watch as a potential match for me. That is until I discovered JORD Watches after they reached me out for collaboration.

When I visited their website for the first time, I was absolutely mesmerized by how elegant and unique timepieces they make for both women and men!

I chose the Cassia in the Walnut Wood with a Vintage Rose face. Honestly, it’s the most gorgeous watch I’ve ever owned until now. And guess what! It seems to match with all my tutus perfectly! Thanks to its minimal look, you will never have to worry whether what you’re wearing is going to harmonize with your JORD Watches or not!

Ordering from JORD Watches was extremely easy. According to their instructions, all you have to do is measure your wrist, so your piece of art is just the perfect fit for you. And I have to tell you! I love the fact that they offer custom engraving. Mine says “Be Yourself and You’ll be Pure” in the backplate. My very own my personal motto. Another option would be for an engraving on the presentation box, depending on your choice of preference.

Can you think of a better gift for that special person in your life?

If you love my watch, then this is your lucky day!

You now have the chance to win a $100 voucher for the JORD watch of your choice by entering a giveaway running as we speak! Of course, the winner is not the only one to benefit from this amazing giveaway, as all entrants will automatically receive a 10% discount!

So, Click Here to Claim your chance to Win! Giveaway ends on April 1st!

For your convenience you can find all the links related to this article below!

Giveaway: https://www.woodwatches.com/g/purepeggy

My watch: https://www.woodwatches.com/series/cassia/walnut-and-vintage-rose

Ladies watches: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/women/

Men’s watches: https://www.jordwatches.com/shop/men/

Watch engraving: https://www.jordwatches.com/watch-engraving/


Wooden Wrist Watch

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FashionLifestyle

How do you deal with the dark side of fast fashion?

I know that it’s hard to keep wearing your clothes for a longer period with the same love you did when you wore it for the first time. I also know how tempted you are when you see all these new stylish garments in the showcases. New trends inspired by the catwalks are coming out every week! Moreover, fashion bloggers and influencers are churning out their new outfits so intensely, that you feel “out of trend” if you haven’t shopped for two weeks. The goal of fast fashion is for consumers to buy as many garments as possible, as quickly as possible. This doesn’t seem to me like a sustainable lifestyle, so some time ago, I changed my mindset about shopping clothes. I also stopped being completely blind to the ugly truths of the fast fashion industry.

Things that fast fashion industry doesn’t want you to think about

So how are the popular clothing brands able to mass produce their products so swiftly? They use sweatshop labor in Bangladesh, Vietnam and other developing countries. In these factories, mostly women and children work hard long working hours for less than $3 per day in horrific and dangerous conditions. I’m sure you’re already aware of that, but in case you’d like to find out more details, you can spend hours here. Another truth is that fast fashion is a disaster for our planet. Negative environmental impact, water pollution, the use of toxic chemicals and increasing levels of textile waste makes fashion one of the dirtiest industries in the world. Clever campaigns of some popular brands make us think that they are OK and even doing good in the world. But as long as they’re still selling clothes as cheaply and as quickly as they are, these “green” initiatives aren’t going to make a difference. But it’s all about the profit, my friends, that’s the deal breaker.

The change starts with you

Well, we can’t expect these fast fashion giants to change their business model. What we can do however, is to start with ourselves and change our shopping model! It’s tough to make big changes overnight, but we can be more mindful and minimize our excessive consumption patterns. So, how to start? First of all clean your wardrobe and I’m sure you will realize you have a lot more things to wear than you thought. When you go shopping, prefer quality over quantity. What I’ve learned during the last years I’ve been sewing is to be really picky about the fabric quality and its composition. Check how the garment is sewn, you can see that some clothing is just garbage designed to fall apart after one wash. Stop with the impulsive shopping. Buy only clothes you are 100% sure about and you know you’re gonna wear it for a long time. Also, it’s always a good thing to support local brands and designers who manufacture or handcraft their products with care and love.

Finding an ethical way to shop fast fashion brands is tough, but when we buy clothes more responsibly, we send market signals to change the system for good. The more demand for sustainable clothing we generate as consumers, the more supply there will be. So let’s start treating our wardrobe consciously! Will you join me?

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Self-Development

9 end of year reflection questions by Pure Peggy

It’s the end of the year and everybody starts talking about New Year’s resolutions and the goals they’re planning to achieve in 2018. But first, I believe we all have to take the time to reflect, because reflecting is a key part of growth. By being self-aware and reflective you are more capable to navigate your life allowing you to choose the actions, people, carriers and environment that leave you feeling fulfilled and aligned with your true purpose. Let’s take a look back to see how far we’ve come and what we’ve learned along the way. I’ve put together 9 (my favorite number) questions that will help you with your self-reflection. I encourage you to join me and complete this short exercise with me. You can find my answers in today’s Instagram post.

  1. What were my best accomplishments this year? (name at least 3 things you have achieved and you are proud of)
  2. How did those accomplishments make me feel?
  3. What were my biggest challenges or difficulties I faced this year? How did I overcome them? What have I learned from them?
  4. How have I changed as a person this year? Where can I see progress in my self-development?
  5. What have I done differently this year?
  6. What am I truly grateful for this year?
  7. How much fun have I had this year? Do I feel fulfilled?
  8. Who has impacted my life this year? Who has helped me or been influential?
  9. Is everything I have done in alignment with my true purpose?

I didn’t include questions about our failures, mistakes and weaknesses. I believe if you’ve come up to this point, where you answered the above questions (at least in your mind), you are not wandering through the dark and you are able to give yourself a flashlight to acknowledge those things as well. I’m sure that all the bad decisions and mistakes we made are the part of our journey because from there the experience comes. The only thing you have to do is always to do your best! Make 2018 YOUR year!

With Love, Marketa.
   

 

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Fashion

5 useful tips to get your style from summer to fall

Summer is winding down and fall is on its way, but the temperatures aren’t always on the same page. In other words, it’s transition season! Whether you are planning a weekend escape to a Greek island to enjoy the peace and quiet of the end of the season, you are getting ready to take off for cooler weather conditions or you have an exciting road trip on you mind, here I thought of 5 tips to extend your summer wardrobe and make the seasonal shift comfortably and fashionably.

1. Refashion your summer pieces

I know very well how tempting it might be to go and buy a whole load of new fall wears, because your favorite stores remind you, that you’re not ready for the upcoming season. Before you do so, keep in mind that with some strategic styling your favorite summer pieces can be repurposed for cooler climes. The key to transitioning your summer wardrobe to fall is having the right balance. Typically, I pick one classic summer piece and I try to bring in the right fall touch. For example, pair your favorite sundress with an open cardigan or your denim shorts with a long sleeve blouse. Even by covering your shoulders and showing less skin you inject the desired seasonal change to your summer item. Also, if you swap your strappy sandals for black or brown booties, you’ve already said a lot about the time of year of your outfit. You’ll still be able to wear sandals for few more weeks, but as the days get shorter you will naturally switch to ballet flats, closed toed pumps or ankle booties. When it gets too cold for bare legs, add tights to your outfit. This is another way to extend the life of your favorite summer skirts and dresses, while you can make your outfit pop by playing with patterns, colors and textures.

2. Invest in one staple item

First of all, I highly recommend, to clean your closet, before you hit the shops because you have nothing to wear during this tricky season. Chances are that you have the foundation for a great fall wardrobe already in your closet. Once you know what you have and what is missing, make a list (and a budget) and go shopping prepared. My advice is to save the money for traveling and to purchase one statement-making jacket that really stands out, but goes with all of your summer clothes as you transition into fall. Depending on your personal style, you may need a leather jacket with moto styling, which you can wear with summer dresses and boots, a blazer with a three-quarter sleeve, that is easy to match with your casuals, as well as dressier items or a denim jacket because it’s such a versatile piece. All these items are the capsule wardrobe essentials, that allow you to create endless outfit options and to cook up new ways to wear your summer favorites.

3. Layer up

Since the tropical days are over and the temperature in the evening drops, it’s all about layering. I don’t know how about you, but when I travel, once I feel hot – once I feel cold. Therefore, no matter the season, with layering dressing strategy you will be ready for all conditions. One of my favorite summer to fall looks is pairing an oversized comfy sweater with my summer dress. You can also add a belt around your waist. Another easy way how to incorporate layering into your look is the use of scarfs. If you just add a scarf or a hat, your look is suddenly so much more interesting and dynamic. As I mentioned hats, other accessories like notable necklaces or bracelets in the right fall shades will perfectly work for you as a part of your layer styling.

4. Mind the color palette

Each season has a corresponding color palette, inspired by the colors that naturally occur in the world during that season. Therefore, the pastels and neons of the spring and summer give way to darker and warmer colors. Clothing is only part of the story – make-up also moves with the seasons. Around this time of the year, I usually add deeper hues to my beauty routine and I switch my sheer summer lip gloss with a creamy lipstick formula. Trade your pink, coral and French manicures for more earthy tones like burgundy and taupe or go for shimmery metallic.

5. Be yourself

Don’t spend too much time thinking about whether or not an outfit is season-appropriate, but that it’s weather-appropriate and makes you feel great, regardless of the rules. For the adventurous road trip (which had a happy ending) I was wearing a navy blue soft tulle skirt and I paired it with a light blue denim shirt, while still having on my favorite summer sandals. Since the colors and my three-quarter sleeve made the desired transition to fall, my bag and hat remained clearly summerish. How do you transition your closet for fall?

Skirt – Pure Peggy (handmade)

Denim shirt – Tally Weijl

Boater Hat – Giorgio Hatter

Bag – Fullah Sugah

Greek version of the article is available here!

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Self-Development

Why setting boundaries in your relationship is the best way to go

Our life story is being shaped by what we are saying yes to and what we are saying no to and this is how our boundaries are made. Personal boundaries are the limits we set in relationships that allow us to protect ourselves. By setting these limits we may improve a self-care, which is not just about what you eat and how much you exercise, it’s also about how you manage your boundaries.

Trust your inner compass

By setting the boundaries we lower stress and we can figure out the purpose of our life. Especially in a romantic relationship, you might find very hard to a make decision, set a boundary and walk away especially if you love the other person. Here’s where you become attached with your intuition which is being represented by the inner compass. You can feel it when something doesn’t feel comfortable and this is how your compass is saying no for your well being. You will get the answer but, the difficult part of using the compass is that it doesn’t give any details or explanations. So at this point, you either choose yourself and your self-respect or you can go on and just have fun. You have to love yourself more than a good time you might be having because nothing can be prioritized over your dignity and boundaries and you have to walk away from the situation as a whole person. You may not have fun today but you will be able to look at yourself in a mirror and feel in your heart that you for sure do respect yourself. Allow your compass and your boundaries to take care of you. If you do not manage your boundaries you will have high stress, which is a very serious issue. However, the challenging thing is that setting boundaries is a little stressful.

Key to healthy relationship

When we find a good connection with somebody it just feels great in every way and it drives our behavior in life. We are made to connect with other people, but no one teaches us how to get a healthy relationship. What our culture teaches us is that we are not a whole until we’ve found that “special someone”, our “better half”. There’s this idea that we need someone else to complete us or validate our worth or existence. The general theme says “I need another person to complete me”. This tends to create an unhealthy co-dependent system. A healthy relationship is one where a person already has his or herself defined (values, needs, self-worth, passion, friends, interests). If you don’t know who you are and what you stand for or you are insecure about your qualities you easily let the other person define you. The key to healthy relationships is boundaries. If you want to have a healthy relationship, where you are fulfilled and treated properly, don’t give yourself away by enjoying a good time at the moment. Boundaries are about never ever losing yourself or compromising your values for that relationship.   

How to create boundaries

You can’t change something you are not aware of. So the first step in order to address what your current boundaries are is to increase self-awareness, to think about the things in your relationship which are ok and not ok. Once you get clear on that, you have to acknowledge what your responsibility is and what you take ownership for versus what the other person needs to. Then it’s time to take an action by letting your beloved know that there might be certain things that you will be doing differently in the future and that you would like his support in it. Next, you need a moment of self-reflection and to be open for whatever new feelings arrive as you set new boundaries. You have to evaluate how it was going and if you want to do anything differently next time, because as you are practicing new skills it may take some time to develop a healthy sense of competence. Lastly, you may need to repeat this as necessary to your partner so he can really register that you mean what you say and you say what you mean.

Now, from the place of mindfulness and compassion ask yourself a question “What boundaries would I like to set or improve in my relationship?”

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Fashion

This is what you should wear for a summer weekend escape

Besides the scheduled summer holiday, I’m sure that all of us are trying to escape from a hot city at every occasion we get, even if it’s just for a day or two. No matter where you go, It’s always a great opportunity to switch from smart casual office outfits to more airy and colorful pieces.

So, Drop from the neutrals and Bring the color on! Mix the colors that are opposites on the color wheel in order to generate vibrant results and that’s where my favorite color blocking takes place. Traveling to my chosen destination followed by the town exploration, I paired my comfy turquoise wide pants with a simple but smart purple top.

Florals is another trend that never goes out of style. This season it’s even more saturated, as you can literally see head-to-toe floral outfits almost everywhere. So, for my evening promenade walk and dinner, I picked a floral printed skirt with a bright pink ruffle top.

I chose to spread those colors in a small town in Greece called Nafpaktos. Where are you heading next weekend?

Skirt – Pure Peggy (handmade)

Pink top – Zara

Pants – Pure Peggy (handmade)

Purple top – Forever21

Sandals – Pull&Bear

Handbag – Moschino

Watch – Citizen

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Fashion

Be smart when packing for a summer holiday

You’ve booked the flights, found the dreamy apartment to stay and have researched the best bars and restaurants, but the biggest task is yet to come – the packing. By living in the different country than my family I can say that after all these years of hopping between Greece and the Czech Republic I learned how to pack like a pro. Packing at the last moment can be stressful especially with the luggage allowance rules. To make things easier I would like to share some tips on how to pack for summer holidays.

All you need is plan

First of all, make sure you have a weather app which gives you a detailed forecast a week ahead. Then think about your scheduled activities day by day and evening wise. This will help you to figure out specific outfits rather than just picking random pieces. Lay all your items on the bed and put together the final icon of your looks. Stick to your goal of not over-packing and get rid of anything you are not putting on for sure. There is no space for what ifs because every inch of your suitcase counts. You should take only things you love and you know you will wear. Ideally, mix every lower body garment with various upper ones in order to create more outfits with fewer items. Also, keep in mind that a few well-chosen accessories can add variety to your outfits and transform them from day to night. Let’s have a closer look at what are the essential items to pack for this summer holiday.

Basic items

Regardless your style, I believe there are at least three must-have items you need to pack with you for summer holidays. Between your chosen tops and other upper body garments, there should be a plain good cotton fabric white T-shirt. You will find it super useful for teaming it with shorts and covering up burnt shoulders. A maxi dress is another must as you will appreciate its versatility. While having a morning coffee in a harbor, walking on a promenade during a sunset or even travelling to your destination, you will look fashionable and feel comfortable at the same time. For instance above I’m wearing a statement stripe dress with ruffles and a side split. The last item I would include in this category is a denim jacket. I know you expect hot summer nights but it’s good to think proactively and to take one piece of practical outerwear with you.

Shorts & Skirts

If there’s one summertime staple that will never, ever go out of style, it’s denim shorts. They’re cool enough to wear in the daytime or smarten them up with a pair of decent shoes and a nice top for the summer night adventure. Then take soft printed shorts or a playsuit, which definitely is no longer just for lounging poolside or walking on a beach. At last think about a romantic night on which you may like to wear a cute skirt or a dress.

Shoes & Bags

Now, we’ve got to the critical part of vacay packing – shoes, I have one thing to recommend. Save the space and don’t bother to pack high heels. Take a pair of walkable wedge sandals which will work also for a semi-fancy dinner or bet on heel sandals like I did. Depending on your mood and style consider taking also a pair of light colored sneakers or dressy flat sandals. Approach your main bag like your day-to-evening walkable shoes: one item you can wear all day to the beach, but enough classy to carry out on evenings. For the nights you want to dress up, have a small stylish handbag.

Accessories

Pick up some retro shades like these Urban Owl metro retro sunglasses and add a touch of timeless old school glamor to your look. If you forget your fancy sun hat at home or you want to avoid it getting squashed in the luggage, you can always buy one at a destination. Leave your most expensive jewellery at home so you won’t end up worrying about it falling off in the sea or locking it in a safe. Besides what you wear on day to day basis, take a pair of colorful earrings which will add interest even to otherwise simple outfit. The same way will work a summer scarf which you can tie around a handle of your bag or wear it on your head as a part of your hairstyle.

So what is your destination for a summer holiday? PS: Don’t forget to pack your bikini!

Greek version of the article is available here!

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