Author: Christiana

Ones’ to Watch: Olivia Burton

If you happen to know me, you are probably aware that one of my favorite accessories (after years of going without one and relying on my mobile phone instead) is my trusted  Cluse watch. I am absolutely in love with its minimal design and ‘barely there’ sensation and am seldomly caught without it. That said, I have lately been itching to buy another, something with a slightly more ‘feminine’ vibe to it – possibly in rose gold, with some sort of nude or pastel strap. The obvious choice would be to stick with Cluse and maybe get a couple of the, exchangeable, straps while at it – right? Wrong… Enter Olivia Burton. Founded in London, by two best friends, back in 2011, the label makes some of the most gorgeously feminine watches I have come across. Case in point: its Abstract Florals collection which had me reeling. I mean, how beautiful is this? If the 38mm dial (above) came with a leather strap (which it doesn’t, unfortunately) I would have gone ahead and bought it …

Headphones at the Ready: November 2017 (I)

It’s official: This week’s new album releases have failed me, miserably. Corrs’ “Jupiter Calling” had me crying a little inside, with only a couple of the songs mildly reminding me of what I once loved about the band, “Synthesis” by Evanescence was mildly better, but still nothing to write home about and what I heard of Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” was most definitely no “1989”. So… this week’s Headphones at the Ready is going to be all about the singles, instead. There, at least, things proved to be slightly more encouraging… Here is, in no particular order what caught my attention: Tokyo – Dan Croll Weightless – Adam French Lemon to a Knife Fight – The Wombats Good Together – Shy Martin Strangers – Sigrid  

‘The Monogram Murders’ by Sophie Hannah ~ A Review

Paperback: 320 pages Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (9 June 2015) ISBN-10: 0062297228 ISBN-13: 978-0062297228 Buy in English here Buy in Greek here Let me preface this by saying, I’m a huge Agatha Christie fan (my absolute favorites being Poirot mysteries). One might be tempted to believe that this would make me less inclined to appreciate any effort to add to the little Belgian detective’s legacy. On the contrary, I was so freakin’ excited to hear of the first new (Agatha Christie Estate sanctioned, no less) Poirot novel that I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into it – and picked it up with the very best of intentions. I mean, it was Poirot… how bad could it be? The answer, unfortunately and soul crushingly is quite… Now, you will probably come across glowing reviews as well but this just didn’t do it for me. Poirot felt like a crude caricature of himself, while his “sidekick”, Catchpool (a.k.a. why, oh why, could we not have also resurrected Hastings?) was the sorriest excuse for a detective that …

Style File: Alessandro Giada Luxury Bags

Surprise, surprise… I’ve gone and fallen in love with yet another exorbitantly expensive brand (#eyeroll). Enter Alessandro Giada Luxury Bags. Featured in Vogue, Glamour and GQ their, beautifully crafted, leather pieces are a statement blend of three of my favorite things: fashion, art and architecture.   In the company’s own words: “Each accessory is the result of study and always inspired by the art and architecture world, particularly by the Bauhaus experience, De Stijl and the works of Piet Mondrian and Le Corbusier.” In each piece color-blocking combines with geometry and a variety of textures to produce a stunning, one-of-a-kind effect. And with both edgier & more sophisticated designs, there’s something for every discerning fashionista to choose from. So, if you’re looking to invest in a top quality piece of arm candy I’d look no further. The, small but impressive, collection ships internationally (with payment handled by PayPal) and your object of desire will – according to estimates – be within your grasp (no pun intended) in no longer than 20 working days, depending on …

Interiors > First Tadao Ando Residential Project in NYC

Osaka born and raised Tadao Ando is undoubtedly one of the best architects of our time and a man who, despite never getting an official degree in architecture, has gone on to win a multitude of medals, prizes and awards – amongst which the (equivalent of a Nobel) Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995. Since 1973 he has completed an extensive list of  projects, mainly involving public structures (such as churches, museums & theaters) and mostly based in his native Japan (with few exceptions, starting from 1990 onwards). His work is characterized by a signature use of unadorned concrete and the incorporation of natural elements (such as water & light) in his designs. Stone, wood and glass also tend to play a major role and can be found in most of his projects. If you are not aware of any of his work and are interested in learning more, you might want to start by checking out one of his best known projects: The Church of Light (1989). Meanwhile, here’s a look at his first residential NYC project …