All posts filed under: Bits & Pieces

Holiday Gift Guide: For Her

Finally… It’s that wonderful time of the year again… My favorite holiday season is quickly rolling in and, even though it is certainly the least of the things that make it so special, gift giving (and buying) is a big part of it. Now, if you are anything like me you take your gift choices very seriously, to the point of obsessing over all the different possibilities months in advance and sometimes still not having come to a conclusion – when you suddenly realize that the 24th is just around the corner!!! If that’s the case (and you are still wondering what to get your most treasured ones) you might wanna keep an eye out for my Holiday Gift Guide Series this week. The plan is to tackle a few different themed gift guides – publishing a couple each day and concluding the series at the latest by Sunday the 17th (thus, hopefully, still giving you enough time to go out and purchase any items that may have taken your fancy). There is no specific …

“… and you thought your mum was nuts …”

Ok… So, this is definitely not the kind of thing I usually post – but it made me laugh so hard this cold, Wednesday (!) morning @ the office, that I simply had to share… If you are over a certain age and still not engaged or (better yet) married, you probably know all about how stressed and disillusioned parents mums can get over your not settling down and starting a family like a proper young lady. But I suppose you’ve never received a text quite like this:   or these, for that matter: Well, Kate Friedman- Siegel has and, to her credit, now makes a living out of it…  After the Instagram account she created, to share her mum’s (100+ per day) texts, went viral Kate quit her job at Condé Nast and set up Crazy Jewish Mom. She and her mother, Kim Friedman, are now an internet sensation – with thousands of fans, an online “advice column”, a podcast and most recently a New York Times bestseller. And, to be honest, they’re absolutely …

On the Couch

Today is a bit of a special day here on Lifestyle Counter in that, instead of my usual beauty, design, photography (etc.) related topics, you are in for a #DearDiary, personal type of post (if you are a regular reader you probably know that these, normally, don’t make much of an appearance – but sometimes a girl’s gotta vent/ share, right?). If you have been following me for a while, you may have read my Goals (& Goal Progress Diary) for 2015. Now, I know I haven’t lived up to my word re: the Progress Diary monthly update part, but I have been working towards most of my goals and will be posting a cumulative update ASAP. That said, today’s post is specifically related to Goal No. 2 (a.k.a. deal with any and all psychological issues). You may remember me mentioning that, these last few years, I have found myself getting increasingly restless and unhappy with my life and that the Greek financial crisis (which has taken quite a toll and is making things increasingly difficult for …

Photo Focus > Benoit Courti

Following a bit of a blogging hiatus, I’m finally back and introducing a new “series”: Photo Focus (which will feature some of my absolute favorite photographers – “classics” and “new entries” both). There will be lots of gorgeous pics – and few words – and, fingers crossed, you’ll all love the end result as much as I do. So, without further ado, I give you Benoit Courti (a French guy, living in Paris and creating visual awesomeness since 2010, when he gave up music to dedicate himself to professional photography) & a few stunning images from his “Deep Black” set of photos… {All images: ©Benoit Courti & available to purchase via his online shop}

Premio Dardos Award

I’m ridiculously behind, and absolutely need to catch up, on award posts – so today will be another one. About a month ago (on the 10th of March, to be exact) I was nominated for the Premio Dardos award by Jenna from Julla. If you still don’t know who she is, go check out her blog now and show her some love! Premio Dardos, which apparently means ‘prize darts’ in Spanish and which I’d never heard of before, is awarded ‘in recognition of cultural, ethical, literary and personal values – transmitted in the form of creative and original writing’. Goes without saying that, despite feeling like I don’t quite deserve this, I am hugely honored to receive it. Thanks a million Jenna, for considering me when choosing your nominees! Now, according to the rules, I need to pass this on to 15 fellow bloggers. I’ll start with the ones that I can think of, off the top of my head – and just label this ‘a work in progress’, adding to it as I go …