Halkidiki, Greece


Destination 1: Portokali Beach Bar, Kavourotrypes







Destination 2: Achinos Beach Bar-Hanioti






Destination 2: Elephant Beach Bar, Pefkochori 






Destination 3: Sani Resort - Bousoulas Beach Bar






Destination 4: Sani Beach - Anemos Beach Bar




Destination 6: Lefki Ammos







Is it even summer time if your social media feed doesn't include at least one photo from Mykonos? For the longest time, the go-to travel destinations in Greece have been focused around the islands of Greece (think Mykonos, Santorini, Ios, Corfu,...) However, a few years back I was introduced by my Greek friends to an inland holiday favorite of the locals: Halkidiki. It's safe to say I fell in love with the place and this post is a dedication as to the reasons why.

The number one reason for me was the abundancy of different places to see, each beach different from another. In addition to that I got to see a wealthy resort area full of chic exclusive boutiques and fancy restaurants by a small marina with yachts, but also a quaint old town alive with Greek music, and cheap local food. Halkidiki also is known for it's historical sites, such as the ancient monasteries built high on the mountains. Mount Athos, the third leg of Halkidiki is in fact self-governing (an autonomous theocratic society) and completely closed off from women. It is a home to over 2000 monks.

For any future travelers I would recommend to stay on the first leg of Halkidiki, Kassandra, as that's where all the beach clubs, party places and hotel resorts are. The second leg (Sithonia) has beautiful nature and uninhabited beaches. To get the most out of Halkidiki, I would recommend to rent a car, as renting a car in Greece is quite cheap and provides an easy way to get around the peninsula. In terms of food, a Greek taverna is a must! The best way to go is to order a bunch of stuff to share, my favorites being fried zuccini, mussaka, fried kalamari, fries, and tsatsiki. The best part? In a greek taverna you get free dessert!! Another food you cannot miss out on is pita gyros.

Other recommendations include visiting Afytos, a lovely small town by the sea, going to Bousoulas Beach Bar for a white themed party (more posh and relaxed), which takes place on wednesdays, or spending a day at Lefki Ammos and staying for the "after beach" party for some more hardcore (and not so posh) partying. In August when the party season kicks off, the beach parties also have incredible fire performances. If you are into the club scene, then you must go to Angel, Pearl, or Coral, which are all located next to each other.

Let me know if you found this post useful!

Until next time,
J





Belts, bags, bags as belts, belt bags...


I've had this post a long time coming and now it's finally here. First, bumbags made a reappearance, carefully latched on the torsos of the fashion folk in a diagonal fashion. Next in line was the brining back of belts. Not just any belts, the belts that cinch any outfit to give you that snatched waist (or if you asked my 14 year old self, the belts that you put on top of your tube top to "add layering" and, the real reason, to highlight one's boobs.) Just like my younger self of the past,I was living my best life with this trend. I bought this thick black leather belt with metallic holes in it and a big oval statement buckle and wore it over my black classic wool coat.

Whereas the bumbag trend endured, the fashion houses took it a step further and came up with the perfect hybrid: a belt bag. Why hadn't we thought of it before?? Two handy functions combined into one: 1) cinching the waist 2) the ability to go hands free. Genius! Initially, the one downside was that belt bags were offered solely by high-end fashion brands, the original and popular choice still today being Gucci. However, these days you can find much more affordable choices to live the trend. Here are some links to my favorites:


Now, personally I love taking a trend and running with it in another direction. Some took a little creative initiative with the bag + belt phenomenon and instead found another twist to the trend: bags attached to belts. The tiny bag trend of small purses with attachable clasps was also prominent in the store front and thus lent the perfect opportunity for these small bags to be attached to basically any belt. Here's my version:

Both belt and small bag from & Other Stories.

Here are some smaller bags that I would totally link through or clip to my belts:










SOME INSPO



Source: Instyle.com, INI/JosiahW/BACKGRID
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That's all for now. See you in the next post!


XX,
J

Hair Queens


Okay so the two fashion phenomenons that I'm currently obsessed with are 1) hair accessories and 2) BELT BAGS. I have yet to get my hands on a belt bag of my own but hopefully a post on them will soon ensue. (Ha! That almost rhymed.) Nonetheless, this post is fully dedicated to the hair trend of late with the reoccurrence of lovely hair bands and chic clasps on the fashion markets. I'm still in search of a perfect hair band but as you will see below, a ribbon can do the job pretty nicely as well. There are no rules to this trend, so you can get creative. I included a little inspo section of how other women have worn the trend as well.







Here I'm wearing a ribbon as a hair brand!










Some inspiración:

Source: Pintrest

Source: Manrepeller

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Source: Trace Henningsen
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Blair Waldorf is the "OG" of hair trends

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Someone transport me to the NYFW, Please!


So, while waiting for offers to get me to the New York fashion week, I thought I'd share in the spirit of this week some of my new (and old) favorite brands and stores that I'm  going to be keeping an eye (and my wallet) on this year. The little collection that I put together has one theme in common, and that is having some fun with it!

So let's get to it!


1. SAKS POTTS


This Danish brand gained a lot of social media traction during the last half of year 2017. One of the biggest appearances was the appearance of Gigi Hadid in the Lucy Pink Jacket in December. This year's NYC presentation was also to die for, with interestingly paired pastels and fur details. Saks Potts also gives me intense 60s vibes without losing a completely new, fresh and modern touch. Considering all the faux fur and high end branding, surprisingly the jackets are not "Chanel expensive". Still, they are expensive enough that you must be willing to sacrifice a substantive portion of your pay check towards one jacket. For me, it'd still be worth it.

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NYC PRESENTATION LOOK 7 // Source: Vogue
NYC PRESENTATION LOOK 8 // Source: Vogue

NYC PRESENTATION LOOK 9 // Source: Vogue
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2. KIM SHUI 

I discovered  Kim Shui only during this week when I spied Danielle Bernstein from WeWoreWhat wearing a dreamy jacket by the designer. Similar to Saks Potts, the designs are playful and current in their fashion (if you are a jacket obsessed like me, the jackets are wonderful). This designer is also from the high-end pricey side, but it sure does amount to great inspiration if nothing else. And hey, this girl can dream!






Source: shop.kimshui.net


Source: shop.kimshui.net

Source: instagram, @kimshuistudio
Source: Vogue, Phil Oh

Source: Instagram, @kimshuistudio

3. I.AM.GIA

Grunge is back! Alright, this one some of you may know quite well because it has also gained quite the momentum in social media, especially with models (Kaia Gerber, Bella Hadid...) alongside with various social media influencers and bloggers. And the best part? Pop the champagne, because this one is actually affordable!  This brand could be described as grungy yet some of the prints seem as if they had been borrowed directly from the set of Clueless. 

Bella Hadid  // Source: bintroo.com

Rome Estrijd in the cobain cargo // Source: instagram @i.am.gia.thelabel

Source: instagram, @i.am.gia.thelabel


Source: instagram, @i.am.gia.thelabel

Source: instagram, @i.am.gia.thelabel
Source: instagram, @i.am.gia.thelabel

4. POPPY LISSIMAN

Ah, now we are getting to my second favorite thing after jackets: SUNGLASSES. Fun fact: As of now, I happen to own at least 6 pairs of sunglasses. (I say 'at least' because I have bought more but I'm very good at losing or breaking them.) Poppy Lissiman specializes in accessories and ships worldwide. (Please sponsor me PL.)

I discovered this brand through who else but Leandra McCohen, the founder of man repeller and the greatest inspiration of fun and witty fashion. The most popular pair of sunglasses from Poppy Lissiman is the Le Skinny, which has been seen on various bloggers and models such as the Hadid sisters.


Source: pintrest



Source: poppylissiman.com

Source: instagram, @poppylissiman

Source: instagram, @poppylissiman
Source: instagram, @leandramccohen

Source: instagram, @poppylissiman

Source: instagram, @poppylissiman


Source: instagram, @poppylissiman

Source: poppylissiman.com

Source: instagram, @dualipa


5. LA ATELIER DES FEMMES

This store/brand offers the cutest hats and chic head bands. They have a shop in Amsterdam but also sell through an online store. The accessory brand has been worn by various bloggers, such as Negin Mirsalehi and Olivia Frost.


Source: instagram, @oliviabynature
Source: instagram, @anoukyve

Source: ateliersdesfemmes.com

Source: ateliersdesfemmes.com

Source: ateliersdesfemmes.com
Source: instagram, @neginmirsalehi


+1  PRADA SS18

Last but not least, I wanted to include Prada as a designer to keep an eye on this year, because I'm sensing some new winds blowing in the creative department. The new collection SS18 has dropped and it's so edgy. Go Miuccia Prada!



Source: Instagram, @prada

Source: instagram, @prada


Happy NYFW to all, and apologies if I have triggered your online shopping addiction, as I have mine.



Besitos,

J