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5 +1 Tips For Pain Free High Heels



It's that time of the year again, when we get ready for all those exciting new year's eve parties and we choose our festive outfit. And a night like this needs high heels! But usually I end up suffering quietly in a corner while the others are dancing like there is no tomorrow.  
So I gathered a few tips in order to survive the high heel adventure: 


1. Buy the right size shoe
Just because you were wearing size 5 10 years ago, it doesn't mean that this is still your size. Our body changes through the years, so have your feet sized once a year. 



2. Silicon Pads are your best friend
Invest in silicone pads to avoid suffering in the ball of your feet (my main issue with high heels). You can purchase them in any drugstore.



3.Thicker heels rule!
Yes we all love stilettos, but if you really want to enjoy a night without pain choose a thicker heel for stability. Leave the stilettos for the red carpet only. 


4. Give your feet a break
You want to dance the night away but don't forget to take breaks and sit down whenever possible. While sitting, you can stretch your legs and prepare them for the next big pop anthem.



5. More coverage on top the better!
When a shoe has more coverage on top, it helps your foot to be more stable and you can wear them for many hours. 



*The after party recovery
You went home and your feet are swollen? Put them in a cold bath (yes, yes cold) for ten minutes and then apply a foot cream. You'll wake up the next day, brand new!
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Merry Christmas everyone!!





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My petite lipstick haul



I have a confession to make: I don't do well with lipsticks. I don't feel comfortable with them. For years, I used only one lipstick just because it was the only one I felt comfortable with. 
But I've decided to get out of my comfort zone and try some new lipsticks. I bought some bold colours from the drugstore and I started experimenting... 


Rimmel: Under my spell (800)


 This season, the ultimate beauty trend is the berry color lipstick. Its a bold choice and you have to be careful with the rest of your make up but the texture is great, the color makes a statement and it last a few hours.  



 MUA: Bare 14

 

I call this the "easy lipstick". You can wear it day and night and you can match it with almost everything. Unfortunately it doesn't last long but if you have it always in your bag and refresh it from time to time, your problem is solved!




L'Oreal: Velvet Robe (300)


Every respectable lipstick collection has to include a dark colour lipstick. This specific one is really nice. The texture is amazing and it's really easy to apply.


Clinique: Nude Pop


This is my new favourite lipstick. I was never into the nude colour but this lipstick is so fabulous that I can't get enough. It's very easy to apply and the colour, even though its nude, it doesn't make me look like I'm dead. Definitely a must have! 


Erre Due: Full Colour (8)

My friend Athina swears by the red lipstick. Me, on the other hand, I'm terrified of the red lipstick. This one is not bad but I'm still not convinced. I still haven't found the perfect red that suits me.

My affair with lipsticks starts to get better and better... 
Let's see how it goes...   
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Louis Vuitton vs Chanel: The exhibition crash test

     
                                                             
Big luxury brands always have to find new ways to promote their products and most impartantly they have to stay relevant and fashion forward. This time two of the most famous luxury brands curated some amazing exhibitions in order to remind the public why their brands are so well known and established. 
We've seen exhibitions related to fashion before, but this time these exhibitions included social media, apps and the technology that the social media era provides. 
So, who won "the exhibition war"? 

Louis Vuitton exhibition: Series 3  


 Louis Vuitton's exhibition was about Nicolas Ghesquiere's inspiration for the AW15 collection. I booked online a free guided tour. When I arrived at the venue, a charming guide named Paul was waiting for me and he walked me through the exhibition, explaining the Ghesquiere's creative process. I had the chance to understand how Ghesquiere got inspired from Louis Vuitton's archives and how he found ways to incorporated them to his new collection.




The highlight of the exhibition was where I had the chance to watch, up close and personal, one of the lovely women who are responsible of making the famous Louis Vuitton bags.  


They give so much attention to detail and everything was so carefully put together that makes you realize why you have to pay so much money for these bags. Great marketing, right? 









At the end of the tour, I had the chance to eat lunch at a wide space with some amazing views of London and sit at a sofa, where some famous butts (like Kim Kardashian's) sat for the Louis Vuitton's fashion show.


After lunch they gave me some stickers and a poster in order to comfort me that I can't afford to buy that amazing bag.  







Chanel: The Mademoiselle Prive exhibition



This exhibition was about the life and the legacy of Coco Chanel through the eyes of Karl Lagerfield. This time there was no guided tour. Only an application that helped to walk through the exhibition. The queue to get in the Saatchi Gallery was long. The app gave as an estimated time in the queue only 10 minutes, but it took approximately one hour to get in.









 There were many technological tricks all the way through the exhibition, but it was lacking intimacy and consistency.









The exhibition had many wow factors but they way the clothes were displayed was uninspired and there was no actual information about anything through the exhibition.











At the end they gave me a tote bag and a poster, again to comfort me on my tight budget that doesn't allow me to buy a Chanel item.
  

 Even though I'm a big fan of everything Chanel, I have to say that I enjoyed the Louis Vuitton exhibition the most. Karl you'll do better next time...



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Retinol Moisturizer by Instanatural - Review



For years, I bought night creams but never really used them. Their extremely thick texture made me to politely avoid them. I've always applied them before I went to bed and the creams always landed on my pillow instead of my face. So not only I had no cream on my face, I had to wash my pillow case the day after. That's why I was so sceptical when Instanatural suggested* I should try their Retinol Moisturizer. Would I have to wash my pillow case again? 



But what a pleasant surprise! The texture of the cream is so light that my skin absorbs it in seconds! No more cream for you my dearest pillow case!
And it's not only the texture that's amazing. Every morning I wake up and I look fresher and younger. My friends started asking me what's going on. Well, now my secret is out. It's my new night cream and it's amazing! 
Important tip: You can wear it during the day, but you'll have to wear sunscreen as the cream contains Retinol which may make your skin susceptible to the sun. 


*I received this product for free for my honest and unbiased feedback


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London Fashion Weekend (September 2015)



Last season my London Fashion Weekend experience wasn't that good. (You can read about it here).
 So this time I was determined to have a good time. I booked my tickets early, I
found tickets for the front row, I planned my outfit weeks before and I went to the Saatchi Gallery, as they changed the venue this season. 
First of all, Saatchi Gallery is a nice place to be, but not as spacious as Somerset House and it's a bit inconvenient that you can't hang around and have a coffee or a meal. You could only order coffee or tea and drink it standing on heels or just step outside for a bite (not cool). 


Other than that, the event was great. I watched the Very Exclusive catwalk, where we were introduced to the four most important trends for AW15 (Into the Wild, Shades of Marsala, Super Retro and Punk).




Then I runned to watch my fellow Greek and amazing designer Mary Katrantzou talking about her career and her life journey.



I had the chance to talk to her during the Q&A and she said "Γεια!" (a greek word for "Hello"). I really love Mary Katrantzou's work and I really liked that during the talk she was so pleasant and sweet and it was a real pleasure listening to her. 



Then it was time for the usual shopping or let's say browsing... As I am always on a strict budget, I only bought some cosmetics from Maybelline and some necklaces from some independent designers. 

 

But it was time for Peter Pilotto's fashion show. And what an amazing fashion show it was. I've already opened a savings account in order to be able to buy this wonderful white dress.



 I like this brand because they combine, in such a unique way, the girly with the minimal and the vintage with the modern. The cuts and the colour combinations are so original that you know straight away that this is a Peter Pilotto outfit. 










 After the show, I drunk a glass of prosecco and sat next to some models. And while I was wondering if those girls ate anything all day, I realised that a chubby girl like need to go and eat. So I took my fabulous goody bag (designed by Mary Katrantzou) and went to eat a delicious spaghetti!


Now, that's what I call a perfect day: fashion and food!
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