Ralph & Russo - Absolute Magic

 Although it's not a habit of mine to search for designers ' clothes, when I stabled on the "Ralph & Russo" collection it was love at first, and second and third sight!

There was not one piece of cloth that I didn't wish for. So balanced in structure, colour, glow, movement!

And even this sexy, unique, french style haircut, that all of us wish for, but are too coward to get, could not steal anything from the impression that the dresses make. All pieces truly beautiful, exquisite but at the same time absolutely wearable, in the real world, they seem absolutely timeless.

The photos are from the Ralph & Russo sight. The post is not  commercial


Coping with the ice age

Today was a carefully planned day with a lot of work to be done, as well as outdoor obligations that needed to be taken care of. No problem though, since I woke up early put my make-up armour and clothes on and prepared children for school. Everything in order, I thought. Sure, there were some tiny snow flakes floating around, but no big deal. Until the moment, that it took us ten minutes to get to the car, that was 3 meters away, and it seemed like we were ice skating without wearing our ice skates. The temperature was minus 3 C, and the cars that tried to pass by were sliding dangerously, so no time for bravery! Back to the house we went!
What to do when trapped in the house with two schoolchildren?
  1. Eat a proper breakfast, not a school day one, with lots of coffee, cakes, bread, jam, butter, different kinds of cheese. Since we are staying in, we might as well make the most of it!
  2. Make the children do some homework! It actually never ends. Sure, they will whine a bit, but let them know that their classmates are at school and anyway, things could be worse.
  3. After homework, reward them with some free time, to do as they wish. Nine out of ten times they will choose a screen, either TV or a tablet.
  4. This is also your free time, your opportunity to do as you wish. For me the best thing to do is get my beauty sleep, which I actually did, and woke up totally rejuvenated. After all, Tolstoy said that a nap after lunch is pure silver but a nap before lunch is pure gold, and he was right!
  5. Make a soup for lunch. It is the best choice for a cold winter day, and some cliches I love to follow. Also, it is comforting, has less calories, and after the rich breakfast a light lunch is appropriate.
  6. Telephone to schoolmates to check the rest of the homework.
  7. See your emails and social media.
  8. Take a long scented bath, indulge yourself with some of the scented body creams that we save for special occasions, and end up not using.
  9. Light the fireplace, have some wine with some cheese, and call it a night. There's no reason for not declaring it officially a rest day.
  10. Realise it wasn't so bad after all... Once, every now and then, staying in or postponing our business, never hurt anyone.  


Airplane etiquette

photo from pinterest
If you fly more than a couple of times yearly, it's certain that you have reached the same conclusion with me. There is a grave need for an airplane etiquette, since bad manners seem to be in excess. So let's make a list of passengers we 'd like to avoid meeting in an airplane.
  1. The smelly passenger that sits next to us and has forgotten to take a bath or a shower for the past two years. At the same time he /she wears the same clothes for the past month, maybe hasn't brushed teeth or hair for the same period of time and the word "deodorant" is unknown. 
  2. The passenger that flies with a group, usually colleagues, or has met someone after a long time, and manages to sit together (indifferent), and near you (unfortunately), and talks unstoppable. This passenger laughs, shouts, comments on everything and knows everything about everything.
  3. The passenger who is too big or too tall, that takes over your seat, as well as his or hers. This passenger doesn't want to make you uncomfortable, but can't do anything different. This is a default of the airline booking system that has to predict these kind of problems and provide alternative solutions.
  4. The passenger that accompanies babies or toddlers and seats right behind the business class area. This is also something that the airline booking system could prevent, since it is somewhat tacky to a pay an almost double prize ticket only to suffer of cries, and shouts. This said from a mother of two that travels with kids since they were one year old.
I'm sure that these are not the only passengers that can turn an otherwise pleasant fly to a disaster, and maybe it only takes common sense to realize the way we should all behave in an airplane. If not, the flight attendant after informing the passengers with the safety instructions can provide some good manners lessons. Or maybe you can find the flying etiquette information in the card in the seat pocket in front of you. Please read it BEFORE the take-off!!!  


Not just any collar...

photo from www.tempo24.gr/

When I was a child, in Greece, pupils were obligated to wear a blue uniform that was like a dress for the girls and was worn over our clothes, whereas the boys' uniform was a blue jacket that also was worn over their blouse or shirt. 
As you can, probably, imagine we were actually looking alike, and of course that was the purpose of the uniform. Not only keeping our clothes clean and provide uniformity, but also hide any kind of social and economical gap between the students, which actually was not such a bad thing. There was, however, the small but so important element of the collar. Since, we didn't change our uniform every weekday, but, at the same time, we had to keep up with the traditionally strict Greek standards for hygiene, we actually changed collars every day. 
And oh! what collars were they. Firstly they were all white! Most of the collars that could be bought was made from cloth or second quality ready made lace. But it was the only accessory that we actually could wear and differ from the rest, so our mothers and grannies did their best, to avoid buying them, and preferred to add their personal touch. They knitted vigorously and using the best materials, in order to show that their child stood out from the rest. This resulted to a rich variety of so many beautifully and skillfully made white collars, that could actually be displayed in a museum. 
But this is actually an item that can be also worn nowadays. It can add a modest white note to an all black outfit, or it can give a kinky touch to an otherwise indifferent strapless dress or blouse. It is, after all, a handmade vintage item and ultimately its inspired use shows imagination!