3.25.2015

RECIPE | Hazelnut Tahini Noodles w/ Beef


The big news are that last week I decided to go dairy-free. That's kinda big for me since I basically drunk milk instead of water. Not good at all, I know. Well, during these past few days I've searched maybe hundreds of vegan recipes to get inspired. Of course I still eat meat but it is easier to look for non-dairy recipes like that. And just spice it up by adding some finely sliced beef on top. 

I'm sure most of you already know the Love and Lemons blog. If you don't, please check it out, the recipes are divine. As is this pasta recipe. I'm so glad I tried it. 

You can find the instructions here and then if, like me, you want to add some beef just slice it and roast it for approx. 5mins in order to stay tender and soft.  

After cooking this dish i realized that it's been like forever since I last posted about food here on the blog. So, I had an idea that doesn't require a lot of effort from my end, since I'm really busy at the moment to make new recipes from scratch, and I'll still have the chance to post about food, which I really love. So, since I'm trying to build new, healthier nutrition habits I need to find recipes that not only are appropriate but delicious as well. Basically, I will test recipes found around the internet and then, if I'm satisfied with the result, I will take a photo of my dish and share it with you, linking back to the initial source. Of course I will share little tips to spice it up :)

So, that's all I can do for now. Only easy and fast posts. Better than nothing though, right?
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3.21.2015

First day of Spring


I have to admit that this spring thing has really gotten into me. I couldn't be more excited with the change of season. It is clearly only symbolic but I'm so fueled up with energy to do things and be more active in general. Even though I don't have a particular problem with cold, it makes me really sad that the day is over so early during winter. And it also makes me sleepy much earlier. 

Yay spring!!! Days last longer, flowers bloom and sun starts to make me take off my jacket! What's not to celebrate?

So happy spring to all ! 

3.18.2015

Mark Rothko Wallpaper


After trying to figure out how to start a post after two months of absence I realized that there's not much to say when your post is a wallpaper. Well, the truth is I've been quite busy this academic year, working on my graduate thesis project and applying for master programs for next year, so there is not much of a time left for blogging. But I really love this place and be sure, I won't abandon it :)

Anyway, I had this talk with my gradpa yesterday about all these artists that have been known for their minimal and yet great contribution to art history, like Rothko and Pollock. Well, my grandpa believes that it is unfair to deem them as great as artists like Dali or Van Gogh but I couldn't disagree more..

So, after my little, fruitful talk with him I came across this quote that I truly liked and made me smile for a whole bunch of  reasons. And then I decided it was high time to share some bits and pieces with you guys. Well, here I am... and if you like the wallpaper and/or the quote here it is in three different colors as well.


1.31.2015

DIY | Copper + Leather door hanger



Well apparently lately I've been going through a major change period. Ok I'm a bit exaggerating but seriously I'm trying to change a couple of things in my life. Clearly inspired by Caroline and her minimal lifestyle, I decided to get rid of half of my closet and re-evaluate my whole style. In addition to that I'm trying to adopt a new face care routine, avoiding chemicals and cheap products. I'll be sharing more about that soon - after I test that the things I do work. 

Meanwhile, a very kind girl from a Greek lifestyle site got in touch with me, asking if I would be interested in contributing in their DIY section with a post. Needless to say I literally screamed YEEEES!! Ok, exaggerating - again. But I was totally into it. After all it is like forever since I shared my last DIY project and I needed a push!


So when I started brainstorming about my upcoming post I realized that I could really use a hanger in my bedroom. Even if I have no plans for the day whatsoever, I go out at least twice a day for walking my dog, which leads to never actually putting my jacket and scarf back in the closet. And it really comes in handy to have somewhere to hang these things, without making the room messy. So I decided to make a minimal hanger. It works really great as a belt or scarf hanger inside the closet door. Right?

See the step by step instructions after the jump...

1.23.2015

To travel is to live


Well it is not long ago since I came back from my Eurotrip and yet here I am craving for my next getaway. Obviously influenced by Pinterest and my "Places" board I keep dreaming about roadtrips and exotic places all over the world. I guess some people just have this traveling urge inside them. And I'm pretty sure I'm one of those. If only I could afford more trips. But I shouldn't complain at all. If I count my trips during the last years it seems I've managed to travel at least twice a year. Which is pretty decent I suppose. 

Now the next goal is to actually go to more countries. For some reason I keep revisiting places. Like London, Paris or Istanbul. Oh and Italy! I've been so many times to Italy, it is crazy. And I will go again in two weeks. Anyway.. 
The feeling you get when traveling, meeting new people and places, different cultures and traditions, tasting weird flavors and listening to unknown languages is so amazing. I could really live on traveling. 

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In other news, I'm literally busier than ever. Working on my portfolio and thesis project in order to apply for master programs for next year has been all I've been doing lately. And although it is a really creative process, it undoubtedly is extremely exhausting as well. Let's hope all this effort will pay off eventually :) 

photo found here

1.07.2015

my terry blinds interview







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Connecting with other people is by far my favorite aspects of being a blogger and designer. After all this is why I have a blog instead of a diary. And I also love answering questions. They make me think about stuff I haven't realized myself and it is nice to feel that you share some bits of your story with people who might find it helpful. As I've said many times, I'm no notorious blogger or designer. I think of myself more of a novice designer, blogger, architect etc developing slowly and steadily. But it sure is flattering when a big and respected brand such as Terry Blinds ask me to give an interview. Makes me feel special and what more does a girl want than feeling special? So here it is.. with some drops of bragging.. my interview! 

Thanks a lot Terrys Blinds 

1.05.2015

New Year's First Freebie


Since Christmas and New Year's Eve are all about giving and sharing generously, what would be better to start the week off than giving you a free downloadable wallpaper for your computer, phone or tablet desktop? Well, I'm by no means a graphic designer and obviously I'm no adept at designing wallpapers but these firework-shaped brushes I've found for Photoshop, certainly give a festive touch to illustrations! Don't you think? Well I made three different versions to choose. Happy Monday! 


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