10.20.2014

Guest Post | My Paradissi

Hello My Lifebox readers! This is Eleni, blogger behind My Paradissi and I’m here to fill up for sweet Anna-Rosa while she’s enjoying some well deserved time off. I know Anna-Rosa is a dearest fan of cooking (like, please, how delicious does this salad look?) so I thought I’d prepare for you a post that combines both the culinary essences of smell and taste with the visual one a decent interior designer and architect (hello Anna-Rosa) swears by. That means delicious recipes prepared in equally astonishing kitchens that, of course, get along perfectly in style and vibe. Like fresh vegetables and sleek surfaces, creamy cheese and whitewashed spaces, crisped bread and unrefined woods. Does it make any sense to you? I feel that the surroundings play a vital role for ones health and inspiration. Yes, no junk food is allowed in the above kitchens ;)

If you are indeed inspired and crave for some healthy delicacies, you can find the links to the recipes here:


You can always drop by My Paradissi to say hi :) Thanks Anna-Rosa for having me!

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10.17.2014

Guest Post | Yeobo



Hello, we are Becka & Nathan from Yeobo blog  We are so excited to be joining you on Anna-Rosa’s lovely piece of the web. Since she’s on a Euro-tour of her own (lucky lady), we thought this would be a perfect time to give you a few of our travel tips. Nathan just visited Italy in June, so let’s start there!  If you’re visiting Italy, you're probably staying in a bigger city as a hub and taking day trips to explore the surrounding areas. Here are four things to always have in your day bag. 





Camera 
Don't leave your camera behind for the sake of comfort, you'll end up regretting it an hour into your day. Plan ahead, bring a larger bag to comfortably tote your gadgets. Or invest in a camera strap you won’t be embarrassed to wear all day. We love this one from Tanner Goods. 

An easy change
Guess what, Italy can get really hot... Depending on your traveling dates, it can be shirt sticking, face dripping kinda hot. Yuck. A smart traveler brings an extra shirt, or even a complete change of clothes. This will save you come 9 o'clock when the sun has gone down and your looking for a nice place to eat dinner. We realize this isn’t the most glamorous tip, but trust us... you’ll want to freshen up a bit after walking about all day in the hot sun. We love basics that can easily be tossed on with just about anything. Everlane has the perfect pieces for him and her.

Phone charger / adapter
Your phone will die and it will die fast. Even if your battery is fully charged, the constant yelping, gps locating and instagramming (all while you're roaming in a foreign country) will surely drain your battery. Fortunately there are tons of places to charge, like outlets on trains or in train stations. Just make sure you have the right adapter for your cables. We love these cord tacos to keep everything neat in your bag. 

Extra room
Lastly, you want to leave some room. If your packed to the brim, you're going to be very sad when you can't fit that gorgeous pair of leather sandals into your bag. Roaming new cities often leads to shopping. Leave space for it!




Thanks for having us!
Becka & Nathan

10.15.2014

and off we go...

So guys, this is it! 
In a couple of hours I'll be on a boat to Crete and I couldn't be more excited! On Sunday we will be heading to Venice and on Tuesday to Lausanne. Not to mention that on the 25th I'll go visit my boyfriend in The Netherlands!!! Can't wait to see him <3 
Three birds with one stone: Italy, Switzerland and The Netherlands. Plus I'll get to have my friend-time and my boyfriend-time, all in one trip. Ok it's not a small one, but still...everything I need right now. 

Well the exciting part, in terms of blogging, is that I have scheduled a series of enormously exciting guest posts. Some of my top favorite fellow bloggers will be contributing here, on my little niece of the internet, keeping you updated while I'll be having some time off of everything. A much needed break!

Feel free to follow along my Euro-trip via Instagram, since it will be the only of the social medias I won't be able to let go, lol! 

Stay tuned cause the Guest Posting period starts on Friday with a lovely post, kinda related to my trip.

See you in Novembeeeeeeeer!!!!!
Love
Anna-Rosa

[image found on this lovely etsy shop]

10.10.2014

GIVEAWAY | MyPreciousCG Jewelry


I love giveaways, don't you? And I even more love sharing others creative work, especially when it is so f***ing good! MY PRECIOUS CG is a new wonderful Etsy shop, owned by a lovely and sweet girl, Chara (fyi for those of you not Greek, Chara means joy...).

So guys, this giveaway, besides being a lovely way to introduce you to Chara's work, it also makes a great gift for her birthday which is on the 27th of October. That being said, it only makes sense to close it then, right? 

Before jumping into how you can enter though, allow me to show you a bit more of MY PRECIOUS CG jewelry. Below you see one of the many beautiful photos from Chara's recent photo shoot taken by the amazing Vasia Katramadaki, whose photos you need to check. Believe me. 


Everything you need to know about this giveaway:
- the winner will get to choose her favorite piece (one) from the three jewelry pieces displayed on the first image.
- it is open to international readers
- it will end on the 27th of October and the winner will be contacted shortly after
- the winner should respond within one week, otherwise s/he will lose the price and another winner will be chosen
- the winner will be randomly chosen by the Rafflecopter widget


a Rafflecopter giveaway

find more international giveaways here

10.08.2014

Recipe | Homemade Hot Chocolate

recipe partly adapted from here | illustration made by me

As you can see I'm totally diving into fall. The other day I showed you my go-to fall outfit and now I'm here to share with you my go-to fall beverage recipe. I don't know about you but when it comes to cold days there is no other drinks but hot chocolates and coffees in my mind. And the combination of those two as well. But let's not run ahead so quickly. 

So, here it is, the best and easiest homemade hot chocolate recipe you will ever find. And because the credits are not mine to take, it is adapted from the one and only Martha Stewart and found here. After trying it a million times though I'm absolutely positive that I like it more when the cocoa and sugar proportions are equal, instead of sugar being almost 50% more than the cocoa proportion. However it is totally up to you and your sweet tooth. 

The cool thing with this recipe is that you make the cocoa mixture and save it for as long as you want. And when it's time to serve a delicious cup of hot chocolate you only need a cup of milk to warm! How amazing is that?


When it comes to serving, I love to add some chocolate sprinkles on top of it or some whipped cream as well. Yummy yummy :) So mouth watering.. 

And because, as I already told you, this is my go-to beverage recipe during fall and winter I designed a mug especially for it!! I thought it would be super cute to have a nice mug reminding me of my favorite drink every time I open my kitchen cabinet. Plus, we all have our favorite coffee mug, right? Why not having a favorite custom hot chocolate mug as well? hehe, I love it !

And if you are into customizing mugs too, not only by adding favorite recipes, but also by adding photos or cute quotes on them, check out the lovely TINY PRINTS shop. You will find dozens of designs and I'm sure you'll have a blast designing your own mug. I sure did! And if you make one yourself I'd love to see your creation. 





10.06.2014

Freebie | Trick or Treat Wallpaper



So, that's something I had waited for a long long time. Every year since I started blogging I miss the Halloween period and every year I feel that I'm left miles behind. Let's face it, Halloween is one of the most creative phases, when it comes to DIY blogging. And here I am this year AGAIN losing Halloween. As I told you on my latest post, I'm going to spend a good couple of weeks in Europe, so I'll be back officially on November again. 

The good news are that when I leave there will be a lot of nice surprises to keep you updated. But don't hurry guys, I won't be leaving for the next ten days


So, obviously this post is my way of halloween-ing this year, along with all the bloggers out there. And even though it's not a DIY or recipe post, I'm so so happy I just posted something halloweenish!!! OMG I just realized how geeky that sounded :) Anyway, I might find time to post one more spooky post before I leave, let's hope I will!! FYI, if I do, it will be glittery and fabulous. Yay!






10.01.2014

Throw Together | Sweater Weather Edition


Hello hello! First and foremost, have a great month you guys!! Yay, it is October, FINALLY, right? This means more chances for hot coffees and snuggling in bed.. I have to admit I'm pretty excited October is here for more reasons than just coffees...after all I wasn't waiting for fall to come to enjoy my favorite beverage..duh. 

In two weeks I'm leaving for an a-ma-zing trip to Europe. First I'm going with my gals to Venice and Lausanne and then I'll go meet my boy in Rotterdam!! Two weeks off for me, yay again! Plus I'm twice excited cause I'll get to wear my sweaters again, since here in Greece the weather has been so so hot until last week and now we just need a light cardigan to go out. 

Inspired by my upcoming trip and my excitement for sweater weather, I threw together an easy go-to travel outfit that I could totally wear all the time. What is more practical than a pair of boyfriend jeans and a perfect knit sweater? The absolute fall staple pieces. 
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