Thursday, January 23, 2020

My dear friend Lisa, {who just lived through a UK winter} and I are always trading get-away fantasies. Hers is the Greek Isles, and after a snowy cold winter, I might have to agree. In honor of a much needed warm and exotic get-away, today’s style post is inspired by my all-time favorite sculpture. This second century BC eight foot tall marble sculpture of the Greek Goddess Nike, otherwise known as the Winged Victory of Samothrace is thought to be by Pythokritos.

Discovered in 1863 on the Greek island of Samothrace (then part of the Ottoman Empire), the statue was sent back to Paris where she was displayed prominently at the Louvre and became one of the most celebrated sculptures in the world.

The sculpture’s arms and head have never been discovered, which only add to her mystique and some feel that the loss of her head increases the sense of triumphant spirit. The relationship to the imaginary space around her as she strains to keep steady in a violent wind and balance on a ship’s prow, broke with earlier Greek and eastern sculptures and is credited with influencing later baroque and romantic art, including Michelangelo’s David two thousand years later–making her one of the greatest surviving masterpieces from the entire Greco-Roman period.


Which brings us to the present.

1. No discussion of modern day Greek beauty would be complete without a mention of of the Greek natural skin care line, Korres, which I’ve been a fan of for years. Recently I’ve been using the Lip Butter in Jasmine – it’s truly heavenly with a subtle natural tint and is deeply moisturizing buttery consistency that stays on your lips.

2. Want an instant hit of classic Greek style?  Set your table with Greek Key napkins by Hen House Linens and you’ll be ready for a bit of chic spring entertaining. I have them in Licorice, but the Greek Key Aqua is so pretty for spring.

3. So back to island dreaming – as I mentioned, my friend Lisa has been raving about My Greek Island Home for as long as I can remember. I loved her beautiful feature interview with Claire Lloyd, author of My Greek Island Home, so I had to include it in this ode to Grecian beauty.

P.S. if you haven’t checked out Lunch and Latte, make sure to swing by. I was lucky enough to sample her cooking first hand a few years ago in Luxembourg, and her eye for beauty and good taste in books, design, decor and pretty much everything…{okay she’s my friend, so I’m a bit biased}. Just trust me, Lisa’s blog is always a delightful read.

4. I love these Miss Albright Corset Laced flats–such a cute update on the classic Greek sandal {and much prefer them to the pointy toe versions seen around lately}. Are you on or off the upcoming gladiator sandal thing?

5. Ode To A Grecian Urn is the definitive poem about our temporal beauty and mortality in the face of everlasting art (symbolized by the Grecian urn). It fascinated me when I was in college, and it blows my mind that all these years later, the two most debated lines in all of Keat’s poetry are still as much of a mystery to me as they were then…

“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,” – that is all 

Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.

Maybe the mystery is what it’s all about… 

what do you think?

Are you a fan of Nike of Samothrace?

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16 Comments

The Dainty Dolls House May 26, 2019 at 09:57

Yesss!! She is one of my most favourites, adore this post :)) And I love these shoes…fabulous :)) Good luck to everyone. I already like your fb page. Have a wonderful weekend doll xx

Stacey May 26, 2019 at 13:32

That painting is everything! Love me some Frida too! I just liked your page and keeping my fingers and toes crossed:-)

Sam May 26, 2019 at 20:29

What a fabulous painting and I like how the entire outfit fits into the theme. Hope you have a productive week ahead sweetheart!

Rowena @ rolala loves May 27, 2019 at 03:14

I think Frida would’ve approved of the bold colors of this outfit from the statement blouse to the vibrant accessories. Those Inkkas shoes are so cool!

CarolynN519 May 27, 2019 at 19:50

I saw the ones on your Facebook page, and love ’em! I went shopping the other day, making a conscious effort to stay away from blacks, browns, and greys. (I’ve got plenty!) … But it was nearly impossible. Everything is very dark and neutral this season–with two-tone colorblocking or simple stripes. So it’s refreshing to see a pop of color and fun patterns for fall and winter.

Love the cause and companies that give back!

Zara May 28, 2019 at 00:53

Colourful, happy piece of art and a nice look! These Inkkas look just cool!

Christine D. | The Plumed Nest May 28, 2019 at 06:33

oh frida! she is one of my absolute favorites. and i think it is for what you mentioned about her personal life being such a part of her art work. for me it’s almost like poetry. there’s so much that is represented in her work i can’t help but feel overwhelmed every time i see it (in the best way of course). love your inspired collection. and wow! the 99th! that is amazing!! xo

LPC May 28, 2019 at 08:57

Happy Thanksgiving

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic May 28, 2019 at 23:25

Hi !!!!!
Love the Frida Kahlo painting and that outfit pairing is AMAZING!!!!!!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!

About Last Weekend May 29, 2019 at 08:53

Love everything about Frida. Bizarrely the ski lodge where we stay in lAlta is owned by the daughter of the man who took all those photos of Frida and she was selling them, they were stunning. F got more beautiful as she got older. Going over to like your page

FASHION TALES May 30, 2019 at 02:40

I like the updated contemporary version, and think Frida would as well. iT’S nice that you also teamed up with Inkkas. Of course, I’m a fan them, since I already have a pair, good luck to everyone! 🙂

Pamela RG May 30, 2019 at 06:32

I admire Frida Kahlo too. I have never seen this painting. I have to say this painting is beautiful and so colourful. Frida is so talented. I liked your Facebook page. Those shoes look so stylish and comfortable.

Marisa Silva May 31, 2019 at 01:30

Love the shoes!

Diana Mieczan May 31, 2019 at 17:04

Yes, I love her and the outfit is amazing. The colours, the patterns – they rock! I would totally wear this outfit. Happy Thanksgiving, darling.

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com June 1, 2019 at 14:55

Minus the heinous brow, I’ve always loved her look. I want to wear huge flowers in my hair. LOVE this shirt.

Josephine Chicatanyage June 1, 2019 at 22:15

Wonderful colours to brighten a winters day.

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