Friday, October 18, 2019

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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23 Comments

Enara Girl September 30, 2019 at 01:54

Enara Girl said…
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Marieken Hoefnagel September 30, 2019 at 06:31

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La Contessa September 30, 2019 at 11:29

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Kizzy Von Doll September 30, 2019 at 22:01

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Diana Cloudlet September 30, 2019 at 22:11

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I like your posts and photos! Really amazing!
I’ll be happy to see you in my blog!)

June September 30, 2019 at 23:34

Thats a super list! Glad to see you back on the blog! I was gone for a few days too but am back to blogging now 🙂
xx

cat eyes & skinny jeans October 1, 2019 at 22:01

I need to try some Pixi products ASAP! Happy Valentine’s Day!

Relyn Lawson October 1, 2019 at 23:23

I am going to have to try the under-eye cream. I have dark circle issues.

Zara October 2, 2019 at 07:43

Hi! So glad you are back to blogging, and was very happy to see you watched my ‘Art notes’!! 😉 Omg, good body treats is my weakness!)) I’ve never used Darphin yet, so… bookmarking! Your other finds sound like a really delicious Spring pack! Take care, & waiting for ur fashion chronicles!
Much love,
Zara

FASHION TALES October 2, 2019 at 13:38

Hi , so glad to hear that you’re blogging once again. Welcome back! The Darphin face oil sounds nice, I use a vitamin C face serum that I love, especially good for the colder season. 🙂 <3 /Madison

Style Diary Of A Fashion Fanatic October 2, 2019 at 21:01

Hello!!!!!!
So glad to see you back; I missed you!!!!
Hope you had a fabulous Valentine’s Day!!!!
It’s been cold and snowy here….
Darphin products are amazing!!!!!
Hope you have a wonderful week!!!!!
Hugs,
Shannon

Stacey October 3, 2019 at 10:31

Great beauty round up! Great to see back blogging!! xx

Lisa Hjalt October 3, 2019 at 14:49

I think I may need that body butter in my life.

Enjoy NYFW!

PS. I’m enjoying my Sunday morning coffee and about to reply to your email.

design elements October 3, 2019 at 19:31

You is baaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!! Wonderful

hugs hugs

Karena Albert October 4, 2019 at 00:43

So good to see your return !! I always love, love to get beauty tips, of course every year needing them more than ever!!

Happy Valentine’s weekend!
xoxo

VM Creation Atelier October 4, 2019 at 13:34

Hello!
Thankyou for your visit:)))
I have not everywhere Internet…
But I look inside when it possible is!:)))
Hugs,
V.

Marcela Gmd October 4, 2019 at 20:22

Great products!!! nice post!!!
Have a good week!!!!!:)))

Marcela Gmd October 5, 2019 at 03:21

Great products!!! So glad you’re back!!!
Have a wonderful weekend!!!:)))

Besos, desde España, Marcela♥

Stacey October 5, 2019 at 20:40

Great roundup! Great to see back blogging! xx

Rowena October 7, 2019 at 02:51

So glad you’re back! And thanks for sharing some of your beauty faves! I used to have a co-worker who swore by Darphin products and I really need to look into them. Looking forward to your NYFW coverage. I was supposed to attend 2 shows today but wimped out due to the extreme cold. Hope you’re staying warm!

Ann October 7, 2019 at 04:08

Great to see you back.
Love your review of these products.
I love body butter
I feel luxurious using them.
And the NYFW seems really great.
Hope you’ll feature them soon.

June October 7, 2019 at 11:46

Thats a super list! Glad to see you back on the blog! I was gone for a few days too but am back to blogging now 🙂

Denise October 7, 2019 at 15:16

Lovely products to dream about and I really like the quote.Welcome back to the world of blogging Denise

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