Friday, December 6, 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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7 Comments

Pamela RG October 16, 2019 at 01:03

I am glad your cat is alright. The lady who owned these clothes is truly so stylish and so full of colour.

Alicia Mackin October 16, 2019 at 08:33

Oh wow, this must have been fun albeit for a sad reason. But lucky you to get to have first dibs. And almost 1o years of blogging wow. And so glad your kitty is ok.

cat eyes & skinny jeans October 17, 2019 at 05:27

Gah! Her style is just impeccable – literally swooning over here!!

xx

little luxury list October 17, 2019 at 07:22

Oh my, what a week! I hope your kitty and phone are both better! How wonderful of your friend to share her mom’s wardrobe. The sneak peek looks divine! I’d love to get a chance to celebrate her life and looking timelessly stylish too!

xoxo,

Lisa Hjalt October 18, 2019 at 11:03

This is amazing … you are one lucky girl!

PS. So glad to hear that is all well. We have started the unpacking but we’re still waiting for proper internet connection.

Classiq October 18, 2019 at 16:48

I am sure you will rock all these amazing pieces. I hope your kitty is fine.

Marcela Gmd October 18, 2019 at 18:59

Nice pieces!!!
Have a good week!!!:)))

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