August 3, 2016

summer with L’Occitane and a giveaway!


There is a special place in my mind, a lavender field somewhere in Provence and whenever I “travel” there, I’m closing my eyes and breathe deep and all I can feel and is nature’s greatness and beauty. The same feeling visits me when Ι touch and smell a L’OCCITANE product. I can relive the atmosphere, recognise the herbs, sense the Earth.


I shared my thoughts with Nikki and Mary and decided to team up with L’OCCITANE and feature our favourite products for this summer, the Lavender Foaming Bath and the Immortelle Precious Cream. Both sisters love everything pure and natural and they were more than excited to be part of this project!


“The Lavender Foaming Bath leaves the skin clean and supple. The lavender essential oil from Haute-Provence has calming and soothing properties and its subtle and unique scent delicately perfumes the water. Only a small amount of product is needed to create a bath full of bubbles and to sweep away the cares of the day!”

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The Immortelle Precious Cream is a rich, smooth moisturiser which visibly corrects deep wrinkles and help restore firmness to the skin. The combination of organic immortelle essential oil and organic immortelle cell extracts makes the skin smother and firmer. After the first week, the skin appears retightened! visibly smoothed.”




This was also a great chance to learn more about the philosophy behind the brand and give you a mini present for your summer vacations. So don’t forget to enter our giveaway and win a box filled with natural goodies and travel essentials.



 This giveaway box contains: Verbena Refreshing Towelettes, Body and Strength ShampooVerbena Shower GelVerbena Body Lotion, Verbena au de Toilette and Verbena Cooling Hand Cream (all in travel size packages!)


To enter our giveaway Just follow these two simple steps: 

1. Share this post on Facebook

2. Leave a comment below (be sure to include your email too) 

one lucky reader will be announced on Thursday August 11th and the present will be waiting for its winner at one of the following L’OCCITANE Boutiques: Kiffisia, 4 Kasavveti Str, Kolonaki, Solonos & 25 Voukourestiou Str, Glyfada, Plateia Esperidon 2A.

(thank you Nikki and Mary for your summer vibes, photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for

UPDATE: the winner is Eleni Konstantinopoulou

July 31, 2016

a day in Vaxholm, Sweden


Vaxholm, the capital of Archipelago, is an idyllic village with well-preserved wooden houses painted in pastel tones, charming cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries, photogenic alleys, lovely cottages, remote beaches and a bursting nature.


People come here to spend their day at the beach, indulge in a romantic dinner, or just enjoy its great views of the fortress and harbour. Just an hour awayfrom Stockholm, Vaxholm is the perfect getaway all year round. (A very popular Christmas market takes place annually!)


During summer season it can be a bit crowded but a mini stroll along its crooked streets, which makes the island irresistible, will definitely reward you. If you decide to spend a couple of hours here, bring your swimsuit and be prepared for a very thriving restaurant scene.

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Of course do not miss the Hembygdsgården Homestead museum and summer café. Located in a lovely wooden house from the turn of the last century, the museum describes the life of the fishermen while the interiors are still decorated with the 19th century furniture and memorabilia.

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The house next to the museum is an amazing rustic cafe overlooking the little bay and the islands. The location is superb and the food is delicious. There is also a huge choice of home-made desserts such as swiss rolls, tosca cakes, lemon cheesecakes and chocolate coconut slices, all served at the main dining room table. After making your selection go outside to the garden where the tables and chairs are scattered around, under the fruit trees at the edge of the water and enjoy your “fika“. Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café should be on top of your list if you ever take the ferry to Vaxholm!

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The Waxholmsboalget boats depart frequently from Strömkajen and the trip trip takes between 50 minutes and 1 hour 20 minutes, depending on the boat. Upon your arrival, Vaxholm’s tourist information centre in the Town Hall will be happy to answer your questions and give you information about anything you’ll need here. So, let’s go on board!


(photos by Gertrude Gary Milk, post created especially for

more Swedish posts coming this season, stay tuned!

July 21, 2016

anthologia humana & lifelikes!


A single “component” like butterflies, can be the connector between people, laughters, food, music, a charming jewellery brand and a way too beautiful shop. LifeLikes visits Anthologia Humana for a very special event and gives “wings” to everyone being present at this small and sweet feast.

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Anthologia Humana is a dazzling and adorable store in Chalandri Area, known for its fine selections of garments, shoes, accessories and home goods. Every piece on display is for sale, from floral dresses and romantic hats to Moroccan pendant lights and Polish ceramics.

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The day of the event the whole place was transformed into a LifeLikes lab. Numerous boxes containing charms and beads in different shapes and colours were spread all over the the wooden table and the sweet girls from LifeLikes were creating personalised pieces of jewellery upon request.

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“Pineapples, mini hearts, elephants, lucky charms and mini quotes could in a few moment be part of your wrist!”

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Word spread quickly that the menu was all made by the fantastic Madame Gâteaux, so her delicious stand soon became the place to be spoiled. Cold refreshing hibiscus tea, mini cucumber sandwiches, savoury muffins and her buttery lemon curd biscuits started popping up throughout the guests’ plates.

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“Τhe day of the event, every guest donated a small amount of money and with their kind gestures, Anthologia Humana and LifeLikes gave winds to Klimaka a non profit organisation that develops actions to prevent social exclusion, which vulnerable groups of population suffer from.”

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“Just for this special occasion Lifelikes and Anthologia Humana teamed up and created a very elegant bracelet with butterfly wings, the day’s highlight!”



 Great music by The Dead Hoofers was all around giving the rhythm for wiggles and claps. Everyone was having a ball and laughters were mixing up with their awesome swing tunes.

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When this much attention has been paid to every detail it’s no wonder why people had a permanent smile upon their face. You would have loved everything about this summer gathering. The store was celebrating, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming, people were coming and go, searching through Anthologia‘s treasures, customising their LifeLikes bracelets, tasting the delicious menu, dancing to music. Thank you all, its was a real blast!

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anthologia33 anthologia35Be sure to check also this awesome video from the event and get completely into the mood!

(Event held by Anthologia Humana, 41 Papandreou Andrea, 152 32 Chalandri, Greece. Jewellery by LifeLikes, menu by Madame Gâteaux, music by The Dead Hoofers, photos by, video by Konstantinos Tsakmaz)