Well the first full weekend of October has passed and it was sweltering! Still no sweaters in sight. And like every first weekend in October in Houston, the annual Greek Festival is held, rain or shine.

It’s actually sort of perfect that we were blessed again with perfect pool day weather for Greek Festival because I’m starting to really miss Greece again, but then again, when am I not? I love swimsuit cover ups that are a versatile piece to have in my closet, especially if that means I can wear it in Greece and then again here, as if I were bringing a piece of it back with me. *tear*…

Here are my favorite cover ups from Summer 2018, that can be used at other times of the year than besides in the summer or just when you go to the beach, which means, more bang for your buck, and I’m all about that :

A Lightweight LBD

This one from Stitch Fix gave me SO much life this summer. My favorite way to wear it from beach to lunch or post late-evening swim drinks was with a straw fedora and Birkenstocks like pictured… and will probably wear with a denim jacket and sneakers like Stan Smiths or with a flannel tied around the waist and booties when the temperatures drop a bit more. AND… it has POCKETS!

An Oversized White Cotton Button Down

You can find these at H&M, you can find them at Forever XXI, you can find them just about anywhere and you can find them for reasonable prices. Even BETTER idea is to find these for pocket change at a thrift store! Wherever you find one, be sure that it’s cotton or linen because you do not want to catch yourself on a boat in the middle of the summer in a shirt made of a fabric that does not breathe! Find one long enough that you can wear open or with a few of the middle to bottom buttons closed or you can wear the shirt tied up in a knot at the waist paired with denim shorts. Then, wear with jeans and sneakers or with pumps for a date night outfit! You can never go wrong with a white button down shirt.

Denim Cut Offs

Like the aforementioned white button down, I’m not sure what’s more classic than denim? Worn simply with a one piece swimsuit or paired with anything to cover up on top like a tee or tank or a sleeveless chambray? This piece speaks for itself for it’s versatility in your closet or when having to pack for a trip, so I don’t think I need to say anymore.

Sarong

Sarongs hadn’t really been my thing. When I think of “Sarong” I think of walking along a Hawaiian beach in Maui, and nothing is wrong about that at all, but it just feels almost too tropical which is usually reserved for vacations and certain outfits, which sort of limits your options on how to repurpose the piece into your wardrobe. As someone who likes to support local owned businesses and especially locally woman owned businesses, I was thrilled when a couple of friends of mine opened an online boutique inspired by Greece. I was even MORE thrilled when literally everything on their site is precious and I need everything for my own closet and home. I especially fell in love with this year’s resort collection and this sarong. I’ve worn this as a headscarf, a shawl, a beach wrap and as a regular scarf. Can we say, perfection?

Will I ever not wear a kaftan or a sheer, flowy maxi dress over a swimsuit again? Of course not!! Caribbean vacations and Vegas pool parties need these kinds of swimsuit cover ups!

But if I can save some suitcase space for a cute cover up that I can also wear to dinner or breakfast on that same vacation or use as a cover up and then bring back home and re-wear at a later date? I’ll take it. Then if you do take it on vacation, you can bring it back and each time you wear it, it can remind you of being back at your favorite place or a happy get-away.

xoxo

La Glam Greek

KALO MINA!!! Octubre, te he estado esperando!

This year, fall has not been exciting me… Probably because the weather’s been SO HOT still!! And the rain… I don’t remember the last time we’ve had a rain free day, which wouldn’t be an issue for this season, if the rain meant an incoming cool front.

But no, it’s been hot, rainy and HUMID.

I feel like I need to be in the rainforest or the jungle, not frolicking in a pumpkin patch wearing a sweater, sipping on a cinnamon dolce latte.

Alas, it’s finally October! My favorite month of the year!! And while temperatures are still in the upper 80’s, pero, feeling like 92, I have to psych myself up for the month that sets the precedence on festivities for the rest of the year.

Even though the weather isn’t cooperating with my Fall Schmood, here’s a list of a few things that are making me excited about for Fall 2018:

  1. Fall Color palette
  • Do trending fall colors really change year to year? No. But while I’m not quite the fan of PSL (please don’t hurt me!), I am LOVING more of the rusty orange and mustard hues that are popular for this season 2018!

2. Fall Fashion

  • Leopard Print
  • Snake Skin
  • Western Inspired Boots/Booties
  • Oversized Blazers

Along with the obvious other reasons I adore October :

  • Libra Season!
  • Birthday Festivities
  • Greek Festival
  • Texas Renaissance Festival (don’t judge me)
  • Cozy weather
  • Halloween!!!

The weather is supposed to be back in the 90’s on Friday, but the evenings are getting cooler… only a matter of time before it’s truly sweater weather!

Happy October, everyone 🙂

xoxo

La Glam Greek

I have become accustomed to a certain lifestyle, I like nice things, and so my favorite things – like clothes and makeup – must be put on the backburner in terms of splurging, because I want to live in a nice part of town and wanted to buy a new car… But I had to make things work somehow!

For the past couple of years, I’ve seen Cupshe, Romwe, and Shein ads for super cute swimsuits come warm weather time, but never considered it because I felt that my money would be best spent elsewhere like on really good, reliable swimwear.

Then I moved out… and I was ready to take the risk on a $20 dollar, super cute and Instagram worthy swimwear despite the rather sketchy spectrum of reviews from “REALLY GREAT” to “DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY”.

Swimsuit I :

After spotting something similar from an article from Popsugar, I eventually stumbled across this candy striped one-piece. It had 4 out of 5 stars on Amazon, and the user submitted photos seemed pretty promising.

the Verdict – this is the swimsuit that covers and holds everything while ALSO making you feel fun and flirty. Maybe others might feel this swimsuit is revealing in the back, but it’s not high enough nor does it show enough cleavage or even side boob to warrant this as scandalously sexy. It’s cute, it’s fun, it’s pretty practical. Love it and worth the Barbie on a Budget gamble.

Swimsuit II :

Swimsuit I turned out to be a rather surprising hit, so I decided to keep going and ended up adding this fun ruffled top and high waisted floral bikini by Cupshe to My Cart. It came in the mail and I tried on the top first.

It. Fit. TERRIBLY!!!! I tried adjusting the straps, I tried taking it in on the sides to consider having it tailored, but the fabric itself was no good. I couldn’t even imagine swimming in something in it.

After the disappointment with the top, I was a little hopeless when it came to the bottoms. But I tried them on anyway. Luckily, I had the top pictured from a previous high waisted swim suit set bought a couple of years ago. And it went perfectly together. The bottoms fit great, but the fabric didn’t have what I’d consider grade A, top of the line material. It lasted me multiple wears to the beach without any issues, but we’ll see how long these babies last.

The Verdict – I expected this would happen. I knew with a 3.6 rating, the odds of loving all parts of my order might not be in my favor. However, I do not regret buying this swimsuit. Only thing I would say is – Dear Cupshe, please provide the option to buy your swim swear as separates!!!

Swimsuit III :

Ever since I got my Amazon Prime membership, I realized all of the amazing, cheap things you could have arrive to your doorstep within 48 hours. Including swim suits! The knotted top was quite a trend this past year in swim suits, as is Gen Z yellow! So, a broke girl trying to stay somewhat within trend, decided to go out on a limb and buy an $11 bikini. The whole set. Eleven Dollars.

The bottoms made me feel like I was wearing an adult diaper because it sat weird around the booty area and front, upper thigh area. But the top was SO worth it!! And this color was ON POINT for Summer 2018.

The Verdict – Like swimsuit II, I knew that I couldn’t love ALL pieces of this swimsuit, because how could true swimsuit love exist for $10.99 and some tax? HOWEVER – the way I felt in the top, the amount of compliments, the way it held up after trips to the lake and pool multiple times this summer… WELL worth the fact that I got rid of the bottoms. No point in keeping something that does not make you feel like a sexy, international celebrity, or something.

Swimsuit IV :

Straight up cant remember the last time I bought a swimsuit from Walmart or if I ever had in my life? I remember buying swimsuits from Old Navy or Academy as a kid, but Walmart was always just that place we got groceries and toiletries for long weekend trips or vacations. But as social media takes over our lives, this INCREDIBLY ADORABLE striped top showed up a few times on my newsfeed from fashion bloggers/influencers. I couldn’t track it down online, and almost gave up on it, but when I happened to run by the Walmart by my house for packing tape of all things, I found the last of these tops in MY SIZE!

The Verdict – WORTH IT!!! and thank you, Walmart, for selling your swimwear as separates to mix and match. Watch out, Target, Walmart might be one of my first stops next year for Instagram-worthy and affordable swimwear.

As with anything that you buy online, you never know what you’re going to get. And with so many sketchy “boutiques that I saw ads on Instagram…”‘s out there, you NEVER KNOW! But do the research and read the reviews. The items with customer photos and multiple, detailed reviews are going to give you a better idea on where to set your expectations. But regardless of how the ratings and reviews are, don’t expect too much either, you know?  Either way, I was thankfully very pleased with the affordable, cute and decent quality selection that’s out there. Sometimes, those questionable ads you see on Instagram aren’t that bad after, all!

 

xoxo,

La Glam Greek

 

Γεια Σας από το δικό μου παράδεισο!

Guys, my heart is so happy to be back here!

This is home!! Not because I was born here, but the way I feel when I’m here, the excitement, the way my heart is at such a peace, the way that my veins vibrate with a love and nostalgia that I can’t quite explain… this is home. My heart leaps the moment I land in this beautiful country and it weeps from the moment I leave til the moment of my return. I love the beaches just as much as I love the mountains as much as I love the islands as much as I love the mainland. (Although, I love the mainland more!)

I love it here when it’s warm and sunny, and I love it here when it’s cold and cloudy. And to be completely honest, I love it more during the latter (less tourists!).

Sometimes you just need a reset, and Greece for me, is the ultimate reset button. I forget about my uptight, American ways and relearn the carefree ways of the Greeks to live life to the fullest, because we only have one chance at life and it shouldn’t be wasted on constant worry and work, work and more work. (Yeah, yeah, yeah *insert joke about the Greek economy and job market*, you’re so funny!)

This country, these people, this landscape, these views, the food, the music, the culture, the history 💙 Yeah, I love it here.

Forget about DisneyWorld, this is the happiest place on Earth!

xoxo

La Glam Greek

So… I’m starting to feel a little distressed…

I got an email from Old Navy of things I might like, featuring polos and khaki shorts. As in like, school uniforms!!

Then… it’s Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale, my favorite local boutiques are starting to bring in their fall inventory and I’m like, but WAIT!! Where the &#%! does summer think it’s going?! It just got here!

The start of spring honestly doesn’t even feel quite that long ago, yet here we are! In fact, the other day I had a friend over for dinner and referred to the end of April as “oh… like a month or so ago…” while telling a story, not even realizing that in fact it’s been THREE months; I mean, we’re already at the decrescendo-ing part of this month. The next thing you know, it’s August! Which is basically the Sunday of the summer months.

With the end of summer quickly approaching, I’m only a little sad though, because honestly, I’m a fall baby and this heat is just too, too much. Once we get into the last third of the year, especially in Houston, the weather is astronomically more bearable than it is during the “June, July, August” quarter of the year; it really opens up a larger variety of things you can do outside! (Okay, you can literally do anything outside, during any sort of weather, but when the temperatures are hovering around 100F with an index of about 115F, well… you don’t really quite want to sit on a patio, now do you?)

I may be partial to one month of the year in particular, but there’s one other time that is quite nice here in Houston, and that’s the sweet, sweet, Springtime months of March, April, May, which 2018 had some AWESOME things for me here in these few months. 2018 was the year of the Music Festival; something that I had practically written myself off as too old for –  I used to go to raves all the time back in college during a particularly rambunctious time of my life, but I always had SO MUCH FUN!!! However, going to In Bloom Fest here in Houston and Coachella in Indio, CA and seeing all of the kids there in the median age of 23, and judging by the way my body felt after both of these parties, yeah, I did feel old. But I still had SO MUCH FUN!!!

Being the makeup junkie that I am, the best part of a musical festival is the crazy, eclectic, fun makeup looks that you can create and still look like a(n almost) totally normal person in public. This one in particular is so bright yet subtle at the same time, it’s perfect for anytime of the season.

EYES

Brows | Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Chocolate
Crease | Sugarpill Buttercupcake & Fran from the Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix palette
Lid & Brow Bone | Shills and Moulder from Kat Von D Mi Vida Loca Remix
Inner Corner | Vanilla pigment by M.A.C. Cosmetics
Water Line | Pure White chromaline by M.A.C. Cosmetics
Liner | NYX Vivid Brights liner in Petal outlined with Stila Stay All Day liquid in Intense Black
Lashes | Ardell Wispies
Mascara | Covergirl LashBlast

FACE

Foundation | Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Soft Matte 300
Concealer/HighlightMAC Cosmetics Light Boost
Powder | NARS Pressed Powder in Beach
Blush | Sephora Collection in No 3 Can’t Stop Smiling
Bronzer/Contour | Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer
Highlight | Mary Lou Manizer by The Balm Cosmetics

LIPS

Pink Velvet by Lime Crime Cosmetics

 

Spring/Summer 2018 has been a fun time for me, but I’m ready for the temps to drop a little.

Although, I hate how “early” the fall starts here, especially in a part of the country that doesn’t feel fall weather until well into the month of October, if that. Even though retailers are shoving fall everything down our throats, which means pumpkin spice EVERYTHING is right around the corner, enjoy the last, sweet fleeting moments of the summer!

 

xoxo

La Glam Greek