June: 5 things that make this month amazing

For me May is an exciting month because I know that June is going to arrive soon with my birthday in it and the lovely warm weather. I am excited to spend my birthday in Greece and that I get to travel not only for business but also for pleasure.

May has been packed with tons of work and new exciting projects. My parents and my sister are coming to visit! I just can’t sleep counting the days until they arrive!

I can’t be more grateful for all that is happening: I finally finished the first draft of my book! I have been working so hard on it and finally it has some kind of structure. I battled with ideas and got inspired with a new ending. It’s a fiction novel that I have been working on in the past two years. I have really no idea when it will come out (or if it will ever come out) but I have my hopes high that someday it might.

1) Celebrating my birthday on June 5th.

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I have to go to Greece to start an exciting project that we are working on (more details in the next couple of months) and I will get to spend my birthday with my family in Greece. How fun is that?! I have never spent a birthday there and I think it is going to be amazing having my grandmother and my family next to me.

2) Finishing the first draft of my book.

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It may sound crazy, but I have developed a very strong relationship with my main character Thomas. So when the last page was being written I felt I was loosing something very close to me (I tried to explain this to Jimmy but he looked at me like I had lost my mind).

3) Finally going to the beach. 

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We managed to squeeze in a little weekend get-away to Valencia last week since the weather was getting warmer. Unfortunately when we arrived the water was really cold but we got to soak in some sun and unplug ourselves from work for two days. I am thrilled for my trip to Greece because I will definitely make time to go to the beach and swim a lot!

4) Mastering my paleo bibimbap recipe. 

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Jimmy loves this dish and after reading tons of recipes, I finally found the one that we both like. I make his with rice and I make mine with cauliflower rice so it’s paleo. This month I want to master the recipe and invite some friends over to try this veggie filled plate. Obviously the recipe is coming soon to The Golden Limoncello!

5) Flowers everywhere. 

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We went to see the annual rose contest at La Rosaleda del Parque del Oeste. It was spectacular and breath-taking. I think this is officially my favorite place in Madrid.

May you all have a lovely month! 🙂

 

Spring: My 7 favorite things

I am still here.

I know I have been absent for the last month but believe me I have been trying to organize my life and found myself overwhelmed with everything around me.

Spring is finally here. I have waited for the warmer weather for so long that I think I am going to miss my coat and my winter clothes (NOT).

My sister came to spend Easter with us in Madrid and we had tons of fun (post coming on Friday).

She stayed for 10 days and we got to do so many things. I felt like a tourist all over again and it was kinda fun. The weather got really warm for a week and then suddenly it was cold again, then hot then cold. So obviously the three of us got sick. My allergies are going crazy (welcome Spring!) but I have to say I am loving everything about this warmer season.

1) I was skeptical about this color but now I am loving it.

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2) I can now wear my hat and look decent. (I tried this hat with my winter coat and looked ridiculous).

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3) The love of my life in Madrid! (Stefi’s past posts here and here)

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4) Sunny days!

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5) Seeing flowers everywhere gets me in an incredible mood.

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6) We discovered our new favorite Mexican restaurant. If you ever come to Madrid you should try it, it’s amazing!

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7) I have an obsession with boxes. I have tons of them, so you can imagine my happiness when I saw this in a local flea market.

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May you all have a fantastic Spring!

February: 6 fantastic things

I have to admit this year has kept me pretty busy and I am starting to get a little worried by how fast February has arrived. I have been having fun but I have also been feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the work. But there are always things to be thankful for, so I want to share with you guys six things that are making my February start with a good foot.

1) New photo shoots and new projects. 

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2) Aside from all the stressful things that come with organizing a video, I thought it would be a good idea to chill a little on set (totally fake meditation picture by the way). 

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3) Our crew behind the scenes having fun between takes. 

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4) I have always wanted to film a scene like this and I got to put my idea into action.

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5) Bought a make-up setting spray and a new BB compact foundation from Kiko. 

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6) This Minion key chain (I bought one for Stefi too). 

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Problem solving: 3 things that help

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Since I arrived from my last trip, I have been shamelessly procrastinating. I am proud to say that I am a very organized and efficient person, but lately it seems like my battery went…well…off.

I am waking up 2 hours earlier than I did before but somehow find myself postponing important events and trying to push back things that worry me. See? I said «push back», that is not a good sign.

I won’t bore you with the very long list of things that worry me but instead I am going to give you 3 things I do every time I find myself in this situation. I hope it helps you when you need it.

1) Don’t push back what is worrying you.

Acknowledging what is wrong is the first step. Don’t try to distract yourself from the real problem. Instead, take a moment and think about it. Please, by any means, don’t do at night when you go to bed. I have found that all my problems seem bigger when my head is against my pillow.

2) Write it down. 

I find it very helpful to write down all the things that are bothering me. This is not an easy task, believe me you will feel a little drained while doing so, but then you will feel absolutely better. Once you have your list or your paragraph written down, take a close look at it. Write down next to each thing an apparent solution. If you can’t find one, don’t worry. It will eventually come to you. Not all things can be changed, the only thing that definitely can change is your perspective towards them.

3) Think. 

You are the master of your thoughts. You are the one who controls your mind, nobody else. Don’t allow someone else to interfere with your happiness or your peace of mind. When you find yourself thinking unrealistic negative thoughts, stop yourself right there. You have to train your mind to think positive just like you trained your mind all these years to think negative.

 

10 Things I loved about my latest trip to Greece

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Here 10 things that made this trip a very special one:

1) I learned to play scala 40. I am telling you: this game is addictive!

2) I hugged and kissed my yiayia every-single-day: my wrinkled little princess.

3) I visited my grandmother’s sister aunt Eleni (sweetest lady on earth).

4) We had a big delicious family meal on Sunday at my cousin Babis’ house.

5) My aunt Tasia made «cremidopita» and it was amazing!

6) A lovely purple good-luck necklace I am wearing right now from my aunt Agni.

7) My aunt Rena made me laugh all day…everyday.

8) I saw the most beautiful sunset of my entire life.

9) I got to have a heart-to-heart conversation with my cousin Leon.

10) I visited my grandfather’s grave and missed him even more.

 

By the way…I just joined Bloglovin…oh yes…better late than never. If you wish to follow me (please do, it’s fun I promise) click here.

Pure bliss: 6 things that make my January rock

I have to confess I didn’t feel the year change on January 1st. I was so relaxed and prepared for it a month before that it felt quite good. We went to Barcelona to visit my brother-in-law and had a very nice time. (Barcelona post coming this Friday) It is such a beautiful city that I can’t wait to visit again!

Another lovely thing is that Daniel (the little sunshine of my life) arrived from Dublin to spend a couple of days in Madrid. Having him around reminds me how lucky I am to have such a wonderful friend. We celebrated his birthday and had so much fun!

I hope you guys had a lovely New Year’s Eve and are starting the year with a solid foot. I want to share with you my 6 favorite things that make January rock…

1) Stefi knows me so well. She sent me this lovely gift and I couldn’t be happier adding it to our home decor. 1

 

2) My face of pure happiness next to Daniel in his birthday. (Photo taken by the fabulous Christian.)

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3) These guys. We giggled all day.

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4) My friend Maria Teresa got me this beautiful ballerina from Vienna! I loved it! 

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5) Wrapping gifts with spray-painted pasta ribbons. 7

6) Jimmy made some «antipasto» and we had a movie marathon on Sunday night. 

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How is your year going so far?

7 Resolutions for 2015

I have a delightful feeling that this year is going to be wonderful.

January always comes with a promise of something new and I am all in for that. I want to make this year count just as much I did with last year. I am proud of what I have accomplished and I am really excited for the new and exciting things to come.

Last year’s resolutions were achieved and this 2015 I am adding some more just for the fun of it. For me, resolutions are like small bucket lists (we know how much I love them).

So here my official 2015 resolutions:

1) Finish the first draft of my book. 

Don’t laugh: I am writing my book since forever. This has been a long journey for me and as all we writers know, we always think our work it’s never actually finished. This year, at least I need my first draft ready.

2) Start dancing flamenco again. 

When I was 12 I took flamenco for 5 years. I remember seeing this movie and wanting to be a flamenco dancer right away. I used to love dancing my sevillanas and fandangos. I am in Spain so…flamenco be ready…I am coming back!

3) Decrease my diet soda intake.

I am guilty: I really love diet soda. To my defense, I used to drink so much more diet soda before and now I have managed to decrease the daily amount. Oh yes, you heard me…daily amount. But this year I am decreasing it even more.

4) Take a lovely vacation.

The beach. Ah the feeling of going to the beach and having the warm sun on my face. This was the last time I was swimming in the ocean and it was almost two years ago! Planning to take a vacation in the sand, with tons of sunscreen on and a caffee frappe in hand.

5) Attend a concert. 

I have to confess I don’t love going to concerts because I get an urgent feeling that I want to be on stage! (The little superstar diva in me is really rebellious). My first real concert was Britney Spears in Las Vegas.

6) Acquire a new skill. 

Yes, I want to make this year fruitful. I want to learn new things and I would love to acquire a new skill!

7) Keep up my good work from last year.

I still want to manage to exercise at least 3 times a week, control my migraines and smile more!

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Have you made your list yet?

December: 6 lovely things just before the year ends

How did December arrive so fast?

It seems like yesterday that I was a caged little bird living in Caracas and now here I am spending Christmas in Madrid. Time flew so fast. I am trying to embrace every little detail and breathing everything in. My life has changed so much that I quite can’t figure out how did I adapt so smoothly to this new chapter of my life.

This month has been a lot of work and I am happy that I am keeping busy. Jimmy and I have been producing and directing other artist’s music videos and I have to say I am enjoying myself a little too much. I have been running in the cold lately and I have found out that this way I run faster. Now I am also an official «Fannibal» after having a «Hannibal» TV series marathon (you got to love Lecter don’t you?).

So here six other things before the year ends:

Our little tree cheering up my cold mornings

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My glorious Britney-moment when I got to meet the cast of Nito’s music video

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Finally gifting myself some exotic eyeshadow and the amazing Beauty Blender (where has this been all my life?) 

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Surprise on my coffee: no, that is not how you write my name, but who gives a damn when you have a lovely little flower next to it?

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I am not supposed to eat chocolate due to migraines…but this happened. 

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Changing our bedroom colors. My mom sent me these and they still smell like her.

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Fresh air: 12 random things right now

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1) My legs are sore of so much walking.

2) I can’t explain this wonderful feeling of walking in the street and feeling the fresh air in my face.

3) I love to walk and walk and wander around.

4) I see small coffee shops and old streets.

5) I stare at the «tapas» in every Madrid’s restaurant tables.

6) I drink «cafe con leche» like crazy.

7) I am like a little bird who has finally opened the small cage and is flying through the trees.

8) I get overwhelmed, I sometimes let go a tear or two but this time because I am free.

9) I don’t hide my phone in the streets, I don’t worry every time I go to the supermarket because I know I will find the things I am looking for.

10) I miss my sister, my mom, my dad and I can’t walk by a dog without missing Nina.

11) This has been hard. I try to focus on the things ahead but somehow I find myself remembering the things I left behind.

12) I am scared but also excited to start this new adventure.

The weather is starting to get a little chilly and the summer heat is far forgotten, but I am happy that this time my hands are the ones who are cold and not my heart.

I am ready for you Madrid.

October: 7 lovely things

October is a fun month: Halloween is around the corner, the weather starts to get a little chillier and autumn leaves invade the streets. I am loving this time of the year in Europe and I am glad that I get to spend my first Halloween here. I have to tell you that here they don’t celebrate this holiday like in the US but I have seen many stores with pumpkins and bats here and there.

1) Some of the last roses of El Retiro’s botanic garden.

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2) Sunset running before Madrid wakes up.

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3) This lovely bathroom at a local coffee shop.

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4) Latest acquisition with autumn colors.

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5) Jimmy’s birthday! (October 31st)

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6) My lucky elephant. (It’s called Eli)

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7) Being the only human being under 70 while watching «The hundred foot journey» (which I loved by the way)

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What are you loving about this month?

 

 

 

Proud of my roots: 6 things I love about being 1/2 Greek

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When I was a little girl I remember feeling a little ashamed of my Greek second last name «Frangopoulou». You have no idea how many nicknames I got thanks to that.

Today is a whole different story. I love being half Greek and half Italian. It makes me feel special. Thanks to my mom I learned how to speak fluent Greek and I love going to Greece and understanding everything.

Here six things I love about being Greek:

1) The food is spectacular. I love Greek salad and feta cheese is my favorite cheese of all time. Not to mention my mom’s «moussaka» and her amazing easter «chureki».

2) My mom and I speak Greek when we want to say something private so no one will understand. It’s a plus when we do it with a little giggle.

3) I spend most of my Summers in Greece and I have to tell you: make this trip one of your lifetime’s bucket list, you won’t regret it.

4) You get to be a smart-ass when you hear a word that has a Greek root. Remember the movie «My big fat greek wedding»? Remember the bride’s father, how he used to tell people that every-single-word had a Greek root? Well, that’s me most of the time.

5) I just love the smell of Greek coffee.

6) I have a tatoo on my left wrist that says «Pistevo» that means «I believe»

I have to thank Andreas Dermitzakis for this lovely article in the Greek newspaper!

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 Here my tatoo

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7 things I love about Madrid

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I am starting to relax a little. My new life is… well new. I am find myself taking the subway like I have lived here my whole life. I wake up early with no alarm clock and I eat whenever I feel like it. So today I want to share seven things I am loving about Madrid.

1) There are tons of gluten-free products. I have found gluten-free pizza and churros! Churros you people!!!

2) I am walking miles and miles every single day. No car, but hot toned legs.

3) Finally I can apply my screenwriting skills: I am actually making scripts and directing video clips.

4) I am in the middle of my book. I write and write because my creative side is going wild!

5) I eat, I walk, I burn all the calories. Enough said.

6) My apartment is small, so I clean it in 20 minutes max.

7) I love my balcony view. I see the front street that hides behind a big old tree.