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@LouisVuitton_HQ I was walking around Larnaca last week when I happened to walk by this shop window (see picture) and was absolutely appalled at the thought that someone could get away with selling fakes…let alone so openly!(the shop is literally just off Finikoudes)…Usually such vendors hide their ghastly merchandise…the Karama area in Dubai is notorious for hidden attics hiding their stash of the unmentionable goods…I know of many women who love going and make a huge girly date of it…I’ve been invited to join on occasion and always declined, declaring for the umpteenth time that  I DO NOT DO FAKE! I have also overheard girls give advice on which shop to go to for a good Mulberry knock-off in bar bathrooms whilst washing my hands…(cringe)…the irony here is said bathroom was at the plush sky view bar of the Address Hotel in Dubai! Terrible…

I absolutely abhor fakes and everything they represent…I simply cannot see what women find so appealing about them…especially the ones pictured…they’re so obviously fake…you can’t get more fake than that…why would anyone want to be seen carrying such a thing? It genuinely pains me when I see these horrible bags walking around here, there and everywhere…

I practically had a mini heart-attack a few weeks ago when I heard a terrible rumour claiming that the Louis Vuitton Boutique in Nicosia was apparently selling fakes and being sued for it…I had to get my Nicosia bought bag codes verified (they’re original…phew! and have asked a lawyer friend to confirm the pending lawsuits (still no word but I have a strong feeling that this is a groundless rumour and I seriously cannot stress my relief)… It was probably created by some hater who was caught with a fake and tried to justify her purchase! However I was also told by an LV employee that a factory manufacturing fakes was recently discovered and shut-down on the occupied side of Cyprus (North)…that would possibly explain the tremendous amount of fakes making their rounds all over the island… so, so, sad…Ladies please refrain from buying fakes because in essence it’s stealing, ugly and only makes you look worse…

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Clearly a lot has happened in the 3 and half weeks I’ve been away (event wise that is) because last time I checked the @mustmagazinecy Blogs (only the photo ones as it would probably take me half a century to read the written Greek ones- appalling of me, I know) there have been some additions…I love observing the two polar different styles…although I’d say none of them are really ‘me’ or ‘my style’- I still absolutely adore feasting my eyes on original looks put together (by the ladies & gents ‘on the street blog’) which I appreciate mainly because they’re far, far, far more original, interesting and substantial than (and I sincerely say this without spite) the ladies on the imaginary ‘red carpet’ (whom I shall discuss further on my next post)… I love that the people featured on the street style blog are exactly that…REAL PEOPLE with REAL BUDGETS…and are not part of the pretentious social uniform that appears to have become the norm here on the island…I just wish they’d take more pictures… more often…

http://www.must.com.cy/index.php?pageaction=kat&modid=1&sctid=1

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I had promised a few posts ago to write about my favourite book shop located within the Alphamega Supermarket Complex in Engomi (22-592651) and here it is…

 

I really, really love the fact that you can select and reserve publications of your choice & that there is always a sizable selection & variety of local as well as international newspapers, magazines and books on offer (I have never NOT found anything I’ve looked for)…

 

What’s strange is that it had taken me quite a while to write up the post (things came up and no they did not involve wine) but I’m super glad I waited as long as I did, because it turns out, the lovely (and very polite) girl who calls me occasionally to inform me that my babies (magazines I collect) have arrived…is a blogger, aspiring translator and photographer with many interests and is worth checking out here :

http://cypingirl.blogspot.com/                         http://cypingirl.tumblr.com/

 

 

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Got back from DXB on Friday but it’s been a 3 day weekend due to a public holiday here in Cyprus so went I went straight to the village for lots and lots of sun (tanning)…that is until the weather decided to go ape shit… randomly spitting out hail-stones and a torrent of rain! Now I’m finally, finally, finally back in Nicosia and have complete access to my (now) fully functional BB and uninterrupted internet…ohhhh how I’ve missed them…

Where I like to Food Shop...

Our family (whenever in town) have been food shopping here for as long as I can remember…it’s no Spinneys or Waitrose but I suppose the Cyprus equivalent (almost)…you can pretty much find most of the popular international branded products and ingredients (Asian and Mexican seem to be quite popular nowadays)…the seafood selection is quite fresh & impressive (ask when their next Mussel delivery is and they’ll tell you)… I admit the Veg is not always up to par, pretty much the case anywhere you go in the city (unless you manage to source fresh veg from a village – I only do this on the weekend if at the beach house)…

There seems to have been a slight case of the ‘supermarket wars’ recently (instigated by the arrival of LIDL) across the island which would probably explain the sudden re-vamped layout and new freezers (about time)…Their liquor section is always fun and pretty good (for a supermarket)… I’m also grateful that most of their aisles are roomy enough to accommodate two-way traffic!

The cafeteria is exactly that! An old school canteen (tray and all) with pretty good ‘mama’s kitchen’ kind of food- the clientele demographic varies upon the hour but on average it’s mostly populated with older gentlemen (it’s quite fascinating to observe and eavesdrop once in while). There’s a bank, a Beautyline (great for a spritzing session) Dry cleaners (the little old lady working there is adorable) an MTN shop (where I sometimes pay for my Blackberry Service when the queue isn’t too long) a florist (amazing flowers to look at- but moody florist!) and my absolute favorite thing about the entire place…THE BOOKSHOP! (shall tell you more about it in a post or two)… ta…ta… 

 http://www.alphamega.com.cy/alphamega-engomis

Manifesto...

It would appear that I am a typical product of globalization…born in Los Angeles to a Greek father (Cretan to be exact… for those of you who don’t know… there’s a huge difference, they’re the pleasant primitive folk who walk around with a friendly smile, a ginormous moustache and pistol behind their back) and a Cypriot mother (she is perfection)… raised in Dubai (when it was actually a sandpit… well before it garnered its glamorous cosmopolitan status)… an amazing brief stint in London (yes residing on THE Abbey Road- thank you very much) and now (past year or so) have been attempting to settle in Cyprus…key word ATTEMPTING because apart from a handful of friends (this includes family et al.) and the miraculous conception of a boyfriend (been single for 6 years prior so you can imagine my shell-shocked slap happy state when one of the opposite sex decided to look past the exterior and discover that I actually possess a functional brain) …it is quite impossible to find someone who understands how bumpy the transitional road is…(literally)I’m so weary of being disappointed again & again by terrible referrals of where to wine, dine, wiggle and pretty much everything else a girl needs & does…so I’ve decided to re-discover the city (Nicosia) for myself and share my findings, passions (Fashion with a capital F… oh and SHOES) amongst other things…through this blog with locals and/or anyone who’s bored  (online)and/or interested on visiting this island I now call home…

Enjoy…

(P.S. the brackets and (…) 3 dots are my thing…sorry)

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Seven is my absolute favourite restaurant (on the island)…I first discovered it about 2 years ago and fell head over heels for the Calypso Salad (pictured)…especially because I’ve had some very and I mean VERY bad experiences with finding a decent salad in Nicosia (at the time that is… they are now considered super trendy, super popular & often more expensive than burgers!) I’ll be honest though- what impressed me the most was the size…and by size I mean of the prawns…they were (and still are) huge (and yummy)… The service is great regardless of the sex of whoever is serving you (which says quite a bit)… the clientele (varies on the day and hour) can be on occasion extremely pretentious (that variety are pretty much unavoidable as they contribute to approximately 70% of the population) but I hardly mind because when I don’t have my friends…I have the rest of the world (iPad) to keep me company…

http://www.seven.com.cy/index.php