Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Passion for Best Memories of 2013

Wow! It’s that time of year again when you start to look back at the year that has passed, summarizing your achievements, personal and professional growth, reflecting on what has happened and the moments that made you smile, laugh and cry. For me 2013 has been a rewarding year in many ways but mainly focusing on my personal development. A year of trial and error through which I believe, I have matured even more and am now ready to embark on the new journey in 2014. New goals, new ambitions and new risks!

This year I have taken 10 flights and went on two trips which I had always wanted to take. In April I travelled to Monte Carlo, Cannes, St. Tropez and Nice. It was magical! This year I have also reached a milestone and celebrated my 30th birthday in New York which was another dream come true. I also travelled to Miami for the first time where I met up with my dear friend Alexandra. It feels great to reconnect with friends! I have stayed in two hotels which I wanted to experience for a while now, Hotel Martinez in Cannes and the Waldorf Astoria in New York, so I got to tick these dreams off my bucket list.

I have continued working on my Passion for xoxoES brand, trying to improve it and promote it internationally. It has been a great learning experience! I have also reached a decision of further career development which I am very excited about and will be sharing my new project in the New Year! I am scared but also extremely excited about making my dreams and ideas come to reality. I have collaborated with more brands this year like Kozatsa Creations, Edressy, Chicnova, O’Necklace, Firmoo, Born Pretty store, Shanti Cosmetics and Sue Sensi. But above all I have gotten to practice the social media world more and more, which is a never ending learning experience.

I would like to thank all my readers for your continuous support, comments and likes! Keep them coming in the New Year. Wishing you all health, happiness and prosperity in anything that you do! Cheers to 2014. Until next time, see you in the New Year. xoxo ES

Monday, December 30, 2013

Passion for The Camel Coat

Honestly, now is the time of confessions! Do tell me how many of you search the wardrobe for some hidden gems? Well I have a confession to make, this camel coat is a piece indeed, which my mum bought in London in 1997, oh yes some of you were not even born back then. But the conclusion is that there are some timeless pieces that one should keep. Keeping warm my friends! Until next time, go back to writing your New Year’s resolution list. xoxo ES

Friday, December 27, 2013

Passion for Christmas Eve Celebration

Here is to wish all my lovely readers a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! I celebrated my Christmas Eve in a very small circle of family and friends with good food, Cosmopolitans and wine and dancing! How did you celebrate Christmas do tell? Until next time. xoxo ES

Friday, December 20, 2013

Passion for Cobalt Blue Forever

I am forever in love with cobalt blue and it always feels great when it makes a comeback each season. A new addition to my cobalt “family” are these Alexander Wang heels which I recently obtained in New York, aren't they pretty? Until next time, spread the love. xoxo ES

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Passion for Faux Fur

Faux Fur is a perfect item that adds a little glam to any outfit! I matched with black, brown and gold for a casual day look. Do you like wearing faux fur? Until next time, keep warm. xoxo ES

Monday, December 16, 2013

Passion for Fur Event at Divani Apollon Palace & Spa

On Saturday I attended a fur event held at the Divani Apollon Palace & Spa. A collection of furs from Kastoria was presented for buyers. Now with all the decorations everywhere it is starting to feel more like the holidays are approaching! Wishing you all a fabulous week. Until next time. xoxo ES

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Passion for Firmoo Giveaway

Happy Sunday fashionistas! It is time for a giveaway and one of you can get the chance to win a pair of eyeglasses/ tinted sunglasses in Firmoo Classic Series including free shipping. Additionally 5 of you will receive a 50% voucher off selected eyewear. Just follow these easy steps to enter! Good luck. Until next time. xoxo ES

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Passion for Biker jacket kind of day

It feels like we have to start layering more and more on a day to day basis as it is getting cold. Really, don’t get fooled by sunshine. There was my chance to wear a biker jacket, and boots, just the way I like it. And to add a little more love to my outfit, turn, twist, clip my brand new Love watch. Like or Love? Do tell! If you want to get your own then head over to Born Pretty store and get a 10% off by using the code ELENASC10. Until next time. xoxo ES

Monday, December 9, 2013

Passion for mixing purple, leather and leopard

Here in Greece we wear sunglasses almost 365 days a year, yes we are lucky! And sometimes even though the sun is hiding, the shades are an essential to any outfit, in other words we can’t live without them. Here I have a new pair of oversized purple sunnies from Firmoo, and guess what, five of my lucky readers can get a $30 voucher code, which can be used on the frames for the Classic series Eyeglasses. So just go to the Firmoo website (here) and use the code elenaserblogs4. If you are a blogger and interested in establishing your own cooperation with Firmoo, go ahead and click here. Until next time, enjoy your week darlings. xoxo ES

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Passion for Christmas Gifts for Her

Christmas Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…Yes it is that time of year again when you have to start thinking of buying gifts for your friends and family. While I am in the process of shopping online, I have made up a list of ideas of what you can get for her (your mother, best friend, bridesmaid, etc.) Until next time, happy shopping! xoxo ES

For the Fashionista 

Passion for Karl t-shirt which you can buy here 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Passion for My Look Book - October/November

It’s December the final month of 2013! Time to reflect on where you've been and where you are going, in other words start mapping out your New Year’s resolutions. You can tell the holidays are just around the corner and the Live Your Passion banner has been upgraded with a festive look. For the first post of the month I will share the recap of my end of October and November looks with contrasting outfits in different climates as I travelled from New York to Miami and back to the sunshine of Athens. Have a great month everyone. Until next time, a moment of silence for the loss of a talented young actor, Paul Walker whose death devastated the world, may he rest in peace! Let’s count our blessings as every moment is precious. xoxo ES

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Passion for Miami Instagram Highlights

South Beach, Miami
My US trip photos are coming to an end, with just a few more up my sleeve. Here is a collection of my Miami Instagram Highlights. If you are not following me yet, just click @ElenaSerg and we are connected! Voila! Until next time, have a wonderful week! xoxo ES
Just arrived from NYC, enjoying a glass of wine at Metropole Suites

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Passion for Sweatpants and Sequins

Happy Saturday darlings! One of the greatest things about living in Greece is the sunshine nearly all year round and yes we are very close to December and still can enjoy the wonderful weather. To share some inspiration with you, I have chosen a quote from Pablo Picasso with whom I am very proud to share the same birth date (25th October), as he used to say " Everything you can imagine is real." 
For this casual look I decided to combine my new Ambercrombie & Fitch sweatpants which I recently purchased in New York with a sequin denim shirt and comfy black Dolce & Gabbana sneakers. Sport Chic is big this fall and sweatpants get a luxe upgrade. What do you think of this trend? Until next time, let’s get comfortable. xoxo ES

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Passion for Miami Day 3

My last day in Miami was dedicated to exploring this place a little bit more, heading out of South Beach and into the center. We were recommended the City Tour and Boat Cruise which is the most complete tour of all of Miami (approximately 5 hours). It was exciting to drive around Miami’s most scenic land-bound spots including Coconut Grove, Coral Gables, Little Havana and Calle Ocho known as America's cigar central, and there is no other place quite like it in the world of cigar making where you can actually see cigars being made (I have managed to make a short video of this process which I will be sharing with you soon). The tour then continued to Brickell Avenue and then to Downtown Miami to board the Boat Cruise.

Once we boarded the Island Queen Cruises we passed through Biscayne Bay where you can see the entire downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami – with the cruise ship and cargo districts, Fisher Island, and then Millionaire’s Row – the homes of the rich and famous. A few names that own properties on this Star Island are: Puff Daddy, Diddy, and P. Diddy, Dr Phillip Frost – referred to as being Florida’s biggest drug dealers and one of the co-makers of Viagra, Charles Parker of the Parker pen and pencil corporation, Elizabeth Taylor, Vladislav Doronin, Sylvester Stallone and many more. This was definitely an experience of a lifetime, just like in the movies. Stay tuned for more videos of the trip. Until next time! xoxo ES

Monday, November 18, 2013

Passion for Live Your Passion Series - New York

Happy Monday guys! Had a fun weekend? Do tell! As promised I am brining more Live Your Passion Series, this time a shorter version of a few moments from New York. I always feel like I haven’t captured enough or taken enough photos, so that’s a good reason to return right? J If you haven’t had the chance to watch my previous videos, you may do so on my Youtube channel (here). Until next time, have a great week! xoxo ES


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Passion for New York Instagram Highlights

View from my room at the Waldorf Astoria

I do not believe that there is such a thing as too many pictures, right? That’s why I enjoy snapping away on many devices, like my iPhone, iPad and of course my DSLR. I just want to capture every moment right there and then! Like many of you who have found their liking of Instagram, I too have been playing around with it from its early days. Here are some of my New York highlights! If you are not yet following me on Instagram, here is your chance to follow me @ElenaSerg, better late than never right! Until next time, let’s keep on capturing. xoxo ES
Birthday lunch at Pastis Meatpacking District

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Passion for Miami Day 2

Ocean Drive, during my time spent on South Beach I have walked this path numerous times, and there is always something exciting happening right there at that moment. On the second night we decided to start with dinner and drinks in a Cuban restaurant called Havana 1957 which was excellent. It was the first time I tried Cuban cuisine and it was delicious. For more hotel and restaurant recommendations and reviews, just visit Passion for Hospitality, you will find plenty of helpful information there. Until next time, enjoy darlings! xoxo ES

Monday, November 11, 2013

Passion for Miami Beach

Miami Beach a place worth visiting, once or twice or as many times you can afford to in your life…lol! Looking at all the photos makes me want to go back to the warm Miami and wear bathing suits all day and sip delicious cocktails! Life is beautiful! Until next time, wishing you all a great week! xoxo ES

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Passion for Miami Day 1 - Part II

A change of outfit, a pair of heels and we are ready to welcome the night in Miami! Cucumber cocktails for a start and later dinner at one of Miami’s hottest restaurants A Fish Called Avalon located at the Avalon Hotel on Ocean Drive. This restaurant showcases contemporary tropical cuisine, with the freshest ingredients harvested from sea and land. So if you are in Miami Beach and looking for exceptional fresh seafood with a touch of tropics, this is the place to be. Enjoy your Saturday night loves, wherever you are. Until next time. xoxo ES

Friday, November 8, 2013

Passion for Miami Day 1

Welcome to Miami, Bienvenido a Miami… these Will Smith lyrics kept on playing in my head all along. This was my first time in Miami and this place definitely screams party that lasts till dawn. Here Happy Hours start at 8 am and those Mega Cocktails are just too inviting. We stayed at the South Beach which is the place to be, full of restaurants and bars all along Ocean Drive. Ahh and those palm trees, I couldn’t get enough of them, lined up so perfectly along the drive.  The climate here is warm and you might come across a small shower during the day that will disappear as suddenly as it appeared. Coming from New York I needed a different set of clothes and what I decided to do this time was basically travel with an empty suitcase and do all my shopping in New York, except for taking a few pieces of clothing, just in case. I had planned to meet my friend Alexandra in Miami for a few fun days, so here we are flying in from different locations to meet after two years. As you probably figured it out, here drinking starts from early hours of the day, and I was very eager to try the Mega Margarita with two Bud Light beers turned upside down, and straight into the glass, an experience which I absolutely recommend to those heading to Miami. More cocktails followed after that and finally we made our way to dinner at a great restaurant “A fish called Avalon”. I will be sharing this day in two different post so come back tomorrow for more fun from Miami. Until next time, Welcome to Miami! xoxo ES

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Passion for New York by Night

New York by Night is a whole different chapter or perhaps a whole book. This city never seizes to inspire me, whether it is day or night. It is a city where you do not want to miss a thing, every minute you are awake, something is happening. That’s why after I return from there, I need to catch up on my sleep, because while there, sleep is a total waste of time! During my last trip to New York, I didn’t make it to the Top of the Rock as I was experiencing a fear of heights at some point in my life, something that I needed to work on because the view of the city is priceless. I have recorded the trip of going up the 70 floors which I will be sharing soon in my Live Your Passion series, so watch out for that! After the tour of the Top of the Rock the night ended in the one and only Times Square! Unfortunately all great things end at some point, making a way for new beginnings and new experiences! Coming up next Live Your Passion discovers Miami. Until next time, see you in Miami bitch! xoxo ES

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Passion for New York Day 3

New York has that magical power to keep you awake, to dream big and to make you want to grasp onto your dreams.  It just keeps on inspiring me! On this wonderful 3rd day in the City, I did a little bit more shopping on 5th Avenue and Madison Avenue. Made my way to the favourite LadurĂ©e house to get myself a nice double-decker macaron treat, they are the best in the world; it’s not a rumor but a fact. Later on stopped at the Nespresso boutique for some champagne and espresso, and in the evening visited the Top of the Rock and Times Square. I will do a separate review of the New York by night, so keep on coming back. Until next time, sweet dreams! xoxo ES

Monday, November 4, 2013

Passion for New York Day 2

This time around, literally I have walked half of New York if not more, but that is the beauty of this city, just enjoying every turn, its people and the atmosphere! Yes I am still very much in love with New York and I think I always will. Some relationships are meant to last a lifetime! First stop of the day, back to shopping as silly me got myself a pair of Alexander Wang killer heels, one size bigger which needed changing, probably all the dizziness from the day before and perhaps a little extra wine while celebrating my birthday. More shopping was necessary, because believe me New York is the place for a shopaholic to shine, so once that was ticked off the list for the day, the night was dedicated to the Metropolitan Opera House and more specifically to Benjamin Britten’s Midsummer Night’s Dream, where the opera , like the play, is set in the “woods outside of Athens”. Benjamin Britten was bound to turn one of the world’s greatest poet-dramatist’s extrusion into the realm of fairy nocturnal fantasy. But Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream also offered him two worlds, human and fairy, real and unreal, mixed together until reality becomes unreality. Until next time, don’t forget to dream! xoxo ES