Maria Margariti

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FINDING THE RIGHT PROPERTY IN LONDON

How to find the right property for you in London? Having spent the last 3 weeks of my life (this year only) viewing houses I thought that it would be a good idea to utilise all this experience (good and bad sometimes) and write an article that I can help anyone who is or will be in my shoes. Where do you start really? Don’t panic!! Keep reading and you will find tips on how to search properties in London, help you narrow down your search, identify properties that suit your needs, and how to tell if the asking price is too high. Let’s start at the beginning; How to search for properties? As most of the things in life right now the answer is simple: ONLINE! There are various sites out there like  Zoopla, Right Move, Prime Location and Move Bubble that are the top choices to start your research. You can search…

DANCE WITH MIKEY BOATS

Mikey Boats is an incredibly talented and creative dancer, choreographer, actor and director. A personal friend of mine who has achieved so much and in such a short space of time. His passion and start in the industry came from dance, working with some of the biggest stars such as MØ, Fergie, Black Eyed Peas and many more. He’s also been part of amazing campaigns with brands such as Christian Dior, River Island just to name a few. However, his ambition and hunger to constantly grow and develop has accelerated his career and shone the spotlight on many of his other talents. Most recently he choreographed and co-created the incredible breakthrough single of LOLÉ, with the help of director Richard Hall. He is part of  PDK Entertainment, and with his crew, that share the same passion for dance, they create some pretty amazing stuff. ** When did you start dancing? I start…

DJ INKO

INTRODUCE YOURSELF I’ve first met DJ Inko 6 years ago in Thessaloniki, Greece, in one of my favourite bars where he was resident at the time. I was immediately taken by his melodies, I just surrendered myself to the upbeat rhythms of his music and had the urge to hit the dancefloor and keep going until my legs could go no more. Inko’s musical journey started when he was young studying violin, piano and composition which awoke his passion. As a teenager, he started his vinyl collection with funk, disco and house sounds which later defined his style. But what really stands out is the educational journey he took to pursue his passion and master his craft. From a studying sound engineering and music production at the University of Wales to being a graduate of the department of audio engineering at I.I.E.K AKMI as well as completing ”Electronic Music & Technology” course at…

WHEN THE SUN IS OUT IN LONDON

I know that we don’t get to see a lot of sun here in London, but nothing can break out spirit! Our hope that one day summer will actually come never fades. One way or another, this article is going to give you a few ideas on things to do and places to see when the sun is out. London, as every other place on earth, becomes so beautiful under the light of the sun. It doesn’t stop to amaze me how everything changes when the clouds disappear and that yellow source of warmth takes their place. Everything looks different, like buildings and streets. If you are lucky, you will discover new small details (that you may never have noticed before) about the City that will make you love London even more. As the nice weather in London should not be taken for granted, the list below will give you some…

TIPS ON AN “EASY” START IN YOUR NEW LONDON LIFE

Moving to a new country can be exciting and stressful at the same time. Whether you are new in the Big Smoke or you are planning on moving here at some point, you will certainly need some beginners tips. London is a big city and things can be tricky for newbies, especially for those who don’t have anyone to guide or advise them. We are here to share some tips with you in order to make your life easier! 1. Nowadays we are all addicted to our phones due to the fact that they make our lives easier in many ways. So… one of the first things you should do when coming to London is to get an English mobile number! You can either get just a sim card (in this case, you can top up as much as you want anytime you want) or get a monthly contract that…

YAYOI KUSAMA-INFINITE OBSESSION-ART IN LONDON

The artist who succeeded to capture infinity-Yayoi Kusama. One of the reasons that Yayoi Kusama is one of my favourite artists is not only the avant-garde nature of her work but actually the fact that she is a real-life example of what  Bukowski successfully quoted:  “Find what you love and let it kill you” Seeing her work in London not long ago, was one of my most memorable experiences in this city until today. When I got the news that her work would come to London, my excitement was beyond words. Her art is absolutely phenomenal. Yayoi was born in 1929 in Matsumoto City. She was part of a big family. Even from the age of ten, she was driven by her passion for drawing, which her parents were completely opposed to. According to her mother’s will, she had to get married to someone from a rich family and become a…

THE FESTIVAL SERIES: LUMIERE FESTIVAL

This is my first article of a series, which have as the main purpose to introduce (or give you even more info) about any kind of festival, mainly in the UK but not exclusively. My goal is to host as many festivals as possible and also ensure that people with different taste and back-rounds, can find something interesting here. And first on our list would be the LUMIERE FESTIVAL. Lumiere or differently London’s festival of light is a free festival that takes place for four days in our city. With more than 50 installations of projections, neons, interactive pieces and illuminated sculptures, Lumiere will make you see many buildings around London with a different perspective. It was established in 2016. Following its great success and the millions of people who visited the festival, it’s time for the sequel. This time it’s even bigger, brighter and with even more artists participating. One…

LONDON…A LOVE HATE RELATIONSHIP

You’ve decided that your country no longer matches your passions, dreams and your future plans. You are simply looking to try out something new and exciting! So as a result you packed your bags, booked a flight, said goodbye to friends and family to start a new adventure in…LONDON. In this post I’d like to emphasis on the constant love-hate feeling which you most likely will experience between you and the city. As you possibly already know you will be living in the city of opportunity; the city that offers unlimited options and gives you the chance to fill your days with new experiences and activities. That… long story short, is the place to be! However, having mentioned all the above, something you probably are not aware of is that there’s  another side to this city. A side that makes you feel similar to how your best friend’s bad habits make…

6 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT YOUR SKIN

Our skin care methods may differ depending on where we live. Weather and climate are a couple of facts that affect the appearance and health of our skin. Women in London, for example, should take into consideration London’s pollution-filled air and treat their skin accordingly. A polluted complexion may add years to our face and who wants that?! One of the things I regret massively is the fact  that I never listened to my mum when she was telling me how important skin care is. When you are 20, you don’t appreciate what you have. You think that it’s absolutely normal to sleep with your makeup on, never wear sunscreen or face cream just because at that age regardless what you do your skin continues to glow. Unfortunately, it takes a few years and the first fine lines to start putting some effort and start taking care of your skin (at least in…

FASHION INDUCTION: HAUTE COUTURE VS READY-TO-WEAR

 As I was thinking about a what my new article would be about, one thing was definitely on my mind- I’ d like to write about fashion. It is well know to many that London is one of the leading cities in the fashion world, proof of that is the fact that  around 46,400 people are currently employed by the fashion industry in London in one way or another. I kept starting my first paragraph and then deleting it, not being sure of what I want to say or how i wanted to start. I kept thinking, should it be about new trends? Colours? Shapes? At that moment, I gazed upon a book which lies on my coffee table “The dictionary of Fashion”. Then it occurred to me that I would like to write about the basic things. Haute couture is the first thing that came to my mind as many of…

SUMMERTIME… LONDON TRENDS AND THE LIVIN IS EASY

Having still a festive flavour from December’s madness in our mouths (if you replace the word festive with chocolate still makes sense), everyone is trying to get ready for the next big thing…Spring/Summer 2018!!!! Fashionistas around the world start wondering about thing like what it will be worn? What colours will be the hottest trends and what materials will be preferred?  All these unanswered questions in combination with the stress of returning to the beach body (which usually we wave goodbye to during Christmas time) can drive a man nuts, right? But one shall not be worried… I am here! After researching every dark corner of the internet, I am here to present the new trends for Spring/Summer 2018. Plastic is Fantastic After Raf Simons debuted Vinyl in his Calvin Klein autumn 2017 collection, many big Houses adopted it for their 2018 collection. Valentino, Chanel and of course Calvin Klein…

BEST RESTAURANTS IN LONDON FOR DATE NIGHT

 You made great effort on flirting, being charming and smiling (a lot!) and finally got it! You have your first date!! Then you start stressing out (first dates can be really stressful) because you have to make a good impression and make this first date a good one (this is what I call hard work, right?). You have so many things to think about, like what to wear, what subjects are good to discuss, where to go… and should it be dinner or drinks…? One thing less to worry about as I have a list with the best restaurants in London that offer great food and amazing cocktails and will transform this night to a unique experience. Please remember: love goes through the stomach.   INAMO: Covent Garden, Soho, Camden When restaurants make a quantum leap into the future London leads the way. At Inamo guests use tablets to place their…

PILLOW TALK: WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR BEDROOM

Many people think that the most important room in a house is the living room and I get it, this is where you spend your day, chill with your friends and family and of course, welcome your guests. But have you considered how much time you spend in your bedroom if you add sleeping into the equation? A lot! Research has shown that the environment in which you’re sleeping is highly important for your mental as well as physical rest and well being. This is where you start and finish your day, this is where you go to relax and feel comfortable, in short… this is your kingdom. Finding your perfect flat/room in London can be challenging. Most of the times we settle for something less than what we originally wanted because of our budget, or lack of time.   Here you can find a list of things to take into…

FUNKY HOME DECOR GUIDE

Living in London, one thing is absolutely sure… you’ll have to move many times until you end up finally finding the one and only place that meets your standards perfectly, as well as your stuff and your pocket. If that happens and the stars are alined or you win the lottery, you should actually buy it! Finding the perfect flat can be challenging! It can be really tiring but really refreshing at the same time. Every time you move to a new place, you get the feeling that of starting all over again. It feels like when you turn your notebook in a new blank page. But as with the notebook, you have to be cautious which pen colour you’ll use, so the result looks pretty and not smudged. Thankfully nowadays online shopping has saved us so much time and actual physical effort, not mental though, because you still need to spend…

GIVE A BIT OF “ART” TO ME…

One of the things that came alongside the new year, is my urge find new things to entertain myself in my spare time other than “socialising” with friends in bars and restaurants. Please don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, I love “socialising” and of course I love bars but sometimes we just need a break. It’s probably the whole festive season after effect that creates this drive, as I have spent all of December out “cheering” for the new year’s arrival. Pretty exhausting! So following this productivity crisis of mine, I am here to give you some ideas on some of the best art exhibitions that will be taking place in London in 2018. If you see something you like, I’d suggest you plan in advance (put it in your diary and create alerts on your phone) as for some of the exhibitions the tickets will disappear in…

BUDAPEST-ONE CITY, TWO AT HEART

                               BUDAPEST  Budapest, in my opinion, is one of those cities that is not your first option as a travel destination, however as soon as you get to visit it, you’ll are seduced by its eternal beauty and quality of life to the extent that you will probably try to squeeze it in your holiday trips every year, even for just a weekend.  This diamond of Eastern Europe is a great escape throughout the whole year. But don’t be fooled by the lovely warm weather that often lasts until October because once winter comes it’s not for “the faint hearted”.   Budapest, Hungary’s capital, is bisected by the River Danube. Its 19th-century Chain Bridge connects the hilly Buda district with flat Pest. Just by crossing its stunning range bridges you can bounce between two regions which are completely different but perfectly compliment each other. BUDA… …was the ancient capital of the Kingdom of…

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