Greek Goddess Inspired Fashion

What do you picture when you think of a Greek Goddess? Do you see large, white statues made of marble? Or strong and serene women sitting amongst the clouds? I envision long flowing garments, caught in the wind.  It is with this in mind that I began packing for our most recent trip to Athens. I looked to the Greek goddesses themselves for inspiration.

When speaking of Athens, I still smile broadly. It was such an unexpected treasure and quickly shot to one of my top 5 most favorite destinations. When packing for Athens, we were able to leave our winter coats and clothes behind in favor of milder weather. In late November, Athens was warm enough to forgo boots and heavy coats, but cool enough to be comfortable walking around in all day.  The constant sunshine was an added bonus to this magnificent trip.

Getting back to Greek goddess inspired fashion, we walked the same steps as the goddesses were said to have walked. Putting myself in that mindset, I picture graceful movements up and down the steps of the Parthenon; long flowing garments that offer ease of movement and ripple with the wind.  The dress I had purchased for traveling through Saudi Arabia was perfect.  It flowed, it was comfortable and light-weight, and it felt very Grecian.

greek goddess

greek goddess

greek goddess

greek goddess

What the Missus Wore:  Dress from Modanisa//Shoes from Seychelles//Sunglasses from Louis Vuitton

While I wasn’t a goddess looking down upon the people of Greece, experiencing the Parthenon first hand sure felt special. The dress didn’t hurt, either. 🙂

Until next time…

A Joyous New Year

2018 has started off as a joyous New Year, with our first three days spent in our home town of Chicago.  Our most recent visit was one of the best we’ve ever had.  Matilda has added a whole new level of specialness to our visits home and this Christmas and New Year was no exception.

As part of this Chicago visit, we first hosted Matilda’s baptism.  The rest of the visit was spent catching up with family and friends and celebrating both the Christmas and New Year holiday.  We were in Chicago for three weeks, and I am so thankful to my parents for hosting us.

Aside from the baptism, some of the highlights of the trip included:

Matilda interacting with other children

As Matilda is almost one year now, she is at a very fun age.  She is chatty (though not speaking real words), mobile, and very interactive.  Her personality is really taking shape – both the good and bad parts. 🙂

She interacted with many other kids this trip – my nephew, my cousin’s children, and my best friend’s children.  Her interaction with her cousin, Adrian was the funniest, though.  Adrian has an extremely sweet demeanor.  We were teaching him to share toys, and while Matilda liked the toys, she liked Adrian more.  She kept grabbing his shirt collar to pull him closer to her.  That act frightened him a bit, so he would slowly scoot away.  It was hysterical to watch, and perhaps a preview into their relationship down the line.

Catching Up with Friends

Since we were home for 3 weeks, I got to spend extra time with my best friends.  We weren’t rushed like we have been during past visits. It also allowed for visiting friends I see less frequently, such as my friend Jordan who lives in Washington, DC.

Spending Time with Family

This extra time gave us real quality moments with our families.  Staying with my parents exposed them to the funny nuances and quirks of Matilda’s personality, and gave them a glimpse into our daily interactions with her.

We helped my sister move into a beautiful new home and were able to personally share in her joy and excitement.  And I visited with aunts and uncles more frequently than in the past.

It was so nice, in fact, it felt like we had moved back to Chicago!

The Food!

I can’t forget our beloved Chicago-style food.  Hotdogs and beef sandwiches from Portillos, pizza from Pizano’s and Barnaby’s, Mexican from the local hole in the wall…it was awesome.  The problem, however, is the extreme weight gain that occurs eating food like this.  Oh well, that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. 🙂

Sadly for us, all 3 of us caught a nasty cold the last week we were in town.  We had to cancel our NYE plans but it ended up meaning a great night in with my parents.  We ordered Wildfire steaks for take out and I still made us all dress up to ring in the New Year.

Cheers to another great visit home – my sincerest thanks to my parents for hosting us and letting us take over their house!

And cheers to a great New Year!

My Baby’s Baptism

We hosted Matilda’s baptism yesterday and it was such a wonderful day.  We organized to have her baptised as part of our Christmas visit home to Chicago.  Tony wanted to have her baptized in his childhood church and that’s exactly what we did.

In many ways, Matilda’s baptism held a lot of similarities to our own wedding in Paris.

Months in advance, I coordinated with a local seamstress to have my wedding dress turned into Matilda’s baptismal gown.  The final result was absolutely breathtaking and it confirmed for me that I made the right decision in “cutting up” my wedding dress.  We worked with a woman named Mary Catomy and I would recommend her to anyone.


Paris Wedding


Chicago Baptism

The paperwork and coordination was also very similar to our Paris wedding.  Given we live in Zurich, we had to attend a baptismal class at the English speaking church of Zurich.  The certificate of that class was then sent to the church in Chicago.  We also had to coordinate the registration of my sister and brother-in-law as the Godparents. For our wedding, we had to take our pre-Cana courses in Chicago and send that documentation over to the church in Paris.  We have spent quite a bit of money in postage!

The church we selected to host the baptism is St. Viator parish.  Tony grew up in this church and it meant a lot to him to have Matilda baptized here.  I had never been inside and was stunned when entering.  It is one of the most beautiful churches I’ve seen in Chicago.  What was even crazier to me was the stained glass behind the alter. I feel it looks very similar to the stained glass at St. Germain L’Auxerrois, our Paris church.


St. Viator


St. Germain L’Auxerrois

The ceremony was very special to Tony and I. Matilda was an absolute star and we felt so blessed to have in every way.  We finished the great day by hosting a late lunch at La Villa, also one of Tony’s childhood favs.  This is where the similarities between our wedding ended, though, because we did not eat pizza for our wedding meal. 🙂

We thank God and our family for being a part of Matilda’s special day.