The Story of the Martis Bracelet

The tradition of Martis (derived from the Greek word for March) dates back to Ancient Greek times, as a way to usher in the transition from winter to spring. On March 1st, it is said that if you tie a bracelet of red and white string around your wrist, it will protect your cheeks from burning in the sun. The white string represents purity and the red for the color of sun kissed cheeks. Our Martis, made in Greece by Makris, is adorned with an evil eye bead to bring the wearer good luck.

 
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So you put the Martis on at the beginning of March, when do you take it off? The answer is that it is different throughout Greece. In some regions, they're taken off at the first sign of spring, once the first flowers begin to bloom or at the first sight of birds returning from their winter migration. They then tie them around the branch of a fruit tree for birds to use to help build their nests. In other parts of Greece, they wait until the end of May, when they're thrown into the fires used to burn the floral May wreaths that once adorned their homes and businesses.

 

No matter how long you choose to wear your Martis, don’t forget your SPF at home.

 
 

New Arrivals from Hermina Wristwear & Necklace Layering Tips

 

We are very excited to be adding some new items from Hermina Wristwear to our store today. Brands like this inspired us to create Hellenic Aesthetic. Their designs are always beautiful, on trend & carry a subtle nod to the past.

To celebrate these new arrivals, we'd like to share a few of our favorite tips for layering necklaces.

 
 
 
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Keep it simple

Have some gold chains lying around? Layering different chain lengths is a great way to highlight a favorite pendant.

Here we paired the Méliès Moon Necklace from our store with the model's own 13 and 15 inch necklaces.


 
 
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Mix Metals

Don't be afraid to mix silver and gold.

An easy way to incorporate both is to wear a piece made with both metals.

The Kion Column Necklace is adjustable in length (from 14 to 16 inches) and its gold chain and sterling silver pendant makes it a truly versatile piece. 


 
 
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Play with Shapes

Keep it interesting by layering different shaped pendants together.

Think of it as a way to show off a few of your favorite pieces.

We paired the Méliès Moon Necklace together with the Small Kressida Pendant with multi-colored stones.


 

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Mykonos 2017

Here is a compilation of some new and old favorites of ours in Mykonos. A place for celebrity sightings, luxurious accommodations and some of the hottest places to party in the entire world, it will always be a favorite island of ours.

 

STAY

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MyMykonos Hotel- Located directly above (and within walking distance to) Mykonos Town, this 3-star bohemian-style hotel is a fun choice for those who want to be closer to town.

San Giorgio Mykonos - This 4-star adults only hotel is located near Paradise Beach and is perfect for those looking to indulge in Mykonos' party scene.

Santa Marina, a Luxury Collection Resort- Our 5-star choice is near the ever-crowded Ornos Beach, but it's careful layout feels like a secluded oasis. Santa Marina also is home to the famous Buddha Beach Bar, which is definitely worth the visit for lunch or dinner if you need a break from traditional Greek cuisine.

 

EAT

Nautilus- Mykonos Town- A favorite of ours for three years running for traditional Greek food. Skip the classic Greek village salad and opt for their Mykonos-grown tomatoes, ksinotiro cheese, fried capers and basil pesto salad.

Interni- Mykonos Town- Fun party atmosphere and great food. Reserve a few days in advance.

Scorpios- Agia Anna Beach- You may remember Scorpios from our post. Scorpios is also a great place for dinner, but be sure to make a reservation (reservations@scorpiosmykonos.com) prior to your arrival if you will be visiting during peak season. 

Marenga Milk Bar- MyMall Mykonos - For coffee and food on mornings if you need a break from your hotel breakfast, or for those of us can't go more than a week without avocado toast.

 Marenga Milk Bar is a 20 minute drive from Mykonos Town

Marenga Milk Bar is a 20 minute drive from Mykonos Town

 

SHOP

 

Enny Monaco- Mykonos Town- Beautiful pop-up for the 2017 season selling high-end clothing and accessories. We hope to see them return in 2018.

Apriati- Mykonos Town- Beautiful Greek-made fine jewelry for both men and women. We can't resist picking up a piece each time we're in Mykonos. They also have boutiques in Athens, Spetses, London and Paris. Rumor has it they will be coming to NYC in the near future.

Dio Horia Art Gallery- Mykonos Town- Whether you're in the market for fine art or not, it's worth the stop to view their latest show. 

Nammos Village- Psarou Beach- the new multi-brand high-end shopping center is a great pit stop on your way in or out of Nammos Restaurant by the Sea.

 

 

SantAnna

Scorpios got a new neighbor this summer, and it is an absolute must-see. Situated on Agia Anna Beach, SantAnna is an all-around great place to spend the day. If the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Sea aren't your thing, this property boasts Europe's largest beachfront pool to cool off in. Have your hotel call ahead to reserve lounge chairs, cabanas, and/or a table for lunch. 

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Want more Mykonos? Check out our post on our favorite seaside hangouts here.

 

Where to Get the Best Picture of Acropolis Hill

 
 

Photos of the Parthenon from this vantage point are all over Instagram, but many times the exact location isn't tagged. Most people don't like to give away their social media secrets, but we aren't most people.

This photo was taken at the rooftop bar of A for Athens Rooms and Apartments, in the center of Monastiraki Square and within walking distance from the Plaka. This is the perfect place to grab an afternoon coffee (or any drink of your choice) and snap a great pic for the 'gram. You can thank us later.

 

 

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Hellenic Aesthetic's Picks: Seaside in Mykonos

 

Mykonos. Once you go, it's hard to imagine visiting Greece again without spending a few days here. Part of the magic of Mykonos is its many exclusive seaside hangouts. You can spend your entire day at any of these locations, from noon until the sun slips under the horizon. Here are a few of our favorites.

 

SCORPIOS

Scorpios draws you in. You can spend your day here under a wooden cabana, but we prefer to come here to watch the sunset and dinner afterwards. A Scorpios sunset is something you just have to experience, the music, the people, the setting. Try their avocado tzatziki. It will change the way you look at tzatziki forever.  

Photo via Scorpios Mykonos website

 

ALEMAGOU

Alemagou is like the smaller, more laid-back version of Scorpios. Alessandra Ambrosio visited this spot last year, and if it's good enough for her...

Photo via Alemagou website

 
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Oh, Nammos. A place to see and be seen, a favorite of many celebrities and recently selected for Conde Nast Traveler's Gold List for 2017. We just love it. End of story.

Photo by Marianthi Vlachos

 

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We loved Principote Panormos Mykonos so much that we went back multiple times. This new kid on the block had just officially opened a week before we visited in June of summer 2016. It's a good place to rent a lounge chair and hang out for the day.

Photo by Marianthi Vlachos

 

We will be back in Mykonos this July and can't wait to share new finds with you, and to revisit some of our old favorites. Follow our Instagram @hellenicaesthetic to come along on our summer adventure with us.

 

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Miami's Mandolin Aegean Bistro

 
 

The smell of the grill hits you from about a block away as you walk up to this picture perfect facade. Most of Mandolin's seating is outside, adding to the immersive almost-like-you're-in-Greece atmosphere.

 
 
 
 

It is rare for a Greek restaurant in the United States to serve maroulosalata, but this very simple addition to Mandolin's menu may be one of the reasons that I love coming here so much. Some thinly cut romaine lettuce, dill, feta cheese, and extra virgin olive oil with a little bit of lemon juice or red wine vinegar create a light and refreshing balance of flavors.

In my opinion, the authenticity of Mandolin comes from the simplicity of its food. Like you'd find at any taverna in Greece, they aren't trying to reinvent or elevate Greek cuisine into something that it is not. Each dish is made of wholesome and traditional ingredients that makes their food unassumingly good. Be sure to check out their selection of Greek and Turkish packaged foods and home goods before you leave.

 

 

After your meal head to the newly developed Miami Design District for luxury shopping, just a few blocks away. Visiting the art galleries and shops of nearby  Wynwood is another great way to spend your day.

 

Not headed to Miami? You can also visit Mandolin at many Soho House locations around the world.

 

 
 

Chanel Goes Greek For Cruise 2018 Show

Today in Paris, Karl Lagerfeld unveiled Chanel's 2018 Cruise Collection transporting the runway show's attendees seaside to the Mediterranean. Here are a few of our favorite looks...

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The iconic Chanel tweed with a Hellenic twist

 

 

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The criteria of beauty in Ancient then Classical Greece still holds true. There have never been more beautiful representations of women. Or more beautiful columns. The entire Renaissance, in fact, was based on antiquity.
— Karl Lagerfeld from the show notes
 
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It seems many eyes in the fashion industry have been on Greece for inspiration. Greek Brit Mary Katrantzou looked to her roots for her Spring 2017 Ready to Wear show, where black figure pottery and Minoan motifs juxtaposed psychedelic patterns. It was reported in February that the Italian fashion house Gucci had its eye on hosting a runway show on Acropolis Hill this June, which was unanimously denied by Greece’s Central Archaeological Council (KAS). 

We can't wait to see how Gucci interprets the #HellenicAesthetic next month. Until then, we'll be drooling over this bag...

You can view the entire Chanel Cruise 2018 collection here.

The Traditional Greek Accessory Taking Instagram By Storm

With Coachella wrapping up last weekend, I can't help but be relieved that my Instagram feed will no longer be inundated with endless festival pictures. Maybe I'm just jealous because I didn't go? Who knows. 

One thing we can definitely look to attendees of this (probably) overhyped event is for outfit inspiration. The most surprising trend to emerge this year? Your Papou's Greek fisherman hat. That's right, everyone from Victoria's Secret models to some of my favorite fashion bloggers were wearing them.

 

Actress Nina Dobrev looking adorable in her Greek Fisherman Hat at Coachella

Photo via @nina on Instagram

 

Another festival attendee killing it in a white version

Photo via @LF5thAve on Instagram

 

So where did this trend begin? The first time I noticed someone rocking my Papou's chapeau of choice was Danielle Bernstein of We Wore What (looking SO amazing) while on vacation in the Bahamas. She acquired her white hat from an LF Stores  location in NYC. Photo via @WeWoreWhat on Instagram

 

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I decided to head to the LF Stores location in Boca Raton, Florida, to get my hands on one and not only did I find them, but to my delight they are actually made in Greece!

I find it fascinating that something so commonplace and readily available in the Greek Islands has found its way into a chain of boutiques here in the USA. I have to admit though, this was not a trend I saw on the forecast, but it makes me so happy and I 100% endorse it. The promotion of Greek products (whether we sell that particular item or not) is what we're about here at Hellenic Aesthetic. 

Head to your closest LF to get the #HellenicAesthetic for $35 or you can purchase one here