As you may know, I am a huge advocate for slowing down in today’s fast paced world. Slow by no means means less exciting. I have selected to start a series of interviews with successful women who left the fast lane to start their own business and focus on family, design and building a sustainable empire of their own. I hope you enjoy getting to know these inspiring women.
Slow living is a lifestyle emphasising slower approaches to aspects of everyday life. Today Slow Fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity. It encourages slower production schedules, fair wages, lower carbon footprints, and (ideally) zero waste.
People every day are constantly living at a fast pace which is making them feel like their lives are chaotic – but with slow living they end up taking a step back and start enjoying life being conscious of sensory profusion. Slow living also incorporates slow food, slow money, and slow cities. The term slow is a movement or action at a relaxed or leisurely pace.
As a part of our new ALASIA WOMEN series of interviews, I'll be interviewing women from different backgrounds and different industries who live a slow life, according to my own interpretation of the lifestyle. These are women with successful careers who live an authentic lifestyle driven by passion for what they do. They do not conform to the norms of society and have an individual and unique style.
To begin the series I am honoured to be interviewing one of my favourite bloggers (lifestyle curator of all things beautiful from independent designers) from the Crete, Eleni Psyllaki a.k.a. My Paradissi. Eleni is the publicity-shy interior designer / architect who curates some of the the most beautiful finds from Etsy on her blog and Pinterest: where art meets decor, fashion meets products design and Greek designers mix with International talent. Although this is just a hobby of hers, alongside here day job as an independent Interior Designers, Eleni's minimal aesthetics have gained her super pinner status with 10M viewers per month, as well as being a tastemaker on Etsy. Looking at her boards and her blog, it's no surprise she has such a large following. I highly advise you to subscribe to her newsletter if you'd like to receive your weekly dose of Etsy products that allows you to discover the cream of the crop if you share an interest in independent designers and well made products.
1. HOW DO YOU TAKE YOUR COFFEE?
No sugar, but milk depends on the time of the day and current mood.
2. HOW DO YOU EARN A LIVING?
I help people create their dream homes. Mostly through interior design and blogging.
3. WHAT DOES A TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE TO YOU?
Wake up, take the kids to the babysitter (aka grandmother), and then down to work, work, work. I finish working at about 2pm, get the kids back, have family meal and then devote afternoons and evenings to family.
4. HOW DO YOU START YOUR WEEK?
Ha, that’s a question that I can’t really answer since, as a freelancer, I hardly ever have a start and end to a week (all days are almost the same and/or I get days off spontaneously or when needed at random days)
5. WHAT ABOUT ENDING THE WEEK?
6. TELL US ABOUT A PROJECT YOU’VE LOVED WORKING ON:
My latest e-decorating project where I got to design a home for a young couple in Switzerland. I loved how it turned out and so did my clients!
7. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BIGGEST HURDLE FOR YOU WHEN STARTING YOUR OWN BUSINESS / WORKING FOR YOURSELF?
Finding a clientele that appreciates my style, aesthetics and ideals. I got to work on many projects that I didn’t really match any or some of the above so I had to start saying no to many work offers to build a portfolio that I am proud of.
6. HOW DO YOU JUGGLE YOUR CAREER WITH YOUR PERSONAL LIFE?
I try to divide the day into two parts, my mornings go for working and my evenings for my family. Now, my personal life is not making it into this equation often enough and that means it suffers the most. I am thinking of squeezing some time in for some yoga classes again though.
8. TELL US ABOUT YOUR PERSONAL STYLE?
I like it comfortable, easy and casual. I prefer loose forms and neutral hues for my wardrobe.
9. IF YOU HAD TO CHOOSE ONLY 5 KEY PIECES FROM YOUR WARDROBE, WHAT WOULD THEY BE?
My black wide legged pants, my grey linen blouse, my white trainers, my sleek black overalls and my dusty pink poncho coat. You can find me most days dressed in those!
10. WE LOVE YOUR AESTHETICS AND YOUR BLOG; TELL US ABOUT THE INSPIRATION BEHIND IT:
Thanks! My blog journey has been a long one (almost 8 years) and, through it, my aesthetics have been forming and shaping every year through experience and inspiration. These two are seamlessly bonded and I’m always amazed to look back in time and see how my style and design opinions where back then (hint: they were a bloody mess :D)
11. WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO REMEDY WHEN YOU’RE STUCK IN A CREATIVE RUT?
I just try to focus on doing what makes me truly happy. I forget deadlines, customers, to-dos for a little while and let my little self play, enjoy and remember how much I love creating in the first place.
12. WHO ARE YOUR CREATIVE HEROES?
Oh, too many to mention here! It is so easy these days to follow mentors on various creative and lifestyle aspects on social media, that can keep you both inspired and motivated and overwhelmed at the same time. I, for example, admire the unapologetically creative nature of Jamie Beck (@annstreetstudio) and I never miss her wonderful stories on Instagram.
13. WHAT’S ONE LESSON YOUR BUSINESS HAS TAUGHT YOU ABOUT LIFE AND ABOUT YOURSELF?
Believe in yourself. Still I find it so hard to do so sometimes but this is where everything begins.
ELENI'S FAVOURITE PICK OF ALASIA SANDALS
Love the concept of a slower life, living in the moment, trying to be as mindful as possible and showcasing other women is a great idea, technology allows us to collaborate and inspire in such an awesome way🤗 I live in Maputo Mozambique, the chaos and color of this environment makes for a super creative space. We’re heading to Cyprus in a week or two and I’m looking forward to soaking up the inspiration that I know your environment holds.