CLASSIC STYLE: FALL-ING BACK TO BASICS

Well it's finally October... and I couldn't be more excited. Having the "10" in front of the date tends to add some more legitimacy to my attempt to make Fall happen here in Los Angeles, hence why I would love to get somewhere with cooler temps this month, just so I can wear my favorite sweaters with a bit more satisfaction. As I have mentioned many times before, this theoretical season change really brings wonderful memories back for me. Starting school again with all new clothes that were hard to wear at the end of September given global warming, but that I was oh so excited to try out the first week of school, reminds me a bit of where I am at now, attempting to wear cashmere in 80 degree weather. But eventually, the sun would go down earlier, the breeze would get cooler and the leaves would fall making everything feel as comfortable as it was exciting. And given how comfortable I like to always be brings me back to the basics, the simplest, easiest way for me to dress. Which is where I am today, quite literally Fall-ing back to where I always like to begin, with something easy, familiar, chic, but always in style. Call me basic if you will, or perhaps just loyal? Enjoy. 

THE TRENCH COAT



THE MODERN BLACK PANT




THE STRIPES


THE CAP TOE


THE GOODIES



-MGS

All photography by Elena Cuellar

CHIC PLACES: MOONSCAPES AT SARAKINIKO BEACH, MILOS GREECE



I have very little words... and many great facial expressions, remembering this special very place. In the simplest of terms, this place is what I imagine Mars to look like, as it was truly out of this world. Perhaps that's why the sun bleached, volcanic features are often referred to as moonscapes; a term that literally just means its characteristic of the moon. Outside of a Dr. Seuss story, I have not been privy to too many places as unique as this one yet, therefore I was beyond excited our journey through the Aegean even allowed for my highly anticipated visit to Milos, the beautiful island in which this magical place exists. I had heard lots of wonderful things already in doing research for our honeymoon, however, I will admit that finding this beach put the already overly praised destination even higher on my list and coming here in person clearly did not disappoint. Even my husband, who is often hard to impress was smitten once we rolled up and saw some of nature's most beautiful creations. 



We arrived about an hour before sunset, just in time for the most perfect light (not strategic on my part at all - KIDDING). There were still a good amount of people there, particularly lots of like-minded, Instagram photo ready kids like myself. But I would say the closer to sunset, the better views of everything, and I can only imagine how absolutely perfect a sunrise trip would have been. The timing was great, aside from the long and uncertain wait for a taxi cab as they are increasingly harder to come by the farther from a city center you are. In fact, the same driver who dropped us off ended up being our ticket back so my advice to you is to either rent a car or make friends with taxi cab drivers! Ours actually gave us a number for his friend to take us back to the harbor after dinner.


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Once we managed to pick our jaws back up, we settled into a small rocky perch near a shallow bay and enjoyed the last bits of golden sun. Aside from a small shallow beach that is quite rocky, there really isn't much beach space and most certainly no finely grated sand to sit in so I recommend bringing something more plush than just a regular towel if you plan to hang out for the afternoon. A lot of visitors, specifically children, wore water shoes. If you're too style conscious for that like me, then at least wear something durable enough for a bit of climbing, as that appeared to be half the fun! I actually, for the record, went barefoot up this little cliff, unsurprisingly given that I will do almost anything for the sake of good photography. 




Fortunately, I was not after a jump shot, which was a good thing given how shallow the water seemed to be. I didn't do a full swim that evening, however, it would have been a great place to do just that given how calm the water was. I think in the back of my mind I was also hesitant to put my pretty puff sleeves into the water, despite the fact that I was wearing a real swimsuit, completely capable of being submersed into water. 



We stayed for a while and caught the last rays before they settled down into the edge of the sea. I just can't stress to you how pretty a scene it was; honestly the pictures don't do the place justice. I found just the perfect place to stand in the sun, feeling like an absolute goddess of some new found land in a galaxy far far away. I even made Arthur stand in the sun-kissed spot, so he could remember just how cool it felt to be this far from home. 




Before the last ray hit the water, we had thankfully hopped into our taxi cab to dinner. It was a short little adventure here, but quite a memorable one. I will also be checking off that trip to the moon from my lifelong to-do list, which benefits us all really. 


-MGS

CHIC PLACES: A SHABBY CHIC LUNCH IN KYTHNOS TOWN, GREECE


We stumbled into this darling little place for lunch, before our afternoon exploration of Hora on Kythnos island. Kythnos was not originally on our itinerary but fortunately we had wifi strong enough to find this super shabby chic place for a midday snack. I had found the restaurant's name in English, Psipsína, but when we were walking down a side street from the center to find it, we had some difficulty as none of the sinage was in legible for us. Eventually, the few people working midday confirmed we were at the right place and sat us in a dually shaded and sun drenched spot. We were the only customers, which was not surprising given the tendency for Greek residents and tourists to stay home or at the beach until dinnertime. 



After settling in and ordering my complicated vodka soda (Arthur calls is complicated but it's just a vodka soda with cucumbers, lime, and mint if they have it, served in a wine glass) we dived into the bread basket and took a good look at the menu. I loved how consistent the decor was, a little shabby chic vibe with real cats roaming around drawings of cats on the menu and signs. The theme totally translated because I could envision several women  who own multiple cats living here, collecting anything with floral prints. I actually have a friend in mind who would fit in perfectly, her two cats and teacup collection ready to make roots, husband, not so much. 



Despite us being the only customers, the food was absolutely delicious, a more modern take on Mediterranean cuisine, with everything you would expect on a menu but updated a bit. The waiter really understood where everything was coming from and was very patient and helpful. As expected, our first order was a greek salad, given my new husband's ambitious attempt to rob the Greeks of their feta, tomato and cucumber supply during this entire trip. 



Fortunately for us the salad we ordered was a slight variation on the Greek salad, and included a giant  crouton-like base that I had a lot of fun breaking into. We have now decided the best salad addition is a creamy, spreadable variation of feta. This was one of the few, more nuanced restaurants, that served their salads this way and it's one idea that will easily score me points the next time I have too cook for people. 


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In addition to our lovely, less than basic, salad, we ordered a mushroom flatbread that sang to me it was so delicious. Another great recommendation from our waiter was the shrimp, which I loved, even though I am usually not a big fan. And of course, we had to order the cheese pie because when we see things like that on a menu there really isn't any other option. It was delicious, nothing incredibly spectacular but I do remember being very happy to continue to my cheese love affair with something other than saganki. 



I have to say this was one of my favorite lunches. I had first envisioned most of our meals in a beach club environment with loud music, a consistent flow of cocktails and some great people watching. That is most certainly not how this vacation turned out given our extremely short visits to the touristy islands and spending most of our time in sleepy villages. But I will say that became the most satisfying part of the trip, especially considering how many rocky, adventurous, sailing days we had that did really allow for sleeping in late, or at all. 



It's safe to say that we weren't completely able to let loose very much, but the relaxation came I suppose in these nice afternoons just like this one. Sitting and talking about everything, with not much to do but enjoy ourselves and over-indulge before the next sail. Which was perfectly fine, given that we've had many a party already. We do live in Los Angeles, after all. 


-MGN

FALLING FOR FALL: 100 INSPIRATIONAL IMAGES OF AUTUMN

It's officially the first day of Fall... and per usual, I couldn't be more excited. And even if the leaves haven't started changing yet, I am alive and ready for what's to come. I love the idea of something new wrapped into something familiar. It's exciting and comfortable all at the same time. And while Los Angeles might not see the biggest shift in colors each season, we do have plenty of exciting ways to get into the autumn spirit. One of which, being my attempt at finding Fall in Los Angeles, coming in an upcoming post here on Gisele Chic. But aside from the high temperatures that seem to last longer and longer each September, October, etc., daylight saving still happens on the west coast, making us all feel the difference, allowing soup lovers like myself to eat ramen at 7pm in a sweater. I have this particular fascination with how people who grew up in places with more definite seasons adjust to living in predominantly warmer climates. For me it's made me appreciate my trips to the east coast and midwest much more. It's also made me crave adventures in the snow, something I never thought about growing up making snowmen in Chicago. Now more than ever, I really appreciate each season and this one in particular as it's the appetizer to the holidays. But for now, let's just start here, with some snapshots of all the wonderful things that make this time of year special, even if people like me have to travel far to get them. Enjoy. 




































































































-MGN