Today marks week 38 for my -not so little anymore- belly and you can only imagine the anticipation level we’ve reached. Everything is ready, everyone prepared and any time now, we’ll be holding our little guy.

At the same time, although i should normally feel like slowing down, quite the opposite my mind is scheming and planning the next steps. The past few years in my freelancing and business building career, one i’ve learnt is that you can literally achieve anything you put your mind onto. No exceptions. All you need is hard work, a plan, determination and passion.

If we start talking about dreams, oh i have so many of them! I only wish i could clone myself and start working on each and every project i have in my mind. From the silk scarves we talked about the other day, to a summer inspired clothing / swimwear line, wallpaper design, textiles, homeware..don’t get me started. Were i’m loosing my thoughts entirely, is where do you stop? How do you choose which one is the right one to pursue especially when you have so many of them?

I guess just having them, is a great start for motivation isn’t it?

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Exactly a year ago, we were living the dream while visiting Santorini for three days. Exactly two years ago, we were travelling to Berlin and Paris for a conference and my collaboration line with Pimkie. Oh how time flies by!

This is the first year we haven’t travelled anywhere, because well, more exciting things are coming! I was looking back at some memories for the past 7 years with Theo and i literally broke down to tears. We truly looked like babies in 2010.

Then i found these shots i hadn’t shared here. A little minimal and abstract and thought i’d show them to you. Although our trip to Santorini was chaotic – a photoshoot for our shop in just two days. But other than that, the few moments we had to ourselves without panicking were simply out of this world.

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WHAT I REMEMBER FROM SANTORINI

I’m not going to lie, we spent tons of money in these two/three days. But boy was it worth it! We were lucky enough to visit in April, where it wasn’t as chaotic as in the middle of summer. If you want to experience a dream like paradise this is it. The moment you step your foot and look at that view, you’ll probably get the feeling you’re flying.

At the same time, the white and pastel houses make this place even more unreal. I vividly remember not believe my eyes and being aware of all that space surrounding me. Feeling exposed and at the same time surrounded all that endless blue. Looking outside our room’s window you’d think we were looking at a postcard – and we were.

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Inspiration

If you’re looking for inspiration, this is the place to be. Every step is simply picture perfect. From the architecture, to the minimalism, the colours and forms. Even the colour of the earth and oh that magical sunset.

I thought Santorini was overrated, but looking back now i have so many dreamy things to remember. That magical sunset we sat in our warm jacuzzi and watched the flaming sun dive in the sea, with a glass of white wine. If it could get any better, right after it all the lights lit on and right below us all the little houses looked like flying fireflies.

I bet you all are already planning or might have planned  your vacation. For us, it will be vacation on our island, but probably not same as the previous years. Hope i spread some wanderlust and inspiration to you all! A little something to get us through the week.

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I’ve been sitting here for a few minutes, trying to put my thoughts into words but it’s just not going to happen. How can someone describe the feeling that they’re only four weeks away from bring a baby to this world? It feels so big and at the same time so unreal. It’s so unreal that i almost sometimes forget that i’m pregnant and feel that our lives will go on as they are.

Maternity shots are not a thing here – i even had to convince Theo to take a few shots of for that reason. We don’t intend to have a second baby for lots of reasons, and although i could go on with my iPhone shots here and there, i really wanted to look like i didn’t just wake up for once. So i got my hair did and put on some makeup and thank god for the weather i was able to walk barefoot on the sand. Looking at these pictures i feel a little self conscious, but i’ve shared raw and unfiltered posts for the past years, so why stop now?

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Honestly, i’m in a great place right now. Pregnancy finally feels like i imagined it to be – happy, glowy and exciting. Most of the day i feel so blessed and special. Jason already shows us his character which makes me silently “aw” the whole time. He loves kicking me on my ribs, he generally loves moving, but thank you little guy for sleeping whenever i sleep. He calms down when daddy puts his hand on my belly and we loves listening to the Harry Potter theme (of course he’s my son). We’ve seen him having his little foot on his ear and we’ve already seen him suck his thumb.

 

We’re soon leaving our tiny piece of land to spend a month in Athens so we can be close to the hospital just in case. Although i hate being away from home and our furry family, getting ready, doing all the final shopping and being close to family makes this experience even more special. I don’t think i can even imagine how birth is going to feel, but i couldn’t be more lucky having everyone i love with me and most of all having the most loving, caring partner i could ever ask for.

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The sun is still up in the sky, the birds are singing and i’m sitting by the pool with my laptop. There was an idea of creating a line art totem (which i haven’t done in ages), but everything is so alluring and inviting me to join in. So something simpler will do. I quickly snug a shot of our lilies (those curves!) and just feeling blessed that it’s Friday again.

Here are few fun things and exciting things i’d love to share with you on this beautiful day! This morning i shared a bit of Jason’s nursery progress on my Instagram stories. We still got a lot of things to do (such as putting up the artworks + carpet) but you can definitely get a feel of what’s going on. So many special details that we all put our hand in creating.

You might have noticed that my style has changed quite a lot the past year. More fun, more colours, more pink, more illustrating. I don’t quite know how i feel about it, as i always had a much moodier black & gold style, but so far i’m rolling with it. I’m even currently working with two dream brands (that you all love) based on that very same style. On the same note, Sonix released another case i lettered for them “The Future is Female” – gotta love the motivation! And lastly, another really exciting and familiar feeling, seeing your name as an illustrator on Amazon. An interesting project that i can’t wait to tell you all about – for now you can preorder!

Hope y’all enjoy the weekend and crossing my fingers it’s sunny too!

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To all my ladies out there, Happy Women’s Day!

To be quite honest with i didn’t celebrate this day all the previous years. This one however, i feel so empowered by everything going on globally. I’m inspired by the unity, all the powerful women i know and admire and with everything going on with my body at the moment.

Most of all, i feel so lucky and privileged to be a woman in this era, as well as having everything i have, including the right to be heard and be equal.

We may seem to forget that often, but we have so much while other have little. While battling for what is right in our era, my thoughts go to all the strong women around the world who are not as privileged and have to endure the unjustice.

Mothers, sisters, friends, lovers and wives. We fight, we love, we create and we speak with a fiery passion. And for that, I admire and love you all.

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I know i know, i promised months ago to keep you updated on the nursery process, but trust me. It has been a lot more difficult than i thought it would be! For some reason i thought that designing a nursery would be pretty much the same as designing a brand, but i wish someone told me that i was wrong. Overall, i had a very clean idea of what i wanted for the nursery from the moment we found i was pregnant. Clean, bright, woodsy and a bit of folk.

I never got to do a mood board for some reason, until this very moment. All my ideas are stored in pins on a secret board and that was pretty much my virtual mood board. When we first started buying the first furniture, i was so stressed about finishing everything and having the nursery done and ready way before baby arrives. Now, i laugh at myself knowing that it won’t be and i’ll be probably putting the final touches when Jason arrives.

So far, we have all the important things done. Painting the room, put up the shelves, the cot is ready as well as the dresser. For the last one, we used an ikea dresser that works out perfectly after we changed the doorknobs to gold ones. Now all we need is the final touches like artworks, toys, mirrors and decorations.

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Overall, the room has a lot of white and wooden elements, gold and bright pops of colour. This lama was my main inspiration for a big part of it 🙂 I never told you the story of how for a whole month we thought i was having a girl did i? Well, a lot of my planning involved a nursery for a baby girl, that turned into a fear of having a too girly nursery for a baby boy.

I guess this mood board was a good start to set up a general guide for our final touches. I know not everyone’s into baby / nursery posts, and i’m really not great at them ahah so the next one will be a photoshoot of the finished room. Crossing my fingers it will turn out as i imagine it!

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It’s been a week since my birthday and i already feel the pressure of being twenty eight. While chatting with my friend Mel yesterday, i realised how much more inspired i am to achieve in pretty much.. everything. To be great at what i do, be a great mom, woman and wife. Somehow, somewhere in between all that stress and anxiety i found motivate to achieve instead of being scared of failure.

This week i worked on myself a bit, something i haven’t done in a long time. I managed to stress less with my full inbox and prioritise more. I set some extra time to have a cup of coffee during the day, take a nap to recharge and do some gardening and barbecue with the hubby. Words can’t even describe just how more relaxed i feel by simply altering my daily routine and stressing less about everything.

At the end of the day, i realised we need to say more “yes” and less “no”.  Out loud as well as in the way we live.

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