It’s high time i acknowledged the fact that it’s summer you guys! A little late in the game i know – you’re probably already sipping margaritas by the pool. This past week has felt a lot like June (at last!) and spending summer with the babe is really something. Yesterday, we had our first trip to the beach, where he slept pretty much the whole time. Hah, i guess at 2 months old, you’re too young to be excited by the waves and sand between your toes.

Things have been very nice and peaceful at this side of the world. Smooth projects, back to work, slowly making time for personal projects as well. I’m so lucky to have the support of my dear hubby and family so we’re mostly enjoying our little guy’s every day achievements and smiles. Like, when he showed interest and tried to grab his toy for the first time a couple of hours ago.. which of course was followed by shedding a few tears by his dear mother. Something that happens a lot around here lately 😀

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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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It’s been a long long week, full of working hours and new pretty colourful projects i’m working. You may have spotted the illustration i did for Apartment Therapy and you’ll definitely be seeing it on their Instagram stories quite often.

We’re already in Athens were things are a bit more hectic and crazy, but enjoying every bit of it so far. Did this quick lettering today in between projects to remind you that you’re pretty! I’ve been feeling so crappy most of my pregnancy until i obviously realised that beauty came from within and not fro whether i wear fancy clothes and have my makeup on.

*Said the girl who has been wearing pjs 24/7 for the past 8 months*

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Vintage tropical patterns, white linen, white lace, woven shoes, bags, straw hats.. that’s pretty much everything that has been on my mind lately. I’ve literally have fallen in love with my Pinterest all over again the past couple of months and the dream girl on my Wear & Styled boards.

Psst.. i may be toying with the idea of creating silk scarves -you know the ones that you can wear as tops too- and i may have been practising on some woven beach bags. When i can’t find what i like, you know me.. i’m all about making it myself. So who knows, maybe one day i’ll launch a few different things on my shop at last!

This tropical piece was an experiment of colour play and vintage mood. A pattern i would love to wear as a scarf maybe? So far it sits on my desktop and i’m sharing it with you as well!

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Download wallpaper below

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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 don’t care what season it is, give me a tropical cocktail and I’m set. Perhaps it’s the flavorful garnishes, usually consisting of pineapple or coconut. Maybe it’s that it reminds me of sitting on the beach, no matter what temperature it actually is outside. Or it could even be that distinct tiki feel, even if it’s not in a tiki glass.

Either way, tropical cocktails are my JAM. So, when I spotted ‘Coco-Lada’ by The Owl’s Brew, I knew exactly what I had to make. The team over at The Owl’s Brew is BRILLIANT. They’ve crafted teas specifically for cocktails. Major ‘aha!’ moment, am I right?

The tea I made this Tropical Rum Coco-Lada with is a blend of black tea, chai spices, coconut pieces, and pineapple juice. SO much yum in one bottle.

– A post in collaboration with by Gabriella

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Naturally, I needed to go the tropical route with this one and so here we find ourselves with another cocktail on another glorious Friday. The weekend is so close I can taste it and it tastes a lot like this tropical humdinger of a cocktail. Grab the recipe below!

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INGREDIENTS

2 parts Coco-Lada

2 parts coconut milk

1 part rum

1 part Falernum

4 sprigs thai basil

Juice from 1 lime

Shredded coconut, for garnish

 

INSTRUCTIONS

Add thai basil to your shaker with the Falernum and lime juice.

Muddle for 15 seconds.

Add rum, coconut milk, Coco-Lada and ice.

Shake until cold, about 15 seconds.

Strain into glass over ice.

Add crushed ice on top and garnish with a lime wheel and shredded coconut.

 


 

How are you kicking off the weekend?

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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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