I would like to introduce you all to BU Graduate, Red Sox fanatic, Grecian Goddess, J.Crew obsessed, and hands-down hilarious...Jaime Argyriadis. My girl reigns from the Cape Cod region of Massachusetts but has made her way all around Europe and back again with some of the greatest stories to ever touch this site. If there was ever a specific company and style to crave, I would specifically recommend my lady, Jaime.
1. My dream home will have: A view of the ocean! I grew up by the water, on a man-made island only accessible by bridges. My dream home will be surrounded by waves.
2. The wackiest thing about my family: We have Ouzo on tap in my kitchen and there is a hand-made spit and brick oven in my grandfather’s backyard, with which we cook lamb and goat at family holidays.
3. The piece of clothing I will never be without: I cannot see myself going anywhere without a cardigan. I love cardigans. Colorful, dark, shiny, simple, thick, light, oversized, fitted: they are perfect and are integral in any wardrobe. They are perfect for travelling, layering, for comfort or glamour, with a belt, with a shirt underneath, buttoned as a shirt, tucked into a skirt, beneath a sassy leather jacket and more. I couldn’t live without my cardigans. I have approximately 30 (maybe more), in various shapes, sizes and colors. They are color-coordinated in my closet according to hue and fabric. It’s a sickness. I can’t deny it, and I’m not ashamed.
4. Words I live by: There is no easy way from the earth to the stars. All you need is love. Live and let live. No regrets.
5. The five people at your ideal supper: This is something I think about often and have never come up with a conclusive answer for. I have now thought long and hard and present to you my 5 ideal dinner guests:
My idol in almost every single way, I have a dedicated obsession with Jackie O. (And the rest of the Kennedys...) She was passionate, beautiful, smart, independent, effortlessly stylish and a fiercely protective mother. The older I get I see just how hard it is to be as meticulously graceful as Jackie always managed to be.
Jane Austen. I began reading Pride and Prejudice for the first time when I was 10 years old. I understood almost none of it, but I re-read it at least once each year, have studied it in a college course, and have watched both film renditions dozens of times. I love each of her novels for different reasons, and I am convinced Jane and I would have been BFFs. Convinced.
My Papou. Papou is my paternal grandfather, and possibly my favorite person on this earth. He is heartbreakingly adorable, funny and kind. I could totally see good ol’ George charming the socks off both Jackie and Jane, (we all know how Jackie felt about older Greek men.)
Anyone who knows me knows I am a J.Crew-obsessed girl (please re-visit the cardigan paragraph). Someone I’d DIE to have at this dinner is Jenna Lyons who singlehandedly turned J.Crew into the brand it is today. She’s fresh and smart, great at what she does, seems super down to earth, and I would love a chance to peep in her closet. Best Jenna Lyons fun fact: She lets her 3-year-old son pick out her shoes every morning.
Pudge Fisk after the “waving fair” home run in Game 6 in ’75. Hands down one of my favorite sports memories ever (although I wasn’t alive). His 33 is my favorite number, and I always have a soft spot for him. He always had a smile on his face.
6. On Sunday mornings you'll find me: Hm, depends. In bed? On the beach? Wherever I am, I’m either reading a book or watching a movie. I do very little else.
7. The song that sums up my life so far: This is an unfair question which I feel Miss Molly has put here to drive me crazy. How can there be one song that sums up practically 22 years of living? Songs are transcendent; they are magical and emotional and give way to the deep and honest roots within a person. There are so many songs that one can relate to on various levels, in different moments, and different cycles or phases of life. How can I choose just one? I’m going to rip the band-aid. Rather than take the time to think about it, I’m going to close my eyes, think about myself, and pick the first song that feels right, that makes me smile or react convincingly enough for me to display it here for you all to read. Ready? Done: "Juicy" by Notorious BIG.
That was easier than I thought. I rose up like my boy Biggie. What once was a dream is now a reality. East coast 4eva. Honeys play me close like butter plays toast. Now I feel vulnerable to the blogosphere.
8. The most dangerous thing I have ever done: I haven’t done it yet. Still waiting.
9. When I grow up: I want to be happy. Have a family, a career, a great community of friends. I want to keep travelling, and learning. Mostly, I want to stay young no matter how old I get. I guess, as a self-proclaimed Peter Pan, I don’t want to ever really grow up.
10. The flower that is sure to make me smile: Hydrangeas remind me of home, summer, my mother and are usually very good at making me smile. They’re gorgeous if you dry them, put them on a Christmas tree (á la Martha Stewart), in a bouquet, or just leave them alone. I love hydrangeas of every color. I love their simplicity and I love that they are truly representative of New England where I grew up.