I first created the first "kourelou" bag in 2009 and since then l have sold hundreds of them all over the world, from Paris to Tokyo and from small boutiques to museum shops and galleries.
I was inspired by the everyday life of the people in the Greek islands that find usefulness and beauty in things that seem to have closed the circle of life.
Seeing these colorful rugs lying on benches and doorsteps in tiny white washed island homes (little did l know that l would be living in one a few years later!), to me, they were a very strong visual that captured the essence of carefree summer days.
I wanted to hold onto this feeling of summer nonchalance just a little bit longer than my usual week long vacation and creating my first kilim bag was first and foremost a way to do just that.
My first bags came only in one style and did not have any professional finish, (looking backwards l am surprised they sold at all!) but they were made with love and enthusiasm and this made them stand out. Steadily, the collection has evolved, and now it features more that 20 different styles, large small, embellished and plain. It is the most popular item in my Etsy shop (closely followed by the newcomer Espadrille Collection) and l still jump with joy whenever l receive a review from a customer, saying how much they love their new kilim bag.
Fast forward to today, my Kourelou Bags collection keeps going strong, often imitated never duplicated!
Whichever style you choose, your kilim boho bag from Maslinda Designs is more than just a bag, it s a unique, statement piece with a story to tell.
If you own one, you already know that is the perfect go-to piece for summer, if think of getting one for yourself or for a friend here are 5 reasoonf it makes the perfect summer bag
Getting dressed for the workday when the temperature is really heating up can be a challenge. You want to be comfortable, but you also need to maintain a professional appearance. Here are some helpful tips on how to dress for work for when it’s sizzling hot outside:
Choose clothing made from lightweight, breathable materials. Some synthetic fabrics are not very breathable, and they will keep you feeling hot and uncomfortable all day long. A loose cotton top and a flowy cotton skirt or pants are an excellent choice for a hot day. Comfort is the key to looking and feeling good.
It’s best to wear layers so that you can remove them when needed. Wear a camisole or a cotton top under a thin, lightweight sweater. This will allow you to remove the sweater when you’re outside in the heat, and to put it on over your shirt when you’re inside in an air conditioned environment.
Getting dressed for work on a very hot day isn’t always easy. It would be much nicer to just throw on a pair of shorts and a tank top, or a simple sundress, but those are not options for a professional environment. Focus on layering lightweight pieces, and stick to breathable materials like cotton.
Before you hit the beach, make sure that you’re dressed appropriately for the day and ready for a few hours in the sun and sand. Here are some ideas on how to accessorize to achieve the perfect boho beach wear look:
A big, floppy hat is the best way to keep the sun out of your eyes, and it will help to protect your face, too. Hats made from felted wool are very popular right now. Floppy straw hats are classic and ideal for hot days, and they can easily complement a swim suit.
Bangles and bracelets
Just because you’re at the beach doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t dress up your look with jewelry. Layer up on your arms with bangles and friendship bracelets. The bangles are easy enough to remove if you want to get in the water, and the friendship bracelets can be worn all the time.
Gladiator sandals are a must for any boho wardrobe, and they’re an excellent footwear option for the beach. Keep your feet comfortable on the hot sand with a cute pair of sandals. They can match any look, from a casual swim suit cover-up to a patterned maxi dress to denim shorts and a tee.
In order to achieve an effortless, boho chic look, you need just a few essential items in your wardrobe. Putting these pieces together will effortlesly you channel your inner hippie, giving you that free and breezy style. Here are 5 must-haves for the perfect boho look:
Maxi Dress or Maxi Skirt
A flowy maxi skirt or maxi dress is essential. A maxi skirt is casual enough to be paired with a plain tank top, tee shirt, or bandeau top, yet it can also be dressed up with jewelry and accessories. A maxi dress and a pair of sandals are perfect for a warm day.
Whether you choose a single statement necklace or a bunch of layered necklaces, you’ll be able to carry off an effortless look.
A messenger bag is ideal for carrying all of your items, and when made from a colorful, durable fabric, it’s the perfect complement to a boho style outfit.
Headband or Head wrap
A headband or head wrap adds a chic touch to any look, whether it’s a top and jeans, or a patterned maxi dress. You won’t have to fuss with your hair, and you’ll still achieve a relaxed, put-together look.
Friendship bracelets aren’t just for kids at summer camp. They’re colorful, casual, and an easy accessory for everyday wear.
With a boho style, you can easily carry that effortless-chic look. You can add as many accessories as you like, and you’ll still be put-together while feeling free as a bird!
I love the calssic, simple greek sandals that you can find all over Greece in the summer. I practically live in themso and since l have 2-3 near identical pairs l decided to try a look inspired by the geometric patterns trend.
It is really simple, all you have to do is get hold of some colored leather, scissors and glue.
Cut, glue and enjoy!
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Hello! I am so happy that spring is fially near! I am, and have always been a warm weather person so when l was looking for a name for the Spring/Summer collaction "Toes in the Sand" described exactly the feeling l wanted to convey.
Lazying on a beach, wearing a breezy kaftan with my feet in the warm, silky sand.
There are the first bags of the collection, hope you like them, there's more coming up!
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