Visual Fashion ?

Ever wondered what would suit you best ?
Shopping recommendations based on your style ?
Who is wearing what?
Where to get inspiration ?
Getting visual answers to your style queries from experts real-time (just before the ball perhaps?)

Well ....
Here's the rundown of where you should be looking ...

like.com (visual shopping)

covet.com (Visual personalization)

whattowear.com (visual fashion advice)

couturious.com(visual styling)

weardrobe.com( visual inspiration)


Heading South-East to Kahramanmaraş

We headed south-east of Turkey a couple of weeks ago.
First to Adana, for a friends’ wedding then to Kahramanmaras for a day.
Unfortunately for us, and our taste buds it was a very short trip.

To add insult to injury, the battery of our cameras had run out. (Apologies about the quality of pics taken from a Blackberry!)

Kahramanmaras is home to Mado, one of the leading ice cream chains in Turkey.
Their ice cream differentiates itself for use of “salep”-a type of orchid- grown in the hills just behind the city. Salep gives ice cream its elastic qualities...also, did you know that you can actually eat this ice cream with knife & fork?
Topped by a handful of pistachios, they are a delight.

On the way heading into Kahramanmaraş there is the Mado house... there you can have the traditional maras food... including Mumbar (Stuffed intestines – sounds yummuy huh ? ), Stuffed aubergines-dolma, İçli kotfe (Meatballs surrounded by bulgur, steam-cooked) and manti (Turkish ravioli, served with goat milk and safrane).

The special element in these foods is the use of spice called “Sumac”.This plum coloured spice gives meat and herb based foods a taste of sweet sourness that is very difficult to explain.

Finally, we had the opportunity to visit the kitchens of this regional franchise, where they produce the likes of baklava of many kinds, pistachio marzipan, cakes and cookies. Here is a round up of some examples...


Cookbooks cookbooks everywhere, but which one to pick?

Well these days cookbooks are predominantly on our agenda. For some they are last minute lifesavers – before the arrival of family,friends, guests- for others they are almost like novels to read before on smuggles up in bed.

I have always loved them. The one I treasure the most is the Milliyet 1980’s cookbook with ripped and yellowed pages passed on by my mother. I remember it as a child and use it now as a housewife.

Before we go onto some printed recommendations, here are two blogs that have been a source of inspiration.
Cannille-et-Vanille for her food styling: cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com
Devletsah for her innovative outlook in the Turkish culinary scene: www.devletsah.com

Oh!... One more thing I am also equally looking forward to Gwyneth Paltrow's cookbook “My Father's Daughter” due Autumn 2011. For more check out Vogue US August issue: www.vogue.com/feature/2010_August_Gwyneth_Paltrow/

Here is a round up of some my favourite books (in Turkish and English):


The Lycian Way (Part II)

Kekova to Myra (Demre)
On the third day we enjoyed the beaches and little islands in the Kekova region. Kekova is Turkish for the “Land of Thyme”. You have the chance to step into deserted islands and beaches where the only life sourrounding you will be the goat herds and their ringing bells.

In the afternoon we travelled to Demre and Çayağzı that is home to the ancient city of Myra “City of Light” and Church of Saint Nicholas, the birthplace of Santa Claus.

In Myra you can still visit the stone graves hidden in the hills to be closer to God, an amphitheatre that with 38 rows of seats can seat approximately 30.000 people, sculptures of Medusa and engravings.

There is no literary mention of Myra before the 1st century BC, when it is said to be one of the six leading cities of the Lycian Union. However, it is believed to date back further as the outer defensive wall have been identified to date back to 5th century BC. Be sure to eat some local produced pancakes –gözleme- and lots of fresh fish, which is abundant in the region.

Simena to Olympos
For all of you outdoor sport lovers this part of the world is a heaven. I have already mentioned the camping and the trekking opportunities. But it gets better... How about kayaking through the ancient ruins of Simena@ Kekova. This was suggested by our sister and was the highlight of our trip.

“The ancient city of Simena of the Lycian world was once of two parts - an island and a coastal part of the mainland. On the mainland the charming fishing village of Kaleköy ("castle village") stands today, its buildings mingling with ancient and medieval structures. The top of the village is dominated by a well-preserved castle built by the Knights of Rhodes partially upon ancient Lycian foundations. Inside the castle is the smallest amphitheatre of Lycia. At the eastern end of the village is a Lycian necropolis with a cluster of some very nice sarcophagi overlooking the sea and surrounded by ancient olive trees.”
Source: http://www.lycianturkey.com/lycian_sites/kekova_simena.htm

Then we headed to the city of Olympos for more adventures. Olympos is an ancient port located in a valley surrounded by a forest. You can stay at different versions of wooden bungalows, there are different establishments lined up on the street leading to the beach. The choice and price range is abundant, but for your review we stayed at Deep Green Bungalows.

Olympos to Adrasan
The former city of Olympos was founded in the Hellenistic period, presumably taking its name from nearby Mount Olympos. Olympos park and the city was very intresting to walk around with mosaics, ancient churches, sculptures, temple gates and waterways to demonstrate Roman way of life.
“The coins of the city of Olympos date back to the 2nd century BC. It was described by Cicero as an ancient city full of riches and works of art. In the 1st century BC, Olympos was invaded and settled by Cilician pirates. This ended in 78 BC, when the Roman commander Publius Servilius Isauricus, accompanied by the young Julius Caesar, took the city after a victory at sea, and added Olympos to the Roman Empire. The pirate Zenicetes set fire to his own house and perished. The emperor Hadrian visited the city after which it took the name of Hadrianopolis for a period, in his honour.”
Source: Wikipedia

From there we headed to Adrasan. A cute hidden village located between two mountains, and a beach extending from one end to the other. This was by far our favourite spot in the whole trip. Ford Hotel is recommended for lunch or a stay, but we continued onto Patara. We stayed at the Golden Lighthouse hotel.

Patara to Fethiye
Patara the ancient trading port of Lycia is also home to a 12km long beach which was voted voted one of the top beaches in the world by Times Online.
One can be there for the whole day lazing our under the sun, having watermelon &feta cheese for lunch before realizing its 7pm and time to hand over the beach to its rightful owners: The Caretta Turtles!

With that in mind we headed to Fethiye. Now we knew we were approaching the end of our wonderful journey through the heart of the Mediterranean.We stayed at the Yacht Classic Club.

A particular recommendation to make – another one of our favourites- is to eat fish at the fish marketplace in central Fethiye, whereby you pick+buy your fish from the fishmongers located in the centre of the marketplace and sit at one of the surrounding restaurants for them to prepare it for you. Of course with some raki and mezes on the side....