Sunday, March 31, 2013

Paris instagram guide: Where to go? ...

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                                                                                           ph. via @vanjaam and @jelenakarakas

Before every travel, I suppose that lot of you are searching all the information on the internet, what to see and where to go in certain cities.
Regarding the Paris, I have only one answer and it's pretty much simple: Everywhere! Grab your gadgets and maps and start walking! Explore every single corner of this incredible city and enjoy!
Now I'm leaving you with these photos so you can feel a little bit of Parisian magic

p.s. all the photos are made with Samsung galaxy camera and Samsung galaxy note 2, filtered through the instagram and after that resized for the blog!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

New in "Isabel Marant boots" ...

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And tonight I wanna introduce you to my special IM box.
I craved for them for such a long period, searched in every country that I traveled since then and finally I got the chance to try it in Paris and pick one.
Isabel Marant Dicker boots are the most comfortable shoes so far and I wouldn't stop here probably! ;)
You can't resist them!

Banks In Cyprus Reopen

The banks in Cyprus reopened this morning at 10:00GMT.

There has been no panic or a shambolic dash by people to withdraw all their cash.

For why?

The capital controls limiting daily manual withdrawals (to what you can take from cash machines), the banning of cheques etc are ensuring that there cannot be a mass withdrawal of cash by those who were not tipped off before the crisis occurred.

However, the litmus test will be when/if the capital controls are removed in seven days time.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

The 80% Cyprus Haircut

As capital controls are about to be put in place, and Cyprus is ring fenced from the rest of the world, it now emerges that the 40% haircut will in fact be around 80%.

This will end badly!

Two Questions For The Good People of Cyprus

1 What will happen to the rule of law in Cyprus when the list of people who removed their money from the country before, and during, the ongoing crisis is made public?

2 What was the Central Bank of Cyprus doing during this period?

Bank of Cyprus Head Yiannis Kypri Fired

Yiannis Kypri, head of Bank of Cyprus, has been fired by central bank governor Panicos Demetriades who, apparently, is acting under orders form his Eurozone overlords.

Diesel-Boom's Master Plan

As the markets ready themselves for the mother of all bank runs, as and when the banks re-open in Cyprus (I cannot see that they will open before Easter), the apparatchiks of the Eurozone have also been making plans.

The Slog reports that Diesel-Boom has a plan all ready to go live, that will impose capital controls within the Eurozone that will prevent people moving money out of the Eurozone:
"A plan is ready to go, and has been since January.

But the FinMins have yet to discuss it – not that this will make much difference. Now he’s in the Eurogroup driving seat, Dijsselbloem has become a prime mover in all this”.
As the Slog notes, Diesel-Boom has no clue as to the way markets work. He studied agriculture at University, took a masters in it at UCD, and then became a local councillor before moving onto the national political scene in the Netherlands.

Cyprus is the Eurozone's Czechoslovakia (betrayed by the Munich Agreement in 1938).

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

On the road ...

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                                                                                             boots: zara,
                                                                                             jeans: zara,
                                                                                             t-shirt: new yorker,
                                                                                             blazer: new yorker,
                                                                                             necklace: zara,
                                                                                             watch: michael kors,
                                                                                             sunglasses: ray ban,
                                                                                             ph. Maja

Despite the snowy weather today, I decided to share this weekend look, before I continue with Instagram posts from Paris.
New baggy pants and necklace from Zara instantly became my favorites and you will see them a lot on the blog! ;)
Do you like it?

The Diesel-Boom Theme Tune

Diesel-Boom is now so popular, that a specially commissioned theme tune has been written for him.

Feel free to make up some appropriate lyrics, I'll start you off:
He's a star,
He'll go far...etc"

Question For The Bank of Cyprus

If the Bank of Cyprus is meant to be the good bank, and the one that is meant to survive, why has the Chairman of the Bank of Cyprus (Andreas Artemis) resigned?

The Hand of Diesel-Boom Detected In The Market

Jeroen Dijsselbloem has been busy again, today saying that there were no signs of a bank run in periphery countries or deposits moved from periphery to core.

That's nice.

Except that the banks in Cyprus are closed, and are likely to remain closed until after Easter.

Once they re open there will most certainly be bank runs and deposit moves.

Meanwhile maybe someone should tell Dijsselbloem that the banks are shut and, more pertinently, that he should shut his mouth!

Chaos and Confusion - Courtesy of Dijsselbloem

As I noted yesterday, the idiotic remarks made by Jeroen Dijsselbloem about Cyprus being the template for future bailouts would cause chaos.

I was right.

As per the Guardian, by the end of the day shares in Europe were tumbling, the euro was dropping against the dollar and the cost of insuring European banks against default was rising.

Today we see further confusion and chaos caused by a split between Dijsselbloem and ECB executive board member Benoit Coeure being made public.

Coeure has flatly rejected Dijsselbloem's views, as per the International Business Times:
"I think Mr. Dijsselbloem was wrong to say what he said.

The Cyprus experience is not a model for the rest of Europe because the situation had reached a level which cannot be compared with any other country."
All very well, but the damage has now been done and the markets now no longer know who trust or believe from the Eurozone.

German Banks After Russian Money

It seems that, having more or less destroyed the Cypriot banking sector, Germany (in the spirit of Eurozone "fraternity") is seeking to get its hands on all the Russian money that will take flight from Cyprus.

Faisal Islam has tweeted:
"German banks in Cyprus are offering bonuses to accountants with Russian clients to divert savings to Germany, a Cypriot businessman tells me."
So much for the Eurozone being a "band of brothers" who support each other when times are hard!

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Man Who Caused the Eurozone Bank Run

Ladies and Gentlemen please put your hands together for the man who started the bank run in the Eurozone, and put an end to the Euro experiment, Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem.

Question Re Cyprus

Question: When does a one off event (the theft of depositors' accounts in Cyprus) become a template for future bailouts?

Answer: Ask Dutch Finance Minister Jeroen Dijsselbloem

Happy Greek Independence Day - Cyprus "Fixed"!

On this bank holiday in Cyprus, to celebrate Greek Independence Day, doubtless the good people of Cyprus are also "celebrating" the fact that the banking crisis has been "fixed" and that they will receive Euro10BN in bailout money.

The Eurozone finance ministers have agreed that Laiki (Popular) Bank will be wound down and depositors with more than Euros100K will face losses of 40% or more (Schauble's original plan). Those who have deposits of less than this amount will, theoretically, incur no immediate losses.

However, unlike the last "deal", the Cyprus parliament will not be voting on this.

It seems that, once again, the Eurozone sacrifices democracy in order to pursue its Messianic mission!

The chairman of the Cypriot parliament's finance committee, Nicholas Papadopolous, told the BBC said the agreement made "no economic sense":
"We are heading for a deep recession, high unemployment. They wanted to send a message that the Cypriot economy ought to be destroyed, and they've succeeded in a large part - they've destroyed our banking sector.
Needless to say the banks, as it a bank holiday, remain closed. As and when they re open will be the litmus test as to whether people believe that this is "fixed".

Clearly anyone with half a brain will empty their bank account immediately, Cyprus has signed its own death warrant and is finished unless it leaves the Eurozone.

Happy Greek Independence Day!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

New in "from Paris" ...

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Lot's of you have been asking me about my little splurge in Paris, so here it is!
1. Glitter sneakers - H&M
2. Sweat pants and stripped cardigan - H&M
3. Facial products - The Body Shop ( new, updated post about beauty products which I'm using will be soon)
4. Bag - MICHAEL Michael Kors Hamilton Large tote
5. and in the next one, I will show you what's inside of this special Isabel Marant box!:)

Have a nice Sunday!

Friday, March 22, 2013

Paris instagram guide: Where to shop? ...

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Shall we start our shopping tour? ;)
Just around the corner from our hotel, gorgeous Westin Vendome Paris (I will tell you more about it soon) we found cute Pierre Herme store. Probably the best macarons ever, so we decided to have our snack time here, get some energy and continue to our next goal. 
  4 rue Cambon 75001 Paris

After a short taxi ride (oops, it was cold), we arrived at well known Galeries Lafayette. Magnificent place will leave you speechless but trust me, a lots of tourists will quickly make you to change your mind. Despite that fact, we gave our best to enjoy in great brands, clothes, bags, jewelry,shoes and of course super cute books. You should not miss the view from the roof terrace and snap couple of photos! ;)
40, boulevard Haussmann, 75009 Paris
 p.s. you will find separated buildings for Femme, Homme and Maison!

A few steps away, you will find Printemps, a department store which is more modern and sophisticated with better picks for every brand. Under that gorgeous cupola at the top floor, the Brasserie Printemps is hiding a perfect place for a short break before you continue torturing yourself with all that beautiful clothes! ;) At the lowest level, you can find also a cute place Cojean, where you can refresh yourself with their healthy food and snacks! 
64, bd Haussmann, 75009 Paris - France

When you are in Paris, you gotta visit that famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées, act a little bit crazy and sit at Laduree for brunch! Buy something which is photogenic instead of being yummy and continue the tour! ;) Despite I really liked this beautiful Avenue, it was more than crowded with tons of tourists at one place, so I can't recommend it  for a peaceful shopping. Anyway, it is worth seeing!


Next stop on our tour is also well known - The Boulevard Saint-Germain. Gorgeous street with even better architecture, and beloved French doors. With big names in fashion you can stay and shop forever. Quick break is destined to be at Café de Flore. One street nearer to the Seine and you will find yourself at my personal favorites: Rue Jacob and Rue de Seine with great small shops, bookstores, open markets and many more. Don't miss it!

Boulevard Saint Germain , 75006 Paris

And if you are huge fan of flowers and cute markets, I have also a perfect place for you.

Rue de Bretagne, 75003 Paris
p.s. don't worry, quick break is only a few steps away at Cafe Charlot! ;)

                                                                                    ph. via Instagram (@vanjaam and @jelenakarakas)

Finally, it is time to end up this tour in the neighborhood of our hotel, so here are the addresses: 

1 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris
Rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris
Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris
and we are done! 

p.s. in the next post, you will see what was in those plastic bags! ;)
p.p.s. all the photos are made with Samsung galaxy camera and Samsung galaxy note 2, filtered through the instagram and after that resized for the blog!