It’s been such a long time once again, but all for a good reason! Bringing a little person to life, can definitely change a lot in how you feel and the way you live. And that’s what’s pretty much happened to me ever since i got pregnant. The past 4 months have been all dedicated to my little Jason. At some point, i’ve been jealous of other bloggers and how they have time and even the emotional strength to be more social, keep up with their blogs and social media… while all i do all day is simply gauging at him. I guess, i feel so emotionally drained and i simply love every single moment with him and love living for at least a few months without the distraction of my phone or computer.

In lots of ways, it’s been refreshing! I honestly don’t know where to pick up now that September is here and vacation is over. J, has grown so much and soon he’ll be able to sit in our office in his playard playing with his toys while Theo and i get on with our work in the morning. Oh how i love my life imagining it with the kiddo in the picture!

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My blog and social media needs tons of tlc (i really know how abandoned everything looks!) and i’ve missed  chatting and interacting with you all, and of course sharing everything i’ve been working on (while being a new mom). But all this time away is totally worth it. In this huge new chapter in our lives, i feel like i was 100% present. Can’t even put it to words how blessed i feel to be able to live the way we live. Take time away when needed, work from home with our baby just a few feet away, never needing to stress about leaving him or going back to work.

 

This summer, although it won’t be remembered for the crazy adventures, dreamy snaps from dreamy beaches as the previous ones, it will be for sure remembered as the most unique and precious one. I may have swam about an hour altogether this year, we may have visited the same beach for just a few times, but i was there seeing our little man enjoying swimming like nothing else, holding his hands, hearing his first laughs and seeing him roll over, or ask comfort from me when he cries. Just writing all these memories down, feel so surreal. I still feel like a 14 yo, so how that 14yo has a little baby to take care of, is beyond me!

 

The nights and sleep has been a struggle. We co-sleep ever since he was a few weeks old to make it easier and i’m pretty sure it’s been a lot easier than what i hear for others. I’ve missed sleeping more than 2 hours straight without waking up to see if he’s ok – but just one glance at his adorable little face takes away all the tiredness and grumpiness! I mean how can it not? Look at him 🙂 🙂

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Of course it’s been a while since i posted once again, and every morning i make myself promise that it will be the day i set aside an hour at least to work on something fun. But life catches up, and those big blue baby eyes of Jason’s beg for every second and all my attention. You can hear my voice melting as i’m writing this, can’t you??

But, i had to drop by and share with you this super interesting project i was lucky to be part of! Kristine and i have worked (and keep working) on such interesting project – she simply gets me, and i get her, and we just click on every single thing we do together. So naturally, we nailed her website for her new documentary straight away.

The Secret Death of Marilyn Monroe, is one of her latest projects and you shouldn’t miss it. For those who are obsessed with that vintage Hollywood glam aesthetic, this is where i got my inspiration from. Not to mention Kristine’s  incredibly stylish sneak peek video.

The website is live, and below you’ll find my final mockup. This was so much fun, i got to know a bit deeper about Marilyn’s last moments as well as relive her beauty while researching the perfect photos and mood for the website. The contact section, was inspired by her little red diary, including a letter to JFK & the newspaper the day her death was announced.

Surely, a sad but yet an interesting case, that i hope i gave just to with a bit of grace and elegance.

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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 😀

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?

Exactly a year ago, we were living the dream while visiting Santorini for three days. Exactly two years ago, we were travelling to Berlin and Paris for a conference and my collaboration line with Pimkie. Oh how time flies by!

This is the first year we haven’t travelled anywhere, because well, more exciting things are coming! I was looking back at some memories for the past 7 years with Theo and i literally broke down to tears. We truly looked like babies in 2010.

Then i found these shots i hadn’t shared here. A little minimal and abstract and thought i’d show them to you. Although our trip to Santorini was chaotic – a photoshoot for our shop in just two days. But other than that, the few moments we had to ourselves without panicking were simply out of this world.

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WHAT I REMEMBER FROM SANTORINI

I’m not going to lie, we spent tons of money in these two/three days. But boy was it worth it! We were lucky enough to visit in April, where it wasn’t as chaotic as in the middle of summer. If you want to experience a dream like paradise this is it. The moment you step your foot and look at that view, you’ll probably get the feeling you’re flying.

At the same time, the white and pastel houses make this place even more unreal. I vividly remember not believe my eyes and being aware of all that space surrounding me. Feeling exposed and at the same time surrounded all that endless blue. Looking outside our room’s window you’d think we were looking at a postcard – and we were.

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Inspiration

If you’re looking for inspiration, this is the place to be. Every step is simply picture perfect. From the architecture, to the minimalism, the colours and forms. Even the colour of the earth and oh that magical sunset.

I thought Santorini was overrated, but looking back now i have so many dreamy things to remember. That magical sunset we sat in our warm jacuzzi and watched the flaming sun dive in the sea, with a glass of white wine. If it could get any better, right after it all the lights lit on and right below us all the little houses looked like flying fireflies.

I bet you all are already planning or might have planned  your vacation. For us, it will be vacation on our island, but probably not same as the previous years. Hope i spread some wanderlust and inspiration to you all! A little something to get us through the week.

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The sun is still up in the sky, the birds are singing and i’m sitting by the pool with my laptop. There was an idea of creating a line art totem (which i haven’t done in ages), but everything is so alluring and inviting me to join in. So something simpler will do. I quickly snug a shot of our lilies (those curves!) and just feeling blessed that it’s Friday again.

Here are few fun things and exciting things i’d love to share with you on this beautiful day! This morning i shared a bit of Jason’s nursery progress on my Instagram stories. We still got a lot of things to do (such as putting up the artworks + carpet) but you can definitely get a feel of what’s going on. So many special details that we all put our hand in creating.

You might have noticed that my style has changed quite a lot the past year. More fun, more colours, more pink, more illustrating. I don’t quite know how i feel about it, as i always had a much moodier black & gold style, but so far i’m rolling with it. I’m even currently working with two dream brands (that you all love) based on that very same style. On the same note, Sonix released another case i lettered for them “The Future is Female” – gotta love the motivation! And lastly, another really exciting and familiar feeling, seeing your name as an illustrator on Amazon. An interesting project that i can’t wait to tell you all about – for now you can preorder!

Hope y’all enjoy the weekend and crossing my fingers it’s sunny too!

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.