“I only want to see you bathing in the purple rain” Photo shooting in the bath

To complete the following photo shooting it wasn’t that easy,I had to stay in the water for almost two hours while the temperature was dropping down and beside this I had to change three outfits inside the bath.

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

Both me and my photographer Panagiotis Kadigkos belong to the water element,my star sign is Cancer and his is Pisces,so we love photo shootings in the water,or close to lakes,rivers and sea.

Water is life,it’s the first environment we experience as a foetus and according to Darwin and his theories of evolution life originated on land(and not in the ocean) but in a warm little pond,thus aqua brought in life every single living organism.

Although our approach is more fashionably and influenced by Love Magazine issue 9 from Spring/Summer 2013,hosting Kate Moss and Cara Delevingne as its covers,we accomplished it with all the respect and gratitude to the water element.

“You’re in the wind, I’m in the water

Nobody’s son, nobody’s daughter”

Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Lana Del Rey Chemtrails Over the Country Club
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Body of a woman, white hills, white thighs,

you look like a world, lying in surrender.”

Body of a woman,Pablo Neruda
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Time it took us
To where the water was
That’s what the water gave me
And time goes quicker
Between the two of us
Oh, my love, don’t forsake me
Take what the water gave me”

Florence +The Machine,What the water gave me

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“It’s in the water baby

It’s between you and me.”

Post Blue,Placebo
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“And your blue – is my blue – And my blue – is yours too

Your rain is wine I wish that you could say the same bout mine”

Good Job Nicky,Blue
Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

“Body of my woman, I will persist in your grace.

My thirst, my boundless desire, my shifting road!

Dark river-beds where the eternal thirst flows…

Body of a Woman,Pablo Neruda
Purple Rain,Prince

Purple rain,purple rain Purple rain, purple rain Purple rain,purple rain

I only wanted to see you bathing in the purple rain

Prince,Purple Rain

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

Some Backstage

Photo Panagiotis Kadigkos

We are not here to go mainstream,we are here to push the boundaries,to leave our mark and not to follow the safe road.More exciting things are about to be published!

Photographer: Panagiotis Kadigkos

Starring: Eleni Kadigkou

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Lana Del Rey unveiled music video for “Chemtrails over the country club”,a song of her upcoming album with the same name

snapshot from Lana Del Rey’s videoclip

On January 11th Lana Del Rey shared online her new video clip for “Chemtrails Over the Country Club”,after the delay related to Covid-19,and gave her fans a glimpse on her upcoming 7th in a row music album.The album will finally be released on March 19.On Sunday Land also revealed the cover of the album and the track list on Instagram.

The cover of the upcoming album from Lana Del Rey’s Instagram

The aesthetic of the cover is a mixture of 50’s style with a sense of Gatsby 20’s era.

The Tracklist of the album

1.White Dress
2. Chemtrails Over the Country Club
3. Tulsa Jesus Freak
4. Let Me Love You Like a Woman
5. Wild at Heart
6. Dark But Just a Game
7. Not All Who Wander Are Lost
8. Yosemite
9. Breaking Up Slowly
10. Dance Till We Die
11. For Free (Joni Mitchell Cover)

In her new clip Lana Del Rey offers her particular aesthetic,as we have also seen on her previous cover albums and videos,the America feeling of the past decades and her love for vintage cars.In “Chemtrails over the Country Club” she drives a cherry red vintage Mercedes convertible so carefree,although she wears a crystal mesh face mask which Del Rey was criticized for wearing around fans(after the ballyhoo she stated that there was a protective plastic layer behind the mask).

In the video clip her best friends from real life also participating,Lana meets them and they have fun in the swimming pool and around the Country club wearing their pearls.But suddenly while she is driving a tornado like the one in Wizard of Oz film strikes and the scenery starting turning wild.

scene from the Wizard of Oz movie 1939

Lana and her friends turn into werewolves,while they lavish their wild instincts and a darker side of themselves.The scenery has also changed,they are in the middle of the night,not on the country club but in a forest,while the moon is full and they howling to it.The reference is clear,Lana and most of her best friends belong to the sign of Cancer(same as mine) and Cancer’s planet ruler is the moon.In the lyrics she sings “Baby, what’s your sign?
My moon’s in Leo, my Cancer is sun”.

I am not going to discuss the ballyhoo after the release and Lana statements about her circle of friends.She has been criticized once again,but if you have studied her thoroughly,watch her steps,read her lyrics and poems and have a clear image of her aesthetic and personality as I do you don’t need to be confused with the controversies on her video clip neither from the comments she made.Anyway Lana is for those who really “get her” and hopefully I am one of those.Let’s stick to her enchanting aesthetics,her beautiful lyrics and her delightful song.

Lyrics from Brooklyn babe song,Lana Del Rey

Well, I don’t care what they think
Drag racing my little red sports car
I’m not unhinged or unhappy, I’m just wild

I’m on the run with you, my sweet love
There’s nothing wrong contemplating God
Under the chemtrails over the country club
We’re in our jewels in the swimming pool
Me and my sister just playing it cool
Under the chemtrails over the country club

Lyrics from “Chemtrails over the Country Club”

The album was set to release in 2020 but due to pandemic related matters it was delayed.In October Lana dropped another track from the upcoming Album “Let me Love you Like a Woman” .

In September also she dropped her first book of poems,Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass available here.

Late night TV, I want you on me

Like when we were kids under chemtrails and country clubs

It’s never too late, baby, so don’t give up

It’s never too late, baby, so don’t give up

You’re in the wind, I’m in the water

Nobody’s son, nobody’s daughter

Watching the chemtrails over the country club

Those were the latest news on Lana Del Rey’s music,until the release of the full album.She has been on my periscope from her first years and I really love and “tune in” to her aesthetic of America of the past decades with the contemporary essence,and her lyristic approach romantic and at the same time slang and a mixture of rap culture.Soon I will publish an article on some of my favourite lyrics,quotes and poems of her.Stay tuned!

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

What does it mean to Be a woman today ? A video directed and written by Ainsley Hutchence ans produced by sticks and stones agency .

On November 8th the Sticks and Stones agency released a video titled we are woman , written and directed by the curator of the magazine Ainsley Hutchence . My very first thought it was to share it with you because we are woman and we should empower and support each other , we deserve respect and equality .

Here I quote Ainsley Hutchence’s words on the video she created :”This woman army is made up of my incredible boss friends here in QLD, Australia and not paid models.More diversity would of course been wonderful.This video is speaking from my own experiences.Being a woman these days means we can take all different paths and definitely does not need to include having babies.This is a simply reminder that women bring life into the world.Woman who chose not to or cannot have babies deserve the same respect!EQUALITY!”

Sticks and Stones agency on Instagram

Video also available on Youtube

We are women. We are women. We are not birds. We are not chicks. We are not pigs or cows or dogs or any kind of farm animal. We are not bitches or nags or psycho, or hysterical. We are not bimbos or slags or tramps or sluts or tarts or whores or cougars. We are sisters & we daughters. We grow up in a world that teaches us that being nice & polite is more important than having a voice & a point of view.

We learn to listen more than to speak, to compromise & agree more than to argue. We learn that we add value to this world through the way that we look .And are expected to live by the impossible beauty handbook. One that relentlessly reminds us for the rest of our lives, our value in this world is measured by our looks, not our drive. One day we notice blood in our underwear, and for the next 40 years we will learn how to surrender, to the cramps, sore breasts, fatigue, headaches, bleeding, Joint & muscle pain, anxiety, acne outbreaks. abdominal bloating, food cravings, constipation & diarrhoea, at the same time. Can someone please explain how you can be constipated & have diarrhoea at the same time?

Sensitivity to light, hot flushes, irritability, anxiety, changes in sleep. Yet we turn up to work as if nothing. We attract the wrong attention. We are taught rape prevention instead of consent “don’t get raped”. We police girls’ behaviour so that they don’t get harmed, and blame girls for “leading boys on”, its just your natural charm. “Boys will be boys” we say. We are exhausted. I mean, the fact that we even have to protest this shit!!! “No” does not mean “convince me”. These boots, this outfit does not mean I’m asking for it. We are scared. We move in packs because it’s safer. We make weapons with our keys as we walk to the car at night & check the back seat. We are harassed when we go to the club, the bar, the gym, to work, the fish & chip store, anywhere at night, the beach, the pool, online, walk past a fucking construction site.

One day we stop bleeding. We become mothers. We give up all the food & drinks we love & grow a new organ. In fact, our whole body changes like a fucking transformer. We give birth & experience pain & love which before now was unheard of. We are amazing employees, but we don’t get paid the same. We don’t get promoted because we might give birth again. We tire of navigating the patriarchy & cut our losses.

We start our own businesses, so we can be the bosses. People are shocked when we reach the top, but that’s not because we are less capable. It’s because we live in a world that was set up for men, where men can succeed & lead & women should support them. So yeah, when we make it we deserve a fucking parade. Look at all the shit we dealt with along the way. We are goddman mother fucking superheroes. And since the power is not given to us, We’re gonna take.

Hope that you find it interesting and important as me . We are here to share what inspire us and soon we will discuss and present more articles about social issues.Anticipating for you to react and send me your feedback and your thoughts on the video.

You can check the magazine website Sticks and Stones Agency and follow then on Instagram here and the curator Ainsley Hutchence .

Till next time

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Healthy mushroom soup by Hara Korakaki . First Recipe from our detox weekly plan after holidays .

Happy New Year to everyone! How was your Holidays?I hope that you had a great time even though the conditions are not the appropriate.But what is better rather than gathering for Christmas dinner with family or New Years Eve with close friends?However do you feel like you overate and deviated from your diet plan?Here on Escape Karma we will publish detox recipes for the whole week.

detox text on round blue plate
Photo by Vegan Liftz on Pexels.com

The first recipe comes from our contributor editor Hara Korakaki . I am so glad for your feedback about her posts , it seems that you love them . Today Hara has a healthy mushroom soup for us , let’s share !

Quick and healthy mushroom soup 🍄


Recipe (serves 1):

  • 150gr mushrooms
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp wholemeal flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • onion powder
  • salt and pepper 
brown and white mushrooms in brown woven basket
Photo by carboxaldehyde on Pexels.com

Start by chopping mushrooms and spring onion and then place them in a non-stick pan on medium heat. After about 5 minutes or until they are cooked, add the flour. While stirring add milk, water and spices. Let it shimmer for about 20 minutes and serve warm. I served mine with cheese on grilled bread 🧀

Photo Hara Korakaki

Hara Korakaki founder of Hara’s Food Blog

We suggest to give it a try , we swear by Hara’s recipes . I am of the lucky ones who have the chance to enjoy her cooking and pastry skills ! We will reveal the detox plan tips and recipes daily ! Stay tuned !

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Whispering Angel is the ultimate rose wine to go festive all year round , a photo story for the diamond of the Esclans Valley

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

Whispering Angel has reputedly become the world’s greatest rose , a wine that its consumption especially during summertime is impressive , still though a festive wine for all year round . Its story begun in 2006 when Sacha Lichine ,following his acquisition of Château d’Esclans , created the most legendary rose wine of nowadays. That meant to be the “Rosé Renaissance”. Sacha introduced new and innovative winemaking techniques to Provence which revolutionized the styles of rosés being produced from this region.

Château d’Esclans lies in the center of the Department of the Var, where the majority of Provence AOC rosé is produced. It is located on an exceptional site, on elevated land near the Gorges de Pennafort, twenty five kilometers northwest of the ancient Roman city of Frejus on the Mediterranean coast .

Chateau D’Esclans covered with snow

Chateau’s emblematic wine is the “star” rose of the world The Whispering Angel . Its colour is the typical Provencal , salmon rose . As you bring it close to your nose sensuous and delicate aromas emerge , from fresh citrus fruits such as pink grapefruit , to bouquet of flowers and jasmine petals ,to some herbal allusions (Levander , the characteristic herb of the Provence region ) and fresh red fruits . In the mouth you can taste the strawberries and a complex layer of a combination of fruits , such as fresh red berries and citrus , it is so refreshing and delicate , an harmonious combine rose dry wine . Grapes are grown in some of the most choice land in the surrounding region of La Motte en Provence, consisting primarily of Grenache, Cinsault, Rolle (Vermintino ), Syrah and Tibouren. Harvested between sunrise and noon with optical grape sorting. Let’s share an ode to the world’s legendary rose wine Whispering Angel !

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos
Dropkick Murphy’s ‘Rose Tatoo’

“In a rose tattoo

In a rose tattoo

I’ve got your name written here

In a rose tattoo “

Dropkick Murphy’s ‘Rose Tatoo’

In the Esclans Valley angels whisper. If you drink this wine, you might hear them… If you visit us, you might see the

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos

“But you are more than love,
the fiery kiss,
the heat of fire,
more than the wine of life;
you are
the community of man,
translucency,
chorus of discipline,
abundance of flowers.
I like on the table,
when we’re speaking,
the light of a bottle
of intelligent wine.”

Ode to Wine , Pablo Neruda

Photos Panagiotis Kadigkos
“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
Charles Baudelaire

For me it’s a tradition to drink Whispering Angel on my birthday the past few years , it is on 23rd of June and it is the most suitable option for summer nights . But lately I have been enjoying it all year round . Why not try it for New Year’s Eve ?

Eleni Kadigkou

Some Backstage from the shooting

For more information you can visit Chateau’s website here and follow them on Instagram here

In Greece the Whispering Angel imported and distributed by Trinity wines , visit here and follow them on Instagram

You can order the wine online here .

Thank you for taking the time to read ! Let’s raise our glasses full of our favourite rose wine and wish for a bright New Year . Let’s hope that 2021 is going to be a year that gathering with friends and celebrate with them accompanied with fine wines won’t be a fictional scenario .

Happy New Year to all ! My very best wishes for you and your beloved ones !

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Jenny Saville’s exhibiton “Elpis” at Gagosian draws inspiration from Greek mythology , look how we reply

Only Elpis [Hope] was left within her unbreakable house,
she remained under the lip of the jar, and did not
fly away. Before [she could], Pandora replaced the
lid of the jar. This was the will of aegis-bearing
Zeus the Cloudgatherer.
—Hesiod, Works and Days

Gagosian’s New York gallery reopened on November 12th 2020 after the pandemic-related shutdown in March displaying a not at all incidental exhibition but an extremely relevant .Jenny Saville’s exhibition titled “Elpis” stands for Hope in Greek and finds its roots at the ancient Greek poet Hesiod and its poem Work and days related to the myth of Pandora .

JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian
JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian

During her career the viewer has encountered clear references on Greek mythology . Her oeuvre draws inspiration from archaic Greek and classical sculptures , and how it couldn’t ? Jenny Saville is known for her large-scale painted depictions of nude bodies especially obese women whereas her radical techniques challenged the art world , and many times on her work we encounter the ambiguity of gender .

JENNY SAVILLE
Virtual, 2020
Oil on canvas
78 3/4 x 63 in
200 x 160 cm
© Jenny Saville
Courtesy Gagosian

Her contribution to the contemporary figurative painting is pivotal , such as Egon Schiele was in the early 20th century . Back on 2014 Kunsthaus Zurich presented an exhibition displaying artworks of both of them , it was a dialogue among two artists who pay homage to the human body , they have a unique way of depicting it but also self-portray themselves quite often . In that exhibition paintings were imbued with eroticism , distinctive characteristic of both of their paintings . Jenny has been asked in an interview about that matter and declared the following :”It has become more and more important, I would say. Instead of erotic in a sexual sense, I would say erotic in a life force or drive.”

But on “Elpis” Saville forget for a while the bodies and focusing on portraying faces . A visit to Moscow , had her fascinated by people’s faces there , with no hesitation she booked a studio there and worked with photographs of the models she found more appropriate for this project .The vivid colour palette and the brushstrokes , the childish-like depiction of the faces , the innocence and the hope are so evident on the eyes of her portraits . You can profoundly feel that optimism and the gaze on the bright future .

JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian
JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian
JENNY SAVILLE
Elpis, installation view, 2020
© Jenny Saville
Photo: Rob McKeever
Courtesy Gagosian

The first painting I saw from the exhibition was Second Nature , 2020 and it literally hit me and blew my mind . Along with my collaborator photographer who has also drawing and painting skills we addressed the project of depict Jenny Saville’s work .He painted my face , took pictures and edited them . The result may seems not so close to her artworks but we wanted to make an ode to her astonishing work and pay homage to that woman , who is a living legend.

Images and painting Panagiotis Kadigkos

Images and painting Panagiotis Kadigkos

The exhibition will remain open until 22nd of December at Gagosian Gallery 980 Madison Avenue
New York, ny 10075

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Tips for beautiful and hydrated hands during the winter time

During the winter time the cold weather , the windy days and especially the temperature fluctuations , (using warm water and then be exposed to the cold ) are the usual suspects for dry and rough hands . Also we are amid a pandemic and COVID-19 changed some of our habits ,lately we have been using hand sanitizer exceedingly which of course it’s life saving but its antiseptic effect exacerbates the dryness . Today I will share with you some of my remedies and tips in order to keep our hands beautiful and hydrated when the weather turns bad .

Exfoliation is the key word . When your hands are suffering using a balsam or a cream is not enough to heal them . There are plenty of scrubs for the whole body and also specialized for the hands but you can have your diy with simple materials from your kitchen . You will need brown sugar and coconut oil (Bio if it’s possible ) .

DIY Scrub

  • 3 tablespoon Bio coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoon brown sugar

Combine the two ingredients in one bowl mix them good , spread it on the surface of your hands and rub gently .Wash your hands and then treat them with your favourite hand cream . Also you can use a brush like the one in the photos to do dry brushing and remove all the dead skin cells but I don’t recommend it if your hands are in a bad condition .Another great tip that I kept it from my grandmother is to use lemon , take one ,cut it on the half and right away rub down the problematic areas . For SOS occasions you can try an overnight treatment , you can choose between the ones that you can find on the markets ,package with gloves and balm, or you can make your own , simply combine olive oil and lemon spread it on your hands and then wear cotton gloves over night .

Currently I am using this hand cream from Apivita and I am quite satisfied . Last two tips , I also use this wild rose face oil occasionally from Korres in order to keep the surface of the hands young , and I never leave home without my gloves .

Hope you will find useful my suggestions and tips for the hands . Another article for how to keep them young and spotless will follow , plus when we return to normality we will have also nail related themes . Waiting for your advices and don’t hesitate to contact me . Till next time !

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

celery juice , have you tried this nutriotinal trend yet ?

First of all , let me say this just because I added on my morning ritual doesn’t mean I follow blindly this trend or that I claim that the juice is a miraculous one and has the ability to heal chronic diseases .Fruits and vegetables have been added on my diet for many years now but it was around 2 or 3 years ago that I tried celery on my smoothies beside the common use , soups ,salads and etc . But this is a different one , we are talking about plain , fresh 100% celery juice (to be honest I add a few drops of lemon sometimes ) .

Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos

But how did it turned to be a huge nutritional trend ? Celery juice gain popularity through Anthony’s William book Celery Juice :The most powerful medicine of our time healing ,who’s not a doctor or a nutritionist , but many celebrities , thousands of people in the US and around the globe and as well Gwyneth Paltrow ( featuring Anthony on her website Goop )swear by it . I am not here to mislead and especially when concerning to medical issues neither I am the kind of the person who follows the herd . I only wish to share my own experience and the to do steps in case you are willing to give it a try too .

I won’t insist on nutritional information and composition of the vegetable but I have to mention some of the benefits that provide . Have you ever noticed that celery looks alike human bones ?

Actually beside the appearance, they have another thing in common – they contain 23% sodium, just like our bones . Celery is a great source of silicon which helps with the structure of our bones to keep them strong and healthy. Furthermore celery has an alkalizing effect ,with minerals like magnesium, iron, and sodium, celery can have a neutralizing effect on acidic foods and helps to balance our PH . Also its anti-inflammatory effect is ideal to use celery juice for detoxifying our liver and heal our gut .

Lastly celery contains a particular compound called coumarins which promotes the activity of white blood cells and assists the vascular system. This helps the blood flow, reduces blood pressure and purifies the bloodstream .The sodium in celery also maintains the fluidity of the blood and lymph fluids, preventing them from becoming too thick. For more information you can check thoroughly on medical and nutritional website , books and researches .

Before we continue to the making process allow me to share my personal experience and the reason I added on my morning ritual . Have been suffering from abdominal bloating effect , my stomach ,even if I follow a healthy diet, isn’t working right plus I have some symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome . That means that the past few years in the morning time the first think I do is to drink something like warm water with lemon and turmeric or do a juice cleanse program in order to aid digestion and for 30 minutes after that I don’t eat or drink something else . Alongside I do studies to be a sommelier and also I ‘ve got a certification in spirits , part of the training is the tasting although you don’t have to drink all of them (!!!) but I like wine so sometimes I feel the need to detoxifying my liver cause generally my diet is quite balanced .

What I’ve noticed so far are the following :

  • My digestion works better not all but most of the days that I drink the juice
  • My skin looks a lot better and clean , especially the eye area (puffiness and dark circles )
  • My energy levels are getting higher and the effect of fatigue is lower than ever ( to mention also the interval of 30 minutes that I have to wait before breakfast I reclaim it and go for running )

 Recipe

1 head of celery, stalks separated

  • Rinse the celery ,chop the stalks and run it through a juicer.
  • Drink immediately.
  • Alternatively, you can chop the celery and blend it in a high-speed blender until smooth. Strain and drink immediately.
  • Then wait from 15 to 30 minutes until you have breakfast or coffee .
Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos
Photo credits Panagiotis Kadigkos

That was all for this time . I don’t recommend Celery juice as a remedy for chronic diseases but after all its hydrating and vegetables are rich on nutritional value . If you have already tried it feel free to share your story otherwise if you are willing to share your feedback anytime .

Eleni Kadigkou Xx

Photographer : Panagiotis Kadigkos