Monday, January 6, 2014

Greek Week

Greek Week
1. Week-long celebration of panhellenic fraternities and sororities at American universities and colleges. Students participate in a litany of meaningless events that the rest of the campus cares nothing about - capitulated by "skits" being preformed. Usually characterized by "frat row" or another Greek-populated area of campus resembling that of a frat boy and sorostitute minefield. (This is an actual entry on Urban Dictionary)
2. GBD theme week that features Greek style and clothing directly from Greece to give viewers another taste of international fashion.

It's completely up to your discretion to decide which type of Greek week is more favorable. While you're thinking, here are some of my favorite Greek-inspired patterns for #manicuremonday from all the creative minds on 

The good thing about being in a Greek nail theme mood is the symbol versatility of the country that isn't limited to just the pattern of the nation's flag. Greece is very well known for its legends based on gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and many other beliefs stemming from the country in ancient times. 

Both orange styles above require a great deal of attention to detail but are extremely satisfying when completed. These replicate images of ancient gods and goddesses and the style of the pots and vases in which they are usually painted.

Another inspiration can come from Greek mythology, like this pattern influenced by Pegasus, an  imaginary creature of ancient Greece. 

Another pattern that can be used is that of meandrous, which is a decorative border design typically used in Greek and Roman art. This is a pattern that is probably very familiar, especially if you've ever seen the Disney rendition of Hercules. 

This is obviously just a series of squares that form a line so it is very easy to play with this pattern creatively.

"The evil eye is a malevolent look that many cultures believe able to cause injury or misfortune for the person at whom it is directed for reasons of envy or dislike." (wikipedia) This symbol is used around the world by the people who truly believe in its powers, but more recently this symbol has become a fashion statement used on jewelry and clothing. Use this pattern at your own risk and direct your misfortune wisely!

Last but not least, the classic country flag pattern. There are ways to mix up the original shapes on the flag for a more creative look, but sticking with the right color scheme will guarantee immediate pattern recognition.

nali xo


  1. The Irony of the "Evil Eye" is that it is meant to deter harm from the person who wears the eye, but give harm to those who look in the eye. Yet one country away, tn Turkey, wearing the eye is similar to having a rabbit's foot or a four leaf clover here in that it signifies good luck and well wishes, specifically if it is given to you. While still meant to deter harm, it is meant more as a spiritual guidance. I learned this from a man climbing the mountain behind the Perge Ruins in Antalya, Turkey.

  2. That's so interesting! I had no idea


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