Woman of the Water

Our oceans and seas are our lifeblood.
I’m honoured to have been asked by @wearemona to share my story about why I am a #WomanOftheWater 🌊
The sea has always been my true solace. I lead a double life connected by the sea, being both an underwater archaeologist and underwater model. I am fortunate both pursuits quench my thirst for travel and adventure. I was born in Seville, but raised in Lisbon by the sea with an English/Scottish mother and Egyptian/Spanish father. I grew up immersed underwater and seeking adventure, which eventually awoke my curiosity for exploring the ancient maritime world.
Archaeology has taken me to Mediterranean coasts, Eastern deserts, tropical jungles and cavernous cenotes. I hold a PhD in Maritime Archaeology and ancient navigation in the Levant from the University of Southampton and an international accredited scientific diving certification which I acquired in the beautiful Balkans. Growing up multicultural, my Egyptian heritage fuelled my dream to one day work in Egypt. Archaeology has paved the way to many life experiences including the fulfilment of that dream. I found myself living on a boat recording a series of 2000 year old Roman shipwrecks in the mesmerising Red Sea. Ever since, I’ve been lucky to be a part of a myriad of maritime expeditions around the world with the goal of preserving our heritage and oceans!
The fashion world has also taken me on many adventures, from Icelandic ice caves to paradisaical islands! This month I found myself journeying out to the Cayman Islands for my dream underwater photoshoot! Merging my passions linked by the sea, I shared unforgettable days with an inspiring team modeling and freediving in an ethereal mermaid-like dress, and exploring the local colourful reefs with curious turtles and abundant marine life – since then I’ve been yearning to further pursue freediving!
I now live in sunny LA by the ocean, where I lead a photogrammetric project developing 3D models for the Natural History Museum’s collections and I’m an Expert Presenter for Past Preservers for scientific-educational research and documentaries. I’m also the founder of ArchaeoStories, a long-term project that brings real archaeological research to life through graphic novels and mixed media by experts in the field (with proceedings towards environmental and heritage protection) – coming soon, so stay tuned!
Positive thought create a positive ripple effect around us. As archaeologists, we often join forces with environmentalists, oceanographers, ecologists and local divers/ fishermen with the common goal of learning from and protecting our oceans. The world of archaeology continues to inspire – and there is still so much to discover and preserve! I have made it my mission to keep bridging gaps between academia and the public – we all deserve access to knowledge!
Oceans are time-capsules storing limitless stories worth telling and preserving! Let’s never stop exploring and keep striving to take educated action together, protecting our heritage, our oceans and our planet.
Thank you @wearemona@thisisforthewomen @paragonsurfboards
for inspiring positive change 🌊


Protect Our Planet

Stand together for science & the protection of our planet.

#ClimateChange is real.

Communication, Collaboration & #ClimateAction is imperative.

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Photo taken by @eslopez128 of me in Masirah Island for the                                                    Maritime Archaeological Survey of Oman.


Together let’s take educated action & live consciously to preserve our oceans, our planet, our heritage. Join the movement – Parley for the Oceans: https://air.parley.tv/pledge/NzARQD #ParleyAIR

Take the pledge here: http://www.parley.tv/oceanplastic/#parleyair

Please watch: ‘Parlay for the Oceans’

Expert Presenter | Past Preservers

Thrilled to share that I am now represented by Past Preservers media agency as an Expert Presenter for documentary/media projects, together with Dr Peter B Campbell and Dr Chloe Duckworth! Thank you Nigel J. Hetherington (Founder & CEO) & Past Preservers team for having me on board!

Great meeting fellow team members at the Past Preservers gathering in LA today! Looking forward to new projects… stay tuned!


“Past Preservers Expert Presenter Agency; Past Preservers People, is excited to announce that our line-up of presenters has grown with the addition of marine archaeologists Dr Carmen Obied & Dr Peter Campbell & Dr Chloë Duckworth a lecturer in archaeological science.

Carmen is both an underwater archaeologist and international model. Born in Seville, Spain and raised on the seaside in Lisbon, Portugal by her English/Scottish mother and Egyptian/Spanish father – so she can speak 6 languages. She grew up immersed underwater and seeking adventure, eventually awaking her curiosity in exploring the ancient maritime world.

Carmen on archaeology “The world of archaeology continues to inspire – and there is still so much to discover and preserve! By engaging with diverse multilingual audiences in science and education through a combination of research, technology and multimedia, we can inspire the value of cultural-environmental heritage. I have made it my mission to keep bridging gaps between academia and the public – we all deserve access to knowledge! I am excited to join the presenting team at Past Preservers!…”

Read more here: http://pastpreservers.com/our-presenter-agency-now-includes-twenty-world-class-academics/ | http://pastpreservers.com/our-presenters/


#SaveChad | ALS

If you are able to, please donate/share to help #saveChad Kendrick, who is fighting to survive ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) to be with his family. Read his story.

He’s getting closer to the target for his Stem Cell Treatment thanks to so many people’s help. Here’s to not giving up! Every little counts.



Keep Exploring

Nature, a place for you and your mind.
Keep exploring. 🌞🌻🌱🌊🌎🌍🌏

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Photography: @eslopez

Chloe Origami | Unfolding Ideas to Fold Paper


Chloé Origami: Unfolding Ideas to Fold Paper

Do you remember all those times folding paper airplanes with friends as a kid? Here we take it up a notch! I had the pleasure of interviewing talented Portuguese origami designer Inês Lima, better known by her brand name Chloé Origami, here on Fashion Shift Magazine! 🐘🐘

Check out the interview and article I wrote, “Unfolding ideas to fold paper” (p31), in the Full Bloom issue – out now!



We’re always on the lookout for new guest writers/bloggers regarding natural beauty tips, skin care, well-being, fashion, healthy living, organic products, etc.
Get in touch if you’re interested!

You can also read my full article on origami below: Continue reading Chloe Origami | Unfolding Ideas to Fold Paper