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Things That Make Me Happy: Martini, New Perfume and a Good Dose of Michael Fassbender

Published May 9, 2014 by fashionfoodandflirts

The past week has been a rollercoaster of mildly hysterical screams and utterly insane deadlines. In between some exhausting apartment-shopping, daunting writing assignments and depressing newsflashes about Syrian bombings and kidnapped Nigerian girls, you would almost forget to live and have a nice time. So I am honestly glad to say: Thank God it’s Friday.

Cuz, I needzz it… I needzz it badly.  

In order to forget all the horror in the world, I always have three simple tricks that help me relax. Now that the weekend is upon us, I thought it would be nice to share these tips with you all, since you clearly have nothing better to do than reading this post on a Friday night.


TIP NR. 1: No Martini, No Party


You can do plenty of things on a Friday night, but some alcohol is always a good start. I am one of those people who love some bitter sweet Martini. I always think it makes me look so classy and cool ( that’s probably the George Clooney effect), yes even when I’m drinking straight from the bottle.

So pour yourself a glass, dear readers. Put on some jazzy music and just have a good time. You deserve it!

TIP NR. 2: Wear Perfume

There is this famous quote by Christian Dior who says that “ a woman’s perfume tells more about her than her handwriting”. I couldn’t agree more! What better way to let your personality shine than by wearing a scent that embodies who you are and what you stand for, right? Moreover, it is just so much fun to go perfume shopping. All those cute bottles, those heavenly aromas, all those ladies with perfectly manicured nails offering to “spritz you”… It is simply the best.

So in an attempt to do some stress-free shopping, I decided to buy myself a new perfume.

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I bought Pleats Please by Issey Miyake. It know it is always hard to describe a scent, but let me give it a try: Intensely fruity. Hints of aromatic musk. Asian-inspired floral freshness. Oh yes, this fragrance is the epitome of femininity mixed with optimistic and youthful exuberance. Basically, it is Marilyn Monroe and Zoe Deschanel rolled into one beautiful bottle of perfume.


So yes, buying perfume makes me happy. Give it a go, dear readers. If it does not make you happy, at least you’ll still smell really nice ;) . (Oh yeah, another benefit of buying perfume is that you are allowed to sniff yourself as many times as you want without people staring it you, thinking you’ve gone completely mad. )

TIP NR. 3: Go on a Bender… A Fassbender


Seriously. Just looking at him makes me insanely giggly. Not only is our dear Fassy a really good actor and ridiculously handsome, his accent is to die for as well. So if you are in the mood for some instant happiness, all you need to do is watch an interview with Michael Fassbender and you will be chirping around the house in no time!


What’s that you’re saying? You don’t believe me? Well, dear skeptical reader, I have the perfect way to persuade you, because Fassy was on the Graham Norton Show last week. He was funny, he was sweet and he even danced to Blurred Lines with buddies Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy.

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See? If even this gif can make you giggle, just imagine what the entire interview will do to you! Google it. Watch it. Dig it.

Met Gala 2014: Fabulous Dresses and an even more Fabulous Queen Bey

Published May 6, 2014 by fashionfoodandflirts

It must be awful to be a celebrity in Hollywood if your name is not Beyoncé Knowles. Here you are, at one of the most prestigious fashion events of the year, totally ready to flaunt your elegant dress in front of the paparazzi and with high hopes of landing one of the spots on every blogger’s best dressed–list or even becoming a trending topic on Twitter …and then in comes Queen Bey and ruins it all for you.

Seriously. I feel for the Emmas and Zoes of Tinseltown. Beyoncé’s dress wasn’t even that memorable. Especially not when you consider that this year’s theme was “Charles James: Beyond Fashion”, which meant that the stars could stroll across the red carpet in voluminous puffy gowns without feeling sorry. The theme allowed them to go big, but our dear Beyoncé strangely enough did not do that. She opted for a sheer, sequined black Givenchy dress. It was indeed really pretty… but also really really predictable.

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I can imagine all those female stars secretly cheering and thanking God for Beyoncé’s safe fashion choice…

And then this happened…

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Her dress may not have been big or pompous, but this tiny little moment of spontaneity (that turned out to be a stroke of marketing genius) turned Beyoncé and hubby Jay-Z into the biggest stars of the night. When Bey’s ring slipped off her finger, her knight in shining armour went down on his knees to put it back on her finger. You know what they say:  If you like a thing, you should put a ring on it…

A fake re-proposal in front of the cameras? No matter how big your dress may be, it will never be big enough to top that.

Poor Emmas and Zoes. Look on the bright side, darlings. Benedict Cumberbatch was there and you surely must have seen him in his rather awkward but dashing regal appearance.

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That is something to be grateful for.

Now let’s move forward and give the female stars the proper attention they deserve. Here are my personal favourites.

Suki Waterhouse

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In contrast to Beyoncé, Suki fully embraced the night’s dress code and looked stunning in her poufy yet elegant dress with dark red lipstick. Although I do wonder why she is looking so angry in this picture. She was Bradley Cooper’s date for heaven’s sake! Surely even Beyoncé getting all the attention cannot ruin that?

Zoe Saldana

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One of my personal style icons. Zoe’s Michael Kors dress is perfectly balanced, with a clean and sleek top and an explosion of fabric at the bottom.

Emmy Rossum

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Emmy embraced the floral trend  and went for bold colours in Carolina Herrera.

Now on to a couple of showbizz pairs…

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield


Don’t they look übercute? I love Andrew’s silver-gray jacket and I am totally obsessed with Emma’s choice of colours. We all know how much I love pink, so this dress is definitely a winner for me.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds

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Damn it. Don’t you just want to throw something at your screen when you see this picture? I certainly do. These two are just too perfect and yes, in all honesty, it is making me bloody jealous.

Unfortunately though, there were some horrible dresses on the red carpet as well…

Katie Holmes

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What was she thinking? Do you know Penelope Cruz’ character on the last Pirates of the Caribbean film? Well, it looks as if Katie borrowed Cruz’ pirate outfit, turned it into a gown and then fell into a giant tub of mustard.

Lea Michelle

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Please scroll down as fast as you can, because I can assure you that staring at this dress for too long will permanently damage your eyes…

Rita Ora

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The wet hair, that ill fitted golden bustier thingy (whatever that is) and those horrible shoes. Is she auditioning for a B-movie version of Gladiator we don’t know about?


Bananarama: Spiced Banana Bread with Dried Fruit

Published May 4, 2014 by fashionfoodandflirts


In a world filled with bloody civil wars and global warming catastrophes, it seems a bit ridiculous that I spend my time worrying about the bananas in my fruit bowl going to waste. And yet, that is exactly what I do every time I have a bunch of overripe bananas lying around in my kitchen.

My problem is that I do not like eating brown, splotchy, palette-sticking bananas (does anyone?), but at the same time I shiver at the thought of having to toss them in the bin. Merely the thought of doing so gives me nightmares about the EU’s towering food waste mountain.



So in order to tackle that terrifying waste mountain, I try to make small changes everywhere I can. And that means using up those overripe bananas.

There are plenty of overripe banana recipes out there for you to try, and the most exciting thing about these recipes is that the uglier the banana, the better the end-result.

This recipe is a lovely exotic spiced banana bread with lots of dried fruits and nuts. The almost overwhelming banana scent is counterbalanced with the aroma coming from the spices and the crunchy texture of the nuts adds another quirky dimension to an already brilliant banana bread.

So if you so much as think about throwing those bananas in the bin, I will personally come and haunt you in your nightmares together with some creepy images of exploding waste mountains. No offence.



  • 250gr self-rising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp ground cardamom
  • Pinch of star anise
  • 80gr butter
  • 3 overripe bananas
  • 3 eggs
  • 40gr caster sugar
  • 40gr muscovado sugar
  • 1 tbsp desiccated coconut
  • Handful of chopped nuts
  • Handful of mixed dried fruit (pineapple, apricot, mango, fig,…)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cake tin with baking parchment.
  2. Put the flour, spices and baking powder together in a bowl and rub in the butter until you get a breadcrumb consistency.
  3. Stir in the sugar and mashed bananas.
  4. Stir in the eggs until you get a smooth mixture.
  5. Add the nuts, fruit and coconut. Pour the mixture in your baking tin and sprinkle some extra muscovado sugar and coconut (about 1 tbsp each) over the top. This will give the cake a lovely crunch.
  6. Bake in the oven for 45 minutes.

Lovely Lunch: Fennel, Red Onion and Pecorino Tart with Fresh Citrus Salad

Published May 1, 2014 by fashionfoodandflirts


When I woke up this morning and realized that I had a daunting day ahead of me filled with research conundrums and thesis concoctions, I decided it would be wise to cook something healthy, nutritious and delicious to keep me going.

The brain is probably the most important organ of our body. Without it we would not be able to speak, think or distinguish Ryan Gosling from Ryan Reynolds (image the horror!). It is therefore of vital importance to keep those brain cells alive and kicking, and what better way to give your brain an energy boost than by feeding it with yummy vitamins?

This fennel, red onion and pecorino tart with a super duper fresh citrus and rocket salad ticks all the boxes: tons of fruit, tons of veg and just the right amount of cheese to give your calcium level a good buzz. The aromatic aniseed flavour of the fennel works wonders with the sharp and pungent pecorino cheese and the sweetness of the onion. Join those flavours all together on a crunchy and comforting square of puff pastry pride and your brain will be doing summersaults out of utter bliss. The warm tart is accompanied with a fresh and zingy salad with rocket and juicy grapefruit and orange segments.

Even though I was sitting at home, doing a lot of boring and dreadful stuff, my lunch provided me with an escape route to more pleasant and lovable places. This dish is reminiscent of Parisian art cafés, Roman palazzo grandeur and London modernist cool. It is artsy, hearty and brain-bubblingly delicious.


It is the best.

Exactly what I want my brain to be.

Ingredients (serves 2)

For the tarts

  • ½ fennel, cut into thin slices (use a mandolin)
  • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • Thin slices of pecorino
  • Puff pastry, cut into approx. 15cm squares

For the salad:

  • 300gr rocket leaves
  • 1 pink grapefruit, cut into segments
  • 2 oranges, cut into segments
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp tarragon vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil


  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Line a baking tray with baking parchment and put on your puff pastry squares. Prick the dough all over with a fork but leave  a rim of about 0,5cm.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small pan and quickly sauté the fennel with the cumin for just 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Layer some pecorino slices on the puff pastry, followed by some sautéed fennel and red onion. When you have used up the fennel and onion, just grate on some large flakes of pecorino and put in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and crisp.
  5. Meanwhile make your fresh salad. (The salad should be done last minute, otherwise it will get soggy.) Put the grapefruit and orange segments in a bowl with the sliced red onion.
  6. Make a vinaigrette with the tarragon vinegar, honey, olive oil and some juice of the orange and grapefruit. (When you are cutting the fruit, juices will come out, just make sure you catch some of it in a small bowl and use max. 1 tbsp of the juice is this vinaigrette) Season with salt and pepper.
  7. When your tarts come out of the oven, toss the rocket leaves in the citrus salad and finish with the lovely dressing.

To Clutch or Not To Clutch: It Should No Longer Be A Question

Published April 29, 2014 by fashionfoodandflirts

… Because clutches are absolutely awesome.

I have to admit that over the past few years, I have always admired clutches from afar, because even though they were adorable, elegant and wickedly cool, they always seemed far too impracticable to me. Especially in comparison to the ordinary bag, which you can just swing across your shoulder and use as a hiding place for practically everything (from make-up bags to blister emergency kits).

However, it is starting to get impossible not to fall in love with a clutch. They are everywhere. And they are pretty. So so so damn pretty.

Yes, they are still the most impractical bags on the planet, but oh my sweet Lord, some of them are just works of art! So now I am sort of obsessed with them and I really really want to buy one. They are the epitome of stylish extravaganza and they can pimp any ordinary outfit and turn it into something magical. The list below contains some of my favourite designer clutches. Needless to say that I cannot afford them. But a girl can dream.

In the meantime I will spend my time looking for a more affordable clutch that is at least slightly reminiscent of some of the absolutely bonkers clutches from my list.

Charlotte Olympia is the Queen of crazy clutches: this one is called “Shell shocked”


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Marchesa’s interpretation of flower power:


Alexander McQueen: master of psychedelic prints

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Jimmy Choo’s Cairo Clutch is simply divine

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This beautifully funky Watermelon clutch is by Edie Parker

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Christian Louboutin: elegant pastel studs, who knew it was possible?


Summertime Sweetness: Mango and Lime Coconut Cake With a Gin Syrup

Published April 26, 2014 by fashionfoodandflirts


I think I am going through a coconut phase. I simply can’t seem to get enough of it. Whether it is coconut milk, cream or oil, I somehow end up throwing it in practically all of my dishes, from savory curries to sugary desserts.

Oh yes, I am going coconuts. (Pardon the silly word play.)

One of the reasons for my coconut phase is my desire for hot and sunny weather. I even think this droopy winter has made me a bit bonkers in the head, because I honestly keep having day dreams about bounty white beaches, waving palm trees and hot dudes stepping out of the sea in tight speedo shorts…


Wait, where was I?

Oh yeah, coconut.

This time I decided to use desiccated coconut in a lusciously exotic cake that is totally reminiscent of summer, hot and steamy weather and cocktail parties. The coconut gives this cake a sweet aroma but is not too overpowering and works wonders in combination with the zingy lime. The virgin white sponge is dotted with bright spots of gorgeously juicy mango and last but not least, there is a gin syrup to transport you to one of those sunny Caribbean beaches.

Summer may still be a couple of months away, but at least I have this cake to keep me warm until it arrives.



  • 170gr self-rising flour
  • 55gr desiccated coconut
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • Zest of half a lime
  • Juice of one lime
  • 80gr caster sugar
  • 30gr soy spread
  • 165gr Greek Yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp soy milk
  • ¾ mango, diced

For the gin syrup:

  • 1 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tbsp Gin (I used Bombay Sapphire Gin East)


  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a cake tin with baking parchment.
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in one bowl and make a well in the middle.
  3. Lightly mix together the soy spread (or butter), yoghurt, egg and milk and pour into the well.
  4. Mix vigorously using all the arm muscles you’ve got but don’t beat the mixture for too long, otherwise you will get a tough dough.
  5. Stir in the juice and zest of lime and the diced mango.
  6. Pour the mixture into your baking tin and bake in the oven for 35 to 40 minutes.
  7. Once your cake comes out of the oven, quickly heat the gin with sugar until the sugar has dissolved. Now pour the syrup over the hot cake and let it soak up all the delicious booziness.


Super Healthy & Super Tasty: Red Quinoa With Sticky Mushrooms and Asian Veg

Published April 24, 2014 by fashionfoodandflirts


Some ignorant idiots still believe that healthy food means compromising on delicious flavours and unforgettable taste. They frown when they hear the word quinoa and go running up the hills out of utter fear when they are served something vegan.

Like I said: ignorant idiots.

Because let me set one thing straight: healthy(or vegan )food is super tasty. To prove my point, I conjured up this mouth-watering vegan dish that truly made my heart sing and my taste buds dance. The Eryngii mushrooms are marinated in ketchup, tandoori powder, soy and palm sugar, to give them a sticky sweet and spicy flavour. I kept my stir-fried vegetables rather simple. Just some teeny weensy bit of soy sauce and lots of garlic and red chillies. These crunchy flavour bombs were ready in just a couple of minutes, so if you are in hurry, these are the veggies you want to make!

And last but not least: the red quinoa. Quinoa is often called a “superfood”, because it contains lots of protein and fiber and is rich in magnesium and iron. Furthermore, it even contains calcium (which makes it ideal for vegans) and it is gluten-free. In short, a superfood for all us superwomen! There are different types of quinoa and as you can see I opted for the red variety, which is slightly earthier in flavour.

So combine the earthy quinoa with the sticky sweetness of the mushrooms and the crunchy, fragrant vegetables and you’ve got a vegan meal that totally blows your socks off! ;)

Ingredients (serves 3)                                                       

For the quinoa:

  • 250gr red quinoa
  • Vegetable stock
  • Pinch of tandoori powder

For the vegetables

  • 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 red chilies, finely chopped
  • 1 pak choi, roughly chopped
  • 1 red pepper, sliced
  • 1 green pepper, sliced
  • 250gr bean sprouts
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp mirin
  • Freshly chopped coriander (optional)

For the mushrooms:

  • 6 eryngii mushrooms (or any type of mushrooms), cut into slices
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • ½ tbsp palm sugar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp tandoori powder


  1. Cook the red quinoa in double the amount of vegetable stock for about 20 minutes until tender and the quinoa has absorbed all the stock. (Stir in some tandoori powder for some extra flavour if you want.)
  2. Mix the ingredients for the marinade together in a bowl and brush the eryngii generously with the marinade. Heat a little bit of vegetable oil in a pan and fry the mushrooms until the marinade starts to caramelize and the mushrooms are tender.
  3. For the vegetables, heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a wok and add the garlic and chilli. Add the pak choi and peppers and stir fry for a couple of minutes.
  4. Add the mirin and soy sauce and season to taste. Finally stir in the bean sprouts and some extra coriander.

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