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The Oscars 2015: ScarJo’s Necklance, Gaga’s Gloves and Bradley the Vampire

Published February 23, 2015 by The Feminist

Last night was the night we had all been waiting for: The Oscars!

It was a splendid show, not only because Neil Patrick Harris showed up in his underwear (yassss)

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or Eddie Redmayne won (he won!),

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but especially because the marvelous Patricia Arquette had the guts to stand up and demand equal pay for women in the industry. Her speech gave me goosebumps and looking at how Meryl and J.LO reacted, I’m guessing it gave them goosebumps too…

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Anyway, what a wonderful night it was indeed!

So back to the dresses, because there is plenty to be said about last night’s parade. First of all, I often do NOT agree with the general opinion of all the other fashion bloggers. Why does everyone hate ScarJo’s necklace? Seriously, I luuuuuuv it. Why did they despise Gwyneth’s giant shoulder flower so much? I thought it looked amazing! And yes, maybe Lady Gaga’s gloves were a bit weird, but for heaven’s sake, it’s Lady Gaga we’re talking about!

So here is my very own red carpet report. Take it or leave it.

Just really really pretty…

You can always count on Kerry Washington to bring some elegance to the party.

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This Miu Miu gown with peplum may not be as bold as some of the other looks, but it definitely is really really pretty.

I’ve never been that much of a Jennifer Aniston fan. Not when it comes to her acting, and definitely not when it comes to her wardrobe choices, but damn, even I have to admit that that is one hell of a nice dress!

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I’m a huge sucker for black and white colour-blocking myself, so Reese Witherspoon’s Tom ford ticks all the boxes in my opinion.

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Jennifer Lopez often has the tendency to show off too much of her curves… and although you really can’t miss her very present plunging cleavage, the combination with the nude tones, the  transparency and the embellishments makes the entire look much more refined and classy.

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I love the colour of Chrissy Teigen Zuhair Murad’s gown. But if there is anything I am truly thrilled about it’s her dark lipstick. Absolutely gorgeous!

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Oprah Winfrey demonstrated that you don’t need a size zero to look stunning on a red carpet. This nude toned Vera Wang is sheer perfection.

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Did Dakota Johnson take another trip to the Red Room of Pain to find inspiration for the colour of her dress? Whatever she did, it paid off, because this red gown with a bold cut is just every fashionista’s dream!

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The boldly beautiful 

I have no idea why so many hated the necklace. Scarlet Johansson is making me green with envy over her stunning jewel! (pun fully intended)

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Kudos to Rosamund Pike! Her intricate, corset-like, Givenchy dress is seemed to the brim with roses.  It’s bold. It’s beautiful. It’s exactly what an Oscar dress should look like!

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Emma Stone wearing Elie Saab. Things really cannot get any better than that.

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Although the slightly greenish gold is a difficult colour to pull off, Emma does it so well. Sigh.

Jennifer Hudson’s classic silhouette becomes stunning in this bold mellow-yellow hue.

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The beautifully bold

Lady Gaga wore hands down one of the most interesting dresses.  She looks totally otherworldly in this structural Azzedine Alaïa dress!

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And my guess is that, given the dish-washing gloves, she might as well be hiding a detergent spray underneath her skirt. To get rid of all those hateful comments about her dress, I presume. Haters gonna hate, Lady Gaga, so don’t care about these conservative party-poopers!

Why everyone else was so against Gwyneth Paltrow’s flower, is beyond me. Maybe all those critics simply aren’t blessed with the gift of looking at life through rose-coloured glasses?

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Anyway, I think Gwyneth’s cotton candy, regal-looking dress is awesome and all the haters could really use some fairy dust sprinkled in their asses.

The “Hmpf, you can do better”

Marion Cotillard may be wearing Dior, but it more looks like she took down her own shower curtain, perforated it with the perforator on her desk and if that wasn’t enough, decided to create a pouch at the height of her beautiful derriere with what seems to be scotch tape.

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Summarized: not the most flattering silhouette, Marion!

If I were still a Disney-loving six-year old, I would have adored Felicity Jones’ Cinderella gown. But I’m not six anymore. My princess-aspiring days are over (well sort of anyway), and even though I love the top part of the dress with the embellished high neck, the bottom part is just too bombastic and tent-like to be considered pretty in this age of realistic simplicity.

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Admittedly, Lupita has set an insanely high bar for herself on the red carpet, for she has always looked like a true goddess in all of her previous gowns. Although she still looks pretty god-like, I’m not very fond of her pearled Calvin Klein dress.

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For a dress that reportedly took an incredibly long time to make (with over 6000 pearls, pfew!), it seems pretty dull to me.

That gorgeous statement necklace aside, Cate Blanchett’s black gown is the perfect example of how black can often become boring.

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The Men: More than Meh!

See that, ladies?

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Chris Pratt wants me. So hands off!

Matt McGorry looks incredible in this very bold, yet stunning textured jacket.

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Benedict Cumberbatch may not have won, but he secretly had some liquid comfort tucked away in his jacket.

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Can I take a sip, Benny?

And last but not least, I would like to take a moment to ponder the weird transformation Bradley Cooper has undergone these last few months. Is it just me or did he indeed go from sun-kissed (sometimes a tad too orange) God to an eerie-looking Vampire? Not sure whether this look is for a new movie or maybe he got allergic to self-tanner, but in any case,

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somebody seriously needs to give the man some vitamin pills.

Vegetarian Hustle

Published January 21, 2014 by The Feminist

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Did I just make a not so subtle reference to the most hyped and award-deserving movie of the moment? Whatever. Just humour me for a second here, because just like American Hustle, this post is an explosion of fun and great acting skills.

I would like you to meet the Bradley Cooper of Veggie World:

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Moroccan Aubergine and Harissa Soup with Marinated Seitan

Whereas Bradley Cooper’s character Richie DiMaso relies on his curlers to make him sexier, this soup doesn’t need any embellishments. It stands on its own.  The smooth and comforting texture of the aubergine is a match made in heaven with the exotic blend of spices. Add to that some zingy and sharp seitan croutons and you’ll understand why this soup does not require a perm to make a lasting impression.

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Ingredients (serves 1):

  • 1 aubergine
  • 1 tsp harissa
  • 1 tbsp tomato puree
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ras el hanout
  • 250ml vegetable stock

For the marinated seitan:

  • 100gr seitan, cut into chunks
  • ½ tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • ½ tsp harissa

Method:

  1. Put the ingredients for the marinade into a bowl and toss in the seitan. Marinade for at least one hour.
  2. Fry the seitan dices until crunchy and set aside.
  3. Meanwhile make the soup. Put the aubergine under a hot grill for about 40 minutes. Turn it around every 10 minutes. Remove the aubergine from the oven and allow to cool completely. Once cool, cut an opening along the aubergine and scoop out the soft flesh. Discard the skin.
  4. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a small sauce pan and fry the onion and garlic until soft. Add the tomato puree, harissa and spices and cook for another minute before adding the stock. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  5. Transfer the scooped aubergine flesh to the soup and blitz to a smooth liquid. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  6. Serve hot, with the crunchy seitan on top and garnish with some extra sesame seeds and spring onions, if you like.

Now on to the Amy Adams of light meals:

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Cauliflower Frittata with Feta Cheese

Just like Amy Adams’ cleavage in American Hustle, this frittata is anything but subtle. Boldly spiced cauliflower, smooth and creamy eggs and punchy feta cheese: it doesn’t take much to understand that this ambitious lunch doesn’t need a British accent to seduce every man on her path.

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Ingredients (serves 4)

  • 4-6 potatoes, peeled and diced
  • ½ cauliflower, cut into florets
  • Bunch of fresh parsley
  • Bunch of chives
  • 200gr feta cheese, cut into chunks
  • 9 eggs
  • ½ tbsp cumin seeds
  • ½ tsp chili flakes
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C.
  2. Blanche the potatoes and cauliflower florets until just al dente.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a pan and add the spices. Toss the vegetables in the spicy oil and fry for a couple of minutes. Put the vegetables on the bottom of a round baking tin.
  4. Whisk together the eggs and season generously with salt and pepper. Stir in the chopped parsley and chives.
  5. Pour the egg batter on top of the vegetables and scatter the feta chunks on top. Put in the oven for 25-30 minutes.

For the grand finale we go to the Jennifer Lawrence of vegetarian patties:

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Spicy Kidney Bean Burgers with Herby Cauliflower Bulgur

In contrast to Jennifer’s character Rosalyn, I have to admit that this dish is anything but the”Picasso of passive-aggressive karate” but more of a “Dali of otherworldly extravagance”. Crunchy burgers served with refreshing homemade Tzatziki  and accompanied by fragrant bulgur with roasted cauliflower: completely bonkers but definitely Oscar-winning material!

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And with a bit of imagination the dish resembles Jennifer’s exploded hairdo.

Ingredients (serves 1)

For the burgers:

  • 200gr kidney beans
  • 1 tbsp plain flour
  • ½ chili
  • 1 small onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 tbsp coriander stalks
  • 2 cm piece of fresh ginger
  • ½ tsp cumin seeds
  • ¼ tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Sesame seeds
  • 1 egg
  • Corn flour

For the Bulgur:

  • 60gr bulgur wheat
  • 2 tbsp fresh coriander
  • 2  tbsp mint
  • ½ tbsp za’atar
  • ¼ cauliflower , cut into florets

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Blitz all the ingredients for the burgers together, except for the corn flour, egg and sesame seeds. Taste the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Make small patties out of the bean mix and roll them in corn flour. (The patties will be very fragile so be careful) Put them on a baking tray and brush them with beaten egg and sprinkle sesame seeds over the top.
  2. Put in the oven for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large pan and fry the cauliflower until just cooked. Stir through the za’atar.
  4. Cook the bulgur according to the instructions on the packet and stir in the cooked cauliflower and fresh herbs.
  5. Serve the patties with the bulgur and a generous serving of tzatziki

This girl has some serious Oscar Fever, y’all!

Published February 24, 2013 by The Feminist

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Tonight is the night we have all been waiting for! It’s Oscar night: by far my favourite night of the year, after Christmas Eve! (and that means something!) I love everything about it: from the red carpet and the beautiful, drop-dead gorgeous dresses to the emotional acceptance speeches. The Oscars provide the ultimate escapism, transporting me to another place, a place of glitter and glamour where it’s okay for women to go completely over the top and wear very bold, eye-catching dresses!

Sigh.

If only I could be there….

Anyway, let’s talk about who I believe should take home one of these prestigious Academy Awards:

• Best Supporting Actress: Anne Hathaway: I saw Les Misérables last night and let me tell you something: she deserves the Oscar! Oh boy, I was literally lost for words!

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• Best Film: Django Unchained, Les Misérables or Argo: Django and Les Mis are my personal favourites, but personal preferences aside, I believe Argo should win, because Ben Affleck was surprisingly left out of the Best Director category.

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• Best Actor: They all deserve to win! (Except Bradley Cooper. P-leeeeaaaase, not Bradley Cooper!)
• Best Actress: I’m a huge fan of Jessica Chastain, but I’m afraid Jennifer Lawrence will beat her to it.

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• Best Supporting Actor: Christoph Waltz, hell yeah!! (I am hugely disappointed, however, that Leonardo Dicaprio isn’t even nominated in this category. Wasn’t he brilliant in Django? Not to mention Samuel L. Jackson, who was also ignored!)

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Who are your favourite nominees this year? Come on, you can tell me! I won’t judge. 😉