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Splendid Summer, Splendid Shoes: Preparing for Cannes

Published July 8, 2014 by The Feminist


I am leaving for the glitz and glam of Cannes in a couple of days – *feel free to insert an envious grunt*– and since Cannes is famous for being all classy and glamourous, it is essential that I look great. (Obviously.) So no white socks in crocs for me. (Not that I would ever wear white socks… or crocs… or wear both of them together… I would rather die… but you get my drift)

Instead I’m spending a lot of time these days selecting the most fashionable of holiday wardrobes. Not just funky dresses and chic jumpsuits, but fab day outfits as well that will turn hiking into an ultra-posh event.

And with the right outfit go the right shoes. From comfy but bold to sky high and fabulous, there is one suitable pair for every occasion! Here is a list of all the types of shoes I would ideally like to take with me to Cannes. But since I am neither rich nor famous, I will always suggest a more affordable alternative as well. 😉

1) The thrill of the espadrille

A couple of years ago, these type of flats would have been “not done” in fashionable Cannes, but nowadays the classic espadrille has become so immensely popular that even the rich folk on la Croisette can no longer ban so much cooldom in one shoe.

For the rich and famous:

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(by Stella McCartney)

For mere mortals:

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espadrille leo

(both from Asos)

2) Extravagant pumps or sandals…

… preferably with some transparent detail.
If you want to ooze confidence, glam and an I-don’t-need-a-sugar-daddy-to-make-me-happy spirit, these are the shoes you need to wear!

For the rich and famous:


(by Christian Louboutin, sigh.)

For mere mortals:

asos shoes

(by Asos, hip hip hurray!)

3) As brogue as can be

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past year or so, you will have noticed that women suits or hotter than hot. What used to be a solely male garment has now entered a woman’s closet as well and is regarded as the best thing since  the push up bra (or is that just me?) . The same thing can be said for the shoes that usually go with the male suit, because the so-called brogues are my favourite It-shoes. Not only does it look fab under a suit, but it is also a cool option for your summer holiday, because it is comfy and way more original than those boring ballerinas. (yawn!)

For the rich and famous:

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(Louboutin, again.)

For mere mortals:


(Asos, again. Thank God for Asos!)

I’m off to Rome! The Pope better be warned.

Published September 7, 2013 by The Feminist

Remember when I told you a couple of months ago that I had booked a trip to Rome? (For those of you who suffer from early Alzheimer’s or just have a really short-term memory: read it again here)

Well, it’s all happening tomorrow morning. Finally. My suitcase is packed (I’ve left some room for “new acquisitions”)and my stomach is empty (I’ve left some room for the delicious Roman food).

I’m so nervous and excited I think I’m about to explode!

Here is a short summary of all the things I want to do/ will probably end up doing:

Sightseeing (duh, I’m in Rome!)

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Eating gelato (duh, I’m in Rome!)


Dancing with handsome Italian strangers (duh, I’m in Rome!)

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Making indecent proposals (du… I’m sure you get it by now!)

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Of course that means you will have to miss me for a couple of days…

the horror

I know, I’m so sorry.


But please don’t let my absence get you down! You will survive!

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Still worried? Here’s a little something that will cheer you up and bring comfort in times of sorrow: A garam massala roasted butternut squash stuffed with spicy, velvety dal! This dish doesn’t just look really cool, it’s also the ultimate me-time-deserving form of deliciousness! And you know what’s so special about the dal? It was made with pumpkin soup! Yes, you’ve read that correctly, pumpkin soup! Tell me something: what’ s the best thing about a dal? The velvety texture. What’s the best thing about pumpkin soup? The velvety texture. So putting these things together creates the most mouth-wateringly, mind-blowingly extravagant array of velvetiness!

You’re welcome 😉


• One butternut squash (cut off the bottom part, since this will make the “bowl” for the dal. Peel it and hollow it out. Use the remaining top part of the butternut for the soup, see below)
• 65gr yellow lentils
• 1 tsp garam massala
• ¼ tsp mustard seeds
• ¼ tsp fenugreek
• ½ tsp cumin seeds
• 2cm piece fresh ginger, grated
• 1 clove of garlic, grated
• 1 large chilli pepper, finely chopped
• 1 tsp turmeric

For the butternut soup (I’ve made an incredibly spicy and fragrant soup from the remaining butternut squash and used some of the soup as the base for my dal and the rest can be kept in the fridge and eaten some other time 😉 )

• 1 large onion, roughly chopped
• ½ red pepper, roughly chopped
• 1 tbsp turmeric
• ½ tsp chilli powder
• 1 tbsp garam massala
• ½ tsp ground ginger
• 1l vegetable stock

1. Make the soup. Heat a tablespoon of vegetable oil in a large pot and sautee the onion with the spices. Add the chopped butternut squash and red pepper.
2. Add the vegetable stock to the pan and bring to the boil.
3. Simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the butternut squash is tender.
4. Mix everything together until you get a smooth slightly thick and velvety texture. Season with salt and pepper.
5. Rub the bottom part of the butternut with the garam massala and some oil. Bake in a preheated oven at 200°C for about 20-30 minutes until the butternut is cooked through and soft.
6. Add a tablespoon of oil in sauce pan and add the spices. Fry until the spices become fragrant. Stir in the garlic and chilli.
7. Add the lentils and 200ml of the butternut soup. Bring to the boil and let is simmer on a low heat for 30-40 minutes. Add a bit more soup (or a splash of water) along the way if necessary.
8. Spoon the dal inside the butternut bowl and top with freshly chopped spring onion and nigella seeds.


My brain works in mysterious ways: we’re in the middle of a heat wave and I’m buying a fall outfit

Published July 31, 2013 by The Feminist


The last couple of weeks have been hot. The sun is working overtime- it probably wants to make up for that dreadful spring we had- and I’m literally sweating like a pig. The latter is even more remarkable if you know I’m normally “sweat-free” –seriously, I used to never ever sweat- so I can only imagine how the people who do sweat on a regular basis must feel right now. (I guess some of you readers now have severe problems with keeping the creepy image of terribly sweaty people out of your head, for which I am sorry.)

So anyway, imagine me sitting in the garden, my clothes clinging to me in that really uncomfortable way, it felt as if I was wrapped in an entire roll of low-quality cellophane plastic wrap, … and I’m reading about the new fall collection in Vogue.

On days I should actually be looking for the perfect bikini, that flirty breezy summer dress or those gladiator sandals, I’m already drooling over ( in these temperatures, this can be taken quite literally 😉 … no I’m joking, because that would be disgusting) the new fall collection. Winter coats, fake fur, flapper dresses, cashmere sweaters,… Sigh. Suddenly the fall seems much more interesting than this too-hot-to-handle summer. I’m looking forward to it. Those new colours (burgundy red and Delft blue!), those new silhouettes (love the Balmain AW13 collection!), the possibility of creating a brand new me every single time a new fashion season hits the stores.

So even though the weather was telling me to look for summer outfits, I couldn’t help but walk over to the “new collection” section… And yes, I bought a new outfit. A fall outfit. And I’m not the least bit ashamed. Not for one bit!

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One of the reasons why I shouldn’t feel ashamed about my new fall outfit is that some- or should I say most– of the clothes and accessories were bought from the summer collection! And they were on SALE! I have no idea what a warm black leather jacket was doing in the summer collection, but hey, I sure am not complaining! The only item in these pictures that I bought from the new fall collection is my brand new –and if I may say, very cute- black derby hat. (But it was from H&M – read: it was a bargain- hence the guilt-free shopping)

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I guess the point I’m trying to make is this: even if you’re in the middle of a heat wave, that shouldn’t stop you from buying that perfect winter coat if you come across one. Because by the time it will be cold enough to actually wear a winter coat, those flirty breezy summer dresses will be hanging in the shops again…

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PS: What do you think about the outfit? I do love the combination of black and fuchsia. I find it very cool and sophisticated, but at the same time there’s a certain vivaciousness and youngness to it as well.
And I think it is quite obvious that I have a soft spot for leather– faux leather to be exact- but what can I say? Maybe there’s a tiny bit of a dominatrix in me waiting to get out?

PPS: I didn’t have the time –read: I was lazy- to photoshop my head out of these pics. So I’m sorry if you find the omnipresence of my face to be quite disturbing. If so, just let me know and I’ll be sure to “chop off” my head next time I post any pictures of my new outfits on my blog.

… Oh yeah, and I do hope you’re still not a creepy pervert browsing the internet in search for young red-headed girls.

All Pleasure, No Guilt: 3 incredibly yummy and healthy dishes

Published July 29, 2013 by The Feminist

We all know the feeling: you’ve just returned from your holiday and your standing in front of your scales, that thing of terror, utterly petrified and not ready to step on it just yet. You keep imagining one horror scenario after the other, freaking out over the possibility- no scratch that– probability- no scratch that again- undeniable fact that you will have gained weight. You try to talk sense into yourself, saying that it’s only natural to gain weight after the most amazing holiday in Italy, where you’ve spent most of your time eating pasta and gelato. And yet, you’re going crazy over the dooming prospect of having to go for those extra runs around the block and trips to the gym to get those extra pounds back off, in order to go back to your true all-abs-and-flat-tummy self again.
I took the leap. Slowly and scared as hell I was hovering my foot over the scales. (You know that thing we all do, when we want to step in our hot bath but first want to check the temperature by dunking our big toe into the water? Well, that’s how you have to envision me stepping on my scales. )Holding my breath and waiting for the hard truth to slap me in the face, I opened my eyes…
And guess what? It wasn’t even that bad. Okay, I gained a bit of weight, but considering the large quantities of sugar and carbs I ate during my stay in Italy, it is rather surprising that it all turned out to be just fine. Maybe all that hiking paid off in the end?
…Or maybe someone just tampered with the scales to spare me the horror of facing the consequences of all my scoffing.
Anyway, whether you gained weight or not, I believe it is always advisable to do a “healthy week” after you’ve just returned from your holiday. After days of ultimate indulgence, you often feel bloated and –dare I say it?- a bit slow. Both physically and mentally.(Is it just me, or is it indeed more difficult to do simple math after 14 days of nothing but math-free bliss?) This is not just a result of the food, however, but also just because you’re a bit tired of all those day trips and physically challenging activities. Yes, this is all very normal and therefore a “healthy week” is the perfect way to detox your body and re-boot.
However, don’t let the words “healthy” and “detox” scare you, because these dishes are incredibly delicious as well! (And not as drastic as spending a whole week drinking nothing but carrot and cucumber shakes)

Your “puffiness” will be gone, but your energy will have exploded!

Stuffed courgette with fragrant couscous and rose-tomato sauce

The secret of this recipe is in the spicing. The most wonderful blend of spices and herbs works so well with the soft mushy-ness of the courgette and couscous grains. Not to mention the rose-flavoured tomato sauce! You simply have to try this! It was without a doubt the best tomato sauce I’ve ever tasted! And trust me, it is not overpowering at all (so delete the prejudice that rose water will turn everything into a soap-tasting mess out of your head, because it won’t) , it will just lift an ordinary tomato sauce to an unseen level of brilliance.


Ingredients (serves 4)

• 2 large yellow courgettes
• 1 tsp of lemon juice
• 1tsp harissa
• 1 tbsp honey
• 200gr of couscous
• 2 spring onions, finely chopped
• 1 red onion, finely sliced
• One handful of chopped coriander
• One handful of chopped mint
• Zest of half a lemon
• Handful of raisins
• One clove of garlic
• ½ tsp ground ginger
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp fennel seeds
• 1 tbsp cumin seeds
• 1 tsp sweet paprika

For the rose-tomato sauce
• 500ml passata
• ¼ tsp rose water
• 1 tsp harissa
• ¼ tsp cinnamon
• ½ tsp ground cumin
• Juice of half a lime
• 1 tbsp honey
• Chopped coriander, optional


1. For the sauce, heat the passata on medium heat in a small saucepan and add the spices and other ingredients (except the coriander, if using). Let it simmer for at least 20 minutes so all the flavours can infuse the tomato sauce.
2. Preheat the oven to 200°C. Cut the courgettes in half lengthways and scoop out the flesh.
3. Mix the lemon juice, honey and harissa together and spread over the insides of the courgettes. Place in the oven for about 10 minutes until the courgettes are almost cooked through but still a bit hard in the middle.
4. Cook your couscous and meanwhile fry the onion and garlic in a pan with all the different spices. Once the couscous is cooked, add it to the spice and onion mixture and stir well until all the couscous grains are coated in spices. Add the rest of the ingredients and spoon the mixture into your courgette boats. Put in the oven for a further 5-10 minutes.
5. Serve with a dollop of sour cream or Greek yoghurt.

Cozze con aglio e peperoncino

This dish is inspired by my trip to Italy. These mussels are truly amazing thanks to the addition of loads of garlic and loads of chilli. The cherry tomatoes and fresh basil complete the dish. Serve as a starter or eat as a main course with lovely foccaccia bread, pasta or quinoa.


Ingredients (serves 4)

• 3 kg of mussels
• 250gr of cherry tomatoes
• Lots and lots of fresh basil leaves
• 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• 2 large red chillies, finely chopped
• 250ml white wine


1. Clean and debeard the mussels. If any mussels are opened, tap them lightly on a hard surface. If they don’t close, discard them.
2. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a special mussel pot or a regular wide heavy-based pan (for 3kg you will need 2 pots) and sautee the tomatoes, chilli and garlic until soft.
3. Stir in the fresh basil and season with salt and pepper. Add the mussels to the pan.
4. Pour the white wine over the mussels and cover the pan with a lid.
5. Cook the mussels on high heat for 4 minutes. The mussels are cooked when they’ve opened.
6. Give the pan a final shake and then transfer the mussels to a large bowl or dish so all the lovely tomatoes and cooking liquid are on top of the mussels.
7. Dig in!

Frittata with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes with a Mediterranean salad

Healthy, light but oh so scrumptious: that’s how this recipe is best described! The salad is incredibly fresh and tangy and the fennel seeds add that little oomph. The frittata tastes like a quiche but without the buttery greasy crust (and accompanying calories). It’s healthy week, remember?


For the frittata:
• 8 eggs
• 200gr cherry tomatoes, mix of yellow, orange and red, if possible
• 3 handfuls of fresh basil, roughly chopped
• 2 cloves of garlic
• 100gr of monte vecchio cheese (brought this one with me from Italy, but if you can’t find it here, use a regular parmigiano)

For the salad:

• 1 can of flageolet beans
• ½ cucumber, finely sliced
• 2 red onions, finely sliced
• 2 spring onions, finely chopped
• 100gr radishes, finely sliced
• 50gr fat-free soured cream
• 1 tsp cumin seeds
• 1 tbsp fennel seeds


1. Preheat the oven to 180°C and grease and line a 23cm spring-form tin with baking parchment.
2. Whisk the eggs together in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the grated cheese and stir in the basil.
3. Pour the batter into the prepared cake tin and cover with the cherry tomatoes.
4. Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes.
5. Remove from the oven and let it set for 5 minutes before removing the edge of the tin.
6. For the salad, put all the vegetables in a large bowl. Mix the soured cream together with the cumin, fennel and season with salt and pepper and stir through the salad until all the vegetables have a lovely coating. (Remember, it’s supposed to be salad with a dressing, not dressing with a salad)


Italy: where Love means Food and Food means love

Published July 27, 2013 by The Feminist

This is probably the holiday recap you had all been waiting for: a bite by bite exploration of Italian cuisine.

Needless to say that it’s impossible not to mention food when discussing a trip to Italy. Italy is food. Italians talk about food as if they were talking about their lovers and all Italians cook with their hearts. Italian food is like a love affair: intense, pure and incredibly satisfying and exciting.

The most remarkable thing about Italian food is its simplicity. Less is more. With often less than 4 ingredients, they were able to put a plate in front of me that just blew me away. Pure and honest flavours.
Simple but never ever ever under-seasoned. And that, is the trickiest balance to get right.

So are you ready to see the evidence of my foodie Italian adventure?
Here we go!

1) Let’s start with the antipasti:

Aubergine millefeuille: so simple and yet so delicious!

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Wonderful carpaccio di Pesce Spada with fennel and almonds ( of which I –boohoo– forgot to take a picture)

Just to give you an idea of what it looked like:

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(just imagine the thin slices of fennel and almond flakes on top 😉 )

Amazing Vitello Tonnato: the best vitello Tonnato I have ever eaten in my entire life, I swear! (again, no pic, I was often just too mesmerized by the food that I couldn’t be bothered to so much as think about taking a picture)

2) The primi piatti:

The most delicious black tagliatelle with sea food: H-E-A-V-E-N!


Bigoli pasta with… donkey sauce! Yes, sit in awe and be amazed!

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Raddicchio and taleggio risotto: the best risotto ever! (and woops, no picture)

But it looked a bit like this:


Parsley risotto with shrimps: this sure packed a punch!


Intense fresh egg pasta with hard goats’ cheese and pepper: sounds very basic but it just blew me away! (which, I guess, is the reason why I forgot to take a picture)

Potato gnocchi with celery and mushrooms: mmm, I love gnocchi!


Vegetarian cannelloni stuffed with Mediterranean vegetables and a regional type of Hüttenkäse


3) The secondi piatti:

Grilled pesce spada à la Siciliana: soooo good!

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Seppia gratinato (cuttlefish) stuffed with shrimp and tomatoes: the cuttlefish was cooked to perfection!

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Monkfish cooked al cartoccio with clams, mussels, vegetables and pesto: divine!


Grilled vegetable tart with mozzarella: pure and delicious!


Tagliata di manzo with rocket, parmigiano and balsamic syrup: a classic!

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4) Lots and lots of dessert: as always!

As you could read (and see) in my previous posts, I ate quite a lot of gelato, and why wouldn’t I? It’s just sooo good.

So beside that cone with a scoop of flora and cioccolate fondante, I devoured a cone with Malaga ice cream and biscotti ice cream: probably the best flavours on the planet!

I also had a rather gigantic Amaretto ice- cream bowl: chocolate, coffee and hazelnut ice cream drenched in plenty of Amaretto and topped with amaretti biscuits and whipped cream. Oh boy!


In an attempt to eat more healthy: a giant bowl of frozen yoghurt with caramelized nuts and honey. I know, not really authentic Italian but oh so good!


Apart from the gelato, I absolutely adore the Italian pasticceria as well!
A plate full of biscotti, which you were supposed to dunk in sweet dessert wine! Oh my God!!

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Moorish nutty caramel cake with coconut ice cream and sour cherries: seriously one of the best puds I have ever eaten! (And I’ve eaten quite a lot in my lifetime!)


Südtirol has a lot of Austrian influences, especially in its cuisine, which is a lovely melting pot of Mediterranean Italy and Alpine Austria. And I simply couldn’t resist all those traditional Austrian Torten und Kuchen: I ate the most wonderful Topfenstrudle (it was so delicious that I forgot to take a picture) and ate the world famous Sachertorte not once, but twice.


The list above is, of course, not a complete list of all the lovely and delicious things I ate during my stay in Italy but it would have been simply too much for you to handle! 😉

But before I go, I would like to give you a sneak peak of an Italian dish I cooked myself while I was over there:

Antipasti with a large variety of cured meats, and a salad of scamorza cheese (smoked mozzarella), sweet and juicy nectarine, basil and freshly ground pepper.

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Followed by grilled vegetables and spicy gnocchi with dried chillies, cherry tomatoes, fresh basil and monte vecchio cheese.



So who’s hungry now? 😉

In Remembrance of Hotel Etiquette: Here come the cake-nappers!

Published July 26, 2013 by The Feminist

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During my stay in Italy, I spent a couple of days in the lovely hotel Sporthotel Obereggen in the Italian province Südtirol, close to the Austrian border. If you are looking for a hotel with splendid views (everywhere you looked you could see the rising grandeur of the Dolomites!), excellent spa services and the most delicious food imaginable, you have to come here!

However, even though I was staying in such a lovely hotel, my peaceful mood was often spoiled by some God-awful morons who tried to take advantage of the hotel’s splendidness. I call them… the CAKE-NAPPERS!


Those of you who still have no knowledge of their existence, I suggest reading the following anecdote:

Sporthotel Obereggen is famous for its gastronomy: a breakfast buffet as large as the dining halls of Buckingham Palace, a delicious 5- course menu in the evening and “Kaffee und Kuchen” for all the hotel guests in the afternoon. (SN: another reason why I love this region: they speak German as well as Italian. To me, this certainly is an extra bonus since I don’t speak a word Italian, apart from Si, No, Grazie and un po’ di parmigiano, but speak fluent German. Ganz einfach! )

So imagine a large table with a variety of about six cakes and pies, all there to be enjoyed… and to be shared. Sharing, apparently, is a word some people have deleted out of their mental dictionaries. Anyone with even the slightest understanding of elementary politeness understands that you cannot eat all the cakes. Oh no. You chose one cake, take one big slice, or maybe two smaller slices of different cakes, and go back to your table and enjoy…

There. It’s easy. And everyone is happy.

Cake-nappers, on the other hand, don’t possess any knowledge of hotel etiquette and completely plunder the buffet, towering giant slices of cake on their plates, leaving nothing but a bit of crumbs for the other guests. Yes, I’m talking to you, family X, or as I like to call you: Family I-Prefer-White-Socks-In-My-Sandals. You were the cake-nappers!

As soon as the hotel staff brought the cakes to the buffet table, family X ran across the room, pushing anyone aside who might have been in their way. They were like little Usain Bolts- but annoying, far less sexy Usain Bolts- running towards the finish line.


These four innocent looking people were the first hotel guests to reach the “Kaffee und Kuchen” buffet, and before the other hotel guests could as much as blink, they had plundered their way through at least three quarters of the entire cake assortment.

Veni, Vidi, Mangi.

They came, they saw, and they ate.

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I think all of you who have ever stayed in a hotel with some form of buffet, can identify with this story. You must have all witnessed some form of cake-napping.

The fruitnappers, for instance. That one family who takes the entire plate of watermelon slices without realizing that- oh wait!- there might be other guests who would like a slice.


The lobster-nappers. That one family, sprinting across the dining room, nearly knocking over the Christmas tree to reach the fancy Christmas buffet and take all the lobsters. And when I say all, I do mean all the lobsters. (And before you start wondering if this could be true, believe me, it is. Unfortunately.)


The bread-nappers. That one family at the breakfast buffet, taking an entire loaf of bread (!) up to their room (!!). Seriously, what were they thinking?


Frustrations. We all have them. No matter how excellent your hotel may be or no matter how utterly delicious the food is, it can all get spoiled in a heartbeat because of these stupid stupid stupid people.

Politeness? Manners? Hotel Etiquette? Who cares about all those things? It’s free food, remember?

Ps: On a positive note, Mother X didn’t show up for dinner that evening. I heard Father X saying to the waiter she wasn’t feeling that well. “Stomach problems”. Ha! What goes around…

Me, my fashion and Italy: A match made in heaven

Published July 25, 2013 by The Feminist

Ladies (and the occasional Gents), I’m back. And although I love being part of the blogosphere again, I hate being back in good ol’ Belgium. Bwek.

Seriously, Italy has done me good and I would have preferred to stay there a little bit longer but neither my budget, nor my (suddenly) bigger butt were willing to endure an extension of la dolce vita.

However, what’s gone is gone. Whining like a baby won’t help. I just have to remember that, although my holiday may be over, the memories will stay with me forever. (Though I hope the latter can’t be said about my bigger butt. 😉 )

So let’s start with my first holiday recap: fashion. You may have read in my previous posts that I truly love hiking and spending time in the mountains. A fact some of you will think odd, since I’m so obsessed with fashion and food and look nothing like your regular white-socks-in-gigantic-shoes type of hiker.

Think again, all of you skeptical readers: I am a mountain goddess! Do you know why I am so sure of that? On my way to the top of a mountain in Südtirol I had a rather funny encounter… with a cow. Yes, a cow. It had my name on it! Well, sort of anyway.

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It was marked with the letter “E”. The first letter of my name. It was as if the cow was sending me a message: “These mountains were made for you, Eveline from Belgium.”

Anyway, apart from spending my time talking to cows on hilltops, I spend quite a lot of time discovering Italian towns and eating Italian food as well. And that, my dear readers, requires the perfect outfit.
Here are my favourite holiday outfits!

Polka dot crop top and red high waisted shorts: retro yet really now

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Coral jumpsuit with dragon necklace: honestly felt like a million bucks.

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Coral maxi skirt with blue top and matching necklace: Yes, I do love coral!

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And many other outfits, of which I regrettably forgot to take a picture. 😉

Ps: I normally try to avoid putting pictures of myself on my blog, and if so, I normally would “chop off” my head. But that would have been really difficult (not to mention ridiculous!) in this case. So I apologize for the high “me”-factor of this post. And I do honestly hope you’re not a creepy pervert browsing the internet in search for girls, with the intention of creating a disturbing “human skin” hand bag collection or something.

Quick Holiday Update: La Dolce Vita

Published July 16, 2013 by The Feminist


This pic says it all, doesn’t it?
I know I said I wouldn’t be blogging during my stay in Italy, but – who am I kidding- this gelato was just too good not to share!
I totally deserved this gigantic cone of yumminess by the way, because:
A) I have an awesome personality
B) I’m on holiday
C) I made it to the top of a 2079m high mountain yesterday… BY FOOT ( I was literally with my head in the clouds!)

Impressive, right?! 😉 I might even be so bold as to say that I’m a true hiking PRINCIPESSA!

So yeah, I truly deserved the gelato! And it was delicious! I had two flavours: ciocolatte fondante ( dark chocolate ice cream which tasted soooo intense I thought I was hallucinating) and flora ( which was vanilla ice cream with chocolate chips and pieces of ice cream cone! Oh my!)

Jealous anyone? 😉

Bye Bye Belgium! Celebrating my trip to Italy with a delicious homemade veggie lasagna

Published July 11, 2013 by The Feminist


“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that’s amore”

Amore. Love. That’s probably the best word to describe my incredibly huge infatuation with Italy. And guess what? I’m off to Italy in just a couple of hours!!!

[feel free to be green with envy]

First Lake Garda, where I will spend an entire week enjoying beautiful nature and the sun, discovering cozy Italian villages and eating like a true Italian “Mamma”. Pasta. Pizza. Gelato. Antipasti. Tiramisu. Risotto. Aperol Spritz. Prosecco. My “To eat/drink” –list seems endless! I can’t find the words to express how much I’m looking forward to visiting those wonderfully opulent, vibrant and colourful Italian markets! Smelling melons, tasting local cheeses and shouting “Buongiorno” to everyone who wants to hear it…

After one week in Riva Del Garda, it’s off to Northern Italy, the Dolomites to be precise, where everything will involve serious physical labour. Nothing makes me feel more alive than going hiking in the mountains. That challenge of making it to the top, to feel the fresh air in my longs, to be rewarded with a vast view over the valley and far far beyond…
And of course, let’s not forget the culinary delicacies this area has to offer!

So when I’m back in about two weeks, be prepared to hear all about the amazing food I’ve eaten, the beautiful stuff I’ve seen and the very stylish outfits I’ve worn!

However, this also means that you’ll have to miss me for at least 14 (!!!) days.

[feel free to let out some soft sobs]

I know. What a bummer.

But let’s try to look on the bright side, dear readers. I’ll be back.

[feel free to imagine an Arnold Schwarzenegger- voice with that last sentence]

And I’ll be back crazier than ever! With more Fashion. More Food. And more Flirts!

Hurray! 😀

By the way, let’s not forget who we’re talking about here. Me. And I would never ever leave you empty handed. So before I go, here is the most fantastic and healthy vegetarian lasagna you’ll have ever tasted!


SN: It is very difficult to take an “appealing” picture of a slice of oozing lasagna. I tried. And –let’s be honest- I kinda failed. But I promise you, it looked absolutely divine in reality!


Healthy veggie lasagna

Ingredients (serves 4 very hungry people)

• Lasagna sheets, no-precooking necessary
• 2 medium courgettes, in 0,5 cm slices
• 2 peppers, finely chopped
• 250gr minced seitan (or other vegetarian mince)
• 1 large onion, finely chopped
• 3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped
• ½ red chilli, finely chopped
• ¼ tsp ground cinnamon
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp sweet paprika
• 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
• Lots of fresh basil leaves
• 150gr grated mozzarella
• 500ml passata


1. Preheat the oven to 220°C and brush the inside of a large baking dish with a little olive oil.
2. Heat a ridged grill pan and grill the courgette slices for several minutes on each side until chargrilled, then remove. You’ll have to do this in batches.
3. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a large heavy-based frying pan over a medium heat and gently fry the onion, garlic and peppers until soft.
4. Add the seitan mince and spices. Fry for a further 3 minutes.
5. Add the passata and balsamic vinegar and season with salt and pepper. Let it simmer for at least 15 minutes.
6. Spoon a thin layer of the vegetarian ragu on the bottom of your prepared baking dish, then cover with lasagne sheets.
7. Next, layer with courgette slices (leave some room in between the slices, you’ll have to build about 3 layers, so make sure you have enough courgette slices when you reach the top layer. ) Scatter over some fresh basil leaves and season with salt and pepper.
8. Spoon a good layer of the vegetarian ragu on top of the courgette slices. Cover again with lasagne sheets. Repeat this process (step 7 and 8) until you have three courgette- ragu layers.
9. Cover with a final layer of lasagne sheets. Spoon the remaining ragu sauce over the top and sprinkle over a generous portion of grated mozzarella.
10. Bake into the oven for 25 minutes until golden brown and the lasagna sheets are cooked through. If the cheese crust is getting to dark, cover with foil after 15 minutes.

5 Tips to Style your Guy on Holiday

Published July 6, 2013 by The Feminist

zara men total look

No matter how intelligent your guy may be, most men are real dummies when it comes to clothes, especially when they need to go on holiday. Why is it that they will always end up wearing a boring white t-shirt with a basic Bermuda short? Or –pure horror– white socks in orthopedic sandals? Seriously, there is more to holiday fashion than a couple of boring ol’ t-shirts and dorky socks.

Here are 5 fashion tips that will definitely kick your man’s holiday outfit up a notch!

1) Say no to speedo!

Whether he wants to go for a swim or work on his tan by the swimming pool, go for casual yet cool swim shorts. (The only people allowed to wear speedos are synchronized divers and Ryan Lochte)

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swim short

2) It’s all in the accessories!

Who says men can’t wear accessories? It’s the perfect way to spice up a basic shirt or vest!

river island yellow colour block sunglasses


river island aztec print bow tie

3) The Print makes the man!

First of all, I would like to comment that when I say “print”, I definitely do NOT mean those horribly drab “let’s all wear t-shirts with numbers on them because it makes us look oh so preppy” kinda prints… I. Hate. Those.
If your guy has those dreadful number prints in his closet, please do me a favour: burn them! Burn them all!


Instead go for super cool Aztec prints

asos shirt

Funky animal prints

asos shirt zebra

Or very artsy prints

asos tree print

4) Short suit, long summer!

Every woman knows that a suit can utterly transform a man. When you’re on holiday, however, a suit is often far too formal. (and too warm, especially during a heat wave) Still, you want your boo to look dashing when you go out for dinner at night and that’s where the short suit comes in! A slim fit blazer with a straight fit short. Cotton. Light Fabric. Light Colour. Merely describing it makes me giggle out of sheer adoration.

short suitGood

5) The Hawaiian shirt, 2.0

I know, until recently the Hawaiian shirt was numero uno in the “no-go” category of men’s fashion. It was considered to be old fashioned, ridiculous and incredibly geeky. But let’s forget all our previous assumptions about these floral goodies, because –believe it or not- the Hawaiian shirt is back in style! And it looks good! That is, if you buy the right Hawaiian print and choose the right fit. Remember, you want your guy to look incredibly fashionable, not like he’s wearing something that seems to come straight out of a gift shop in Honolulu.