Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Backpacking in the city


Because crossing oncoming trafic in one-way streets, cycling between tram trails and riding a bike on the car strip is like a true adventure, a backpack is the ideal bag to cyclo-cross the city jungle with. 
City Park, Antwerp
P.S. Spot the differences in the pics above.

Thursday, 20 February 2014

A matter of style


About a week before the Oscars the time is right for some movie talk, right? Two Nominees, both splendid pieces of cinema with extremely great acting performances, can’t be left un-awarded and unblogged about: The Wolf of Wall Street and American Hustle.
To The Wolf! (aka best Golden actor Leo)

I have to say I was kind of disappointed when it turned out that The Wolf was overglobed by Hustle at the Golden Globes mid January. (1 - WOWS vs 3 - AH). You see, to me, The Wolf was like one of the best movies I’d ever seen. The insanity of the story and the surreal decadent lifestyle that is brought to life so vividly combined with Dicaprio’s execution of Jordan Belfort definitely make it a fair and true Oscar Nominee. 
Naomi Lapaglia (aka Margot Robbie)

Since American Hustle is now on screen too I wanted to see what all the hustle, I mean fuzz, was (is) about, and judge for myself: does it beat The Wolf or does it taste defeat? 
Lady Edith Greensly/Sidney Prosser (aka Amy Adams)
It turns out: The Wolf comes off worst. I suppose it's not a matter of acting (top-notch level in both movies) but of costume design; the seventies styling makes Hustle even better. Me being a woman might have something to do with it too. The thing is I really prefer Amy Adams' outfits to Margot Robbie’s style. Both women represent femininity and fashion yet Edith/Sidney breathes classy-chic vamp while Naomi Lapaglia presents – at times – a kind of cheap, seductive women with only taste (and hunger) for money. Apart from their distinct looks the characters are totally different too: Edith/Sidney is a bright, smart (criminal) mind while Naomi is like a bimbo who marries a rich man for his money. No need to say I'd rather identify with a criminal fashionata than with a (desperate) housewife-barbie-beauty with no style. 
partners in crime  
God, please note the DVF wrap dress
Seventies Disco Style 
P.S. To Margot Robbie: please don't take this personnaly. It's Naomi I'm talking about here, just to be clear.

More info:
DVF in American Hustle
http://oscar.go.com/
http://www.goldenglobes.com/awards
http://www.americanhustle-movie.com/site/
http://www.thewolfofwallstreet.com/index_splash.php

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Love stuff


Love makes the world go round, or at least for now this blog: from love(ly) tables to lovebirds-napkins and inspirational heart medallions.

P.S. I’m about to start reading “The World Book of Love”, so the love talk might well continue.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Love(ly)

Are you still thinking about how to get the table ready for a lovely Valentine’s dinner? If so I suggest you continue reading this post. (If not, well ... I’d say: continue reading for the sake of reading.)
candlelight dinner (and brunch)
Normally I prefer “recycled” materials to dress the table (check this, this and that). Last week, however, I couldn’t think of anything eco-friendly when I had family over for a lazy brunch/lunch/dinner Sunday. My first idea wasn’t that great: heart-shaped decorations (could be made from old newspapers, for example) seemed over the top and red coloured items would have been way too cliché in this time of the year (i.e. love month February). In the end home-made salt dough figures (which I intend to reuse in the future, I promise) were the life (and table) saver. The rose ribbons (that will be used more than once too) made the table look really lovely. What do you think?

old rose ribbons serve as napkin rings and
white salt dough flowers were there 
just for fun
P.S. Happy Valentine's Day!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Froggy bank


Will this frog turn into a prince charming when kissed?
Saving has never been so easy, thanks to 
the nice Pomme-Pidou froggy-piggy bank
I guess we’ll never know as I already have met my prince. Besides, I like the flower-power design of this frog very much. So ... no need for a magical frog-prince transformation here.

P.S. Have you met your prince(ss) charming already?

Friday, 7 February 2014

Coffee chat


Even though I’m pretty sure Jane Birkin doesn't mean coffee in coloured cups when she sings Colour Café, it always reminds me of my favourite morning drink served in one of my favourite bowls.
filled with steaming hot Jacqmotte coffee

P.S. Funny fact: The song was originally by Serge Gainsbourg, whom Jane Birkin has been in a relationship with for over ten years.

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Winter wonder baking


Chocolate sprinkle cookies and girl talk; the ideal recipe for a nice Saturday (after)noon.
Are you licking your lips already? Let’s make some yourself. Here's the ideal cookie recipe (from the book Verslaafd aan Chocolade - in English Addicted to Chocolate).

All you need (for about 24 cookies)
120 g butter
baking paper
100 g brown sugar
1 egg
220 g self-raising flour
a pinch of salt
125 g chocolate (sprinkles or chopped; dark, milk or white; it’s all possible)
(optional: 50 g nuts, cut into pieces)

How you m/bake it
preheat oven (110°C)
beat the butter and sugar
add the egg
sift the flour and salt onto the pastry
keep on mixing until you get a “sticky” dough
add the chocolate (and nuts)

Do you want round cookies? Drop little “piles” of dough onto a baking plate*. (Keep enough space between the cookies-to-be because the dough will “spread” in the oven.)
Do you want (like I did) use pastry cutters to get (and eat) nicely shaped cookies? Let the dough rest in the fridge for a few hours. Roll out the dough, cut out the cookies and arrange them on a baking plate (*covered with baking paper or butter).
Have them baked for about 15 minutes.

P.S. I’d say: let me know how you liked it.