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Book review: Coco Chanel, The Legend and The Life

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I chose to read the biography of Coco Chanel by Justine Picardie. Was it all about fashion? I remember a movie I saw about her, and what I remember most is that Coco Chanel was not at all the stylish, female lady I thought she was: more of a tomboy. But I wás curious about the empire she built. Especially back in those days, it was not simple to be a business woman, I presume. What inspired her Chanels childhood is a bit of a tragedy. A poor family: a father who abandoned her, her mother who died while the young girls were at home. Picardie speaks of the influence her father had: she cut her hair short because her father didn’t like the smell of dirty hair. Supposedly, her christening gown, sent by her father from the United States, was the first dress she had a true emotion with, and became the inspiration to the many dresses that would follow. In many ways, it seems like Chanels …

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Personal training… Lessons for managers

I have been working out with a personal trainer for almost ten years. When I worked in the United States, I first came across the phenomenon and, as my prior US adventure had me gain 10kg, I was determined to prevent that from happening, so I got some help… Nowadays, my weekly personal training session is one thing I cannot live without. Not just for my shape and overall condition, it is also a great way to get your mind of things, release stress, anger (lóóóve boxing), and to be honest, my poor trainers were often half shrink as well. Thanks guys, for sticking with me 😉 Today I was training with my current Italian trainer, who worked me very hard, and said, “Yes I know, I’m a son of a b*tch, sorry” . I responded: ” Well, I need you to be. So no apologies.” He told me about this client of his, whos former trainer was really nice. He drank coffee with him, asked him about his wellbeing, explained everything twice, didn’t give …

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London: Shakshuka at Nopi 

On a short business trip to London, I noticed that Nopi, an Ottolenghi restaurant, was located near our hotel, Le Meridien Piccadilly. We did not have much time, so I opted for brunch there. Of course, I can’t resist getting to know Ottolenghi!  The vegetable chef For those of you who don’t know Yotam Ottolenghi; he’s an Isreali chef, based in London, who wrote various cookbooks. He is well-known for his dishes in which vegetables play the biggest role. I actually read about him in a Sylvia Witteman column for Magazine Linda, I think, in which she complained that since Ottolenghi, everyone appears to add pomegranate seeds to every dish His bestselling book, Plenty, just had a successor: Plenty more. I’ve never tried any of his recipes, so a good introduction would be to eat at one of his restaurants:)  Breakfast or brunch Considering the limited time we had, I opted for brunch at 11. Which is, I now know, not really a brunch time. Oh well. Breakfast it is. The restaurant itself was quite …

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The challenge, second week: all setup

So, I decided to Get Prepared. I started the second week, with a thorough plan. No more improvising groceries. No more thoughts about outfits. So, I made a change, starting with groceries. One of the reasons why I always end up going to the grocery store three(!) times, is because I think of a recipe I want to cook. Then, I tend to forget half of the groceries. And afterwards, I add a desert to the menu. And guess what, then I need to get those ingredients… Again. This time, I was going to do it differently. I found two great recipes: a lentil salad and a South African meatloaf dish. And, I decided to order my groceries. Ordering online is lovely, because you actually can use the search box to find ingredients. No more strolling through the supermarket. Oh, and if they don’t have an ingredient, you can just google ‘replacement for…’ So, my online grocery basket was filled. Took me only 15 mins. The biggest challenge was to be home at the time …

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Hats: dare to wear

It’s Kingsday today. Besides visits to the local flea markets and being amazed by the orange stuff people dare to wear on a day like this, one of the fun parts to me is always The Hat. The Hat – of course, Maxima’s. Next to Prinsjesdag here in the Netherlands, and the Royal Ascot event in the UK, I don’t really know of a Hat Event besides the occasionally spring or summertime wedding. Frankly, I am a little bit jealous. Wearing a hat is something that I really like to do. Although, finding the actual event for it is really hard. So… when cán you wear a hat? I am the proud owner of a Fedora, a Beret, a Cloche, a Panama, a Fur hat. I even used to own a white cowboy hat with swarovski stones. (Which seemed like a good idea when I was 16 and in London. Threw it away when back in Holland and Dutch people started to ask questions about the Naked Cowboy.) But the Sun hat is actually the only …

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Macarons and Manhattan

Visiting partners is always nice, especially the ones abroad. It gives you an opportunity to see what working in London / Paris / New York / etc. would be like. This time, we were in Manhattan. It was an interesting visit, where ‘a lunch together’ meant that the assistant picked up a variety of Subway sandwiched, and we could make our pick. Um, yeah….? So, finishing up the business meeting – we found ourselves at 57th street. Where, all of a sudden – I noticed the Russian Tearoom. Do you remember that Sex and the City episode? Where Carrie and the Russian have diner? Okay, I have to admit, it may sound really tacky, but ofcourse I could not go by without an experience like that. So, I told my beau we just nééded to have a high tea there. So. Imagine… Curried chicken salad with raisins and pecans, Shrimp salad with rémoulade, Smoked Scottish salmon with chive cream cheese and cucumber, Artichoke with red pepper and a sun-dried tomato goat cheese, Smoked ham and turkey with truffle croque monsieur, N.Y smoked …