Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

by marlies|dekkers

Do you remember as a child, excitedly ripping open the first door of your Advent Calendar to get to the scrumptious secret within? Well, I created something for you to regain that delicious excitement… and more!

Confession: I am a total Christmas fanatic. I LIVE for the holiday season: a beautiful period to spoil myself and my loved ones, to let my inner light shine bright. While my usual taste can best be described as austere and intellectual, come the end of November, I’m all about glitter, glühwein and sentimental songs. Yes, you read that right: November! That’s how early I start unpacking my ridiculously big collection of Xmas paraphernalia to turn my house into Santa’s Secret Village.

Why so early? Well, of course I like to stretch my favorite period of the year as much as I can! But it goes deeper than that. Like the French philosopher Albert Camus used to say: ‘We need the sweet pain of anticipation to tell us we are really alive.’ To me, the build-up to Christmas is just as exciting and meaningful, if not more, than Christmas itself: an important opportunity to awaken my senses and feel intensely grateful and alive.

Don’t you think it’s ironic that this period of spiritual foreplay–traditionally called ‘Advent’, from the Latin word for ‘coming toward’- takes place during what is the busiest season of the year for most women? Instead of pausing and reflecting, we get caught up in end-of-the-year deadlines, family obligations and endless shopping lists. How easy to lose yourself in all that stress!

And so, in order to ‘make Christmas sexy again’, I created a digital twist on one of my favorite childhood rituals: my own Advent(urous) Calendar. Instead of plastic toys and chocolates, I will share sexy secrets, inspirational quotes and delicious deals. A daily ritual to bring you back to your sensual self and rediscover the reason for the season: love, lots of it, starting with self-love!

Discover my Advent(urous) Calendar for 12 days of lusty indulgence in the run-up to Christmas. It will be our sexy little secret…

Most loved
Between king and QUEEN

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Between king and QUEEN

by marlies|dekkers

Who is Tasya van Ree? The mysterious girl in the big black hat has been fascinating art connoisseurs and fashion lovers alike since she burst onto the scene with her stunning black-and-white photographs of celebrities like Michelle Rodriguez and (one-time lover) Amber Heard. I asked the Hawaiian-born visual artist of Dutch-Japanese ancestry (41) about her art and soul. “Between both King and Queen is where I exist.”

BRAVE ballerina

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BRAVE ballerina

by marlies|dekkers

Sara Mearns (31) is New York City Ballet’s boldest ballerina. A passionate, intense dancer, she started dancing at 3 and starred in Swan Lake when she was only 19. But instead of resting on her laurels, Sara has kept challenging herself with daring projects, from a collaboration with hip-hop dancers to a leading role in a Broadway show. I talked with the fierce Swan Queen about sacrifices, body confidence, and how to turn pain into gain. “I’m not the typical skinny, tall, long-neck kind of ballerina.”

The art of love!

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The art of love!

by marlies|dekkers

Get your creative juices flowing

This Valentine’s, don’t wait around for that love-note or those fancy chocolates to feel loved and desired. Express yourself to fall in love with yourself, now!