CHRISTMAS with a TWIST
Come November, my stylish, Elle Decor-worthy home is turned into Santa’s Secret Village, including hundreds of candles, a spectacular tree and a duo of life-size Victorian bears in uniform. Dancing around the house to my special Xmas playlist, I sip Russian Yuletide (see next page for recipe) while ignoring the Autumn weather outside. But it starts even earlier that. Or let me rephrase that: it never ends! Because I’ve got Christmas on my mind, all year round…
Although I totally dig the idea of the 365-days-a-year Christmas stores that you find all over the States, I’m not crazy about their somewhat garish selection. (Can you imagine me in a fluffy reindeer sweater with a flashing nose?). Instead, regardless the season, I am always on the lookout for stylish Christmas swag in all the places I visit, both for work and pleasure. Think of bewitchingly-scented Fornasetti candles from Milan, organic ‘Esprit de Noël’ tea scored at Parisian tea emporium Mariage Frères or an adorable Christmas bear from Harrods in London. It’s my private, year-round Christmas preparty! Also, to quote another favorite Christmas song: Christmas is all about coming home. How lovely then, to bring home all these amazing souvenirs and have the world be a part of my Christmas celebrations?
Christmas is also about family and family traditions, and there are many small, but important (culinary) rituals that I’m proud to pass on to my daughter Zilver. This year however, there will be a little twist to our traditional Christmas dinner… Instead of a meat-filled feast, I would like to treat my loved ones to plant-based delicacies that are equally tasty, but much better for your health and the environment. I will replace dairy with almond milk and coconut cream for my sauces and desserts, and serve delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-isn’t-real-meat products from the Vegetarian Butcher. A very nice bonus: Santa will be so happy, he will take everybody off his ‘naughty list’!
I AM A FEMINIST.
You know I’m a self-made woman who has made it my purpose to challenge women to dare. It’s an achievement I am immensely proud of, and for that reason, I am equally proud to label myself a feminist. But looking back more than a hundred years, I’m even prouder of the progress women have made together.
FEARLESS ﬂy GIRL
Niatia (pronounce: ‘naah-tee-yah), also known by her stage name Lil Mama (28), is a fearless rapper, singer, dancer and actress from Brooklyn, New York. Her breakout hit ‘Lip Gloss’ came out in 2007, and since then she has been a celebrity judge on America’s Best Dance Crew, played Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez in VH1’s CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story, and was most recently the lead actress in a movie called ‘When love kills; The Falicia Blakely story’. But it hasn’t always been a smooth ride…
GUTS & GLORY
Meet Viktoriya Isakova (41), a stunningly beautiful Russian actress who is not afraid to get down and dirty for her brave performances. Her film credits include ‘Tochka’ (2006), a movie about human trafficking and prostitution and ‘Mirrors’ (2013), in which she plays the tragic Marina Tsvetaeva, one of the greatest Russian poets of the 20th century. I talked to the winner of many (international) awards about ageing, lingerie, and the need to always stay true to yourself.
Happy Women’s Day
Happy Women’s Day! I am extra excited about this edition, because wow, what a year it’s been for feminism! This is the year that we went global; that we showed up with our money, our bodies, our time and our voices to show the world: this is OUR time!
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