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by Marlies Dekkers

I love to share! Click here and enter my world of wonder. Here I’ll keep you updated about everything fun, fabulous and fundamental in my life. Stay tuned for delicious design, early jogging, business adventures, amazing art, shopping sprees, healthy cooking, inspiration trips, fun with friends, wild nights out and my oh so many guilty pleasures… And, I’ll tell you all about my ways to celebrate females’ sexual liberation.

Happy Women’s Day

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Happy Women’s Day

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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!

Floating gardens

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Floating gardens

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Did you know that Mexico City has its own Venice?  At only an hour’s drive from the fabulous chaos of the capital?

Did you know that Mexico City has its own Venice?  At only an hour’s drive from the fabulous chaos of the capital?

It’s called Xochimilco, meaning the ‘Place of the Flowers’ in Náhuatl, and floating down its famous green canals in a colorful, open air trajinera (gondola) while being serenaded by a band of trumpeting mariachis was one of the absolute highlights of my Mexico trip.

There I was, grooving to the infectious tunes, surrounded by relaxing locals and refreshment vendors offering delicious drinks and snacks from their boats: a Mexican fiesta on the water! This area, now recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is where the Aztecs built fertile riverbeds called chinampas, on which they were able to grow crops, thereby creating ‘Floating Gardens’. So, when you watch your boatman propel your bright-colored trajinera forward by pushing his long wooden pole in the canal, remember: in Xochimilco, you are not just traveling through water, you are traveling through time.

Viva Mexico

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Viva Mexico

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Just a few hours after I landed in Mexico City, I found myself dancing in the streets, or rather, on a boat in the floating gardens of Xochimilco. Intoxicated by the rousing rhythms of a mariachi band, I just had to dance, and for the rest of my trip, I kept moving to that same vibrant Mexican beat: the spirit of Frida Kahlo.

Sun, sand, sciccor kicks

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Sun, sand, sciccor kicks

by marlies|dekkers

I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing…
Well, unfortunately not my gorgeous personal trainer. But his sexy summer work out is a nice alternative. If you like torture, that is.

I AM A FEMINIST.

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I AM A FEMINIST.

by marlies|dekkers

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.

The art of love!

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The art of love!

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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! 

Frida and I

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Frida and I

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It was love at first sight, the first time I saw Frida Kahlo as a young teen. Those stubborn brows, those voluptuous flowers; this was a colourful outsider, a feminine rebel with a feminist cause, just like me! And, although we lived more than a half century apart, I felt in my heart of hearts that we shared an insatiable hunger for life, art and love. But what would really shape me was the realization that Frida wasn’t ashamed of what made her different. As a matter of fact, she celebrated it! 

« Viva la Vida! »live life to the fullest!

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« Viva la Vida! »live life to the fullest!

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Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón was born in 1907 in Mexico City to a German father and a Oaxacan mother. She became a legendary artist, a feminist heroine and one of the biggest icons of our time, the kind that is known by just one name: Frida. Her most important message? ‘Viva la vida’: live life to the fullest!

« I was born a bitch, I was born a painter »

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« I was born a bitch, I was born a painter »

by marlies|dekkers

This season, I celebrate the colorful life and art of Frida Kahlo, Mexican painter, selfie-queen avant la lettre and original bad-ass Feminine Feminist. With her paintings, Frida liberated feminine themes of identity, sexuality and fertility from their stigma. With her insatiable lust for life, she still encourages generations of women to shamelessly express themselves.

(English) Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

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(English) Happy Holidays – ADVENT(UROUS)

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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!

Coming home for xmas

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Coming home for xmas

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Confession: I am a total Xmas fanatic. I LIVE for the holiday season. While my usual taste can best be described as austere and intellectual, come Christmas, I’m into kitsch. Big time. Bring on the glitter, the glühwein and the sentimental songs!

Embrace your dark side – get inspired for Halloween

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Embrace your dark side – get inspired for Halloween

by marlies|dekkers

Imagine if there were a night where it would be socially acceptable to indulge your deepest darkest dreams. An annual opportunity for women to dress like their sexual fantasies – be it a blood-thirsty vampire or a flirtatious nun – without getting ‘slut shamed’. Wouldn’t that be amazing? Well there is a night just like that, and it happens to be one of my favorite moments of the year: Halloween.

My magic mold – nothing but the best for your boobs

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My magic mold – nothing but the best for your boobs

by marlies|dekkers

Let’s start with a little experiment. Take a marlies|dekkers bra and hold one of the cups by your ear. Squeeze it and let go. What did you hear? A gentle ‘pop’ as it bounced back? I like to compare it sound of a well-made car door closing, say that of a Mercedes. It’s subtle and right.

One perfect day in the city of Angels

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One perfect day in the city of Angels

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I just love being an LA woman. There’s nothing like starting the day with a hike in the Hollywood Hills, followed by a green tea espresso, some vintage Gucci-hunting on Melrose, a dip in the ocean and a hot date at the Chateau Marmont. This is the place where I can go from being a fitgirl to a fashionista to a beach goddess to whatever the hell I want!

From marilyn’s guns to Gwyneth’s designer booty

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From marilyn’s guns to Gwyneth’s designer booty

by marlies|dekkers

So, strong is the new sexy. But is it really that new? Anyone who has seen pictures of Ginger Rogers’ killer legs or Marilyn Monroe lifting weights in her bikini knows that in Hollywood, fit has always been hot. A short history of the fit film diva.

Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’

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Where the ‘queen of cups’ meets the ‘dress doctor’

by marlies|dekkers

In art school, many years ago during a nude model drawing class, I had a life changing insight: What if I, as an artist, used a woman’s body as my canvas? If you make a painting, someone will hang it on their wall. If you design a chair, someone will sit on it. But if you design lingerie, someone will wear it, and by doing so, complete your art! I had found my mission.

My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage

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My couture collection – a cross between magic and camouflage

by marlies|dekkers

All my work as a feminist designer is inspired by muses. Powerful female icons from past and present. Although women have been marginalized for centuries, archetypes of female power have always been there. Through my designs, I bring them to you. To help us shape the world of modern-day feminism.

Mistress of transformation

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Mistress of transformation

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Some people call her the most important figure in the history of Hollywood costume design, to others she is the style maven who showed millions of women how to dress for success. But to me, Edith Head will always be the mistress of transformation. In the words of one of her star friends: “If Cinderella had Edith Head, she’d never have needed a Fairy Godmother.”

Perfect with all your imperfections…

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Perfect with all your imperfections…

by marlies|dekkers

Do you feel quite vulnerable on the beach? No wonder! Just think about it: you’re laying on your back, surrounded by strangers, and you’re wearing something minuscule that, just a few hundred meters down, on the boulevard, you wouldn’t be caught dead in! Simply put: the beach has its own set of rules.

My Golden Combination

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My Golden Combination

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Ever wondered why you feel so amazing in my swimwear? So comfortable and confident, so safe yet so sexy? What is the secret? Well, it all started in art school, many years ago, during a nude model drawing class…

In the realm of seduction

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In the realm of seduction

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The Japanese, more than anyone else, know how to elevate the art of sensuality and seduction to a higher level. There are actually several Japanese movies that changed my (sex-)life. ‘Warm water under a red bridge’ for example, broke the taboo of female ejaculation in the sweetest, most poetic way.

Fake it to Make it

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Fake it to Make it

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‘She paints her face to hide her face,’ Arthur Golden wrote in ‘Memoirs of a Geisha’. And sure enough, traditional geisha make up, with its snow white face, deep crimson lips and dramatically black eyes and brows, has the effect of a mask.

The art of seduction

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The art of seduction

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No other woman on earth is as devoted to the art of seduction as the geisha. Just imagine: to be so masterful that you can cause accidents in the street with one simple gaze! So let’s learn from the best and re-awaken our inner femme fatale…

Valentine’s top tip

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Valentine’s top tip

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With Valentine’s Day coming up, let’s talk #seduceyourself. To me, the summum of seduction is driving a man insane, just by exposing a glimpse of your wrist while pouring him tea. Can you imagine?

Female ejaculation

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Female ejaculation

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Does the G-spot exist? Well, the ancient Greeks knew exactly where to look…and it gave a special meaning to the term ‘nectar of the gods’.

Fighting the power in our underwear

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Fighting the power in our underwear

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From the suffocating corset and the burned bra to Madonna’s iconic cone-bra; the three  feminist movements have all used lingerie as a symbol for the cause. So, what’s next?

Waking up the Goddess in you

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Waking up the Goddess in you

by Marlies Dekkers

The goddess is back! From Nigella Lawson, self-acclaimed ‘Domestic Goddess’, to Jennifer Lopez whose (much younger)
lover adoringly talks about his ‘Sex Goddess’. And how about women everywhere using the term to affirm their sisterhood,
as in: ‘You go, goddess!’?

WIN my beach essentials!

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WIN my beach essentials!

by Marlies Dekkers

I love the beach and when it comes to my beach bag, I’m incredibly organised. A day spent in the sun, sand and waves? I’ve got the essentials! And now you have a chance to WIN my favourites!

Why Turning 50 Rocks!

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Why Turning 50 Rocks!

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‘It took me 50 years to look this good.’ I always smile when I see that quote on t-shirts and birthday cards. Because you know what? It did take me 50 years to look and feel this good! Here’s how…

The Story: Calamity Jane

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The Story: Calamity Jane

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Galloping through the great outdoors with the wind in your hair, not knowing what lies ahead is what keeps you going… Awaken Your Senses.

The Story: Femme Fatale

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The Story: Femme Fatale

by Marlies Dekkers

Erotically charged, you remain in total control as you paint the town red, no matter what the night throws your way…Awaken Your Senses

Horny on Demand

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Horny on Demand

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What if there really was a machine or gadget that could turn you on with just a click? Well, one legendary Italian cartoonist made that idea look very sexy indeed…

Chanel & Paris. L’accord parfait.

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Chanel & Paris. L’accord parfait.

by Marlies Dekkers

Une alliance fabuleuse pour la femme avant-gardiste

J’adore Chanel ! Et cela va bien plus loin que de convoiter le dernier sac ou un t-shirt avec le fameux logo. J’aime l’esprit de la marque et la légende iconique qui se cache derrière : Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel.

Voici ce que Coco répondit au duc de Westminster, l’un des hommes les plus riches d’Europe, qui lui demandait sa main : « Il y a eu plusieurs duchesses de Westminster, mais il n’y a qu’une seule Chanel. » Avec son style, son mode de vie et ses créations, elle mit tout en œuvre pour libérer les femmes.

Elle bannit les corsets, inventa la petite robe noire, et proposa à la femme active un uniforme stylé et pratique : le tailleur Chanel. Elle prouva que le luxe n’avait pas besoin d’apparats. Avec ses cheveux courts, son mode de vie sportif et son indépendance financière, elle a invité les femmes à célébrer leur féminité d’une façon radicalement novatrice et sexy.

J’ai acheté mon premier article Chanel il y a environ 10 ans : une paire de ses légendaires souliers bicolores (la version hauts talons, naturellement). À chaque fois que je les porte, j’admire la façon dont Coco a su allier le beige au noir si contrasté de l’embout, provoquant un effet flatteur unique, raccourcissant mon pied et allongeant ma jambe. C’est exactement ce que je veux offrir aux femmes avec ma marque marlies|dekkers : le confort et la classe, mais aussi et surtout : la confiance de pouvoir conquérir le monde.

Les femmes sur le devant de la scène : vive la France !

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Les femmes sur le devant de la scène : vive la France !

by Marlies Dekkers

J’aime faire du sport pour réguler à la fois mon humeur et mon tonus, mais aussi – et surtout – parce que cela me permet d’être au top dans ma robe Dolce & Gabana très près du corps. Quand je pense qu’à une certaine époque, les gens étaient persuadés que la pratique du sport rendrait les femmes moins féminines ! Je n’invente rien :les femmes n’ont pas pu participer aux premiers Jeux olympiques d’Athènes en 1896 car leur apparition y était jugée « peu pratique, inintéressante, inesthétique et incorrecte ». Ces mots sont du président des Jeux olympiques lui-même : le baron Pierre de Coubertin.

 

Fort heureusement, il n’eut pas son mot à dire à propos des participants aux Jeux olympiques de Paris, préparés 4 ans plus tard par les organisateurs de l’Exposition universelle. C’est ainsi que la France autorisa 22 femmes à participer dans 5 disciplines : le tennis, la voile, le croquet, l’équitation et le golf. Pas une plainte, pas une manifestation : un grand pas pour le féminisme !

C’est fou le chemin qu’on a fait depuis les anciens Jeux où les femmes étaient alors le prix (!) attribué dans les courses de chars, ce qui ne veut pas dire que la parité soit encore atteinte. Nous savons que les femmes ont participé à plus de 44 pour cent aux jeux olympiques de Londres de 2012, bien plus que les 23 pour cent des jeux de Los Angeles en 1984 et que les 13 petits pour cent des Jeux de Tokyo de 1964. Mais avant 2012, trois pays musulmans n’avaient jamais envoyé d’athlète féminine : le Qatar, Brunei et l’Arabie Saoudite. Ils n’ont cédé que sous la pression du Comité olympique.

J’ai l’espoir de voir le sport féminin recevoir un jour l’attention médiatique qu’il mérite, et les athlètes le même soutien que leurs collègues masculins. En attendant ce jour, je dédie mes exercices quotidiens aux héroïnes en jupe culotte des JO de Paris de 1900 !

A Boob Experiment

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A Boob Experiment

by Marlies Dekkers

“Please draw your own breasts and write one sentence explaining how you feel about them,” I asked 15 great women working for marlies|dekkers….

#FreeTheNipple

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#FreeTheNipple

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What is erotic? Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook and gatekeeper of online content) may think just a nipple does the trick, but I believe that sometimes it takes more than a naked body to arouse erotic desire.

The Perfect Fit: Shake Your Bon Bons!

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The Perfect Fit: Shake Your Bon Bons!

by Marlies Dekkers

When you try on a bra, you usually stand and watch yourself in a mirror, right? You might bend forward a little, turn around slowly to see the bra from different angles, but that’s it. You like how it looks? You buy it.

Sun, sand, scissor kicks

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Sun, sand, scissor kicks

by Marlies Dekkers

I’m going on a trip and I’m bringing… well unfortunately not my gorgeous personal trainer. But his sexy summer work out is a nice alternative. If you like torture, that is.

Coco crazy

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Coco crazy

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Stranded on a deserted island? No problem! As long as I have a huge jar of organic virgin coconut oil with me. Let me tell of the many ways I use this multi-tasking miracle.

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

by Marlies Dekkers

What does it mean to you to be a mother or a daughter? I find it very hard to punt into words, but a few years ago, I had a chance to put it into images.

Bikini babe at 80

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Bikini babe at 80

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Bikinis should only be worn by skinny young women, right? Wrong! My own mother proved that you’re never too old to overcome your bikini-fear.

Neptune’s bikini code

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Neptune’s bikini code

by Marlies Dekkers

You know that feeling? The closer you get to the sea, the stronger the urge to undress. But you don’t need to lose yourself completely..

Sexy Saffron

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Sexy Saffron

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Meet my latest spice obsession: saffron. A bright red spice so sensual and precious, I like to call it the Louboutin of the spice world.

Dare to go pro on your face; tips and tricks

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Dare to go pro on your face; tips and tricks

by Marlies Dekkers

During over 20 years in the business I got to watch the best make up artists work their magic. Such a thrill to see them completely transform people, including me! Still I encourage everybody to be their own make up maestro; we express ourselves with our clothes, why not with our make up? Here are some great tips and tricks I ‘stole’ from the professionals..

Sparkling La Source

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Sparkling La Source

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Paris, the city of love, great minds, pere Lachaise, fashion and arts.
I’ve been visiting Paris for almost thirty years and every time when I walk through this beautiful city, I have the irresistible need to pay a visit to a show in Opéra Garnier.

Pussy power: dare to start the vagina dialogues!

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Pussy power: dare to start the vagina dialogues!

by Marlies Dekkers

During my journey to get rid of the bladder infections that used to plague me, I visited doctors all over the world –mostly male- who told me the kind of nonsense that eventually made me feel like an exasperated Alice in Wonderland.

Dare to kiss

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Dare to kiss

by Marlies Dekkers

With each of my designs, I touch your body and trace your curves. I kiss you everywhere and leave my mark on you. And you, in return, breathe life into my lingerie.

Ready for my close up!  #frameyourbeauty

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Ready for my close up! #frameyourbeauty

by Marlies Dekkers

The “selfie” is something which has become a huge part of our modern culture. And I, a self-proclaimed selfie fanatic, could not have been happier. But to many the question remains: WHHYYYY???

Dare to be a kitchen goddess

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Dare to be a kitchen goddess

by Marlies Dekkers

I find cooking relaxing, grounding and even sexy. To quote writer Michael Pollan: ‘The very best cooking is a form of intimacy.’ And so I tell my friends to get back in the kitchen. Some follow my advice, others tell me I’m crazy. Like my dear friend Heleen van Royen.

Dare to be a Spice Girl; going gaga for ginger

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Dare to be a Spice Girl; going gaga for ginger

by Marlies Dekkers

It was Queen Elizabeth’s favorite spice, and it’s a well- known remedie for nausea and the common cold. But did you know that ginger can drive you wild with desire? First, let me show you how to make the perfect ginger tea..

Dare to Bare; the story of my ‘Bare Bottom Dress’

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Dare to Bare; the story of my ‘Bare Bottom Dress’

by Marlies Dekkers

What do you want to tell the world? In order to find out, sometimes you have to bare your soul. For me, it all came together when I designed my ‘Bare Bottom Dress’. Read what happened when I put my dress –now a museum piece- to the test in Amsterdam’s Red light district.

I believe in an honest self-reflection

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I believe in an honest self-reflection

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Almost a new year, for a lot of people the time to make up their new year resolutions. Not for me. I look back on what happened the past year and take the time for some honest and important self-reflection.

I believe in challenges

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I believe in challenges

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From a young age I’ve done all kinds of sports. I’m an active person who likes to challenge myself. But I came to the shocking conclusion that I used to sport like a girl…

I believe in a heart-ship connection

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I believe in a heart-ship connection

by Marlies Dekkers

In life you meet all kind of people. With some you have a superficial connection, others you forget after a while, but the best ones are those who touch your heart and complement your life.

I believe in turning yourself on

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I believe in turning yourself on

by Marlies Dekkers

According to a recent study, ‘men have more varied sexual fantasies than women’. We have some catching up to do, ladies! Let’s start now, by taking that sexy selfie one step further.

My Final Maestro Memory

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My Final Maestro Memory

by Marlies Dekkers

Classical music means everything to me. I wake up and go to bed with it. My participation at Maestro gave me the opportunity to immerge in the world of great composer in which I find so much joy.

My Beliefs

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My Beliefs

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My story starts with a motto. A motto which I have for more than 20 years. It has always inspired me but most of all I want to inspire others with my saying; dare to dream, dare to grow, dare to be.

My intimate moment at Maestro

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My intimate moment at Maestro

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I’m still in the running to become a Maestro and they gave me the ultimate test to stay concentrated. I had to conduct with one of the biggest harp players of the world. Something happened during the show, which made me forget the entire orchestra and audience.

Show the world all your talents

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Show the world all your talents

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We had to do a new photoshoot and while searching for the right team I suddenly thought, I should make the photos myself! Being a creative means sometimes having ideas in your head which are hard to explain to others.

Feeling like being twenty again doesn’t come easy

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Feeling like being twenty again doesn’t come easy

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When I became 45 I wanted to give myself a birthday present. What would make me really happy? It would be great if I could give myself another 10 years of the energy level I had at that moment. I collected a team around me with specialists, personal trainers and nutritional experts, to help me with this goal.

Trying to become a Maestro!

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Trying to become a Maestro!

by Marlies Dekkers

For a television program I am competing with 8 other Dutch personalities to become THE “Maestro”. The last few weeks have been nerve wrecking; I found my new passion.

My week; an inside look

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My week; an inside look

by Marlies Dekkers

I never have a week with a same sort of agenda as the week before, or the week ahead. That’s because I sometimes live the life of four different people.

Showing less or more butt?

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Showing less or more butt?

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I have the most amazing daughter in the whole wide world, let’s start with that. But sometimes I feel there’s a difference between what we both perceive as being normal.

My dose of art

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My dose of art

by Marlies Dekkers

As much as I have a love for fashion designers, beautiful fabrics and craftsmanship, I also have a love for spending my time visiting exhibitions and wandering through museums.

Private space

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Private space

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Is her house as fashionable as her lingerie…? Well, let me take you on a tour through my (lingerie) closet.

Art from the heart

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Art from the heart

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I was invited to make a contribution for a charity auction. They asked me to take pictures of things that I love deeply. The result would be a unique piece of art reflecting my heart.