Turkish Red Pepper – Lentil Soup

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When I was interning at Bruno Pieters' own label in what seems ages ago, I was surrounded by a great group of fashion interns. One of these interns was the Turkish designer Tugce Ozocak, who is currently working on Third Design. While introducing me to the Turkish cuisine, she taught me how to make this red pepper and lentil soup. Even though I’ve probably forgot and added some of the ingredients over the years, I still regularly make this soup. It is the perfect cure to forget about this horrible summer weather.

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London Instadiary

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This trip to Londen differed a little bit from my previous trips to the UK capital as I had plans to discover the Britsh countryside as well. So the little time I had in London I wanted to spend wisely, Shoreditch it was. The area has been one of the hippest areas in town for some time now but is rumered that it has passed its peak. Dalton, Hackney Wick, Haggerston and other areas starting with H are tipped as op-and-coming and let's not forget King's Cross. In Shoreditch on Saturday I focused on a nice lunch in Albion, cocktails in The Boundary (who are conveniently located in the same builing), shopping in Boxpark (where Alex from Fashercise now has a pop-up!) and a walk in Hoxton.

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#Joggjeans

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Because the Nationalestraat in Antwerp is broken up once again, we couldn't resist to shoot there. With the long shopping street almost empty, you get a little bit of a New York vibe no? Anyway, I wanted to show off the most comfortable pants in my closet. Comfortable that is, but not as in jogging pants but pants that you can also leave the house in. Why? Not because these DIESEL jeans are of the "boyfriend" kind, no because they have a secret. They are actually a very well hidden pair of joggings. A hybrid between jeans and a jogging that it, joggjeans they are called. To the eye? A beautiful pair of grey boyfriend jeans. To the legs? The trousers that you wear in the couch on lazy sunday.

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Three Green Antwerp Getaways

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As you all know I love living in Antwerp. If there is one thing that I feel Antwerp is a bit short on, it is greenery. The urban life is a pretty amazing one but I do need some nature once and a while. If you're looking for that in Antwerp, you can head out to Park Spoor Noord or Middelheim Park, both a bike ride away from the center. Greenery in the city itself, like you can find in cities such as Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Paris and New York, is missing. I usually head out to watch the Schelde if I need a hit of nature. Sitting on the concrete banks of the river you sometimes wish that the concrete would make way for more green. I'm happy not to be alone in this search for green and love the summer options in green Antwerp getaways. These three getaways in particular are worth a visit.

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My Festival Playlist

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The fashion at music festivals is a lot of fun but of course the actual music is what it is all about. While preparing for Pukkelpop this week, I've submerged myself in the bands that are coming and put together a little playlist. Not only bands that are coming to Belgium this weekend, but also a couple of my all time favorites that were at Rock Werchter, Couleur Café and Les Ardentes. Perfect to play when you're packing your bags or when you're on the road! I also added some pics that I still had laying around from festivals last year and this year.

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Cluse Watches X Rooftop Antics Give-away

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As I said earlier this week (in my Monochrome post) I will be giving away a CLUSE watch right here on the blog! I never like to much fuss around watches and that is why I immediately loved the CLUSE La Bohème collection. The designers at Cluse are focused on beautifully designed watches but at reasonable prices. So great value for around 100 euros. I just love the colors that they choose to work with and especially the rose gold details.

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Dress Code Festival Fashion

There are a few things in life that make my heart skip a beat. Music festivals are definitely one of those things. Anxiously I await the dates upon which sales start, I'm obsessively listening to the radio to hear the first names on the line-up and when I can't make it to a certain festival, my heart dies a little bit. For me festivals revolve around the music, the atmosphere, the friends, the fashion and of course the dancing! We're already well into the festival season and I already got the chance to go Couleur Café and Rock Werchter. Pukkelpop is coming up in little over a week and I can't wait to choose what I'm going to pack and which bands I definitely have to see.

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Monochrome

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Getting invited for a rooftop party is always exciting (could you guess from the name of the blog?). The dress code for this week's Cointreau Fizz Cocktail party was unconventional chic so I decided to go for this monochrome crop top and skort combination. Right before I left for France in the beginning of July, I picked up this cute MANGO crop top and have used every occasion to wear it. Combining it with a bottom that has a higher waist makes that almost everybody can wear this trend. Before heading over to the party, I stopped in Harmonie park in Antwerp for some snaps. If you're ever in the neighborhood, there is a nice bar, L'Orangerie, in the park as well.

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Tips for Traveling With Gadgets

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Traveling with gadgets can be a bit of a headache. We all know that travel and gadgets often don't mix since our technological helpers can be very fragile. Everyone has their stories. I once sat in a little wooden boat frantically protecting my Ipad from the waves. I broke my camera while falling and injuring my foot in Thailand and my phone later that year while celebrating New Years. I also get a little bit paranoid about walking around with expensive equipment and prefer to have a safe everywhere I stay. Consequently I'm always on the look-out to best protect my gadget so I get them home safely. I haven't found the holy grail against water, breaking and theft just yet but in the meantime I refuse to leave them home enjoying my travels. Talking pictures and documenting my travels is just part of the whole experience.

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Route de France Instadiary

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I just arrived back in Belgium and wanted to share the first part of my -almost- three week long France journey. I have to admit that I loved it so much it made it kind of hard to come back. My trip started out in Bonnieux with my gorgeous girlfriends, I fitted in a weekend in Paris and ended up more in the Indre province of France with my family, dogs and some fun airplanes. The highlights definitely were way too many wines with my girls, unexpected new friends along the way and 2 flight. A big thank you to Gert and Guillaume for taking me up in the air!

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