Senegalese Model Graces Vogue Netherlands Cover

Congratulations are in order for Kinee Diouf!  She is the first Black model to claim the cover of Vogue Nederland, coming in July.  This issue coincidentally or strategically debuts on the heels of their controversial May issue, which featured a Dutch model painted in blackface.  Some say it’s a subtle apology.  Possibly.  And given that most of Ms. Diouf’s pictures are from a distance instead of close-up, I may agree.  But controversy aside, she KILLED the shoot, done by esteemed photographer, Ishi.  The spread took place at  Paradis Plage Resort in Agadir, Morocco.  Vibrant scenery, prints and lipstick.  Caution: fierce flicks ahead!

5 Days of Global Goodies

Birthday Treats

This week is my sister’s birthday.  So, in honor of her sweet tooth existence, let’s shine a light on los postres, les gourmands, i dolci!  Yes, the rest of the week is all about the sweets.  I’ll begin with some of her favorites.


The napolitano de chocolate (in Spain), pain au chocolat (in France), chocolate-filled croissant (in the US).  The first and best placed she ate these were at a bus stop in Madrid.  Who woulda thunk it?  According to her, the bakeries didn’t hold a candle to the bus stop. Take notes, bakers!


Hol-y cow…the death of us both.  Stroopwafels.  They’re just so good, I don’t know where to begin.  A Dutch specialty, this waffle sandwich is all kinds of irresistible. It’s made of two thin waffles with a caramel syrup holding them together.  It puts you right on the edge of a sugar high.  They’re sweet but the cinnamon cuts the sugar just enough to make you think that you’re not really consuming 50g of sugar.  And its softness somehow makes you eat them twice as fast.  They’re typically eaten with tea.  BUT, I discovered that dipped in Cream of Wheat….uuuh!


Llaollao (pronounced yao-yao), another Spanish must.  I’m no frozen yogurt connoisseur but this is the best we’ve had.  It’s a tangy, tart, sweet cup.  Ordering the ‘Sanum’ is the best deal.  You’re able to choose three different fruits, a chopped topping and a drizzle.  Mine goes a little something like this, “un sanum con kiwi piña, fresa, muesli y chocolate, por favor.”  Translated, “a sanum with kiwi, pineapple, strawberries, granola and chocolate, please.”  Wait a minute or two for it to soften so that everything blends together.  Can’t beat it.

Carrot Cake

Good ol’ American carrot cake.  Not much else to say.  Just yum!!!

Happy Hump Day 😉

Wooden Clogs & Leather Slippers

Nederland  Maroc

The Netherlands is to clogs as Morocco is to leather slippers.  Dutch clogs are traditional symbols (and still used by some), while Moroccan slippers are functional – worn daily by both men and women.  The two can be found in various parts of the world.  I’m all for both!



(above & below photo credit to

The Clothes Whisperer: the fashion blog with wit that sparkles: The Way We Wore: The Spoils of the Souks, Marrakech-May 7, 2011

Throwback Thursday: A Letter to Dear Abby from Mata Hari

This letter is fictional, created by moi.  Mata Hari was a muse, dancer, prostitute and inadvertently became involved in espionage activity during World War I, which led to her execution.  If Dear Abby was around at this crucial time in Mata Hari’s life, her story may have changed (assuming she’d be willing to write).

Dear Abby,

I recently returned to my birthplace of the Netherlands after years of living in Paris, the only place that ever felt like home.  While there, life was exciting.  I managed to become one of the most highly acclaimed (and controversial) female modern dancers thanks to my introduction of sensuality to the stage.  Sure, that led to an indecency charge, but the policeman dropped it.  He and I even went out for dinner!  Impetuous situations as this happened often.  It’s almost as if I was living a dream.  Fancy dining, exquisite clothing, and my own petit château very close to the city.  Now that I’m back in Holland, everything feels bland and meager.  I have been longing to return.  Thankfully, one of my neighbors from Germany has offered to send me back but there is a small clause.  I must obtain information for him.  I do not know what it is for and I do think it is harmless.  But I hold some reservations.  See, I’m a modern woman.  We are in 1915 and have come a long way, right?  But in this wartime one can never be too trusting.  This is why I am writing you.  Should I take this opportunity to return to the life I was destined to live or should I stay in a place that leaves much to be desired?


Messenger in the Making

Mata Hari Pose

Dear Messenger in the Making,

Stay put!!!

In memory of Margaretha Gertruida Zelle, also known as Mata Hari (1876-1917) and Pauline Phillips, also known as Dear Abby (1918-2013).