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    • How could anyone resist a smile from Frida Gâteau? Mmm, I could not #petitgateau #favouriteplacesinamsterdam #playingwithfood
    • Every person you see in the street is going somewhere. Where would she go? #storiesareeverywhere
    • My Sicilian nonna was fourteen when she eloped to marry my grandfather, who was 14 years her senior. During the war he served as a fireman and was never home, while my nonna worked long hours at her mother-in-law’s farm while trying to keep her three young sons safe at the same time, like all women do during a war. I have no memories of her sitting down: their kitchen had four chairs and one small stool which says it all. She was always stirring a pan, turning an aubergine, cleaning or ironing a shirt, washing up, working in my grandfather’ shop sewing or mending clothes. In spite of her hard work, she never earned any money: she would do all the groceries and my grandfather would step in at the last moment to pay, which was normal in those days. Her life was simple, she never asked for anything, never complained and always looked happy. Once every two years my grandparents went to Paris to buy  fabrics for making elegant clothes they would sell in their shop. During those trips they would always go to Galeries Lafayette where my nonna, wearing her most beautiful dress, was allowed to pick one lipstick from the Chanel counter. 'Bellissima', my grandfather would then say. It was her most treasured possession and the only moment my grumpy grandfather showed his love for her. Nonna always had an enormous bag which contained just four things: one embroidered handkerchief, a roll-on eau de cologne, a few sticky candies for us children and her Chanel lipstick. Using any window or car mirror to put it on with great care,  it instantly made her feel as glamorous as Sophia Loren, even while ironing 40 shirts. My first lipstick, bought at the same age as when she got married, was of course Chanel. Whenever I hear the clicking sound of a Chanel lipstick closing, I think of her. She would love that. #storiesofordinarywomen #PrettyIconic #IconicBeautyProduct #chanel #gallerieslafayette #sicily #lipstick
    • Minimalism is not really my thing... (How could I NOT need those wonderful manicured hands as earrings??) ❤️💅🏻 @benumade #ilovedressingup #polkadotsforever #happycoat #vondelpark
    • A marathon is something deeply humbling to watch. All you need to be is human to take part:  every age, body length, body shape, nationality, hair colour, if you can move forward, you can take part. Everyone runs with his and her heart, mind and feet focused on not giving up. On giving it all. As I could not cross the street and go home, all I could do was celebrate this experience cheering and eating one of my favourite treats in the world: @patisserielinnick 's macaron ice-cream #amsterdammarathon #macarons #sundaytreat #amsterdam #turnasituationaround #musteat
    • Uhm, what shall I cook tonight...? Oh, thank you, dear Universe! #itsasign #sundaypizza #amsterdam
    • Wondering if this is how it feels to have the world at your feet...? #amsterdam #nightsky #water #essentielantwerp #unisa #clouds
    • Buy. Tickets. For. This. Show. Noooow! Probably the best and most magical concert of my life. @sherry_dyanne gives her body and soul in 'Ode aan Billie Holiday', together with wonderful pianist @michielborstlap I was and still am deeply moved and overwhelmed by her beautiful voice and energy #amsterdam #delamartheater #musicisthegreatestart #sherrydyanne #jazz #billieholiday
    • Listening in awe to Liars. I am so grateful to all the musicians in orchestras, bands and the streets for giving us music that can tell us who we are better than we could ever say with words. Never stop buying records from musicians that you love, people of the universe. Thank you for making this record and giving us incredibly special versions of your songs, @gregoryalanisakov and @coloradosymphony #gregoryalanisakov #autumnnightssoundtrack #orchestra #projectaudio #recordplayer
    • Harvesting grapes in the 'wild', just off the Kerkstraat, right in the middle of #amsterdam Mmmm, they are sweet! #urbanexploration #wildharvest #ilovefruit #autumn #natureinthecity