November 18, 2014

Kat Club No 1 Special International Edition

We made it!!!!!

I think this is going to be a post with a little bit of self promotion hehe. But i can not keep this secret from you. i’m so proud i made it that far. I never would have guessed (or dreamed) that i would have the Cover of America’s Biggest Pinup Retro magazine! And then even with 7 more pages inside!

They run some special editions called Kat Club and now they have a very special issue dedicated to Talent from all over the Globe. If you don’t believe me, here is the link to their Facebook post of some days ago hehe >>

The Covermodel is no-one less than Acid Doll who seems to be always perfect for the themes i want or searching for. We are a dream team and when you have a good team, the sky is not the limit :)

I also have written a letter to the fans of Retro Lovely and Kat Club to tell a little bit more about me of what i do and who i am. I think this way of writing a letter is also important to say thank you for this great gift. Without hard work, this would never have happened. There is also a small Bio inside of Acid Doll. I kind of knew that when we did this shooting that it was going to be for something special and is!

Anything is possible with the right mindset and a lot of hard work. I also thank the people who worked with me that are in this issue and trust me and my ideas. Without you ladies it would look all differently. Congrats to you all as well, you really deserve to be in the spotlights too!

i’m sure this magazine is a musthave in your collection as it’s very unique in it’s kind.
Especially the first international edition!

You can pre-order it HERE, they soon go to press

An entire issue of Artists from all over the Globe!
Now i have to find myself a new goal :)


Added November 19, 2014

Retro Lovely magazine has just uploaded the files for the Kat Club International Edition!

It is available here:

Via this link those of you around the globe can obtain copies at reduced shipping costs as the printer has facilities globally and in most instances be able to produce and ship from a location within your postal service!

When those of you who obtain a print copy receive it, please send them a snapshot of yourself with the issue. They will share this online and promote your pages along with it.

November 05, 2014

Pumpkin Pie

Prepare your Body for the Cold Winter Days 
with this Traditional Recipe

As you might know i also love to cook, i thought i write down a recipe for people who like that and it’s not easy to find healthy, but also good recipes. I found some old recipes which i sometimes try out. This is one of them. Love everything about pumpkin, just the cutting can be difficult......therefore i ask a man to cut the hard parts :-)

Halloween time and even november, what a great period! Everyone loves to make scary faces out of pumpkin, but what to do with the pumpkin pieces itself you cut out? No worries, you can make anything with Pumpkin, from mousse to muffins, pies, risotto etc....
Or you did not cut out faces out of your pumpkin and it’s still there as decoration. What to do now? Just make delicious Pumpkin Pie.

What you need

800 gr Hokkaido Pumpkin (or the taste you like)
You can also use butternut pumpkin
300 gr onions
2 garlic pieces
4 twigs thyme
4 tablespoons olive oil
150 ml white wine
1 tablespoon Agave sirup
200 ml vegetable bouillon
1 bay leaf
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon soft mustard
450 gr or 1 rol puff pastry + some extra for decoration
3 tablespoons whipped cream (not whipped by you)
Pie dish approximately 25 cm

Preparation : 

1. Clean a good tasty pumpkin, cut in pieces and remove all the inside that is not eatable, like the wires and seeds. Be sure you remove all the wires, nothing worse than having this in the mouth!

2. Then cut the pumpkin into eatable blocks about 2 cm. I use my Genius Nicer Dicer Plus for that. it goes really fast that way. See message below.

3. Clean the onion and also put in pieces, not too thin. Just eatable. Cut the garlic in small pieces + cut thyme fine. Do all this you have been cutting in a casserole filled with 4 tablespoons olive oil. You will smell the herbs and garlic so well. Stir this all together for about 5 minutes.

4. Add the wine, Agave sirup and stir for 1 minute more.

5. Then add the vegetable bouillon, bay leaf and some mustard (at own taste). Let it all come to cook and let it cook a bit further for 5 minutes in open casserole. Pumpkin does not need long cooking, or you could overcook it and that’s not tasty anymore.

6. Add everything to a Pie dish (also the bay leaf), i bought one especially to make this pie from Emile Henry. It’s 26 cm diameter. See info below.

7. roll out the puff paste or pastry so that it will be 2 to 3 cm larger than the dish itself. Do not leave paper on it. Then hover the dish with the puff can also add some decoration cutted out by the shape you like. I used the Mushroom cutter. 

8. Combine the egg yolk with the whipped cream till it’s smooth and put some of this mixture on the edge of the dish with a brush (so the pastry holds well to the dish). Do not use it all, you will need some at the end. In the meanwhile pre-heat the oven at 200°C.

9. Finally hover the dish with the pastry you rolled out. Push good to the sides, so it will not open during the baking. Remember it has to go over the size of the dish and stick to the outside of the dish on the sides. Then add some decoration pastry of you want and the rest of the egg yolk mixture as finishing touch. Put it in the middle of the oven for 12 to 15 minutes. Till it’s golden brown and crispy. Serve immediately. Remember not to cut with a knife into the dish, as that’s not good for the ceramic. As the pastry easily breaks, since its crispy, you can easily do that with the serving spoon.


Of course everyone who cooks wants to have the right equipment and it does not have to be expensive. I have been searching for a good Pie dish. One that has quality and i came across Emile Henry which is a french brand. 
Since 1850, their products have been designed and produced in France, in the south of Burgundy. Their Savoir-faire has been handed down from generation to generation and is a pledge of quality and technical skills. Only natural products are used in their dishes and most of the production techniques are carried out by hand, requiring a real savoir-faire.

Each piece is unique and is signed by the worker who made it. You will find his initials engraved on the bottom of your product. As Emile Henry products are then checked manually, in order to respect their strick production requirements. The result is a high quality and healthy ceramic which diffuses the heat gently and evenly to enhance the flavors and aromas of the ingredients.

You can buy the Pumpkin dish for Europe HERE on sale now.

Genius Nicer Dicer Plus

I find this a big help in the kitchen really. You can cut anything!
Europe : Buy here  /  Abroad : Buy here

The Nicer Dicer Plus multi-chopper set has everything you need for cutting, dicing, grating, and slicing! Chop onions, zucchini, peppers, celery, tomatoes, hard boiled eggs, cheese, and fruits--then watch as the ingredients transfer instantly from the cutting surface into the bowl below. There's no hassle, and no mess! From Genius.

  • One plug-in cutting stamp for wedge blades
  • One cutting base with removable top lid
  • One six-cup container with lid
  • One grater with protective cover
  • Two dual blades for cutting cubes: 1/4" or 1/2" square blade; 3/4" or 1-1/2" x 1/4" square blade
  • One wedge blade
  • One slicer with blade protector
  • One food holder for slicer
  • One partial blade cover
  • BPA-free
  • Measures 11"W x 5"H x 4-1/2"L
  • Dishwasher safe

November 02, 2014

60’s Twiggy Revival shoot

From Less is More to Twiggy look

In this post i will tell you a bit on how i work with my photo shootings, 
so i also took some behind the scenes photos and thank you to Fraukje, she did too.

Last sunday i had a photoshooting which was very 60’s inspired. My inspiration came from the twiggy style back in the 60’s. As i also think as a creative photographer this is perfect to expand my skills by looking a lot through pictures from Vogue etc. What colors did they use, how does it pop, how is the light, which poses where in, The expression of the face etc.....

In photography there is more than just taking the pictures, it’s the whole story that is important. The inspiration that is needed makes the full look. Therefore it’s also good to gather a good team with people who know what you want and are willing to work out this idea with you.

I have been in contact with Rina Bambina who is Amabassador of la Pinup Page on Facebook. She knew immediately what i wanted and we have been searching together for the right props, outfits, look, style and all the details. How fun was that! :)
I usually do not start early with the shooting day, as i know how important it is for everyone to have a good night sleep before the shoot. It’s no use to get up early with tiny eyes, drinking tons of coffee and shaking the camera cause of it LOL.

The shooting was in my home (Black Carousel Studios). Everyone arrived safely at noon and we started with eating some Pumpkin soup that i made the day before. It’s almost a witches brew as it saw a little bit green to my eyes haha. Served with Homemade bread...yes i spoil the people i work with :p

It was almost 13u and we went upstairs to my bathroom to make the model ready. In the meanwhile i set the studio and gave instructions (with free creativity) on how i wanted it to look hehe. All went well and as i also wanted to shoot outside, but the weather was not completely working with us + changing hour to wintertime has been fooling us around with the light, we took the chance and we drove to a place where there would usually would be lots of sun, but when arriving the lights was gone, so we skipped that part. I knew we had to go back to the studio and shoot everything there.....

One funny part i do want to share with you though......
While we were driving to our location to shoot, i had to take a little turn to the right and i told the people in the car i have to take that corner. Frances Folies was holding the bucket with candy eyeballs between her legs and when i took the turn (probably too wild), i heard someone screaming in the back and a bucket crack and eyeballs rolling in the car. I knew the bucket broke hahahaha. But no worries, eyeballs will appear somehow LOL.

The shoot itself went pretty fast, but as we know the preparation is the most important thing and i respect that. Rina had 4 dresses with her, we did use them all. For the mini dresses i had the vision of the real Twiggy 60’s style with bright colors and popping background. What better color than purple.
By the way : this purple background paper came in just in time for my shoot, phew :-)

For the last set we had this dress from Cute Lou Couture which was totally what we were looking for. Bats theme and dark style with a pinup twist. How fun to do this. transforming Rina to Brigitte bardot was so much fun. we were going wild baby!
Here are some examples of what we created.....I think i don’t need to say more. It was a blast!
Everyone went home happily ever after :)



Photography : Damona-Art
Retro Lucite Jewelry : Glitter Paradise
Autumn Hair Flower by Sophisticated lady
Rain Coat and all Mini dresses by Atelier Belle Couture


Photography : Damona-Art
Spooky Bats jewelry by Glitter Paradise
Black Bats Hair Clips by Vintagebox1947
Bats Sheer dress from Cute Lou Couture


I hope you enjoyed this as much as we have :-)

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