Dec 14, 2014

Hi, I'm ceesie and I'm a sugar addict

Ceesie just watched a documentary about the huge amount of sugar we put in our body on a daily basis and I was SHOCKED. 
Did you know that every year a human eats about 45 kilograms of sugar?
I know we all like to have a little bit of sweet in our morning coffee, so does Ceesie, and that one spoon won't hurt us, but the average sugar intake in the USA is 30 teaspoons per person per day!!! 
Just to give you an idea, a single can of coke has 39 teaspoons of sugar and a small pack of M&M's may be more than you should have in a day. So imagine how much more we ask our poor body to digest.
Ceesie has to confess that he has a huge sweet tooth himself, every night after my dinner I NEED to have something sweet. I'm probably a sugar addict, like so many others, without even knowing it.
It's disturbing what too much sugar does to a human body: Heart disease, weight gain, diabetes, liver failure, cancer, kidney disease, addiction,…
I know it's hard to resist those sour patch kids, reese's cup cakes, that caramel popcorn while watching a movie or that delicious peanut butter jelly sandwich in the morning, but I think we should all start 2015 with a great New Year's resolution; to eat less sugar and to think about our body before putting another skittle between our teeth, cause we might end up with none when we reach 60.



Dec 1, 2014

THANKFUL

Thanksgiving weekend is over and what a weekend it was.
Ceesie got invited to have a full on traditional American Thanksgiving with his friend that lives in the Hamptons. 
Her family is Italian/American, so you can only imagine how much food (and booze) we had.
Her mom made a huge turkey, a ham, string beans, corn bread, sweet potatoes, mixed salad, roasted little onions,… and Ceesie made delicious Brussel sprouts to go with it. 
All this food made the model have a food coma for about 2 hours and woke me up with a huge hangover, but I guess that's the point of Thanksgiving, right? To be thankful for what we have in life and to enjoy tons of food and liquor with friends and family.

Here is the recipe for my delicious Brussel sprouts, which you can also find it back in my cookbook MODEL KITCHEN.



  • -  2 lbs. (900 g) Brussels sprouts, cleaned and rinsed 
  • -  1/2 lemon 
  • -  1 teaspoon nutmeg 
  • - 1 tablespoon honey
  • -  2 tablespoons sesame seeds 
  • -  olive oil 
  • -  salt and pepper 
  • Steam the rinsed Brussels sprouts for 8 minutes. Then plunge into ice-cold water and drain. You shouldn’t overcook Brussels sprouts, otherwise they’ll lose their crispness.Heat a large pan on fairly high heat with the olive oil. Allow the oil to get nice and hot and add the Brussels sprouts. Sauté until they become golden brown and sprinkle with a bit of nutmeg and some honey. They should get a nice brown color, but make sure they don’t burn. Transfer into a large bowl, add a bit more salt and pepper and squeeze the half lemon over the Brussels sprouts. Finally, top with the sesame seeds.
  • Ceesie likes to add some crispy bacon to it. If you do so, replace the olive oil with the bacon fat to get that extra nice taste and don't use too much salt, as bacon is already a bit salty.
  • ENJOY!

Nov 13, 2014

Cafe Gitane

As being a huge food lover I've decided to share some of my favorite food spots in New York City.
Cafe Gitane is a cute little restaurant, located on Mott and Prince Street in NoLiTa, that serves French/Moroccan cuisine. Even though the kitchen is open from 8.30am till 11.30pm, Ceesie prefers to go for lunch on a sunny day.
The restaurant is small and cute, so you usually have to wait about 20-30 minutes, but it's worth the wait.
What to get?
Ceesie likes to start with a fresh cucumber juice and the AMAZING avocado toast, made with generous amounts of fresh avocado, lemon juice and chili flakes.
As a main I usually order the smoked-trout lentil salad, very healthy and filling. (I even copied the recipe in my cookbook, MODEL KITCHEN, that's how good it is!)
The Moroccan couscous with red peppers, raisins, toasted pinenuts, hummus and eggplant - with organic chicken is also one of my favorite dishes on the menu.
Tip:
It's cash only, so don't forget those dollar bills y'all.




In a nutshell, Cafe Gitane always lives up my expectations. The ambiance is cool, food is great and trendy people are most likely to be spot at Gitane.
Ceesie is a fan!

Nov 10, 2014

Back when Gucci was the sh*t to rock

Ceesie just finished reading the book "The house of Gucci" - a biography about the famous fashion house.
While reading the book I remembered how amazing and chic this brand was when Tom Ford was the designer. My mom was so in love with this brand, just as any other women who loved fashion back then.
But Ceesie remembered the unforgettable campaigns more than anything. Many times a photo really does speak louder than words, and in this case, these images spoke to me. They were HOT and screamed SEX, even tough I was a very young Ceesie! 
Today, so many years later, I'm still so fascinated by those images as when I saw them for the first time.







Nov 4, 2014

Music videos

Ceesie misses watching music videos on television. As a child/teenager I always watched MTV or any other music channel when I got home from school.
Here are some (of the many) videos that had a huge impact on Ceesie and still bring a lot of nostalgia.


























Oct 22, 2014

Want me to double bag it? NO!

Ceesie wants to talk about plastic bags.
Being back in America I suddenly remember how ANNOYED I got when people asked me for a plastic bag when I was only buying a bottle of water and an apple. (In Belgium we need to pay for a plastic bag!)
I think it's an awful habit of us tot ask for a bag when you're only buying a few small items.
Today I bought one pack of gum and the lady asked me if I needed a plastic bag for that. I mean… seriously?
Ceesie also hates the fact that when you go to Whole Foods the cashier asks you if she needs to double bag it. What a waste.
What Ceesie is trying to say here is to stop wasting plastic bags and go buy one big shopping bag and bring it everywhere you go, cause we all know that we are the future and the little things will eventually help us all. #AMEN


Oct 14, 2014

SHOP TILL YOU DROP

My capsule collection for Essentiel Antwerp is now available online and ships world wide!
LET'S DO WHAT YOU'RE BEST AT AUSTRALIANS, ASIANS, RUSSIANS, ITALIANS, BRAZILIANS, PUERTO RICANS: SHOP!!!!

WWW.ESSENTIEL-ANTWERP.COM


Oct 11, 2014

North West home best

Let's talk about North West here for a second. For the once who don't know who North West is, and have been living on Mars for the past 15 months, North West is the pretty baby girl of social media queen Kim Kardashian and Rapper Kanye West. 
Ceesie doesn't want to talk about the weird name choice, but I do want to talk about the outfits that the baby get forced to wear, and outfits they sure are! Balmain, Dior, Saint Laurent, Givenchy,… name it the baby has worn it.
The other day Ceesie was looking in a gossip magazine and saw little North all laced up, heels on, earrings in and her hair brushed out to go see the Givenchy show.
First of all I think it's stupid that a baby is seeing a Givenchy show at 9 pm on a sunday night. But besides from that Ceesie was more in shock about the baby's look that her stylist had pulled together. (cause yes, the baby has her own stylist). A 15 month old baby all dressed up like her mom is a little too much for Ceesie, and this was not the first time that I've spotted baby North look like a grown up. Leather leggings, Timberlands, Alexander Wang handbag,…  Poor North, not even 2 years old and already sitting in a make up chair and dressing room before leaving the house, what will the future bring...







Oct 6, 2014

Ceesie passed the test

Ceesie finally has his driver license!!!
You may think 26 is late, but in the modeling world not having your drivers license at that age is something very common. 
Out of 30 models that I know there are only 5 who are allowed to drive a car.
As a model you leave home at such a young age that driving a car is something you do not need. You move to a big city where cabs are the number one way of transportation and you end up being 26 and still not knowing how to drive. (Shame on us!)
Anyway while being home in Belgium and having time in between jobs and promoting my collection Ceesie did it.
Now the only thing I want to do is plan a road trip and cruise around the city all day and all night.


Sep 24, 2014

Interview from the Essentiel Blog

COFFEE WITH CESAR CASIER

While we are eager for the Cesar Casier for Essentiel collection to launch, we couldn’t resist to invite him to have coffee with us in the meantime. We asked him about his life in New York, his inspirations and his future plans. Grab a coffee, scroll down and enjoy your autumn read.
CESAR, HOW’S LIFE IN NEW YORK?
Amazing! I love living in New York! There’s just so much going on and so much energy around, I just can’t get enough of this city.
HOW DID YOU END UP THERE?
I decided to move to New York when I was 19 years old to open up for more working opportunities. I believe New York is a better place than other cities like Milan or Paris for me, there are more shoots. It just feels right.
ARE YOU PLANNING ON COMING BACK TO BELGIUM?
Maybe. I don’t know. I love to come home – but I’m not planning on living here any time soon.
YOU CREATED A COLLECTION FOR ESSENTIEL THIS YEAR, HOW DID IT STARTED?
I heard about Essentiel doing special collaborations. Tom De Poortere contacted me and we talked about collaborating together. That’s how it all really started. I want to do things other than modelling and I like to have some projects on the side, where I can develop my skills and my interests.
IS THAT WHY YOU STARTED TO WRITE A COOKBOOK?
Yes, that project all started on my blog with a question I posted: to cookbook or not to cookbook? I had a whole bunch of positive reactions and then suddenly I got contacted by a publisher. My book is sold in Colette and on Net-a-porter nowadays. I’d like to launch it in America soon.

WHAT WAS YOUR INSPIRATION FOR THE ESSENTIEL COLLECTION?
My biggest inspirations for the collection were mainly New York, my modelling friends, my everyday life and my own wardrobe. I wanted it to be a little bit rock-and-roll in a more stylish and chic way.
IS DESIGNING SOMETHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO DEVELOP IN THE FUTURE? OR WAS IT A ONCE IN A LIFETIME OPPORTUNITY?
Yes, certainly. I’m not a real designer – I can’t draw – but I’d like to be in consulting. That sounds very nice. It’s something I’d like to consider, anyway. I just can’t wait to see someone walking on the streets in my jacket!
HOW DOES A NORMAL DAY LOOK LIKE FOR YOU WHEN YOU DON’T WORK?
If I’m not shooting, I like to get up early.  I always have breakfast first, then I start doing my mails and I blog. Afterwards, I mainly go to the gym with my personal trainer for two hours. I work out 6 days a week. As my body is my job, my workouts are very important to me. The rest of the day, I try to do something useful like working on my portfolio or I go have a drink with friends or family.

HOW WOULD YOU COMPARE GHENT TO NEW YORK?
That’s a difficult question, as both cities are totally different and unique in their own way. New York has so much energy and is full of life. Ghent is tinier, cozier with great bars and great people you can easily connect with. If I really had to compare them, I would say Ghent might be like a neighborhood in New York, like Tribeca (where I live) or Soho.
WHAT’S A KIKI?
(laughs) A kiki is EVERTHING! A kiki is a wild party from which you have to recover from for two days in a row. It comes from the title of a song that I adore from the Scissor’s sisters.

Sep 19, 2014

Cesar Casier for Essentiel

Ceesie is proud to announce that his capsule collection for Essentiel will finally be on sale in all Essentiel stores and online on the 6th of October. (and in the Paris stores from the 15th of October)
I'm just so happy and thankful that I got the chance to design my own clothing line, existing of 28 pieces for both men and women. Most of the clothes are unisex and are a reflection of my own personal style. I wanted the collection to reflect the streets of downtown New York and the friends and acquaintances who are part of my everyday life.
Ceesie likes to call this collection rock'n roll chic with a mix of comfortable home wear and funky night wear pieces.
A fun fact is that the catchphrases that I says all the time are worked into T-shirts and sweaters: 'I cant', 'Chic c'est la vie', 'Ca-va' and of course 'Let's have a kiki'.
Here are the campaign images of the collection:










Sep 14, 2014

Delvaux

Ceesie is a Delvaux ambassador. 
I got invited to visit the head office in Brussels and even got a whole private tour of the building, atelier and museum.
Ceesie was so impressed by the history of the company. For the once that don't know much about the Belgian brand, Delvaux is the oldest fine leather luxury house in the world, founded in 1829, and is together with Hermes and Bottega Venetta the only company that  still makes their handbags by hand. (Talking about chic c'est la vie here.)
In the main building they have the atelier in the back, where they still produce most of their bags, and a small Delvaux private museum. Ceesie is in love with this chic and luxurious brand and is very happy and proud to be the first male ambassador in the world.