I haven't posted in a while as my one year old toddler Anabela decided to stop sleeping through nights so I am living on 2-3 hours of sleep per day for weeks now. However I did manage to prepare a quick cookbook with simple baby recipes for ages 0-2 and a DIY educational quite book I have been working for weeks now one page at the time. Both will be posted next week.

Today I am jumping right back to posting with this simple Spring one pan recipe! It makes it so much easier when you don't have to use and get dirty to much dishes. I didn't use to cook pork very often but since I explored some new, fruity recipes I add organic pork chops to our menu once per month for sure.

I prepared this dish for dinner tonight. It was quick and super easy, using foods and spices most of us always have at home. Total prep and cook time was 20 minutes at the most. My side dish today was mashed potatoes which I peeled and set to cook first. When potatoes were cooked I just added a tad of butter, milk and added some salt, pepper and fresh cilantro.

INGREDIENTS

-2 tbsp olive oil
- 4-6 boneless pork chops
- 3/4 cup of low sodium chicken stock (I added beef stock but you can also use vegeta in hot water)
- 2 medium apples (thinly cut)
- 1 small red onion (thinly cut)
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp fresh or dry sage
- 1.5 tsp of rosemary chopped (or a couple of branches of fresh)
- 0.5 tsp of freshly thyme
- salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

1. If you decide to do mash potatoes as a side dish, start with cooking potatoes. Thinly slice red onion and apples.

2. Season pork chops on both side with salt and pepper. Warm 1 tbsp of olive oil in a skillet or a pan over medium heat.

3. Add pork chops and sear them 3-4 minutes each side depending on thickness. Set pork chops aside on a warm plate.

4. Wish together chicken stock and mustard. Set it aside.

5. Add 1 more tbsp of olive oil to the pan and add apples and onion, cook until soft for about 5 minutes, steering gently over medium high heat. Season with all the spices: salt, pepper, sage, rosemary and thyme. Poor in mixture of stock and mustard.

6. Add pork chops back in the pan. Cook for about 3 more minutes until there is half less liquid then you started with. Serve with mash potatoes.

Bon appetite ladies! :)
A defiant girl statue in front of Wall Street's iconic charging bull 

feminism
ˈfɛmɪnɪz(ə)m/
noun
  1. the advocacy of women's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes.


MY STORY

Although I grew up in war torn country in rather traditional environment I stubbornly held my own and fought my way through life against many odds that would usually affect a little girl in my shoes.

At friends birthday party in elementary school I told my friends mom I started playing basketball, she told me that I can hurt myself and that it's a boys game.
I started playing for first, professional team when I was 16. 

When I was 15 I told my grandparents that I am planning to go to university in US on basketball scholarship, I was told I am 'dreaming' and that I will never get married.
I was on a plane to US university alone 3 years later with full academic scholarship.

When my parents were spending beyond their means for great quality basketball shoes, our extended family commented that they are spoiling me and that I am having to many activities.
Years later these same family members were collecting media articles about me.

Days after graduating my academic advisors were telling me to stay 'close to basketball' because fashion industry is to competitive and New York is expensive.
I got a job and moved closer to New York a week after graduating.

Few years into working a several jobs I earned a lot. The gossip was that I had money cause I dated a guy from Wall Street.
I left that guy because he was emotionally abusive and he failed me way to many times.

I worked my ass off, built my self-esteem and leadership skills through playing and excelling in sport all while maintaining my Vogue subscription (so no, your daughter will not become manly from playing sports), I spoke up even when I was scared and when it wasn't appropriate, I left abusive relationship, I spent way to much money to maintain long distance relationships, loved to much and made many mistakes, some of which have marked me for life but I would do it all again because it was very much worth of it. I feel like I am equipped now to raise my daughter Anabela to be strong, happy, fearless and independent women.

WHY DO WE FIGHT FOR WOMEN RIGHTS TODAY?


I know many well educated and independent women who frown upon the word feminist. They usually say they feel like they live happy fulfilled lives and don't see why they should be vocal or protest for rights of women 'somewhere else'. So let's see why today, in 21 ct. many women feel like they are not treated and considered as equally valuable part of this society as man are:

  • 1 in 3 women across the world experiencing violence
  • Over 700 million women alive today were married when they were under 18, and of those some 250 million were married before they were 15
  • Around 1 in 10 (120 million) girls worldwide have experienced sexual violence at some point in their lives
  • Over 1/3 of women have experienced physical/sexual violence by a partner and/or sexual violence by a non-partner in their lifetime
  • Globally, women make up just 22% of parliamentarians
  • In most countries earning on average 60 - 75% of men’s wages
  • Women are spending twice to ten times more time a day on unpaid care work than men

Now, what can you do today to ensure your daughter will not be effected with above stats?

THE FUTURE IS FEMALE


The original “The Future Is Female” T-shirt design was made for Labyris Books, the first women’s bookstore in New York City, which was opened in 1972 by Jane Lurie and Marizel Rios. 

This slogan has lasted through the decades and is reemerging as an empowering statement for all, as female-identified bodies and rights remain under attack. Inflexible and compulsory sexual and gender binaries are used to oppress and deny people their humanity and agency. 

Now this shirt is sold by Otherwild to benefit planned parenthood. Otherwild believes in an inclusive, expanded and fluid notion of gender expression, identities and feminisms.

FEMINIST FASHION


Feminism in fashion is not a new concept to promote, fashion has been used as art form to express, promote and support female rights for centuries. 

In recent years as the world is pedaling backwards (unfortunately) and basic human rights and help have been denied and questioned to the least protected of us, women around the world are again using fashion as one of the means to protest and remind that even now in 21ct. women are still not fairly treated by laws and society overall in cases of equal pay, work life balance when they choose to be mothers, right to abortion when it's needed, legal and all other protection when exposed to violence etc. 

In today's day and age, the way I see it, every decent human being should be proud to be a feminist.

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After a short posting break I am excited to share photos of a fabulous, one of a kind (really, no other like it, the designer made one piece) handmade sweater by Slovenian designer based in Barcelona - Miro Misljen. With the weather we had in Barcelona last few weeks it really is starting to feel like Spring so this post is absolutely appropriate with so much vivid colors. 


This sweater is somewhat an homage to designer who made it. It has plastic numbers 1987 marking the year of his birth as well as dozen hand knitted flowers, butterflies and beads hand stitched up front along with word Love symbolizing mantra behind each of his collections.


Since this sweater is very unique piece and it pops out on it's own in any outfit I wore it with simple straight black jeans and black cowboy booties. The only accessory I had was vintage turquoise ring and bracelet-ring heart chain from Trendcy to continue on the topic of love 😃.

Miro is a true slow fashion ambassador and a maker, he makes unique pieces by hand-painting, embroidering or knitting them. He aims to design and produce sustainable slow fashion pieces of a high quality for women who don't mind standing out with their fashion choices.


The sweater has a bottom front pocket with article about the designer printed on fabric and recycled, then made into a small pocket.

All photos by Andrina Peric

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