Rebecca Taylor

Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor

Rebecca TaylorRebecca Taylor is a busy bee. Originally from New Zealand, this businesswoman is an entrepreneur, but also a wife & mom, and this all in one of the busiest places on Earth: NYC. For Organice Your Life® we asked her about her family life and how to juggle her career, as well as what charity has her heart.

OYL: Being a designer, an entrepreneur, mother and wife, while living and working in one of the busiest cities in the world, how are you able to maintain balance and peace in this whirlwind we call life? 

Rebecca: "I am not sure if you ever truly find balance; it’s quite difficult to juggle it all, but I take it one day at a time and try to keep focused on my priorities.

OYL: Now that you are a mother, what values do you try to instill in yourchildren? Do you carry over the customs and traditions from your own childhood?

Rebecca: "Definitely. My children are still very young, but I teach them to always be respectful of others, to take care of each other, and to follow their passions. I have one brother and two sisters, and we are all very close. my mother was quite strict when wewere growing up, but she always gave us the freedom to follow our dreams. I would like to give my children the same encouragement and support my mom gave us."

OYL: Being from New Zealand, which is hom to abundant nature and beautiful landscapes, do you find it difficult to adjust to New York City Life, Especially now that you have children?

Rebecca: "Well, I've been living in NYC for 20 years now, so I've had some time to adjust.New York City offers so much; there are always so many wonderful things to explore with the children. however, at times nostalgia does set in, and I find myself missing the gorgeous landscape of my seaside village.

Rebecca Taylor

OYL:At Organice Your Life® we are very involved with charities and their work, what are some charities that you support or belong to?

Rebecca: We support a lot of charities throughout the year, but to name a few:

Triple Negative Breast Cancer

make-a-Wish Foundation 

The Foundling Foundation

OYL: Within your life and environment, do you try to live a "Green-er" life? In What ways?

Rebecca: "Yes, I try to be very conscientious of being ‘green’ on a daily basis. I don’t usually print anything unless it’s absolutely necessary, and I am really strict about recycling. We are actually looking into recycled fabrics as well for the line. I feel it’s our duty to preserve the Earth as best as we can."

Visit Rebecca Taylor's website to see some over her exquisite designs.

interview by the OYL team. First published September 2012

Hippocrates inspiration

"Everyone has a doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. Our food should be our medicine. Our medicine should be our food. But to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness."


Greek physician (460 BC - 377 BC)

Saffron Quinoa Tuna Salad

After my trip to the organic market this morning, where I had bought so many delicious veggies, I decided to make a nice healthy and hearty salad with saffron quinoa and some pomegranate molasses. In the Middle East we love to use saffron and pomegranates in every dish (if possible). Below is my recipe and how to prepare it:

Saffron Quinoa Tuna salad


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  • Mixed Lettuce (or any kind you like)
  • Kale
  • Chives
  • Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumbers
  • Yellow Paprika
  • Organic Tuna in can
  • Saffron
  • Quinoa
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Pomegranate molasses

  1. Heat in a small pan any kind of oil you like, I used walnut oil.
  2. Add 1 cup of quinoa to the unheated oil.
  3. Add a few strings of saffron to it and let it all heat.
  4. Once you see it is popping, add 4 cups of warm water to it.
  5. Let it boil for 1 minute and then simmer on low heat for 15 minutes
  6. Clean all the veggies and add the mixed lettuce to a big bowl
  7. Cut the chives in big chunks and add to the salad bowl together with the basil leaves and cilantro
  8. Cut the tomatoes and paprika in big wedges and add to the salad.
  9. Cut the cucumbers in big chunks too and add to the salad.
  10. Open the (organic) tuna can, drain all the water. Cut the tuna in pieces and add to the salad
  11. Once the quinoa is done, go through it with a fork and make it fluffy again, let it cool for a bit
  12. Dressing:
  13. Mix olive oil and pomegranate molasses in a cup with a little bit of sea salt. The quantity is really up to your liking. Add it to the salad
  14. Serving:
  15. Serve the salad on a plate and then add the fluffy saffron quinoa on top with some extra pomegranate molasses if you like.



Meis Kadhem

Meis Kadhem


My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris

OYL Ambassador in Paris,Barbara Kiskovski, is on the hunt for the best organic & green finds in her city and during all of her travels around the World. This time she has listed  her favorite organic restaurants in Paris!

My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris.

French cuisine is known to be one of the best in the world! But with all the butter, cream and meat it can be hard for those who prefer an organic or vegan lifestyle to find suitable restaurants in Paris. Here are 5 of the best organic and super healthy and delicious spots in Paris. Bon Appétit!

Le Potager du Marais

Le Potager du Marais: One of the most famous vegan restaurants in Paris. It is located in the trendy Marais district and is perfect for a healthy lunch break while shopping in the neighborhood! All dishes are vegan and use mostly organic ingredients. The quinoa burger is just one of their delicious signatures and their vegan cheese rolled in eggplants is a must-try. If you are a seitan fan, you can find it here as it is used to create vegan version of traditional French dishes. It also happens to be Lonneke’s favoriteorganic/vegan Parisian restaurant! Below is the Le potager du marais quinoa burger, stuffed eggplants and seitan bourguignon I had at my last visit.

Le potager du marais quinoa burger, stuffed eggplants and seitan bourguignon.

Le Potager du Marais  24 rue Rambuteau • 75003 Paris

 Le Grenier de Notre-Dame: Just off Notre-Dame Cathedral and in front of the oldest Parisian tree (planted in 1601!), this restaurant is the perfect hideaway after a long day of sightseeing or before venturing out to the neighboring bars. There is a huge choice of delicious dishes, all organic and mostly vegan. Additionally, their teas, such as the rose tea (with real roses inside!) are fantastic!

Le Grenier de Notre Dame  18, rue de la bûcherie 75005 Paris

 Pousse Pousse: All organic, all raw, all amazing. The originality of the dishes and their presentations are truly impressive. Pousse Pousse, is also a juice bar and a specialist of wheatgrass juice! They home-make “living’’ crackers using germinated seeds which you can buy along with many different seeds in the boutique part of the restaurant.

Pousse Pousse 7 Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 75009 Paris

Sol Semilla (previously known as Voy Alimento): There is no other restaurant like this one in Paris and probably even in France! Voy Alimento’s kitchen is based on Superfoods, such as purple corn, Klamath or spirulina, which you can buy separately along with soups mixes and other healthy foods in the shop section.  The cool atmosphere with communal wooden tables and open kitchen make it the perfect place for a casual and super healthy lunch. Everyday is offered an “assiette du jour” (plate of the day), which is usually made up of multipleamazing tasting small dishes. It is 100% organic and vegan. (A must for allOld Lucky Duck or Caravan of Dreams addicts in NYC!)

Superfoods soup, drinks and plate at Voy Alimento

SOL Semilla, bar et cantine vegan, boutique de super aliments  23 rue des Vinaigriers - 75010 Paris - Tél : +33 (0)1 42 01 03 44

Bio Sphère Café: This little café might have the only lactose and gluten free French macarons in the World! And believe it or not they are absolutely amazing and entirely natural.  In addition, it offers some of the most original flavors I have ever seen or tasted such as quince & strawberry (made with beet juice for coloring!), chestnut, dark chocolate, pumpkin or apple tatin (think Tart Tatin but healthier and all natural!) See my juice and the macarons I bought at this cafe below!

A juice at Biosphere cafe

Bio Macarons at Bio Sphere

The café is 100% organic and gluten free and is the go-to spot for gluten free savory crepes and French desserts such as chocolate éclair or tarte au citron.

Bio Sphère Café 47 Rue de Laborde 75008 PARIS

I hope you enjoy these choices if you live in Paris or are visiting sometime on a trip!

kisses, Barbara

Barbara Kiskovski











Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays

Organice Your Life is wishing everyone a joyous, green, organic happy holidays!

Happy Holidays

Food by Lonneke: Roasted Artichokes OYL Style

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Lonneke Engel teaches how to make Roasted Artichokes OYL Style- a healthy, hearty easy-to prepare dish. Great for entertaining. Stay tuned for more videos and recipes by Lonneke on Organice Your Life®.


The word "macrobiotic" comes from Greek roots and it means "long life". The macrobiotic diet is a low-fat, high fiber diet that is a predominantly vegetarian diet, emphasizing whole grains and vegetables. In addition, the macrobiotic diet is rich in phytoestrogens from soy products (which can be omitted or kept to a minimum).

What are the Guidelines of the Macrobiotic Diet?

Here a few simple steps that you can take to incorporate these meals into your schedule. Their simplicity and ease of preparation, make them ideal for quick dinners, packed lunches and having a pot luck with friends! (You cook a heaping portion of Brown Rice or Millet, and everyone else brings a Vegetable and Bean. SO FUN!)

  • Whole grains typically make up 50 to 60% of each meal (brown rice, millet, quinoa, barley, corn, wheat berries)
  • Soup. One to two cups or bowls of soup per day. Miso and shoyu, which are made from fermented soybeans, are commonly used or any light veggie broth soup
  • Vegetables typically make up 25 to 30% of the daily food intake (I always add more!) Up to one-third of the total vegetable intake can be raw. Otherwise, vegetables should be steamed, boiled, baked, and sauteed
  • Beans make up 10% of the daily food intake (chickpeas, black, pinto, black-eyed, pinto, butter,etc...)

  • Animal products. A small amount of fish or seafood is typically consumed several times per week. Meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy are usually avoided but do not have to be eliminated
  • Seeds and nuts in moderation
  • Fruit. dessert, condiments also echo the same sentiment as the diet itself, moderate and simple

Let's cook something

My plate above was SUPER easy and quick to make. I already had left over beans (dry beans soaked over night or salt-free/organic canned beans) as well as left over brown rice (2 huge staples for me)

I then lightly steamed both cauliflower and broccoli tossed in a little lemon juice and organic balsamic (something new I just found out, that you can eat the stocks of broccoli! You simply cut off the hard exterior and you are left with a yummy center that tastes like a root veggie.No more throwing away of stocks=less waste)

Lightly steamed green  beans tossed in fresh lime juice and pink himalayan salt

Finally I sauteed spinach in a little bit of EVOO and chopped garlic

It took merely minutes and it was so comforting and filling. I love incorporating this way of eating into my life, because I truly do have a passion for simple, healthy and unprocessed foods.

You don't have to follow a macrobiotic diet to enjoy its benefits, a few simple steps and preparations and you have a healthy dinner right before your eyes.


Canadian Golden Flax Seed

The magic of Canadian Golden Flax Seed

Let me introduce you to the beauty of the flaxseed. But not to any ordinary flaxseed, but Canadian Golden Flax Seed.

About Golden Flax

Most of the flaxseed grown in North America is brown in color. Golden Flax is a hybridized form of the common flax and is grown primarily as a food crop. The brown variety is grown for commercial use in the paint and solvent industries. Golden Flaxseed has several more characteristics that make it more appealing as a food and more effective as a medicine. First of all the major difference is the color and milder flavor. It is also higher in omega 3 fatty acid and has a higher soluble fiber content.

Canadian Golden Flax Seed
Canadian Golden Flax Seed

Golden flax seed is your best plant source of ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) or Omega3 fatty acid. The restorative and preventative benefits of golden flax in your diet are many, including lowering cholesterol levels and blood pressure. The Omega3 fatty acids act as natural anticoagulants, which make red blood cells more flexible, causing less blockage and clots, and thus decreasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. We've all heard about the importance of Omega3 in our diets. Here is a very easy, economical and tasty way to incorporate it daily. Just a 1/4 cup contains a full 9 grams!

Just 1/4 cup of Golden Flaxseed has as many immune enhancing lignans as:

  • 90lbs of cabbage
  • 82lbs of banana's
  • 75 lbs of strawberries
  • 25lbs of broccoli
  • or 12lbs of wheat.

That it is vitally important to grind the flax the day of use. You can use a small coffee grinder and just put in two table spoons of flax in it, grinds it and have beautiful 'golden dust' to sprinkle over muesli and fruit! You can also sprinkle it on your salads, in soups, in yogurt or simple stirred into water or juice.

Flaxseed oil is also highly beneficial and offers the same benefits as the seed, and is amazing as a salad dressing, with balsamic.

What do you guys think of Flax? Do you use it in your daily diets?

Simple Steps to Detoxing

I just want to highlight a few small steps and additions you can make into your life, that are simple, easy, but truly make the world of a difference.

The important thing to remember: Do not get so caught up in eliminating this or that, but focus on adding healthy meals, practices and thoughts into your life! The moment you start adding, your live will abundantly change for the better, and everything else will fall into place. It is all about balance, and treating your body with gentle love and care. Therefore do not stress over the things that you are forgoing, focus on the good, and with time the perfect balance will be found for you and your body

My simple detox steps:

Dry Brushing

Do this before you shower or bath in the morning. It helps drain and stimulate the lymphatic system. It also improves skin texture and appearance (Hello summer and short shorts :) )

Coconut Oil

Use this after your shower/bath or anytime as a moisturizer. Hands down, best moisturizer you will ever use! Val wrote an amazing post on its benefits and uses. All natural, multi-purpose, life-saver.


Sometimes this is both over-looked and under-rated, but in my opinion the most important! As if you do everything else, but are getting a few hours sleep a night, everything else will be negated. So as you begin this week, set the intention of catching a few more zzzzzzzz's than normal.


Lavender, peppermint, ylang-ylang, moroccan rose... any essential oil. Use them to relax, fall asleep, as scents, in the bath.


Drink, drink, drink as much as you can. H2O will naturally detox your body by flushing out all the unnecessary toxins and dead cells. Have a hot cup in the morning with fresh lemon, and carry around a reusable water bottle throughout the day. Heaps of fluids is key, for all of your bodies functions. Dehydration can produce some nasty side affects.


Green Juice (or any veggie green)

Try to drink a green juice everyday! Give yourself this challenge. If this is unattainable, then plan to eat as many green vegetables in a day as you can. Try different varieties of kale, lettuce, broccoli, green beans... the choices are endless. Green = the best.


If ever in doubt, or if you are feeling a bit off, simply sit down with a cup of tea and try to relax and let the days worries melt past you. There a million teas to try so you will never get bored, and with sweeter teas available, they will help curb people who have major sweet tooth's :) My favorites are: Egyptian mint green tea (Gypsy), Kava Stress Relief  (Yogi), Rooibos, peppermint

Quiet time

Pray, meditate, take 10-15 minutes of complete solitude. Sometimes we just need the time to just be. No distractions of any kind. Allow yourself these moments, to be thankful, regain energy, or just to be still.

Get moving

Walk, run, jump, play... just get your body moving and your heart rate up and SWEAT!

I hope this helps a little!

Just remember to be gentle with yourself, listen to your body and know that any and every healthy choice that you make is a big deal. Don't get too caught up with the details, just start adding more of this into your life, and you will notice instant changes.

Waste Land

One of the most awe-inspiring documentaries of the year 2010, "Waste Land" captures an artist's quest to find a balance between art and the transformative power of giving.

Vik Muniz, a man of vision and extraoridinary talent sets out to visit the world's largest dumpster, Jardim Gramacho in Brazil, to capture the essence and life of its working people, the "catadores" ("self-designated pickers of recyclable materials").

In this moving and thought-provoking documentary, Muniz brings us up-close and personal with some of Gramacho's most intriguing characters. Not fully knowing what to do, Muniz ends up taking beautiful photographs of the Catadores, and together with their help, turns them into stunning, larger than life replicas made out of garbage.

A beautiful alchemy takes place between the people of Gramacho, the artist Vik Muniz, and the vision they all help bring to life.

Muniz's final act is to auction the works of art and donate all the proceeds to the people who call Gramacho home.

Waste Land has won numerous awards including the "Human Rights Film Award" by Amnesty International and The Sundance Film Award of 2010. A must see!

YouTube - Official Trailer



Marius and Lonneke Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos


Some time ago the London Science Museum launched some fun-statistics about clothing and their actual worth.

The statistics were published in a report to support its Trash Fashion: Designing Out Waste exhibition. 3000 women were asked everything about their wardrobes and because of this scientists have worked out that the cost-per-wear ratio (dividing the cost of clothing by the number of times it is worn) is lower for jeans than any other item, apart from basic underwear and T-shirts.

According to their calculations, the typical pair, which cost around £40, is worn about 428 times, which would be just 9p a time.

To compare: a pair of leggings, which cost about £10, will be worn about 68 times, which would be 15p per wear.

A t-shirt/top would be 8p per 218 wears

And coats and jackets would be 10p per 575 wears

Well, I think we just got ourselves the best excuse to buy jeans from now on!

Only if you promise to wear them for a long time! But they get better with age and if you buy them from a sustainable brand like Kuyichi, you can’t go wrong!

See below OYL contributors Marius & Lonneke in an old campaign for Kuyichi jeans in 2010.

Eating Your Water

With the temperatures heating up in New York City, it is vital to get the right amount of water in daily, as we consist of 60% H20 relative to our weight! So not only should we drink up, but we should also eat up!

I know it can be hard to get the recommended '8 glasses of water a day' for some people, especially if you are out and about, and simply lead an extremely busy lifestyle. I personally try to shoot for a good 10+ glasses, and for most approximately 2 litres a day is minimum! It might seem like a lot, but I do perspire quite a bit in the summer, and I sometimes think I am part camel, as I really do crave water! People laugh at me, but I have to admit it is my favorite beverage :)

But drinking water on its own is not the only source of hydration, as we are surrounded by nutrient dense, and hydrating fruits and vegetables which ultimately contribute to our daily intake of water (not fluids, as you can't count coffee, alcohol or caffeinated tea )

So here is a list of my favorite, water rich foods which you can incorporate into your diet, to contribute to your recommended 8 glasses a day minimum. They are perfect for the summer, and really will leave you nourished, healthy and most importantly hydrated!

- Lettuce (96% water)- all varities. My favorite is crunchy Romaine

-Cucumber (94%)- I have mine in salads, as a snack or I juice it into a green juice! So hydrating.

-Pears- I incorporate them into a juice, or cut them up in my fruit salads

-mushrooms- I can have a mushroom any which way, but prefer them steamed or lightly sauteed

-radishes- perfect in your summer salads, especially delicious with a citrus fruit (grapefruit, arugula, fennel, radish salad)

-watermelon (96%)- Of course:) My ideal summer fruit, and one that I simply cannot get enough of

-pumpkins (93%)- these gorgeous squashes have an extremely high water content, so roast them, make 'pumpkin fries' or simply steam them for a side dish

-broccoli and cauliflower (90%)- My two favorite vegetables. I do have to have them slightly steamed though, but can eat them in the bucket loads.

-spinach (92%)- I blend it into smoothies, juice it, or simply throw it into my salads. The more greens the better!


Not only are these foods alive and nutritious, but they taste amazing, consist of antioxidants which contribute to anti-aging, keep you full and contribute to your glow, all the while keeping you hydrating!

Remember to drink and eat your water!