Positivity: Always Be Positive

Being Positive.

As much as we try to be positive all.the.time, negativity and doubtful thoughts always manage to creep in. Especially during times of physical, mental and emotional weakness. During these times, I try to take small positive thoughts, and repeat them over and over, or in my mind remind myself of all of the things I am thankful for. Putting yourself and your situation in Perspective is vital.

Below I just wanted to provide the simplest of thoughts and ideas you can incorporate into your thoughts and brainwaves when those negative thoughts do creep in!

  • Realize it’s possible, instead of telling yourself why you can’t.
  • Become aware of your self-talk.
  • Squash negative thoughts like a bug.
  • Replace them with positive thoughts.
  • Love what you have already.
  • Be grateful for your life, your gifts, and other people.
  • Every day. (before you get out of bed give thanks for all the good things in your life & before bed too)
  • Focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.
  • Don’t compare yourself to others.
  • But be inspired by them.
  • Accept criticism with grace.
  • But ignore the naysayers.
  • See bad things as a blessing in disguise.
  • See failure as a stepping stone to success.
  • Surround yourself by those who are positive.
  • Complain less, smile more.
  • Image that you’re already positive.
  • Then become that person in your next act.

In our lives we are constantly bombarded with stress, negative people, situations, and bad environments. BUT it is what we take away from it, and HOW we choose to react to the situation that is before us. That is a choice, therefore CHOOSE to be positive. There is no other way.

Jot down some of these simple positive thoughts, the next time you need to take a step back, and breathe.

Positivity is contagious. Smile and laugh when it doubt :)

A positive attitude may not solve all your problems, but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.’ ~Herm Albright

Inspiration: the key to life?

We all find Inspiration in many ways. Whether it is from others, nature, travel... it surrounds us every single moment of our waking hours. But how to stay inspired?- sometimes I find that hard! I am inspired for a moment, but prolonging that inspiration takes some practice.

Always keep your eyes open, at all times, stay present whenever possible, and allow yourself to breathe in that inspiration.

Inspiration isn’t just a one-time thing. You’ll need it on a regular basis.
When you practice the above — keeping your eyes open, staying present, and breathing in inspiration — you get better at it. It becomes a skill ( it is important to look at it as a skill, as it is something you have to practice) you can use at any time, and you’ll use it often.

Some tips for keeping the inspiration coming:

  • Work with inspired people – one of the best ways to stay inspired is to work with creative, energetic, positive people.
  • Read daily – varied things, from blogs to magazines to books of all kinds.
  • Get outside – nature is one of the biggest inspirations, and you’ll miss it if you’re inside all day. What is better then fresh air in the early morning, a brisk evening walk at sundown... pure bliss to me.
  • Talk with new people – they’ll always expose you to new and interesting things, if you’re open to it.
  • Break out of your routine (this is huge for me as I can be a natural creature of habit!) – see things from a different perspective. Take a new route home. Go to a new restaurant. Visit someplace new in your area.
  • Find time for silence – it’s more inspiring than you might think. Unfortunately, not enough of us do it, and it can feel lonely at times (this is especially difficult for us living in NYC)
  • Exercise – or at least get moving. It helps the blood to circulate, and gets ideas moving around. Some of my most inspired thoughts come when I am walking around the city.
  • Don’t just feel inspired. Take this inspiration and use it, be moved, and do something. Channel that inspiration into creating something amazing.
  • Put that something out into the world, and in turn, you will inspire others.

For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ~Vincent van Gogh

My new discovery of Vitamin E oil!

We all know Vitamin E has a whole host of benefits and can be found in many foods that we eat everyday, like:

almonds, olives, spinach, blueberries, sunflower seeds, vegetable oils, tomatoes, wheat germ, avocado and the list goes on and on.

To begin with here are some important key facts to keep in mind:

Vitamin E is essential to life -- we cannot live without it.
How much vitamin E is enough? Prominent researchers believe that to perform at its best, the body needs more than the US Daily Value (DV) of 30 IU vitamin E daily. Average healthy females should have 400 IU a day, and average healthy males 600 IU a day.
Vitamin E should be taken at mealtime -- it is absorbed better when taken with meals rather than an on an empty stomach.
Inorganic Iron can DESTROY vitamin E. According to the Shute Institute, the two should be separated in the stomach by an 8-9 hour interval. However, organic iron, found in spinach, and other iron rich foods can be taken at the same time as vitamin E.

What I have recently discovered though is Vitamin E oil for my skin & nails. I had purchased some vitamin E capsules a few months ago, and after hearing the many great benefits of it, decided to put it to good use... but I wasn't going to take it in pill form (although for some individuals this is necessary, assess accordingly). What I have started to do is topically apply the oil to my skin and nails !!!

To begin with I started to put it on blemish marks as I had read about it through researching, and came up with vitamin E oil and its healing properties with scarring. Even though no proven research exists regarding this oil and its effects on scarring, I was willing to take the risk and see what would happen.

Low and behold it worked WONDERS ! Now I don't apply it all over like a lotion. I take a clean needle point, prick the capsule, squeeze out the oil on the back of my hand and carefully apply it to any blemish, or mark that has been left over from a breakout. I usually do this in the morning, and sometimes let it soak in for hours, and just leave it. Or I put it on for just a little bit and pat is slightly. The key is consistency (everyday) you could do it at night as well, but I swear marks heal 100 times faster, and the whole cycle is cut in half.

I don't want to guarantee anything as everyone's skin is different, but honestly it does not hurt to try ! See it as an experiment and proceed cautiously as with any new topical treatment.

Now what to do with the leftover oil on your hand? (as you only need a little bit), use it as a hand moisturizer! I swear to you my hands, nails cuticles, everything have never looked better. My nails have a glistening sheen (no need for nail polish/hardener), and my hands are SO soft. Oh and my nails grow now at a warp speed. It is actually quite crazy, and you truly have to see it with your own eyes to believe it.

So next time you are at the store, pick up some Vitamin E capsules! All natural, healthy, and so extremely versatile. Just make sure you do a patch test first, as everyone has different skin types and bodies.

The wonders of Peppermint Oil

Stressed? Have a headache? IBS? Nausea? Respiratory problems?

Peppermint oil has been cultivated since ancient times, having been found in Egyptian tombs as far back as 1000 BC. It can assist in nervous disorders, the respiratory tract, for muscle aches and pains and for skin problems.

I am a huge fan of lavender, rose hip, tea tree and ylang-ylang, but peppermint oil is my go to.

I discovered it when I moved to Cape Town, South Africa over five years ago. Those long haul flights left me fatigued, prone to headaches and parched in every way. After searching my local health food store, the beautiful woman working there suggested peppermint oil. Not only is it economical (I moved away from Cape Town a year and a half ago, and bought it way before then and I still have the same tiny bottle here with me in New York!) but it is an oil that is both miraculous and refreshing.

Now whenever I feel tired or am plagued by a headache (who likes popping pills? Not me!), I reach for my peppermint oil and slather it all over my temples (or where you experience pain), on the back of my ears, wrists and neck. When I fly I've actually shared my peppermint oil more then once, as my fellow passengers instantly smell the calming effects of the oil and we strike up a conversation about its wonders. I let them have a go, and they are forever a convert.

Here are a few more health benefits:

  • Indigestion: Often people put a few drops of peppermint oil in a glass of water and drink it after their meal due to its digestive properties. It also helps during motion sickness and upset stomach (Perfect for people who travel a lot, with all modes of transport)
  • Dental Care: Due to its antiseptic properties, it's useful for dental care. It removes bad breath and helps teeth and gums deal with germs (The reason why most toothpastes are minty)
  • Respiratory Problems: Menthol, which is present in abundance in peppermint oil, helps in clearing the respiratory tract.
  • Nausea and Headache: It is a good home remedy for nausea and headache. Applying peppermint oil in diluted form on the forehead is known to remove headache (My favorite way to use it!)
  • Stress: Like most other essential oils, peppermint is able to provide relief from stress, depression and mental exhaustion due to its refreshing nature
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome: The muscle relaxing property of peppermint oil has been found to ease irritable bowel syndrome.
  • Pain Relief
  • Immune System: Increases your immunity to diseases and therefore helps you in preventing a number of diseases.
  • Hair Care: Very useful for hair care as it gives a cooling effect to the head, and removes dandruff and lice. (Place a couple of drops in either your shampoo or conditioner)
  • Skin Care: It gives a cooling effect. Further it nourishes dull skin and improves oily skin. (Steam a sink of hot water and place 8-10 drops, place a towel over your head and allow the oil and steam to refresh your face/neck)

You can find it at Whole Foods or any local health food store for under $10, and trust me when I say it will last you for years!

The perfect way to refresh, enliven and de-stress.

Chamomile Tea and Rhino's

Chamomile is great for reducing stress and promoting relaxation but it comes as a surprise that it also has an effect on bad tempered rhinos: it keeps them from gatecrashing and harming both land and people. They don't exactly drink the tea, but the smell alone is enough to send them running! The pungent odor wards them off, and thus prevents them for causing any riot or damage.

"It works as barrier. Because of the peculiar smell of this unpalatable [herb]... it helps to stop wildlife from entering farmland. It works not only for rhinos but also other herbivores," said Suman Bhattarai, of the Partnership for Rhino Conservation, which helps Nepalis live side-by-side with the rhino.

So farmers resenting visits by dangerous heavy-weights have found an easy way to keep them off their grounds and protect their crops: simply plant Chamomile. Such a simple and harmless plant, yet such an effective and healthy way to keep these large animals from becoming more of a threat.

AND for humans Chamomile has many positive and wonderful benefits. I know a cup for me before bed, and I am instantly calmed and relaxed:

  • Insomnia and other sleep disorders
  • Anxiety and Panic Attacks
  • Muscle twitches
  • Wounds, burns, and scrapes
  • Skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, chickenpox, and diaper rash
  • Stomach problems such as menstrual cramps, stomach flu, and ulcers

Good for humans, but bad for Rhino's! I am just happy such a simple and beautiful plant can ward off Rhino's in a civil and humane way, all the way producing more delicious leaves to provide us with lovely teas and treatments.


Breathe. Breathing can transform your life. I have moments where my anxiousness takes over, my heart starts beating and my thoughts can get out of control. I consciously and physically have to remind myself to breathe. Close my eyes, and melt away.

If you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, breathe. It will calm you and release the tensions.

If you are worried about something coming up, or caught up in something that already happened, breathe. It will bring you back to the present.

If you are discouraged and have forgotten your purpose in life, breathe. It will remind you about how precious life is, and that each breath in this life is a gift you need to appreciate. Make the most of this gift.

If you have too many tasks to do, or are scattered during your workday, breathe. It will help bring you into focus, to concentrate on the most important task you need to be focusing on right now.

If you are spending time with someone you love, breathe. It will allow you to be present with that person, rather than thinking about work or other things you need to do.

If you are exercising, breathe. It will help you enjoy the exercise, and therefore stick with it for longer.

If you are moving too fast, breathe. It will remind you to slow down, and enjoy life more.

So breathe. And enjoy each moment of this life!

It seems so simple, but it can be transformative.


Royal Family Recycles

Check out this cute photo of the Queen being GREEN and recycling her outfits!

I know I am a big advocate of wearing my clothes over and over, as I am not only minimalistic and simple when it comes to clothing, because it is good for the environment :) I do have my moments where I like to shop, but I have to need something or feel inspired to add to my wardrobe.

We don't just have to think about recycling, paper, plastic, etc... but must think about vintage shopping, re-wearing clothes, having a swap party with your friends, donating, re-purposing furniture, etc

Inspiration from the Royals for today: Recycle

love & light



Almond Milk Latte

Hi guys!

Just a little something I wanted to share with you.

This is something I don't make everyday, but sometimes during the week and always on weekends.

A organic coffee with steamed almond milk. It makes the most delicious Almond Milk Latte.

All you need is:

Organic Coffee

A french Press: I use a Bodum




Organic Almond Milk

Milk Frother: I use this Aerolatte which is genius!


Simple. Easy. So yummy and healthy.


Do you drink coffee? How often and what is your favorite?

love & light



7 Billion People Today

Today our population has hit 7 Billion People.

9,512 people are added to our global population every hour.


Imagine. We are but one of these 7 Billion people on this planet. Makes your daily troubles and worries seem minuscule, hey?

With already 1 billion of our population starving and in poverty, and literally without food, how are we going to feed our growing population, when in most cases our neighbors and fellow city dwellers are having trouble providing healthy food for their family? How do we solve this? Does a solution exist?

Personally there are many theories, I  believe that helping women in the developing world to finish their education, earn more money, and break the cycle of poverty that they were born into. To learn that  children is not the only and final way. And perhaps slow the blistering pace of global population growth. When I was living in Africa, these women, it is all they know, they aren't allowed to get an education, and if they do they still fall pregnant early because of family pressure and culture.

In any case, what are some ways we can live more sustainably and green. I know it sounds quite unmountable, when you think of these numbers, BUT we can't have that mentality, we CAN'T keep on living the way we do.I fear this will be our demise. People thinking that trash on the ground is ok, not recycling won't make a difference, leaving the water running or the lights on because we are too lazy, or eating foods that are continually causing illnesses, disease and our planet to disintegrate before our eyes! Look at Mother Nature (!) I don't think we need a bigger example... she is NOT happy, and neither is our planet.

We all have to take part in make our planet and world a better place, if we don't who will? Educate your family, friends and children. Live the life, and through that you won't only be making a difference but you will be encouraging others to follow suit.

We also need innovation and optimal use of our natural resources - through this we will hopefully be able to provide food for everyone, as it should be a basic right.

  • plant an herb garden
  • switch your lightbulbs to CFL's
  • create a homemade compost bin
  • switch appliances to energy efficient models
  • use reusable bags
  • buy a reusable water bottle
  • wash laundry in cold water
  • turn OFF the lights
  • ride your bike/walk/car pool
  • shop at the farmer's market
  • turn off and unplug appliances at night
  • pay bills online (Go paperless!)
  • stop junkmail
  • shop vintage
  • buy antique furnitures
  • support local restaurants that use food from the farmer's market
  • fix leaky faucets
  • make your own household cleaners
  • learn about other cultures and people around the world- expand your horizons
  • lower the temperature in your house
  • eat organic and drink organic coffee!
  • use cloth napkins
  • watch Food Inc, read 'Animal, Vegetable, Miracle'
  • donate clothes
  • 5 minutes showers

These are but a few tips that I wanted to share.

7 Billion people, but it all starts with 1.

LOVE, Lisa


INA NYC: A vintage treasure

With the holidays coming up we are all looking for those special outfits for parties, events and all those work related holiday parties!

You could make your way to any designer boutique or store and pick out brand new (& expensive) pieces, but I think buying vintage and beautiful clothing is just as satisfying and at the end of the day way more unique. You can guarantee that no one will be wearing the same thing!

Lonneke introduced me to this store a few months back and I love it!



A little bit of background information:

INA is New York’s most established designer consignment store. Since we opened in 1993, we have been accepting only the finest designer clothing, shoes, accessories, and select vintage, all carefully curated by our trained staff. In addition to choosing merchandise that is only of the highest quality and condition, INA staff are attuned to current fashion trends, as well as being collectors and followers of couture history, examples of which often find their way into our stores. With an extensive network in the fashion business, from designers to business owners, stylists, editors and models, INA often receives current pieces and limited edition items that could be seen in the designer's store on Madison avenue or in SoHo.

If you are in New York on vacation or you live here, it is an incredible store to check out as you truly will unearth a treasure!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the Holiday Season!

The Power of Garlic

Garlic ranks as one of the most potent remedies of all time. For effectiveness and health benefits, it even challenges some of the conventional medicines  today!

Powerful sulfur compounds in garlic kill and inhibit an astounding assortment of bacteria, viruses, fungi, mold, parasites and worms, frequently on contact.  They also work within the body’s vital systems, such as the circulatory, digestive, immunological, to promote detoxification, cleansing, lowering blood pressure, strengthening the immune system and healing.   All in all, garlic helps promote good health.

Garlic health benefits

(*remember that it does not *treat* any disease or illness, but can help prevent)

  • Fights respiratory diseases
  • Inhibits cancer
  • Kills herpes on contact
  • Thins blood
  • Is an anti-oxidant
  • Detoxifies
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Lowers cholesterol
  • Treats HIV/AIDS infections
  • Strengthens the immune system

Is there anything Garlic can't do? If anything can be called a 'wonder-drug' it should be GARLIC.

You can also add it to almost any savory dish for the most delicious flavor and aroma.

LOVE, Lisa

Free Morgan

Please Help Us Free Morgan!

She is a young female Orca that was found  off the coast of Netherlands last year, where she was captured as she swimming alone and very sick. She was brought back to the Dutch Dolphinarium where she was nursed back to health and was supposed to be released soon after...

Now Big Marine Corporations are trying to keep her there in captivity.

PLEASE Join us here at OYL in setting Morgan Free! There was a large court case in Amsterdam today, and because of the complexity of the case the ruling will not be until the 21st of November.

In the meantime please visit http://www.freemorgan.org/

Where you can donate money ($1 = 1 fish for Morgan), find out where and how to write to the Ministry of Netherlands, and where you can join the cause of Facebook.

You can also see our contributors Anne-Marie and Lonneke who are fighting for Morgan, with all of us.

Please help and do all you can to save the beautiful and precious Morgan.

Love, Lisa