SUMMER IN OZ

What's your favourite season? Are you obsessed with Winter coats, layering and snuggly fireplaces? I must say the feeling of jumping into the car turning on the heater full blast whilst drinking copious amounts of green tea on the way home from a Winter surf is one of my favourite cold weather moments. So invigorating!

I don't know if it's because of my Portuguese heritage but I do utterly obsess over Summer! Absolutely. I love Spring too - as it heralds the onset of warmer days, exotic fruits galore and fresh flowers :)

Native cherry

Fruit picking besties

Exfoliation at its best!
Exfoliation at its best!

shadow love

Our tree in Summer
Our tree in Summer

Paradise

Above are a few random i-pics by me - you may have seen some on Instagram already.

It's Winter season down under, but wherever you are it's important to feel warm for healing, beauty, and life. Some of my favourite tips to stay warm and energised are:

*Cold showers - yes even in Winter (best taken after a brisk walk or some form or activity, and with warm clothes ready to put straight on) boost the immune system and strengthens will power, mind and heart. Keeps you young and toned too!

*Vigorous Exercise

*Sunbaths - when its out, strip off & lay in it!

*Raw foods - even if its just a fresh juice, or a carrot before lunch

*Spices such as Cayenne, Ginger, Garlic

*Chocolate :) always makes me feel warm inside!

Love Abigail xxx


Delicous foods on the menu

Sandy Relief dinner with friends!

Dinner with friends for Sandy Relief
Dinner with friends for Sandy Relief

Hello all!

Yesterday I hosted a last-minute "Sandy Relief/Power ON" celebration dinner party for my friends! We cooked together and made delicious foods. We talked about the past week being in NYC and shared each individual story of being in Sandy and the Black Out. All these stories are intriguing! The city has been a weird place to live in the past week.   A tale of 2 cities in One, New York Magazine has a perfect cover that shows that.

My friend Thomas and I went shopping for food at WholeFoods on Bowery street & Houston. To my surprise it wasn't that crowded. Most products were in stock, only there were no eggs left. (there were a few Organic egg whites by Organic Valley left though). Thomas was supposed to run his 9th marathon in NYC, but we all know what happened to the marathon (got cancelled).

With full bags of groceries to stock my back in power fridge again, we arrived home.

preparing foods
preparing foods...lots of fresh ingredients.

What was on the menu?

Lonneke cooking
Lonneke cooking

A delicious vegetarian meal! Amazing organic vegetable soup . Baguettes from the oven with organic tomatoes and garlic, an organic salad with Thomas' own dressing, roasted artichokes from the oven, Pasta with a tomato based sauce and as dessert a Dutch delicacy: Poffertjes! I brought the poffertjes mix all the way from Holland when I got back to NYC!

Delicous foods on the menu
Delicous foods on the menu

I will add the recipe as a separate post. Everyone loved the soup!

All my friends donated clothes to Glam4good, a charity started by stylist Mary Alice Stephenson. A firefighter friend of hers is collecting clothing for families in disaster areas of Rockaway Beach & Breezy Point. This way I know for sure our gently used garments will get to the families in need! Look at how many bags we got from just one dinner with 8 friends!

dishes and clothes
Lots of dishes to wash... but also lots of clothes for the ones in need!
garbage bags full of clothes
garbage bags full of clothes

We had a wonderful night.Thank you my friends for donating so much! Thomas Acda (donated running clothes) Munemi Imai (donated scarves, gloves. hats), Jackie Swerz (donated a bunch of designer clothing), George Vellonakis (donated many men's clothing) & Tina Louise (donated A LOT of clothes from her and her daughter). I am donating like 4 full bags of clothes on top of that.

if you want to donate yourself to Glam4Good see below!

Glam4good
Glam4good

Together we can help all these people get back on their feet. Every little thing helps!

Love, Lonneke

 

 


Sandy

My week with Sandy.

Sandy

Uptown has no clue what's going on downtown. If you haven't seen it yourself, it is probably hard to believe it. Downtown NYC is a ghost town.- Lonneke Engel.

Sunday night October 28th 8pm. Sandy was coming. I was at home at my cosy apartment in the middle of Soho, New York City, watching the news, lights on, and I just made hot tea for myself. I had taken a nice warm shower an hour before and was just chilling. I had caught a cold a few days before at an event so I was very happy to just stay in for a night. Weather outside was windy and it was raining, but not really that bad I thought. I could hear the wind blow really hard onto my windows. I thought I was safe inside, and just like Irene last year, I actually thought Sandy was gonna be another "hurricane" that was being talked about too much, but would probably be just any other simple storm. I was wrong.

835pm: All power shuts off. It was announced that it could happen, so no shock there. I went to the window and saw ALL of Soho buildings in darkness. It was so quiet. I just thought: well, I guess I am going to go to bed then. Tomorrow a new day.

darkness

I went to bed, and because everything outside was so extremely quiet, I woke up after 10 am when my neighbor knocked on my door. I opened the door and my other neighbors were there as well. "Hey, I just heard from Con Ed it might take 4 to 7 days to have electricity restored" He said. " A transformer station on 14th street exploded I heard"...

My upstairs neighbor decided to stay and "Guard the premises" The other neighbors left including me. I had lost all internet connection, and could not call anyone, so I texted my friend Antoniette, who was so smart to leave the city before to her hometown if I could stay with her. The text went through and I got a response that I could stay there. So I had a place to stay. (I was still thinking it would just be for one or 2 days max). I started packing my backpack. My fridge was turned off but I forgot to throw out the food and the garbage. (I hope when I return I am not in for a surprise). At around 1pm I went to walk up 60 blocks with my heavy backpack. There were not many cabs, and almost no other traffic. It was a weird scene. EVERYTHING was closed. No shops were open. It was very calm and quiet, a simple grey day. Some people walked around with a bag as well as leaving for another place to stay. There were streams of people with bags walking uptown. And a few tourists going downtown to see it with their own eyes. I stopped by my friends to check in on them. Walking 7 flights of stairs in their building in darkness. They also did not know what they wanted to do.. how long was this gonna last? Nobody knew..Subways were closed off as scheduled, and would not start running anytime soon, because some were really badly flooded. Lower Manhattan had many places flooded, and some areas even had cars floating in the streets. It was a big mess. I saw many fallen trees and parks were closed because they were covered in leaves and branches. I heard Staten Island was hit hard, and the New Jersey Shore including the famous boardwalk at Atlantic City with all the rides was destroyed.

Fallen tree Houston street

I passed one store that was open on University PLace. It was dark inside, but full of people trying to get some kind of food or other necessities. It was the only place open that I saw on my way up until 40th street or so...

I walked up Broadway towards Time Square. Up until around 25th street I noticed nobody had power. Then I started to get phone reception again. Walking, I saw a lot of people gathered around a closed Starbucks to use the wireless internet. I saw people scrambling around an outside electricity outlet to charge their phones. This was just the first day. I have not been back downtown since then so I don't know how bad it gotten, but I heard stories of 2 hour waits to charge your phone for 10 minutes. Ugh.

Around Time Square, which was less crowded as usual, the lights were working like nothing happened. I reached my destination after 1.5 hours of walking. My back aching. I was staying at an amazing place with electricity and hot running  water, and was so thankful that I went ahead and asked for a place to stay right away, because most people just waited until the situation got so bad they had to leave.

This is the situation for people who stayed downtown the past 5 days: no phone reception or internet connection to find out what is going on the World or to find out when power will be back on. No hot water, some people did not even have running water. So they could not shower or even flush the toilet. The homeless look has become very fashionable downtown because of that. No electricity, no heating, no elevators, no working refrigerators. That means some people had to walk up water 25 flights of stairs that they collected from either the city or from a working tap on ground floor. They had to eat canned food and other foods that don't go bad fast. Some people just did not have any other place to go. Some had to walk more than 20 blocks for phone reception or to charge your phone, or to find food or water. I don't think anyone thought it would be this bad....

wifi hoarders

I think most people stayed home for 1 or 2 nights. But then at some point you really want a hot shower. And it was getting colder without heating. So they all tried to stay with friends or book a hotel. Result? All hotels booked. Some people who tried to survive at home for a few days, realized this was gonna take longer than expected. So they had to find a place to stay, and most friends already had someone staying over... It became a matter of survival. The weird thing is that uptown was getting back to normality one day after Sandy, and you wouldn't know the difference, but downtown is a empty, ghost town. The people who stayed, spend their days collecting water and bringing it up to their floor. Or finding a place to charge their phones. People who work downtown did not have to go to work for a week. They spend their time at the gym uptown (which were sometimes so crowded they had to say "no" to people that wanted to come work out) Or checking the news to see what the latest update was. Bridges were open again after a few days, and cars were only allowed in with a minimum of 3 people per car when crossing the bridge this week. Some subway lines above 34th street started running again, but some subway lines downtown are expected to take months (!) to repair as the ventilation system, electricity and hydraulic systems have all been destroyed due to the salt water.

My friends took pictures of the damages in the streets:

Sandy damages

flooded garage

2 hospitals had to evacuate all their patients to other hospitals in safer areas. Both their generators were failing because of salt water damaging either the generator itself or the tanks that keep the fuel for the generators. On the news we saw the premature born babies being transported in the middle of the storm.

The HMS Bounty, the famous 180-foot sailboat that we know from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean" and other big blockbuster movies, is a total loss after Sandy.

hms bounty

HMS Bounty

Another problem that came up was that the city, and struck areas on the East Coast, were running out of fuel. Sometimes there were miles and miles of lines in front of gas stations, making people wait for hours to fill up their car or to get gas for their generators. Governor Cuomo asked to get more gas to his state as soon as possible.

Halloween on Wednesday was cancelled. I was supposed to go to Heidi Klum's Annual Halloween party, but now she postponed the party to a "Haunted Christmas" date. Who wanted to party right now anyway? New York was just hit by a disaster.. I did read some notorious partygoers ended up partying at clubs in New York City shortly after Sandy. That's their choice. I rather stay home safe and sound and watch the news, read and work, and try to stay calm in a society around us that is in turmoil.

See a few incredible images of NYC  during and after Sandy to get an idea what it is like.

And more incredible images.

Mayor Bloomberg of New York city was on tv a lot during Sandy and the days after. He decided that the NYC marathon November 3rd should go on as expected, to show "That we bounce back as NYC well after something as bad as Sandy". Some people think it is insane to host such a big event and all efforts should be on rebuilding a city, and all police and fire fighters should be focused on helping people restore their houses and the electricity. I am torn. I love the NY marathon. It is a healthy event and encourages people to work out more. But the timing? Maybe it could be postponed. A lot of hotels where runners are staying are still closed. A lot of areas where they will be running still need to be cleaned... Update: the marathon is cancelled. But unfortunately a lot of runners from all over the world already flew in... it is a good decision but should have been made much sooner so all these people were not coming here for no reason..

What I know is that, whatever happens to New York, New Yorkers can take anything and make it work. So in a week or so, it will be business as usual at most places I know this. We keep going. But it is good to sometimes step back and look at our lives. How lucky we are, and what luxuries we live in. I mean the way most people lived in NYC this week is how half of the world lives everyday. No electricity and no running water. The problem is that we are with millions of people on an island that was cut off from the rest of the world. So we run out of basic needs like water and gas fast. We need to work on that and be prepared more. I hope this hurricane Sandy is a lesson for all of us.

5 million people without power on the East Coast, lots of people lost their homes and the death toll was still rising each day when more information comes to us. This was really the worst storm ever. Climate change cannot be ignored anymore. These storms will probably become the standard instead of a rarity in our future. We need to be prepared in the future. Governor Cuomo of New York State also said that we cannot keep building infrastructure the way we do, and we have to make it resilient to storms like this in future. Because blackouts of over a week are just not right. New York City for instance has over 8 million people living here. the City is even working on getting more people to live here. That is not possible with the amount of power we need to facilitate them, with the power facilities we have now. This has to improve to avoid situations like this in the future.

I wonder when my lights turn back on in my apartment downtown. I am definitely throwing a "Power ON" party for all my friends!

UPDATE NOV 4th: my power went back on 6 days later, Saturday at 4am in the morning. Some people are still without power in lower Manhattan around the financial district, like our OYL contributor Carol Fontaneti, her boyfriend & their cat. Stay strong! We are no collecting clothes for Glam4Good, a charity by stylist Mary Alice Stephenson. The clothes will go to families in need in the Rockaway Beach & Breezy Point area. See my later post.

Sunset NYC

 

Love, Lonneke

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @LonnekeEngel

 


breakfast

How to really start your morning

We should think of our body as a miracle machine that does everything to keep us healthy and happy.

While you sleeping at night, your body is going thru detox process - it is getting rid of old toxins and waste that you receive thru polluted air, unclean water, unhealthy food ... You name it.

To me , the most important meal of the day is breakfast. How you will feel the whole day is simply depends on what you have first thing in the morning.

breakfast

My advise to everyone is to start your day with glass of warm water and fresh squeezed lemon juice. Lemons are very alkalizing on your body, so you will have stronger immune system. Besides, lemons are very cleansing for your intestines.

Wait 30 min and then you can have your breakfast, It is very important to have fruit as a first food entering your body. Try to keep is simple - chose one fruit that you enjoy most and have it as much as you want till the lunch time.

My favorite breakfast is melon smoothie!

I take one cantaloupe melon - split it in half - spoon out the seeds. Then I take my blender and put ripe flesh into it. I blend everything well and thats it! Sometimes I add almond milk and it tastes even better!

Love, Val


Lonneke on De Dino Show

Philippe, Lonneke, Jandino & Adje

Hi everyone!

Yesterday was my first time being on a tv show ever, showing how to make juices and smoothies and mentioning Organice Your Life®! It was the talk  show by comedian Jandino Asporaat, "De Dino Show"  which is very popular amongst young people in the Netherlands.

I could not stop laughing while I was there! Jandino and the other two guests: Philippe Geubels (a Belgian comedian) and Adje ( A Dutch rapper) were so funny! I hope to be back sometime in the future and I hope to do more of these shows too!

I showed 2 recipes:

*A Juice, juiced with the Versapers juicer with: kale, apple, carrot and ginger. To find more juices  on our website that you can make with your chosen juicer, go HERE.

*And my famous Banana, spinach and almond milk shake. If you want to know how to make a smoothie with these and other ingredients, find the article I wrote for this site about that HERE.

Smoothie Dino Show 1
Pouring in Almond milk into the blender.
Smoothie Dino Show 2
Blending the banana, almond milk and spinach.
Dino show smoothie 3
I poured the drink into the glasses...
Dino show drinking smoothie
And everyone tried the smoothie and thought it tasted good!

 The last one they loved the most!

If you live in the Netherlands, you can watch the tv show below through Uitzending Gemist.

Philippe, Lonneke, Jandino & Adje

Otherwise see a short clip here on a news website.

Love, Lonneke


IMG model prep Lonneke

IMG Model Talk 2012

In August 2012 I spoke at the IMG model Prep 2012, an event organized by IMG models for their young models who will experience New York Fashion Week for the first time. The past years this event has become a solid part of preparation for Fashion Week by IMG, with great speakers, healthy food, nice drinks, and great goodiebags for all the models!

People speaking at the IMG model Prep

* Nian Fish – Producer

* James Scully – Casting Director

* Betsey Selman- Babinecz – Board Certified Clinical Social Worker.

* Lonneke Engel - IMG Model and Certified Health Counselor

*Anne-Marie van Dijk & Amanda Nicole Gilpin – CLEANSE

* Jessica Stam – CFDA Health Initiative Ambassador

Antoniette Costa, who also contributes to Organice Your Life®, also came to watch me speak. Coincidentally me, Antoniette & Jessica Stam went to Jimmy Fallon and Dinner with a friend of ours just last week!

Lonneke, Jessica, Jackie, Antoniette
Lonneke, Jessica, Jackie, Antoniette

IMG Model Prep booklet

they also make a cute booklet for everyone each year with my tips in it, and information for everyone about the people speaking, but also on health stores, doctors, and other important phone numbers.

IMG Model Prep book 2012
IMG Model Prep book 2012

I have done this now I think 4 times in a row, and I really enjoy doing this!

READ MORE: IMG Model Prep 2011

Models listening at IMG model prep 2012
Models listening at IMG model prep 2012

MY IMG model talk 2012

My focus was that the girls should see themselves as a business women, and that they should take care of their bodies as businesses. The better the organize their lives, the more chance they have to have a successful, long lasting career. The most successful girls in this industry, like Gisele & Heidi Klum, are true business women. While you can never know what fashion designers and casting directors want that season (meaning: if you will be picked or not) You can do your part by making sure you are taking care of all the things you do have a say in. Like eating healthy, and being prepared by bringing healthy foods with you. If you don’t eat (cause you think that will help you stay in shape during fashion week) think again: nobody is going to book the girl who looks tired and has no energy. Also important: Make sure you have all the things with you at shows and castings that you need, like a phone charger. Being prepared is key. Jessica Stam, who spoke as well, put emphasis on being on time. And David Cunningham, who initiated these meetings years ago, also said: “If you get 10 shows or not one, it does not matter. We. Don’t. Care.” That’s so nice about IMG models, they think longterm. Any girl that was present yesterday, can depend on the trust of their agents even beyond fashion week. And that they can call them throughout Fashion Week, and anytime, with anything. If they are waiting too long for a casting, or they have to see a doctor, the agents are there for them, and that is nice to know! I wished them a lot of luck in their career!

READ MORE: IMG open to all

Goodie bags

At the end, all models got a personalized goodie bag. and I got one too as a Thank You! What was in it? So many awesome things!

IMG goodie bag
IMG goodie bag!

My favorite was the black skinny Rag & Bone jeans in my size!

Other things: Uggs, Converse All-Stars, Mavi Jeans, Makeup by Covergirl & Lancome, Zumba fitness DVD's, Reebok Easytone top and pants, BR Guest gift card, Calvin Klein nude thong (u need to wear nude underwear as a model going to do shows and castings). This was a very valuable goodie bag!

IMG model prep 2012
Jessica Stam speaking at IMG model prep 2012

Afterwards a few models came to me and thanked me for speaking. And that they felt so much better and less scared about Fashion Week. And that to me is the biggest reward of doing these speaking engagements. Looking forward to more in the future!

Follow IMG Models and New York Fashion Week on Twitter!

Love, Lonneke


My top 5 salads of this week in NYC

Hi guys!

I returned to New York City and this past week I have been eating healthy at a few of my favorite restaurants! I would like to share them and their dishes with you, so you either go check it out, or try to imitate the recipes at home yourself! Here we go:

Le Pain Quotidien is all over the city. It is a great place to start the day. Originated in Belgium, it brings the best of Belgium to this restaurant, and I mean Belgian chocolate, good organic bread and more. There are many Le Pain Quotidien restaurants being opened around the world. I like that they have all their ingredients be as organic as possible. Things I like are the oatmeal with pecans and maple syrup as breakfast, their organic soft boiled eggs with whole wheat bread, and their sandwiches are great too. Like the ricotta and fig one!

I love this place Fig & Olive, they have a few restaurants in NYC. There are a lot of vegetarian options which I like! I got the crab and butter lettuce salad as pictured below.

Fig & Olive salad

Fig & Olive salad with butter lettuce and crab

I went to Caravan of Dreams , a lovely vegan cafe with delicious salads and smoothies (and more) and they have these 2 salads I LOVE: the mediterranean salad with grilled tofu and seaweed, and the Omega salad. I love their house dressing. The Omega salad ingredients are: avocado, mixed greens, spiced nuts, cucumber, tomatoes, sunflower sprouts. One of my other favorite dishes in the world: the Ravioli of the day with marinara sauce on a bed of steamed kale. yum! Caravan of Dreams, 405 East 6th Street New York, NY 10009
(212) 254-1613

 

Omega Salad at Caravan of Dreams

Then I went with friends to Eataly, the place owned by Mario Batali. Who recently went on a vegetarian diet, and lost a lot of weight by doing so. His place Eataly has a lot of energy. you can just stand at a bar and get a great cup of coffee, or a cheese platter, but you can also eat at one of the tables and order delicious things from their vegetable, grill or fish bar. I had the salad below and it was delish! Eataly, 200 5th Avenue New York, NY 10010. (212) 229-2560

Grilled vegetable and farro salad at Eataly

I went to brunch with friends to this little restaurant called “Good”. I saw the menu and it was all very non-vegetarian… But they worked with me and made this delicious salad that is on the menu but with chicken. Their french toast with banana cream inside is also just too Good! 89 Greenwich Avenue New York, NY 10014 (212) 691-8080.

Thai Chicken salad without chicken at Good

I also visited Gobo, an old favorite of mine. I used to always order from there. I got the Spinach wonton soup, and the pine nut, vegetable medley and lettuce to make lettuce wraps. So good! I also had their bubble tea. you know with tapioca soft chewy bubbles in them. So tasty! 401 6th Avenue New York (212) 255-3242

Vegetable and pinenut medley at Gobo

Salads are great for you. But I am not a big fan of them honestly. So I have to make them fun. So I go to places I know where they have good salads. Or if I cook myself I like to make my salad super tasty so I eat it! What are you favorite salad recipes? Share them with me!


Carol 3

Introducing: top model Carol Fontaneti

I worked with Carol on a job for Fay, an Italian clothing brand a few years ago. We reconnected years later when I found out she is also very much into health and food. She will likely start to become a contributor on OYL and share her modeling experiences and her favorite beauty and food tips. Here is a little glimpse into the life of Carol:

Carol 1
Carol Fontaneti

Hello guys!

My name is Carol Fontaneti I'm brasilian and I've been modeling for about 10 years. I started when I was 17, what makes me 26 years old now. I am living in NYC, but I've lived all arround the world in places like Paris, Milan, Hamburg, Tokyo, Barcelona...
From age seventeen till the late eighteens, I've tried to handle both worlds : being a student and a professional model. I finished high school and started studing Advertising focused on Marketing, but I couldn't carry it for longer than a year... at that time I was living in the countryside an hour and a half away from Sao Paulo, and it was so time consuming  going after classes for castings or shoots in the city. After finishing one year of four - I quit studing to focus only on the modeling careear. Me and my family went back to the city I was born, and I started to make really good campaings for Brasilian brands until the day an agency from NY saw me and signed me in. I was just a little lost girl from a big city, 18 years old that couldn't speack a single world of English... I know it doesn't sound that bad comparing to other girls that came at youger ages from the middle of nowhere places... But I felt pretty lost.

Lonneke & Carol for Fay
Lonneke & Carol for Fay

Lonneke & Carol for Fay 2

Lucky me, I always had my families support, which made me strong enough to keep on track and slowly I was getting in touch with my truth self and learning about me and what I wanted for my life.

Carol 2

So here I am today to talk about what is my passion in life for!
First of all, as I grew up in a BIG , busy city called Sao Paulo as I said before and my childhood had a lack of contact with nature and freedom. Growing up surrounded by buildings and car horns, I did not have the chance to have a pet or anything , also my Mom used to say she would be probably the one taking care of , cause me and my brother were too lazy to do so ourselves...
So as soon as I could, I adopted my very first pet! All the accumulated love and care from all these years, is now on this little fellow  :) My dear NINIS. ( he is passing in front of the computer back and forth right at this moment to catch my attention )

When it comes to passion I must say the biggest one I have is for FOOD, no doubt. I started to care about food, and acknowledging this is the most important tool for a healthy life when I started modeling, but not because of it. I want to stay healthy for life, not only because I'm a model. I always have been living this healthy life not smoking or drinking, I only like to have a glass of wine once in a while and champagne for special occasions, so for me it is not that hard.
Of course I have my flaws ... but I push myself to don't get lazy about exercising and making my own food at home. Of that last thing, I can give all the credits to my boyfriend, cause he loves homemade cuisine and we share the dream to have a restaurant in the south of Brasil - where we want to retire from the modeling career.

Meanwhile we stablished a routine of excercises and it really helps when you have someone to go to the gym with together. So after we go for a run , we  eat a good lunch, searching for the right way to prepare plates we most love only adding or subtracting ingredients depending on our needs.

To finished talking about passions, I get inspired a lot from the arts, I have a very artistic background since my mom used to paint and draw all the time when I was little, I got this expressing myself artistically sense of need , and first of all it came out as writing journals and little poems and it grew to writing blogs or just littles phrases to myself that I never get to show anyone.
I've accumulated journals since the age of 15 till my 23 and it always felt confortable do it when I was by myself traveling or living on my own away from my loved ones.
Now very often I get this feeling that I must do something to express my feelings instead of my job , and I found this in writing.

That's pretty much it and I wil finish my text with a" cliche" but very useful phrase:

BEAUTY COMES FROM THE INSIDE OUT!!

XOXO Carol Fontaneti

Carol 3


Olympic Gold Medal London 2012

Go for GOLD! part 1

Olympic Gold Medal London 2012
Olympic Gold Medal London 2012

Are you watching the Olympics in London?

Are you just as inspired to get in shape by all these amazing athletes? I know I am!

Swimming just finished, And the Netherlands had great success with 2 Gold medals by Ranomi Kromowidjojo besides some silver and bronze medals. I recently interviewed Ranomi about her sport and inspiration and you can watch that interview here:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHhQzrz4kCI[/youtube]

 

Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Ranomi Kromowidjojo
Go Ranomi
Family of Ranomi are there to support her
Ranomi with 3 medals
Ranomi on Instagram @RanomiKromo

Other great achievements were the ones from Team USA Michael Phelps becoming the athlete with the most Olympic  (Gold) medals ever won by any Olympic athlete in history.

Michael Phelps
Michael Phelps

Ryan Lochte was also successful and won medals, but he was more in the news because of his looks and what his mom said about him and women. He is also in the race to become #HottestOlympicAthlete. A contest I am holding on Twitter. Join me there if you want to tell me which athlete, man or woman, you think is the hottest one!

Ryan Lochte
Ryan Lochte

I watched all the swimming from my cute hotel room in Paris because I was in Paris to work:

My Paris hotel room
My Paris hotel room
My Paris view with Eiffel Tower in background
My Paris view with Eiffel Tower in background
Lonneke work in Paris
Lonneke work in Paris in an old Mansion/Night club

 

The rest of the week I am going to enjoy the equestrian sports. The Dutch team can win a team medal and Adelinde Cornelissen & her horse Parzival could potentially win an individual medal as well in dressage.. Great-Britain and Germany are other contestants that could win a medal in this discipline... Germany already won team Gold in the Eventing and at this moment all countries are competing in Jumping as well... exciting!

Extra attention to Salinero, the horse ridden by Anky van Grunsven in dressage: It is 2 TIME OLYMPIC GOLD WINNER Salinero's 3rd Olympic Games and with his 18 years old he might be a Senior but he is in really amazing shape! Anky is up for her 7th (!) Olympic Games. They are up for a good placing as well!

Anky van Grunsven & Salinero
Anky van Grunsven & Salinero

See their Olympic Gold ride in Beijing 2008 here:

Good Luck to all remaining athletes competing. May the best one win!

What are your favorite sports or athletes? Let me know who you are rooting for!

Love, Lonneke


Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden

People come down to Miami to enjoy a sunny weather and a beautiful beach. But if you can’t imagine what else to do here, I highly recommend visiting Morikami Museum and Japanese Garden. It is about 1 hour drive from South Beach toward Fort Lauderdale.

I went there couple of days ago and I was so amazed! It is beautifully arranged landscape filled with lots of different gardens. Each one of those gardens has it own theme but all of them has a significant touch of a Japanese culture. Take a look at the pictures I took from there:

Me and my sister giving food to turtles

"rock garden" :

structure made of rocks:

bonsai tree:

me,  eating fake soba, made of used elastics (now thats recycled or what?!!)) at the Japanese museum that located on the territory:

PS. ofcours i didn't swallow it, otherwise i wouldn't be writing this post

This is japanese farmer who, after his death, donated his land to Florida State. The land eventually became what it is today:

LOVE, VAL

visit  www.morikami.org for more info


Teresa Lourenco

Introducing top model Teresa Lourenco

Our newest member of the Organice Your Life®  family is top model Teresa Lourenco. Born in Trinidad, and raised in Germany, she currently lives in NYC with her young family. You might have seen her face in multiple advertising campaigns throughout the years, as well as her lead roll in Lenny Kravitz’ “Again” video. She has a young, healthy daughter and lives a Raw food lifestyle. From now on she will share her secrets to her perfect physique with us, as well as how to raise a child on a mostly raw and vegan diet.

5 Quick questions with top model Teresa Lourenco.

Teresa Lourenco

 1. You are a rawfoodie, what does that mean?

Teresa: Being a rawfoodie means eating everything that is still alive and uncooked. Once you cook foods above 104 degrees it looses all the enzymes and most of the vitamins and minerals.  The diet consist of eating fresh vegetables , nuts , seeds,salads and fruit in the purest form . Nothing is processed.   

Teresa Lourenco
Teresa Lourenco for Elle

 2. What is your favorite food?

Teresa: I have so many favorite foods. A few things I couldn't live with out are coconuts , avocado, kale, hemp seeds, water melon, spinach, lemons  all fruits and green leaves  and salads. My favorite meal is a huge salad with mixed greens preferable fresh from the farmers market with avocado , hemp seeds, olive oil, lemon juice, sea salt and cayenne pepper.

Teresa Lourenco
Teresa Lourenco for Cosmopolitan

 3. Favorite restaurant in NYC?

Teresa: My  favorite restaurants are Pure Food and WineCaravan of Dreams Quintessence and ABC Kitchen. Sorry couldn't just pick one. If I had to choose just one it would be Pure Food and Wine. These are just my favorite spots in NYC.

Teresa Lourenco

 4. What is your easy thing to take care of your skin or take off makeup?

Teresa: An easy take on skin is to eat the right foods. The purer the better. What you put into you body reflects to your skin. My skin care lines are very cheap and very simple.I wash my face with Dessert essence tea tree oil( I have been using it for over 10 years) . Then I spray my face with pure Rose water from Heritage.( Been using rose oil for 16 years). My moisturizers and serum's are the only things that I switch up but it has to be natural preferably organic . I love organic Argan oil for my face at night.  For my body I use pure coconut oil or rose oil . I take my make up off with Rose water.


Teresa Lourenco

 5. Favorite memory of a photo shoot? My favorite memories of photo shoots are always the one's shooting in a tropical Island and feeling like I am on a vacation rather than at work. Eating fresh local foods and drinking lots of coconut water. I have always been the one to request coconuts whenever I am working in a tropical place.

Teresa Lourenco

Teresa in Lenny Kravitz "Again" video:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW2qlKa6oHw[/youtube]


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.

Sleep

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.

Oil

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

Water

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.

Tea

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.