A healthy Lifestyle for Reebok magazine

Hello my dear friends!

I'm so happy to announce that this month of June, Reebok magazine featured  Organiceyourlife.com allowing many Brasilians to know more about our healthy lifestyle.  Fabio and I got the opportunity to show this through a beautiful photoshoot that took place at one of our favorite places anywhere in the world :  the Gym . LOL

There's nothing better than doing what you love , with the the ONE  you love , plus at a place you spend lots of time doing great things to your body and soul. This all benefits a healthy lifestyle.

Enjoy the images shot by photographer Lucas Fonseca , make up by Alex Origuella and style by Cesar Cortinove. Special thanks goes to Dinho Batista my super agent!

xo Carol ;)

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"Couple Carol Fontaneti and Fabio Nunes shows their quemistry goes beyond the catwalk, fans of a healthy life style, they're photografed together for this exclusive spread"
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Ready to fight!
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Top model Carol Fontaneti, contributes to Organiceyourlife.com where she share with fellow model Lonneke Engel , gold tips on how to live an organic and nice life! 
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All kind of "fights" , like martial arts are ideal for those looking for dynamic activities - wrote the magazine.

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Sandy

My week with Sandy.

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Sandy from space...

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.

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in the dark...

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.

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A fallen tree on 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....

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Empty streets but people trying to get wifi from Starbucks...

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:

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My friend David Blaine in front of a collapsed facade on 8th avenue. Instagram @DavidBlaine
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My friend Mark Birnbaum took a picture of his garage after Sandy...Instagram @MarkBirnbaum

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.

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HMS Bounty after Sandy. picture from US Coast Guard/Reuters

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.

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Love, Lonneke

Follow me on Twitter and Instagram: @LonnekeEngel

 


My favorite Fall Menu

Hello Everyone!

I'm so happy fall season is all over New York City, and it's time for some cozyness when it comes to homade food! We love to cook amazing food at home specially at this time of the year cause we can fell in the atmosphere that a nice meal it's been prepared - our home becomes warm and with a nice aroma in the air.

So as you could see on my previous posts, I LOVE colorfull tasting plates... this is also true when it comes to soups. When I was a little girl, i used to eat soup at home during not so rigorous brasilian winter - so I grew up enjoing it a lot. Now I've been trying to make and improve some different recipes, and each time it comes out tastier!

So I'm going to introduce you to my favorite fall dishes of all times:

This creamy hearty cauliflower and raw chedar cheese is one of my favs!

 

All homade veggie burger- the STAR is the whole wheat bun

 

The inspiration for this plate came from a visit at "Le Pain Cotidien" - half sandwich, italian prosciuto crudo, shaved parmegiano cheese and arugula salad with a poached egg on top!
Wild caught Tilapia fillet and sweet potato puree topped with organic portabella mushrooms
This Wrap has a golden zuchinni and cabage filling with pesto sauce

So let me know each one is your favorite, I'll be happy to share the recipe with you!!

I'll be counting votes on my Instagram (@carolfontaneti), Twitter accounts and reading your comments in here!

Love, Carol


Brasilian Carol & hair dresser Marco Antonio

As a model you need to take care of your hair!

Hello Guys! So happy to be sharing my first post to you all!

As a model I get to work a lot for hair campaigns ( I've been blonde, light brown, dark brown, reddish...)  - so I take extra care about it in my daily routine.
We heard a lot about homemade hair care... many of them really work, some only help a little, but great improvements takes BIG actions! Let's face it , nowadays we got very effective hair treatments/products at the local supermarket and we can use that to make really smart creations at home combining some of them with organic ingredients.

To show you I am really into haircare for my work, look at a few of my advertising campaigns below:

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Carol for Wella
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Nutrihair
Carol for Nutrihair

My good friend and amazing Brasilian hair dresser Marco Antônio Di Biaggi  (he is the Twitter KING with around 200k followers, nobody beats him ) , gave me some tips that I would like to share with you:

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Marco Antonio & I at his salon.

The "must have" product in my opinion and also in Marco's - is the Argan Oil. A variety of brands make this Morrocan oil their main ingredient to help noursering damaged hair. As rich and powerful as the Argan Oil, is the coconut oil, the quinoa oil and the grape seed oil. Hair products containing these ingredients can be find in stores such as AéSOP, Lush and Whole Foods Market.

So here it goes my first tip: Take your regular moisturising/ hydrating treatment mask you're used to and add 3 to 5 drops of the Argan Oil to a little amount on the palm of your hand, apply on your hair as usual and leave it for 15-20 minutes washing away later then. Marco Antônio says that for better results you may start the treatment with previous cleaned hair.

As a brasilian girl, I LOVE coconut water! I've tried combining the power of the coconut oil and the coconut water itself and I found very satisfying results. So just leave 5 drops of the coconut oil acting on the lenght of your hair for 20 minutes and then wash it away with coconut water from the coconut. WARNING! Do not use those coconut water sold in boxes!! The idea is to be totally organic and this water contains a bunch of other ingredients such as added sweteners or preservatives which doesn't any good for the hair.

Today's final tip is to complement two strenghts : Olive oil and raw honey. Olive oil is good for conditioning and dandruff control, and the honey attracts and holds moisture - perfect for damaged and dry hair. Mix it up 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil , then warm it in a microwave for 15 seconds. Apply a small amount of the mixture on damp hair down to its ends. Cover the hair with a towel and have it for 30 minutes. Finalize giving it a nice shampooing, rince and dry. You will feel the difference from the very first touch!

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Me with a friend at a photo shoot with my hair done.

I use these recipes every once in a while and look how beautiful and healthy my hair looks!!

Thanks Marco Antônio for the tips!

Kisses, Carol

Healthy hair for every day!

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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:

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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.

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Lonneke & Carol for Fay

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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.

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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

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