LOVE AND BE LOVED

Hello guys. Inspired by my life and love I have to share some words with you!

True Love

Everyone wants to love and be loved. I hear it a lot that isn't an easy journey to find TRUE love. Actually it can be really simple, in my opinion. Listen to your heart , to your true self that knows everything... it doesn't look that simple to you?? I will explain:

1. Love yourself first

It is impossible to give and receive love without loving yourself more than anything! Loving YOU first means respecting your opinions, your feelings and your wishes... and that makes it all easier. It comes from the inside out. Your true voice will talk, your heart will feel and you'll respond to your feelings.

 

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2. Finding love

I won't say love is around the corner, because I know we don't find it every time we cross the street. But when you find it, you will know. There is no other way around, there is no doubt! It is just there... it's not a PERFECT feeling... nothing in this World is perfect. But it is just right, just the way it has to be, it's just enough, it's FULFILLING.

I know, I know you must had heard that a million times: " one day you will find it"...

So don't torture yourself on your way to this beautiful path. Just go with the flow. Do never forget, YOU always come first.

 

3. Little tips to follow when you have found love:

  • FOOD tastes much better if made with love! So cook with your heart and for the ones you cherish. Try these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers (1 is my recipe!)
  • Give yourself some little "me time" once a while. Take little breaks only to do your hobbies, or something that makes you happy.
  • Sunbathe. You won't believe how wonderful you'll feel after some sunshine on your skin (don't forget the sun screen)
  • Be around people that make you feel good and share good moments with them!
  • Have a pet if you can... loving the animals is one pure great feeling!
  • Spend time with children! They make you happy, they make you LOVE them.

 

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All those little actions will surround you with love and great feelings!  We know we attract more and more of whatever we're feeling or experiencing. So treat your whole World with love, an be loved along the way!

The pictures in this article represent LOVE to me, including my love Fabio Nunes!

 

Love under the water!

Xo Carol

 

First published in 2013, updated in 2019


Cat's Healing Jewelry by Carolina Fontaneti

There are these moments in life when you discover a passion that is so strong it really overcomes you... that the only way is to totally immerse in that feeling.

My love for jewelry

I was a very loved child by my grandparents, I had the best time growing up with them by my side - it was just pure happiness. They have taught me a lot from their life experiences. But the kindness my Grandma had with everything around her,  always amazed me. She used to put her heart into everything she did and I learned not to take that for granted. We should value it. So when I've decided I wanted to create my own jewelry line, her love and vision was the starting point of all.

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My two 'Muses" Grandma and Ninis Cat

I took her old jewelry box looking for vintage treasures that used to strike me as a little girl. I saw my grandma's beauty in those ornaments as she was a proud Leo Woman but her vanity was pure and innocent. Of course I've learned from that- cause I believe there is a bigger reason for women to feel beautiful wearing all types of ornaments: We are empowered by them in many ways. And that's something I really believe in: to be empowered and to be able to self-healed.

Craftmanship

I simply love working with my hands : writing, drawing and crafting. My dear friend and OYL founder Lonneke Engel asked me a few questions that I will answer to all of you in the QA below:

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The art is a drawing made by my mother. The caligraphy for the name is a courtesy of my father. I thought of having their touch would be special.

Q & A with Carolina Fontaneti on her jewelry

OYL: Why and when did you decide to start to make jewelry?

First of all I started thinking that crafting my own jewelry would be a great idea because I have the smallest wrists in the world and no bracelet ever really fit me... and I'm crazy for bracelets. So about 2 years ago, I started putting a lot of thought to this idea. It was something I really could work with my creativity and my love for vintage amazing finds.

OYL: What or who is your inspiration?

I have travelled to many amazing places working as a model. So I've collected little treasures such as shells, rocks, pieces of wood, indians ornaments. I use them alongside with my grandma's old jewelry pieces ( the ones that broke, feel apart, or still intact) and I transform that into new pieces mixing with also brand new components. Nature and natural elements definitely are big inspirations but I also have a 'live' one that is my dearest, the one I dedicated a whole line for it, called " Catnecklace" : my cat Ninis. My closest friends were also my first breath of inspiration, since I've made my first pieces thinking of them to give it as a present, representing my belief of 'give it to receive it'.

Lonneke and I wearing our one of a kind necklaces made with vintage components
Lonneke and I wearing our one of a kind necklaces made with vintage components

OYL: Who is your costumer, for who are you making Jewelry?

Like I said before, I believe we are beings that have the ability to self-heal, and who can be empowered by natural resources such as crystals, gemstones and fossilized materials. We can create a supernatural power at the palm of our hands. People who search for this kind of connections and 'powers' or those who are aiming to reach well-being, a wholesome life - they are my intended audience. I also have a big passion for two other groups, they're the children and the animals - who can also benefit from the power of healing stones.

OYL: What is your jewelry made with?

Meaningful vintage components; healing gemstones and crystals ; natural findings ; tiny very delicate seed beads; hemp and satin cords; and LOVE.

Fontaneti Jewelry works with the power of crystals and gemstones to make you beautiful and protected.

OYL: What is your personal motto or quote that reflects your jewelry line?

'Believe you can and you are halfway there' . Adding my personal touch to the quote I would say:  The other half consists of doing what is in your hands to do it... then if it's meant to be work out for you, it will. If it doesn't, it's just not the right time yet. Learn how to wait and follow life's signs. That's the way I see life and try to understand it. So everything that I ever accomplished was due to believing myself, trusting I was capable of.

OYL: What is your favorite piece , and/or your signature jewelry  piece?

I would say my signature piece is the 'Cat necklace', and my necklaces with amber. They are necklaces made for Cats, my beautiful exotic shorthair Ninis been wearing them for a while and he looks so adorable while also benefiting from the healing stones properties, since animals are also affected by their power.

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Ninis Cat wearing his Anchor Cat necklace made with healing Tanzanite gemstones.

OYL: What are you hoping for in the future and for your jewelry line? Any dreams of pieces you want to make? And for who?

I wish that I could be able to make positive changes in the way people see and wear their ornaments. It's important to recognize how inner energy is affected by outside factors. I do believe that everything in this world is made of the same ever changing and transforming matter. So everything and everyone could 'transform' or 'transmute' into anything desired... I do aim for the day I would be able to bring this transmutation into my jewelry and people are able to feel , almost touch the 'power' of my pieces and use them as empowered tools , customized for their needs and wishes. Every single person that connects with that idea, is the one I would love to see wearing my jewelry.

 

If you want to check out my current collection, visit Cat's Healing  *****

Xoxo

Carol

 

 


New York City outdoor workout with friends!

When it's Summer in NYC, for me there is n better combination than meeting with friends and doing a New York City outdoor workout! One time, our dear friends Ricardo Baldin and Jeanette Linderberg, joined my love Fabio Nunes and I for a nice week of training and eating good food.  I get to see them only once in a while, so it was another reason to really enjoy our time together.

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Fabio and Ricardo at the Elevated Acre in the financial district NYC.

Ways to work out outdoors in New York City

There are a LOT of ways to do a New York City outdoor workout:  biking, playing ball, skating, running. And there are a lot of places to do it so too!

After a great smoothie in the morning, we all went for a cardio training that takes only 15 minutes of your time! The goal is to keep your heart rate a bit at a certain level that helps you sweat and burn fat. After all is a great way to raise your energy levels for the rest of the day.

We also had a little fun doing Yoga poses ( Asanas ) and helping each other to improve our technique. We went to the Elevated Acre in the Financial District to do this workout.

 

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Eating healthy after a workout

I am proud to say that our post New York City outdoor workout meal was amazing! : Chicken legs, sweet potatoes, spinach egg whites omelet with avocado topping and arugula salad. Every single ingredient was organic and chicken was free range grade 2. All made with love and care by Fabio's talented chef hands. He is a Model Chef after all, who has cooked many delicious dinners for foodlovers around New York City :)

 

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Riding a bike in New York City

The other day, we rode city bikes and took the East River cycling route with destination: Central Park. The ride was just so enjoyable, the temperature during the day was perfect and it really got into my senses the whole experience exercising, and enjoying the view, good weather and company. We even bumped into few Brasilian friends that were doing exactly same thing as we were: two girls on their skates while the third one was running alongside them. The bike ride was about 7 miles , Uptown to Central Park, and back home with a few stops to enjoy our favorites places in the city. Like the Italian meca Eataly on 5th av and 23rd st - were we went to recharge our fuel with great food.

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When at the park it was easy to have a good time!

 

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At Central park - inspired by kids playing around - soft strenght training.

 

Outdoor work outs with friends are fun

Gather a few friends, get inspired by the good weather and push each other to reach your goals! Share your knowledge and experiences - all that, and relieving stress at the same time! Above all Summertime is here to raise our spirits in a positive vibe !! I strongly advice to stay active,  moving your body every chance you get! That's the way I'm gonna spend my next days, what about you guys ?? ;))

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Follow me and Fabio on instagram for more workouts and healthy foods:

@CarolFontaneti & @1FabioNunes

Stay focused,

XoCarol ;)

First published in 2015, updated in 2019

 


The secret to a long-lasting modeling career

 I've heard many times people in the industry talking about how certain model's career will finish after she become pregnant,  or because she gained weight ...  There are too many reasons people could say a model's career is over. But what is the secret to a long-lasting modeling career?

The fashion Industry

As a model working for several years in the fashion business, I've learned people can talk too much and change their mind very quickly : today's special face will not be so special anymore tomorrow ... it can happen so fast - it could be next season... So I feel nothing is guaranteed, and nothing is so unique and special anymore. I have an absolute respect for the industry I'm working in, and that's the reason I had to find a way to take the most advantage of my opportunities and to develop a way and face all these 'ups and downs' every model's career has. So what is the secret to a long-lasting modeling career?

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When my first French magazine cover came out - standing proud in front of the newstand

 

What modeling is really like

If you are reading this as an aspiring model or a new face, or if you're just out a curiosity ( it can suit you too ), I ask you to pay close attention and do not misjudge my words. Modeling is a tough path, only suited for tough girls and boys. It takes a lot of work, commitment and mentality. The faster you learn how to bring out the best of you, the faster you will succeed finding your value in the fashion industry. Nowadays, because of internet, everything in Fashion has gone as fast as the speed of light. For agents and fashion directors becomes easy to find a new spectacular face within seconds from all over the World, a new exciting new model who is ready to rock all the catwalks and social media platforms...

What modeling was like in the past and how it is now

I think I come from a different generation, where I saw fashion as a mysterious World , you did not really know the moment a  fashion show finished what was the designer inspiration and best looks... You were discovered by a model scout, or send in some pictures to a modeling agency by mail. Photographers took Polaroids and did not know what the real pictures would turn out to be until they were developed. You waited for it to be revealed in the magazines. The magic of the pictures of world-famous photographers, accompanied by the words of the most renowned fashion experts. But today everyone's competing for what's new, what's hot - who said it first, who saw it first, and who posted it first.

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As a new face in Milan - makeup and hair tests before the ETRO show at Milan Fashion week in 2004

 

On instagram, I get to see the same image that until a few minutes ago was 'new', all over again on at least 5 other different accounts... so the magic only lasts a few seconds... Before you know it, it already is old news.

The secret to a long-lasting modeling career

Now, the reason I am writing this article, is to share the secret of of a long-lasting modeling career, with the rules of the Fashion industry as they are now. The key to deal with all that "fast fashion", is to reinvent yourself. You must be willing to change, to show a new face of yours , a new side of a better you, every time. Surprise people with yet another side they didn't see before. Does that makes sense ? For me it fits perfect... For instance, I've seen the transitions between analog cameras to digital , I've seen photographers who used to shoot with film, now holding digital cameras and asking their assistents to hand them SD cards... These photographers also reinvented themselves. The industry has changed, and so the top models of our generation need to reinvent themselves too. And social media can help you with that.

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My manager Giovanni and I in Paris when we were both starting to work with the French fashion market. He'd also reinvented himself, after years working for IMG Paris he went to open the brand new office in Milan as he was  Italian , he liked to be near his family. His achievements improved on the years to follow : today he's the director of another agency in Milan: MP management.

 

Social media and modeling

So how can you do this with pride, and without overexposing yourself? For me it is simple: Boys and girls, as today's victims of social media, victims of the hyper exposure these channels are providing... be careful of what your showing! Ask yourself first before posting an image: Am I sharing something that's worthy to be seen? Am I sharing too much, overexposing myself? Am I sharing positivity? Or am I just trying to stand out? Am I following what I believe, and what others believe to be right? Am I showing the real me the unique being that I am?

Because what you post online, will stay online forever, so it better be something good. It is a great way to share your personality, and different sides of you with your followers, that you are more than "that pretty face". Because you  become more interesting with sharing your different layers of personality.

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Nathalie it's a great example ... when she was younger, I saw her face throughout Japan on magazine's covers.. she had this beautiful doll face that enchanted the japanese market...
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... she grew to be this incredible bombshell with piercing eyes. Her 'plus'? She's an extremely talented artist , and she's showing her creativity through her art of modeling and painting...
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Her talents merge into beautiful strong images ( like this one right here) , making it possible to others see the expression of the way she sees life.

 

Going on castings

All these questions can help you to improve your career as well. As a model going on a casting, I get little time to impress the client, to show something that might connect with the brand I am being cast for. There are more models, less time and everything needs to get decided and done fast. There is a lot of competition. But remember, everyone is special in their own way. The fashion people want to see something new, they want to be inspired by you. In a short moment you want to show your best you. The more you know  what that "best you" is, the better you are prepared to wow the fashionistas.

Make a comeback or reinvention

But if you can't show your best, take a break if you need - and come back stronger another time.  For instance A lot of supermodels that got pregnant and left the industry for a while, came back better to an improved version of themselves. Because their lives became more fulfilled and they found more meaning to life, they have reinvented themselves as a mother. Recently we could see Gemma Ward's returning after having a baby, and Sasha Pivovarova after giving birth to her daughter, she's luminous and in every single campaign my eyes could reach. Caroline Trentini and Lara Stone are other examples of that, and even less known girls , are radiant after giving birth and are on their 30 somethings years of age, happy and with a bright future ahead of them...

But a reinvention can also happen if you come back with an amazing new photoshoot, a new haircut, or have a change of careers, like Nathalie who I mentioned above which gives your modeling career another push.

No more age limit in modeling

Another good thing with the ever changing fashion industry, is that due to photoshop, there is no age limit anymore. You can be 20 or 80 years old and work as a model. So don't get stuck on one look, or one side of yourself. Explore your personality, and find out what things in life you find important or like to do. When you keep changing and reinventing yourself, like life changes all the time, you will always be significant in the fashion industry. The secret to a long-lasting career is to reinvent yourself, every day, every moment of your life and share that new YOU with everyone to see.

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Remember : everything changes so fast! Be the change you wanna see around you, that's never out of fashion... unlike my sunglasses and swimsuit in this picture ;))

 

 

xo ;) carol

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First published in 2015, updated in 2019

 


Abigail O'Neill's Model Chocolate book

5 recipes for chocolate lovers

Who doesn't love chocolate? Lonneke Engel and her fellow contributors shared their love of chocolate with you in these 5 recipes for chocolate lovers. 

First of all, did you know that Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill even came out with a recipe book all about (raw) chocolate called "MODEL CHOCOLATE" ?

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Whether it is Valentine's Day or not, here are 5 recipes for chocolate lovers you must try to make for the ones you love. (or just all for yourself!).

1. Chocolate Eco Block by Abigail O'Neill

Abigail O'Neill made this delicious piece of chocolate that should be a staple in your household!

Chocolate Eco Block recipe by Abigail O'Neill.

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2. Vegan black bean brownies by Lonneke Engel

This bean based vegan black bean brownie is delicious and a great snack for when you crave chocolate, or when you are just hungry! You might not even realize there are beans in it!

Vegan Black Bean Brownies recipe by Lonneke Engel

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3. Healthy Brigadeiro by Carolina Fontaneti

Brazilian beauty Carolina Fontaneti tried to make a healthier version of the famous Brazilian Brigadeiros. Delicious!

Healthy Brigadeiro recipe by Carolina Fontaneti.

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4. Raw chocolate fondue by Abigail O'Neill

Many people like any ingredient just better if there is a layer of chocolate melted on top of it. Abigail O'Neill gives some tips to maken amazing chocolate fondue!

Raw Chocolate Fondue recipe by Abigail O'Neill

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5. Frosty Fruity Chocolate by Abigail O'Neill

Another favorite by Model Chocolate Author Abigail O'Neill: Yummy fruits mixed with chocolate are always a good idea!

Frosty Fruity Chocolate recipe by Abigail O'Neill

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Enjoy!

Love,

Team Organice Your Life®


Fabio Nunes of Masterchef Brasil

We asked Chef Fabio Nunes - famous for competing on Masterchef Brasil, and currently on Masterchef Brasil A Revanche -  to share with us how he "organizes his life in an organic and nice way" by using the Organice Your Life Circle of 5. Enjoy!

1. Organice your Home

I like to live in an organized environment. Before, when I was living in my hometown and at my parents' home, I didn’t have any idea about the importance of an organized home. Later on, I have lived everywhere in the World sharing apartments with roommates and I learned from this experience that to be called ‘Home’ it needs to feel "homie", it must be organized, be functional…

The Kitchen

The kitchen is where I like to focus my organization. I know how important is to have a good 'Mise en place’ to the whole process of cooking. So I try to take that idea as a model, as a professional chef and apply it to everything else I do in life. I also try to be consistent, there are certain things I have to do every single day, at least for a few minutes a day. But consistency is very important when you are trying to achieve your goals.

The household

I'm glad that I have a great partner in life to help me organize my clothes and my closets, because I’m the worst at foldings my shirts ( and she’s the best at it by the way ). 

2. Organice your Agenda

I like to wake up early everyday it’s possible and I love to have a good night sleep of 10 hours every once in a while… I don’t like to make people wait for me, or be at places with some time to spare ahead of the time of the meeting. I get pretty anxious about leaving my house in big cities where you have to keep track of traffic jams and other inconveniences. So I tried my best to keep my schedule on time by planning my day ahead, something I usually do every morning. Now I can luckily count on car services and fresh organic food delivered to my door, which makes living in a big city much more enjoyable. I have always tried to balance my time between running my errands and taking care of stuff, with fun moments of relaxation where I get to enjoy a little bit life and have a brake. Usually I go to the gym, or I just sit and play some videogames. I also love to search online for new ideas of recipes, so I spend a lot of time in front of devices, and maybe that's not too 

3. Organice Yourself

Nutrition

Cooking to nourish my body and to keep me energetic through the day, is what I do every weekday. On Weekends we are free and some weekdays as well.. I live a happy life and I'm happy eating whatever I want, even though I’m completely aware of the importance of a healthy diet.

Workout

I love exercising at open spaces and recently I have joined a group to practice running. Im in love with the activity, I have also meet wonderful people through it and I even ran a half marathon!

Himalayan Salt Lamp

Because I spend a lot of time in front of devices, I always have my Himalayan salt lamp light up during the evening. 

Aromatherapy

Also at night, I get the benefit from aromatherapy with therapeutical organic oils I mix with water on my diffuser. That’s how I end up the night, just before sleep, I practice a mindfulness exercise that really gets me ready to unplug my mind and calm my thoughts. 

4. Organice your Relationships

Family

I live far away from my family. So I take advantage of social media to stay in touch with. Not seeing my niece growing up, is not pleasant and I'd love to be in my hometown with more frequency. I try to do my best even with a busy agenda and living abroad for all these years. I have been present in the most important moments I guess… for instance, one night my best friend had his daughter when I was there. She’s my Goddaughter. Recently my sister got pregnant and had her first baby girl - I was there too. I also went to her graduation and my nephew’s . So I’m pretty happy with it. It’s a real struggle living far away from each other, but we have been able to manage it. 

Love

I have been together with Carolina Fontaneti for more than 10 years already, and they are the best years of my life. We’ve learned and evolved so much from each other's experiences that I just want to have her in my life to keep that feeling forever. She’s my best friend and she’s the best person I met in this life. She truly inspires me, one of the reasons I started caring more about the culinary World, and building on this passion by her side was joyful.

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Me and my cat Ninis when he was a little kitten!

Cooking with love

I just really love to cook for my friends. It's one of the things I love most in life, that’s why I always say that 'I cook when I love’.  So in the best case scenario, at least once a week I get my friends or family together to prepare something delicious, I usually get inspired with an urge for cooking with a particular ingredient, or sometimes I bump into an amazing piece of ‘something delicious’ that I simply have to take back home. I like to serve my loved ones with love and care, of course reflected in the food I prepare them.

5. Organice your Good Heart

Giving back

I’ve got amazing opportunities of working on giving back to my community more and more. For many years I’ve been part of The Heart of Fashion Organization that does beautiful work with some institutions all over Brazil. My favorite one - and the one I like to visit often - are the 'Taiguara Houses'. They are committed to help homeless kids who are living on the vicious streets and provide them a home and opportunities to study and get a job or get connected to their once lost families again. 

READ MORE: The Heart of Fashion

Eliminating food waste and conscious cooking

'Invisible Food’ is an amazing project that I'm very happy that I've joined as it brings together two great passions of mine: food and conscious cooking. Thousand tons of food are thrown away every single day all around the World, but we found a way to begin the process of saving this food locally. With the 'invisible food truck', the whole team that is part of this very passionate movement and I were able to save a lot of ingredients with a full potential of being saved and transform into beautiful and tasteful food. The idea is to bring awareness about how much food we could feed the ones in need just by changing a few wasteful horrible habits. It starts at the producer of the foods, and goes all the way to the final consumer. We all need some enlightenment about the urgent food issues to be solved. I want to live in a beautiful sustainable world, and I believe I'm doing my part to it.

 Follow Fabio Nunes on Instagram , Twitter, and check him on the new episodes of Masterchef Brasil A Revanche!

Masterchef Episode 1 with Fabio:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw5orx_47uY&t=28s

The full episode you can find on the Masterchef Brasil Youtube page!

 

About the Circle of Five by Organice Your Life

Organice Your Life® revolves around the OYL Circle of Five. With these 5 steps you can organize your life in an organic and nice way. The OYL Circle of Five can help you improve your home, your finances, your career, your health, your relationships, and your good charitable work for others. Giving you the tools so you can make each area of your life the best possible! These simple five steps can create big positive change.


Making of Model Chocolate part 2

Hello beautiful readers! I share the cacao love with Organice Your Life® contributor Abigail O'Neill, so what's better than getting together for some model chocolate making with friends? As Lonneke already shared her favorite recipe from Abigail's Model Chocolate book, I'm gonna share mine with you all.

READ MORE: The Making of Model Chocolate part. 1

First of all, I wanted to congratulate Australian supermodel Abigail O'Neill with her wonderful work on the amazing book Model Chocolate ! Much more chocolate LOVE to you my dear, thank you very much for the effort of turning your passion into something everyone could benefit from!

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Getting ready to start our "Chocolovers" cooking in the Organice Your Life® kitchen. All ingredients and of course Model Chocolate cook book by Abigail.

I'm crazy for cookies... only the smell of cookies coming from the oven drives me crazy! So I chose the Chocky Bikkies with almond butter and honey. They are made with cacao nibs for a bit of crunchiness... I absolute love IT ! These are the healthiest I've ever made... Ingredients such as coconut, macadamia , vanilla and honey are the heroes of this awesome mixture above...

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And it all together turned into ...

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THIS! Beautiful leafs made with lots of LOVE

The other day at home, my boyfriend Fabio reproduced another great recipe to one of our good friends and everyone was absolute blown away by how easy and tasteful were the Protein Cocoballs!! We've tried out eating them either before and after getting our workout done. It felt good to my body both ways, increased my energy level and helped recovering muscles. They're good as sweet treats after lunch or dinner, as it's made with the best ingredients and superfoods on Earth, so you don't get to feel guilty about eating them. It's pure goodness ;)

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Delicious Protein Cocoballs ready!

So let's get inspired , get your friends and start cooking!! If your are interested in having access to all these amazing choco blast, please go to OYL shop and get yours! E-book and hardcopies are available HERE. Join us and share your love for raw chocolate too! Share your love for chocolate too!

Xo Carol ;)

pictures by Carol, Fabio & Fairest Photo

First published on November 11th 2013, updated in 2019


Making of Model Chocolate

Carolina, Fabio, Dirk and I spent some time in my Organice Your Life® kitchen in NYC making delicious chocolate treats! We first went through the Model Chocolate book by top model & OYL contributor Abigail O'Neill, and picked our 2 favorite recipes.

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Model chocolate book

Australian model Abigail just released her first chocolate & super foods book full of yummy desserts & treats called "Model Chocolate". And send us a copy too to try some desserts! So we spent the whole night preparing the recipes and we had a lot of fun!

From the many, many recipes, I chose the pie Love Me Bittersweet Jaffa Pie and Carolina chose the cookies.

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Love Me Bitttersweet Jaffa Pie

The pie is a mix of pure, organic ingredients like shredded coconut, pure chocolate nibs & powder, orange oil, orange juice, macadamia nuts and dates.  It is probably the most expensive pie I ever made, as most of the ingredients are not cheap, but it is one of the best pies I ever tasted! The amount of each ingredient was really perfect, you could really taste the orange oil & juice in the "aftertaste". And all the ingredients are uncooked, organic and actually healthy for you! Of course you don't eat the whole pie at once, so after the pie was made, and we all had a piece with a nice cup of tea, we split the remaining pie and Carolina & Fabio took their half home. We later found out we all ate a little piece each night after dinner as a treat until it was finished! So the whole week we all enjoyed it. So in the end it was something we could enjoy for so long it wasn't an expensive pie at all.

macadamia dates coconut flakes 1The ingredients for the crust of the pie are mixed together in a blender.

making crust of raw pieFabio is making the crust of the pie by pressing the pie mixture really well to get a solid and strong bottom of the pie

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Carolina pouring chocolateCarolina sprinkles raw cacao nibs on top.

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Model Chocolate pie 2We love a piece of this chocolate pie!

The whole recipe for this delicious pie you can find in the Model Chocolate book .

Chocolate cookies

The cookies were a mix of ingredients like chocolate powder, spelt meal, maca, macadamia oil, coconut oil. These pictures are going to be posted in an article by Carolina so stay tuned!

What are you making next from the Model Chocolate recipe book?

Love, Lonneke

All pictures copyrighted by Organice Your life® 

First published in 2013, updated in 2019


Get the right running shoes for you

I have been trying to improve my running skills for the past years ,and I have learned and experimented with things that really makes "the ride" more enjoyable. Usually listening to the perfect playlist, having good earphones and controlling your breathing were the first steps I had in mind, but it seems to be not enough!

The right shoes for running

I have found out that wearing the right running shoes is mandatory if you're looking to have the perfect run. In the past, not only did I not ever get a good run but also and most important: I could injury my body pretty bad.

So I did some research and visited couple shoe stores  to find the right running shoes. After a treadmill test, I had discovered my feet were over pronators, which basically means that I strike the ground with my heel and it rolls inward onto the front... Then I bought the model with most support on the back and construction to wrap up my mid foot giving it a glove- like fit. Stability and support are strict needed in my case.

See back support of my right running shoe
See back support of my right running shoe

Get yourself a good posture

Also because all of that, I have started to rebuild my sense of good posture, as before I did not have good shoes, but now feeling confident and protected by my new companions, I gained the consciousness on how to move my whole body. In my daily walking routine I  have been trying to correct some mistakes made in the past by continuously repeating bad habits -  it's not as easy as it seems-determination and focus are keys to success!

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THIS video shows how I do walk on regular basis

THIS video shows how I used to walk over pronating my feet

You might also have either over pronation or under pronation. If you're lucky, you have a neutral running gait. Check your most worn running shoes soles to see which kind are you, they should look like one of these:

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The most damaged area are the ones in RED

Don't forget to ALWAYS stand on both feet!

And good luck running with in your perfect gait!

xo Carolina

 

 

Edited. First published on March 24th 2014.


Healthy snacks on the GO!

I've been asked a lot what I do to avoid unhealthy eating habits , so this article is dedicated to that. Some basic actions can really save your day!

Everywhere I go, I try to look for new places where I can find exciting organic food options. Also I go for greener options as much as I can, re using plastic and paper bags or water bottles for example - and always manage my diet to be the best as possible in the most different situations.

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Airplane Food

I don't like how plane food tastes and how it makes you feel bloated - so I've found a solution for it: always pack a few healthy snacks and a nice home made meal to eat on the plane...

I spend so much time in airports and airplanes that if I don't take proper care, I will end up eating something not good for me. The first time I made my own bowl with plenty of healthy food I felt much more vitality and energy to handle those never ending 10 hours seated on a plane. Everyone should try it! No shame! Even the plane staff helped me out heating the meal, and there it goes a tip if you wanna do the same: take an aluminum bowl to make it easier, then ask someone to heat for you just the way they do it with regular food they serve it.

fotoThis beautiful plate was made with love by my boyfriend and it's all organic quinoa beets and carrots with tilapia filet and caramelized onions and some boiled egg whites! YUMMY

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Snacks at work

Sometimes at work, snacks before or after lunch time, are not nutritious enough to help me get going through my day of hard work. So again I've found a solution. I ALWAYS take with me energy protein bars, nuts and other organic healthy snacks in little bowls that fit in my bag. I will never go to work unprepared, because we never know what's for breakfast and lunch. I'm known by stylists and beauty artists for doing it ( they usually sees me sneaking in my purse ), they call me "smart girl" and I have the pleasure to share my treats with them.

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These are a few simple things you could integrate in to your routine, or if you don't have a routine (in my case).  You just need to think ahead of all difficult situations you're gonna be dealing with, so you are prepared for everything!

Follow these tips on a daily basis:

  • Try not to stay more than 3 hours without eating, ALWAYS have some good snacks with you, otherwise will won't even notice that it's been hours since you bite something.
  • Drink water! sometimes your body will trick you, so you might think you're hungry and would end up cheating with bad snacks, when your body it's JUST thirsty !
  • If you don't exercise that much ( or as much as you'd like to ); always goes for smart choices: stairs instead of elevators, go walking or biking to work  - do not ever lose a chance of moving your body!

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Stay healthy!

XO Carol

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First published on October 8th 2013, updated in 2019


My grandma's Banana Cake

I love food and all that is involved with it : searching for the nicest ingredients , prepping  and cooking. In my opinion there is no better reason to gather your loved ones than for a good homemade meal.

My grandmother's recipe

When I was living by myself working as a model in France, one way I found to stay connected to my dear ones, specially with my grandma in this case, was to work on some family recipes. My beloved grandma used to make some delicious food in her humble kitchen and my favorite of all times dessert was the banana cake she did with the simplest ingredients.

I took her handwritten recipe note everywhere I went even though I knew the recipe by heart. I liked the way she wrote things down so she would never forget. I was in love withe her recipe books and how disorganized in an organized way they were.

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My friend Elle and I in a picnic reunion in Paris few years ago: we were the queen of cakes

Modeling and baking

Throughout my years modeling around the World, I have made many tummies very happy. My friends used to invite me in so I would bake the cake for birthdays, gatherings and reunions. I was pretty happy to make such a simple task into an event. So I was well known by my grandma's banana cake and now I'm trilled to share it's recipe with all of you.

Like I said, I like to use the simplest ingredients. And the most important one is LOVE.

Enjoy this banana cake!

XoXo Carol

 

As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour - its consistency changes a bit - not the flavour!
As usual, I use only organic and healthier choices in my recipes. You can also make it with whole wheat flour - its consistency changes a bit - not the flavor!

 

The Infamous Banana Cake
A delicious banana cake ( unfortunately not suitable for those of you that are lactose or gluten intolerant.)

Author:
Recipe type: bakery
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 and a half cups of sugar ( of your preference any kind works well - Demerara is a good option)
  • 2 cups of White Wheat Flour ( if your not feeling too evil for the day, you can try the whole wheat version )
  • 1 and a half cups of whole milk
  • 4oz Butter ( 113 grams )
  • Cinnamon
  • 6 to 8 bananas depending on their size.
  • 1 tablespoon of baking powder

Instructions
  1. Pre heat the oven at 380 degrees F ( 240 Celsius ) before starting. Grease a round baking pan with butter. Cut thick rounds of bananas to glue them around the edges and at the bottom of the baking pan.Cover the perfectly placed bananas with cinnamon powder and make sure they are all covered with a thin layer of the spice. After that in a separate bowl, mix in the flour , milk , butter ( it can be melted or cut it in big numbs ) , baking powder and sugar. There's no need of mixer machines to make this mixture, you can air it out with a simple hand tool. If you opted to not melting the butter, don't bother if the mix doesn't look perfectly smooth and you can still see the numbs of butter, that's one of my grandma's secrets! Pour this tick mixture on top of your bananas and cover the top with cinnamon again and the same amount of sugar, so it gets a little crunchy skin. Put in the oven to bake for about 30 minutes. Check if it's baked sticking a toothpick in the center if it's not, let it in the oven for another 5 minutes os so.

 

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Great for kids birthday parties, the little ones really enjoyed this yummy treat

The Cinnamon Snail vegan food truck NYC

I do love street food. Period. I love healthy street vendors even more, and my all time favorite is "The Cinnamon Snail" vegan food truck NYC.

I love vegan donuts

I have been crazy for vegan donuts since the North American culture got into my life and I have to thank Cinnamon Snail for making the most delicious yet ' good for you '  donuts, brownies, cookies, bars and other treats. I'm sure it would catch your eye if you're wandering the streets of NYC and spot the cinnamon colored truck...

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I have good news for you if you're not a crazy "Sweet Tooth" like myself, they also have these incredible delicious gourmet sandwiches made with seitan and more cause there is a plus : they serve vegan and organic food only.

Favorite treats at Cinnamon Snail

For a non typical day in my routine, I had the "special of the day" featuring maple hickory bbq seitan with smoked chili coconut bacon, marinated kale and roasted garlic aioli on a grilled baguette. It was way to heavy for my morning, but it was worth the experience cause I've never had a tastier vegan sandwich before.  Champs!

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People working at the truck are super nice and helpful!

I also need to recommend the cinnamon roll, and my number 1 donut -the vanilla bourbon creme brulée : It is mindblowing!

You can find all the info you need on their instagram @cinnamonsnail , but I can bring you good news: they cater and have pickup locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Hoboken.

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Have you spotted a green one and guessing what flavor is? It's Basil coconut!

When my favorite friends Dirk and Lonneke were about to leave NYC for a while, Fabio and I run earlier that day to grab an assortment of our favorite bites, and paid a visit to share some goodness and free the stress of traveling abroad for a while... I was lucky to bring some leftovers back home!

xo Carol