Vintage is the original Green Fashion

Really, you can officially call all clothing made before the 80's "vintage", but let's just call all the good, quality and beautiful clothing vintage. Are you with me?  I hope so!

What is vintage

Vintage is really recycling and keeping clothes from going into the landfills, so Vintage is the original Green Fashion!

Vintage is the original Green Fashion - Lonneke Engel

I always feel very happy when I find an item that used to be pricey, is in great shape, and looks beautiful.  And if the price is low now, and it fits me, it's a deal!  Most of the time people compliment me more when I wear something that they don't recognize as something they have seen in recent fashion shows.

Great vintage shops are everywhere!

New York City for instance has many secondhand and vintage stores.  Some focus on the 40's and 50's, others on mainstream brands for extremely cheap. The trick is to really dig in, and really look at each piece of clothing.  Maybe one of them is your gem.

Other places to find vintage

There are many other places to find amazing vintage.  What about your mom's closet?  Maybe your grandmother's closet?  The thing with fashion trends are that they come back every so many years, of course reinvented.  So what is old and ugly right now, you might want to keep in your closet a few years--it might be fashionable again.

Magic closet

Also, I keep a "Magic Closet", where I store all my unwanted clothing.  Coats, dresses, bags, shoes, you name it. I either sell, give clothes away, or donate. I also look into this closet every few months, because you might start liking an item again, maybe because you lost or gained weight and it now fits!  If you do have unwanted clothing, you can do the same. You can donate, sell or swap, or bring it to collection points in your area.  Those clothes will find a good new owner. You can sell it online at many places including RealReal,Letgo, Thredup, Poshmarkand Ebay !

READ MORE: Organize your shoe closet

Swap Party

Organize fun parties with your (girl) friends to swap clothes. Super fun! My friends come whenever they want, and exchange clothes with me.  This way I find something new, and they do as well.  It gives you the same feeling as when you go shopping; but this way it is shopping for free, so it feels even better!

If you are actually looking to expand your wardrobe, ask first if friends have some stuff they want to get rid of.  Most of the time they then suddenly think of that one dress they haven't worn and you might like... Otherwise: go shopping!

Did you know a lot of celebrities get their unique pieces from vintage stores or flea markets?

In the Netherlands my friends of Doortje Vintage (great online vintage webshop) started LENA Library in Amsterdam and they have made it a business for people to borrow vintage (or green fashion) from their fashion library. You become a member and can come get nice pieces all the time! Check them out when you are in Amsterdam.

A few of my favorite vintage stores around NYC

AUH2O

Best prices and cute clothing. I have found many things $3-10 that I wear a lot!

located in the East Village.

www.AUH20.com

Beacon's closet

You can also bring your clothes here to sell! Really nice collection they have of vintage and some more modern day designers.

Great prices.

Multiple locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn.

www.beaconscloset.com

Stella Dallas

Unfortunately, they just closed my favorite location on Thompson street!

But this is the place to go for 50's & 60's dresses. I found my wedding dress here!

www.stelladallas.com

INA NYC

High-end designer consignment.

www.inanyc.com

What Goes Around Comes Around

More really old pieces, found all over the world, really one of a kind leather belts, antique clothing and more

www.whatgoesaroundnyc.com


5 tips for a Green World

Most people want a Green World. But how do we achieve that goal?

I recently came across this quote by Carl Sagan on the Stop Fracking Instagram account that made me stop and think. I searched for more and discovered that this man, who brought the cosmic universe in understandable language to us, gave us inspirational things to think about and maybe even make a change.

A Better World

We all notice something is in need of a thorough inspection and update in our World today. The idea of making money, a career, to have a house (with a mortgage) and a car (with a loan), fame ( & power) and buying, consuming & owning expensive "things" is just not that satisfying for most of us anymore. And we see a LOT of problems unfolding in front of our eyes.

What is going on these days? What are the issues of our generation? Why are people worried and upset?

People see that the energy supplies are drying up and we need a new way of energy. People feel they can't trust anymore what they eat. Our food system is being endangered because some big corporations are trying to change DNA structures of plants (GMO). Nature is being demolished for industries worldwide. There are worries about the Climate Change and if the air you breathe is still good enough and the water you drink from the tap is not contaminated in the future. People worry about possible nuclear bombs and terrorism. Species become extinct, people are being suppressed in countries. (Gay) people are being bullied and attacked. Even pets are legally seen as a material object, a "thing" not a living being and part of your family.

The World sometimes feels like it is messed up

And we all feel this, one way or another. Everyone wants to change something. People want less stress, less responsibilities, more time to spend with loved ones,  more happiness, greener nature, less abuse, less violence, more Peace between people and the Earth. But most people wait until others to take the lead... But why wait? All issues going on in society are influencing us all, if we want it or not. We can sit by and wait and see, or have an active attitude.

Like the quote says:

without clean air and water all our dreams and ideas for the future cannot become reality.

And if we don't speak up what we want ourselves, no one will, and money will continuously rule our World.

But it all feels like too. big. of. an. issue. to. deal. with. and. to. fix.

Where to begin? I hear you asking.

It all starts with our excessive consumption pattern of this moment. That. needs. to change. No way out.

How to start living a better, more sustainable and fulfilling life for a Green World,  without coming across as a drastic activist?

Answer: One step at a time. Here are 5 tips for a Green World Inspiration:

1.  Information is Powerful

Read and learn about things before consuming something or buying something. I read everyday all day and listen to inspirational people, experts in their field, to learn about their findings. And if you made mistakes in the past, and people are continuously pointing out all the things you do or did wrong: focus on what you do right at this moment. People will always try to find something to bring you and your good intentions down. You can start any moment to live a better and a more green life to work together with millions of others to create a Green World! (Good news huh?!) I made mistakes too, and sometimes worked with companies that are not doing so well on the ethical or sustainable level. But the money I made I now put where my mouth is. Know that every day is a new day to change your lifestyle.

2. Each time you buy something, you vote with your purchase

You can either sustain or change a situation using your power of spending. When everyone stops buying products that don't have a good ethical side to it, producers will change to fit the customers needs. It is that easy. So next time you buy something. THINK about what you are buying. And choose good stuff! For instance, if you buy cheap clothing or fast food, you are likely to vote for underpaid unethical (child) labor, depleting nature from essential minerals, contaminating drinking water and bad living conditions for animals as well as voting for a bad health of yourself, to name a few gigantic problems our World faces these days. Cheap means, the money savings have to come somewhere. So you might have a fashionable shirt you wear probably only a few times. And then throw out (creating enormous waste). Or eating a cheap meal.  The impact on yourself and the planet is so devastating you probably would think twice to purchase it if you saw all of these problems that come with that purchase unfold at once in front of your own eyes. The amount of chemicals and genetically manipulated ingredients used in the production of cheap food like products and fashion is alarming. And it is in almost all the stuff you have at home probably, unless you live under a rock. So it affects ALL OF US. Choose wisely for a Green World.

3. Think long-term, not short-term

Some people think about the short-term cost of things, in other words: what does it cost today? While I always think long-term because that is the best for a Green World. If I am healthy and stay healthy for a long time, I need less doctors for disease, less medication, and that way I save a lot of money! I believe that investing in health, by going to doctors to manage my health ,and by buying good products in the beginning will save money in the end compared to people always buying cheap food and cheap products. Cheap food gets you sick, cheap products don't last long, are unethically made, and need to be replaced all the time.  Think about your karma, your conscience.. Can you live with the situation you sustain by buying that product? Your choice if you want to save money now, or your money, your health and your karma in the end. Don't you want the best for your kids? Think about every aspect of their lives. What do you feed them, what do you make them wear, where do you let them play...what quality is the air their young developing lungs breath... each thing, each action is of an incredible importance to the rest of their lives. Be aware, be conscious. Are you protecting their future? Are you fighting for clean soil and organic food, clean air & water? Or do you just sit by and watch the big corporations & government ruining it all just for the Sake of profits? For our children and their future: you can't stay in silence, speak up and demand better & healthier products, protection of people, animals & nature and safety all along. There is enough of everything for everyone and for our future, but we are all using it up now. Pretty selfish don't you think?It is a fact that buying cheap stuff will only give you short-term happiness when purchased. And it might give you a good feeling for a moment: the ones involved in making it are not happy at all. Let's be honest here: a 1 dollar meal or 5 dollar shirt sounds like a bargain, but HOW in the world can that 1 dollar product be made with respecting people, animals & nature? Answer: no way. And the bad ingredients in cheap processed foods can help you get serious diseases like heart disease, diabetes, obesity to name a few. The toxins used in producing cheap fashion can cause lung & skin problems and the amount of waste created this way... forgetaboutit. If you knew that junk food, soda drinks, buying toxic clothing, shoes and other products would be harmful to your health and that of your family in the long run, would you think twice about buying the cheap, unhealthier version?

4. Think quality, not quantity

While a deal of 2 or more for the price of one sounds like a great deal, it usually only comes for products that aren't really healthy or well made, and actually could be harmful to your health. While our society has the idea that "We want MORE" is the way to go, and buying lots and lots of things and owning lots and lots of things are the best for you, I believe in Less is More. Also, knowing where your products come from gives a certain extra value to the purchase, besides knowing you help a local producer and the safety of knowing who made it. That is true quality. I keep downgrading my life daily, so I can enjoy my life more without the continuous bills coming my way and the worries that come with it. So I don't have to work to keep up with the bills, and don't need that much time keeping up, and organizing my belongings. So I have more time to spend with who I love, doing what I love. It's an enlightened feeling if you can say: I don't need all that. Our family doesn't need all that. I am perfectly happy with the stuff I already have

5. Be creative

Companies have tried to make us all look the same: "We give you a lot of the same looking products and you all buy it from us, and you don't know where it is made, from what it is made and who made it". It is the easiest and cheapest for companies to produce this way. And the more you buy, the more money they make, which will only benefit a very small group of people. Also, these clothes have usually a bad carbon footprint (Think made fare away like "Made s in "INSERT SOMEWHERE IN ASIA") and create a terrible amount of waste. Just saying. Back to the "Be creative" part. I hate the idea of wearing an outfit and someone else walks by in the exact same shirt from a chain store. So I try to stay as far away. I absolutely LOVE my vintage shopping, the hunt for that one-of-a-kind piece, and buying from unique designers and local craftsmen. Less carbon footprint: a happier World. Also for furniture the same. Commodity is no fun.  Be original. Exchange products with your friends (and save money too), let people see who you truly are, choose things that are original, that are YOU. And u know what? People will recognize and praise you for your courage and your great eye and originality! Because most don't have that much originality unfortunately, but they will see it when it is in front of their own eyes. Bonus: being original and recycling products like vintage and antique is usually cheaper to purchase, create almost no waste. The clothes actually are recycled in the economy as well so worth more economically per garment (if that makes sense). It takes creativity, and we lost it somehow the past decades when industrialization and mass production came into our lives, but we can get it back!

The World is not lost yet, it can still be a Green World

We have been taught that our voice does not make a difference by the people who run the world in the Old Economy. It is quite the contrary. If you feel like you want to make a change, you can totally do that as every little bit counts.   Because all those little bits together become a big chunk. And people will notice. Companies will notice and will make a chance. Just focus, everyone has their own favorite issue they want to change. And yes, you might experience a bit of a struggle in the beginning, but easy things are no fun. Success is only satisfying when it takes effort to get to that point.

I encourage you to start changing your consuming pattern for the better. "New" isn't always better," cheap" is usually not right. If you only become more conscious about your actions, and the things you buy each day with the hard-earned money you made, we are half way there. Don't believe all advertising, some are misleading. Trust me I know. The way you consume things and leave your footprint on this Earth matters. Every positive little (green) change helps to change this society for the better. And people lead by example.

Open your mind, explore, learn, send out your message and connect with people who believe in a Green World.

And foremost: Put your money where your mouth is if you believe in a Green World. Buy from true organic & green companies, local farmers & craftsmen and buy GMO free produce.

The World is not lost yet. There are a lot of people still focusing on the money aspect of things (so last Century) But even the most corrupt and money loving people and corporations have a heart... somewhere. They just lost the right path a few decades ago, and can't seem to find it anymore. They only go for the short term profit; they lost the touch with the people who work for them, the animals and products they work with and the environment they work in. But with our efforts and little changes to a greener life we will push them to find the right path again!

Together we stand, all that is important is us, our children and our future.

Love, Lonneke

Founder Organice Your Life®

Carl Sagan quote 2


Green to Gold book

I love reading Green Entrepreneur business books! Here is another one I recommend: "Green to Gold: How Smart Companies use environmental strategy to innovate, create value, and build competitive advantage", written by Daniel C. Esty and Andrew S. Winston.

 

Green to gold book

Going from Green to Gold

"Going Green" has been big business this past decade, it is nice to read this book Green to Gold, for which the authors, who are experts from Yale, have done extensive research within the industry, and had an opportunity to get access to a lot of companies. First published in 2009, Green to Gold shows what companies have made mistakes, and did or did not fix it, and what companies  take Green to a next level. (there probably have been changes made by these companies since then, but that doesn't mean you can't take the tips and tricks for your business from it, and also see where you can go wrong, and make sure you don't) It is the perfect guide for the Green entrepreneur, and if you want to make your business more eco-friendly. By finding your "eco-advantage" as they call it, you not only make your business greener but can also make it more profitable. How big or small your  company is, it does not matter, Green to Gold has many tips to make your business Greener & Better!

The book itself

The book is also printed on acid-free post-consumer recycled paper with soy ink.

Get more information or order the book by clicking on the picture below:


Love, Lonneke

 First published on November 11th 2013, updated in 2019


renovating my bathroom on a budget

The past weeks I have been renovating my bathroom. It was a big task but I learned a lot along the way.

My bathroom

When I moved in 13 years ago my bathroom was dark grey. (see top of bathroom, I kept it that grey. Not only because I like a two-tone wall, I live in a loft and I am simply too short to paint that high up)  I liked the tiles on the floor, but the bathroom was a bit cold and dark in my opinion. the rest of my apartment was very colorful (bright green, orange and blue walls) that my bathroom was the opposite. The past years I have been updating the rest of my apartment and the colorful walls have become more neutral tones, it was time to get my bathroom updated too! I spread all the work over the course of a few weeks (sorry hubby and guest for having to use a bathroom that was a work in progress during that time!)

Renovation essentials to "organice" my bathroom

Years ago I bought this paint that was a lovely olive green color. Since that time I did not make time to update the bathroom, so it was still sitting there in a can. Luckily it was still good! But I had to get a few other things to start this renovating process:

  • paint brushes
  • paint rollers in different sizes
  • paint roller covers
  • painters tape
  • paint tray
  • plastic covers for the floor
  • spackling paste
  • putty knife
  • sanding paper, soft and coarse
  • acetone
  • old rags
  • alcohol
  • water and soap
  • vacuum cleaner

How I started renovating my bathroom

Day 1

First I added spackling paste in all the dents and holes using a putty knife and let it dry for a day.

Day 2

Tried to paint an area to see how it would look.

Had to do a 2nd layer of spackling in a few spots and sand them when they were dry.

Day 3

Next sanded the surfaces a little bit so they are smooth. I had a bit of water damage her and there, and tried to sand it down as much as I could. The only other option was to remove the cabinet doors, but I do not want to do that right now. So I made it look the best I could!

I wiped everything off with some water and soap, and some rubbing alcohol to remove grease

Day 4

Add tape to tape off the areas I wanted to paint

More spackling in the areas on the walls that were damaged.

Day 5-8

Started painting the doors and insides of the bathroom cabinets. I had to use a primer for the sanded surfaces and painted 2 layers of white:

and I had asked a representative of the Janovic Paint store to give me advice on which white paint I should get for my bathroom.

Day 9-16

Started to paint the bathroom walls Antique Olive by Glidden in semi-gloss. ( I had bought this color of paint at Home Depot.)  Since the walls were dark grey I had to paint over it at least 3 times. I used a small roller and paint brush for the small crevices and hard to reach areas, and a larger roller for the large areas. I let it dry at least 1 day in between the layers of paint. I have to admit it was a lot of work and it seemed to take forever which was a bit discouraging, but I kept telling myself the result would be worth it. (and that turned out to be true!) I also ruined a Patagonia sweater and Alternative sweatpants as they now have paint stains on them.. oh well, time to go shopping there again! (And using these items for when I paint again, for instance my art work)

Tip: Instead of rolling my paint roller in the paint tray, I used the brush to add paint onto the roller. It took a bit of time, but I did not waste much paint and I also did not spill as much when painting high up.

Day 17

Cleaned up everything using water and soap, baking soda and vinegar. Old rags and acetone are used to remove paint stains. You have no idea how much a bathroom improves by just giving the bathroom a good scrub.

Day 18

Redecorated the bathroom adding some ornaments I found that are complementing the new color. I went shopping at TJ Maxx as they have great items for very cheap for my bathroom! Hung up my favorite photo of Fairest Photo, one of a rusty fire hydrant in NYC that matches the green really well. Added a new shower curtain, scent sticks and new  bathroom floor mats.

Result of my bathroom renovations

Because I did everything myself, the financial budget was very low, I think I spent altogether less than 150 bucks including paint, brushes, bath mats and a new shower curtain. Looking online at what it all costs, I probably spent even less than 100 bucks on it! But I did spent a lot of time on it, and some say that time is money. For me it was very therapeutical: I started a project, and finished it, without stress and in my own pace. Painting is good for your mindfulness, stress release and lowering cortisol and adrenaline. You also have time to think about stuff in peace and quiet. ( or you turn on some music while painting, do what suits you best!)

Tip: People advised me to go neutral. But a good color done in a stylish way, can really make your walls pop. Most of all, you need to choose the color that you love, as you will be the one constantly looking at it while at home.

Now I look at my bathroom and am happy whenever I spend time there, whether it is for a long time while having a nice hot shower, or just a few minutes. Putting in some effort to renovate, fix up or update your home, is worth it, especially if the result makes you feel warm inside every time you see it!

 

Love, Lonneke


Start the New Year right!

Organice Your Life is wishing everyone a wonderful New Year with lots of love and good health! May all your wishes come true the coming year! Let's talk about how you can start the new year right:

How to start the New Year right

We can't wait to bring you much more inspiration the coming year. More tips and insights on how to organize your life in an organic and nice way aka "Organice" your life. Let's start the New Year with a good detox of your body and soul. But remember always that every day is a new day to start the rest of your life! So even if you go off-track one day. Don't worry! The next day you can start over and be the best YOU!

READ MORE: How to survive the Holidays

Watch more:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUgqvK1b_3s&t=70s

Happy Holidays: Your 5 good intentions in the New Year using the Circle of Five

  • Make your house your home and get a habit of organizing and cleaning regularly for a healthier YOU.
  • Try every day to spend a bit of time to organize your agenda, finances and career.
  • Eat healthy foods, drink water. Move and Appreciate your body.
  • Spend time with people (or animals) you love and who love you.
  • Give back to your Community.

You will have great days, and bad days. You will win some and lose some. You will make it or you will fail. It can all happen this new year, but the thing is: DO NOT STOP! You just need to keep on going if you are passionated about it and really want to achieve something. No one achieved big things by quitting. You can do anything if you put your mind to it. So let's do it and make this New Year one for the books!

Happy Holidays Artwork by Haus of Joey for Organice Your Life


My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris

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

My top 5 organic restaurants in Paris

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

Le Potager du Marais

Le Potager du Marais

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

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

Le Potager du Marais  24 rue Rambuteau • 75003 Paris Le Grenier de Notre-Dame: Just off Notre-Dame Cathedral and in front of the oldest Parisian tree (planted in 1601!), this restaurant is the perfect hideaway after a long day of sightseeing or before venturing out to the neighboring bars. There is a huge choice of delicious dishes, all organic and mostly vegan. Additionally, their teas, such as the rose tea (with real roses inside!) are fantastic!

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

 Pousse Pousse

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

Pousse Pousse 7 Rue Notre-Dame-de-Lorette 75009 Paris (unfortunately closed)

Sol Semilla (previously known as Voy Alimento)

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

Superfoods soup, drinks and plate at Voy Alimento

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

Bio Sphère Café

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

A juice at Biosphere cafe

Bio Macarons at Bio Sphere

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

Bio Sphère Café 47 Rue de Laborde 75008 PARIS

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

kisses, Barbara

Barbara Kiskovski

 

First published on June 26th 2013, updated in 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Blue Monday Green Smoothie

Love this simple yet delicious light Blue Monday morning Green Smoothie! I love to take some maca mixed with it, because my hormonal system is a bit off, and I learned that Maca could help with unbalanced hormones in a body, as well as build stamina, strength and increase fertility :)

Love, Lonneke

Blue Monday Green Smoothie
a simple, light smoothie that gives you a kick on a day when you are feeling blue.With not too many sugars, but just enough to start your day!

Author:
Recipe type: smoothie
Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 1 half diced mango
  • Handfull of fresh spinach
  • a cup of almond milk
  • a cup of coconut water
  • 1 tsp of wheatgrass powder
  • 1 tsp of maca root

Instructions
  1. Blend all together and pour in 2 glasses, enjoy!

Notes
Smoothies are great when you drink them in the morning.
Smoothies are also great if they don't contain too much sugar. Therefore keep the amount of fruits in a smoothie to less than half of the total amount of smoothie you make! A Smoothie preferably made with low glycemic ingredients is the best really.

Maca has been known for helping to support the endocrine system and helps to deal with stress. Maca has shown positive results in people in balancing hormones and increasing fertility as well as building strength and endurance. Maca has an abundance of minerals and vitamins as well as plant protein.

 


Green Mango Apple Smoothie

A nutritious green smoothie with a creamy texture and a flavor that brings you to the Carribean. Check my recipe for my Green Mango Apple smoothie below!

 Love, Lonneke

Green Mango Smoothie
a delicious smoothie with mango

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Serves: 2

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Ingredients
  • 1 diced ripe mango without skin
  • 1 sliced apple without skin
  • cup of almondmilk
  • 1tsp wheatgrass powder
  • 1tsp spirulina
  • 1tsp lucuma
  • 2tsp hemp protein

Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in a blender and blend all together until a smooth texture.

Notes
Instead of almond milk you can use rice milk, or a mix of both. (You can also substitute with another milk you love)

The tsp of spirulina & wheatgrass are for extra minerals and health, and give the smoothie the green coloring. You can of course make this smoothie without these ingredients.

Lucuma powder comes from the lucuma fruit. it is a low glycemic sweetener, and has a mix of nutrients including iron, B3, beta-carotene, calcium, zinc & iron.

 


Rebecca Taylor

Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rebecca Taylor

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

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

Triple Negative Breast Cancer

make-a-Wish Foundation 

The Foundling Foundation

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

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

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

interview by the OYL team. First published September 2012

Vintage, the Original Green

Really, you can officially call all clothing made before the 80’s “vintage”, but let’s just call all the good, quality and beautiful  but used clothing vintage! Are you with me? I hope so!

Vintage is really recycling

It keeps clothes from going into the landfills, so Vintage is the original Green!

I always feel very happy when I find an item that used to be pricey, is in great shape, and looks beautiful. And if the price is low now, and it fits me, it’s a deal! Most of the time people compliment me more when I wear something that they don’t recognize as something they have seen in recent fashion shows.

A great place to shop is I.N.A. NYC, a place with amazing secondhand dresses suits, barely worn shoes, bags, and accessories from all the major designers you can think of, for women and men! It is a fashionistas heaven, and their stores are all over downtown NYC.

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But that’s not all--they have an online store, so literally anywhere in this world you can look at the clothes and order them. If you live in the area, you can also make an appointment if you have clothes you want to sell. If they take it, they take a percentage from the sold price.

Besides INA, New York City has many other secondhand and vintage stores. Some focus on the 40’s and 50’s, others on mainstream brands for extremely cheap. The trick is to really dig in, and really look at each piece of clothing. Maybe one of them is your gem. Most friends are usually hesitant at first. But for instance, when we found one friend his almost-new cashmere sweater, he became more into the concept. It takes a bit of practice and time, but it is definitely fun!

There are many other places to find amazing vintage. What about your mom’s closet? Maybe your grandmother’s? The thing with fashion trends are that they come back every so many years, of course reinvented. So what is old and ugly right now, you might want to keep in your closet a few years--it might be fashionable again.

Doutzen & LonnekeAlso, I keep a “Magic Closet”, where I store all my unwanted clothing. Coats, dresses, bags, shoes, you name it. My friends come whenever they want, and exchange clothes with me. This way I find something new, and they do as well. It gives you the same feeling as when you go shopping; but this way it is shopping for free, so it feels even better! If you do have unwanted clothing, you can do the same, or you can give it away. You can give it to the Salvation Army, or bring it to collection points in your area. Those clothes will find a good new owner.

If you are actually looking to expand your wardrobe, first ask if friends have some stuff they want to get rid of. Most of the time they then suddenly think of that one dress they haven’t worn and you might like... Otherwise: go shopping!

Did you know a lot of celebrities get their unique pieces from vintage stores or flea markets?

Here are a few of my favorite vintage stores around the World:

  • INA NYC
    High-end designer consignment. I find the best quality designer clothes & shoes here and I absolutely love this store.
  • What Goes Around Comes Around
    More really old pieces, found all over the world, really one of a kind leather belts, antique clothing and more.
  • Stella Dallas. A small vintage store with dresses and accessories mostly from the 50's and the 60's as well as pieces that are from beginning of the 1900's.
  • Doortje Vintage
    A great online vintage store, A place I have scored many great pieces.
  • Beacon's Closet. A great place to also bring your unwanted secondhand items, as you get money for it, that you can use for shopping or get cash right away! They have great prices and really a good selection of useful vintage.

Love, Lonneke


Vertical Garden

There are so many ways to grow your own herbs and vegetables! Even if you have a small balcony there are ways to incorporate growing fresh herbs into your life.

Start a vertical garden

b1383ccbb69b02d8ae962db7ec8f32c3A great way is a vertical garden or green wall which fits into even the smallest space. You can make one indoor or outdoor, depending on what plants you use, as some are growing better indoors and others grow better outdoors.

You have different sizes of wall grow bags, that you can find at your local gardening center or even some florists have them as well. There are ones with just 4 pockets, and some that have a whole wall covered! Prices differ depending what you want; if you want an automatic irrigation added that is of course more expensive. I prefer to water the plants myself every day so I know how the plant is doing.

Plants on walls

There are people that have created art with them, covering houses with the most beautiful plants, like the people from Plants on Walls.

Hang them, put your favorite herbs and plants in them with some extra soil, water them daily, and you have your own mini garden. You can even add herbs like basil, thyme, mint & oregano. It is a great eco friendly solution to grow your own herbs!

What's next? Growing your own organic vegetables! woohoo!

Love, Lonneke


Vegan green curry

Vegan green seitan curry

Cooking is not difficult!

Today I made a delicious green vegan curry with seitan (a wheat gluten used as protein in a vegetarian diet), check it out!

Green vegan seitan curry recipe
A delicious vegan green curry with healthy ingredients

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Ingredients
  • Thai white rice
  • Seitan (cut into cubes)
  • Green curry paste (as much to your liking)
  • 1 red pepper
  • 2 small onions
  • 2 handfuls of string beans
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • Fresh Coriander/Cilantro
  • 200 ml Coconut milk
  • a table spoon of Coconut oil
  • 1 can of organic fruit
  • Salt

Instructions
  1. Put the rice in water with a pinch of salt and heat to boil. Turn lower when boiling and depending on kind of rice cook to perfection.
  2. Get a pan and heat the coconut oil and stir fry the seitan.
  3. Put the seitan in a bowl.
  4. Add the garlic in the hot pan
  5. Stir fry the onions, and later on the peppers and string beans.
  6. Add the coconut milk and green curry paste (add more of the paste if you want the curry spicier or more coconut milk if you want it milder)
  7. Let simmer for 20 min
  8. At last moment add the seitan and coriander/cilantro.
  9. Drain the rice.
  10. Plate your food with the rice, green curry and 2 spoons of the canned organic fruits. (You can find these with no sugar added!)
  11. Add some fresh cilantro and a pinch of salt as you like it.
  12. Serve and enjoy!

I love simple recipes that are organic, vegetarian and/or vegan! They make you feel nourished with good vitamins and minerals and are not heavy on your stomach. Enjoy!

Love, Lonneke