Me with Betty & Jerry

A day at the beach with friends

A spontaneous trip to the beach is a great thing to do to unwind!

A day at the Beach

Let me take you down memory lane again, as this lovely memory just popped in my head: Once upon a time many years ago when I was visiting the Netherlands for work, I went to meet top model Dewi Driegen right after the job finished. So we decided to take her dogs to the beach! This beach in Wijk aan Zee was about 35 minutes from Amsterdam, and it is famous for kite surfing. So we saw many of these kite surfers on the beach. (you can see the many kites in the air if you look closely). The dogs enjoyed it a lot, and therefore we did too!

Beach Wijk aan Zee

 

I don't have a picture of me and fellow-Dutchie Dewi unfortunately ( I do have many with her dogs Betty & Jerry). Dewi and I were just there having a good time unwinding and relaxing with the Sun on our faces while catching up. I met her through modeling (during fashion week in Milan in 2006 I believe), so we both knew what our crazy modeling lives felt like, so it was always nice to catch up.

 

Me and JerryMe with Betty & Jerry

Beach club

I am always very pleased when I go to new places and restaurants that implement organic in a very natural way. Just like beach club Aloha. The food was delicious and all organic and many healthy options. And a great mindset also:

 

Pumpkin soup at Aloha

(Ok, I did have a slice of the delicious Apple pie. but sssst, don't tell anyone!)

Eating apple pie

We had a great day!

I always loved doing spontaneous things. When your life is "organiced", you have the time to do just that. I still get stressed out when my week is planned ahead. I prefer to just go with the flow. And spontaneously visiting the beach with friends to just relax and unwind, is one of those great things that bring joy to my life! I love to visit the beaches in New York State, especially in the Fall. Because I am not a bikini-beach person, I am more of a windy-Fall-bring-your-dogs- kind of beach person :) The beaches in New York State remind me of beaches on Texel, the island in the Netherlands that we visited yearly with my family when I was a child. So I hope to visit the NY coastline here with my love, family, friends and my own dog sometime soon!

Love, Lonneke

First published on August 10th 2012, updated in 2019


Modeling: The Option

Option. What a word. First, let me quickly explain what this word technically means in the modeling world. We all have agencies that try to get you booked for jobs. A client might be looking for a certain kind of model, and will start checking with different agencies which models they have that would fit their idea. The ones they like the best (with or without a casting), they will put on option.

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

What does The Option really mean

Alright, that was the more technical definition. Now here is what it means: we might pick you. Then again, we might not. For now, we just want to know if you're available. And if you're not, get available.

The word 'option' is without a doubt the most hope-giving and disappointing word in the modellng industry. A good option is like having an amazing guy or a girl flirt with you, and you know somewhere deep inside that that person is just too good looking, too perfect for you. Yet sometimes he or she will come and talk to you and other times, well, they go home with someone else.

What makes the option such a difficult concept as well is that the agencies normally don't help. Think about it from their point of view. They want to tell their models they are on option for big campaigns or good money jobs, because it shows the models that they are working for you. We got you an option! Yet it is always surprisingly hard to figure out how many models are on option. This is, of course vital information for your excitement. But in my experience, the answers remain rather vague. There are reasons for this: one agency might not be sure how many models are on option with other agencies. But I think there are also reasons for an agency to keep it a little vague, or to make the option seem stronger than it actually is: they need you to keep that day, or those days free. If an agency tells you you're on option, together with the major part of the models present in New York, you might plan a beach day. If it unsure how serious it is, or they tell you it is indeed serious, you'll be available.

Needless to say, hearing you have a big option is always nice. It's always better than having no options at all. But how to handle this terribly exciting word?

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos
Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

How to deal when an option falls through

  • First of all, never ever take it personal if you don't get the job. Think of all the times you didn't get a job. If you would have to be personally insulted all of these times, you'll be very busy, have a bruised ego and a lot of spite towards many people you've never even met! And the worst part of it is that nothing changes because of it. They were looking for a different look, a different style. They didn't reject you personally.
  • From the moment you hear you are on option for something big, you're going to try to not think about it too much, but somewhere in the back of your head you booked it, did well, and you're spending the money. So, a second tip: do not count your chickens before they hatch. Do not spend money that's not yours yet, do not claim a campaign that's not yours yet.
  • A third tip would be to not tell too many people about a big option. Think about it, why would you? Sure, it's exciting news, but on the other hand, it's not news yet! And then when the option doesn't go through, you'll be stuck with curious friends with the best intentions constantly reminding you of the disappointment, by asking you if you got it or not.
Marius by Alique
Marius by Alique

My Strategy

My strategy, after some too exciting options that bombed in the end has been to ask my agencies not to always tell me all the options. To let me know when it really gets serious. Like this, I don't get needlessly excited, and I know that if I do get a call about an option, it really means something. And from there on I move around with my fingers crossed.

Maybe by now I've slightly terrified you of this innocent-looking word, and if I did, I'm sorry, I didn't mean to.  I've just been fascinated for years by this word and the implications of it. To end it on a bright note, it's good to remember that no matter how deceptive the word is, you will always first need the option before you get the job.

Cheers!

Marius

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

 This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on May 12th 2012. Updated in 2019.


Modeling: Brag/Share

Paris! New York! Milan! Tokyo! London! You name it, the models go there. Pretty cool, to be our age and travel the world and experience so much. I remember going from hitch-hiking in Southern Africa, sleeping in crappy hostels, to roaming the Seychelles, having my backpack transported in a golf cart, since of course I don't have to carry that myself, sir. I laid in bed that first night, being overwhelmed, shocked, amazed, happy, humbled and lonely at the same time. I remember thinking, 'how do I ever explain this?'.

My start in modeling

When I started modeling, I still had one semester to finish at my university.  I remember a conversation I had during lunch with a fellow student. We had Wednesdays off, and I spent it working in Spain. I asked him 'what did you do yesterday?' He told me he watched three movies and played some basketball. Then he asked me the same thing. I told him that I spent the day on the beach, learning how to waterski in the South of Spain. This is when I started feeling a problem. For years after that, I was thinking a lot about 'when am I sharing, when am I bragging?'

The thing is, so many exciting things are happening, that you want to share it with the World! But then, the World might think you're a show-off douche. Catch 22. I handled this in a few different ways in the beginning years of modeling:

My 4 ways of sharing my modeling experiences

The Share-It-All

I just got started, I was flying around, making some money, and meeting the craziest people. So what do you do with this? That's right, you tell it to all your friends and family, and just about anyone with a heartbeat. You are exploding with enthusiasm, and the strangest things are happening in your life! Soon enough, I started realizing that not everyone's reaction was as excited as I hoped it was. After some initial disappointment, I remember thinking that that kind of made sense as well. I mean, here I am telling all these big stories, what are you supposed to say? And it wasn't happening to them, so how could they fully join me in my excitement? I decided to try hard to control my innocent excitement and start inaggerating (oh yes, I mean the opposite of exaggerating. Is it a word? Not sure, but I like it).

The Downplay Share

I think I spent a lot of time in the beginning trying to prove to everyone that I was still a nice guy, that I stayed normal (a Dutch obsession), that modeling didn't change me. I now look back and think I wasted time on that. I would downplay everything I experienced, just to not have too many, too big stories to share that could give people the wrong impression. I felt like this might be the way to go, but more and more I realized that also this way of sharing was not working. This was for two reasons: firstly I felt like I wasn't able to truly say all the things I was feeling and experiencing. Every word I said, I was weighing it, checking if it didn't come across as too pompous, too arrogant, etc. But because of this, I got blocked from sometimes just letting it out, whether 'it' was superpositive (I am in Russia, can you believe it!) or supernegative (the Milan castings, hearing 'no' 1000 times a day is painful). And another problem turned out to be that my attempt at modesty backfired, and some people actually thought I was very arrogant for never seeming that impressed, or that excited.

In the beginning this hurt me a lot, and it made me feel helpless, since it seemed like quite a task to prove my niceness to seven billion people. So I stopped trying. I tried to accept that some people would judge, no matter what I was trying. Another thing I wanted to accept was a beautiful thing. That, to the people that know me, I had nothing to prove. On neither side of the spectrum. They know me and understand me.

The Selective Share

So I think I finally figured it out a few years ago. There are a handful of people that know everything about my job. All the good sides and all the bad sides. And everyone else? I keep it shallow. Most people stop asking after a few standard questions anyway (which famous brand have you worked for/what famous people have you met?).  And I have also realized: isn't this kind of normal? Think about it, how much do you truly know about the jobs of friends? Sure, I can summarize what they do for a living, but really, exactly know what a day in their working life is? What's their desk like, who do they speak to for lunch break, what kind of stress are they under? In my experience, we know a lot about each others' jobs in the basics, but there are only a few people that really know the daily ins and outs of whatever your job is. So why would mine be any different?

There! My mind process. One possible conclusion after reading this is  that 'that Marius guy needs to stop thinking about what others think'. And you would be right. But if I am honest, I know I think a lot about these things. And I find them very interesting (I probably shouldn't study Psychology if I didn't). I wanted to share this funny dilemma with you, and I would be curious about how others (models or not) handle this, or what they think about it.

So no summarizing attempt-at-funny, self-depreciating punchline this time. Just a question: what do you think? As a model, did you feel this dilemma at all? Is it just me? As a non-model, can you see the point, or do you think I have created problems by overthinking stuff? Let me know! Marius@organiceyourlife.com, or you are most welcome to share your thoughts in the comments.

 

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on March 9th 2012. Updated in 2019.


Modeling: Model Behavior

'Ah, you're a model! So, you fly around the world to nice places and you get your picture taken. No skills involved. Easy and overpaid job.'

This is the reaction I have received so many times over the years that a big part of me believed it as well. However, to do modeling as a job involves a lot more things than most people can imagine. I think, especially in the beginning years I would have agreed with those who said this. Yeah, piece of cake.

Modeling is not easy

Yet now I don't agree anymore with this 'modeling=easy' reflex many people have. So what's changed now? The actual work? No, I don't think that has changed for me. I would still not describe it as at the same difficulty level as rocket science. What has changed my mind more and more is all the other circumstances that you must deal with as a model, which are foreign to most other professions.

Think of both job and personal insecurity. Think of the times away from your normal social environment: family and friends. Think of being alone in a very foreign place. Think of what to do when you don't get booked for a while (not sure how many models will admit it, but 99,1% of us do hit the occasional dry spell). Think of the temptations a model faces when he or she decides to party a bit, or a bit too much. Think of how to deal with disappointment if a big option falls through. Think of how to handle too many compliments at a too impressionable age. Think of how to handle too much critique at a too impressionable age. Think of the pitfalls of the irregular life. Think of how to prepare yourself for a life after modeling (it does arrive for most of us) and the difficulties and temptations that come with it. And I'm only getting started!

Being both a student of psychology and a model, I would like to expand a bit on these topics. Not so much to convince readers we got a rough life (tough sell), but more to expand a bit more on the part of the lives of many, if not most models. A part that is mostly overlooked, since it is not so glamorous and possibly also not openly talked about. Yet still a part of the models' life!

Marius and Lonneke for Kuyichi by Pablo Delfos

Who knows, maybe you find it interesting to read, maybe you're a model and you feel like I am overlooking something important, or you just think I am plain wrong. Should be interesting, no? Here are 2 articles I wrote about the subject:

READ MORE: Modeling: How to deal with insecurity

READ MORE: Modeling: The Option

Cheers!

Marius

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on March 26th 2012. Updated in 2019.

 


Valentina by Alique

Model skincare

The more I learn about nutrition and beauty, The more I come to understand that the secret to looking radiant is to do more internally than externally!

For me that means: eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, making your daily meals at least 80% or more raw - less cooking, boiling, heating, microwaving, frying your food, -drinking more water, take high quality oils as a supplement ( choose one of the following: raw coconut oil, organic olive oil, hemp seed oil, flaxseed oil, avocado).

RELATED: Why you need to drink enough water

My beauty model skincare regimen

Externally your beauty regimen shouldn’t be complicated at all! I got rid of bunch of expensive creams. I used to spend crazy amount of money on commercial beauty products. Today,  I replaced them all with just a few products that I found work best for me.

click on pictures for more information

Raw coconut oil

Coconut oil is the best body moisturizer, occasionally I use it on my face (1 drop of coco oil is all you need for an entire face).

OYL choice: Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil - Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Cooking, 14 Ounce

Raw honey

I use organic raw honey as my daily healing  mask.

OYL choice: Ys Eco Bee Organic Honey 1 Pound Jar

Cleanser

I just discovered black Japanese soap “Deitanseki Clay Soap”. I found it while visiting  Morikami Japanese Garden in Miami. It deeply hydrates skin. Does not clog pores , gently cleanse face, especially the pores, with micro-porous active ingredients. Enriched with Kaolin Clay and selected Carbon Powder The Bentonite helps your skin retain its natural moisture. (click on picture for more information or to purchase it)

Face moisturizer

I have a couple of different face creams.  I switch between them all the time:  “EMINENCE” Rose Moisturizer:


and “Dr. Perricone” Hypoallergenic Nourishing Moisturizer:

Thermal water

I wash my face with Thermal Water, also use it as a toner before applying moisturizer.

OYL choice :Eau Thermale Avene Thermal Spring Water, Soothing Calming Facial Mist Spray for Sensitive Skin, 10.1 oz.

 

Face scrub

I love  “REN” face scrub.

Clay mask

Again, “REN” clay mask is amazing. Or you can purchase any clay mask at your healthy food store.

Pineapple mask

I always have a fresh pineapple at home.  I use it as a peeling mask, fruit acid “eat away” dead skin cells leaving your skin looking fresh.  How to use pineapple as a peeling mask: Take a piece of pineapple, rub it all over the face. Leave it for 5 minutes. Rinse. Spray Thermal water following by moisturizer or coconut oil.  (you can substitute it to strawberry or papaya)

My tip - If you are going to spend money on beauty product, invest it in a really good face moisturizer, like I did :)

LOVE, Valentina Zelyaeva 

First published by Valentina on OrganiceYourLife.com on January 3rd 2012, updated in 2019.

photo by Alique for Organice Your Life


Healthy Food: Ask and you shall receive

I've had crazy weeks in my life... 4am starts, 12am wraps, you know - all those glam 'life of a model' moments. Nothing I hate more than eating stuff that makes me feel lethargic, heavy and clogged. Unfortunately when working long hours or late sometimes models have to choose between skipping a meal or eat fatty, processed, or chemically treated food! Certainly not the ideal for a gorgeous figure and face that needs using again tomorrow, the day after, and hopefully the day after that.

Little collage of my green juice, quinoa salad, and lovely location of one of my shoots last week.

How I prepare for photo shoots

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of healthy food like dehydrated snacks, green juices, organic salad vege's and fresh fruits, bottles of my 'Supergorgeous Almond Mylk' and plenty of raw chocolate options for snacking, such as my raw cacao protein bars (from the book), goji berries and cacao beans, and a nice big slab of raw chocolate. It lasts a few days usually.. This time, unfortunately I ran out.

That one time I ran out of healthy snacks

I was driving 4 hours homeward bound, late at night with only a few hours sleep from the night before and soo tired. I was wishing I had some delicious SOMETHING to keep me awake and there was no organic coffee, or organic anything at the service stations... So I asked for something crazy! I wanted a Chia Latte but without the 'powder' they make it on which is full of sugar, flavorings and other evil things... but they couldn't get their head round that one, so I asked for a 'Earl Grey' (delicious tealeaves infused with Bergamot) Latte with a big pinch of cinnamon and a spoonful of honey and, made on non GM soy (lucky they had this!). It was the best of a bad bunch and ended up tasting delicious! I drank it with the last of  my healthy snacks, my dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

My delish raw cacao cookies, makes for perfect travel food ;)

Boost Juice on my way home

On another big drive home I was fortunate enough to have access to a Boost Juice bar (a juice bar chain all over Australia) where I custom ordered a beetroot, pineapple, lemon and ginger juice and asked them to create a frappe with it adding in frozen mango, and green tea powder and it was PERFECT!

Organic farmers market tomatoes made a yummy energizing snack!  

Ask and you shall receive

I'm writing this post to encourage you to be bold! Go ahead, ask for crazy things to suit your needs! Even in places that you think won't have any healthy food that you could eat. The more we do this, the more people will realize the need to have healthier, raw, GF/ DF/ SF, organic, non-GM etc options available in places where now there is only fast food as an option.

Love Abigail O'Neill xxx

First published on November 28th 2012, updated in 2019

 

 


Model Hair Care

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 of it in my daily routine.

Model hair care

We hear 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 have 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:

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

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

Marco Antonio & I at his salon.
Marco Antonio & I at his salon.

Haircare tips by Marco Antonio Biaggi

  • 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 nourishing 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.

OYL choice:Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil Travel Size - Organic and Natural Oil that Nourishes, Conditions, and Heals (15ml/0.5oz)

  • So here it goes my first tip: Take your regular moisturizing/ 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 Brazilian 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 length 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 sweeteners or preservatives which doesn't any good for the hair.

OYL choice: Fractionated Coconut Oil – 100% Pure & Natural Premium Therapeutic Grade - Coconut Carrier Oil for Aromatherapy, Massage, Moisturizing Skin & Hair – Huge 16 OZ

  • 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, rinse and dry. You will feel the difference with the very first touch!

OYL choice: Ys Eco Bee Organic Honey 1 Pound Jar

Carol & friend at a photo shoot with her hair done
Me with my boyfriend Fabio 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

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Healthy hair for every day!

First published on August 27th 2012, updated in 2019


Modeling: How to deal with Insecurity

Personal insecurity. When your job is linked to your looks, how do you detach the two?

Insecurity when modeling

So how could it be possible that you are insecure, when you are able to make money and build a career sheerly based on how you look? Ridiculous! Alright, ready for some online honesty? I am very insecure about how my body looks. Why? The true awareness and insecurity came with this job. I can imagine that you would expect this exactly the other way around, because apparently the way I look is nice enough that people pay to make pictures of it! I wish it would be that easy. Really. But think for a second to whom I compare my body on a daily bases. I work with some of the best looking men in the world, that have bodies that are stunning. And then there's me. Of course, compared to them I don't exactly look like a stud muffin.

Example of insecurity during a fashion shoot

Another example is the following circumstance (which has happened on several occasions in the past years): While working on a shoot they are considering having me in the picture shirtless. 'Hey Marius, take your shirt off for a second? Ah, okay, you can put it back on now.' This always brings me relief (I don't like being photographed without a shirt on), but on the other hand, it hurts as well.  A last little example is the reaction of people that hear you are a model. I was reminded of a very funny incident a couple of years back. I was at a party of a dear friend, and a friend of his asked me what I do for a living. I responded by telling him I am a model. He looked me up and down, looked me straight in the eyes and told me 'No you're not.'  His theory was that I needed to be better looking, and dress super sharp to fit his idea of what a model should look like. Even though this example is a funny one, there is a hint of truth in it: once someone knows you are a model, you are looked at in a more critical way than others.

How insecurity works in the modeling World

I would like to elaborate a bit on the following illogical logic: booking big campaigns = I'm looking good, no work for a while = I'm looking lousy. When the big jobs are rolling in, you're on top of the world. Besides the challenge to keep yourself grounded, these are amazing days! Doors are opening, bookers are friendlier, many new friends await (although I am quite sure not the permanent ones). But the challenge comes in when the phone stops ringing for a while.

We all feel insecure sometimes

A key point to remember is that insecurities are familiar to us all. Model, doctor, mailman or scientist, I think we all have our thoughts and insecurities, and as long as they do not become a problem and hinder you in your daily life and decisions, I think it's fine to have them. Maybe it's even good for me to have them, otherwise maybe I would consider myself quite the superstar by now. When you hit a dry spell though, as mentioned before almost all of us hit one here and there, it is very tough not to grab a mirror and start analyzing what got less nice. The tough character of insecurity lies in its self-fulfilling element: grab a mirror, be convinced something is not looking good, and you will find it. I try not to grab that mirror.

READ MORE: Modeling: Model Behavior

The fashion World is a fickle one

As a model, I think it is good to remember that the fashion and catalogue world is a fickle one. Sometimes, it's just not about you. Maybe regular clients decided to go for a fresh face, maybe a client saw a polaroid that they didn't like. Maybe they didn't see you at the casting because they were noticing that there was too much sugar in their coffee. The point is, fashion many times is about small moments, small windows to impress, small chances to be taken or to miss. Sometimes it's luck, sometimes it's hard work, and many times it is about factors that you just cannot influence. Don't get me wrong, if you want the work, you have to put in the effort and time to look the way that is expected of you, but a dry spell does not always mean you are to blame.

READ MORE: Modeling: The Option

Don't take it personal

What I learned to do is to not take comments made at work in a personal way. Let's face it, a photoshoot is not about me. Modeling made me so nervous in the beginning, since I had the feeling that everyone was looking at me. But slowly I understood this was not the case. Let's break that down: the stylist is checking if his clothes are looking good. The make-up artist is checking if his work is in order. The photographer is checking if the picture is coming out how he wants to. The art director is thinking if the picture fits in the story he is trying to tell. The client is checking if his product is coming out right. The assistants of the photographer are checking if the light is good and if there aren't any funny shadows anywhere. Who there is really looking at me, Marius Hordijk? When you look at it like this, not that many people at all, even though you are in every picture. This realization helped me a lot to understand the role of the model, and to not shy away too much from the perceived attention. And when they tell me to put my shirt back on? I put it back on. It's not about me.

Marius

Marius was a contributor for Organice Your Life between the years 2011-2012

This article was first published by Marius Hordijk on OrganiceYourLife.com on December 11th 2011. Updated in 2019.

 


Model Chocolate recipe book by Abigail O'Neill

Is there anyone on this Earth who doesn't love chocolate? We don't think so!

Model Chocolate Book

OYL contributor & Top Model Abigail O'Neill is a raw chocolatier, and superfood connoisseur, who just published her first recipe book "MODEL CHOCOLATE" with over 80 delicious & nutritious recipes. You can buy it in Ebook or hardcover, and these books are our first product in our OYL Shop HERE!

Giveaway

We gave away 5 Ebooks and one Hardcopy worth over $60. The 5 winners of the 5 E books have been announced on our social media. Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. The winner of the hardcover book was Jurgen Behrens from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as he sent in this great creative picture & quote of him and chocolate!

 

Model Chocolate giveaway

Love, the OYL team

first published on September 28th 2013, updated in 2019


My photoshoot in Aspen

Working as a model has brought me so many opportunities, and one of the most challenging is to deal with the constant change of weather.

Dealing with the weather as a model

As for now I'm enjoying a great warm Brazilian summer, but a month ago I was in NYC with the blizzard invading the American sky, I was freezing! This past November I got to work at a photoshoot in Aspen, Colorado. It was my first time visiting a place with ski stations in the mountains. I got really excited as soon as my cold feet stepped into the city so I went straight to exploring this different kind of city that was all new to me!

Exploring

I couldn't help but noticing that I wasn't prepared at all for the low temperatures, and after 15 minutes walking and taking pictures, I could barely feel my fingertips anymore and it only got worse... So I took my strong Brazilian body back to the hotel, but only after finding my supplies for the night: fresh pressed beet,carrot,ginger, lemon juice and a yogurt parfait with organic berries - I was lucky to find a nice café house opened out of season.

Getting ready to shoot in the cold weather
Getting ready to shoot in the cold weather

What I ate during this photo shoot

I ended up eating my homemade bowl of food for dinner and the juice and yogurt parfait in the morning. As you guys know, I always carry some food with me for unpredictable moments. I wrote an article about in the past read it HERE .

Nothing better than my own food made with love
Nothing better than my own food made with love

Basically it was made of organic veggies such as brussel sprouts, aspargus, carrots and a fish fillet with organic quinoa, SO Yummy !!! I ate half of portion in the airplane and the rest of it comfortably chilling in my hotel room. Next day I was ready to work hard whenever they needed me at my photoshoot in Aspen... I got lucky we shoot most of the pictures inside a beautiful location house in the middle of the mountains.  So inspiring!

The other "model" for the day and I . Feeling happy!
The other "model" for the day and I . Feeling happy!

Aspen seemed to be a nice warm and cozy little place despite the white mountain tops covered in ice...I really like to come back another day to enjoy some ski fun and hot cocoa with friends ;)

Will share more stories of my shoots and healthy foods I take with me with you in the future!

Love, Carol


Brazil Nut Milk Recipe

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If you want to start a healthy diet but you don't know where to start, nut milk is a great way. You can use for your smoothie, oatmeal, coffee, tea, and off course just as it is. So lets get started!

Brazil Nut Milk
A lovely recipe for home made Nut Milk. This recipe contains Brazil Nuts, but you can also use almonds or any other nut.

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Cuisine: Healthy Kitchen
Recipe type: Drinks

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Brazil Nuts
  • 2 Dates
  • 4 cups of Water
  • 1 tsp of Organic Vanilla Powder
  • 1 tsp of Cinnamon
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan Sea Salt

Instructions
Milk Base
  1. Put about two cups of Brazil Nuts into your blender.
  2. As a sweetener your can add two dates. You can also use organic honey or sugar.
  3. Add about 4 cups of water depending on the thickness you prefer.
  4. And for some extra flavor I used one teaspoon of Vanilla Powder and one teaspoon of cinnamon. Please make sure you don't use liquid vanilla that contains alcohol.
  5. To bring up the flavor just add a pinch of Salt.
Straining
  1. Use a reusable nut milk bag to strain the mixture.

Notes
Most nut milk bags are reusable, they can be used for nut milks and straining juices. A bag is much easier and faster than using a strainer. The fine mesh material minimizes sediment and allows for sprouting of even the smallest of seeds and grains.

 


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