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.

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

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


Model Chocolate recipe book by Abigail O'Neill

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

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!

The OYL Shop features the favorite products of Organice Your Life® and its contributors that will help "orgaNICE" your life. Once we have new things we believe in, they will be added to the shop. 

Share with us why you love chocolate and why you need to win this amazing book!

Instagram: @OrganiceYourLife

Facebook: @OrganiceYourLife

Twitter: @OrganiceUrLife

We are giving away 5 Ebooks and one Hardcopy worth over $60. Winner will be announced in the first week of October.
Update: The 5 winners of the 5 E books have been announced on our social media. Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. Congratulations if you won! Please make sure you contact us so we can send you all the needed information for the free Ebook :)

The winner of the hardcover book is Jurgen Behrens from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, as he sent in this great creative picture & quote of him and chocolate!

Stay tuned for more OYL Challenges with orgaNICE things to win!

Model Chocolate giveaway

Love, the OYL team


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.

Author:
Cuisine: Healthy Kitchen
Recipe type: Drinks

Prep time: 
Total time: 

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.

 


Ask and you shall RECEIVE

I've had a crazy few weeks... 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.

I usually pack an enormous fridge bag full of 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...

This time, unfortunately I ran out.

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, flavourings 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 dehydrated cacao cookies and felt very thankful.

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

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 energising snack!  

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 anything you could eat. The more we do this the more people will realise 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 xxx

 

 


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


My healthy raw food traveling supplies

Hi everyone,

Since I am a raw foodie people always ask me what I do when I am away from home.

So I wanted to share with everyone my traveling food essentials.
Whenever I leave for a job or even go on vacation I make sure I buy a few hard and ripe avocado's and ripe and unripe fruits. The reason why I say both ripe and unripe is because depending on how long I am away the ripe fruits and avocados I will eat the first few days and the unripe fruits will get a chance to ripen towards the end of my trip.
I always pack my raw food protein powder and a super green powder to make a quick and easy shake while I am away. Usually I mix the 2 powders with fresh coconut water . I prefer fresh coconut water but when I am away its not always easy to find,  So I  just buy the packaged coconut water. I travel with a super green powder just in case I can't get my hands on a green juice.

Now a days you have many options on green super raw food powders that you can buy at any health food stores. At the moment I am using "amazing grass green superfood"  and "sun warrior vanilla protein powder" Of course whenever I arrive at my destination I google health food stores and vegan restaurants to stock up on raw goodies. My last trip to Key West I got lucky and found an amazing health food store with a little cafe that served a lot of raw food,  green juices and smoothie's.

So I ate there every day and got all my raw snacks and fruit.
But these few items that I always take with me get me by in case I have no healthy options. I hope this is somewhat helpful for whenever you guys are traveling.

Much love

Teresa  Lourenco xoxo

 


Top model Lisalla Montenegro

Lisalla Montenegro 1

 Lisalla Montenegro, a 23 year Brazilian girl,  has been modeling for almost 10 years. She is adventurous, passionate for sports and a healthy lifestyle. We asked her what she has been up to, and what she is planning in the future. And of course how healthy & green she lives everyday!

OYL: When did you start modeling?

Lisalla: I Started Modeling when I was 15 years old. Everyone around me told me that I should look for a modeling agency, So when I turned 15 I did a photoshoot to celebrate my 15th,  After that I showed the pictures to my family and friends and  their reactions were all the same: "You were born to be a Model!" After that I went to an agency in my city. After signing with an agency I was called to participate in the Beauty Contest –Miss Goias- 2004.

Lisalla for Maybelline

OYL: What was your favorite job so far?

Lisalla: In my carrier I have been luck to work with amazing people and did a lot beautiful campaigns.  I Don’t have one favorite job, all of them were very special for me and I'm really grateful for each one! I do have my favorite places: the Beaches or the locations in my beautiful country, Brazil where I am lucky enough to shoot!

OYL: Are you into healthy and/or Green living?

Lisalla: Yes,I am. I am into to Both, Healthy Living and Green lifestyle. First I take care good care of my body by eating healthy food and working out.  I also like to help our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.  Saving water,  using energy more wisely.  In My house in Brazil its full of flowers and plants I also teach my family and friends to take care of our environment.

Lisalla for Vogue

OYL: What are your dreams for the future?

Lisalla: On of my Dreams is already on the way which is to write a book about how to have a better lifestyle and I believe that anything that you dream about, you have to start with a healthy life. A Better you.

OYL: what are your favorite beauty products?

Lisalla: One of my favorite beauty product is by La Mer: Eye Cream. I use it before bedtime. Over all my favorite beauty treatment it is simple and easy: I drink water all day and always love my beauty sleep.

OYL: What is your life motto?

Lisalla: Live,Laugh and Love.

Lisalla 1

OYL: Who is your inspiration?

Lisalla: My Grandmother is my inspiration. She had 13 kids (!) ,loved them more than anything. A wise  loving strong woman. I respect her a lot. I’m like her in a lot of ways, I get bored easily, so I am  always on the go, in action, doing something new or leaning new things that helps me become a better woman everyday…

Lisalla 2

OYL: What is your favorite food?

Lisalla: Fruits. I like fruits as my favorite food because I can get almost all my nutrients and vitamins that I need throughout my day.

OYL: Do you support any Charity?

Brazil Foundation

Lisalla: Yes! Brazil Foundation. Check it out: www.brazilfoundation.org  We do have a Huge Event coming up on September 19.  Get your ticket, it will be unforgettable.

Thank you Lisalla! Good luck on your book and I hope you book many more great campaigns in the future!

Lisalla

Follow Lisalla on Twitter.


IMG model prep Lonneke

IMG Model Talk 2012

Lonneke IMG model Talk 2012
Lonneke speaking at IMG model Talk 2012

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

People speaking were:

* Nian Fish – Producer

* James Scully – Casting Director

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

* Lonneke Engel - IMG Model and Certified Health Counselor

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

* Jessica Stam – CFDA Health Initiative Ambassador

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

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

Back to IMG: they also made a cute booklet for everyone with my tips in it, and information for everyone about the people speaking, but also on health stores, doctors, and other important phone numbers.

IMG Model Prep book 2012
IMG Model Prep book 2012

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

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

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

At the end, all models got a personalized goodie bag. and I got one too as a Thank You!

What was in it? So many awesome things!

IMG goodie bag
IMG goodie bag!

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

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

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

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

Follow IMG Models and New York Fashion Week on Twitter!

Love, Lonneke


Brasilian Carol & hair dresser Marco Antonio

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks Marco Antônio for the tips!

Kisses, Carol

Healthy hair for every day!

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Introducing: top model Carol Fontaneti

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

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Carol Fontaneti

Hello guys!

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

Lonneke & Carol for Fay
Lonneke & Carol for Fay

Lonneke & Carol for Fay 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

BEAUTY COMES FROM THE INSIDE OUT!!

XOXO Carol Fontaneti

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Beach Wijk aan Zee

Nice day at the beach with a friend

A trip to the beach can be very spontaneous!

When I was in Amsterdam for work, I went to meet my friend, top model Dewi Driegen right after. We just decided to take her dogs to the beach! This beach in Wijk aan Zee 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 as well!

Me with Betty & Jerry

 

Me and Jerry

I don't have a picture of me and Dewi unfortunately, we were just there having a good time

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

They have great home baked pizzas too here. Dewi couldn't finish hers so we took it to go :). There are 3 beach clubs at this beach and all nice to sit and enjoy the view.

I love doing spontaneous things. When your life is "organiced", you have the time to do spontaneous things! We had a great day!

Love, Lonneke

Beach Club Aloha

Reyndersweg 2

1951 LA Velsen-Noord

+31251374130

ps there is a live webcam 24/7! Check it here.


Lettuce wraps

Lettuce wraps option 2

I recently made a video for lettuce wraps, (see below)

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but these are my option number 2!

I use sesame oil to stir fry it as it gives a delicious flavor to the vegetables.

Love, Lonneke

Lettuce wraps option 2
easy butter head lettuce wraps

Author:
Recipe type: lunch/dinner

Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 

Ingredients
  • butterhead lettuce
  • carrots
  • onions
  • zucchini
  • salt
  • pepper
  • pine nuts
  • sesame oil
  • hot & sour sauce

Instructions
  1. Chop all vegetables until they are all really small cubes.
  2. Stir fry all vegetables in a bit of sesame oil with , pine nuts salt & pepper.
  3. Wash the lettuce, and dry off.
  4. Fill the lettuce leaves with vegetables.
  5. Wrap it up.
  6. Dip in hot & sour sauce.
  7. Enjoy!

Sesame oil
Sesame oil

Hot & Sour sauce
Hot & Sour sauce

Lettuce wraps

Yummy!
Yummy!