Organice my home on a budget

One year, we had a big renovation in our rental house. Finally we got double (or insulated) windows, central heating, a new ventilation system, new kitchen, bathroom and toilet, and new balconies. Everything was really old and dirty, so we were happy for this big change in our house. Not to mention the mount we would save on our energy bill. We had to move out for several weeks, and when our house was finished we wanted to make a fresh start!

Window during winter before renovation, window winter after revovation
Windows before/after renovation
Old stuff for flea market
Old stuff for flea market
Moodboard of pictures I've made (@ headquarter Humanoid) and pictures we found on blogs.
My mood board

We had the idea to change most of our furniture, but we didn't had much money. So what to do?

A few weeks before our renovation we had to pack all of our stuff in boxes; the house had to be empty for the construction workers. Best moment to make choices: what are we going to keep? And what are we going to throw away?

Or better: what are we going to sell? We wanted to sell all of our old stuff at a flea market, to create money for new furniture! We packed ten moving boxes, got one big clothing rack, and collected so much more.

With a lot of enthusiasm, fun and sunshine, me and my husband had a great day! Sales of this day? 530 EUR (715 US dollars)!!!

So now we had a budget: 530 EUR to buy furniture. We didn't want to buy new stuff, cause we prefer vintage furniture. We love the old look and feel of a used piece. We made a mood board with some pretty things, and then we went searching: flea markets, second-hand stores, internet.

And we found some real good stuff!

Checklist to organice your home on a budget

Old furniture

  • Collect your old stuff in your house. Take your time; do it when the weather is bad, or when you are bored.
  •  Take pictures, and put it on internet (eBay, marketplace, etc) so people can place bids. You can also rent a stall at a flea market in your neighborhood.

New furniture

  • Make your own moodboard. What do you like? Buy magazines, follow vintage blogs, look around, visit second hand stores and make pictures.
  • Make time to search for beautiful vintage furniture on the internet. When you find something you really want mail or call the seller immediately! Place your own bid!
  • When you want to buy something from the internet, don't check everything all the time. Check the new advertisements every day. Look at old advertisements when you have more time.
  • Take your time! You don't have to hurry. Tomorrow is another day to look around. Make your own plan, make it fun. But don't hesitate when you find something you really like: buy it!

Places I visited

I hope you are inspired.. I'm in love with our home on a budget!

Joey 

p.s. Visit my work at Haus of Joey!


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


Travel Checklist

If you are going on vacation this year, there is a lot to arrange or to think about. What to bring? What to wear? How can I get my suitcase to close? A lot of things you need to do!

Things you should check before you go

Using the OYL Circle of Five:

1. Organice Your Home

  • Arrange for your house to be taken care of when you leave. Or at least let your neighbors know when you are away. This way they can keep an eye on your property.
  • Security of your home while you are gone: Besides having people watch your home, you can also set timers for curtains to open or close, or lights to go off and on, so it looks like you are still home.
  • If you need to have an extra key made, or have mail checked, arrange accordingly.

 

2. Organice Your Agenda

  • make a to- do list of everything you need to do before you travel, or things you need to take with you on vacation.
  • Check hotel, airport and travel agent along the preparation  to see if everything is going as planned.
  • Identity cards: Do you need a passport? Or is a drivers license enough? Are they both still valid?
  • Visa: Do you need a visa for your destination? If Yes, apply on time.
  • Insurance: Do you have a travel insurance, or a cancellation insurance?
  • Money: Is your Credit Card or ATM card valid? Can you use it in the country you are going to? Is there a sufficient balance on the account? Are you gonna take cash?What is the currency there?
  • Car travel: In Europe, if you use a car, you need to have certain things with you in the car in certain countries, like a first aid kit.and some countries you need a pass to drive on certain roads. Check on: www.aaroadwatch.ie/euregulations/

3. Organice Yourself

  • Do you need to get vaccinations for the place you are going to? Better check this first as some vaccinations need to be taken some time ahead of travel. So first check with your health care specialist.
  • Bring a first aid kit with you with basic essentials like aspirin, your daily medication, bandaids, alcohol wipes and definitely sun protection. maybe birth control like the Pil and/or condoms? And for girls: Bladder infection medication. ( I learned the hard way) Check your medication with your doctor if it is legal to bring to the country you travel to. Put it in your carry-on so it is easy to get to, and in case your luggage does not arrive on time , you have it with you.

 

Tips for your luggage

  • Do you have a good suitcase? Or is the one you have sturdy enough for everything I want to take?
  • Check the weather at the destination, and only pack for that. Do not bring things you already think you might not wear, as it is only extra weight for you to carry.
  • Make sure you don't have dangerous things in your suitcase, especially when you travel by airplane.
  • Don't pack too much, as you always bring more home including souvenirs. Make sure you don't go over the weight that is allowed by your Airline or Bus company. Check with them.
  • Don't put your address and contact information on the outside of your bag,( but do it on the inside). "Bad guys" might see it and visit your house while you are gone. And that's no fun!
  • Roll up your clothes nice and tight so they don't get wrinkled so much. Put "wet" stuff like your toiletry bag in a plastic bag, in case something spills while traveling. Try to use every space you can, like put clean socks in shoes to get more use of your bag.

 

4. Organice Your Relationships

  • Make sure you print out all your travel information, and contacts for your hotel, and travel agent and give it to relatives that stay behind.
  • If you have pets, make sure they are taken care of too. If they also need to go to a shelter for the time you are away, make sure you check the regulations considering vaccinations etc.
  • Check all above with your travel mates ( family, partner, kids) to make sure they are prepared as well.

 

5. Organice Your Good Heart

  • Give away all food & drink items that will go bad during the time you are away.
  • Have your neighbor take your newspaper or magazine subscription while you are away?
  • You can leave a present for the person who is taking care of your home while you are away, or bring a souvenir back from your trip. I am sure they will love it that you are so considerate!

 

More important things to check on the day of departure:

  • Charge your Ipod, Computer, iPad, Phone, etc...
  • Bring converter plus all chargers.
  • Bring enough to read
  • Bring some healthy snacks, you never know where you end up being, you want to be prepared when getting hungry
  • Always have a bottle of water in reach.
  • Hand wipes and hand sanitizer always come in handy.

 

Last thing before departure

  •  Everything shut off at home? Gas? Lights?
  • Did you close door and windows properly?
  • Last check of your checklist!
  • If all is checked off you can start enjoying your vacation!

 

A few useful links:

 

Enjoy your travels!

Love, Lonneke

travel-checklist


red heart with hands

5 tips for a Good Heart

Everyone wants to do something Good for others once a while. You can give money to a charitable cause, or volunteer to show your "good heart". You can just give away things you don't need to others who can use it very well. There are so many things, big and small, easy or difficult, you can do for others. Doing good for others feels good!

About Organice Your Good Heart:

Good Heart definition

My 5 tips to do good for others:

  1. Take care of yourself first. If you are strong & healthy, you have the best chance to succeed to help others. (Example: when an airplane is in trouble, you first put on the oxygen mask yourself and then help other passengers.)
  2.  Choose your focus. Choose your charity. What is the most important to you right now? Even if you want to, you can't save the World and everyone on it. If everyone focuses on their own subject of passion, there will be more results possible faster and without too much waste of time and money.
  3.  Find out what you can share or give. If you have a lot of money, you can give money. If you don't have money but you have time, you can volunteer. If you don't have any of those, you can share knowledge or connections. You can maybe share products or services. Fact is that a lot is valuable. Money or things like knowledge: it is all worth a lot!
  4.  Look around your surroundings and in your group of friends/relationships to see what is needed and what people focus on. Sharing is caring. Together you are stronger.
  5. Organize. The better you are organized (or "organiced"), the more success you will have.

My focus with Organice Your Life is to share knowledge and information. Besides that I love animals so I focus on charities that care for animals. Because Gandhi said it well:

Gandhi quote animals

What I support

I support most of all the Charities in my heart, while my focus is to support to a few local NYC charities.  My unwanted clothes ,household products and groceries I bring to friends, and local people who don't have much to spend. It feels good :)

What do you focus on?

Love, Lonneke


6 tips to start running by Marius Hordijk

Marius Hordijk is a model and most people recognize him as the face of the Hugo Boss Bottled advertising among other high-end modeling gigs. He is freelance writer and loves running. These are Marius Hordijk's 6 tips to start running.

"So, how do you stay fit for modeling work?"  This question has been posed to me many times over the years, and now seemed like as good a time as any to answer it.  Here it is: I don't stay fit for modeling work.  I stay fit because I enjoy it; I like breathing outside air, and I like having the private time to think for a while.  Basically, I stay fit for me.

What I do to stay fit is simple: I run, and am currently training for my first triathlon.  I have been a steady runner for about two years, and don't worry, the triathlon is new for me too.  In this first issue I will stick to expanding a bit more about running and, more importantly, how to get started with running.

Why would you run?  In answering this, I will stick to why I run.  Running is the ultimate way to get or stay in shape and be outside.  Anyone can do it, and you can do it whenever you please.  All you need are good shoes (I'll get to that) and a bit of time.  It doesn't matter what shape you're in, though this does decide on how much you'll run in the beginning, and you don't need a special set of skills to do it.  A basic understanding of putting your left foot in front of your right, or your right foot in front of your left, whichever you prefer.

Starting running, just like starting anything new, can be difficult.  A lack of understanding about the equipment, where to go, and how far to go can stop you from running for quite some time, so I thought I'd make a list for starters.  Let me just say quickly that I am not a trainer, I am not a health professional, and I am basing everything on my own running experience.  I am nothing more than a running model. If that didn't scare you, please keep on reading.

Tip 1

If you have tried to go to the gym on a regular basis many times, but you can't seem to get it right: get out of the gym.  Do it now.  Forget about the gym.  It is costing you money, it gives you feelings of failure for not going enough, and it is not doing much for your health.  Relieving, isn't it?  Now, hold this money that you're saving in your hand and go to tip 2.

Tip 2

Buy good shoes! Go to a good store (personally, I have had pleasant experiences with Run2Day) and buy proper running shoes.  There are many top brands for running such as Mizuno, Brooks, Asics, or Nike, and they can advise you what is good for you.  If you just start running on old shoes, athletic shoes, or clogs, you increase your chances of getting injuries (especially on clogs).  Don't worry too much yet about having the rest of the running gear, that can be an investment you do gradually.

Tip 3

Get a running measuring system. Nike Plus, Garmin, whatever floats your boat.  It is very stimulating to be able to see how your running is developing and to see the amount of kilometers increasing.  Without a measuring system, it can feel like your running goes to waste and using one of these systems can give you a nice proof of hard work.  I personally use Nike Plus, and some friends and family are using it too, which makes it even more fun.

Tip 4

Start slow.  Go easy.  Hardly anything is more important than curbing your enthusiasm in the beginning.  There are two main reasons for this:

Health. Many people start full of excitement, but the problem is that their body might not be sharing this enthusiasm.  Your legs and feet and the whole body actually need time to get used to this new terror that you are inflicting upon it.  Start slow, and don't push it.

Motivation. Think about it, if all of a sudden you have the goal of running four times a week, you will get tired really soon and it will become more difficult to put those shoes on really quick.  Instead, if you pace yourself in the beginning, you might even feel upon return that you didn't do much.  What better way to stay motivated than to want to go running the moment that you return from your last run?

So go slow.  Go easy.  Start running two times a week and don't run too far.  Depending on your level of fitness, start with going for an extended walk or an easy run for a couple of kilometres.

Tip 5

To improve your running there are many things you can do without actually running.  Sounds like a good idea, no?  Here are some thoughts:

Stop smoking. No need to explain that one any further.  Just knock it off.

Try to be careful with your alcohol intake. It is very tough and demotivating to go running with a hangover.  Been there, done that, and I'll probably do it again, and it sucks.  It's like running with concrete shoes on, while there is an angry rugby team punching you in the head and the gut.

Try to be careful with your eating. This is a point I am still trying to understand better, since it is quite complicated (please do remember I am a model, I get overwhelmed fast).  I actually hope to get some advice from Lonneke and the rest of her crew.

Tip 6

Try to find a pleasant place to go running. For me, it is always important to not find any traffic lights along the way so I don't have to stop somewhere.  Secondly, I love being in a bit of nature, or at least the illusion of it (with this I mean city parks; It's quite shocking to run in Central Park and feel like you're in the jungle, then take one wrong turn and see 57,497 cars).  Try to find a pleasant place for you.

So here they are, some tips to get started.  At the end of the day, the most important thing is to start enjoying running.  Even if it's hard in the beginning, it will get easier, and it will become more enjoyable with time.  You might even get to a point where you'll feel like you're missing something if you don't run frequently.  But for now, let's just get started.

Happy running!

Marius 

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Runner's World cover Marius Hordijk
Runner's World cover with Marius Hordijk in 2013

This column first appeared on Organice Your Life in 2012.

5 tips for shopping in a Supermarket

Shopping for groceries is one of your most occurring activities in life. Some go every day, while others go once a week. Here are my 5 tips to keep in mind next time you go shopping in a supermarket, so you know what is going on, and how you can make healthier purchase choices and maybe even save some money!

1. Never go shopping when you are hungry. You will buy much more, and probably more bad things too!

2. The products that are on eye level, and on the corners of aisles, are usually the ones the company pay the most to be put there, as they generally generate more sales when the products are in sight. It doesn't always mean it is the best, or the cheapest. No, usually they are the junk food. search the whole aisle for better choices. Keep this in mind when you go shopping and search the whole aisle for the better (organic) option.

3. Milk is always put in the back of the store, this because most people need milk, yoghurt butter or eggs. So you have to walk through all the long aisles, and hopefully you get persuaded to put some more products in your basket along the way. The same counts for the area around the cashier. A supermarket puts products there that they know can also get you to buy it. Think sale items,and lots of candy. Usually those are things you don't need but since you are waiting there to pay for your groceries, you might get tricked into adding some to your purchases. Because you think to yourself:" hey, they are cheap" or "I might need them at some point". Be strong and don't do it! If you really need those products, you can always return later to the store.

4. Read food labels. When you can't pronounce what is in it, It is probably not so good for you. You can go online and search what the ingredient is, or buy a book which explains what all the ingredients in the products you buy are. Any ingredient that  includes "genetically ", "modified", "High Fructose syrup" is likely to be not good for you and usually the same counts for ingredients with names that sound like they could be components to make a bomb. (you never know!)

5. Buy mostly fresh produce, not too much canned or prepackaged. Frozen is ok. Don't buy for a whole week. come back a few times in a week, and just buy what you need for those 2 or 3 days. Otherwise by the end of the week you have to throw away a lot of things that have gone bad, and this way you save money!

Book tips:

1. What to Eat by Marion Nestle

2. What's really in your basket? By Bill Statham.

3. Wat zit er in uw eten? By Courinne Gouget 

Love Lonneke


A BEAUTIFUL ALKALINE BODY

Did you know that you can actually make your body more beautiful, simply by becoming more ‘alkaline’? Your body has a delicate pH balancing system in which it works to keep equilibrium & stop your body fluids from becoming more ‘acid’ or if needed, too alkaline. I’m going to focus on the alkalising bit in this article as we very rarely get ‘too alkaline’ in our modern day, fast paced, un-natural lives!

Think of it this way…

ALKALINE = Improved health, extra energy, enhanced beauty, toned & more supple body, glowing skin, sparkling eyes, lustrous hair, high libido, healthy nails, faster wound/injury healing, flexibility, strengthened immunity, feeling of lightness & balance within the body, mood enhancing/positive mind.

ACID = Lethargy, sickness prone, cellulite, bad breath, slow healing, sagging skin, bloodshot eyes, dark circles, falling hair, acne, dandruff, low libido, tight muscles, painful joints, aches/pains, headaches, brittle nails, feeling of heaviness, clumsiness, depression/negative mind.

Without going into extensive scientific details here on pH know (Antoniette HELP! lol)... I'm pretty sure the term 'pH' refers to the alkalinity or acidity of water solutions. Ie: your blood & body fluids, but can refer to the watery + mineral content of anything from soil to water to plants etc. There are wonderful books, charts & informative material on the web you can discover to educate yourself on saliva & urinary pH testing, which can be a highly beneficial monitoring system. This said I usually gauge my 'alkalinity' by the way I feel!

Foods that promote Alkalinity

Raw foods especially vegetables & green foods, spring water, almost all fruits, raw milks & cheeses, cultured foods such as sauerkraut (recipe to come!), kefir, kombucha & others. Lightly cooked vege’s & broths. Freshly pressed fruit & vegetable juices, wheatgrass juice, green drinks & smoothies. Fatty fish. Almonds. Sufficient rest. Yoga. Moderation. Light stress free exercise which is enjoyable. Sunlight, hydrotherapy & fresh country air. The sea. Love, laughter & peace of mind.

Of course, there are more but these are some of the big ones you want to make sure you’re doing or not doing!

Things that contribute to Acidity

Denatured foods such as white sugar, white breads/biscuits/pastries, red meats, soft drinks, smoking, late nights, excessive technology, fluoridated water, overwork, city air, excessiveness, coffee/tea, antibiotics, preservatives/flavourings/colourings, dried fruits, high protein foods (even natural foods, eat moderately), high intensity exercise or labour, lack of sunlight & stress.

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Ways to create an Alkaline body

More ways to create an alkaline body would be to indulge in salt glows (scrub moistened skin all over warm body vigorously with sea salt until pink, rinse, towel dry), dancing in the rain, nature walks by the sea or rainforest, loving the dog/horse/budgie or people in your life, deep breathing, walking barefoot on dewy grass, aromatherapy treatments/massage.

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Another thought

Don’t you find it interesting to think that the foods which are most beneficial to our health/vitality & wellbeing are the foods which grow in the most abundance & require little or no preparation to enjoy? I’m meaning fruits & vegetables as opposed to meat (needing much land for grazing & spoils easily), grain/nuts/seeds (more difficult to process than fruits & vegetables) etc. Herbs grow in astonishing abundance & almost without cultivation! Herbs are something which I feel we should be consuming more of daily. Also greens, fruits of all kinds, vegetables, grasses/sprouts, & milky grains (such as fresh corn on the cob)…These foods are readily accessible & perfect alkaline nutrition. Even an avocado is rich in valuable nutrients, good fats & is beautiful in alkalinity. These are foods that promote beauty, health & wellbeing in the way we look, think & feel. They fit into our hands perfectly, our mouths & even look like our body systems, organs & sometimes even diseases (now that’s freaky! natures food designed for humans). There's really so much to discover on this subject of alkalising... The effects upon our bodies is immense so do look into it further if you are passionate about health & especially, healing.

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Probably the best thing about alkalising is, YES, we will look more gorgeous, there’s no doubt about that whatsoever. It works, making you more beautiful with every positive choice you make. But to me, what's even better than the other best part about alkalising, is in the way makes me feel. AMAZING, fresh, youthful & buzzing with ideas. Every. Single. Day.

LOVE & CHOCOLATE (PS. I'm very very busy with my book, so if I don't write for a while, extra LOVEEE! XXX) Abigail


The Fashion World Of Jean Paul Gaultier

French enfant terrible of pop couture Jean Paul Gaultier is one of my fashion heros. In 1990, when he designed the clothes of Madonna's Blond Ambition Tour (my other hero, as you know), I saw his sketches of the stage clothes in magazines at bookstores and they were art pieces of their own. His drawings were A-MA-ZING and truly an inspiration for me to draw!

I never tried to copy his style (there was no internet around that time, no google whatsoever), but when I look at my own illustrations, I definitely see a similarity in his and my signature. We both love black thick and thin lines. Remember I was a little boy around that time (I was eleven years old), and as the years went by I forgot this first encounter of illustration art.

This week I visited the great exposition The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier in Rotterdam. Over a hundred and forty original creations from the early 1970s to the present day, and from both his haute couture collections and his ready-to-wear lines, can be seen at the Kunsthal. When you love fashion it's an EYE-mazing fingerlicking rollercoaster of beautiful dresses, dessins, colours, shoes, wigs and fabrics. Big surpise to me were the moving faces, projected on some to the mannequins.

What a surreal experience! Absolutely gorgeous and innovating concept!

I made lots of pictures (great atmosphere, lights and themes), and when I was walking by all the lovely designs of the master I saw them... His illustrations. The real ones.

WOW! Flashback! This was such a precious moment to me (no I did not cry)... I also saw some of his creations for Madonna, and I felt like I was the happiest gay in the world. How cool! You could even touch the black corset he made for Madonna's MDNA Tour. Heaven!

When you are in the Netherlands you really have to go see this exposition! It ends on 12 May, 2013. At the end of the expo you can buy lots of great JPG stuff. You must buy this ARTBAG specially designed for this! The proceeds of this bag go to the STOP AIDS NOW! foundation. And you have your own real Jean Paul Gaultier bag!

LOVE, Joey

All pictures made by Joey Holthaus


Healthy Foods

February or September? That means Fashion Weeks are happening!

If you’ve ever been in New York City around this time – you would have noticed a lot of models in the streets running around in high heels with their portfolios in their hands. I remember first time I came to New York – which was 7 years ago. I remember how stressful it was for me: no time to rest, no time to sleep and no time to a grab fresh, nutritious meal!

I’ll share with you some tips and tricks how to choose the right foods that will leave you satisfied, without bloating or putting on extra pounds. Just a few ideas that you can do at home or when you have time to eat out in the restaurants with your friends.

Valentina's tips

  • Start your day with big glass of warm water with freshly squeezed lemon juice.
  • Always have green salad before your main course. Ok, honestly, who wants salad after a bowl of pasta?!
  • Have fruits for breakfast and try to snack on fruits until the lunchtime.
  • Drink your water! The moment you think you are hungry. Drink a glass of water and then ask your self “Am I still hungry?” it happens to me all the time – my body is just asking for water.
  • Replace cow milk with almond milk. I make my own almond milk at home and I add it to my raw granola for a tasty breakfast. I add almond milk to my smoothies and many other recipes. It is a delicious vegan alternative to animal or other milks.
  • Replace white sugar, brown sugar, and all kinds of artificial sweeteners with stevia, Agave, yakon syrup or coconut palm sugar!
  • Snack on RAW nuts and seeds: when you snack on roasted nuts (or baked or in any other way cooked) they can cause acne. Nuts are very dense and highly fatty food. When you eat them in raw state, those fats are extremely healthy for us, but once nuts been heated above 105F they become rancid - not a beauty food you want to put in your body!
  • Choose sweet yam potatoes over regular white potatoes.
  • Choose vegetables and fruits that are still attached to their roots and vines, because they have more nutrients: for example tomatoes on the vines, fresh herbs in pots, carrots and beetroots with their tops attached etc.
  • Eat whole foods rather than pre packed, pre cut, preserved, pre made... Avoid frozen ready-to-eat microwave dinners, avoid canned corn, beans, tuna.. Buy a whole watermelon and cut it freshly at home rather than buying it already cut into pieces (and think of the waste you create when you get your sliced fruits in plastic wrapping).
  • Always have a (protein) bar with you in case of emergencies. The idea is to choose the right one – I like “Vega Whole Food Raw Energy Bar”.

I wish you a happy Meal–and to models: Good Luck with new season!

Love, Val.


2012 Year in review... hello 2013!

Freelance illustrator Joey Holthaus
Follow me, I'll be your river, river, I'm here to keep you floating
Follow me, I'll be your river, river, river, river, yeah
Wherever you're standing, I will be by your side
Through the good, through the bad, I'll never be hard to find
Emeli Sandé - RIVER LYRICS

 

Every Monday morning my lovely husband Mark sends me a WhatsApp message with a song that describes what he feels for me. "River", from newcomer Emeli Sande, was the first song I've recieved in 2012. It expressed what 2012 was all about for us. Especially how he supported me. "Through the good, through the bad."

2012 was mainly a year of saying goodbye. The older you get (yes, 33 and still counting), the more and faster you unfortunately facing death. This year I had to say goodbye to my dear father-in-law Wim (67). He died too early and unexpectedly. "Thinking from opportunities" was his motto. I miss him every day.

Sweet little Abel (son of friends) was only 5 days old. On May 17, Ascension Day, we all lifted up colorful balloons, including a personal message for him. Very special and touching.

Nightsister Hans B, the man who introduced me to the wonderful gay world when I was 17, lost his short battle with cancer. Bye bye sweetheart.

Balloons for little Abel

Mark was there for me, and I was there for him. On December 12, 2012 at 12 PM (what a coinsidence!), exactly one year after our registered partnership, Mark and I got inked! Now we share a common tattoo. It became the symbol of us together, the &-sign in the shape of a heart: never be parted.

Getting inked! Mark's wrist, Joey's bicep

In 2012 I asked myself which illustration style is the right one for me: what felt good to discover, to develop? What is really a "Joey"? I collected all my work, to get a closer look. I had so many!

I've made a selection, and found out that these are my best styles: Contemporary, Fluent, Sketch & Satire.

Contemporary Style Joey Holthaus- Lady Gaga 2012
Contemporary Style Joey Holthaus- Lady Gaga 2012

My discovery for my best style(s) this year gave me inner peace. I create illustrations for more than 20 years, and only now I realize what kind of style I have really developed.

In 2012 I did so many great things: the exposition in the Gallery room in hotel Modez for two months, the illustrations for Organice Your Life, Newmills, Modetuin, Mippies, Humanoid, eigen! Arnhem magazine and many more. Every day I love to work as a freelance illustrator!

Gallery Room 22 Hotel Modez Arnhem by Atelier Joey Holthaus
Gallery Room 22 Hotel Modez Arnhem by Atelier Joey Holthaus

Three weeks ago I was told that my illustration of Grace Coddington (creative director VOGUE USA) was the winning design of an i-D Magazine competition! What a great news to end a fabulous creative year!

Winner! Illustration Grace Coddington by Joey for i-D magazine

Hello 2013! Mode Biennale 2013 (MoBa 13) is coming to Arnhem, I want to go to Berlin, New York and maybe LA for some inspiration... Can't wait to start my creativity!!!

So what are your plans? What are you going to do? Share it!

 

Love,

Joey


Stay warm!

Yes, in most areas in the world it is very cold right now!

How do you stay warm in winter times, just like the cutie kitten in the picture?

I got a few tips!

1. Layer your clothes. 1 shirt and 1 thin sweater on top of each other will be warmer than 1 superthick sweater! This as the air gets in between the 2 layers and keeps you warmer. Make sure you bring your hat, scarf and gloves everywhere you go!

2. Don't go outside right after taking a shower. You will feel warmer right after the shower, but your pores are open, and maybe your hair is still wet, so when you go outside right away, you get (a) cold faster!

3. If you are cold a smart tip from a model: use your blowdryer to warm up your clothes before you put it on! You can also do this with your coat before you go outside. Plus put your shoes next to the heater, they will warm up!

4. Working out will make your body and blood move, and therefore all blood will be circulated better to all your extremities, and you will be less cold!

5. Bring a large scarf everywhere you go, so when you are cold you can wrap it all around yourself!

Enjoy the Winter!

Love, Lonneke


Tongue wrestling?

You probably learnt it when you were still little: Every night before bedtime brush your teeth!

When you got older, you started flossing too.

And when you thought you could finally go to sleep, you suddenly also had to use mouth wash.

1.2.3, Your teeth, gums and your whole mouth were clean!

But really, we should add a 4.

Because what do we do with our tongue?

I mean, we use it for every thing every day:

to taste, to lick, to suck to swallow.....and your partner maybe gets a french kiss once awhile!

But really, nobody cleans his or her tongue!

ooh, gross!!

Especially when you know cleaning your tongue can prevent a bad breath, and can take bad bacteria out of your mouth.

Many bacteria are on your tongue.

So if you scrape your tongue with a tongue scraper every day, the amounts of bacteria will reduce dramatically. And it will look better too!

You can find out a lot about someone, like his eating habits, by looking at his or her tongue .

Your tongue should be a shiny pink color, not red and not with lots of mucus.

I personally would change 3 and 4, as I prefer to clean my tongue before I use the mouth wash!

Will you scrape too?

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tongue_cleaner