Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Beware of What You Wear | The True Cost of Your Disposable Wardrobe

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YOU, yes YOU, fashion lover, fashion blogger... this is a MUST-READ and a MUST-SEE for you! I decided to share this post again because I've been shocked about the lack of care from my followers. It definately pisses me off that everyone only wants to read the "fun" stuff, but when it comes to hard reality, people just turn around and walk away. So let's try this again :)..

One of the reasons why I started designing clothing made from recycled materials was really simple; I didn't want to be part of the fashion industry as it exists today. The exploitation and waste were my biggest reasons. I've always been aware of the exploitation in 3rd world countries and the extremely poor conditions factory workers are living in, but some things were unknown to me. This week I watched The True Cost | A Documentary Film and I am even more disgusted than I was before. 90% of my wardrobe is either second hand, vintage, handmade or organic/fair trade, but after seeing this documentary there is NO WAY IN HELL I will be visiting fast fashion brands ever again.

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We are not only talking about exploitation and waste here, but also environmental contamination and illnesses which spread among these poor people producing your cheap-ass disposable clothing. People are litteraly dying for your cheap wardrobe. And the thing which scares me the most is that nobody gives a shit!! Nobody cares and nobody even knows (or want to know). Fast Fashion brands are always "trying to improve" the living conditions of their workers, but that's just bullshit. They need to change the system, because that's what is screwing it all up. It's a visual circle... change the source, change the world.

STOP buying fast-fashion (H&M, Forever21... you know which, cheap and disposable clothing). You MUST see this documentary and it will change your life, and if it doesn't... I don't know, you are not human! Buy eco friendly, fair trade and recycle! Or at least buy clothing which is not made in India, Bangladesh or China. Investigate where you're clothing is made, it's the least you can do. Fast Fashion brands are always trying to convince the public and make them believe they are doing something good, but it's a big lie, they are the source of the problem. You need to look behind the scenes and that's what this documentary will show you. If you'll continue to support the fast-fashion industry as it exists today for your disposable closet, nothing will ever change...

Don't get me wrong ladies, I love fashion, but I love good fashion. Comments are very welcome :)!

Sending you my hugs and my love,

See what you can to help via The True Cost | A Documentary Film. The documentary is available for free via Netflix and you can purchase or rent it all over the internet.

This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes. - See more at: http://truecostmovie.com/about/#sthash.Qhd1XnQg.dpuf

Source: The True Cost | A Documentary Film

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#truecostmovie #awareness #environment #thetruecost #humanrights #justice

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

How to Travel and Stay Healthy!

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Do you have a vacay incoming? Flying somehwhere? I'm not!! :P Taking it easy for the Summer at home, well more "in the neighbourhood". The nicest thing about Europe and living in the south of the Netherlands is easy access to 2 other countries. Within 30 minutes I drive myself into Belgium and within an hour I am in Germany (France and Denmark 3, also the UK will only take me 20 minutes by plane). I don't feel bad not traveling far, I have many options next door! :P

For the ones who are flying to an exotic place somewhere on the globe, I found a really nice article at Food Matters about how to stay healthy while traveling, it's really not that difficult as you might think!

With a few simple and easy tricks you can stay healthy and refreshed while on the move!

What is your vacation destination for this Summer and how do you prepare for a long flight?



Air conditioning, thinned out oxygen levels, refined space and low-level radiation can take its toll on our bodies when we travel. Here are my top eight tips to flying high with a smile.

1. Keep Germs At Bay - Always Wrap A Scarf Around Your Throat

This is a tradition that stems from Northern Europe and aims to raise the temperature of your throat very slightly enough to make the environment hostile to infection. It gives your immune system a chance to respond to any bugs and clear them from your system before an infection can take hold. It also adds vital warmth when in a centrally controlled climate, which is great for the immune system in general.

2. Be Kind To Your Ears (And Head) – Use The Right Headphones

A quality pair of headphones is a must when traveling. Like Bose Quiet Comfort 15 headphones. These are greatly advanced in noise reduction technology, meaning you will hear more of your music and movies without having to blast the volume. Plus, they are super comfortable, meaning no headaches.

3. Look After Your Skin - Oil Your Body Before Getting Dressed For The Airport

Flying is extremely dehydrating and can leave your skin feeling very dry and flaky. Counteract this by moisturizing your skin from head to toe before you board your flight.

4. Stay Hydrated - Drink LOADS Of Water And Take Minerals/Electrolytes/Cellfood To Add To It

Flying drains your body of its water content and essential salts, so replacing the fluid and nutrients your body loses is imperative. Drinking plain water, together with water supplemented with minerals, electrolytes and/or Cellfood (which contains 78 ionic minerals, 34 enzymes, 17 amino acids and dissolved oxygen), are your surest way to keep you feeling good.
Cellfood, in particular, is known for being rich in beneficial antioxidants and is highly alkalizing, providing an oxygen and nutrient delivery system that is absorbed quickly and efficiently by the cells in your body.

5. Cancel Out Radiation - Get A Pocket Resonator

Low-level radiation can’t be avoided when you fly, except for when you have a pocket resonator to protect you. One of these will harmonize electromagnetic frequencies to render them neutral/beneficial when they strike your body. A pocket resonator can also help ground the body providing healing energy.

6. Keep Your Passages Clear And Moist - Use Nutribiotic Grapefruit Seed Extract Nasal Spray Every Hour

This nasal lubricant contains a blend of ingredients including Echinacea extract, goldenseal extract, Citricidal brand grapefruit seed extract, vitamin C, menthol, and more, and is excellent at keeping nose and ear passages moist, clear and free from cold-inducing germs.

7. Remain Energized - Don’t Travel Without A Superfood Green Powder!

Organic, gluten-free and vegan, Green Powders offer the easiest way to ingest a high level of beneficial nourishing superfoods in one simple drink. Made from grass juice powder it cleanses, alkalizes and energizes the body, and is ideal in aiding radiation protection.

8. Rest Your Body – Sleep

A good sleep will help your body adjust to a new time zone and allow it to conserve energy while dealing with the effects of being in the air. If you have followed the above tips too, hopefully you will wake up with a spring in your step ready for a great vacation!

Article & Image Source: Food Matters

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

The Bohemian Dream Summer 2015

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Summer is finally here! Not that the Netherlands is ready for Summer weather (never know what to expect over here!), but the days are getting warmer and I was so happy I could finally start with garden photoshoots together with my beautiful model Jewel. We shot the Summer layout this weekend and it looks awesome! I used a watercolor manadala painting in the layout I painted about 2 years ago. Never thought about using it for my graphics. Me likee a lot!! Whatcha think?

Anyway, sharing some newbies for the Summer collection! Wanted to wish everyone a lovely Summer! Any special plans? :)


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Fully Raw Kristina

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Hey y'all!

Time for some more health stuff! Today I want to introduce you to Fully Raw Kristina. She is a fully raw vegan, a free spirit and artist, living in Houston TX and she is SO AWESOME!! She is the founder of the largest raw, organic produce co-operative in the U.S. and has been eating 100% raw for almost 10 years. She overcame hyperglycemia by taking on a fully raw lifestyle. She is an amazing person and such a great inspiration in my life! Her Youtube channel Fully Raw Kristina is so inspirational! Here she shares her fully raw recipes, advice and personal stories about her lifestyle.
As some of you might know, I live a very healthy life style, 99% of my diet is vegan and about 75% fully raw (and organic of course!). I live in the Netherlands and I wish I could transform to a fully raw vegan lifestyle, but unfortunately the weather doesn't let me, I love my warm vegan meals too much in Autumn and Winter and I choose not to miss them (yet!). It's way easier to live a fully raw lifestyle in Texas :). Pretty jealous of Kristina she lives in a warm climate!

This channel is a must watch! Get inspired by Kristina.. and hell yeah she will! Sharing some of my favorite video's! You can also visit Kristina at www.fullyraw.com.


FullyRaw Red Velvet Cupcakes with Strawberry Vanilla Icing!

FullyRaw Pasta with Avocado Basil Pesto!

FullyRaw Chocolate Pecan Pie!

5 FullyRaw Salad Dressings!

3 Easy & Delicious FullyRaw Smoothie Recipes!

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Source: Fully Raw Kristina

#fullyrawkristina #rawvegan #vegan #health #veganlifestyle

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Harmful Sun Protection Products & Ingredients | MUST READ

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Hey girls!!! I've missed y'all!! Work has been killing me again, almost litteraly (stress caused a double ear infection, hooray!). Anyway, all good now and back to blogging. I haven't been around for a while, but I have some pretty awesome stuff lined up to share with you girlies. Will also be catching up with everyone again.

Ok, lets start off with some very important health stuff! This article is an absolute must-read! Finally the sun is breaking through in The Netherlands, which means sunscreen (to protect my vampire-like skin). As some of you might know, I'm a crazy health freak, especially when it comes to chemicals in beauty products. Oh my, you don't even know what you are putting on your skin ladies, pure toxins! Many ingredients in commercial sunscreens harm the skin, can cause cancer and many other scary diseases (..how crazy is that? You want to protect yourself from the sun and possible skin cancer by sun damage and they are putting ingredients in you sunscreen which actually cause cancer. Seriously wtf?!). Do not fall for the pretty commericals and fake promises. You are being misguided to the fullest.

Educate yourself on what you put on your skin. Everything that you apply on your skin will enter your body... check the ingredients! Packing for your vacation or love the spend time in the sun? These items should never make it into your suitcase, beach bag or backpack.

I use products by Ladival. No cancer causing ingredients. It protects what it needs to protect, without any useless crap. And it has an experation date!! Ever wondered why most sunscreens don't have experation dates on the bottle? Think about it....


7 Tips For Fun in the Sun | List via Food Matters by EWG

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1. No Spray Sunscreens

Given the ease of applying them on squirming kids and hard-to-reach areas, these super-popular aerosolized sunscreens may seem like a dream come true. But they may pose serious inhalation risks. They certainly make it too easy to apply too little or miss a spot. Even though the Food and Drug Administration has expressed concern about the safety and efficacy of spray sunscreens, companies continue to turn them out.

2. No Super-High SPFs

Products with sky-high SPFs may protect against sunburn but could leave your skin exposed to damaging UVA rays. SPF stands for “sun protection factor,” and refers only to protection against UVB radiation, which burns the skin. It has little to do with protection from sun’s UVA rays, which penetrate deep into the skin, suppress the immune system, accelerate skin aging and may cause skin cancer.

Fifteen percent of the sunscreens evaluated in EWG’s 2014 sunscreen guide boasts SPFs higher than SPF 50+. These high-SPF products may give people a false sense of security, tempt them to stay in the sun too long, suppress sunburns but upping the risk of other kinds of skin damage. The FDA is considering limiting SPF claims to 50+, as is done in other countries. EWG recommends that consumers avoid products labeled with anything higher than SPF 50 and reapply sunscreen often, regardless of SPF.

3. No Oxybenzone

Commonly used in sunscreens, the chemical oxybenzone penetrates the skin, gets into the bloodstream and acts like estrogen in the body. It can trigger allergic reactions. Data are preliminary, but studies have found a link between higher concentrations of oxybenzone and health harms. One study has linked oxybenzone to endometriosis in older women; another found that women with higher levels of oxybenzone during pregnancy had lower birth weight daughters. More than 40 percent of all beach and sport sunscreens in this year’s guide contain oxybenzone.

4. No Retinyl Palmitate

When used in a night cream, this form of vitamin A is supposed to have anti-aging effects. But on sun-exposed skin, retinyl palmitate may speed development of skin tumors and lesions, according to government studies. Why is this “inactive ingredient” allowed in sunscreens intended for use in the sun? Good question.

The FDA has yet to rule on the safety of retinyl palmitate in skin care products, but EWG recommends that consumers avoid sunscreens containing this chemical. Twenty percent of the sunscreens, and 12 percent of SPF-rated moisturizers in this year’s guide contains retinyl palmitate.

5. No Combined Sunscreen/Bug Repellents

Skip products that combine bug repellent with sunscreen. Why? For starters, bugs are typically not a problem during the hours when UV exposure peaks. Also, sunscreen may need to be reapplied more frequently than repellent, or vice versa. We recommend that you avoid using repellents on your face, too. Studies suggest that combining sunscreens and repellents leads to increased skin absorption of the repellent ingredients. EWG recommends that you skip these products.

6. No Sunscreen Towelettes Or Powders

FDA’s sunscreen rules bar sunscreen wipes and powders. But some small online retailers are still offering towelettes and powders. Don’t buy them. Why? Dubious sun protection. Besides, inhaling loose powders can cause lung irritation or other harm…

7. No Tanning Oils

Tanning oils are simply a bad idea. If they contain sunscreen ingredients, the levels are always very low and offer little, if any, sun protection. Don’t buy products with SPF values lower than 15, nor those without either zinc oxide or avobenzone for UVA protection.

Other cancer causing ingredients in sunscreens you MUST AVOID (will explain why in a next post):


List via Food Matters by EWG | Images source: Pinterest, Food Matters