October 21, 2014

Natural Beauty Products Interview

Hey guys! Part two of my interview with Tino from Bananiac is live on Symposium Films. It was so great speaking with Tino about all different topics regarding this lifestyle. If you missed part 1, you can watch it here. If you are into this plant-based lifestyle or just learning more about it, I definitely recommend checking out Tino's other videos on both his channels. They helped me so much when transitioning and they're great for keeping me inspired and on track. Hope you enjoy the video!

October 16, 2014

Organic Facial in Dubai!

Hi everyone! Hope you are all doing well :) Glad to see so much positive feedback from my last video - happy you guys enjoyed and found it helpful. Yesterday I had the most wonderful (much-needed) facial at Biolite Aesthetic Clinic in Dubai. Thanks so much for having me! We started with a super gentle microdermabrasion (the most delicate I’ve ever had!) followed by their organic facial which featured some wonderful aromatic essential oils and gentle natural formulas. My skin is recovering from a pretty bad detox I had since switching over to this lifestyle, so this was definitely a treat! Do I think skin care treatments are the ultimate solution to problematic skin? Nope! BUT natural / chemical-free treatments can definitely help whilst your body is healing internally! If you live in Dubai or are coming by for a visit, I would definitely recommend checking out this place. The staff are super professional, very sweet and accommodating! Have you guys ever tried microdermabrasions? It's one of my favorite treatments to get every couple of months. It really helps to smoothen out the surface of your skin by polishing away dead skin cells leaving you with baby soft skin ♥ 

 My treatment room :) 

  The clinic also have their own line of mineral makeup. I had a dash of mineral 
foundation applied before heading out. 

  Gorgeous bronzers and highlighters 

October 12, 2014

What I Ate Today! High Carb, Low Fat, Raw Till 4, Vegan

Hello beautiful! I hope you're all having a great weekend. Today I have a new video for you, taking you through what a typical day of food looks like for me on this high carb, low fat, vegan, "Raw Till 4" lifestyle. I love eating this way - so much delicious clean food in abundance! I literally feel like a kid in a candy store the whole day eating all the sweet fruit I want, and sitting down with a big meal of satisfying plant-based carbs for dinner, oh ya! :) Although I follow a raw till 4 way of eating day to day, if I'm not able to get fruit during the day, I just eat the next high carb low fat food available (like vegan sushi, pasta, rice, potatoes...) - never being stupidly strict on myself  :) Always do the best you can! Let me know if you found this video interesting and/or helpful and if you'd like to see more in this style! Lots of love to you XOXO

October 7, 2014

Interview With Bananiac

Hi everyone! Sorry for the technical issue I had with my blog these last few days. I think the server I use was being updated and my site lost connection - but it's back! :) I wanted to share a link to an interview I did with fellow plant-based vegan, Tino from Bananiac on YouTube (he has two channels, Bananiac and Symposium Films). In this first segment we talk about the Raw Till 4 lifestyle and travel tips. All in all, we spoke for about an hour about various topics relating to this lifestyle - he will be uploading the interview in short segments over the next few days. It was so great to speak to someone who shares the same views and values! He's got some really great informative and inspirational videos on both his channels so definitely go check him out if you're into learning about this lifestyle! Hope you enjoy the video! XOXO


October 2, 2014

Three Casual Chic Outfit Ideas!

Hi beautiful! Hope you are all doing great! I am back in Dubai now :) Feels great to be home again after so much traveling! Today I have a new little fashion video up that I shot at a nearby Monastery in Barcelona. It was so beautiful! I show you three casual outfits I've been loving recently - plus my new little faux leather purse which I purchased from Primark a few weeks ago. I was on a hunt for a cute non leather bag and I'm quite happy with this one - except the quality isn't the greatest! I just ordered one from a brand called Matt & Nat which should be arriving soon :) Will let you know what I think of it! Let me know if you guys enjoyed this kind of video and if you'd like to see more in this style. Lots of love to you all  XOXO

September 22, 2014

Cure Eczema & Allergies With Raw Foods

Hello my lovelies  I hope you're all doing great! Today I came across something so beautiful and inspiring (it even brought a few tears to my eyes) and I just had to share this with you all. Below is a picture of Maya, the beautiful daughter of @dehappy5_mama on Instagram. Ullenka (the happy mama!), her husband and their three kids have been following a raw high carb low fat vegan diet for the last 6 months and have experienced some truly remarkable results. Maya had previously suffered from severe eczema as well as leaky gut caused by candida overgrowth. After only a few months, Maya is completely healed and is looking absolutely gorgeous and healthy.

"After struggling with terrible eczema and allergies for most of her life, my 8 year old daughter recovered completely within only 5 months on high carb raw vegan diet. She has a condition called leaky gut caused by candida overgrowth that she had since born. Years of other treatments and diets gave no results and even worsen her eczema till the point shown on left photo. At the beginning there was about three months of hard detox and from then she started to heal beautifully to be a healthy and happy girl today. Her two younger brothers had milder stadium of eczema and all three of them are clear skin today." @dehappy5_mama

I am so happy to see Maya's transformation after only a few months of eating raw - how amazing! It just goes to show the incredible power of raw foods - fruit in particular (which Maya mostly eats). "I know it looks dramatic and I am sorry if anyone of you feels a bit discomforted looking at her. But I want to show this to help many other people, especially children, that suffer through this terrible disease. She had such severe eczema on her body that I am first time publicly sharing her pictures from that period of time. I actually will not say anything anymore, you see the results. For those of you who are interested about more details please go to my blog. There is first part of her story with even more dramatic photos." @dehappy5_mama

This before and after made me somewhat emotional today and really tugged on my heart strings. As you may know, I've had my own on and off struggles with my skin, and I've seen plenty of dermatologists over the years. During every consultation, I'd ask them about diet and if it's related to my skin issues. I'd ask them if there are any foods I should be avoiding, or foods that may be disrupting my hormones (thus causing the acne). I'd ask them if the health of my digestive system could be linked to acne, or if stress / exercise had any impacts. Every doctor looked at me with a smile and said no, acne is caused due to bacterial growth on the skin and diet / lifestyle habits has no impact. Then they were always more than happy to prescribe me an antibacterial cream, face cleansers and medicines. It just never felt right. I was so happy when I discovered this lifestyle and read about all the positive transformations from people healing themselves of all sorts of diseases and health complications. This lifestyle is so empowering and set us free from the never ending cycle of pharmaceuticals and medicated treatments. "Let food be thy medicine, and medicine by thy food" - Hippocrates. 

Some of Ullenka's beautiful creations
Follow @dehappy5_mama on Instagram here and check out her blog here!

This information is so important, and should be celebrated :) There are so many of us dealing with health issues which can be totally reversed and cured through a plant based, high raw (or fully raw) high carb, low fat, vegan diet. And most amazingly, the answer is so delicious, colorful and satisfying! I'm so thankful to Ullenka for sharing her truly inspiring journey with us.

I hope this can help others who might be dealing with similar conditions. I have more info in my videos and under the "Health and Diet" category, as well as under the "Vegan Plant Based Lifestyle" page. Never be afraid to follow your instincts and listen to your heart, especially when it comes to taking care of yourself. We live in such a crazy (yet beautiful) world - we can't let ourselves fall into the marketing trap of the pharmaceutical industries. It's a never ending cycle of medicines and magic potions. True health and healing starts from within, and mother nature knows just how to do it!  Wishing you all a beautiful day! XOXO

September 17, 2014

Cultivating Self-Love | Blood Test Results | Travel Tips!

Hello everyone! I'm back with another new video *woop*! Feels so great to be back to filming. This is my 6 month since-going-plantbased update video - can't believe it's gone so fast! :) It's definitely been one of the most "transformative" times in my life. I feel like I've grown and learnt so much valuable information that I will benefit from my whole life. I am so thankful to everyone I have learnt from. As mentioned in the video, the most important thing I've learnt recently is to have a positive and loving mindset, even if you're not getting the results you're after just yet. I was so hung up on clearing my skin, and I kind of put a condition on it, something like: "I'll only let myself be 100% content once my skin clears up." This did not get me very far, and only held me back until the point where I didn't even want to look at my skin in the mirror. BUT I luckily snapped out of that self-destructive mode and adopted some healthy positive habits instead, like complimenting myself every time I was about to say something negative. It's so important to pay attention to your thoughts. Also as mentioned, Louise Hay is so awesome :) Definitely check out her books and videos on YouTube for a good dose of positivity and self-loving affirmations. Anyway I hope you guys enjoy the video and let me know if this is a topic you find interesting. Lots of love to you! XOXO

Topics discussed in this video:
- My tips for dealing with acne (importance of hydration, sleep, proper digestion, positive mindset)
- The importance of loving yourself, especially when healing
- My blood test results after being vegan for 6 months
- Iodine deficiency
- Traveling tips as a high carb vegan

Find all my previous update videos on my channel! xoxo

September 11, 2014

New Video: August Favorites!

Hi beautiful!  Feels so good to be back with a new video, I've really missed you all! Thank you guys for being patient during the time I was away. A lot of things are going on and I felt like I really needed to step back for a bit to focus on "refilling my cup" with inspiration and ideas for new content. Life can be so draining sometimes? Something I guess we all go through! But we are moving forward :) Hopefully you enjoy this new video featuring some of my current natural *cruelty-free* beauty favorites! My next one will be a health / lifestyle update. Hope you're all doing great! BIG HUG xoxo

Items Mentioned:
  • 100% Pure Fruit Pigmented Tinted Moisturizer (Golden Peach)
  • RMS Beauty “Un” Cover Powder 
  • Alima Pure Lipstick in Sweet Pea 
  • Pacific Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mascara
  • Pacific Perfumes: Tahitian Gardenia & California Star Jasmine 
  • Acne Dote Face & Body Scrub
  • 100% Pure Purity Facial Cleanser & Mask
  • Teas: Peppermint, Spearmint, Chamomile, Digestive