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Time out!

28 Jun

Hi guys..!

Just a quick message to say that I need a lil blog time out for the moment.. 🙂

 

 

I’ve been super uber bizzy and I’m not sure yet If I want to continue blogging in the future for many reasons..

Keep you posted soon!

Take care everyone!!

Love,

Nathalie

The Photoshop phenomenon..

21 Jun

Hi guys!

Today I wanted to do a little post about the photoshop phenomenon.. As a model, I’ve experienced myself that a lot of photos are being photoshopped.. Sometimes just a little to make the skin appear more healthy and to remove freckles, but sometimes the entire body or face of a model is being altered..

I’ve experienced this personally when seeing new pictures of fellow models and thinking “OMG she just lost a ton of weight” & ” What diet is she on, I must give it a go”! About 2 weeks later I see the same model at a casting and she looks perfectly normal and healthy.. And when I ask her about those certain pictures, she admits it’s all just photoshop..

I don’t like this phenomenon at all because it creates an unhealthy image about how a woman should be and what a woman is supposed to look like..Models aren’t freaks of nature with some kind of super genes ( ok there are some out there , but few) but the industry is defenitely creating that mindset..

For myself, I have to watch what I eat and try to eat healthy 90% percent of the time but I do eat icecream or chocolate once in a while..I’m only human 🙂

Before and after Photoshopping pictures:



I have one picture in my portfolio where my legs are lenghtened about 10 cm or about 4 inches –>

Ultra long legs? Not so much 😉

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I was reading Julie’s blog PB fingers and she made salmon burger for dinner last night.. I thought this would make an awesome lunch for me and the boyfriend..

Salmon burgers on whole wheat bread (adapted from PBfingers)

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon filets
  • fresh chives
  • fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 cup oats
  • 1/3 cup light mayonaise
  • salt
  • pepper
  • salsa herbs
  • garlic

Combine all the ingredients in the food processor and blend awaaaaaaaaaaay! 😉

Questions:

– Do you ever compare yourself with models or celebrities?

– Do you often believe that the photoshopped pictures are real?

– What’s your favorite salmon recipe?

Fashion post: Wish List

15 Jun

Hey hey 🙂

I’m back with another fashion post! Here is my wish list for the summer.. Hope you guys like it!

What is on your fashion wish list?

Paris recap and recent reflections..

14 Jun

Hi Guys!!! Guess who’s back? 🙂

( And then this song popped into my head:

Guess whos back, back again
Shadys back, tell a friend
Guess who’s back, guess who’s back,
guess who’s back
Guess who’s back…nanananananananananana

Alllllrightie then..)

I got back from Paris yesterday evening.. Unfortunately I didn’t even see Paris this time ( I have been there already 3 times, so I’ve seen the city already but damn, I wanted to see something! )

After I arrived there Saturday night, the taxi took us straight to the hotel.. I decided to go to bed early because the next day we had to work from 9 am until 9pm.. And believe me, trying out 300 wedding dresses and standing on heels for 12 hours isn’t a breeze.. I really had a good night sleep that night 😉

After that long day, the team went out to a Italian restaurant very close to our hotel.. I was so happy when everyone was in the mood for fish so the owner started to prepare some grilled tuna and white fish.. They gave us 7 plates to divide over our team and served everything on big dishes.. Very family style, I kinda love that! 🙂

On my plate: Grilled tuna, grilled peppers in olive oil, grilled zucchini and rucola salad..

After dinner I went straight to bed because the next day we had to work from 9am until 6pm and then catch the train back to Belgium..

The team decided to go to mac donalds, I really don’t like to eat there so I got an unpictured salmon wrap.. Much better 😉

Here are some piccies:

My colleagues 🙂

Acting goofy woofy 🙂

Having a 10 minute break because our feet were killing us 🙂

Acting silly again.. Try to find my colleague somewhere 😉

A fan is very much needed if you’re trying on a zillion dresses.. we’re feeling hot hot HOT! 😉

Our little hang out space  🙂

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I also wanted to write a little piece on consuming dairy and veganism.. I know that in previous posts I wanted to eliminate dairy completely from my diet and subbed this primarily with soy products..

After trying this for a few months I have to say that I don’t necessarily feel better doing this.. When on the road or traveling as much as I am, it is soooo difficult just eating healthy and I feel like eliminating dairy all together is too restricting for me at the moment.. I haven’t touched any meat though in the last 2 months, because it is very easy to find fish everywhere and I really don’t like eating it any longer after watching food inc and reading skinny bitch.. So if you guys see some greek yoghurt appear on the bloggie, sorry but that’s the way it’s gonna be.. I don’t like to label myself.. I just try to be healthy, whilst eating a variety of foods ( I will keep buying almond milk/ rice milk/ oat milk and soy milk because I think variety is very important in a diet + I really like the taste)

That’s all for now folks..Have a nice day!!

Questions:

– What does your diet look like?

– Do you eliminate certain foods or avoid them?

– For what reason?

Pre-Paris eats..

11 Jun

Hi guys!

Tonight I’m leaving for a two day work trip to the wonderfull city Paris!

I’ll be working there for a bridal fair, where we will do some fittings of bridal gowns and some catwalk shows..

I’ll definitely will have a lot to look at! All those nice gowns and jewellery :)) We’ll be staying in a super nice 4* hotel and the fair is starting on sunday from 9am until 9 pm until monday from 9am until 6pm.. I think I’ll be tired after this trip 😉 Fortunately, I have a day off on tuesday.. I’m starting to miss my Bikram yoga!

I was planning to go to Bikram yesterday and this morning, but I just got spraytanned for the bridal fair ( they want their models to be tan instead of the Vampire look I got going on 😉 ) The lady from the spraytanning place specifically told me to NOT shower or do any exercise, because the formula really needed to dry a couple of hours.. Preferably a day or so.. I guess sweating your ass off with Bikram isn’t an option! 😉

I did however win an unlimited class card of Bikram for one month, so I might take the opportunity to do a lil modified Bikram challenge.. I’ll put running on hold for a bit ( my 10 k isn’t due until september) so I can go to Bikram as much as I can before heading to the USA on the 12th of july for our roadtrip.. I’ll keep you posted on how it feels to do Bikram 4-5-6 times a week instead of 2 times a week.. 🙂

Before heading off to the city of love ( without my love *boehoe*) here are some recent eatsies:

Chocolate oatmeal with protein powder and raw cacao nibs..

So psyched I found these in the store! Organic vegetable mix to steam in the microwave.. Perfect for quick and easy suppers!

Cheerios with chocolate protein powder, banana, raw cacao nibs and almond milk..

Lunch! 🙂 Pink lady apple, multigrain bread with banana and coconut butter..


Yesterday, the boy decided to go to mac donalds so I made a healthyfied version of burger and fries.. Ovenfries(baked for about 20 min in the oven), mixed salad and a veggie burger.. The sauce was a mixture of yogonaise and ketchup.. hmm.. This feast clocked in at about 550 kcal ( I was curious comparing it to the meal my boyfriend had, the mac do meal had about 1200 kcal in it.. scoreee!)

This morning’s breakkie: strawberries with coconut butter and raw cacao nibs, whole wheat toast with melted cheese and whole wheat toast with nanner..

See you guys from Paris!

Questions:

-Have u ever been to Paris? If yes, did you like it?

– Favorite breakfast meal?

Fashion post : New sandals!

10 Jun

Hi there,

Here is my first ever Fashion post! I’m planning on putting some random buys and outfits under this tab 🙂

Yesterday I was thinking that I needed some new sandals for our trip to the USA this summer so I went to look on the fab site http://www.asos.com..

I found some very cute ones, one pair was in gold and the other one in white.. What to choose huh 😉 Fortunately the ones in white were on sale so it didn’t take long to decide 😉 I think the white ones will look great on some tanned legs..

Product name: Asos-Fantasy-Leather-Swirl-Toe-Post-Sandals

Colour: white

Price: On sale for 29.31 dollar or 21.79 euro

 

 

 

Raw Cacao Nibs..

10 Jun

Hi guys! How is everyone doing? I hope you’re fine and dandy 😉

Recently I ordered a bag of Raw cacao nibs from iherb.com.. I saw many bloggers using them and since I consume a lot of chocolate chips in my eats ( But really.. a lot :p ) I thought it would be interesting to try..

When I first dove in and tasted some, my face pretty much looked like this:

But since I’ve used them in some eats, I kinda love them now!!! If you eat them straight out of the bag, they taste really really bitter.. But if you incorporate them in a sweet dish, the bitterness really complements the sweet in the dish..

 

I’ve used my raw cacao nibs in the following dishes so far:

– Cheerios with chocolate protein powder, banana, almond milk and raw cacao nibs spinkled on top

– Whole weat bread with banana and raw cacao nibs ( this tastes amazinghh! )

– Oat bran with raw cacao nibs

– Oat meal with raw cacao nibs

– Chocolate green smoothie with raw cacao nibs

Now what are some of the advantages eating Raw cacao? This article from “HighonHealth” sums it up perfectly:

If you can handle the bitter taste, then these little beans are definitely something awesome to incorporate into your daily diet.

Not only are they absolutely amazingly fantastic for our body, but they contain an unbelievable amount of:

  • Anti-oxidants – way more than any other food, and which are very powerful at healing the skin.
  • Magnesium – more than any other food and which happens to be the number one mineral deficiency in the US.
  • Chromium – again more than any other food and which also happens to be the number one trace mineral deficiency in the US
  • Incredibly high levels of Vitamin C

So if you eat one of these little beans, you are getting a concentrated source of anti-oxidants, magnesium, chromium and vitamin C. More than any other food around and way better than popping a synthetic supplement or pill.

The word ‘cacao’ actually means ‘cocoa’. Apparantly the Brittish couldn’t pronounce the word cacao, so they called it cocoa instead. This food is so special, that a long time ago in Mexico City they even used it as currency. That’s how amazing and valuable the cacao bean was considered to be. Now you can just pick up a giant bag for around US$15. I guess we’re really lucky now how affordable and accessible this food is.

But what exactly are anti-oxidants?

So apart from anti-oxidants protecting us from free-radical damage of the skin, they are really just a measure of the color pigment in a food. So essentially, the darker the color of the food, the more anti-oxidants it contains. You’ll notice in the video when I crack open the cacao bean that it’s a black or deep purplish color. This just shows how many anti-oxidants are present in the bean.

Now blueberries are quite dark too, and they’re often thought of as being fantastic for our skin. But while blueberries contain 32 antioxidants, and wild blueberries contain 61 ..cacao beans contain an unbelievable 621 anti-oxidants!!! That is an insanely high amount. Now you know why I’m putting up with the bitter taste of these little things, because I know how GREAT they are for my skin.

Seems like these little nibs are supah supah healthy! 🙂

Questions:

– Have you ever tried these little nibs?

– What are your plans for the weekend?