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Tuesday, June 23, 2015


TheBohemianDream Summer Collection 2015

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