Friday, December 24, 2010

So good or so not -SOY MILK debate.
The trend of soy milk as a dairy milk alternative at Sydney cafes appears to still be a popular choice, but with a bit of confusion about it's health properties. It's the only substitute widely available for those who enjoy a white-coffee, and are either against commercial dairy altogether, are lactose intolerant, or simply do not enjoy the taste of milk.

Reading most of the commercial soy milk containers in the supermarket made me realise how much junk is added into the non-organic options. So, unsure whether soy is a healthy alternative or not, I have been reading a few sources to make a decision.

The best source of information I found was in Chris Clark's eye-opening book titled The Health Freedom Cookbook, where he discusses topics from the problematic fluoride in our water, aspartame, GMO, Vaccines, Dairy, Soy, and many more topics. I couldn't agree more with his section on dairy, but will not get into that on this blog for the time being. However, I truly feel what Clark says about soy milk needs to be shared -especially to us Sydney-siders! 

I've had this post sitting in my drafts for the past two weeks trying to figure out how to pass on the wonderful information I've read into a paragraph ...but it could just not be done! So below is a brief introduction to soy from Mr. Clark and then briefly his categorization of the bad soy products. If you want any more information feel free to ask me or you can find his book for sale HERE.

The Good
The common thread uniting all "the good"soy is fermentation [(i.e. soy sauce -also known as shoyu or tamari, miso, tempeh and natto)]. With few exceptions, historically soy has almost always been fermented. Soy originally comes from China, the same region that developed Traditional Chinese Medicine. Early TCM pioneers tested, observed and catalogued thousands of herbs and plants, gaining intimate knowledge of these plants and their effects on human beings. And with this same experimental, observational approach, they also developed their culinary traditions. Food preparations had to appeal not only to the senses, but to the digestion as well. This practical approach explains the widespread fermentation of soy in China and also throughout ancient Asia. Anyone who has ever simply soaked, boiled, salted and eaten plain soybeans knows that bouts of digestion distress are sure to follow....[this] is because soybeans contain high levels of phytates and enzyme inhibitors....[e]nzyme inhibitors are molecules that bind to enzymes [and are found] in most seeds, nuts, grains and legumes, they act to protect and preserve the dormant seeds until they germinate. Soaking in water effectively removes enzyme inhibitors for most seeds, but not for soybeans. (There is also an interesting point about Phytic acid which is found in bran and hulls of all seeds, and interferes with the absorption of many minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc!)

The Bad
Many studies have linked soy to various cancers, birth defects, osteoporosis, Alzheimer's, and impaired thyroid function [(I remember when I came home last month that my brother told me there were a few stories on the news about girls having thyroid problems from drinking too much soy milk)]. The culprits of these afflictions, however, are not the traditionally fermented soy products discussed above. Rather they are soy products spawned from the industrial ideology of absolute efficiency....modern industry seeks to isolate, process and refine all waste products and reinvent them as additives and ingredients for a multitude of processed foods. With soy the preliminary culprits include:

  • Hydrolyzed Soy Protein
  • Soy Flour
  • Soy Milk
  • Soy Oil (often referred to as vegetable oil)  [(AH! That seems to be in everything these days)]
  • Soy Lecithin (GMO especially)
  • Soy Protein Isolates (SPI)
  • Textured vegetable Protein (TVP)
These products are commonly added to soy burgers, soy ice cream, energy bars, and many other foods masquerading as health foods thanks to massive marketing and misinformation campaigns. But when the masks come off, their purported health benefits rapidly dissipate. The various soy protein extracts involve complex processing including solvent extraction methods, various chemical baths and various chemical spray-driving techniques....[s]oy lecithin, ubiquitous in processed foods, cosmetics, and even expensive organic chocolate, is a nasty sludge-like byproduct of soy oil production. After bleaching and deodorizing, this highly denatured product is added to processed foods.

Chris Clark also explains that soy milk is actually the left-over cooking liquid of tofu, which inhibits the most amount of enzymes, and was originally discarded in traditional tofu production. There's so much more to explain about the process, but I feel this post has almost turned into an essay. So honestly feel free to ask any questions, I'll try my best to help. He does recommend rice milk, oat milk and almonds milk as better choices/milk-alternatives -especially if they're home made. 

Personally I love oat milk, but with cafes not providing it, I may have to give in to a soy latte every now and then until I can rid it from my cafe routine.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

=my new skin saviour.
Pronouncing this brand as ah-sop but now guessing it is probably pronounced something like ay-sop -because any time I try to pronounce any non-conventional English word I always get it completely wrong.
With no one being at my usual face product stall in MYER before I left for Greece, I moved onto the next and explored A─ôsop. The Parsley Seed Cleansing Oil was recommended to me -and over the past three months it has honestly worked wonders (hope that won't jinx me now!!) thus I wanted to share its magic. Usually when traveling my skin gives itself a free ticket to go crazy ,but I took a small amount of this on the plane with me and stole back my skin's to-be-crazy ticket.
'We advocate the use of our products as part of a balanced life that includes a healthy diet, sensible exercise, and a regular intake of good books.' 
(I definitely agree with this kind of balanced life!)

The best part about this label is that they are locals -made in Australia. On top of that, they are '...committed to including the highest-quality plant-based ingredients, [they] also make judicious use of non-botanical elements such as anti-oxidants, once we are confident that research has proven them safe and effective'. Not exactly sure about the second part of that reference, as in, what constitutes safe and effective when it comes to non-botanical elements? But that remains to be my only question about the label.

At AUD $47 for 200ml I think the pricing is also very fair -my bottle is only a third empty after having it for more than four months now! Also discovered that my friend from uni works there -which is always an extra positive aspect!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

purplegrape.: VEGAN PROFILE: Bri Cheeseman – Designer of Secret Squirrel.

This is such a great interview, have a read of the above link by Yasmin at purplegrape!

1. Sustainable, 100% Australian made clothing label -Secret Squirrel

2. Non-dairy, vegetarian designer!

LOVE reading vegan blogs! ✶
...and Diana Sar! Tokyo is yours! Loving this new soft, romantic style pic.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

This project by Stratis, Vassilis, Angelo, Panagiotis + editor Jessica Smyrou is simply special. It allows people to share their insecurities + explain how they finally overcame their differences + self-acclaimed flaws. I find when you tell someone a general concern, about health, body image, or anything actually, it releases stress and helps ease the situation or problem; I believe this project has this aspect in mind -to  make problems seem tiny by discussing them + letting the world know that no one is alone. Vassilis who shared turns at photographing, with Stratis, got me to pull my nose out, poke at it, do all kinds of weird things to make it look bigger, which at first I was so shy -thinking to myself  'no way! I don't want it to look any bigger or weirder than it already is!!!' Finally, not wanting to be a bore I gave it a shot + actually had fun not caring how it would turn out ...and to my surprise there was not one shot that I hated or felt insecure about. Not realising that shoot would be the thing to seal the deal on my insecurity, I'm so happy I was given the opportunity to be a part of their project + look forward to its progression. 

*Keep a look out for Lauren Garrison's pic. we shot together and seeing her end result was divine -true natural beauty from the inside, out.

‘I love your nose, it’s YOU’ -my best friend in high school.
This comment made me stop for the first time and view myself and my nose through my best friend’s eyes. My self-acclaimed flaw was actually a unique feature which she considered beautiful. From that comment I realized the truth of how we grow up dissecting every minute detail of ourselves. We compare elements to those that frequent the fashion media and thus learn to disregard our own judgment of beauty. Having been so insecure about my profile, which did not reflect many others’, it is a huge relief nowadays to be disappointed when told my profile resembles someone else’s; I prefer to be unique.

- On a same note -Australian model, Miranda Kerr, is launching her book Treasure Yourself. She told Elle that '[i]t’s about encouraging young women to embrace their individuality. You may think it’s easy for me to say, but we all have insecurities. It’s important, as women, to get past all of that and let our talents shine.' - (

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My friend Nastasia is driving me crazy with all of her new pics. from Athens! SO BEAUTIFUL!
This girl, with her heart so sweet and giving, is just amazing. Absolutely amazing. 

You can check out her full portfolio at the ACE Models website -just click on Nastasia Siniakova

If that's not enough, you can also see some backstage snaps of her from the Vrettakos show we did together in October, from an earlier post, HERE and HERE. 

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sign a rose petal Petition - Amnesty International - End Female Genital Mutilation European Campaign

Two of my favourite novels by Waris Dirie introduced me to the concept of FGM -which as a teenager I had never heard of before. Shame on high school for not ever mentioning such a serious crime!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Mesmerising Katy Wren

Australian Katy Wren had me transfixed as I saw her singing backstage at our dress rehersal for the Toni & Guy show yesterday. She was sparkling in an Alex Perry dress (which I ended up wearing instead -being disappointed to switch from my original dress at first, I hadn't realised it was the same one that dazzled on her in rehersal), showing off her  heavenly, feminine figure. Her voice was to my ears as I'm sure the sound of the Pied Piper of Hamelin's song was to the children -although more like a way younger Good Witch from the Wizard of Oz than the Pied Piper. As her biography says '[h]er mesmerizing voice carries the listener away to a peaceful world of dusty mornings, rainy afternoons and starry nights.' (

Have a listen to some of her music HERE. My favourite song is Queens & Kings.

Back Home for ...Toni & Guy.

Being back home sunk in properly when I walked onto a dock in Pyrmont, with the Sydney Harbour Bridge in front of me -for the Toni & Guy show rehearsal on Monday. The only thing missing was our typical late-November-almost-summer-sunshine! Seems as if Greece and Australia have mistaken who's turn it is for summer right now.

I only managed a couple of shots backstage today because I was frolicking about for most of the time. Dressing into our outfits involved a lot of models + fussing about, so my camera snoozed in my bag.

The beautiful and sweet Lindsay Stankovic from Priscillas

Californian tom-boy beauty Sarah D, in town with Priscillas

Friday, November 19, 2010

LOVE this Girl's Style!
Australian model Bambi blew me away the first time I saw her at a casting. There's no comparison to any other model, and at only 173cm tall she is taking over the fashion world!

This month's cover of Australian Harper's Bazaar!
Love seeing models get the cover!

Some earlier pics. which were styled by my friend Ivana Martyn-Zyznikow had me hooked right from the beginning:

And a magical post by ZANITA which included the latest Stylestalker lookbook has me awestruck!
Check out ZANITA's desert fox post to see more pics here. Gosh I love the stylestalker clothes too!
Off the topic of fashion-

'Bluefin tuna stocks in the eastern Atlantic and the Mediterranean have dropped 60 per cent from 1997 to 2007, and the current Mediterranean fishing quota is 13,500 metric tons a year.
Some conservationists want quotas slashed at the international meeting, while others want fishing suspended entirely, saying that illegal fishing is rampant in the Mediterranean. The conservation group WWF says the species is on the brink of extinction.'

'In March, Japan and other Asian nations blocked efforts at the United Nations to declare the fish an endangered species. Japan consumes about 80 per cent of the world's Atlantic bluefin tuna.' (

I have officially decided to boycott all tuna products, in hope that this wonderful fish will still be around in years to come -no doubt a lot of other marine life too, since I'm sure the food chain in our waterways will be severely effected with the disappearance of tuna.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

 Madame Figaro  Cyprus

November Issue, 2010.


Photographer: Mihalis Kiprianou
Fashion: Nikolas Kyriakou

 Harper's BAZAAR  Cyprus

November Issue, 2010.
Photo: Pantelis Atziminas
Fashion: Kandy Manioudaki

Monday, November 15, 2010

Diana Sar -Update

Diana is currently encountering her first week in Tokyo! Generally the idea of a 15 year old modeling bothers me -believing it to be such a tender age to have to deal with the things that girls in our industry do -constantly being judged by our physical appearance, measured each time we join a new agency or even at some specific castings. It can be a lot to face sometimes. Even at 17 I don't think I would have been able to comprehend or have even wanted to know about the notion of having your hips measured each time you sign a contract! Although, being headstrong and having a love for fitness and healthy foods, this girl is definitely no average 15 year old.

With vivid colours being her favourite, in particular green, orange, red, blue and yellow; and also being adventurous with her will to try different and new things, I can't wait to see how the path for Diana gets paved in the modeling world. Am keeping an eye out for her next steps!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Manufactured Beauty is Getting the BOOT! (and good riddance!!!)

With the struggle of keeping up to date with mass-production and media's perception of feminine ideals; understanding and appreciating beauty as a whole, including unique features of elements of one's character has never been more difficult. 

I have had the wonderful pleasure of being introduced to and included in a project that I am sure will become a phenomenon in the fashion industry

i'm-perfection is a concept and project that is for the first time making women feel comfortable, and even proud of their self-acclaimed flaws. It's purpose is to show that imperfections are misinterpreted elements of unique beauty. Seeing yourself and various physical features is always very different to how someone else sees you (as a whole) -read my previous post 'A Word of Advice'. 

Thanks to Stratis Kastrisianakis and Vassilis Kykrilis this wonderful project is underway! It's time to realise that everyone is beautiful in their own unique way and that fabricated beauty is a thing of the past!

Some snaps from the website i'm-perfection 


Sarah Bledsoe, Texas, USA
'In my family, we have what we call the “Christy Ears”...[w]hen I was younger, I HATED them....I was the new “elf” of the school....I have been told numerous times, [b]y numerous people, I should have surgery and have my “problem” fixed, including people who have had a major influence on my career. I never did it, and I will never regret it. In the past few years, I have decided my ears are what makes me unique. Though many may call them an imperfection or a flaw, I embrace them for what they are…me' (

Rebecca Adrienne Arnold, Perth, Australia
'I have had freckles for all of my life, I had never really given a second thought to them until I reached about the age of 10. To me they were always just me. As a young girl I lived in the Middle East, where my freckles were considered freakish, local Arab people would stop and point at me and ask why I had spots on my face. I became resentful towards the spots on me when I started modeling at 18....[b]ut the bad also came with the good, there were people who loved my freckles, I always considered them as brave and forward thinking....I have one incredibly clear memory....[m]y mum also has freckles....but she considers clear fresh skin beautiful. We were driving home one afternoon when she asked me tentatively if I would consider fading them....I was so hurt that day that I became determined to love my freckles, just because so many people did not, it was almost like a small rebellion. So the choice was clear to me that I had to tell people how powerful body image can be and how it can hurt a person. My freckles are an obvious feature of me and I’ve learned to love them because I refuse to change who I am for someone else. This project has strengthened my belief that you are who you are, and to try and fight that fact, is possibly one of the biggest wastes of time there is' 
Can't wait to see what Feeling Human are getting up to next with their new campaign against eating disorders!

'Feeling Human is a charity team that was made in the summer of 2009 by two young girls with the experience in social work and in the fashion industry. Founders of the non-profit organization, Heather Nomi Tshuma and Yvonne Ivana Bosnjak decided to help raise awareness through creative events on critical issues of our time which are not foreign in this era, such as eating disorders, discriminations, depression and use of substances.' (


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