Change

Tokimua is about to change. A whole lot! Life is about reinventing yourself, over and over again. Sculpting and learning during the process.  And that is exactly what is happening to me and therefor tokimua.wordpress.com.    Will be back soon, and I am bringing 2 wonderful human beings with me !  Excited about these new collaborations.

Until then!

❝ You must be willing to change. You must be willing to break the deal you made with the devils within. You must be willing to leave the past and not be tempted to rebound when times are tough. You must be willing to let go of everything and anyone that takes you back to your mistakes. You must be willing to have hope. You must be willing to have hope that you can change and that you will and that you will be better. You must believe you are worthy of change and you are worthy of improvement and you are worthy of being the best. You must be willing to set aside your negative notions about life, about hardships, about people, about things, about yourself. You must be willing to stop feeling sorry for yourself while looking at the world move around you.

Get up and make something of yourself. ❞
JACK BARAKAT

Stumbled upon this fantastic quote! It just summed up what the last 5 months have been all about to me ! And I am sure many of you will feel the same way! 

❝ You must be w…

J’adore

Dior + Harmony Korine = Magic
The perfect formula for the new fragrance!

While you are sleeping!

Get beautiful while sleeping !

Beauty sleeps work! It is actually scientifically proven even. I was was driving with my dear friend Anita the other day when we passed a little town called”” Yornup”. Anita laughed and said it made her thinking of yawning every time she drove passed the sign of the town. We work hard on the farm, and next to all of that, we attend business school as well, have a busy social life with all the people on the farm.  After a extremely busy week and weekend at the Women’s Lifestyle Event in Bunbury a few days ago we had been exhausted… And you could tell from miles and miles away.  It made me think about beauty sleeps. How wonderful they are. It doesn’t necessarily mean that we have to sneak of to the nearest couch to catch some shut eye, it just means that being well rested, going to bed a little more early, can change your look instantly!  If we want to have that clear fresh look in our eyes, that glowing healthy skin, one of the key solutions is : A beauty sleep ! So, go to bed and sleep, sleep, sleep! Of coarse there are some rules and tips on how to get the most benefits of your beauty sleep,and especially for you lovelies, I’ve listed them below!

1. EXERCISE REGULARLY
A half hour of moderate, daily activity decreases the amount of time needed to fall asleep and the frequency of nightly awakenings.

2. GET ON A SCHEDULE
Start making a habit of going to bed and rising at the same time every day. For me this is 6 am and about 9 pm at the moment. And I have to say, it has done wonders for me. I actually found a routine that suits me best!

3. RELAX
Do something relaxing every night before bedtime like reading or listening to beautiful music. Try some evening yoga poses or take time for some meditations. Personally I combine 30 min of yoga, followed by 30 minutes of meditation in the morning and in the evening. Once you have established a routine, your body will respond to the pre-bedtime cues and you will feel drowsy.

4. BOUNDARIES
Use your bed for sleep and hot & steamy love makin’ only. Do not read, eat, or watch television in bed.

5. C-FREE
Avoid substances which interfere with normal sleep including caffeine (coffee, tea, chocolate, and soft drinks), alcohol, and nicotine. When drinking tea, make sure it is caffeine free white or green tea.

6. ATMOSPHERE
Maintain a dark, quiet, sleeping space between 55 and 75 degrees F. If your bedroom is too bright even with window coverings, a sleeping mask can make a huge difference! If noise is an issue, try silicone earplugs usually sold for swimming. Silicone earplugs form a near-tight seal that is unbeatable for blocking air-conducted noise. In fact, you should check to be sure you can still hear your alarm!

7. EAT THESE
To maximize nocturnal growth hormone release and ensure the most recuperative sleep possible, avoid high glycemic load carbohydrates for at least two hours before your bed time. Instead, have a high protein snack such as nuts, chicken or turkey, milk, fish, or eggs 30-60 minutes prior to retiring.

8. AVOID THESE
For at least four hours prior to bedtime, avoid consuming foods containing high concentrations of the amino acid tyramine which can cause agitation. These include: pork, cheese, wine, potatoes, tomatoes and spinach.

9. TRY THESE
In contrast, foods containing high concentrations of the amino acid tryptophan can cause drowsiness. If you are prone to insomnia, try consuming these foods in the evening: turkey, bananas, yogurt, milk, and tuna.

Deliciousness : Kale Super Smoothie !

Deliciousness : Kale Super Smoothie !

Blame it on the fresh air, blame it on the farm life, blame it on the birds or the bees… But this girl right here, got conscious about what goes in her body! And although I’ve known for a while now, I’m actually practicing what I preach, green smoothies, are pure gold for mind & body! It IS easy to be green, so go for it!
Enjoy this healthy smoothie, with my new favorite versatile vegetable of all time : KALE ! It will take about 5 minutes of your time, and you get rewarded with a whole lot of energy, glowing skin and sparkly eyes! What more do you want?
This particular recipe is extra yummy thanks to the sweetness of the date and banana!

What you need :

3/4 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 pitted date
1 tbsp raw shelled hemp seeds (or seeds of your choice)
1/2 ripe medium banana
1/2 tbsp chia seeds
3/4 cup baby kale (or spinach)
1 cup ice

… and blend!

You are welcome ;)

T.O. LOVE

T.O. LOVE

I only intended on staying in Manjimup WA, at the Tree Of Love for 2 weeks.
6 weeks have passed, and I am still here, and I will stay a little while longer even!
What’s so magical about this place? Well, I wanted to share that with you today!
Time to put those lipsticks, mascara’s & foundations aside and talk about something else.
As I’ve mentioned before ( a little bit about me ) I’ve been traveling for over 8 months now and the first part was quite challenging in many ways. It felt as if I was getting knocked over by huge waves, causing me to drown many times. I was on a emotional rollercoaster desperately trying to find shore, to be able to hold on to something. But this was what I left home for, for new positive things… Why did I felt like I was drowning then?
Questions haunting me : who am I ? What do I want ? How do I want it ? Which way to go ? How to mend a painfully broken heart as soon as possible, and how could I start beginning to believe in myself again? Questions that left me even more confused in the beginning of the whole process. But then it hit me… This is exactly what I needed. This process that I am going through… I asked for it. These are growing pains. I stepped out of my comfort zone to start over. Start fresh, and although the first part didn’t really go as I had hoped. The second part definitely did.
I ended up in Manjimup. I accepted my journey, I embraced it. I was finally ready for the real thing. From that moment on, everything I wanted, or more importantly, everything I needed came my way. In a little town called Manjimup, I started working at this wonderful farm, and met all this wonderful people. Amazing friends, each unique in their own way. Wayne & Anita Edwards have taught me many valuable lessons, about many different things.
Not only do I learn about raw foods, super foods (beauty foods!), I learn about following and trusting my intuition again, about positive mindset, the power of your thoughts and of course about bio-dynamic farming. About starting your own business. I even get to go to a 5 day course and learn more about business finances, starting your own business, since I am a quite clueless on that part and I wanted to know more about that as well! To me this is fantastic! And I am extremely grateful to Anita & Wayne for this amazing opportunity. I wanted to grow while traveling, I wanted to return refreshed and stronger. I needed to once and for all to let go of past that was holding me back, by my own doing! I am aware that not everybody has the chance to disappear for a few months or a year even. But I strongly suggest, that If you are feeling like you are stuck in a rut, that you’ve lost your goals, have no inspiration… To take a step back. Evaluate, break down… and start over, at your own pace.

More information about the Tree Of Love
http://treeofloveresort.com.au/

More information about raw foods, definitely check out this :
http://lovinggift.com.au/

Stay beautiful, and keep growing!

Avocado madness

Avocado madness

Staying on a farm with superfoods like avocado & beetroot I am right at the source to experiment with these miracle workers.
Avocado is not only extremely delicious ( and healthy !! ) in a salad or a smoothie, it is one of those beauty ingredients we simple can’t live without.

Me, personally, I am obsessed with my skin. So when I found out that avocadoes are amazing for your skin, as a natural moisturizer I found myself in 7th heaven. I am literally addicted to moisturizers, and to be able to actually make it myself is almost too good to be true!

What is it exactly that avocado does you might wonder?

1) Antioxidants in avocado oil. Avocado fruit, and therefore, avocado oil are very rich in antioxidants and, especially, Vitamin E, which is known to be very powerful helper in the “battle” against skin ageing process, fighting free radicals and protecting skin cells from oxidizing.
2) Avocado oil is rich in Omega-3, which is highly effective in protecting the skin from UV rays, therefore decreasing the chance of being sunburned, preventing the appearance of age spots and reducing the risk of skin cancer. Avocado oil is ideal for dry, dehydrated and damaged skin, because it can “breath a new life” into it, increasing it’s elasticity and rejuvenating the skin.
3) Avocado oil is rich in vitamins, such as Vitamins A, E, D, B1, B2, K, PP…It can be used not only as a skin care treatmentbut also, the vitamins mentioned above can be beneficial for the whole body. To improve the overall condition of your hair, nails , skin and the whole system, it’s good to eat 1 teaspoon of avocado oil 2 times a day, 30 minutes before eating during at least one month.
The only important thing is – make sure that you are not allergic to avocado oil.
4) Avocado oil is widely used in cosmetic industry, as a very powerful ingredient that can help moisturize your skin, nourish it and fight ageing process, as we already mentioned. Most effective benefits avocado oil brings to our facial skin. This oil is considered to be “a base oil” that you can apply on the skin alone, in it’s pure form, or use it as a base for preparing essentiel oil mixes.
5) Avocado oil can be used daily and is beneficial for all skin types, it can be used, as a very effective and natural skin moisturizer . This oil will deeply penetrate to the deep layers of the skin and stimulate the production of collagen, therefore, improving the softness and elasticity of the skin and reducing it’s dryness. (Avocado oil can be also beneficial for people with such skin conditions as psoriasis and eczema, relieving the itchiness of the skin.)
6) Avocado oil can be used alone instead of under eye cream, naturally caring for gentle skin around the eyes and reducing tiny mimic fine lines and wrinkles.
7) Avocado oil can be used as a great night time treatment or it can be used as a base for preparing other homemade natural skin care treatments. 1 teaspoon of avocado oil can be added to any facial homemade mask. When used regularly, avocado oil can help reduce skin redness or irritations, get rid of small fine lines, improve skin’s elasticity, so that the skin will look young, healthy and fresh.

Below I listed some of my favorite avocado beauty products that are out there. And for those who want to make their own beauty products, there are some fantastic recipes for you to try out!

For the shopaholics amongst us:

Taylor of Old Bond Street Avocado Shaving Cream
http://pureman.com.au/brands/taylor-of-old-bond-street/avocado-shaving-cream-150g-bowl/

Crabtree & Evelyn ®, Triple Milled Soap, Avocado & Olive Oil, 5.57
http://www.iherb.com/crabtree-evelyn-triple-milled-soap-avocado-olive-oil-5-57-oz-158-g/37062

Burts Bees Avocado Hair treatment
http://www.burtsbees.com/Avocado-Butter-Pre-Shampoo-Hair-Treatment/08499-00,default,pd.html

And for the DIY lovers :


Avocado Carrot Cream Mask 

This mask is rich in vitamin E, beta carotene, antioxidants, calcium and protein, ingredients that may help rebuild skin collagen, fade age spots and improve tone and texture. 

Ingredients: 
1 avocado, mashed 
1 carrot, cooked and mashed 
1/2 cup heavy cream 
1 egg, beaten 
3 tablespoons honey 

Instructions: 
Combine all ingredients in a bowl until smooth. Spread gently over your face and neck, and leave in place 10-15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and follow with your favorite toner.

Avocado hand treatment
This mixture uses lemon for its fresh citrus scent. The oats aid in the absorption of avocado’s natural oils and provide gentle exfoliation leaving you with soft, fresh hands.
Ingredients:
1/4 fully ripened avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
1 egg white
2 tablespoon rolled oats
1 tablespoon lemon juice

Directions:
In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Add egg white, oats and lemon juice; stir until combined. Massage into hands; leave mixture on for 20 minutes; rinse with warm water.

Avocado mask for oily skin
Lemon, a natural astringent, controls oil and the proteins in egg whites strengthen the skin. Nourishing avocado brings balance to the mixture with its valuable oils.

Ingredients:
1/2 fully ripened avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
1 egg white
1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:
In blender, combine avocado, egg white and lemon juice; whirl until smooth. Apply evenly to face; leave on 20 minutes; rinse with warm water.

Avocado mask for hair
When applied to hair, avocado, egg yolk and olive oil act as humectants; they trap in moisture and the hair shafts soak up the nourishment they need.

1 fully ripened avocado, halved pitted and peeled
1 egg yolk
1/2 teaspoon olive oil

Directions:
In shallow bowl, mash avocado until smooth. Add egg yolk and olive oil; stir until combined. Divide dry hair into sections. With hands, apply mixture to hair by massaging into each section, concentrating on the ends. Allow to set for 30 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Hope you guys enjoyed this! Would love to hear what you have tried out and what you thought about the results. Click the link next to the post title and leave a comment.

Have a beautiful day!

HAIR INSPIRATION : MESSY HAIR

HAIR INSPIRATION : MESSY HAIR

Let me explain what I would like in my hair: I just want it messy. I want bed-head, sex-hair, rocker-hair, haven’t-brushed-it-in-a-year-hair; whatever you call it, I just want it messy! I want a lot of texture, a lot of grit and a lot of messiness! … Yup, that sums it up nicely!

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