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Meatless Options For The Grill



By Brand Point Content 

Cheeseburgers, chicken thighs and hot dogs are common fare at summer barbeques, but what about guests who are looking to reduce their meat intake? In addition to traditional meat dishes, there are many ways to prepare meals on the grill that everyone can enjoy, including vegetarians.

“Eating more meatless meals is one way to complement a healthier lifestyle,” say Registered Dietitians Tammy Lakatos Shames and Lyssie Lakatos. “By swapping out fatty meats for fresh, nutrient-rich foods, you can help nourish your body with vitamins and fiber, while consuming less saturated fat. We love grilling vegetables and fruits during the summer, as well as healthful proteins like Eggland’s Best eggs, which contain 25 percent less saturated fat and stay fresher longer when compared to ordinary eggs.”

For consumers following the trend of vegetarianism, Tammy and Lyssie, also known as The Nutrition Twins, recommend they take a closer look at their diets, to ensure they are consuming foods rich in the essential nutrients commonly found in meat. Often, vegetarians are not eating enough foods rich in protein, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids.  According to the Diabetic Exchange List, designed by the American Diabetes Association and the American Dietetic Association, one large Eggland’s Best egg can be substituted for one medium-fat meat.

Here are a few tips from Tammy and Lyssie on alternatives to grilling meat:

Grilled Fruit

Skipping the burger at the barbeque doesn’t give you free reign over the chips and dip. The USDA recommends most men and women have one and a half to two cups of fruit per day, so why not seize the opportunity to treat your guests to a grilled fruit kabob? Experiment with different fruits on the grill such as pineapples, peaches and strawberries, which are refreshing and a good source of fiber.

Portion Control

Many meatless options are low in saturated fat. However, some vegetarian-friendly foods, such as cheese, nuts and grains, can be high in calories. Make sure to pay attention to the portion sizes you eat and pick foods that will fill you up. If you need a visual, remember that one serving of dairy is equivalent to four pieces of cheese the size of playing dice.

Meatless Protein

Get creative when it comes to grilling protein. For a meatless meal low in calories and high in nutrients, Tammy and Lyssie recommend cracking an Eggland’s Best egg into a vegetable, like an eggplant, and placing it on the grill. One large Eggland’s Best egg contains just 60 calories (ordinary eggs contain 70 calories) and fulfills more than 10 percent of your recommended protein intake. Eggland’s Best eggs also contain double the omega 3s and three times more vitamin B12 when compared to ordinary eggs, which are important nutrients many vegetarians are lacking.

Grilled Sunnyside-up Egg-plant


2 medium eggplants (slightly less than a pound, each)

4 eggs

1/2 tablespoon olive oil (or six seconds of oil spray)

1 large jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and finely chopped

1 large shallot, finely chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed and minced

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon crushed caraway seeds

1 teaspoon ground cumin

1/2 tablespoon crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon turmeric

3 teaspoons paprika

3   1/2 cups tomatoes, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 teaspoon honey

1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

1/4 cup low-fat feta

2  1/2 tablespoons part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded


1. Preheat grill to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Place aluminum foil on the grill. Spray with an even coat of oil spray.

3. Cut eggplants in half lengthwise. With a spoon, dig out the insides of the eggplant, leaving about half an inch of flesh on the skin.

4. Roughly chop the eggplant flesh you removed from shells.

5. In a large bowl, combine eggplant flesh, oil, tomatoes, shallot, garlic, spices, tomato paste, honey, feta, red wine vinegar and salt. Add the mixture back into the eggplant shells.

6. Place stuffed eggplants on foil and close grill top. Let cook for about 20-25 minutes, or until the eggplant shell has begun to soften and edges become golden.

7. Remove from grill and create an indentation in the filling of each eggplant half. (Be sure to make it large enough that the egg will not slide out). Crack one egg into each indentation. Use a spatula to spread the egg whites out a bit.

8. Sprinkle with cheese.

9. Place back on the grill and close the cover until the egg is cooked to your liking (usually at least 10 minutes).




By Keep It Cleaner
@stephclairesmith + @laura.henshaw

We wanted to share these images with you to get across a message we are both really passionate about in regards to body image. It is so important not get caught up in aspiring to achieve a body type based on an image from social media or online.

These images are both taken within 30 seconds of one another however in one image we look a completely different size to the other. In the first image we are standing with our legs pushed together with poor posture, and the second we have both separated our legs, fixed our postures and pushed our hips back and to one side- making us appear a lot fitter/more toned/skinnier than the other.

This is a perfect example of why you should never ever set goals for yourself based on an image you see on Instagram because this will only set you up for failure and will negatively affect your self confidence. We haven’t edited the photos above but in most cases a lot of the images you see on social media are actually edited just like magazine photos are edited to make people look skinnier and fitter and appear more ‘perfect.’ The most dangerous thing you can do for yourself and your self esteem is to aim for things that are literally impossible to achieve as they are not actually real.

People are always going to post a picture that is the most flattering angle of themselves and there is nothing wrong with this. We all do it. Just keep this in mind when you are scrolling through your social media.

The reality is you cannot achieve a photoshopped body type- this does not exist.

And remember in year seven Science when you learnt about genetics? Yes genetics are a thing and they make a HUGE impact on your body shape. Some girls have naturally small waists, small bums, big bums, love handles, no curves, curves, long legs, short legs…the list goes on forever. The reality is some body shapes are simply not achievable for some body types. For example Laura has naturally skinny legs but naturally puts on weight around her waist before anywhere else. Steph has a naturally small waist and strong core but naturally puts on weight on her legs. And the thing is we have both come to the point where we are completely ok with this because this is how we are genetically made up.

If you follow ‘fitspo’ and healthy living accounts and it means that on the days you may not be motivated to exercise, scrolling through and finding a motivational quote or a workout idea gets you off the couch and to the gym then social media is a great tool for you. Healthy inspirational accounts can be great if they mean by following them you are motivated to exercise more or eat healthier. Where it gets dangerous is when you start working out to solely look like an ‘Instagram’ fitspo photo instead of exercising for your health. Setting goals to look like photos of girls that have most likely been photo-shopped and also have different genetics to you can be really dangerous for your self-confidence. It is impossible to achieve a photo-shopped body. Work out to be the best version of YOU.

Let social media motivate you to get to the gym but once you are there focus on yourself and only yourself and being the best you

Loving your body is so important.

Next time you see yourself in the reflection we want all of you to ask yourselves two questions:

1) Are you fit and healthy?

2) Are you happy?

The thing is at the end of the day these three things are all that matters. Instead of focusing on the things that you don’t like about your body start focusing on the things you love. Find three things and say them to yourself every day until you no longer need to talk yourself out of body shaming because you are happy enough in your own skin to know you look pretty damn good and the only person’s opinion who should matter is your own.

Most importantly remember:

“Real Beauty comes from the Inside”

The Weight Debate



By Amy Finlayson

I remember the first time I was told to lose weight. I was 15 and I was walking with some friends, leaving school and heading to the shops. My agent rang me for a chat. Obviously, being so young, the conversation wasn’t too direct; instead she suggested I stop drinking milk. “Milk has a day’s worth of fat,” I remember her saying. I still, to this day, don’t drink full cream milk. 

Telling a girl to lose weight is a touchy endeavor. Telling a teenage girl to lose weight can affect her for life. This is the difficult thing about modeling- young girls with changing bodies and turbulent hormones are thrust into an industry where thin is in, and they have to adjust to that. Just like actors alter their bodies for film roles and athletes train for competition, models must also look after their asset. 

The issue here is there are so many girls going about weight loss in the wrong way. 

I have lived in many a model apartment where quick fixes to be svelte were rife. Think cotton buds soaked in orange juice, binging on ice cream and clogging the toilet with vomit, laxative addiction, a steady diet of coffee and cigarettes… This is no way to maintain your appearance however. Hair starts to fall out, your skin looks ruddy and grey and a host of health issues rear their ugly heads- like acne- and not the cool kind in a pink box. This is the ugly side of modeling. This job has a short life span and if you don’t lean out in time, there will be another girl ready and waiting in the wings to take your job. 

The instability of modeling, and fashion’s insatiable thirst for youth, can breed serious insecurity- especially in young women. But that’s the ironic thing I suppose; now that I’m older and comfortable with my body, I am considered too old. At 26, I have figured out my body, I know my exercise routine and what I can and can’t eat. I am healthy and happy- sure we all have times when we overindulge, when we don’t eat because we are stressed or sad, but I think ultimately finding a balance in an ever-changing world is the key. Stability in an unstable world; hard to find, hard to hold onto but fantastic once achieved.

I hope the recent turn towards healthy diets and fit models sticks around. As role models for a new generation of girls, healthy and lean is where it should be- not skinny and sad. 

Instagram: amy_fin

Dress To Impress: A Guide For Dressing To Your Body Shape



Job interviews. If you’re anything like me, those two words are enough to make you want to retreat to the darkest depths of your closet with no intention to return. For me, the mere concept of a job interview is an anxiety trigger. My heart rate goes up, my palms get clammy, and i spend a good twenty-four hours stood in front of my closet in a panic, clothing littering my floor in complete disarray.

My thoughts swirl around and around in my head as i try and use my inner psychic to figure out what questions i’ll be asked and what my interviewer will be like. I haven’t even left my house yet, and already i’m stressed out and a sweaty mess.

The ultimate goal at an interview is to sell ourselves to our potential boss, making us the merchandise. Each employer is unique, as is each wanna-be employee, which can make the task of dressing one-self a bit more daunting than usual. You want to impress, but you don’t know what standards you’re trying to reach. So you have to rely on looking your best, in the hopes that it’s enough to convince your potential paycheck that there is plenty more beauty beneath the surface. But, wait a minute, how to pick from the endless options? Luckily, business attire has been around for decades, with minimal changes, so designers have had plenty of time to master creating styles as unique as their buyers.

For the “apple” shaped woman who carries her weight in her midsection, getting a flattering fit can be tough. Selecting a shift is often times the hardest part of the battle, and then balancing your top half with your lower half complicates everything even more. Allow me to unscramble the issue. Stick with a flowing, simple shirt, and allow the folds to fall around your ‘trouble’ area. Pair it with a low waisted, straight leg plant to balance out your look.

As much as we all love a big bum, there is a time and place to accentuate one. The “pear” shaped woman struggles most with this, for her wide hips and curvy booty are hard to miss. With a structured jacket, an embellished top, and a boot-leg pants the big ol’ butt will be barely noticeable behind all that style!

Straight” is such an ugly name for this next shape, in my opinion, but all it means is your waist isn’t as narrow as most. That can make a girl feel boyish, which can really put a dent in her confidence. A cute, ruffled shirt with a fitted jacket can give you that curvy look you crave. For your bottom half, if you’re looking to feature your femininity, throw on a mid-length flared skirt and peep-toe heel.

The most sought after shape is definitely the “hourglass” figure. I, like most girls, seriously envy you if you fall into this category. With a slim waist, ample bosom, and curved hips, you have a much easier time dressing then the rest of us. For that extra wow factor, top off a wide-leg, belted pant at the waist with a tucked in loose fit shirt and a belted jack.

Unlike your maths exam in college, there is no syllabus for this; no step-by-step guide to success. The chance of failure is unknown, as is everything else, because every employer is as unique as every employee. All we can do is attempt to be ready for any and all possible scenarios. Hopefully these tips will make the process a little bit easier by helping you escape the stress of dressing to impress.


5 DIY Beauty Hacks For That Perfect Model Look



By Calynn M. Lawrence

Do you want to look naturally modelesque all of the time? Well this is the article for you! Sometimes as individuals we need to feel beautiful but on a budget. Here are 5 DIY beauty recipes that you can make for cheap that will allow you to stop splurging on million dollar skin care and hair care every time you get a blemish or a split end.


If you have damaged, fragile hair then it is more than likely that you are in need of some serious protein. This mask will help you restore your hair back to it’s proper health and give your strands the strength they need to stop breakage. All you need to do is mix one egg, three scoops of plain mayo, and a nice amount of olive oil in a bowl. Then, heat for 1 minute. Apply this thoroughly throughout the hair from root to tip and sit with a plastic cap for AT LEAST 30 minutes. Afterwards, rinse the hair thoroughly with cool water to seal in the nutrients. Repeat on a weekly basis for extremely damaged hair!


Do you have dull hair that lacks lustre? If so then this treatment is for you. This is known as a hot oil treatment. But, what many people do not know when they do this is that it is best to mix oils to get the maximum benefit as opposed to using only one. You are going to mix three of the best oils for shine in a bottle: safflower seed oil, grapeseed oil and argan oil. Then, place the bottle in a steaming hot bowl of water for 30 seconds to a minute to warm it up. Shake well and apply from root to tip. Allow this to sit for at least 30 minutes. When you rinse, your hair will be silky smooth and light will bounce off beautifully.


Is your hair very dry and course? Does it seem like you just can’t retain softness. Good news, we have the solution! Grab a bowl and mix one table spoon of honey with a generous amount of coconut oil and castor oil. Honey is a natural humectant which will help your hair draw moisture from the air. Coconut oil is great for penetrating the hair shaft for a deep moisturization and castor oil is amazing for adding thickness, shine and longevity. Apply thoroughly and let it sit for at least an hour. This mask does not need to be heated.


Are you starting to see some ageing in your skin that you are not too fond of? You might be surprised to know that some of the ingredients in your kitchen have a stronger effect on the skin than what you buy in a bottle. Mix half a ripe papaya, a teaspoon of honey and a 1/2 teaspoon of lemon juice in a bowl or blender. Apply to the face and allow it to sit your desired time. Over time, the vitamins and enzymes from the papaya help to fight wrinkles, the honey adds moisture and the lemon juice brightens the skin. This mask is to be used weekly to see long term results!


This mask is awesome for those who are struggling with acne or are breaking out. Beware that this is a deep cleansing mask and can leave your skin tingly or slightly red if sensitive. Taking a half teaspoon of lemon juice and a couple of teaspoons of baking soda, apply to the face and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes. If done regularly, you can see improvement in the clarity of your skin!

Fame & Freeloading Friends



I love my friends, but sometimes they can start to bug me – especially when it comes to getting favors just because I’m famous. I mean, I don’t go around asking them for favors. My dental hygienist friend doesn’t give me free cleanings… but as soon she needs something, she’s quick to call me.

I don’t get the double standard. Did they forget that I had to work to get what I have? I mean really work. Were they at the castings where I was criticized publically like I didn’t even matter? Are they constantly judged by other models, potential clients, and the public?

Nope, my friends have regular lives where they don’t have to wake up daily and question something about themselves. They go to work and do good enough and get a check even if they aren’t. Yeah, it’s hardly the same.

Yet, they feel – for some reason – that I am supposed to feel lucky to be where I am. They feel that I didn’t work to get what I have, and since it is luck that got me here, I should pay back into the luck-filled universe and share my perks. In other words, it’s greedy for me not to share because I didn’t deserve it in the first place.

Now don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate what I have, but I damn sure don’t feel lucky. My success didn’t happen by chance, I cried and sacrificed to get here. So I don’t understand why people feel I have this responsibility to share my good fortune with them. Everyone has their chance to be successful, don’t try and eat off of mine!

But I can’t tell my friends no, and I hate it when they put me in that situation in the first place. I mean sometimes it will be little things like, “show up at my party”, and that’s one thing. But sometimes it’s more serious like “promote my jewellery line” or something.

I want to help them out, really I do- because they are my friends- but at the same time I get tired of them asking me for stuff all of the time. Am I so out of line to feel like they are using me?

Oh and then there’s my agent – she absolutely hates when I do stuff to help them. Oh.my.gosh. – when I made the mistake of telling her about the lookbook I shot for a friend, she nearly made me deaf from yelling.

“Do you want to work for free, like some other models? Keep doing these friends of yours favors and you will be. I can promise you that!”

You’d think it wouldn’t be a big deal… I wasn’t booked for that weekend, but she said it hurt my brand, and made it hard for her to book me more work.

I didn’t want to make her job harder, and I want to help my friends out as well… but sometimes I feel like I am stuck in the middle of this crazy out-for-yourself world. FML, seriously.

Booking Shoots and Saving Lives



I love my agent and I’m not ashamed to say it. She is so much more than someone that just lands me gigs (and she does an awesome job at that), she’s been my support.

I realize some girls aren’t as lucky as me- their agent is more like an extension of the business than any type of friend, but not mine. I’ll admit- it wasn’t like that at first; we had a more business arrangement of sorts. Her sending me texts, me rolling my eyes… you know, the usual.

But when my mother died, our relationship changed. I was really close with my mom, my father …. well, let’s just say he wasn’t much of a priority in my life. But I was truly crushed when I lost my mom, she was the one person I could go to after my crazy shoots. She was someone I always knew had my best interest in mind.

When she died, I wanted to stop modeling. I didn’t want to go to my shoots, and I didn’t want to do shows. It was too hard to continue smiling and pretending. I was hurting inside.

I no-showed. I stopped answering my emails and my phone. I slept in for days. I was determined to cry myself into career suicide.

But my agent wasn’t letting me quit. She showed up my apartment for days. (Yes, I said days because I didn’t open the door the first three times she stopped by.) Those times, she sat outside my door talking from the hallway and sliding papers through the cracks. By the fourth time, I opened the door just out of respect to my neighbors.

No one else showed up during that time, not my other family members, not my model friends. There was no one else. Only my agent, who was sincerely worried about me, took the time to nudge me out of my funk.

Now I trust her with almost everything. Having trouble with a guy, I call my agent. Wondering what I should have for dinner, I call my agent. Need to vent about the latest episode of crap model reality TV, I call my agent.

Thats if she hasn’t called me first.

I truly owe my career to her, for more than the obvious reasons. She will never be my mom, but she’s pretty damn close.

Rachel is More Than a Friend, She is A timeless Fashion Icon



By Jenni Sellan

We remember the jingle; we remember the romance; and thanks to Netflix, there is a strong possibility that our girl crush just might go on forever.
Rachel Green; from the moment she burst on to our television screens escaping her very own ‘white-wedding, complete with a more than generously sized ‘90’s’ veil and the quintessential jewelled head piece, she instantly became our favourite friend and undisputed style icon.

From friend on screen to a serious friend of fashion, Rachel began her style journey as the queen of urban chic; her off duty style was without question her forte not only for setting the dress code in the 90’s and early millennial years, but it seems she had an uncanny ability to forecast fashion’s future; We might have given her early 90’s style an updated modern edge, but the trends we now embrace have been firmly established, as Rachel went (stylishly) before us; printed tees, denim overalls, peek –a-boo crops and knee high boots; sound familiar?

What about sneakers with just about everything? And how could we possibly go past the denim shirts and vests? Higher today than ever before on fashions’ radar, Rachel Green predicted the power of our denim blues some 20 years ago! A true fashion oracle with her fashion game clearly ahead of the curve.

From Coffee Shops to Fashion’s corporate playground, like her pay check Rachel’s dress code went up a notch or three and just as its evolution continued beyond off duty casual cool, her choices continued to make for a style we wanted to steal and continue to borrow.

With no less than some 700+ outfits worn throughout the series, over its 20 year tenure, selecting just 10 favourites seemed like the impossible task but these chosen few prove that simplicity and timeless style wins every time, transcending all seasons and trends:

What would street style be today without the option of mixing high street pieces with luxe appeal; Take your style cue from Rachel and add some polish to your everyday.

Borrowing from the boyfriend has become second nature; shirts and all; It’s an off duty dressing requirement. even if your boyfriends name is Ross!

Animal Prints have become the new neutral; add DVF into the mix and timeless style is your end game.

We’ve been selling the Dungaree / overall trend for a few seasons now. Love it or hate it, fashion continues to place it on the style map and Rachel Green marks the spot!

Because everyone needs the perfect white Tee.

Even in green Rachel nails the classic silhouettes and so can you.

Denim Skirts, splits and a graphic print; So now. So then. This is fashion forward.

Before Carrie Bradshaw there was Rachel Green; Who doesn’t love an unexpected pop of colour to bring life to monochrome? 

Texture and print play. So. On. Point.

And finally, the ankle boot and anklet sock; a trend that we try…and try but do we dare?

Rachel Green. Effortlessly chic with timeless appeal; there for you then and there for you now. Be Inspired.

Model Diaries #8 Love (The Final Chapter)



The final chapter…

Continuing on from Model Diaries #4 & Model Diaries #7

…pure example of how you need to change your attitude, because then you change the causes in your life & subsequently, your effects. I don’t want to change you, i want to bring you up. Make you even better. I want to be in your world and i want you to see mine. Because i like how it feels when i spend time with you, and you drive me crazy. You are so bad for me. But i don’t care. Sometimes you need to dance with the devil.


My New York Journal- Part 1



It’s been all of two minutes & I am already bored. The line is out the door & around the corner. I can hear whispers of nerves & every face is full of excitement & exhaustion. This is the fifth casting of the day and it’s only 11.00am. My feet have officially lost all feeling thanks to my shoes & I’ve just realised that these jeans were are big mistake. Well actually it’s probably not the jeans that were the mistake, it’s more likely to have been the three bottles of water and two coffees. I couldn’t help it!! A day in this city on foot is like running a marathon.

Busting to pee. Busting to pee. Busting to pee. That is now all I am thinking about. Pee. Pee. Pee. Dear god! I am a child. I see no bathroom in sight & definitely no girl who’d be willing to hold my place in the line even if there was a bathroom to run too. Time to distract myself with thoughts. What rhymes with pee?

OK I am just going to have to settle in & suck it up! I can clock up some people watching. Or as I prefer to call it, research. As I watch people, I realise that watching the back of their heads isn’t all that fascinating. There are a few girls however that keep turning to look at me. Maybe they know me? I suppose they might recognise me from the blog? It’s only my first week in New York though…surely I am a nobody here.

They wouldn’t recognise an Australian blogger anyway? Everyone in this city is a blogger or a FSMP (aka Famous Social Media Person)… Should I ask them & use it as a way of introducing myself? Or is that arrogant? Probably. No I can’t ask. I was even too shy to link my portfolio with my blogs social media platforms. Using my personal accounts just seemed so much more … humble. But as usual, my Melbourne booker had the last word. I suppose she made a point when she told me that it was my blogs followers on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter that was what got me to NYC in the first place.

F*** that reminds me… I haven’t posted a picture for the agency yet. They want to track my travels by having me post, @ and # at each casting during the lead up to NYFW… #cantbef’d…

But I should. It’s the least I could do after all their work getting me this VISA. I swear to god that travelling as a model these days feels as if I am constantly a suspect for international crime. I can’t help but feel I’ll be instantly deported on arrival due to the hoops they make you jump through during the application process. And unfortunately in my case, it’s not a rare occasion when I tick the wrong box.

  • Are you Male or Female? I’m a chickybabeeee… MALE. Wrong.
  • Do you have wood or food items to declare? Unless gum counts, I don’t think so. YES. Wrong again. Why do they insist people use pens!
  • Do you have more than 10000USD on you? Ha! Yeah I wish!! YES. .no you don’t! New form please!
  • Are you carrying any animal parts with you? Ew No!!!! YES. F***
  • Have you been in South Africa over the past 6days? Just shopping in Singapore! YES. Wtf! The answer is NO! Back of the line dumbass.

But even so, a NYC legal team, 14 reference letters & a million tear sheets seems a little over the top for a 21 year old girl who spends her time writing a blog about the best cupcakes in Melbourne & posing for Target catalogues for a living. I am hardly a threat to this city!

Back to the point. Photo. Ok… so how should I play this? What the hell am I going to take a photo of? The girl in front of me looks young & cute…maybe I can ask her to partake in a selfie with me? Um No. Way too shy for that. Ok what else can I take a picture of? There is honestly nothing else around that screams “NYFW Casting”. Oh hang on I see something… Yes there it is. The line of 100 + gorgeous giants in front of me. Dickhead. Thank god no one hears my train of thoughts. Imagine that!! I wonder if people will be able to in the future… You could sell ad space in peoples mind……….

FOCUS! Right sorry. Ok I’ll just snap a photo of the models in line. Looks all artsy-fartsy thanks to the numerous sets of legs wearing different shades of high waisted jeans.


Stay tuned for the next edition of this Aussie models journal entry…