Friendship without borders: Laura Van de Vorst

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My friend Laura is the kind of person that inspires me and I’m glad we met during our studies in Copenhagen. It didn’t take us long to bound, it was obvious we had a lot in common. She appeared to me as an inconditional dreamer, an adventurer (she lived in Australia, Denmark, Holland and Italy) and optimistic with a constant smile on her beautiful face, but also a hard worker with a rather authoritarian lifestyle, at least I thought at first. You can imagine, with my typical French eating habits, I was meeting for the first time a person following the Paleo Diet: «Whaaaat? You don’t eat baguette?» Eventually she taught me all her healthy secrets, while still partying until dawn, and today I thank her for that.

After she graduated with a Master’s degree from the Copenhagen Business School in Innovation and Entrepreneurship, she naturally started pursuing a degree in Nutritional Medicine. As co-founder of healthcoachFX, an Online personalized health coaching, and blogger at The Green Tribe, she aims to “inspire, empower and connect wellness-seeking warriors with simple, delicious and earth-worthy ways to live better every day”. Today, she set up home in Hamburg (where we took the pictures) with her loved one and her yoga mat and she keeps following her passion of storytelling while trying new delicious recipes to share with you on The Green Tribe.

She’s wearing a coat from Vanilia, a cool brand from Amsterdam.

Tea place: Nordlys, Goernestraße 4, 20249 Hamburg-Eppendorf
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Mon amie Laura est le genre de personne qui m’inspire et je suis heureuse que nous nous soyons rencontrées lors de nos études à Copenhague. Il ne nous a pas fallu longtemps pour s’entendre, nous avions beaucoup de similarités. Elle m’est apparue comme une inconditionnelle rêveuse, une aventurière (elle a habité en Australie, au Danemark, en Hollande et en Italie) et une réelle optimiste dotée d’un sourire constant sur son beau visage, mais c’était aussi une bosseuse avec un mode de vie plutôt autoritaire, du moins je l’ai cru au premier abord. Vous imaginez, avec mon alimentation typiquement française, je rencontrais pour la première fois une personne suivant le régime Paleo: «Whaaaat? You don’t eat baguette?» Au fil du temps, elle m’a appris tous ses secrets d’un mode de vie plus sain, tout en faisant la fête jusqu’à l’aube, et je l’en remercie aujourd’hui.

Après avoir obtenu son Master à la Copenhagen Business School en Innovation et Entrepreneuriat, c’est tout naturellement qu’elle poursuivit un diplôme de médecine nutritionnelle. En tant que co-fondatrice de healthcoachFX, un site de coaching nutritionnel personalisé, et bloggeuse pour The Green Tribe, elle a pour but d’inspirer, de valoriser et de connecter les fous de bien-être avec de simples, délicieux et respectueux moyens de vivre mieux au quotidien. Aujourd’hui elle a posé ses valises à Hambourg (où nous avons pris les photos) avec sa moitié (également un jeune entrepreneur) et son tapis de yoga et elle poursuit sa passion de narratrice tout en partageant de savoureuses recettes avec les lecteurs de The Green Tribe.

Elle porte un manteau Vanilia, une super marque d’Amsterdam.

Salon de thé: Nordlys, Goernestraße 4, 20249 Hamburg-Eppendorf

#Shared with love

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Hello, I’m back! I haven’t posted since last October… shameful! But I found out with great pleasure that people were missing it and asked me how it was going and it encouraged me to get back to it. So this is me again, stronger than ever, focused and determined to make 2014 a year to remember!

This week, I took a trip to Maastricht to visit a good friend of mine I met in Copenhagen. We haven’t seen each other in a year! Long distance friendship… not easy! But this time my friend was launching a very special event and I wanted to be there for the occasion. Her name is Greta, she is Italian with German mother tongue, a good combination of Mediterranean exotic vibes and central European style. She speaks 4 languages fluently and can convince anybody to do something just by smiling to them. Power smile (smile more often #resolution2014)! Anyway, she is living in Maastricht for now, cute little city in the South of Holland, right in between Belgium and Germany, very international student place and apparently the right one to start a company. During her studies of Entrepreneurship, she decided it was time to make everything she learned into practice and take action (more action #resolution2014). She combined her passion for beautiful jewellery and networking because there isn’t a thing that keeps her for NOT talking to people, she’s a natural (more networking #resolution2014). She managed to get surrounded by generous and open minded people and convinced them (with power smile) to follow her idea. This is how, last month, she launched her fist event in a Maastricht jewellery shop, Clio, which owner is one of the most kind and funny person I’ve met. Mutual benefits from each part: she needs a venue, he could use new customers. Girls attended the event, she likes to call them – “the Circle of Brilliance”, and inevitably started networking and buying jewellery pieces. Because let’s be honest, talking and shopping are two things we girls all love. The idea is a concept of sharing and gathering together once in a while to network (because we are all entrepreneurial minded of course). Once you’ve purchased a piece, you are able to exchange it up to three times at the shop during the organized events to try a new one. This is a trial version. The actual one would take place on line, with carefully selected young talented unknown designers to be sold on the platform. Once you’re a member, you can chose a piece, receive it at home, and if you want to exchange it at any time you are able to do it by sending it back. On the other end, if you love this piece so much, you can also purchase it. A concept of shared platform -“Joyelle shared with love”- enables you to try new pieces often and share your experience with others. What a great idea ! I can’t wait to try it. In the meantime, you can still attend the “last” event that will take place on Thursday, Feb 13th at Clio jewellery shop – Sint Amorsplein 11, Maastricht and have the chance to chat with this amazing, visionary woman and get a clearer idea of what Joyelle means to her. (below: Cafe Zondag) Jewels: 5 octobre, Isabel Marant, Gem Kingdom, Gabriel Guevara

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