12 Ways to Live The Green Life Like Shailene Woodley
Sure, this routine sounds like the schedule of the most mind-body balanced of yogis: Foraging the freshest fruit to build your breakfast parfait, shaking in dry shampoo for maybe like, the fifth day in a row and drinking your before-bed tea with a side of nightly oms. But that’s all actually part of a day in the life of actress Shailene Woodley. The Fault In Our Stars leading lady hasn’t been shy about sharing her obsession with all-things all-natural, and while some may WTF her more offbeat prescriptions (well get to brushing your teeth with oil and clay later), Shai’s healthful practices and love of DIY everything might just spark the lifestyle reboot you’ve been craving. Dare to give it go? Here’s 12 ways to tune into Shailene’s funky + free-spirited way of life.
1. Step Outside to Bust Stress: Walking into work with an inbox bursting with emails shouldn’t mean your day is dedicated to sitting until you get it down to zero. Stepping away from the stress can reset the way you approach the rest of your day and turn that :( into a :) at the end of your Gchats, especially if you take your break OOO. “I go outside whether I’m in the city or backwoods of any state. I connect with the ground, the trees, just breathing fresh air while I go for a walk and I find myself living in my heart instead of my head,” Shailene told WebMD. So do take time to stop, stroll and smell the corner Starbucks. (via WebMD)
2. Visit Your Local Farmers Market: Shailene’s a farm-to-table kind of gal and sticks to that food philosophy no matter where she is (Shai even packs her own meals while she’s on set!). If she’s not actually picking berries for her breakfast parfait (girl’s a for-real forager), Shai shops for food at local farmers markets, knows which eggs, sweet potatoes and carrots came from which farms and eats the freshest finds of the season. (via WebMD)
3. DIY Your Beauty Products: Shailene doesn’t just whip up a mean beet salad with her market finds, she can make a red carpet-worthy lip stain with the natural dye (yep, that’s the beauty hack in action above at the Golden Globes!). When she’s not DIY-ing her own makeup, Shai uses only all-natural products in her beauty routine, like Sedona Seduction Truffle Stix ($11) that’s an edible lip balm, body balm and sunscreen all in one! (via Vulture)
4. LOL All the Time: If those way cute hamster videos make you LOL, then keep ’em cued up — according to Shailene, laughter is the secret to good skin. She told People: “I can tell you, all of my friends in their mid-thirties and early forties laugh a lot and have no wrinkles… Everybody has this big thing about chemicals and facials but it is just laughter.” Noted: Spa time is from now on reserved for massages + mani/pedis only — we’ll use that saved cash to go see the newest RomCom. (via People)
5. Create Mindful AM + PM Rituals: Rolling out of your bed and into your day (and vice versa) might seem like a lazy girl way to save time, but Shailene makes the most of her AMs and PMs by performing mindful rituals that set the tone for the rest of the day or help her unwind at night. Shai shouts and sings in the morning to pump her up, then kicks off bedtime with yoga, followed by tea + opening a good book (but not on a Kindle). (via Interview + The Cut)
6. …And That Involves Alternate Ways of Brushing Your Teeth: And you thought a toothbrush would always be a staple of your before-and-after bed rituals, huh? Shailene tossed the tube long ago for clay (which she also eats. Really!) or even sesame oil to keep her whites pearly. “The plaque on your teeth is not water soluble, it’s fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth,” Shailene told Into The Gloss. Remember to reserve a little extra oil for after you finish eating your Sesame Chicken for dinner. (via Vulture + Into the Gloss)
7. Get Down With Sauerkraut: Shailene told WebMD that she eats or drinks one fermented item with every meal in order to promote digestion. That may sound scary until you remember that the process produces some extremely tasty sides. Sauerkraut with sausage, kimchi with rice or a glass of kombucha with anything are all winning meal combos. (via WebMD)
8. Go With Your Flow: Like a living, breathing health tracker, Shai is way in tune with her body, including her monthly cycle. Whether or not you see your period as a “beautiful thing” month in, month out, keeping track of your cycles as often as you keep tabs on your pal’s FB status might help you appreciate your bod a whole lot more. (via WebMD)
9. Be Prepared to Answer “I Got It at Bufflo Exchange”: Shailene is famous for saying she can fit everything she owns in one suitcase, which may seem insane for anyone with a good-sized closet and a heel obsession. But Shai can make her off-duty outfits as awesome as anyone with her affinity for rocking thrifted clothes. Next time around, we’ll take the in-store credit from Buffalo Exchange. (via Coco Eco)
10. Add Dry Shampoo to Your Beauty Routine: Shailene is as low-maintenance about her hair as anyone can get. Her short crop, thick strands and versatile ‘do make it easy for the star to go au naturel in the hair department, and not just by avoiding products like hairspray, but by skipping shampooing for weeks at a time! To keep the oil at bay, use dry shampoo — it’ll take your unwashed locks much farther than you’d ever think! (via Into the Gloss)
11. Avoid Tan Lines at ALL Costs: Summer’s almost over, but there’s still time to get in on Shailene’s fun-in-the-sun health secret: tanning in the buff. Seriously, Shai says that adding vitamin D to your v can help with more than avoiding tan lines, it can help prevent yeast infections + other genital issues. “If you’re feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get. Or, if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine,” Shai told Into the Gloss. Girls, who’s with her? (via Into the Gloss)
12. Support Your Local Makers!: “I live a very frugal life and spend my money on good food and products,” Shailene told WebMD, and we’re all for spending where it counts, on hand-crafted goods that will last a lifetime and products made with lots of TLC. Next time you’re due for an item update, step out of the chain store and support your local makers! (via WebMD)
What parts of Shailene’s all-natural lifestyle inspired you? Do you follow in Shai’s footsteps when it comes to mindful living? Tell us in the comments below.
Artist Dev Heyrana On How Bravery, Resilience and Sunshine Influence Her Work
Ever meet someone who you feel immediate kinship with on a deep almost spiritual level? That is legit every person's experience upon meeting Dev Heyrana, the star of this edition of Creative Crushin'. A fine artist, hip hop dance teacher and constant collaborator, Dev's particular brand of creativity is one-of-a-kind. She manages to be warm, welcoming and woke, with a focus on inclusivity, social justice and motherhood that comes through in every piece of art she creates.
Anjelika Temple here, co-founder of Brit + Co and one of many humans who has benefitted from Dev's boundless generosity and kindness. We first connected at a launch event, then I asked her if she and her family would like to model for a B+C shoot (they did!), then months later, I asked the IG universe if anyone would be down to co-parent with me for a day so I could speak at a conference. Dev said yes! And for those that know her, none of these serendipitous moments are surprising.
Now it's time to delve more into Dev's story, her creative inspiration, her thoughtful approach to parenting and what makes her more passionate than ever about bringing her point of view and artistic voice into the universe.
Anjelika Temple: First, foundations. Where did you grow up? What is your heritage? What did you study in school? Where do you live now?
Dev Heyrana: Born in The Philippines and immigrated to the U.S. when I was 9 years old. Me and my family are from the island of Cebu and I'm a proud Cebuana. My childhood in the Philippines felt like freedom. I had my swimsuit in my backpack for whenever we decided to swim and I biked everywhere.
Immigrating here at 9 yrs old was a transition, to say the least. My parents had big dreams but the move was heavy on them. It wasn't easy. I had to grow up fast. I took care of my sisters while my parents worked night shifts. By the age of 12 I would cook dinner and get my sisters ready for bed. Something I didn't realize was that kids my age didn't do those things until I got older. We would play these make-believe games to make, in hindsight, our hard situation brighter.
I think this is really when art played a big role in my life. It was something I could escape in and always felt healing.
I witnessed racism towards my family and didn't know how to make sense of it. These events left a mark. I was a quiet kid and observed everything and everyone around me. I think about my grandparents, Lolo Jose and Lola Rita, a lot as I walk through life. When I make decisions. As hard as it feels, you have two choices, do you let it take you down or take it one step at a time forward. I kept going and it really shaped me as to why I am the way I am today.
I studied Fine Arts at The Corcoran in DC. I owe that decision to my art teacher, Mr Giles, in High School. He was retiring and wore a Hawaiian shirt every day during my senior year. He was a curmudgeon and I felt incredibly special since out of everyone in the school he really believed in me. As grumpy as he seemed to the class, he would tell me things like "Go into the other studio and break some glass, then put it on a canvas." He's the reason why my abstract pieces have elements like clay and sand in them.
I've had incredible mentors and all were teachers. Mr. Giles in High School and Christine George in College. Christine was the one who told me to go either to New York or San Francisco because "D.C. is no place for an artist like you." She told me to not listen to anyone, how I can still paint, be a graphic designer, and, if I choose to, have a family. I've never had anyone tell me anything like that before.
I took a chance because of her. Moved and went to Design School in 2006 and I've stayed in the Bay Area ever since, raising two girls with the love of my life.
Anj: You are one of those magical human beings that has figured out how to be a full-time artist. What was your career path like before you were able to dive fully into your creative passions?
Dev: The most radical thing I could have done in my family, I did, I went to college for Fine Arts. A mix of being so young and having to do it on my own, I went with the school that gave me more scholarships. Even then I worked three jobs to be able to get through it. Hard work is ingrained in me.
With my sculpture background, I fell in love with Print and Packaging and why I came out here to San Francisco. I appreciated the security of having a career in Graphic Design. I also learned how to work with clients and the business side of things. Even then, I never stopped painting.
A few years ago I went through a pretty hard time with my health. I dealt with six surgeries in one year and I still have to do some follow-up ones. That experience almost broke me and what got me through was my family and painting in bed while I recovered.
When I finally got back on my feet, my heart just wasn't in Graphic Design anymore. So I made a two year plan. With a toddler and a mortgage, I wanted to make sure my steps were thought out. I put myself out there as an Artist while I still worked in Design. After a year I worked part time as a Graphic Designer and stepped down from my Creative Director position. I loved it, to be creative as an Artist and as a Designer. I looked at 2018 as my year to make the jump. If my work as an Artist balances out with my salary then I would quit in the Summer of 2019. And so here we are. I also am sharing a studio with my good friend, Naomi PQ, and I feel like my creative drive is just beginning.
Anj: What do you love about painting? How do you feel when you're in a creative flow state?
Dev: Like every part of me is free. Free to express myself through the stroke of my hand. How all of it leads back to my heart. These elements I use to paint have a mind of their own and how I need to respect the process.
It centers me and reminds me that the process is just like the life we lead. I know I still have so much more to learn but while I'm painting no matter how it's going, I'll embrace this moment.
Anj: You reference your roots quite a bit in your work. Talk to me more about how your roots inspire your work.
Dev: One of my earliest memories is of my Lolo Jose teaching me how to water mango saplings. He converted to Buddhism when my mother was young, so he viewed the world with love and kindness. I didn't realize it then but watering those mango trees were life lessons. We need to take the time to nurture, practice patience, and respect all living things. I still imagine him walking beside me often, carrying his teachings as I find my way in this world.
Nature and the Sun drive my pieces. My abstract works are fragments of moments. Like the sunset I grew up with when I was seven years old in the Philippines, like how I saw the water in Cebu when I dove in as a young adult, and like when I saw the redwoods with my children for the first time.
I see earth in our skin and especially when I paint people. How our mango trees grew and blossomed because the dark earth was rich with nutrients. I imagine the Sun piercing through these women I depict. I paint their love and bravery because their resilience cannot be contained. I want to celebrate all of it.
This is the beauty of Art, I am able to paint exactly how I see it.
Anj: Motherhood and your daughters are also central themes in your work. How has motherhood changed your approach to creating artwork?
Dev: Everything. I was still deep in my Design Career and I would paint at home. One day Quinn, who was 3 years old at the time introduced me at the park to a mom. "This is my mom, she's an Artist." It struck me that my toddler knew who I was more than I knew myself. That's really when I really owned it. I am more fearless because of my girls.
I own my body, I thank people when they compliment me, and I am selective but fearless when I use my voice. I am more in tune how I speak about myself because of them. When I paint these women I want to celebrate them. I notice how I embrace myself is translated in my paintings.
Anj: What advice can you give to parents who are trying to tap into their kiddos' innate creativity?
Dev: I don't have a lot of guidelines set up. I'll say "Let's draw the biggest fish we can draw" or "how many silly lines can we make" and I let them lead me. They ask me questions, show me things, and I sit there with my coffee watching their eyes wide with excitement. Watching them in their creative process is pure joy for me. Those silly lines can turn into a dragon or waves and next thing we know, we're drawing a big beach scene. My advice would be that you can suggest something to start it off but be open to how they take it. It is such a beautiful window into their minds.
Anj: Shifting gears to HIP HOP DANCE! Talk to us about his component of your creative expression.
Dev: I loved the Hip Hop scene in DC and discovered how much fun the clubs were in college. My friends told me about this Hip Hop Crew I should try out for, I was so scared because I've never taken a dance class in my life. I got in and it was like having another family. We competed all over the East Coast, it was a blast!
I found hipline when I started my first Design Job and needed an outlet. It was exactly what I needed and one of the owners asked if I was interested to teach. I've been teaching there since 2009 and am still going strong. It's a wonderful community of women. Now we're virtual and reaching clients all over.
Anj: What does a typical [pandemic] day look like for you? How does it differ from your rhythm before COVID?
Dev: I've been practicing being kinder to myself lately. Both me and my husband work full time and so having the girls at home is a challenge. Some days we are amazed by how smooth it went and then there are others where if the girls are clean and bellies are full, it's a total win.
Now that we're on month 8 our rhythm before covid felt more chaotic to be honest. I felt like we were always rushing out the door while carrying so many bags. Now my husband and I try to have coffee together, if he has a break from his meeting, and we sit with Quinn before school to see what she has to do for the day. Rowan's preschool closed down but we were able to find a wonderful speech therapist for her and she has an Adventure Pod we go to two times a week.
The one thing we really try to do is go outside once a day. Have some magic in their childhood no matter how small. It could be just going up for a hike by our home and picking up leaves, riding our bikes, or watching the sunset from our window. Seeing how the girls' react to these adventures we have is pure magic.
Anj: When you get creatively blocked or burnt out, how do you reset? Do you have tips you can share?
Dev: I go outside. I go out for a hike or go to the beach. Even if it's 15 minutes, something about grounding yourself in Nature is really healing. I also do exercise where I doodle for two minutes because it feels doable. Judgment-free doodles, always opens the doorway to more.
Anj: I know firsthand that community-building is huge for you. Tell us more about what your support system and creative community looks like.
Dev: I feel a lot of love and strength when I think of my community. My relationship with my sister led the way what women supporting women looks like. It's listening, asking questions, remembering, cheering for all the wins, being there even if it's hard, and taking time to invest in them. The way me and my sister show up for each other is why I have these amazing women in my life. I can talk to them about my family, motherhood, and we're all trying to balance it all while sharing my most recent project. I feel really blessed especially looking back in my college years where I don't know where Art would take me.
Anj: When you need to give yourself a pep talk, what does it sound like?
Dev: I usually take a deep breath then say or think "One step forward". Most of the time, I'm scared (as shit) but the thought of not trying scares me more. That one step forward can be hard as hell and maybe even heartbreaking, but I have to try.