Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou, Part 3

Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou, Part 3

 I felt slightly confused and my future was unsure…

This is the 3rd post in a series from model and friend, Eddie Mitsou Pettersson.

I was living in Istanbul when I turned 19. It was modeling that brought me there…not because the Turkish market is the best for a blonde Swede but, at that time I had few options. During Christmas holiday, most fashion capitals slow down for obvious reasons. My dream was to move to New York but I was so ready to get out of my hometown that I told my agency to send me anywhere, even as a pit stop. So Istanbul it was…

And what a magical city! The Turkish food culture quickly sucked me in — its bounty of fresh local produce inspired me to eat healthy and clean: tahini, dried figs, amazing hummus and grilled vegetables, so much better than I would have expected. It was the first time I had to take care of myself, i.e. making breakfast, lunch and dinner. Luckily, I really liked it — experimenting in the kitchen was new to me and quickly became a hobby. It was a good way to relax after a long day of meeting client after client after client…

My weekdays consisted of shooting editorials and hitting up endless castings. When the weekends rolled in, there were always big dinner parties and shredding at clubs. And so, there were many pre-game drinking competitions being held in our little model flat.

I enjoyed it at the time, but realized it wasn’t propelling me in a good direction. My destructive weekend behavior forced me to press the restart button every Sunday night. I was eating clean, going to the gym on my working days, but my free time was filled with liquor and chocolate bars and Turkish cheese pastries. Oh, the suffering of the morning afters. (Or let me say afternoon, because I rarely woke up before 1pm).

The hard work I was putting in at the gym was really for nothing. I missed out on much of Istanbul’s historical and cultural beauty, too, because most time off was spent in a rusty bunk bed, ice pack on my sweaty forehead. 

One sunny December day, as I was walking around Hagia Sophia, I made the decision. I was going to stay sober, be healthy and 100% vegan (no space for cheese pastries here!) until I made it to New York. What was it worth, to be so good 5 days a week and then ruining it on the last 2. Funnily enough, my walk was in the early morning because I had skipped a promoter’s dinner the night before. How good it felt to walk around in the sun with a clean head!

To be honest, I felt slightly confused — my thoughts were spinning and I didn’t know exactly what I was doing, but I felt that a sober, ultra-clean detox was what I needed. With Jim Morrison’s sexy smoky voice in my ears I sat down with a salted sesame tahini cookie and created a list. A list of what I needed to do in order to make it to NYC and what strategy would look like. His words echoed in my head:

 You’re lost little girl 

You’re lost little girl 

You’re lost 

Tell me who 

Are you? 

 I think that you know what to do 

Impossible? Yes, but it’s true 

I think that you know what to do, yeah 

I’m sure that you know what to do

I saw even more of the city then ever before. I moved out of the model apartment (the norm) and discovered the streets and bars and restaurants and people of Istanbul (the freedom) by myself. I wasn’t a lost little girl any more — I was a focused young woman, now with a goal in sight. My local fruit store salesman taught me more about the importance of a joyful life than any Russian model friend ever had. 


+ Check back next week for part four from Eddie, and be sure to read the start of her journey here!  

Photos by Jana Kirn.

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Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou

Keeping it Clean with Eddie Mitsou

Maybe you’ve been considering it… Sobriety may not be for everyone, but it might be right for you?

Let me be the first to say… I love partying! Dancing, hanging out with friends, flirting, coming home at 3am exhausted with my lipstick half gone, LOLing at my Instagram story while peeing and brushing my teeth.

What may separate me from man others is what happens next — I wake up with my makeup perfectly removed, IG stories still intact, with no fear of finding that dreaded embarrassing video. I make myself a green smoothie and I’m on my way to a Pilates class before 9.30 am.

So, why is that?

Because I don’t drink.

The thought of it might scare you.

But…maybe this is something you’ve been considering yourself. Sober partying may not be for everyone – but it might be right for you?

I have many girlfriends who have gone out with me and follow suit – and most of them really like it, usually quite surprised at how easy it can be. AND! how much fun they can actually have without booze flowing through their bodies. Some, as a result, have decided to quit drinking – or at least consume very little – while some continue to go out and get wasted.

And I don’t blame them for that. Everything is a choice — you do what feels best or right in that moment.  However, there is also a fear of simply breaking the norm. You simply stick to what you know and how you’ve been raised to live, courtesy of family, culture (television, movies, magazines) and society.

Several years ago, the idea of sobriety seemed impossible. I struggled with it during my last semester in school. I had just started dating someone in the deep house underground party scene. The only thing my heart wanted was to be tequila-tipsy, kissing him in the darkness of a grungy garage, every night of the week.

But, I had to focus — good grades on my final exams and beyond. There was also the potential to do modeling in Milan,  and my agency asked me to be in perfect shape, which demanded both more hours at the gym and a healthy diet. Despite my new love, my mission had always been to move abroad as soon as I graduated.

But I couldn’t. I really couldn’t give up being boozy. It was so important to me. Drinking was the only way of partying in Stockholm, so maybe that rubbed off on me?  My point is that there wasn’t a time when I could picture a life without alcohol. I was young, but my mom nervously made jokes about me becoming an alcoholic. I had a great opportunity right in front of me, but I wasn’t ready to make the sacrifices to achieve it.

I’m a very strong believer in refraining from judgment or telling people how to live their lives. I would never tell anyone that it’s bad to drink, or that they shouldn’t. No, no, that’s not my vibe. It’s an individual — and personal — choice, and whatever you choose is hopefully right for you. What I do is right for me.

So all I intend by this post is to inspire you. To maybe introduce you to a new or scary path and know there are different ways to go. Follow your own gut, and try to push away the fear of being different.

I didn’t make it to Milan that summer, after all. It took me over eight months to finally leave Stockholm. I wasn’t ready to stop drinking and didn’t fight for my dreams. I ended up in Istanbul, but even there I realized that other paths existed…

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Bondi Beach Guide Using The Vista

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An area’s journey information through the websites of the March ebook…

This article involves us from our FP Factor Miann… with unique because of our buddies at The Vista.

Occasionally we create a small laugh in regards to a subconscious (or maybe aware) nomadic pie in Sydney, which prevails of three typical factors — Byron Bay, Indonesia and Bondi Beach. You discover comparable people as well as for valid reason, also: nbsp a&;laid back beachside tradition, which nevertheless resonates a feeling of bohemian independence and self expression — from the city lights that are big.

On any given evening you are able to go by wetsuit-dressed users getting the very first lighting, cappuccino enthusiasts as well as their reputation dogs collapsing out-of beachside bars within an range of activewear along with a mixture of moist-haired individuals operating towards the coach, vegemite and grape sourdough toast clasped firmly within their jaws. It may not be soft to differentiate between the tremendous bad and also the tremendous rich. Most people are tan barefoot and much more than the usual salty that is tiny. At-one desk is just a struggling performer operating three careers to cover fine-arts provides; in the next is just a renowned actor or real estate mogul, but everybody mixes effortlessly and cheerfully in to the beach tradition (till one-steps up to their gleaming quick vehicle, exotic toes and all). That that and s Bondi ’ s you’ve to think it’s great!

A healthier regional competition covers across rsquo & Bondi;s three places: Bondi and North Bondi. But wherever you stay, everybody drops underneath the enchanting cause of the famous rdquo & Bondi Bubble ; you seldom depart an individual will be there. There’s great search excellent nightlife and lively power throughout the year. Occasionally rsquo & it;s simple to your investment relaxation of Sydney prevails whenever you looking out whilst the atmosphere becomes to some heavy mauve on the warm summertime night in the North Knoll from the light red. But besides a global-course seaside that’s it’s own reality-tv display for more than 10 years operating, and also the renowned Bondi-to-Bronte coastal stroll, the café tradition needs to be Bondi’s greatest draw-card. Amazing espresso natural shakes and avocados tip the roost in Bondi, and listed here are our recommendations of the favorites.



Consume/Beverage North Bondi

Patio & Parlour

110 Ramsgate Ave
Clean, hugely delicious food from breakfast to supper. A mix of the pleasant and meals, espresso support this place is the surface of the jumps! If rsquo & it;s a date, proceed from there and begin with a plate along with an aromatic drink at sundown, although we are able to never proceed past a date. Attempt the comfortable inexperienced brekkie dish and discover the formula below!

North Bondi Seafood

120 Ramsgate Ave
the very best sea views from North Bondi, awesome drinks along with a small kingfish sashimi get this to establishment a tough someone to avoid.

Bruce Leaves

2/93 Glenayr Ave
Excellent, refreshing soups would be the ideal Bondi food for lunchtime (or supper). ‘ with haloumi is our pick Crazy may be the feed&rsquo. Get a desk along with a clean avocado watching the planet pass…

Warners Ave & Wairoa Ave
Whilst The title indicates, clean, uncooked Western meals, combined back with benefit makes a lighting and delicious beach eat.

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Eat/Drink Town Center


79 Corridor Saint
Well-Known is definitely an exaggeration. Extremely effective and another excellent caf& eacute. We are able to never proceed with sausage and grape salsa after dark breakfast of corn fritters.


57-59 Beach Road
A vibrant club-net- dumpling home. Where the ale is chilly and also the lamps are an excellent place to meet up friends, gray.


6/61 Area E
you might mistake the point outside and also the defeats to get a Bondi club — don’t be dismayed, it’s simply icecream. We’re frightened to recommend attempting hellip only one flavor&;those individuals who have sampled it understand what we imply!

The Bucket-List

The Bondi Pavilion, Double Elizabeth Push
that which was one summertime a long time previously only a pop up club has become a directly on the esplanade, slap-boom in the centre of Bondi. A chaotic beachside club, where your wine is available in the hangover and also containers is free.

Consume/Beverage South Bondi

Bondi Icebergs restaurant & dining area

INCH Notts Ave
some of those locations you have to proceed one or more times, or even constantly. The support your wine checklist ideal is great and also the watch, among the most well-known in hellip & Australia;need more are said by us? Take with a few polenta chips before your primary dinner within the 5 star eating spot in the sundown within the drink club.

The Point

8 Campbell March
Ale-o-clock? The point is just a calm location located only over the street from iceberg swimming. Have a look at their selection — full of  area, clean -influenced foods. This really is large laughs relaxing within the weekend and wherever you ll discover residents with long-hair.

Spot House

281 Bondi Road
Tasty wood-fired pizzas along with a mixture of French meals. Outside sitting and interior, including a comfortable upstairs wine-bar. If you’re able to catch a chair about the porch overlooking Rd reward items.


Pictures because of @atdusk & @the_vista

to find out more of Bondi’s greatest eating, amusement, hotels, buying and day-trips, obtain the entire manual at The Vista.

Update: The Sequence You Ought To Be Hearing

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Require some fresh podcasts that you experienced? We’ve simply the checklist for you. 

In the event you’re unaware, podcasts are:

1. Educational.

2. Enjoyable.

3. Helpful.

Take a look at this article from fall. It handled including these& nbsp advantageous to the street, on our favorites. From background classes and secrets, to arbitrary issues worth understanding about… what exactly greater period for an update?

Podcasts are hellip;enjoyment! Truly enjoyable. Here are those worth providing a listen rsquo; ve a few of the sequence. Take a look!

Sequential: Season 2

the Min homicide secret that given period 1 was gone insane within by individuals. They liked it, rsquo & couldn;t get enough of it.  now Koenig is back just why he chose to depart his article in Afghanistan and again to inform the tale of U.S. Gift& nbsp Bergdahl, leading to his 5- capture from the Taliban. Begin the growing season in your next road-trip.

The Bowery Kids

This& nbsp mixture covers diverse facets of NY background, integrating attractions accustomed individuals and roads of the town. Try hearing the haunted attractions occurrence, or even the occurrence that speaks about existence within the tenements of the Low Eastside

Material You Need To Know

 subject you are able to think is broached virtually any by this podcast of. Did you actually ponder how property fishing works? Or exactly what the cope with body gestures is? Or your passport works? This podcast may clarify everything. Two of my personal favorite attacks are How Dementia Works, and also the one which describes the Philadelphia Test .



Among my co workers confesses this podcast makes &nbsp and her chuckle . Humor is rsquo & what I;deb prefer to contact that one.   recollections and People reveal items of the adolescent years, the majority of that are even more enjoyable, although instead uncomfortable for fans. Attempt the occurrence where Ashley describes why she hates the SATs.

The Greatest Shortest Period

Perhaps rsquo you&;re a mother. Or a -to-be mother. Or perhaps a father. Or a -to-be father. Or possibly you’re merely somebody who enjoys reading about children, or truly desires a youngster, or somebody who is nbsp;thinking about listeing to some podcast. Anything you are, The Greatest Shortest Period is, “the nurturing display for everyone.”

The Courageous Trade

Lucy Bourchier, former partygirl switched licensed Transformational Mentor and Wellness Counselor, narrates The Courageous Trade podcast, where each occurrence shows what it requires to produce a stunning and significant lifestyle. Possess an anxiety about speaking in public? Attempt this occurrence. Wish to learn to utilize your imagination to its highest? Attempt this occurrence.


This can be a podcast concerning the potential, and what existence may be like in, state, 100+ decades from today. Or who understands, perhaps even faster. Imagine if the whole world went impaired? Imagine if rest detectors were worn by everybody? Strange. This podcast hosts real life researchers and specialists to mean everything out for all of US.

The Dark Videos

If Serial experienced a cousin, really a weird cousin, it’d occur within the type of The Dark Videos. That one is for you personally if you like frightening, haunting tales.


Podcasts are you currently hearing? Remark under and let’s understand!

Check-out more podcasts we adore below.

Follow Jana on Instagram and Facebook.

Weekend DO Stella in The Whitney

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Involve oneself in anything fresh this weekend and observe a classic preferred…

Artwork is usually a solo enterprise for me personally. Whether rsquo & I;m just consuming the job of another person or making, I like encountering it alone. At my very own speed. No about the unusual event, also sluggish or fear that I would be moving hellip;or restrictions. Does this band more accurate than museums and galleries. Sorry, buddies, but the listing of individuals with whom I really appreciate likely to galleries with is brief. I’m my very own greatest organization while motivation is wanted,&nbsp. After reading Large Miracle, I’ve been meditating about the suggestions of motivation and imagination and just how better to foster it. Galleries and galleries were a bigger section of my entire life, and I ve arrived at recognize simply how much I skipped the full time spent walking through these areas full of others’ job. Therefore, I got it like a small indication after I held viewing talk evaluation after talk assessment appear on my Facebook supply from buddies and former teachers extolling the benefits of the Frank Stella retrospective, on watch in the fresh Whitney Public in Ny.

On the blustery and chilly afternoon, I walked the limit of the newest Whitney Public, reopened within the District last May within. Created by designer Renzo Piano, the remarkable building increases above the High-Line, a marked and stunning contemporary-commercial building that contrasts from the historical packet that encompasses it. Offering around 50,000 square-feet of interior exhibit space, and 13,000 square-feet of outside space, the cantilevered style features an assortment of balconies and big glass windows that disregard the town and the Hudson River, welcoming museum goers a chance to reflect about the artwork, the space, and the place all at one time.

Rise also you, and the steps to ground five ll discover the exhibit I wanted on that Jan evening that is chilly: the Stella retrospective. On watch through January 7th, you will find simply four more breaks leftover to make the most of this display that is amazing. Near to 100 works are included by the retrospective by  the performer, comprising from the middle- rsquo & 1950; to provide that is s -evening and completing the gallery’s whole ground. Through the bigger-than- evolution of an artist, guests are led from his Dark Pictures towards the  artist s present sculptural function. Whether you’re acquainted with Stella’s function or not, from the period you’ve completed absorbing his route and procedure, both pictures in the entry of the gallery, that are, upon first experience apparently at possibilities together, create sense.

After having your load of Stella, make sure to rise the right path towards the outstanding surfaces (disregard the lift until prerequisite requires it, whilst the steps provide remarkable sights of the Hudson…additionally, workout), preventing to see the similarly remarkable Archibald Motley display and Wagner selections before ducking into the restaurant to get a matcha and grape toast. Much-required nutrition following a several hours spent viewing artwork. After searching the memorial shop for artwork publications — I acquired a Nan Goldin guide and Attract it Together With Your Eyes Shut — brave the cold to get a walk round the Meatpacking District and nearby Chelsea, or take advantage of the High-Line to obtain a birds-vision view of chilly but stunning NYC.

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Morocco in-Color

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Colour. I don’t think anybody may refuse the truth that feelings are triggered by colors.

They are able to set the feeling for a whole evening, so that as a I take advantage of them continuously to share emotions. We nevertheless can translate them through sensation even though connotations of shades don’t convert throughout all civilizations. We noticed tints and shades of shades we’d never set eyes on& nbsp the Dec list during our period in Morocco capturing. Therefore vibrant ndash; they introduced us so much pleasure.

One morning while we explored the town and appreciating the design of the carpets, we fulfilled a guy whose group was in the Sahara. Their household existed within the desert before returning home while he visited towards the town for weeks at the same time to& nbsp they’d created. He trained us and accepted us. This is of the colors used detailing that various regions of Morocco had various connotations behind the shades during his organization, he distributed to us. In his group yellow designed to descend such as the sunlight, orange was religious prosperity, while red was royalty and joy; all of the shades of drop getting people such good pointers. White intended chastity, that we experience is typical among many civilizations, black adopted with era, maturation and masculinity. Green offered method to fertility, childhood, and fresh existence. It’s possible to just envision nbsp;shades-of these shades, the connotations behind all of the different&, how they popped in the bags about the road at you. Your interest was required by them and some home was introduced by us.

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Chefchaouen, referred to as ldquo the &; rdquo & Orange Town;, didn& rsquo. I woke early prior to the roads were full of people to locate ladies cleaning the surfaces with big brushes of clean orange color each and every morning. Some of those days the colour required your hands on my feeling and abruptly I thought like I walked via a desire. Was the person in the carpet store right? Was orange to imply no divorce from sea to atmosphere but a continuous practice of thought and existence? The positivity that supported this thought was therefore stunning, the same as anything around me, that the connotations that were other I found out ldquo about the &; rdquo & Orange Town; dropped from the wayside.

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+What connotations do shades are found in by you? Depart your ideas within the remarks!

Phrases and pictures by Melodi Meadows.