SUMMER SERIES / Life is beautiful for model Helena Vestergaard
Life is beautiful for model Helena Vestergaard! We take a look into her world where the focus is on conscious and sustainable living. She leads an effortless and fulfilling life on Sydney's Northern beaches with her pro surfer partner Nathan Webster and beautiful daughter River.
This interview is part of our SUMMER SERIES where we feature inspiring woman from around the globe about their summer lifestyles.
Her philosophy on living well
Balance, too much of anything is never a good thing. I believe you can over do a healthy lifestyle, I like to stay healthy but never obsess over the little things. If you eat well you feel well , when you keep active you feel more energised. When you are kind and open to people you feel better about yourself. So just trying to keep a positive state of awareness.
On her favourite places to escape to over summer
My favourite place to be during Australian summer is right here at home, we live on the headland of a small semi secluded beach with rock pools and great surf, my husband is a pro surfer so we are never allowed to be far from waves. The beach next to us is a lot bigger and has cute cafes and a beautiful lake that opens into the ocean, It’s great for paddle boarding and swimming, it’s the perfect summer destination for us. I don’t think you can beat an Aussie summer.
Staying balanced over the holidays
To stay balanced to me is to take everything into account in a positive way. I like to enjoy indulging in all the yummy Christmas food but also stay active, Last year I was breastfeeding so I couldn’t drink as much as I would have liked which is probably a good thing! We like to ride our bikes around the lake after a big meal to get some fresh air and the digestive system moving!
Favourite holiday memory
When my sister and I were kids my father use to take us to Byron bay every summer. One year definitely topped it all when he gave us this huge 9ft long board. We took it out together and would try to tandem surf the whole summer. It was the funnest thing ever, the weather was perfect and we both learned to surf pretty quick after that holiday!
Summer beauty products she can’t you live without
I make my own facial oil serum called ‘Pour Le bien’ which I use every night before bed, it has essential oils in it that clear up sun spots and the natural carrier oils in it make my skin so hydrated and soft. My sister also bought me a jade roller for my birthday this year and I use that to roll it into my skin. Its so relaxing. I also hate having dry lips so I use Pour Le bien lip balm all day.
On her ultimate summer playlist
Gerry Raffity, Beck, Arcade Fire, Julian Casablancas and my friends husbands band ‘The Growlers’ are always great for relaxed beachy vibes.
Favourite holiday reads
I’m always reading a crime novel, I’m a little addicted to reading and I can’t seem to stay away from author Karin Slaughter
On holiday packing essentials
Our reusable straws, reusable water bottles, bathers, sunnies, surf boards, skin products and my super comfy Birkenstock’s!
I like to keep it light and simple when packing. We tend to only go to beach destinations so you don’t really need much, I also think it’s really important to take the environment into account when travelling as so much waste comes with airports and hotels. so we bring our own water bottles and straws for those fresh cold coconuts!
Top travel tips
Pack light and Be organised, And when travelling with a baby try to keep everything simple. You can’t force a child to do all the things you might want to do so try to go with the flow.
My Daily wellness rituals would be trying to eat greens in at least one meal, I’m pregnant with my second at the moment so my body is just craving all things naughty and carbs but I love taking care of my skin so everyday I make sure I clean my face and moisturise.
Weekly I try to get at least 2 yoga classes in (when I’m not pregnant I like to do yoga every second day) and also swim in the ocean at any given opportunity, I find jumping into the waves so soothing, awakening and grounding.
Words she lives by
I know it’s not very unique but ‘this too shall pass’. I tend to get so caught up in the moment sometimes and loose track of the bigger picture, so for me this resonates in a very positive way, that all things do pass whether it be an overwhelming emotion, a tantrum River is throwing, my morning sickness or just an uncomfortable experience, it WILL pass... and then you wait for the next one. Haha