Forearm balance

Forearm balance

Practicing forearm stand variations.

How to practice doing forearm stands, headstands, and handstands:

∞ practice against a wall

∞ if you must, push your legs up and lean your feet against the wall till you find your balance

∞ activate your core

∞ slowly push your feet away from the wall and find your balance

∞ you may start closer to the wall and when you feel more comfortable, move further and further away

∞ practice is the key, so don’t stop trying!

Good luck!

Wearing the reversible Boracay Thong from SOLTI Activewear & top from H&M

the solti soul

the solti soul

photo by Alfred Bartolome

I have changed my website domain from 3 years of vanillaaddiction.com to thesoltisoul.com ☼

I thought, why change my content and not the title? So, after a long and thoughtful process, I decided on the solti soul.

I enjoy my lifestyle and I breathe my creation – SOLTI Activewear. For those of you who don’t know, SOLTI is a conscious brand that is dedicated to helping the environment by recovering and using waste fabrics to create locally handmade fashion for the active lifestyle. It’s not just about living a cruelty-free life, it’s about making myself and the world I live in a better place.

I know that we are on this planet for deeper and more spiritual reasons that I can’t even explain, but we are here breathing, walking, eating, and living on this planet like we own it, as well as all the other creatures we’re supposed to share this planet with, and that is what I hope to change. Life is about sharing and giving love and care to those in need, and those who cannot speak for themselves. Life is about giving to others and to the world, and not about destroying it and it’s creatures.

the solti soul is me; the person who will fight to bring out more compassion in this world, and the woman behind SOLTI Activewear.

I hope you follow my journey and get inspired to live a life without harm, cruelty or discrimination.

Energy is only borrowed, one day we will have to give it back. ❤

Ethical activewear by SOLTI

Ethical activewear by SOLTI

 Thank you to my friends and family for helping me create this consciously aware fashion line! It has been a journey!

 SOLTI became an ethical line naturally; honestly, I wasn’t aware with what I was doing, I was just being me in the process. I like to find ways in which I can help others and the environment, and collecting “waste” fabrics just happened to be part of the creation. I found joy in knowing that every piece of “waste” fabric could be turned into something useful and beautiful for someone else, and that it would make even a small difference in the environmental impact.

 I learnt that in China, 26 million tonnes of textile is waste annually! The environmental impact there must be colossal! After visiting landfills here in Cebu, I could just imagine how great our impact to global warming is, and thats when it hit me, I could help make a difference.

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 Most of our SOLTI pieces are reversible, which also helps you buy less, store less, and pack less when you travel. In Britain, the average person only wears 70% of the clothing in their wardrobe. 30% is a lot of space wasted!

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 “All our textiles have been recovered from fabric cast aside by large manufacturers. This reduces the need for landfill space and lessens water and air pollution. Through our holistic approach, our designs are created with you and the planet in mind.”

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 Mix and match your pieces with our individually sold items – SOLTI knows that every body is different and beautiful in their own unique way.

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 Though we are focusing on reversible swimwear and activewear clothing at the moment, you can be sure to expect more from SOLTI by the end of the year!

Did you know that each of our Cebuano handmade SOLTI pieces are named after Philippine Islands?

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I hope to grow, create more, and help more ❤

Please help me spread SOLTI’s cause! Visit and share my online store – www.soltiactivewear.com 

The New Web Log – the solti soul 

The New Web Log – the solti soul 

 I hope to touch people and bring out their compassion towards Earth’s creatures and Mother Nature herself.

Welcome to my newly renovated blog!
To my current followers, thank you so much for kindly sticking around. Ive been busy creating my own activewear line, which is still in the process, and will be launching soon on http://www.soltiactivewear.com. I’m so excited and I cannot wait to share my creations with you :]

 For those of you who are new to this blog, my name is Kymberly Maitland-Smith and I am currently living on the most densely populated island in the second largest archipelago in the world, the Philippines. Previously, this blog was my hub for sharing my fashion statements, OOTD (outfits of the day), travel experiences, and more. It was my diary in which I mostly showcased international and local fashion designers & brands. However, I had an epiphany while traveling 2 months ago on Daku Island, a beautiful island just off Siargao, Philippines that made me realise I had something I needed to fight for..

 I have always loved nature; the sun, the sea, the stars, the trees, and all the living creatures that inhabit it, and on that sunny day, I walked from the beach into the coconut trees that filled Daku Island. There was a small, pink piglet tied to the trunk of a coconut tree. He was scratching his back against it and he looked like he was struggling. I went over and scratched his back for him. He was adorable. I could see the rope around his neck was tied on ever so tightly, it looked painful. I looked around and there were over 10 pigs, in all sizes, all tied up to different trees. You could see they were afraid and wanted to be free from being bound. This made me so upset. Yes, this isn’t the first time I’ve seen such cruelty to animals, but for some reason, something transformed me that day…

 I traveled back to Cebu the next day and filled my Google tabs with TED Talks by Gary Yourofsky (a wonderful animal activist), documentaries about the meat industry, and vegan recipes. That day, I was convinced that turning vegan was the best thing I could ever do for the beautiful animals we are supposed to share Earth with, and the best thing I could ever do for my body.

 I haven’t consumed meat in over 8 years. I LOVE animals and I could never imagine eating them. I was, however, pescetarian for 4 years after I moved back to the Philippines. It was tough going out to restaurants for meals and traveling with only being able to eat vegetables. Here in the Philippines, Filipino diets mostly consist of pork, other meat, fish, rice, and rice products. Surprisingly, I rarely met anyone who ate even one vegetarian meal a day! So, I slowly started changing my vegetarian ways and adding seafood to my diet… BUT since that day on Daku Island, I couldn’t put anything that was even produced by an animal into my mouth; no milk, no cheese, no eggs, nothing.

“My body will not be a tomb for other creatures.” Leonardo Da Vinci

 In this newly altered blog, I will be fighting for the lives of innocent animals people call food. I will be sharing studies on how the meat industry strongly contributes to global warming, documentaries that will broaden your knowledge about the meat industry and the cruelty that goes behind every meat dish you consume, as well as the effects of meat and animal products on your body. I will also be sharing elicious vegan recipes, some of course my own :-p and showing how you, too can live a harmonious and cruelty-free lifestyle. After all, we are also animals and that is a beautiful thing ❤

So here it is… my new blog, the solti soul.