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So proud of my best friend @Annabelleharron she has worked her butt off to become one of the industry’s leading stylists. Check out her interview here 💕 https://t.co/6drFfLaYnN

About 3 days ago from Teresa Palmer's Twitter

"I have to not take myself too seriously and I have to realise that if it is meant to be, it will be."
The Double Act

In the world of entrepreneurial ventures, brainwaves can often strike out of the blue–and in unexpected circumstances. For Hollywood-based Australian actresses Teresa Palmer and Phoebe Tonkin, the seeb of inspiration for a joint web enterprise came during a quest for…coconuts. It was April 2011 and the pair, who had met only once previously, took a spontaneous road trip to Palm Springs for the Coachella music festival. “[On the trip] we both realised we had the same passion for living and eating well,” says Tonkin. “At the festival, we were the weird ones walking around trying to find fresh coconuts! I knew I’d found a kindred spirit.”

The newly forged friends soon hatched a plot to share their enthusiasm for health and wellbeing with the world. In October, their plans came to fruition when yourzenlife.com was unveiled. The interactive portal provides a mix of advice, recipes and the duo’s own experiences. “We have access to great nutritionists and experts; we want to pass on the knowledge we have,” explains Palmer, 26, adding that the site is also a “real community, where everyone shares tips and ideas. It’s a more effective way of encouraging positive change.” Tonkin agrees. “YZL is not about living in a strict or militant way,” says the 23-year-old. “It’s about balance.”

Despite their parallel interests in clean living, Palmer and Tonkin’s nutritional awakenings were strikingly different. Sydney-born Tonkin developed a taste for carob instead of chocolate and traded dairy for soy during high school–long before her move into acting. “I had a very healthy upbringing,” she says. But Palmer didn’t come clean until 2009, when her career was already taking off. “While I was working on a physically demanding film [I Am Number Four], I started to cut unhealthy choices from my diet,” says the Adelaide-native. “I noticed I was happier and more fulfilled; I had better clarity.”

Maintaining day-to-day equilibrium isn’t always easy, especially given the intensity of their flourishing careers. Tonkin has a recurring role on The Vampire Diaries and Palmer has just wrapped the highly anticipated Terrence Malick epic, Knight of Cups, with Natalie Portman, Christian Bale and Cate Blanchett. But this duo still manage to practise what they preach, spending their downtime hiking together, in the Pilates studio or blending green juices (a favorite recipe is a tasty concoction packed with kale, spinach, celery, cos lettuce and cucumber) to temper the fast pace of Hollywood.

Happily though, some indulgences still remain–namely style pleasures. Both women are fashion patriots. “I think Australian designers are the strongest in the world,” says Palmer, listing Josh Goot, Ellery, Camilla and Marc and Sass & Bide at the top of her list. Tonkin favours the “cool vibe of Shakuhachi, Willow and Kirrily Johnston”.

It isn’t only Australian designers who inspire the pair, however. Their muse is a home-grown entrepreneur whose lifestyle also echoes the ethos of their web venture. “I love that Elle Macpherson can be in a boardroom meeting then go for a surf,” says Tonkin. “There’s no reason you can’t be a hippie at hear and a smart businesswoman, too!”