Hanging with Founders of Fleur Marché, aka the Sephora of CBD

Today we are hanging and chatting with the founders of Fleur Marché. The Sephora of CBD, Fleur Marche is a beautifully-designed e-commerce platform that curates only the most premium CBD products and provides an experience that is intuitive, delightful, and easy for beginners. Created by former goop directors who have a history of building wellness experiences for women both on and offline, Fleur Marché is the intersection of exceptional CBD products, education, and community in one trusted space. These chicks’ Savoir Vivre is quite simple, “Feel good, be WELL.”

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What time do you wake up?

MEREDITH: 6 – 6:30 am usually

ASHLEY: 5:30-6am

Morning routine?

MEREDITH: My daughter usually wakes me up by 6:00-6:30 latest.  I make Liv (daughter) her breakfast, throw down some coffee for myself, and answer a few emails while picking out both of our outfits for the day.  I tend to skip breakfast (I know, important but…), do a low maintenance skincare routine (usually inclusive of Saint Jane), and hustle out the door to take my daughter to school or workout depending on the day before heading to work!

ASHLEY: I’m usually up at 5:30 (either because I’m heading to the gym, my husband is heading to the gym, or I’m thinking about work). The first thing I touch is my phone (bad habit, I know…), and then I’ll turn over to say hi to my hubby. Our dog, Raina (4 year-old blue nose pitbull) is next on the morning greeting list – she usually jumps into bed with us for a little while before I force myself up, try to drink some water, get dressed in the dark and head out the door. On the mornings when my day starts a bit later, I try to stay in bed until 7:30 watching the news and  answering emails/snuggling with the dog until it’s time to get up, shower, figure out what to wear, change 3 times, make a quick breakfast and head out the door!

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Weed in the morning? Weed in the evening?

MEREDITH: When I am NOT pregnant, I tend to do CBD only during the day (tinctures daily and then edibles and patches if I need extra relief or feel extra stressed), and CBD+THC at night – often in lieu of wine.  It’s less calories and there’s no hangover. Because I currently have a baby on the way, I have of course adjusted my routine, but I do use very select topicals for workout recovery or targeted pain relief.

ASHLEY: I’m pregnant, so these days I only use topical CBD products for pain relief, sore muscles and skincare. Before I was pregnant, I took a Rosebud’s 350 CBD tincture every morning for anxiety and loved Beboe THC pastilles before a date night – it’s great if you’re trying to avoid that 3rd glass of wine!

What are the benefits for women?

ASHLEY: While I don’t know that cannabis affects women differently than men (from a physiological perspective), I do think that CBD’s benefits are particularly relevant to the modern woman, who is going at full speed – managing life, career, family – and finds herself struggling with things like stress and anxiety, sleeplessness, pain management and skincare issues. CBD has been shown to have a positive impact on each of these issues, making it a powerful and valuable wellness tool. As more and more women (rightly) start to incorporate self-care care into their lives, we believe CBD is something they should consider to help them feel better.

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Why did you decide to create a female focused apothecary?

MEREDITH: Women hold the purchasing power yet are overlooked by the traditional cannabis industry. They are disproportionately affected by negative stigmas associated with cannabis and are out of touch with the new ways people are thinking about it (and the types of people using it).  I am a responsible 34-year-old career-driven mom, and I use cannabis daily.  Two years ago, I wouldn’t touch it because I also held that stigma.  Cannabis products have evolved to be more relevant than ever to women who are invested in self-care, there’s just no one talking to them (especially beginners).  Creating a female-focused platform allows us to speak directly to the MVP of consumers, women, about cannabis in terms that feel relevant to their life and needs and deliver an elevated shopping experience.

Do you add adaptogens and superfoods to your diet too? 

MEREDITH: I used Sun Potion’s Ashwagandha for a bit for sure.  Also definitely include superfoods in my diet whenever possible. I got pretty into Chia Seeds for a hot minute, but now I keep it pretty simple with all of the predictable “superfoods” like almonds, walnuts, avocado, blueberries, beans, salmon, spinach…this could get boring ;)

ASHLEY: I was also a big user of Ashwagandha (in my coffee every morning), and often included Maca and/or Rhodiola in a smoothie now and then. In pregnancy, I’ve cut down on a lot of those herbs but I’ve always been huge fan of all the major superfoods (blueberries, salmon, greens, etc.) and try to incorporate them into most meals.

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Coffee or tea?

MEREDITH: Coffee.  If I am ambitious: Stumptown, Verve, Ruby, Canyon, or if CBD infused I’ll do Strava! Often, I also just drink my handy Nespresso.

ASHLEY: I mostly like a warm drink in the morning – I prefer coffee (black), but generally go with decaf because I don’t feel like I need the caffeine. For a while I switched to matcha lattes exclusively, and then overdid it, so now I’m back to black coffee and almond milk lattes.

What do you do for exercise?

MEREDITH: I see a trainer 2 x per week right now to learn how to actually lift weights and strengthen.  Beyond that, I try to do a couple cardio days a week and I love classes, especially barre classes. My daughter also keeps me on my toes, so anyway I can combine being outdoors with her and integrate movement is a win-win.

ASHLEY: I work out 3-4 times a week, a mix between weight training in the gym and running outside – a good beach run is my meditation!

What is on your current playlist? Can you share it with us?

MEREDITH: Oh fun question!  Thanks to my husband, I have added the new Holy Ghost into my rotation, with  Ximena Sarinana, Maggie Rogers, Mac DeMarco, and then some real goodies from my 3 year old are in the mix for her (think Disney songs).

ASHLEY: I’m pretty into the new Vampire Weekend album and have been doing a lot of Bon Iver and Andrew Bird in the mornings. When I want to get pumped for anything Green Day and Blink 182 have always been and will always be my go-tos (since I was 12!).

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Do you have a beauty routine? 

MEREDITH: I am inconsistent with my cleansers, but I start with one that has an exfoliant in it – my favorite is still goop’s Exfoliating Instant Facial.  If I need an extra boost, I will incorporate True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster.  And then I have been using Saint Jane’s Luxury Beauty Serum on the reg !! For the bod, I am obsessed with Necessaire right now – Eucalyptus Body Wash, and then the same fragrance for The Body Lotion.  I have always had pesky bumps on the back of my arms, and between these products, proper exfoliating and dry-brushing I have seen a real difference!

ASHLEY : As a goop alumna, I’m big on clean beauty products. I generally switch up my cleanser every time I finish one off, but I’m currently using Alpyn Beauty Bubbling Cleanser in the mornings. After I wash, I apply a hyaluronic acid from Image Skincare, followed by True Botanicals Vitamin C Booster mixed with their Renew Serum. I moisturize with Lavido’s Ultra Daily Facial Cream and then use Coola sunblock to finish it off. At night, I wash with Honest Beauty’s Gentle Gel Cleanser, apply Gara’s Youth Serum and use Lavido’s Age Away Hydrating Cream.

What time of the day do you feel the best?

MEREDITH: 10 am.  V woke by then, caffeinated and exercised.

ASHLEY: 8-9am, I’m usually up, I’ve worked out and feel energized and ready to go.

How do you get your energy up at your down time of the day?

MEREDITH: I am a sucker for an afternoon coffee, tea, or edible.  Right now, I just try to pound some water.  Also taking a quick walk or moving locations helps.  So afternoon meetings offsite are nice because it keeps me moving and stimulated throughout the day.

ASHLEY: If I’m feeling really low energy, I try to go outside and sit in the sun for a minute. The vitamin D infusion usually helps wake me up and get me going again. CBD is also awesome for energy and focus, so when I wasn’t pregnant I’d take some of Yuyo Botanics’s AM Formula (which is formulated with Ashwagandha, my go-to adaptogen) to keep me focused and alert. If I’m REALLY struggling, I’ve been known to indulge my sweet tooth from time to time… ;)

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How do you deal with the everyday stress of being an entrepreneur?

MEREDITH: While this is my first business I have co-founded and owned, I’m a bit of a serial start up-er.  This is my 4th in a row.  So, in a way, I think I am very well adjusted to a constant level of chaos.  I think accepting that it’s unrealistic to achieve all of those check boxes on your task list (even your daily one) is the first step, and then just being diligent about re-working your priorities and staying in constant communication with your cross functional partners is key to making progress in all of the right areas.

ASHLEY: Funny enough, the daily stresses of being an entrepreneur most affect me in the mornings…and they can hit hard. I usually wake up (sometimes way before I want to) with a to-do list in my head that includes all of the things I didn’t do the day before. I have a few tricks for dealing with it. 1) My mom always said that the best way to deal with stress was to start working, so I’ll often pop into my email and start tackling incoming requests from bed. I know that this is probably a wellness “no no,” but there’s something comforting about having my husband and my dog close by while I’m getting sh*t done.  2) I find that a good sweat usually makes me feel better about everything, so I’ll go work out or go for a run. 3) I’ve been working on my breathing – whenever I start to feel tense I try to take some deep breaths, re-center, stop thinking for a minute and then see where I come out. 4) The thing that I think is really key as an entrepreneur is to work hard not to freak out about the things you can’t control and prioritize your stress for anything I can change/fix/edit has definitely made me a calmer person (at least with regards to the business).

What brought you to entrepreneurship?

MEREDITH: I really love building things.  I thrive in an environment that is grey, and requires wearing a lot of hats, and feels totally unchartered.  The energy at a start-up, or somewhere with an entrepreneurial environment is like no other – it feels electric, with a deep sense of comradery and gives everyone a real common purpose.  Kind of like a going for a championship, for a team sport or something.  I dig it.

ASHLEY: Fleur Marché – I was never really someone who wanted to start a business. In fact, I always envisioned myself running someone else’s. But once I locked into CBD and this specific idea, I couldn’t really get it out of my head and had a pretty clear vision for what I wanted to do. Once that happened, everything else (starting and building the company) fell into place pretty quickly.

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What is the last book you read?

MEREDITH: Less, by Andrew Sean Greer

ASHLEY: Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

What is your go to homemade meal?

MEREDITH: Tacos!

ASHLEY: Turkey tacos or turkey meatballs.

What is your drink of choice?

MEREDITH: Alcoholic?  Slightly dirty vodka martini with olives. Or wine.

ASHLEY: Tequila soda with a LOT of lime (I always asked the bartender to put in one more lime than he/she thinks is appropriate)

What is your biggest vice?

MEREDITH: Reality TV for sure.  It’s the easiest way for me to totally decompress and veg out after an intense day.

ASHLEY: Reality TV and sugar. My ideal night is watching anything on Bravo while pounding Red Vines or frozen Junior Mints…TMI?

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What time do you go to bed?

MEREDITH: I am definitely horizontal by 9 pm. Usually drifting off by 10 latest.

ASHLEY: I usually fall asleep watching TV next to my husband around 11. I know that’s not great for my sleep quality, but my husband and I both work so much that I try to squeeze every minute of hang time out of our weeknights together (even if I’m asleep for a lot of it!).

Bedtime ritual?

MEREDITH: I have a pretty solid energy level in general, and I really attribute that to my sleep.  I have always been a good sleeper, however, I have trouble turning my brain off some nights (starting a business is a wild ride, and turns out you can’t really hit an off switch) – so I really do lean on CBD, or THC to get me back to homeostasis.  To help with my sleep if I am struggling,  I prefer vaping – my favorite is Beboe’s CBD Calming Vape Pen.  For general wellness maintenance to keep me in a balanced state, I use tinctures – I have Juna’s Nude Drops and Yuyo Botanics’s AM Formula on repeat for daytime use.

ASHLEY: I’ve always been a pretty strong sleeper, meaning I can fall asleep anywhere, including my living room with all the lights on and the TV blaring. I’m trying not to do that as often, so now I try to put on comfy clothes right when I get home at night, after which I wash my face and do my nighttime skincare regimen. This way, after dinner all I have to do is brush my teeth and I’m ready for bed…

 

What do you do to relax?

MEREDITH: Sunbath / pool time / beach time.  I love the beach with my fam, any time outdoors and soaking up vitamin D with my buds (my husband and daughter) really recharges me.

ASHLEY: I love riding my bike – whether it’s around Venice (where I live) or a long ride to Playa del Rey or Manhattan Beach, being outside and moving make me feel really happy and relaxed. I also love running, even when I hate it. It’s my form of meditation, an hour where I listen to music, sweat, and don’t really think about anything. I live near the beach and a good run combined with the ocean can make me feel better about anything. Oh, and a good massage always works, too.

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Favorite city in the world?

MEREDITH: That’s so hard! Tokyo and Rome rank pretty high up for me. But domestically, I I will never not love NYC, and I really like Austin, Nashville, and The Black Hills (South Dakota) – there are so many beautiful places in the flyover states that deserve more love!

ASHLEY: I’ve done a fair amount of traveling and there are some pretty fab places to visit. I think Paris is one of the more special places I’ve been, and I’ve always had this dream of living there some day. Tel Aviv is also a city that felt so far away and remote, until I visited and immediately felt comfortable and at home. I’ve visited twice and could go back 100 more times. That said, no matter where I’ve been, I love coming back to LA. I was born and raised here, and I’ve always been kind of in love with it. On a Saturday in the summertime, when it’s 80 degrees and sunny and everyone is out and about, there’s really no place I’d rather be.

Your dream vacation?

MEREDITH: Hmmm.  Right now?  I’m craving serious tropical or warm weather vibes. A place with a body of water, warm temperatures, and tasty food that has no internet so I can actually disconnect.  Soooo, Mexico? Mexico is always a good idea.

ASHLEY: I love any vacation that has the right ratio of adventure & exploring to relaxation to amazing food. Our honeymoon was in Italy, where we bopped between the Amalfi Coast, Tuscany and Rome. There were boats, beaches, pasta, vineyards, small town explorations, a U2 concert, shopping, A LOT of aperol spritzes, and the only bad thing about it was coming home. I’d love it if every vacation that was that simultaneously exciting, relaxing, and delicious. I’ve had Morocco on my bucket list for a while now, hopefully that’s my next big adventure!

Your next vacation?

MEREDITH: Planning a little family jaunt up north (wine country) for Memorial Day.  Quick but perfect.

ASHLEY: Going to Lanai, Hawaii for Memorial Day, cannot wait!!

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A Cosmic Savoir Vivre Minute with Vic-Oh, co-author of “Gardiennes de la Lune”

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Today we are here with Vic Oh, the co-founder of “Gardiennes de la Lune” to learn a little bit about her very cosmic Savoir Vivre. She was born in 1989. She is a self-taught visual artist with a Master’s Degree in Art History. Graduated from the Sorbonne University, she works in her studio as a permanent artist at the famous 59 Rivoli residencies in Paris. Her art is about wild spiritual women, about their strength, their fire, their creation power and their dark side. It is about our connection as Humans to the Universe, the connexions between us- the microcosm- and the Cosmos – the macrocosm; our similarities, our roots, our moving energies and how we interact with what is bigger than Us, and yet the same. Very much influenced by Latin-American traditions – being French-Peruvian and raised in Mexico- she uses color language, sacred geometry and symbolism to touch each mind regardless of their language. Psychedelic, visionary, spiritual, feminist, her art makes the micro and macro meet in an explosion of mystical secretive messages.

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Why do you call the woman a lunar being?

Because we function in a very similar way as the Moon. We are cyclical beings. Our menstrual cycles are around 28 days roughly, just like a Moon cycle that takes about 28-30 days to regenerate and be Full again. It changes constantly; growing, evolving, shining, and then hiding and disappearing. Our energies change like the Moon, and each big lunar movement is directly connected to our emotions and inner fluids. Just like it moves ocean tides, it moves our inner tides as well.

What is your zodiac sign?

Sun in Virgo, Ascending and Moon in Capricorn.

What characteristics are most representative of you?

I believe it to be my capacity of finding delight and curiosity into most of the movements around me. I also smile a lot… it seems contagious, and I like that. My face expressions are quite obvious.

I like to tune into the energy of the person around to find harmony. I’m warm and like to make people feel at ease in my environment.

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What is the/a lunar guardian?

A soul in touch with the Nature elements around her/him.

A human taking care of the surroundings, of what’s on earth and what’s in the sky.

A guardian connects back to ancient knowledge to understand the roots of our experience as humans.

A guardian is synched with her cycles, with her different phases, she understands her flows by looking and feeling the Moon.

What time do you wake up?

I wake up around 9 but I stay in bed for a while starting my day working on my computer. Since I spend most of my day at the studio afterwards (so no internet and no computer mode), I catch up on mails, social media, projects.

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What do you have for breakfast?

Usually something light; a sweet tea or a big smoothie. I’m more of a lunch and diner eater. My breakfast is often a good dose of dancing around my place, it gives me more energy.

What is your drink of choice?

Apricot juice during the day, Spritz later.

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What is your biggest vice?

My phone, a terrible addiction of this century.

What time do you go to bed?

I go to bed around 1am but usually do a bedtime activity.

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Bedtime ritual?

I read a cool book I might just have found, burn some plants, listen to a history or social podcast, or hear some 432hz music to meditate.

I also often like to light a candle and thank the positive energies that surround me.

Who inspires you the most?

Wild women like Remedios Varo, she was a beautiful magical surrealist painter living in Mexico City. She painted with soul and spirits. Or crazy minds like Alejandro Jodorovsky, the inventor of “psychomagic”, and an enlighten Chilean director, writer and tarot master.

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What do you do when you are feeling down?

I do a tarot reading, usually the five cards “Tarot of the World” lecture with the Marseille cards.

I can also walk or bike in Paris, it always makes it all better… city and sky lights and sudden caught conversations really sooth my moods.

How can we use this book to uplift and move forward?

This book is filled with keys to play with your energies and the Moon’s, so it’s much fun to manipulate. Using it will help you tune into your natural cycle and understand your core movements so you can be more aware of your way of functioning. Use it gently; take the time to consult it. It’s constructed around a full year and separated in 12 chapters, one for each month. So you can go along with it, and it can go along with you.

What is your key to success?

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.” Don Juan- ( The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui way of knowledge, by Carlos Castañeda)

What is your Savoir Vivre

Be thankful, generate good energies around you so it can come back in the same matter.

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«Gardiennes de la Lune, Vic-Oh et Stéphanie Lafranque, éditions Solar, 19,90€

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Savoir Vivre that shines bright, let’s chat with Chiara (or Stella Bambina or Baci di Dama)

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Today we are chatting with the truly spectacular Chiara. Fonder of Baci di Dama and Stella Bambina, Chiara shines brighter than a diamond, I think we need the 411 on her Savoir Vivre to do more of whatever she’s doing, hehe.

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What time do you wake up?

It depends, it can be 6, if I go to the swimming pool or 7 during week days – I am definitely a morning bird.

Morning routine?

I don’t like having routines… as the more you do, the less they make sense and your body gets used to them, so I prefer to listen to my body daily and give it what it needs.

How has your life changed since you have found out about your gluten intolerance?

A lot ! gluten is still everywhere (products, dishes at the restaurants, medicines…) and it is sometimes hard to find meals that are gluten free when you travel But I am positive that things will get smoother, they already are in big cities and I am SO grateful that it is positively changing

What is your key to always having a smile on your face?

I really don’t know… it’s always been with me since I can remember… no matter what I was going through…I guess it’s a way to survive, to transform everything it happens to me into a strength to go on and grow, to learn to be grateful of what I have, to be able to see the beauty around me and the good in people…

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What is your greatest passion and why does it bring you joy?

I have many…. art, photography, cooking, discovering new restaurant or catching up with the one I know, drawing, writing, swimming, seeing the people I love…

Do you take any supplements or adaptogens?

Supplements yes and it depends on how I fee and the time of the year.

Coffee or tea? 

Both as I like to vary what I drink – I don’t have favourite brands – I am a very curious human being – I like to try new things.

What do you do for exercise?

I love swimming!

What is on your current playlist? Can you share it with us?

I don’t have a playlist and again, the music I listen to, changes with my mood.

I do love Classic Music, as well as Neapolitan songs, POP music, Italian play writers. I can spend a whole month just with one and then I go to another one… ;)

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Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use?

Not really – I am learning to take care of me more, so it is important to take time to pamper myself … since last year I love using natural organic oils on my skin and hair … my fave… pure organ oil!

What time of the day do you feel the best?

All day, it really depends on the day and the mood.

How do you get your energy up at your down time of the day?

Meditation and studying are key tools from me – learning from people I admire is life!

How do you deal with the every day stress of being an entrepreneur?

I don’t have the perfect recipe but it will be as above, meditate and study, focus on the big self, not the small one.

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What brought you to entrepreneurship?

One day I will know… I came to Paris almost 5 years ago with just a piece of luggage and a room on airbnb – I didn’t have a plan, a business plan, I just chose to be “my own woman” and prove myself I could… I could change my life to the roots … have confidence in me , love me more, do things that make me really happy and work to make them happen… that’s my life today :)

What is the last book you read?

I am reading “Trasformez Votre Vie” by L hay, she is an author that I often go back to.

What is your go to homemade meal?

Many … ! I love to cook and to change – every season has its own meals.

What time do you go to bed?

Sometimes early sometimes around 11.

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What do you do to relax?

Meditate, be in Nature, do things I love, walk in the park, stay with my friends.

Favorite city in the world?

I don’t have one, I love many for different reasons: Berlin, London, Naples, Rome, Venice, Turin … I can keep on going ;)

Your dream vacation?

San Francisco.

Your next vacation?

Follow me to discover ;)

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Your Nightcap with André Saraiva, including all of his Savoir Vivre

Tonight we are hanging with the André Saraiva, the man behind Hotel Amour, Grand Amour and Le Baron (amongst many other very sweet projects). Let’s face it, there is no better night cap then a bit of André’s Savoir Vivre. Keep reading….

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What time do you wake up?

Around 11am

What do you have for breakfast?

Coffee

Coffee or tea?

Black coffee, no milk, no sugar

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What is your morning routine?

To drink my coffee and read the New York Times if I have it

What do you do for exercise?

I love to take long walks and to ride my bicycle

What is on your current playlist?

Leonard Cohen and Chet Baker

Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use?

I don’t really use any beauty products. I shave every couple of days, and if one of my girlfriends has Crème de la Mer I’d steal some to moisturize my fresh shave.

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What is your favorite café? Where is it?

It used to be Café Henrie but that closed, so now I’m a café orphan in New York. But in Paris I really like to have my coffee at Café de Flore.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

Chez Georges, Rue du Mail

How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to?

I receive many emails and rarely respond to them.

What is the last book you read?

Men Without Women by Murakami

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

True Detective and Black Mirror

What is your go to homemade meal?

Köttbullar med lingonsylt

What is your drink of choice?

A glass of red Burgundy

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What is your biggest vice?

I don’t have any vices, I just enjoy the good things in life

What time do you go to bed?

Rarely before midnight

Bedtime ritual?

No ritual, it depends where I am

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NYC or LA?

I like both

Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

Finland

Beach or mountains? 

Beach in the summer, mountains in the winter

Where is the most special place in the world to you?

Many places are special to me; the ones closest to my heart are all attached to different love stories…

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Sitting down with Khajak Keledjian, Founder and CEO of INSCAPE – pretty much the most awesome place to meditate.

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Today we are sitting down with Khajak Keledjian, former Intermix CEO and now the Founder and CEO of INSCAPE and talking about his routines and Savoir Vivre.

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What time do you wake up? / What is your morning routine?

  • I wake up at 4:45AM. The Ayurvedic teachings say to wake up around 1.5 hours before sunrise.

  • 5 mins of daydreaming in bed and breathing to acclimate before touching phone

  • Spend 15 mins washing up / brushing teeth, etc…

  • 45 mins of yoga listening to chants and mantras or a mixture of Russian and Tibetan body movement

  • 30 mins of advanced pranayama/breathing.

  • 30-45 minutes of meditation; 1 hour sometimes on weekends

  • Reading NY Times + some Emails  next

  • 20 mins of learning to play piano with the Simply Piano app

  • My daughters, Dalita and Ava, 4 and 2, wake up. We read a chapter of a book and I make them some masala Chai tea, they call it “special” tea, or we’re simply playful and play hide & seek

  • Shower and sit with the family while they have breakfast

  • Sometimes a quick play on the gongs because my daughter Ava loves to play with me. She’s two and a half and even likes to ride her bike right into the gongs.

What do you have for breakfast?

Before I start my yoga, I have hot water with lemon.  Later in the morning I have my daily juice which is a blend of grapefruit, lemon, cayenne, olive oil, garlic powder, flaxseed and ginger — it’s good for the liver.

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What time do you go to bed? Bedtime ritual?

I kiss my daughters goodnight and hug my wife. I meditate and sometimes I read a book or I listen to Dream Journey in the sleep section of the Inscape app. I go to bed at 10:30 and my eyes are closed by 10:45-11PM.

What do you do for exercise?

Twice a week I swap my yoga portion of the morning with rowing, cycling or the elliptical.

How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to?

We do the best we can. My assistant prioritizes and we start with the important ones. For the rest, we try not to feel guilty for not getting around to all of them right away … sometimes it’s just not possible.

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What is the last book you read?

These books aren’t the most recent ones that I’ve read but they are really great:

Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself

This is a great book because Dr Joe Dispenza explains how our brains work and helps us understand, in a scientific way, why our thoughts create who we are. It’s a practical, pragmatic book.

Mind is Your Business / Body is the Greatest Gadget

Sadhguru shows in this book how a human being can help to find and raise him or herself above mind and body with practical explanations to expand awareness and ultimate possibilities, to live life to its fullest potential. I gift everyone this book.

Where is the most special place in the world to you to meditate?

I have meaningful and deep meditations inside the dome at Inscape or when listening to a soundscape in our app simply laying on the beach.   Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan is an amazing place to meditate, and I also had an unforgettable meditation experience in the Temple of Burning Man. A few months ago, I did a Sacred Walk in the Himalayas with the Isha Foundation, led by Sad Ghuru. Those were very unique moments in special environments. 15,000 altitude

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What is your drink of choice?

I don’t drink often, but I do have a Stella Artois now and then. When we worked with them this past Summer to create a mindful, sensory experience about how to properly drink a beer, it was authentic since I do like their beer.

Coffee or tea?

I prefer Tea (decaffeinated) over coffee because coffee increases my heart rate.

What is on your current playlist?

I like a variety of music but really enjoy music by Viken Arman, Blondish, and Bedouin.

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Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use?

I use a dry brush before I shower.  I use a crystal face roller with uma oils from Inscape to hydrate my skin.

What is your favorite café? Where is it?

I don’t typically like going to cafes because they can be very loud and crowded. Recently I have been going to Made By We,  it’s great to get a space to grab a coffee and catch up on work or have a meeting.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

I don’t have a one go to restaurant as I always like exploring new restaurants, but do enjoy ABC V, Cosme, and Bluehill at Stone Barn.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

Minimalism

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What is your go to homemade meal?

I love eating Lebanese Mezze with tabouli, hummus, lentils, subreg etc.

What is your biggest vice?

Chocolate

What do you do to relax?

Yoga & Meditation

NYC or LA? 

NYC. I enjoy the energy and diversity of New York. New York is very convenient to get around unlike to LA and has so much to do. I also need the four seasons.

Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

I would like to travel to the Arctic to see polar bears & the Northern Lights.

Beach or mountains?

This one is difficult for me to separate the two. Growing up in Lebanon, I could do both in the same day.  I could ski in the morning in April and go to the beach in the afternoon. I’m not sure I can choose one or the other because I love them both.

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Samantha Wasser, co-founder and creative director of By CHLOE. has some serious Savoir Vivre

by Chloe. SAMANTHA WASSER

Today we are sitting down with Samantha Wasser, the co-founder and creative director of the plant-based fast-food chain, by CHLOE. This chic is a design and creative genius that is ready to inspire us with some of that Savoir Vivre that made By CHLOE. an overnight success (with lots of hard work of course).

by Chloe. SAMANTHA WASSER

What time do you wake up? I usually wake up between 630-7am.

What do you have for breakfast? I am religious about my celery juice which I drink first thing on an empty stomach.

Coffee or tea? After my juice I usually wait about 30 minutes before having an oat milk café au lait from Blue Bottle.

by Chloe. SAMANTHA WASSER

What is your morning routine? My morning routine is undergoing some changes at the moment as I have a two-month old baby boy! Prior to Baby J, I would wake up around 630ish and check my emails, walk the dogs and grab a juice. I try to work out around 730/8am so I can be in the office or at meetings around 930am.

What do you do for exercise? I am really into low impact workouts like Yoga and Pilates. I always feel my best when I have a little me time first thing in the morning.

What is on your current playlist? I am such a 90s girl at heart. I love playing music all day in James’ room. We have so much fun listening to 90s jams. I honestly have no idea what is on the radio these days!

by Chloe. SAMANTHA WASSER

Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use? For face, I absolutely live for the Biologique Recherche products. P50 has completely changed the texture and appearance of my skin and the Masque Vivant is my go-to for breakouts. I also splurged on the MC1 Blood Moisturizer from Barbara Sturm which is actually made from my blood and has incredible healing properties. My other favorite brands are Tata Harper, Tracie Martyn, May Lindstrom, MUN. For body I use Bathing Culture Body Wash and Everyday Oil and for hair, I use Sisters all-natural Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner. For makeup, I recently discovered the Westman Atelier products from Gucci Westman which is super lightweight for everyday use!

What is your favorite café? Where is it? I recently discovered this tiny cafe in my neighborhood called Lillo Cucina Italiana. The ingredients and dishes are so incredibly fresh and delicious.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it? Probably Mr. Chows which we go to in Tribeca weekly.

by Chloe. SAMANTHA WASSER

How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to? LOL I wish I had time to count for you.

What is the last book you read? The last book I read was Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix? Russian Doll + just finished re-watching all nine seasons of The Office.

What is your go to homemade meal? A big arugula salad, buckwheat pasta or eggplant pizza.

by Chloe. SAMANTHA WASSER

What is your drink of choice? JAJA tequila with soda and lime.

What is your biggest vice? Carbs and cookies (which is guess is a carb so ya carbs!)

What time do you go to bed? As early as I can but lately I haven’t been falling asleep till around 11.

Bedtime ritual? After dinner, I sip on a hot water and lemon before heading into bed. I typically watch an hour or so of TV in bed on my Amethyst BioMat and if I’m feeling ambitious I’ll throw on a facial mask too!

What do you do to relax? To relax I like to do yoga or pilates, long walks with the doggies + baby, reading, monthly facials at Tracie Matryn or Tres Belle Spa and weekly lymphatic drainage and cupping sessions with Marina Baratashvili.

by Chloe. SAMANTHA WASSER

NYC or LA? NYC, it’s the city that never sleeps! What’s not to like?

Where would you like to travel to that you have never been? Tokyo hands down! Everyone who knows me can’t believe I haven’t been yet. I am just worried that if I go I will never come home!

 Beach or mountains? Can I have a beach with mountains? I love any opportunity to escape, explore and shut off with my family and friends.

Where is the most special place in the world to you? Any place where my hubby, son and doggies are.

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