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

Khajak Keledjian Inscape

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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Echo Deli, a very LA Style Good Vibes café in Paris

I recently sat down with Matthias, owner and creator of Echo Deli in the 2nd arrondissement to learn a little bit more about the Savoir Vivre of this Good Vibes rated café.

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How did a French man come to own a LA restaurant in Paris?

Well, for starters I studied in LA at UCLA 10 years ago. I totally fell in love with the city. Since then, I have gone back at least once a year! The food scene over there is always changing and I was very impressed by what was happening over there. Each and every time I came back to Paris after my trips in LA I was like ahhh I miss that kind of food! It all came together when I went to Gjusta 2 years ago… I was so incredibly blown away by what I tasted. I knew immediately that this is what I needed to create, this is what I needed to bring to Paris. I had already I really want to create my own company and I knew that the coffee scene was changing a lot in here Paris. Yes, there was Holybelly, or Wild & the Moon, two places that I love, but I wanted a place I could please all flavors.

What is your favorite thing about Echo?

The wide variety of the menu and the fact that you have the vast majority of the menu at 9am. I love the emphasis on the savory aspect of it. It’s pretty rare to find a crispy rice bowl in Paris starting at 9 am. This is something we have and something I really love.

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Ideas for expansion?

I do want to expand and I have ideas, but I don’t know where or what I really want to do. I love the all day breakfast thing. So maybe doing something a bit more specific like Mexican food. We are going to open at night on the weekends this fall. We are also going to be open 6 out of 7 days a week!!

Your favorite thing on the current menu?

The Mexican chorizo sandwich. I always love good sandwich for breakfast. It gives you a good kick for the rest of the day.

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The thing you miss the most about LA?

The lifestyle. What I love about LA is that if you want to be out of the world and near the beach or in your own garden you can. But if you want to be in the urban atmosphere you can. Life can be whatever you want it to be. My long-term plan has always been to open a location in LA. But as I didn’t have any experience in hospitality, I started here in Paris.

What inspires you to create your recipes?

I have to hand it to Maelia Weger on this one. She’s from LA so already, she gets it. But she does spend a lot of time on Instagram to see what is going on. For both of us it is very important to offer many different cuisines, like Mexican, Asian, etc. We want the vibe of a lot of different cultural influences.

How often do the recipes change?

Seasonally 25% of the menu changes. This is based on seasonality and seasonal products.

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Why the name “Echo”?

I love Echo Park area in LA. Very creative cool area in LA. We wanted to Echo the LA food scene in Paris. Double sense of the word.

Easy to import Le Croix from the USA?

It was very difficult to get it, so I’m not gonna tell! I wanted a very popular product from LA. People love La Croix there because it is very hot and there is no sugar. I wanted to have something that nobody else had in Paris.

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Why the second arrondissement?

I was looking in the 9th, the Marais, 10th and 2nd arrondissements, but I really just needed a place that was a really good opportunity. This area was and still is changing a lot. When I found the place the Hoxton had just opened so I knew it was the place to be. I wanted it to be near offices where young people are working. I really thought it was the perfect fit to be here. I fell in love with the location with the open piazza and all.

What is the Savoir Vivre of Echo?

For me Echo is a coffee place for the neighborhood. My goal is for it to be the favorite place of the neighborhood, for all day café – a huge community influence. That is why we have a communal table. French people don’t usually like this kind of thing, but I really fought for this to have this. I want Echo to be a place where people and things come together.

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A Magical Morning with Hanna Mansson, magical soul and founder of Bliss Studio Paris

Meet Hanna Mansson aka @myfrenchcircus. Hanna is a very sweet Swedish and magical friend that walked into my life, just kind of magically. Let’s find out her magical morning Savoir Vivre.

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Who?

I am a positive person that believes in magic. I have always had a connection to magic. I all started 22 years ago. It was by a man that had been my mentor for 22 and he gave me a book on how to speak to animals. I am very connected to animals and nature – like the little elfs in the forest!! This was my first like AHA oh my god moment. I grew up with a lot of animals around me even and I always felt like they understood me more than humans… After this book I started to read a lot about the mind and the law of attraction …and after that I started really living my life. I know that everything I have in my life day is something I created!!

When you followed your intuition?

You won’t believe this story but… one day I literally broke up with my boyfriend of 11 years, I sold my apartment and all my furniture in Stockholm, I took 2 bags and moved to Paris and I started a new life. I didn’t know anyone here and I didn’t know a word of French, BUT I just knew that it was going to work out. My dream was to have a French boyfriend with a hat and a scarf and a beautiful apartment with two rooms, wooden floors, moulding on the ceiling, a cool job in advertising and from how I saw it, it couldn’t have been more cool. And get this, everything that I wished for it happened. Soon after I realized that I wanted to do something else. And that’s how I got Bliss Studio and to where I am today. Hey!

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Your alarm rings at…

Normally at 8’oclock during the week when I go to work. But on the weekend I don’t put on an alarm. I normally wake up naturally at 9:30 latest. But last weekend I slept 24 hours. This was a special case because I did some energetic healing. When I told my healer I had slept for 24 hours he told me it was totally normal because he changed a lot of stuff inside of me…my body needed to readjust.

What brought you to energy healing?

The healer that I went to is a meditation teacher at Bliss that also does private sessions. I have strong intuitions. I wanted to try a private session because when I speak to him, we really really connect and I just knew that it was really the right thing to do. When I develop myself in a spiritual way, I develop my inner voice and I felt like with him I would be able to develop further.

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What’s your first thought when waking up?

I wake up wondering what is going to happen today!! I wake up excited!!

How do you start the day with good vibes?

First I do my meditation and then I put on music – what makes me happy is music. I can even dance naked to help me wake up before I take my shower. In the morning I like to listen to latino music, or music by one of my DJ friends because it makes me happy to dance in the morning with one of my friend’s music.

Your breakfast?

First I drink a glass of half pressed lemon and water. I do that because I feel like it is really good for my stomach, I feel like I am starting the day by cleaning my body. I also feel like my body wake up with it –like my eyes are waking up and I can even see better!!!! I feel something in my eyes that’s like POOF. As for food, if it’s a big morning, depending on what I have home, but I always always have a banana and fruit with grains and natural yogurt. This is what I do before I go to Bliss. When I get to Bliss, I have a coffee. If I have more time in the morning, I will sit on my sofa and I can drink tea. Tea is for my slow day; coffee is my speed day.

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Your spiritual side?

I meditate everyday normally in the morning and sometimes in the evening too. 20 minutes maybe and I like to follow a voice. I train with Davidji. I like him because his meditations are really easy and he has a lot of a different types of meditations. I like choosing when I wake up what kind of meditation I need for that day, because sometimes I wake up and I have a big day and sometimes when I wake up feeling anxious – so my meditation practice will change. I choose a meditation that feels right for that day.

How you stay fit?

Having as much fun as possible. I don’t restrict myself. I don’t believe that a diet is a good thing. I have never ever been on a diet. I believe that if I am having fun, then everything is fun. Even though I am very spiritual and I have been on my spiritual journey for over 22 years, I have never been a yoga girl. For me yoga is just one way to be spiritual, but it’s not my way. I have tried a lot of sports and I don’t like them. I tried to go to the gym, I have gotten super excited about it… I was like omg I am going to go to the gym and I am going to be really perfect. But after going only like 3 times, I stop going. I dance and I walk a lot. I always take the stairs and I always walk. I read this book the secret of French Skinny Women a couple of years and apparently it is too walk. And when I dance, I dance at home, but I like to go out and dance too. I can go to parties completely sober and dance for 8 hours if the music is good. When I go dancing it’s like a meditation for me. It’s like I am grounding myself and at the same time I am connected to the source and I can use all the alchemy magic in the world.

Your beauty secrets?

Water. I drink a lot of water. And also –it sounds really cliché but if I am happy, feeling good and relaxed I look better. There are two keys for me: sleeping and drinking a lot of water. Also if I eat bad, I feel bad and I think I look bad too. So when I take care of myself everything is more awesome. I use only one beauty product. Before I was buying really expensive stuff. I had really sensitive skin and was always having allergic reactions. And you know, with your skin if you have a reaction, your skin gets red and then you put on concealer to hide it. I don’t think that this is good for the skin. It’s like a bad thing. I have a friend from Morocco that does organic oils and so now this is what I use. They’re called JerraFlore and I only use them. And since I started using these oils, I feel so much better. I feel younger in my skin and I feel shiny. It’s like my skin is cleaner.

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Your perfect morning?

When I have time, I like to do things slowly. I like to be in my little world and just do my stuff. I don’t like to wake up in the morning and have to rush. But of course it’s usually rushed and that’s exciting because a lot of stuff is happening. But if I can choose I wake up slowly. I do the same routine just slower.

Self-love?

I talk to myself about stuff, depending on what I need. For instance, if I am worried about something, I tell myself there is nothing to be worried about. It’s like I am having a discussion with myself. I say, “OK there is nothing to be worried about because what I am worrying about is not real.” I am reading a really interesting book about abundance. The author explains things in a really interesting way. He says that we are all here to play and that everything that happens around us is just an illusion of our mind—like everything that I see and that I create is in my mind. For instance, if I am go around saying I can’t pay my rent, I am going to loose my apartment, my company is going to crash, then you create these kind of things and then they happen. S when these kinds of things come to me I tell myself to stop. I talk myself to make them go away.

Current mantra?

Everything IS fine and how it is supposed to be. I am going through a period in my life that has is really weird. I feel like I have been conquering mountains in my mind. So I tell myself everything is fine. And when I tell myself this, its like the stormy winds on mountains is coming down.

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Taglio {the best all in one cafe, restaurant, bar and gourmet shop in milan}

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There is nothing better than a delicious meal in Italy. I mean come on, if you go to the right place, the ingredients are so fresh, everything is homemade and all is just perfect. But finding these places is the difficultly. It is so much easier to stumble upon a tourist trap with mediocre pasta than to find a real gem, like Taglio. Especially in an industrial city like Milan.

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This fabulous cafe, restaurant, bar and gourmet is located by the Canal and offers fabulous service from morning to night. When last in Milan I stopped by for an aperitivo and was taken aback by the quality of ingredients, delicious bites and incredible wine. You can stop by Taglio at any moment of the day, be it for a coffee in the morning, to buy fresh homemade pasta at their grocery at any time of the day, during the day for lunch or in the evening for an aperitf or for dinner. It will all be excellent. I can’t wait to go back to Italy for another round. They use either the highest quality ingredients or ones that are homemade! Taglio – VIA VIGEVANO, 10 20144 MILANO.

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JUNE7.2 {from nyc to paris to la, this brand makes comfort look sexy and cool}

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Today I am sharing with you a brand that I am so pleased and proud to present (and represent), June7.2. For me – this brand is so much more than comfortable clothes that look great and are made with love, it is an entire lifestyle.

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June7.2 was started by International model Ingrid Seynhaeve and Argentinian designer Jacquie Moroni, two girlfriends of many years. As these chics share the same fashion sense they decided to recreate the t-shirt. They wanted it to make a t-shirt that both looked and felt like second skin – the t-shirt that got cooler and looser with each wear. How did they do it? Well, as they say, “living between Los Angeles, New York and Paris, inspired by the West coast free spirit, NY lifestyle and individualistic spirit and Paris’ craftsmanship. JUNE7.2 was born.”

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The effortless look and feel of their clothes comes so naturally. Their line has now grown to include dresses, skirts and sweats (even more options are to come). Their pieces are subtle yet sexy, relaxed yet constructed. I feel so happy and comfortable in June7.2. It gives me that sense of girl power I need, while being comfortable AND chic. Every detail is carefully considered, from the signature seam embroidered red arrows to the NO7.2 stamp. Each piece is so heavily inspired by the brand’s DNA, a factor I find the most important in this day and age of fashion.

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June7.2 is available in boutiques all around the world and for purchase on their online site. It is truly the only place to turn to for the kinda clothes girls like us are looking for. As June7.2 promises (and I comply), their brand is shaped by a “laid back style that makes every woman feel confident in their own body; the woman who can wear the same tee shirt for every occasion no matter where she goes – casual cool by day and tucked in for classy chic by night.” I don’t know about you – but that woman is most certainly me. June7.2, you rock ( and you make us feel like we do too). Check out their site and Instagram (@June7.2) for more info.

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Photo credit – Becca Gerbino

Yotam Ottolenghi {the israeli british chef i live by and best restaurant of london}

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If you’ve never heard the name, shame on you, as this man is a sheer genius. And still, if you haven’t heard the name you’re about to get the low down. As it’s Thursday, I thought I would do a little throw back and talk about the London institution for healthy, good and delicious eating that I hold very close to my heart. If you must go anywhere when you are in London, you must pay a visit to an Ottolenghi restaurant.

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Who is Yotam? Born and raised in Jerusalem, the man has a very very interesting history and life that came before his fooding success. That being said, his fooding endeavour did not start directly with this vision, but early in his career he began working in the industry as a pastry chef for several very known and reputed resaturants. But it all really began in 2002 when he opened Ottolenghi in Notting Hill.

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His dishes quickly sought praise, with a foundation on vegetables, crazy and inventive flavour combinations, and the essential Middle Eastern spices including za’atar, rose water and pomegranate molasses that must are completely unaccustomed to. The business has grown enormously since, and he now has a variety locations including a finer dining restaurant called Nopi. Each restaurant has a calm and “at home” ambiance. It’s always like I never left when I return to Ottolenghi. The only thing missing is, is that he has not opened in Paris (please come to Paris Mr. Otttolenghi). But at least he has published several cookbooks, so we can make our own attempts at home. Honestly, I cannot say enough positive things about this incredible chef. The only thing I can really say is that the next time you’re in London, you absolutely MUST visit Ottolenghi. As you can see from the photos, you will leave happy. Check their site for more info.

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