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

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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).

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sunday in Soho, or your Good Vibes Manhattan style café in Paris

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Today JJ is chatting with Alieu, co-owner of energetic cafe deli, Sunday in Soho in Paris’s second arrondissement. Let’s get the inside scoop on why this spot is a Good Vibes rated place, with good and drinks eats too.

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What was this ideal job you came to Paris for?

My wife had been offered a big job for Dior and I was winding down at my second startup company in New York. My initial idea was to open a juice shop in Paris, but I quickly realized that this idea didn’t fulfil a real need. What I did see was that there was a lack of neighborhood places offering food that was fresh and not too expensive. So I said why not create this! Why not create something that is created to improve your day. The more I thought about the idea, the more I realized what I really wanted was not only to open a place for good fresh food, but a place full of friendly people.

Are there any specific places that inspired you?

Our food is inspired by our travels: Gjusta Bakery, The Butcher’s Daughter, Cava Grill, Dig Inn –and most of all by our community.

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What were the most important things for you to be able to recreate an atmosphere found in NYC here in Paris?

Being ourselves. Yes, if you go to the 10th or the 11th arrondisements, you’re going to find places that are really interesting and I totally respect their pursuit – but for me, I often feel like they are expropriations of culture. They’re like chaotic imitations of what you can find in New York. For us the most important thing is to do what we know how to do. No, we don’t have baguettes and croissants, and actually a lot of customers ask us why. But for me, being authentic means staying in our comfort zone. We are a global team – the head chef is from Canada, the sous-chef is from Italy, my wife and I are American. I want Sunday in Soho to represent the American melting pot. No, we don’t have burgers and fries on the menu, because America isn’t about burgers and fries. It’s about dishes inspired by many different cultures like our team.

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Ideas for expansion?

We have lots happening. This fall we are launching a products line, including cold pressed juice, granola etc. We are also going to open our upstairs space. We are going to use this for special events, catering and other exciting stuff. The idea came from a 16-person table that was in my loft in Soho. It was a place where our community came together, where the vibes were always good. When we moved to Paris, we shipped over this table. It is now the door to the upstairs space. For me it’s a symbol of the beginning of everything and of bringing Soho here to Paris. It’s a door that opens up to new opportunities.

What can you find at Sunday that you can’t find anywhere else in Paris?

The Modbar – it’s the first one in France. It’s really tough to have real barista customer interaction in-between the big coffee machines you see most of the time here in Paris. So we have this automatic machine. Modbar has electronic profiling, which allows us to change the flavor and taste.

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Your favorite thing on the current menu?

The Sailor Man aka the fried chicken sandwich. To me this is the epitome of so much of America. Fried chicken is hard to get here and usually the bacon here is really different… So I’d say if you’re someone who is really looking to after something very copious that is fantastic, this is your pick. Otherwise I would say the Beyoncé or the Brooklyn. I love the bowls because they are complete meals, and they’re representative of the way I eat. I eat balanced! We wanted to create mood food because in the end food that is representative of how we feel. We counteract fried chicken with a vegan dish. We shouldn’t always have to be in the same mood.

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What is your ideal Sunday in Soho?

Friends, family, food, wine and laughter.

The thing you miss the most about New York?

The energy. I miss this proactive culture.

Why the second arrondissement?

The baseline customer was always going to be the office worker. We said, how we can improve a professionals’ day? This was the customer the persona. Some people go to the park, smoke cigarettes, etc etc. But what would people do very frequently? That’s where the money is…it’s in a café. Everyone eats lunch. So we looked for spaces in the 8th, 9th and by Opera. We didn’t look in the trendy areas because we knew there wasn’t as many office workers. Finally, we started to look in the second and when we saw the space we knew it was right. We knew this place could evolve.

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What is the Savoir Vivre of Sunday in Soho

It’s more of a feeling about embracing culture, being positive, being balanced. From the way you eat, to the way you think. That’s what we try to do here.

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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

The Yoga Lovers {aka tatiana and alex, two of the best yoga teachers in paris}

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Nothing goes more hand in hand than yoga and love. This spiritual practice teaches us self-love and how to love others. So what could be better than a real couple of real yoga lovers, Tatiana and Alex. The two were brought together by destiny in New York City and have trained with some of the best in the world (Dana Trixie Flynn, Sharon Gannon, David Life etc.) They are now based in Paris with a rigorous yoga schedule, to which I am positive you can find time to practice with them.

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Tatiana and Alex live by the philosophy of F F C aka fly, freedom and creativity. You can be sure to play with inversions and arm balances in their classes, as well as find a true sense of internal freedom and sheer creativity in your practice and in your life. These two incredibly inspiring yoga teachers have made an enormous impact on my personal practice and I can assure you that if you give them the chance, you will have the same experience. I have found a sense of confidence, fun and release through their practices that has benefited me in more ways than I can even imagine. Their schedule is available on their website, and via their social media platforms, @tatianayoga and @alexavilayoga. They also have a yoga retreat coming up on the Greek Island of Amorgos from April 30th to May 7th. There are two spots left so act quickly if you’re interested. On March 11th they will both hold 2 separate masterclasses, that I am very excited about. Alex’s will be held at Omm Studio and Tatiana’s will be at Elephant Paname (more info on their site). Trust me people. These Yoga Lovers have so much love to give.

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Tel-Aviv Big Love in Paris at Chiche {hummus made with organic ingredients, with products directly imported from israel}

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Who can honestly say they they are sick of hummus? You are most certainly not me if this is the case (and I truly question your taste buds if you said no). As I spoke about in my recent article on Yafo, Hummus has tons of health benefits most of us are very unaware of. So no need to fret on that front. That being said, let me introduce you to a relatively new address in Paris for the most natural, organic and authentic hummus around – Chiche.

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For starters, the owners Marc Ancointe Tallec & Jonathan Sason Cohen are serious about the ingredients and everything that goes from their kitchen to your plate. They use only organic and seasonal ingredients and import their tahini and pitas directly from Israel. It doesn’t get much better than that? Their menu offers many different variations of hummus bowls, ranging from their biggest hit – a mixture of beef and lamb with pickled onions and parsley, to their spicy eggplant bowl. They also feature a seasonal Madjadra Bowl which is a sort of Israeli couscous (a base of bulgar and lentils with pickled onions, Israeli salad and a mix of vegetables). I got to try the special veggie for this one when I stopped by yesterday, it was a fabulous broccoli with sweet cranberries. Sheer deliciousness. Take my word for it and go have a healthy yet very satisfying experience at this awesome spot. Chiche – 29bis rue du Château d’Eau 75010.

Where Creative Energies and Minds Meet in Paris {bliss studio, a place for bohemian creativity}

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Not long ago through my Instagram travels, I stumbled upon Bliss Studio. The warm and welcoming logo lured me in and I found myself browsing their Instagram page and soon their website for more information. I had finally found one of the missing voids here in Paris. A place for people to connect on a creative, spiritual and intellectual level. A space for people like us.

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Bliss Studio is located near Republique in central Paris. It is a place full of life and is truly dedicated “to promoting bohemian creativity, nourishing inspiration and encouraging ambitious and creative minds”, says founder and owner Hanna. This place is a manifestation of everything Hanna is, a place overflowing with positive energy, creativity, kind people, listening, and sharing. Bliss is defined as “the highest level of happiness” and this is what she hopes to evoke in her peaceful and calm setting. But what really happens at Bliss? Well, it entails not only a co-working space, but also a creative space where Hanna holds events ranging from popup stores and drum concerts, to yoga classes and meditation sessions.

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I must say I felt the bliss in this space. The positive energy inside envelops you in the best way possible. Please stay tuned on my Instagram @jjchase and Facebook page for events being held at Bliss. Hanna and I have a few ideas brewing together too. Don’t forget to check out the Bliss page as well for more information. Cheers to the beginning of many new happy and great things in Paris with Bliss Studio.

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