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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A Savoir Vivre Minute with Scott Linde, Founder of Sun Potion

Sun Potion Transformational Foods is dedicated to health, happiness and well-being through the use of medicinal plants, superfoods and tonic herbs. Owner and Founder Scott Linde developed the company through his own transformational experience with these foods and is here to share a bit of his Savoir Vivre!

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How does your day begin?

I arise thirty minutes to an hour before sun up. The times change throughout the year, depending on seasons. I sleep with my shades open to the nature in the backyard, making it easy for my body to naturally want to get up as the light begins to change. Emerging from bed into the house, I open the windows to let in fresh air, rinse my face and add hydrosols, drink a few glasses of water, and then sit to meditate for 20 minutes. After this, I often feel really alert. If this is the case, I go onto the Rebounder for 5-10 minutes of jumping. Sometimes I may feel a little sluggish and on these days I allow myself to go back and lie in bed. I love this feeling of returning to the soft bed. On these days, I don’t fall back asleep but take this special time to breathe, and tune in with my body. The sitting meditation and lying down breathing are so helpful throughout the day.

What made you start using the rebounder?

Hyper Gravity–Negative Gravity!  Negative Gravity…Hyper Gravity! Every time I bounce, the body squeezes and expands; all the way down to the capillaries, cells, and channels of the lymph. It feels so good. I don’t even work out. I just like bouncing, outside in the Sun.

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What is your favorite season?

Each Season has its loves for me. I just got back from five days of powder skiing at Mammoth Mountain. The winter elementals and snow offered some peak enjoyment. I also love the Sun and warm weather. I thrive on living in a sunny and mild climate. It just helps me feel productive and happy and optimistic. That being said, it’s a gift to visit all of the seasons.

What effect does light have on you?

Light has a huge effect on me. I spend daily time with sun on my skin. I’m fortunate to be able to do this year-round where I’m based in Santa Barbara. Even here, I notice and enjoy seasonal changes in the length of days. I don’t spend much time in front of blue light–computer screen, phone, TV, etc. Natural light feels great and carries information. Artificial light carries information too. Too much of the artificial light can feel a bit disorganizing. It’s a balance and a dance. Light Magic.

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Do you use a guided meditation? 

I used to spend most of my time in the Ethers, before starting Sun Potion. I was likely more comfortable swimming through the void of the internal realms than I would have been meeting people in a crowded room. Today I practice TM as a meditation tool. It helps me feel more comfortable while getting a lot of things done in a given day.

What do you use as a mantra for your meditations?

Acting as a background tape to my internal dialogue: “Show me my Divine Path of Service.”  Five years of that one lead to the inspiration of Sun Potion. Eight years of operating the brand, and I still enjoy this Mantra today.

What do you eat for breakfast?

I have tea, daily potion, tinctures, sometimes juice, sometimes coffee. On the weekends I like to have a nice French Breakfast.

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Do you have a special diet you follow?

I joke about being a Selectitarian sometimes. In other words, wanting the best quality foods available. Organic and clean ingredients are a preferred baseline. I eat a lot of plants. I’m pretty adaptable beyond that. I have learned to listen to my body, and hear what feels good to eat and not eat. In a lot of ways, this internal discernment has come through having tea and herbs on a daily basis. I feel great when I eat one meal in the late afternoon or early evening. I don’t really keep up with the newest food ideologies, although I can appreciate that they may be helpful for people.

What is your favorite sun potion product?

We are releasing a line of new products to mark the eight year birthday of Sun Potion. These are liquid forms of the herbs which combine different types of extracts of that one herb. They are super powerful. I’ve been taking them while the liquids have been developed over the past 6 or 8 months. They are phenomenal. I’ve honestly never experienced anything like them. I feel great on these newly developed Sun Potion products and I’m super excited to share them with everyone. Feb/March ’19 release.

Have you ever lived abroad?

I attended a semester in Southwest China when I was 20 years old. I loved the culture, foods, people, and traditions.

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What is your favorite potion to manage stress?

My goto favorites to manage stress and everything else in my world are: Mucuna Pruriens (15% L-dopa by weight–the chemical precursor to Dopamine in the nervous system), Reishi Mushroom (for an adaptable and robust immune system) and Pine Pollen (bio-identical Testosterone to support Androgen Hormone balance, brain function, and libido in both men and women).

Have you always been so grounded and calm?

Before learning how to ground through doing the manual tasks of operating Sun Potion, I was often ungrounded. I spent a lot of time in nature and that was really helpful. I also felt limited because I didn’t feel that comfortable being out in the world. Everything is a balance. I’m not always grounded and calm today either. Everything is a practice and there’s always improvements. From there, the rest is easy.

How did Sun Potion come to be?

Before starting Sun Potion, I was learning about Tonic Herbs and Adaptogens, and loved the way I felt while having them daily. I wanted best quality, single ingredient, and concentrated examples of these herbs that I was getting into. They could sometimes be found in capsules, or formulations, but were much more difficult to get in concentrated powder form. Sun Potion was a project idea to help make these materials more available. I figured if I loved these plants, others may want to try them. I like to think that I work for the plants, and that they want to be working with the people. The people may not realize how helpful the plants can be. At least if these plants are more widely available through Sun Potion, people can have an opportunity to experience these plants for themselves, and have their own experience of their effects. I love this idea.

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JJ’s Ayurvedic Results: Mostly Vata

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Following JJ’s intensive interview with Katie, Pukka Tea’s Ayurvedic Specialist, she got the scoop on her personal Dosha. Scroll down to get the low down.

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Mainly Vata (V)

It looks like your main dosha is vata. This mind-body type are likely to have an active, restless nature and love change. When in balance, you’re quick thinking, enthusiastic, creative, and bursting with ideas. You probably talk as fast as you think and may even jump from subject to subject. You are an excellent communicator and often work in more creative professions. You’re also perceptive and sensitive but may be prone to worry. Your appetite and energy levels are often variable, due to vata’s changing nature. Physically, you have a slight build, and are probably quite sensitive to cold- which is why vata types love adventures in warm places.  When out of balance, you are likely to be prone to stress, anxiety, insomnia, feeling spaced out, with dry skin and bloating/constipation.

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Top tips to feel more balanced:  You can balance vata’s cold, airiness by increasing the opposite qualities- more warmth, moisture and earthiness, and reducing those experiences that are light, cold or dry- so a daily routine of a hot cup of ginger tea, some gentle stretching or yoga, and warming stew would all be ideal, whilst reducing raw food, cold and fizzy drinks, irregular routines and excess travelling can also be helpful. Some key herbs to support Vata are Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon, and Pukka’s Relax Tea is ideal for you.

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Your Ayurveda Questions answered by my friends at Pukka Tea

You are about to get the real scoop on what this ancient medicinal science called Ayurveda by my friends at Pukka Tea and find out why it is something very very important to me!

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What is Ayurveda and the power of herbs.

Can you briefly describe Ayurveda? And Ayurvedic medicine?

Translated as ‘knowledge of life’, Ayurveda is a holistic Indian philosophy offering a ‘Users Manual’ for how to get the most out of life, by balancing body, mind, senses and spirit. It offers a very simple approach, without being simplistic. Ayurveda sees that we are all quite different and brings you special insight about your health and well-being, informing your choices and decisions that you make every day. For example, did you know that raw food is seen as better for one type of people than others. And that Hot yoga is best for just one of the types? Ayurveda has been practised in India for over 3,000 years – and its wisdom has now spread all over the planet.  It remains one of the world’s most powerful mind-body-spirit health systems. Ayurveda helps us see how our health is connected to everyone and everything around us: our family, our work, our society, and our planet. The Ayurvedic toolbox covers diet, natural remedies, lifestyle practices, rejuvenation and detoxification processes, hands-on therapies, as well as meditation.  But be warned… there are no ‘quick fixes’ as Ayurveda is a way of life rather than a short-term intervention. There are also not many ‘one size fits all’ solutions. For example, not everyone needs breakfast first thing according to Ayurveda!

What does dosha mean?

The Sanskrit term ‘dosha’ is probably the best-known principle of Ayurveda today and forms the cornerstone of its method of diagnosis, prevention and treatment of health issues. Essentially, Ayurveda sees that everything in the world is made up of 5 basic elements which are ether, air, fire, water and earth. Vata is composed of air and ether, Pitta of fire and water and Kapha of water and earth. The three doshas govern all our physical and mental functions- appearance, mental state, memory, digesting elimination, individual likes and dislikes, as well as hinting at which health problems we may be more susceptible too.

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What can our doshas tell us about ourselves?

Good health seems to be such a complicated subject that it is not always easy to know how to achieve this holy grail. The key to unlocking Ayurveda’s self-help find out what your ‘dosha’ or body-mind type is (Vata, Pitta or Kapha). These can be thought of as a particular pattern of energy, or health star sign. The three primary energy patterns in our body, or doshas, are: wind or vata – that is cold, dry and light – is the force that controls our movement, regulates the nervous system, and oversees elimination of waste; fire or pitta – that is hot, wet and combustive – is the force that controls our digestion and metabolism; and water or kapha – that is cold, wet and heavy – is the protective force which governs stability, structure and moisture in our mind and body. Although we’re all born with all three doshas, they come together differently in each one of us, and it is this unique combination that makes us who we are. Typically, every person has one dominant form of dosha that makes up his or her personal Ayurvedic constitution or prakriti. We are all a mix of each of the dosha but one or two will dominate. It takes a little time to discover your dosha and the art of living in harmony with nature. You’ll then be able to know what helps you thrive; what foods to eat, how much sleep you need, what exercises are best for you (including which type of Yoga!) and even how you interact with others in your workplace, relationships and families. Ayurveda offers life-changing insights that will add clarity and colour to your life. For example, Vata types have variable appetite & digestion, and are often attracted to raw vegetables and salads. However, they are balanced by regular meals of warm and nourishing food- think one pot meals such as soups, stews, casseroles, and the Yogi dish of kitchadi.

What plants are used in Ayurveda?

Ayurveda has many ‘hero herbs’, so called because they can each bring so many benefits to body and mind. Triphala is a great example. This ancient Ayurvedic formula combines three fruits- Amlalaki, Bibhitaki and Haritaki, each of which balances one of the doshas so it’s good for everyone. Triphala has long been revered in Ayurvedic traditions as a decongestant for the digestive system and for cleansing the blood, helping to extend the quality and quantity of life. It is even safe enough for children and can help with a wide variety of digestive complaints. Some Ayurvedic doctors in India just used these three fruits in different ways to heal. Modern research tells us it has a high concentration of active polyphenols and tannins, with a strong ant-oxidative effect. Other key herbs include Ashwagandha and Shatavari which are both powerful adaptogens, helping us adapt to the stresses and strains of 21st century living. For the Yogi or Yogini, both Turmeric and Tulsi are especially helpful. Turmeric is become famous all over the globe for its ant-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effect. It can really help with the physical asanas, as well as contributing to a healthy gut biome and rejuvenating the liver, blood and skin. All from one herb! Also known as Tulsi, Holy basil is a sacred herb, celebrated for its inspirational properties. Helping to lift your spirit and clear mental fog, it provides an antidote to the stresses of modern life that can lead to depression, low mood and a lack of ‘mojo’. Studies have shown that Holy Basil decrease levels of key stress hormones, such as corticosterone. It’s also an apoptogenic herb that increases circulation in the brain and can support a meditation practice.  These are some of my favourite herbs that I use in my Ayurveda clinic, but there are so many more helpful herbs that are also on most people’s spice racks- ginger, cinnamon, fennel, cumin, saffron, black pepper- all have powerful health benefits when used regularly, from good organic sources. Ginger has so many benefits, for example, that it is known as ‘the universal medicine’ in Ayurveda. Pukka Herbs is unique in using medicinal grade herbs in all our herbal teas and lattes- so the same herbs used in our supplements also go into the drinks, meaning you get therapeutic benefits from every cup.

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How is Ayurveda connected to Yoga?

They can be thought of as sister sciences, as they have developed together and have repeatedly influenced each other throughout history. Traditionally they were always used together but this has not been the case in the recent West. Yoga’s popularity has grown since it was brought to the West at the end of the 18th century. Ayurveda was left behind but is now catching up! There are some great books on this connection, such as David Frawley’s ‘Yoga and Ayurveda’ and Mukunda Styles ‘Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy’. It is said in Ayurveda that disease is the result of forgetting our true or spiritual nature. Yoga is the science of self-realisation that depends on a body and mind functioning well. Both sciences exist to help people re-connect to their true nature- Ayurveda is the healing side of yoga, and yoga is the spiritual side of Ayurveda. They are two sides of the same coin.

What does it mean when our doshas are out of balance?

It might be helpful to first talk about how we are when the doshas are balanced. Sleep is easy, and we wake naturally feeling refreshed; we have a good appetite, food is easily digested and eliminated with a regular bowel movement before breakfast. We have sparkling eyes, glowing skin, a calm, clear mind and feel cheerful. We have enough energy to work and play, with good immunity.  Ayurveda views that the human body, when healthy, is in harmony, self-perpetuating and self-correcting just as the universe is.  We get unbalanced through diet, emotions, lifestyle, seasonal factors, physical trauma, and toxins. When vata dosha gets out of balance, we are colder and drier than normal so may suffer from bloating, constipation, dry skin, insomnia as well as increased fear and anxiety. Imbalanced Pitta can lead to skin problems and rashes, acid digestion and acute inflammation, as well as feelings of anger and frustration. Too much Kapha in the body can cause a thick, white coating on the tongue, excess mucous, weight gain as well as feeling mentally foggy and slow. Ayurveda advises on the right diet, lifestyle, herbs and treatments to bring each doshas back into balance. To take a simple example, a person with a cold is suffering from congestion and mucous due to excess water and earth elements in their system. To alleviate symptoms they take ginger tea, predominant in the fire element. They would also do well to avoid dairy and cold foods which make congestion worse.

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Can our doshas change over time?

Although we’re all born with all three doshas, they come together differently in each one of us, and it is this unique combination that makes us who we are. Typically, every person has one dominant form of dosha that makes up his or her personal Ayurvedic constitution. This can be thought of as our true nature. However, it can be hard to stay balanced with busy schedules and eating on the go. When the doshas start to get out of balance, health problems start. It can be hard to work out who you really are, from a state of imbalance but Ayurveda is like peeling off the layers of an onion-the more you explore and experience, the better you get to understand your true nature and how to thrive!

Are our doshas related to our DNA?

A great question! The science of genetics is evolving rapidly but broadly our DNA doesn’t change (unless exposed to certain toxins or radiation). Similarly our Prakruti, or true nature doesn’t change. Both our DNA patterns and doshas are set when we are conceived and are determined by factors such as our parents doshas, their mood and the time and place of conception.  However,  our state of imbalance is always changing. What is fascinating is that there have been some studies looking for genomic variations between people who are Vata, Pitta and Kapha doshas.  Scientists have found significant differences between people with different dominant doshas irrespective of their ancestry. Studies like this are helping to confirm that the ancient art of treating people according to their dosha has a genetic basis and is just as relevant today when thinking about more personalized approaches to health and healing.

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Sarah Levey, Co-Founder of Y7 Studio shares with a bit of her Savoir Vivre

Today JJ is chatting with Sarah Levey, Co-Founder and CEO of the super dope New York-based hip-hop yoga studio called Y7 Studio. This chick is an innovator, entrepreneur, 200-hour registered yoga instructor, author, and certified Health Coach. Yep, alllllll dat.

After working in Fashion for five years, (remind us of anyone else?) Levey launched Y7 at 26. Since launching in 2013, the Y7 brand has expanded to a super successful bicoastal business with ten studios across New York and Los Angeles!!!! Uniquely positioned—Y7 classes combine 60-minutes of intensity with heat and strength, complemented by deep breathing to calm the mind, all while set to the latest beats (think A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Drake.) Levey’s goal? Make the practice of yoga more accessible and inclusive in attitude and design, with dark rooms and zero mirrors to eliminate the distraction of physical comparison.

This fabulous lady was named an All-Star Entrepreneur of 2018 by Inc. Magazine and has been featured in Forbes, Vogue, Bazaar, Entrepreneur, Shape, InStyle, Refinery29, Women’s Health and tonzzz more, Levey has earned her success with pure drive and dedication.

Let’s see kinda Savoir Vivre she has to share with us.

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Did you go to college and if so, what did you study? 

I went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison and majored in Consumer Science.

What did you do prior to Y7?

Before Y7 I was working as an account executive in fashion. I was at a brand called ADDISON for three years before moving on to a multiline showroom until I made the decision to pursue Y7 full time.

What is your beauty routine? What products do you use?

My beauty routine is pretty minimal. For the morning, I wash my face with Cetaphil and then use an SPF moisturizer, Elta MD, RMS Living Luminizer highlighter, Glossier Boy Brow and I am out the door. Because I am always popping in and out of the studios for a class, I try to keep my daily routine very minimal. At night I wash my face again with Cetaphil, followed by Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream.

How do you eat? Do you have a specific diet? 

I have no diet, but I wish I did.

Are you based in NYC? 

Yes! I spend most of my time in NYC and am in LA for about a week out of every month depending on my schedule.

How many times a week do you practice yoga?

I try to get into the studio about three times a week.

What’s your favorite restaurant in NY?

Lucien.

And in LA? 

Croft Alley.

Ideas for expansion? 

We are looking to expand in a ton of different cities in the US! Chicago, Philly, DC and San Fran are at the top!

How does Y7 shape your individual philosophy on the yoga experience? 

Y7 was created out of my philosophy on yoga. It should be carefree, intuitive to your individual body, and beneficial to the mind and body. Allowing you to take what you learn in class into the world.

What advice would you have to a young entrepreneur? 

Laugh at yourself, nothing is ever going to be the end of the world. :)

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Good Vibes Potion : Sage & Rose Face Mist by Fat and the Moon

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It’s hot and humid, you feel sticky and honestly kinda gross, you’re in need of some good vibes. Or maybe you’re just sleepy and feel a bit crusty. I have found your cure, it’s called the Fat and the Moon “Sage & Rose Face Mist.” I honestly believe this spray could cure any ailment. Fat and the Moon calls it “the mid afternoon crash antidote,” and I couldn’t agree anymore.

So what’s in this magic spray? The potion is predominantly made up of a distilled Rose Geranium – one that yields a very high quality hydrosol (a pure healing water produced during distillation). This hydrosol works as a gentle toner that helps to “revive the skin” and “keep pore clogging bacteria in check.” And let’s not forget the sage!!! This potion includes Clary sage, which serves as a very gentle astringent, getting rid of those bad vibes. And finally – last but not least, a bit of Jojoba oil to keep the skin supple. Click here to get your hands on it.

I would assume you’re convinced, so let me help you get your hands on this awesome product and the other amazing products Fat and the Moon has to offer with a discount code – JESSIE. Go get your Savoir Vivre vibes on!

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