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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Mantra Raw Vegan {the best vegan raw vegetarian spot in milan, and probably all of italy}

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Best healthy address of Milan is HANDS down, Mantra Raw Vegan. This awesome spot is ideal for any and everyone interested in healthy and delicious juices, meals and desserts. I must admit, I have yet to find a spot that compares in Paris. Mantra Raw combines a market, where snacks, seeds, superfoods, cold pressed juices, teas and sweets are available for purchase as well as a fully functioning restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. I had the pleasure of stopping by for a bite and a juice while in Milan.

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Owner and founder Marina insisted on preparing me their house signature and best seller – TOSTAVO. This delectable is a composition of raw bread, dehydrated for 18 hours, with mashed avocado, cold smoked cherry tomatoes, marinated fennel and edible flowers. It was not only beautiful but supper yummy. Likewise, I tasted and very much enjoyed a coconut tiRAWmisu (ha ha – it’s true though) that Is caffeine free! Perfect for those looking for cut back on their caffeine or that are very sensitive to caffeine in the evening hours (like me). And finally, to drink, the Mantra cold pressed AUMARANCIONE. A juice consisting of carrots, oranges and lemon. Oh la la, incredibly fresh and wonderful.

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I truly do not have enough positive things to say about this wonderful place. It has everything you could ever want or need to feel good and eat right. Its pretty much worth a trip to Milan just to try this raw utopia. Please follow them on Instagram for some serious food porn @mantraw and check out their site for more information.

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Deliciously Ella is really just that delicious {the kinda food that is healthy, good for you and super yummy}

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So I touched down in London town yesterday afternoon and I must say it has been a lovely little getaway thus far. Time for repo with my mother has been more than much needed and enjoying it at my favorite places has made it key. That being said, today I got to eat at my favorite healthy institution here in this darling city: Deliciously Ella.

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We arrived at midday hungry and ready to eat. Not only was the staff incredibly friendly and the ambiance immersed by solely good vibes, but the food was just to die for. I did a mixed plate – quinoa perfectly seasoned, smooth and creamy hummus, a incredibly flavorful falafel with curried cauliflower (@jjchase for foodporn). All I can say is wow. This combination was not only a dream, but likewise organic, vegan and gluten free(?) Ella takes all of her recipes seriously, and it shows. Everything is 100% plant based and catered to anyone’s faves (in the healthiest possible way). My mum enjoyed chili with red cabbage and corn bread. Oh la la! Did she leave a happy camper. Not to mention Deliciously Ella spent most of the day with us. I later enjoyed a Fiery Organic Ginger Shot alongside a ROOTS Juice (composed of carrots, apples, beets, lemon and ginger), yum. Mum had a peanut cookie, I DID try and wondered why I didn’t take one too.

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Ella herself has an incredibly story and it makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to enjoy her food and products. Don’t forget that her London restaurants are not her only gig. Ella has a bunch of other incredible products that have the same nutritional value system available in countless markets (for everyday enjoyment). She even has cookbooks. Click below for more info. (P.s. Ella, can you open in Paris soon?)