Getting the Savoir Vivre deets from Rose, founder of Farm Girl Café in London

Today we are hanging with Rose, the super founder of Farm Girl Café in London (come on, you know their Rose Latte). Here’s the scoop on her Savoir Vivre!

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What time do you wake up?

5.30am if I’m doing an early gym class, if not between 7 and 7.30am

What do you have for breakfast?

Sometimes nothing… at the moment I am on the celery juice craze and it is so good! I’m 10 days in and feeling surprising energetic in the morning. I am a massive porridge fan usually.

Coffee or tea?

Both!! Coffee in the morning and I like a tea when I get home from work.

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What is your morning routine?

Busy! I like to get my exercise done in the morning before work. Then usually running home to shower, feed dogs and then out the door to the office or one of the sites.

What do you do for exercise?

I love core collective, I’m a fan of their cycle, lift & row and their circuit class, I’m at core 3 times a week and then I do boxing at box clever sports once or twice a week. Also, yoga at Heartcore in Notting Hill once a week (twice if I can fit it in).

What is on your current playlist?

Literally anything that my team at Notting Hill have played in the cafe recently. they always have the best playlists and I just switch onto those.

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

Yes- I suffer from PCOS so i have to be so careful with my skin. I am using so many different brands but I really research every product before I buy. I love the Ren products, Mario Bascu, Dr Sturm, Poppy Austin. I use a vitamin C serum followed by a high grade retinol followed by a really good day cream with SPF that protects from pollution. I get micro needling regularly

What is your favorite café? Where is it?

Other than Farm Girl??!! I love Towpath cafe (have only been once and the food was so amazing) It’s in De Beauvoir. I also love Pearl and Groove on Portobello Road.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

Fischers in Marlyebone, Laylow Notting Hill, Petersham Nurseries in Richmond

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

I get between 30 and 40 a day. I try to respond to all of them or at least deal with them!

What is the last book you read?

The Woman Code

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What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

6 Days- about the terrorist attack on 16 Princes Gate in the 80’s- its such a good film.

What is your go to homemade meal?

Ramen!

What is your drink of choice?

Our Happy hot choc.

What is your biggest vice?

I’m such an emotional eater!! If I’m tired, stressed, anxious, nervous I will binge eat- it’s the worst habit that I have nearly broken!!

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What time do you go to bed?

As early as I can, if I am done with work I’ll be in bed at 9.

Bedtime ritual?

I LOVE taking a bath, so I will often do this with a chamomile tea and a book.

What do you do to relax?

Walk dogs, yoga, go to countryside…

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London or Paris?

London because I don’t speak french and I grew up in Australia so it’s still a novelty to me.

Sydney or Melbourne?

Melbourne. Prefer the people and the food culture, also It’s close to my farm and my family.

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

India, Japan, Russia

Beach or mountains?

Mountains- I love the mountain air. I feel it so relaxing. Not a great skier but I always come back from skiing holidays feeling so well rested

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

My farm that is near the Grampians in Victoria, Australia. It’s beautiful land there and has amazing views of the mountain range.

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ON LOCATION – My Retreat in Amorgos

04720ee0-8255-4299-8838-ac1b10457d1dOh sweet paradise. Amorgos. How you treated did me well.

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Just a couple of short weeks ago I spent one full week on the Greek island of Amorgos. This prolonged moment of solitude and grounding nailed my two feet to the ground. Amorgos came to me by virtue of Aria and Gus, my yoga coaches, for a retreat that I will never forget. I discovered the mystical Warrior Yoga at my Parisian yoga studio, when I stumbled upon this rather intense, very cardio style of a vinyasa flow. It was love at first flow. The combination of abs, vinyasa and inversions was my happy place. Such a happy place that I was quickly swept away to Puglia in Italy for my first yoga retreat. Amongst laughter, fun and sweat I came back to Paris with a new vision on my life, one that I would fully discover a couple of months later when I decided to leave the fashion industry. I came back mentally lighter, and lacking my passport and cellphone which were consequentially stolen at the airport …yeah. I must haven feeling pretty zen if I was able to singlehandedly have my beloved iPhone stolen for the first time along with my passport. Praise B for my carte de séjour, which saved the day – it let me cross the French border.

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So really strangely enough when I came back, surely based on my new outlook and good vibes, things started to turn around and change in my life. Things started to really come together. I found love, my true passion in life (hey Savoir Vivre by JJ) and genuine happiness. A yoga practice of 4 (ish) days a week turned into 7 days a week. I was becoming a really really devoted yogi. Aria and Gus remained a constant part of my life (when they were in Paris that is), so it was pretty much a no brainer for me to take off with them to Amorgos when they announced the upcoming retreat.

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Taking back off with a group of 35 strangers (with the exception of only a few that I knew from Italy) was again a oh so unforgettable experience. By virtue of my first experience, I could see how much I had grown and evolved since. I found my attitude softer, my brain calmer and all around freer. I happily shared a room with a friend (I don’t think I had ever shared a room before, except as a freshman in college, it wasn’t my brightest moment), I actually enjoyed staying out and getting a minimal amount of sleep, and felt truly bienveillant. While yoga has an impact on my everyday life, these retreats have made an impact on the real big picture.

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I know it may sound strange to think of a yoga retreat as “me” (“The Parisian Well-being Guru”) stepping out of my comfort zone, but you know what, it actually really was. It forced me to let go, it put me in a situation where I was not in control and I was emotionally vulnerable. But guess what? It made me better. It made me grow. It made me learn. It made me cry. It made me GOOD and truly thankful. Thankful for who I am today, all that I have and every waking moment on this absolutely beautiful earth.

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Photos by Joel Capillaire

 

Where to practice yoga in London {triyoga has the hookup for pilates and spa treatments too and locations all over the city}

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I must admit it was not been an easy task to find good yoga in London (sorry, just being honest). After countless visits, I nearly gave up – but then I found Triyoga. This multi-functional studio is calm and offers many different styles of yoga as well as pilates and treatments. They have several locations all around the city. Even from my short weekend experience, I can assure you that each and every one of their studios is a truly peaceful environment made for well-being.

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While at Triyoga, I did three different classes at three different locations. Upon arrival on Friday night, I went to a Hot Yoga class at their Soho location. The location was in Kingsly Court, a happening indoor food market with fun lights and atmosphere. The class was not vinyasa, nor bikram but an more “hatha” based practice in a (very) heated room. The class was an open level class, but I appreciated the advanced options also available and instructed by teacher Giorgos Aleandris. On Saturday morning I ventured to Chelsea for a Vinyasa Level 2-3 with well known yogi Adam Hustler. The class was exactly as described and focused on correct alignment in more difficult postures. I left with my heart feeling open and a more fluid flow. For the grand finale – on my last day in London, I took a Warm Vinyasa class with Imi Wiseman at their Camden location. First – big nods to this Triyoga studio. It is like a mini yoga village and smells (literally and physically) zen. This included the class was next level (in every way) . The emphasis on breath combined with the flow sequence was absolutely fantastic and Charli’s energy was spot on. Please do not miss this Triyoga location, nor this class next time you’re in town (or if you happen to be a London Towner yourself).

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All in all I must say this has been far and away my best yoga experience in London. I recommend their studio whole heartedly. And hey – if you’re not a yogi, I do truly believe their treatments and pilates classes must be wonderful (seeing their success in the yoga world). Not to mention, they always have a juice bar and healthy snacks available for purchase at all of their studios. For more information check out their website.

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