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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Savoir Vivre of Anne-Cath’s Chic Parisian Apartment

Let’s face it, Anne-Catherine Frey’s beautiful Parisian apartment is a calm oasis in the lively Parisian neighbourhood, Le Marais. JJ stopped by to get the inside scoop on this absolutely fabulous nest.
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Three words for your apartment.

Personal: Everything (or almost) is exactly my taste when it comes to decoration
Private: I keep everything I own in there so I dont like having people around except close friends
Organized: I love keeping my space tidy as I love it when my place looks its best. I care about little stuff like that so I tidy every night before going to sleep.

Where is your favorite place to buy accents for your apartment?

All over the world! I bought my rugs in L.A. and London, found a little school table on the street in Paris and got a mural rug (the one in my entrance) from a random store in NYC. I also have a lot of little stuff from Tokyo standing around.
Here in Paris I like going to FLEUX for little mugs  and other fun stuff or the fleamarket for vintage tableware. I tried Merci for linen bedsheets but I’m going to stick with Zara Home – the quality is better and its 1000 times cheaper. Im really
always looking to make good deals everywhere.

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What is your favorite candle and scent?

I am addicted to Diptyque! I never buy other candles! My favorite smell is Baies and Santal – but at the moment I’m trying the Tomas Maier online editions and the limited city editions they did a while ago. I light candles almost every night, summer and winter, so I get to change often and try lots of them!

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What does a lazy evening chez toi look like?

Face mask, Shower, Couch, Netflix, Sleeping – it’s that easy!

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What is your favorite thing in your apartment?

Tricky question. I don’t own a lot of furniture (only a couch, a chair and 2 rugs) but I can’t decide on only one thing. Everything in my apartment is there because I really love it so it’s a global thing – I like everything. I have still a lot of work to do in my bedroom, I haven’t found furniture I like for it yet so IKEA has to work until I find the perfect pieces.

What item have you had the longest?

A little red chair that belonged to my dads Grandmother I think. Its been in the family forever and I love it.

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What is the last thing you bought?

Small investment: a lighter that looks like a miniature IPhone – its so cute
Big investment: my House of Hackney Saber Tiger Pillow – I love HoH and love investing in their pieces. One day I’ll have HoH Velvet Curtains!

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Savoir Vivre of your place?

Its comfy and its minimal – I like keeping my space empty to not make it look smaller than it already is. I love the emptiness of it.

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Good Vibes with Ingrid Seynhaeve, former Top Model and founder of June 7.2

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Who?

Ingrid Seynhaeve!!

Ingrid and I met at Studio Pier 59 in New York City when she was working as a model and I was helping to assist on the job. I immediately adored her infectious laughter and her very sweet and calm sincerity. Today we are here at brand June 7.2’s showroom and her Parisian home in the 16th arrondissement of Paris to talk about what she does to keep those good vibes flowing and that smile beaming.

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Tell us a little bit about where you?

Belgium, in a small little village (only 10,000 people) called Nenen on the border of France and Belgium, it’s near Bruges. I never moved as a child and family still lives there! I literally went on a plane for the first time for my first modeling job when 16 and I was so nervous that I threw up the whole way. I also got incredibly lost at the airport. I didn’t even know what a gate meant.

Your career?

My father was super strict and would only let me model on weekends and school holidays, but somehow I managed to make it work. When I turned 18, my agency chose me to represent Belgium in the Global Contest – Elite Model Look. The finals were in New York and I went, with only 100 dollars in my wallet. At the time I even was signed up for Economics and Languages at University, plans of being a fulltime model were not a part of the plan… But funny enough, I actually won the competition. When I called my parents to tell them the “good news” they were incredibly devastated and all around shocked … But I decided to stay in New York after the competition and I didn’t end up leaving for 17 years.

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Your man?

I met my husband, Gio in Paris when she was shooting a movie. He had lead role and decided to kiss me in our scene together, except that it wasn’t a part of the script… I complained to the director, but Gio managed to persuade him to keep the scene. I guess after all the kiss was meant to be there J 3 months later he asked for my number, (he needed a Belgium model for his movie.) This is when the romance began. We did back and forth for 8 years. He lived in Paris and I lived in New York. It was kinda tricky, so when our second son Hayden was born, I moved to join Gio with the kids in Paris. We’ve been here for 7 years, but now its time for a new adventure! Miami baby.

Your alarm rings at…

7 :30 am.

What’s your first thought when waking up?

That’s an easy one – that I haven’t slept enough. Even though I need a lot of sleep, there’s always something going on. And I need my TV at night. So the TV turns on too late and I go to bed too late and then I’m tired the next day. The crazy cycle of my crazy life!

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How do you start the day with good vibes?

I take a deep breath and realize that I am damn crazy lucky. My family is healthy, I am healthy and everything else is extra. I have lots of gratitude. Gratitude for the beautiful day that lies ahead and I always always start the day with a smile. 

Your breakfast?

I start the day very fresh and nutritious. It’s usually granola, and fresh berries with hemp milk, goji seeds, hemp seeds and oatmeal. Oh and let’s not forget my coffee. I really need my coffee.

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Your spiritual side?

I love the 10-minute meditation – “10 Minutes of Happiness.” In an ideal world, I do the 10 minutes in the morning. I should wake up earlier to do this but it’s usually pretty hard. And if I wake up at 7:30 there’s no time for meditation. So this doesn’t happen as much as I would like, but I try and make up for it later in the day. I try and make the time for my 10 minutes of happiness everyday!

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How you stay fit?

I love Barre flow, Pilates and Yoga. I go to Le Tigre Chaillot at least 2 times a week. I actually really really love Pilates; the machines are my go to workout. This keeps me centered and balanced.

Your beauty secrets?

I have a facial every 1 to 2 months, with extractions and peelings at the end. But for more frequent skin refreshment, I scrub once a week and do a fruit enzyme mask and a glycolic mask every two weeks. For me, it is essential to take care of of my skin. My favorite products are from Christine Chin and Doctor Obagi (his under eye skin care is magic). As for masks, I like pretty much anything from Whole Foods. My absolute favorite brand is Clarins! Everything they make and do is just magic!!

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Your perfect morning?

I’m excited because because this will happen everyday when I move to Miami! My day will start with stretching on the terrace, looking over to the sunrise on bay with a couple of sun salutations. Pure bliss. Then time for coffee and to get the kids ready for school. After I drop them off I will do my Pilates workout and have a fresh breakfast of local fruits, grains and cold pressed juice. What could be better?

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Self-love when you travel?

When I travel I actually have more time to take care of myself. To disconnect, I read on the plane – it is my moment of solitude. I almost always book a massage when I get to the hotel and then I do a bit of shopping therapy. I love to treat myself when I am away even if it’s for work! This includes meditation. When I’m traveling I find the time to meditate. Breakfast is also a very important moment on my travel schedule. I make sure to have a lovely and healthy breakfast. If I can’t find something healthy on the menu at the hotel, I google to see where I can have a nice acai bowl or a cold pressed juice. Starting the day on a positive note is essential. This is why I even run in the park in a local park when I can. Getting oxygen flowing to the brain is so good. It’s perfect for attacking a busy day!

Current mantra?

To see the positive side of everything and learn from criticism. To see through the maladroit. To learn.

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Ingrid Seynhaeve is the fashion designer and founder of Parisian clothing brand June 7.2. This former top model will soon leave her Parisian life behind for a new chapter in Miami with her husband, Gio Iera, founder of franchise IT Trattoria and two sons Hayden and Lukas.

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PARISIAN LOS ANGELES TAKEOVER {french california based pr consultant anne diagne gives gives us the low down on the best places to eat healthy, enjoy nature and stay fit in la}

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You’re in for a real treat. Well-known fashion PR consultant Parisian born and LA based Anne Diagne gave me the low down on the city she has now called home for over two years and I can’t wait to share it with y’all. Passionate about leading a healthy lifestyle and staying fit, Anne has successfully sought out the secret local and all around best spots in this big city to enjoy Mother Nature and eat like a green goddess.

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To stay in shape, Anne heads to Silver Lake Reservoir – The Meadow to relax and unwind. In this calm setting, Anne highly recommends meditating by the water and bringing your yoga mat along for a practice in the meadow. For those runners out there, you can also put your feet to the ground for a calm run along the reservoir. Now for what else… but HIKING. What would an LA chick be without her favorite spot to hike? Anne’s preferred location is Elysian Park in East LA for a shorter hike with a beautiful view of Downtown LA and Griffith Park for a more difficult one, where you also have the opportunity to enjoy one of the world’s most incredible observatories and planetariums.

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As a vegetarian for over 15 years, greens and healthy eating is in her blood. Her all time favorite spot to keep those good and well-being vibes flowing is at MH ZV in Silverlake. This Israeli spot is tasty and delicious, with dishes made from only local ingredients. Don’t miss their potatoes with lemon, Anne promises it will take you to Tel Aviv and back. For a touch of Paris in LA, Cafe Stella is a no brainer, and for her favorite Mexican joint? Salazar. The place is very local using only organic ingredients. The vegetarian tacos are supposedly to die for (Anne is always talking about them). Last but definitely not least, the best place to recharge for a juice? Kreation in Venice. Anne swears on their blending creations (and also loves walking on Abbot Kinney with one in hand). This fashion guru with 10 years of experience in the field is forever french (a Parisian born and bred), but has that real Californian chill vibe. I can happily assure you she knows those real hot spots in LA.

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Local, organic and better than that {as proclaimed by the parisian all-day coffee shop with miami sunshine, street art inside and some yummy food}

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After having walked by the yellow store front while running errands in the Marais several times, I finally had the pleasure of trying this cute little joint this past weekend. Wynwood is not only a cafe, but a local and organic restaurant that seriously cultivates those Miami Wynwood chill good vibes. The spot is completely covered by grafitti and colorful hanging lights.

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While I stopped by at lunch time and enjoyed a delicious, and very beautiful ceviche with butternut squash (and an additional side of sweet potatoes), Wynwood is open for anytime fun. They have an excellent selection of beers (Tuesday to Saturday they are open until 11:30 pm), great coffee (you can even get your hands on a matcha latte) and out of this world desserts. I honestly felt like I was transported to another continent all throughout the duration of my meal.  I promise, their Miami ambiance is a real thing, you really don’t feel like you’re in Paris anymore. Not to mention, the staff is super friendly and makes you feel at home. Go check it out (and try their Veggie Bowl for me, that’s next on my list of things to try at Wynwood) : 61 rue Charlot 75003, Paris.

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A Parisian yoga teacher you need to know about, Coelia {your mental and physical well being will be better because of it}

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It’s about time we talk a bit about yoga, and I simply can’t think of a better place to start than with one of my favorite teachers here in Paris. Her name is Coelia (act like the o doesn’t exist, it’s pronounced Celia). I first met Coelia at Yuj Yoga Studio and was totally blown away by her infectious positive energy and intense yet very fun flow. I couldn’t understand why I had never taken her class before. Sooner or later, I realized the answer was simple. As hard to believe as it was, and still is, Coelia hadn’t been teaching for very long in Paris.

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Following a Masters degree in language, Coelia moved to Dubai to work for Emirates Airlines as a Chief Air Hostess. To cope with the stress and keep in shape she decided to try yoga. Previously a gymnast, it seemed like a fitting form of mental and physical exercise. She quickly discovered Strala Yoga, which gave her a sense of freedom and confidence that she had never felt before. Soon, she took off for a 4 day retreat in Thailand, an experience that changed her life forever. Coelia quickly decided to return to Thailand for a 4 week, 500h teacher training at Vikasa Yoga. These 4 weeks turned into 5 months.

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Coelia started teaching classes all over the world in May 2016 and moved back to Paris at the end of 2016. Coelia’s classes truly take you to a different universe, where things are playful and rewarding. She has already accumulated 12k followers on Instagram (@coelia.yoga) and her classes are nearly always full.

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In addition to her busy yoga schedule (available on her website https://www.fitinaplane.com/), Coelia is a cofounder of Smile Flow. In tangent with another wonderful Parisian yogi teacher Alix Alleguede (@alixalleguede), these ladies aim deconstruct the image of yoga portrayed in the media as pretty girls with a perfect body, doing seemingly beautiful and difficult postures. Thus, they have created a fun practice, focused on feelings and internal sensations. Smile Flow’s are a monthly event and the next one is on 27th of January. Info is available on: www.smile-flow.com. Coelia is also organizing an incredible 10 day yoga retreat in India this March. Check out her site for more info (I wish I could go). For more information on this awesome human, please visit her website: https://www.fitinaplane.com/  (where you will also be able to find her weekly schedule).

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