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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A Savoir Vivre Minute with Peony Lim

Today we are sitting down with Peony Lim, creative and digital consultant, luxury brand ambassador and creative content producer. Peony is known for her flawless skin, sweet attitude and keen eye. Time to get her Savoir Vivre secrets!

Peony LimWhat time do you wake up?

7am most mornings.

What do you have for breakfast?

I like toast with avocado or peanut butter and bananas.

I also have porridge or yoghurt and fruit.

Coffee or tea?

Tea. But I start the day with a hot water and lemon. Then I drink camomile, earl grey or green tea.

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What is your morning routine?

Let the dog out and feed her.

Hot water and Lemon.

Catch up on the news.

Breakfast.

Wash and dress.

Makeup, sometimes doing an Instagram live or GRWM.

Work at my desk or straight out to meetings.

What do you do for exercise?

Mostly mat Pilates and HITT.

What is on your current playlist?

M People and Gabrielle.

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Do you have a beauty routine?

Yes but I also experiment with new things all the time.

Products I don’t tend to swap out ever… Eve Lom cleanser, La Mer Eye Cream, La Prairie Sleep Mask, Estee Advanced Night Repair, Skincueticals Redness Neutraliser.

What is your favorite café?

I find that hard. I like some cafes because they are comfortable even though the foods not the most exciting. Like Aubaine on Brompton Road, Granger and Co Pavillion Road, Daylesford Pimlico. But food wise I always love Ottolenghi and Crumbs and Doilies.

What is your favorite restaurant? 

I don’t think I can choose just one.

Good Earth, great classic Chinese, I like the Brompton Road branch.

Dozo, My fav Japanese. There are a couple in London.

Carluccios, its a chain but I just love there classics like Carbonara for a chilled date night.

Yauatcha, the best dim sum in soho.

Maroush, cant live without this Lebanese 24hrs classic.

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

Oh god thats a bit exposing. Probably 100 or so a day. I reply to about 30 (eek)

What is the last book you read?

Woman Code

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

MariKondo

What is your go to homemade meal?

Salad.

What is your drink of choice?

Water.

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What is your biggest vice?

Swearing and bad posture.

What time do you go to bed?

11 if I’m good.

Bedtime ritual?

I try and read before bed and not use my phone. I wash ny face and apply all my lotions and potions, take my vitamins and then try and read and relax.

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What do you do to relax?

I’m obsessed with baths and walking for relaxation. Although I find working out mentally soothing I don’t think its relaxing.

London or Paris?

London – home is where the heart is.

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

India, New Zealand, New Orleans…

Beach or mountains?

Beach, I love the sea. It makes me feel like I can breathe. I think a sea view is always the most beautiful to me.

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

Where my loved ones are.

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Yotam Ottolenghi {the israeli british chef i live by and best restaurant of london}

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If you’ve never heard the name, shame on you, as this man is a sheer genius. And still, if you haven’t heard the name you’re about to get the low down. As it’s Thursday, I thought I would do a little throw back and talk about the London institution for healthy, good and delicious eating that I hold very close to my heart. If you must go anywhere when you are in London, you must pay a visit to an Ottolenghi restaurant.

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Who is Yotam? Born and raised in Jerusalem, the man has a very very interesting history and life that came before his fooding success. That being said, his fooding endeavour did not start directly with this vision, but early in his career he began working in the industry as a pastry chef for several very known and reputed resaturants. But it all really began in 2002 when he opened Ottolenghi in Notting Hill.

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His dishes quickly sought praise, with a foundation on vegetables, crazy and inventive flavour combinations, and the essential Middle Eastern spices including za’atar, rose water and pomegranate molasses that must are completely unaccustomed to. The business has grown enormously since, and he now has a variety locations including a finer dining restaurant called Nopi. Each restaurant has a calm and “at home” ambiance. It’s always like I never left when I return to Ottolenghi. The only thing missing is, is that he has not opened in Paris (please come to Paris Mr. Otttolenghi). But at least he has published several cookbooks, so we can make our own attempts at home. Honestly, I cannot say enough positive things about this incredible chef. The only thing I can really say is that the next time you’re in London, you absolutely MUST visit Ottolenghi. As you can see from the photos, you will leave happy. Check their site for more info.

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34.4 Skin Care Naturally {aware and conscious beauty products that are all natural, made by hand and supporting the natural beekeeping trust}

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Last weekend while strolling through Broadway Market in London, I stumbled upon a true gem. Even though Elka was shutting down for the day, she quickly attended to the presence of a new customer at her stand. Intrigued by the various beauty products, like none I had seen before, I asked Elka, brand owner and founder, for a more information. Little did I know, there was quite a lot to know about this skin care brand.

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34.4 is a all natural skin care brand for women and men. All products are created by hand and are 100% all natural. Every sale supports the Natural Beekeeping Trust (an enterprise “hoping to inspire people to live in peace with the bees, be good hosts to them, guard them and grow for them, in all ways imaginable”) and is a registered Social Enterprise. Elka and her team see business as having an impact on both the individuals who work within it as well as the wider community. Another awesome anecdote – their products are tested on friends, not animals. And why the name? Well, it’s the optimum temperature for a brood to thrive in the heart of the beehive and the percentage (3.44%) that is donated to the Trust.

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So what product did I select?  Face No. 2 – an easily absorbed, light moisturiser, made with beeswax and honey blended with apricot kernel oil and coconut oil that is hydrating and even makes your skin radiate (if I do say so myself). The product can also be used as a makeup base, and it works excellently. Even cooler – 34.4º has a Cradle to Cradle® policy, meaning for every six empty black containers returned to them, you’ll be sent one free product of your choice. I can’t wait to try more of their products, as I truly believe in everything this wonderful brand stands for. Please check out their website for more information and stay tuned for some collaborative work together.

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The Hoxton + their fit fest {my hotel of choice that happens to be wellness friendly}

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Me and The Hoxton Hotel Group have been friends for some time now. My love affair with this hotel began a couple of years ago when the chain was much smaller. I stayed at their Shoreditch London location and I can assure you it was pretty much love at first sight. The chill vibe and the fun atmosphere sincerely resonated with me (and still does). They have now expanded to Amsterdam, they have another location in London at Holborn (where I stayed this past weekend) and even location in central Paris. They will soon be opening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn too. While I have yet to visit their Amsterdam location, I can assure you this sweet ambiance is present at all Hoxton locations, and I highly suggest you plan your next trip around one of their special locations.

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This weekend I happened to be in London for a very special event – their Fresh & Fit Fest. For the fourth consecutive year, the Hoxton organized a day congregating the biggest names in fitness, along with the best classes and trainers, the hippest activewear brands and the yummiest healthy foods for an event devoted to well-being. While I missed the boat on many of the fantastic and inspiring talks and fab yoga classes, I spent most of my day at their Health Food Market. Among my favorites were smoothies from Pit & Nut, a Pukka tea stand and a Rude Health tasting.

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It is so exciting to see such special health conscious events happening with such accessibility. Even cooler – The Hoxton offers monthly health events at all of their hotels. HUGE plus, as a guest, you receive a healthy breakfast bag every single morning with fresh yogurt, delicious granola, freshly squeezed orange juice and a banana. Just a quick aside that for me is a deal breaker. Make sure to follow their Instagram @thehoxtonhotel for all the details and subscribe to their newsletter in the bottom of their site’s homepage.

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Photo credit – The Hoxton

Yoga Wear for Powerful Women {the brand is called ana heart and it’s very close to my heart}

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Don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan of the big name yoga clothing brands – but it’s pretty hard to find a brand like Ana Heart that takes things just a little further. A brand that isn’t just about that perfect legging that makes you feel like a million bucks, or that sports bra and keeps everything tucked in comfortably. This is why I vibe so hard with Ana Heart.

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Ana Heart is a British Yoga clothing and lifestyle brand founded by women that share a image of the ideal woman (and their story is really dope click here for more info). For them, she is powerful yet feminine, seducing and active – a little bit rock and roll, and vibrates positive energy. Dude – I couldn’t agree anymore with their statement. This vision portrays my ideal woman, and the woman I aspire to be. The Ana Heart philosophy is clear in their clean cut, yet sexy, all around cool designs. If I could live in their stuff I most certainly would. They use only the softest most comfortable fabric (of excellent quality bien sûr). The line includes everything from chic sweatpants, to the perfect yoga ensemble.

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I am truly proud to represent this brand as a brand ambassador and be a part of their squad. P.s. The Ana Heart DNA is based on “Urban Peace”, a topic very close to my heart. This brand speaks to me entirely and I know it will speak to you in one way or another. Please check their online shop for more information.
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