Your Nightcap with André Saraiva, including all of his Savoir Vivre

Tonight we are hanging with the André Saraiva, the man behind Hotel Amour, Grand Amour and Le Baron (amongst many other very sweet projects). Let’s face it, there is no better night cap then a bit of André’s Savoir Vivre. Keep reading….

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What time do you wake up?

Around 11am

What do you have for breakfast?

Coffee

Coffee or tea?

Black coffee, no milk, no sugar

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What is your morning routine?

To drink my coffee and read the New York Times if I have it

What do you do for exercise?

I love to take long walks and to ride my bicycle

What is on your current playlist?

Leonard Cohen and Chet Baker

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

I don’t really use any beauty products. I shave every couple of days, and if one of my girlfriends has Crème de la Mer I’d steal some to moisturize my fresh shave.

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What is your favorite café? Where is it?

It used to be Café Henrie but that closed, so now I’m a café orphan in New York. But in Paris I really like to have my coffee at Café de Flore.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

Chez Georges, Rue du Mail

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

I receive many emails and rarely respond to them.

What is the last book you read?

Men Without Women by Murakami

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

True Detective and Black Mirror

What is your go to homemade meal?

Köttbullar med lingonsylt

What is your drink of choice?

A glass of red Burgundy

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What is your biggest vice?

I don’t have any vices, I just enjoy the good things in life

What time do you go to bed?

Rarely before midnight

Bedtime ritual?

No ritual, it depends where I am

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NYC or LA?

I like both

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

Finland

Beach or mountains? 

Beach in the summer, mountains in the winter

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

Many places are special to me; the ones closest to my heart are all attached to different love stories…

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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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Headed to NYC Baby! {hitting all my favorite spots and open to suggestions}

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Hey all! Very cool news, next week I am headed to the Big Apple. I am excited to discover, explore and see what’s happening in terms of well-being and yoga in my hometown. Visits are already all set and planned at YogaWorks, Y7, The Class TT and Woom Center. YEA. As for foodie tips, let me know the best new spot to get my avo toast fix please. Stay tuned for my NYC guide.

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Yoga Village {yoga in the center of paris with some of the best teachers in town}

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Just steps away from Opera, you will find Yoga Village. This studio provides a wide range of different yoga styles from vinyasa, to strala, to kundalini and hatha (plus even more). Known as the Parisian epicenter with the best teachers and the best instruction, I decided to give it a try.

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I started the day with a Vinyasa class guided by Benoit. It brought me to a higher level of happiness in an environment filled with light and love. His practice is absolutely magical (and you will hear more about him soon). The yoga space overlooks the Boulevard Capucines, visually providing the truest beauty of Paris throughout the duration of your practice. As owner Laurent Commergnat states, Yoga Village looks to share the quality of the teachers, in a bright and vibrant space – and they surely do. Their schedule proves the studio’s value based on it’s class variety and well-known gurus. I highly suggest practicing with Benoit, Tatiana and Dasha if you plan on stopping by, and I can’t wait to test all of the other talent at Yoga Village. For more information check out their website. Yoga Village – 39 Boulevard des Capucines, 75002.

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The Yoga Lovers {aka tatiana and alex, two of the best yoga teachers in paris}

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Nothing goes more hand in hand than yoga and love. This spiritual practice teaches us self-love and how to love others. So what could be better than a real couple of real yoga lovers, Tatiana and Alex. The two were brought together by destiny in New York City and have trained with some of the best in the world (Dana Trixie Flynn, Sharon Gannon, David Life etc.) They are now based in Paris with a rigorous yoga schedule, to which I am positive you can find time to practice with them.

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Tatiana and Alex live by the philosophy of F F C aka fly, freedom and creativity. You can be sure to play with inversions and arm balances in their classes, as well as find a true sense of internal freedom and sheer creativity in your practice and in your life. These two incredibly inspiring yoga teachers have made an enormous impact on my personal practice and I can assure you that if you give them the chance, you will have the same experience. I have found a sense of confidence, fun and release through their practices that has benefited me in more ways than I can even imagine. Their schedule is available on their website, and via their social media platforms, @tatianayoga and @alexavilayoga. They also have a yoga retreat coming up on the Greek Island of Amorgos from April 30th to May 7th. There are two spots left so act quickly if you’re interested. On March 11th they will both hold 2 separate masterclasses, that I am very excited about. Alex’s will be held at Omm Studio and Tatiana’s will be at Elephant Paname (more info on their site). Trust me people. These Yoga Lovers have so much love to give.

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Free Persephone {your spa oasis in saint germain des pres}

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Last year thanks to My Little Paris, I discovered a lovely little place called Free Persephone. They were having a Spritz Pedicure Special post the summer holidays, and of course I needed to take part. Little did I know this experience would be so much more than just a pedicure an an Aperol Spritz. I fell immediately in love with this spa oasis in the 6th arrondissement of Paris.

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Today I had the luck of returning to Free Persephone for an Essential Manicure and it was sheer bliss. From start to finish I felt like a princess. Upon arrival, I was offered their special infusion tea of the day, a black tea with orange flowers. Oh la la how fabulously delicious. I was then accompanied by my manicurist to my spa chair and was waited on literally by hand and foot. Not to mention the quality of my manicure was superb.

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Free Persephone is far from your typical day spa. It is a utopia of happiness and well-being. I invite you to check out their website to discover the wide range of services they offer (from massages, to mother daughter manicures to intimate birthday parties – not to mention special events as cool if not cooler than my Spritz Pedicure). Please stay tuned on my site, Insta @jjchase, Facebook page and theirs for all upcoming fun and fab events. And please pay them a visit – you won’t regret it, I promise.

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