A Cosmic Savoir Vivre Minute with Vic-Oh, co-author of “Gardiennes de la Lune”

GUARDIENNES DE LA LUNE

Today we are here with Vic Oh, the co-founder of “Gardiennes de la Lune” to learn a little bit about her very cosmic Savoir Vivre. She was born in 1989. She is a self-taught visual artist with a Master’s Degree in Art History. Graduated from the Sorbonne University, she works in her studio as a permanent artist at the famous 59 Rivoli residencies in Paris. Her art is about wild spiritual women, about their strength, their fire, their creation power and their dark side. It is about our connection as Humans to the Universe, the connexions between us- the microcosm- and the Cosmos – the macrocosm; our similarities, our roots, our moving energies and how we interact with what is bigger than Us, and yet the same. Very much influenced by Latin-American traditions – being French-Peruvian and raised in Mexico- she uses color language, sacred geometry and symbolism to touch each mind regardless of their language. Psychedelic, visionary, spiritual, feminist, her art makes the micro and macro meet in an explosion of mystical secretive messages.

GUARDIENNES DE LA LUNE

Why do you call the woman a lunar being?

Because we function in a very similar way as the Moon. We are cyclical beings. Our menstrual cycles are around 28 days roughly, just like a Moon cycle that takes about 28-30 days to regenerate and be Full again. It changes constantly; growing, evolving, shining, and then hiding and disappearing. Our energies change like the Moon, and each big lunar movement is directly connected to our emotions and inner fluids. Just like it moves ocean tides, it moves our inner tides as well.

What is your zodiac sign?

Sun in Virgo, Ascending and Moon in Capricorn.

What characteristics are most representative of you?

I believe it to be my capacity of finding delight and curiosity into most of the movements around me. I also smile a lot… it seems contagious, and I like that. My face expressions are quite obvious.

I like to tune into the energy of the person around to find harmony. I’m warm and like to make people feel at ease in my environment.

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What is the/a lunar guardian?

A soul in touch with the Nature elements around her/him.

A human taking care of the surroundings, of what’s on earth and what’s in the sky.

A guardian connects back to ancient knowledge to understand the roots of our experience as humans.

A guardian is synched with her cycles, with her different phases, she understands her flows by looking and feeling the Moon.

What time do you wake up?

I wake up around 9 but I stay in bed for a while starting my day working on my computer. Since I spend most of my day at the studio afterwards (so no internet and no computer mode), I catch up on mails, social media, projects.

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What do you have for breakfast?

Usually something light; a sweet tea or a big smoothie. I’m more of a lunch and diner eater. My breakfast is often a good dose of dancing around my place, it gives me more energy.

What is your drink of choice?

Apricot juice during the day, Spritz later.

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What is your biggest vice?

My phone, a terrible addiction of this century.

What time do you go to bed?

I go to bed around 1am but usually do a bedtime activity.

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Bedtime ritual?

I read a cool book I might just have found, burn some plants, listen to a history or social podcast, or hear some 432hz music to meditate.

I also often like to light a candle and thank the positive energies that surround me.

Who inspires you the most?

Wild women like Remedios Varo, she was a beautiful magical surrealist painter living in Mexico City. She painted with soul and spirits. Or crazy minds like Alejandro Jodorovsky, the inventor of “psychomagic”, and an enlighten Chilean director, writer and tarot master.

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What do you do when you are feeling down?

I do a tarot reading, usually the five cards “Tarot of the World” lecture with the Marseille cards.

I can also walk or bike in Paris, it always makes it all better… city and sky lights and sudden caught conversations really sooth my moods.

How can we use this book to uplift and move forward?

This book is filled with keys to play with your energies and the Moon’s, so it’s much fun to manipulate. Using it will help you tune into your natural cycle and understand your core movements so you can be more aware of your way of functioning. Use it gently; take the time to consult it. It’s constructed around a full year and separated in 12 chapters, one for each month. So you can go along with it, and it can go along with you.

What is your key to success?

For me there is only the traveling on paths that have heart, on any path that may have heart. There I travel, and the only worthwhile challenge is to traverse its full length. And there I travel looking, looking, breathlessly.” Don Juan- ( The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui way of knowledge, by Carlos Castañeda)

What is your Savoir Vivre

Be thankful, generate good energies around you so it can come back in the same matter.

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«Gardiennes de la Lune, Vic-Oh et Stéphanie Lafranque, éditions Solar, 19,90€

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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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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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Samantha Wasser, co-founder and creative director of By CHLOE. has some serious Savoir Vivre

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Today we are sitting down with Samantha Wasser, the co-founder and creative director of the plant-based fast-food chain, by CHLOE. This chic is a design and creative genius that is ready to inspire us with some of that Savoir Vivre that made By CHLOE. an overnight success (with lots of hard work of course).

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What time do you wake up? I usually wake up between 630-7am.

What do you have for breakfast? I am religious about my celery juice which I drink first thing on an empty stomach.

Coffee or tea? After my juice I usually wait about 30 minutes before having an oat milk café au lait from Blue Bottle.

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What is your morning routine? My morning routine is undergoing some changes at the moment as I have a two-month old baby boy! Prior to Baby J, I would wake up around 630ish and check my emails, walk the dogs and grab a juice. I try to work out around 730/8am so I can be in the office or at meetings around 930am.

What do you do for exercise? I am really into low impact workouts like Yoga and Pilates. I always feel my best when I have a little me time first thing in the morning.

What is on your current playlist? I am such a 90s girl at heart. I love playing music all day in James’ room. We have so much fun listening to 90s jams. I honestly have no idea what is on the radio these days!

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Do you have a beauty routine? What products do you use? For face, I absolutely live for the Biologique Recherche products. P50 has completely changed the texture and appearance of my skin and the Masque Vivant is my go-to for breakouts. I also splurged on the MC1 Blood Moisturizer from Barbara Sturm which is actually made from my blood and has incredible healing properties. My other favorite brands are Tata Harper, Tracie Martyn, May Lindstrom, MUN. For body I use Bathing Culture Body Wash and Everyday Oil and for hair, I use Sisters all-natural Balancing Shampoo and Conditioner. For makeup, I recently discovered the Westman Atelier products from Gucci Westman which is super lightweight for everyday use!

What is your favorite café? Where is it? I recently discovered this tiny cafe in my neighborhood called Lillo Cucina Italiana. The ingredients and dishes are so incredibly fresh and delicious.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it? Probably Mr. Chows which we go to in Tribeca weekly.

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How many emails do you get a day? How many do you respond to? LOL I wish I had time to count for you.

What is the last book you read? The last book I read was Cold Blood by Robert Bryndza

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix? Russian Doll + just finished re-watching all nine seasons of The Office.

What is your go to homemade meal? A big arugula salad, buckwheat pasta or eggplant pizza.

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What is your drink of choice? JAJA tequila with soda and lime.

What is your biggest vice? Carbs and cookies (which is guess is a carb so ya carbs!)

What time do you go to bed? As early as I can but lately I haven’t been falling asleep till around 11.

Bedtime ritual? After dinner, I sip on a hot water and lemon before heading into bed. I typically watch an hour or so of TV in bed on my Amethyst BioMat and if I’m feeling ambitious I’ll throw on a facial mask too!

What do you do to relax? To relax I like to do yoga or pilates, long walks with the doggies + baby, reading, monthly facials at Tracie Matryn or Tres Belle Spa and weekly lymphatic drainage and cupping sessions with Marina Baratashvili.

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NYC or LA? NYC, it’s the city that never sleeps! What’s not to like?

Where would you like to travel to that you have never been? Tokyo hands down! Everyone who knows me can’t believe I haven’t been yet. I am just worried that if I go I will never come home!

 Beach or mountains? Can I have a beach with mountains? I love any opportunity to escape, explore and shut off with my family and friends.

Where is the most special place in the world to you? Any place where my hubby, son and doggies are.

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A Savoir Vivre Moment with Michael Pollak, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Heyday Skincare

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Today we are sharing a “A Savoir Vivre Moment” with Michael Pollak, Chief Brand Officer and Co-Founder of Heyday Skincare. Heyday seeks to personalize skincare to create a positive impact in people’s lives! Who’s down?

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What time do you wake up?
It depends, but I like to be up by 6:30am. I love a morning workout. Problem is, I also love my second wind at night… And love my sleep. Gotta square that somehow, soon!

What do you have for breakfast?

Greek yogurt, blueberries, and this new chickpea-based granola I’m loving. Or, avocado toast with an egg on top. Made at home, so you know, it’s not $14.

Coffee or tea?

Coffee!!! Look, mad respect for tea, but I always associate it with feeling under the weather.

What is your morning routine?

I continue to tinker with it to make the most out of it. I love mornings. My partner and I just adopted a dog, so I’m getting used to waking up and taking the little guy out. I admire his ability to be groggy one minute and up-and-at-’em the next. I like quiet time to do a 5-minute meditation, write how I’m feeling for a few minutes, plan my day, read the news, have a coffee and breakfast. In an ideal world, I’d have a full 90 minutes to do my morning thing, plus an hour workout, but that isn’t always the reality. :-)

What do you do for exercise?

I love workouts. It’s my time to be alone, think, and push myself. I use an app called Future where a remote trainer loads workouts for the week ahead. I hit play, put on a good list of remixes, and go at it.

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What is on your current playlist?

Basically, Heyday music.

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

I mean, of course. Our team has me taking good care of my face! I use products from Heyday (and try new products we’re considering) and love a great cleanse in the morning and night, along with religiously moisturizing and wearing sunscreen. There’s more to my routine, but the one thing I’m super lazy about is toner or eye cream.

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What is your favorite café? Where is it?

Oh gosh, so many. First one that comes to mind right now is Cafe Gitane in Nolita. Super cute, delicious, feels like you’re in Europe, and the server outfits look like vintage flight attendant uniforms, which I’m obsessed with.

What is your favorite restaurant? Where is it?

It’s no longer around, but it was PUBLIC, in Nolita. My first job in the city was for the design firm that owned it. We worked upstairs and were able to join the restaurant for staff meal every day at 5:15 and have a shift drink after. I knew that was special then, but looking back, it’s even more so. I had so many great memories dining there (and I haven’t even mentioned the food yet.)

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

Too many. Not enough. 2019 is all about figuring out how to not be managed by an inbox, and for our company to do as much collaborating outside of an inbox as possible. I love technology and what it’s unlocked for the human race, but I think it’s been fairly punishing in many ways. Neither our minds nor the clock have evolved at the rate technology has, and I think it’s impacted our mental health massively. I digress.

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What is the last book you read?

I always say at some point in life, hopefully soon, I’ll get back to fiction… 2018 was What Happened and a slew of leadership/business books. Maybe I should have some more escapism in 2019.

What is the last thing you watched on Netflix?

Roma. A beautiful film. Makes you really feel how big and small we all are at the same time, depending on the moment.

What is your go-to homemade meal?

Roasted chicken and roasted vegetables. Love the oven! My partner and I recently watched that awesome food doc, Salt Fat Acid Head, and Samin’s buttermilk roasted chicken is out of this world. And so easy.  

What is your drink of choice?

Coffee by day. A paper plane by evening.

What is your biggest vice?

Pastries, for sure. So hard.

What time do you go to bed?

Too late. I get a second wind around 10pm that is very productive for work and my partner calls it “tornado mode” with tidying the apartment. I really love going to bed with everything in its place, but I also like waking up before everyone else. Need to reconcile that!

Bedtime ritual?

The skincare routine. :-) And aforementioned tidying of all the things.

What do you do to relax?

It sounds strange, but I found housework very relaxing and rewarding. You can’t do it with a phone in your hand. A good project around the house relaxes me, too.

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NYC or LA?

Love both. So many of my friends have migrated to LA, so visiting has felt more native in recent years. They both have such different energy and it’s nice to be able to tap both. New York has a speed that’s addictive. LA has the opportunity for me to sing horrifically at the top of my lungs in a rental car where no one will hear it.

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

Iceland, Patagonia, New Zealand… I love the end-of-the-Earth destinations and need to get to some of them!

Beach or mountains?

Very tough! Both fill you with possibility; the beach is relaxing, the mountains are a reminder of how small we are and.

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

What a big question. In the past few years, it’s been our place upstate, just outside the city. It’s a respite from the busy-ness of the week, the people-intensity of my business and New York City in general. I never thought I’d be a rural person, but I can’t get enough of the trees and quiet.

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Sarah Levey, Co-Founder of Y7 Studio shares with a bit of her Savoir Vivre

Today JJ is chatting with Sarah Levey, Co-Founder and CEO of the super dope New York-based hip-hop yoga studio called Y7 Studio. This chick is an innovator, entrepreneur, 200-hour registered yoga instructor, author, and certified Health Coach. Yep, alllllll dat.

After working in Fashion for five years, (remind us of anyone else?) Levey launched Y7 at 26. Since launching in 2013, the Y7 brand has expanded to a super successful bicoastal business with ten studios across New York and Los Angeles!!!! Uniquely positioned—Y7 classes combine 60-minutes of intensity with heat and strength, complemented by deep breathing to calm the mind, all while set to the latest beats (think A$AP Rocky, Rihanna, Drake.) Levey’s goal? Make the practice of yoga more accessible and inclusive in attitude and design, with dark rooms and zero mirrors to eliminate the distraction of physical comparison.

This fabulous lady was named an All-Star Entrepreneur of 2018 by Inc. Magazine and has been featured in Forbes, Vogue, Bazaar, Entrepreneur, Shape, InStyle, Refinery29, Women’s Health and tonzzz more, Levey has earned her success with pure drive and dedication.

Let’s see kinda Savoir Vivre she has to share with us.

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Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.

Did you go to college and if so, what did you study? 

I went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison and majored in Consumer Science.

What did you do prior to Y7?

Before Y7 I was working as an account executive in fashion. I was at a brand called ADDISON for three years before moving on to a multiline showroom until I made the decision to pursue Y7 full time.

What is your beauty routine? What products do you use?

My beauty routine is pretty minimal. For the morning, I wash my face with Cetaphil and then use an SPF moisturizer, Elta MD, RMS Living Luminizer highlighter, Glossier Boy Brow and I am out the door. Because I am always popping in and out of the studios for a class, I try to keep my daily routine very minimal. At night I wash my face again with Cetaphil, followed by Caudalie Vinoperfect Overnight Renewal Cream.

How do you eat? Do you have a specific diet? 

I have no diet, but I wish I did.

Are you based in NYC? 

Yes! I spend most of my time in NYC and am in LA for about a week out of every month depending on my schedule.

How many times a week do you practice yoga?

I try to get into the studio about three times a week.

What’s your favorite restaurant in NY?

Lucien.

And in LA? 

Croft Alley.

Ideas for expansion? 

We are looking to expand in a ton of different cities in the US! Chicago, Philly, DC and San Fran are at the top!

How does Y7 shape your individual philosophy on the yoga experience? 

Y7 was created out of my philosophy on yoga. It should be carefree, intuitive to your individual body, and beneficial to the mind and body. Allowing you to take what you learn in class into the world.

What advice would you have to a young entrepreneur? 

Laugh at yourself, nothing is ever going to be the end of the world. :)

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