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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A Magical Morning with Hanna Mansson, magical soul and founder of Bliss Studio Paris

Meet Hanna Mansson aka @myfrenchcircus. Hanna is a very sweet Swedish and magical friend that walked into my life, just kind of magically. Let’s find out her magical morning Savoir Vivre.

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Who?

I am a positive person that believes in magic. I have always had a connection to magic. I all started 22 years ago. It was by a man that had been my mentor for 22 and he gave me a book on how to speak to animals. I am very connected to animals and nature – like the little elfs in the forest!! This was my first like AHA oh my god moment. I grew up with a lot of animals around me even and I always felt like they understood me more than humans… After this book I started to read a lot about the mind and the law of attraction …and after that I started really living my life. I know that everything I have in my life day is something I created!!

When you followed your intuition?

You won’t believe this story but… one day I literally broke up with my boyfriend of 11 years, I sold my apartment and all my furniture in Stockholm, I took 2 bags and moved to Paris and I started a new life. I didn’t know anyone here and I didn’t know a word of French, BUT I just knew that it was going to work out. My dream was to have a French boyfriend with a hat and a scarf and a beautiful apartment with two rooms, wooden floors, moulding on the ceiling, a cool job in advertising and from how I saw it, it couldn’t have been more cool. And get this, everything that I wished for it happened. Soon after I realized that I wanted to do something else. And that’s how I got Bliss Studio and to where I am today. Hey!

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Your alarm rings at…

Normally at 8’oclock during the week when I go to work. But on the weekend I don’t put on an alarm. I normally wake up naturally at 9:30 latest. But last weekend I slept 24 hours. This was a special case because I did some energetic healing. When I told my healer I had slept for 24 hours he told me it was totally normal because he changed a lot of stuff inside of me…my body needed to readjust.

What brought you to energy healing?

The healer that I went to is a meditation teacher at Bliss that also does private sessions. I have strong intuitions. I wanted to try a private session because when I speak to him, we really really connect and I just knew that it was really the right thing to do. When I develop myself in a spiritual way, I develop my inner voice and I felt like with him I would be able to develop further.

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What’s your first thought when waking up?

I wake up wondering what is going to happen today!! I wake up excited!!

How do you start the day with good vibes?

First I do my meditation and then I put on music – what makes me happy is music. I can even dance naked to help me wake up before I take my shower. In the morning I like to listen to latino music, or music by one of my DJ friends because it makes me happy to dance in the morning with one of my friend’s music.

Your breakfast?

First I drink a glass of half pressed lemon and water. I do that because I feel like it is really good for my stomach, I feel like I am starting the day by cleaning my body. I also feel like my body wake up with it –like my eyes are waking up and I can even see better!!!! I feel something in my eyes that’s like POOF. As for food, if it’s a big morning, depending on what I have home, but I always always have a banana and fruit with grains and natural yogurt. This is what I do before I go to Bliss. When I get to Bliss, I have a coffee. If I have more time in the morning, I will sit on my sofa and I can drink tea. Tea is for my slow day; coffee is my speed day.

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Your spiritual side?

I meditate everyday normally in the morning and sometimes in the evening too. 20 minutes maybe and I like to follow a voice. I train with Davidji. I like him because his meditations are really easy and he has a lot of a different types of meditations. I like choosing when I wake up what kind of meditation I need for that day, because sometimes I wake up and I have a big day and sometimes when I wake up feeling anxious – so my meditation practice will change. I choose a meditation that feels right for that day.

How you stay fit?

Having as much fun as possible. I don’t restrict myself. I don’t believe that a diet is a good thing. I have never ever been on a diet. I believe that if I am having fun, then everything is fun. Even though I am very spiritual and I have been on my spiritual journey for over 22 years, I have never been a yoga girl. For me yoga is just one way to be spiritual, but it’s not my way. I have tried a lot of sports and I don’t like them. I tried to go to the gym, I have gotten super excited about it… I was like omg I am going to go to the gym and I am going to be really perfect. But after going only like 3 times, I stop going. I dance and I walk a lot. I always take the stairs and I always walk. I read this book the secret of French Skinny Women a couple of years and apparently it is too walk. And when I dance, I dance at home, but I like to go out and dance too. I can go to parties completely sober and dance for 8 hours if the music is good. When I go dancing it’s like a meditation for me. It’s like I am grounding myself and at the same time I am connected to the source and I can use all the alchemy magic in the world.

Your beauty secrets?

Water. I drink a lot of water. And also –it sounds really cliché but if I am happy, feeling good and relaxed I look better. There are two keys for me: sleeping and drinking a lot of water. Also if I eat bad, I feel bad and I think I look bad too. So when I take care of myself everything is more awesome. I use only one beauty product. Before I was buying really expensive stuff. I had really sensitive skin and was always having allergic reactions. And you know, with your skin if you have a reaction, your skin gets red and then you put on concealer to hide it. I don’t think that this is good for the skin. It’s like a bad thing. I have a friend from Morocco that does organic oils and so now this is what I use. They’re called JerraFlore and I only use them. And since I started using these oils, I feel so much better. I feel younger in my skin and I feel shiny. It’s like my skin is cleaner.

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Your perfect morning?

When I have time, I like to do things slowly. I like to be in my little world and just do my stuff. I don’t like to wake up in the morning and have to rush. But of course it’s usually rushed and that’s exciting because a lot of stuff is happening. But if I can choose I wake up slowly. I do the same routine just slower.

Self-love?

I talk to myself about stuff, depending on what I need. For instance, if I am worried about something, I tell myself there is nothing to be worried about. It’s like I am having a discussion with myself. I say, “OK there is nothing to be worried about because what I am worrying about is not real.” I am reading a really interesting book about abundance. The author explains things in a really interesting way. He says that we are all here to play and that everything that happens around us is just an illusion of our mind—like everything that I see and that I create is in my mind. For instance, if I am go around saying I can’t pay my rent, I am going to loose my apartment, my company is going to crash, then you create these kind of things and then they happen. S when these kinds of things come to me I tell myself to stop. I talk myself to make them go away.

Current mantra?

Everything IS fine and how it is supposed to be. I am going through a period in my life that has is really weird. I feel like I have been conquering mountains in my mind. So I tell myself everything is fine. And when I tell myself this, its like the stormy winds on mountains is coming down.

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Savoir Vivre with Marc Grossman, founder of Bob’s Juice and Bakery

On this new episode of Savoir Vivre, we meet founder of Bob’s Juice Shop and Bakery, Marc Grossman. Pioneer entrepreneur of “well-being” in Paris, former student of Harvard University and filmmaker, Marc meets us today to discuss the wellness revolution in Paris and his professional experiences in the field. Marc’s sharp personality and contagious enthusiasm is sure to please.

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Not Marc’s, but Bob’s?

I didn’t want to call it Marc’s. Marc’s is not American enough, and it’s a French first name too, Bob’s sounds more American. I thought a lot about the name for my business, like when choosing the name for a baby.

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Did you always have a healthy lifestyle?

I was born in Manhattan and didn’t necessarily grow up with a “healthy lifestyle,” but I frequented juice bars from a young age. I also spent a lot of time in LA, where juicing and juice bars are just normal, they’re kind of like boulangeries in Paris. When I arrived in Paris, I noticed immediately that these kind of places did not exist, and I realized that I missed them. So I said to myself, there are definitely other people that are looking for juice bars too – I am the person that should do this, it would work. At first, it was just an idea, but it became my fantasy. It finally became a reality when I signed the lease on the space in 2016.

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Was it an immediate success?

I had customers, except I wasn’t making tons of money. But at the same time, I didn’t have huge expenses. A few months after it opened I published a recipe book. I had a bit of press so the timing was right. I was at the right place at the right time.

The first menu?

At first Bob’s was only juices made to order. But I realized very quickly that this offer was too small. So we added salads, muffins, things that go well with juice. Almost immediately there were two offers – “healthy” juices and American pastries. We mixed juices and pastries. It’s not necessarily always healthy, but we have options for everyone.

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Are your bagels homemade?

Now yes, the recipe is in my recipe book. But at the first we bought the bagels from New York, frozen bagels from H&H. I don’t think they exist anymore, or they changed the time. Except I thought it was a shame not to have fresh bagels and I wanted to make them myself.

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Your vision of wellbeing?

I find that there is a big misunderstanding of this term. For me, how is more important than what. But there will always be people that say, “you must do this” or “you must be vegetarian.” And at the end of the day, everyone has their own habits. No, in theory a bagel isn’t healthy, but if you eat a bagel on Sunday and are conscious of it, the bagel can be healthy. There are people that eat a lot of cheese. I can’t eat digest lactose, so cheese isn’t good for me. But for someone else cheese can be good. The experience of the meal is the most important, the vibes too.

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Your wellness routine?

I’m really extreme. Either I’m really healthy, or I’m really unhealthy. Sometimes in the morning I have toast with black tea. But other times I’ll be in a detox phase and I’ll eat completely raw. It’s part of the reason I created Bob’s…sometimes I am looking for detox, sometimes I am looking for pancakes, I like to have these two possibilities. I have a very addictive personality, so I go to extremes naturally. Ironically, today I am detoxing. I have been for the past two days because I’ve been so toxic recently that I had to cut out everything. It wasn’t only food and I wasn’t doing crazy extreme things but I was really stressed out and working way too much. I was obsessed with lots of things. It didn’t do me well to drink 5 coffees per day, to eat tons of sugar and late at night. For me to get out of this spiral I have to cut out everything. So today I am eating lots of fruits and drinking a little coffee. Today I can’t cut out the coffee, but maybe tomorrow.

 

Your best wellbeing tip?

Don’t eat at night. Based on my experience and research, this is the most important thing to follow. Also – fast for 12 hours, aka stop eating at 8pm and then eat breakfast the next day at 8am. Personally, if I am able to not eat at night, I wake up with tons of energy. If I eat late at night, even if it’s just a salad with quinoa, I wake up stressed out because I didn’t sleep well. I’m moody and my problems give me anxiety.

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Your tips for success, while remaining balanced?

I have almost always been characterized as “stressed. I was dyslexic, I changed school 4 times, etc. Honestly, I only started to read when I was 10. It was at this moment that I started to get serious about school. I realized that if I worked hard I would be successful. So I worked like a manic. I was always afraid of missing out on an opportunity, which in my opinion should be avoided at all costs. If you have this attitude, and you work 4 times harder than others, you will succeed. At Harvard, I calmed down a bit because I realized I had made it to “paradise”. But I also realized that in the end, Harvard was not paradise. We are never content with our success. I try to distance myself from this idea because I see that it is a never ending cycle.

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How do you manage your stress?

Haha… Well, last week I got a phone call from my security system at 2am. They told me that someone tried to break into the Bakeshop. When I arrived to the bakery, I saw that someone broke the lock on the door but were not able to get in. At the same time, I realized one of my refrigerators wasn’t working and that apparently there was a new Trump tax, forcing all international businesses to pay a tax on their business, retroactive from the opening. Oh, and that I would have another pretty important tax to pay to my old business partner…there are always problems in life. But I had told one of my clients I would go to her yoga class, the same day. It has been a really long time since I took a yoga class, even though I used to practice everyday. So I said to myself, no matter what these problems are not going to disappear today. I have to go on with my life, and so I went to the yoga class. And it was really great. It was a step in the right direction. I think that’s why I’m now on a detox. I am taking a lot of steps in the right direction. I try and put things into perspective to be less stressed out.

Your addiction?

Today my drug is my work. I work until I’m sick. It’s my power, to work more than everyone else.

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Is well-being, being well power in itself?

Well-being is in fact a power, one that that can be used in two ways. To be physically well, to be beautiful. To be fit. That’s the more attractive part, but what do we do with it? Is it just to nourish our ego? Or is it a way to love others? The ego is very smart; it finds it’s way into every situation. For example, you decide to open a juice bar to be a good citizen, to follow a passion… but in another sense, you know that people are going to look at you and say wow… isn’t he healthy, isn’t he nice. And that makes you feel good! So that’s the problem. There’s no reason to judge people because everyone has an ego.

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The problem with the 21st century?

In this day and age, we need to share, we don’t have a choice. Back when I opened Bob’s yes we had a website, but it’s nothing like the way things are today with social media. Today there is no choice but to be engaged. These days it is somewhat politically correct to say “I make a lot of money, my business is booming.” This is something that really bothers me. Today to succeed with the algorithm, you become an exhibitionist. For example, show me your butt…if you are a woman and you show your butt, you get a lot of likes on the photo. But do you want to show your butt? Or is it just to get likes?

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Your Parisian cantine?

I really like IMA on the Canal, it makes me think of Bob’s a little. Except normally I avoid these kind of places, because they make me think of work. I don’t go out much at night. I am kinda cheap and I think about what we pay at a restaurant and how much it would cost to make it at home. I do like eating in Chinatown for Vietnamese food and soups. The Chinatown near Arts and Metiers. I really like Le Petit Cambodge and Le Cambodge. I usually get takeout. They make a good soup. They’re really pro and quick. They are pretty reliable too. I also like going to Shakespeare & Co. There’s a Bob’s café there, but even if there wasn’t, I would still go.

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