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

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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.

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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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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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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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JJ’s Ayurvedic Results: Mostly Vata

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Following JJ’s intensive interview with Katie, Pukka Tea’s Ayurvedic Specialist, she got the scoop on her personal Dosha. Scroll down to get the low down.

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Mainly Vata (V)

It looks like your main dosha is vata. This mind-body type are likely to have an active, restless nature and love change. When in balance, you’re quick thinking, enthusiastic, creative, and bursting with ideas. You probably talk as fast as you think and may even jump from subject to subject. You are an excellent communicator and often work in more creative professions. You’re also perceptive and sensitive but may be prone to worry. Your appetite and energy levels are often variable, due to vata’s changing nature. Physically, you have a slight build, and are probably quite sensitive to cold- which is why vata types love adventures in warm places.  When out of balance, you are likely to be prone to stress, anxiety, insomnia, feeling spaced out, with dry skin and bloating/constipation.

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Top tips to feel more balanced:  You can balance vata’s cold, airiness by increasing the opposite qualities- more warmth, moisture and earthiness, and reducing those experiences that are light, cold or dry- so a daily routine of a hot cup of ginger tea, some gentle stretching or yoga, and warming stew would all be ideal, whilst reducing raw food, cold and fizzy drinks, irregular routines and excess travelling can also be helpful. Some key herbs to support Vata are Ginger, Turmeric and Cinnamon, and Pukka’s Relax Tea is ideal for you.

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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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