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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Mantra Raw Vegan {the best vegan raw vegetarian spot in milan, and probably all of italy}

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Best healthy address of Milan is HANDS down, Mantra Raw Vegan. This awesome spot is ideal for any and everyone interested in healthy and delicious juices, meals and desserts. I must admit, I have yet to find a spot that compares in Paris. Mantra Raw combines a market, where snacks, seeds, superfoods, cold pressed juices, teas and sweets are available for purchase as well as a fully functioning restaurant that is open for lunch and dinner. I had the pleasure of stopping by for a bite and a juice while in Milan.

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Owner and founder Marina insisted on preparing me their house signature and best seller – TOSTAVO. This delectable is a composition of raw bread, dehydrated for 18 hours, with mashed avocado, cold smoked cherry tomatoes, marinated fennel and edible flowers. It was not only beautiful but supper yummy. Likewise, I tasted and very much enjoyed a coconut tiRAWmisu (ha ha – it’s true though) that Is caffeine free! Perfect for those looking for cut back on their caffeine or that are very sensitive to caffeine in the evening hours (like me). And finally, to drink, the Mantra cold pressed AUMARANCIONE. A juice consisting of carrots, oranges and lemon. Oh la la, incredibly fresh and wonderful.

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I truly do not have enough positive things to say about this wonderful place. It has everything you could ever want or need to feel good and eat right. Its pretty much worth a trip to Milan just to try this raw utopia. Please follow them on Instagram for some serious food porn @mantraw and check out their site for more information.

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Vinyasa Yoga in Milan {a vinyasa practice at pura vida power yoga in the center of the city}

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The most important address to find while traveling (for me) – is the best yoga studio in the city. I must admit for Milano this was not an easy task. I spent a decent amount of time browsing the web to find the studio that correctly corresponded to my flow based practice. I must say the research was well worth it. Happiness was found at boutique studio Pura Vida Power Yoga. Located in the center of the city, this studio is calm, discrete and sweet. I spent the morning practicing with Claudia Allegreti, who led a harmonious and challenging power flow that started my day on a high note. Pura Vida executes a traditional vinyasa practice focused on inner dialogue to your outward expression. A practice that aims to reduce stress and focus the mind, while challenging your muscles. Let me say they did the job!

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I likewise had the pleasure of speaking with founder and owner Gabriela Estrada, a fellow American expat who has been practicing yoga for nearly two decades. She has lived all around the world and has other new and exciting projects in store, so please keep your eye on the @puravidapoweryoga Instagram for the inside scoop – and most certainly pay a visit to Pura Vida when you are in Milan. It can only add bliss to your visit.

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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

Where to practice yoga in London {triyoga has the hookup for pilates and spa treatments too and locations all over the city}

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I must admit it was not been an easy task to find good yoga in London (sorry, just being honest). After countless visits, I nearly gave up – but then I found Triyoga. This multi-functional studio is calm and offers many different styles of yoga as well as pilates and treatments. They have several locations all around the city. Even from my short weekend experience, I can assure you that each and every one of their studios is a truly peaceful environment made for well-being.

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While at Triyoga, I did three different classes at three different locations. Upon arrival on Friday night, I went to a Hot Yoga class at their Soho location. The location was in Kingsly Court, a happening indoor food market with fun lights and atmosphere. The class was not vinyasa, nor bikram but an more “hatha” based practice in a (very) heated room. The class was an open level class, but I appreciated the advanced options also available and instructed by teacher Giorgos Aleandris. On Saturday morning I ventured to Chelsea for a Vinyasa Level 2-3 with well known yogi Adam Hustler. The class was exactly as described and focused on correct alignment in more difficult postures. I left with my heart feeling open and a more fluid flow. For the grand finale – on my last day in London, I took a Warm Vinyasa class with Imi Wiseman at their Camden location. First – big nods to this Triyoga studio. It is like a mini yoga village and smells (literally and physically) zen. This included the class was next level (in every way) . The emphasis on breath combined with the flow sequence was absolutely fantastic and Charli’s energy was spot on. Please do not miss this Triyoga location, nor this class next time you’re in town (or if you happen to be a London Towner yourself).

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All in all I must say this has been far and away my best yoga experience in London. I recommend their studio whole heartedly. And hey – if you’re not a yogi, I do truly believe their treatments and pilates classes must be wonderful (seeing their success in the yoga world). Not to mention, they always have a juice bar and healthy snacks available for purchase at all of their studios. For more information check out their website.

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