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Spaciousness.

Spaciousness.

My word for 2014 is Spaciousness. Every year I choose a word that acts as a theme for my year (thanks to Susannah Conway’s Workbook.) In 2013, my word was Creativity.  As my corporate job was winding down, I felt this intense urge to stretch all my creative muscles that I’d held back for years.Continue readingContinue reading

Top 10 natural health & beauty projects of 2013

Top 10 natural health & beauty projects of 2013

Blogging is a balance of writing new, interesting articles and recipes … and trying to get more people to see the stuff you’ve already written! After all, just because I created my DIY Deodorant recipe months ago, doesn’t mean it’s any less effective, or useful, to a new reader today. So as we approach theContinue readingContinue reading

My 9 favorite natural health & beauty books

My 9 favorite natural health & beauty books

I love the internet.  Especially Pinterest (you too?  Follow me here.) The internet is amazing for ideas, inspiration and learning.  And in the early days, when I didn’t know anyone else in this natural beauty world, it helped me feel connected to a community. But there are two main problems with learning from the internet:Continue readingContinue reading

4 tools I use to follow my dreams (and you can too!)

4 tools I use to follow my dreams (and you can too!)

You know those ‘out of body’ type moments?  When you suddenly “wake up” and see your life from an outsider perspective, even for just a brief moment? That happened to me this week. While visiting a good friend in southwest France, we were invited to a birthday dinner.  We arrived at a 1800s farmhouse inContinue readingContinue reading

Vintage Savoir Faire has a new name!

Vintage Savoir Faire has a new name!

In late 2009, I was living in a small flat in London (plus ca change…), still adjusting to this new country and a job that was less than inspiring. I’d just taken an Introduction to Herbal Medicine Course and was fascinated at the rich history of using plants for health & beauty in England.  InContinue readingContinue reading

Meet my new medicine maker.

Meet my new medicine maker.

Oh, how I love new kitchen toys! Although my general food philosophy is that we should cook more, eat whole foods, and embrace our inner great-great-grandma, there are some gadgets that make life so much easier.  My food processor and Kitchen Aid mixer come to mind. I’ve been ignoring juicing.  It seemed so … trendy.Continue readingContinue reading

Creating Community: Jenny from Nourished Kitchen

Creating Community: Jenny from Nourished Kitchen

Our modern lives are often missing a sense of community.  We all need a community of people for support, for sharing and for learning.  Creating Community is a series on Vintage Savoir Faire where we have a virtual “cup of tea and a sit down” with a kindred spirit.  This week we meet Jenny fromContinue readingContinue reading

How do you enjoy life (even in the rain?)

How do you enjoy life (even in the rain?)

Remember when I announced that it was Spring? Yeah, that was a false alarm.  Here in London we seem to have gone backwards into dreary, rainy, cold winter!  And I’m not happy about it. OK, it’s cliche, but I really struggle with the weather in London.  Gray, drizzly, moderate temperature year round.  Rarely really hot,Continue reading

VSF Travel: The Goods Shed, Canterbury

VSF Travel: The Goods Shed, Canterbury

Like to travel?  I do.  VSF Travel is a series where I share my favorite finds from around the world. The Goods Shed is a farmers market / cafe / restaurant in Canterbury, England.   Yes, I love markets.  They’re my first stop when I travel.  But with the increasing popularity of the local foodContinue readingContinue reading

VSF Travel: Moscow

VSF Travel: Moscow

Market stalls filled overflowing with pickled vegetables.  Deliciously dark rye bread.  European-style cafes with good coffee and tooth-achingly sweet desserts.  Endless traffic. Women walking their daily commute in 4 inch heels. “Asian” restaurants that serve Georgian food, not Chinese. And my favorite VSF find… herbal tea, everywhere! I recently spent a few days in Moscow,Continue readingContinue reading