Category Archives: Inspiration

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

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

3 Natural Living Insights from Trill Farm

3 Natural Living Insights from Trill Farm

While sipping on a herb infused cocktail (made from ingredients foraged within steps of where I was sitting), I had a flash of insight: Living well doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. In fact, the most simple creations with fresh foods and herbs (whether for eating, drinking, health or beauty) are often the best.Continue 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

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

Alice in Wonderland Tea Party

For even more vintage inspiration (and a sugar overload) I was recently invited to an Alice in Wonderland tea party, hosted by the lovely Nicola of Rosie Ribbons. I’m still discovering Britishness, and this tea party gave me lots of ooh-and-ahh about. Warm scones with strawberry jam and fresh whipped cream. Endless pots of tea.Continue readingContinue reading

Goodwood Revival

Goodwood Revival

Just when I was feeling uninspired and a bit overwhelmed, I got a free ticket to Goodwood Revival 2012.  Goodwood Revival is a vintage extravaganza / car race.  (OK, really it’s a car race … but the outfits! The vintage boutiques!  Vintage hair & beauty salon!  Vintage high street shops!  I could go on and on…) HereContinue readingContinue reading

weekend inspiration

weekend inspiration

Happy Friday! It was an exciting week here at Vintage Savoir Faire … I’m now blogging for the Huffington Post UK, and my first post went live this week!  Check it out here: Why Great Grandma May Hold the Key to Your Best Life.  It would be great if you could share that post onContinue 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