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

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

Creating Community: Ashley English from Small Measure

Creating Community: Ashley English from Small Measure

Our lives have changed a lot in the past 50 years alone.  We regularly talk about the need to rediscover whole foods, natural beauty products, home remedies and living more creatively.  But something else important is missing from our lives as well: a sense of community. Creating Community is a new occasional series on VintageContinue readingContinue reading

Meet Amanda.  And what’s next.

Meet Amanda. And what’s next.

Hi, I’m Amanda, the creator of Vintage Savoir Faire.  I don’t write about myself very often, but I think it’s time you met the person behind the projects. On request from a longtime reader, I’m going to tell you about my journey to Vintage Savoir Faire … and what’s next.  2012 is going to beContinue readingContinue reading

How to balance thrift and minimalism

How to balance thrift and minimalism

Was Grandma a minimalist? Yes and no. Sometimes I feel like I have competing concepts of living.  My vintage side embraces the “make do and mend” philosophy.  Vintage Amanda likes to be frugal and creative with food – buying in-season, canning, preserving, using leftovers and stocking the freezer and pantry.  Saving glass jars, bits ofContinue reading