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#fillourtable : moon + moss jewellery

#fillourtable : moon + moss jewellery

The countdown is ON!! Only 4 sleeps to Christmas morning! Who better to lead us closer to the morning of cinnamon buns (in our house anyway) and fresh coffee (shout out to Strangers Coffee Christmas Blend!), than the fabulous Sophie Kowalyk of moon + moss jewellery? We are SO excited to have Sophie here to #fillourtable!! OK, full disclosure, Sophie is often here to #fillourtable because she's our incredible manager here at Figbar (a woman of many talents!), but for this (fictional) event, she comes to us with her creative maker hat on because we really want to highlight her side gig moon + moss jewellery because, frankly, it's SO PRETTY. 

Sophie is stellar. She is so motivated, so talented, and so creative. She has such a keen eye for detail and beauty, and she brings her artistic force to every aspect of her life. Her beautiful jewellery adorns many a person in Norfolk and beyond, and you can find your very own piece at Elm on Dove Street (This jewellery makes a great gift or stocking filler for you, Santa! Add it to your list, friends, as I'm sure we've all made the 'nice' one!). The aesthetic of moon + moss really highlights the beauty of the semi-precious stones individual to each piece. My personal favourite are the copper star earrings... or any piece with the rainbow quartz! (I think I may just have convinced myself to go shopping...)

Sophie, you are such a superb addition to our Christmas Dinner Party, and we are delighted you are here to #fillourtable!! 

Name: Sophie Kowalyk
What you do: Baker by day, Jewellery maker by night

A Bit About Sophie: I live in Norwich with my cat Chip, staffy dog Gypsy Rose and my housemate who cooks the best Chinese food! I work at Figbar during the day and make moon + moss jewellery in my spare time. 

Find Sophie @moonandmossjewellery on Instagram

#fillourtable

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why? 

I would do anything to have my late Grandad there. I never met him as he died when my Dad was 17. He was born in Ukraine and had a very tough early life and lost all his family at a young age due to the war, but seemed to carry on in life with passion!  I would also invite the late Carl Sagan, so we could talk about star stuff! Also Tom Hardy because, why not?! 


2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

Food my Mum cooks and food my fiancés Mum, Gina, cooks. Both do it with love and will always make sure my belly is full.  I also absolutely love my partner's scrambled eggs. He makes the best scrambled eggs. (Sorry, Jaime!! - my boss who also always cooks me scrambled eggs).


3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

I can't really think of a family food tradition that my family has but I have started cooking a roast dinner for my house mate and who ever else is round on a Sunday and this now feels like a little tradition which I hope to carry on when I have my own family! 


4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

I've met the most beautiful group of women through social media and have friends who would help me out no matter what so there's been lots of times when this has made a difference. I also am super lucky to have a pair of amazing bosses in my day job who have made me think differently about food, work and life! 

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

A couple of my friends have told me that I inspired them to start their own businesses and that I gave them the courage to do so. To hear that is very lovely because most of the time I have no idea what I'm doing, it just looks like I do! 
 

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

I would give it to an animal charity. My dog and cat are big part of my life and I can't bear to see any animals suffering. Although a pound isn't a lot every little donation helps. 

Thank you, Sophie!! We love having you at Figbar, especially for our Christmas Dinner Party :-) 

#fillourtable : Dynamic Fitness

#fillourtable : Dynamic Fitness

It's the last day before the winter equinox, and we have a brilliant guest here to #fillourtable at our (hypothetical) Figbar Christmas Dinner Party. The incomparable Ross Lenton from Dynamic Fitness Norwich! And he definitely brings the party wherever he goes. 

Ross has an endless supply of energy, positivity, and the most motivating playlist you'll find. He knows when to pump up the volume and when you need to turn it down a little. He is a fab listener, incredibly thoughtful, supportive, and just plain fun. We definitely need a cool guy like him here at our dinner table. 

One of the best things about Ross and his awesome personal training studio, Dynamic Fitness, is that once you start, you don't want to stop! They have running clubs, summer BBQ's (don't worry, egg and spoon races are likely to appear here!), rowing competitions, press-up challenges (he even had Chef Jaime Garbutt doing the 6 weeks to 100 press-ups!), and more. Ross is another Norwich gem born and raised. He's well-travelled, but he knew the best place to settle down was obviously our Fine City! So 10 years ago he rooted his dynamic business here (see what I did there? ;-), which is currently located on Ber Street. I know, I know, having a personal trainer in our midst may make us a little anxious- rethinking that extra helping of mashed potatoes (oh. my. goodness. I know this dinner party is hypothetical, but Jaime's mash is unbeatable- sorry, Mom), but I promise- Ross gets it. He gets good food, moderation, extravagance, and that this dinner party especially is a time to go a bit overboard. So, let's dig in, Figbar fans! We've got Ross to help whip us back into shape come January! 

Ross Lenton of Dynamic Fitness, thank you for bringing the party and coming to help #fillourtable! 

 

Name: Ross Lenton


What you do: Owner at Dynamic Fitness

 
A Bit About Ross: I'm a Norwich boy originally but after Uni I went to Sydney, Australia and qualified as a Personal Trainer. After some amazing results I decided to come back to Norwich in 2008 to set up Dynamic Fitness. I have had almost 10 successful years of helping clients get fitter and happier, together with running many successful Fitness Events.

Currently, I live in the Golden Triangle with my lovely new wife Sarah. My amazing Mum lives in Norwich and my 2 brothers live in Thailand and Vancouver!

Find Ross & Dynamic Fitness here:

Insta twitter and facebook @dynamicfitnessnorwich

www.getdynamic.co.uk

#fillourtable


1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?

Even though I actually met him this year, it would be cool to have David Beckham!

2. What foods are you most thankful for?

Sorry, Steph, but I would have to say steak!

(Editor's note- Steph here, the apology is because I'm a vegetarian! :-) 

3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

Summer BBQ's!


4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

My Friend, Paul's, Parents allowing me to rent their house and allow me to turn the back room into my first Gym!

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

My best man, Tom Ellis, said in his best man speech (amongst other things!) that I am the most positive person he has ever met :)

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

Whoever needed it the most

Thank you, Ross!! We love having you here at our table, and cannot wait to clear the table for a little dance party when we are done :-) 

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#fillourtable : Carly Rowena

#fillourtable : Carly Rowena

One of the most awesome things about having this (fictional) Figbar Christmas Dinner Party is the variety of incredible people who are joining us. Just like those party-game dinner parties (of anyone living or dead), this one brings together individuals who may never have met or conversed normally, but who all bring something incredibly exciting to the table.

Today, I cannot wait to introduce to you the next guest to #fillourtable ! It's the beautiful, talented, and wildly popular Carly Rowena!! 

We first came across Carly Rowena on instagram when she posted on one of our images in all caps: HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT YOU GUYS YET?! (or something along those lines, it's been awhile now). Of course, cyber-stalkers we (all) are, clicked through to her profile. She's. So. Super. Cool. Carly Rowena is a personal trainer and lifestyle instagrammer from Norwich. She's the friendliest and most down-to-earth girl you may come across on social media. Her profile is exactly how she comes across irl (that's 'in real life'- I'm learning insta-speak now, you see :-). The short of it is- you want to be her friend. She's that cool. She has an amazing personal training guide called "The Get Gorgeous Guide" which was rated by the Independent as one of the 11 Best Fitness Services (and not just because the name has some wicked alliteration). It'll help you with exercise, and, what we love about the goal to getting gorgeous is that it's about feeling incredible in your own skin, because, let's face it, we all ARE incredible. Her blog is a great read: it's full of solid advice and information from a friend (I see a theme here), which is trustworthy, accurate, and has the answers to questions that you want to know. One of my favourite posts is relatively recent: "Don't Wait to Wear It: Finding Confidence" which just sums up gorgeous attitude about life in such a personal way. It's a good read with your morning coffee (and jaffa cake perhaps? :-) to really set you up for a positive day.

OK, OK! Enough of the girl-crushing! Carly Rowena, I am SO happy to introduce you as the next guest to #fillourtable !! 

 

Name: Carly Rowena,

What You Do: I’m a Personal Trainer and Lifestyle Blogger from Norwich, I create online workouts, challenges, healthy recipes and wellness posts on both my YouTube channel and Blog, I also have a 12 week transformation guide and retreats held all over the world. 

A Bit About Carly Rowena: I grew up in Norwich with my parents and although I’ve been very lucky to travel all over the world I am always so proud and grateful to return to my hometown, its such a safe, beautiful and friendly place. 

Where to Find Carly Rowena: 

instagram: @carlyrowena

youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/Carlyrowena

twitter: @CarlyRowena

blog: https://www.carlyrowena.com

shop: https://carlyrowenashop.com

 

1. You are at our Christmas dinner party, aside from us, who would you have at your ideal table and why?

Without being cheesy i would love to just fill the table with all of my friends and family, I’m away a lot and always working so it would just be incredible to have the time to spend with the ones I love. However if you’re forcing me to choose, Bon Jovi (as i’ve loved his music since i was a child) Charlie Hunnam (because i have the biggest crush), Obama (i’d love to twist his arm into becoming our prime minister) and Michael Jackson, i feel we’d be epic on the karaoke together!

 

2. What foods are you most thankful for? 

I love ALL foods but if i had to pick and it doesn’t have to be healthy, just give me a bowl full of apple crumble and i’ll be the happiest person in the room! 

 

3. What is your most cherished family tradition regarding food?

Personally i just loved that we were all sat together without phones, Santana playing in the background, a candle in the middle and amazing conversation.

 

4. What act of kindness has made the biggest/greatest difference to your life?

I feel i’ve been very lucky and have always aimed to give random acts of kindness, karma is a serious thing. Whenever i buy something in a supermarket or shop i always put the change straight into the charity box and i always take homeless man or woman out / or deliver if they don’t want to go out a meal out once a month. 

 

5. What is the best compliment you have ever received?

That my energy brings light to a room. Best moment ever.

 

6. If you had a dollar/pound to give to anyone in the world, who would you give it to and why?

I’d give it someone who showed a sparkle, you can create something incredible from the smallest of things.

 

Thank you so much for helping to #fillourtable , Carly Rowena! We have loved getting to know you!