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Babes Behind The Brand: For Love & Lemons

The Skinny Confidential x For Love and Lemons.

The Skinny Confidential x For Love and Lemons.

Oy, I want everything For Love & Lemons.

Really though, the struggle is real.

& it will become super real for you too, when you see their collection ( their stuff is soooo good so beware— you’ve been warned ). You can shop the line online or on Nasty Gal, Revolve Clothing, Shopbop, & Urban Outfitters.

The girls behind the killer brand, Laura Hall & Gillian Rose Kern are best friends who had a lemonade stand when they were little & now design the line together ( hence the cute name: For Love & Lemons ). This interview kinda rocks because they share the whole evolution of their brand & how it came about. I love the realness.

Ok, ready?

Here ya go:

| Introduce yourselves & your brand |

Laura Hall: I’m originally from Minnesota & I moved to Wyoming at the age of twelve where I met my partner in crime, Gillian Rose Kern. Years later, I traveled off to college & obtained my business degree at the University Of Colorado Boulder. After college, I decided to head off to Australia. I ended up interning at One Teaspoon. After eight months of falling in love with Australia’s unique style, I decided it was time to pack up & head home. Ultimately I joined forces with my BFF & travel companion Gillian.

Gillian Rose Kern: I was born & raised in Wyoming and I always knew I was destined for the fashion industry. I made my first garment at the age of five & was voted ‘Most Unique Style’ in high school. I ended up getting my fashion design degree at FIDM. After completing college, I went to the land down under & interned for the popular brand Bec & Bridge.

After being completely inspired by Australian fashion, I packed up & headed to Los Angeles. From then on it was history in the making as For Love & Lemons was born…

Our collection is anything but conventional— it rebels against societal standards. The line taunts the customers by creating lustful intrigue. A clash of colors and patterns are evoked by chic separates and devious dresses.

For Love & Lemons is a brand to relate to, for that girl that doesn’t follow trends, she makes them.

The line is flirtatious, fun, and captivating.

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| How did For Love & Lemons come about? |

For Love & Lemons: After college and living in Sydney, Australia for a year ( doing fashion internships ), we moved back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming & got waitress jobs so we could save up money to start our line. We were making patterns and sewing samples after work. When we completed enough pieces throughout the season we had a ‘fashion show’ in the ski bar we worked at…which was mostly guys wearing their ski cloths, but we didn’t care cause we were showing something we worked so hard on.

Surprisingly some photos from that reached a couple buyers who inquired about carrying the collection ( we didn’t even pick the name FL&L by that time ). So it was a slow & steady evolution on how the whole collection became official and we knew it would become our future!

We used to have lemonade stands, so we’d joke that we have been in business since the lemon days, and we are best friends…so we also do it for the love!

| How do you stay healthy while running your own business? |

Laura: Well since Gillian is got married the whole office was on “The Wedding Diet.” All jokes aside I have always been an active person, so on the weekends I enjoy hikes and anything outdoors.

Gillian: I focus mainly on eating healthy, but recently we hired a yoga instructor to come to our office twice a week too.

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| Quick skinny healthy tip? |

Laura: Drinking a liter of so every morning is a great way to wake up. And most mornings I add lemon and cayenne pepper to my water. It also jump starts your metabolism, hydrates you, flushes our toxins in your body, gets your brain going, and my favorite benefit: it makes you less hungry.

| A tip for entrepreneur babes? |

For Love & Lemons: Be fearless and do you research!!

I’m wearing a For Love & Lemons ‘South of The Border’ dress here:

The Skinny Confidential x For Love & Lemons.

The Skinny Confidential x For Love and Lemons.

| Favorite pieces from the collection? |

1.} Noir Mini Dress
2.} Back To Basics Crop
3) Lacey Dreams Maxi
4) Love You Knot Bandage Bralette
5) Antigua Dress ( << I just bought this in black & it’s such a fun, flirty party dress )
6.) She’s a Knockout Bra

| What’s in your oversized handbag? |

Gillian: My dog, Killer’s lease, fabric swatches, Burt’s Bees chap stick, wallet, Raen sunglasses, & an agate crystal.

Laura: Smith’s Rosebud Salve, mirror, wallet, Trident gum, Jo Malone perfume, phone charger, pictures of my nieces and nephews, & two pairs of sunglasses.

| First thing you do when you wake up? |

Gillian: I do my morning yoga stretches & take my dog, Killer Bean out for a walk.

Laura: I try to drink my glass of water with lemon/cayenne every morning!

| Quick and easy recipe? |

For Love & Lemons: Our favorite is an arugula salad: two cups arugula, one half avocado, 1/4 cup pine nuts, tablespoon olive or grape seed oil, dash of salt & pepper, and a half lemon squeezed.

+ To follow For Love & Lemons on Instagram, click here.

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A Peachy Keen Summer Dish

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.
Oh meeee oh my myyyy.

PEACHESSSS are in season.

If you don’t like peaches, please comment below & help me understand why. I need to know.

Because peaches and summertime go together like peanut butter/jelly, ketchup/mustard, or Pixy/her teepee.

It just kinda works, ya know?

But wait, this recipe has a little back story: the Nanz ( my BFF AKA my grandma ) & I get love to get ‘recipe inspired.

We’ll always talk about how it’s so annoying when we go to restaurants & they use wayyyyy too many flavors. We prefer simple, fresh ingredients that make sense together. Also, we both have a severe hatred toward Bleu cheese ( but really, what the hell is the point to Bleu cheese? ). We like to substitute old Bleu with Gruyère from Switzerland.

Anyway, I’m getting off topic ( weird ).

Last week’s get together included lots of: prosciutto, spicy nuts, summer water AKA rosé, peaches & cornichons, among other things. BTW: if you’ve never had a conishon, you’re seriously missing out on life. Do yourself a huge favor & eat a couple of cornichons AKA gherkins with a little cheese + grapes ( you’ll die. Just die ) )).

What else to add to our summer get together?

Uhhh, duh: Gruyère!! 

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Pretty much, this is the perfect, easy summer snack/meal. All you do is:

Grill about four peaches ( slice in half ), add a little olive oil, & grill them for about 5 to 10 minutes. While your peaches are grilling, slice some Gruyère cheese. When peaches are done add a slice of cheese, wrap a piece of prosciutto around each peach, add a dabble of arugula, & a squeeze of lemon. Add a side of spicy nuts & tiny pickles for a little flair.

This recipe is seriously my favorite.com.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

The Skinny Confidential talks diet and fitness.

After our meal was ready, we went out to my balcony, turned on Marvin Gaye, & gossiped with Pixy.

Ultimately, my memories with my grandma are are my absolute favorite so this recipe is super special! I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. The flavors are mouth explosion.

Also, we definitely agreed that it wouldn’t be nearly as tasty with Bleu cheese. Just saying.

x LE

{ Below table by Burlap & Crystal // more patio here }

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I’m Team Blonde Vegan— Jordan Younger Talks Lifestyle Changes

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

Jordan Younger from The Balanced Blonde ( formally known as The Blonde Vegan ) because fast Internet friends. It’s weird/rad when you’re a blogger & you immediately click with someone over the web— definitely a different way to make friends, right?! But seriously, Jordan’s charismatic, understanding ( I’ve been all over the place today while we were posting— lol ), kind, smart, & honest.

Recently she made MAJOR headlines ( think Prevention, Women’s Health, ABC News, Well + Good, & Hello Giggles ( which was shared by Zooey Deschanel )— NBD ) for her transition from vegan life to whelp, a balanced life. After years of being a vegan she decided her body needed something different. Hence her blog name change. As a blogger, I commend her honesty & vulernabilty. The Internet can be a cold, hard place when ya put yourself out there…at the same time, it can also be very supportive. I completely support her brave choice to sticking with what works for HER. She should not be bullied for her lifestyle change!!! To each its own ; ).

Everyone’s different. Do what works for you.

Anyway you’ll love this entrepreneurial, pretty babe ( << she even created her own TBB apparel line!! #girlboss ) who literally glows!

Also, make sure you head over to Jordan’s blog to enter our book giveaway!! TBB & TSC are giving away three signed & personalized Skinny Confidential Books to three of you hot babes. All you have to do is comment on Jordan’s blog telling us why you want to win. Easy, right?

Ok, ok, I know you’re excited so I’ll stop blabbing & introduce you to The Balanced Blonde. Ta-da:

| Tell us all about no longer being a vegan. |

Jordan Younger: I went vegan for health reasons, and in the process I learned so much about the benefits of living a plant-based diet in all aspects of life. I learned a lot about how different foods affect my body, and I tried every type of vegan diet under the sun from 80/10/10 raw veganism to entirely plant-based to raw until 6pm to the protein-heavy and completely protein-devoid variations. About a year ago my body started telling me that veganism wasn’t cutting it anymore, but I ignored the signs my body was giving me. Eventually I lost my period, injured my ankle due to a B-12 deficiency, & started realizing that I had developed a serious problem because I started having serious fears about trying foods that were not vegan or 100% “clean.”

The psychological and physical struggles of my health obsession far outweighed the original health benefits I was experiencing. Eventually I accepted the harsh reality that I had developed orthorexia, a fear of eating food that wasn’t completely healthy. That’s not a way to live! Food should be nourishment, fuel and enjoyment. Not something to fear. So I decided to get help, and in the recovery process I have decided to ditch the “vegan” label in favor of a more balanced lifestyle.

It’s been a difficult process, but I am happier than I have been in a long time.

| Natural beauty remedy that you do? |

JY: Lots & lots of mud masks. I make my own “mud” from coconut oil ( benefits here ), avocado and honey. Let it set for 10-15 minutes. Boom– softest skin & gets rid of pesky irritation.

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| What is your weekly workout schedule? |

JY: I practice yoga daily and I run three to five times per week. Exercise is a huge component in leading a healthy lifestyle. You can’t just eat healthy without exercising and expect to live a healthy life, and you can’t just exercise without eating well either. They are the yin and yang of health. My best advice when it comes to exercise is to find the type of exercise that you love so that you will be consistent with it. Our exercise is our play time, our me-time.

I teach yoga, practice yoga in a studio and have a home practice of the physical asana and meditation– yoga is basically my boyfriend. Find what ya love!

| What is your favorite go-to healthy food? |

JY: My go-to healthy food would absolutely be a green smoothie. Banana, blueberries, kale, almond milk, & a bit of almond butter ( <<< making this tomorrow ). Heaven on earth. And now that I am no longer vegan, I have been LOVING omelets loaded with veggies for breakfast. So delicious.

| Cocktail of choice? |

JY: Vodka soda with lime. My friends make fun of me because it’s the only drink I will ever order or even touch. I’m kind of a freak about the nasty additives that find their way into many cocktails out there. If I’m at an organic bar or restaurant, then I will let up a little bit.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

| Favorite go-to healthy food? |

JY: My go-to healthy food would absolutely be a green smoothie. Banana, blueberries, kale, almond milk and a bit of almond butter. Heaven on earth. And now that I am no longer vegan, I have been LOVING omelets loaded with veggies for breakfast. So delicious.

| Can’t-live-without beauty product? |

JY: Moroccan Oil. My hair is addicted to it. And Donna Karan Cashmere Mist body lotion– I can’t leave the house if I haven’t put it on!

| When I wake up I… |

JY: Have a glass of warm water with lemon, write in my journal and meditate.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

| WTF’s in your purse? |

JY: WTF isn’t in my purse? I always have about ten MAC lipsticks and lip glosses rolling around (light pink shades; sometimes red if I’m feeling wild), my wallet overflowing with juice bar punch cards, my Equinox and Moksha yoga membership cards, my journal, my reusable water bottle, a PB cookie flavored Larabar, & my sunglasses.

| Day of eating? |

JY: Breakfast is usually a green smoothie or a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon, lunch is a big green salad with a piece of wild salmon, dinner is steamed or roasted veggies with a grain or legume. Snacks are fresh fruit, green juices, raw nuts or a Larabar or Kind bar. Lately I have been reincorporating eggs and even some free-range organic chicken.

| Quick, easy (healthy) recipe? |

JY: Baked sweet potato wedges with half an avocado: cut a sweet potato into cubes, add some cumin and a dash of salt/pepper, pop in the oven at 375 degrees for about 45 minutes. Slice 1/2 avocado into cubes. Toss together, and voila! Perfect snack or mini-meal.

+ To follow Jordan on Instagram, click here.

++ Also, don’t forget to check out Jordan’s interview on TSC here.

The Skinny Confidential talks with The Blonde Vegan AKA The Blonde Veggie.

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