Recently TSC teamed up with Andrea Van Vort from the popular boutique, Van De Vort and Kaitlynn Carter from The Western Wild ( blog-doo designed her blog so def check it!! You will LOVE it ) to create a Halloween collab.
Basically we were three little gothic bunnies & WE HAD SO MUCH FUN, GUYS.
Also– you should know that I’m wearing For Love & Lemons because they were just featured on the blog & their stuff is kinda insane.
We shot at this super spooky house ( cue: “The Monster Mash” ) in San Diego. It seriously reminded me of American Horror Story: The Coven. Sooooo scary…but cool-ish-scary.
Both of these girls kick-ass in every way; they both run their own business & they’re seriously go-getters so look for further collabs between the three of us.
NOW ON THE COSTUME DEETS: if you’re lazy when it comes to Halloween costumes, then this is the lil get-up for you. Just grab a lace pair of bunny ears, a piece of fishnet fabric, a hottie white dress, & some dark-ass lipstick. I also love the choker look x a couple of other necklace. Voila! You’re a gothic bunny.
I don’t know, sometimes I just feel too overwhelmed to create some gnarly Halloween costume. Honestly this year I might just throw on a generic cat mask with whiskers & be a…cat. Maybe I’ll add red lipstick if I’m going wild.
Anywho, if you’re in Del Mar, def check out Van De Vort. Sorry in advance for recommending this spot…it’s so good it hurts. Our full collab can be found here.
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.
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.
| 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.
| 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:
Sometimes I have a lil love-handlie, muffin top that comes over my black skinny jeans ( thanks to my last New York City trip!! I mean, the calorie intake there is real ).
And sometimes I don’t.
And when I don’t it’s typically because I’m eating super clean, working out at least four to five times a week, drinking a boatload of water, getting enough sleep……AND practicing some key no-bloat tips. Meaning I have a real list ( weird ) of tips I utilize when I want to feel my absolute BEST.
Ultimately, I feel like my tips are relatively easy, but I guess you guys can decide.
And by the way, this is my stomach not bloated with a spray tan ( which quite honestly is one of the best skinny tips ever ). The bloated pic we’ll just leave to the imagination, ya? Post-bloat:
♡ Reach for berries & grapes instead of apples or melons. Berries & grapes are easier on the digestive system. For dessert lately, I’ve been snacking on frozen green grapes. SO yummy.
♡ Forget about fake sweeteners/sugar alcohols/diet soda…they will all cause bloating. Use stevia for sweetener instead. Soda is F-ing nasty anyway, so no thanks, bye.
♡ I LOVE sparkling water. Pelligrino & I are BEST BEST BEST friends. I drink it alllllll the time & it keeps me very full. BUT. It tends to cause bloat. If I’m in a bikini, I’ll drink vodka/water with lemon ( << natural diuretic! The lemon, not the vodka! ) instead of vodka/soda…and I’ll stay far away from Mr. Pelligrino.
♡ Skip the salt. Salt= maj bloat. I use fresh herbs, lemon juice, or curry powder instead. Also, anything spicy can release stomach acid. So ( unfortunately ) stay away from spicy foods to prep for a bikini or crop top!
♡ I’m not a huge gum chew-er in general. But I really stay away from gum because it adds more gas in your GI tract. Imagine blowing up a balloon inside your tummy.
♡ Stay away from alcohol, if possible. Oh yes, the above picture of me is after not drinking for a little bit. Alcohol causes bloat– so sorry, guys— say ‘no way, rosé ( BOO ).’
But the truth is I always go back to the basics: eat less pizza, more kale. Less sitting, more Pilates. TRUST ME, Pilates is just the shit. It tightens in all the right places. Oh! & a little spray tan never hurt a flea.
Now you guys, your turn: what’s your de-bloating tips? x
3.) These black ripped jeans are ridiculous!!! They’re SOOOO cute & I’m super excited to wear them all through fall. Plus Madewell is offering 30% off with code OHFALL through tomorrow night ( 10/13/14 ).
This is definitely one of my favorite giveaways ( EVER!! ) because it’s a real mixture of goodies.
( like, I might enter myself— I kid, I kid ).
So let’s get down to business.
The lovely winners ( there’s two!!) will each receive a big, pink pretty basket with some major swag.
I hand picked everything in the basket especially for you guys & definitely included some of my beauty/office/kitchen must-haves( I’m OBSESSED with Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker…probably not the best ingredients, but you can’t win ‘em all ).