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Maddy Furlong

Interior Obsessions with Maddy Furlong

Meet Madelynn Furlong-  art director and content creator with a love for all things fashion and interiors.Our Cozy Cotton Silk collection has us dreaming of nesting for the rest of winter, so when thinking of homes we’d like to cozy up in for a long weekend, Maddy’s was at the top of our list. She has a self-proclaimed affinity for chairs and we found a few in her apartment that we’ll be waiting out the rest of winter in.     How did you cultivate your online aesthetic? Slowly and over time. It’s a journey, not a race!   Influencer content is plentiful these days and so many people have the same vibe. What makes something interesting to you? When someone stands out, and is doing their own thing and you can tell it's fully authentic.   How do you bring your unique sensibility to any partnership that you enter into? I find it pretty easy these days! I just style things how I naturally would, and don't worry about the rest. :)    Maddy is wearing the Cozy Cotton Silk Tank, Cozy Cotton Silk Bike Short, and Cozy Cotton Silk Cardigan     You’re constantly traveling for work — how does that make your home environment more important to you? Oh man, my apartment is everything to me. There’s nothing like coming home after a month of travel to a space that is absolutely yours. I call my apartment my sanctuary because that's what it is!   Name your nightstand essentials A candle and a good book     Maddy is wearing the Cozy Cotton Silk Tank and Cozy Cotton Silk Relaxed Short (left) and the Cozy Cotton Silk Bike Short, and Cozy Cotton Silk Cardigan (right)     When you do get to be home, how do you spend your time? Working from bed and hanging with the animals.   Any off-hours rituals that help you maintain your sense of calm? Baths!   Talk to us about your love affair with chairs Ugh, Im obsessed with them. A good chair is essential to any space, I swear! One day I wish I could own a whole warehouse of chairs.   Maddy is wearing the Cozy Cotton Silk Relaxed Short and Cozy Cotton Silk Cardigan (left) and the Cozy Cotton Silk Tank and Cozy Cotton Silk Bike Short (right)     What's your typical off-hours uniform? Lunya Cozy Cotton Silk leggings and a band tee!       
Ashley and Marc

In Bed with Ashley + Marc Merrill

When talking couples, one of our favorites is, of course, our founder Ashley Merrill and her husband, Marc. As a dual-entrepreneur household with two kids, describing their days as simply busy would probably be an understatement. We got in bed with the two of them to chat about balancing it all, secret couple languages, and still making time to connect as a couple.       WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PARTNER'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOU WAS?   A: I think Marc thought that I was hardcore (I was marathon training at the time) and wholesome (I was always into cooking and domestic things). M: I think she barely gave me a second thought after we met for the first time.     TRADE LIVES WITH EACH OTHER FOR ONE DAY...WHAT DO YOU THINK IT CONSISTS OF?   A: If I'm Marc... I wake up at 2am and tiptoe downstairs to play World of Warcraft. I come back to bed around 4:30am with the intention of going back to sleep (only actually happens 50% of the time). Ashley is in bed reading emails. I try to cuddle her but she is deeply engrossed in what she's doing so we touch toes and I grab my phone and start chatting with people on Warhammer threads, scroll Instagram or Twitter, and read random articles. Our son comes, already annoyed that we're going slow despite the fact that it's only 7am lol. If it's one of the days Ashley takes the kids, I go downstairs and get breakfast started for the kids. Vesper comes downstairs half asleep. The kids both complain about the breakfast I've made despite the fact that they usually picked it. Ashley comes down and we chat about our schedules, kiss, and she heads out. My days vary but lately, I might have a call or meeting with Riot or for one of my projects with Unite America or Represent Us. Squeeze in a workout of weights and maybe some light cardio. Around midday, Ashley's dad Dan comes over and we work on the treehouse that we are making in the backyard for the kids. In the evening I squeeze in some more video games before the kids eat dinner. As they finish up dinner, Ash and I chat for a few minutes while our nanny helps the kids get ready for bed. Often Ash is pretty "work mode" at this time of day and so we talk about what she's thinking through at the office. Around 7:15pm we head upstairs and read books to the kids. They go to sleep around 8pm and Ash and I usually spend the next hour in bed eating dinner, snuggling, and watching some kind of comedy (we love Bill Burr!) or series (Netflix's Explained is a total fave). Repeat. M: I think we would both enjoy switching places. She is always in “go go go” mode and I enjoy being focused on making things happen. We wake up early, handle kid stuff, get out the door for work, do 1000 things in a day to keep Lunya moving, go to a boxing class at lunch, come back and crush more in the afternoon followed by heading home to be with the kids before they go to bed, then collapse exhausted and Netflix and chill before going to sleep.     WHAT'S ONE THING YOU HELD BACK FROM YOUR PARTNER IN THE EARLY STAGES? A: I didn't so much hold back, but I changed a lot since the early days of the relationship. Early on I oriented my life much more around his schedule and was much more emotionally available. As our live's complexity has increased, I have existed in survival mode for so long that I have a lot less emotional vulnerability to give. I know that’s been really hard and I’m trying to work on finding some middle ground here. M: My love of video games.     WHAT'S THE MOST EMBARRASSING HABIT YOU SHARE AS A COUPLE?   A: I trim his nose hairs.  M: We do lovey talk with our own silly vocabulary.      WHAT'S ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AS A COUPLE?   A: I’m not a fan of video games.  M: We smash and wrestle around when we are loving.     WHAT LAHGO AND LUNYA PIECES ARE YOU WEARING ON THE BIG NIGHT IN?   A: I have become a devotee of the Cozy Cotton Silk collection. I love the Cozy Cotton Silk Henley and the Cozy Cotton Silk Bike Short. M: All of it.  S H O P  H I S  L O O K
Ang + Paul

In Bed with Angela + Paul

Meet friends of Lunya, Angela and Paul. We’ve known them for a while and have always respected how even as working parents with two kids, they still manage to make space for their marriage. We went into the bedroom with them to find out how they make time to “date,” why it’s a good idea to keep bathroom stuff for later in the relationship, and why they’re so fun both in bed and out.     WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PARTNER'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOU WAS?   A: “She’s super hot.”P: “He’s pretty good-looking but there’s a lot of work to do with that wardrobe.”     TRADE LIVES WITH EACH OTHER FOR ONE DAY...WHAT DO YOU THINK IT CONSISTS OF?   A: Paul wakes up at 7:30am, is awesome and goes in to feed our son Cooper, takes a shower, remembers to shave, plays poker on his phone, has breakfast, thinks about when he is going for a run, takes both kids to school, drives to work listening to That’s the Way I Heard It podcast by Mike Rowe, works, reads ESPN on his phone occasionally, thinks about when he is signing up for his next marathon, gets home, walks in the door and takes over on kid duty with whichever of our kids is being more difficult, puts our 4-year-old daughter Zoe to bed, helps with whatever housework needs to get done (dishes, laundry folding, walking our dog, etc.), we go to bed OR sometimes he works out in the garage in the evening before coming to bed. P: Angela wakes up at 6:15am, assuming her alarm goes off. She has the only phone in the world that at least 2x per week has a silent alarm. Despite taking a lot longer to get herself ready (and usually running late), she always finds time to help either of the kids and sometimes even make a delicious breakfast before heading out the door. She kills it at work everyday with people that don’t even report to her coming up to her as if she’s their manager and getting help with any issues they have. She leaves early by most people’s standards but no one cares because she’s so good at what she does. She then comes home to start her second job: picking up the kids at daycare, making them dinner, and packing for school the next day. When I get home later in the evening, my first indication as to how her day went is whether or not she already poured herself some wine or if she waited for me.     WHAT'S ONE THING YOU HELD BACK FROM YOUR PARTNER IN THE EARLY STAGES? A: Definitely farting/pooping/bathroom decorum. P: Bathroom humor. It’s probably a good thing we didn’t combine these two until we were further into our relationship.     WHAT'S ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AS A COUPLE (IN BED)?   A + P: Nothing. Anything anyone assumes is probably fairly accurate. We’re as fun in bed (if not more fun) than we are in real life.     WHAT LAHGO AND LUNYA PIECES ARE YOU WEARING ON THE BIG NIGHT IN?   A: Angela: I often wear the Pima Long Cardigan and nothing else, but I've been eyeing the Washable Silk Slip Dress. P: Lahgo Organic Pima Short.  S H O P  H I S  L O O K
Lyndie + Greg

In Bed with Lyndie + Greg

Say hi to Lyndie and Greg, longtime friends of the brand and truly some of the most interesting people you’ll ever meet. They inspire us in so many ways. They know how to keep that flame burning and are endlessly curious about life. They’re wise, but still always learning new things. It’s not an exaggeration to say that we kind of want to be them when we grow up.     WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PARTNER'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOU WAS?   L: I was at work, wearing a lab coat, hair in a bun — it was a first meet-and-greet for a blind date set-up. I must have seemed pretty buttoned up to him. I was horribly nervous — felt like the prize pig at the county fair. G: Either batshit crazy or eccentrically brilliant. Possibly worth another tête-à-tête, but I need to learn more about his "business interests in Hawaii." (Can he really play guitar?)     TRADE LIVES WITH EACH OTHER FOR ONE DAY...WHAT DO YOU THINK IT CONSISTS OF?   L: Greg wakes up early every day to a world of Infinite Possibilities! He'll savor the aroma and taste of the first cup of coffee, then it’s ZOOOOM into the day!! Turn on MSNBC...check emails...conference calls...connect with old friends..make new ones...read interesting stuff...WHAT? It’s time for dinner? Savor a glass of wine with his girl...cook some veggies from the garden...share the day...YAWN...hit the sheets...snuggle...ZZZZ...Repeat. G: I have to figure out my 50,000 words to use for the day and mentally gear up for the psyche sessions with my esthete clients. Always have to remember to drink lots of water and figure out how early I can get Greg to eat dinner!     WHAT'S ONE THING YOU HELD BACK FROM YOUR PARTNER IN THE EARLY STAGES? L: How weird I really am. EG: my second grade papier-mâché mask art project was “Cro Magnon Man”. G: My balance sheet. HA!     WHAT'S THE MOST EMBARRASSING HABIT YOU SHARE AS A COUPLE?   L: Our ever-morphing nicknames for each other: His — Biscuit, Bix, MixtaMine — Kitty, Kitty Glitter, Cat Litter G: Fart contests     WHAT'S ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AS A COUPLE (IN BED)?   L: Ask ‘Pilo’, my anthropomorphic, anti-wrinkle face pillow that I sleep with EVERY night...he’s heard it all! G: When we get up in the morning, we immediately compare our "sleep quality" charts (sleep cycle app) to see who got over 90%. (She sleeps 9 hours a day...)     WHAT LAHGO AND LUNYA PIECES ARE YOU WEARING ON THE BIG NIGHT IN?   L: The Lunya Washable Silk Robe and a smile.G: I want to know when Lahgo will start making cashmere boxer shorts. :) S H O P  H I S  L O O K
Natasha + Freya

In Bed with Natasha + Freya

Finding time to spice things up can be hard when you both work full time and have a toddler (and some fur babies) running around. Add another pregnancy to that equation and it may seem all but impossible. Somehow cool couple Freya and Natasha make it all work. Find out how they sweeten things up in the bedroom (snacks...lots of snacks).        WHAT DO YOU THINK YOUR PARTNER'S FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOU WAS?   N: That my outfit made no sense (and she was right — I had split my pants walking into the party where we met, so the party host gave me a skirt to wear that didn't match...)F: That I was a catch!     TRADE LIVES WITH EACH OTHER FOR ONE DAY...WHAT DO YOU THINK IT CONSISTS OF?   N: Getting a little extra rest. I'm often asleep earlier than Tash and wake up later. Water and coffee are then hand-delivered to me by Tash while I'm still in bed. I pool to work which is where my work day actually starts — the rest of the day is lots of putting together orders/analyses around ops, a perfectly charming kind-but-urgent way of inspiring people to get shit done for me, meetings, always a lunch and snack break! Then I come home to Tash and Remy (Tash always picks him up from preschool — the school is a quarter mile from Coolhaus' office!), where I cook dinner (Blue Apron) and we enjoy one another's company as a family. Tash gives me a break while she puts Remy to bed (I catch up on reading/ordering shit on Amazon/Instacart, ha!). Then Tash and I watch our latest fave shows: Dickinson, Servant, The Good Place... F: Tash basically caters to all my needs as noted above - ha! - while being a boss at work all day and keeping Remy entertained and at bay at home as he’s quite the energetic kid.     WHAT'S ONE THING YOU HELD BACK FROM YOUR PARTNER IN THE EARLY STAGES? N: Inability on Excel. F: Inability to make cocktails.     WHAT'S THE MOST EMBARRASSING HABIT YOU SHARE AS A COUPLE?   N: We share a toothbrush!  F: Ditto that.     WHAT'S ONE THING PEOPLE WOULD BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU AS A COUPLE (IN BED)?   N: For two extremely busy people, we watch more TV than anyone I know... and we love watching horrible lesbian movies! So bad, yet so good! F: We both dated men and that Tash is the only woman I’ve ever been with!     WHAT LAHGO AND LUNYA PIECES ARE YOU WEARING ON THE BIG NIGHT IN?   N: The Organic Pima Romper.F: Definitely the Washable Silk Robe
Freezer Sleeve

Lunya Sweater Freeze Sleeve

  Caring for your Lunya pieces should be both easy and convenient – basically, one less thing you need to lose sleep over. We’d wear a cute sweater every day if we could, but we also love to keep that brand-new, fresh feel for as long as possible.   Enter the Lunya Sweater Freeze Sleeve. The revolutionary technology that’s both effective and convenient, helping to keep your garment looking newer, longer.   In the denim world, true enthusiasts believe that you should never wash denim in the machine, as it can change the way it feels, smells, and fits. How do these denim die-hards keep their jeans looking good and smelling fresh, you ask? Turns out they pop them in the freezer! The extreme cold kills bacteria and eliminates odors. So we did the next logical thing and we tested this strategy with our sweaters... we wore them during the day, while we slept, and even while taking spin classes, to ensure they would get extra smelly.   Gross? Maybe. Effective? Definitely.   Just pop your sweater in the freezer sleeve and put it in the freezer overnight. The next morning your garment will smell fresh, new, and ready for the next wear! If your sweater came with one, don’t be afraid to use it! It’ll change the way you think about caring for your garments.   Feel cozy. Stay fresh. Hit snooze, we approve.      
Leslie Kirchoff

How to be Cool with Leslie Kirchhoff

Leslie Kirchhoff is a true artist. We fell for the distinctive aesthetic of her photography and swooned over her skills as a DJ. Then we saw her unique cocktail recipes and custom ice cubes, which can only be described as pieces of art, and we were even more inspired. She truly has the exceptional ability to showcase her creativity at every turn. We sat down with the entrepreneur, Vogue.com contributor, and all-around cool girl to discuss cocktail culture and using ice as an artistic canvas, music, and her favorite ways to relax after a long night out. She even created a recipe for a lavender-based nightcap and a sleep ritual playlist, just for us.   Swoon. Leslie is wearing the Washable Silk Tee Set     You got your start as a DJ — how did that influence your love of cocktail culture? Well, it really opened my eyes to the cocktail world since it allowed me to taste so many of them! It was such a cool opportunity to be able to try all these beautifully crafted $18 drinks without having to pay that price tag—praise the DJ God for creating drink tickets!   Boom Boom Room (The Top of The Standard) was my first DJ residency in New York, and I spun there every Friday night for 5 hours straight, so it wasn’t long until I had tried everything on the cocktail list. That space and time in my life definitely had a huge influence on Disco Cubes as a whole, even though I didn’t realize it in the moment.    What sorts of things can we expect to be in your new cocktail book? Visually pleasing photos, fun facts about disco and ice, a broad range of ice and drink recipes, and disco-centric playlists.      What drew you to ice as your artistic medium? What’s funny is that Disco Cubes was mainly a hobby and a product idea for a few years, and I hadn't thought much about what I would do with it artistically. Somehow ice just felt like something that would be fun to explore and play around with, since it was a pretty untapped idea at that time.   It wasn’t until maybe three years in that I had the realization that I could be my own ultimate dream client. At the time I was filling my days with portraiture for magazines and other commercial photography work that paid the bills but left me feeling like I had abandoned my creativity in favor of a paycheck. I was permanently stressed, unhappy with my portfolio, and unsure what I wanted my future to look like. But one night, the whole world of Disco Cubes popped into my head with all these crazy and long term ideas (like a never-ending disco spy film), and from there I realized that Disco Cubes could be so much more than just a product.         How did you first discover that you could customize ice to create these mini artisanal works of art? It's such a unique concept!  I suppose by realizing that the cube itself is just the container for whatever you put inside, like a tiny 3-dimensional blank canvas where gravity doesn’t quite exist.       What are your favorite ways to unwind after a long night of DJing? Movies in bed, or lately a nice bath. Or, dare I admit, the Bon Appétit YouTube channel.      You have such a cool vibe and Disco Cubes has a definite aesthetic — tell us a little bit about your personal style philosophy.  It’s definitely a vibe that has slowly crept into my life. In general, I keep my personal style very simple — jeans and tees are my daily go-to, but I do love getting dressed up for gigs and events. When I worked at Vogue.com in New York, I tried out some pretty laughable looks to wear into the office. It was a good period of experimentation, but I ultimately realized that I’d rather keep it classic.   Leslie is wearing the Washable Silk Tee Set and Cozy Pima Alpaca Fleece Relaxed Jogger     We love throwing a holiday cocktail party — as a DJ, what are some of your favorite playlist songs for creating the right vibe? My trick is to not overdo it with the Christmas songs, and rather play songs that create a similar nostalgic vibe. A few favs are “Tell It Like It Is” by Aaron Neville, “Be Bop A Lula” by Gene Vincent, and “Crazy” by Patsy Cline. Listen to my playlist here :)    Tell us your favorite unexpected ingredient to use in a cocktail. Hmm… maybe radish. I made a radish simple syrup for a drink in the book called Dr. Dragon, which also has miso-butter-washed Suntory Whisky. It may sound a little off-putting, but it’s actually a really great drink.     What is the perfect nightcap to end a long day? We're feeling pleasantly sleepy just thinking about it...  I’m a sucker for a dessert drink, so I came up with this creamy lavender guy last week. The lavender cherry base can be delicious on its own, too, as a booze-free version. But add a little bit of honey to sweeten it up, since the Amaretto is what brings the sweetness to the final cocktail.      Lavender Cherry Nightcap by Leslie Kirchhoff       Ingredients     Lavender Cherry Base    1 bunch fresh lavender ½ cup pitted dark cherries (fresh or frozen) 2 cups whole milk Pinch of Maldon sea salt   Cocktail 2 oz. Lavender Cherry Base 1½ oz. Amaretto 1 dash Scrappy's Cardamom Bitters Egg white (1 egg white can make 2 drinks)     Garnish   Fresh Lavender   Floral Disco Cube     Directions     -In a small saucepan set over medium heat, combine all lavender cherry base ingredients and stir to combine. Just before boiling, reduce heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and let cool. Transfer to a lidded container and store in the fridge for up to a week. -In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, combine all cocktail ingredients except the egg white. Shake for 15 seconds, then remove the ice from the shaker. Add egg white and shake vigorously for another 15 seconds, then pour into glass. Garnish with fresh lavender and floral Disco Cube.     Leslie is wearing the Washable Silk Tee Set, Cozy Pima Alpaca Fleece Crop Sweatshirt, and Cozy Pima Alpaca Fleece Relaxed Jogger     Here’s her sleep ritual playlist to wind down and doze off to.             
Caroline Ventura in the Tee Set

Keeping it Simple with Caroline Ventura

Even on those days that we never change out of our sleepwear (and trust us, there’s a lot of them), we're still a sucker for a good accessory. So when we found BRVTVS — a delicate New York-based jewelry collection created by Caroline Ventura, inspired by her love of minimal details and clean lines, we knew we'd discovered something special. We were equally inspired by Caroline's personal aesthetic. We connected with her to discuss the intimate nature of jewelry and incorporating it into your everyday uniform, the beauty in simplicity, and, of course, her relationship with sleep. Caroline is wearing the Washable Silk Tee Set     How does jewelry enhance an outfit? I look at jewelry as something deeply personal; something precious and full of memories. For me, it's something that is part of me as a person, less something that enhances an outfit. My jewelry remains pretty constant, despite what I am wearing on my body.   Describe your personal style philosophy I dress for me first, others second.   Like Lunya, BRVTVS features clean lines, and minimal, but impactful, details — how did you come to this design aesthetic? Generally, I have always shied away from the big and bold. Even as a kid, I always preferred simplicity. To me, some of the most interesting elements in art and design are aspects that are often overlooked at first, or ones that you might need to take a second glance at to realize the significance.    Caroline is wearing the Supportive Modal Sleep Bralette and Supportive Modal Sleep Brief     As someone who lives a busy lifestyle as a designer and entrepreneur, tell us about your relationship with sleep I love sleep! I'm not one of those people who can function well on minimal hours of sleep. I need rest to reset so I can have a clearer head. I think we generally have a pretty unhealthy relationship with sleep as a whole. There is a stigma that everyone needs to be doing the most, all at once. "No time for rest, I have to send out those emails!" Rest and sleep doesn't equal laziness; they're important parts of wellness that allow our body to recharge and reset.   Tell us your nightly pre-bed routine I don't really have a set routine. I try to always wash my face before bed, and to take a few minutes to give myself a little massage, especially in the winter time when my skin is a bit more vulnerable and sensitive. I wish I could say I was one of those people who meditated or read a book before bed, but I'm not. Gonna work on that in the new year. ;)     Caroline is wearing the Washable Silk Robe     Tell us your three favorite things about your bedroom and why Right now my bedroom is the cleanest it's been in a while, and it always surprises me how something so simple as making your bed and picking your clothes off the floor helps you feel a little less stressed. It's so easy, yet every single time I clean my room I always think, "Oh wow, this feels way better in here," and then it's a total mess again two days later. I'm also really into my linen sheets from Matteo. They are a total splurge but I notice a difference in my sleep when I change my bedding. I have a little skylight above my bed that I love. We just had a full moon and I could see it peeking out behind the tree that hangs over our roof and it just felt very cozy as I fell asleep.   Caroline is wearing the Washable Silk Tee Set (left) and the Resort Linen Silk Layering Dress and Washable Silk Cami Pant Set (Right)     You have a distinct style — tell us how people can make otherwise simple clothing pieces truly their own Consistency. I don't mind following trends but I keep my wardrobe in a minimal color palette and keep my shoe choices pretty consistent, which makes whatever I am wearing feel more like a uniform, less an "outfit".   How does living in NYC influence your personal aesthetic? NYC is an incredible place to gain fashion inspiration. I feel like this city gives you the confidence to try new things or just be weird; it's something that a lot of other cities don't offer. We're not really shocked by anything here — New York is such a fast-paced, in-your-face city, so I think it's really informed my style to be simple and functional.   Photography by April Valencia      
Coffee Talk with Ally Walsh

Coffee Talk with Ally Walsh

We love a good cup of coffee as much as the next girl, so when we got the opportunity to talk brews and AM routines with Ally Walsh, Co-Founder and Creative Director of Canyon Coffee, we jumped at the chance. Between balancing her growing small business and modeling, we imagined that there has to be a morning routine that makes it all possible. We spent the morning with her as she styled our new Cozy collection, chatted about the best way to start the day and, of course, all things coffee.       What time do you wake up? I usually wake up around 7.     Alarm, no alarm? No alarm.    What's the first thing you do when you get out of bed? I always try to start with a 20 minute meditation, pour myself a glass of water, and then make coffee. I light the kettle on the stove and grind coffee to make a Chemex.      Ally is wearing the Washable Silk Robe in Emerald and the Restore Draped Jogger in Charcoal     How many cups are we talking? Just one black cup a day.    Any morning listenings to start your day? My partner Casey puts on Bossa Nova every morning, so I’ve gotten used to starting my day with that.      Ally is wearing the Cozy Alpaca Knit Pullover in Powder and the Organic Pima Short in White     What has been the most surprising thing about starting a small business? It’s true what they say about the grind! But you don’t realize that in the moment. You never question the hard work you’re putting in because, ultimately, you’re building something entirely your own!     What's next for Canyon Coffee? We have some exciting new products we’re going to release next year! And a Canyon roastery and shop, at some point.      Ally is wearing the Cozy Alpaca Knit Belted Cardigan in Heather Grey             
Clean Beauty with Hillary Peterson

Clean Beauty with Hillary Peterson

We love a strong female founder — especially one that highlights other powerful women. We chatted with True Botanicals founder, Hillary Peterson, about non-toxic beauty, her nighttime routine, and the launch of the #TRUTHREVEALED campaign, highlighting amazing women and their truths about everything from activism to self-care for mind, body, beauty, and spirit.     Hillary is wearing the Pima Long Cardigan     You were diagnosed with cancer as a young mother. How did your cancer diagnosis inspire you to start True Botanicals?   I began prioritizing my well-being in every way possible—practicing meditation, tweaking my diet, getting more exercise. And after learning about the number of toxins in the everyday products I was using on myself and my young family, I was motivated to find safe alternatives. The only problem was that I couldn’t find products that were all the things I truly wanted: nontoxic, high-performing, and luxurious. So, True Botanicals was born from the belief that you shouldn’t have to make trade-offs with your beauty routine—you can get results without compromising your health or the health of the planet, with products that you truly love using.      Was skincare always a passion of yours prior to starting True Botanicals?   Skincare was always a challenge for me. I had bumpy, blemish-prone skin from the time I was a teenager and I had been unable to work my way to clear skin. And I tried everything. So, ironically, the products made with toxins were not even working for me. Finding my way to pure, potent, natural products brought me clear skin for the first time in my adult life—which felt amazing in more ways than one.     How do you typically start your day? Do you have a morning ritual?   I very much enjoy a morning coffee on my porch. I’ll usually get out of bed, throw on my cozy Pima Long Cardigan, and make my way out there to just sit quietly and caffeinate—my days are so jam-packed, I really take advantage of these moments in my day whenever I can. Naturally, my morning routine is also very beauty-focused. I wash my face with just water and spritz on the Renew Nutrient Mist. Then, I apply our Clear Pure Radiance Oil while my skin is still damp to help it sink in, followed by a Suntegrity tinted SPF. Makeup-wise, I love Well People blush and mascara, RMS Beauty Living Luminizer, and Ilia Lip Conditioner in Arabian Nights for an unfussy yet put-together finish.        What is your favorite time of day?    Truly, any time of day that includes my whole family together. My kids are getting older and those times are rarer and more precious than ever. Other than that, my morning commute—which I realize is a surprising answer! I take a ferry into San Francisco every morning, many times when the sun is still trying to peek its head out of the fog, and I enjoy that quiet time so much. I’m contemplating what my day has in store, looking forward to being with my incredible team, and soaking up all the positive energy I can from being on the water. It nourishes me.     We all know sleep is important, but we rarely get enough of it. What does your relationship with sleep look like?   I have certainly gone through periods in my life when I wasn’t getting enough sleep—being a parent for sure has cost me a few hundred hours. Being a business leader sometimes means waking up in the middle of the night sorting through opportunities and solutions to challenges. But I make sleep a priority (after all, our company is devoted to supporting well-being). To that effect, I take a bath every night with magnesium-rich Dead Sea salts. Studies show a good bath can help you drift off more easily, and I’m here to tell you it’s absolutely true! And to really amp up the unwinding, I apply our Stress Relief aromatherapy blend beforehand—it’s packed with calming, whole essential oils like tarragon and frankincense and it smells literally dreamy.     What can you tell us about the healing powers of botanicals? We love a natural remedy.   How many hours do you have!? I could go on forever regarding the healing power of plants and I’m so grateful to work with some of the field’s leading experts. For example, we worked with Rui Hai Liu, Ph.D., head of food science at Cornell University, to formulate our Antioxidant Booster. It leverages the peel of nature’s longest-lasting fruit, apples, to revitalize our skin and help prevent future damage. I was talking with him recently about plant bioavailability and he recommended fresh or frozen wild blueberries or an apple (with skin!) if you are fighting a cold, rather than a vitamin C supplement. He has shown in studies that they have so much more to offer. For calming, I love to make a cup of fresh lemon verbena and mint tea.        What have you discovered in your research that is most alarming, and the most enlightening?   Most alarming: the information that sent me down this path to begin with. Health-compromising toxins are rampant in personal care products, and there’s virtually no oversight from the government. In the U.S., only 11 ingredients are actually banned from use. Europe does significantly better with a little over 1,300. We go quite a few steps further: in working with MADE SAFE, we prohibit over 5,000 chemicals.   Most enlightening: the third-party clinical trials that showed our products outperformed leading conventional brands, and proved that you don’t need toxins to get results. I knew this already by seeing my own skin transform, but seeing the data is what made me fully realize we could change an entire industry for the better.     True Botanicals recently launched the #TRUTHREVEALED campaign, a message that seems very personal to you and your story. What does the campaign mean to you?   I had always just assumed that the products I was using on my body were good for me—why would I assume otherwise? Once I started looking into them, though, I found that they could be compromising my newly restored health. This led to me finding what I believe to be my purpose, and ignited a change within me that has helped me be more honest, more authentic, and more transparent. Asking questions is important. Seeking truth is important. It’s a way for us to take care of ourselves and the world around us. My hope is that by revealing truths about the industry and who we are as women, we expand our community and create change on many levels.        What is your True Botanicals nighttime routine? Favorite product of the moment?   After my bath, I apply the Pure Radiance Body Oil all over. Then, for my face and chest, I apply Clear Pure Radiance Oil, plus the Renew Serum mixed with our Antioxidant Booster. With the weather changing, I’ll also do the Moisture Lock Overnight Mask on top—and this is probably my favorite product of the moment because it is so necessary right now! It’s made with plant-based hyaluronic acid and peptides among other actives, and third-party clinicals showed it dramatically increases skin hydration. You really wake up with the softest, smoothest skin of your life (and Allure thinks so too—they just gave it a Best of Beauty award).     What do you think is next in clean beauty?   I hope that what’s next is that safe products become a standard and not an exception. Green chemistry will go mainstream and get cleaner products in the hands of everyone. Third-party certifications will become the norm, ensuring total transparency. And the focus will be as much on what’s inside the bottle as what’s outside of it. We’re considering the entire lifecycle of a product—from farm to bottle to box and beyond—and how it impacts the health of people and the planet, and I think more and more companies will pay attention to this.          
Lahgo

Lahgo — Sleepwear for the Modern Man

At Lunya, we believe everyone deserves a great night’s sleep. For years, we’ve helped you to feel confidently comfortable in your off-hours — isn't it time he felt that way too? Introducing Lahgo — sleepwear for the modern man.   Every piece is designed to perform in the bedroom, with the same great quality you’ve come to expect from Lunya — think smart fabrics, thoughtful design, and lasting construction. With Lahgo, we want him to feel as comfortable in his sleepwear as he does in his own skin. Whether you’re dying for him to get a little nighttime upgrade, or just letting him in on the secret you’ve known about for years, now you can show him what he’s been missing.   EXPLORE LAHGO      
Fresh Takes for the Modern Bride

Fresh Takes for the Modern Bride with Alexandra Macon

As anyone who’s gotten multiple invitations this year knows, we’re in the throes of wedding season! We love an event where couples personalize the day to make it feel unique to them as a couple. Here at Lunya, we spend a lot of time thinking about the Modern Woman, and we were curious to see how that translates to the Modern Bride. To get an expert opinion, we sat down with NYC-based Alexandra Macon, founder of Over the Moon — the ultimate destination for modern, fashionable, and fun wedding inspiration. Alexandra knows style, having worked everywhere from Ralph Lauren and Domino to her time as Managing Editor of Vogue.com. We chatted with Alexandra to discuss wedding trends, which traditions could use an update, and, of course, the second most important outfit of the day — the one for the wedding night.   The Washable Silk Robe     Are there any traditions that you see being thrown out the window (garter, bouquet toss, etc.)? I think now more than ever couples feel comfortable tweaking or melding traditions to make them their own, and it’s really wonderful. The end result is a ceremony that is usually very personal and makes guests feel like they’re playing an important role in a momentous occasion. Additionally, I think it’s neat that we’re seeing more and more brides walk down the aisle solo like Meghan Markle. It’s obviously lovely when parents, grandparents, etc. serve as escorts, but there’s something pretty powerful about a woman walking down the aisle alone.   What wedding tradition do you think is timeless and will never go away? The first dance—this is one that has stood the test of time!   What’s the cap on bridesmaids and groomsmen? I don’t think there’s a cap necessarily, but I do like that more couples are comfortable forgoing bridesmaids and groomsmen altogether or only having siblings serve as attendants. Once upon a time, if you had no bridesmaids, people might assume you had no friends. That’s obviously no longer the case, and I think it’s a nice change.    Babba and her bridesmaids wear the Washable Silk Robe     Welcome parties, after parties, recovery brunches...is this the new norm? Yes, most weddings have become multi-day affairs now. Instagram changed everything!   Times are changing — who is covering the bill? It really depends. I think it’s much more common for both sets of parents or even the couple to pay for portions, which, as the mother of two daughters, is a change I’m here for and fully support!       To go off registry, or not? Depends on the registry! If the couple has picked items that are beautiful and personal, I’m all for purchasing off the registry—but I refuse to buy someone a trashcan, cookie sheets, or a silicone spatula. If that’s what a couple registers for, I’m often convinced I can do better and will likely go rogue.   What wedding trend do you think needs a refresh (ie: photo booths at weddings — still cool?) Donut walls. I’ve said it once, and I’ll say it again: I’ve never seen a tasteful (or appetizing for that matter) donut wall. If you have to have donuts, do a croquembouche and call it a day.   Outside of typical lingerie, what are some fresh takes for the modern bride to feel sexy but still like herself? Lunya's Washable Silk Robe with her new initials embroidered on it.   Photographs by Johanna Rosenlew         

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