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Make Yourself At Home* with Lunya Vol. 2

It’s no secret - we love spending time at home.   Even though we’ve all been home for a while now, it hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm for all sorts of home-based seasonal revelry and all things festive.   It’s no coincidence that these are all things that we can do in our sleepwear. Make Yourself At Home* and check out what we’re getting into this holiday season.           Watching: I May Destroy You — It’s brutal at times, but it’s an addictive watch with something to say … and it says it well. Reading: Trick Mirror — The book addresses internet culture, "scammer culture," and contemporary feminism. Doing: On Tuesdays & Thursdays the Lunya team gets together (virtually) to sweat it out for an hour. Right now, we’re really into Melissa Wood Health. Listening: With just days till the election, we’ve picked out some songs that best express the 2020 election. Take a deep breath, and let our election mixtape take you away.     Making: Something to ease our Nov. 3 nerves with these handcrafted cocktails from Haus.   New Fashioned It’s like an Old-Fashioned, but without the old fashioned hangover. A splash of rum, whiskey or scotch all work here. ⁣ -3oz Haus Bitter Clove Apéritif -Splash of your favorite dark liquor -Serve on the rocks with an orange twist   Citrus Fizz Light, clean, and perfect for when you want something bubbly. -2 parts Haus Citrus Flower Apéritif -1 part soda water (we love Topo Chico) -Serve on the rocks with your favorite citrus Learning: To boldly go places we’ve never gone before with The Deep Card Game.   Color: Our new shade Ginger — because we need sleepwear that color-coordinates with all of the other seasonal shit we can’t say no to.      
Make yourself at home

Make Yourself At Home* with Lunya Vol. 1

It’s no secret - we love spending time at home.   Even though we’ve all been home for a while now, it hasn’t dampened our enthusiasm for all sorts of home-based seasonal revelry and all things festive (and spooky). How are we getting ourselves into the spirit of our favorite season? We’re looking forward to crossing some books off our reading list and baking, baking, baking. We might even pick up a new hobby just in time for Halloween (if we eat our homemade pumpkin bread while learning to read Tarot, does that make us basic witches?).   It’s no coincidence that these are all things that we can do in our sleepwear. Make Yourself At Home* and check out what we’re getting into this holiday season.       Watching: David Attenborough: A Life on our Planet Reading: Bob Iger’s The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company (and now plotting when we can go back to Disneyland) Doing: This election, we’re voting in bed. With only 14 days until the big day, we’re schooling ourselves on how to vote and what we’ll be voting on via @iamavoter. Check out our conversation with founder, Mandana Dayani. Wearing: It’s cold. Where’s my sweater? We’re wearing new Cozy Cotton Silk, of course.  Listening: Pack away those summer songs for another day — it's officially fall and we need to adjust our playlists accordingly. We’re getting in the mood with our fall playlist with tunes from Carole King, Sampha, and Sade. Cue the nostalgia + cozy vibes.      Making: Sugar, spice, everything nice. Could you guess it? We’re making this pumpkin bread recipe.  Learning: Feeling extra witchy this month; we’re learning how to read Tarot via The Cut. Color: We’re feeling green with our very own Myrtle.     
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Voting 101 with Mandana Dayani

Voting 101 with Mandana Dayani + I am a Voter         Obviously, we are voting in bed this year. What do you think one of the greatest benefits of voting absentee is? Voting as soon as possible is critical this election! And I think if you can safely vote early and in person, that is the best option. Otherwise, I would text MAIL to 26797 to find out if you are eligible to vote by mail and to request your ballot if available. Just make sure to send your ballot back as soon as you receive it (definitely prior to October 20th) to ensure it arrives on time and make sure to include stamps if your ballot requires postage! And don’t forget to support the USPS in any way possible. I am a Voter’s philosophy is that our democracy works better when we all participate. What are some ways we can activate our networks and communities to get involved? One of the most important things we can do is ensure or friends and family members vote! A reminder from a friend can make them up to two times more likely to vote! We are each a part of a community and we have a responsibility (and privilege) to check in on each other. I also think it is important to share registration deadlines and election reminders with your social communities and make sure your company gives you sufficient time off to vote if that is prohibitive for you. Lastly, I would suggest you go to iamavoter.com to check whether your state allows no-excuse vote by mail, and if it doesn’t, to call congress and advocate for it!! Scripts are provided. What are some of your favorite resources and tools to stay in the know with all things election related? Right now, it feels like my entire life is based around the election. I am just so grateful for the resources our organization is able to provide to our communities and partners and that we can always leverage our partners at TurboVote/Democracy Works whenever we have questions! I also make sure to watch Jessica Yellin’s videos on Instagram every day to stay current on all important issues. Any major callouts we should be aware of relating to COVID-19 its effects on the election? Do your research now to find out your options for how best to vote this election. The stakes have never been higher and we need every single eligible voter to show up!! And make sure to vote down ballot and in all upcoming local, state and federal elections! Voting in bed requires the perfect outfit — something comfortable that also says “I take my civic duty seriously”.   HERE ARE OUR PICKS
Babba in Prima

Being the Prima, with Babba

The Prima Collection was inspired by the movement of dance and the grace, style, and power of Prima ballerinas. Feel like a strong, confident woman whether you’re strutting across a stage or your kitchen floor — that’s being the Prima. We’ve tapped three women that embody that energy in everything that they do.         Meet Babba — our ultimate girl crush. This Swedish Latina it-girl is an award-winning creative marketing professional who has worked in both fashion and tech in some of the coolest cities around: Stockholm, Berlin, and New York. When this mama-to-be is not running her marketing agency or working on HER USA, a brand she co-founded, or her newest venture, Ceremonia, you can find her decompressing in our favorite place — home. Get to know this marketing-mogul-meets-style-guru and find out what she thinks it means to Be the Prima.         How do you show up as the leading lady in your own life?   Babba: I try to show up in life with a sense of gratitude and optimism, finding beauty in the everyday and keeping a joyful spirit. Blue (my pup) is actually a big inspiration here; she finds her zen in any situation and is always happy to see other humans. That’s how I want to show up in this life, too!           SHOP THE PRIMA COLLECTION
Eva in Prima

Being the Prima, with Eva

  The Prima Collection was inspired by the movement of dance and the grace, style, and power of Prima ballerinas. Feel like a strong, confident woman whether you’re strutting across a stage or your kitchen floor — that’s being the Prima. We’ve tapped three women that embody that energy in everything that they do.         Meet Eva — she makes every floor a dance floor. A highly trained, independent dancer and dance scholar from New York City, her work spans everything from performance and choreography to writing and teaching. Is there anything she doesn’t do? Using ballet as a social practice and a tool for living a more beautiful life, she gives us that Big Ballerina Energy on the daily.          How do you show up as the leading lady in your own life?   Eva: Growing up through ballet is the singular thing I feel has shaped me most. A lot of people talk about dance as a wonderful tool for young people to learn discipline as well as have a sense of control over their bodies, and in turn their lives. This is all true, but I also feel like for me, it was also a pursuit towards a high art. Ballet taught me to rise above obedience.  One particular teacher I had really focused on us finding our own individual spirit, and revealing that through movement. It made me understand that the things that would help me stand out in a sea of dancers were the things that made me me (i.e my eyes, my smile, the way I tilt my head). And that the only way to be different is to be yourself, which is something I have carried through with me all throughout life.             SHOP THE PRIMA COLLECTION
Nana in Prima

Being the Prima, with Nana

The Prima Collection was inspired by the movement of dance and the grace, style, and power of Prima ballerinas. Feel like a strong, confident woman whether you’re strutting across a stage or your kitchen floor — that’s being the Prima. We’ve tapped three women that embody that energy in everything that they do.         Meet Nana. Besides having impeccable style, Nana Yaa Asare-Boadu is a true artist in every form of the word. This British-born, Ghanaian-heritage fashion designer and performance artist’s repertoire of movement truly tests the possibilities of sensuality. From stoic to seductive postures, Nana navigates how audience and architecture inform the physics of the black female body. In everything she does — from work to personal life, this unstoppable force truly knows what it means to Be the Prima.           How do you show up as the leading lady in your own life?   Nana: “I am my mother’s daughter.” She taught me to be strong, loving, honest to myself, and also forgiving to myself. Self love first and foremost...           SHOP THE PRIMA COLLECTION
Prima Care 101

Keeping Your Prima Stage-Ready

Prima has made its debut! We hope you love your pieces as much as we do. Now that you’ve got them (and busted a move or two in them — that’s right, we see you), here’s how to keep them looking stage-ready.          PRIMA 101 —   Machine wash Dry Cleaner? Never heard of her. Throw these in the wash and forget about it (or if you’re feeling super domestic, hand washing works too).   Cold water with like colors  Pink things are only fun when they’re SUPPOSED to be pink. Please use cold water and wash with like colors to keep your pieces looking fresh.   Lay flat to dry It could not be easier — literally lay it flat and let it dry.   Cool iron on reverse if necessary  Wrinkles happen, we get it. To get your pieces looking smooth, use a cool iron on the reverse side.        Prima Pro Tips:    Hang in the bathroom while you shower to freshen up.  If your pieces need a little smoothing and you’re in a rush, hang them in the bathroom while you shower and let the steam work its magic. Look at you, multitasking.    Roll in your drawer vs. fold to avoid harsh fold lines in this delicate fabric. A prima always knows how to look stage-ready. To keep your pieces looking smooth, roll them instead of folding them in your drawers.       SHOP THE PRIMA COLLECTION    
Tie Dye your Lunya!

Tie Dye at Home

We’ve been watching you tie dye oversized tees, sweatshirts, sweatpants… even your underwear at home. We figured if you’re lounging around, and DIY-ing at home (a place we know a thing or two about) it was time we got on board. We rounded up a few of our favorite pieces that make the perfect tie dye canvas. And naturally (no pun intended) we raided our cupboards and used what we had at in the pantry...here’s what we found: turmeric, matcha, coffee, and hibiscus tea.  Our process is a steep, dip and sun time method (and no, we aren’t talking about our latest staycation). Here’s how we created the look: What you’ll need: • Lunya     • Rubber Bands     • Bowls     • Natural dyes     STEP 1 Steep your ingredients in large bowls with hot waterSTEP 2 Choose your dye patternSTEP 3 Soak your LunyaSTEP 4 Remove the garments from the dye STEP 5 Let dry with bands on, the longer the betterSTEP 6 Remove bands and rinse with waterSTEP 7 Sun time for a natural fade Methods for creating our patterns: Tie for a blotch effect Dip for an ombre effect Fold and twist for stripes Bunch and twist for your classic rings 💛   TURMERIC Steep Time:4 Hours Dip Time:Depends on how bright of yellow you prefer – we recommend 2 hours for a richer yellow Sun Time:2 hours     🍵   MATCHA Steep Time:8 Hours Dip Time:This color takes the longest to absorb, so we recommend letting your Lunya bathe for a while – we did it for 3 hours Sun Time:2 hours     ☕   COFFEE Steep Time:2 Hours Dip Time:We’ve all had a coffee stain once or twice. Depending on your preference in brown hue, we recommended letting this one hang out for a bit – 2 hours Sun Time:2 hours     🌺   HIBISCUS Steep Time:6 Hours Dip Time:This is one of the richer dyes so it does not need to soak as long – we let it soak for 3 hours Sun Time:2 hours     Care:   Hand wash to maintain truest color. Machine wash with detergent in cold water on its own. We recommend washing a few times to ensure dye does not crock. Note that color might fade. Sun-time causes dye to fade. We left ours out for a few hours to create a more muted and faded look. For more vibrant colors, we recommend less sun time.     SHOP THE AT-HOME TIE DYE EDIT     *Please note that personally altered products such as DIY tie-dye, alterations or tailoring, or otherwise personalized will no longer be eligible for returns. Dyes used in this demonstration have been tested but are not guaranteed from fading or bleeding.       
brb, googling delegates.

WTF is a Caucus?

We can all agree that voting is important, no matter how you do it. This election season, we’re helping you get politically active from your favorite place: bed.  But first, let’s start with the basics — what do some of these terms mean?!           Caucus. Primary. Electoral College. Delegate. We remember these words from our high school history books, but we could definitely use a refresher. With the first of the conventions happening this week, there’s never been a better time to brush up on your knowledge. Here are some of the key terms to know ahead of the 2020 presidential election.  CONVENTION Where political parties officially nominate a candidate for president (each party has one). It feels like a party and looks like one too — think: red, white, and blue balloons and usually a large crowd, but we're not sure what this looks like in a COVID-19 world. The conventions are also used to solidify a party’s platform leading up to the big day (Election Day!).  CAUCUSES No, it's not a growth on your foot. They are meetings run by political parties in which participants discuss a variety of topics, including their presidential nominee choice. These happen for local elections, but in presidential elections, some states hold caucuses instead of primaries. The process varies by party, but generally, voters show up in person (think: at a library or community center) to discuss the candidates and cast their vote. The process can take a long time, usually several hours. DELEGATES These are the people chosen to represent their state at national party conventions. First things first, to become a party’s presidential nominee, candidates need to win a majority of the party’s delegates. During each state’s primary or caucus, there are a certain number of delegates up for grabs, which are awarded based on how well a candidate does in that race. Then, at the conventions, the delegates are the ones who officially cast votes to nominate a party’s presidential candidate. There are two main types of delegates: pledged (who have to support the candidate they were given during the primary or caucus) and un-pledged or super (who can support any candidate).   ELECTORAL COLLEGE This is how the US chooses its POTUS. To win, a candidate needs a majority of electoral votes – 270 out of 538. If there’s no majority, the House chooses the president, and the Senate chooses the Vice President. When it comes to actually making it to 270 or more, it goes a little something like this: after you vote for president, your vote goes into a state-wide count. In 48 out of the 50 states (plus DC), the candidate with the most votes gets 100% of the electoral votes for that state. This is known as the winner-takes-all rule. Two states (Maine and Nebraska) give their electoral votes out proportionally.    ELECTOR The official certified rep that votes in the Electoral College. There are 538 electors. Each state plus DC has a certain number of electors in a presidential election. Electors are chosen by a state’s political party and are often people with close ties to the party (usually a state elected official). They later cast an official vote representing their state’s choice for president. From there, the electors’ votes are sent to Congress, which officially counts them.    INAUGURATION The day the who's who of politics shows up. Let's make it official — this is the ceremony where newly elected officials are sworn into office. Presidential inaugurations are every four years on January 20. If that date falls on a Sunday, presidents are privately sworn in ahead of a public ceremony on the 21st.    POPULAR VOTE This is a way of measuring election results. Whoever wins the most votes wins the popular vote, but that doesn't necessarily mean a win in a presidential election. Congressional elections are decided this way but not presidential elections. Because of the Electoral College system, in presidential elections, even if a candidate wins the popular vote, it doesn’t mean he or she wins the presidency. A candidate has won the popular vote but lost the election five times in US history.    PRIMARIES The election before the big one! This is when voters choose who they want as their party's presidential nominee. Some states have closed primaries — where you can only vote for candidates within your registered party. Other states have open primaries – no matter what party you’re registered with, you can vote for any candidate, in any party. And other states do something in between.   Now that you know, go share the wealth with your friends! @lunya       Voting in bed requires the perfect outfit — something comfortable that also says “I take my civic duty seriously”.   HERE ARE OUR PICKS
Melissa in the Silk Robe

Sustainable Skincare with Melissa Palmer

Meet Melissa Palmer, cofounder of the mother-daughter-run sustainable skincare line OSEA. Since 1996, OSEA has spearheaded a new environmental standard for the beauty industry. All of their products are plant-based and gluten-free, even eliminating the use of animal-derived ingredients such as lanolin, beeswax, carmine and beyond — as they believe animal rights matter. But the sustainability does not stop there. OSEA minimizes their impact in everything from packaging and their choice to bottle in recyclable glass, to their considered shipping and fulfillment practices. Impressive, to say the least. We chatted with Melissa about all things sustainability, from skincare to incorporating practices into your daily life.     Melissa wears the Washable Silk Robe     It is clear that sustainability is at the core of everything OSEA does. Where did the care and consideration for the environment start for you and your mom/cofounder Jenefer when starting OSEA back in 1996? When we founded OSEA in 1996 it was only natural that the brand values simply be an extension of our family values, which is why sustainable practices are a key part of OSEA’s brand identity.Growing up, my mom was always an activist when it came to environmental awareness and being mindful of our impact on it. We learned to compost, reuse and recycle from the beginning, and we even grew up sleeping outside and did so about 300 nights a year! In 2002, OSEA became the first company to sign The Compact for Global Production of Safe Health and Beauty Products, an initiative from the Environmental Working Group. Tell us a little bit about this accomplishment and why this initiative was so important for OSEA. When we met the Environmental Working group in 2002 we almost instantly signed the pact and were thrilled that they were taking action. We later found out that countless companies had refused to sign and we were the first. We are so proud to have been an early ally of the Environmental Working Group’s advocacy around safe cosmetics. Their mission to raise awareness and work on the legislative level ensure products “free of chemicals that are known or strongly suspected of causing cancer, mutation or birth defects” aligns seamlessly with the ethos behind our products — so getting involved was natural. You and Jenefer are actively involved in campaigning, traveling to Washington, D.C. and Sacramento to meet with legislators, and continue to lobby for safe skincare. Are you happy with the progress you’ve made so far + started to see in the rest of the beauty market? When we founded almost OSEA 25 years ago, it was because there was a real need; at that time, natural skincare was not even really recognized as a category! My mom really just approached skincare the same way she approached food — if it wasn’t clean enough to go in her body, it wasn’t going on her body.Things have radically changed since the 90’s and I’m thrilled to see more brands emerging that embrace similar values. When we first got involved in legislation, it was a tiny initiative in Sacramento in the early 2000’s. Last year we lobbied in D.C. for national legislation. It’s been incredible to see the evolution of the movement. While great strides have been made on the the brand level, we recognize that there’s still a ways to go on the legislative side. We’re sure the sustainability efforts do not stop at the office. What are some sustainable practices you’ve brought into your daily life? Sustainability is a set of life-long choices that respect the ecosystem around us. I do my best to consider these choices everyday, from the foods I buy, to how many times I get into my car per day, to composting and growing my own food. It’s a daily practice of little actions. Becoming sustainable is no easy feat. For other companies looking to boost their sustainability efforts, where do you recommend is the best place to start? Take a deep look at your business practices and start with things that are achievable. Whether that’s eliminating single use plastics at your office or encouraging ride sharing, every little step is important to achieving the long term vision of sustainability!
OSEA products

Jenefer Palmer's Morning Skincare Routine

As founder and formulator of OSEA, Jenefer Palmer is all about ingredients. Inspired by her grandmother’s miraculous healing in the frigid waters of Long Island, she always knew that seaweed would be the cornerstone of her formulations. Today she works directly with a family-run collective in Patagonia to source OSEA’s USDA-certified organic seaweeds. Her dedication to create safe skincare that is good for you and the planet is unsurpassed. We had to know more.       Jenefer’s skin care journey began when she became spa director at one of Southern California’s first wellness spas in 1981. To complement the innovative spa treatments that she created, Jenefer searched for natural skincare products to use and sell at the spa. At that time, it was impossible to find a skincare line that wasn’t packed with harmful ingredients. She knew she could create something better, products that are both safe and effective. Her desire to create plant-based, non-toxic skincare was revolutionary and what began as a personal passion soon evolved into a fully fledged beauty brand in 1996, manifesting the seed of her idea into reality. A true skincare pioneer, we were curious about Jenefer’s own morning routine. Read on for her insider tips.       Jenefer's Morning Skincare Routine   1. I love starting my day with Ocean Cleanser. It has the most invigorating, uplifting scent plus it gently exfoliates my skin. Ocean Cleanser makes me feel like a morning person, which anyone will tell you, I am definitely not.       Pairs well with our Resort Linen Silk Collection       2. Hydration is really important for me, which is why I apply Hyaluronic Sea Serum next. When I was formulating this product, my samples kept disappearing as everyone in the family was “borrowing” them. If your skin is dehydrated, this is a wonderful, light burst of hydration that’s perfect for the summer months. I think a lot of people don’t realize the difference between dry and dehydrated skin, you can have an oily complexion and still be dehydrated. So this serum is great for just about everyone!             3. Next is Essential Hydrating Oil. This was the first product I ever formulated, well before face oils were a thing. Honestly there’s nothing better for my 65-year-old skin. It’s a blend of botanical oils that work together to plump skin and smooth fine lines, which is a dream for me. I also love to use it for an aromatherapy moment, cupping my hands and inhaling deeply before I apply to my face.             4. At this point, my skin has received all these wonderful nutrients and it’s really important to apply a moisturizer to help seal everything in. Advanced Protection Cream is a luxurious face cream packed with skin-loving ingredients including Gigartina seaweed, one of my favorites because of its collagen-protection benefits.             5. My final step is my body. People often forget that your skin extends beyond your face and neck. Your whole body deserves the same attention! So I’m not done until I apply my Undaria Algae Body Oil. If I could bathe in this stuff, I would! We take organic seaweed hand-harvested in Patagonia and soak it in luscious seed oils for 6-8 months to infuse all the hydrating and firming benefits of algae. Plus it smells like heaven: a kind of citrusy, botanical blend that’s even better than perfume!      
The Female Founder Collective

The Female Founder Collective

With love, friendship and community at the root of all that we do, having love for our fellow female founded brands comes naturally. This joining of forces is our latest innovation in creatively supporting one another. It’s simple, really. We love each other’s brands. We’re consistently inspired by Elaina Bellis’s collaborations, while living in Lunya sleepwear, Janessa Leone hats, and Frēda Salvador shoes. We have been behind-the-scenes friends and mentors for years, now we are thrilled to join creative forces and partner by sharing each other's brand stories.       Meet Janessa Leoné   Janessa Leoné is an elevated accessories label based in Los Angeles. The brand creates sophisticated pieces with a focus on timeless, minimal designs that are both unique and classic. Each collection is hand made using a consistent foundation of the highest quality materials, yielding pieces that can be worn through many seasons.   Janessa’s goal is to create products that have the capability to tell a narrative of many generations because they’re well-made enough to withstand the stories themselves.   SHOP JANESSA LEONÉ         Meet Frēda Salvador   Frēda Salvador was founded by best friends Cristina Palomo Nelson and Megan Papay. With over 25 years of technical footwear and accessory design and 70+ years of footwear lineage, they design every collection of elevated, timeless and slightly unconventional styles that ease into your everyday. Their footwear is designed in California and handmade in our family factories in Spain and El Salvador. Their products empower non-stop women by offering pound-the-pavement utility.     SHOP FRĒDA SALVADOR         Meet Elaina Bellis   Elaina is an art director, model, and, most importantly, mother. In 2016, Elaina and her photographer husband James, joined forces to build a one stop shop for all creative needs. Their past collaborations include; Anthropologie, Madewell, Kate Spade, Christy Dawn, True Botanicals, Maisonette, and Blundstone to name a few. The duo reside in Los Angeles with their twin four year old daughters.   CREATE WITH ELAINA          

Give the gift of sleep

Our classic white Lunya gift box with a cloth ribbon. Items are wrapped in tissue and closed with a Lunya sticker. One box per order, all items in the order will be placed inside the gift box. Make it personal — include a gift message to be placed in your gift box along with a gift receipt.

Give the gift of sleep

Give the gift of sleep

Our classic white Lunya gift box with a cloth ribbon. Items are wrapped in tissue and closed with a Lunya sticker. One box per order, all items in the order will be placed inside the gift box. Make it personal — include a gift message to be placed in your gift box along with a gift receipt.

Give the gift of sleep