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Pamela Salzman

Breakfast in Bed with Pamela Salzman

We have long been admirers of Kitchen Matters author and acclaimed cooking instructor Pamela Salzman. Her mantra is simple: eat well, live well, be well, and stems from her lifelong love of food, cooking, gardening and nutrition. Here at Lunya, we couldn't agree more. Second to sleep, we believe eating a healthy breakfast is vital to leading a productive day, helping maintain focus at work, and jumpstarting metabolism.  Pamela came by The Bedroom to help us create seven simple breakfast recipes for each day of the week, inspired by the busy woman on the go. We also got to chatting about her busy morning routine, because let's face it - we’re all familiar with that morning scramble. We hope you enjoy!  What time do you usually wake up?5:45am weekdays and I usually can’t sleep past 6:30am on the weekends! Tell us a bit about your morning ritual. What's the first thing you do each morning?I scrape my tongue, then make a quart of warm lemon water and drink half of it before working out. After I get my kids out the door, I go to my work out - usually some type of cardio mixed with a few weights. I drink the other half of the lemon water, shower and then I eat breakfast. Coffee or Tea?Tea, either green or matcha. Morning Jam?I listen to podcasts in the morning while I am getting ready and in the car on my way to work. Right now, I'm really loving the goop podcast, and Rich Roll.  Sit-down breakfast, or grab and go?Weekdays are grab and go, but I bring my frother and tonic essentials with me to work and make myself a proper superfood matcha latte or tumeric latte before I start prepping for a class.It’s usually quick and sometimes eaten in my car on the way to teach a cooking class! I’d rather eat slowly in my car than swallow my breakfast in 2 seconds in my kitchen. Weekends, I take my time with breakfast and the newspaper.         
Angie Banicki - Tarot Card reader to the stars

Hollywood's Favorite Intuitive | Angie Banicki

Here at Lunya, we're an office packed to the gills full of women. Topics around the lunch table regularly include our monthly and daily horoscopes, zodiac signs, and astrology in general. When it came time for us to delve deeper into what our star signs could reveal about our personal style, we tapped our friend and celebrity Tarot Reader, Angie Banicki, to tell us why we're the dark and twisty people we are... and she gave us the outfit to match.      Angie has read for everyone from Usher to Allison Janney, and is also the astrology contributor for GOOP. We sat down with her to pick her brain on how she got her start reading Tarot, her nighttime ritual... and picked up a whole lot of wisdom along the way.   What is currently your favorite hour of the day? At this moment in time, 2pm, because my baby girl is up for her nap and I am usually in between readings so we get to have a snack and snuggle together.   How important is sleep a factor in your life? Since reading tarot – SO MUCH MORE IMPORTANT!  There are days after I do big events with lots of readings when I just need to sleep 10/12 hours a night.   Tell us about your nighttime ritual. Put baby to bed, take a shower or bath, finish last minute emails and writing, and snuggle with my man.  This week, using this time to ask the cards about some upcoming travel.    How did you first get into reading Tarot Cards? My friend Holly Weirsma gave me a deck of Prada Tarot cards and I played with them for fun.     We can imagine you run into some naysayers - what do you say to them? Usually I laugh and say, ME TOO!  Then I had some really harsh ones and cried.  Then my brother really nay-sayed the heck out of me – it was amazing because my brother loves and looks up to me so I realized it’s not personal!  We are all wired differently.  All living different realities. I love choosing my magical one but yours might be just as fun for you.    What do you find people are seeking most when they come in for a reading? Love advice, career advice, home advice. Probably in that order.    You were a Hollywood publicist for many years, living a fast-paced lifestyle much different to your life today - words of wisdom for your past self?   Try to relish all the fast pace, the interesting people, the dramas!  One day you’ll miss it and yet still never need it again.      You're known for your Tarot readings - how sensitive would you say you are to picking up on someones energy?  This is something I am growing to understand more every day.  Sometimes I feel so sensitive as if I’m stuck in the person’s head.  And then sometimes I have days that I feel like a personal trainer just giving you the tools to make your body and mind work best from the side bench as you lift the 50 lb weight off.    Have you ever been scared by what you've seen, and not wanted to share it with the person? Yes, this is a big lesson I’m working through now.  Fear is something we all should be working on.  What is fear really?  How can we take information and use it to our advantage?  How can we understand something for someone and help them understand too?  I am trying really hard to see and understand and feel this for myself and in how I help others.  I also think my cards know my limits and are slowly growing with me.  Giving me only as much as I can handle and know how to give the other person.  Bohemian Rhapsody - Remastered 2011 – Queen is playing saying –Thunderbolt and lightning, very, very frightening me!     What is your star sign?  Scorpio   Interesting! Would you say you're a true Scorpio?  I am a Scorpio, yes for sure!  But I feel that I relate so much to certain signs and times in my life.  And I love that we all have different plans and signs in our charts.  We are all such fascinating corroborations!    Personal theme song of the moment? We know you love a good playlist. I Love to Love - Radio Edit – Tina Charles is this week’s. But also one of my all time greats is - Everywhere I Go – Lissie   Image credit:  Sami Drasin   SHOP BY SIGN
Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

Nightstand Tour | Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors

Functional design, SoCal inspiration, on growing a business, being half-dolphin and her own toughest client - talking it out with Amber Lewis.    Amber Lewis of Amber Interiors is one of the most sought after interior designers not only in Los Angeles, but with a client roster expanding across the U.S. Her half-million-plus Instagram followers are offered a daily glimpse into her SoCal-inspired breezy, contemporary style. After opening two brick and mortar stores in Calabasas, and the recently opened Pacific Palisades Shoppe, she's moved into designing a line of one-of-a-kind furniture. Not to mention, she's also in the process of renovating her own home. So, when does the woman sleep? She brought us into her bedroom to chat all things interior design, motherhood, and what comes next for this maverick designer.    What can we find on your nightstand? Give us the tour! A pretty lamp with a dim bulb and a vase with greenery or flowers is a must. I also have a marble trivet that holds my ceramic hand with palo santo and a candle from my Essentials by Amber Lewis line (which is launching SO soon!!) It doubles as a ceramic mug and the bottom can be used to strike a match. The most important thing is keeping my nightstand simple and clean. Otherwise, it'll stress me out!  Speaking of nightstands, you've recently designed your own line of furniture. Who or what inspired you while creating these pieces? Designing the 'Made by Shoppe' furniture line has been a dream come true. I've been designing for years, and one of the biggest struggles (as any designer can attest to) is finding the perfect piece of furniture for specific spaces. I decided it was time to do something about it and work with the best craftsman in Los Angeles to bring my designs to life and offer customizable pieces. The designs are inspired by the cool, laid back California aesthetic and the most important part to me is that each and every piece is made locally in LA and made to order. I'm not about mass production, so I'm thankful for everyone who orders from us, knowing it may be a longer lead time, but the quality will be incomparable.    You're currently in the process of renovating your Los Angeles home - when you're designing for yourself, how does the process differ? Oh, it's 100,000,000 times harder! I am my toughest client and I can't make up my damn mind. We're finally breaking ground and I'm being forced to make decisions. My clients are muuuch more easy going than I am!!     Seeing so many different homes and projects come to life, what do you find is the most functional design element that you'll be incorporating into your space? Our new home is going to have windows galore, because natural light is so important to me.    How much sleep would you say are you getting a night right now? Sleep? What is sleep?! I'm notorious for having a hard time sleeping. Fun fact, I'm half dolphin, because did you know they never fully sleep?! Half their brain is on even when they're asleep! Same here.    We hear you're a big Netflix junkie - what are you watching? Handmaid's Tale! It's really the most terrifying and potentially realistic show out there right now.  Has being a mother changed your relationship with decor? It definitely has. Everything changes when you become a mother - in the best way possible. Gwynnie is probably one of my biggest inspirations - her carefree, laid back personality is pretty much my design aesthetic -- and she is my daily reminder of that! G's been involved in the design of our new home, too and let me tell ya, she may be my future boss! She's got a real eye.      Social media has hugely impacted your business - do you find it affects your personal life as well? Yes and no. I have it to thank for being one the best tools in promoting my design work, and it also lets me interact and talk to so many more people than I would've been able to pre-social media. I'm truly very thankful for it. If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I try not to take it too seriously either. I'll never put on a front and you're always getting the real deal! So, no, I don't think it affects my personal life, other than it can take a lot of time, which I'd rather be spending with my family.    You've dominated the interior design scene, you've opened wildly successful stores in Los Angeles... what does evolution look like for you now personally and professionally?  First of all, THANK YOU! We are in this really exciting time now with so many exciting things in the works. My client roster is growing, which means my team is growing, hence our move into our brand new office next week. I have a book coming out in 2020, I'm launching a new blog called All Sorts Of at the end of this year, we have two brick-and-mortar Shoppes (and we're looking for our next space!!) - OH and because of all this growth, we're in the process of a full re-brand of Shoppe and Amber Interiors. I couldn't be happier with the direction we're moving in right now. Feeling beyond lucky and grateful!
The Cool Collection has arrived.

What the Internet is Saying About the Cool Collection

Our Cool Collection has just launched this week, and has already developed somewhat of a cult following. So why is everyone obsessing over this collection? If you ask us...  It’s the most comfortable and innovative sleepwear, designed to function like your favorite active wear, but made with natural fibers—and you don’t need to leave your bed for it to work. What could be better than that? The smart fabric also tackles odor: the XT2 fibers weaved throughout utilize antimicrobial properties to stop odor by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi that consumes sweat and cause odors. This means your Cool pieces will stay smelling fresher, longer. Because, real talk, who actually washes their sleepwear after each use? Not us...   But more importantly, see what the internet has to say about the Cool Collection:       "It's True: this genius sleepwear puts an end to sweaty summer nights" — My Domaine "Reinventing the category with innovative design, quality and fabrics." — WWD  "Lunya’s new collection will keep you cool even during summer’s hottest nights" — Brit + Co "The Cool Collection styles won’t smell or become full of gross bacteria, are super cute and comfortable and will help you say good-bye to damp sheets and sweaty, sleepless nights."   — People “Cozy and keeps you cool. I love everything Lunya creates and this collection is next level” — Jacey Duprie, @jaceyduprie “Cool feels like that fresh summer air in your bedroom (oh and like a full night’s rest when my twins decide to sleep through the night)” — Sara Azani, @stylemba "The most breathable cotton PJs ever.  Love how cool they feel against my skin!" — Kat Tanita, @kattanita “After a few nights in the Cool pieces, I can safely say I love them!" — Alice Gao, @alicegao “There is nothing like cozy sleepwear that is perfect for lounging in the house and is also made with breathable fabric. I am big about feeling cool when I sleep, and this romper does the job! I had one of my best sleeps yet. — Lauren Scruggs Kennedy, @laurenscruggs “This Cool sleepwear feels like you can live in it.” — Caitlyn Chase, @caitlynchase “Cool feels like a dunk in the ocean on a perfect summer day.” — Lauren Hayes, @laurenahayes "The only sleepwear that allows me to enjoy sleeping without AC!" — Tonya Smith, @themoptop “Cool feels like a nap in the clouds” — TyLynn Ngyuen, @tylynnnguyen “It feels like diving into the Mediterranean on a hot summer day” — Sophie Elkus, @sophieelkus  So, you want to try the Cool Collection now. Right?    SHOP COOL
Lunya Knitty Gritty Cool Pima Fabric

Knitty Gritty | Cool

  We get it. You’re hot. In bed. We can help.   Turns out that our body temperature plays a key role in how well we sleep.  If you’ve ever woken up to sweaty pajamas or damp sheets, then you likely already know—Staying cool is the key to a great night’s sleep. And a good night’s sleep is the key to just about everything else.  Hot sleep can cause fragmented sleep, which in turn can have subtle effects on things like complex memory retention, mood, and alertness, among others. You may not always be able to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night, but Lunya wants to ensure that the sleep you are getting is as valuable as possible.   Meet Cool, the next innovative sleepwear collection that will help you sleep cooler and drier because, to us, cool is more than just a vibe.  Here’s how it works. The Cool Collection is made of your favorite Pima cotton, infused with TransDRY™ and XT2 technology. But what does that really mean? Well, traditional cotton fabrics absorb moisture rapidly and can quickly become drenched, retaining as much as 20-40% more moisture than synthetic fabrics. If you’re a hot sleeper, you know that this can often mean waking up in sweaty clothing. Gross. TransDRY™ technology for cotton is a patented, high performance moisture management application that allows fabrics to spread dampness as well as, or better than, most high-tech synthetic fabrics. Basically it helps to move moisture across a greater surface area of the body, allowing it to evaporate quickly, and stopping it from pooling in unwanted places. TransDRY™ cooling fabric dries 3 times as fast as regular pima*, so the quicker evaporation of sweat, coupled with the natural breathability of cotton, will help keep you cooler and drier at night. That’s no exaggeration -TransDRY™ cooling fabric has TWICE the cooling power of regular pima. Amazing, right? It’s the most comfortable sleepwear, designed to function like your favorite active wear, but made with natural fibers—and you don’t need to leave your bed for it to work. What could be better than that?     Now let’s get real for a second—most of us don’t wash our sleepwear after every wear. It’s ok, we don’t judge, and neither does the Cool Collection. The XT2 tech utilizes the antimicrobial properties of silver to stop odor by inhibiting the growth of bacteria and fungi that consumes sweat and causes odors. This means your Cool pieces will stay smelling fresher, longer. And because the pure silver is incorporated directly into the garment and not a finish or a treatment, it won’t wash out or wear off, which means it will last the life of your Cool garment. Awesome, right? But you don’t have to be afraid of washing when you’re ready because we’ve designed everything to have minimal shrink to help retain shape and fit. Just machine wash cold and lay flat to dry.   Let’s recap – Keeps you cool and dry. Won’t smell or become full of gross bacteria. Looks and feels awesome, AND it’s made in the USA from fiber to finished garment.   Now that’s Cool.     SHOP COOL   
Ashley's Thoughts - hard road or enjoyable one

What Keeps Me Up At Night | The Hard Road or the Enjoyable One

My husband and I took a hike together last weekend and we were joking how the hike was basically a metaphor for how we approach life.  We came across a fork in the road early on in the hike. The paths ultimately ended up in the same place, but one was straight up to what appeared to be the peak, and one was a mild hill with a winding path.  We looked at each other and both instinctively forged up the steep incline. We laughed about how neither of us would ever think of taking the long, gradual way.   On the way up we ruminated on the steep path choices we have taken - have kids so close together, doing business school while simultaneously launching a business and having kids, running our two businesses at the same time, the extensive charity and political work we do, building a home while running businesses... and while we’re incredibly proud of our accomplishments, we reflected on the cost of this on our body and mind (perpetual exhaustion, not having time to feel proud or enjoy accomplishments, worrying about how we show up for our kids when we are so stretched) and began to fantasize about the long path a little.  Shortly after this conversation we reached what we had thought was the peak only to realize there was another peak higher up.         So, we took a brief gander around and kept going, hungry for the best view from the highest point. This process repeated itself nearly four times, and by the fourth apex when we looked around we realized the value of the height was offset by the fact that we were marching inland, so ironically the highest peak had the worst view.   We realized that it was those mini peaks below that were actually the most stunning. So we thought about what those were in our lives? What were those mini apex moments where we had brief moments of joy and satisfaction but quickly reset our sights on the next climb?  I can think of many inflection points in both our businesses, in our marriage, with buying a home. Birthing kids was certainly one of those moments as it was quickly followed by a desire for them to get older and sleep through the night, then be done with diapers, then talk...  At what point do we stop and breath in the fresh air? Is the apex an illusion? What are we chasing? Is this actually the top of the mountain?   This is not a sad story. We love our life and perhaps this is human nature, or at least our nature, but I think it’s was a great realization and reminder that your mom was probably right; it’s the journey that counts.  And while there is no end to this story, I’m not dead yet; we decided to take the long way home.   - Ashley 
Lunya x Dosist - rituals of relaxation

Rituals of Relaxation with Dosist

We recently hosted dosist at our Los Angeles headquarters, The Bedroom, to discuss mitigating stress, getting good sleep, and self-care. Moderated by our very own Founder & CEO, Ashley Merrill we had the opportunity hear from Neuroscientist Dr. Josh Kaplan, and Meditative Storyteller Jessica Snow on the rituals and importance of relaxation.     We explored tools for getting good sleep and for managing anxiety by trying a group meditation and followed it up with a discussion on the benefits, risks of incorporating Cannabis in your self care regimen.  We learned so much about the nuances of how the brain works and how THC and CBD interact with it that we decided to follow up on the event by sitting down with dosist president, Josh Campbell, to ask a few questions about his nighttime ritual and the role that sleep plays in his life.      What does your nighttime routine currently look like and how does dosist enhance this? I'm fortunate enough that sleep isn't much of an issue for me. But I work hard at it. I really look at the whole day as prep for sleep - from how I prioritize my work to my approach to responding to emails. It's all designed to protect my sleep time. Dosist for me has been a great supplemental tool replacing sleep "sacrificing" products like alcohol and stress.   How important is sleep as a factor in your work and personal life? Sleep is critical to ensuring I'm living a productive and happy life. I work hard to make sure I achieve a minimum 7 hrs of sleep - 8 to 9 hours is my sweet spot.   What would you say are the biggest benefits of the Sleep + Calm dosist pens and how do you think they can aide in the rituals of relaxation? The majority of people I know need some sort of "catalyst" to promote relaxation / their sleep cycle. Properly dosed, cannabis can be a really powerful tool to help your body and mind unwind. The team at dosist has really focused on creating tools that put you in control - we're providing very specific formulations designed to deliver a targeted benefit delivered in precise doses through the dose pen. When it comes to relaxation and sleep prep, I can't think of anything more important than control and predictability.        hungry for more?   sleep by dosist is an all natural, plant-based tool to help you fall and stay asleep. It just so happens that the plant dosist uses is cannabis. Dosist has worked to demystify, simplify and take the guess work out of cannabis as a wellness tool. Their sleep formula is a carefully engineered blend of the active ingredients in cannabis; featuring a 8:1 THC-to-CBD ratio balanced with a sleep-promoting blend terpenes, the co-star compounds found in the cannabis plant. Dosist helps you make sure that you're getting just the right amount by delivering a precise 2.25mg dose via their medical grade vaporizer, the dose pen.  A good night’s sleep requires a deactivation of the CB1 receptor. For people suffering from stress or anxiety, this can be challenging. Sleep by dosist is designed to stimulate that CB1 receptor, ultimately disrupting the cycle and allowing the receptor to turn off. Falling asleep only accounts for a portion of society’s challenges with sleep. For some of us, the issue is not falling asleep but staying asleep. Conditions like restless leg syndrome and chronic pain are better addressed by the anti-inflammatory properties of CBD. This compound lengthens the effectiveness of the THC while also providing its own synergistic benefits for anxiety, pain, and spasticity.       
Knitty Gritty - Restore

Knitty Gritty | Restore

  When you sleep, your body does some pretty amazing things. It is the time that cells regenerate, tissues grow, and your memories and learnings are consolidated so that they become long term. The amount and quality of your sleep directly impacts these necessary functions and without quality rest, your body is unable to perform at its optimal functioning. A lack of quality sleep also affects your skin, weight, cognitive functioning, mood, and sex drive.   You may not always be able to get the recommended 8 hours of sleep a night, but Lunya can ensure that the sleep you are getting is as valuable as possible.   Meet Restore, an innovative collection of smart sleepwear that actually restores you while you sleep. (No, your ex’s frat t-shirt can’t do that for you.) Here’s how it works. The Restore line features Lunya’s soft and breathable Pima cotton and with Celliant® minerals. This proprietary mineral mix is the real deal, it’s regulated by the FDA, and works to absorb and convert body heat into infrared energy which is then recycled back into your skin and tissues, helping to rebuild and recharge the body during sleep. Celliant® powered fabric also increases oxygen levels in the body which allows your cells to regenerate faster, making it the perfect follow up for a tough workout. In other words, the Restore collection promotes a deeper, more restful REM slumber so you wake up feeling noticeably more refreshed and energized.      Because Celliant® is embedded into the core of the fibers themselves, the technology does not wear out over time or weaken with washing so you can wash any of our Restore Collection pieces the way you would any of your other Lunya pieces.  Restore is a blended fabric of 56% pima, 44% Celliant®   Quality is really important to us and we are happy to report Restore fabric and construction have passed the one year wash and dry test with flying colors.  It resists fade, pill, shrink, seam burst, and fabric disintegration - essentially, with these pieces you have quality you can rely on.    If you are a wild sleeper, hot sleeper, cold sleeper, restless sleeper, side sleeper, face sleeper, sleep walker, sleep talker, snorer or spooner, the Restore Collection is for you.     RESTORE COLLECTION  
Lunya x Girls Inc.

For the Girls | Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles

Core to making things better for women is creating more opportunities for girls in order to make systemic change for the next generation of women.    At Lunya, we are driven by an internal mission statement—to make women's lives better through product, experience, and example. After learning that California's public school system ranks 42nd out of 50, we were inspired to find a way to support the girls in this broken system and discovered Girls Inc. of Greater Los Angeles, an affiliate chapter of the national organization Girls Inc., whose organization provides support and programming to girls in low income areas of South Los Angeles, Compton, and Watts.      National Statistics...   1 in 4 girls will not finish high school 78% of girls are unhappy with their bodies by age 17 3 in 10 girls will become pregnant before the age of 20 1 in 5 girls will be a victim of childhood sexual abuse.     What does Girls Inc. LA do?   The mission of Girls Inc. is to empower girls in high poverty areas by keeping them excited about school and optimistic about their future. By providing in and after school programming and a sustained presence throughout the school day, Girls Inc. LA gives girls the knowledge and tools to be strong, smart, and bold. Many Girls Inc. participants are considered "at risk" due to circumstances outside of their control - poverty, gang surroundings and homelessness. These experiences make them less likely to graduate high school, become pregnant sooner than they are ready, and generally less prepared to face adulthood.    Currently Girls, Inc. LA has programs at 6 Title I schools* - 3 elementary schools, 2 middle schools, and 1 high school, with plans to expand to more schools through fundraising and grants. Some of the programs provided at these schools include art, gardening, health and wellness, theater, and economic literacy.     How does Girls Inc. LA achieve this?   As mentioned before, Girls Inc. LA provides knowledge and tools for the girls to empower themselves to be strong, smart, and bold.    Strong (Healthy) - Girls gain knowledge to embrace physical activity, positive body image, and nutrition while decreasing or delaying substance use and risky sexual activity. Smart (Educated) - Girls increase their love of learning, improve performance in school, explore STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, Math] classes and non-traditional careers, and aspire to and plan for education beyond high school. Bold (Independent) - Girls build life skills to set and achieve goals, have healthy relationships, and increase resilience in the face of obstacles to live productive and fulfilling lives.     Girls Inc. Statistics...    79% of Girls Inc. girls are on track to graduate HS 90% are hopeful about the future 96% believe that getting pregnant would interfere with their education     How does Lunya contribute to Girls Inc. LA?   Lunya supports this incredible organization in almost any way we can. We donated all of the proceeds from our first profitable month toward opening a new Girls Inc. LA campus. Our founder, Ashley Merrill, is on the board of Girls Inc. LA and advocates for new programs, funding, and grants to perpetuate the growth and strength of the campuses. Finally, every Lunya employee has the opportunity to visit Girls Inc. LA campuses to volunteer in the classrooms, spend time with the girls and aiding the teachers in any way that they need us.    Is there anything you can do to help? Tons! Not only is Girls Inc. LA always looking for capable and passionate ambassadors, they are always looking for funding. You can donate here, or you can purchase Lunya's limited-edition Pima Muscle Tee printed with Girls, Girls, Girls - 100% of the proceeds from this shirt will be given to Girls Inc. LA, so you can rest easy knowing your purchase is giving back.   Additionally, in honor of Women's Day on March 9th, Lunya has partnered with three female-lead and run brands - Janessa Leoné, Vrai & Oro, and Jenni Kayne - to donate 10% of our total revenue earned from March 2nd through March 9th to Girls Inc. LA. Shop any of our websites during that week and 10% of your purchase will go toward helping this amazing organization!         *Title I is a classification issued by the US Department of Education. If classified as a Title I school, supplemental funding is provided to meet the needs of at-risk and low-income students.
Yumi Founder

Badass Women | Yumi Founders

When Angela Sutherland and Evelyn Rusli launched Yumi, a nutritious, subscription-based baby food company, their hope was to access an untapped market of parents who wanted convenient, nutrient rich baby food, but didn't want the hassle of preparing their own - think Blue Apron for babies. The team was able to raise $4.1 million in funding and launched to the California market on June 13th. We sat down with these badass entrepreneurs to find out what inspires them, their biggest challenges, and what they would want if they could have a super power.    *To celebrate their achievements and bring their (amazing! Seriously, we've tried it.), we have teamed up with Yumi and are including a complimentary week of food to any California resident who orders the Tired as a Mother Kit.     What has been your biggest obstacle when it has come to starting your business?   Angela: The biggest obstacle has always been myself. I think we all have to learn to get out of our own way sometimes.   Evelyn: I would argue that taking that initial, scary leap is the biggest obstacle. It’s easy to succumb to the doubts. You have to be a little crazy to consciously decide to build a startup. You’re up against a lot. One, you know that most startups fail and many investors will remind you of this along the way. Two, you’re very aware of all the things you’re not qualified for. In some ways, I made the decision pretty quickly with Angela. But I also remember several long, anxiety-filled nights, wondering, “who was I to believe I could tackle this enormous undertaking?”, “who was I to give up a career I had spent a decade building?” Ultimately, I put all those questions aside, and thought about the regret I would feel if I didn't do this. That made the decision really easy.     What would you tell women who want to start their own business?   Angela: Surround yourself with people who have skillsets and experience that you don’t have. Have an honest conversation with yourself about shortcomings and areas where you still need to learn. Stay firm on your vision and mission, but be open to letting other people help you. Starting a company is a humbling experience. The most successful people I know are acutely aware of the limitations of their knowledge and actively seek out people who know more than them. Also, you never know where those conversations will lead. You’ll be surprised how far, “Can you help me with…” will take you.   Evelyn: Own your accomplishments. I’ve seen brilliant women shy away from owning their success. Yes, it’s important to realize the contributions of the team and to be magnanimous in giving credit, but dammit, sometimes you have to own it.     What is a piece of advice you have for working moms?   Angela: I think it’s important to find a way to give your kids’ a window into your career. My daughter is young but I often tell her why I work and that I hope she is also lucky enough to be able to work on something that she truly loves. I also try to relate going to work to her going to school and try to bring her to work once in awhile, so she can see where I work. Will she remember those conversations years from now? Perhaps not word-for-word, but I hope she recalls how happy her mother was at work and draws inspiration from that.     Where do you draw strength?   Angela: My children. To be honest, it’s hard to spend time away from my family as a working mom. My daughter, who is 3, can now articulate that she misses me and when she asks, “Mom, why do you have to go to work?” with those giant brown eyes, it literally slays me. My heart breaks into a million pieces. But, I know that what I’m putting out into the world will make them proud when they are older. Balancing a career and pursuing your dream while managing a family is a constant struggle, it’s never easy, but I always think about the example I’m setting for them in the long term.   Evelyn: It’s amazing how small moments can provide such potent fuel. Every day, we get messages from parents who tell us how Yumi is helping them in their lives and how good they feel to be nourishing their babies with something they actually feel good about. When days are crazy and things feel out of control, a positive, encouraging note from a customer always brings me back to center. It’s a great reminder of why we do what we do. Startup life is hard, you have to savor those moments.       If you had 30 extra minutes a day, what would you do with them?   Angela: SLEEP! Or 30 minutes more of uninterrupted, quality time with my kids and family. But, if we’re being completely honest here - SLEEP!    Evelyn: As an office, we are all pretty regimented about working out and keeping up healthy habits. For instance, we do 8:30am yoga together as a team. But it would be amazing to have an extra 30 minutes to meditate and clear my mind, so I can start (or end) each day with a more peaceful mind and clear focus. This is forever on my list of things I NEED to do, but actually NEVER do.     What do you do the second you get home?   Angela: Change into comfortable clothes, and put my kids to bed. It’s a tradition and near sacred to me. I try to always carve out this time to unplug from the day and be truly focused on them. They know this is our time. I love giving them baths, reading to them, and just spending time with them as we all end our day.   Evelyn: I take my perfectly derpy dog Raja for a walk, and if my fiancé is home at the same time, we enjoy cooking dinner together or maybe going out to eat if we’re feeling ambitious. It’s not too glamorous but those are the good nights. Since he’s also an entrepreneur, there are definitely nights when we both get in at 11pm and just pass out. We’re a very fun couple.     Do you have a nightly routine? If so, what is it?   Evelyn: Dry brushing before I go to bed, a slightly too-hot shower, and a small army of facial creams and ointments including the Bright Eyes under eye cream from Goldfaden MD - it works miracles.     How many hours of sleep do you get a night?   Angela: Sleep has been elusive since I’ve had my first child! I try to exercise every day to de-stress and decompress, but as many parents will say, I no longer make my sleep schedule.   Evelyn: Minimum 5. Maximum 7.You don’t want to see me on 4.5 hours, it’s not the best look. I wish I could force myself to sleep more but my body refuses after 7 hours. In days of yore, I used to be able to sleep till 10am on Sunday and it was bliss, I guess this is what happens after too many years of adulting.     What do you wear to bed?   Angela: I wear long sleeves and pants- I get cold!   Evelyn : A mix between my fiancé’s vintage oh-so-soft T-shirts and simple over-sized slip dresses. Soft and loose fabrics that are lying around are my go-to but lately I’ve been wishing for something a little more sophisticated like the Lunya Silk Set.     Is there anything you would change about yourself?   Angela: I am often over-analytical. I’m sure my colleagues at Yumi would laugh and say that’s an understatement.    Evelyn: I wish I was more naturally extroverted. There’s a part of me that will always be an awkward, geeky elementary school kid who had a so-so grasp of the English language. I was a journalist, but in my heart of hearts, I am a forever introvert.     What is your biggest vice? Be honest.   Angela: Fried foods. I’m a Midwestern girl, so I’ll forever like a fried…anything.   Evelyn: I can sit in chaos for a little bit longer than I should — in other words, my desk is a mess.     Who is your inspiration?   Angela: My mom has always been my greatest inspiration. She was an entrepreneur and until the day she passed she was always my biggest supporter.   Evelyn: My fiancé Dan - he’s relentlessly optimistic and has been such a pillar of support. He was the first to whisper in my ear that I should leave journalism and become an entrepreneur. I think one of the best things a partner can do is to always expect more of you, to expect greatness of you, even if you don’t quite see it in the moment.     What is your greatest ambition?   Angela : With Yumi, we hope to push an antiquated industry forward. Regardless of the financial outcome, success will be if we have changed the way parents think about nutrition for their kids and if we can reshape an industry. I hope the whole market will move towards healthier, more nutritious options.    Evelyn: Angela says it best. The goal has always been to create positive impact at scale and move the needle on nutrition. My family’s history is checkered with diabetes and obesity, so I know firsthand how poor health can impact a family and quality of life. To help as many families as possible is our greatest ambition.     What is your biggest fear?   Angela: My biggest fear is that my own limitations will prevent this company from reaching its potential.    Evelyn: Not evolving fast enough personally to help support the growth of Yumi. And heights, ugh, still waiting to outgrow that one.     What superpower do you wish you had?   Angela: Being in two places at once    Evelyn: Reading people’s minds, though there is that risk of knowing too much.    
Knitty Gritty: Supportive Modal

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We all have them. Butt-hugging Soffe shorts we shamelessly wore in high school. Oversized sweatpants inherited from college boyfriends. The matching pajamas we got at that bachelorette party.   We’ve had some good times together. But admit it...it’s time to break up and invite something new into the bedroom.    Our Supportive Modal fabric provides the needed comfort of your previously beloved pajamas while providing you with what you truly need in the bedroom...beauty...stamina...no shrinkage.   Supportive Modal is derived from rayon, a semi-synthetic fabric made from cellulose—and we’ve added 5% spandex for extra strength and flexibility.  In other words, when you move, it moves with you. Talk about good in bed.         Unlike your other cotton or polyester PJs, modal is extremely breathable and cool to the touch, but it’s also highly absorbent so it doesn’t mind if you get a little sweaty. But we have to warn you, it’s extremely soft hand means you won’t want to leave your bed the moment you wake up. Because of its sensuous drape, Supportive Modal complements Lunya’s beautiful silhouettes and a woman’s body perfectly—like we were MFEO*. Its high wet strength means it won’t shrink or stretch when you toss it in the washer/dryer, and it’s colorfast and resistant to pilling so its beauty won’t fade over time.       Finally, a relationship that will last. xx, L U N Y A     *Made for each other
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