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Lunya
is reinventing sleepwear for women, by women. Their collections are made up of advanced fibers that some specific sleep problems – hot sleepers, cold sleepers, etc. Each piece is designed to work together and meet the individuals sleeping needs. We love everything and the fabric just melts you. We sat down with founder, Ashley Merrill, to find out more about her inspiration and what it’s like to balance work, life and kids.

GFMD: Why Lunya?

Ashley: I could relate to the problem because I was someone who was wearing my husband’s shabby old clothes in an effort to be comfortable, so I was passionate about solving it.  I had a strong vision for what I believed was possible and felt there could be a great business to be had in solving it well. 

GFMD: Where does your inspiration come from?

Ashley: We’re inspired by women.  By who they want to be, what their lives look like, how they live, etc.  Our designs celebrate women’s bodies by trying to make them comfortable in thoughtful ways (smooth seams, stay put straps, etc), flatter them (as women we always put on the clothes and make sure we FEEL our best with them on prior to releasing them), and that work with how they live (cell phone pockets so you have your hands free, clothes that can transition in and out of the home as needed, etc).

GFMD: What does your typical Beauty Routine look like?

Ashley: Arcona face wash, Vintner’s Daughter Serum, and Skin Clinical Lotion on top, essentially i use a mild cleanser and try to lock in vitamins and moisture.  As for makeup Im pretty minimal.  In a big day I will softly line my eyes with dark brown shadow and I will top with Benefit They’re Real mascara. 

GFMD: How do you balance work, mom, wife, life (tips / rituals)?

Ashley: I try to think about life in the macro vs on the day to day so I don’t make myself crazy – though I still do lol.  I look at my whole life as a pie graph of time and goals.  I think about how much I want to give to the different slices and realistically when that needs to happen and then I try to allocate my time somewhat in that way.  When I think about buckets like: travel, kids, relationship, friends, career, and community, I can evaluate what really matters and make decisions from that place.   As an example, my husband and I travelled a lot prior to kids and we will get lots of that later in life but kids and career are timely and at this point in my life they dominate my time.  I think this is ok and it gives me some peace about saying no to friends and other things that I would be interested in for the short term.  Balancing between husband, kids and career is a moving target and I wish I knew the right balance.  There is no perfect solution but I do my best to correct when things feel off.

GFMD: What was the last book you read?

Ashley: I wish that I could say some fabulous Historical Fiction because I love those but generally I dont have a lot of time so if I do read it tends to be business related.  I recently read Insanely Simple and found it to have some killer marketing insights.  I loved the metaphor they used for clairity of message…. If someone throws one ball at you then you catch it but if they throw you three balls at once its hard to catch any.  It was  powerful point about being simple with your message.

GFMD: Perfect day…is?

Ashley: Waking up to two kids in great moods.  Heading to work and feeling the energy and passion of the team when they are in sync and working well together.  Then I would workout at lunch… maybe even go for a run along the beach (we work close to the beach).  Then I would work a little more and then pick up my kids from school   Hang with them for snack and then maybe have a little time to myself for art, organizing, or whatever.  Make dinner (I love cooking) and then have a family dinner.  This isnt my actual life but Im happy that my perfect day and my actual days arent miles apart.  I hope that means Im on the right track 😉 

GFMD: When you need to destress what is your go to?

Ashley: I find TV these days to be so quality and immersive that its great to transport me out of a stressful situation. I love Handmaids Tale, This is Us, The Americans, etc. 

GFMD: What is your favorite room in your home?

Ashley: The living room because it has amazing windows.  Oddly its a room Im rarely in.  Perhaps it also appeals to me because its kind of a novelty for me to be in it?

GFMD: Favorite Lunya product?

Ashley: This changes often but I love the Lunya silk robe right now.  Every silk robe looks the same and we were determined to build something better.  I think we really landed on something special and it looks great in and out of the home.

GFMD: What advice can you offer women in the workplace?

Ashley: Find a company you love where you think you can add value and work every day to do that.  Every company will have its pros and cons but focus more on what you can do to make a difference than on all the things the company could do better.  You will be happier, more empowered and more valuable to the company.

GFMD: Best advice anyone has given you is…?

Ashley: Be the change you want to see in the world.  I dont recall where I heard this but its basically my life motto at this point.

GFMD: First thing you do when you wake up, is?

Ashley: Read my email.  I know that virtually every wellness blog says this is a bad Idea.  What can I say, Im a flawed person and I love knocking out email first thing int he morning while my house is still quiet.

GFMD: Last thing you do before you go to sleep, is?

Ashley: Put my cold feet on my husband so he can warm them up.  I dont know how men can run so much hotter but its like sleeping next to an inferno.

Sam Wennerstrom is a boss, to say the least. Not only is she a new mom but she runs the lifestyle + fashion blog, Could I Have That? With more than 102k followers on Instagram. She has been a positive force behind the brand for some time, so we thought we’d catch up with our lady friend and get the inside scoop on upcoming summer beauty & fashion trends from the fashion insider herself. Enjoy! xx

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CAREER:

1. When did you first get into blogging?
The summer of 2009. I was working at a magazine and started it as a creative outlet.

ON WEB PRESENCE:

2. What makes your blog different from the rest?
Could I Have That is more of a state of mind. Its about improving ones lifestyle and celebrating all the things that can turn a bad day into a good day. I love lending inspiration to my readers in different ways so they can up the ante in their day to day routine.

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WHAT ELSE YOU’RE WORKING ON:

3. Is there anything else in the pipeline for you or can you expand on everything you’re currently working on?
There are a lot of exciting things coming later this year. A little facelift to couldihavethat.com and a handful of projects that I can’t wait to share.

SKINCARE:

4. What is your go-to skincare routine?
Cleansing morning and night, exfoliating twice a week with either a Clarisonic brush or Goldfaden MD’s Doctor’s Scrub; moisturizing with a serum or anti aging night treatment and eye cream morning/night. Oh and sunscreen every day, or at least try!

MAKEUP:

5. What are your TOP makeup must-haves?
Makeup Forever foundation, Cle de Peau concealer, Laura Mercier eye base, Trish McEvoy eye pencil and Le Volume de Chanel mascara.

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TRENDS:

6. What are the spring/summer trends you are most excited about and why?
Seventies style! It has always been my favorite era so I’m excited to pull out some bell bottoms and platforms.

JUST FOR FUN:

7.Tell us about an experience working as a fashion blogger that truly shaped the outcome of your career?
I was flown to Paris once for a store opening. It was such a surreal experience and I had the opportunity to meet and hang out with fashion editors from all over the world. That was a turning point for me and I started taking my business much more seriously.

SHAMELESS PLUG:

8. What’s your favorite Goldfaden MD product, and why?
The Doctor’s Scrub! It will completely transform my skin from dull to radiant after one use. It leaves my skin glowing.

We have the best jobs on earth, which includes traveling to far off places, meeting new ad interesting  people, eating yummy food and experiencing a variety of cultures! As our brand continues to grow we will be sharing our picks of fun things to do, good places to eat and great blogs to read in a variety of countries.

Australia
Sydney

Favorite place to eat:

LuMi bar & dining is a beautiful, hip modern italian restaurant that is all glass and over looks the Sydney wharf. When lit up at night this place glows like a light box on the water. Lumi means small bites italian and that is what this place does best. Innovative and fresh ingredients add to the romantic yet trendy vibe while fresh flowers, plants and succulents make you feel like you’re in an enchanted forrest.

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Fitness:

HardCandy Fitness-gyms created by Madonna that offer an eclectic variety of dance classes. Our favorite is “addicted to sweat-cardio dance”. Of course if you’re near the beach you can always surf!

Health/Beauty Product:

Developed by the most gorgeous Australian on the planet, Elle McPherson’s Super Elixir drink is taking the US by storm. This made a splash in the UK by selling out upon its launch. Now available online and in the US, this energy drink will keep you going while detoxing your system.

Due to it’s beach culture Australia is very sun protective aware/ With its many SPF laws and fair skinned population, sun care is big and growing.

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Fashion bloggers:

While Australia is a huge country, the beachy look cannot be ignored. Due to many beachside and waterfront cities, the relaxed boho look is alive and well.  We always take a peek at Moulinfrock.com to see what the trendy girls are wearing. Similar to the US, booties, jeans shorts and rompers are all the rage.

Beauty bloggers:

Gritty Pretty forthe must haves of the moment and Bella Mumma for busy moms on the go.

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Favorite designer:

Sass & Bide

China
Hong Kong

Beauty blog:

We always take a peek at life and lens of beauty. She covers both Western and Eastern brands so it is the perfect mix! Cindiddy is our favorite with the perfect mix of edge and class! We love her hair too!

Fashion Blog:

Asians are known for their style and aead of the trend fashion choices. Hong Kong being the international city that it is, has a variety of fashion looks. Never disappointing and always fierce!

Best food:

Long Key Noodle shop. Hog Kong is touted the best food city in the world, so its hard to go wrong. Bring your appetite and sense of adventure. Menus consists of  pork, salted meats, seafood and oddly enough goose. Try ChiuChow, which is ‘late night food’. Similar to Cantonese style food but different than Chinese food as it is made form fresh ingredients and then sits for the day until eaten.

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Fitness:

Piloxing is the newest craze in Hong Kong. While popular in western countries this mix of cardio, dance, Pilates and boxing has taken Hong Kong by storm. Don’t worry if you don’t want to spend time in a class, the walking alone on Hong Kong is enough to keep you in shape.

UK
London

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Favorite food:

NOPI– farm to table fresh ingredients and communal tables. This is usually the first place we eat at in London.

You cannot go to London without indulging in fish and chips. The Punch Bowl is where we go. This classic pub owned by Guy Ritchie is a favorite amongst locals and tourists alike. They serve up traditional English dishes and have the most delicious fish and chips… don’t forget the mushy peas! Terrific selection of beers and ciders on tap-this is a must eat at!

Fashion blogger:

London is a mix of styles. There is an underground punk vibe to it as well as the upper crust, proper designer vibe. This gives a lot of options on what to wear. Two fabulous women that come to mind are Ella Gregory of Coco’s Tea Party and Sarah Luxe.  Coco’s Tea Party is a lifestyle bog that never disappoints! Ella is gorgeous and smart and has a way of mixing patterns and designers that make us want to wear everything she posts!

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Sara Luxe is a blogger, stylist and trend setter. Coined by ASOS as ‘A 90‘s girl at heart”, she manages to mix 90‘s grunge with edgy/rock and roll looks. We are also obsessed with everything she does to her ever changed mane of hair.

Beauty Blogger:

ReallyRee is our goto girl for everything beauty! She selects and tries all new beauty products and then shares her step by step experience and opinion. Always honest and and willing to try anything once this girl isn’t gorgeous by accident.

Fitness:

Luckily for us Barry’s Bootcamp is now in London! When we aren’t running around working we can be found sweating it out at bootcamp! Thank s to Lauren we also like to do Tracy Anderson workout in the hotel gym. She is amazing at it, I am still learning the moves but regardless always a fun and tiring dance workout.