Feature & Giveaway: Meet Lauren of LoBoheme!

>> Monday, June 1, 2009

{Win THIS Original Hair Adornment!}

I am just overflowing with excitement for today's feature! My friend from high school, Lauren, started LoBoheme, an etsy boutique selling hand crafted, one-of-a-kind, vintage inspired accessories. She is beyond talented, has a unique and very beautiful point of view, and is a successful business woman (with some great etsy tips below). And what a better way to kick off summer and JUNE (yes, we can't believe it's June either) with a feature article and GIVEAWAY of one of LoBoheme's vibrant and amaaaaaazing pieces! Just read on...

Meet Lauren:About LoBoheme
What gave you the idea to start LoBoheme?
The idea for Lo Boheme sprung from my love for all things vintage, weddings, and my passion for creating. My need to create, and work with my hands is such a critical part of who I am as a person, and throughout my life this need has taken on so many forms. But it wasn't until my own wedding that I realized my passion for this joyous day and all of the creative outlets it provided. After I created personalized hair pieces for each of my 9 bridesmaids I realized that I may have found my niche, from there I created a handful of pieces for friends and family, and basically things have grown from there!

Where do you gather ideas and inspiration for your products?
Everywhere, and anytime. My aesthetic is all over the place. I love color and texture, and usually the inspiration for my pieces comes from the materials I use. I shop for my vintage findings weekly at swap meets, flea markets, thrift stores, and in the garment district in LA, so it is often after these trips that I am most inspired. I think by now it may be apparent that I love the fashion of the 1920's-60's so any photo, image or person from this time period I find inspirational.

What are your hopes for LoBoheme?
I am really happy with how well things have been going so far, and if I could continue to grow the business, build my brand awareness, and streamline my systems I would be happy. I am still figuring things out, and I love being busy, but I would love to develop my business systems so that I could work less and more efficiently. I don't have any huge aspirations for mass production, I love keeping my business personal and approachable, although summers off for travel and "inspirational" buying trips definitely are appealing too!

{custom order by LoBoheme: bridesmaid hair accessories}

Etsy Advice
What is your favorite ETSY tip for those who are just starting out?
I have two:
1. Make something that you are passionate about and not what you think will sell. Whether etsy is just a hobby, or a career, it can be a lot of work. But either way if you are creating a product that you love and are inspired by, others will be too! Customers can tell the difference between a product that was made thoughtfully and with care and those that are made with only monetary intentions. And trust me, you will be so much more fullfilled knowing that your contribution to this world is something original and inspired.

2. List new items or relist daily. This is key, I make it a goal to renew or relist at least 5 products a day, so $1 a day, $31 a month. Etsy searches filter the date listed first, so therefore it is crucial for customers to be able to find your items, and this is the quickest and easiest way to do this. I have really found that the more often I relist the busier I am

What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone thinking about opening an Etsy shop?
Planning is key, like I said I didn't do much in the beginning, and I have learned a lot, but often times the hard way. A good foundation is key in terms of the business and legal aspect, and will save you a lot of time in the long run!

What has been the most fulfilling aspect of your ETSY shop?
Control and flexibility: control over my own future, control over my own creative output into the world, control over my day, my hour, my career. Just knowing that my it everything is up to me, I don't have to answer to anyone, (except my husband sometimes, hehe!), that I am in control of my own financial and creative future is so fulfilling. And of course being my own boss offers some awesome flexibility!

About Lauren
{ Lauren modeling her "Vera" Headband by LoBoheme}

3 Favorite Facts about yourself and/or your life:
i love to eat, I live for food, and besides creating is my other passion. -i can't remember the last time I went to bed before 2 am -i traveled around the world to 12 different countries on a ship when I was 10 years old

If you could live or travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be?
I've been fortunate to travel to some amazing places really early on in my life, but I've never made it to Europe, and given my love of antique Paris is a must. But I could also hold up in the jungle in Bali and be in heaven!

{Honeymoon in Bali, 2006}

What are your favorite hobbies?
flea market hunting, eating, playing with my dog, are those last two even hobbies?!!?

If you could have lunch with anyone in the world (dead or alive) who would it be?
Oh goodness, my Granny Bobby, she was an amazing woman, she passed on too early, and I would love to be able to sit and talk with her again!

What's your favorite part of the creative process?
-how organic and random it can be, I never now when it will hit, but when it does there is nothing more exhilarating, and when its over the creation is so fulfilling

How do you find inspiration when you're in a rut?
go shopping, really, it is most often the materials that inspire me

{ "Blanchett" Derby Hat by LoBoheme}

THANKS LAUREN!! Check out her website: loboheme.com & her etsy shop: loboheme.etsy.com!

You can win a LoBoheme original hair accessory (featured below)! It is the perfect addition to any summer outfit and occasion...wear it to a wedding, graduation, bridal shower, or to a picnic with a sun dress! So gorgeous...definitely adds some pizazz to any look!

Here are the rules:
1. 1st Entry = Link back to our giveaway using any of the images below by Thursday, June 4th: frenchieandflea.blogspot.com

2. 2nd Entry = Link to LoBoheme's etsy shop: loboheme.etsy.com

3. 3rd Entry = Leave us a comment :)

Do all of the above and you are entered 3 times for a chance to win !

Winner will be randomly selected and announced on Friday, June 6th!!! YAY!


Kasey June 1, 2009 at 6:16 AM  

i think since i am first to comment that gives me a chance!
i love this hair piece and will look wonderful in my hair...

Haven and Home June 1, 2009 at 6:56 AM  

What a fun interview! I love those pieces, so fun!

Anonymous,  June 1, 2009 at 7:57 AM  

What a great interview and she seems so sweet!! Cute cute hair pieces...!! :)

LuLu & Co. June 1, 2009 at 8:06 AM  

great interview and her hair pieces are lovely!!!

Jennifer June 1, 2009 at 12:16 PM  

Breath taking stuff! I love your page!

nameisgrace June 1, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

so pretty!!! i'm gonna add the links now:)

Mary Young June 2, 2009 at 10:25 AM  

Love it! Just added the link to my new music blog :) http://marysmusicology.blogspot.com/

Valery June 2, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

oh man, that piece is gorgeous!! Her website is amazing & i am sooooo bummed i didnt know of her 6 years ago when i got married!! my wedding planning scrap book has magazine cut outs of models with hair pieces like this that i wanted so badly but i couldnt find them anywhere in real life!! Gah! PS- how hot is that net birdcage veil she has on her site. melting**

Sa-Sea Boutique June 2, 2009 at 10:49 AM  

so fun!!!! LOVE HER GOODIES!!! I would seriously need to go on a hot date with that in my hair!!! Off to add this to my blog. SO GREAT!!!

Ab June 2, 2009 at 1:20 PM  

Yay! Now I've done all three! I love love love her hair pieces! So amazing!

Kristin June 2, 2009 at 1:28 PM  

So so beautiful! I'm off to check out more of her work!

Amanda June 2, 2009 at 2:46 PM  

Lauren's stuff is so awesome and so is this blog! I really loved the interview... Lauren is my best friend and I didn't even know some of this stuff... nice work!

Way to go Em and Allegra!

xoxo Amanda

Beth June 2, 2009 at 9:11 PM  

Awesome giveaway! I linked it to my blog and hope lots of people enter...well, maybe not ;o)

She is so talented and I would love to wear that!

Susan June 3, 2009 at 5:55 AM  

What a statement this makes. Tres chic!

Eme June 3, 2009 at 6:55 AM  

I love the Bali bowls in the pictures. I'm hoping to win!

Savvy Addy June 3, 2009 at 10:40 AM  

Love all of the pieces!

Nan June 3, 2009 at 10:41 AM  

The Natalia is my fave!

Brooke June 3, 2009 at 11:12 AM  

Absolutely LOVE Lauren's stuff and LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog, ladies! I'm new to the whole blog-following thing, but now I'm hooked. My most recent feather hair piece was eaten by a dog, so I'm in need of a new one! These ones are BEAUTIFUL!

annie b June 4, 2009 at 11:27 PM  

I love the idea of wearing these to jazz up even a tshirt and pair of jeans. hair up or down, so many options, im in love!

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