Rosebud Lips, today’s gorgeous handmade feature, was pretty enough, but what really stood out to me was Lauren’s drive to help others. Philanthropy has always been important and necessary, but right now, it’s especially crucial. Lauren puts some of the proceeds from every Rosebud piece sold toward care packages for women who have escaped from slavery. I won’t spoil all the details though – read on to learn more about Mini-Me (and the necklaces to match Mom to Mini!), Set Hope Free, and pantyhose mishaps…
A. Rosebud Lips. That’s the nickname that my mom gave me when I was a little girl, and then my daughter (her grand-daughter). All three generations shared the Rosebud Lips.
I have always been creative, and learned to sew at a young age. I was taught by my grandmother (Nana) and my mom (Tama). I have always loved fashion, and at a young age moved to New York City. I had the opportunity to intern for designer Cynthia Rowley, which was an amazing experience.
To tell you why I became a designer would have to be because of my sweet memories of being a little girl (about 4) and dancing around in my Nana’s silk bed sheets (my cape), adorned with her costume jewelry. I felt like a princess. My Nana has collected jewelry from my family generations back, and I felt like each piece had a story. This inspired me to use antiques in my pieces. I love textures, antiques, fabric and jewelry. Together, these form my concepts for my collection– Making every woman feel beautiful
I started the company in 2009, shortly after my mom passed away from Cancer. She was my best friend, and my biggest supporter. She was an artist herself, and she told me to follow my dreams and be creative. This motivated me to leave the marketing/PR world that I worked in for over 5 years. She has changed the course of my life, and I’m so excited for what the future holds.
Q. What inspires your pieces?
A. Anything and everything really. I see inspiration all around me. From the stranger walking on the sidewalk to my daughter mixing up my silk fabrics on the floor.
would you partner up with, and why?
are you going?
your most awkward moment ever?
Q. What’s your favorite quote?
A. “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”- Walt Disney
One of you fortunate creatures will be the lucky recipient of the Root Beer Float Rosebud Necklace. This necklace is the perfect combination of neutrals and elegance to go with any outfit, from jeans and a tee to cocktail attire! Can you tell I love it and am having trouble not ‘randomly selecting’ myself as the winner? This giveaway will end at midnight on Sunday, February 14. Wouldn’t it make a nice little Valentine for yourself?!
- To enter visit Rosebud Lips, and select a favorite item. You can also suggest a new item , color combination, etc. that you’d love to see in the shop. This step is mandatory, and please make sure to leave your e-mail address in your first comment.
- Tell me what inspires you. Whatever you do – even it’s not ‘artsy’ – has a drive behind it. What’s yours?
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