Karen Yost of Anomaly jewelry is very dear to my heart. Her unique designs sparked my passion for jewelry when I did not have a keen interest. I was very honored to speak with Karen for my first interview for “Babes Doing Business” blog.
One day (many moons ago), I was on a mission to find a  Fafi mural in Brooklyn, New York. While searching, I stumbled onto a teeny tiny jewelry store with the cute name of Catbird. It was love at first entrance! I was in awe of a beautiful deer necklace by Anomaly. After visiting the store three times, I finally spent every dollar I had left on my trip to purchase the necklace. It was a turning point in my life because it gave me a sense of purpose and inspired me to create jewelry of my own. Ten years later, I now get to interview the lady who made the beautiful necklace. I'm happy to call Karen my friend and mentor. 

Q: favorite guilty pleasure
A: Once I became a Mom so many of my guilty pleasures were forcibly ripped from my hands. I still get to escape with T.V. every once in a while and that remains a favorite. Most recently I'm watching the show Breaking Bad and it's pretty much my favorite ever besides the Golden Girls. But I don't feel guilty about that. So I guess it's just a pleasure.

Q: what sparked your passion for jewelry
A: My mother would never buy anything and always said, "You could make that. You could make that better." So I did and I loved making everything from my Halloween costume to my own Christmas tree (out of tin foil). I went to an incredible camp when I was 12 that was a maker's paradise. They had glass blowing and welding and entrusted the kids with torches and fire. I learned metalsmithing there and wanted to do it all day long. And I did. And I do.

Q: what do u like to listen to while you work
A: Music often and more recently I have started listening to lots of different podcasts as well. WTF with Marc Maron, This American Life, Nursing and Cursing, and The Moth are a few of my favorites.

Q: places you find inspiration
A: I love Instagram. It's visual overload and I love that. I feel like I look at so many images my brain barely takes it in but then I'll be sketching and realize the eyes I am drawing on the bunny bracelet I'm making came from a vintage 50's lamb I saw on someone's feed. I am basically inspired by my favorite things and places. I'll list a few of them here: The Museum of Natural History in NYC, Flea Markets, spooky things, hippie shit, dead things, bats bats bats.

Q: favorite designers
A: Right now Gucci is blowing my mind and I want to be buried in any dress made in 2015 or '16. Alessandro Michele is the designer behind all that amazingness.

Q: some Jewelers you love
A: Polly Wales
Foundrae Fine Jewelry
Katherine Wallach Jewelry

Q: piece of jewelry you never take off or wear the most
A: I always wear my wedding band. Made it. It is a snake coiled around my finger and the head holds a small diamond from my Grandmother's ring.

Q: if you could collaborate with another person or brand who would it be;

Q: what's your spirit animal
A: Two headed farting unicorn 

Q: a celebrity you'd love to wear your jewelry and why
A: Amy Sedaris. She is brilliant and hilarious.
John Cameron Mitchell because of everything that the movie Hedwig and the Angry Inch is about and looks like.

Q: favorite quote
A: I hate quotes. Can't remember them properly and immediately zone out when I see people using them. But I love knowing you from afar, Lauren. Thanks so much for asking me these questions!

chlo chlo art contest. win $200 in lo and chlo jewelry

Chlo would have turned 11 on February 3rd. To honor her memory I'm having a art contest. Winner will receive $200 lo and chlo gift card and the winners art will be made into stickers. Submit designs to by February 1st and please post on instagram too using #loandchlocontest. Winner will be announced on February 3rd for her birthday. A few notes: Please avoid anything with a birthday theme or her passing away (angel, RIP, etc) happy art of my sweet baby girl! The art can be in any form as long as it can be made into a image. Enjoy the photos below for inspiration. 

(Credit excludes 14k gold and silver mermaid fin)

girl boss spotlight: mr. kate

i've been following mr. kate for sometime now. she's such an inspiration from her fantastic jewelry line, to her DIY projects and beyond! enjoy this insightful interview... thank you kate 

-What lead u to your path?

A lot of randomness! If you look at my journey from actress to part time jewelry designer to blogger to DIYer to interior designer to having a lifestyle brand (Mr. Kate) involving all of the above (except acting unless you count what I do on-camera for our lifestyle YouTube videos acting) it all kind of makes sense but getting there seemed like a roller coaster ride. I love how life's experiences prove to all be an essential part of your future map but of course, you don't know that in the moment!

-any early job nightmare stories?

I worked for a lady who ran a jewelry gallery and she was an inspiration as an entrepreneur but very intense. She was super neurotic about the jewelry and made me so nervous I'd drop stuff all the time which would insight a hollering session from her about how I had to be more careful! 

-The most rewarding part of running your own business?

It feels cliché to say "working for myself" but that is a really awesome part of having your own business but it is also the hardest part because you are the motivating factor, if you're not working, no one else is! I would say the most rewarding part is that I've been able to create a business based around sharing creativity. I love that my work inspires others to find their own self expression, that's rewarding and gives a deeper meaning to jewelry, decorating and DIY.

-Who's your female role model?

Ooo, I have to pick just one? That's hard! I really admire people like Tina Fey who are so powerful and funny! I love that she is a boss lady who is super creative and has a sense of humor about all the other bullshit. She creates shows and puts herself in them and everyone loves her for it! She also is a working mother which I think is probably are very difficult balance and I admire women who can do both! Maybe I'll get there one day ; )

-any tips or advise you'd give to another lady starting her own business?  

Come at your business idea from all angles. Examine it from a creative side i.e, will what I do/make inspire people and can I sustain and scale this creativity but also examine it from a business side and educate yourself about the marketplace, your peers, competition, etc. Be realistic but also dream big. It's a tough balance but knowledge and curiosity work in tandem. 

-favorite place to find inspiration 

The world wide web and the whole wide world! There is inspiration everywhere and if I need something different from blogs, pinterest, instagram, etc. I will go outside or to a museum or hang out with fun people!

-favorite beauty product? 

Mascara, it always makes me feel more awake. Lately I've been enjoying the Better Than Sex mascara by Two Faced. 

-a little something people would be shocked to know?

I run Mr. Kate with my BF for life aka husband Joey so that means we live AND work together and spend 24 hours a day together and the shocking thing is... we love it!