Lauren Reads…#GIRLBOSS

Since we finished recording our next album, I’ve had a huge desire to read, so I’ve been picking up a few books here and there anytime I make it to a thrift store. One book that’s been on my list for a while now is #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso. I found it at Goodwill (for $2.50!) a few weeks ago and dove in.

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#GIRLBOSS is an easy and entertaining read, but it’s packed full of valuable advice for women in all stages of life. In the past two years, I’ve been finding my role and learning my strengths as a business owner, and I found this to be an inspiring resource to help me become better focussed in that role. But I also see this book as an extremely inspiring read for young women who don’t know what career they want or who are figuring that out.

Sophia is the CEO of Nasty Gal, an extremely successful clothing company, and she tells us how she got there. It wasn’t ever something she imagined herself doing when she was young, but through various experiences, some wake-up calls, and doing something she loved with passion and determination, she has achieved incredible success. The stories she tells about her journey are really entertaining and entirely relatable. I feel like Sophia and I are total opposites, but I still was easily able to relate to her story.

Some of my main takeaways from reading #GIRLBOSS were:

1. Be Creative – “Anything you do can be creative”

While my work is primarily creative, there are many parts to running a business that are not creative at all. There is nothing artistic about bookkeeping, but it is necessarily to running a healthy business. Instead of procrastinating those tasks, if I find a way to be creative with them and take joy in the menial things, I will be a better #GIRLBOSS.

2. Be Determined – “Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures.”

There is no guarantee for success for anyone running a business, in fact, the odds are often against us. But all along Sophia’s journey, from running an eBay store selling vintage clothing, to starting Nasty Gal, she had goals and kept challenging herself. If something wasn’t working, she would stop doing that, and when things were going well, she would push harder. Determination starts in our mind. We have so much control over our thoughts, and when we choose what we believe about ourself and our business, those beliefs can help us make things happen, or not happen.

3. Be Confident. – “Confidence is more attractive than anything you could put on your body.”

Confidence is the key to being a #GIRLBOSS. When people know we mean business, business will come to us. As an inherently shy person, sometimes it’s hard for me to be really confident in myself and my abilities. It’s something I struggle with, but when I’m confident it has a ripple effect. I become more relaxed, and the little things don’t matter as much.

Have you read #GIRLBOSS? I’d love to know your thoughts and what you took away from the book. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it!

Next on my book list is The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo. I’ll let you know what I think when I’m done!



Get Your Groove On

Last week I was a part of the first annual Get Your Groove On Gala, hosted by the Prophets of Music Society, a non-profit organization created in memory of Joshua Hunter and Zackariah Rathwell that provides resources, and mentorship in music to Canadian artists. Michael Bernard Fitzgerald headlined the night, and Transit, Mocking Shadows, and The EarthTONES also shared their music. It was an honour to be included in the event, and even more of an honour to play with the all-star house band for a few songs. Russell Broom was on guitar, Lisa Jacobs on bass, and Mark Bronconnier on drums.

Now that we’re back in the studio plugging away at the new record, I thought I’d share some of the photos that Zoltan took from the gala. It was awesome to see him get behind the camera again.

And if you haven’t heard, we’re streaming our entire recording session! You can access the stream by signing up for our Exclusive Content Project HERE!












Until next time,

Lauren and Zoltan Move to an Island

We’ve been on many long treks and journeys since we started pursuing Lauren Mann and the Fairly Odd Folk as a full-time venture, but I feel like this past weekend has been one of the most significant journeys we’ve embarked on thus far. We packed up all our belongings in Calgary, AB, loaded them into a giant UHaul, and drove 14 hours, took two ferries, and ended up at our new house on Pender Island, BC. It’s been quite surreal, and a little overwhelming at times to start a new chapter of our lives in a new province and new community, but I can already feel that this is one of the best decisions we’ve ever made.

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If you don’t know where Pender Island is, it’s a small island in the southern Gulf of Georgia, between Vancouver and Victoria. It’s a beautiful place with endless amounts of hiking, beach combing, kayaking and other outdoor activities to do.

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The journey from Calgary to Pender was quite long, especially since we had our kitty Maxine with us, and since the UHaul didn’t appreciate the mountain passes so much. We got delayed at the start of our journey because of a mechanical malfunction before even leaving Calgary, and while we were able to get it fixed (luckily before all the mountain passes), we weren’t able to leave Calgary until 2pm. We drove for twelve hours, and made it to Hope, BC where we got a room for the night, and then took off early the next day to drive into Vancouver and catch our first of two ferries that would take us to the island.

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Once we made it to our new house we were greeted by friends and neighbours who helped us move in, invited us for dinner, and brought us chocolate cake, houseplants, and a box of fresh garden produce. Pender seriously has the most wonderful spirit of kindness and community that makes moving far away such a positive experience. We spent the first few days cleaning the cobwebs that have accumulated over two years of the house being vacant, and thouroughly cleaning the kitchen, and although it’s been hard work, it’s so fulfilling to be able to start making this place our own. Not to mention waking up every morning surrounded by trees and complete serenity. It’s the perfect fit for us, and we feel so blessed!

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We’ll be posting more photos of the house and what we do to it, so keep in touch, and if you’re ever out our way, let us know…we love visitors! I hope you’re all having an amazing summer!

Until next time,

Goodwill Style Chronicles

Last Thursday marked my last day of work at Goodwill Thrift Store. I spent eight months working there three days a week, and really enjoyed it. I found some really unique treasures, but the people I worked with made it so enjoyable. I will miss all of them, and it was a chapter of life I’m very thankful for!

Every Tuesday when I would come in, one of my tasks was to dress the mannequins. It was my favourite thing to do as I got to basically shop and find coordinating outfits and colour palettes. You never know what you’ll find in a thrift store, so it was always unexpected. Some of my stylings were posted on the Goodwill instagram and facebook, but I wanted to share some of my favourite “Fashion Finds” from my time at the thrift store, more so for me to have all these photos in one place, and hopefully for your enjoyment as well! What look is your favourite?



























Hang This On Your Wall

Well it certainly has been an exciting summer! We made a big announcement on our Facebook page last week about buying our first house and moving to Pender Island, BC! We’re so excited about what lies ahead, and I’ll definitely be writing more later about the house and the move and the entire transition.


But today I wanted to give you all a behind-the-scenes look at our Exclusive Content for the month! One thing we love about this project is the ability to explore music and art in ways we haven’t done before, challenging ourselves to try new things and collaborating with other artists. This month we decided to make a wall-hanging inspired by the song Wooden Heart from our Visual EP, Where the Ocean Meets the Sky. We got in touch with our friend Ben in Philly, and he carved an image on lino for us and then we printed it onto pieces of cotton, added some dowel and string, and sent it out to all our subscribers! I had never done relief printing before, but it was so much fun to mix the colours and make each piece unique. It was a time consuming project, but I absolutely LOVE how they turned out, and I hope that all our subscribers do as well!






If you’d like to be part of the Exclusive Content Project, you can sign up HERE and we’ll send you one of this month’s Wooden Heart wall hangings. We are so appreciative of everyone who has come on board so far, and we’re really excited to continue to develop this project while living on the island and with our new album coming out soon!



I hope you’re all having a magical summer! Have you spent any time on art projects this year? Comment below and tell me what you’ve been up to!