Brenna MacNeil hails from Inverness, Nova Scotia, located here on beautiful Cape Breton island. She currently lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia where she has been working as a graphic designer since 2007. Brenna studied Public Relations at Mount Saint Vincent University and Graphic Design at NSCC, both in Halifax. She worked at an advertising agency for three years, and is currently a graphic designer at Dalhousie University. She started missbrenna when the advertising agency she was working for closed in 2010. She says that missbrenna gives her the opportunity to work on personal projects like her self-published book twentythree, her year long photo project, 12-28, and her current “Love Cape Breton” Collection. Additionally, Brenna enjoys doing design work for smaller companies and bartering with like-minded professionals.
Photography has been a passion of Brenna’s for almost 20 years and it plays a huge role in her design work and personal life. When she isn’t creating, she can be found listening to live music, hiking, walking along the coasts of local beaches, travelling, discovering new restaurants, partaking in pilates and yoga, cooking and taking road trips with her family.
We reached out to Brenna to learn more about her and her creative process. Here is what she had to say!
How did you get into making cards & stationery?
My grandmother gave me a camera when I was 11 years old. That was the beginning of my love for photography.I made my first cards almost 20 years ago by gluing scenic Cape Breton photos to blank cards and selling them in local gift shops in Inverness. Once I became a graphic designer, this process changed and now I have scenic Cape Breton cards as well as playful greeting cards.
What does your creative process look like?
It looks like a lot of notes and designs on loose paper and in notebooks. It also looks like Pinterest boards and folders filled with colour inspiration. I find I have more creative bursts in the fall and early spring, but I’m always keeping notes on paper and my phone with ideas for new products, designs and especially for greeting cards. That’s the beginning of the process. When I get into artwork/mockup phase I put on headphones and start designing from my sketches and notes. I’ll often have ideas that connect as I’m designing and will add those to the mix. I have numerous folders on my computer of ideas and inspiration. Once I’m ready to finalize artwork I review my designs, choose the ones that work the best and go into production mode. It is quite a process once my designs are ready to send to print – deciding on quantity, other pieces I may need to order (envelopes, stickers, mattes, protective envelopes, tags) as well as sizes, product and colours for apparel (that takes forever). I love receiving my final designs from the printer. I inspect all designs, photograph them for social and my website/Etsy and then put the pieces together. I wish I had more time in the day to do this part as well as to execute on my lengthy list of “someday” projects.
Where do you get inspiration for your items? What is your favourite piece to create?
Inspiration comes from everyday experiences, things people say, the people I meet and am around, travelling near and far and the coastal beauty of my two homes in Halifax and western Cape Breton. I find inspiration comes from being present in the daily moments of life and giving my brain time to rest by going for walks on the beach and around the neighbourhood near Dalhousie, listening to music and going to see live music, watching movies in theatre, reading magazines and hanging out with my friends and family. I have a lot of awesome kids in my life, including my daughter, that are so fun to be around. To be creative, it’s important to have a childlike curiosity about the world – my daughter, nephews, nieces and younger friends certainly remind me of this.
My favourite piece to create are greeting cards. They can be quick and fun and a bit quirky. I enjoy connecting copy with photography and illustrations. It’s especially satisfying when my awesome customers comment on the designs or tell my why they are sending the card to someone. Cards are meaningful and can truly uplift someone or remind them they are loved or appreciated.
Where is your favourite place to create?
I love going to a quiet location with a giant piece of paper to organize my ideas or brainstorm. I LOVE the brainstorming process and reviewing sketches and ideas. When I’m in a brainstorming phase, the ideas flow pretty quickly – it’s very exciting. The real work comes when I’m designing the pieces and choosing fonts, colours and the appropriate photo or artwork.
What does your business mean to you?
It means connection to people and place. It’s a creative outlet that constantly inspires me. Through my business, I’ve self-published twentythree - a whimsical book of Q&A with photography, participated in two Lumiere art projects and studied screen printing at NSCAD. But designing Cape Breton inspired apparel, artwork and greeting cards is truly special. I started doing this in 2012 because I thought other people must love Cape Breton as much as I do. My business constantly reminds me of the amazingly special community I grew up in where the connections run deep and the memories continue through the generations.
What is your favourite quote or life motto?
My favourite quote: “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” - George Bernard Shaw. My life philosophy is 85% kindness, optimism and a sense of humour, 10% laissez-faire attitude and 5% don’t take crap from people.
We are so excited to carry some of missbrenna’s products here at LQ. Currently, we carry Cape Breton stickers + bottle openers, various Cape Breton Island scenic greeting cards, as well as other greeting + occasion cards. You can shop missbrenna here.
Thank you for a behind the scenes peek at your life and creative process, Brenna!
Jessie Wright is the maker behind JAW Pottery. Originally from rural Ontario, she’s called Halifax, Nova Scotia her home for the past 10 years. It’s evident in her work that she has a true love and passion for the art of pottery. From a young age, she has been enthralled with the craft and has since opened her own studio in her home in Halifax; which she says makes her life easier to check on a piece at any hour of the day or night. When she’s not making, Jessie loves to swim and guarantees that she will be the first one to swim in any given body of water. Additionally, Jessie further fosters her creativity by gardening and building projects around the house with her husband.
From dainty hair clips to entire dish sets, Jessie creates a wide variety of exclusive, one-of-a-kind products.
We reached out to Jessie to learn more about her creative process and what inspires her. Here's what she had to say:
What inspired you get into pottery making?
When I was about 15, a good friend of my family opened a teaching pottery studio, my step mom and I started taking evening classes together, and I was very quickly obsessed. I never enjoyed the art classes offered at my highschool, so this gave me an alternate option to create with very little rules.
After high school, I sought out community centers wherever I was living to take classes from, until I was lucky enough to meet a retiring potter looking to get rid of all their equipment and a lot of raw materials.
What does your creative process look like?
I really know what I like and I try to recreate it everytime. Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night with ideas that seem perfect, until I try to make them and see how they need changing. Always trial and error. Learning from mistakes.
How long does it take to make a piece from start to finish?
The shortest about of time I could make something start to finish is about 5 days, if all circumstances are perfect. But generally most things take a few days longer.
What pieces other than mugs do you create? What is your favourite piece to create?
I currently make planters, mugs, tumblers, vases, serving dishes, lidded vessels, but my favourite things to make are dish sets. I only do then by custom order, but it makes sure that the customer gets exactly what they want and when you can see the whole set together, it’s a beautiful thing!
What is the inspiration behind your designs?
I am very interested in how you can use the clay to its greatest potential, with little waste (in the form of trimming). I think the cylinder is the greatest test of a potter, getting the walls to be even and thin, without compromising its strength.
Where is your favourite place to work and why?
Pottery is pretty stationary, luckily I love my studio because I can't work anywhere else!
What does your business mean to you?
Freedom and control. It’s incredibly hard sometimes, and I wish I had extra hands and skills, but learning how to seek out people who have the skills you don’t and ask for help has been very beneficial. Connecting with a like minded community has been my favourite part!
We are delighted to carry several of Jessie’s creations at LQ, both in-store and online. You can shop her collection of mugs here.
Thank you, Jessie for a sneak peek into your life and the story behind your products!
Though I've just begun my time here at LQ, I have spared no time finding my favourite items in the store. I often find myself in awe at just how beautiful and unique some of our pieces are. On my first day here while touring the shop with Meghan, my eye was directly drawn to the cutest little pink, gingham printed top with ruffled sleeves. I later realized that the name of this top couldn’t be more fitting; the Prettiest Pink Top.
Now usually, I’m a sucker for neutrals - beige, olive, black, brown, possibly dusty pink - you name a neutral, I love it. Maybe because they’re simple to match and compliment my colouring, but something about this piece spoke to me. It is the sweetest, most perfect addition to your summer wardrobe.
Speaking of neutrals, my next store favourite is an item I’ve had my eye on for a long while - I have just been waiting for it to be restocked in my size - The Ophelia Jumpsuit! Not only is this one of the most beautiful pieces I’ve ever seen, it’s remarkable how many customers comment on its uniqueness and charm.
Come to think of it - both The Prettiest Pink Top and The Ophelia Jumpsuit have ruffled sleeves - maybe I have a thing for ruffles?
Next on my list are any of our products from Rifle Paper Company. Having followed many lifestyle bloggers, vloggers and influencers for many years, I’ve been familiar with Rifle Paper for quite some time. I have always appreciated the feminine charm associated with the brand. If I had to choose, I would say my favourite item from Rifle Paper Co. we carry is the Tapestry Canteen. Something about the delicate, intricate floral pattern is so appealing!
Lastly, is the neutral Home of Our Hearts print. I bought this item in-store back in November, and proudly displayed it in my apartment while living in Fredericton. Not only is it one of my favourite items in store, it is one of my favourite items that I own!
Stay tuned as I’m sure I will have more favourites as our new inventory keeps arriving! ♡
Have you heard of Hope Project? Established by local physician Dr. Laura Whyte, her husband Andrew, and their friends Chelsea and Ethan Fenton, Hope Project is a therapeutic live-in recovery home located in Cape Breton for women suffering from drug and alcohol addiction.
Their mission is to empower a new generation of women in Cape Breton to experience freedom from their addiction, to restore a sense of dignity and self-worth, and to integrate their healing back into our community.
Their vision is a holistic one. Hope Project utilizes and connects residents with existing supports within the community, but they go one step further and employ unique skills-development programming to help them maintain supportive relationships in their lives and become healthy and productive citizens of our community. Currently this programming includes individual life coaching, art and culture experiences, physical activity, equestrian and horticulture therapy, and community volunteerism.
This programming has resulted in a small on-site farm, and just recently, the establishment of the social enterprise, Covered By Hope.
Covered By Hope was spearheaded by recovered women of the program as a means to support Hope Farm and the home's current residents. Soap and candles are made by hand with the farm's goat milk, and each product is accompanied by an insert card with a quote that has inspired the woman's journey. All product ingredients are naturally-sourced and Cape Breton/Canadian made.
We are honoured to be retailing these products on behalf of Covered By Hope and to support these women in restoring health, a sense of well-being, and hope for their lives.
Hi! My name is Kiana, and I was born and raised here on beautiful Cape Breton Island. I grew up in Millville, but moved to George’s River when I was a young girl. I’m currently a student - having obtained my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in May 2017 from Cape Breton University, and will be graduating with my Bachelor of Social Work from St. Thomas University this coming December.
I spent the last year living off-island and while it is beautiful in New Brunswick, I truthfully couldn’t wait to get back home to enjoy the picturesque beauty (and delicious food) that the island has to offer. I’m excited to start as Sales and Creative Associate this summer at La Quaintrelle as it has always been one of my favourite stores on the island (and a bonus that it is near my hometown!) The unique, charming inventory has always spoken to me and I am genuinely thrilled to have the opportunity to educate myself on the stories behind each of the items in store to fully appreciate them all.
I am also looking forward to the creative aspect of the position as I am a very creative individual. I am excited to write about our new arrivals, and share our items and their stories with all of you!
A little bit about me...
What are you currently obsessed with?
Right now, I am obsessed with The Office! I know I am VERY late to the game, and I truly wish I would have started it much earlier! I’m currently about halfway through the series so if you see me in the store, no spoilers please!
What's your guilty pleasure?
I have a few guilty pleasures.. but the two most significant are: Trailer Park Boys – if you say you don’t find this show hysterical, you’re lying – and pizza. Garlic fingers, please!
What is the best thing you've ever read, watched, or listened to?
I love anything by Brené Brown. One of the best things I’ve listened to was her Ted Talk, “The Power of Vulnerability” in which she speaks to how we should allow ourselves to be vulnerable; by means of self-awareness, accepting criticisms and embracing our fears. She is a powerful, inspirational woman and I absolutely love listening to her speak.
If you could spend 24 hours with anyone, who would it be and what would you do?
If I could spend 24 hours with anyone, I would choose my nan. Though she is still alive, she is currently experiencing the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease. I was young when the disease progressed, so I have never really had the chance to know her very well. I would love nothing more than to sit with her over a cup of tea and talk about her life (and maybe what she put in her “famous” meatballs).
Describe your personal style.
My personal style is very simple – there’s nothing I love more than a pair of jeans and a simple top. However, I like to accessorize! I have more pairs of shoes than I would like to admit, and I think that a cute pair of shoes can really tie together an outfit.
If you were given an unlimited amount of money to fix any one problem in the world, what issue would you choose and how would you help?
Being a social work student, this question is tough. There are many social issues that need to be “fixed”, however, at this moment I would use an unlimited amount of money to fix the mental health system in Nova Scotia. I would use the money to expand current mental health facilities and ensure that there are enough mental health professionals (physicians, psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers) on staff to work with those in need of help, so that ultimately no individual is denied assistance.
What are your favourite items currently in the shop?
Every item in the shop is beautiful which makes it hard to choose. However, my top favourites are the Ophelia jumpsuit, the Darling Dusty Rose dress and the Rifle Paper Company floral canteens!
What would you tell your 13 year old self about life thus far?
Wow, I could write a novel to my 13 year old self. My life hasn’t turned out the way I had envisioned it at 13, and that’s okay – it’s better than what I had planned back then. It’s important to use the challenges life throws at you as learning experiences, to help you grow and flourish as a person. I would tell her that it’s okay to be different from the crowd, and to simply be yourself. Embracing your uniqueness will help you discover who you truly are as an individual moving forward in life.
What is your personal motto or mantra?
My personal mantra is a nod to my educational background with regard to self-care - you can’t pour from an empty cup. This serves as a reminder to always keep your cup full and to take care of yourself first.
"I never expected it to turn into a little business, but I'm so happy it did."
You never know when you might be on the cusp of a new adventure. For Shelley MacIsaac, it all began one Christmas morning when she received a pair of earrings from her sister and that pivotal thought popped up into her head - "I could make this myself."
Shelley's a stay-at-home mom living in beautiful Margaree, Cape Breton, and is now the owner of her new handmade jewelry business, Something Handmade, crafting earrings out of genuine leather, suede, and natural wood. Her story is a gentle reminder to stay curious and open to opportunity (especially in the most unlikely of times and places), and to always work from a place of authenticity and heart.
Today she talks to us about the organic start to her business, how her minimalist lifestyle shapes how and what she creates, and what Jimmy Rankin has to do with it all. Enjoy! - Meghan
How did you get into making jewelry?
I’ve always had a creative streak, so I’ve tried many DIY projects. The first pair of earrings I made were the “kite earrings”, to give to my friends with my Christmas cards. I discovered that making them gave me a creative outlet I was craving. I loved working with wood to create something unique. That same Christmas my sister gifted me a pair of leather earrings. They were beautiful (but gold shimmer was a little too fancy for my taste) and naturally I said “I can make these”. So I picked up some leather in colours that were more my style and gave it a shot. Everyone seemed to want a pair of each, so I started selling some to help cover the cost. I never expected it to turn into a little business, but I’m so happy it did.
What does your creative process look like? What inspires you?
My creative process is pretty simple - I’m a minimalist at heart so my designs are usually based on simple, symmetrical lines. The walnut looks so natural (because it is) which is something I love, so I’m always eager to come up with new styles with it. And sometimes the process involves someone saying “you should make this style next” and if I’m feeling the idea I’ll give it a shot.
Where is your favourite place to work?
I make leather earrings at home while my kids are sleeping but my favourite place to work is in my Dad's woodworking shop. He helps me bring my ideas to life, and has taught me so much about wood and the processes needed to perfect the styles I envision.
What does your business mean to you?
I never intended on starting a business, but I have really enjoyed the process. It happened so organically, and is growing organically, which takes the pressure off and I love that.
The name Something Handmade actually came from a Jimmy Rankin song (it doesn’t get much more Cape Breton than that)! The lyrics are a plea for something authentic, something handmade. That principle resonates with me. Realness is a trend right now and I hope it sticks around. I’m a stay at home mom (which has always been my dream) and with that I’ve always wanted to be like the “proverbs 31 woman” which is basically a woman who is productive and who serves her family well. So having my own business means I can do something I really enjoy, and also make it work for my family’s needs. Plus I get to wear lots of cute earrings in the process!
Thanks for a behind-the-scenes peek, Shelley! Shop our selection of earrings in-store and online.
Here at LQ we're thrilled to be stocking Yellow Owl Workshop! Items chalk full of original graphics and bold colors, we're sure they will become one of your new favorites.
Being one of your new favorites we thought you'd like to get to know Yellow Owl Workshop. Read on you pretty little LQ and get to know them a little better:
How it all began...
Christine Schmidt's art career began in primary school when she won a bike at the local grocer's coloring contest. This bike was red and had ten whole speeds! After a youth spent on the plains of Kansas City and art school in Washington D.C., she and her loverboy, Evan, moved west to a little place perched atop windy Bernal Hill in San Francisco. Fueled by too much black tea and public radio shows, she spent nights creating hand-printed cards and gifts. Seeking out local suppliers and working with fine, momma-earth loving materials, she began honing her line of wares. In 2007, after steeling her nerves, Christine took a box of her goods to some local stores, they placed orders and Yellow Owl Workshop was born.
Current day Yellow Owl Workshop now bustles with a team of hard-working ladies in a sunny Mission district studio. Though Yellow Owl Workshop has grown and can be found in stores worldwide, the original values of expert attention to detail, ecological awareness and premium U.S. made materials are evident in every product. Legend says if you hold a stamp set really closely you can probably still smell the Earl Grey and hear a "Radio Lab" episode.
Notable for a sophisticated yet playful aesthetic, the products include rubber stamps and stamp ink pads, greeting cards and a line of exquisite gold pendants. Though the product line is diverse, consistent themes of innovative function, original graphics and bold colors emerge.
While Christine is handling the creative side of Yellow Owl, she is incredibly lucky to have amazing people handling the business of Yellow Owl. Her husband Evan Gross, longtime friend Maria Niubo, and a band of super ladies, keep the studio humming along.
Christine and Evan live in San Francisco with their new daughter, Emmy, who will begin entering coloring contests (and hopefully winning bikes!) after she masters solid foods and crawling.
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Meet Terri Buckland, the hands and heart behind The Little Red Door, and our new favorite polymer clay earrings!
Terri lives in a teeny, tiny but beautifully renovated cottage on Whynaught’s Cove, Nova Scotia! Her partner Christine and she moved there after making the decision that they wanted to live the simple life close to the ocean where they could look out the window and see the ocean tides and breathe the salty air!
They live on a huge property that happens to back onto hundreds of kilometers of wooded trails within the Peggy’s Cove loop. This is ideal for them because they have 6 rescue dogs who get to enjoy those glorious trails every day! Something many people don’t know is that her partner and she work with a local dog rescue to foster dogs in need.
They’ve adopted out lots of dogs to happy families, but have kept a few misfits along the way! Their dogs are all very small, and all but two are quite old. They each have unique stories that will break your heart and make you want to love them to pieces, which they do! Their dogs are super-duper happy now. They sort of think of themselves as a dog sanctuary… a soft place to land for dogs that most people wouldn’t want to adopt for one reason or another. They don’t have any children, so it’s just them and theirr precious fur-babies!
Let's get to know Terri and her process a little better!
How did you get into making earrings?
When we moved here, there was a shed on the property with a red door. It is a HUGE shed, it looks like more like a house! It had an old-fashioned wood-burning stove and cedar siding. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to do something unique! It just called for a hobby. We moved here in order to be more ourselves, and for me that meant exploring my artistic side. I decided to use the shed as a studio. When I picked up a paint brush for the first time in 2015 it was an act of bravery. I had no idea if I could paint. My main goal was to explore an urge I had to get back to some fun. I started out painting furniture. I started to make a little name for myself in the furniture artist world, and I was featured multiple times by Unfolded, the company that manufactured my favorite paint by Annie Sloan, as well as by several other prominent furniture blogs. A dresser was my favorite canvas, and I’m so inspired by nature that I often painted botanicals on the furniture. Less than a year ago, we sold our big car and bought a tiny little one, and I couldn’t fit furniture in it anymore. Still wanting to be creative, that’s when I picked up clay for the first time in January 2018…less than 9 months ago!
What does your creative process look like?
I am extremely influenced by nature. My partner and I travel around the Maritimes, and I photograph it! I actually have a separate Instagram account dedicated to my photography. It’s so important for me to create from a place of love and authenticity. Two of my favorite quotes, which I also use as my creative mantra are: “Work is Love made visible.” -Kahlil Gibran and “Let what you love be what you do.” -Rumi
I create from a place I call “Flow” -from a God given place- which is sacred. I honor it by staying true to my own visions. What happens to me is, when I’m out in nature or meditating or dreaming, a spark of an idea, inspiration, or vision comes into my mind that represents a thing I love. For example, the first clay earring I ever made came to me after I walked the little picturesque village in Peggy’s Cove. I sat down and out popped this little abstract representation of it! Sometimes, I recreate a scene, sometimes it’s the color of a sunset, and other times it’s the way a rock looked in the sunlight. I adore it! I feel very, very happy when I’m making my little clay creations. My designs and creativity can not be forced. It flows in when it’s ready.
Where is your favorite place to work?
I recently designed an office space in my home. It is a total sanctuary. It has crispy white walls, with beautiful floor to ceiling shelves that hold my earring art. My own artwork covers the walls like a gallery. My essential oils and gemstones are also on display as well. I love this space.
What inspires you?
The Maritimes has so much beauty and I feel that we are so fortunate to call this place home. We have so much coastline, clean air, space, freedom and beauty! I never take it for granted. Since picking up a paintbrush in 2015 I’ve been inspired by botanicals, succulents and the scenery of our provinces. I call my creations after the thing that inspires it. I currently have four inspired collections: Beaches, Places, Nature and Nostalgia.
What does creating something with your own two hands mean to you?
Everything. I can’t even. This is the pinch me part! I couldn’t have dreamt in my wildest dreams that I had any talent at all, let alone having a successful business that is based on my own creativity. Creating something, for me, represents the belief in myself that I have something to offer. And that is everything, isn’t it? I think so. This business is love, made visible.
What has been your greatest challenge on this creative journey? What has been your greatest success?
The greatest challenges have led to my greatest successes! Anyone who creates anything knows about the feeling of vulnerability there is in putting yourself (your work) out there as an artist. As I step into this path of “being seen” it is constantly having to keep in check the reasons why I do this…which is for the love of it. Not for the money, or the popularity, or the approval, or the social media likes. Those are so tempting to follow though! The greatest challenge has been the willingness to make mistakes publicly and be judged…for me, that takes a lot of bravery! What if the earring falls apart? What if people don’t like them? What if I didn’t make enough and someone has to wait longer than I promised? What if I accidentally send it to the wrong address? Well, since I am a human, it’s very possible that I’m not going to be perfect. But, I always, always work with integrity and do my best! So, if I make a mistake it’s ok! And that’s been my greatest success: showing up for myself and being willing to try despite being scared! It’s a triumph. The personal growth has been huge.
When you look to the future, where do you see this creative endeavour taking you?
This is an uncommon practice as a business owner, but I don’t make goals. Well, that’s not true…I have one goal, which is to always follow my bliss! I think’s that’s the surest way to have success! I feel like life works out when you are being yourself, working with integrity and staying in alignment with what is true for you at the time.
The growth that The Little Red Door and Terri Buckland Creations has had is astonishing to me! I started out making these for myself, and I was initially giving them away for free. Then suddenly 20 people wanted earrings, and then 50. It has been a truly magical journey. Creating from a place of love, making the things I love and then getting to incorporate my artwork and photography and design skills to enhance my creations is an absolute dream come true! I have so much love for the people who seem to love my little creations as much as I do.
I do have some exciting ideas that are naturally evolving, and soon I’ll incorporate some new things into The Little Red Door offerings. We’ve got a major gift culture going on, where people are sending earrings and notes to their loved ones though me, and I have some exciting ideas around how I’m going to support this gift culture. I can’t wait to share as the vision and idea evolves!
I love that people think of their earrings as little pieces of home. I hope that my creations continue to create light in some small way in the hearts of others, as it does my own.
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We are so excited to welcome Smash & Tess and offer their snugly goodness to our favorite LQs!
Owned and operated by a mother-daughter-bestie team, Smash & Tess has always had an obsession with stylish sleepwear. Matching pajamas have been one of their favorite traditions on Christmas morning since they can remember, but the search for cute, comfortable pajamas became nearly impossible as the years went by – there just wasn’t anything out there that they truly loved.
A few years of brainstorming, dreaming & serious fashion schooling later, Smash + Tess was born, finally bringing women the dreamwear they deserve.
Designed and ethically produced in North America, their line of premium loungewear invites women to relax, indulge and imagine, without ever having to leave the comfort of home.
They believe that women should feel confident and beautiful every minute of the day, no matter whether it’s spent in the boardroom, on a school run, or between the sheets after a day spent conquering the world.
They exist to change what women wear when enjoying their time at home or out and about!
They believe that there should be a well deserved stretch of personal time between work and sleep, when you can dive into your feminine side while still being confident and comfortable.
Their loungwear is effortlessly chic, using quality fabrics made to last.
Forget throwing on ratty sweatpants, yoga wear or flannels after a busy day of work – they’re here to bring you something you’ll be proud to wear, time and time again.
So, come on...you deserve it! Shop the collection to pre-order yours today!
It's here! It's finally here! Ahhhhh, sweet, sweet summer time! We're in the thick of it now, and we have all of your summer wardobe essentials, that you'll find yourself reaching for again and again for many Seasons to come.
That's what you want in the pieces you carefully curate for yourself: items that speak to you, but also have the wear-ability to never go out of style. That way, when you have a favorite piece, you can love it eternally.
So without further adieu, we give you the first wave of our Summer Collection!
The Luella Polka Dot Dress
A bright blue and white polka dot short sleeve dress with a v-neck and a button front with a self tying bow. The perfect midi length, made from that soft, stretch fabric our LQs love. Channel the perfect vintage vibe while being effortlessly chic. Dress this classic print up or down and pair it perfectly with a white pump.
The Harlow Dress
A navy and white striped, collared button down dress with an open back crossover twist, two quarter length cuffed sleeves and side seam pockets. Business in the front, and party in the back! This classic striped dress has the perfect modern twist, with a to-die-for back detail. Go seamlessly from the office to a night out with the girls!
Tie Tee in Kelly Green
A short sleeve, round neck stretch tee, with side tie detail. The side tie adds just the right amount of sophistication to a simple classic; not to mention, the color. We're all about modern twists on old classics.
The Secret Garden Tee
A round neck, three quarter length sleeve, stretch tee with embroidered floral design. Bloom in our Secret Garden Tee. Just the right balance of comfort and whimsy, perfect for capturing those summer vibes all year long.
The Ophelia Jumpsuit
A capri length, striped overall jumpsuit with ruffled shoulder straps, back zipper and side seam pockets. Ultra flattering, and sure to be the envy of all your friends! At LQ we love a jumpsuit, and what a jumpsuit it is...or should we say playsuit! Nothing says fun and flirty like The Ophelia! Prepare for the slew of compliments you're sure to receive wearing this number.
The Swept Away Dress
A relaxed fit, striped tunic dress with a boat neck, cap sleeves, a gathered waistband and two front pockets. The Swept Away Dress is not only the perfect dress to throw on over your swimsuit, but also the perfect dress to wear out for ice cream. This is the definition of function, comfort, and cute!
The Summer Soiree Dress
Short flutter sleeve a-line floral dress with back zipper and side pockets; a classic silhouette, with just the right amount of fun. The Summer Soiree Dress is ultra flattering on all body types, and...it has pockets! You know how we feel about pockets!
The Make a Statement Dress
A self-tying wrap, stretch knit dress with an asymmetrical hem and keyhole, three quarter length bell sleeve. The Make A Statement Dress is ultra feminine and ultra chic, which makes it the perfect date night dress! Also, comfort is always key and with ultra soft fabric, this dress is as comfy as it is chic.
The Black Tee
A short sleeve, round neck, stretch knit tee with a relaxed fit and a asymmetrical hem with side slit. The Black Tee is a fun twist on a wardrobe staple. Add dimension to all of your classic looks (in any season). What we love about this piece is that the side slit bottom hem gives you look options. Leave it out, tuck it in or tie it to this side. This is everything you want in a black tee.
A short sleeve, v-neck dress with a twist, in a soft blush color with the prettiest floral print. We're not kidding when we say this is the softest material and not to mention, comfy. This is a vintage look that we die for. Your Nan wished she had this dress when she had a bod just like you. Like all good things, this is a vintage inspired look that has come back around. Be forever ready for garden party season, in this little floral number!
So many looks, to love and wear again and again!
Get shopping, ladies!
Photos: Hannah White