Lemon Dear Interviews RIC by Stacey Lauren

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Today we meet Stacey Lauren, who loves basics and followed her dad’s advise: “be independently wealthy, while helping others” and combined her love for animals with her graphic designer knowledge to open RIC, a wonderful t-shirt shop with a message: We talk about her collections and how they benefit different worthwhile causes such as helping animals, music for kids and the end of extreme poverty. Also, she advises sellers how to raise money for causes they are passionate about and takes us on a walk in a day of her creative life. Enjoy!


What’s the inspiration behind RIC?

First, I love basics. On any given day, you’ll likely find me in a t-shirt and jeans, or a long sleeve shirt and jeans, or a tank top and jeans.. you get the point. I wear jeans a lot. But I really love comfy, easy-to-wear t-shirts. If I could afford to own every item from LnA Clothing, I totally would.

Second, when I graduated college and still didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life, my father told me to “be independently wealthy, while helping others”. While that’s easier said than done, I believe I’ve stumbled on my niche to make it happen. I am a graphic designer and an animal lover, and I decided to combine these two passions and put them on the other love of mine, clothing. My dad loved the idea and encouraged me to achieve success with it. He took days off of work to come to meetings with me, and even offered to try selling my shirts door-to-door. Sadly, he lost his battle with prostate cancer last year. His name was Ric (always signed in all caps). I have changed the name of the line to his name so that he can always be a part of this adventure. I now believe he helps me in ways he never could before.

Could you tell us more about the causes you support through your shop?

The motto of the line is “Love, Rock, Live”, and for each there is a collection benefiting a different cause:

The LOVE Collection is simply based on my (near-obsessive) love for animals, with paw print designs and a soft spot for rescued animals. A portion of the proceeds from this collection is donated to the Humane Society of the United States to help protect animals from abuse and neglect.

The ROCK Collection is for music lovers. I grew up listening to rock ‘n roll, and played a couple different instruments in school. I believe a song can instantly change your mood. Also, my husband runs a music business, putting band programs into schools that don’t have them. He told me about the Fender Music Foundation, an organization dedicated to raising money for kids’ music programs across America. A portion of the proceeds from the ROCK collection is donated to this cause.

The LIVE Collection consists of life quotes and inspirational messages, encouraging wearers to make the most of every day and live life to the fullest. My dad was an avid believer in pursuing your dreams, and so am I. I want to encourage others to do the same! A portion of the proceeds from this collection is donated to The Adventure Project to help end extreme poverty. This organization was established to “increase investments in positive social enterprises around the world”, contributing to projects that “spur economic opportunity, promote dignity, & save lives”. Who wouldn’t want to support them?

Could you please share some advise to fellow Etsians who would like to raise money for good causes?

Anyone can do it! Once you’ve picked a cause that means something to you, you have a couple of options. You can donate a portion of all of your proceeds to that cause, or a portion of the proceeds from any particular item you sell. Many organizations accept donations through PayPal, which makes it very simple for Etsy sellers to do, since that’s where most of your income goes.

On top of the good feeling you get for supporting a cause that’s dear to you, your customers get to know you a little better by learning what’s important to you. And it adds an extra special meaning to their purchases.

A lot of your creations are organic, why?

I print many of my designs on Alternative Apparel blanks because the quality is amazing and their fabrics are super soft (the most important feature in any t-shirt). They offer so many organic styles, and they’re all amazingly soft and flattering! Being good for the environment is a fabulous bonus. But not every style I use is organic.

Could you walk us through a day in your creative life?

Um.. it’s different every day, but usually goes something like this: Walk and feed Theo, gym (sometimes), breakfast, purchase blanks for incoming orders, print shirts that arrived that day, a trip to the post office, freelance graphic work (still a freelance graphic designer as well), upload things to Blog, Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, Theo rings his bell to be walked again, play fetch with him for a little, call my husband to see how his day is going, design a new shirt, read articles about entrepreneurship, photograph some samples, volunteer at the local rescue center (on Tuesdays), hubby comes home, maybe cook but probably take out something, watch reality tv, then go to bed and dream about the day I’m selling in Bloomingdale’s.

What is your favourite RIC item?

The pink Pit Bull Tank Top. I don’t know why I haven’t made one for myself yet.

What are the future plans for RIC?

Selling in retail stores and designing my own line of basics to print on.

Where can we find you and RIC?

Stacey Lauren
, facebook, twitter, and of course, etsy! Thank you!

Songs to Lift Your Mood

Happy Dog

When you need a little pick-me-up to lift your mood, pop on one of these tunes:

Ben Harper – “In the Colors”

Joss Stone – “Somehow”

Sara Bareilles – “Gonna Get Over You”

Van Morrison – “Bright Side of the Road”

Jack Johnson – “Upside Down”

These songs work for me! What do you listen to to lift your mood?

Justin Bieber Launches Believe Charity Drive

It’s apparently all about Justin Bieber’s big heart lately….

Justin Bieber Under the Mistletoe

In conjunction with the release of his Christmas album, Under the Mistletoe, Bieber also announced a new charity drive called Believe. He plans to donate a portion of the proceeds from his new album to this charity, and encourages others to donate as well. Specifically, he lists the following charities to benefit from the drive:

  • Make-A-Wish Foundation
  • Pencils of Promise
  • Musicians on Call
  • Project Medishare for Haiti
  • City of Hope
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • The Grammy Foundation

He chose the above organizations due to “their emphases on education, youth well-being and music.” He says, “The Believe Charity Drive directly benefits charities that are making a difference in the world. You can … donate as little as one dollar, or even donate your time, because everything will make a difference. Please join me in our quest to raise millions of dollars by the release of my new 2012 album, Believe. I know that with your help we can make a change.”

Thanks for giving back, Justin!

Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Adopt A Puppy

Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez

While on tour in Winnipeg, Canada, Selena Gomez took a moment out of her busy schedule to stop by local shelter D’Arcy’s Animal Rescue Centre and help out a pup in need. She took home adorable 10-week old husky mix, Baylor. He is the sixth addition to her family of rescues. He is quite the looker:

Selena Gomez Adopts Baylor the Puppy

Look at those blue eyes! I’m officially a new Selena Gomez fan.

Songs To Hold On To Summer With

Summer Beach Songs

It’s difficult to say goodbye to summer, but an easy way to have you feeling like you’re back on white sand is to listen to a good summer song. Click on these and you’ll be transported back to the beach:

If you have a song that reminds you of summer, share it in the comments!