Fun Facts About The Founders Of Miakoda
Hi Everyone! Laura and Julia here! We are the founders of Miakoda and here to share more about us with you! We hope you enjoy reading as much as we enjoy sharing bits and pieces about us.
Name: Julia Ahrens
Favorite Color: Black... or white. But if I had to pick a "real" color, dark green!
Spirit Animal: Goose! I know it's odd, but I just love them and feel connected to them.
Favorite Retreat Center: Metta Earth in Lincoln, Vermont!
Favorite Food: Chocolate or vegan pizza. Also raisins!
Most Hated Food: Shitake mushrooms and cooked carrots
Favorite Beverage: Water, hot green tea, or lightly sweetened green bubble tea!
Favorite City: Portland, Oregon
Top Hobbies: Exercising [lifting, running, anything physical], Yoga, Crotcheting, Watching Youtubers talk about all things zero waste, clean beauty, and cruelty free, finding places to take beautiful walks.
Favorite Self Care Activities: Baths and moisturizing!
Current Favorite Shoe: Currently obsessed with my Yatay vegan sneakers
Current Favorite Bag: The Filbert Stanyan has been my go to lately
Favorite Hair Care Item: Prim Botanicals Hair Oil is the best for hot oil treatments or everyday use!
Favorite Ethical Fashion Brand that isn't Miakoda: If i'm not wearing slouchy pants, you'll probably find me in Pony Babe pleat pants.
Favorite Holiday: Christmas!
Favorite Season: Spring!
What inspires you to practice yoga: Knowing that it brings me closer to feeling like my truest self, centers me, and makes me feel strong, flexible, and capable.
Best lesson you've learned from being on your yoga mat: Nothing lasts forever.... and to breathe!
Top reason why you gave up fast fashion: Nothing looks as good as ethical feels!! But in all seriousness-- feeling cute or saving a few dollars will never justify hurting, exploiting, and taking advantage of other humans, animals, and our planet.
Reason you are vegan: Originally for the animals... and being healthy for myself and helping the planet is a great added bonus!
What you love most about Miakoda: Everyday I get to contribute something to the world that feels SO important to me. Miakoda inspires me to live by my morals and values and to help share what I'm passionate with to the world.
Name: Laura Ahrens
Favorite Color: White, light blue, grays
Spirit Animal: Sheep and bees! I also connect to ladybugs.
Favorite Animal Sanctuary: I've sadly only ever been to one. But I feel very connected to Farm Sanctuary because of the turkeys I adopt there every year for my loved ones for Thanksgiving!
Favorite Food: I love me a good Buddha or Goddess bowl, complete with steamed greens, a grain, veggies, and a creamy, garlicky sauce with sprouts on top. Basically any original hippie food and I'm there for it.
Most Hated Food: Cilantro and eggplant
Favorite City: London and Paris
Top Hobbies: Yoga, spending time in nature, traveling and exploring, spending time with those I love. I've also been really loving standup paddle boarding.
Favorite Self Care Activities: Taking a bath, getting a massage, going to acupuncture, time in nature, taking a mental health day and never leaving the house, meditating daily, sitting by the big windows in my living room so I can soak the sun in year-round.
Current Favorite Shoe: The duke cowboy boot by Good Guys Don't Wear Leather. I think favorite of all time. Currently in white.
Current Favorite Bag: HFS collective Mind's Eye Vintage Denim Pocket Bum Bag
Favorite Beauty Item: Eyelash curler and mascara from Zao. You mostly can't get me to do anything more than that. Good skincare.
Favorite Hair Care Item: The godiva shampoo bar from Lush. I just seriously can't find anything that is quite as amazing as it is.
Favorite Ethical Fashion Brand that isn't Miakoda: I like Agolde organic/recycled denim jeans
Favorite Holiday: My birthday and Halloween
Favorite Season: Fall
What inspires you to practice yoga: I feel aligned with my purpose for being alive.
Best lesson you've learned from being on your yoga mat: What's real is not always concrete and what is concrete is not always real.
Top reason why you gave up fast fashion: I care about people and the planet.
Reason you are vegan: I care about doing what's right, and (even more importantly) not doing what I know to be wrong.
What you love most about Miakoda: It was created out of love, and continues to be run that way. I can feel a big hug in everything that I wear. I know that when I wear Miakoda and not something else that I'm making a distinct choice about how I want to be in the world, and I feel good about that choice.