Name: Gina Lamanna
Instagram accounts: https://www.instagram.com/spool_boutique/?hl=en
About Me : I am an east coast transplant living in Los Angeles with my two girls. I have been in LA for about 20 years. I love Los Angeles and have found an incredible tribe of women to call friends however I still consider NJ to be my home.
I am still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up :) However my passion and career have been in fashion since I was 17 years old. I am a former wardrobe stylist and clothing buyer which has blossomed into being a little shop owner. After exploring various titles in the fashion/retail industry, I have discovered my niche. I had discovered there were many busy professional women and mamas that have minimal time to shop and needed help with both their wardrobe and rediscovering their style after becoming a mother. They wanted a more unique and personalized shopping experience. I utilized my resources, long term relationships with designers, stylists and clients through the years and created an exclusive by appointment studio. Spool has become a destination for women who seek wardrobe refreshes and a very curated collection of contemporary lines from all over the world. Creating this space out of my detached guest house, has given my clients a relaxing kid-friendly shopping experience as well as given me both the flexibility to continue to do what I love as well be home with my girls.
Being your own boss and working from home, has its disadvantages and every day I am trying to create boundaries. I will admit I am attached to my phone since a lot of business is done remotely and being accessible to my clients, so when I am not working, you can find me on my iPhone reading cnn.com, NYTimes, scanning instagram, replying to a text or reading a mommy blog. Guilty as charged.
In my free time in between clients, you can find me shuttling between two schools, having a dance party with my daughters in our living room, playing uno or playing tickle monster.
What are your skills?: Operations, Administrative, Events
What is your education?: FIT and FIDM
Interested in: Business, Collaboration, Mentoring, Friendship, Playdates
Other interests: my daughters, entertaining, being outdoors, cooking/baking, love boardgames, music, traveling and trying new things. This is my year for new experiences and embracing change :) One interest goal of mine is to be more crafty or to learn macrame. Just started doing a dance cardio dance/trampoline class that kicks my tush and I can not keep up...I am extremely uncoordinated. I have no idea what I am doing however I don't care and I am having a blast. I have managed to encourage other gal pals to join....it's been super fun to just be there, move my body even though I can not keep up and just BE. The added bonus is a better derriere (hopefully) and being surrounded by cool women in a fun, loud music induced environment.
Why do you want to be a part of heymama?:
The everyday balance of motherhood and a career has been challenging. It also can be very isolating at times working from home. It has been both a breath of fresh air and encouraging to connect with like-minded mamas to hear their stories, their passions/goals and struggles. I have read some of the stories, to some of which I can relate and they have truly inspired me in more ways than one. I have had my business now almost 11 years and in the past 7.5 years, I have found it hard to find the balance between motherhood and a career - more so now with the added emotional layer of a divorce. Although not often, meeting mom-preneurs along the way has been a blessing along this journey. Hey mama and it's community gives us this outlet and resource. To be inspired. Connect. Follow our dreams. Meet strong women.
Whether, I can inspire, support, mentor another mama or if I can be a student of another mama - why not do it together :) Supporting working mamas and girl bosses.....Let's show our daughters what strong women we are and can be- be their role model.
You have created a special group and I look forward to being a part of the community and spreading the love.
What are your brand goals for this year?:
I am about to launch and market an existing business platform which I am excited to share with more women across the US. I am looking for different brands to collaborate with on this new venture, influencers and gals/mamas to be a part of the launch. There are many layers to tackle and hope to launch early this year.