Love Medal of Valour - Baby the Bulldog

Posted by Talia Tanaka on May 23, 2012 0 Comments

Can't help but write this post with a huge smile...

We are very honoured to acknowledge Baby the Bulldog as our second Love Medal of Valour recipient. Baby lives in an animal sanctuary in Berlin, Germany, and is an incredibly special little dog! Press play or click here to see why we love her so much. 

We awarded Baby with a collar-friendly version of the Beloved Love Medal. Thank you so much to the people at The Lehnitz Animal Sanctuary for helping us get it to her, and for sending such beautiful photos. 

Baby has inspired us to come out with specially designed Love Medals for our favourite four legged friends.....stay tuned.

-T :)

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THEY Rep Magazine

Posted by Talia Tanaka on May 11, 2012 0 Comments

Love Medals makes an amazing appearance in THEY Mag. Thank you Leila Bani! (Amazing amazing stylist at THEY Rep)

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Mother's Day Special Feature

Posted by Talia Tanaka on May 05, 2012 2 Comments

With Mother's Day coming up next Sunday, May 13th, we'd like to take this opportunity to honour one special mom in particular. June, matriarch to a beautiful and successful family, was joined by her three children and three grandchildren for a family portrait after being presented with our 'Beloved' Love Medal

Junie, as everyone in the family calls her, sits proudly in the middle wearing her Love Medal. Nina, far left, has a thriving individuals and couples counselling private practice in Portland, Oregon ( Lynn, bottom left, is an accomplished artist ( and mother of two, Micha and Calen (back top row). Cam, far right, is the creator of The Keefer Residences and owner of The Keefer Bar, and proud father to Rachael (bottom right).

LM: What do you love about Junie?

Lynn: My mom is fun.

Cam: I love how she describes things. She has such a great sense of humour that she's completely unaware of.

Nina: I love her laissez-faire. She never seems to get frazzled. Even when we were kids she didn't care if we broke her stuff. She was a real chill mom. And she never wanted me to worry about much. She was always saying everything was going to be ok.

LM: Tell us about a favourite experience with Junie.

Cam: When I was about six years old she helped me go door to door selling these greeting cards I had ordered out of a comic book. My entrepreneurial spirit comes completely from her.

Nina: We were all together one night and someone said, do you smell something burning? It was my favourite of her paintings. A misplaced candle was burning a big hole in the centre of it. I was aghast. I would have blown my lid if it was my painting, but Junie just looked over as someone else ran to blow it out and said something like, "no big deal, don't worry about it, it's just a painting for gawd's sake". To understand that 'stuff' isn't really that important is a pretty important thing to teach a kid.

Lynn: When the pedestrian overpass was being built over the Stanley Park causeway sometime in the seventies, my mom would tell us that when it was finished we would have a picnic on it. Each time we would drive under the construction, she would say "when this is done, we'll have a picnic there." I don't know how long it took to complete the overpass, but I remember that one day when it was done, my mom packed a picnic basket and we parked the car in one of the nearby pullouts with the hood and trunk open as though we had had car troubles and went looking for help. We sat there on a blanket, over the traffic on the brand new pedestrian overpass and ate sandwiches or a bucket of chicken or hot dogs or something, just like she had promised. 

LM: Junie, what does love mean to you? How would you define it?

Junie: As I look around at my family I feel a comfort in knowing I could count on any one of them for support in any situation. I also know that my support is already 100% without question. It's a good feeling, it's called Love. 

Happy Mother's Day Junie and to all the moms out there too!! xoxo

-T :)

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Tara & Eric, Love Commanders

Posted by Talia Tanaka on April 24, 2012 0 Comments

It is a great joy for us to introduce Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan as part of our growing Love Commanders: Couples Series. Tara and Eric are not only partners as dedicated parents to two beautiful children, they are also business partners at Two Story Productions, an award-winning boutique film and video production company. Tara and Eric are very supportive of what we do here at Love Medals, and we would like to honour them with this special feature. 

Tara is wearing her Treasure and Unity necklaces, as well as her Affinity bracelet.

Eric is wearing his Bravery Love Medal and Star pin. 

*Heart Cloud provided by Mother Nature. Just happened to be there when we looked up after the photo shoot....

The Story

LM: When and how did you meet?

Tara: We met June 6, 2002 at a restaurant in Yaletown. I approached him to be in a music video, he thought I was indirectly asking him out. Maybe I was subconsciously, but I no joke, it was all business!

LM: Who made the first move and how?

Eric: A few weeks later I saw her at another restaurant. She appeared to be on some kind of awkward date. I invited myself to join them. It was very Alpha of me to do. I ended up being in the music video, then we started dating.

LM: What was your first impression of each other?

Eric: She had an intensity about her that was extremely attractive. The restaurant where I worked was a bit of a meat-market so I was used to hot women hitting on me. But there was a business-like quality to her question "Are you a model?" that suggested there was more there. I was right, she cast me in the starring role in her life!

Tara: I thought he was very handsome! It was very effortless for us to talk. He made me laugh and he also seemed familiar. 

LM: Why do you feel you have a successful relationship?

Tara: Lots has happened in a decade. In sum, we are truly a good team. We work together at everything we do. We co-parent, we are a creative duo who run a business, we manage our home together, and most importantly we genuinely enjoy each others' company. We move forward each day, together. We are good communicators and constantly strive for balance and harmony. Raising kids and working together = needing support. Without our families and our nanny, Hester, our relationship at this stage in our lives would not be as successful as it is. We are very grateful. Oh, and we laugh a lot and try not to take it all too seriously. 

LM: What do you feel is your greatest accomplishment as a couple? Why?

Eric: We're constantly creating and re-creating a lifestyle that works for us. We have two children (Wilfred, 3 years old and Paris, 6 months) at the centre of our universe. We've built a successful business in a highly competitive industry. We commute one block to our studio so we're always close to the kids. We get to create and invent and play at work all day. We're blessed.

LM: What do you love about each other? What could you do without?

Eric: I'm amazed by her capacity to learn and adapt and grow. And her tenacity. She's showed me a new level of perseverance. What could I do without? Ah, but she's perfect!

Tara: I love Eric. Plain and simple. I guess I could do without his noisy electric toothbrush, but then again, I should learn to tune it out. So, that's more about me than him.

LM: Who said 'I love you' first? Give us the details!

Tara: I don't recall who spoke these words first. The love was there from the beginning and it continues to evolve and grow.

Eric: I honestly don't recall either. Our relationship was such an easy progression that whenever it happened and whoever said it first, it must have felt natural.

LM: What does love mean to each of you? How would you define it?

Tara: Love is enough to get you through anything. Love is having an open heart, being mindful and listening carefully to what your loved ones are saying. Love is living in the moment and capturing the beauty and joy in the everyday. The more love you give, the more love you get back. Love is everything. 

Eric: Love is an ideal. Poets and philosophers call it The Universal Law. In practical terms, it's patience, kindness, acceptance, non-judging, rejoicing. In my life, it's where we start and end each and everyday. 

Thank you so much Tara and Eric! 

We wish you continued success both in business and life. xo

-T :)

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Love Medals Studio MARCHing tunes

Posted by Talia Tanaka on March 01, 2012 0 Comments
Enjoy! :)

Love Medals MARCHing tunes from lovemedals on 8tracks.

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