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Designers Frank & Terrie Bach are pioneering a new kind of clothing line: meditative apparel. Sunshine Shop LA has recently launched and is the culmination of compassion, wellness, and somehow at the same time...effortless coolness.

 

Get to know the designers behind the ~mindful~ brand:

1. What is your life motto right now?

Terrie:
No hope, no fear. No hope meaning living and acting without expectation, and with total presence and acceptance. No fear meaning freedom—not worrying about judgment or failure or any of the worries that hold us back from doing the things we want to do. I’m constantly reminding myself of this lately. 

Frank:
The idea that strength is persistence, and that even when you’re at your most uncomfortable, you need to stay focused on solving the problem—not becoming the problem. Stop, breathe, maintain your composure, and keep going.

Image courtesy of @sunshineshop.la

2. What's your most-played song within the past week? Why?

Terrie:
Silly Love by Daniel Johnston. He was a really gifted songwriter, artist and advocate for mental health awareness who died last week at 58. I’ve seen Silly Love be described as one of the saddest songs in rock history. Highly recommend watching The Devil and Daniel Johnston, a documentary about his life and art.

Frank:

“You ain’t going nowhere” by The Byrds

 

A friend turned me onto this amazing old country playlist called “Marshall Country Ultimate” on Spotify and I’m obsessed with it. There’s something about it, that reminds me of childhood, the desert, the sun, everything. The lyrics in country classics are usually very direct, literal, and of the stuff life is about. Simple.

 

3. Your Top Three Books of All Time:

Terrie:

Frank:

 

4. Your Approach to Health in One Sentence:

Terrie:

Eat plants, go to therapy, meditate, get some sun, make art, and most importantly be compassionate with yourself. 

 

Frank:

Listen to your body. 

 

There are so many people trying to make money on telling you what you should and should not eat, and I’m skeptical of so much of what’s out there. I do love celery juice and açai bowls as much as the next person, and I try to balance it with staying in tune with what my body needs.

 

Regular bloodwork is important too, just to see where your levels are at and if you’re missing important vitamins or minerals.

5. Your Approach to Happiness in One Sentence:

 

Terrie:

Be fluid—accept that everything is in a constant state of flux and appreciate all that the present moment holds.

Frank:

Happiness is simple: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.

6. Your Approach to Dating in One Sentence:

 

Terrie:

Loving yourself in spite of your imperfections creates space to accept and love others more fully and deeply.

Frank:

Be yourself. 

 

The truth will eventually come out — might as well be straightforward with the lame movies you like. On Terrie and I’s first date, we watched Elf together. I could’ve pretended to be a film connoisseur and try to impress her with some high art movie, but the truth is that’s just not who I am!

7. Funny / most cringe date:

 

Terrie:

Grabbing dinner with a friend who thought we were on a date and went in for a kiss… which I swerved out of the way from. Funny now but I felt horrible at the time and never heard from him again!

Frank:

I honestly don’t have an answer. I spent my teen years skateboarding and being on tour, and then was super focused on getting through college with good grades. I didn’t date much, and have been in a relationship (now married!) for nearly 10 years. I’m so glad I got to bypass the world of dating apps. Seems like a nightmare.

8. Your most used word:

Terrie:

Pomme, our dog’s name (it means apple in French). I talk to him all day long.

Frank:

Sunshine. It’s the name of our brand and shop. www.sunshineshop.la

9. Your last screenshot:

Terrie:

Ha! I downloaded Bumble BFF last night because I’m 34 and it’s tough to make friends as an adult. Looking to connect with likeminded ladies, so email me if you wanna meet up! t@terriebach.com

Frank:

​I don’t know how this happened, but I was pumped to share it on an Insta story the other day!

10. What are 1-3 things you do when you feel blue to make yourself feel better? / or feel like you’re having an off day?


Terrie:

  • Meditate

  • Go on a hike somewhere new

  • Take a bath and read a good book

Frank:

Go for a walk. Listen to some music. Treat myself to good food. Take a nap.

11. Most used emoji:

Terrie:

Frank:

Get your meditative apparel here.

12. Most inspiring quote:

Terrie:

“Be here now.”― Ram Dass

Frank:

“The real meditation is how you live your life.” —Jon Kabat-Zinn

13. What was the last thing that made you laugh?

 

Terrie:

Pomme protecting a donut-shaped cookie of his last night like it was his most prized possession. He’s the most constant source of laughter for me. Funniest guy I know (sorry Frank!)

Frank:

This picture of a curly-haired chicken:

11. Who’s someone who you can rely on to always make you smile? Why/what do they do?

Terrie:

My husband, Frank—his gentle demeanor and candor are a breath of fresh air to me. He’s also my biggest supporter and makes me feel like I’m the coolest, smartest, funniest person (which I am not). 

Frank:

Our dog Pomme. He’s just so silly and unique. I’ve never met a dog like him.

12. Best advice you’ve ever gotten:

 

Terrie:

Give yourself permission to be mediocre. 

Frank:

To learn to let go. You can’t control everything and you’ll drive yourself nuts.

 

13. Someone/something that changed your life (for the better):

 

Terrie:

My therapist, who I’ve been seeing weekly for the past 2 years. 

Frank:

Meeting Andy Puddicombe in the desert in 2016 and building up the courage to introduce myself. This led to me eventually landing a job at Headspace, where I’ve been working for over 3 years. Over this time, I’ve made amazing friendships, grown so much personally and professionally, and contributed to the health and happiness of so many people with my small contribution to design. 

14. Most overrated advice / trend right now (in your opinion):

 

Terrie:

“Think positively and you’ll manifest all the things you want into your life”. I think that concept can be misconstrued, or too much weight can be placed on positive thinking alone, causing people to stuff away other spectrums of emotion (which are totally healthy and normal). Positive thinking is powerful in conjunction with consistent effort, drive, resilience, and authenticity—that’s when magic seems to happen.

Frank:

I’m not a fan of hustle culture, mostly because I used to subscribe to it. It burnt me out, made me sick, and thankfully I have recovered from it. Take care of yourself! 

15. Something you feel like saying:

 

Terrie:

White privilege is real. Currently reading “White Fragility:  Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” and watching “Hello, Privilege. It's Me, Chelsea” on Netflix. 

 

Frank:

I’ll spare you, but you can always check my Twitter (@francois_bach) for that.

16. Fave website / youtube video / link online at the moment: 

 

Terrie:

theschooloflife.com — “a resource for helping us understand ourselves, for improving our relationships, our careers and our social lives - as well as for helping us find calm and get more out of our leisure hours.”

Frank:

Sidney Crosby’s gold medal winning goal at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics. As a Canadian it’s essential that I love hockey, and I recently re-watched this clip a few times. It’s weird, but big sports victories always make me super emotional.

17. Fill in the blank: I’m happiest when I: _______________________

 

Terrie:

am at the top of a mountain after a hike, aware of the all the sights and sounds, soaking in a sunset.

Frank:

am creatively fulfilled.

18. Tag a gem who inspires you: 

 

Terrie:

@biancaparkes—Graphic Designer and entrepreneur who founded Susi Studio, a sustainable vegan shoe line. 

Frank:

Christa Clark (@aintwasted), a UX Designer who’s focused on reducing waste and living a sober lifestyle.

"Eat plants, go to therapy, meditate, get some sun, make art, and most importantly be compassionate with yourself."