Larissa Blintz is a designer, stylist, and professional nut eater. She's also the owner of LA based brand Miracle Eye. She's easily recognized by her long, dark hair and brightly colored eye shadow. Shop @miracleeye for original, groovy, handmade clothes or other vintage treasures. Follow @larissablintz for an extra dose of sunshine. Her sweetness shines and she'll certainly brighten your day.
Miracle Eye is a family affair, but is essentially your brain child. How did it all start?
Miracle Eye started after the idea popped into my brain that I could essentially make these drawings of clothing I’d had stashed for a while, a reality. My mother has been a seamstress all her life, but really gained her mega-super-power sewing skills once she immigrated to America, through her experience as a sweatshop factory worker (due to not speaking English). At 15 years-old, I casually mentioned the idea of starting my own clothing line to her, and with no questions asked, she fully supported it and with open arms, agreed to create my first few samples. All the fabric shop owners in LA have known me from my pre-living days (when I was breathing inside my mama’s tummy), and seen me grow up into the young lady I am now. I’d always followed my mother around the fabric district, and I always felt quite hypnotized by the colors and textures growing up. In retrospect, the signs were clear, and you could say I was “destined” for this, but I never realized it ‘till after. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I was going to be a designer. All I knew was I loved making women feel beautiful and confident, and wanted to spread happiness in the world.
How did starting Miracle Eye boost your confidence?
I dreamt of being more social in real life, and I later found that having to be very social on the internet (on behalf of my business), was the push I needed to allow this far-fetched dream come into fruition. Oh, bless the internet and its sweet inhabitants for believing in me. Turning into an intermediate-level social butterfly from a master-level introvert, although many years past due, was truly the tipping point on learning to, AT LAST, love myself through and through. It’s a really great feeling when people care about the words and thoughts and ideas that float in your mind. It makes you excited to share them, and therefore, turns out to be an in-your-face sign that you’re a pretty darn magical person. There’s no denying it anymore. I’ve also found fashion and personal style to be of great help throughout the process because dressing up is so much dang fun! You get to see yourself in a light you haven’t before, and see yourself become this vision you conjured up in your mind. It’s a beautiful thing.
You've been open about being bullied in the past, what would you like to share with anyone experiencing the same thing?
What I would share with people who are currently experiencing this, is what I wish someone had shared with me when it was all happening, and that is:
This isn’t going to be the rest of your life. This is literally a minuscule 0.01% of your life, and it’s important for you to remember right this second that you have so many incredible experiences and wonderful friends ahead of you, and it would be such a shame to not love yourself entirely in the process, and take control of your life because you are all that matters. We’ve only got one of these, make it a good one! You are an outstanding magical person, so worthy of all things lovely in the world. Any negative words about you from other people don’t matter, only your own. So keep ‘em positive, because you’re a star!
Personally, it was difficult to escape the trauma, it haunted me for many years to come, even after I graduated school. It’s such a horrible thing to experience at such a young age when we are still so vulnerable and impressionable, not sure of who we are yet. I would truly never wish this upon anyone. Dealing with being bullied based off my appearance, and then landing in the world of fashion was probably the most difficult thing for me because it’s such a heavily looks-oriented industry (well, really, what industry isn’t?), so it took me a lot of time to finally get to where I am. It was definitely not overnight.
What's your best beauty advice?
I feel like another broken record off the internet repeating what we’ve all read before, but getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water, and gently exfoliating your face in the morning does wonders. Also, MOISTURIZE! Please for me, moisturize! Keep your skin supple ’n hydrated.
What's your best self-care advice?
Love yourself! Looking like someone else doesn’t make you beautiful, it’s your unique features and attitude that make you beautiful. Society teaches us from the moment we pop out of our mama’s wombs, that there is a one-single-standard of beauty and if you don’t fit, you’re not beautiful. This harmful belief is shoved down so many girls’ throats at such a young age, that later on, I find it can be extraordinarily difficult to disconnect yourself from the idea and truly understand you are so dang beautiful no matter what.
I see the vintage inspiration in your designs, do you have a favorite decade when it comes to beauty?
Shoot, this is really hard. I’m tied between the 1920’s and 1960’s. They both feature similar beauty trends, one emphasizing on lips and the other on eyes. I’m a sucker for twiggy eye makeup, and a sucker for defined rosy lips! Those are my two favorite decades in general regarding style/trends/music.
How would you describe your beauty vibe?
1960’s Californian psychedelic elf forest nymph does Beatles + Donovan groupie/fan girl with tons’a glitter, does farm girl! Haha! Oh, I’m all over the place. I guess just anything funky, but done tastefully... So tastefully that someone who has zero interest in any of those things I mentioned would stop you on the street and go, "hey! I really like your outfit."
Fun fact about yourself that most people don't know?
Aahhh.. I definitely don’t think many people know that my life actually revolves around comedy and memes! Those are my two biggest passions besides fashion. I’m not sure you can be passionate about memes… I should say I’m passionately for them and grateful for them. I drown myself in memes so often it actually contributes to my lack of sleep on some nights, and I try to go to 2-4 comedy shows a week. It’s a real addiction, there should be a Memes Anonymous. I would never attend though, because I happily declare my status as a full-blown meme addict.
What's your favorite thing about yourself?
I really like my hair! I like that it requires little to no maintenance, but looks exactly how I want it to. I count my lucky stars on that one because I know for some gals, getting their hair to do what they want it to do is the seventh wonder of the world, so I appreciate mine just doing what I hope it does, everyday.