Style Envy: MOD

By ALIVE Staff
In Style

MOD | Tania Rakel & Lauren Gaska 

Family ties and a passion for encouraging women to be their own boss led Lauren Gaska and Tania Rakel to open MOD—the trendy sister of their mom’s shop Marta’s, which opened in Edwardsville, Illinois in 2013. The shop quickly became a stylish beacon of light in the college town, leading to an expansion to O’Fallon, Missouri, and the opening of a flagship location in Ellisville, reaffirming their commit- ment to offering fashion-forward and affordable merchandise to the masses.

Tania Rakel & Lauren Gaska

Tania Rakel & Lauren Gaska

Personal Style | Tania 

What part of town do you live? South County.

What kind of sheets are on your bed? Eight hundred-count Egyptian cotton.

What kind of pets keep you company? Dogs! Boxers are my favorite. I grew up with them and now have them as part of my own family.

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Favorite flowers? Peony.

Favorite gadget? Sonos speaker.

Favorite restaurant in St. Louis? Roberto’s Trattoria.

Favorite drink? Any red wine!

Favorite dessert? Brownies.

Favorite snack? Yogurt.

Top three DVR shows? “Flip or Flop.”

Favorite car? BWM 7 Series.

Favorite workout? Walking on outside trails.

Favorite font? Century Gothic.

Favorite vacation? Victoria Island, BC.

Favorite movie? “Divergent.”

Favorite book? “Are You There, Vodka? It’s Me, Chelsea” by Chelsea Handler.

Favorite superhero? Thor.

Favorite style icon? Kim Kardashian.

 

Beauty & Maintenance

What kind of mascara do you use? Chanel.

What’s your moisturizer? Olay Age Defying.

Favorite hair product? Aquage Beyond Shine Spray.

Perfume/cologne? Gucci Guilty.

What toothpaste brand do you use? Colgate.

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Favorite soap? Dove bar.

Nail-polish color? Taupe and nude.

Where do you get your hair cut? Mary Cates Salon.

Where do you get your facials? I don’t like facials.

Where do you get your mani/pedi? I never go to the same place…I always like trying new places.

 

People

Who would you like to be stuck on an island with? My husband.

Who do you look up to most? My mom.

How many siblings do you have? One.

Where are you in the sibling lineup? Oldest.

What’s one word that most people would use to describe you? Motivated.

 

Stuff

What brand is your favorite pair of jeans? Paige.

Favorite t-shirt? Michael Stars.

A piece of jewelry you wear every day. Rolex watch.

Favorite designer (if you have to choose one). Why? Coco Chanel–always classy and timeless.

Shoe obsession? I love Rag and Bone booties!

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Inspirations

Who inspires you? My kids.

Favorite place in the world? My home.

Favorite charity? A21.

Favorite hotel? Wynn Las Vegas.

Do you Tweet? No.

What’s your go-to website? Google–they have an answer for everything.

Favorite app? Amazon. I don’t know what I would do without Amazon Prime.

NYC, LA or San Fran? LA.

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Personal Style | Lauren

What part of town do you live? West County.

Favorite piece of art you own? Three Monkey emoji’s made of stainless steel.

Favorite flowers? Blue Hydrangea.

Favorite restaurant in St. Louis? Roberto’s in south county.

Favorite drink? Hot tea or a cucumber martini.

Favorite dessert? Bananas Foster.

Favorite snack? Peanut butter.

Favorite car? Range Rover.

Favorite workout? Lunges.

Favorite font? Century Gothic.

Favorite vacation? Poland.

Favorite movie? “Grease.”

Fall Trend You Can’t Ignore? MOD Felt Hat.

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Beauty & Maintenance

What kind of mascara do you use? Lancome.

What’s your moisturizer? Dermilogica.

Perfume/cologne? Flower Bomb.

Favorite Hair product? Pureology Hydrate shampoo and conditioner.

Nail-polish color? OPI You Don’t Know Jacques.

Where do you get your hair cut? Mary Cates Salon.

Where do you get your facials? Mary Cates Salon.

Where do you get your mani/pedi? SOHO Chesterfield.

People

Who would you like to be stuck on an island with? My sister, Tania Rakel.

If there was one person, dead or alive that you could have dinner with, who would that be? Jin Sook, the original owner of Forever 21.

Who do you look up to most? Independent business women.

Who do you aspire to be like? My mother.

Who are you most like? Honestly, a mix of my mother, father and sister.

How many siblings do you have? One.

Where are you in the sibling lineup? Youngest.

What’s one word that most people would use to describe you? Ambitious.

Stuff

What brand is your favorite pair of jeans? Just USA.

Best Item in Your Store under $100? Jack by bbdakota jacket.

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Favorite fashionable undergarment? MOD bralette.

Favorite t-shirt? Naked Zebra open back t-shirt.

Accessory That Goes With Everything? Any of our MOD necklaces.

A piece of jewelry you wear every day. My watch.

What accessory adds a pop of color to your wardrobe? One of our MOD bracelets.

Coziest Item in Your Closet? My MOD scarf.

Favorite designer (if you have to choose one). Why? BCBG, always sophisticated and elegant.

Shoe obsession? Huge shoe obsession, always a heel or boot.

Inspirations

Favorite discovery you’ve made? The power of a team.

Who inspires you? My mother.

Favorite place in the world? Home.

Favorite charity? A21 by Christine Caine.

Favorite movie? “Borat.”

Do you Tweet? No.

Favorite app? Pinterest.

City that inspires you outside of St. Louis? NYC and Dallas.

This story appeared in the September 2015 issue. 

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