We had the good fortune of connecting with Liana Hou and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Liana, can you share the most important lesson you’ve learned over the course of your career?
To always take care of me first. I love that concept so much I turned it into my mini slogan. I work a full time job as a lab technician/phlebotomist and worked all throughout the pandemic. Additionally I started this business during the pandemic as well. I love everything I do, working in healthcare and making self-care goods for customers but at the same time, I have to ground myself and remind myself to take care of me first because working on my business is also like another full time job. I get off of work, rest for maybe about an hour or two and then get to formulating. I have to remember to relax so I don’t get burnt out and exhausted. Plus, it’s hard to have good energy when you’re exhausted. I wouldn’t want to be packaging a customer’s products while stressed or in a mood because- I know it might sound crazy- but I think that energy can emit to the customer once they open their package! So it’s so important to me to relax, take care of myself so I can send out positive, good energy and vibes.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My business is called Hazy Bunny- it’s my baby, my everything honestly! I refer to it as a ‘self care boutique’. My purpose of the shop is to remind everyone to ensure they take time for themselves and take care of themselves first. We tend to get busy and life in LA is so fast, we wanna meet all the deadlines, catch up with everything and everyone, which can sometimes lead us to forget to stop for a second, ground ourselves, see how we feel and relax.
I started Hazy Bunny after having an epiphany during the pandemic. I’m a lab tech and was swabbing several patients for COVID, giving COVID vaccines, and other duties for patients like drawing blood, etc. It was a really stressful time! But I’m passionate about helping others so I put on that n95 mask and all my other PPE, and did what I had to do. Throughout this time, I didn’t realize how much stress was culminating. And I can’t imagine how many other front line/essential workers felt this way! I’ve always been into making my own products and experimenting for myself since I was a teen so, I decided to take the leap and start the business.
For me, the best way to spoil myself and relax is feeling moisturized at the end of the night and reading a good book in bed. I currently make products for the body like scrubs, soaps & lotions. Eventually I’d like to offer products for the face as well as the feet. The concept is to make people feel nourished and relaxed from head to toe. How I create and formulate is very intentional; I’m selective with the fragrances, additives, and oils that I use. Many people have nut allergies so I avoid using oils like sweet almond oil. Additionally, I have product testers but for the most part, I personally test everything I create as well. With that being said, the biggest thing that I’m excited for is the future of Hazy Bunny. I vended at my first market a few weeks ago, which is a huge step for me and my business due to my social anxiety. With the help of my friends and family, I put myself out there and can’t wait to see what else is in store for me!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh gosh, there’s too many food places that I’d want them to check out! There’s a few hole in the walls that I absolutely love. Growing up, my family used to frequent this Cambodian/Chinese restaurant in Chinatown called New Kamara. My grandma and I used to always fight over the fried leek cakes- so good! I’m huge on sushi too- actually most of the time, that’s the only thing I ever crave… There’s a place in Gardena called Tampopo. I think there might be a location in Artesia as well, but I’ve never been to that one. Anyway, it’s so fairly priced and the sushi quality is amazing! I used to frequent there nearly twice a week- so good. Their udon is pretty amazing too! We would also have to check out Ruen Pair, a really authentic Thai spot in Hollywood. Amazing. I’m also half Cambodian and I love to share my culture with my friends, and really everyone- so I would definitely take them to Udom Khmer in Long Beach but there’s so many good Cambodian restaurants in Long Beach. RiceString in Cerritos is pretty bomb too! I’m a pescatarian, and pretty picky so sometimes it gets hard for me but that’s the great thing about living in a big city, there’s always options to substitute.
As far as places to check out, I feel like it’s kinda cheesy but I still absolutely love The Last Bookstore! I recently rediscovered my love for reading and it’s just so beautiful in there. I’m super dorky but I also really love Round1 at the Lakewood Mall. It’s such a fun arcade! They have karaoke, bowling, pool and food & drinks. It’s essentially like a Japanese Dave & Buster’s basically. I’m big on museums- I love MOCA in downtown LA. The Huntington Library & Botanical Gardens is amazing too. I’m not too big on beaches and crowds, but I love the beach in Manhattan Beach- it’s pretty lowkey and still pretty!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Oh man, first and foremost, God. I’m so thankful for everything He’s done for me. I’ve manifested, I’ve prayed, I’ve gone through the motions. I’m so grateful and blessed- every time I’ve doubted myself, He’s always come through for me! Also, I’m thankful for all my friends, family and strangers who’ve supported me and told me to keep my head up! So many times I just wanted to give up but they kept me pushing. Huge shoutout to my best friend, Citlaly, has been my hugest supporter. Vanessa, one of my closest friends, who always pushes me to do my best and put myself out there. Rachel, who helped me vend at my first market. You guys deserve a special shoutout because you all helped me to get where I am now. 🙂