A little over a year ago a friend of mine discovered that her three year old Sofia had leukemia. The journey for her and her family has been one of tears, strength, family, optimism, and community. Sofia is one of those special little girls -- and her courage is beyond anything I've seen and encountered. This month I chose to find a way to contribute to their plight, and my target is to create awareness (as well as monetary donations) to the Team G Childhood Cancer Foundation. Here's her story about how my Initial Necklaces have graced her life...
When I was 25 I quit my job.
When I was 25 I started my first business called, "Jenniclips."
I never said “I can’t” or “I don’t have money to start a business.” I just did it. I’d come across books about business that had harsh points of views about “most small businesses fail in the first 3 years,” and “you have to have a business plan in order to start a business.” Bah. I never let that sway me. I just chose. And I just started where I was. I didn’t borrow money -- I just went to the art supplies store and bought little model paints. I’d mix the colors in combinations I didn’t know was possible. I painted on those bendy aluminum Goody clips. The base coats were solid and I’d apply the design using toothpicks: hearts, stars, rainbows, leopard spots, Pucci, stripes, glitter! Patience came to be my savior - to allow the paint to dry for a bit before diving into the design.
I began cold-calling my way into stores - guess being criticized as pushy lil kid turned out to work in my favor. I also got a NYC rep, and began my journey of how-many-different-things-can-you-do-to-a-hairclip? Headbands, ponytail holders, and of course bobby pins.
What evolved next? Stay tuned...
JENNICLIPS IN THE NEWS
Women wait with baited breath for the ever glossy, ever thick, fashion loaded issue of September's Vogue. Chock full of lush outfits and "gotta haves" for the Fall season. Do you need another cashmere sweater? Really, don't you have a dozen pairs of jeans? Isn't that bootie only slightly different than the one from last season? That's not the point! Especially here in San Francisco where summer (and summer clothes) are somewhat lackluster. We look forward to Fall and the snuggly layers and chic wraps, scarves, boots and handbags -- oh my! Jewelry is no exception. Bring on the gold, the multiple lengths, the hint of color, the splashes of sparkle! Perhaps a Chunky Choker paired with a long Labradorite Pendant will doll up that top. Or for-go the necklace keep it simple with a stand out earring like my Shimmer Feathers, or Sleek Gold Hoops? The point is, dress for you, for fun, and the joy of it -- what can you add to your outfit to this season to make you feel like a million bucks?
A very dear friend of mine called me this afternoon. She said she was wearing her new pyrite Beaded Bar Necklace at work and someone commented on it. They said, "Wow! That's so pretty! You know what I love about Jennifer's pieces? They're so easy to wear and yet they're still elegant." And it got me thinking, what if elegance is "the least amount of effort with the greatest impact and ease?" Many of my designs and creations are borne from the space of what would it "add" to your life, what would be effortless to wear, and what would create the most visual impact with the least amount of fuss? Too many to mention, but definitely lots to choose from. Have a look a like my site, and maybe ask yourself - "Body, what would you like to wear, and how can that create the impact you'd like to make in the world?" Just sayin.
The gift of a new born and the journey every mother-to-be goes through is now being recognized by the world. Retailers call it a "push" present. Say what? Yes - mom's are receiving gratitude by their mates, for carrying their babies (not only verbally, but in a material way). My Diamond Initial Necklaces have risen to the occasion. Not only a thoughtful gift, but a keepsake, and a daily reminder of the blessings of a brand new, sweet smelling, angelic new born. Also are my goldfill and sterling Initial Necklaces, especially for mom's with multiple kids, as they can keep adding initials of their offspring (and a tad more affordable). Both options are a great daily wear, stylish, and special.
You're in love. Luckily enough, she loves you back. You've gone from candle lit dinners, to pizza in front of the TV and Wednesday laundry nights. You're comfortable in your relationship, but you want her to know you adore her, appreciate her, and think she's amazing. How about gifting her something she isn't expecting? My FINE line has just the ticket. Stunning, one of a kind rings (and earrings), with gemstones and diamonds (without being THE diamond). Women love REAL jewelry. And often it's the one thing they won't necessarily purchase for themselves -- because they're waiting for you to do it. It's not glib, it's delightful. A woman that receives an 18K gold gemstone piece of jewelry will forever remember the fella who gifted it to her. And hey, what else is possible then?
In the warm summer months one doesn't wish to wear much, let alone clunky jewelry. My recent go-to is the Lacey Y necklace. It's shimmery, lightweight chain is the perfect wear-with-all. It seems to spruce up even the most basic tank tops and casual dress ensembles. Then when I'm looking to "bump it up a notch," I add my newest Beaded Bar Necklace. Yes, I wear them both together! Teeny tiny micro faceted gemstones with a sleek curved gold bar. Three or four gem stone hues to choose from (my favorite is the pyrite) -- and looks fantastic on everyone! It's also in line with the popularity of "chokers" this season, as well as a brilliant layering piece.
Every bride is on the search for what to gift their bridesmaids. Years ago I stumbled across a set of metal alphabet stampings and little did I know the rage it would create! What seems totally obvious today (10 years ago, not so much) I began hammering each letter into little gold discs. I attached the discs to delicate goldfill chain to form words like LOVE and WISH and BELIEVE...and then I thought, what if I just used one Initial? There my Initial Necklace was borne! Since then, brides (and others) enjoy the personal and thoughtful keepsake of gifting their wedding attendees such a necklace. Whether it's a full monogram, or a single initial, any friend or bridesmaid would be grateful to receive such a wonderful wearable piece! Years and years later I have many customers tell me "oh my gosh I received one of these as a gift for being in my friend's wedding. I wear it all the time!" And with a price point under $100, it's a sure thing.
One of the things I hear most often is women expressing how they don't want to bring their fine jewels when traveling out of the country (for risk of it getting stolen). Having said that, even whilst journeying the English Countryside, or trekking up Machu Picchu they still desire to look chic. My line has many solutions. Floating Gem Necklaces add just the right amount of splash to any outfit, and have the versatility of wearing long or doubled. Long Rod Pendants are effortless and take the "blah" out of a simple tee and jeans and turn it into "ahh". A client the other day was going to France for the summer and looking for a long necklace that would pull together all her white linen outfits - voila! My Triple Tassel Necklace in sea green Chalcedony was the winner. Swishy and elegant a true wear-with-everything piece. There are many options and choices -- it's exciting to know that when you're traveling or vacationing you can still pull great looks together without feeling like you've left your best stuff at home.
JEN'S TRAVEL PICKS:
Another place where the ladies are stepping it up is poolside. Not to exclude beach-side, cabana-side and super-yacht-side. Quite frankly, if you're sporting a bikini, a pareo and a hot pair of shades, a great add is some fun jewelry. The obvious pieces are a sexy pair of oversized Beaded Hoops. An easy breezy way to look chic and still be beachy. My Navajo Necklaces are great worn alone or layered with others (Slinky Y or Floating Circles) - the itty bitty beads are brightly colored and pop off the skin. Loop Thru Chain Earrings are a no brainer as they wiggle and wave and catch the light, but also stay put in the ear while attempting beach volleyball. The list goes on, but you get the drift. Why not step up your beach game with a little bling? I'll bet the others will soon copy you. NOTE: Waterlilies Swimwear Boutique is my number one spot in San Francisco for such finds (ie. beach bags, best bathing suits, hats, Havainas, etc).