It’s a new year, a new semester, and the start of a new blog. Ellie Nicole has been a great blog documenting my inspiration, however I think it’s time for my blog to grow with me. That is why I’d like to introduce my newest adventure, City Brewed. City Brewed represents the blend of my life, from outfit posting, to all that the City has to offer. Previous posts have been transferred to my new blog, and the Jennifer Elizabeth x Ellie Eckert contest is absolutely still going on (so submit your entries)! I hope you will all continue to follow me at my new blog!
I recently did a guest post for Fuyume.net, which you can see here! After checking out her blog, I was instantly sucked in. I asked Faye to do a few interview questions, so here they are!
Ellie: What is your blog, Fuyume.net, about? Faye: Fuyume.net is a personal blog examining japanese designers, styles and fashion related issues intermingled with foodie posts and outfit posts.
Ellie: What inspired you to start blogging? Faye: My passion for japanese fashion was my starting point and the fact that there was a lack of blogs like mine. I discovered many streetstyle tokyo blogs but none with the variety that I was after.
Ellie: Do you have any advice for new bloggers? Faye: My advice would be to discover your passion and reflect that in your writing. Join IFB and become an active member as its a great resource. I was lucky my blog fills a specific niche and that has helped me gain over 400 followers, 350 subscribers and 60,000+ pageviews a month in the 6 months I’ve been blogging.I attribute that to creating content thats original and content that fills a niche. There are a lot of fashion blogs out there so its vital you create original content. As V of gritandglamour.com says “original content is queen.”
When Steve was in town, my mom and I decided to take him on a tour of our good ol’ town. When we made it down to Indian Rocks beach (see this post for our candy extravaganzas) we came across an old bar called Mahuffer’s, which is apparently the “wurst place on the beech.”
[Surprisingly enough, these photos were taken in the parking lot, and inside the bar. I figured I’d leave out some of the disturbing photographs]
the sun is the same in a relative way but you're older
As you guys probably saw from a few posts back, I had Lasik surgery last week. I went from practically blind to 20/20 vision in less than 24 hours—and it’s still improving! The crisp colors in these photos is how I’m seeing everything these days, so I must thank my amazing mother for that (and Dr. Weinstock, who I really thought about hugging at my follow-up appointment).
To say I’ve been enjoying Florida’s sunshine before returning back to New York would be an understatement. Over the weekend we made a trip to the Dunedin Causeway, and as you can see, the weather definitely didn’t disappoint.
[Vintage tee, Material Girls skirt, Converse sneakers, hat bought on the streets of New York]
Also, check out my guest blogging post for Fuyume.net! Beware! As soon as I clicked on her page I was hooked! Awesome fashion blog.
Hey Everyone! So everyone knows about Refinery 29, and how amazing of a site it is. Well now its time to vote for me to become the next big style blogger! Just go to Refinery 29’s style blogger page, find my picture (the same one as above) and click the heart button to vote! Note: You must be logged into Facebook. Lets make this happen!
The fashion on last nights Golden Globes was truly amazing. One thing I absolutely loved was the huge presence of blush tones. Here are my favorites from last night:
1. Olivia Wilde wearing a Marchesa ball gown and Christian Louboutin heels. [photo via Just Jared]
2. Sarah Hyland is wearing a gorgeous Max Azria Atelier gown with a one of a kind 50 karat diamond and pearl neckless by Mikimoto. Her heels are by Charles David. [photo via Just Jared]
1. Fourteen year old Hailee Steinfeld looked amazing Sunday night wearing a cream Prabal Gurung dress. [Photo via Zimbio]
2. Everything about Leighton Meester’s outfit last night was amazing. The dress, compliments of the Pre-Fall 2011 Burberry Prorsum collection, was a perfect choice which was tied together amazingly with the Jimmy Choo heels. [photo via Just Jared]
My list of favorites goes on and on, including Emma Stone (who wore an insane dress by Calvin Klein) and Anne Hathaway in Armani.
Ellie Eckert: Tell us a little bit about yourself and your work. Jennifer Elizabeth: I have always been absolutely obsessed with fashion. Ever since I was very little, I knew what I wanted to do be in this industry. I love the glamour, the inspiration that can come from anywhere, the detail in a designers collection and just absorbing it all like a sponge. I love researching the old and the new. All of my jewelry is taken from vintage elements or inspired by different periods of time.
EE: How did you get started designing jewelry? JE: I got started designing jewelry completely by accident! I had always wanted to be a fashion designer. I went to FIT where I majored in Fashion Design with a specialization in evening wear. I loved it so much! I always loved vintage jewelry but never thought of that as a career. So when I graduated I worked in the fashion industry for almost three years with a job as a fashion designer for a women’s suit company. It was incredibly boring, nothing at all like I thought it would be, and there was no glamour what so ever. So one day when I had gotten home from work I was looking through my mass collection of vintage jewelry and I just started putting pieces together and randomly made a necklace. I wore it to work the next day and by the end of the day I had three orders from my co-workers for a necklace like mine. It was amazing and it was so great because it was something I really loved doing. I love my job more than anything, and thats why I left my job as a fashion designer and started my own company.
EE: What inspires you most? JE: I am mostly inspired by the 60’s and 70’s. The hippie culture, the disco glam, I think all of that is so breath taking and beautiful. But I am also inspired by nature, especially animals, and I am inspired by my fashion loving friends!
EE: Can you tell us a bit about the typical day of a jewelry designer? JE: No such thing as a typical day of a jewelry designer, lol… When you own your own company, you take on so many different “hats.” One day I can be designing pieces for the next collection, the next I can be in London meeting with buyers, and the next I can be filling out enormous amounts of paper work….it’s non-stop, but I love every minute of it.
EE: What can we expect from your upcoming collections? JE: There are quite a few things coming up with next collections. I am working with a Wildlife Trust in Kenya where I am designing a collection based on the animals they are protecting there and 10% of all of the proceeds from this part of the collection go to the Trust. I am also collaborating with an amazing blogger on a small collection due out in February. I’m also going to be working with a handbag designer to create a small collection of bags that are vintage inspired and are eco-friendly, because I use absolutely NO animal products. So that means no leathers or suedes, or skins, etc. There are about 5 more collections, but I don’t want to give all of my secrets away!
I also have my Signature collection which I make myself by hand, and almost all of it is elements from vintage pieces that I take apart and then re-construct.
EE: Do you have any advice for aspiring jewelry designers? JE: Think long and hard about what kind of jewelry you want to make. There is so much out there to work with that it is really helpful to find your niche in the market. Also keep in mind that this is a 24 hour a day, seven days a week job. You never ever have time off. The second you feel like you have free time, you will fail. It’s the harsh truth.
Be sure to follow Jennifer Elizabeth on Twitter, and check back here on Monday for a special announcement!
long skirts and cut-off sweaters, make my wish list even better.
I know that Christmas just passed, but my wish list has been growing bigger than ever. I’m really loving a mixture of long skirts with cut-off sweaters, especially with a pair of converse and great accessories.
Over the weekend, my good friend (and designated photographer) Steve came in town to enjoy some sunny Florida weather. After checking out all the beaches, and beating him in a game of Mini Golf, I decided to take him to the Tarpon Springs sponge docks with my mom and grandmother for some amazing Greek cuisine.
The Candy Kitchen has been my go-to candy store for as long as I remember. I can always count on ending any special occasion with a trip to the candy store, an oversized brown bag overflowing with delicious candy, and a hefty bill to go along with it. The Candy Kitchen has been around since 1950, and has over 500 varieties of candy, along with homemade fudge, salt water taffy, and nostalgic toys to brighten up any day. If your taking a trip to the bay area of Florida, I absolutely recommend checking out The Candy Kitchen located at 13711 Gulf Blvd, Madeira Beach Florida.
At my high school, wearing T-Shirts to school would be considered “scrubbing it.” Recently I’ve been pairing vintage tees with nearly everything from long skirts to throwing it over a shorter dress. Here are a few tees I’m really craving:
Going through my moms closet is just like shopping—except better. I found this vintage Rolling Stones tee (along with about five others that made it impossible to choose from). After I found her Chrome Hearts Rolling Stones ring, I knew which t-shirt would be the perfect choice.
[Vintage T-Shirt, INC Leggings, Betsey Johnson Shoes, Chrome Hearts Rolling Stones Ring, SAINT by Sarah Jane Lady Bug Ring]
the question isn't who's going to let me; it's who's going to stop me.
I have to admit that 2010 was an amazing year. It consisted of a huge move to NYC, having a great first semester of college, meeting wonderful people, and starting as an intern at ORA Design. I have so much to be thankful for and I honestly cannot wait to take on the new year. Happy 2011!
[INC Legging Pants, Jeffrey Campbell Shoes, 32 Flavors by YFB Top, Material Girl Cropped Coat]
For the past few New Years Eve’s, my mom and I have brought in the New Year with an amazing meal, watching the ball drop on TV, and making our vision boards for the coming year. This year is no different from the rest. After having a relaxing day around the house, we’ve been throwing together an amazing dinner, and flipping through magazines to make our 2011 Inspiration boards. Here are a few inspirational quotes and photos that I will be using:
I've got a dream I want the world to share in castle walls
I have to admit, I must be exceptionally lucky to have missed the “blizzard of 2010” in New York. The weather in Florida is at a gorgeous 60 degrees during the day, so lets just say I couldn’t be more content.
After having an amazing year in 2010, I’m determined to make 2011 even better. That includes a number of new projects, traveling, taking great photos, and of course building that amazing closet in the last picture.
Here are some of my 2011 inspiration photos, which I’m mainly posting because I’ve been sick with a fever for the past few days and my folder was overflowing…
This year my mom and I decided to have Christmas dinner at our house. I have to admit, she did an amazing job with the table settings, and of course with her special Christmas dinner! I hope everyone had an amazing Holiday!
Well after a good two weeks of studying for finals, finishing classes, and making last minute adjustments on final papers, I am officially finished with my first semester of college. I’m now back in Florida for the holiday’s and I have to say it’s amazing to relax with family and not think about calculus…
The holiday’s are just around the corner (as well as finals)! It’s always a challenge to find the perfect gift for those most important to you, while not emptying your bank account. Here are a few of my choices for holiday gifts:
Yesterday I came across a post on Perez Hilton, talking about a recently released interview from Rolling Stone Magazine. Thirty years after the death of John Lennon, the magazine released this interview, which took place three days before his death.
On his critics, defending his five year break from music: “What they want is dead heroes, like Sid Vicious and James Dean. I’m not interested in being a dead fucking hero…so forget ‘em, forget ‘em.”
On touring again with The Beatles: “We just might do it. But there will be no smoke bombs, no lipstick, no flashing lights. It just has to be comfy. But we could have a laugh. We’re born-again rockers, and we’re starting over…There’s plenty of time, right? Plenty of time.”
Yoko on John’s final minutes: “Just before we left the studio [minutes before he died] John looked at me. I looked at him. His eyes had an intensity of a guy about to tell me something important. ‘Yes,’ I asked. And I will never forget how, with a deep, soft voice, as if to carve his words in my mind, he said the most beautiful things to me. ‘Oh,’ I said after a while, and looked away, feeling a bit embarrassed.”
[Image via PS19 Blog, Interview via Rolling Stone Magazine]
On Saturday, my friend Michelle and I spent the afternoon (and well into the evening) exploring all that the Union Square Holiday Market had to offer. To say that we weren’t disappointed would be an understatement.
As much as I hate to admit it, my cooking stint was much longer than I thought it would be (three days). After omelets, pancakes, and eventually a portobello burger, I figured that was probably enough cooking for quite some time.
Last week I had the opportunity to meet the incredibly talented handbag designer, Paola Dangond. After spending weeks enjoying her bags in the ORA showroom, I finally had the pleasure of meeting her, and even got to ask her some questions!
Ellie Eckert: When did you start your line?
Paola Dangond: I have been working on my line for ten years
EE: How would you describe your bags?
PD: My bags are architecturally inspired and I use leather and exotics.
EE: Where do you gain inspiration for your designs?
PD: I am an interior designer, so the bags are inspired by architecture and interior design.
EE: What are your favorite handbag lines?
PD: My top two favorite handbag lines are Proenza Schouler and Lanvin.
EE: What can we expect from your designs for the upcoming seasons?
PD: I am working on more mixes of leather and exotics as well as using chains on most of the bags. I have been working with artisans on using weaved exotics and leather for upcoming seasons.
EE: Do you have any advice for aspiring designers?
PD: I am a dreamer, so I’d have to say go after your dreams.
Check out Paola’s collection on her website, and be sure to follow her on twitter!
One website I’m sure to check out regularly is PS-I Made This. Basically, Erica Domesek, the author of PS-I Made This takes on an array of DIY projects, and to tell you the truth, it has kind of become a guilty obsession. A few months ago, I came across a post on making a necklace out of rings. Naturally I had to try it. Heres how it turned out:
Not long ago, I decided a healthy kick was in order. Of course, like every other “healthy kick” I’ve ever attempted, pancakes became an instant craving. This time I was determined not to throw in the towel (within the first 24 hours), so I decided on a healthier form of the ever-so-delicious breakfast item-buckwheat pancakes. Here’s how they turned out:
I had an amazing time in Florida. It was great to see my family, eat delicious food, and of course take on the black friday extravaganzas. I wore this outfit to the sponge docks in Tarpon Springs, where my mom, cousin, and I ate food, laughed, and enjoyed the beautiful weather.
It’s been amazing to be home for Thanksgiving. I’ve been enjoying time with family, amazing food, and of course the warm sunny weather. Below is the outfit I wore from the my first day back home, and luckily my amazing cousin was more than willing to snap some photos!
Right about now I should be on my way to Florida to spend Thanksgiving with my family. I will most likely be indulging in an overwhelming amount of food (I’m Greek…), black friday shopping, and of course enough school work to take over my life for a good three days.
Here are a few of my favorite things about New York that I’m already missing!
[Amazing Friends I’ve Met Since Being in New York (and funny photo ops)]
[Weekends in Central Park]
[Amazing Graffiti Around the City]
[Going to Concerts with My Lovely Friend, Michelle]
As you can all see from yesterday’s post, Steve and I had an amazing time shooting pictures around the city. Featured is one of my favorite new accessories, Babooshka Boutique’s Black Turban Headwrap. What I love about this is that you can wear it in so many different ways, and that it will make even the simplest outfit a bit more exciting.
What’s even better is that Babooshka Boutique is offering 25% off to readers! Just use the code “giving” at checkout!