WDC | ACCESSORY JANE

Sukilynn PhotographyI am a big believer that an accessory can make or break an outfit. There is something so chic and forward about topping off an ensemble with the perfect earrings, the right stack of bracelets, or the perfect but casual layered necklace look. No one does it better than accessory guru Liz Larsen. Meet the owner & mastermind behind Accessory Jane, your new favorite accessory company. I know, I know, you’ve heard it before “this new jewelry line is FABULOUS!” – but I really am not kidding, Accessory Jane is absolutely fantastic. Her pieces are perfectly priced & there is always something new and fun to find in her shop. Don’t trust me, fall in love with Liz & her company all on your own…Sukilynn PhotographyFull name: Liz Larsen

Age: 28

Location: Dallas, TX

Current title/company: Owner, Accessory Jane

 How long have you been a full-time Creative?

This is my second year being full-time with Accessory Jane. I still can’t believe it. These past two years have been such a whirlwind. AJ launched at the end of 2012 as a Facebook auction page. I started AJ along with my mom as a way to pay for Grad school. Within a few weeks, Accessory Jane had tripled its growth and was already showing promise of being a full-time income. Seeing that potential, I decided to drop out of grad school and pursue this opportunity. To be honest for a while we were growing so quickly that we could barely keep up with business. In August of this year we finally launched our website and that has been huge for us. We couldn’t be more excited about this and are so appreciative of all the support and love!

Sukilynn Photography What is your day-to-day work routine like?

That is a great question, ha. The truth is there is no ‘typical’ day in my job, and I love it! Every day brings a new set of obstacles and adventures. But generally, I like to start the day around 5:30 with some QT time reading my bible and snuggling with Olive. After that I rush Olive off to school (I swear I have no idea how it happens – we always start the day off with plenty of time, yet are always running late to school, sigh). When I get home I spend the first hour doing emails or finishing up a blog post that I wrote the night before. Follow by a small mountain of packaging. Then it’s usually off to style some product pictures, work on designing our next jewelry collection, or some days attending a networking event. Some days my day ends at 5, some days my day ends at midnight. All in all I can confidently say that I have never worked harder in my life and I have never had so much fun! I wouldn’t trade my job for anything!

 Best part about being a business owner?

There are definitely several perks to being a business owner like the flexible schedule and for me, getting to design and play with jewelry all day. All of that is amazing, but I still think the best part of it all is the challenge it brings. It takes courage to fight the fears of failure, it takes drive to constantly challenge yourself to grow, it takes humility to admit your shortcomings and learn how you can improve, and it takes lots and lots of faith to trust God with the outcome after you have given it your all! That challenge has made me become a better person.

Sukilynn PhotographyWhat is some advice you wish you would have had before you got started?

Don’t be afraid to ask questions and get advice. Seek out other business owners that you look up to and talk with them!  You might get a few people who won’t, but I also think you would be surprised with just how many people are willing to help. I recently had someone who is about to open up their own boutique ask if she could interview me and get some advice on being a business owner. I was impressed with her initiative and the thorough research she had done before. I wished I had done that. When I started Accessory Jane, I started it as a hopeful side business and had no idea it would grow into a full-time business with actual employees.

Sukilynn Photography What is the key to making a fool-proof, creative, yet professional outfit?

Of course, your workplace culture will determine a lot of what you chose. Always classic staples plus statements. Detailing, such as stitching, lapels and color, etc. let you express your own style.  You can always slip in trendy elements with your accessories.

 Any tips for having a well-balanced closet?

I’d say about 50% standard classic pieces, those perfect jeans, that blazer that just goes with everything and a favorite go to handbag. and 50% trendy pieces, a top in the “it” color of the season, one piece that takes you to the edge of your comfort level and something that you just know will only be around for one season, but you just can’t resist. And of course 100%, all the time accessorize, accessorize, accessorize

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Photography by Sukilynn

NOVEMBER 2014

Citrus close-up, by Suvi Kesäläinen of Suvi Sur Le VifOCTOBER RECAP

October seemed to come & go in a flash, huh?! I am a bit sad to see October go. There is something so wonderful about the beginning of Fall & it was great to get back into the habit of self-reflection and goal setting. While I can’t say I knocked it out of the park, it was really good for my spirit to get back into the swing of things…

1. Be a better spouse

This one was a really important goal for me this past month. We made it a point to go on more hikes, took a little weekend trip to Sedona, and made it a point to put our work away and cook together at least one night a week — confession: he cooked, I drank wine. It is so important for me to continue to pursue Griffin and I hope to always keep this goal on the forefront of my mind.

2. Manage my time better

I’ve gotten so much better! Seriously, time management is the worst until you make it a point to get better at it. Then it’s awesome. I would block out time every night (while Griff was studying) to answer emails, put the finishing touches on tomorrow’s post, and wrap up some emails. Once 9pm hit, I would shut it down and open a book. How simple! It’s liberating when you give yourself some boundaries.

3. Go on a mini-vacation

Like I mentioned earlier, we took a little day trip to Sedona and it was heaven. The weather was about 15º cooler and it was just wonderful to get out of Phoenix and shake the dust off!

4. Celebrate little wins

Yea, this one wasn’t such a big win this month. You know, it’s hard cutting yourself a break! But hey, I’ll get better at it. Even a little self high-five every once in a while goes a long way.

5. Re-Launch!

WOOHOO!! We did it! We are a month in to the new & (seriously) improved LaurenKelp.com and I couldn’t love it more. What do you think? I would love to hear parts you love, things you don’t fully understand, and suggestions for where to go!

cd1cfa61525551ad8d70377e617fd84bNOVEMBER GOALS

1. Take a posture of gratitude

It’s gratitude season & I really want to make that a priority as we enter in to the holidays. This month, I want to try to tell someone how truly thankful I am for them, what they do, and who they are. Expressing gratitude does wonders for the perspective & I would love to learn to be more in that frame of mind.

2. Collaborate more!

We’ve got some super fun projects in the works over here at LaurenKelp.com & I would love to work with other creatives more. If you have a home tour or Well Dressed Creative submission– please submit it! Are you a photographer or a brand – let’s get together and talk! What fun is the creative process if you can’t share it with other people?!

3. Drink more water

This is such an unbelievably lame goal, but I truly suck at it. With as much coffee as I drink I am surprised I haven’t shriveled up from lack of hydration. From here on out, for every cup of coffee I drink, I will drink at least 16 oz of water.

4. Go on a hike a week

The weather is finally starting to get its self together and cool down here in Arizona. Starting your morning off with a quick hike is so magical & it helps center you before the chaos of the day kicks in. Got any favorite spots I should check out?


 

WDC | MAISON DU SOIR

Image 1Remember that fun Bridesmaid’s Brunch shoot we did a while back with all of those AMAZING loungewear pieces? Remember how you were like, “Shoot, I really need to step up my pajama game.” Well meet the insanely talented mastermind behind the collection, Courtney Cates. Courtney is the Owner & Designer of Maison du Soir – a gorgeous loungewear & pajama company based in California. I am so in love with her collections. The cuts are perfectly feminine & the pieces are wonderfully designed so you can wear them out or around the house. Don’t just take my word for it, Martha Stewart loves them too!

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Full name: Courtney Kates

Age: 34

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current title: Owner of Maison Du Soir Sleepwear

How long have you been a full time Creative?

Two years for my business and in merchandising for men’s apparel for 10 years prior

What is your day-to-day work routine like?

My day starts with any urgent matters via email. Then I usually head out to one of my vendors (pattern maker, sewing, knit factory). Web orders or account orders are reviewed and packed in the afternoon and then I start to tackle my “to do” list with anything listed that is less urgent. My days are always different and always crazy.

Best part about being a business owner?

Doing something I absolutely love and for myself. If my business succeeds, I succeed.

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What is the key to making a fool proof, creative, yet professional outfit?

I like to pair opposites like a classic, maybe conservative silk top with leather pants. Or if I’m wearing a nice pair of trousers I’ll pair it with a funky top. When I wear bold prints, I’ll pair it with thin and feminine jewelry and when my outfit is a little more understated, I kick it up with some statement jewelry pieces. It’s always been about opposites for me. I think they end up creating a nice balanced outfit…professional yet stylish, intelligent and creative.

Any tips for having a well-balanced closet?

For me it’s about the accessories because my clothing is always fairly simple. I think it starts with a great pair of flats and heels and a nice bag. Also with simple, understated clothing, I like to make sure I have unique jewelry. With this as your foundation, a white tee and leather pants or black jeans and a classic silk blouse can take you anywhere.

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