I 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…Full name: Liz Larsen
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!
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.
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.
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