January 2, 2012

New Year, New Career?

Happy 2012!  It's a brand new year full of wonderful possibilities.  I'm not a big believer in resolutions mainly because I've rarely been successful at committing to them but I'm a huge proponent of setting achievable goals with viable action plans.  So in that vane....
Earrings from JulRe Designs LUXE

A couple of years ago, a custom design client asked if I would bring some of my ready-to-wear jewelry to a photo shoot for her family portrait.  It was an odd request at that time but the idea of reaching back to my old fashion consulting bag of tricks was intriguing.  Little did I know that on that day, I would discover a whole new direction for my company.  I've been dabbling in jewelry styling rather informally ever since that day, occasionally at trunk shows and in my studio with customers but was never able to devote much time to it due to the demands of my design business.  This past weekend proved to be just the motivation I needed to shine a focused spotlight on what I hope will be my next big thing.

For my first official gig as a Jewelry Stylist, I was incredibly fortunate to be asked to style 2 very unique clients (who happen to be best friends) for New Year's Eve parties.  For each one, I brought along tons of jewelry from my Luxe and Eclectic collections.  The women's style sensibilities couldn't have been more different but that's what made the whole frantic, nerve-wracking adventure so much fun.  One was funky and free-spirited with a penchant for neon colors while the other is a self-proclaimed minimalist, more comfortable with simple lines and mellow hues.  Thanks to the magic of Polyvore, I put together the style boards above and below and while not exact representations of what each woman wore, the colors, clothing and accessory styles are strikingly similar.

 Bracelet from The Shop at JulRe Designs
Earrings from JulRe Designs LUXE
I'm so happy to say that both clients were fashionable hits at their events and I had the time of my life doing something I absolutely love.  There's nothing like discovering a new way to make people happy and then having the opportunity to turn it into a new creative avenue.  What a great way to start the year!

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