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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Interview with a Jewelry Designer: Christine Elizabeth Jewelry

Ever wonder what it's like to start your own business? I asked Christine Spreng from Glamour and Glow to share what it was like to create her own handmade jewelry line and open up a fashion boutique! I think you'll find her story inspiring and informative!

Q: What is the story behind Glamour and Glow and Christine Elizabeth Jewelry?

A: I have always known what I wanted to be and that was a fashion designer. I have made jewelry for most of my life and dabbled in sewing. I was very eager at a young age to start into my passion. My plan was to move away and attend design school. After meeting my now husband weeks before my high school graduation, my plans changed. My husband who is very goal oriented and business minded, suggested that I open a store that stocks my own line. In 2007, at the age of 22, I opened Glamour and Glow in a very small space in my local shopping mall. At this time it was just me and my jewelry. Today Glamour and Glow has molded into a full independent fashion boutique stocking clothing, jewelry, accessories, and footwear from independent designers and labels. In 2012, the name Christine Elizabeth Jewelry was born as a way to distinguish my collections apart from Glamour and Glow labels.

 
Jewelry Designer, Christine Elizabeth Jewelry

Q: What is your career/education background? What were you doing before you started G&G? 

A: Before G&G, I was planning, saving, and counting the years until I could start my passion. I graduated early, worked 3 jobs in high school, had a full-time job and waitress-ed on the weekends. Occasionally I threw home parties to sell my designs. With a strong creative side, my weakness lied in the business side. I attended college for business administration.

Q: Have you always been interested in fashion?

A: Yes. I have always been mesmerized by fashion. When I was 2 years old, I told my mother to change her sweater or I wasn't going to leave the house with her. I spent my adolescence climbing trees in dresses, begging to paint my room in ballgowns, cutting off bows on people's slippers to hoard them, and collecting anything sparkly.

Q: What inspires the designs of CE Jewelry?

A: I love interior design and frequently get inspired by a color scheme, architecture, or a chandelier. However, it can be anything that sparks my creativity, sometimes it's a certain feeling or mood.
 

Christine Elizabeth Jewelry, handmade jewelry

Q:  What is your favorite part of owning a business?

A: My favorite part is that it's mine. I am free to be creative, make executive decisions, and I am allowed to mold it and keep making it better and that is so rewarding in itself.

Q: What is your least favorite part of owning a business? What are the biggest challenges?

A: 4 years ago I would have said the hours. When I first opened I worked my mall store by myself for 4 years...we're talking mall hours...7 days a week...Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter off.....during holiday time I think it translated to 102 hours in one week and that doesn't count the behind the scenes stuff. But today, I would say it is balance. It is easy to become a work-a-holic when it is your own business. When you love what you do, it doesn't feel like work. I am now trying to separate personal time from work time, because they are different!

Christine Elizabeth Jewelry, Layered Necklaces

Q: What is a typical day in the life of a business/boutique owner?

A: A typical day involves answering emails, printing invoices and shipping labels, opening the store, packaging and shipping, making jewelry, helping customers, synching deliveries, planning photo shoots, updating inventory counts, processing shipments, etc.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own business or jewelry line?

A: I would tell you to follow your dreams, if it's truly in your heart, you will make it work. Before I started if I knew everything that I have been through in the past 7 years would have happened, I probably would have been too overwhelmed to start. I just jumped in and figured everything out as I went. I build my businesses on trial and error....and I am still using this method. Hard work, persistence, and diligence will get you far!

Christine Elizabeth Jewelry, delicate necklace

A big thanks to Christine for sharing her story! I hope you'll visit Glamour and Glow to take a look at all the pieces in the Christine Elizabeth Jewelry collection. Glamour and Glow also sells fun statement necklaces, other jewelry and accessories, and an amazing collection of women's clothing!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fit and Flare

Grey Skirt, History and Industry
statement necklace, history and industry
grey skirt, banana republic
statement necklace, history and industry
grey skirt, denim jacket, nude heels

If you didn't catch my "Craving Lately" Fall picks over on Adri Lately on Friday you should check it out! When Adri asked me to pick out some of my favorite pieces I knew exactly what to pick. (My wishlist is always sooo long). I really wanted to get every item on that list but after looking at this skirt I couldn't hold out any longer and I went to the mall the next day to pick it up. I love the shape of it and it's also really comfortable. Good thing the Labor Day sales were going on because I got it for 40% off! I think it will transition nicely into fall when I can wear it with sweaters and booties.

I also hope you're not sick of me wearing this necklace. I swear I don't wear it everyday...just when I happen to take outfit photos. Even though it's a statement piece I feel like it just goes with a lot of outfits. And the great news is you can get 30% off sale items at History + Industry right now with code "HOLIDAY"!

I hope you all are having a great holiday weekend! I ate way too much food last night at a Labor Day party and will probably do the same today!

Shirt: Target (similar - on sale!)
Jacket: H&M (similar - on sale!)
Skirt: Banana Republic (on sale!)
Shoes: INC via Macy's c/o The Beverly Center (on sale!)
Everything's on sale! I love holidays! 

Linking up:
Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons: Let It Shine
DC In Style: Monday Bloom

Friday, August 29, 2014

Picks for Fall over at Adri Lately

Sorry about no new post today. Can I still blame it on Summer? But I am sharing some of the items on my wish list over at Adri Lately. Head on over to her blog to see my picks for fall! Plus, I love her style so stop by and say Hello!

While I was creating this list for Adri I decided that I needed some of these pieces in my closet ASAP! So I went out and got the skirt. I'm such a bad window shopper. But it was on sale so that makes it ok, right?

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Dotty

Chambray Shirt, Dot pants
History and Industry, Chambray Shirt
Chambray Shirt, Polka Dot pants
Chambray Shirt, Dot Pants, History and Industry

If you are thinking about going to a museum you should definitely wear pants. Why are they so cold?? I went to the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles yesterday and I'm glad I wore a long sleeve shirt and pants, even though it was hot outside, because I was freezing inside! I also couldn't resist wearing this bold necklace again. I thought the round beads played off the dotted pants perfectly. I finished off the look with bright pink lips because summer is coming to an end and pretty soon I'll be putting away my bright lipstick for darker shades. 

Pants: H&M (similar)(option)
Sandals: Madewell (similar)
Necklace: History + Industry (options)
Bracelet: Stella and Dot

Linking up:
The Pleated Poppy: What I Wore 
Because Shanna Said So: Random Wednesday
Style Elixir: Style Sessions

Monday, August 25, 2014

Shades of Blue

Blues - 3
Blues - 2
Blues - 4
Blues

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a relaxing weekend. I managed to finally clean up a good portion of the apartment. I can't really focus on work or important tasks unless the house feels clean and organized. Thankfully, I got a lot of cleaning done this weekend so I'm ready to take on the week!

Anyway, I got this gorgeous statement necklace in the mail this weekend so I had to plan an outfit around it. I love how the blues in the outfit compliment the green beads and also bring out the slightly blue color of the large round ones. Do any of you plan entire outfits around one piece of jewelry? 

Silk Top: Max Studio via T.J.Maxx (similar)
Skirt: ASOS (similar)
Sandals: ShoeMint (similar)
Necklace: History + Industry (options)

Speaking of jewelry - if you are looking for fun, handmade, geometric inspired pieces you should check out the InfinEight Etsy shop. If you aren't ready to go as bold as the necklace I'm wearing but still like the chunky bead look you should check out the colorful, geometric necklaces in InfinEight. (like the one pictured below!)
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NucleusBlue SkiesBirdie
Mima - who runs InfinEight - has been making jewelry for several years now. She started out working with "organic" motifs, like leaves, but has been working with geometric forms more recently. A lot the pieces in her shop are made using brass, wood, and silver elements. Her pure silver pendants are handmade and feature fun, whimsical designs like the "Birdie" necklace pictured above! 

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Calibration, Niveau 3
I have one of her geometric brass necklaces. You can see me style it here! I love wearing it by itself but it would be great for layering with other necklaces too. There are a ton of other styles in the InfinEight Etsy shop so definitely check it out. 

Linking up:
Still Being Molly and Lipgloss and Crayons: #LetItShine
DC In Style: Monday Bloom