In a nutshell, I am a 46 year old mother of two boys who recently made a major career change after almost 20 years and I am relearning who I am professionally. My background is in marketing, communications and PR. The majority of my career was in the nonprofit sector, but I decided that I wanted to see what the corporate world was all about. I am currently the Director of Communications and Public Relations for an international business process automation company. I studied English Literature in college and then attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising. My plan was to be a lifer in retail but ended up taking a detour through the music industry and ended up in the arts. The common thread that tied these roles together was that they were all in creative industries. Like many bloggers before me, I am really looking forward to having this creative outlet to help satisfy that side of me while in my current role. I have been married to my husband Steve for almost 10 years. We met in Austin, but he is from New Zealand and our long-term plan is to move to what I consider to be the most beautiful place on earth (go kiwis!).

Coffee or tea?

Yes. Depends on my mood.

Dog or cat?

Morning person or night person?
Night, but I wish I was a morning person.

Book or movie?
I am an old school bibliophile. I don’t do audiobooks, kindle or any other technological gadget. I also read cookbooks cover to cover.

Heel or flat?
Heel. While I love all shoes, flats included, nothing puts a pep in my step better than a killer pair of high heels.

Spring or fall?
Fall. I just wish Texas had one.

Beach or mountains?
Beach. SoCal girl at heart. My soul is at peace on an island.

Favorite city?
NYC and Wanaka in New Zealand

Favorite wine/favorite cocktail
A proper Whiskey Sour (yes, with egg foam) or a Bloody Mary.

Favorite travel destination
Anyplace tropical.

Favorite gift

Favorite fashion book or movie.
Movies include The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Under the Cherry Moon by Prince, any Hitchcock movie and, of course, Pretty in Pink.

Fashion icon(s).
DVF, SJP, Nina Garcia, Karen Brit Chic, Prince, Debbie Harry, Stevie Nicks, Cher, Janis Joplin, Tracee Ellis Ross, the entire cast of Pose …I will stop now.

Favorite flower

Favorite comfort food.
Ice cream.

Favorite fragrance.
The smell of a home cooked meal or dessert.

Favorite indulgence(s).
Designer shoes, concert tickets, and travel.

Favorite feel good song.
Alphabet Street by Prince.

I collect…..
Shoes, milk glass, books, albums, vintage clothing, DVF wrap dresses and memories.

Describe your home/interior style.
A cozy and eclectic, mid-century modern, boho minimalist with a dose of thrift chic.

Why I buy on the secondary market.
So I can stay environmentally conscious while scoring one-of-a-kind designer bargains.

Favorite designers, brands, stores.
High end – Fendi, Chanel, YSL, Oscar De La Renta, St. John, Escada, Ungaro, Gucci
High Street – Banana Republic, Zara, J. Crew, Asos, Topshop, Mango
In between – Veronica Beard, Suno, Ganni, Sea by Chloe, Reformation, Everlane, Tibi

Dream find/What I am lusting after.
Dior Conquest Pumps in beige, a fabulous Chanel chain belt, one of the Texas themed official Hermes scarves designed by Kermit Oliver of Waco and anything by Biba.

The one that got away (e.g. lost out on my dream Chanel purse on eBay by $1).
A vintage Saint Laurent dress and a pair of vintage 1980s Fendi Roma Couture gold lionhead earrings. Both on eBay. And both got away for less than $10.

Closet staples.
Anything denim, leopard print, DVF wrap dresses, statement heels, vintages blouse and stylish sneakers.

Please describe your style/write a personal style statement.
Feminine but edgy. Tailored but effortless. Relaxed but professional. Modern in a classic way.

Describe Jennifer’s style.
Polished and classy. She owns everything she wears and has an uncanny ability to make even the most current trends her own. Jennifer wears everything with aplomb.