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Warning!  Post from an intern ahead.  Post from an intern that has never blogged before.  (Oh dear.)

This is Susan, on of Jess’ interns for this summer.  Stephanie (the other wonderful intern) and I are currently working on Studio1423, the Jess L.C. Etsy line.  Studio1423 is your source for “vintage” Jess L.C. pieces, prototypes for future lines, and stylish one of a kind pieces.

Thrifty shopping suggestion!  Do you like the look of the new Astor St. collection? (I, for one, am a bit obsessed with owning the two-toned cluster bib necklace in Strawberry.  And the bead strand in Shore!  Actually, I could probably keep going and name everything.)   Well our Etsy shop has a few prototype earrings with the same lovely dyed jade beads.  They’re wonderfully bright and flirty.  This is a great way to get a similar look for a lot less!  (And they’re one of a kind too.)

Soon we’ll be posting on items in the shop that Stephanie and I have come up with together.  Hopefully you’ll see a bit of our personal preferences combined with the look of Jess L.C.  (Stephanie has a style that’s very casual and chic, a perfect fit for the brand.  My style is… well quite frankly my style is a bit ADD at times, but I hope that isn’t overwhelmingly apparent.)

Well!  I hope this wasn’t too painful for all of you.  Hopefully this weekend there will be another post with more information on Studio1423, as well as a little introduction to the internship team.  I’m looking forward to sharing with you all, and I hope you have a wonderful remainder of the week!

free garage sale day two – tops

June 30th, 2009   |   Life

freegaragesalelogoWow! Wow, wow! So yesterday’s Free Garage Sale Day One left me with just three items left for grabs! Check them out in case they have your name all over them. Seriously guys, this is too awesome. I can’t wait to open this up to everyone’s exfoliations. Everyday people will be able to scroll through awesome items to get for free (excluding shipping) on Makeunder. Ah, it’s a dream come true for me.

If you want to get a head start on the Free Garage Sale action, send me pictures of your gently used goods and I’ll post them this Friday for the End of the Week Exfoliation and post them next week in the Free Garage Sale goodies.


Today’s Free Garage Sale theme is tops and shirts. I have a lot of these here so stick with me. And chime in if you see something (or several somethings) you need. The details of the sale are reprinted below.


8. Pink 3/4 sleeve v-neck button up sweater size small, 100% cotton Congrats to Katie!


9. EXPRESS brown plunging v-neck sweater with ribbed collar, cuffs and waist band, size small, Rayon/Nylon/Spandex Congrats, Jill!


10. Coral short sleeve top with layer fabric on bust area size small  (from Antropologie) Congrats, Nicole!


11. Gap stretch short sleeve cream/white sweater size small, cotton/nylon/spandex/acrylic Congrats, Melissa!


12. Zara navy blue long sleeve turtleneck size medium, Rayon/Nylon/Spandex Congrats to Katie!


13. L.O.G.G. (H&M) long sleeve oatmeal turtle neck size small, Wool/Nylon/Cashmere


14. Black 3/4 length sleeve shirt, size medium, Nylon Congrats to Lisa!


15. Peach Gap long sleeve sweater size small, 100% cotton Congrats to Lisa!


16. J.Crew long sleeve cream sweater with gold button embellishments ribbed collar, cuffs, and waistband, size small, Merino wool/Viscose/Cashmere Congrats, Nicole!

The [Free] Garage Sale Details

Here’s how the (super simple) process will work:

  1. When you see something you need, use, or love, post a comment including the item number(s) you would like. (The first comment wins, and you can pick multiple items!)
  2. I will email you directly to get your address.
  3. To cover the shipping costs of this massive Free Garage Sale, I am asking that each person sends me $5 (domestic shipping) via PayPal. And if you order more than one thing, it’s still just $5 per shipment, you won’t pay more.
  4. Once I get the $5 in PayPal, I will ship your Free Garage Sale items via the USPS First Class Mail.


Ever heard of Mike Michalowicz? I first learned about him on The Big Idea on CNBC (I’m still missing that show by the way… come back on the air!). He has written a book called The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. I have found his short videos including today’s about limiting beliefs pretty helpful. The video is longer than average (20 minutes), but it did have some great advice I found useful for myself (ahem, #3 and #5…).

Since I know many of you are also designers, self-employed folk, or want to one day be there, you might want to check it out too. Let me know what you think!

the free garage sale: day one

June 29th, 2009   |   ExfoliatingWardrobe

freegaragesalelogoAh, a fresh week! I hope you had a great weekend. I definitely needed some days off to relax and get my mojo back. And now it’s time to start the Free Garage Sale I videoed about to work here on MakeunderMyLife.

The way I see it, many of us have more than what we need/use/love and this extra ‘stuff’ can cause stress. Meanwhile there are others of us who love, need, or can use those same items. So lets give all that ‘stuff’ new life!

Check below to see the first batch of goodies. Next week, I plan on including your exfoliations and free garage sale items to the Free Garage Sale.

The [Free] Garage Sale Details

Here’s how the (super simple) process will work:

  1. When you see something you need, use, or love, post a comment including the item number(s) you would like. (The first comment wins, and you can pick multiple items!)
  2. I will email you directly to get your address.
  3. To cover the shipping costs of this massive Free Garage Sale, I am asking that each person sends me $5 (domestic shipping*) via PayPal. And if you order more than one thing, it’s still just $5 per shipment, you won’t pay more.
  4. Once I get the $5 in PayPal, I will ship your Free Garage Sale items via the USPS First Class Mail.

THE [FREE] GARAGE SALE: home goods


1. Light blue teapot with words written in brown; Espresso, Kona, Café, Mocha, etc. Congrats to Erica!

2. Light green tea cup with painted flowers and leaves Congrats to Kelly!


3. Sage green pillow 13″ x 19″ Congrats to Janeen!


4. White circle pillow with green leaves and pink flower (vintage material) Congrats to Megan!


5. Glass bowl with raised engravings, base 5.5″, top/opening 10.5″


6. Vintage Linen table cloth Congrats, Jessica!


7. Carmel Apple Pops (28)

Stay tuned tomorrow for shirts and sweaters!

*If you are international, I will check to see how much shipping will cost and email you the correct amount.

Special thanks to Stephanie who helped make this garage sale happen smoothly!



Good morning! First, let me start by announcing the winner of this June’s End of the Week Exfoliation and Giveaway Giveaway. Jill, from The Good Life For Less is lucky number 5! Her prize is the adorable white blossom corsage brooch from AAliciaAccessories in London. Congratulations, Jill! The new Giveaway Giveaway prize for July will be announced next week, so stay tuned.

I hope you have a great weekend planned. I myself will be hitting the beach with Erwin and friends. Anyone else doing the same?

The End of the Week Exfoliation


This week I’m exfoliating these adorable pearl earrings, perfect for a young lady. They are in perfect condition and have real pearls and 14k gold posts. Check out the Free Garage Sale next week to snag these pretties for someone you know!


Happy Thursday, everyone! This week has been full of buzz on MakeunderMyLife; from the video post announcing the free garage sale to the rather ‘intense’ (it’s a relative term) debate about the Pride and Prejudice films. Today, we have another killer DESIGN YOUR LIFE interview with blogger and fashion maven Jessica of What I Wore.

Earlier this month, Jessica donned the Astor St. Cluster Bib Necklace and made the homepage of Jess LC (I wrote about it on the blog here). I have so much respect for Jessica and what she has been able to accomplish with her blog, and her style sense has actually inspired me to be more creative in my own closet! So of course I wanted to peek inside her mind and see what intentions created her blogging (full-time) career and unique style.

After reading her goals, it’s clear that she really does get her joy from within and stays true to herself. I’d imagine those two traits alone help her follow her passions to such a high level. And not to taking things personally is something I am definitely adding to my intentions as well.

Practice gratitude.


The more grateful you are for what you already have, the more blessings you see all over the place.  I constantly remind myself what I am grateful for, from the most basic “I have feet to stand on” to “I am a talented and wonderful person”. Its important to remember all of the really great things we have in our lives– and when you focus on those things, you receive even more blessings.

Be true to you!!


When I was in middle school, my best friend said to me “why be a second rate version of someone else when you can be a first rate version of yourself.” I’m not sure where the quote came from, but it has stuck with me since. I’m on the quirky side and often find myself sticking out from the crowd. But that’s great and something I have come to embrace. I am me!

Say it Straight.

Ask for what you want and tell people the truth. I’ve been working on balancing being honest with being blunt.  In personal and professional relationships I’ve gained so much more by being straight forward about my feelings or wishes. Its wasteful to be misleading! Just say it straight!

Walk A Mile in another person’s shoes.

Practicing empathy is a rewarding experience.  To try to understand another person’s point of view will in turn give you a bigger view of your world and the world as a whole.

and furthermore…

Don’t take things personally.

We have no idea what is going on in anyone else’s head, even if he or she describes it to us. I used to think people were out to get me. Out to cut me off on the road or steal my subway seat or parking spot. But most of the time, people are only thinking about themselves. It doesn’t have anything to do with me!! No one is out to get me. When I adapted this way of thinking my happiness soared through the roof.

Get your Joy from within.


Like Whitney Houston sang, “the greatest love of all is inside of me”. True!! Don’t expect other people to make you happy. Go be happy on your own and that light will really shine.

Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.

announcing the FREE GARAGE SALE

June 24th, 2009   |   ExfoliatingLife

Check out today’s big announcement. It’s so big I had to explain it in person!

After watching the video, let me know what you think! Do you like reading or watching posts? I would love to hear your thoughts to help me create a better blog!

Also, is it just me or do I have a huge lisp once the file compresses? Anyone have any suggestions to stop this?


Today I’m taking a step back from my usual inspiration/exfoliation/intention filled posts and talking about something really important.

Today I’m talking about the Pride and Prejudice movies.


As I ‘get older’ (it’s a relative term) I realize more and more that girls even just a few years younger than me (like my intern extraordinaire, Stephanie) have only been exposed to the Keira Knightley Pride and Prejudice film from 2005. Unlike my friends and I who grew up with the BBC version from 1995 with Colin Firth. Admittedly, I am incredibly biased towards the older version. And I think it is a shame that so many young women aren’t aware of the classic 90’s version.

So, how about you? Let’s all weigh in on this important debate. Are you a fan of the older or newer Austen inspired film?

[Photo credits: BBC Pride and Prejudice cover, 2005 Pride and Prejudice]

june PBA update: quantum wellness cleanse

June 22nd, 2009   |   FoodLife


Good morning! Today is the start of my first full week of work in the past three weeks. And I’m looking forward to it. As much as I love traveling, I enjoy returning to my routine.

This weekend Erwin and I hosted our college friends Marisa and Pat. It was great to catch up with them and Marisa came armed with a small bathtubs’ worth of chocolate chip cookies and a delicious cherry scone recipe (which will debut later this week). Which begs the question, how did the Modified Quantum Wellness Cleanse go?

June’s PBA: [Modified] Quantum Wellness Cleanse Summary

Now that the first two weeks of my June Personal Bank Account is over, it’s time to reflect on how well I adhered to my intention of eating a healthier, more natural foods. Below is a summary of how well I did.


Modified-Quantum-Wellness-Cleanse Summary

Week 1 and 2

I ate plenty of:

  • Fruits and vegetables – I did eat quite a bit of fruits and vegetables. And I actually ordered salads and soups at restaurants (gasp!).
  • Whole grains – Yep, I usually eat mostly whole wheat products so this step was easy.
  • Soy and beans – Not so good with cooking beans so didn’t really eat many of these guys.
  • Healthy oils – Sure, I guess so. I didn’t really think about this goal too much.

I avoided the following foods:

  • Dairy (trace amounts in bread allowed) – I did avoid dairy except for when at home eating my mom’s dinners. I decided it wasn’t worth changing my mom’s menu.
  • Meat – Besides a few dishes while visiting my family, I didn’t eat meat.
  • White flour – Besides baked goods, I didn’t eat white flour.
  • Added sugar – Here is where I slipped (majorly). Erwin baked me cookies (pictured above) while I was visiting my family and I had (and wanted) to eat them. Didn’t you know boyfriend cookies don’t have sugar? Oh, the same goes for Marisa’s cookies. I think something about the love counteracts the sugar… not sure Kathy Freston would agree, but this is my modified cleanse.
  • Caffeine (except tea) – I did avoid pop (or ‘soda’ for all of you readers outside the Midwest). But I did drink an occasional sugar-free latte.
  • Alcohol (limited to twice a week) – Vacation and hostessing in the city was not conducive to this intention. I didn’t drink more than a few glasses at one time.

Week 3

Follow week 1 and 2 and add dairy (CHEESE!) into the mix. – This is where I am now. So far, so good.

So… when I look at the cleanse I can say that though I didn’t follow through 100%, I was flexible and worked with the intentions as best I could, adapting to vacation and visitors. And overall, I did curb a lot of the poorer eating habits I had been picking up in recent months. Going forward, I intend to keep most of these guidelines in mind. But there will definitely be cheesy oatmeal in my future. No questions asked!

end of the week exfoliation

June 19th, 2009   |   Exfoliating

Ah, the weekend. For some reason most five day work weeks for me seem to fly by, but this four day week trotted along at a rather slow pace. Has this ever happened to anyone else? The next few days Erwin and I will be hosting our friends from UofM, Marisa and Pat. It will be great to hang out and play hostess for a while.

I hope you have a happy weekend planned as well!

End of the Week Exfoliation

As for this week’s exfoliations, it’s been a rather quiet week on the exfoliating front. For those who want a chance to win the adorable felt flower brooch from AAlicia Accessories, send me your exfoliations (to jess@jesslc.com) by next Thursday!


“I’m getting rid of this mouse pad because now my new wireless mouse doesn’t need a mouse pad.”

– Erwin


This week’s exfoliation is special since it already has found a new home and is now finally being put to use! Erwin and I have a DVD player at our apartment and my old college DVD player has sat unused in the jewelry studio going on six months. Last week my friend and Jess LC ambassador, Allison, mentioned she needed a DVD player for her new Netflix subscription(!!) and the rest is history.


Good morning and welcome to all of Anne’s  City Sage readers! This week’s DESIGN YOUR LIFE is a peek into Anne Sage of The City Sage‘s intentions for her life. For those of you who don’t know Anne or her blog, it is full of whimsical writing and style. I am fairly certain without her help and advice I would not be blogging with the same frequency or enthusiasm that I do each day. Really. She is such a sweet, thoughtful, and genuine person who helped me out within the first week of my blog.

So for me to have her DESIGN YOUR LIFE interview on my blog just a few months later is truly an honor. And since reading her intentions, I am now working on dividing my intention lists into more managable categories. Want to know more? Read on!

Listen to Music


I have music playing all the time: while I’m driving, cooking, working at the computer, having my coffee in the morning. Music allows you to create or complement your mood in a way that appeals to your senses and to your memories–how many times have you put on a song and been carried back to the first time you heard it?–and it costs almost nothing.

Make Time for Exercise


From the rhythmic and meditative motion when you swim to the rush of feel-good endorphins when you run, physical exercise is a guaranteed stress reliever. I strive for variety to prevent boredom, and each activity I do has a different benefit. I love the camaraderie of a spinning class, the peaceful focus of yoga, the sheer exhilaration of rock climbing. I go nuts if I can’t get my heart rate up several times a week.

Categorize and Prioritize


I found myself getting totally overwhelmed by my to-do list; it seemed endless! Then I discovered that breaking it down into three categories–‘work’, ‘home’ and ‘blog’–makes it seem much less scary. I then prioritize the items in each of the three categories, identify the few that must get done and try not to sweat the ones that can wait a few days. Be sure to cross off each item as you complete it, too; it’s such a satisfying feeling!

Eat Your Fruits and Veggies


You could analyze and stress over your diet ’til the cows come home, but one straightforward way to improve your eating habits is to have fresh produce with every meal. Berries on your cereal, spinach in your omelet, chopped kale in your spaghetti sauce. Once you get into the habit it becomes second nature; I feel incomplete if I don’t have a big salad with dinner.

Take a Time Out


Lately I’ve been working from 6 am when I wake up until 10 pm when I go to bed–not so great, I know. When I start to feel really frazzled, I try my hardest to close the computer and do something unrelated to work, even for twenty minutes. I read a chapter of a trashy novel, take a hot shower, get my nails done. Giving yourself permission to escape allows you to be more productive when you are working.

Say Thank You

Say it every chance you get, and say it to everyone–from the boss who gives you a raise to the teenager who bags your groceries. Say it with conviction, and smile and make eye contact while you say it. A genuine expression of gratitude creates a bond between the giver and the receiver, and it will brighten both of your days.

Check out past DESIGN YOUR LIFE interviews.

[Image Credits: 1. Amy Butler, Anne Naumann 2. Amanda Pratt 3. Anne Naumann, Amy Butler 4. Mikkel Vang 5. Paul Costello]

off the chain update: what i wore

June 17th, 2009   |   StyleWardrobe


Have you heard about What I Wore? Jessica Schroeder is the brains and beauty behind the awesome daily style blog. I’m now a huge fan (and became a sponsor).

When she saw the Jess LC Astor St. Collection, she knew she needed the coral cluster bib necklace. To check out the adorable (and affordable!) outfit she wore for her date night last weekend visit her site.

Maybe she can be my new Charlotte…



coral cluster bib necklace

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