[ see part one of our unique coverage HERE featuring model Alex Shipman ]
We believe in making a difference and celebrating the beauty in people around us. We’re so proud to feature models with special needs and show off how spectacular they really are. Our team had a blast working with our models and hope you’re inspired by their full and accomplished lives.
Despite her diagnosis and the need to test her insulin levels throughout the day, spunky, positive and independent. Lacey’s life is anything but boring:
She is a confident young lady who is also caring, outgoing and a heck of a lot of fun.
For Lacey’s look we were able to bring together a subtle combination of texture and color to look chic and modern while showing off her amazing red hair and vibrant smile.
Stay tuned for part three & four of our Apostrophe
collaboration featuring the guys and their stories
A huge thank you to everyone who helped bring this shoot together!
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As a company, we strive to put our best foot forward, and to make a difference with the projects we choose to take on. We’re always proud of the work we do, but this project in particular is very special to us.
For those of you not familiar, Apostrophe promotes inclusion of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their stories and photos show people achieving independence, contributing to their communities and enjoying life.
As someone who worked in special education for years before starting Juniper James, and a caretaker for people with disabilities in my own family, it is especially important to me to further the cause of these exceptional members of our community.
Finding a good restaurant, landing a job, shopping for a cell phone, dressing for your age and body type… things most people take for granted. In my experience, people with intellectual disabilities often have been left out of these decisions, and find themselves at the mercy of other’s choices for them. Apostrophe gives them the information they need to make choices for themselves and feel empowered as individuals with much to contribute.
In the special needs community, sad to say, personal style is an aspect that is severely lacking. It may seem a trivial point when there are so many pressing issues surrounding inclusion, education, job development etc, but at Juniper James, we really do feel that how you dress significantly effects how people treat you as a person, and impacts the level of respect you garner for your ideas and needs. Those points are paramount for members of the special needs community who are most often fighting an uphill battle for respect and equality.
There are many legitimate reasons why so many of the members of the special needs community end up dressed poorly – financial constraints, overwhelmed/overworked caretakers, lack of adequate transportation to shop for themselves… but in the spirit of inclusion, with respect and celebration of their personalities, we wanted to show off a chic, pulled together look at four special models we were so privileged to work with for this project, along with some tips for dressing your best.
We brought all our models to Article Consignment (our boutique besties),
and had a blast working with their team picking out the final looks.
Article Consignment Owner Abe Sanchez is one of our
favorite people in Sacramento. Huge heart this guy.
BELOW: Our first of four model features.
MEET ALEX SHIPMAN:
Our first model Alex has an infectiously happy personality that lights up a room. Adopted at 10 days old by her awesome family, she brings joy and optimism to everyone she interacts with. Through family tragedies of losing her dad to a heart attack, and her mom becoming wheelchair-bound after a paralyzing stroke, her incredibly loving and gentle spirit is the glue that makes it possible for she and her mom to live full, amazing lives independently-together.
Alex’s days are filled with competitive sports (basketball, bowling and Special Olympics), taking fitness classes at the gym, helping out at church and her job at Goodwill Industries.
She budgets her paycheck and regularly plans fun outings for her and girlfriends. She recently left a fantastic theater arts program to pursue her college career – bravo miss Alex.
For the girl who loves sparkles, we opted to skip the hot pink glitter and went for a chic, more age-appropriate look that still embodies her personality. Plenty of shimmer steals the show and is paired with a pop of rich color with the plum clutch. Sleek hair and a neutral makeup palette pull it all together for a grown up, sophisticated look.
———————Stay tuned for part two of our Apostrophe shoot,
featuring Lacey and her story———————————
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MAY IS BIKE MONTH.
And we chose to celebrate by putting on a Bicycle Fashion Show
at The Crocker Art Museum, as part of their monthly #artmix event.
We asked nine women from our community who we admire, of all
sizes & nationalities to model for a photoshoot and in our fashion show.
Once again collaborating with talented Sacramento photographer Sarah Hawkins,
here’s a look at our 4 of our 9 models, in their looks styled by our JJ Crew.
model: vanessa labi // wardrobe via: cuff’s
model: tori kobayashi // wardrobe: cuff’s
model: haley titus // wardrobe: cuff’s
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JUNIPER JAMES CREW:
For rates and booking for events or styling: email Kari — email@example.com
Can you change the world in 2 minutes?
If you really believed the answer was yes, would you do it? This is an invitation to change your mind. To shift your perspective as you walk through your day. And maybe change the world.
We use the term local love a lot, and it’s not just a practice in alliteration. Tangibly loving the people in our community is something we take seriously. Using the connections and resources we have to help others get ahead in life is our number one value that we filter all of our decisions through.
See, there’s this crazy idea that loving people isn’t as hard as we think. This morning I heard a child say, “Mom, that man is hungry… we have food!”, and I’m reminded that it really is that simple. Or it can be.
Kindness isn’t like candybars, where if I give you one, I now have one less. Take out the organizations, and all the products that give some % back to whoever and all the thinking that in order to be a person who “makes a difference” it needs to be some big thing and just freaking reach out in love. Big things are great, but little things matter too. It just takes a willingness to have a mindset of love.
1. POST YOUR LIST where you can see it.
2. DETERMINE TO have your eyes open to the people you see everyday. The ones you know, ones you love and complete strangers.
3. WHEN YOU RECOGNIZE someone living their life without one of the things on your grateful list, determine to act in love and empathy. Whatever that looks like for you. Have kids? Talk to them about it. Have them help you look for big or small opportunities to reach out. (Sometimes little ones see things clearer than we do.)
— Maybe you’re a woman in your 50’s who’s grateful for your awesome mom, and you find out your young coworker just lost her mom. Reach out. Take her to coffee. Don’t second guess yourself.
— Thankful for your supportive spouse? Offer childcare to someone who doesn’t have a spouse to share the load.
— Maybe you’re moved to do something big. You are grateful for shelter. Offer your “I’m totally going to use this as a crafting room” to someone who really needs a place to stay.
We want to hear your stories. Here’s to local love, darlings. #jj2minchallenge
xo the JJ Crew
PEOPLE MATTER. MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
We are always looking for ways to make a difference, or support those who do. If you aren’t familiar with the company Sevenly, we encourage you to get connected & informed.
Sevenly takes on a different charity every week, raising funds & awareness for them through the sale of in-house designed apparel for men, women & kids.
They believe that PEOPLE MATTER, and it is possible to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
We couldn’t agree more.
This Sevenly campaign (pictured) is near & dear to our hearts, as it directly supports a charity called Reece’s Rainbows, helping families afford to adopt little loves with Downs Syndrome from around the world. We’d never heard of RR before it was featured, and now are proud supporters of the incredible life-giving work they do.
Our director Kari’s adopted little sister has Downs Syndrome, and is the light of her life. We applaud Reece’s Rainbows for their work, and Sevenly for their commitment to making a difference around the world every day.
FASHION moving people FORWARD.
xo JJ crew
In the craziness of life, sometimes we need reminders of the good things.
We were feeling a bit bogged down this week and decided to take a walk as a group, breathe and recalibrate our mindset as a company on the things that actually matter, and the positive things in our community, and our world. We took turns saying and being thankful for the blessings we have, and then talked about little ways we can use our words and actions to positively impact others.
Today, maybe take a minute and choose to love you. Choose to be grateful for what you have. And (against what seems insurmountable at times,) make a difference in our world.
xo the JJ crew
(red top via our friends @ Goodstock Boutique)
In my pre-Juniper James days, I spent years working with low-functioning children with Autism. In addition to that day-job, my husband has 3 adopted siblings with special needs. When I started Juniper James, my love for this population didn’t stop in order to focus on fashion.
Through writing on JJ about on my love for styling secondhand, I caught the attention of Thrift Town, who brought me into their company as a thrift stylist, blogger and event co-ordinator.
CARH is the local charity supported by Thrift Town, that exists in order to provide social events, and specialized heath care for people with special needs in our community. Can you say “perfect fit”?
My lovely interns Skylar & Alicia helped with the fashion while we worked hand in hand with CARH’s Elisabeth Crawford to put on the charity’s first fundraiser fashion show.
We had live music, a high end raffle, and a live auction by David Sobon’s company with delicious food and drinks to round out the experience. We were so happy to raise money for CARH to be able to continue to provide services for the beautiful clients we came to know & love.
Set at Cornerstone in Midtown Sacramento, the weather was gorgeous and the models were on cloud nine: professional hair & makeup and a great wardrobe brought it all together.
All of the models were CARH’s clients with special needs (some of them were my past students!), and they walked the runway in 100% secondhand clothes from Thrift Town, styled by Elisabeth and I. The stage was set – and local celeb Kristin Marshall was emcee.
The expressions on their faces as they walked down the runway were worth their weight in gold.