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ByKari

JJ YEAR IN REVIEW

It’s been a wild ride of a year! We started out the year as a
fashion consulting company, and ended the year as not
only that, but owning the Juniper James Boutique!

year in review

2013 was full of events (organized & attended), being in/on the news, meeting amazing creatives, and the ups & downs of running, merchandising, stocking & promoting our awesome little boutique.

Our (above featured) highlights include:

  • Being in the inaugural Flywheel Incubator Class
  • Moving into the Flywheel retail space with our fellow members
  • Sacramento Fashion Week
  • Being hired as the stylist for the first music
    video shot at The Crocker Art Museum
  • Working with tons of talented photographers, hair, makeup artists and fellow stylists.
  • Participating in the Local Love event at Crocker Art
  • Live-covering the Oscar’s Red Carpet Fashion for Channel 10
  • Features in
    – SacMag,
    – Sacramento News & Review,
    Sacramento Bee
    Sacramento Press
    Comstock Magazine
    – & more.
  • Speaking to Design & Fashion Students for Sacramento Fashion Week.
  • Winning awards for our Juniper James
    Walk a Mile in Her Shoes team fundraising (starting our 2014 team soon!)
  • All our lovely (transformed) styling clients throughout the year – we love you!
  • Participating in & promoting TOM’s Day Without Shoes
  • Bringing on 2 new JJ Crew members:
    — Ruthann: our events coordinator
    — Marci: shop merchandising & assistant stylist
  • Becoming owner of the Juniper James Boutique (!!)
  • Featuring & selling dozens of local artists’ work at our shop.
  • Live on Chanel 40 for fun charity fundraiser segments
  • Walking the runway for a number of Sacramento-based charities
  • Continuing to blog for Thrift Town –
    recycle reuse, shop local & support charities!
  • Asked to return as a judge for this year’s Indie Fashion Challenge
  • Event coordinator for THIS IS MIDTOWN: June, July, August & September
  • A number of appearances on Good Day Sacramento
    with our good friend Phoebe of The Dress Fiend.
  • Returning for our 3rd year as the Retail & Restaurant
    Coordinator for the week-long Launch Design Festival
  • Shooting our first lookbook
  • And finally, surviving the crazy holiday retail season at the Boutique.

 *WHEW*

joyfully

 To all our friends, fellow creatives, co-conspirators, supporters and customers
– we love you and couldn’t have had the awesome year we did without you!
Here’s to an incredible 2014!

ByKari

OWN IT. MANLY MONDAY.

A guest post by fellow Sacramento native,
great friend of Juniper James, dad, husband, musician
& avid thrifter: Johnny Cowan

As a manly man one can not be ashamed to craft their personal style. Especially at a thrift store.

Finding sweet jeans at back-alley prices is just smart and we all want to look smart and cool for less. Thrifting is an art, but don’t be intimidated if you don’t fancy yourself an artist. I’m here to help.

As you enter the store be determined to find your perfect fit. Don’t settle for “I kinda like it,” or “It’s so cheap that it doesn’t matter if I wear it very often.” I have fallen for this trap numerous times, and even if it was only fifty cents, it’s not worth it.

Few things are more wasteful than having 1/2 a wardrobe that you only wear once. Even though you try it on every couple of days thinking, hoping…dreaming that somehow the puke orangeish-brown sweater-vest you rescued last week suddenly became bodacious over night, odds are, it probably didn’t. And that’s just lame and bad for the environment. (Anyone in the market for a puke orangeish-brown sweater-vest?)

When creating, or recreating your style,
remember that YOU make what you wear awesome,
it’s NOT the clothes that make YOU awesome.

For J. JAMES — Johnny Cowan

 

 

 

 

Shop with confidence knowing that even if you decide to wear this crazy star clad western jockey shirt that you found half way off the hanger in the back of the store (true story), YOU made that shirt look darn good, cause you wore it as an extension of your stellar personality. Soon you will discover that your friends are envious of your new found boldness and will never question your authority as a style mogul or your status as part of the male gender of our beloved species. And if they do, it’s only cause they wish they had the guts to wear what you just did.

Try something new. Put yourself out there, and rock it like you own it. –Johnny Cowan