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ByKari

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT – APOSTROPHE MAGAZINE pt.2

Welcome to part two in our four-part collaboration with Apostrophe Magazine! The fashion issue is out in print and online – see the web article/images HERE.

[ 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.

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MEET LACEY GOOD.LAC 04bLacey was born with Down Syndrome in 1989
and was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes in 2012.

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:

  • Special Olympics for many years.
  • Bowling, swimming, soccer, baseball, basketball and cheerleading.

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  • While in High School, Lacey was asked to be the team manager for the Varsity Volleyball Team.  She completed the four years in working alongside the team and was able to receive her letter for her jacket.
  • LAC 02 Lacey  was able to take part in graduation and walk the stage with the rest of her classmates to receive her letter of completion.
  • Last month, Lacey was crowned queen in “The Shining Star Pageant” – a special needs beauty pageant
  • She currently attends Dream Theater ( Theatrical Arts Program) in Roseville where she performs in multiple productions a year.

She is a confident young lady who is also caring, outgoing and a heck of a lot of fun.LAC 05b

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.

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Stay tuned for part three & four of our Apostrophe 
collaboration featuring the guys and their stories
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A huge thank you to everyone who helped bring this shoot together!

WARDROBE PROVIDED BY:
ARTICLE CONSIGNMENT

PHOTOGRAPHY BY:
LIZ SIMPSON

WARDROBE STYLING BY:
JUNIPER JAMES

HAIR / MAKEUP BY:
JUNIPER JAMES

MODEL PREP FACILITIES:
THE URBAN HIVE

ByKari

SPECIAL ASSIGNMENT – APOSTROPHE MAGAZINE

FASHION. MOVING PEOPLE FORWARD.

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.

Juniper James was approached by Apostrophe Magazine to style
and shoot their fall fashion feature, and we jumped at the chance.

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.

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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.

THE STRUGGLE.

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.

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We brought all our models to Article Consignment (our boutique besties),
and had a blast working with their team picking out the final looks.

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Article Consignment Owner Abe Sanchez is one of our
favorite people in Sacramento. Huge heart this guy.

BELOW: Our first of four model features.

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MEET ALEX SHIPMAN:

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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.

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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.Processed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

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———————————

WARDROBE PROVIDED BY:
ARTICLE CONSIGNMENT

PHOTOGRAPHY BY:
LIZ SIMPSON

WARDROBE STYLING BY:
JUNIPER JAMES

HAIR / MAKEUP BY:
JUNIPER JAMES

MODEL PREP FACILITIES:
THE URBAN HIVE

ByKari

SPECIAL NEEDS FUNDRAISER // CARH + THRIFT TOWN

CARH Event.

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”?carh 16

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The expressions on their faces as they walked down the runway were worth their weight in gold.

Thanks again to our emcee Kristin Marshall, and my amazing
team of women for making it such a memorable event!carh 08xo Kari & the JJ Crew