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
OUR EVENT PARTNERS:
JUNIPER JAMES CREW:
For rates and booking for events or styling: email Kari — email@example.com
Hello darlings, I’m Autumn. I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to spend a lot of time & money fussing with fancy products that don’t work. But I love skincare. Love it. And lately I’ve been trying to simplify my life, and finally figure out what makes my seemingly-always-upset skin angry and maybe start having a less complicated start to my day.
Even with my angsty skin, I totally love makeup. It’s super fun and I like to experiment with different looks, but there comes a time in a girl’s life where they realize they’ve been in the same routine since their scene queen days (which was totally not me *avoids eye contact with you.*) With the sun getting stronger every day the idea of melty makeup just sounds gross and impractical.
So here is a list of more natural products that are less about covering, and more about helping the best of you as a woman to shine, which is pretty much what Juniper James is all about.
I’m totally not an esthetician, just a girl who figured out what works for MY skin with a bit less chemicals & expense. Feel free to let me know what works for your skin when it starts to get hotter!
1. 10% BENZOYL PEROXIDE.
It literally changed my life. And I kid you not, it’s $5 or under. Anything else is for teenage acne, and this also doubles as a help for blackheads. Just makes sure you pair it with a strong moisturizer as it can dry your skin a bit.
2. BAKING SODA.
As a scrub (use gently!) and as a mask on your blackhead problem areas. If you leave a thin layer on your shiny areas during the day it also helps to naturally knock out shine and deep clean at the same time. Whaatttt.
3. LEMON + BROWN SUGAR.
This is my jam for multi-use exfoliant cause lemon has natural lactic acid (God why do I know that??) and the brown sugar melts a bit with the heat of your skin.
4. MEDLINE REMEDY NUTRASHIELD LOTION WITH OLIVE.
It’s no-joke recommended to people who have dry skin from snowboarding but it’s the only moisturizer that’s ever worked for me: it’s super crazy strong but olive helps control oil so there’s no shine when it dries. AWESOME.
5. BOOTH’S TAHITIAN MONOI OIL
It’s like coconut oil but it’s more non-comodogenic (this means it won’t make your skin gods unhappy.) And it smells like a freaking island. An island on your face. Also works on rough knees and elbows.
6. CETAPHIL FACIAL SOAP.
I will never use anything else ever again. My skin will revolt against anything with an ounce of glycerine. This is more like washing your face with a hug.
8. DRINK MORE WATER.
Seriously. However much you drink isn’t enough.
Our Creative Director Kari and her husband Charles are
expecting their first little one in July, and couldn’t be happier!
The couple plan to find out the gender in the coming weeks, but for now have a
healthy little person growing and many family & friends anxious to meet and spoil them.
Being completely honest: this news has put us in the baby mood, and we’ve
been looking into all the adorable locally made baby apparel. Let’s just say,
this will be one local-lovin’ well-dressed baby.
Look forward to our site featuring maternity style posts & local kids/baby
clothes designer posts in our soon-coming series: Junebug
We’ll keep you in the loop on the littlest Shipman in the
coming months (and all the tiny local clothes we find & love).
with love & excitement – the JJ Crew
We work with so many wonderfully talented creatives & this shoot was no exception.
A huge thanks to Tiffanie of Time to Capture Portraiture. She was so easy to work with and excited to capture these first special moments of Kari & Charles’ joy at becoming parents.
Check out Time to Capture Portraiture & book your
maternity session, graduation, family portraits & more.
[Kari’s wardrobe by Juniper James]
[Necklace handmade by Vivid Venus]
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:
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!
This is my good friend Paul. He’s significantly older than my usual Manly Monday subject, but no less stylish or worth getting to know. When telling a friend about him and this post, she asked if Paul and I are related. Nope. “So you just have a friend who’s over 70?” Yep. And quite a good one at that.
I feel like Paul has been an old soul for a long time.
And I always selfishly wish I’d met him years ago so my
life could have had more years with him in it.
Paul is practical in his style, without needing to wear things other guys his age do (read: stuffy old man clothes). He’s not out reading fashion magazines or watching E! to see what’s on trend. But in being practical, and fully himself, it has charm and panache.
His thrifted jacket has all the little details that make it such a great find for so little.
When buying a thrifted jacket, double check all the details (no ripped seams, proper stiffness in collar, buttons, etc) to make sure everything is in good shape, buttons especially. If it’s a vintage piece, oftentimes a few buttons are missing, which means you need to replace them all to have them match.
I honestly wish you could all meet him. My words and images don’t do justice to the joy this man brings to the world. His pragmatic style and almost always neutral palette aren’t a dead give-away to his vibrant and lively spirit.
A truly wise soul, he has encouraged and inspired me more profoundly than many I’ve known for much longer. I think everyone should know someone who gets to the heart of things and sees the beauty in life and in others. Paul makes me want to be a better person. I hope that same spirit can be said for me someday.
This bag is awesome. And so Paul.
His handmade bag is made of buffalo hide with
clasps and details made of antlers. Yeah, I know.
Do you know a guy with great style and even better personality?
Nominate him to be featured on Manly Monday.
email kari: firstname.lastname@example.org
This week’s street style look is notable because it’s understated. If you love fashion and have a penchant for expressing yourself, you’ll do it no matter what. Not for others, but for yourself. And sometimes even, despite others.
For those who don’t work for themselves, there are rules and standards required at work, and that can span anywhere from “Professional Dress” to being handed a uniform with your orientation packet. We picked this week’s street style look because this was a girl who had limits on her at-work look but still totally has her own style.
Brandy works at a makeup counter where she’s required to wear all black.
here’s our video of her look:
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To break down her look, here’s the pieces + a couple all-black remixes:
If black’s the constraint, think pattern, texture and composition and silhouette
with small sprinkles of acceptable color (like lipstick or small stud earrings)
Don’t be afraid to add a little sparkle!
Ok, ok, we know. The cat tights are a bit much. Seriously just couldn’t resist.
In this look, we’re showing a couple ways to incorporate a theme while not beating you over the head with it. The geometric repetition in the necklace, earrings, the bag and even, yes, the cat ears, pull together this all black ensemble and make it anything but drab. If kitties are just not your bag (or tights & ring), throw on some black subtly geometrically patterned tights and a chunky funky silver ring. Make it yours and have fun!
Part of understanding yourself and embracing self-expression is being able to use constraints as creative motivation, instead of a compartmentalizing of your aesthetic.
Live out who you are in all areas of your life.
— xo the JJ crew —