We’re very pleased to introduce today’s Glam Girl: 28-year-old Jewel from The Style Optimist. Jewel is a Minneapolis fashionista who is brilliant at making the best use of her current pieces by finding new and vibrant combinations. Her style is colorful and fun using classic, versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched. You can shop her closet here or read on to learn all about Jewel and her style inspiration…
What motivated you to start your blog?
My blog started as a creative outlet during my final year of graduate school to explore and develop my personal style and connect with others who share the same passion for style and fashion.
How does the city you live in inspire your day-to-day fashion?
I think the style in Minneapolis is so very eclectic, which is also a word I would use to describe my style, and I’m not sure how much it inspires my day to day fashion. My day to day fashion, overall is influence by the weather, how I am feeling and what my daily activity consist of at any given day.
Who are your style icons?
I have a couple that include Eva Mendes, she exudes major confidence. I also admire Zoe Saldana’s style. So effortless.
Name one piece every woman should have in her wardrobe and why?
A statement bag. A bag that can be worn for seasons and years to come. Preferably in a neutral color that goes with everything.
What items do you always carry in your handbag?
I tend to carry large handbags, so at any moment, you can find multiple lipsticks, hand sanitizers, face powder for touch ups on the go, gum and a variety of things.
What is the best beauty trick you’ve every learned?
I recently learned this beauty trick at Lucky Fabb NY, and its when applying face lotion, its best to use finger tips and massage into skin, because hands tend to absorbs the whole product. Another great tip is to use as little make up as possible, and still achieve your best look. A little goes a long way.
Tell us…what is something not many people know about you?
I am slightly afraid of flying, but you wouldn’t know by how much I love to travel and explore new cities and favorites alike.
What are your favorite prints or colors to mix? Do you have any tips?
I just got into mixing prints, and my favorite to mix is florals, because they are perfect pick me up for winter weather and obviously perfect for spring and summer. I recently got into mixing metals, who says silver and gold don’t mesh well?
When you need a little pick-me-up, how do you add sparkle to your life and feel good?
When I need a little pick me up, I head to the nail salon and get a manicure and buying fresh flowers for my apartment adds a little sparkle to my life.
How do you start your day? Do you have a morning routine?
I start my day by giving myself a few minutes in bed to reflect and read a daily devotional. When I am up and out of bed getting ready, I listen to some of my favorite songs on YouTube inspire me. My favorite right now is “Help Me Find It” by Sidewalk Prophets.