Wednesday, June 22, 2011

We Have a Logo

After a couple of weeks of back and forth with the AMAZING Viva Creative team, we've finally picked a logo for J. Luxe Boutique!

Mando came up with a few brilliant designs--some simple, some with monograms, and some handwritten options. Surprisingly the handwritten ones were the absolute fan favorites--no question about it. He suggested we'd sleep on it and take a look at our options for a few days, that way, we would "just know."

Well, he was right to say the least.

The personal thing about the logo is that it's my handwriting. Mando had me send his team pages and pages of capital J's, lowercase j's, L's, "uxes," and so forth. When I called him today to give him our final decision, he admitted this was his favorite too. 

Here it is--I hope you all love it as much as we do!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Dreamy Living

Erin Featherson's NYC apartment.

Saw this table set at a flea market recently. I regret not buying it, but it never hurts to go back and check!

photos via vogue(dot)com

And More Progress!

Hello all! We stopped by J. Luxe this weekend and we've already made some serious progress! The carpenters have built the frames for the dressing rooms, clothing racks and additional shelves throughout. My dad has gotten really involved in the whole process and we couldn't be more grateful!

Unfortunately we're still waiting on the city for the plans. As soons as they approve us, we can start on the more substantial construction, ie., windows, plumbing.

Leonard, the incredibly talented interior designer we're working with, is having some of our old furniture reupholstered. He said we were going to "whore it out," and I loved that! Couldn't have said it better myself.

We're still receiving some fantastic merch. There are some rose gold stackables I can't wait to wear!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ahhhhh!
Dressing rooms

Paint samples along with the mess

This is where we'll hang some of our clothes!

All photos via my blackberry

Monday, June 20, 2011

"I like to decorate my arms."

Man Repeller's Arm Party post is one of my favorite of hers. She talks about "decorating" her arms then proceeds to show us quite a yummy montage of her favorite bracelet compilations (she even features her g-ma's arm party). One of my favorite photos features bracelets by Mr. Kate. Gosh, I love them..

Here you go, let's love them together.


And what do you know! Mr. Kate also makes AMAZING earrings, rings, etc. Here are some more!

(All images, Mr. Kate).

Thursday, June 16, 2011

And the Mess Begins!

We officially started tearing down the place where J. Luxe will soon be! The carpenter was so gracious and personable! Life's easier when working with nice people! We also met the lighting specialist, Mary, of Designer's Mart. She brought her boss along. I showed her photos and we told her more-or-less what we wanted. She was ecstatic and had a TON of suggestions!

It's so amazing to see it all start to come together. I feel like I'm dreaming!

I'm pretty sure all of Cincinatti hates us right now...It'll all be worth it when we're done!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Inspired by Coco Rocha

I've been inspired by Coco Rocha ever since my friend D showed me her absolutely breathtaking wedding video (below). Today I came across this video on her Twitter profile. Enjoy it!

Jean Paul Gaultier Retrospective from Coco Rocha on Vimeo.

And here, Coco Rocha's wedding video...The most beautiful wedding video I've seen!!!

Coco + James // Short film from Americana Cinema on Vimeo.

J. Luxe is Now Hiring!

J. Luxe is now hiring
part-time sales associates!

 Please send your resumes to!

The Sari Dazzle Chair is OURS!

I am BEYOND excited! We got our hands on the Sari Dazzle Chair I blogged about a few weeks ago! I spoke to designer Luciana C. this morning and she gave me a lot of words of encouragement! She said this chair was very special to her and was very excited we would have it in our store! If you haven't already, you MUST check out Gypsy in Stilettos!

A very special thanks to my dear friend, Farz, for introducing me to Luciana's beautiful art!

Monday, June 13, 2011

There's Always Room for Cheeky Art

I love Etsy as much as the next gal and love it even more when I find really peculiar items such as these funny art pieces by 2ndcoming. If any of these provoke a giggle or raised eyebrows, then the artist has, in my opinion, succeeded.

Happy Monday: A quick update and weekend recap

Hello all! Hope you had a great weekend! Farzad invited me to his mom's birthday party and they served a pretty fantastic Persian spread! We had a little too much wine and a little too much Patron but there are absolutely no regrets!

On Saturday I watched "Factory Girl" with Sienna Miller and Guy Pearce and thought it was fascinating, albeit sad--can't believe she died before she was 30! On the upside, I did feel like downing martinis and over-accessorizing a la Edie Sedgwick! She was (and still is) such a style icon!
We've picked up the city plans for the store, made corrections, and have taken the plans back for approval! Please keep us in your prayers as we go through our 2nd (and hopefully last) try! On an even better note, we get to see what Mando at Viva Creative has created for our logo! Can't wait to share the final pick with you guys!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Joey works Carolina Herrera Resort 2012 preview!

Resort 2012 seems to be on everyone's lips lately...I love it too, but for a biased reason. My bff, Joseph, who currently resides in NYC assisted makeup guru, Alexa Rodulfo in creating the faces for the Carolina Herrera Resort 2012 collection (pictured below). I am so proud of you, sugs!

all images style

Monday, June 6, 2011

In our Shopping Cart: Vintage Chests, Chandeliers and Cowhide Rugs

This weekend was unintentionally a productive one. My mom had a minor leg surgery so while she rested, we pulled out the plans and sketched out our ideal space planning goals. My dad sat around and listened as he'll be helping with the construction (thank G).

I ordered some jewelry displays, garment bags, body forms and other necessary stuff I've been putting off. And on Sunday, mom, aunt and I went shopping for furniture!

We found a couple of AMAZING vintage chests and an absolutely flawless cowhide rug I can't wait to share with you all! It's got light shades of grey, brown and nude! I love the look of animal skin with chandeliers--which we're still searching for! Aunt Susy has a beautiful vintage chandelier in the foyer of her home she said she'd be willing to donate to J. Luxe!! So Exciting!

Our cowhide rug is very similar to this one :)

images via doorr blog

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Chicago wasn't anything less than I expected--amazing! My friend Steph had a beautiful wedding, I got to catch up with friends, see the sights and even catch some rain which wasn't too bad considering the drought we've had in El Paso.

On my way there I watched the infamous street art documentary, "Exit through the Gift Shop," and was inspired to look out for such art. (This explains the random sticker pictures). If you haven't watched yet, you must soon!!!

The beautiful bride, Steph, and her groom!

Here with David in front of Buckingham Fountain

Interesting art inside Hotel Allegro, where we stayed

Delicious (looking) pastries at EATT. We didn't try dessert but lunch was pretty spectacular.

Lunch time Prosecco with D.

The Memorial Day Parade was no joke! God Bless America!

And my favorite piece of art