I'm not one of those people who loves or hates the "holiday" of Valentine's Day. Alex and I go out to dinner several times a week anyway so Valentine's Day isn't much different. Though exchanging chocolates and letterpressed cards does make it fun. Around Valentine's Day I also love lovin' on everyone. It's fun to give friends Valentine's surprises and last week my friend Heather and I strolled through the neighborhood and made a stop at the community garden. I caught a few glimpses of her showing off my jewels too. Hope y'all have a happy Valentine's Day! Thanks for reading!
2015 was a good year. It was the year that I knew fully where I wanted to be and I worked actively to get there (which of course is a continual effort that will carry on in 2016). But work I did, day and night. It was also the year of hustle and little sleep. At one point I had three jobs and it was all leading up to where I am right now. I'm standing one month deep in 2016 and feeling intensely grateful for so many things. I soaked up every ounce of goodness January had to offer and it was exactly what I needed. My three jobs have turned into two plus night classes as I attempt to add coding to my repertoire. I like to stay busy but there are some very, very distinct differences I'm already picking up on in 2016. 2016 Hannah is more well rested, refreshed and grounded. For the first time in what feels like an entire year I've been spending my weekends not exclusively* working. I've been taking walks and sipping wine with friends. Things I didn't make time for in 2015. 2016 Hannah is a lot less stressed and a lot more balanced than 2015 Hannah. And that is something I want to consciously maintain. I'm excited to bring more designs into the Hannah Eleanor shop. I'm excited to collaborate with friends and continue doing creative work. But most of all I'm excited to move into this new year with intention and gratitude. Thanks for reading y'all!
This summer has been one of my busiest ever. I'm still working a full time job along with launching my #FW15 collection and also having a couple other balls in the air. I'm gradually realizing my goal of transitioning full time into jewelry by popping up at markets around Austin every weekend so my wardrobe calls for casual, easy to move around in working clothes. There is a lot of heavy lifting involved when doing markets with load in, set up and load out at the end of the night so I'm slowly identifying the most practical pieces to wear on market days. This is one of my current uniforms. It's still insanely hot here so a simple, minimalist tank is a solid go to. Jeans keep the sun off my pale, white legs while I'm outside all day and typically I'd change out my favorite Shop Angeliki sandals for white converses so my toes are protected as we hauled my display items to and from the car. Though the heat isn't going anywhere for another month or so I'm looking forward to incorporating more Fall influences into my style. This time of year makes me miss the Pacific Northwest, changing leaves and chilly weather. If that's the weather you're experiencing right now, enjoy it for me please!
This week marks the launch of the Fall Winter Hannah Eleanor Lookbook. This collection embodies my shift toward more minimalist design and playful creativity. Each new piece in this collection is a wearable, everyday favorite which can stand alone beautifully or serve as the foundation for a layered approach. This lookbook was shot here in Austin, Texas by photographer Katy Shayne, styled by Mallory Hublein and modeled by Sarah Mangum. See a bit of behind the scenes in the video below!
Do you know that feeling when you're surrounded by people that are so DAMN good at what they do you just sort of step back googly eyed and amazed. That's how I feel when I'm hanging out or working with my friends Mallory, Katy and Sarah. I've sung their praises in just about every way possible but yesterday we shot my Fall Winter 2015 lookbook and they are just next level professionals. Having the opportunity to work with women that you fully and completely trust with the visuals of your brand is a unique and invaluable feeling. The work they produce is insanely high caliber and to be completely frank, makes my jewelry look fucking gorgeous. On top of it all they are my friends and we have so much fun being together. Shooting projects with them re-energizes and inspires me in unexpected ways and for that I'm very thankful.