On Jenna's website, you mostly get to see her fabulous art, including her beautiful fashion illustrations, but she's also one of my best-dressed in-real-life friends. I can attest to the fact that she looks truly stylish every day of the week. Jenna loves all things art (in addition to being an artist, she's an arts administrator), mixing up fancy cocktails (hello!), and shopping at Anthropologie (more on that below). Welcome Jenna!
How would you describe your personal style?
I’m the creative girl who keeps it classy. And pretty much devoted to anything Anthropologie.Growing up with the style of a water-logged-tom-boy leaves a lot of room for improvement. After graduating college I retired the bathing suits and gym clothes and finally released the artist within. I was no longer spending most of my time in the pool or writing research papers so my wardrobe needs naturally shifted. All of a sudden I found myself buying clothes that I thought were fun, stylish, and more me (creative and classy).
What trend are you loving this season?
Everything about the fall season makes me giddy. Tights, boots, jeans, and creative layering work for any woman with style. But my favorite trend has got to be the maxi skirt paired with fun tights and boots. I feel like it’s one of those trends that has a surprise element to it without being overt.
Where do you find your style inspiration?
I'm inspired by what makes me feel good. I'm drawn to colors, patterns, and clothing design that complement my body type. If I head to my favorite shopping grounds they usually have something that I'm inspired to try on. Of course there are fashion Pinterest boards that contribute to my fashion illustration inspiration, as well as the entire Anthropologie line... but I'm not allowed in Anthro without an escort (aka the Mr) otherwise I'll be inspired to buy just about everything in my size.
What beauty product do you always splurge on? What is your top drugstore beauty buy?
I splurge on MAC products for my face. Mainly the eye shadow. Their color selection is unbeatable, the pigment in their shadows is rich so that you don't have to over apply, and it lasts longer than you need it to. When you don't have to worry about freshening up your face for after work cocktails because your makeup still looks flawless, you buy the products less often, making the splurge totally justifiable.
I go to the drugstore for lip products. I don't wear lip color everyday, but when I do I want it to work with my skin tone, outfit, and the season. Drugstore lipsticks and glosses are way more affordable and they allow me to switch it up more often.
What five items should every woman have in her closet?
Nude pumps, because they dress-up and can be paired with just about any outfit.
Dark jeans because they are flattering on any body type.
A dress that you look smashing in but doesn't require wearing a bra because some days a bra shouldn't be a necessity.
Pearl earrings because some occasions require more class and sophistication than others.
And a great shade of red lipstick can take jeans and a white t-shirt from unimaginative to unstoppable.