Meet Our Muse: Jessi
You work in fashion and have a blog but you're not a blogger. Can you explain why you don't have the title of blogger?
In my world, "blogger" refers to an individual who writes. By definition, a "blog" literally means "a website containing a writers' or group of writers' own experiences, observations, opinions, etc. and often have images and links to other websites". I'm not a writer, and I'm not reviewing products. I also tend to shy away from the term "blogger" because it comes with some unfortunate associations these days. I'm not trying to sell anyone anything, and I'm not posting my #ootd in front of a taxi cab. It's just not what I'm trying to do.
If I had to slap a title on myself, it would an art director - I generate marketing/brand material for companies and their products/services, in collaboration with other artists & photographers. My website is a portfolio with a personality, another channel in which brands can have their product showcased and displayed from my point of view, to my specific audience.
You've worked with a lot of great stylists and designers, what has been your favourite experience to date? What is something you learnt on the job that's stuck with you?
I don't have a favorite* (how Americans spell it) experience really that I can think of. Of course, I have some terrible experiences that maybe one day I'll make a mixtape about ... but the most important thing I have learned is to give credit where credit is due. Be honest, and be authentic. I have worked with a lot of different people who have been, on one end, incredibly inspiring and wanting to share knowledge & success, and on the other end, I've worked with individuals who are hindering and selfish. It's important to work with and be around people, and brands, with similar ethos, and to distance yourself from people who are just in it for their own personal gain and followers.
Your style doesn't fall into one category, how would you describe it? What are your top five pieces in your closet today?
My style is best described as comfortable (fashion is NOT pain).
My top 5 pieces right now (that I wear nearly every day) are my Citizens of Humanity high-rise relaxed jeans, a black bomber jacket, a grey t-shirt, black slide shoes and any pull-over sweatshirt.
You just turned 25 (happy birthday!), are you where you planned to be at this age? If you could tell yourself something at 20 what would it be?
I'm not sure ... I remember being younger and thinking 25 was when I needed to have my shit together. But now that I'm 25, I think maybe it's when I turn 26. Looking back, I'd probably tell myself to stop shopping fast fashion ... but other than that I think I've done everything just fine because I'm still here today, I'm not homeless, I'm healthy, and my parents still love me (or so they say).
Now that you're a wise and mature 25 year old, what's on your to-do list for the week? Bucket list?
Come on, Mary ...... You know I can't even decide what I want for dinner, how am I supposed to make any sort of list or commit to any type of goal?
Which of your physical attributes do you love the most?
On myself? Maybe I don't have a favorite, or maybe I just favorite it all. There are always those days I feel I wish I could change something ... I wish I were supermodel height ... or had killer abs. But other than that, I think I am rather confident in my body and not afraid to show it (see images in this post), so I guess that says a lot. I think confidence should be considered a physical attribute.