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24 January 2014

Featured Style Blogger: Linen, Lace & Love

Jenn & Jess from Linen, Love & Lace

How long have you been blogging and what motivated you to start your blog?
We started our blog on January 24th, 2012 on a wing and a prayer.  

What inspires you?
Once Jennifer and Jessica Wheeler, now Jennifer Kahn and Jessica Bailey.  We are sisters born and raised in San Diego, California. Jess now lives in Los Angeles with her husband JJ, and Jen is still holding down the fort in SD with her husband Brandon.  We had so much fun trying to be DIY brides and designing/making most of the decor for both of our weddings, that we started to get inquiries from other brides and friends, which lead to the idea of starting this blog.  We wanted to have somewhere to post fun ideas, crafts, and just plain life.  For Jess it is mostly a creative outlet, and a place she can organize craft projects and inspiration, and for Jen it is a fun excuse to get to spend time with her artsy little sister and talk fashion, parties, and life lessons.  If we have to be grown ups, we might as well make it fun!
With all the blogs and recent DIY love out there you no longer have to be a Grandma to love scrap-booking, or have lace doilies on your toilet paper to know how to knit.  You can own a computer and a sewing machine, and know how to operate both of them!  In this recent age where crafting is cool, and do-it-yourself projects reign supreme, we thought about where we fit in...We talked a lot about what we wanted this blog to be, and although we loved fashion, we didn't want it to be a fashion blog; and although we loved planning weddings and parties, we didn't want it to be only weddings and events.
We wanted it to be a collage of all the things that make up who we are: amateur photographers, build-it-yourself, do-it-yourself, not afraid to get covered in spray paint and glitter, and then turn around and get all dolled up to go out with the girls.  Paint covered jeans Saturday afternoon, and something fabulous that night.  We are somewhere caught in the middle, and so is our blog.  Trying to be fashion conscious, earth conscious, body conscious, and creative all at the same time.  Choosing above all else, to find the joy in all things beautiful. 

What do you like to do on your spare time?
Spare time? I'm sorry, what is that?  We both have full time jobs outside of Linen, Lace, & Love - Jess is the in-house party stylist for Evite (check out her work at ideas.evite.com), and Jen is a Stage Manager at The Old Globe Theatre and La Jolla Playhouse - so spare time is hard to come by, but we always enjoy being with our friends and family, getting to travel, and doing anything active outdoors.
What's your favorite quote or life motto?
We love quotes, so quotes and mottos are a hard one for us...we jokingly say to each other "we can do this...we can do this?...we can do this!" I don't know when it started but it's gotten us through a lot.  Other than that pretty much anything Audrey Hepburn ever said.

How long have you lived in San Diego?  Tell us what you love about SD.
We were born and raised in sunny San Diego.  (Yes, we got that lucky.) We both went to college in LA (where Jess stayed) and Jen moved to New York, back to LA, and then home to San Diego.  
San Diego is home, and filled with the people we love.  It's slower than New York, less crowded than LA, and always has something amazing to discover.  Whether it's a new museum, amazing hiking trail, great new restaurant, it's as busy or as peaceful as you'd like it to be.  It's a city that can somehow fit you where ever you are...if you let it.  

What advice would you give to others who would like to begin blogging?
Just do it! Just start.  Write something, anything and keep going.  Don't compare numbers and stats, just keep true to who you are and people will find you.  Pinterest, Facebook, and networking have made the biggest difference for us.  Get social, make friends, and keep going! 
*If you are a Style Blogger in San Diego and would like to be added to our blogroll and/or be featured, email us at SDStyleBloggers@gmail.com for more info!

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