About

Hi. Thanks for stopping by. I hate the term blog, but since I know that’s what you’re going to call this I’ll just say…

Welcome to my blog.

I do plan on conjuring up a new term, but in the meantime, blog will do.

My name is Jennifer Elizabeth, aka The Glossy Queen. I have a sick magazine collection. Magazines I couldn’t part with, so I started making handbags out of them. I sell the bags on Etsy. I do like to make things, but I don’t really like to make things all the time, part of the reason I shuttered Vim Trousseau, a women’s clothing line I created and ran from 2005 – 2010. You can read more about that experience here.

So yes, I used to be a fashion designer. I used to follow each and every big name fashion show religiously. From New York to London to Milan to Paris. Now, I didn’t physically follow them {I wish}, more like followed them by logging into Style.Com during fashion season and browsing through every photo of every collection.

Hey, I had a very boring day job, doing this was my escape!

It’s a sad thing when you feel the need to escape from something you spend so much time doing. After a while I couldn’t do it anymore, so I quit the day job, a job I had for 7 years. I worked in the mortgage industry for a Fortune 500 bank…but I couldn’t and I mean couldn’t do it anymore. It became a necessity to pursue my creative dreams.

And boy did I pursue them, at any and every cost. Of course I had a plan when I left my job. Thing is, I quit in April of 2008, before the global economy took a dump {September of 2008}. Needless to say, things didn’t go as planned. I lost my car, my job, my savings and in the Summer of 2009 on July 26 I lost my mother. It happened suddenly…unexpectedly. To this day I have moments of disbelief.

After her death I was paralyzed. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I gave Vim Trousseau one last push…but when that didn’t work out, I ended up loosing my Downtown LA Loft too, which was my residence for 6 years.

Life sure is interesting. I just stopped, took a long, deep breath and marked 2010 the year of my meditative state.

Since the only work experience I had {outside of running Vim Trousseau} consisted of sitting at a desk for 8 hours I decided to take on an adventured of another kind. A retail job! Figuring it could help me establish my path and get some sales experience under my belt.

What’da ya know! Ends up I was a natural – when completely detached from the goods I was selling! My stint in retail was short, about 9 months. But the company I worked for thought so highly of me, they flew me to Chicago as one of 10 sales associates for a marketing conference. Shortly after that I knew my quitting time was near.

Think that pretty much brings us up to the present day…

Now I have a part time gig, I call it my “ho job”, it’s back in mortgage, but it’s a means to an end. The only way I’m able to survive that soul sucking work is the fact that I only have to do it for 15 hours a week.

So what the hell do I do with the rest of my time?

Well, I’m still figuring things out, which is part of the reason for starting this blog! I have a lot of interests, that include: urban gardening, cooking, natural health & beauty, traveling, philosophy, quantum physics {science in general}, artrepreneurship, politics, music, consciousness, etc., etc.

Pretty much I not only want to understand how I work, I want to understand how the world works and do my part at making it a better place.

This is just one of the tools I use to do so.

Again, I thank you for sharing this journey with me and welcome you to The Glossy Queen – my beautiful delirium.

jennifer elizabeth {the glossy queen}

 

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