Jill Zaleski

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An Artful Collaboration

Another holiday season is upon us which means a new holiday collection and artful collaboration.

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Moving across the country a year ago came with a huge set of challenges for me.  One of which was moving away from my very artistic collaborative partners.  I had such an amazing group of artists that I worked with weekly living in Chattanooga.  They would all come together to help me pull off a large project for a new collection.  Likewise when my HMUA’s, models, and photographer friends needed me to create something for them, style them for one of their up coming performances, or needed some of my jewels for an editorial they were working on I was always on board with a willingness, and a want to help create something truly special.  That is just how we did things… Kindness breeds kindness..

Since moving to CA I knew I wanted to rebuild a new collaborative network of artists.  But how would I do this… It took years to gather such a talented group that understood my wants and needs and me theirs.  It all starts with a conversation really…

I met Laurie Nigliazzo through our children who are in first grade together.  Laurie is a floral artist and has a flowers and events business sweetly named “Posy Studios“.  After discussing our two talents we decided we wanted to incorporate both into a beautiful collaborative project.  Now that we have an idea… it’s time to build a beautiful, artful team.

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Laurie Nigliazzo – Not only is Laurie an amazing floral artist she is a wedding and events planner, and finds artistic expression in painting. She is an incredibly dedicated individual and in-between her many projects she finds time to help out with local charities, and fundraisers that benefit our community. She describes her daughter as “very kind with a big heart”. The same can be said about Laurie.

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A few of Posy Studios beautiful floral creations (crowns, wristlets, and floral collars)  that were used in collaborative project.

The next step was to get a photographer on board that wanted to shoot something other than their everyday… When you’re building a collaborative team you need to think of what you have to offer others that will be participating..  After all… they are giving up their time for you.  Laurie had a friend that just finished shooting a wedding she provided flowers for.  Kassidy’s typical everyday is weddings, so joining our group would give her a new creative outlet and allow her to photograph something completely outside of her everyday.   That is how we found Kassidy Love Photography.

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Kassidy Mefford ~ Kassidy Love Photography

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Kassidy with kids from the village in which her non-profit organization is based in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua

Kassidy is such a kind and loving soul.  Not only does she photograph life for a living she is Owner/Operator of Dale Dagger Surf tours Nicaragua, and founder of a very special charity called the Sweet Water Fund.  The Sweet Water Fund is a grass roots foundation dedicated to inspiring a Nicaraguan village and empowering the local women through job opportunities, a healthy lifestyle and the arts. I am thankful I had the chance to meet and get to know her.  If you would like to find out more about Kassidy or her non profit organization Sweet Water Fund please follow links provided. 

Next on the collaborative agenda was finding a HMUA team (hair and makeup) and some willing models to be our living dolls for a day.. 

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Jessica Tahsler – I have had a passion for the hair and beauty industry most of my adult life. I have been licensed for eleven years. In that time I have mastered a wide range of techniques. My specialty and passion is in education. I have been an educator since 2005. Helping others obtain their goals of succeeding has always fueled my passion and inspires me to stay updated on all the latest trends, so in turn I can inspire others!

I knew another mom from my son’s school that teaches students HMUA at a the Marinello Schools of Beauty here in Napa CA.  I knew immediately I had to reach out to her to be part of this project.  Not because Jessica has a ton of experience doing this type of thing, but because of the kind of person she is.  Regardless of experience I find it equally important to request those who you feel comfortable around, have a kind and gentle presence, and work well with others.  Jessica is all of those things and has taught students HMUA  for 10+ years.   Jessica selected some of her top students to assist her in project, and arrived to location excited to showcase their work!   Her team included Giosifa Cavalli Taufa, Ariel Cook, and Holly Matfield.  

For their very first rodeo of this kind they did an amazing job!

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Left to right: Ariel Cook, Giosifa Cavalli Taufa, Holly Matfield, Jessica Tahsler 

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HMUA doing what they do BEST!

With everything in place I just needed to select the models and we would be on our way to the start of what will become “DOVEY” My 2015 Holiday collection.

Knowing I had several pieces to shoot it made sense to have 3 or 4 models so that the shoot would flow, and we could continue to photograph while HMUA changes were being done.

I have never used Model Mayhem, but know several artist friends that have.  Since being new to the area and wishing for models with some experience I created my first casting call.  I received several inquiries and selected one model from MM.  I also created a post on “The Bay Area Actors, Models, Photographers, and mua’s Network.  It is a good source to use if you have a network like this in your area as it creates a wonderful creative forum for people in your profession to connect. I was able to find one more lovely girl using this network.  We had two other beauties in our circle of friends and a little 7 year old doll by the name of Alexi!  We were ready.

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Alexi Nigliazzo-Ruxton and her dog Jax – The sweetest thing…  She loves fashion.  Has since the day she was born.  Her mother (Laurie Nigliazzo and Floral Artist) says she has never been able to pick out her outfits because she is very passionate about her own personal style… Alexi is a very kind child with a huge heart.

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Niba Nirmal – “I am currently a third year undergraduate student studying Genetics and Genomics, as well as Environmental Toxicology and Asian American Studies. I started modeling a few years ago, and absolutely love the beautiful people she has met and images that have been made as a result. I can’t wait to see where it will lead me to next!”

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Chante Lanuza – “Free Spirit” is definitely a perfect descriptive for Chante… “I am an artist and currently going to school for welding to fabricate mixed medium sculptures.  Born and raised in Napa CA.

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Grace Bartlett – Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, and is signed with Clear Talent Group. – “What inspires me often is the world around me. Understanding that everything has a ripple effect off of each other, and that in the grand scheme of things, we are one. Thoughts like that are what drew me to becoming a vegetarian! I try to be vegan often but I can’t fully call myself one. My sister, also inspires me every day because of her dedication to bettering our world. She is one of my biggest influences with how I view life in general!”

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Hatice Erdec – I am from Turkey. I used to play basketball professionally. I came to USA to study MBA. I am currently working as a junior project manager and model. I’ve always been a huge fan of modeling. What inspires me? A few of my model and photographer friends have been so kind to help point me in the right direction, and wanted me to start modeling. Then l found myself in the fashion shows. After that I got very good feedback from photographers and designers, and they started to book me for photo-shoots and fashion shows, in which I became a more experienced model . They are the ones that inspire me! I love my job. It was so fun.

The shoot took approximately 5 hours.  We pressed on through dusk and would have continued for a few more wardrobe changes, but unfortunately we were running out of daylight.  We were shooting the campaign outside where natural light was a must.  Even through this we got some lovely artistic photos of Hatice from the glow of the pool.  It was a wonderful idea on Kassidy’s part to use the beautiful pool lighting as a background for one last photo.

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I would like to extend a special thank you to Betty’s Girl Boutique for providing us with some beautiful vintage wardrobe options.

If you are looking for a vintage wedding gown or something customized to your own personal taste and style Kim Northrop is a talented seamstress and owner of Betty’s Girl Boutique on Pearl Street Napa CA.  Kim will be happy to assist you with all of your vintage wardrobe needs.

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A beautiful selection of vintage finds provided by Betty’s Girl Napa

It was a truly special day with a wonderful team of artists.  I am very thankful to all that gave up their time and came out to be a part of this project.

If you are a photographer, HMUA, model, or visual artist and would like to do a collaborative project with me, please message me the details of your project to jillzaleski@gmail.com.  I am always looking for new, talented individuals that inspire me with their creativity.

 “DOVEY” Holiday 2015 Look Book

Where to purchase  > DOVEY

 

 

Gorgeous Jill and her ‘One of a Kind Jewelry’ – WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

 LOVING THIS… Thank you for this amazing post down memory lane Shireen Sandoval Here’s to us!~

“Shireen’s Favorite Things” Fashion Blog – Introducing my 2014 Holiday Collection “MOTOWN STARLET.”
This sweet post takes you through the start of our relationship to present day as well as an interview with your’s truly!~ It makes me laugh to read as I look back where it all started at the VELVET LOUNGE SWINGERS CLUB! If you are dying to know what I am speaking of…..? Read on my friend!

Holiday 2014 ~ Motown Starlet

Gorgeous Jill and her ‘One of a kind Jewelry’ – WSVN-TV – 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco.

I hope you will enjoy this sweet little short film for my new collection – FREEDOM 2014 ~ A Gypsy Summer…

I hope you will enjoy this sweet little short film for my new collection - FREEDOM 2014 ~ A Gypsy Summer...

FREEDOM was inspired by summer music festivals, and free spirits, and Mother Nature
You can expect to see beautiful turquoise, corals, jasper, aquamarine, bone, horn, a mix of metals and textiles! Several one of a kind pieces to choose from. Very casual, effortless, and easy to wear!~
To view my entire FREEDOM collection or to request a custom order please visit my Etsy shop!~
http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillzaleski

Shootout Event- Dayton, TN

Shootout Event Pocket Wilderness… This event was the first of it’s kind for me but was anxious to try something new and meet some amazing creative people!~ This sunny day was so special filled with so much talent throughout the majestic Pocket!
If I were to guess I would say close to 50 models, photographers, and creative people showed for this even in the middle of nowhere!~ It was quite a spectacle… I had one hiker look at me and say “what on earth is going on here”!
I believe I was the only designer which was a dream as so many beautiful models were adorned in my pieces and several photographers had captured some truly amazing images!~ I am thankful for the creative work that both Rae Marshall and Bonnie Hill were able to capture incorporating my designs. I could not be happier with the images I have seen..
I hope to collaborate with all of these amazing individuals in the very near future!~
Enjoy this very special blog post by Rae Marshall on the Pocket Wilderness shootout event! …XO

Rae Marshall Photography Blog

I had the pleasure of being invited to a Shootout Event in Dayton, TN this past weekend at Pocket Wilderness. The event was set up by Adrienne McNellis Photography, a great photographer in the area and many photographers and models, as well as stylists and designers attended. Here are some of the highlights from the images we all made! I just loved everyone’s set ups and outfits, and the location was amazing!

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I L.O.V.E. Lucy ~ Valentines 2014

This collection will be full of vibrant KISSABLE fuchsias, reds, and bright golds, RoCKin chandeliers, fun and playful charm bracelets, and of course lots of SWAROVSKI SPARKLE! “I Love Lucy” will be a playful, casual, everyday wear collection ❤ Available for purchase “Thursday February 6th” by visiting my Etsy shop!~ http://www.etsy.com/shop/jillzaleski

The Sunny Summer Sun Dress at “JenDaisy Boutique” Fresh… Fun… Affordable…!

One of my favorite things to wear… My go to… My comfy…

You know you have a favorite shirt, jeans, shoes that is your “GO TO” item whenever you want to feel cute, but also comfortable.  To me “Cute Comfort” is essential in my everyday life.  I am a business woman as well as a mom to a very energetic 4 year old and wife to a busy man. My life is full of busy.  I never know if I will be in my studio working, going to a 5 year old birthday party, meeting with a new client or a rare but much anticipated lunch date with my luv!~

When I buy clothes I first think is it fresh?!  Being a designer it is crucial to keep things fresh in your designs as well as how you present yourself.

Second  it is important that I stay true to my style as well as choose items that compliment my ever growing and changing jewelry line.

3rd is it comfortable?  Working, running after small children, and meeting with clients I need to be able to tie in all three things and as most women of business know oh so well!

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My GO TO during the summertime is a cute, comfortable, airy summer sundress.  Short… Long… Midway… I love them all but this season and with my schedule the “MAXI” has become my best friend. Comfort with out question. The Tomato Red Maxi with Aztec print from JenDaisy Boutique is at the top of my list when reaching for something fresh, fun and EASY to wear.  It is strapless but do not let that deter you if the dress is the right material.  “This dress is made out of  “chiffon” which makes it super light, airy, and oh so comfortable.  The top of the dress is fitted with a rubber type banding  that prevents the strapless top from slipping/sliding down and creating an embarrassing moment.  The chiffon keeps the dress from sticking to your skin on those hot summer days!~

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Just like the Tomato Red and Aztec above this dress is made out of chiffon so it is also incredibly light and airy.  What I love most about this Mustard and Paisley option with the strapless ruffle is it is very easy to slip into, and the ruffle makes it not just possible but more flattering to wear without a bra.  The bloucy-ness of the top with added ruffle completely disguise anything you do not wish to show the world…!

A word from Jenny  – Owner of JenDaisy Boutique

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“It is not just about selling clothes for me. It is about helping women find their beauty in clothes and helping them build confidence because the right clothes can make a true difference in how someone feels about themselves”

Now that you’ve seen a peak of what JenDaisy has to offer how about a DRESS GIVEAWAY…!  

CONTEST RULES

 How would you like to have your very own JeDaisy Dress “of your choice” FOR FREE!!!

Here’s how to win. – Like/Share or comment on this blog post with all of your facebook friends!~  each time you “like/share” or “comment” on this post you will be entered to win a dress of your choosing.  The more you share the bigger chance you will have to win your very own SUNNY SUMMER SUNDRESS from JenDaisy Boutique

Not in Greenwood, IN. Don’t let that stop you!~  JenDaisy will ship anywhere in the U.S.

Sizes range from XS to XXXL

Vogue Documentary Short Film

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I found this little short film very inspiring and wanted to share with my fellow artist friends…!

Enjoy!~

Shireen Sandoval wearing one of my creations on Deco Drive TONIGHT….!

MY Fredericka Cocktail Ring from “Little Darling Dreamer” will be warn by Shireen Sandoval on Miami’s Deco Drive TONIGHT!!! I CANNOT wait ♥ ♥
http://www.decodrive.com/
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BEHIND THE SCENES…. Miami Photo Shoot for Black Tie Affair Holiday 2012

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Shireen Sandoval

Back home and back to work from a whirlwind trip to Miami!~ Now that I have been able to gather my thoughts and get a grip on my excitement from such an awesome day and fantastic photo shoot I want to take a minute to thank some really AMAZING people that made it all happen!!

First and foremost I want to that the incredibly GORGEOUS Shireen Sandoval for putting this all together!~ She saw something in me and my designs and that in itself was huge for me, but to put an entire photo and film production team together was above and beyond what I had hoped for!!~ Not only that… I could not have had a more perfect model for this collection!~ It is my depiction of “Old Hollywood” ALL THE WAY and all the glitz and glam it brings This woman exudes these trates to the nth degree!~

Stylist Shari Bloch and Designer Jill Zaleski

Shari Richter-Bloch was the Stylist on this project and we have been working together for over a month sending photos and working on putting wardrobe together!! When you see the images you will most definitely think that we were working side by side visiting shops to find JUST the right thing as EVERY piece of clothing selected was made for the collection it was warn with!~ Her ability to see a crease, a spec of dust, or a thread in the back of Shireen’s jumper, remove it and smooth it out so that it was PERFECT (in the dark I might add) is a skill all on it’s own… She had displayed several of my pieces in a way that just fit. I wanted to incorporate as many pieces as possible and if they did not fit on her body Shari found a different way to display that just worked!~ All I have to say is WoW!!

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Kelley and Fabian Carrillo and their production company “Simply Life” http://www.simplylife.tv/were the production duo that captured the entire day on film!~ If you know me you know that being interviewed makes me VERY nervous, so they would catch me on my off moments. When I was watching the shoot they had the camera sound on and just talked to me not knowing they were recording me to get me at my comfort level!! So professional and kind!~ I felt like I was with old friends the entire time!~

Black Tie Affair Short Film

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Two makeup changes was two much to ask but they made it happen thanks to Javier Lucero who captured the Old Hollywood glam look like he was born to do this and then switch it to high fashion and edgy in an instant was magnificent to see!!

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Mentally Preparing…!

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Jewelry For Shoot

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They gave me 4 wardrobe changes… 3 hair changes thanks to Angel Torres there was NEVER a hair out of place not to mention the ability to take it from one extreme to another in an istant was unbelievable unless you are there to witness it!~

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Wardrobe

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Her team was AmaZing and every photo that Jesse Swinger “The Photographer” (assisted by Jessie Neft) took was golden!~ I think he must have been born with a camera in his hand!! The entire shoot was done in the dark using his lighting which is something I have NEVER see before but watching the images pop up on his computer screen I thought I was looking at a Vogue Magazine COVER!!!

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 I Love all of you. Thank you so much for your hard work and your EXCELLENCE you deliver ♥

Black Tie Affair

This collection is full of high fashion glamor, sex appeal, and much excess!~ Several “One Of a Kind” pieces, attention grabbing BODY WEAR, and Vintage Crystal. Luxurious Crushed Velvet Ribbon in the richest of colors with hand stitched Preciosa and Swarovski tassels delicately cascading!~ Don’t miss this reinvention of Old Hollywood with a JZ twist ♥

METAL BRICK LIPSTICK

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I am a couture jewelry designer and fabricator with a background in fashion and styling. I take on every aspect of the creative process for all my collections which includes ~ Jewelry design and fabrication, hair and makeup, wardrobe, set production and total vision for the current collection!~

I have been in the retail and fashion industry for most of my life running high profile stores, training new management, and attending global sales conferences to learn more about the label and to strengthen the brand.

I have also added “fashion blogger” to my list of skills.
After writing for a national design blog as their fashion expert I am NOW bringing you METAL BRICK LIPSTICK!~ My own fashion blog where I will continue to write about all things fashion as well as makeup tips, photo shoot preparations, and everything in between…

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