Name // Jenn Elliott Blake
Age // 31
Location // Seattle, Washington USA
Occupation // Prop Stylist
I have been following the lovely Jenn for a few years now and have had the pleasure of working with her, socializing with her, and even cutting + coloring her beautiful locks! I first met her at a bridal photoshoot for The Dress Theory I was modeling for and she was prop styling for. I remember thinking she had the best personal style and oh, how I would love to raid her closet! She definitely has an incredible knack for knowing what looks good-- it's her job! her photos are just as dreamy as the places she has been lucky enough to travel to; I secretly live vicariously through her adventures! She is a talented, cheerful, creative, and all around a great person to know! I hope you give her work a peek and start following along on her dreamy travels with me!
1 // What inspires you daily?
My husband's unwavering affection for me despite my endless flaws and perfectionist tendencies, nature in it's purest form, taking photographs of the world around me, and thoughts of far off lands.
2 // What is your favorite part about doing what you get to do everyday?!
Collaborating with friends whom I admire and who drive me to be the best version of myself. Getting to dream something up and see it come to life is really an amazing feeling. Also, creating imagery that makes not only my clients smile, but also makes me happy is a huge bonus. OH, and the shopping. Definitely the shopping.
3 // Have you always lived in the Seattle area? If not, where are your roots? Do you see yourself living anywhere else?
I was born and raised just outside of Denver, Colorado in a suburb called Thornton. I graduated from college in Boulder, got my nursing degree in Denver and then moved to the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I grew up only a mile from each other since we were little kids, but we didn't meet until we were in college. He went to graduate school in Eugene, Oregon and after many trips out to visit him I fell in love with the PNW. We originally thought we would move to Portland, but settling in Seattle was the best decision we ever made. We dream of someday moving abroad - living in a bustling city like Paris or Amsterdam, or moving to the English countryside and living a simple life.
4 // Name a few of your favorite blogs/websites you gather inspiration from:
If I'm really honest, I don't follow as many blogs as I used to. I'm addicted to Instagram as I find it to be the quickest fix for a burst of inspiration and it keeps me up to speed on what's happening with my friends and in the creative world. Some of my favorite IG's are : @kaeyelch, my dearest friend @michaelnewsted, @local_milk, @thedogist (I go here when I'm having a down day), my pal @cannellevanille, @jade_melissa, @sarahshermansamuel and most recently @swallowsanddamsons. If I had to pick a couple blogs/websites that consistently produce content that inspires me I would say : Lingered Upon, Emmadime, Manger, 12hrs, Smitten Studio, The Fresh Exchange and Design Sponge.
5 // What the best piece of advice ever given to you?
Oh my goodness. Great question. I know it sounds cliche, but the "always listen to your gut" thing has really proved helpful and is something I come back to time and time again. The moments in my life when I have fought against what my gut was screaming at me, were the times I faced regret. I also once had a very wise nursing mentor and friend tell me that if I'm struggling to figure out where to head next or feeling overwhelmed with a decision that needs to be made it's because I simply haven't gathered enough data. I need to ask more questions, seek more information. It seems like it should be an intuitive thing, but for me I always forget that most decisions don't need to be made hastily AND most decisions aren't life or death (I tend to be quite dramatic). There are often ways to gather more information which will ultimately guide me in the direction I'm meant to go.
6 // If you had to eat 3 foods the rest of your life, what would they be?
Oh that one is easy and tough all at once as I live for food!! Okay, definitely definitely breakfast burritos from this hole in the wall in Denver called Burritos and Co., avocados, and any Thai dish - preferably a spicy one.
7 // Your style is my favorite and you always look effortlessly cool! What are 3 wardrobe essentials you can't live without wearing?
Awwww, well thank you! Right back at ya! 3 wardrobe essentials I can't live without are 1. a great hat that's endlessly versatile (matches everything) and is comfortable, 2. a great pair of oxfords - they work well with so many outfits (jeans, tights etc.) and transition well through the seasons. I'm also super tall (5'11) so I love having shoes that are cute and flat, 3. a menswear coat or jacket, OH and 4. Blistex medicated lip balm - I've worn it everyday since I was 11 and have like 5 tubes of it on me at all times...you never have to worry about it clashing with what you're wearing.
8 // Where do you see yourself in 5 years, personally and professionally?
Ooooooh, this is the toughest question and one I feel I obsessively face in my mind everyday. I'm in this weird place right now as a woman where I don't know what's most important to focus on : my profession or my personal goals. If I'm completely transparent, I'm struggling with knowing when is the best time to start a family; how to prioritize travel in my life always; what to do about our home (we bought a house that ended up being a total disaster and are considering selling it), where to ultimately settle down etc. etc. I imagine that in 5 years I will have a child or two, I will have visited many more of the countries that inspire me to dream big and might possibly even live in one of them, I will have finally focused on a daily workout I can stick to, and I will be even more in love with my husband than I am today. Professionally I hope that in 5 years I'm confident in the path I ultimately chose and am consistently getting client work that inspires me, pushes me creatively, and offers financial stability for my family. I would love to somehow find a way to make my professional and personal world feel balanced and nourished.
9 // Describe your ideal/perfect weekend or day off from beginning to end:
My perfect weekend would definitely consist of traveling somewhere abroad. Sleeping in and then waking up each day to a beautiful breakfast or brunch in an extremely aesthetically soothing and intriguing environment; walking for hours and getting lost amongst the people and beautiful architecture of the city; stopping every hour or two for street food or something sweet and local; taking photos of pretty things; hopping on a bike and riding to a casual yet chic restaurant for dinner, and lots of wine over loads of great conversation before crashing on a fluffy pillow top bed with a great movie.
10 // What is the message you would love to share with the world?!
It's never too late to follow your dreams. We are complex beings and it's important to feed and tend to all the versions of ourselves. Listen to your heart - it will never fail you.
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Thank you Jenn for your thoughtful and inspiring answers + gorgeous photos, and being part of our blog!
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