Style Profile: Janet Gunn - The Grateful Gardenia

Today, we are thrilled to feature Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia blog, where she shares her musings on stylish and healthy living, touching on everything from fashion to travel, cooking and fitness, and living with confidence and gratitude. Having lived a lifetime of experiences ranging from Dallas Cowboys cheerleader to actress to jewelry designer, Janet is truly a multi-faceted woman who has so much creativity and inspiration to share. We can't get enough of Janet's unique style, which exudes her sunny California vibe, while remaining classic, chic and thoroughly modern. Here, Janet shares her fashion and beauty essentials!

Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia

Janet Gunn of The Grateful Gardenia

Signature style: Colorful & classic. Jeans, white shirt, Hermes scarf, Manolo heels and Hermes Kelly Bag.

Style icons: Linda Rodin, Diane Von Furstenberg, Julianne Moore

Favorite designers: Alessandro Michele (Gucci), Nicky and Simone Zimmermann (you feel so feminine and sophisticated), The Row

Favorite places to shop: Zimmermann, Jolie (Newport Beach, CA), Jill Roberts (Beverly Hills), Equipment and Andarosa (Newport Beach)

Shoes: Gucci, Manolo Blahnik, Chanel, Tods, Gianvito Rossi

Accessories: Hermes scarf, Hermes cuff, Apple watch, Van Cleef & Arpels bracelets and earrings, Miu Miu sunglasses and Borsalino hat. Iphone (I think it’s an accessory)

Day look: jeans, t-shirt, Hermes scarf, sneakers or my navy blue Chanel tuxedo loafers & my Alice & Olivia jackets. It’s pretty casual here in sunny L.A., so I like to add a scarf with a stylish jacket.

Evening look: White or dark jeans, Zimmermann top, Chanel clutch, Manolo heels... or Ulla Johnson dress and Loeffler Randall sandals

Beach look: I spent this summer in one pieces - Eres, L Space, and Vitamin A / Kaftans from Charo Ruiz, Borsalino hat, Jana Feifer monogrammed beach tote and my new favorite beach towels from The Beach People. Miu Miu sunglasses.

Currently eyeing for your closet: Ulla Johnson (Ruby dress) Gucci leather mid-heel ankle boot (crazy about the pearl heels) Chanel pink clutch.

Items you splurge on: Stylish reading glasses, Hermes scarves, Borsalino hats, face serums, Hermes coffee cups and Chanel flats.

Items you save on: Anything trendy. I’m a fan of Uniqlo for t-shirts and linen shirts and a few basic sweaters. Zara is also a go-to for fun pieces.

Beauty essentials: Bee Venom Rich Face Treatment Cream from Lacreme (incredible moisturizer) Le Mieux Serums, SkinCeuticals Resveratrol BE Night Treatment, Lacreme cucumber eye cream, Lacreme rose lip balm, Laura Mercier highlighter (devotion) Dr. Lancer Body Cream, Linda Rodin cleansing powder.

Signature scent: Frederic Malle - Lys Mediterranee

Health and beauty tips: I love to eat healthy foods and fitness is a must. I love pilates, yoga, dance class and I enjoy running. Before I get out of bed every morning I express gratitude, I start at the top of my head to my feet and bless my body parts. I speak positive words about myself, I get a facial once a month and I make time in the morning to read and listen to positive material, so I can start off with a good vibration! All you need is a few minutes...And don’t forget to get together with your friends for a few laughs. How we feel inside is always a reflection of who we are.

Janet Gunn's Style Essentials

Janet Gunn's Style Essentials

Style Profile: Katie Fong

We were so excited to meet up with talented fashion designer, Katie Fong, and visit her beautiful boutique (opened mid-April) on 60 Lewis Street, right off of Greenwich Avenue. Having grown up in Greenwich, CT, after high school, Katie attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and interned for Oscar de la Renta for three years. In 2013 she launched her eponymous label at age 22. While most young designers are trying to determine their target market, Katie knew hers immediately - the women of Greenwich, whose style she describes as effortlessly elegant.

Spring 2015 marks Katie's third ready-to-wear collection and she also does a thriving business in made-to-measure pieces for local women. Apart from her Greenwich store and Manhattan studio, Katie's collection is currently sold exclusively online through the upscale Her design aesthetic is inspired by the artisan traditions of the great European and American ateliers and highlights of her collection include feminine silhouettes using the finest fabrics and details such as lace and intricate embroidery, all manufactured in New York City. For those who live in the area, a stop by Katie's boutique is a must!

Katie Fong

style icons:  Olivia Palermo for modern day styling, and Grace Kelly; her style was so timeless and effortlessly elegant.   

favorite designers:  I’ve always been inspired by Oscar de la Renta (I worked alongside him and his team for 3 years) and Christian Dior in the 50’s.

favorite stores: The Katie Fong Boutique! We just opened in April, and have partnered up with some wonderful accessory vendors to create a unique and inviting shopping experience.

handbag: The Belgian Bag by Hayden Lasher – I take my black one everywhere.

shoes: Manolo Blahnik heels, Chanel Flats… I probably have a dozen Jack Rogers for the summer.

denim:  J Brand or Rag and Bone, always a dark wash in a skinny fit.

city day look: I’m constantly on the go, so comfort is key for me. Black J Brand 811 Photoready Denim, Theory Cotton White Top, flats, and a light scarf by A. Barclay

country day look: The Julie Dress, a white lace and chiffon swing dress, from my Spring 2015 Collection.  It’s the easiest piece to take from day into night just with a change of shoes.

evening look: Lace and silk anything, and probably from my Collection- accessorized with statement earrings, an evening clutch, and simple pumps. 

currently eyeing for your closet: Fairchild & Baldwin Victoria Bag in taupe/white and Andrea del Bello Rock Crystal Quartz Statement Necklace.

items you splurge on: Shoes… my biggest weakness!

items you save on: Dresses! I design so many, I usually always wear my own.

beauty essentials: Skinceuticals CE Ferulic, Organic Almond Oil (amazing as a moisturizer), Bobbi Brown Bronze Shimmer Brick 

signature scent Coco Mademoiselle by Chanel

salon: Christopher Noland in Greenwich

destination: Nantucket, Massachusetts. I’m a New England girl at heart, and I’m most creative when I’m by the water.

hotel: I recently stayed at the Equinox in Manchester, Vermont. It was the perfect low key, relaxing weekend trip, and so beautiful.

restaurant: Le Penguin in Greenwich (and right across from our store!) The most amazing truffle fries….

3 essentials you can't live without: My ivory and white lace dresses (I wear them all year around), my iphone (work consumes my life!) and my moleskin notebooks… I always carry one with me since I’m forgetful if I don’t write something down, plus I never know when I will get an design idea!

Katie Fong Style