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Janette Wilkinson

Mexico Vacation & Fall ’19 Photo Shoot

NEST is truly a family business – we enjoy traveling together, and we’re usually working while we play! We decided Mexico would be the perfect backdrop for our Fall 19/20 photo shoot. We love the culture, the climate, the people, and of course the food!

Our destination was Hotel Xcaret Mexico, an eco-friendly all-inclusive resort situated next the jungle and the Caribbean Sea.

We were able to spend a full day relaxing on the beach, in the ocean, and on river – kayaking, paddle boarding, and making sand castles.

We followed our relaxing day at the beach with an all-day trip to Xcaret theme park. A few highlights from the day included leading a flamingo parade, touring an aviary and butterfly pavilion, climbing real Mayan ruins, making authentic Mexican chocolate, feeding conservation program sea turtles, and viewing rescued manatee.

Our evening entertainment, Xcaret Mexico Espectacular, took us through the history of Mexico with live music and dancing. We were able to enjoy a backstage tour beforehand to see the work that goes into the costumes and props. They keep the designs historically accurate down to the smallest details. One of the dresses took over six months to hand bead. Talk about couture!

Finally, it was the day for our shoot! We started early hoping to beat the bright sunlight for better images – but the sun rises early when it’s August in Mexico! Jana’s daughter, Maddie was our only model this season. She’s the only one that can get up at the crack of dawn and be ready in five minutes. Oh to be young and beautiful!

There was no shortage of amazing backdrops. Jana was our photographer while I styled with whatever collective apparel was available.

Jana’s youngest daughter of course wanted in on the action as well.

We got some great shots, and then gave in to the sun’s hot rays and called it a wrap. Adios Mexico! Hasta Luego!

View the final Look Book here, and enjoy free shipping with code: FALL!

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TRAVEL: Positano, Pompeii & Capri

We can’t stop talking about our experience in Italy because it was jut that amazing! Jana and I both get so much of our design inspiration from our travels.

We spent several days in Rome before heading to the Amalfi coast. Our first day trip was to the beautiful restaurants and shops at Positano. Walking along the stone paths in front of the stores, I came across a family owned linen atelier, La Bottega di Brunella.They made everything in house, from the linen yarn to the finished product.  After I did a little shopping I asked if they would give me a tour of their manufacturing facility that was right behind the storefront. Not only were the happy to do so, in typical Italian style they also introduced me to most of their family!

The next day we took a trip to Pompeii.  We explored the ruins that were once a sophisticated Roman city and visualized were the vast shopping areas and spas used to be. I especially enjoyed the large frescoes covering the walls that were made with blue pigments from crushed lapis. I also enjoyed wearing my new linen dress.

My favorite place to visit was the island of Capri. The city is absolutely beautiful and it’s lined with high-end shops that overlook the bright blue water.

We took a boat trip around the island to the grottos; this is an absolute must-see! Italy is know for it’s beautiful red coral but I wasn’t expecting to see it in its natural environment, growing all over the rocks where they meet the water.  What an awesome surprise. Italy never disappoints!

 

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Behind the Scenes: Business Adventures in New York City

The start of New York Fashion Week has me reminiscing on my recent trip to the Big Apple. My days are filled from sunrise to sunset with buyer and editor meetings but I love the energy of the city. Lotte New York Palace is my favorite place to stay.

Every morning I sip my earl grey tea while taking in the view of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in a quiet room high above all the noise.

I’m always eating on the go and the Lotte New York Palace has the cutest French style bakery, Pomme Palia. I’ll grab a croissant and refill my earl grey tea and I’m off!

First stop – Hearst Tower 

This was truly a dream for me! I met with editors from Harper’s Bazaar, Marie Claire, Town and Country, O Magazine and Elle. Our statement earrings and Horn Choker Necklace were their favorite pieces from our spring line.

After leaving Hearst I grabbed a quick bite at Bergdorf Goodman Café.

Next stop – Meeting with the owner of Julian Gold

Julian Gold has been offering customers the best designer selections since 1945 and we are thrilled our line is available throughout their four locations in Texas.

Now it’s time to hail a taxi! I have a long ride to Brookfield Place to meet with Saks Fifth Avenue. Their new downtown office is sleek and modern and has sweeping views of the Hudson River. They also loved our statement earrings and Amazonite Statement pieces.

For my last meal of the day I lucked out and came across a hidden burger joint in Le Parker Meridien. It was absolute burger perfection.

The next day I had several morning meetings before I had to jet off to the airport. There is never enough time in New York City!

First stop (Day 2) – Buyer meeting with Intermix

Intermix is known for mixing on-trend pieces in unexpected ways. Again, it was all about the statement earring. The buying team loved our Mother of Pearl Chandelier Earrings so much they had to try them on. 🙂

My last stop was in downtown Manhattan to meet with Halsbrook. Our bold pieces blend well with the classic clothing carried by this online boutique. Their turquoise-toned office is super cute and I always enjoy catching up with them.

With my trip wrapped up, I start sketching new designs on the flight home. New York City gets me so inspired! I am already looking forward to my next visit.

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