Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pure Life {GIVEAWAY!}

A while back, I hosted my very first Giveway. 
Because it was my first time giving something away,
 I wanted to find something personal, something special, to give my readers.
I was searching through Etsy and just couldn't find what I
 was looking for until I stumbled across Jenny's site, Pure Life.
I immediately fell in love with this beautiful monogram necklace. 
Not only does she make some of the cutest handmade pieces,
her prices were better than anything I had found!
Jenny was seriously the sweetest, too! 
She is an AZ native, just like me, and we instantly hit it off!
I am SO excited to be featuring her on my blog, as I know first hand how amazing her jewelry is and how great she is to work with! 
I asked Jenny to share a little about herself and her shop with you & she was so kind to offer something to give away! 
Connect with Jenny:
Twitter    Instagram   Etsy
Tell us a little about yourself:
My name is Jenny Melissa Rodriguez and as confusing as it is, I go by both Jenny & Melissa as a first name. Sometimes I even get confused as to what I go by. I co own my business, Pure Life, with my amazing boyfriend Dustin. We're partners in business, life, & crime and we handcraft all our pieces. I was born and raised in Arizona and I absolutely love it here. Dustin was born and raised in Long Island, New York and moved here when we was about 10 years old. I think Arizona is a perfect mixture of everything- amazing local business', food and not to mention, beer! I dabble in a bit of marketing for a local magazine so I am always working/running around Phoenix! When I am not working I try and spend as much time as I can with my family and close my close friends. You will usually find me at a local eatery enjoying some delicious food and drinks!

I currently live in Mesa, Arizona with my lovely boyfriend Dustin and our two pets Tuffy who is a Shih Tzu-zu poodle, and Miro who is a kitten we rescued at a local shelter. Both of these little munchkins keep us occupied and they always give us something to laugh about!

Why did you start this Etsy business & why do you love it?
My Etsy business all started from a small project my boyfriend- Dustin asked me to help him with. Dustin was working at a Phoenix based advertising agency at the time and needed some unique jewelry for a photo shoot. He asked me if I could help create some nice jewelry pieces and I was totally on board to help out! I had always had a knack for creating jewelry, even as a kid I remember selling bracelets and different pieces to my mom’s friends and co-workers, just so I could make some money before Christmas time.

After the photo shoot I had actually sold a couple pieces to the owner of the clothing company. I felt pretty confident at that point and thought about taking this "hobby" a step forward in the right direction. I went to Etsy and created my site and soon enough orders kept coming in and it bloomed from that moment on.

What is your favorite piece that you make?
I wish I could pick a specific piece to choose as my favorite but all my designs are near and dear to my heart! I do have specific pieces I enjoy making such as long beaded necklaces and anything involving wirework and/or beautifully colored stones/gemstones/minerals/crystals. My absolute favorites stones are Turquoise and Chrysoprase.

Where do you get your inspiration?

Hmm I would have to say I find a lot of my inspiration in nature, urban surroundings, fashion, art, music and my cultural background. I also am inspired by color a lot. I really like to create new color combinations and see how I can incorporate those into my work. Overall, I like to create pieces that make women feel beautiful & powerful!

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