As a professional jewelry designer in the biz for over two decades, Shelley Gibbs Sanders is a master of her craft. Working her way up from studying under experts to learning the ropes at various top brands, Shelley has taken her know-how and launched a jewelry line who’s main aim is to give the people what they want. It’s evident that heart and soul went into making this vision a reality, and goes into the creation of each piece. With everything from delicate florals to punchy custom text earrings, The Last Line is a true reflection of the bold, bright creative energy that Shelley exudes.
How do you start your day off?
First, coffee. Second, diamonds. The morning can be a scramble getting two little boys out the door for school and making sure my 5 month old daughter is set for the morning. After drop-off, it’s to the studio for the day.
What’s going on in the background when you are getting ready?
Truthfully, my kids. They’re the real soundtrack, whether they’re playing (or fighting), I love it either way. I’m often short on time, so it’s a quick routine for me.
You never leave home without…
I never leave the house without jewelry, but maybe that’s too obvious. I always (hopefully) have a pair of heart sunglasses. I’ve worn them forever and have no intent to stop. My favourites are by Markus Lupfer. Buried in my bag, I have YSL lipgloss, the number is a little faded from love, but I think my go-to is 09 “Grenat No Rules- Rust Red”, which in actuality is the perfect bright red.
What are your closet essentials?
In my closet, you will find the following in excess: Vintage Levi’s, Re/Done t-shirts and anything A.L.C. (not because Andrea is one of my best friends), but her stuff is so good. For evening, I love a vintage Chanel jacket with either vintage denim or a super sleek trouser and a great pair of high heels.
What is your biggest fashion regret?
Nothing I want to own up to…
You always splurge on, and you always save on…
Splurge: Shoes and vintage purses. I have my eye on a pair of Chanel cap toe boots. Save: Fresh flowers. We have a pretty strong assortment in the backyard and I have been treating myself to bringing them inside and making my own weekly arrangements.
What is one piece of clothing you wish you could steal from your 16 year old self?
When I was in high school, I had an antique little gold coin ring that I lost one night while being, you know, 16, and I always wish I still had it.
What inspires your style most?
My goal is to look put together when I leave my house. I find French women seem to achieve this vibe with ease. I have always loved a high-low look, in that I”m not afraid to mix designer with vintage, etc., you know the vibe. I prefer looks that feel natural. You can always tell when someone feels uncomfortable in what they’re wearing. For fall, I love the idea of a tailored trouser with a flat or perfect easy heel or boot. It looks put together not not forced. I’m always into something cozy, either a vintage t-shirt, if I’m wearing a fancy pant, or if I’m in a nice blouse, I’ll do a perfect pair of Levi’s and a great shoe. I love opposites and I have to feel confided when I leave the house. I find, if I push myself a little to be more dressed up, I end up feeling great, looking great and never regretting it. It’s important to dress cute, even if I’m tired (I have three kids!). It’s like having good hair. You always feel better when you look your best. That said, I have to be able to move in whatever it is I’m wearing, whether I’m in a meeting or crawling on the floor with my daughter Goldie. Versatility is key! It’s a struggle and a balance, but I love it. A good outfit is a great start to the day.
Your #1 style tip is…
Contrast. I like an outfit that has an unexpected twist.
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