Girls who inspire: Jess of Makeunder My Life

Sunday, February 20, 2011

This week I am featuring Jess of Makeunder My Life. I chose Jess for a few reasons. She runs her own business, blogs about making under your life {love that!}, she is really creative, has a great sense of style and she's a great person.

Jess is a fellow Chicago blogger {and friend}. We had a really fun girls night with Alaina a few weeks ago. Can't wait for the next one.

name & age:
Jess Constable, 26


Rochester, MI

current home:
Chicago, IL

meaning behind my blog name:

MakeunderMyLife comes from the idea that our best selves are underneath much of what we have in our lives physically and emotionally. And that by removing excess layers, we will reach our fullest potential.

current job:
Jewelry designer, blogger

dream job:
Speaker, writer, blogger, jewelry designer

if i could travel anywhere...:
I'd visit Europe: Italy, France, and Ireland.

something unique about me:
I have a slight obsession with Westies (West-highland Terriers). In fact, I already have my future puppy named: Elsie.

i like to:
run, write, cook with my boyfriend, drink wine with my girlfriends, and be lazy on the weekends.

i watch:
Mad Men, Greek (please don't judge), Sarah's House, and Top Chef

listening to:
Black Keys, Ray Lemontange, and Mumford and Sons

crushing on:
Jake Gyllenhaal since 2005

5 things that inspire me:
Sarah Richardson, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Rue and Lonny, Seth Godin, and Kate Spade

favorite nail polish color:
Ballet Slippers by Essie

favorite beauty products:
Kate Spade's Twirl Perfume

what inspired you to start your own business?

My jewelry business actually started by accident when I was 15 years old. While making some (ugly) ankle bracelets, some women ordered some for themselves. I quickly realized that jewelry making was a great way to earn fun money, and I started making more jewelry and selling it. Over time, that evolved into a business which I took full-time after graduating from the University of Michigan Business School in 2007. I set up shop in Chicago and became my own boss so that I could be free to spend time fulfilling my purpose: helping people design a life with intention. Right now I help people via my blog, and hope to one day help people full-time through speaking and writing.

what is the first tip you would give to someone who wants to makeunder their life?
The first tip I'd give them is to go home and "makeunder" their closet. There is usually tons of negative emotional energy and unnecessary objects in a closet which can be cleaned out fairly quickly. You can also being applying the makeunder steps to other areas of your life like your home, relationships, and career. But hey, a closet is the quickest place to make a large impact. 

what inspires your style?
Interior design inspires my jewelry style. I find myself trolling the shelter blogs for inspiration for upcoming collections. My love of decorating started when I was eight and has never slowed. By translating home trends into jewelry I keep a fresh perspective in the jewelry world. I also love looking at brands I admire for color stories as well. For example, Kate Spade has been doing an incredible job with their marketing and merchandising which tell wonderful color stories.


  1. jess is fantastic - i love reading makeundermylife! thanks for this great interview :)

  2. So glad you enjoyed this. I love her blog {and she's pretty wonderful, too}.

    A special thanks to Jess for taking part in Girls Who Inspire!

  3. What a fun interview! Good for her for going for her dreams! Love her unique way of thinking removing the excess gets us to see who we really are!

  4. Great interview Danielle and Jess! Jess is definitely a fabulous designer and such a sweet person. Her blog is a breath of fresh air!

    Tekesia :)

  5. Great post! She is adorable--and how cool that she has her own jewelry business!

  6. Great interview. She seems like a VERY fabulous person and loved learning about her!! :)

  7. Thank you so much for having me, lady!! It was so fun for me!

    PS - super excited about Friday!!

  8. love this! okay, are those first photos taken at her home?? because i LOVE the decor! so great. and i'll definitely be following her blog now. :)