This it the very first OFFICIAL installment of "JCJ Take Over, Day in the Life!" and I couldn't be happier to have one of my best friend/soul sisters take on the job as the first! I sent her a mini interview (read below!) and simple instructions to wear her JCJ jewelry for a day in her life and document it for JCJ Instagram take over! Here is an awesome recap with pictures from her JCJ day home in Colorado! Thanks again, Shal for rockin' your jewels and for your amazing creative fresh look on Jennifer Cervelli Jewelry!
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A little background for you lovely readers on a pretty rad best friendship of over 13 years:
Shaleni and I met in college in Savannah, GA at the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2003 during my freshman year and her sophomore year attending SCAD. It was instant best friends at first sight, like for real. We quickly starting spending hours listening to our favorite songs on repeat while talking about music, love, and life. We would spend afternoons sketching and chatting on my apartment balcony watching the southern thunderstorms, or late nights watching movies in her apartment people watching from the high windows. I was even able to live with her and our other two friends for a summer in her apartment downtown Savannah. We were there for each other through every heartbreak, let down, and rainy day.
After spending an incredible time in college together - countless road trips, bike rides, and walks around the city of Savannah and up/down the east coast, we both made our ways out West, and luckily our paths crossed again quickly where we lived together in the Bay Area and our adventures continued! We spent days creating art, hiking and snowboarding, talking about life, and going to see as much music as we could - all while enjoying the scenery of beautiful Northern California. Eventually Shal moved to Los Angeles, and I moved to Fort Collins, Colorado for a few years…
Fast forward a few years later, and we have switched! I am now living in Los Angeles while Shal just moved to Fort Collins literally last week! We have always believed that the stars (yes, as in up above!) have always kept us connected on a path where no matter where we are we are there with each other in spirit and soul – it’s that special feeling you have for those long time best friends in your life, you know no matter how many years pass by you will still laugh until your face hurts over something silly with them, you will be there when heartbreak hits for each other, and you will inspire each other to shine as bright as the stars above. That is true friendship, in my opinion.
JCJ: What’s your favorite JCJ design and why?
Shal: It’s hard to choose one.. but my favorite JCJ design would have to go to the bullet necklaces. I love the idea of using an industrial style casing representing destruction and adding something as organic as the handpicked stones that represent restoration and creation.
JCJ: When is your birthday, and what is your sign?
Shal: My birthday is 02.03.1984 and I am an Aquarius. Interestingly enough this is an air sign NOT a water sign, like many believe. Phew you have no idea how good it feels to clear that up.
JCJ: How old are you?
Shal: Just turned 32.
JCJ: Where do you live? What is one of your favorite things about where you live?
Shal: I just moved to Fort Collins, CO last Thursday. The two things that drew me to Fort Collins were the people and of course the mountains. As they say, “The mountains are calling and I must go”. I’m excited to be exploring this new home.
JCJ: What is your favorite color and why?
Shal: My favorite colour is blue. Throughout my 32 years I’ve gone through different favorites but I always go back to blue. Blue is very calming to me. As a hopeless dreamer this color also represents my two favourite elements sky and water.
JCJ: How would you describe your style?
Shal: I have A.D.D. when it comes to my style. I dabble in everything. I’m a tom boy at heart so my everyday style is generally what is comfortable with a skater/surfer twist. Depending on my mood I’ll wear earth tones or something more loud such as layering very loud colours. I also love getting dressed up for night outs. In terms of Jewelry my style is consistently organic, much like the JCJ line. I love trying new earrings and necklaces. Rings are a little harder with my line of work and bracelets don’t fit my ridiculously small wrists.
JCJ: What inspires you?
Shal: Art and Creativity inspire me. Music especially inspires me. I am wholeheartedly and completely driven by music.
JCJ: Who do you look up to and why?
Shal: I look up to anyone who I believe to be a good leader. Those leaders that have a true passion for unifying their community and knowing how to make tough calls for the greater good. As far as specific people that I look up to it’d be my parents. They’ve always supported me and always willing to allow me to grow, make mistakes, and learn on my own accord per my own beliefs. Not everyone gets that chance.
JCJ: What would you pick as your spirit animal?
Shal: Do vampires count? Actually I think my spirit animal, not to be confused with my favourite animal, is a cat. I’m that person thats like “pay attention to me but don’t pay attention to me because now I feel borderline vulnerable” They are also pretty independent which I strive to be.
JCJ: What is one thing you can’t live without?
Shal: Oh man, only one?? I’m pretty obsessed with my new trauma shears at the moment. The wilderness is also pretty far up on the list. In all seriousness can we please not destroy all this planet has to offer?
JCJ: Who is your favorite musician or band?
Shal: I’m a music whore. Ahem. I mean. I’m a mood listener. I can’t answer this question :) But I will give you a quote from ONE of my favourite musicians Dave Grohl “That’s one of the great things about music. You can sing a song to 85,000 people and they’ll sing it back for 85,000 different reasons"
JCJ: Whiskey or vodka?
Shal: Le Sigh. Whiskey was always my go to but thanks to my 20s I can’t stomach it very well anymore. I stick to vodka sodas.. The club soda keeps you hydrated ;)
JCJ: What is your favorite song?
Shal: The Sound of Silence by Simon and Garfunkel. I can listen to this song on repeat and it never gets old. The lyrics have so much power if you truly listen. Also if you haven’t heard Disturb’s new take on this song you should stop reading this interview and go listen. now.
JCJ: A little known fact about you?
Shal: I have super attainable and legit dreams of being an avenger. or maybe an astronaut. You know once they make a cure for claustrophobia.
Thanks again Shaleni for awesome day in the life takeover! Stay tuned for our next installment in March! :) XO
<3 in love and light,