Green and Gold Leaf Earrings – a Collaboration With a Good Friend.

Recently I have had the pleasure to collaborate with Hughsie Sisters to design a pair of clay dangle earrings! This particular collaboration is a special one as the founder and creator of Hughsie Sisters is actually a close friend of mine, Nicole Hughes.

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How did we meet?

I worked with Nicole during her time here in Melbourne, but she is now back in her hometown Toronto and running this business with her sister April Hughes.

What made you decide to collaborate?

We actually started our creative projects on Instagram at exactly the same time, and this was not planned either! We thought this would be a great opportunity to do something creative together, have fun and support each other’s work.

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Tell me more about the earrings!

They are dangles and are handcrafted and made from clay. This particular pair, which I received below are clip-ons because I actually don’t have my ears pierced (of course this design is also available with the normal backing as well). The design is a blend of light green and a darker green, topped with gold leafing and a matching gold backing. Oh and we named it Carma!

What was the thinking behind the design?

We picked the colour green to use as a base because my name is Jade and we thought this would be quite fitting! To make it more unique, we decided to blend 2 different shades of green and adding gold leafing was a fun way to make them look more glam!

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Why the name Carma?

It is a blend of my middle name Carmen and the word ‘karma’ – karma because Nicole, April and I are believers that good things will come if you have good intentions and we are all quite spiritual as well so thought it’d be fun to incorporate this aspect into the name!

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Earrings Hughsie Sisters | Necklace Lovisa | Green blouse Dotti | Wide leg pants Glassons | Block heels SPURR Claudia Block Heels from The Iconic

Where can I go to check out other Hughsie Sisters earrings?

Hughsie Sisters – let a sister know.

This collaboration meant a lot to us. Nicole and I have both put in hard work into what we are passionate about and there certainly have been challenges while pursuing our creative projects. But we are learning that no matter what challenges you go through in life, the universe has your back and things will work out.

Always make time to explore your creativity and remember to trust in your ability to create the best life that you can live.

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Quitting My Job – A Leap of Faith

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Books pictured

  • The Essentialists – Shine by Shannon Kennedy | 20 secrets to a happy life
  • Purpose by Lisa Messenger | The power of purpose and how to find your ‘why’
  • The Game Changers by Samantha Brett & Steph Adams | Read about the inspirational success stories from women around the world

Firstly, let me apologise for taking so long to write my next post – a lot has happened and life has just been a lil’ crazy!

For those of you who know me personally or was following me on Instagram in December last year, you will know that I took a massive leap of faith and left my job…without anything else in place! This was one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life, hence why it took me 6 months to come to this conclusion. What made it difficult was that I was part of an organisation that had a fantastic company culture, people were friendly and genuinely passionate about their jobs. I had a really supportive manager and worked with intelligent and unique people whom I learnt a lot from.

So why leave?

Over time, I realised that I was searching for more creativity in my role, and have never lost the dream to become a content creator/digital influencer, and also work within the fashion industry. Yes, that’s the millennial talk right there, but I am so proud to be one! Gone are the days where we simply take and stay with any job because it provides us with an income. Gone are the days where we are not encouraged to challenge our own situation, to push outside of our comfort zone and explore all that life has to offer us. However, my goal is not to stop full-time work, but rather to find something else that aligns more closely with my passions.

It did take a long time for me to come to terms with leaving a very stable job without anything else lined up yet, and in complete honesty, what I considered as my passion did seem a bit airy-fairy…most people described it as being ‘Insta-famous’ and ‘travelling the world while being sponsored by luxurious brands’. I understand the interpretation behind this, but for me, it is much more than these things.

Blogging and creating my own content is a way for me to express my individuality, my creativity and build a strong personal brand. On the other hand, fashion has also always been a huge love of mine. To me, it is a way we express beauty and our individuality to ourselves and the rest of the world. It is another creative outlet, and the right outfit can make all the difference to our confidence.

My goal is to one day inspire people in many ways through my work. It’s about connecting with like-minded people across the world, and being able to share and speak about topics that I am passionate about.

For now, I am enjoying the days of researching, learning how to improve the quality of my content, and bringing all the creative ideas in my head to life. Deep down, my gut told me over and over that it was the right time to leave my job, and I am aware that it might not work out in the end, and my life might take a completely different direction. I realise that your priorities, goals and life situation change over time, but I know for a fact that years from now when I look back on my life, there will very likely be no regret for trying my best and giving myself a chance to pursue these passions of mine, which has been in the back of my head since my time in uni.

I will always encourage people to follow their instinct and follow their dreams. It might not mean leaving your job or making any other drastic life changes, but promise yourself that whatever you do, don’t let fear, doubt, lack of self-confidence or the unknown hold you back. I am a firm believer that whatever happens, things will work out and you will take many learnings from your experiences, good and bad.

Life is short so create the best one you can live!

Jade xx