CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT | Heather

CUSTOMER SPOTLIGHT | Heather

Here at CLJ, I love celebrating both new and existing customers. I have the pleasure of exhibiting at in-person art shows and meeting so many wonderful humans, and having you try on the jewelry I created with my two hands is a true honor. Seeing you smile with delight fills me with joy and motivates me to keep doing what I do. I can't thank you enough!

Although there are many of you I don't get to meet, every now and then having the opportunity to meet with you virtually is always a treat, too. This is one of many ways I want to celebrate you, get to know you and more through a monthly customer spotlight, sharing your stories.

Today's spotlight is on Miss Heather, with whom I've had the pleasure of collaborating to create personalized necklaces for her and her friends.

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What is your favorite piece from your collection of Cindy Liebel jewelry? 

Heather: This is tough, but I have to go with the silver Aurora hoops that started it all. I received them from my lovely friend Beth on Christmas Day 2020, put them on, and wore them for WEEKS. I’ve since cleaned them, as they have gone through a lot. They are my go-to, go with anything and still look good earrings. I now have them in gold too, and that is the key staple in my jewelry box, travel case, all the things.

 
What do you love about your CLJ pieces?

Heather: I’m going to tackle this individually, as there are specific loves for each.

Aurora Hoops - The staple! I don’t leave the house without earrings, and these, in either color, go with work dresses, funky t-shirts, sweaters and scarves, everything. They stay in, they’re light, and I can pack them without being nervous. They also match my near-daily necklace that a shop owner friend convinced me to buy 10 years ago (she truly was on point). 

Athena Hoops - These gold hoops make me feel brave when I’m nervous about something. I have a funny “Wonder Woman Wednesday” tradition where I try to wear something that feels like her to get through the mid-week push, and these work every time. They’re different but still light, and I feel like I can take on anything.

Arcsis Necklace - Cindy designed a beautiful trio of necklaces for me and two good friends, and each was totally different. Mine is a mix of charcoal, gold, and a purple gemstone, and I wear it when I want to feel like they’re with me. I’m in black or gray a fair amount of the time, and it enhances what I’m wearing, plus I can occasionally stack it with something else (a skill I need to improve!). 


What matters most to you when shopping my jewelry (online or at an in-person event)?

Heather: Versatility, weight, and which metal - I want to make sure they’re seen and are the right scale/look for me with my hair color, usual clothing types, etc. I also want to feel like they’ll go with what I already have and love. I do like trying ones that push me a little, whether they’re bigger or mixed metals. I think it’s fun to put on something different and go, “Oh… cool!”

 

Which piece(s) of CLJ is on your wishlist?

Heather: I’m a sucker for sapphire, and I’ve loved the unique dark pink sapphire rings CLJ has done. If I’m looking at the website now, I love the blue sapphire earrings and the charms. Earrings-wise, the Xena and Petra earrings are both really cool!


How would you describe your style?

Heather: 
Comfortable, classic, curated and continuous (oh, hey, alliteration!) - I lean more into solid colors and curated jewelry so that the jewelry stands out, even if it’s not large scale. I want to know the story and the person who made my pieces (and I do with most of it!), and I work to maintain what I have (like a hilarious variety of black dresses). I’ve re-lined a favorite pair of patterned shoes, cut a dress into a skirt so I could comfortably wear it more often, and I just cut my wedding dress to serve as a party dress. (The remaining fabric will be a purse!) If I love something, I will keep getting it fixed and avoid throwaway items, mass-produced pieces, etc. 

More about Heather: 

  • What are you listening to right now?
    These are the three big ones in the rotation:
    Brandi Carlile “In the Canyon Haze”
    Jon Batiste “World Music Radio”
    Noah Kahan “Stick Season”

  • Do you prefer coffee or tea?
    Coffee! I should like tea, but don’t actively seek it out. Iced coffee with almond milk is my jam in the summer, almond milk lattes in the fall and winter. We have a funny tradition of buying coffee beans whenever we’re on vacation so that, in a small way, we’re continuing the trip once we get back to regular life and work.

  • Hobbies?
    I’ve started making stained glass and fused glass pieces through classes and workshops, which is really fun, even if it goes awry. I also love to bake and cook, and recently we’ve been making things inspired by our honeymoon in Portugal. I’m always down for a good vintage shop or thrift store, vinyls, and, in truly wonderful, nerdy moments, a good LEGO set is always fun! My husband and I prioritize experiences over things, so I’ve always got us at something!

  • What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
    Chocolate chip cookie dough is a high favorite. However, given I’m dairy-free, I’m a huge fan of Jeni’s Splendid dairy-free ones, like Texas Sheet Cake, Dark Chocolate Truffle, or Cold Brew (getting my keys to buy more now…).
  • What is your go-to drink?
    Saying water is boring, right? Banana smoothie - it’s what I want on a regular basis when I get home. If we’re going for adult beverages, vino verde in the summer, red zinfandel, or an old-fashioned when it’s cold.
Photos provided by client: Heather

 

To participate in my monthly customer spotlight, send me a message at cindy@cindyliebel.com any time. Bonus: You'll receive a complimentary gift, including additional member incentives.

 

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