The Self-Love Series: Part II

This February, The Dreslyn explores how women see themselves and how they experience confidence and identity, how they navigate their needs and loves. This week features designer Raquel Allegra, Mari Giudicelli, and Jess Hannah. Each woman in the series, each woman's whose sensibility we greatly admire, gives us their unique perspective on life, success, love, and their aspirations along with a self-portrait. February is the month of love, let's direct it inward. Know thyself. Love thyself. Read below.

Raquel Allegra

Raquel Allegra Confidence is:
My greatest challenge.
Identity is:
My singular being-ness.
I am from:
A family of artists and musicians.
The thing I love most about myself is:
I make things that bring joy to others.
The thing quality I love most in others is:
Kindness.
I need:
A lot of quiet time.
Success means:
Different things at different times.
I relax by:
Gardening.
I can't live without:
Frequent vintage shopping.
A book that changed my perspective is:
The Velveteen Rabbit.
I'm currently listening to:
Weyes Blood.
I'm currently watching:
True Detective Season 3.
I'm excited by:
Having recently seen the brilliant film, Cabaret.
I trust that:
That everything is ok.
I'm impressed by:
The incredible young people in my life who have so much courage.
I feel complete when:
My team and I have worked hard together to make a beautiful and thoughtful collection, and it’s well received by our clients.
I aspire to:
Be more free.
I believe in:
Following my heart.
I'm working on:
Being a good teacher.

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Mari Giudicelli

Mari Giudicelli

Confidence is:
Key.
Identity is:
What sets you apart.
I am from:
Rio.
The thing I love most about myself is:
My smile.
The thing I love most in others is:
Their eyes.
I need:
Coffee.
Success means:
Freedom.
I relax by:
Being in the ocean.
I'm inspired by:
Nature.
I can't live without:
Sunshine.
Influence is:
Tricky.
A book that changed my perspective is:
"Light on Yoga" by B.K.S. Iyengar
I'm currently listening to:
My boyfriend’s playlists.
I'm currently watching:
The Office.
I'm excited by:
Collaborations.
I trust:
Few.
I'm impressed by:
Lightness.
I feel complete when:
I meditate.
I aspire to:
Visit every country.
I believe in:
Love.
I'm working on:
Way too many things.

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Jess Hannah of J. Hannah Jewelry

Jess Hannah of J. Hannah Jewelry

Confidence is:
A state of mind.
Identity is:
Self-manifested.
I am from:
Sacramento.
The thing I love most about myself is:
My persistence (although sometimes to a fault).
The thing I love most in others is:
Emotional intelligence, humor, loyalty.
I need:
Challenges.
Success means:
Achieving a goal that you set for yourself.
I relax by:
Laying on my porch in the sun on a weekend morning.
I'm inspired by:
Self help books/podcasts, flea markets, 1st dibs.
I can't live without:
My pets!
Influence is:
A construct.
A book that changed my perspective is:
Nonviolent Communication.
I'm currently listening to:
Tops.
I'm currently watching:
Salt Fat Acid Heat.
I'm excited by:
Baby animals.
I trust:
Easily.
I'm impressed by:
Open minds and creative souls.
I feel complete when:
Surrounded by loved ones.
I aspire to:
Continue evolving.
I believe in:
Working smarter, not harder. and this one quote from Ira Glass – “Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”
I'm working on:
Designing more kinetic jewelry!

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