STYLE PROFILE- Jessica Maniatis of JSGD

Today's style profile features my amazing and talented graphic designer Jessica Maniatis of JSGD. I met Jessica almost 4 years ago a few months after I started my blog STYLE'N. Jessica helped me with my first blog redesign back in 2010 and with the design of my new business website in 2013. 

JSGD is a boutique identity & digital agency focused on problem solving through functional beauty and collaboration. We work with small and big businesses alike, walking them through the development of a strong brand identify that sets them apart.

 1. What does a typical day look like for you?

I'm not the best at waking up – it's actually quite embarrassing – so my day generally starts with oversleeping then rushing to the studio where I take Oscar for a quick walk, grab coffee, and meet with the team for our project check-in, where we go over the day's priorities. Studio days tend to fly by in a whirlwind of calls, meetings, and long black-holes of coding. My husband is an amazing cook so coming home at night is truly relaxing – he even pours me a glass of wine while I decompress and he cooks (spoiled, I know).


2. How would you describe your personal style?

Lately, very relaxed. I tend towards comfortable and classic pieces that I won't tire of over trendy items that only last a season. My wardrobe consists of mostly neutrals (lots of black and gray) and an unhealthy amount of denim. I've been trying to add prints and color here and there – and am feeling proud of myself for having finally mixed a handful of those in. Same goes with shoes – I've gradually swapped out all my heels and pumps for boots and booties. They're still occupying space in my closet though, as I simply can't part with a gorgeous heel – even if I never wear it ;)



3. What are your favorite items in your wardrobe and why?

A friend recently turned me on to Courtshop denim and I've obsessively stocked up on a few pairs of some great higher-waisted skinnies. There is one light gray pair that I seem to wear more than any others and they're so easily dressed up or down. Other than that, basic staples like a good black T, loose black sweaters, and a solid black blazer – these are items I repeatedly purchase and can't get enough of.



4. Do you have any style or beauty secrets to share?

I'm a nut for skin oils and have fallen in love with one by Dr. Alkaitis. We just started working with an amazing, all-natural skincare shop in the South End, Follain, and not only do they carry the line but have introduced me to so many amazing products – my skin routine has seriously upped its game!


5. How do you spend your "me" time?

There's never enough of it. Running a business is a never-ending project. I'd like to say I leave work at the studio, but I find myself on the laptop more nights than I should. I have daydreams of going to more yoga classes and on long vacations but it's tough. That said, we finally booked our Honeymoon for this summer so it will be 3 weeks of much needed relaxation!


6. What is the most important thing you have learned through running your own business?

Trust your gut. I make so many decisions every day and if I didn't stop to listen to my instincts, I honestly don't think I'd have gotten this far.


7. What is your mantra? 

Start where you are. It works in every scenario – and is tattooed on my right foot ;)


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Style Profile is a bi monthly style column featuring creative and talented entrepreneurs and business owners. I feature the stylish women behind these successful businesses and brands, their personal style, and share a glimpse into their typical work day.