Sarah SebastianJojo & Sophia
By day, sheâ€™s busy planning and executing events for Grey Goose; By night, though, supergirl Sarah Sebastian works away on her burgeoning vintage accessories line, JoJo & Sophia. The line, which she sells on Etsy and now at vintage bazaars around Chicago, began with tie-clips: one-of-a-kind clips made from anything and everything vintage: keys, clock parts, coins, unique estate-sale pendants, and the like. (Her eclectic vision was the result of a mishmash of fashion-related past careers: she had worked for designers, done fashion show production and event planning, played personal stylist, and worked at a magazine.) Before long, Sarah started creating cufflinks, too, and vintage revival necklaces and jewelry for women (sheâ€™d been making her own along along anyway, so why not). The queen of reduce, reuse, recycle answers our questions for this weekâ€™s Spotlight.
BEAUTY MUST-HAVES>>Â scent:Â VIKTOR & ROLF FLOWERBOMB // moisturizer:Â DOVE CREAM OIL INTENSIVE BODY LOTIONÂ (& layered with a scented lotion)Â //Â concealer:Â CLINIQUE EVEN BETTER CONCEALERÂ // mascara:Â LANCOME DEFINICILS //Â Â lips: MAC PLINKÂ // nails:Â ESSIE MIDNIGHT CAMIÂ // and also:Â MICHAEL KORS LEG SHINE
Q: Youâ€™re so busy alreadyâ€”what made you want to create JoJo & Sophia?
A: Making jewelry has always been a hobby of mine since I was a child, and vintage hunting has been such a great outlet for me creatively. So I combined the two. I love the stories the pieces tell, and the nostalgia they bring to the modern year.
Q: Where do you get the materials for your pieces?
A: I get down and dirty to find the most unique, one-of-a-kind vintage piece to turn into something wearable. I find more of my items at estate sales and flea markets all over the U.S. I really look for items that you wouldnâ€™t normally think of putting on a necklace or tie clip, like coins and mini license plates.
Q: Your favorite find ever. Go!
A: I would be lying if I said i wasn’t attached to to the women’s pieces I make.Â My new collection of brothel token necklaces are pretty unique. I came across a madame’s coin from a really well know Chicago brothel called Custom House which was even mentioned in the book, Sin in the Second City.
Q: What is your personal style?
A: An aesthetic gathering of modern trends with a touch of the 80sâ€”I never stopped wearing leggings!â€”and girly shapes.
Q: We know youâ€™re great at shopping vintage, but what do you really splurge on?
A: Everything! I say I am a shoe girl but then my inner bag lady yells out. I feel like you should splurge on things that really talk to you even if they arenâ€™t extremely trendy.
Q: Great advice. Any current vintage obsessions?
A: Skeleton keys and chandeliers.
Find your unique piece at JojoAndSofia.com.