Thanks for wanting to know more. I'm gonna tell you a bit about my story and why I do what I do.
I started out at fashion design school. Fashion was my dream. It still is, but in a different way. I decided during school that, at that point, I didn’t necessarily want to design actual clothing, but rather the graphics on clothing. So, I transferred and changed majors to graphic design. I wanted to make a difference, using fashion and graphic design, to channel encouraging messages because it’s something that I needed (and still do need) to hear.
I had an eating disorder in high school. I’m not ashamed to share this part of my story because it’s an important issue to talk about. It doesn’t define me, but it certainly changed me and, in the end, made me internally stronger. A lot of why I was sick was because my body image was distorted. I didn’t feel good enough & I carried everyone else’s problems as my own. Controlling my weight felt like I could control what was happening around me (so not a true reality!). At the time, I was extremely affected by the dieting craze (Atkins, Weight Watchers, etc, etc were all new major fads) & the models in the magazines were getting thinner & thinner. Granted, there were many reasons as to why I had that disease, but perception of what I should look like to be accepted was a major part of it. So was a lack of love for myself.
I’m not embarrassed by that experience, but it was an intensely dark, lonely & empty place that I promised I would never submit myself to again. I wouldn’t change a thing now that I’m healthy and have learned to love who I am, but I also would never wish anyone else to go through it. I welcome sharing all this with you because I want my Remedy to be a community in which we talk about important issues - the good & the bad. And if I can do something to prevent other ladies & dudes from feeling inferior about themselves (in more ways than weight – we all have that something that eats away at us), that is what I want to dedicate my life to. And that is exactly what I set out to do...
I’m Jillian, but you can call me Jill. I’m a fashionista & (graphic/creative) designer with a heart for exploring & philanthropy. I created the simple idea of my Remedy because I wanted to combine all of the above & ignite this movement of positivity. I believe that we can all use our talents for the good of others.
Every day I’m learning how to live a life in loving ways, even when I find it difficult to. And when I talk about ‘living in love’ I don’t necessarily mean in monumental ways; I honestly think that living in love starts small (by holding the door for someone, listening to a friend vent…) & builds up into becoming second nature in our lives. I’m on this same journey with you & I’m trying to figure it out, too. My hope is that we can guide each other & support one another in order to make this world a better place for everyone. I believe that it’s possible. We just have to try.
I’m a do-it-all kind of lady & I’m rarely sitting still (unless it involves a beach!). I’m constantly moving, planning, creating, styling, photographing, researching, discovering... I wouldn’t have it any other way. I'm always inspired by new things & I post a lot about it. You can check out my style blog & twitter for my everyday musings, as well as my Remedy’s blog & facebook page.
I graduated with a BFA in graphic design in 2010 and have since been creating my Remedy. I’m currently based in the NJ/NYC area, but am always (more than eagerly) open for traveling. I am available for freelance graphic design, custom jewelry design & photography gigs, so please contact me at myRemedydesign@gmail.com if you’re interested. If you’d like to collaborate, give me a shout!
I’d love to learn more about you so please drop me a line to say hi & tell me all about YOU!