Up + Out is a column which features inspiring business minded folk who work hard to create the lives they love by focusing on their passions. Let’s be inspired by the individuals behind the brands, and gives us a peek into the routines and rituals that make them unique.
I am so excited about this entry in the Up + Out files! I’ve followed Kristyn since her blog at Milk + Crown, into her new season and shop at Laite Jewelry Atelier. Kristyn’s style is so inspirational, and her journey through blogging, business and creativity has moved me throughout my time online. I was thrilled to get a peek into her day-to-day processes, and hope you enjoy, too!
Briefly introduce yourself and your business.
I’m Kristyn, the designer behind Laite Jewelry Atelier, a jewelry shop dedicated to simplicity, quality and femininity.
How do you typically start the day?
I love starting the morning with a cup of chamomile tea and a good book. There is nothing more relaxing to me. Mornings are my favorite time of the day, so I love starting them out slowly and just cherishing the moment in simple reflection.
What does a typical work day look like for you?
After checking emails, I’ll start working on jewelry around nine in the morning, continuing well into the evening (I usually don’t stop until eight or nine at night). Around noon, I take a quick break and run any orders I finished down the street to the post office. Sometimes I’ll meet up with friends at the local coffee shop, but most days, I’ll make something simple at home and rest my eyes for awhile, listen to music, or work on something else creative. Then it’s back to the workbench! It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s so rewarding watching metal turn into something beautiful in your hands.
Do you have a mantra/phrase that you live or work by?
“Where I create, there I am true.” – Rainer Maria Rilke. This quote always reminds me why I keep creating; I never feel more like myself than when I’m using my artistic abilities. When I feel fresh out of inspiration and ideas, or frustrated with a piece I’m working on, I try to remind myself of this, of where the passion comes from. It helps sustain me and keeps the positive energy flowing.
What makes your creative style unique?
My jewelry combines an interesting aesthetic–minimalism and femininity. I design pieces that are simple yet delicate, but neither more so than the other. I’m always striving to produce that perfect balance, one that evokes a sense of refinery reminiscent of Japanese philosophy, and at the same time, the chic effortless manner of French style.
Describe a challenge you’ve faced in pursuing your passion.
I’m mostly self-taught, which can feel limiting at times. I’ll get an idea and then have to rework it into the skillset I do have. It can be frustrating at times, but it only challenges me to keep learning and discovering new ways to create jewelry. Knowing the basics has helped me develop a strong foundation, and from there, I kind of learn as I go, which allows me a lot of creative freedom.
How to you create work/life balance?
Striking a balance can be really difficult at times, and I’m still learning. I dedicate half of the week to my shop, and the other half to my ‘day job.’ In the midst of it all, I try to take time for myself, stay healthy, spend time with my fiance–it’s not always easy. Sometimes it’s messy and unglamourous–the behind the scenes are never picture perfect. But when I start feeling overwhelmed, I try to slow down, tackle one thing at a time, and stop making my daily to-do lists a mile long!