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Workspace: Margaret Elizabeth

Workspace: Meg from Margaret Elizabeth | Sacramento StreetWhen I first met Meg from Margaret Elizabeth four years ago we had tons in common. One major connection was trying to brainstorm how both of us could follow our dreams and take that leap into having our own businesses. We’d meet for lunches every month to discuss our plans, dreams and exit strategies. Now, both of us are on our own and we haven’t looked back. It’s amazing how your dreams can turn into a reality. That’s why today I’m honored to have her here today sharing her brand new workspace – it’s a beautiful shop here in San Francisco on Union Street. Her jewelry can be found across the country at tops stores, but seeing it all together in her new brick and mortar shop feels like a girls dream jewelry box.


I’m so proud of how Meg has built her business from her dorm room to now. She has successfully shown that following your gut and passion while staying true to her own style can build a brand women love and wear on a daily basis.


Read on for wonderful interview with the every so lovely Meg.


Workspace: Meg from Margaret Elizabeth | Sacramento Street

Tell us about Margaret Elizabeth Jewelry.

Margaret Elizabeth is wearable jewelry for the every woman. We aim to design pieces that are simple but chic…classic with a modern twist.


You worked at Google before deciding to take the leap and go full-time Margaret Elizabeth. Was it a hard decision to make?

It was a hard decision. It’s scary going from something so safe and corporate to something that doesn’t have much structure around it. I knew it was the right decision, but it’s nerve wracking taking the leap, becoming your own boss, and leaving something so secure. I love what I’m doing now and can’t imagine it any other way.


Workspace: Meg from Margaret Elizabeth | Sacramento Street

Workspace: Meg from Margaret Elizabeth | Sacramento Street

What inspires the pieces you design?

I’m so inspired by the sea, traveling, the intermix of unexpected shapes and textures, and the amazing stones we use in our pieces.


 I love that travel plays a key role in your inspiration. When you travel where do you look for inspiration?

Travel is probably my greatest source of inspiration. I love seeing the way things are done in other cultures – the way women dress, the role of certain objects and stylistic elements in home decor or customs. One of my favorite things about visiting other countries is taking in the colors of the place. Those colors often spill into my collections.

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If you could pick one or a few Margaret Elizabeth essentials that you couldn’t live without, what would they be?

I love my Mira earrings and emerald cluster ring. I wear the ring almost every day and the Mira’s have become my go-to earring!


Let’s talk about your new workspace – you must be thrilled to have grown so much to have a brick and mortar on Union Street. What inspired you when dreaming up the space?

It has been so much fun designing and settling into our new space! I fell in love with how bright the studio is. We have this giant skylight that lets in the most lovely, warm light every day. I wanted it to feel bright, airy and crisp. The studio is just one big open room, which made hiding all of our back inventory and shipping supplies tricky. We ended up sectioning off the back corner with linen drapes, which has created a nice separation.


Workspace: Meg from Margaret Elizabeth | Sacramento Street

Workspace: Meg from Margaret Elizabeth | Sacramento StreetWorkspace: Meg from Margaret Elizabeth | Sacramento Street

Did you always dream of having your own store?

I have! I’ve always thought it would be so much fun to have a space to sell our pieces and meet our customers. It’s been amazing getting to see the women who wear our jewelry on a daily basis! Totally beats meeting them via email.


I know you’ve just opened the store but what’s next for Margaret Elizabeth? Any collaborations? New stores we can find you in?

We have so much in the works! We’re working on a few fun collaborations that we have to stay hush-hush on for now – but we will be sure to let you know when we can! We’re also going to be starting a monthly event series with other local designers. We’ve got a flower arranging class coming up in November with Sacramento Street’s “Blooms in Season” contributor, Natalie Bowen that I think is going to be a blast!

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One last note, if you could give a piece of advice to others starting their own business or jewelry line what would it be?

It sounds so cliché, but I think if you follow your passion and do what you love, great things will happen. My biggest piece of advice would be to stay true to yourself and your aesthetic.


A HUGE thank you to Meg for letting us tour her workspace today. It’s quite an inspiration for all of our own offices!


Photos by Caitlin Flemming

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a brand new week . . .

First and foremost, thank you so much for the overwhelming support about the new job. Your sweet words here are over on twitter filled my heart with so much joy.

A few things that got me inspired this week were – a vintage necklace that I rediscovered, a birch box that smells like cinnamon is getting me excited for fall festivities to begin, my new favorite button-up that I got at the Chloe Rose anniversary party, putting away my summer fragrance was a bittersweet moment, and lastly, Dwellings is one of my favorite decor books – it is a must have for every household.

Hope all of you have a lovely first fall weekend – you can definitely sense a change in season here in San Francisco. Cheers to a new week!

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a brand new week . . .

I can’t believe Monday is already here – this weekend went by entirely too fast! The past few days I was able to catch up on all the NYFW shows, all of which make me want to skip over winter and jump straight into spring. Quality time at home was ever so lovely – making brunch, tiding up the apartment and just being plan old lazy. What did all of you do this weekend?


Here are a few of my favorites from this week . . . I couldn’t and still can’t put down the September issue of British Vogue – it’s filled with fall fashion that has me dreaming up outfits for the chilly months ahead. I’m in L-O-V-E with my the necklace that came in the mail from Joslyn – she and her girlies are uber talented. I’ve been wearing my favorite leopard Kate Spade flats from last fall almost every single day – they are my go-to shoe for every occasion. This moleskine notepad goes with me everywhere just in case inspiration comes while walking around the city or I’m sitting in a cafe. And lastly, I took a little trip to Birch to pick up some blooms for the house that make it smell oh-so-good.

Hope all of you have a lovely week ahead. I hope it goes by fast because we’re off on a little vacation later this week!

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a brand new week . . .

I hope all of you had a fabulous long weekend – it was a lovely one here. After a stunning Saturday spent in Napa, followed by Sunday at the Nob Hill spa with girlfriends (the zen room was heavenly), and Monday at home, I wish the weekend hadn’t gone by so fast . . .


These are a few things that got me incredibly inspired this past week: one of my very favorite design books by Leslie Williamson - if you don’t own it I highly recommend it (the photos and writing are impeccable). A vintage necklace and Moroccan slippers that I bought a few years ago from the flea market. Some delicious chocolates we’ve been savoring all weekend. And lastly, a new treasure for the house that was gifted to me from a dear friend (he saw me feature it on my blog). I’m in love with this new addition to my Asiter collection.

Hope all of you have a lovely week ahead. I have a feeling it’s going to be a good one for all of us!

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a brand new week . . .

I hope all of you had a wonderful weekend. Mine was quite busy traveling to Sacramento for a bridal shower weekend. It was nice to spend quality time with girlfriends, which doesn’t happen as often as I would like since we all have hectic schedules. But I’m happy to be home – the fog welcomed me with open arms as I drove back into the city, and I realized how much I love the cool fog. The 100 degree heat this weekend was a little too much for me.

Putting together my inspiration board together this week was so much fun because I was inspired by interiors, fashion and even beauty. First, I came across the Design*Sponge summer newspaper at Birch in Hayes Valley (try to find it in your hood – it’s a fabulous read!). A few more items that gave my brain a burst of inspiration – my vintage Pierre Hardy clutch that I found in a small consignment shop in Napa, one of my favorite jewelry finds from the Alameda Flea market, a few new Estée Lauder products that are making my skin glow (the night repair is unbelievable), the verbena smell engulfing my apartment because of this candle (from Birch) and lastly, my Astier elephant sits on my nightstand and is filled with my most prized treasures (a gift from my mom that I wake up to every morning).

What has been inspiring you lately? Something in your house? Around your neighborhood? I’d love to know!

Cheers to having a fabulous week!

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