When it comes to fine-tuning
personal style Jade Sheldon makes it look easy. The Portland-based model, blogger and illustrator attests that her creative endeavors have been a driving factor in shaping her personal style and perspective on fashion. “My work as an illustrator and model has shaped my personal style. I learned what looked and felt good on my form,” she explained in our interview below, “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really tried to simplify my wardrobe and just keep and include things I love.” Speaking of things we love, we’re constantly enamored with Jade’s gorgeous curation of images from her blog Endlessly Enraptured and the behind-the-scenes glimpse into her detailed illustrations on Instagram. Drawn to the element of sincerity in Jade’s work and thoughtful approach to life brings us to today’s interview – so without giving too much away read on to learn more about Jade’s story and enjoy few looks that best represents her personal style.
STORY BY RACHEL SCHWARTZMANN – Follow Jade – PHOTOS BY CORY Burnsed/ENDLESSLY ENRAPTURED for The Style Line
Why, hello there. I’m Jade!
I’m an illustrator, photographer and native Portlander. I have been an artist my entire life. I was extremely shy growing up and art gave me the voice I lacked. My bachelor’s degree in fine art and master’s degree in education have helped give me the knowledge and strength to navigate the rollercoaster life that is freelancing. When I’m not painting or shooting with my husband for our lifestyle journal, Endlessly Enraptured, you can usually find me sipping on a macchiato while reading, modeling for a local business, perfecting a recipe or planning out where we should travel to next.
Do you feel Portland has held influence in how your personal style has evolved?
I’m not sure if it was so much Portland that influenced my personal style, but my work as an artist. I felt the need to wear items that were utilitarian but still beautiful; items I could paint in and still wear out.
How would you describe the synergy between art and style and as a fine artist do you look to fashion as a source of creative inspiration?
Fashion has always had a huge influence on me. Even as a little girl, I would pour over the pages of Vogue and draw my favorite images. I would watch classic movies with my mother and fantasize about wearing Audrey Hepburn’s party dress in Sabrina or Grace Kelley’s gown in Rear Window. I’ve always felt that fashion has this incredible ability to tell a story just like a well-composed illustration can.
How would you describe the collective style of the city’s inhabitants and what is your favorite aspect of it?
I grew up about 20 minutes outside of Portland. Once I started college in the heart of the city, I knew I had to live there. Portland is a place that celebrates individuality. Nothing seems to be off limits. You can dress as tame or as wild as you please. We are a city of hikers and doctors, painters and punk rockers.
What is one question you wish people asked you more often?
Sometimes I wish people were more willing to talk about life and ideas and less about pop-culture and trends. It seems like so many people are more concerned with talking about people they don’t even know, when the simple conversations about life and personal aspirations are just so much more meaningful.
What role has discovery played in how you approach your personal style and do you have any style-related resolutions for this year?
My work as an illustrator and model has shaped my personal style. I learned what looked and felt good on my form. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve really tried to simplify my wardrobe and just keep and include things I love. This plays into a resolution of mine this year, which is to keep things simple. I’ve actually cleared out half of my closet the past year or so getting rid of items I don’t wear, were gifted to me, or just weren’t practical in my everyday life. I want my clothes to last, speak to my personal aesthetic, and be sensible to some extent. That doesn’t mean they can’t be fun and unique, it just means I pick pieces I can wear in multiple ways.
“I’m inspired by the refreshing chill in the air, the conversations I have with friends over coffee, the new show up at the corner gallery and the perfect song that comes on as I’m walking across the bridge.”
Shop Jade’s looks:
Lucky Brand Leather Moto Jacket $399, Everlane Heavyweight Tee $45, Alexa Chung for AG Leggie Ankle Jeans $235, Warby Parker Winston Sunglasses $95, Seychelles Booties (Similar, $150) Jason Wu Grand Tourista Bag $650, NARS Audacious Lipstick in Bette $32
Madewell Leather Sleeved Blazer $250, Clashist Lena Dunham Birthday Suit Tee $55, Imogene + Willie Imogene Slim Jeans $225, Birkenstocks sandals $125, Madewell Sunglasses (Similar, $49.50) Chanel Rouge Allure in Incandescente $36
Brixton Tiller Hat $54, Emerson Fry Silk Dress (Similar, $174) Franco Sarto Gia Sandals $50, ONA Brooklyn Bag $359, Cold Picnic Watch (Similar, $90) MAC Lipstick in Vegas Volt $19.99