Everything Gjenmi: A sparkly interview with founder Jenny Pak
Gjenmi jewelry was born from a love story. An adoration for the feminine, a belief that beauty is discovered within, a dedication to feeling empowered, a respect for the past and a commitment of the future.
Their story begins in 2013, when founder and designer, Jennifer Pak created a bespoke jewelry collection for her bridesmaids to wear for her nuptials. After noticing the joy the pieces brought to her bridal party, she embarked on creating a line of fine jewelry for the classic woman in a modern world. Our name Gjenmi, is derived from her Korean American background – “Gjen” for half of her English name Jenn and “Mi” half of her Korean name Mi Reh [translating to future]
Gjenmi creates modern heirlooms. They cherish the art of making things by hand and are inspired by the timeless grace of antique and vintage designs.
We sat down with the powerhouse founder and designer Jenny Pak to learn more about how to navigate one of life’s greatest (and often times hardest) pleasures – motherhood.
Do you have any beauty shortcuts that mom’s need to know about?
I am all about shortcuts! I love taking a shower in the evening, rolling up my damp hair in buns and waking up with beach waves ready to go! The mornings are so hectic and it’s always so hard to get out the door- this is my favorite time saver.
Everyone has that ritual that makes them feel confident and pulled together, what’s yours?
Good hair and good skin can make me feel like a new person. Getting a monthly facial and quarterly trims are always things I make time for in my busy schedule.
Do you have any first-time mom advice?
Everyone has a different story, solution, family. Don’t be so hard on yourself and do what feels right and what works for your family. My solution may not be yours and vice versa. The best mom, is a happy mom!
What beauty product can you not live without?
Sunscreen! After two babies and a handful of Melasma spots to prove it, I have been really good about applying sunscreen daily. Skin damage is no joke!
How do you find balance?
The best way to find balance for me, is to either hang out with my closest friends over dinner or go on a date with my husband. Juggling life can be so UNBALANCED and being the best version of yourself with people that support and love you has always helped me blow off steam or relax me after a wacky week!
How do you de-stress?
Korean Spas! My favorite right now, is Crystal Spa in Koreatown after my old favorite (Natura) closed. Second to that, is something relatively new I have been doing- which is taking 1 creative class a month. It really lets you un-wind and look through other outlets of creativity. I recently took a figure drawing workshop and it was so freeing and different from what my mind and body does everyday, all day. I highly recommend it!
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