Say hello to ZELMA ROSE MUSE, Jillian Knox. Jillian is a San Francisco based food + fashion stylist with a brilliant mind for art direction, an enviable work ethic, and an iconic personal style. Jillian has a well honed eye for mixing patterns + texture, and a unique gift for pulling together diverse teams of artists and designers to create the most gorgeous and inspiring editorial photo shoots.
I first met Jillian in 2017 when she asked me to be a part of a passionate personal project named MODERN DRAPERY, exploring the origins and diaspora of her own family. It's clear upon meeting Jillian that she deeply loves what she does. Her creativity is contagious and her vision and ability to see well beyond the imagination is a rare gift. 
Sara Davis Photography

I asked Jillian to share with us her #thesethreethings, life lessons that have stuck with her though the years. Here's what she had to say:

1. More is more is more: When it comes to style, dress how you feel and not how you feel others want you to dress. When you think it's too much, it's probably perfect.

2. When you don't have a plan, other people's plans become your plans: My dad would always tell me that growing up. When you have no ambitions of your own, the ambitions of others always seem like a good idea. You will never be able to take control of your own life and circumstances if everyone else's motivation takes priority over your own. Make plans for yourself and that should always come first.

3. Be nice, but don't be afraid of saying no: Being nice sometimes has this stigma that you're easily manipulated. But not only will it help with your approachability in social and business situations, but will change your outlook on life to be more positive as a whole. With that said, everyone needs to set boundaries for themselves, and being comfortable with saying no (and you can do that with a smile too) shows that you respect yourself, your brand, and your goals. Yes (wo)men can get far, but no one likes a kiss ass or someone who doesn't have a backbone or their own opinion.


You can read more about Jillian here.

And follow along with her on Instagram @jjoules


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