2 Girls, 3 pairs of Spanx and a bottle of Midol walk into a $7 M house…..
So a couple of months ago my lovely friend and neighbor Chantelle (JC Bradley) suggested I try advertising in Okanagan Home Boulevard magazine, so I asked her to pass on my info to her contact. Next thing I know Mario is calling me on a Saturday night to set up my ad but also suggested they feature me in their Inspired Style article. I was very flattered but to be honest I just thought he was being nice, and I really didn’t think anything would come of it. I was also told they’re planing on doing the Inspired Style issue on Chantelle for a future issue and I instantly thought “well that makes perfect sense”. She’s beautiful and glamorous and knows the names of super expensive exotic flowers and her hair looks like a Disney princesses hair and she co-owns this amazing “Tiffany’s of the North” jewelry store. Anyways, as i said, didn’t think much would come of it. But then a week later I got a text from Lia Crowe.
FYI Lia Crowe is kind of amazing, she’s a writer, photographer, stylist and the creative director of Boulevard magazine, she also use to be a model….definitely worth Googling for Lady Boss inspo.
She ended up sending me the questionnaire to fill out for the interview and gave me some examples of her past articles of the people she has featured and I nearly shit my pants. These people were so worldly and sophisticated!!!
One of the questions was “What is your favorite piece of art?” Past Featured Guests answered pieces by Picasso and Robert Longo and my first instinct was to say this canvas print from Ikea that I bought 10 years ago.
PFG: Louis Vuitton or Cèline
ME: Well i got a great deal on this floral satchel from Winners.
PFG: The Parker, Palm Springs
ME: When I was in the 7th grade my family drove to Prince George for our one and only family vacation and we stayed at Esther’s Inn, blew my fuckin mind!!!
Anyways, you get the idea….you can take the girl out of the trailer park but you can’t take the trailer park out of the girl (for the record I lived in a tiny trailer with my whole family till I was 16)…that shit builds character, clearly.
So I started feeling very insecure and after taking days to answer the questions, it took a pep talk from my Kaitlyn to remind me how fucking awesome I truly am and to just be myself. I eventually found a way to do just that and answer the questions honestly without people thinking I’m missing my 2 front teeth while I strum a banjo on my front porch.
But then came the photo shoot day which happened to be the day after we held an event at the store and each put in a 12 hour day at the shop. So Kaitlyn showed up at my house early to do my make up and I put on every pair of Spanks I own and we headed over. As we’re driving over we both realized we have mad cramps and are both feeling bloated from our periods (the joys of working side by side with another female all day….synchronicity!). So I grab the bottle of Midol I keep in my console…..frozen solid. So we’re exhausted, crampy, bloated and both have the nervous trots….awesome!
Side Note: Kim Appelt from Style By Kim XO also contacted us to bring some pieces for her to use to style the model for the main shoot that was also taking place. I was definitely stress sweating, which as we all know smells totally different then normal sweat.
So we pull up to this amazing $7 million dollar estate with a huge iron gate as we waited for the gate to open I felt like I was on “Knots Landing” (if you don’t get this reference…educate yourself immediately). Once we got inside we probably looked like tourists visiting Canada for the first time, mouths open, eyes wide in awe of the beauty. This place was the tits! As we made our way to the master bedroom, oh look Jenny Mckinney is doing Teigan Moore’s make up….oh and Darren Hull is checking out the lighting in the pool room!!! WTF!
We find Kim prepping with her assistants for the shoot, she was super sweet and lovely to chat with and made us feel at ease as it was pretty clear we were out of our comfort zone. Although I could get pretty damn comfy in a $7 million house.
We pass Lia Crowe in the hallway, she quickly introduces herself and says she’ll come find me when she’s ready for me, I’m instantly intimidated, she’s all business, a walking talking #BossBirch. We putter around the house freaking out at the amazing details and that view!! We meet Jenny and she’s just the sweetest!! Then Lia finds me….show time.
It was pretty obvious that I’m super stiff and clearly not a model, but after confiding in Lia that I was super intimidated by the past featured guests answers to the questionnaire and the photo shoot in general, she was so comforting and calmed my nerves. I quickly developed a Lady Boss crush on her….she was running the show at this shoot and taking names! She was so friendly and included Kaitlyn in the process as she could tell I was more comfortable with my hype girl around.
Side Side Note: Kaitlyn pulled all her best moves to make me laugh and smile “naturally” and Lia totally caught her twerking behind her.
We ended up shooting in the library that legit looked like the library in Beauty and the Beast, floor to 18 foot ceiling shelves of books with a ladder on wheels.
Side side side Note: Lia said my make up looked amazing….reminder that Kaitlyn did my make up. Jillian Harris isn’t the only Harris with a Kaitlyn.
So after an hour or so of shooting we hauled our asses back to the store. We were quickly brought back down to earth as Kaitlyn started cleaning the wine stain rings off the counter from the night before and I peeled off my Spanks feeling like a can of Pilsbury Crescents when you pop it open.
After a few weeks of waiting Lia emailed me the link to the article today and it’s kind of amazing. She didn’t change my dorky answers or anything, she let me be me! Overall it was such an amazing experience and I’m so honored that Boulevard even considered me.
So here’s the link to the article if you’re at all interested in finding out what my favorite restaurant is.