Photography: Ashley Batz
Jeanne Chan is the charismatic personality behind the San Francisco lifestyle blog Shop Sweet Things. A stay-at-home mom and self-proclaimed shopaholic, Jeanne created her blog as a creative outlet where she could share shopping indulgences with her readers. Jeanne’s bright home directly reflects her whimsical, fun, and optimistic personal style — not to mention some serious sweet things!
“The two loves of my life! The photo you see with my husband and I was a very special moment that was emotional and intimate. It was taken one week before our baby arrived, and there were really no words to describe the excitement and anticipation of welcoming a newborn!” Chevron frame from Anthropologie; Clip frame CB2.
Why did you decide to start a fashion / lifestyle blog? What do you love most about blogging?
To be honest, I couldn’t imagine not having my own life outside of motherhood and being a stay-at-home mom. Don’t get me wrong; I love being a mother. But I also wanted to create something of my own with the flexibility to stay home with my daughter, so I looked into blogging. I love fashion, design, and, of course, shopping. I always get asked the question, “where did you get that?” So I thought, why not start a blog and share my passion? It started out as a fashion blog, but I quickly realized that I enjoy looking at all things that enhance a lifestyle beyond my closet. That’s how Shop Sweet Things became a lifestyle blog.
I love that blogging allows me to connect with like-minded people from all over the world who get inspired by each other. You make friends along the way, and you just never know what opportunities will arise from it. It’s a very supportive community and I embrace it fully. I really think it’s the new age pen-pal!
Describe your personal style. What is an ideal outfit?
I gravitate toward colors and whimsical pieces a lot, especially when they are bright and cheery! I’m most confident when I’m wearing them. Since I’m always chasing and carrying my daughter around, I try to keep my silhouette simple (but hopefully not boring). My ideal outfit is a cute button-down with a pretty color or pattern (sometimes tucked in, sometimes out – depending on my mood), my Levi’s skinny jeans, and a pair of metallic flats or patent oxfords.
“I’m a lucky girl to be living in one of the highest points in San Francisco, overseeing half of the city. Though I get a lot of fog up here and the days can get gray, it doesn’t stop me from wearing my favorite bright colors.” Denim shirt from Madewell; Pants from H&M (similar); Chain necklace from Banana Republic; Leopard kitten heels, purchase from Hong Kong.
“Instead of using this striped tumbler in the bathroom, I bought it to use as a vase. One of my favorite thing to do is to use objects for different purposes. Besides, don’t you just love these red tulips in it? Red, white, and blue are one of my all- time favorite combos!” Striped tumbler from West Elm.
What three things should every Glitter Girl have in her wardrobe?
A statement (sparkly) necklace, a pair of shiny shoes, and a killer blazer!
“Surrounding myself with great design and stationary make working a lot more enjoyable. Especially working from home, these little things really keep me motivated and inspired.” 2012 greeting card from Honey & Bloom; Archie notebooks from J.Crew.
“I love to stock up on lovely treats in my home, like pretty macarons. Not only are they delightful to look at, but I think it’s essential to treat yourself with something sweet everyday.” Tray by Indeeyo.
Where do you seek and find inspiration?
Lately, I’ve been finding a lot of inspirations through Pinterest, Instagram, and fashion/lifestyle sites like Refinery29 and Glitter Guide! When offline, I find inspiration through visiting shops and restaurants. I love looking at the details, décor, and visual displays in those spaces — I’m pretty much a kid in a candy store when it comes to all that!
When comes the weekend, one of my favorite things to do is to enjoy a nice cocktail. Since we stay home a lot now, it only makes sense to have a mini bar at home. And I love how the bottles and glassware bring a little sparkle to the dining area.”
My favorite thing to indulge in is:
“My favorite pastime is to lounge on my sofa and read my favorite magazines. As much as I love looking at the web, there’s just no replacement for having something physical in your hands.” Yellow blouse from H&M (similar); Metallic skinny belt from Banana Republic (similar); Jeans from Levi’s; Bracelet from Rachel Leigh; Vintage ring.
“Whimsicality and colors at their best! I knew I had to have these darling espresso cups when I saw them at the Peggy Guggenheim Museum in Venice, Italy.“
How would you describe your home décor?
I think that for the most part, my home is pretty modern. I like to stick with clean lines with my furniture, though I do like to accentuate my home with colorful quirky pieces, vintage-inspired pieces, and sparkly pieces. I think eclectic chic best describes my style.
“I always wanted a big comfortable sofa, because it’s what brings the family together in the living room. I took a little risk by having the sofa made in blue velvet rather than a neutral hue. And the result? I love it!” Sofa from Room & Board; Coffee table from CB2; Faux fur throw from Restoration Hardware; Cushions from Indeeyo and West Elm. “Wall art is a DIY project I recently did.”