Glitter Girl: Jeanne Of Shop Sweet Things

Written by on January 9, 2012 in Fashion, Glitter Girl - 34 Comments
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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.”

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  • Eli

    LOVE Jeanne! She is a very inspiring woman, I’m glad to see her featured on here.

  • Cynthia

    Lovely feature on a lovely woman! :)

  • Kristina

    I love the acrylic coffee table with the dark blue sofa in the living room. But I have three kids — how well does acrylic hold up around a family? Does it get scratched easily? It doesn’t seem family-friendly but I so want one!

    • Jeanne

      Hi Kristina,

      It does get scratches but not too bad. It may not seem family-friendly but this table is already childproofed with all the rounded corners :) So that was a big plus for me. This one is from CB2 and it’s the most price-friendly compared to other acrylic tables I’ve seen, so it was a good buy for me.

      Kudos to you for having three kids!!

      Xo Jeanne

  • Jennifer

    I love Jeanne, and her house is gorgeous. such a fun read this morning!! thanks for sharing.

  • Mira

    Heart this girl! She’s a beauty inside and out!

  • Krista

    Jeanne is one of the sweetest SF based bloggers I’ve ever met and she always looks so put together. It was so neat to see her home, styled just as sweetly! Great pick for a Glitter Guide feature.

  • Natalie

    What a great pick for a Glitter Guide feature — Jeanne is always so stylish and she has the home to match!

  • Erinn T

    Beautiful lady, both inside and out. Loved her house and style. Thanks for introducing me to her blog, it’s like finding buried treasure!


  • Lauren

    LOVE Jeanne!! She is such a wonderful woman. Loved this feature!! And LOVEEEEE your vanity area Jeanne!!!
    I think I am officially inspired to clean my room! hah

  • brighton

    love love love this post!! that orange jacket is to die!!

  • Sarah Roads

    Hello Jeanne and your fabulous navy velvet sofa! Beautiful pics, heading over to your blog now!

  • Will @ Bright.Bazaar

    You are looking FAB! Plus, I love that blue and white stripe vase! :)

  • Andrea Howe

    That DIY art is spectacular!

  • Laura

    She’s so inspiring!

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  • Jeanne

    Thank you all for the very sweet comments! XO

  • Supal

    Seriously, Jeanne and her daughter are SO CUTE! I love her style especially!

  • Savvy in San Francisco

    Such a fabulous feature one of my favorite SF bloggers! Jeanne is always so fabulously dressed and now we got a glimpse into her gorgeous home! Thanks for sharing!

  • sillyblahgs

    so glad to have found you initially on pose! we have similarities in our styles and likes, but you are way more put-together than I :) this has been very inspiring to read. I’m a sucker for white and bright colors, as well as eclecticism of mixing modern and vintage. look forward to following more. by the way, your makeup is gorgeous! but it helps that your skin in flawless! I need to contact you to pick your brain.

    • Jeanne

      So happy you found me on Pose and read the feature! Looking forward to connect! xo

  • Katie

    Wonderful post Glitter Guide!! I love her style & home (and little one, how cute!) Jeanne would you mind telling me what lipstick you are wearing throughout? It’s gorgeous on you & seems like the perfect bright pop of glossy color :-) Thanks so much!


    • Jeanne

      Hi Katie, thank you so much for your comment! I’m so flattered!

      For the lipstick, I wore Cover Girl – I don’t have the name of the shade, but it’s a true red and the style number is 964. I also layered it with Smashbox lip enhancer gloss, shade is Starlit. I layer this gloss over other shades too and it works really well. Hope this helps!

      x Jeanne

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  • Shalene

    I love her style and the sofa is simply divine!!!

  • Anna

    What style of sofa is that from Room and Board? It looks so comfy!

  • Sweet Caroline

    What a wonderful post! I am so jealous that you live in the most gorgeous city EVER and have such a fantastic view! Much luck and success!

  • Alexandrajgardner

    I have looked everywhere for you Haute Hippie dress.  It is divine.  Wish they still sold it.  I bet you looking amazing in it on your wedding day. 

  • fauxtreschic: jennifer


    It was so nice to briefly meet you last week at A&O :]  Your space is amazing, crisp, fresh, and inviting at the same time :]


  • Angeline

    Hi Jeanne,

    May I know what colour lipstick you are using? The colour is gorgeous

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  • Toni

    Can you tell me what style and fabric name your sectional sofa is? I love it, but can’t seem to figure out which one it is on the Room & Board web site. Beautiful room!

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