#THATSWHATSHESAID: JILLIAN GUYETTE, A BETTER HAPPIER ST. SEBASTIAN | FREE PEOPLE

It's that time of year again - the slight chill in the air makes my heart skip a beat with anticipation of chunky knits and boots. And, Jillian Guyette's richly-hued snaps and effortless cool, feel like the perfect way to ease into what I think is the most stylish of seasons. 

Her images bring as much life to a mouth-watering spread, on A Better Happier St. Sebastian, as they do vintage denim and shoe shots for Free People. Her styling skills are impeccable, but what I find most impressive is how her successful brand sprouted from a passion project with her now hubby, Robert. 

With Jillian's talent for capturing the moment, I wanted to hear what stood out on her stroll down memory lane. 

Q1: Best gift you received? Who gave it to you? 

The best gift I’ve ever received was a trip to Paris just a couple of days after my soon-to-be-husband Robert proposed to me. I’d never been to Europe and was dying to go to Paris in particular for ages. He proposed just before we spent Christmas with my family, and I was still in shock from that whole experience. When he told me I had a bigger surprise coming I was seriously convinced he was referring to this bread making class I had been wanting to take. Then I opened up a perfectly packaged little vintage book of Paris maps, got teary eyed and realized exactly what it was. It was such a special moment.

Q2: Most meaningful project thus far? 

My most meaningful project thus far would probably be the food blog that I currently work on with Robert. A Better Happier St. Sebastian has really grown with us from the early stages of our relationship to where it is currently. It’s truly a labor of love, and I thoroughly enjoy the amount of time I devote to all aspects of it. Watching him grow as a home cook has been truly inspiring to me, and I love that we’re constantly learning new things from each other and pushing ourselves to stay creative.

Q3: Self-talk motto for staying motivated? 

I always tell myself that everything happens for a reason, the good and the bad. I think it makes frustrations more palatable, and successes feel a bit serendipitous. I have a hard time slowing down, but when the ruts happen I just remind myself that taking pictures for a living was the job I dreamed of, and couldn’t really imagine carving it out any differently for myself. There’s an endless amount left for me to see and be inspired by.

Q4: Pre-party rituals? 

I really love hosting parties, get togethers, girls nights... really anything involving wine and snacks. Spreading a couple bunches of fresh flowers across lots of small vases is something I always end up doing. There’s not much that feels cheerier, or more welcoming than flowers all about.

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