Necklace Giveaway!

I have been a longtime reader and lover of fashion blog Piece of Toast, and they are now hosting an exclusive giveaway of my Sand Dollar necklace in 14K gold for their readers! So excited to send out this necklace to the lucky winner; head over to their site to enter for this one of a kind beauty from my Trouve collection! Click to enter here! Much love, Cannon


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Concierge of Chic: Megan Adams Brooks

Megan and I have known each other since kindergarten, and with my daughter starting school this year I realize just how long ago that was! Megan and I have had a special bond because we both started our companies while we were in college. Megan is now a talented studio artist, textile and home decor designer (check out her painted leather clutches--I love them!). Megan started out designing clothing in college, but became frustrated with the lack of interesting fabric. In an art class she made the unusual request to have an etching printed on silk, and her love for fabrics began. She graduated, put her design business on hold and then pursued a 3 year masters in textiles. Upon finishing the 3-year program, she turned from clothing to the stuff it's made of and began her own textile design business. This has since expanded into home decor, tabletop, handbags, screen-printing silks, and wall art, all laced with her own patterns and design. Cannon Lewis: What's the biggest challenge of owning your own business? Megan Adams Brooks: Doing the creative side of things is always fun and natural for me, but the other aspects of business don't come easily. Social media, daily operations, etc.--those are probably the biggest challenge, but delegating all of that makes it much easier! CL: What is your advice to creative people trying to break in? MAB: I'd say be open to showing your form of art wherever you can and don't be too picky. You never know what can come of it, and being narrow-minded keeps you from accessing new possibilities. CL: What's next for you? MAB: Right now I've got pieces selling at Blue Print (on Fairmont and McKinney), and I always have my paintings and the screen-printed pillows going on the side. I am also finishing up a line of fabrics by the yard and now working on wallpaper. It's the fine line of finding the best way to sell while still doing what I love. CL: What is your inspiration? MAB: Originally it was from my drawings and paintings, but most recently I've been inspired by nature and the way textures combine organically. I want to try synthesizing textures and prints--damask, animal, botanicalĀ½things like that. I usually start with a sketch and then manipulating it on the computer to create a repeating pattern. CL: What would you say is your personal style? MAB: I think in general my style is pretty traditional, but I do try to have an unconventional approach combined with classic. CL: What is your favorite Cannon jewelry? MAB: Any of them, all of them! I love the Captivate Collection--the jewelry makes any simple ensemble much more elegant and interesting. CL: You started your own business in college, what is your biggest takeaway from that? MAB: How hard I had to work! (laughs) Honestly, it was a blast and I loved designing clothes, but keeping up with the trends and having to change styles constantly was exhausting. I like clothes that transcend trend--classic forms. I could have gone that route, keeping up with the constant change, but it was overwhelming. That's why I love fabric, overall it stays timeless. The clothes go in and out, but fabrics are always here. However, it was less expensive for me to make my own clothes than to go out and buy them, so that was a nice perk. See all of Megan's home and fabric designs here! Her art and installations can be viewed here!


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