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, botanical½things 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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Must Have: Falconwright bags

  Falconwright is the brainchild of Toronto natives Sandi Falconer & Danielle Wright, and I cannot get enough of their handmade leather pouches. The punchy patterns they use are loud but paired with the simple design of the pouch, they're surprisingly easy to pull off and make you look instantly eclectic cool. They only create small batches at a time, so the bags sell out immediately from their site. Keep an eye out for their next onslaught of adorable bags and wallets here!


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The Leaf Cross is simple yet stunning.


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This necklace makes me think of Christmas as a child and I smile. I remember cracking pecans for hours to make a pecan pie, and sitting by the fire taking on the daunting project of cracking walnuts and Brazil nuts with my seven year old hands and feeling like a champion when I broke them open.


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A simple statement. Amidst so many cross necklaces, there are very few where the cross is cut out. That is what I like about this one - the Maltese Cross necklace is made from the negative space. A new twist on a very popular concept.


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This Sand Dollar Dove necklace is a MUST HAVE. It is an anchor piece for my collection. Such a simple necklace but the detail of the wings, the fact that it is cast from a sand dollar, and the symbolism of PEACE & GOODWILL combines to make the perfect statement piece, without being too dramatic.


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These tiny branch earrings are so pretty. So delicate. I loved the blue topaz drops with diamonds. So sweet and innocent.  Love.


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Your Feet Will Love You for This

shoes CITYSLIPS: I wish I would have had these shoes in NYC. CitySlips shoes fold up and come with a small carrying case that converts to a tote bag to carry your heels. These are perfect after a long night in your killer shoes (accurately named), when you parked too far away, or when you don't want to go barefoot through airport security. The price is nice for a fun stocking stuffer $28 for the non leather version and $58 for the leather. Click Here for a Merry Christmas gift to your feet.


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A Well Needed Energy Boost

Bonk Breaker BONK BREAKER ENERGY BARS: A friend introduced me to Bonk Breaker energy bars and I am hooked. They are vegan, gluten and soy free and if you look on the back at the ingredients list, you will know how to pronounce everything it has in it - no weird chemicals or preservatives. These bars were developed by athletes for athletes, specifically for those in endurance sports. I don't consider myself an athlete, (those who know me will gladly second this) but I do see my life as one big endurance sport, so I think that counts. Now I know this digresses a bit from my usual fashion related finds, but I thought that since A. I am obsessed with these (they actually taste good) B. This is the time of year you need energy the most (lots of holidays, shopping, parties, traveling, etc) I should tell you about them. Click Here to find a way to survive this season.


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These starfish earrings are precious. The rose gold looks so pretty on the skin, an the little diamonds add a nice sparkle. They make me think of happy things, like running on the beach, feet covered in sand, looking for treasures to gather.


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