Unlike most of my blog topics, “L George Designs” found me; I didn’t find it. I remember the morning like it was yesterday, too, because it was such a bad time in my life. My health was a complete disaster and I had just finished a three-day IVIG infusion to treat my GBS/CIDP. The infusions were dreadful and left me feeling weak, nauseous and frail. I was feeling especially sorry for myself the day I received a box and a note from Reggie Carson.
Reggie (who is a mover and shaker in the fashion biz) had sent me the most beautiful necklace, bracelet and earrings from Lisa George, a new jewelry designer. He explained in his note that the gift was “just because” and he wanted to “pay it forward.” His eloquent words and random act of kindness made me weep. It was just what I needed at such an impossibly difficult time in my life.
I wore the jewelry on television that same night and took a picture of it and sent it to Reggie. Reggie passed it along to Lisa and she immediately noticed that the bracelet was quite big on me, as I had lost a lot of weight during my illness. The next day, she privately messaged me on social media and asked if she could adjust the bracelet to fit me and well, that’s how it all began.
Over the course of the next couple of years, Lisa and I began a friendship based on fashion, but it would turn into something much deeper when I realized the kind of women she was. Lisa is a two-time cancer survivor, who on a really bad day (like the one I described in the beginning of the blog) made her way to a bead store and lost herself for five hours making a necklace.
That’s really not so unusual for a designer, but Lisa had spent years upon years honing her on-air radio hosting skills; making her way to the top of the food chain in her respective career, designing jewelry was the furthest thing from her mind. That day, though, she was captivated by what she was doing: she lost herself in the process, allowing herself an escape from the cold, hard reality of cancer.
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Hair & Make-up: Tabitha Rey
Hair: Jess Stuver
Editor: Matthew Auerbach