Lifestylin' Lady of Business: Mintwich's Jordan Peister


Never underestimate the perfection of a designer's personal style. I didn't meet Jordan Peister of Mintwich Graphic Design until after we had been working together for months on the killer 16-page brochure she designed for me. I'll admit, I wasn't very prepared for our meeting at Lemonade on Abbott Kinney. When deciding what to wear that morning, I thought "eh whatever - it's Venice" and threw on an oversized t-shirt and jeans. Jordan's entrance into the restaurant's double glass doors was straight out of a movie. She was rocking a super flattering and crisp navy day dress, heels, a meticulous smokey eye, her beach blond waves blowing in the breeze (just go with it). This is a girl who knows how to dress, and always takes the opportunity to do so elegantly - whether she's off to a client meeting or enjoying the ocean air near her beachside home. Her personal style is much like her designs - classic and clean with a modern, feminine touch.

Jordan's Style

Name 3 items in your wardrobe you cannot live without. 1. A great pair of heels: my nude patent Stuart Weitzman peep-toes are my absolute favorite. I don’t like being matchy-matchy, so I love wearing them with a black dress for evening or a casual shirtdress for day. The best part? They are unusually comfortable!

2. A coat that goes from day to night: My ultra-girlie Anthropologie winter white ruffle collar coat does just that. It’s a cozy swing coat that dresses up any outfit.

3. A unique purse that goes with everything. I can’t handle lugging around a big bag so my Laker yellow ostrich leather satchel is my perfect size. It was also hand made by Beth Springer in Venice, CA!

How would you describe your style? Creative, preppy, classic, feminine, structured. I like to blend timeless with modern. Though I tend to always be overdressed in dresses and heels, I don’t mind it.

What was your last fashion purchase? This red/turquoise silk tank dress from Tibi. It was perfect for summer and now I can pair it with black tights and these Gucci ankle boots for Fall.

What’s currently on your wish list? I’ve been craving the perfect pair of spat boots for like 5 years now, I think these are definitely my style if the heel was higher. This faux fur vest or this fur bolero is over the top! I want! Back to reality though, I think I need this military inspired button coat. Even though I live in Southern California, I am obsessed with winter coats!

If you could only shop at one store, or from one designer, what would it be? Most don’t believe that I actually loathe going to a store to shop, so I have to say I think you could say I have a talent of knowing whether something will fit me just by looking at the style online. At shopbop, there is always something feminine with an edge that I have to have.

What item(s) do you rely on most in your day-to-day business endeavors? My accessories; an oversized watch, a cocktail ring or cuff bracelet can glam up any outfit. I also always need a splash of unexpected color or sparkle, which are usually my shoes.

Leather or lace? Leather; purses, boots, jackets, the trim on my favorite black pants – yes!

Red lips or smokey eye? Smokey eyes; I wear eggplant, charcoal, chocolate brown eye shadow whether it’s day or night. Mom always says, “play up the eyes.”

Who or what inspires your style? Tory Burch for her classic but eclectic edge, Gwen Stefani for obvious reasons, and my grandma – she has always been my style icon for wearing chic, figure-flattering dresses. I am a lover of pretty things so anything that makes me swoon inspires my style.

Photo by Julian Dufort

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Jordan's classic modern style is the perfect blend of current trends and  have-forever pieces. Get inspired with a few ideas based on her wardrobe and want list.

Jordan Peister




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A Very Important Date


The countdown to 3/5 is in full swing! Ever since I saw the first teaser trailer of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, I was smitten. I am thrilled that such a fantastical story, which exists only as a cartoon in most of our memories, was put into the hands of someone who can really give us something to feast our eyes on... in IMAX 3D! Whether you're excited for Johnny Depp's quirky portrayal of the Mad Hatter, or like me, all the amazing costumes and set design, it seems like everyone is getting Alice fever! [youtube=]

I can't help but consider the possibility of an Alice themed tea party in my future. Just imagine all the fun! I'm thinking Shabby Chic linen napkins with crown rings, vintage mismatched teacups, Sprinkles cupcakes, and hat making. Most importantly, what would Alice wear?

Alice by thelifestyled featuring Lulu Guinness bags

The Queen of Hearts' duds would suit her better in Vegas than my tea party (and she wouldn't be invited anyway - I like my guests' heads to stay on, thank you very much). And she's the only one I could imagine actually spending $15,000 on this white mink coat and wearing it - blech!

Queen of Hearts Queen of Hearts by thelifestyled featuring Betsey Johnson jewelry

Even the cosmetics companies have joined in on the fun. The Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland eyeshadow palette is said to be their best one ever, and I've heard great things about OPI's nail polish collection, which includes colors like "Off With Her Red" and "Mad As a Hatter."

Urban Decay Alice in Wonderland Book of Shadows

OPI Alice in Wonderland Mini Set, $9.50

Alice in Wonderland has always been a source of creative inspiration for all sorts cultural outlets. One of my favorite NYC spots to hit up with girlfriends is Alice's Tea Cup for countless cups of Earl Grey and amazing pumpkin scones, and I am still trying to get my hands on one of Urban Outfitters' "Drink Me" mugs. But this Gwen Stefani video is probably my favorite Alice themed piece ever made:


If you're as excited for this movie as I am, keep the countdown going.  Just remember - don't be late!