Hey there rock star. You really wanna know? Here goes......
I grew up in California getting to pursue my first love working on feature films. I have been fortunate to work all over the world on such movies as “Speedracer,” “Contraband,” "Matrix," "Harry Potter" and "Troy."
The second love came by two parallel accidents. My grand dame grandmother Louella passed away leaving me her jewelry. She was a spit fire who lived a long exciting life always dressed to the nines. I was overwhelmed and confused by her generosity since I would maybe throw a bracelet on running out the door.
Very soon after, while working on a movie in California, I came down with the common flu. If common means bitch slapping you, calling you fat and sleeping with your boyfriend. This flu was mean! After several months of bed rest, I didn't get better. In fact, I kept feeling worse. More months followed by years with no medical explanation.
Getting antsy stuck at home, I dug Grammy's jewelry out of the closet and began reworking modern designs in my head. One drawing led to a casting which led to a handmade f-ing cool necklace and I was hooked.
Four years later, at rheumatologist #5's office (the first 2 said I was crazy - yea, I already know that!), I was finally diagnosed with an auto immune disease and fibromyalgia. With the right medication I immediately felt 80% better. The sun came out, birds sang - and I felt like a badass again.
With my new found freedom, I realized I didn't want to go back to movies. I absolutely loved jewelry design. Add to that the affirmations sparked by my snarky sense of humor and LilahV was born.
Have a kick ass day.
Lilah is both a nickname for my Grandmother Louella and my Australian shepherd rescue - yes the one in the photo.
❤ 20% of proceeds from LilahV jewelry is donated to the Humane Society
❤ 20% of proceeds from the You are RETRO Collection is donated to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society