Giveaway: Elizabeth Suzann by Elise Joseph

I count myself very lucky to know the inspiring lady that is Elizabeth Suzann. She's no stranger to this site, as I've been a consultant and huge fan of hers for awhile now. We recently flew out to Los Angeles to capture the SS15 collection, which launches today. It was a beautiful day with a dream team of friends, and the memories that we made will be unforgettable.

Elizabeth is generously offering a giveaway with Pennyweight for a $500 gift card. You can also use the code PENNYWEIGHT10 for ten percent off the new collection through Monday. My current favorite pieces are the Keaton jumpsuit, the Cocoon trench, the Harper tunic and the leather knot belt. To enter for the chance to win, please sign up for the Elizabeth Suzann newsletter and leave a comment below. Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, March 23rd.

UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Amy! You have been notified via email. And a big thank you to all of those who entered, and for the incredibly kind comments.

Photography by Jessica Comingore. Styling by Elise Joseph and Elizabeth Pape. Hair and makeup by Jesse Maria.

Transparency by Elise Joseph

I've been reading a lot around the web lately about grief, ugliness and perfection, and wanted to contribute to the ongoing conversation.

So often, blogs and social media can give the appearance of perfect lives. Lives without pain, sadness, stress, struggles, failures. It's so easy to compare ourselves to what we're constantly being bombarded by in our feeds. I, too, fall into this trap, and find myself thinking a lot about the content that I'm putting out into the world. I tend to steer away from sharing anything too personal, as I like to view Pennyweight as its own thinga place to create beautiful content, document inspirations, share stories of my favorite designers, places, products, etcetera. But those hardships are just as much a part of my daily life as my curated blog or Instagram feed.

I never want to imply that my life is perfect or better than anyone else's. I'm divorced, I have dirty dishes in my sink, I haven't vacuumed my rugs in weeks, I work from home in my pajamas a lot of the time. But I'm also loved, hard-working, independent and incredibly fortunate. We all have a beautifully tragic story.

If you'd like to dig more into this, I encourage you to read this stunning post on the topic of 'Ugly' by Kate, and this sad, honest post from Joanna.

Don't forget to appreciate and savor this life we've been given - the wonderful, happy, pretty things with the ugly, messy, catastrophic things. It's all a part of a bigger story. "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle."

Artwork by Tomomichi Morifuji.