A MANI WITH...

Jillian Wheeler

Occupation: Designer/ Creative Director at Sonix

  Jillian Wheeler is Designer and Creative Director for Sonix, a fashion accessory design-house based outside Los Angeles. Jillian designs and art directs the embodiment of the Sonix brand. Under her vision Sonix cases, sunnies and leather goods have gained notoriety among celebs like Gigi Hadid, Kylie Jenner, Emma Roberts and Lucy Hale to name a few.
 
 

 

What is your key to feeling beautiful no matter how busy you are?

Addicted to my lash extensions! It's the one thing I'll splurge on because I can wear less makeup and still look put together!

What is your greatest strength?

I think it would be my ability to use my creativity in different aspects. I can create prints for phone cases and then switch to designing sunnies and then plan our event party all at once. It's super fulfilling to have a career where you can be creative in so many ways!

Do you have a go-to nail polish color? If so, what is it?

I love fun colors! Essie has this periwinkle color that I love for every season!

Do you ever get nail art?

Sonix just came out our custom printed nail art! Our evil eye nail art is my favorite!

Manicures and Pedicures - same time or staggered?

Same time! Full relaxation mode!

Matching nail and toe polish colors? Must do? Definite Don't?

It's not a don't but I like to mix and match!

What is your go-to restaurant and/or bar in town?

Bottega Louie downtown is my favorite restaurant for brunch, lunch or dinner. Everything there is amazing! Burrata Pizza is my fav.

Favorite fad workout (if any)?

I hate working out so my friend made a bet with me that if I went to cardio barre for a month straight she would buy me a pair of lulu lemon pants. I got the pants… and haven't been back since! I did really like cardio barre, I just liked my couch more.  

Favorite blog(s)?

Designlovefest - she is so creative it's crazy.

Your hair guru is….

Mattison Perron at Hush Hush Salon in Manhattan Beach. She is amazing!

Drugstore or department store beauty products?

Sonia Kashuk velvet matte lip crayons from target! They are the best!

Best way to stay youthful looking?

I feel like the highlight stick from NARS makes you look 10 years younger. I just put it on my cheekbones and it immediately makes you look fresh faced!

Who is your style icon?

Leandra Medine from Manrepeller- she is so effortlessly cool in everything she wears.

Favorite feature or body part on yourself?

I love my big lips! I used to be so self-conscious as a kid!

Favorite clothing designers?

Gucci, Zimmerman.. Other Stories is my go to for all my basics!

Favorite item in your closet?

I just bought a vintage Gucci belt! Super excited about that piece.

What is your favorite type of pie? Do you prefer plain or a la mode?

I didn't have a wedding cake - instead we had pie! I love pie! Ace Hotel makes the best banoffee (banana toffee) pie!

What charity is closest to your heart?

Sonix is actually teaming up with "The Young and the Brave," a non profit dedicated to children and young adults battling cancer. I will be designing a case and proceeds will go towards the charity!

Who has the best coffee in LA?

I love Stumptown or Fika. But if you want atmosphere and a good latte, Alfred coffee is always good!

Mac or PC?

Mac! I'm a designer so I definitely have Apple pride!

Would you ever wear your nails pointy?

I'm a short round, nail kinda gal, I can't type with long finger nails!

Buy a cake or make one?

Homemade funfetti cake is the best!

Could you ever go vegan?

No, I love cheese too much.

TV show you can binge watch.

I go to sleep every night watching The Office. It never gets old for me, it's my favorite show ever.

Who do you admire most?

My dad. He taught me everything I know about business and work ethic. I owe a lot of my success to him.