Meet Jessica Comingore
on her morning routine
In an ideal world, I wake up between 6 to 6:30 AM. I meditate, make some ginger-turmeric tea, and head out for a long walk or jog around my neighborhood. Then I’ll shower, make breakfast, and hunker down to work at 9am. I feel a noticeable difference when I’m able to start my day outdoors (as opposed to jumping straight from bed to the computer), but some days that's necessary too!
on launching her career
I began blogging in 2007. The Elysian Edit is essentially a modern version of the blog that began nearly a decade ago. After authoring it under my name for many years, it became clear to me in late 2015 that it needed to be its own entity, outside of the work I do in my design studio. It’s my passion project and an avenue for creative expression beyond client work. I don’t keep myself on a strict schedule with it, but rather explore topics as they pique my interest. I think it’s that organic pace that keeps it from feeling like another job or obligation.
As for the studio, it’s my main focus and what keeps me on a strict Monday through Friday schedule. Though my background is in interior design, I’ve spent most of my adult life behind a computer screen and really feel most comfortable there. My segue into graphic design continues to be a self-taught journey. My time in interiors informed my aesthetic in a huge way and still influences the work I do. It can definitely feel like a lot to manage sometimes, but I am organized to a fault. I keep on top of everything with strict timelines, schedules, to-do lists, and a project management system. Having an intern helps too!
on expanding her business
I’ve always loved hearing people’s stories and creating a genuine dialogue around creativity, and while I didn’t know it at the time, starting a blog back in 2007 really paved the path for owning my own business and pursuing the work I do today. As my studio started to grow, I realized it didn’t make sense to author a blog under my own name anymore, and that it really needed to be its own entity that wasn’t reliant on just me. In doing so, the site has attracted contributors from all over the globe who have been generous enough to lend their talents. Some of these people I’ve known from existing in this online network for so many years, but others have been wonderful new connections. I feel really lucky that the website has resonated with so many people, and that it stands out among the digital clutter in the way I intended it to.
on creating a comfortable home
I live with my boyfriend, and it’s important for me to create a space that isn’t just a reflection of my own taste, but comfortable for both of us to live in. In that sense, I think function is just as important as aesthetics. I definitely tend to gravitate towards a muted palette, natural materials, and a mix of old a new. Similar to fashion, I think balance is key, and I also thrift the majority of our home furnishings. Some of the items I’ve had with me since I moved out on my own ten years ago, and some of them are more recent acquisitions. But for every new item I bring in, I always donate something from what I have. I’m big on avoiding clutter, less for aesthetic reasons and more for mental health reasons. Waking up in a space that is calming and clean can really set the tone for your day.
on her beauty routine
My beauty routine is pretty basic and doesn’t vary too much day-to-day, but there are definitely a handful of products I swear by (mostly Kiehl’s), like Kiehl's Hydro-Plumping Re-Texturizing Serum Concentrate and Kiehl's Midnight Recovery Concentrate. I have a nightly regimen that helps me wake up feeling refreshed, and includes a Kiehl's facial cleanser, toner, nighttime oil, face cream, and eye cream (in that order). I recommend Aesop Women's Rejuvenate Intensive Body Balm Tube, R and Co Badlands Dry Shampoo Paste, and Aesop Primrose Facial Cleansing Masque. I try to avoid putting on makeup on days that I’ll be working from home, just to give my skin some breathing time. But all in all, I look for products that only use naturally-derived ingredients. For make-up, I recommend Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil, Benefit "They're Real!" Mascara and Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner.
I’ve struggled with shopping in recent years after narrowing in on what I like and trying my best to avoid the fast fashion route. Sometimes it feels impossible to find simple, affordable, and well-fitting clothes (at least for short, curvy ladies). I end up buying a lot of vintage pieces from thrift stores around LA and having them tailored. Outside of that, some of my go-to’s are Everlane, Steven Alan, and Elizabeth Suzann. If I had to sum up my aesthetic in a few words, it would be refined, modest, and classic.
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Jessica's Favorite Places in la
Civil Coffee for a morning matcha
New High Mart for ceramics and incense
Bhanu for their veggie Thali lunch
Melrose Trading Post for vintage finds
Mignon in Downtown LA for a quiet weeknight dinner
Photography by Rainbeau