Who Am I ?
An Introduction to HEATHER GARDNER
1: Who am I?
I am a 36-year old, California beach girl who loves the outdoors and experiencing the beauty in life. I am passionate about my family, my friendships, and my art–jewelry design, playing guitar and singing, and restoring old furniture. A favorite way to spend time is exercising: mainly trail running, Pilates and surfing. My husband and I enjoy gourmet food and maintaining our organic garden, taking drives up the coast for wine tasting, and local and international travel. A few favorites are Mammoth, Yosemite, Africa, Italy, and Australia.
Before becoming a jewelry designer, I taught Modern World History and Sociology at Malibu High School for nine years. I was involved in leading numerous high school clubs, like Operation Smile. Now I can fulfill my life-long dream of being a stay-at-home mother because I now work from home.
2: What do you do and what project are you currently working on?
I am a jewelry designer, with my designs featured in high-end boutiques and celebrity fashion websites. Tiger Lily jewelry was also prominently featured on Brooklyn Decker, Hilary Rhoda, and Alyssa Miller in the recent Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue, which has really increased the media visibility of my designs. I recently launched a Bridal Collection and am currently working on expanding my social networking techniques and updating my blog while designing and fulfilling orders for my clients. I also am involved providing jewelry for stylists for numerous fashion shoots, for various magazines and fashion blogs.
3: Where are you from and where are you going?
I was born in Southern California, and then moved with my family to live in the rural beauty of Colorado. Five years later, I found myself back in California, but on the Central Coast, which served as the beginnings for the country-beach girl that I am today. It has tremendously influenced my overall style and jewelry design. Now, I’m living the dream life in Malibu, California with my best friend and husband, Michael, and our amazing son, Dakota. Life is beautiful!
I am going wherever this life takes me. I choose to make the most with what I have been given, but am working hard to grow into being someone who can accept whatever life brings with courage, heart, and passion. I hope to never leave the coastline of the Golden State; I will always be a California girl.
4: Who is your biggest hero?
My father. He is a man of integrity, loyalty, and incredible generosity. He has been, and always will be, there for me, and he gives me wisdom on life when the going gets really tough. He and my mother have modeled the true meaning of love and how to building a lasting marriage.
5: What book is your bible?
The Bible is actually my bible.
6: What are some things you love? And some things you hate?
I love being content with life, holding my son and laughing together, seeing people helping each other, watching the sunset over the Pacific, and swimming in a stream up in the mountains.
I hate war and I hate global issues that could be resolved, yet remain unresolved due to human apathy or greed.
7: What is your raison d’être?
8: What is your favorite color?
The blue in a turquoise stone.
9: Who is your favorite comic book superhero?
I’ve never been into comics, but if I had to choose one to be, I’d be Wonder Woman.
10: What is your favorite NYC hot spot?
If I could only hang in one area of NYC for a day, I’d be in SoHo.
11: What turns you on?
My husband’s unconditional love for me, and red wine with dark chocolate.
12: What would the last question of this questionnaire be if you were the
If you could end one of the world’s sufferings, what would it be?
Native Californian and Malibu resident Heather Gardner presents Tiger Lily, a jewelry line that blends nature’s beauty within a modern trend-setting composition. California’s diverse landscape of endless coastlines, hidden dramatic canyons, and mountainous regions, has provided ample opportunities for artistic inspiration. As a global traveler and outdoor adventurer, Gardner seeks to capture the essence of the world’s beauty in her designs. The color palate of the minerals, gemstones, and crystal selected reflect the colors she has discovered in the places that inspire her most.
Tiger Lily graces the likes of celebrities like Vanessa Hudgens, Kourtney Kardashian, Christina Applegate, Gabby Reece, and more; however, her true passion is making any woman feel beautiful in her designs. Tiger Lily Jewelry has been featured in prominent print media such as Sports Illustrated Swimsuit, InStyle, Lucky, C and Bridal Guide magazines and featured online venues like StyleSectionLA.com.
Overseen by Jillian Mercado
Questions by PMc Magazine
Edited by Meaghan Coffey
Photography by Michael Gardner Photography / Courtesy of Heather Gardner
Design by Jillian Mercado
Heather Gardner, Malibu, 2011, Photography by Michael Gardner Photography / Courtesy of Heather Gardner