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Jenny Lopez in the Kamila jacket and Maliyah pants; all photographs by Marcio Amaral Peterson

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#MAKEITHAPPEN

Jenny Lopez, Influencer & Entrepreneur

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To stand out among the sea of creatives in Miami is no easy feat. Enter Jenny Lopez—no, not that one. We're talking about @lopezjennylopez, a style fixture in The Magic City who has been at the top of her game since 2010. She's a model, blogger, wellness enthusiast and entrepreneur, whose influence goes beyond the borders of South Florida. With over 20 years in the fashion industry, she’s always looking for ways to expand, innovate and share her unique gypset-meets-romantic style with the world. Her subscription retail box, Jenny-On-The-Go, is just one example, with carefully curated products that range from wellness to beauty to vintage fashion.

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Here, we chat with Lopez, who is also a wife and mother, on how she achieves family-work-life balance, her latest morning routine, and why positive energy and a good mood are the keys to getting things done.

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Q&A

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What are the driving passions that set you on your path?
My competition is myself. I am very passionate about what I do—I love to be creative and I am always looking for ways to bring new things and ideas to the table! I have been a model for more than 20 years, I started creating digital content back in 2010 as a way to explore and apply all the knowledge I had acquired over the years in the fashion industry working next to the best and very talented people. I am a generator—I love to connect people—I love beautiful aesthetics, and I love everything about feeling good.

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What does #MAKEITHAPPEN mean to you?
It means to generate, to create, and to keep moving forward. It means to throw yourself in the ocean and keep swimming no matter what. It means to always have a solution instead of a complaint.

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And who or what inspires you to make it happen?
My husband, my son, my work team, good friends, and my clients who are always bringing creativity to my table!

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Top essential life hacks to make it happen?
To start the day with the right foot. I also like to set an intention for the day. My top 3 tips are:  
1. Start my morning with warm water and lemon. This helps with my skin, immune system, and has many anti-inflammatory benefits, like keeping my PH alkalinized.
2. 15 to 30 minutes after my lemon water, I drink pure celery juice. I started this routine months ago. I rinse my organic celery and run it through the juicer. I started with 16 oz. a day but now I drink 32 oz. every morning. This brings amazing results to your skin, hair, stomach digestion, and to anyone who is suffering from chronic illnesses.
3. I try my best to exercise at least 4 times a week for my mental well-being and keep myself routined and active. Most of the time it is Pilates; other times I go to the gym or take a long walk through the beach. This helps me breathe and release.

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Jenny Lopez in the Gelston top, Miller dickey kacket and Beverly jean

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Your must-haves to make it happen?
Positive energy and a good mood, a strong team to delegate and not get overwhelmed, notes of things that need to get done, and an organized calendar. Be kind and ask for things politely—it always works to get the best out of people.

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Top 3 fashion hacks?
1. A good quality cotton tee with a very good fit.
2. A good pair of classic straight-fit blue jeans.
3. A killer pair of cowboy boots.
Have these as a base and you can layer and accessorize with anything you want.

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Top beauty hacks?
1. Keep hydrated with good quality water.
2. Good food (my morning routine celery juice and metal detox smoothie from Medical Medium)
3. Beauty sleep (ideally 8 hours)
4. Smile!

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Wardrobe MVPs that help you make it happen?
Versatile classic pieces that you can wear many times and never get tired of (like any Veronica Beard jacket), vintage and artisanal pieces that make outfits look unique, bold prints, and colors.

Share one example of how you made it happen through adversity...
When life gets hard, I take long walks on the beach to release all of my hustles and breathe in good energy. I accept what I am feeling at the moment, and live it through. I also get hands-on and try to think of solutions, if the situation is under my control. Or I'll ask a friend or my husband for advice, or I'll talk to my therapist. And if there is nothing I can do about it, I just let time do its part.

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The person who changed my life is….
My son, Elias! He changed my POV since now everything is not only about me. Even though I do try to prioritize myself in many situations, I know I have to care for another person and not just myself.

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Work-family-life balance—how do you navigate and stay centered?
Sometimes I work from my office, and sometimes I work from home to stay on top of everything that is going on there. I have one boy and I have the luck that everyone at home helps. On weekends I make the most out of my family time and try my best to stay away from my phone and anything work-related.

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Advice to others to make it happen?
Trust your gut and make yourself a priority. The only competition you have is you, so always do your best. Discipline is more important than talent!

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