My name is Julie Kenney and I create beautifully designed celebrity and charity gift bags. After spending years succeeding in the corporate world, my heart longed for something more fulfilling. Inspired by my love of creating gift bags and my heart for charity, I launched Jewels and Pinstripes.
As my business gained notoriety, I went from working out of my small home office to a large workspace in the heart of downtown Pleasanton, California. Thanks to Jewels and Pinstripes, I can attest to the old saying “do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Now truly passionate about my line of work, I’ve had the opportunity to raise awareness for numerous deserving charities, all while working from a flexible schedule to raise my two sons Blake (15) and Landon (12). Whether I’m jetting off to an A-list event one week or serving as my son’s baseball team mom the next, I tactfully balance my two full-time roles as a strong businesswoman and mother.
Jewels and Pinstripes
Founded in 2004, Jewels and Pinstripes specializes in creating one-of-a-kind gift bags for high profile charity events and celebrity milestones. I have raised more than $300,000 for children’s charities through auctioning my gift bags online, benefiting organizations such as Save the Children, The Plasticos Foundation, Moment by Moment Foundation, Annika K. Strain Foundation, and Care to Learn. Catering to events like the American Cinematheque Gala, Indianapolis 500, MusiCares® Person of the Year Tribute during Grammy Week®, and Muhammad Ali’s Celebrity Fight Night, I am known by several media outlets as the “go-to girl for great gifts.”
I continue to surpass expectations with Jewels and Pinstripes as a leader in Celebrity and VIP gifting. Working with companies such as Hasbro, Peeps, Spanx, Mabel’s Labels, Angel Dear, and Wubbanub, my unique gift bags consistently receive praise from some of Hollywood’s A-List celebrities, moreover celebrity parents and their children. Jewels and Pinstripes prides itself on its celebrity sightings with Ayesha Curry, Brooke Shields, Gwen Stefani, Halle Berry, Hugh Jackman, Italia Ricci, Jamie Lynn Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Madonna, Reese Witherspoon, Salma Hayek and many more!
Jewels and Pinstripes gift bags regularly attract the attention of leading media outlets including, but not limited to Celebrity Baby Scoop, Entertainment Tonight Online, Extratv.com, In Touch Weekly, Life and Style Weekly, Modern Mom, OK! Weekly, Oprah Winfrey Show, People Magazine, People.com, People’s Celebrity Baby Blog, Pregnancy Magazine, The View, TyraShow.com, and Us Weekly Magazine.
The Gifting Experts
As a leader in the gifting industry for over fifteen years, I receive so many requests for my expertise. With my passion for serving others, I launched The Gifting Experts. This platform provides 24/7 access to each year’s top gift guides, holiday giveaways, and my own set of gifting ideas called “Julie’s Picks.” Whether you want to view all of the holiday gift guides in one place, you need a gift idea for the person that has everything, or you want to win amazing gifts, The Gifting Experts has it covered!
Above photos by Joy Harmon Prouty of Wildflowers Photography