Finding humor in life’s tough stuff is just one of the qualities that makes Jenny Hutt so irresistible. This radio host, author and TV personality isn’t afraid to dish out real talk about the struggles we all face—served up with a healthy dose of self-deprecation. From grieving a loss to body image issues, her honesty, resilience and ability to get us rolling on the floor laughing all contribute to making her one of the most awesome women we know. And if all that wasn’t enough, she’s recently added fearless founder to her roster of impressive qualities—her new company Bunny Eyez makes ingenious readers that flip and tilt for all-the-time functionality. With all that going on, she somehow finds a way to keep her style on point—and she let us in to her closet to show us how.
"I like the idea of starting each day a new. Another opportunity to do more, be better, be kinder, and grow."
Describe your current relationship with your closet? (love it, hate it, we need to break up)
My closet and I need to have a sit down. I have too much stuff, and yet NOTHING to wear. Isn’t this every girl’s problem? It is so hard to purge all the clothing and shoes I have not worn in years. There’s this over attachment, because many of the pieces contain memories. If you’ve not seen the play “Love, Loss and What I wore” By Nora and Delia Efron, see it or read the book it’s based on “Love, Loss and What I Wore” by Ilene Beckerman, you’ll understand!
Describe the outfit that makes you feel like the most authentic version of yourself.
I feel most like myself when I am in skinny jeans, platform sneakers, a shirt or sweater just loose enough (but not too loose.) I love a great jacket. I love clothing that looks great, but feels comfortable!
When did you last push The Reset Button?
I try to reset every morning! I like the idea of starting each day a new. Another opportunity to do more, be better, be kinder, and grow.
You’ve had multiple career resets in your life. Each impressive and diverse. What were the pivotal moments that allowed you to take those leaps and make those changes?
When I went to law school, it did not feel like a choice. It felt like I had to go to have a profession at the ready. Although I LOVED the education, and will forever keep my license current and in good standing, being a lawyer was not my calling. After I got married, and had my babies, I was offered a satellite radio show and I said “YES!!!” It was a real in-the-right-place-at-the-right-moment kind of serendipitous thing. I was plenty theatrical and dramatic in my life, but I was and am still shocked at what a magical thing it is to be on air and connect with people each day. I love it. I feel beyond lucky to have been broadcasting out of Sirius XM for over thirteen years. About a year and a half ago, I had a germ of an idea in my belly (butterflies and all) to create Bunny Eyez reading glasses. I had a need, conceived of an idea, partnered with my sister who helped to make that idea better, and now we have a company that makes never before seen reading glasses that you can wear, tilt, and flip! #Bunnyeyez
What have been your biggest learnings from each reset?
Every day I learn something about people around me, about me, about the world! Learning to trust my gut has been an ongoing thing. I think this past year with our Bunny Eyez launch I have learned that sometimes you just have to do it. And then see what happens. If you have an idea, and you can’t sleep because of this idea, and your belly feels it all day and night long, then do it. Even if you think you’ll look like a fool if you fail, DO IT anyway. You won’t ever win if you don’t play the game. This was the first time in my life I did not think about what if I fail. I also learned to ask for help. Ask for what you need. Ask for information about what you don’t know. Everything’s better when you do it with others.
What inspired you to create Bunny Eyez and where did the name come from?
When I turned 44, my perfect vision took a nose dive. Now at 48, I cannot function without my reading glasses! A year and a half ago I was complaining TO MYSELF that I couldn’t wear my reading glasses when I got my hair colored (because they would be in the way of the color by my ears) or when I was having my hair blown (same concept). I couldn’t think of any reading glasses on the market that were fashionable, affordable, adorable, and had the features I was looking for. A few months later I was sitting next to my sister at the hair colorist and I noticed my sister looked annoyed-well it turned out she was having the same frustration I had! So we started talking about what we wanted to create, googled every option, found nothing and realized we had an incredible idea we had to execute. There was no option but to make Bunny Eyez.
We named our company after our ultra chic and extraordinarily loving mom Bunny Koppelman who passed away in 2008 from Pancreatic cancer. She too was obsessed with reading glasses, and having no gray hair! We have a bunny on our site that looks like a lady- we made her to look like our mom.
Your physical transformation has been inspiring and you’ve shared your journey very publicly with your audience. What has been the most challenging part for you and what tips would you give people on maintaining your progress?
I lost about seventy pounds in 2009 and have maintained that weight loss ever since. Maintenance is hard. Being open about the struggle is what keeps me going. Knowing that most of us struggle with our bodies makes me feel less alone. And I hope to give hope to the woman reading this who thinks she’ll never figure out her body. She will, and then she’ll have to keep figuring it out forever. There is NO after picture because the after doesn’t ever really come. Just keep going. Make the best choices for your body. Make a poor choice and learn from it. Use the scale as data rather than judge and jury. Your weight does not eclipse your worth, or increase your worth. Like everyone I am a work in progress.
What are 3 ways you are going to Reset for the New Year?
I always: reset my diet, reset my exercise routine, and reset the negative thoughts that creep in. A fourth is I’d like to reset my closet and clean it out… finally!
What’s your favorite R|Label piece and why?
I LOVE LOVE LOVE the vegan leather jogger. I am obsessed with them. They feel like sweatpants, look like luxe leather, and are incredibly flattering
How or where do you go to rejuvenate to recharge?
I go to bed, get under the covers, and search for pizza and puppies on Instagram.
Describe your personal style in three words.
Comfortable. Sexy. Flattering.
If you were to write your own morning mirror what would it be? (Daily Affirmation)
You got this.
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