Whimsical | Colorful | Approachable
5′ 7″ | Broad Shoulders | Short-Waist | Jeans 30-31 | Size 10-12
Mama to 8-year old + 5-year old daughters & a 1-year old son. Plus an 11-year old fur baby, Mimi.
I love finding pieces that you can wear in different, sometimes surprising ways. I’m a big believer in cost-per-wear over fast fashion — although I definitely am a sucker for a sale and Target graphic tees. I’m a serious person, but I don’t take fashion too seriously. I’d describe my style as accessible, occasionally outrageous, and uncomplicated. Some fashion isn’t for me, and that’s ok. My motto is, “It’s not my body, it’s the mass-produced clothing.” I’m on a journey to deprogram all the negative messages I’ve received from society about how my body should look and am becoming more comfortable with unapologetically taking up space. I’m a work in progress.
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Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, how many kids, etc.,
I live in the DFW Metroplex (Dallas-Fort Worth) with my husband and 3 kids (regularly forget the third — sorry kid!). Daughters are 8 and 5, son is 8-months-old. My firstborn, Mimi, is an 11-year-old Min Pin (miniature pinscher).
Three words to describe your personal style. Go.
Accessible, occasionally outrageous, uncomplicated. (Yes that’s 4 words, I’m a rule breaker.)
Who are your style icons?
I’m a long-time fan of Blair Eadie (her looks are always so feminine and whimsical). Olivia Palermo, Cate Blanchett (elegance personified). I’m also trying to fill my feeds with BIPOC style icons who are focused on the intersection of politics, feminism, fashion as well as sustainability. Some of my new favorites are Dominique Drakeford, Samata, Aja Barber & Candice Tay.
How has your personal style changed since becoming a mom?
Once upon a time I had an hour in the morning to get ready, could wear short skirts without worrying about having to pick up discarded cheerios off the floor, and wore white with abandon. My style is much more functional than it used to be. But motherhood doesn’t have to be a loss of identity; through motherhood, you discover a new one. I’m more intentional when it comes to self-care and what I can wear depending on what season of life I’m in. It’s also a test in learning to love and accept my body.
What’s your most-worn piece? (If it’s sweatpants…we won’t tell.)
It is without a doubt “The Stupid Pants.” The Nike Palazzo Pants that I was NOT going to order…and ended up ordering after extreme FOMO. They are literal perfection. High-waisted, flared, pintuck detailing, fleece to keep you warm. They are The Sisterhood of the Stupid Traveling Pants. They work on virtually anyone and make you feel stylish even when you’re hunkered down at home. A close second this winter is this ridiculously cozy Faux Fur Leopard Print Coat from Anthropologie. I feel very Mob Wives meets RHONJ in it (and fabulous!).
Sometimes it’s hard to gauge height from an Instagram or blog post — SO…how tall are you?
5’7″ when I stand up straight.
What are your top three beauty products?
- Biossance Squalane + Antioxidant Cleansing Oil – This product taught me that all facial cleansers are not created equal. It leaves your skin feeling so fresh (…and so clean, clean).
- Colorproof Texture Charge Color Protect Texture + Finishing Spray: Holy moly does this stuff do the trick. Holds your hair in place without that helmet look (unless you’re into that). I always spray it before breaking up my curls to give more of a relaxed, I just came from the beach (even though I live hours away from a beach) look.
- Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 20: Excellent coverage for when you want to look a little more put together without going full Picasso on your face (you know that foundation). Plus it has SPF (protect that skin!)
What drew you to blogging and when did you start?
Writing has always been a creative outlet, and I’ve blogged on and off for decades (did I just say decades? Wow). My first official blogger position was when I was a college sports writer for Experience (dot) com. (Fun fact: I originally went to college for Broadcast Journalism with the hope of becoming a sportscaster.)
What does a typical day look like? How do you manage time with kids vs. blogging (or work)?
I wake up at 4:30, work out for 90 minutes, shower, spend 10 minutes admiring my banging bod in the mir…JOKES! A typical day involves me acting as: a taxi driver, Master Chef, Event Coordinator, etc., for my three children. I manage my time with the help of a lovely part-time sitter, and assistance from my mom and stepdad. It really takes a village, and when I set aside time to work on something I have to focus and make the most of it. Although — to be honest — you can typically find me stirring something on the stove while jotting down a blog on the phone whilst tossing snacks in the direction of my feral children with my toes.
After the craziest, worst days we all find salvation in seeing our kids. What’s your favorite thing to do with them to decompress?
Hand them over to my husband so I can go listen to a podcast in an Epsom salt bath (Kidding! Kind of). I love doing arts & crafts with my kids (except Play-Doh. Never Play-Doh), baking with my daughters, reading The Baby-Sitters Club with my eldest, and watching our favorite show: Nailed It.
What did you dream of being when you were young?
I wanted to be a color commentary sportscaster for the MLB. Yes, a very specific dream, but I was enamored by Jerry Remy, longtime color commentator for the Boston Red Sox.
What’s one fashion risk you love to see on others but would NEVER take yourself?
Anything that requires a strapless bra. That might not sound risky, but if you’re over a certain age and/or have birthed children, trusting a piece of fabric to hold up your bosoms is scarier than a middle school trust fall. After multiple children I have understandable trust issues with undergarments. If it requires a special bra, I’m out. Wireless, full-coverage Bali bra for life!