Unapologetically Glam | Sexy | Bold
5′ 4″ | Curves | Pear-Shaped | Jeans 28 | Size 6
Mama to 7-year old daughter + 3-year old son
My style is unapologetically glam—but make it comfy. Think ripped denim with a graphic tee and fancy heels. Sequin leggings and a comfy oversized sweater. An easy maxi dress and statement jewelry. A t-shirt dress with a fabulous moto jacket. And give me and all the sparkles, faux fur and leather! I’ve been a makeup artist for years (weddings were my specialty!), and I went from bartending to teaching high school to writing for The Mom Edit, so my closet has seen LOTS of transitions over the years. Most recently, I’ve had to swap my super high heels for sneakers (OK, and maybe some lower heels) in order to keep up with my kids, but that love for all things glam hasn’t gone anywhere. I love adding “finishing touches” to otherwise casual outfits that make me feel sexy and a bit badass. (The Housewives franchise is my guilty pleasure…I watch it for the fashion, of course!😜) Oh, and it’s cold where I live…like really, really cold and snowy, so I’m always looking for new ways to stay warm and cute in the winter!
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Let’s get the basics out of the way: where you live, how many kids, etc.:
I live in Marquette, Michigan, right on the coast of Lake Superior. My husband Zack & I have a daughter, Greenlea, who’s almost eight and a son, Ozzie (named after my Dad), who’s three.
Three words to describe your personal style. Go.:
Cool, comfortable, glam. (Leather, sequins and (faux) fur!)
Who are your style icons? How do you integrate those tastes into your own wardrobe if at all?:
Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez. Rihanna can make anything look cool. She doesn’t care what anyone thinks and isn’t afraid to take risks. Jennifer Lopez looks AMAZING in everything and is the quintessential glam girl. (I mean, did you see her open the AMA’s?? Chills.) I use their style for inspiration on how to mix colors and textures, etc. but their makeup is the easiest way to incorporate their style and I have a ton of fun doing that!
How has your personal style changed since becoming a mom?:
The biggest change was when I first had G and was nursing. Everything had to be nursing-friendly and postpartum-flattering … it was hard to find functional AND flattering pieces. Also heels. I LOVE heels but just can’t run after kids in them. I don’t know how I wore them all the time pre-kids.
What’s your most-worn piece? (If it’s sweatpants…we won’t tell.):
My leather jacket. It goes with everything from jeans to dresses and adds an element of glam or cool to whatever I’m wearing.
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Your top three beauty products?:
1. Charlotte Tilbury’s Hollywood Flawless Filter is my all-time favorite makeup product ever. It can be used alone, mixed with foundation, as a spot highlighter, under makeup…it basically makes your skin look better.
What drew you to blogging and when did you start?:
I was a high school teacher when I got pregnant. I planned on going back after maternity leave, but once Greenlea was born, I couldn’t bring myself to leave her (not to mention the cost of daycare!). Shana suggested I give blogging a try and it was like a dream come true. I get to work with some amazing women (and my sister!) AND talk about beauty and fashion. I love it.
What does a typical day look like? How do you manage time with kids vs blogging (or work)?:
Ahhh…right now there’s no such thing as a “typical” day. Once school starts back up in the fall, maybe we’ll get back into a routine. (I can hope!)
After the craziest, worst days we all find salvation in seeing our kids. What’s your favorite thing to do with them to decompress?:
G and Ozzie still love to snuggle! We’ll read books or watch a movie and share some popcorn together snuggled up on the couch after a long day. I love listening to all their stories they tell me when I’m putting them to bed before they fall asleep.
If you could give only one piece of advice to a timid, new mom (we’ve been there), what would it be?:
Don’t compare yourself to others. What works for some might not work for all—we all do the best we can and at the end of the day if your child feels safe and loved then you’re doing a great job. Also, that cliche phrase “time flies?” It does. Days are long, years are short. They change SO fast.
What did you dream of being when you were young?:
A singer! I’d hold “concerts” in my living room and sing at the top of my lungs to whatever CDs my parents had. I remember trying to catch my favorite songs on the radio so I could record them (on TAPE) and play them over and over…Spotify would have made things SO much easier!
What’s one fashion risk you love to see on others but would NEVER take yourself?:
Short hair or an undercut. It looks so badass on some women but I’d never have the guts to do it myself!