Describe yourself in 3 words..
Eternal Optimist, Colorful Explosion, Dance Party
How has your daughter influenced your career?
My daughter, Sunday, has completely redefined my view of success. As a fashion stylist and fashion blogger, I used to be so hard on myself for any single day that went by where I didn't work or bill hours-- but now I look at this career I created for myself as the biggest blessing of all. I get to live the life I dreamed of as a successful working mother, AND as a mother who gets countless hours of bonding time during the week with my baby when I'm not on a job. I feel complete.
Where do you like to shop for your daughter?
True to my personal style, I fill Sunday's closet with unique pieces from travels abroad, like African wax print harem pants from South Africa and woven rompers from Mexico. Cat & Jack by Target is my everyday go-to, and for special occasions, I love Rock Your Baby, The Ice Cream Castles, and Stella McCartney Kids.
How do you carve out time for yourself and how do you like to spend this time?
I try to book a few hours a week where I'm not working and not with my baby. Those hours are basically planned to the minute...jumping from pilates to the nail salon to a boutique with not a second to spare!! And I recently realized the power of ordering an in-home masseuse on a weeknight after Sunday goes to bed. Major plus!
How has having a baby influenced your style?
I'm a separates girl-- primarily skirts and tops, so having a baby threw my style for a curve ball. All those music classes and gym classes where we sit cross-legged on the floor left me grabbing for harem pants and midi skirts instead of the minis I was always used to. I also shop for more cottons and washable fabrics now, since Sunday has sticky snack fingers at all times!
What is your best advice for a new mama?
Don't compare yourself or your baby to anyone else. I had actually never held a baby before my own-- so you could imagine how little I knew about anything. Over the course of a few months, everything started to make perfect sense. I'm really happy and confident about the mom I was always meant to be.
What is your most memorable family vacation?
Family vacations have certainly taken a turn since Sunday was born! There's a lot less fabulous European getaways, and a lot more long weekends at kid-friendly resorts. I can honestly say these new baby-friendly trips are the most fun of all. Recently my husband, Sunday, labradoodle named Homer, and I spent a long weekend at Terranea Resort in Southern California. We kept Sunday up past her bedtime every night and had a blast!
Favorite family weekend activity?
Family Date Night... every Friday night at 5:30pm. There's a lot of laughs, a lot of mess, and lots of wine for mama and daddy!
Top 3 favorite designers?
This is impossibly tough. Today it's Gucci, R13, and Chanel.
What is your favorite part of your job as a stylist?
I love seeing my commercials on television. A lot of blood, sweat, and tears go into costuming global commercial campaigns-- all for those glorious 30 seconds of screen time that half the country fast forwards through anyway! Sigh.
What lessons or values do you hope to impart to your daughter?
I hope to teach Sunday about the power of a confident, independent woman. It's something that both my mother, and my first boss and mentor, Diane von Furstenberg, taught me. I live my life by that strength.