Year: 2016

What’s It like To Be A Full Time Mom Who’s Trying To Re-Invent Her Own Career Path

There’s no shortage of examples of what I’m about to say. I’ve written and interviewed a number of women who fit the description in my title. They’ve been a source of inspiration for me. But today I’m going to share my own personal side of the story (a small rant) and how I’ve been trying to carve out a new career for myself while being a full-time mom. Many people might start with a few assumptions about being a blogger. But people in the business know the truth. First off, it’s a business. And like any business trying to get off the ground, it’s tough. I think I can relate to other entrepreneurs because I feel the pressures of selling something you believe in to a crowd or not even a crowd of people who don’t get it. You face a lot of negativity especially in the beginning because your hopes are so high. Add to the fact that you’ve got another full time job (24 hour one in fact), being a mom and home maker. …

Behind the scenes – Pascaline Paris Lookbook shooting

My first shoot with Pascaline Paris’ collection was definitely a growing experience. Changing in the car for instance is definitely not easy. I learned that San Francisco weather is definitely not the most forgiving when it comes to staying warm. It was super windy out in the Presidio where we shot. I definitely wish I had a coat but these photos in the wind still turned out pretty cool. I’ve never modeled before so it was funny to see how many awkward poses, expressions (mostly sad looking) and angles came out of the hundreds of photos taken. Like these… And at the end of the day (Sorry Pascaline), here I am back in the clothes which I don’t need to worry about getting dirty. I mean, as much as I love the outfits I was wearing, how can I expect to wear dresses or white pants when I’m with my toddler boy most of the day??? 🙂 It was a lot of fun! And although this might not be a regular thing, I was really glad I …

“Bien dans sa peau” A lookbook with Pascaline Paris

I read somewhere that women in France don’t categorize themselves – ‘I am a grandmother therefore I should dress like a grandmother’ kind of mentality. French women seem to be women first – then they are girlfriends, wives, mothers or grandmothers afterwards. They are confident and effortless. It’s more than what they wear or how they look, its more of a blissful state of being- of not feeling self-conscious. They know who they are and they listen to their inner voice; as a result they can embrace their own unique beauty. They have an expression for this: “Bien dans sa peau”, which means “to feel comfortable in your own skin”. It must be nice to feel that way about one’s self all the time. In Asia and America it seems as though we’re always so body conscious and body shaming. Like there’s a perfect standard of how we should look and what we should be doing at any given life stage. To me that’s just stifling and we miss out on so much because we’re too …

From Upcycling Thrifted Tee’s Into Newborn Hats, To Widely Adored Baby and Kid Brand – Meet Amy Richardson-Golia, Creator Of June & January

For those of us who understand what the term ‘nesting’ means, I’m about to share the story of one woman who took it to the next level. When you were pregnant, do you remember what you did? You may have been working up until your due date like a lot of women I know, you might have been making space in your home (or moving into a new home!), getting all the baby supplies you’ll be needing, or just trying to find a comfortable position to sleep in every night. I was certainly getting a little restless and anxious about it but I had no ambition other than to just get through it. This eventual founder of a well-known baby and kids brand, did something unique with her pregnancy time – she started sewing new-born hats out of hip thrifted T-shirts for her not-yet-born son and friends. In the winter 2010 during her first pregnancy, designer Amy Richardson-Golia started a side project from her kitchen table in a one-bedroom apartment in Brooklyn, which quickly grew into the now widely …

The Instagramer You Need To Follow…For Your Kids – Meet Loren Casas, Founder of Little Soul

I’m excited to share my next mom/entrepreneur on the series #Creator&Curator, who I think naturally embodies the spirit of creator! I ‘met’ Loren on Instagram and instantly fell in love with her feed. You could say it was love at first sight 😉 So I ‘followed’ her and when I had the idea for this series, I knew I had to reach out to her for an interview. She was busy but she agreed! But first, let me explain why I fell in love with Loren’s feed and why she is the Instagrammer to follow. If you go there (@thomasalm3ida), you’ll not only see really adorable photos of her son Thomas, you’ll find all the different creative projects they do together, almost on a daily basis. And when I mean creative, I cannot even begin to explain to you how creative I think this young mom is! What I love most about her is that every project is something both parent and child can appreciate. She shows us how you can help foster creativity and learning in your child without paying an arm …

Closer To Home – Lindsay Thomasson, Founder of Ella Lou

Happy Mother’s Day! Now that our hearts are all full from the celebrations, I’m kicking off the Mother’s Day Creators & Curators Series with a mom/entrepreneur who turned her love of travel and passion for social justice into a business which she now runs from home with her two little ones. What a way to bring far off destinations closer together! Meet Lindsay Thomasson, founder and curator of Ella Lou. I first “met” Lindsay through a mutual connection and subsequently had our first meeting/interview over the phone. Her youngest one, Olivier (14 months) had just gone down for a nap before I called.  Ahh those precious nap times! Before O started day care, I always prayed for a successful nap in order to have time to do some work or chores. In her case, it when she chose to time this interview. As I learned more about her and her business, I was most struck with how confidently she made a huge career change in favor of her family as well as her advise on balancing entrepreneurship with being a mom. Prior to Ella Lou, Lindsay was an …

A Mother’s Day Series: Creators and Curators

Mother’s Day is a big day for us. But not because we like tooting our own horns. I think its often more the other way round! We often focus too much on ways we weren’t ‘good enough’, and not enough on how far we’ve come, considering we knew absolutely NOTHING about how to give birth and care for a new living being! But honestly, it’s also day we are reminded of how lucky we are to be moms and to be grateful for the mothers we’ve had in our lives. And this year to celebrate mother’s day, I decided to do a month long series of not just one, but multiple women who embody the spirit of creativity and curation in addition to being moms themselves!  Over the last few months I’ve been learning about all these different women who started their own businesses and I’ve found at least two things in common about them. Those two things are the agency to create something and the ability to curate in such a way that is clearly their own point of view. But wait, if …

Bitte Summer 2016 Collection Launch Party

Summer is almost here. Can you believe it? Which means planning family vacations is just around the corner. Or if you’re like me, you’re just trying to get through the week and leave the planning to the husband! Last week I attended my first press event at Chantal Guillion on Howard St. hosted by mom and entrepreneur Maia, co-founder of Bitte. She had a full sample of the summer collection set up beautifully inside. There was a photo-booth, a macaron decorating activity, cute gift bags, and plenty of macarons and champaign – definitely enough to make us bloggers and moms very happy! It was a great chance to meet new people, dream up reasons why I should shop at Bitte and practice taking photos. I finally had a chance to upload some photos from the event: The summer collection is now available on www.bitteshop.com. I’m starting to shop at Bitte for birthday gifts and baby showers too now. The site is really easy to navigate and convenient. The only minor thing is the wait for shipping. …

A Night At the Museum – The Oscar De La Renta Exhibit @The De Young Museum SF

Last Friday Night my husband and I had our date night at the De Young Museum in San Francisco. Entrance fee was free, and tickets for the Oscar De La Renta Exhibit were only $20 that night (Regularly $30 for adults, $15 for children). It was the first time I’ve actually ever seen the designer’s dresses and I was blown away. Made the mannequins look goooooood! These photos do not do it justice. Fashion is a trend, Style is within a person. -Oscar De La Renta My role as a designer is to make a woman feel her very best – Oscar De La Renta We spent most of our time at the Oscar De La Renta exhibit, but I hope to check out the other exhibits again some time. What’s your favorite exhibit at the De Young?

She created her own online store selling sustainable children’s apparel and toys. AND she’s a new mom. Meet Maia.

Women create businesses. Women create jobs. Women have a huge impact on the economy. Women become mothers. These are some facts that have been circulating through my brain these days. Why? Because it’s time to give women some credit where its due! And today’s featured woman is no exception. She’s a full time mama and entrepreneur: Meet Maia McDonald Smith, Co-Founder of Bitte. An online store which curates modern, classic and sustainable children apparel and toys, sourced from US/Europe. I was able to get an in person interview with Maia and her Co-Founder who happens to be her own mom – Sara McDonald.  We checked in at San Francisco’s lovely Chantel Guillon, where my eye and taste buds first gravitated towards the colorful display of macarons that lay before me. Thursday morning just got sweeter #macarons and #tea by @chantalguillon on #Howard st #sf #sanfrancisco #dessert #food #desserts #yum #yummy #amazing #instagood #instafood #delish #foods #delicious #tasty #eat #eating #foodpics #sweettooth #foodie #french #womenled #parisian A photo posted by www.eatsleepplayblog.com (@eatsleepplayblog) on Mar 24, 2016 at …