About Me: My job as a children’s stylist and creative director really came about by chance. When Poppy, my 5 year old daughter, was born, I struggled to find lovely, well-made, and funky clothing in stores. Being in the south, people love to dress their children in traditional clothing, which can be lovely but sometimes you need to spice it up. I began hunting for unique and inspirational brands, or vintage and hard-to-find pieces, and I was hooked. Each piece of clothing tells a story. I would see a dress and instantly be taken to a location in my mind; I would imagine props, and accessories and the perfect shoes. It was as though I was dreaming in photographs. I was given the opportunity to style some work for Babiekins Magazine and then Ministyle blog, and I loved it. I could actually make these little pretend dreams and settings come to life. I am so grateful to brands and companies who trusted me, mothers who let me use their children as models, and to my little cousin who worked as my photographer while in highschool. It was a hard and long road of working really hard to prove my vision, and I loved (and still love every minute of it).
I also have a clothing line in the works, and I am so excited for it to come into fruition. My mother is an amazing seamstress and she taught us all to sew (I have two very talented sisters). As a new mother, if I couldn’t find that piece I was dreaming about, we would search out the pattern, pick out the fabric and get to sewing. My sisters, mother, and I ended up creating a company, Zippity Do Da, in 2010, and we sold one- of- kind vintage inspired pieces via facebook. We sewed them all by hand and found that the market and demand was huge. Our pieces would sell out within hours of a release. After I had Henry, and my little family decided to move to Charleston, and my sisters were married and moved away, we took a break from sewing. I guess I couldn’t fight the urge to create and design, because the new line is in the works and will be available Spring 2016.
Hire Me For: I love styling shoots, photography, creative direction, and collaborating with brands and companies or other mothers. I especially love working with little hidden gem companies, that really need that extra push or bit of exposure.
Interested in: Collaborations, sponsorship, all of it!
Mama likes/passions: children, family, helping others, cooking cakes and cupcakes with my children, creating and creativity, and learning.
Mama inspiration: My own mother of course.
Mothers that inspire me on instragram: @houseinhabit , @mamawatters, @dearestdaughters , @momastery, @thestorkandthebeanstalk
Mothers/business women who inspire me: @heather_rome (stylist), @kaycehughes (clothing line founder), Stacey Fraser (founder of @pinkchickenny), @charlottpettersen ------I COULD GO ON AND ON HERE ---- yall @heymamaco
Brands that most reflect your style: My style is very different from what I like for my children- I love a laid-back/hippie/bohemian/easy look. For children: anything made by my mother, anything vintage or vintage-inspired (via etsy, ebay, goodwill). Some brands: Morley, Bonpoint, Mabo, Soor Ploom, Flora and Henri, The Tame Fox, Paade Mode, Wovenplay, Kayce Hughes, La Coqueta, Anais & I, Pixie Lily, Duchess and Lion, Dagmar Daley, Nellystella, Caramel Baby and Child, Boy + Girl, (again this is an area where I COULD GO ON AND ON)
Words you live by/Quotes you love:“Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary loves. Such striving may seem admirable, but it the way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and marvel of an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pear. Show them how to cry when pets and people die. Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. And make the ordinary come alive for them. The extraordinary will take care of itself.” – William Martin
“Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do, but someone you raise”- Andy Stanley
“Never compare someone’s valley with your valley, or your peak with their peak. We all have highs and lows and happiness and pain. It is all relative to that individual.”- My Dad
“You can embrace the rough and tough, the dirt and grime, and toughness of a little boy, and raise a man at the same time. I want to raise a boy that will love others, respect girls (and one day his wife), and stand up for change. “ -Me
Best advice you’ve ever been given: “Tell your daughter how wonderful she is every day. Give her an affirmation every day. If she is good at tying her shoelaces, or throwing away the trash, or loving her brother, or helping in the kitchen: tell her. All girls need affirmations. Let them know how wonderful they are, at least once a day, every day.” (My great uncle’s wife told me this two years ago; I haven’t forgotten it)
Best advice you’d give someone starting out: It’s hard, very hard, but don’t ever stop if you love it.
What are three things people would be surprised to know about you?
1. It took me 8 years and 6 colleges to graduate college. When I finally finished it was in something I love: Social Work. I will go back to social work when all of my children are in school; it is my true passion.
2. My past is riddled with cocaine addiction, abusive relationships, and low self-esteem. Along with this comes anxiety and depression. I love this part of me today. It makes me the woman I am today, the friend I am today, the wife I am today, and the mother I am today. Though I don’t share a lot about this part of me on social media, I am very open about it. The life I have today is a complete gift of grace.
3. My house looks absolutely nothing like what you see on instagram most days. It is a complete mess most of the time (all of the time). I procrastinate cleaning, making beds, laundry doing, and cooking. I have tried my hardest to change this, and it seems to be just part of me.