Momkins // School Bell is Ringing

Every year it is the same routine.  Kids wake up, and you rush around like a crazy lady making everyone breakfast and packing lunchboxes.  Then you have to get the kids dressed and out the door before the school bell rings.  Am I right?!  With the morning chaos during the school week, it is no wonder us moms end up looking like we just rolled out of bed as we creep up to the school drop off line.  Instead of tyring to be incognito and hoping you blend in with the pavement in your pj pants, carve out some time for you before the rush.  It will make your day start off on the right foot, and eveyrone knows that when Mom is happy, everyone is happy.

I have been dealing with the dreaded morning school rush now for a solid four years, and I gotta say, I have found several things that make the morning run smooth and easy.  I like to squeeze in time getting myself prepared (mentally) and also getting myself looking less "mombie" and more human.  Ha!   For starters, a game changer is waking up BEFORE your kids.  I know, we all want to squeeze in those glorious ten extra minutes in heaven before we are summoned back to Earth by "mom" being yelled in our face as a wake up call.   Don't do it!    Set your alarm for fifteen minutes before your kids wake up at their usual hour.  Fifteen minutes doesn't sound like a lot, but any veterean mom knows that in a few minutes with no kids, mountains can be moved!  In those few quiet moments, I like to make my bed first thing.  It starts the tone for the day.  I wash my face and get dressed and do my 5 minute face.  If you really want to keep it easy, then skip the makeup routine all together and invest in some fabulous giant sunglasses (aka a mom's best friend).  When I am getting dressed for school drop off, I always opt for a T-Shirt dress or simply a T-Shirt and Jeans.  Easy and no fuss, bam!  A T-Shirt dress is the perfect way to be comfy, put together, and keeping it simple.  For my makeup, I wear only bronzer, mascara, and brow pomeade during the day.  I save the full face for the weekends out and date night.  I also always use concealer and under eye brightner, because these bags are here to stay.  Also, grab yourself a good tinted moisturizer and skip the foudation, It saves time and hassle in the morning.  Hair can be easily done by throwing it up in a killer Top Knot. I like to add a row of clip in extensions for a fuller top knot and pony (it makes it so easy to do).  If I am opting to keep my hair down and loose, I simply spray some sea-salt spray and just toussle my bedhead for a perfect "less is more" beachy look.  Done.  See?!  Mountains can be moved in 15 minutes.  Now the kids are just waking up and you are already ready mentally and physically and you have time now before school is in session.  Go get em'!

Babiekins Magazine| Mom Fashion

Babiekins Magazine| Mom Fashion

Babiekins Magazine| Mom Fashion

Babiekins Magazine| Mom Fashion

Babiekins Magazine| Mom Fashion

 

Babiekins Magazine| Mom Fashion

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On Mom//

T-Shirt Dress from Forever 21

Sandals from Matisse

Sunglasses from Valley Eyewear

Top Knot by TopKnot Extenstions

Makeup//

Tinted Moisturizer from Stilla

Concealer and Under Eye Brightner from Becca

Mascara from Bare Escentuals

Brow Pomaded from Anastasia Brow 

On Kids//

Shirts and shorts from Target

Socks from Stance Socks

Shoes from Vans

Momkins//Art & Motherhood: Chloe Fleury

We are talking art and motherhood with Chloe Fleury, an illustrator and set and prop stylist out of San Francisco. Chloe has a young daughter named Lula and another little one on the way, but that hasn’t stopped the French artist from creating. Chloe has found a niche in creating magical sets, whimsical animals and décor out of paper.

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When did you start creating?
I grew up in a very colorful home. My parents love art, my grandfather had a gallery, my grandmother was a painter and both of my parents draw very well. I have been making things (paper boxes, origami, paintings…) for as long as
I can remember. Very early, I think around the age of 5, one of my teachers told my mum that I had a talent for art and I should be taking classes. So I did, for about 10 years. I went to an art class every Wednesday.
I never tried music, which I regret. And I was never into sports. My interest was mostly in drawing. I would spend my weekends and holidays making cards to sell to the neighbors, making paper boxes, I was already obsessed with paper and textures. I don’t know how many hours my mother and I spent at the art store. I had a little studio in our garage! Then, I graduated from high school and went to ECV, a visual communication school in Aix-en-Provence,
south of France for 4 years.

Babiekins Magazine|Chloe Fleury

Babiekins Magazine|Chloe Fleury

What does “Art” mean to you?
Expressing myself creatively and visually. Making pretty things using my hands.

What is your medium of choice?
Paper for the last 4-5 years. I love creating little worlds, working on set decors and props. I am more and more interested in trying new techniques and incorporating new medium into my work. I just need to find the
time to experiment!

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Babiekins Magazine|Chloe Fleury

Babiekins Magazine|Chloe Fleury

Has motherhood altered your creative process? If so, in what ways?
I have never been as inspired as when I was pregnant with Lula (and now with my second). Lula sure inspires me a lot. Regarding the process, the most remarkable change is that now I have a studio outside of our home. Lula’s bedroom was my studio, but I had to move because I needed more space and she needed her own space as well. When she is with the nanny, I have to be more organized and really focus on my work and productivity. That way, when I come home, I can focus on her. Before becoming a mum, I worked a lot at night and on the weekends. That isn’t the case anymore as I like to enjoy our family time together. We like to be outside, explore nature, etc. This also inspires me. At night, I am too exhausted and just need to relax and have some quiet time for myself.

Do you involve Lula in your process, or is it a personal experience for you?
Not really. My work involves a cutter, scissors, glue and these are dangerous tools for her. That is also one of the reasons that I have a studio now. Otherwise, I would have to make sure the door is closed all of the time. She has so much energy and likes to touch and climb on everything, so I think it’s a little too early for her to be with me in the studio. It would be very stressful for me. However, I definitely can’t wait for her to be a little older so we can work on little craft projects together. For now, she is obsessed with stickers and drawing on her desk! Although she is currently not directly involved in the creative process, she serves as inspiration in creating new products for my shop. She has a few trophy animals in her bedroom and I loved creating her birth announcement, 1st birthday invitation and party décor. It is just amazing to be a mum and rediscover the little things in life with her. The colors, the words, the animals, the sounds…everything! She amazes me every day. I aspired to be a children’s book illustrator when I was in art school and collected many books. I love reading them to Lula.

Babiekins Magazine|Chloe Fleury

What do you do when you encounter a creative block?
I take a break! Sometimes when I start on a project, if it doesn’t work the way I want the first time, it feels like I will never make it right. That is so frustrating! I ask myself so many questions and doubt my work and talent. I’m like “Ok, I’m done, I am not good enough”. At that point, I just take a little break for a few days or work on a different project. When I come back to it, I feel much more inspired and have a fresh perspective on it.

If you could give creative mothers any piece of advice, what would that
be?

It is hard to find the balance between work and being a mother. If making art is your passion, I would say to never give up. It took a long time for me to find my own style and have my first client. However, all of
the questions and moments of doubt are so worth it when you finally are able to live from your passion.

Babiekins Magazine|Chloe Fleury

Babiekins Magazine|Chloe Fleury

Chloe Fleury|Website|Blog|Shop

Photo Credits//Photo of Chloe in workspace: Maria Del Rio| Photos of Chloe and Lula in Lula’s bedroom: Sabrina Bot

Momkins // Easy Breezy

Nothing beats an evening on the Bay surrounded by family.  The breeze, the salty air, the sailboats as they cruise by; its all magical.  I like to wear simple sundresses that are light and feminine and perfect for dancing around the shoreline. A classic sundress is versatile enough to throw over a swimsuit and to take you into the night hours, which means less hassle and more time to play!   A Pizza picnic and a stroll through the palms and you have yourself the recipe for a wonderful Summer night.  Shouldn’t all Summer evenings be about the easy breezy and simple living with your Babiekins?!

Babiekins Magazine | Free People Summer Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Free People Summer Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Free People Summer Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Free People Summer Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Free People Summer Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Free People Summer Dress

Momkins // Easy Breezy

 

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Mom//
Embroidered Floral Dress and strappy bralette from Free People
Wool Hat and Triangle necklace from Forever21

Baby//
Checkered Baby Shoes from Vans
Striped Romper from Remie and Co

 

 

 

 

 

Momkins // Floral and Turquoise

A  floral shift dress and Turquoise jewelry (or anything Turqouise) is my favorite Summer uniform.  Turquoise reminds me of all the tropical vacations that I dream about daily, and a good floral frock is always a must.  Pick bold and oversized floral patterns with a dark background so the colors pop.  This will make your  dress have a more modern vibe, and be less “borrowed from my grandma’s closet”.   I love pairing shorter dresses with neutral suede or leather booties or sandals to keep it grounded and not too girly.   Or! Even better, forget the shoes and go barefoot and dance away with your babiekins on the sand at the beach!  Summer is here, horray!

Momkins // Florals and Turquoise

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

 

Babiekins Magazine | Floral Shift Dress

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Floral Dress from Free People
Suede Booties from Sam Edelman
Bar Necklaces from James Michelle

 

 

Momkins // Of One Tribe

Guest post by Niki Worthen. Follow Niki’s styling adventures on Instagram.

There are few things I find more beautiful than the bond between a mother and her children. Our incredible love for each other is what binds us. It was my goal to artistically, yet realistically capture those intense emotions of love and belonging. I also wanted to create a literal representation of our family bond, thus our Of One Tribe story was born.

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Babiekins Magazine|Momkins//Of One Tribe

Art direction and styling by Niki Worthen| Photography by Brittany LeSueur

Clothing from: Ascot + Hart, Pippy Lou Boutique, Gap

Momkins // One Look 3 Ways

I’m a loyal skinny jean fan. My trusty 501’s are so beat up they’re practically falling apart. But I adore them.

With a little trepidation I moved the skinny fit denim aside to make room for some flares and embrace the summer 70’s vibes. Here’s how I’ve been styling mine… I think I’m converted.

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Outfit One // Headscarf  Twenty 8 Twelve | Sunglasses Prada | T Shirt High Waist Flares  Topshop |  Espadrilles Kurt Geiger | Jacket Zara TRF

Outfit Two // Sunglasses Prada | T Shirt High Waist Flares Topshop | Slouchy Knit Zara | Sliders Nike

Outfit Three // Sunglasses MiuMiu | Check Shirt River Island | Slogan Tee Print Liberation | High Waist Flares Topshop | Bag Zara | Solid Wood Wedges Vintage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Momkins // Hey Pretty Mama: Richelle Cote

I had the pleasure of meeting Richelle Cote, the woman behind “Neighborhood Collective”, back in March. Richelle and I became friends on social media long before, so I was thrilled when we were finally able to meet in person.  We played on the beach with our kids, and chatted away about all things fashion, motherhood, and marriage.  She is as real as they come, and empowers other women with her easy sense of motherhood and style.

Tell us about Neighborhood Collective and why you started it?

“Neighborhood Collective” is an host company for creative gatherings in the San Diego area.  As a mother, I felt something was missing.  I desired a real connection with women that shared the same passions as I did.  After sharing my feelings with a few close friends, I discovered this was a common desire among many women. There were others that wanted a time and place where they could connect and make relationships with those that shared their love of fashion, food and art.  This is where the idea of Neighborhood Collective stemmed. I wanted to create gatherings that could bring us all together. One creative meeting place to do what we all love! Talk, create, and be inspired by interesting individuals that share a common thread.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

I’m woken up by one of my kiddos. With no time to “slowly wake-up”, I dash off to the kitchen to make them breakfast and start a pot of coffee. My mornings are usually spent on the couch in our sunroom or outside sipping my coffee topped with whipped cream and cinnamon while the kids play.

Define your personal style.

My style is eclectic and changes depending on my mood for the day.  I tend to be attracted to a more “boho loose fitting style” that is reminiscent of the 70s.  I enjoy band tees, distressed denim, kimonos, leather jackets, shift dresses, and fun items that add a unique look to any outfit.

What are the top three pieces in your closet you can’t live without?

Black distressed jeggings from American Eagle
HATS!!!!
Lace up Madewell sandals
Gap black leather boots
Birkenstocks
Black leather jacket

What inspires you?

I’m inspired by other women; social media has opened up a whole new world and it’s so fun. I LOVE following along and watching how other women create art, raise their children, spend their time, and embrace life.  Everyday I scroll the photos of women I follow from all around the world and I’m inspired. I get to witness different cultures right at my fingertips and it truly encourages me to look for the beauty in everything.  It can be hard at times because it makes me want more (whether it’s travel, fashion, art, home decor or cooking amazing meals) but honestly, it’s not a bad thing to have a flame lit beneath you to try new things and work toward goals.

Where is your favorite go-to-place to shop?

Urban Outfitters
Free People
Zara
Forever 21

How did becoming a mom change you?

Honestly, I don’t believe I have changed that much. I am blessed that I still can enjoy all the things I loved before having kids, only now I have to bring a lot more snacks along!  I’ve learned to have more patience and grace. I tell myself again and again “a messy house filled with kid’s toys is a loved house, and it doesn’t make you a messy person.”  I feel like I am always cleaning and doing laundry and some days it’s overwhelming.  I am working hard to embrace it, the days are moving fast and I know I am going to miss them. I’m blessed to have parents and in-laws close.  They help out with the kids and take them overnight so my hubby and I can still date and really concentrate on enjoying one another.  My husband is also great at encouraging me to schedule “me time.”  Usually this includes shopping, errands, coffee dates with girlfriends or Target outings (shopping alone is my love language).

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Babiekins Magazine | Boho Mama

Editors Note: I love How Richelle has the perfect eclectic balance in her style.  She adds a little feminine touch with fur and lace, but accents it with bohemian pieces and classic tailored cuts that can be seen in her denim and hats.  She is equal parts rad and graceful, and definitely a mama you want to know!

Richelle Cote|Blog|Instagram|Neighborhood Collective

Momkins // Not Without My Mini: Mommy and Me Style

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If you saw my last post, you might already know that twinning is a big hit in our family. This time, I decided to take it to the next level and match outfits with my mini! I think it’s super cute and she feels extra special whenever she gets to dress like mommy. If you don’t know yet what you are going to be wearing for mother’s day, think about matching or color coordinating outfits with your kids. I can guarantee you some very cute pictures and lots of sparkle in their eyes!

Credits // On Me: Sweatshirt: Shana | Sunglasses: Zara | White Denim: Zara | Sneakers: Primark // on Lola: Sweatshirt: Shana | Shorts: Zara Kids | Socks: h&m | Boots: Calzados Bermúdez