“I must have flowers, always, and always.” ― Claude Monet
I’ve neglected this series a little, but I am always making notes of female artists that I want to chat with. Jenny Williams has been on my radar for some time now. Jenny is a Brooklyn based artist with a BFA from Cooper Union. Jenny documents her daughter’s fashion choices in a sketchbook. Her daughter (and her friends) have some pretty rad style, too! What I love the most about her work is that isn’t contrived or forced. It is casual and relatable and doesn’t feel out of touch.
When did you start creating?
Since I could pick up a pencil! I’ve always loved to draw.
What does “Art” mean to you?
My favorite art gets me in the heart more than the head.
What is your medium of choice?
For What My Daughter Wore, colored pencil. I also paint.
Has motherhood altered your creative process? If so, in what ways?
Absolutely. I’ve been a stay at home mom, so when my kids were young, opportunities that once existed for large blocks of time to make art were limited. I would always carry my sketchbook around and draw when I got the chance, using the inspiration at hand, which was mostly the kids.
What do you do when you encounter a creative block?
I almost feel like I don’t have the luxury to be creatively blocked, my time in the studio is so precious. But it happens. In terms of What My Daughter Wore, happily the inspiration is always all around me. When it comes to other projects, I’ll put them aside, and spend some time drawing from life or reading or looking at art that I love.
If you could give creative mothers any piece of advice, what would that be?
You aren’t going to get as much of your own creative work done as you did when you didn’t have kids – don’t even try. But don’t let it completely leave your life. Find ways to work it in, even small ones. This also gets a lot easier as the kids get older, which happens so much faster than you think it will.
Do you involve your daughter in your creative process?
Clementine is absolutely my muse, but she is an artist herself and likes to preserve a separate identity as such. She has staked out a corner of my studio and we often work in tandem if not collaboratively.
“If you love a flower that lives on a star, it is sweet to look at the sky at night. All the stars are a-bloom with flowers…”
― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
We love the idea of re-interpreting classic tales via photography and current fashions!
Styling and Photography: Julia Rozenfeld
The laid back vibes of the style that we have come to associate with California is a great fit for tweens. Relaxed and fun, it’s never too fussy. It’s always just right. We are loving Valetta’s easy style and her metallic choices. See more of her fashion journey on Instagram.
Clothing & Accessories//Nico Nico, H&M, The Bee and The Fox, Fallen Broken Street Kids hat from Children of the Tribe
Aside from the gorgeous changes of color and delicious weather, autumn brings us trends that are so easy to love. Gold metallics, rich velvets are complimented with navy, rust, and ivory tones. Pair these looks with preppy loafers or a comfortable pair of converse. Fall colors and textures are so versatile!
Photography & Styling: Li Nana Photo | Models: Peter and Autumn from BMG Chicago, Nicole from Modelogic Midwest
Clothing//Bonpoint from Ladida Kids
“She was born to be free, let her run wild in her own way and you will never lose her.” ― Nikki Rowe
Photography: Alba Soler
Clothing//Vintage and Zara
Taylen’s bedroom is filled to the brim with clothes and toys from both high-end designers and small shops. White tones keep the room feeling fresh. The eclectic mix of toys and decor keep the vibe playful.
See more of Taylen’s adventures over on Instagram.
We were lucky enough a few weeks back to return once again to the country we love to visit, Bali. Its the place we got married at and the country we visited for our two Baby Moons and we love it so. The culture, the food, the smells and the colours make it a place that is unforgettable, and with sun that shines almost daily a great place to escape New Zealands long cold winter. Now that the children are a little older since our last visit and both are now able to swim alone it made for a relaxing and easy holiday. We did some fun activities like visits to the Water Park and the Marine Safari Park, hung out at a few cool Beach Clubs, visited the monkeys and learnt how to plant rice and released baby turtles back into the wild.
I already miss the long lazy days and happy hour cocktails. The shopping is also fabulous and eating at restaurants with amazing food as the sunsets its a real treat. Until next time Bali.