1. Why did you originally start blogging?
I first started blogging in 2007 just for my family. Then in 2011, after giving birth to my fourth child, I decided to start a personal style blog to chronicle my fashion choices (good and bad) and to motivate me to "re-find" my style, being in that transitional post-pregnancy stage. After a few months, I found it hard to keep up with both blogs, so I merged them, resulting in The Mrs. & The Momma being a lifestyle, mommy, and personal style blog.
2. What are your style tips for moms on the go?
My main style rule I go by is to always wear at least one piece that makes my look unique and/or makes me feel good. As a mom, getting dressed everyday is sometimes done in a matter of seconds, and may or may not even look decent. On those days, I'll throw on my favorite scarf or a statement necklace, and I'll feel much more put together. Also, I think some good black-rimmed glasses look chic on mommas!
3. What is your favorite spring/summer trend?
Color!!!! I'm usually a go-to black kinda girl, so all of the color this year is forcing me to get out there a bit when taking risks with my style. My favorites of the season are yellow, pastel purple, and turquoise.
4. What are your favorite places to shop?
I really love to shop anywhere I can find either quality staples or unique finds at cool local boutiques. But as for chains, I love Banana Republic, Target, F21, ModCloth, ASOS, Loft, and CAbi.
5. What is your go-to outfit?
When I find myself aimlessly staring at my closet and cannot seem to find something to wear, I'll end up wearing my Rachel Pally maxi skirt. It's a no brainer, no fail, no effort kind of skirt. I usually pair it with a tucked in blouse and a belt. Then, I'll wear it with sandals or heels depending on if I need to dress it up or not.
6. Which item in your closet you couldn't live without?
This is a tough one. I'd have to say head wear. I tend to wear a lot of hats or head wraps on days my hair is less than par....which is most days. A close second would be a blazer...I'm totally into my black and white striped one right now, which is proving to go with everything!!!
7. Who or what has the most influence on your style?
Good question! I'd probably say it's a mix between seasonal trends, fashion icons, and what I can put together that says "me". Pinterest doesn't hurt either. :)
Living in Austin, I find myself occasionally leaning towards a "granola" vibe in the summer, as well as the quirky Austin vibe....so in a sense, my hometown has an influence on my style just as much as mainstream fashion.
8. As a wife, mom, and blogger...how do you make time for it all?
I get this question a lot. I wish I had much more time to blog...in fact, I feel like I could (and want) to put more time into it, however, my family comes first. I am blessed to stay at home with my four little ones and I make sure their needs are tended to before I sit down at my computer. Blogging is my "TV time" after the kids go down...meaning, I don't watch much TV and would rather blog anyway. And truthfully, there's not time for it all. You just have to do your best to prioritize what matters most.