This weeks "Fashionable Mama" is a great example of a mom who is not only fashionable, but she's also an entrepreneur in the fashion field!! I'm sure I'm not the only one who loves to read about strong women who are driven to build their own successful buisinesses... Kelly can be an inspiration to us all!
# of Kids and Ages:
2 boys, 14 and 17
A brief description of your blog:
Currently the blog is mainly about Exposed Envy and related topics. As I have more time, I hope to expand it to become more of a fashion and business blog.
Did you start "fashion blogging" before or after you had kids?:
Do you feel that your style changed after you had kids? If yes, how? If no, why not?:
My style certainly changed since I had the boys. But only because I've changed over the years and so has my style. I've been a single mother for 13 years now, my style has certainly changed! I can't say being a mother has changed it much at all though, if any. Well, other than the fact that I own more winter clothing than ever as a result of all the hockey games and snowboarding! Being the single mother of two boys brings a lot of exposure to the sports they love.
What do you think is the biggest misconception of being a mother?:
Maybe that it gets easier or that someday they're gone, or that we're responsible for who they become. Since I have older children I can say it doesn't get easier, just different. My boys have changed me just as much as I have changed them. We've molded one another so that the people we are today is a result of us as a family. We think we raise our children and that we're responsible for who and what they are and will be. But the truth is they are just as much responsible for us. In so many ways they are raising us also in the sense that at the end, who we are is because of them. And it's never over, they may leave home but they always come back. And they never leave our hearts. The thing is that by the time they're grown, that bond you had when they were born....well, it's grown every day for all their lives. So much that by the time their older, that love has grown bigger than life. For me personally with my children, it's bigger than all of us, there just aren't words. Turns out they love me just as much as I love them...who knew! One of my favorite quotes: "I love these little people, and it is no slight thing when they, so fresh from God, love us. Charles Dickens
What do you think is the biggest misconception of being a "fashion blogger"?:
Hmmm, I haven't been one long enough to say, I still have way to much to learn. I worked on starting Exposed ENvy for so long, the blog came after that.
What is something you enjoy doing that is completely unrelated to your children and fashion blogging?:
I love spending time with my girlfriends, playing tennis and photography. I took all the pictures on my website, well, all except those of me of course.
How would you describe your personal style?:
I like classy looks with an edge. I love the latest styles, but we must remember fashion is designed to become unfashionable! So we better find what works for us, there is a difference between style and fashion, too many of us get those confused!
What are some of your favourite current fashion trends?:
Well, I personally am relieved women have grown so tired that they are just letting their bra straps show! After all, aren't the straps kinda crucial to the whole concept? Strapless bras were an OK idea I guess, but wasn't it Newton who said things tend to fall downward? The trick is to have clean and fashionable bra straps so that they become a part of the outfit, not a fashion faux pas. The creed on my website is...Women Have Needs. Meet Them With Style.
And your least favourite?:
I just can't get super excited about the lace this season. It's OK in moderation, but the lace leggings are just too much, they almost look cheap or something to me. Uh oh, I hope I'm not sounding like a mom.
What do you think is the key element to balancing “style” with function for mothers?:
This is easy. I think the biggest mistake mothers make at first is they become so obsessed shopping for baby before they know it, it's been six months since they had something new! The classic excuse is that they haven't lost their baby weight yet and they'll go shopping once they have. But in the meantime they're on a daily buying spree for clothes they baby will often outgrow before they can all be worn! So what's the difference? So I think the key to balancing style with function for every mom is to remember to treat yourself! Because a stylish mommy simply can't function without a personal fashion treat too!
Any other random thoughts or interesting things about you that you would like to share?:
I have always wanted to learn how to play in instrument. Through the years there has never been enough times, sometimes I thought there was time but there wasn't enough money. I hope to be able to do that someday. Maybe after I'm done paying for college, maybe sooner. We'll see! I'm not sure that's an interesting fact, but it's true. Maybe if I hadn't has children I'd be a pianist by now, but I think I've enjoyed playing with the boys more :)
Thank you Kelly for taking the time to answer these questions!