I met Stephanie in what seems like a lifetime ago when she was a freshman pledging Alpha Phi and I was a Junior at the University of Arizona. And though college is far behind us, the blogging world keeps us connected. She is a first-time mom, who writes an uplifting blog about the many hats of motherhood, Life as I know It. Stephanie is also a Marketing Manager for luxury hotels and resorts like St. Regis, W Hotels and The Luxury Collection. I love seeing the adorable pictures of her daughter and seeing how a fun, working mom juggles it all.
She shares with us some of her favorite things and what she cannot live without.
When I worked for Michael Kors I was immersed in style. This company taught me all about what was new and next in fashion. I adored living in this world. But, times have changed for me.
Today, I am a mom. I live in the suburbs with my husband and beautiful two-year old daughter; at the intersection where function and fashion meet. And even though I can fit all of my beauty essentials into one box, it doesn’t mean I have lost my edge completely.
I try to purchase timeless pieces. Pieces that aren’t ‘on trend’ but rather pieces that are trendless. Gold, black, silver, deep green – these are hues that do not go out the style window. As a mom, I don’t have time to hit the stores running for the latest and greatest; I need elegant classics that will take me from one stage in life to the other.
Timeless fashion items that I love:
Watch – Spend the money on a silver or gold watch that will dress up any outfit.
Black dress (or top) – Black staple items will never (ever) let you down.
Gold accessories – Gold reminds me of riches and elegance. Paired with black, gold elevates your outfit to a more sophisticated look.
Heels – Purchase a pair of heels and promise yourself you will take good care of them.
Under garments – Invest in a good bra. It will make every outfit fit and feel better. Once per quarter I try to visit the “Bra Specialists” at Nordstrom for a fitting.
Additionally, here are a few items I would be lost without.
Facial Cleaner – Purity by Philosophy
Lips – Vegas Volt lipstick by MAC
Perfume – Chance by Chanel (classic)
Powder – Bobbi Brown
Eye Lashes – Maybelline, of course
Nails – OPI in nearly every shade of pink and red
Hair – Biolage Shampoo and Conditioner
Face Moisturizer – Hope in a Jar by Philosophy
Sunglasses – Kristina Aviators by Coach
Accessories – (many) vintage pieces from my Great-Grandma and Nana
Earrings – Marc by Marc Jacobs gold stud earrings (great gift idea!)
Handbag – Large leather bag by Coach