So you know how you’ll see a stylish and cool looking mom with a chic haircut, and wonder what she’s like and what her other stylish outfits are like?
That was me when I saw Lia with her edgy hair and kids in tow. I wanted to know what inspires her to rock such a short cut and make the effort to be stylish as a mom of 3. She owns a children’s art studio – www.littleloftstudios.com – which was the perfect backdrop because she rocks her stylish outfits here daily.
It’s the first thing that caught my eye about you. It’s usually a big deal for women to cut their hair this short. Did you always have short hair? What inspired such a dramatic cut?
It’s actually been long all my life and I recently cut it. My daughter wanted to cut hers, and I saw the ease of it, so I thought why not try it too?
How does it feel?
Very freeing, but I’m still deciding if it’s totally me. My son doesn’t like it. He says I don’t look like a “mom”.
I can’t imagine you with long hair! Short hair just looks so great on you, and it’s SO you. But that’s probably because I’m meeting you at this stage of your life.
WHOA! I see his point. You don’t look stereotypically “mommy” anymore.
What’s your personal style?
I don’t think I can define it but my style is functional, and comfy, and it’s more mixy than matchy. My husband is stylish and I try to learn from him. He always mixes unexpected pieces so now I do the same thing.
Where do you shop?
I like Madewell, and some things from J.Crew, but I mostly shop at thrift stores.
So in other words: vintage, used, second hand?
Why? I’m not a fan of second hand shopping. I just never got into it.
I like the idea of fashion being recycled and not wasting. I don’t spend a lot of money on myself (that comes from my childhood), so when I do spend on myself it’s my way of getting myself great pieces, while doing good for the environment, and not wasting.
Hmm…that’s very thoughtful.
What’s your morning routine when you’re putting your outfits together?
I do better picking out my outfits the evening before. I’m not a morning person so that works better for me. I’ll put an outfit together then I’ll move one of the pieces and add something that “doesn’t go” to it. Mixy not matchy.
Do you wear makeup?
I wear eye makeup everyday, eyeliner and mascara. In the last few years I’ve started wearing more makeup.
I think it’s a post 40 thing. I don’t think I wore makeup at all in my 20’s.
Do you think personal style is important for women?
Yes, because I think it reflects how you feel inside, on the outside.
Do your kids already have their own style opinions?
Definitely! My daughters have such different styles, and requirements. One likes casual and laid back and the other has her own spin(pictured above). It’s fun and interesting to experience.
What’s it like having 3 kids?
Hard, but worth it. I always knew I wanted a big family, and I think 3 is a good number. I just hope my kids see it that way and value it when they’re older.
You own an art studio, how do parents put a little bit of art into their kids lives (if it’s not there already)?
We try to use accessible materials that don’t take a lot of preparation and time. We use paper bags and stuff that can be reused or recycled. I think once kids start creating and get used to making things on their own they just feel like it’s something they can do.
I think adults lose that confidence because they’re not used to doing it anymore and kids don’t have that hang up. So adults can try to get involved in making the art with their kids a little more too.
Let’s talk play dough and the mess at home…
I don’t like the mess either but I try to keep the art areas contained. I used to have my kids paint in the bathtub when they were younger. You can contain the art in certain parts of the house but we as adults also need to relax a little more.
Last but certainly not least, when we first met we talked about the elections and you said:
I think I’m one of those people who live in their own bubble. I just didn’t know that many people thought the way they did. I think I want to stay in my bubble.
Still in shock.