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Wednesday, November 12th, 2014
Here’s the newest installment of a brand new series from the Parents beauty department about mommy bloggers. Each installment will feature what beauty means to real moms no matter what their beauty routine is like—and how they take time to themselves after having children.
With the cold starting to set in, I’m starting to realize just how many sweaters I actually have (i.e. not enough). I’ve lived in Florida for the past four year, so my wardrobe has been more geared for the hottest days of New York winters. Meagan Rigney has given me major winter wardrobe inspiration. On her blog, Because of Jackie, Meagan shows off her love of personal style. “It also pushed me out of a style rut and forced me to think more about how I present myself,” she says. Well this mother of two (Molly, 6; Brady, 5) is pushing me out of mine, too! Today she tells us all about her argan oil obsession and spills some super-sized secrets.
What is your beauty routine like?
It is fairly simple and streamlined at this point. I know what I like, and I can do it from start to finish in about five minutes. I moisturize with Josie Maran Argan Oil and Cetaphil sunscreen. Then I add either Josie Maran’s foundation (It’s like a BB cream.) or bareMinerals bareSkin Pure Brightening Serum Foundation if I want more coverage. Then it’s just eyeliner, mascara, blush and lipstick or gloss. My hair is typically down and simple. Most days, I also wear a bright lip, which is my secret to looking like I tried way more than I actually did! Red and bright pink are my faves.
Did you wear makeup when you gave birth?
I did! I’m a big fan of going simple at that time because birth is messy business, but a little eyeliner, mascara and lipgloss can do a lot for you. There are so many pictures of this time in your life—why not look back and feel you looked great? I showered before my daughter was born and blow-dried my hair, and I’m so happy I did (mainly because it was my last one for quite a few days!). I say pack a little makeup bag in your hospital bag and some pretty pajamas. You will often have lots of visitors, and looking your best will go a long day to feeling better about yourself at this time.
How did you learn to do your makeup?
I still wonder if I really KNOW how to do makeup! I read a lot of fashion magazines as a teenager (I still do!), so most likely, I learned tips from magazines.
How has your beauty routine changed since you had Molly and Brady?
It has changed only in the sense that I often do my makeup and hair with two children sitting on the bathroom floor with me! I don’t have as much time to fuss, so I choose products that do a lot for me. Simple eyes (liner and mascara only), paired with a bright lip are my go-to look.
Have your children ever commented on your makeup or beauty routine?
My daughter loves all things girly, so she likes that mommy has pretty lipsticks. (I often leave a lipstick kiss on her hand when I drop her off at school!) I love that having a blog makes me try harder on my appearance and how I present myself because it shows my children that I am a person, too, and I deserve to be the best I can be. At this point, my kids probably assume that all mommies wear red lipstick at school drop offs, and think nothing of it.
What’s the best beauty advice you’ve ever received?
The simplest things are true: Wear sunscreen ALWAYS, exercise, drink water, and eat health foods. Also wear mascara if that is the only thing you can do. It instantly lifts your eyes!
My beauty advice for moms is… Take the time to make yourself feel good! I have been there with a newborn and a young toddler crying at my feet (it was crazy!), but it takes two minutes to wash your face, put on mascara and lipgloss, and to throw on a clean shirt and pants. After bedtime is always one of my favorites times of the day, when the kids are asleep and I can read for a few minutes or take that time to lay out something pretty to wear the next day. Sometimes a little pre-planning goes a long way, and it’s fairly easy to do!
What is the importance of taking time to yourself?
I think having time to feel pretty and put together puts me in the right mindset to be a better mom. I am a woman first, and taking that five minutes (and a little prep time the night before on what I’m going to wear) sets me up to look and feel good about myself all day. I fell in the trap of letting myself go a bit after having my kids back to back, and taking that time to exercise, put on a little makeup, and dress nicely has made the biggest difference.
My celeb mom beauty icon is.. Jessica Alba. She always looks put together and stylish, yet I know she is a hands-on mom of two.
How much do you usually spend on beauty products a month?
Good question…probably too much! I invest in certain products that last me for a long time. Argan oil, Wen cleansing conditioner and Philosophy lotion comes in super sizes from QVC.com. All my other makeup comes for Ulta or the local grocery store.
I can live without … Josie Maran’s Argan Oil! It is great as a moisturizer, and I also use it on the ends of my hair before flat-ironing it. In the winter, I can put it on my kids’ faces, and now I find my husband begs for it as well! I love Wen cleansing conditioner for my hair. And shoot, I can’t forget my Philosophy Fresh Cream or Pure Grace lotion!
My dream beauty product is … Something that would make my hair dry amazing with no styling tools or work on my part!
BECAUSE OF JACKIE’S FAVES
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- Urban Decay eyeliners: I feel most like myself with eyeliner on, typically either a dark brown or black on my lower lid only.
- Mally mascara: It’s soft and doesn’t make my eyelashes feel spiky.
- Josie Maran Argan Milk: It’s a serum I wear under her face oil to boost moisture and reduce lines.
- Sebastian Potion No. 9: a great, non sticky hair product that sorts of works as a zillion products in one.
Tuesday, June 17th, 2014
MotherMag.com editor Katie Hintz-Zambrano with her inspiration, Diego.
San Francisco-based fashion journalist Katie Hintz-Zambrano always wanted to start her own website, but was stumped brainstorming a unique angle that would stand out in a sea of other fashion sites. Then she had her son Diego, and it clicked: “I had the idea for a parenting site that was style-leaning.”
Hintz-Zambrano says she noticed other fashion bloggers starting to have children too, and realized she had to stake her claim before somebody else did. “There’s no way after having a kid you’re going to want to write about how to style leather pants five ways,” she says. “Everyone was going to start having kids and that coverage was going to shift, and I wanted to be the person to do that.”
Hintz-Zambrano joined forces with Nashville-based blogger and mother of four James Kicinski-McCoy, and MotherMag.com was born. The lifestyle blog — which covers style, beauty, travel, and of course, motherhood — has only been live for six weeks but already has thousands of followers on Instagram. (Which makes sense: Kicinski-McCoy and Hintz-Zambrano were both finalists for Parents’ 2014 Social Media Awards in the Instagram category!). I had a chat with in-the-know mom Hintz-Zambrano about what’s on trend and on her radar.
P: I love MotherMag’s ‘Mother Hoods’ travel section! What is a great travel destination this summer?
HZ: For a fashion-leaning parent: Sayulita, Mexico. It can be a really fun trip where the parents get pleasure out of it, but so do the kids. It’s not that touristy yet, and it’s not far from San Francisco, so this could be popular with West-Coasters.
P: What are some summer must-haves for moms right now?
HZ: There’s something cool about fruit prints. A shirt with oranges or lemons is summery and fresh. That’s a trend that isn’t too huge, but it’s bubbling up.
Also for moms, we’re super lucky that flat shoes are in, like Birkenstocks. A clean, white, slip-on Van is great to invest in from summer to fall, and it’s on trend to have minimal, comfy shoes. They’re having such a moment now, and they’re so comfortable and breathable and you can run after your kids and not fall over.
Jumpsuits are super cool, and they always look unexpected even though they’re trendy. We’ve been calling them adult onesies on the site! They’re so easy, you don’t have to think about what to pair them with. You can wear them to the office, the park, anywhere, and it’s still appropriate.
P: What do you think will be the coolest back-to-school trends for elementary schoolers this year?
HZ: Harem pants for boys, that European silhouette. A year ago, I would have said, ‘No way that’s coming back,” but I see that happening. Maybe in a more conservative market, ethnic print pants. For girls, touches of neons and pom poms. Dress things up a little bit! And I don’t think you can go wrong with a beautiful striped shirt. They’re available at every price point, and they always look great on kids. Also a bold statement sneaker, for both boys and girls, with wild colors and prints will be an enduring trend.
Image: Courtesy of MotherMag.com
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Wednesday, April 18th, 2012
The popular mom blogger Jenny Lawson, self-dubbed “The Bloggess” (more on that later), released her first book yesterday, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. The novel shares hilarious, “mostly true” anecdotes from her, er, unusual upbringing. We talked to Jenny about being a mother, a blogger, and surviving her weird childhood.
Let’s start at the beginning. What was your childhood like?
My childhood was “violently unorthodox,” as I like to call it. My dad was a taxidermist, so I had some interesting childhood “pets” growing up. From the outside looking in, people might think it was a struggle. We were quite poor, and my family was odd, but overall I’d say it was great. Despite the quirks, I was loved and accepted for who I was.
How does that lesson translate in your book?
I’ve embraced my weirdness, and Let’s Pretend This Never Happened shares stories about my life in an informal, fun, and irreverent manner. After all, diversity is what makes the world go around and that includes the need for a lot of bafflingly strange people in the world. I’m happy to be one of those people.
When using your own life as the fodder for your first novel, did you worry what family or friends might think?
My friends and family aren’t easily thrown. My parents enjoyed the book, and all my close relatives and in-laws have either read it or have vowed not to read it to preserve their idea of me. I have a strong family who supports one another no matter what. That’s sort of the main theme of the book, and it’s one that stands true in my life, as well.
Did you always hope to be a published author?
Growing up, I wanted to be a cowgirl ballerina. Or a writer. But I wasn’t thin enough to be a cowgirl ballerina, so I started writing instead.
Your blog, The Bloggess, is wildly popular. How did you come up with that name?
“Blogess” is just the feminine of “blogger.” Think about it: Actor/actress, mister/mistress, blogger/bloggess, jogger/joggess. Although, those last two never quite caught on…
What does your daughter, Hailey, think about your blog?
Hailey is not allowed to read my blog because it’s a bit too cursey for a seven-year-old, but she desperately wants a blog of her own–she even makes these long video blogs that she wants to post on the Internet.
So then is Hailey the next “Bloggess” to be?
I’ve told her that she needs to wait until she’s at least sixteen before posting her video blogs to make sure that’s what she really wants. Kids today live in a tech-savvy world we could never imagine, and I’d hate for those to haunt her when she’s a teenager. Kids can be cruel, and stuff on the Internet never goes away.
Has your own childhood influenced the choices you’ve made in raising your daughter?
My family chose their own road with no regard to what others thought, and I think that made my life incredibly special. I’m trying to do the same thing for my daughter. Hopefully, she’ll appreciate it one day the way I appreciate it now. Or we’ll spend a lot of time together in therapy. Either way, the key here is that it’ll be time spent together.
What do you two do to spend time together now?
We play a lot of Monster High–it’s like Barbies, except with zombies. We also have a lot of “girl talk.” That was Hailey’s idea when she was little, and it’s now one of the best parts of my day.
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