WHAT IS THE MOST REWARDING THING ABOUT BEING A MOTHER? BIGGEST JOYS? BIGGEST CHALLENGE?
Watching my kids grow up and develop into their own little personalities is both exciting and rewarding. Time is always my biggest challenge! Work is demanding of my time so I try to separate my time in the office and my time at home. Once I am home I dedicate that time to my family and try to leave work at the office. I made it a new year’s resolution to stop checking emails in bed, they never stop coming! When I am home I’m with my kids they deserve every ounce of my attention.
DO YOU FIND YOUR PERSONAL STYLE HAS CHANGED SINCE YOU'VE BECAME A MOM? WHAT WERE YOUR STAPLES THAT YOU ROCKED DURING YOUR PREGNANCIES?
Leather jackets are always my go to staple piece so that was pretty easy to maintain during my pregnancy. But my style would depend on my mood, sometimes I wanted something flowy and other times I wanted a form fitting dress that showed off my bump. As a mom I think I have come to appreciate functionality but I think I still dress very similarly to the way I dressed in high school. I’ve always had a relaxed, tom-boy style consisting of relaxed tees and ripped jeans that were oversized and slouchy.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR FAVOURITE PIECES IN YOUR SPRING COLLECTION?
Leather jackets are my go to so I love the new Brutus Jacket. It is a more relaxed oversized fit super comfy but edgy. Recently I have been carrying my Unlined Feed Bag and the Renee Saddle Bag, both are just easy they go with everything.
WHAT WERE YOUR EXPECTATIONS WHEN YOU FIRST LAUNCHED THE REBECCA MINKOFF BRAND? WHERE DO YOU SEE THE BRAND IN 5 YEARS?
I really wasn’t sure what to expect. When we first launched I never imagined we would be where we are today. In five years I hope that we are solidified in the retail industry as tech innovators. At this moment our retail store expansion is a huge focus that I’m excited about both here in the U.S. and internationally. We also have some very exciting partnerships and initiatives happening over the next year or so as well, but I can’t give too much away just yet!
WHERE DO YOU FIND INSPIRATION FROM SEASON TO SEASON WITH REBECCA MINKOFF?
Music is a big part of my life that has influenced my brand aesthetic. It is a constant inspiration across all seasons, the era changes but music is always incorporated. I also find inspiration through my travels, photographers, and people I see and admire. Each collection has its own main inspiration that touches upon a specific person or print I am fascinated with exploring at the time.
WHAT HAVE YOU LEARNED ABOUT BALANCING MOTHERHOOD WITH YOUR CAREER?
It really is all about balance and prioritizing. Also, loving what I do makes all the difference. Even if I’m up until 1am working, it never feels like a sacrifice. My approach to achieving the balance is varied, but I will sometimes opt to come in late to the office so I can have breakfast with my family, or only commit to going to work events 2 or 3 times a week to ensure I am spending as much time as possible with my family, but continuing to grow my business.
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH YOUR KIDS' NAMES?
When Luca was born it was between Luca and Nico, but when he arrived I knew right away Luca fit his personality. When I was pregnant with Bowie, Luca was obsessed with the David Bowie; for about a solid three weeks all we listened to was David Bowie; the name just felt right.
QUOTE THE WORST/FUNNIEST THING YOUR CHILDREN HAVE EVER SAID.
I told Luca I was going to Paris and I was so sad to leave him. He is a big Star Wars fan, then he said "Mom it's not like you are going to another planet, jeez."
FAVE FAMILY VACATION?
As long as we’re at the beach, all of us our happy!
SUNDAY NIGHT TRADITION? IF NOT, ANY FUN FAMILY TRADITIONS?
Relaxing at home with my hubby and kids; quality time with them is everything
HOW DO YOU FIND TIME FOR YOURSELF? WHAT IS YOUR IDEAL GIRLS' NIGHT?
I really enjoy spending time in my kitchen, it’s where I can destress. I like to just hang out, cook and drink good wine.
WITH THE POWER AND INFLUENCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA SUCH AS INSTAGRAM, HOW DO YOU DRAW THE LINE ABOUT WHAT YOU THINK IS APPROPRIATE TO POST OF YOUR CHILDREN? AS A MOTHER, DO YOU ENJOY AND OR FIND IT BENEFICIAL TO SHARE PHOTOS AND VIDEOS OF YOUR FAMILY ON SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS?
I like to let people into my life and see what we do not just as a brand but as a family. I try to keep our personal posts goofy, that way it’s lighthearted but genuine.
ANY LAST WORDS OF WISDOM FOR OUR FELLOW NEW MOMS AND/OR MOMS TRYING TO JUGGLE IT ALL?
Really take the time to be with your family, whatever stress is happening at work try to leave it at the office. Hug your kids, it’s the best cure for stress. As a mother, you have this ability to become an insane multi-tasker; it’s all about taking one thing at a time and attacking what’s in front of you.