Schoola Blog

School Fundraising Tips & Success Stories from Schoola

Three Bloggers Share Their Versatile Style

Versatile Style with Mom Bloggers

Bloggers Camp Patton, Design Mom, and Tales of Me & the Husband share their versatile style.

From getting kids ready for school to running around town on errands or rolling up their sleeves to work, these three moms have versatile style covered. Each blogger—Grace of Camp Patton, Gabrielle of Design Mom, and Bridget of Tales of Me & the Husband—takes one style staple from day to night. Read about their inspiration and get parenting tips in the interviews below.

Versatile Style 1: Grace of Camp Patton Styles an Oxford Shirt

Versatile Style - Oxford Shirt

Grace of Camp Patton takes an oxford shirt from day to night.

Stay-at-home mom of five kiddos and former high school English teacher, Grace, shared her versatile style by accessorizing a basic oxford shirt for a day with her family. Shop the collection of clothes Grace donated to benefit Mount Vernon Community School before they sell out or browse all oxford shirts. Here’s what she has to say:

We love how you styled an oxford shirt for day and night. Can you tell us a little bit about what a typical day looks like for you?

Our days are pretty routine with set nap times and school drop-off and pick-up dictating our schedule but I love taking my four younger kids on walks to a nearby playground as often as possible to help burn off some energy in the mornings. Sometimes it feels like it’s time to start making lunch as soon as the breakfast mess is put away (because it is! ha) so we all spend a lot of the time in the kitchen prepping food and doing dishes. Most of my kids still nap so I like to blog in the afternoons before the dinner and bedtime rush begins!

As a seasoned mom, what’s your biggest piece of advice, or something you wish someone else had told you?

I wouldn’t say I’m seasoned but I think it’s important to go easy on ourselves and give ourselves grace when necessary. Every day can be rebooted and given a clean slate especially with little kids and their (generally!) short-term little memories.

What was your favorite subject in school (or extracurricular activity) and why? How has that shaped you into the person you are today?

I always loved English—both reading and writing. I still read a lot and love getting lost in a really good book at night to decompress from any stress during the day.

Versatile Style 2: Gabrielle of Design Mom Styles a Little Black Dress (LBD)

Versatile Style: Little Black Dress

Gabrielle of Design Mom takes an LBD from day to night.

Gabrielle is a DIY and design guru and mother of six. She spent a year in France with her children and husband, and now they live in California. Her versatile style is balanced between days of working from home and days out and about town. Nab something Gabrielle donated to support her children’s school before they sell out or scoop up an LBD of your own. Learn more by reading our conversation with her.

We love how you styled a little black dress for day and night. Can you tell us a little bit about what a typical day looks like for you?

I tend to have at-home days, and out-and-about days. Today, was an out-and-about day. I had a book event in the morning, then a café date with a friend who is in town, then an appointment to sign papers at a notary office after lunch, then a photo shoot, then school pickup. On days like today my goal is to look polished and put together. Think: a simple dress, layered with a blazer or jacket or cardigan, and paired with good shoes. I also pay more attention to the details — I’ll choose a necklace, a specific shade of lipstick, and make sure my sunglasses are in my bag.

On my at-home days, it’s pretty much me sitting like a lump with my laptop — but working really hard (even if it’s not very glamorous looking). I’ll take breaks to switch a load of laundry and grab a snack. Totally boring, but very productive! If I’m mostly working from home, I’m all about the stylish sweatpants trend. Good-looking sweats may be the greatest thing that has ever happened to fashion!

As a seasoned mom, what’s your biggest piece of advice, or something you wish someone else had told you?

My advice? I say this in my book, Design Mom, but a well-designed home is the best gift you can give to your kids. I don’t mean that you have to have an expensive home created by an interior designer. Not al all! What I mean is creating or designing a home that is intentional. A home that works well for your family. A home that inspires the kind of conversations you want to have with your kids. A home that feels safe and cozy and welcoming after a hard day. A home that tells the story of your family and what they care about. Your home will be the backdrop of most of your children’s memories. Will they remember it as a happy, calm place? A creative, exciting place? A loving, thoughtful place? Maybe all of the above?

What was your favorite subject in school (or extracurricular activity) and why? How has that shaped you into the person you are today?

Oh that’s easy. English! I loooooved English. Partly, this was because I adored reading. But it was also because I had an excellent teacher, Ms. Wenzel. She taught me how to write clearly, she pushed me to try harder, she introduced me to great books, and she taught me how to debate too — although I probably also learned how to argue growing up in a big family. Hah!

Even though I loved English, when I got to college, I figured out I wanted to study design. I started in interior design, but then discovered graphic design and completely fell in love. I ended up getting a BFA in graphic design and had a career in New York as an art director. In fact, I was in the middle of that career when I started Design Mom! I thought the blog would be all about visuals, but pretty quickly, my writing came to be the focus. Thank goodness Ms. Wenzel taught me well!

Versatile Style 3: Bridget of Tales of Me & the Husband Styles Denim

Versatile Style: Denim

Bridget of Tales of Me & the Husband takes denim from day to night.

Meet Bridget, mom to six children. She calls Boston home, but has also spent recent time abroad in Italy. She savors every moment with her children as she starts each new day. You’ll want to swoop on her donated collection benefiting the Malala Fund or hit up the denim section to steal her style. Peek her interview below and learn more about her versatile style.

We love how you styled denim for day and night. Can you tell us a little bit about what a typical day looks like for you?

Let’s see. An average day looks like being woken by Anders around 6:30. I let him roll around me for 15 minutes or so, trying (and failing) to half sleep while he chirps at me tilI I wake up. Sometimes I even, shamefully, let him watch a bit of the PBS app on my phone. That depends on how late I stayed up the night before! Sometimes Parker creeps in and cuddles with me too. Then, we come downstairs for some play and some breakfast. The older kids are off to school very early, but the rest of us don’t usually have to be right out the door. I’ll put some music on and make eggs or yogurt, berries, and granola. It’s slow, and I like it that way. Then, who knows where the day will take us (if Parker ever gets dressed, which takes a lot of urging lately!)—to a playdate, the library, the farm. My favorite days are when we get out of the house for a bit and things just go smoothly. Recently, I took the boys to the library and then we stopped at our favorite coffee shop for some tea (a steamer for Parker—frothy milk and a pump of vanilla syrup) and to browse the books we’d just gotten at the library. Everyone was in a good mood, and it was one of those days when I thought to myself, “I don’t want this to ever end.”

As a seasoned mom, what’s your biggest piece of advice, or something you wish someone else had told you?

Seasoned mom?! Well thanks, but I’m not sure if that’s true! Nevertheless, here’s my advice: everything’s a stage. That’s a big one. When you’re in the middle of teething woes with a cranky baby who refuses sleep, it can feel like it’ll go on forever. And then you wake up one day and wonder, “When was the last time XYZ?” It’s always moving. That’s the only constant!

What was your favorite subject in school (or extracurricular activity) and why? How has that shaped you into the person you are today?

English! And, as a blogger, the writing portion of that serves me well! I love to journal, write down what’s going on in our day-to-day. Otherwise, I know I’ll forget it. So, I’m writing almost all the time in some capacity.

We’ve heard from Grace, Bridget, and Gabriel—now what’s your versatile style staple? We want to hear from you in the comments below!

2 Comments

  1. Love what you’re doing! Looking for great sundresses!

  2. these are all so cute!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

*

© 2019 Schoola Blog

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑