So, you’re a mom. You tackle the day without skipping a beat, manage your family’s ever-changing schedules, and somehow still find time to sleep (maybe–or was that just a blink?). No matter what your day consists of, you shouldn’t be restricted to outdated ideas of what “mom style” looks like. We’ve gathered four mom-approved outfits that go beyond the stereotypes and instantly make you a style expert.

 

mom outfits: windbreaker jacket

You’re the Wind(breaker) Beneath My Wings

Consider this our ode to the windbreaker comeback. Undoubtedly the style star of the season, this ’80s and ’90s inspired trend will instantly revamp your casual streetwear. Whether you’re taking the kiddos on a walk or heading out for a day of errands, just pair it with relaxed denim and a basic tank (or tee) for a style-savvy ensemble.

 

mom outfits: black blazer

Trail Blazer

We’ve gotta hand it to you, moms. The amount of things that you’re able to accomplish in a day is astounding. Heading from drop-off to the office to a PTO meeting calls for an outfit that can do it all. Pair a colorful chino with a boldly printed top and a black blazer for an insanely stylish work-to-wherever look.

 

mom outfits: t shirt dress

Eat. Sleep. Caffeinate. Repeat.

There are definitely moments when it feels like you just can’t catch a break (we’ve all been there). The last thing you want to worry about is what outfit you’re going to wear–especially if you also have little ones you have to get dressed. A simple t-shirt dress with a classic denim jacket is the perfect (and extremely comfortable) combo for those days where it’s hard to change out of your jammies.

 

mom outfits: moto jacket

Not a Regular Moto Jacket. A Cool Moto Jacket.

Okay, all moto jackets are cool in our opinion, but this pastel color really packs a punch. Finish your look with a printed blouse and clean black denim. Much like all of the kick-butt moms running the world, this ensemble exudes an unstoppable attitude. Concert outfit? Check. Dinner date? Check. Basically, it’s the mom outfit that does it all (just like you!).

 

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If there’s one piece we all have in our closets–and if you don’t you really should–it’s a striped sweater. It’s a timeless piece that never goes out of style, effortlessly fits any aesthetic and easily works 365 days a year. However, reaching for the same piece over and over can be a bit of a double-edged sword. We love that it’s a fail-proof option, but it can be a bit tiresome to try and reinvent the wheel with the same piece over and over. To help you combat those what-to-wear blues, we’re here to help you style this wardrobe essential in fresh new ways.

 

striped sweater: denim skirt

Cool for the Summer

Pair your striped sweater with a denim skirt for the perfect summer-ready outfit. We love that this particular sweater has a wider neckline so that you can wear it slightly off the shoulder for a fully laid-back look. The real winner: its featherweight fabric. It ensures you won’t overheat even in rising temps.

 

striped sweater: trouser

Slay the Work Day

A track pant is a perfect way to give your tired trouser a modern update. Paired with the bold red stripes, your work-ready ensemble will feel anything but boring. Trust us, if you’re wearing these killer pieces, you’ll strut into the office ready to take on whatever the day has in store for you.

 

striped sweater: tied around waist

All Tied Up

Who said you had to wear your striped sweater as a top? Tie it around your waist or throw it over your shoulders for our favorite way to style this piece. It feels playful, carefree and totally unexpected. This option doubles as fashion and function on those days when you need a last minute layer. Two looks in one? Yes, please.

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Style inspiration can come from anywhere around you. Walking down the street, scrolling on Instagram, or eyeing your coworker’s cute outfit in the break room (hey, we’ve all done it). But if we had to pick our No. 1 go-to for all things fashion, it would have to be celebrities. It turns out, we aren’t the only ones that feel this way. As our stylists get to know you–our amazing customers–they’ve found that there are four A-list celebrities in particular that inspire your wardrobe on a regular basis and we can totally understand why. Take a peek below to find out which stars are stealing the spotlight in street style.

 

Meghan Markle

a-list celebrities: meghan markle

photo courtesy of HRH of Sussex’s Instagram

a-list celebrities: meghan markle

Meghan’s Style

The actor-turned-Duchess (#goals) has undoubtedly become one of the most famous style icons of our time. Her oh-so-chic wardrobe consisting of timeless pieces, minimal accessories and envy-inducing shoes makes it almost impossible to argue otherwise. While we can’t give you a palace, we can give you closet staples that will help you exude her classy style. Opt for ultra-tailored silhouettes, subtle prints, and polished designs to channel your inner royalty.

 

Blake Lively

a-list celebrities: blake lively

photo courtesy of Blake Lively’s Instagram

a-list celebrities: blake lively

Blake’s Style

We bow down to you, Blake. Her modern menswear-inspired looks are way too good not to steal. We admire her ability to push the boundaries and challenge gender norms when it comes to fashion. Have you seen her pantsuits lately?! Seriously stunning. To achieve her sophisticated and daring style, pair your favorite blazer with a casual tee and trendy pair of blue jeans. We love the tuxedo stripe running down the side to fully nail her aesthetic.

 

Joanna Gaines

a-list celebrities: joanna gaines

photo courtesy of Joanna Gaines’ Instagram

a-list celebrities: joanna gaines

Joanna’s Style

To be frank, we’re still mourning the loss of Fixer Upper (thank goodness for reruns). Not only do we miss the amazing reveals, but we also miss seeing which outfits Joanna would wear each episode (and going on a frantic Google search to try and find them). Her looks are approachable and, better yet, easily achievable. If you want to give your wardrobe a Gaine’s-style renovation, reach for some relaxed denim, a t-shirt and a utility jacket for the finishing touch. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy.

 

America Ferrera

a-list celebrities: america ferrera

photo courtesy of America Ferrera’s Instagram

a-list celebrities: america ferrera

America’s Style

Actress, activist, and all-around amazing woman America Ferrera exudes elegance in everything that she does, including her fashion choices. Whether she’s strutting the red carpet or owning it as a producer on set, you can often find her flattering her gorgeous hourglass figure with waist-accentuating details and v-necklines. To emulate her slightly-retro style, try out jumpsuits (with a belt or tie, of course), pencil skirts, feminine details and playful patterns.

 

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The start of the spring season is all about new beginnings. Whether you’re setting new goals or simply looking to revive your routine, your workout uniform also deserves a refresh. After all, prepping your closet for spring isn’t just about refreshing your street style–it’s important to show your workout wardrobe some love, too! Get inspired to get moving by Glyder’s latest collection of fashion-forward pieces in soft spring colors.

spring colors: pullover hoodie

Fresh Piece: Lightweight Thermal Pullover

This pullover combines everything we love into one easy piece–a lightweight yet cozy thermal fabric, a relaxed hood and cuffed sleeves. The sandy color is the neutral we never knew we needed in our fitness wardrobes (but are so happy it’s a thing).

 

Revive Your Routine: Yoga

Yoga is incredibly beneficial no matter where you’re at in your fitness journey. Instructors often offer modifications for more challenging poses and the judgment-free zone allows you to try new things or rest in child’s pose whenever you need it. This pullover is a great piece for yoga whether you’re trying out a class or doing a 10-minute practice at home. Throw it on for savasana or over your sports bra as you head out for errands.

 

spring colors: sports bra

Fresh Piece: Icy Blue Sports Bra

This icy-blue hue featured throughout the collection is our new favorite neutral. It’s basically the chambray of fitness fashion. AKA it pairs with everything. And just when we thought it couldn’t possibly get any better, the strappy back detail swoops in to prove us wrong (if this is what it feels like to be wrong we never want to be right).

 

Revive Your Routine: HIIT

If you’re a busy bee with an endless to-do list, give high-intensity interval training a try this spring. This incredibly versatile workout is easy to customize and adjust for beginners and advanced trainers alike. Designed for high impact activities, this sports bra is the perfect piece to wear to HIIT class. You’ll feel supported in this fashion-forward piece from start to finish.

 

spring colors: legging

Fresh Piece: Tonal Print 7/8 Legging

If you’re tired of your basic black leggings, these are the fail-proof solution. Their neutral print is subtle enough to pair with just about everything so you’ll never feel restricted when it comes to figuring out what to wear.

 

Revive Your Routine: Running

The best part about running is you can pretty much do it anytime, anywhere so you’ll never be restricted by your schedule or location. Plus, you can take things at your own pace and take walk breaks when needed to help you get started. With a hidden pocket in the waistband, these leggings are a no-brainer when you’re headed out for a run.

 

spring colors: tank top

Fresh Piece: Modern Floral Tank

A laser-cut floral design paired with one of our favorite spring colors makes this tank a must-have piece this season. The shape lightly skims your silhouette for a comfortable fit that will stay in place throughout your workout.

 

Revive Your Routine: Barre

Barre is a great workout if you’re looking to switch things up. Inspired by ballet, pilates, yoga and strength training, you definitely won’t get bored with the ever-changing (and super fun) classes. As an added bonus, the pretty laser-cut design on this tank will provide extra breathability when you’re holding chair pose for an extra 8 count.

 

spring colors: pocket tee

Fresh Piece: Classic Pocket Tee

The best part about this versatile tee is that it works just as well for your workout wardrobe as it does for your casual street style. The relaxed boyfriend silhouette feels perfectly undone and won’t restrict you as you move throughout your day.

 

Revive Your Routine: Walking

f you’re trying to jumpstart a more active lifestyle, walking is a great place to start. It has so many health benefits and serves as a great foundation to build upon when you’re ready to increase intensity. Just doing 30 minutes a day can make an impact! You can even turn it into a social outing by walking to brunch with friends. This tee will effortlessly transition from your stroll to sitting on the patio.

 

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About the Brand: Glyder

Glyder prides itself on creating pieces that provide limitless movement no matter where your workout takes you. Beyond physical movement, Glyder actively participates in social movements that support and encourage women everywhere (heck yes). Their gear is designed to inspire you to explore new places and create your own path.

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We’ve all been there–those days where you stare into the abyss of your closet and are at a total loss for what to wear that day. What if we told you we’d found the perfect solution for those nothing-to-wear days? No, it’s not too good to be true. The dolman sleeve top is one of our most popular pieces and for a good reason. It pairs with everything, flatters all body types and is basically a magical unicorn shirt spreading sunshine and rainbows to wardrobes everywhere. We chatted with our stylists to figure out where they’re wearing their dolman sleeve tops along with their expert tips for styling them.

 

how to wear a dolman sleeve top

Date Night

“I love our newest update to the classic dolman: the keyhole cutout! For a night out, start with the elevated dolman and layer a moto jacket over it for some extra edge. Then, throw on some dark wash skinnies and finish your look with a statement clutch to add a bit of texture to your outfit. The best part is, this ensemble works for many occasions, whether you’re heading to a concert or enjoying a dinner out.”

Lauren F.  

 

how to wear a dolman sleeve top

At the Office

“We all know shopping for work clothes can be difficult. Finding pieces that help you easily transition from day to night or weekday to weekend is all about building a foundation for your wardrobe. The Dolman Top is one of those pieces! A statement necklace and cozy cardigan add a fun, layered touch to your professional ensemble. Finish your look with a tote to store any essentials you need to take on the day.”

Alyssa B.

 

how to wear a dolman sleeve top

Sunday Brunch

“A dolman sleeve top is so versatile and can easily be dressed up or down. If you’re heading to brunch, try pairing it with a trendy faux suede moto jacket and white denim. There’s no doubt that this look will have all your friends asking where you got your outfit from. Now, who’s ready for a mimosa?!”

Allysa P.

 

how to wear a dolman sleeve top

Tackling To-Dos

“While you’re running around working on your to-do list, it’s important to be in a fuss-free outfit that can move with you throughout your day. Pair the dolman with a distressed denim jacket, a comfortable pair of shorts and accessorize with earrings and a purse for a totally put-together look. With an outfit that’s this effortless, getting ready will be the easiest thing you cross off your list.”

Scott D.

 

how to wear a dolman sleeve top

Low-Key Weekend

“Sometimes, less is more! Try pairing the dolman with distressed boyfriend jeans and a simple cardigan for a casual-cool look. Whether you’re settling in to start a new book or relaxing with a cup of coffee, the relaxed silhouettes and cozy textures make it a comfortable outfit you’ll reach for over and over again.”

Josee S.

 

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Denim-on-denim maaay or may not be one of our favorite timeless trends. We’ll give you a hint: it definitely is. We’re obsessed with all things denim. Denim tops, distressed denim, denim jackets, colored denim, denim accessories (okay, okay, we’ll reign it in). Stepping out in a full-on Texan Tux may strike fear in the hearts of some, but we’re here to make a strong case as to why this fashion flashback is the must-try trend of the season. With these crucial dos and don’ts, you’ll be a double denim pro in no time.

 

double denim: dress it up

Do – Dress it Up:

>While double denim may conjure up the image of an ultra-casual ensemble, when you try it out with a denim skirt in a sleek pencil silhouette, your look can easily transition from day-to-night all while looking put-together and polished.

 

Don’t –  Get Too Matchy-Matchy:

Ensure that your denim is at least two shades apart. Unless your ensemble is part of a coordinated set, it can quickly go south trying to correctly piece together a monochromatic look.

 

double denim: play with proportion

Do – Go to the Dark Side:

Doubling down on denim doesn’t always have to mean blue on blue. Tonal mixing with black and grey is the ultimate incognito introduction to trying out this style in stealth mode.

 

Do – Infuse your Personality:

Seek unique elements that give your ensemble a one-of-a-kind, vintage-find feel. Denim with embroidery, embellishment, or unique distressing will truly set your look apart. Pro-Tip: Choose one piece to be the focal point of your get-up to refrain from going over-the-top.

 

Do – Play with Proportion:

Once you feel comfortable taking it up a notch, try experimenting with exaggerated (but balanced) silhouettes. Opt for a denim duster paired with tailored skinnies, or pair a fitted top with relaxed boyfriend jeans.

 

double denim: add a print

Do – Add a Pattern:

If you’re not ready for a denim ensemble from head to hem, punctuate your look with a solid tee, striped sweater, or printed scarf. Adding different textures or patterns breaks it up while remaining casual and classic.

 

Don’t  – Go Overboard:

We adore the effortless and care-free nature that is denim-on-denim, so it’s best to keep things simple. Try not to mix too many of-the-moment trends in one outfit.

 

 

 

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Is there anything that brings in the new season better than a pair of crisp white jeans? Okay, maybe the smell of flowers in the air and later sunsets are pretty great too, but we love white denim as the foundation of an amazing outfit. While you’ll have to wait until after Memorial Day to wear them because of very strict fashion rules, it’s great to prep your closet ahead of time. (Um, we’re totally kidding. Break those babies out any time you’d like–rules, schmules. We’d wear them 365 days a year if we had enough pairs.) Take a peek below at a few of our Stylists’ favorite ways to wear white jeans.

 

white jeans: fresh blooms

1. Fresh Blooms

White denim is as versatile as a black trouser and a great way to refresh your work wardrobe. For an office-ready ensemble, pair your white jeans with a floral cami and a pretty blazer in a pastel hue. We love the attention to detail on a great camisole. Eyelash lace trim or a scalloped hemline can really elevate an otherwise simple piece. With an outfit this good, you’ll have the confidence to slay the work day.

 

white denim: bold stripes

2. Bold Stripes

Wearing your white jeans with your go-to denim jacket is the incognito way to wear denim on denim if you’re not a fan of wearing head-to-toe indigo. Finish your look with eye-catching stripes. It’s the perfect way to try out pops of neon–one of the biggest trends for spring–without going overboard. Take it one step further and finish your look with bold accessories for some extra wow factor.

 

white jeans: polished pullover

3. Polished Pullover

For on-the-go plans, give your blue jeans a break and swap them for white denim for an instant outfit update. Paired with an elevated sweatshirt, you’ll look put-together and still feel comfortable as you hustle around town. Round out your look with slip-on sneakers and a crossbody bag, and you’ll be ready to take on your day in style.

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St. Patrick’s Day is just over the rainbow–er, right around the corner–and we are so ready to get out and celebrate after this 18-year-long winter. Whether you’re heading out to watch a parade with family or kicking off the weekend with friends, you may find yourself wondering what to wear. Before you reach for a kelly green boa or festive shamrock shirt, we’ve put together 5 looks with a *pinch* of green that won’t leave you looking like a leprechaun. While we can’t offer you a pot of gold, you’re sure to hit the jackpot with any of these fashion-forward green outfits.

 

green outfits: camo

Mixed Greens

It’s easy to get your greens when camo continues to conquer the fashion industry. Wearing varied shades of olive is the toned down way to do St. Patty’s Day if you’re not into wearing vibrant colors. Cool camo skinny jeans and a utilitarian backpack paired with a trendy tee is an effortless outfit you’ll wear way past March 17th.

 

green outfits: green tank

Pops of Pistachio

We love a soft shade of pistachio combined with a swingy silhouette. It feels sweet without being over-the-top and is a great transitional outfit for spring. Pair a breezy tank with straight leg denim and sneakers for a totally relaxed look. You’ll feel comfortable no matter where the festivities take you. If it’s still a little chilly where you live (residing in Milwaukee, we can 100% relate), throw a lightweight jacket on to keep you warm.

 

green outfits: green floral blouse

Sage & Spring Florals

Spring florals are an easy way to turn heads and make your friends green with envy. A lightweight blouse in sage green is a great way to sport the playful pattern on St. Patrick’s Day. You’ll easily be able to layer it if needed or pair it with shorts and sandals if the temperatures allow. A crossbody bag is a perfect companion for celebrating a holiday. All of your favorite belongings will be easily accessible, and your hands will be freed up for all the toasts you’ll be making with your Insta-worthy green drinks.

 

green outfits: mint green

Minty Fresh

Wear vibrant skinny jeans in a mint hue—you’re sure to stand out against the sea of basic emerald outfits. This dreamy hue makes us think of tasty Shamrock Shakes–yes, we know they’re as controversial as candy corn–without being the typical shade of four-leaf clover green you’re used to seeing. Round out your look with a striped tee and lace-up sneakers for a cool and casual look.

 

green outfits: mint green stripes

Seafoam Stripes

Simple yet chic green outfits can be tricky to pull together, but soft shades of green paired with a crisp white denim jacket is a look that definitely gets our (Irish) blessing. With fresh seafoam stripes, you’ll be safe from all of the St. Patty’s Day Pinchers. (How did that become a thing, anyway?) Finish your outfit with indigo jeans and slide on loafers for a slightly preppy vibe.

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Trying to master long-weekend packing is usually a lot easier said than done. Even though a weekend getaway means only a few short days spent away from home, trying to come up with a few travel outfits that conveniently fit into a weekender bag is no easy feat. If you love clothes as much as we do, it’s challenging to decide which pieces make the cut. As tempting as it may be to pack that top that’s been sitting in your closet for 5 years (even if you swear this is the perfect occasion), the key to smarter packing is versatile pieces. We’ve created a list of 7 essential items to help you strategically plan your travel outfits (so you can save space for allllll the shoes). The mix and match options are endless!

 

7 Long-Weekend Essentials

1. A Printed Blouse

2. A Large Tote

3. Comfortable Jeans

4. A Long Sleeve Tee

5. Patterned Shorts

6. A Printed Dress

7. A Denim Jacket

 

travel outfits: printed blouse with jeans

Outfit One:

A quick trip out of town means making the most out of each piece you bring with you. A vibrant button-up is easy to dress up or down, making it a must-have item to add to your list. Paired with medium-wash jeans, an oversized tote (perfect for stashing all of your travel essentials) and low-heeled booties, you’ll be prepared for whatever the day throws your way.

 

Outfit Two:

No matter what your plans entail, you’ll probably need a more casual ensemble at some point during your weekend getaway. Try pairing a long sleeve tee with your blue jeans and some comfortable sneakers. This low-maintenance look works just as well for a laid-back day sipping drinks on a patio or spending the afternoon exploring a new city.

 

travel outfits: long sleeve tee with shorts

Outfit Three:

If the weather allows, a long sleeve tee with striped linen shorts will be your best bet for your travel outfit. Whether you’re sitting for hours in a car or on a plane, you’ll feel comfortable without looking like you rolled up in your PJ’s. Plus, it’s a polished look that allows you to hit the ground running as soon as you arrive. Having to remove your shoes for TSA or fuss with them at each rest stop (Who else always kicks their shoes off in the car? 🙋‍♀️) can be a pain, so wear slip-ons for added convenience.

 

Outfit Four:

It’s always fun to get innovative with your travel outfits, so don’t be afraid to mix and match unexpected pieces. Layer the long sleeve tee over a floral dress for a make-shift skirt ensemble. To make sure your outfit looks cohesive, add a belt and French tuck the sweater into it (Tan France would be proud) for a more tailored look. Choose a shoe that feels right for your agenda. On your feet most of the day? Go with a sneaker. Heading out to dinner? Throw on a bootie for instant wow-factor.

 

travel outfit: floral dress with denim jacket

Outfit Five:

A classic denim jacket is *the* go-to piece when you need to pack light. You’ll be able to pair it with everything you’ve squeezed into your weekend bag giving you plenty of outfits to choose from. It looks especially amazing layered over a lightweight floral dress for a breezy and comfortable look. Keep it casual with sneakers during the day or elevated with booties for an easy evening transition.

 

Outfit Six:

Let’s face it, we’ll forever be shipping denim-on-denim, so try the jacket with the button-up blouse and blue jeans for a broken up Canadian Tuxedo. The pairing options are limitless for this versatile piece so you don’t have to waste precious cargo space by packing multiple jackets. If you’re looking to dress up this casual ensemble a bit, throw on a bootie or pointed flat for added sophistication.

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This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating strength, individuality and so much more. We’re here to provide women with tools for confidence and self-expression so they can feel like the best and most comfortable versions of themselves. And as women in the business of empowering other women through personal style, we say “thank you, next” to one-dimensional depictions of our gender. Like you, the women of Wantable are many things: career-driven, family-oriented, independent, creative, the life of the party, bookworms and everything in between. We’re lucky to be surrounded by a team of talented, strong women, and wanted to share the stories of a few team members who are in pursuit of their passions outside the walls of Wantable. We hope you’re as inspired by these individuals as we are.

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Emma / Stylist

Watch out for this triple threat–she can sing, act and dance! Emma started acting as a kid but really found her passion for it in high school. She declared Theatre as her major in college, and with the help of a supportive professor, knew it was a career path she wanted to stay on. Between rehearsals for her most recent role as Cinderella in Disenchanted and working as a Stylist, we caught up with her to hear more about her journey.

What is your favorite show you’ve ever been in? A Street Car Named Desire. It was the hardest, most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. At the same time, it was the moment I felt like I had really developed as an actor. It’s a classic play, but it contains tough subject matter that we wanted to bring to the forefront. I had well over 600 lines, 4 pages of monologues, and was on stage the entire time. It was a physically and mentally exhausting show.

What does the typical audition process look like? It depends on if you’re auditioning for a specific show or doing a general audition. A general audition means that there are multiple theatres and you audition for them all at once. After that, they contact you if they want you to be in a show for them. I think I prefer auditioning for a specific show because then I can pick my audition material based on the style of the show or the characters. Typically, you have less than 4 minutes to make an impression!

What advice would you give to someone looking to start an acting career? It’s the people that work the hardest that make it. There are a lot of very talented people out there that won’t make it because they don’t put in the hours and dedication. I also think there’s a stigma with acting that you’ve only made it if you get to New York on Broadway, but that’s not the case. You can succeed in all kinds of places! The fact that I get to do it at all is amazing. If I get to do it for the rest of my life I’ll be super happy no matter where that may be.

 

 

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Lauren M. / Jr. Stylist

Lauren is a multi-talented artist who specializes in wedding photography and also happens to make (and sell) killer embroidery. From the moment she got a point-and-shoot camera at the age of 12, she’s had a passion for photography and it’s only grown from there. After completing a Photography degree in college, she’s traveled the country as a wedding photographer heading to amazing places like Chicago, Phoenix, Colorado, California and of course, Milwaukee. Be sure to check out her amazing photography and sassy embroidery for a closer look at her incredible talents!

How did you get started photographing weddings? I originally thought I was going to do fashion photography and have always thought it would be so cool to travel and follow a band around, but then I got asked to do a wedding and fell in love with it. Now, I’ve been doing wedding photography for almost 6 years! I was located in Chicago but was hired for a wedding here in Milwaukee and relocated 3 years ago.

How would you describe your embroidery? Sassy needlepoint. I got started with embroidery because I wanted to make a joke cross stitch for my dad, which is now hanging in our house. From there, I started working on pieces that were unique and tend to include a lot of puns. I love checking out the hashtag #modernembroiderymovement because it’s a large community that shares my passion.

What would you say to someone who is looking to start their own business? Make sure that you’re finding a balance. You’re hopefully starting a business because you have a passion, there’s a problem you want to solve, or there’s something you want to create. Be sure to balance the creative aspect and the business side, because you can’t succeed without both.

 

 

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Lauren F. / Stylist Supervisor

Every day, Lauren balances mom duty with manager duty. She inspires her team of Stylists daily with her positive attitude, and we love her refreshing outlook on motherhood. And, if we’re being honest, her 2-year-old daughter Olivia is a style icon for us ladies at the office–her wardrobe is that adorable. Aside from talking about little Olivia’s custom-made closet (jealous), we were lucky enough to learn some of her best advice, tips, and tricks from her experiences as a mom.

What’s been your favorite part about watching Livi grow up? In general, being a mom is amazing. It’s been a life-changing experience for the better. Olivia is so full of joy, and she really shows me a lot of new perspectives on life and makes me want to be a better person. I love our mommy-daughter dates like going to lunch or going shopping. My dad made a custom closet for her, so I love filling it with clothes that look like something I would wear. I’ve never been into baby clothes, and really love the trendy clothes for kids from places like Zara, Nordstrom and Baby Gap.

How do you go about balancing work and family life? For me, I always put Olivia first. But, I think it’s important to keep your friends close and make time for things that are important to you. I’ve made great friends at Wantable, so making sure I make time for them is important to me. Sometimes people have mom-guilt for going out with friends, but at the end of the day, everyone needs a break and you deserve it.

What advice would you give to a new mom? For any mom, just take a deep breath. You’re going to be okay no matter what. Just do whatever you think is right. When I was pregnant, I would read a lot of blogs, and there are so many opinions. You just have to do what feels good and go with your gut. Something that may work for you may not work for somebody else and vice versa.

 

 

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Haley / Jr. Stylist

From the age of 6, Haley has been attending an annual summer camp run by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. After falling in love with attending camp, she became an active member (and President!) of an amazing organization called With a Little Help. Her constant dedication to spreading awareness and recruiting more camp-goers is truly an inspiration. With the next retreat just around the corner, it was the perfect time to sit down and learn more about Haley and the incredible organization she’s a part of.

So, what exactly is With a Little Help? It’s a non-profit that was started in the early ’80s. The Muscular Dystrophy Association puts on a kids camp every year that you can go to until you’re 17. The founders of With a Little Help realized they didn’t want to stop going, so they created an organization for adults. A camp is held every year at a fully accessible location called Camp Wawbeek in the Wisconsin Dells. We really strive to provide a week out of the year where everyone can be themselves. We provide lots of recreational activities like swimming and trail rides as well as plenty of networking opportunities.

What’s your best memory from camp? I’ve been going to camp forever. I still go camping with a lot of the same people I started at the kid camps with. It’s not necessarily a memory, but with camp, I’ve gained a second family and a support group. It’s cool to see volunteers come not really knowing what they’re getting into, and then see them return year after year. With counselors and campers combined, we have about 80 people, and I would love to see that continue to grow.

How did you become President of With a Little Help? I have been on the Board of Directors for 3 years. I started as a Secretary but hated taking notes. Then, I was nominated for President. I’m the youngest person on the board, so I’m striving to gain membership through social media. We didn’t have an Instagram account until two months ago, so it’s a huge opportunity and area of growth. In addition to that, we have five main goals: sending reminders, raising hype about the camp, getting more campers and volunteers, spreading awareness about Muscular Dystrophy and highlighting members that are doing awesome things.

 

 

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Sophie / Assistant Merchant

Born and raised in Wisconsin, it was a no-brainer for Sophie to name her adventure-seeking blog My Sconnie Life. Always dreaming of food, more food, and her next weekend getaway, she’s constantly seeking all things unique and loves to support small businesses along the way. Take one look at her envy-inducing Instagram and trust us, you’ll be craving a tasty treat or booking your next trip in a matter of seconds. Lucky for us, she’s always recommending her favorite spots and sharing inspiring photos along the way.

What gave you the idea to start your own blog? After graduating from college and starting my job, I wanted a creative outlet. In January of 2017, I started my blog and chose to focus on mostly food with a dabble of travel. I really love exploring new restaurants and businesses in Milwaukee as well as other cities.

You’ve done some cool collaborations. How did you come across those opportunities? City Tins and JettSet Local are both Milwaukee companies that get you food and drink deals around MKE. City Tins reached out to me to create a partnership, but I actually reached out to JettSet Local. I was interested in what they were doing and wanted to be a part of it. It’s been fun to work with both organizations and get to know other Milwaukee food lovers along the way.

What would you tell someone who’s looking to start their own blog? Whatever you want to do, do it for yourself and not to get likes or gain followers. If you make it about that, you may lose your passion for it. It’s easy to get wrapped up in the double taps and waiting for that number to climb, but as long as you enjoy what you’re doing, that’s what matters. Also, eat all the food! Life is too short not to get those tasty fries!

 

 

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Lindsay / Jr. Copywriter

For the past 4 years, Lindsay has been honing her skills for all things hand-lettered. Growing up, she would catch herself doodling in class and eventually became fascinated with watching slo-mo lettering videos on Instagram (we have to admit, they’re addicting). Fun fact: she has an obsession with really good pens and hides her favorites in a secret stash so they’re safe from the pen-borrowers of the world. We caught up with her to learn a little more about how her hobby turned into a passion project.

How did you get into calligraphy? A friend of mine was getting married and needed help bringing some of her Pinterest visions to life. I started with addressing the invitations and it stemmed from there. I ended up working on all sorts of things for her big day. After that, I just stuck with it and branched out to working on lots of miscellaneous projects.

What are your favorite kinds of projects to work on? I really love hand addressing envelopes. It’s fun to play with different styles and designs. Not to mention, it’s a great opportunity to throw on a good podcast while I work. I think my favorite project I’ve ever done was a Disney Scavenger Hunt for my sister’s bachelorette party. I’d never done anything like that before, and it was exciting to step out of my comfort zone. It’s also great that I’m able to share my passion through projects at Wantable. I’ve been able to create custom canvases at an MKE Moms Blog Event and even make props for social media photos.

Do you do everything freehand? No way! That’s too much pressure. Even if it’s a large paint project, I always trace it out in pencil first. Also, if it’s not something that has to be handwritten, I love working on my iPad. It’s so easy to move things around and fix any mistakes. Plus, it’s definitely a bonus to be able to print multiples of everything instead of doing them all individually.

 

 

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Kayla / Director of eCommerce

Even before starting her own family, Kayla has always had a special place in her heart for taking care of little ones. When she signed up to volunteer at the Aurora Sinai Medical Center in the NICU department, she had no idea her sweet little Cora would soon be in her life. After several months, she was finally moved off of the extensive waitlist. But between balancing a full-time job and having a baby at home, she almost passed up on the opportunity. We sat down with her to hear about what changed her mind and about her powerful impact in the NICU.

What does volunteering at the NICU entail?  The primary purpose of NICU volunteers is to hold babies in need of some extra love and attention, especially those struggling with NAS (neonatal abstinence syndrome) from opioid addiction. Nurses are assigned to more than one baby at a time, so they’re always happy to have extra help to comfort a fussy baby while they’re tending to another. We also help restock supplies, wipe down equipment, fold baby clothes, get water for the families and color pictures to decorate the nurseries.

How did you decide that you wanted to volunteer at the NICU?   The waiting list for NICU volunteers is usually fairly long, so I actually signed up around the time my husband I were thinking about starting a family as a way to calm my baby fever. Once Cora was born, I almost said “no” when I found out I had been moved off of the waitlist. Then I thought about how I would have felt if she had been in the NICU and I wasn’t able to be with her all the time. I would have wanted someone to hold her and give her comfort and love when I couldn’t be there.

What are some of the challenges that you face? While my attention is fully on providing comfort to the babies, I wish I could do more for their families. They’re going through such a difficult time. Many of them are juggling work, family and other obligations in addition to trying to spend as much time as possible with their baby.

 

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