Women of Wantable: Then Vs. Now

Last year in March, we began our new socially distant life. Hustling to work by webcam, chasing doggos and kiddos (counts as cardio, right?), and to connect via video chat, texts, calls, letters, even waving through windows. What we have found is that these bonds, with our precious customers, our work family, and, of course, our humans at home, mean everything. We are so grateful for those still working to keep us all safe—the true heroes, like the delivery folks, the store assistants, emergency services, and those on the medical front lines. You know who you are, and we ❤️ you for it.

As you know, there isn’t a map to guide us through this, but our plan is to stay true to putting people first, giving back to our community, and to fueling your self-confidence with inspiring stay-home style. We’re using our hearts and hustle to share meaningful content that we hope will lift your spirits. But this isn’t a one-way conversation—if there’s something you’d like to see let us know. Take care of you and yours.

 

women of wantable: jess

Jess loves her fam, singing, and wine. Lots of wine. 
Meet Jess: Buyer for Tops & Sweaters

THEN

On the shoot, they blew the fan on me and my hair blew back, I felt like I was Christie Brinkley in National Lampoon’s Vacation—you know the scene where she’s in the car! I would definitely wear this dress for an important work meeting or special occasion. This dress is simple and sophisticated; I love the tie waist. This feature makes the dress feel more “fitted”.  Also, blue is one of my favorite colors. 🙂

 

women of wantable: jess

2020

My world is so different. I have a home office stacked with boxes of samples. My time is mostly spent helping my kids (Ryleigh, Emalyn & Finley) with schoolwork and trying to stay sane in the midst of this crisis. We take lots of walks and stay in touch with family through Zoom. It’s like a totally different world!

2021

The additional time at home can be challenging and chaotic, but I’ve learned to take it in strides!  Overall, I have definitely learned to be more patient, especially with my kiddos (wine helps)!  I have picked up cooking and have been able to finish some much-needed at-home projects which would otherwise remain unfinished. I look forward to the future and am excited to see what this year brings!

 

women of wantable: samm

Brit. Mom. Writer. Self-confessed cheeky ginger. 
Meet Samm: Content Director & Storyteller

THEN

I’m used to making content, not being in it! Honestly, I nearly bailed on the shoot. I was so reluctant to let it go and have fun. It’s like our photographer could see something I couldn’t. As soon as I put on that dress, I felt like a million bucks. And, hello, pockets!

 

women of wantable: samm

2020

I cherish my time connecting by webcam. Finding new ways to hustle and problem-solve with my work family. We’re really getting to know one another and harness the power of each other’s mad skills. (Note: our copywriter has become an unbelievable coloring book creator, our photographer learned to sew, etc.)

I’m also loving chatting with my Mum in England during the wee hours (they’re all six hours ahead). It’s this simple—making someone smile feels good (esp. my teenage son, a feat in itself). Lifting someone’s spirits is the new superpower. A cheeky joke or a wave from your window could be keeping someone afloat.

As for me, and the holding back stuff? Oh, behave.

2021

Still here in my kitch-office. It’s been such a learning curve. I feel so grateful for so many things and have learned to slow down and take joy in the simplest of things. I just wait to give everyone the biggest hugs when we can!

 

women of wantable: lauren

Mom to a sweet, funny Olivia (3) AKA fashionista-in-the-making.
Meet Lauren: Stylist Supervisor

THEN

I am totally fine taking pictures in a group but when it’s all eyes on me – cue the awkwardness! All I could think was, don’t mess it up and have fun. I did love the dress. It wasn’t something I would normally pick out for myself but that’s what I loved about it. It made the photo shoot special. I want to give props to our AMAZING photo team. I was able to let loose (also listening to Bruno Mars and Post Malone helped). I also remember going out to lunch with my friend and fellow stylist, Jenna, which was fun. Since I had my hair styled differently than normal (I literally wear it straight every day) I felt a little more glam!

 

women of wantable: lauren

2020

Today my world consists of staying/working from home (social distancing, am I right?). I try to still have somewhat of a normal routine, but I gotta admit, working in my loungewear with little to no makeup, is kinda refreshing.

2021

Since last March, I feel like my day-to-day life has overall stayed relatively the same. 2021 kicked off on a high note though—I got engaged AND we bought a condo! Overall, this past year has taught me to be more patient, be present and pick up “new” hobbies such as cooking (still a work in progress, haha!) and DIY projects. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!

 

women of wantable: lindsay

Dog Mom. Reader. Adventurer. Creative with words and tattoos.
Meet Lindsay: Copywriter

THEN

I got pulled into this photoshoot at the last second so I was a bit nervous—but very excited! I love a bit of spontaneity. Plus, it was super fun to get hair and makeup done prior to the shoot. I’m typically not a huge dress wearer, but I love that this one had a slight boho feel to it. Once I swapped heels for my go-to sneakers and finished the look with a denim jacket, it totally felt like “me”.

 

women of wantable: lindsay

 

2020

Wow—three weeks ago feels like a totally different time. I’ve been taking my dog on lots of long walks, trying to improve my cooking skills (which were pretty much nonexistent), making a dent on the stack of books I’d love to read, working through a list of projects in my (somewhat) new home, and playing lots of board games with my boyfriend. My family and I have also made a routine of hopping online to all play Mario Kart together. It’s super grounding to jump on FaceTime and catch up and have a bit of friendly competition.

2021

In the past year, things have mostly stayed the same—lots of board games, lots of books, and lots of playtime with the pup. However, I did find that our new normal pushed me to try new things I never would’ve tried before. I went camping for the first time and loved it (who knew?), hiked in local places I’ve never explored, learned more challenging recipes, and really grounded myself in the little moments to find gratitude in being present.

 

women of wantable: rose

Dog owner. Plant whisperer. Really, really, fast runner.

Meet Rose: Photo Studio Assistant

THEN

To be completely honest, just seeing the dress on the hanger scared me. It’s so vibrant… It’s not something I would normally even look at twice, let alone try on. But wow, the minute I put it on my feelings changed! PSA: I plan to buy the dress.

 

women of wantable: rose

2020

My world now consists of working from home, trying to keep workouts creative and fun, and realizing why my dog gets so excited for every chance to go outside. Would I do a photoshoot like this in a year’s time? I would do this every week if I could. So yes, count me in.

2021

I am still working from home and get overly thrilled for any chance to get outside. Maybe one day soon I will trade my sweatpants for a dress again but…only time will tell, haha!

 

women of wantable: abi

Tall girl. Toddler mama. Waffle lover. Classic over-thinker.

Meet Abi: Director of Brand Activation

THEN

Confession: I was soooo nervous that I would blush too much, that the dress would hug my new-mom curves too much, that my awkwardness would show too much. But guess what? I didn’t blush. The dress was so cozy and flattering. And if my awkwardness was showing, they didn’t mind it! And I added the dress to my stream right away. I’m almost six feet tall, and it was the perfect length – which can be hard to come by. I also love the faux wrap. It accentuated my curves in all the right places. After work, I had a slew of meetings followed by a lovely evening with my husband and son. Over dinner, I told them about my glamorous photoshoot.

 

women of wantable: abi

2020

My world looks very different. It looks like cozy leggings, an extra spritz of dry shampoo and an adorable toddler attached at my hip. TBH – Balancing mom-life and work-life (at the same time!) is a new challenge, but one that I’m trying to embrace. In fact, as I type this my son is sitting on my lap “typing” on his “computer” (aka – an old keyboard of mine). I blame all typos on his sneaky, little fingers. I’m grateful for these extra moments together with my son and husband (even though those moments can be chaotic at times), and motivated by my Wantable family; they dole out heaps of grace and support every day.

2021

So much has happened. Like many moms, I’ve worn a lot of hats… many of them at the same time. It’s been a challenge, but it’s also been full of sweet and special moments that I wouldn’t have traded for the world. 💕 In fact, this update is coming to you via a one-handed test message as my 2-week-old son is snuggling on me.

 

 

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