Cool Mom Q&A: Katie Anderson
Keeping life stylish when baby comes along
Modern Eve blogger Katie Anderson has nailed the motherhood-slash-stylish-lifestyle balance. Over the past six years, she’s done a stellar job of showing readers how to inject style into every aspect of our lives — layering chic rugs in the home, finding cleaning tools that are functional and beautiful, and sharing her own seasonal wardrobe. Now that 9-month-old baby Beckett is in the picture, she’s just launched a new “Mommy/Bebe Style Series” on the blog. And we’re psyched for it. Here, we chatted with Anderson about style, baby, and how she keeps busy in Dallas.
Balancing baby and work is a constant challenge for so many moms. How do you make it work? Family will always come first so I've had to let some other things go—like certain household chores, blow drying my hair, and attending media events. We hear you. Blowouts are a thing of the past. I am giving myself a lot of grace and reevaluating my expectations. It's also been good to relinquish control and accept help from others. Dallas has a ton of great Mother’s Day Out programs. We're already starting to research programs for next year. The Spanish House and St. James Episcopal Church’s Montessori School are two at the top of our list. What other great parenting resources have you discovered? One of the best resources I've found is the SquareOne class at Watermark Community Church. It's so great to connect with other new moms during those hard, tiring first months, and SquareOne provides such a neat support group. Beckett is still a little too young, but I can't wait to sign her up for Scribbles and Dribbles at the Perot Museum, the Lil’ Yogis class at We Yogis, and Soccer Palz. For now, we take advantage of the free Baby Bounce classes at the Dallas Public Library at NorthPark Center's Bookmarks and the Lochwood branch. Where else can we find you hanging out with Beckett? Klyde Warren Park is always a favorite, and the Dallas Arboretum— it's perfect for a picnic playdate. We still dine out a lot and find True Food Kitchen, Cane Rosso White Rock, and The Lot all really accommodating for children. Watermark Community Church also has an amazing indoor tree fort playground that's open to the public throughout the week. Great tip. And what about clothes for darling Beckett, where do you like to shop? For clothes, I love Zara, Peek…, and crewcuts . But, I also find a surprisingly good amount of items at Target, Old Navy, H&M, and Joe Fresh. When it comes to toys, I really love a lot of the wooden products from Plan Toys, Janod, and Grimms Spiel and Holz Design. Locally, Baby Bliss has the best selection of modern baby brands. Any great finds for the fall/winter season? I just got her a faux fur vest from Target; it’s part of their Genuine Kids Oshkosh B'gosh collection. And while it's pretty impractical, we're definitely going to get some cute photos out of it. I'm also on the hunt for classic Christmas jammies. Thinking about that Instagram-worthy Christmas morning shot. Check out Hanna Andersson. Festive and organic jammies. But no matter where you get them, we hope to see that photo on your blog next month. Thanks for the chat.