TWO LOVELY LADIES OUT AND ABOUT.
September, 19 2016
On a hot July day, we had the pleasure of trailing Elizabeth and baby Anne as they went about their day in their neighborhood of Crown Heights Brooklyn. Elizabeth, renown architect and mother of three, has such natural grace and style and baby Anne is, well, adorable. Elizabeth wore our Grey Ellen Top, our most versatile and classic top, so it was super easy for her to stop and nurse whenever needed.
Fashion photographer Edwin Montoya did an amazing job capturing these two while Anne cuddled, cooed and even nursed. If you’ve been following up on Instagram (no? You should be!), you may have seen some of these shots. Now, read about how Elizabeth gets it all done and which part of motherhood she can most certainly do without in this exclusive interview.
Where are you from?
I grew up in a college town in Oklahoma, and have been living in New York for the past 15 years.
What is your occupation?
I’m an architect and interior designer.
What is your child/children’s name(s) and ages?
Lucien is 8, Thomas is 6, and Anne is 6 months.
Describe each child in a few words:
Lucien is a high energy kid-full of talk and ideas. Thomas is quieter and loves stories and fantasies. Anne is only 6 months so much remains to be seen, but she is a lovely baby!
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
I love it when my kids learn something new... I get a rush of euphoria that lasts for days.
How has motherhood changed you?
I’ve become much more tribal. I feel more connected to my own parents and all the family traditions now that I’m a parent.
What is the toughest part about being a mom?
The anxiety I suppose. It’s too easy to worry about their futures, and sometimes fretting seems like a hardwired, biochemical part of motherhood that I’d really rather do without.
Finish this sentence: motherhood is... Definitely the biggest challenge in my life!
How do you manage breastfeeding and working?
I breastfeed when I’m with the kids (I’ve been lucky in that it’s mostly been a very simple and convenient thing for us) and usually the sitters feed with formula during the day. I did a bit of pumping for a few months with each kid, but I find it sooo disagreeable not to mention inconvenient when I’m running around at meetings and so forth.
What do you wish someone told you about breastfeeding beforehand?
That it does hurt for the first few days with each baby, but if you push on, things usually get better quickly. Also that you really have to eat and drink regularly to keep your milk supply up. When I’m working I forget to drink and often want to postpone lunch/live on granola bars, neither of which help. Wait, I realized that they tell you this in EVERY book on breastfeeding! Anyway.
What are some of you fashion musthaves?
I’m pretty minimalist and becoming ever more so when it comes to fashion. I’ve basically adopted a uniform of black, gray, and white that I wear throughout the year. I love loose, comfortable shapes, nothing too confining.
What are some of your favorite brands?
I like wearing things from Cos, Madewell, Everlane. I’m trying to get away from buying throwaway fashion, but let’s face it, it’s best not to be too precious with clothes when you have small people wiping their faces on your shoulder every day!
What is your beauty philosophy?
I should say that I’m much more fastidious about my spaces than about personal grooming! But like everyone, I want to feel good in my skin. I try to take care of myself, i.e. eat well, use lots of moisturizer and sunscreen, wear a bit of eye makeup and lip color. I am really not into exercising regularly, although I bike around Brooklyn for transportation and love to hike and be outside on the weekends.
What are your top 3 beauty tips?
Get enough sleep, wear sunscreen, eat well. Sorry, I know that’s so generic.
What must you have at all times?
I always have a tote bag full of stuff, although whether any of it is necessary is arguable! I carry a black Muji notebook to track all my projects, the ever-present phone, water.
Any advice to new moms about balancing work and a young child?
I think our society glosses over the fact that raising children is an enormous, resource-intensive undertaking. These childrearing years may not be the most productive ones for either parent, workwise, but they can still be great years for personal growth, and surprising new opportunities.
Any timesaver tips to get it all done?
Get up early, make lists of what you have to do. Keep the domestic routine really simple, and make sure everyone in the family helps.
What is your favorite thing about living in NYC with a child?
I love how each neighborhood is like a village. You (and your kids) get to know the neighbors, the shopkeepers, the little changes on each block as time goes on.
One word answers…
What do you want more of? More travel would be nice
What do you want less of? Stress & conflict
Favorite food? Cannot possibly name one... I love all well--cooked food especially when it has not been prepared by me!
Favorite time of day? Morning
Favorite color? White (for architecture at least!)
Most attractive thing in a person? Humor!
Least attractive thing in a person? Meanness
Here are some more shot of the day :)