What does it mean to "mother in style?" To me, style is much more than the clothes you wear (although, clothes are a big part of it). More than clothes, style includes the way we feel about ourselves and the way we show up to things. What happens when we look in the mirror - who do we see? How do we handle all the challenges we inevitably face during motherhood? Do we move through life with confidence and intention, or do we merely react to the chaos out of fear and a sense of loss? Do we feel we are enough?
These are questions that must be answered when we begin the discussion of style. Style is that great balance when the way you look on the outside is a true reflection of how you feel about yourself on the inside.
When I designed my clothing line, I was in the middle of breastfeeding my second child. Style might have been one of the last things on my mind - if I got dressed in the morning and made it through my day, it was a success. On the other hand, finding clothes to wear that worked for nursing, and that made me feel good was such a challenge. I began to wonder why doing something so beautiful required me to wear such ugly clothes. The stress of nursing in public, combined with having nothing to wear, was all too much for me. How could I feel good about breastfeeding and motherhood when I didn't feel good about myself?
Knowing how much clothes really do matter, I designed my collection specifically for the new mom (www.mollyades.com). The styles are classic and simple, with much attention to details like fabric and functionality. They make it easy to move through your day with grace, and not have to worry about how you look or whether or not you can nurse. It's one less thing to worry about.
But the clothes are just one piece of the whole. I came up with the idea of "Mothering in Style" because I wanted to fulfill all the areas where moms can add "style" to their daily lives. By cultivating mindfulness, trusting your intuition, reaching out to your tribe, and discovering your inner spirit, you begin to embody what it means to "mother in style". The 20 women participating in this online event all have something inspiring to share about their journey into motherhood. Their businesses are in areas of pregnancy and postpartum services, fitness and health, fashion and style, and mindfulness and intuition. The simple strategies they share can be easily incorporated into your daily routine, starting now. This event became so much more for me than a lecture series - it has been a way to connect with fellow moms and women who truly practice their daily life in style.
Working with The Birth Boutique over the last year has been an incredible opportunity to help moms navigate pregnancy and postpartum with the tools and resources they need not only to succeed, but to have a magical, memorable experience. Be sure to sign up for the event and check out our interview on Tuesday, May 30 - where they share ways to feel empowered during birth and breastfeeding. I hope to see you all there! Molly
Event Sign Up: www.motheringinstyle.com