After spending almost 10 years in the high end corporate retail world selling, buying, creating and fashion directing, I gave birth to my daughter and embraced the “mommy hood” fork in the road. While figuring out the ins and outs of her diaper rashes and tantrums, I started my blog a few short months ago sharing my Manhattan trials and tribulations of balancing motherhood and maintaining my sense of self and independence. My love for fashion and retail is peppered throughout my entries as fashion is simply part of my genetic make-up. Women can have it all in life but should be able to embrace their mistakes made along the way. What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right Kelly Clarkson? So, come on, start reading and enjoy the view with me at viewfromthe30ishfloor.
Q: How many children do you have?
A: I have a vivacious 2.5 year old girl named Rylan who leaves me exhausted and exhilarated each and every day. If I could live life the way she runs and rules the playground I would be living life to the absolute fullest!
Q: Where do you live?
A: I reside in Union Square area in NYC. I’m very much a “No nonsense, I don’t care what people think of me with a no dressing up rule on the weekends” kind of downtown mommy. Dressing up on the weekends is so uptown…
Q: What’s your astrological sign?
A: I am a proud Sagittarius, a winter baby like my baby girl. Some of my favorite Sag mottos include "It is better to know how to learn than to know,” and “Don’t fence me in”, (hilarious).
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes?
A: “Whoever said that money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to go shopping." Thank you, Bo Derek.
Q: What TV or movie character are you most like?
A: I believe in a perfect looking world where I was 10 years younger, I would be a mix of Blair Waldorf and Serena Van Der Woodson’s personalities from Gossip Girl. The girls both have a serious passion for fashion with impeccable (and slightly unaffordable) taste, are witty and wild, academic when they need to be and love their friends and family no matter how twisted and screwed up they all may be. And of course, they are New York City devotees. 30ish is the new 20ish anyway…
Q: If you could have dinner with three famous people (dead or alive), who would you invite?
A: I would invite Chris Farley for lots of laughter (I miss him dearly), Brangelina for their spectacular looks, (can’t Brad and Angie count as one person for me?) and Marc Jacobs for my love of American fashion.
Q: What is your biggest vice?
A: I have an uncanny addiction to Diet Coke. It does absolutely nothing for my mental or physical health, but that first crack of the can is like liquid soda crack through my veins. Need, want, must have. Oh and it must be Diet Coke, no Diet Pepsi takers here.
Q: What makes you feel sexy?
A: Colored lingerie, the brighter the better! Black and nude is simply for beginners…
Q: What’s your most memorable ballsy moment?
A: Desperate for independence as a teenager, I took my parents' car out for pizza when I was just 14. I somehow covered up the incident and was not caught even though I crashed the car and blamed my brother for the damage. I don’t lead by parental example with that incident, but hey, I think I still turned out alright…
Q: If your life was made into a Lifetime Movie, what would it be called?
A: “The Never Ending Crazy Seinfeld Episode (You Can’t Make This Stuff Up).” Lots of tissues required.