You know that expression, you are what you eat? The same applies to what you wear.
The last few years have been nonstop change. My weight has fluctuated up and down six clothing sizes, so I have been reluctant to spend money on attire. Half the time I go into malls, I come out laden with bags of stuff for the kids but nothing for myself.
When I was nominated in January for a Shorty Award, I dug through my wardrobe to find something to wear on the red carpet. NOTHING fit. Literally. My body has changed so much from three pregnancies and breastfeeding that even my corporate business attire fit incorrectly. And much as I love my regular mom gear of jeans and spitup-stained shirts, looking frumpy on camera was not exactly high on my priority list.
It was time for a makeover. With the Metro Moms management team in tow, I headed to Jersey Gardens outlet mall for some wardrobe triage. I think I wound up looking pretty fantastic – what do you think?
— Laraine Claire (@LaraineClaire) April 9, 2013
Going shopping with other moms was an incredibly fun experience. They had suggestions I never in a million years would have thought to try on, like the pearl and glittery black stone wire necklace that softened the formality of the J. Crew suit and Banana Republic tank I wore to the Shorty Awards. So when Baby Gap came calling asking me to help open their new store at 222 Washington Street in Hoboken, I jumped at the chance to go shopping with the funniest mom I have ever met, Shari Simpson. This lady gets more leverage out of her pugs than I knew possible, but if you want to die laughing, check out this story.
Shari and I met general managers Stacey and Paula at the Edgewater Gap. I have driven past City Place many times on my way to Trader Joes and always thought it looked interesting, but never had time to stop. Folks, this place is worth a trip. You can park right in front of a combo Gap that has baby tutus steps from mom shoes, and then grab lunch across the street at Chipotle. After tearing myself away from the kid sale section, Paula and Stacey started picking out styles for me and Shari. My fashion sense is stuck in high school since that is the last time I was a fashionista, so I had to be steered away from the cabbage rose prints à la Betsey Johnson. Paula wound up outfitting me exactly like one of the mannequins in the women’s section, and after trying on a number of outfits, Shari wound up in a GORGEOUS four-in-one dress.
The touch of color that MADE my outfit? Striped shoes selected by Stacey. Paired with a matching belt, it turned up the volume on a bland outfit.
I think Shari and I look pretty fabulous for our day out – come check out our outfits this Sunday 6/2 at the Baby Gap grand opening from 11am-6pm at 222 Washington Street in Hoboken. I can’t promise you’ll be able to find parking, but I can promise the kids will have an incredible time facepainting and balloon blowing. Shari and I will be reading stories – if you want to pick our brains about working from home, Shari is the NJ editor of Mommy Poppins and I edit Metro Moms Magazine.
See you on Sunday!
— Kathy Zucker (@kathyzucker) May 30, 2013
Kathy Zucker, CEO of Metro Moms Network, mother of three young children and winner of the New York Life Keep Good Going Shorty Award, writes about juggling career and family in an urban setting. Subscribe to MomCondoLiving.com, follow her on Twitter (@KathyZucker), or friend her on Facebook.