This Bergen County Mom of two is also a Mac and Mia stylist! Check out her favorite shops, dinner spots, and what she loves about our area in her interview!
Can you please describe your family, where you live and how long you’ve lived there. Why did you choose to live in this area?
My husband, Ehren, and I have been married for twelve and a half years and have two beautiful girls, Sidney (6) and Sloane (4.5) as well as a fur baby, Teddy (7). We have lived in Oradell for the past seven years. We chose the town for its great schools, accessibility to the city by train and its small town vibe. It hasn’t disappointed us yet! Whether its the 4th of July fireworks, town family fun day or just grabbing coffee at our local spot, we always run into people we know. Our daughters have already built wonderful friendships here, as have we. It’s just the kind of place where you can’t help but love where you live!
When did you start working with Mac & Mia and why did you join the team?
I started with Mac and Mia in April of 2018. I was looking for my own creative outlet that I could work on while my kids were at school. My background is in fashion, my girls love being styled and this seemed like a fun, easy fit for us all!
What is your favorite part of being a stylist?
I love getting creative putting together the perfect box! It’s so fun to mix and match items that work with the child’s existing wardrobe and personality, as well as a family’s lifestyle. I love integrating what a child needs with some fun add-ins like the perfect accessory! And it is always so gratifying to receive positive customer feedback! When people tell me their kids loved their box and sigh at how easy it was to “shop” the season with my help, it’s everything.
What was your background prior and how does it help you with your current role?
I was a fashion sales executive for 12 years focusing on kid and teen clothing. While I loved my work, I was happy to have the chance to stay home and raise my girls when the time came. And now I am so excited to get back to my roots and my passion! The saleswoman in me loves to connect with new customers and my experience makes it easy for me to maintain and grow customer relationships.
If someone is considering becoming stylist, what would you like to tell them?
You’re making such a great choice! Mac and Mia allows you the flexibility to build your own business at your own speed. I can work my business into my lifestyle which is so challenging in a more traditional work environment. It is such an incredible company to work with!
And if someone is considering using Mac & Mia for the first time, would would you tell them?
Mac and Mia is such an awesome experience for everyone! It takes the leg work out of shopping store after store, which is such a help to busy parents. What parent can’t use more time in their day?! Kids love getting something in the mail that is just for them! We always add fun “toys” for them to play with whether it’s dress up dolls or tattoos for the older kids! And there is no commitment so you really have nothing to lose in trying the service out!
What’s a trend in kids clothing you’re loving for spring/summer?
Neon colors. Whether its a solid piece, graphic tee or fun print, neon just screams summer!
What should all parents shopping for kids keep in mind, in terms of finding clothes that kids will love?
Keep it real…kids are constantly growing so you need to make smart choices with the clothes that you buy. Invest in a few key pieces that you know they will get a lot of wear from…a great party dress, a nice button down shirt and shoes that will stand up to play time. And, let your kids choose their outfits…even if it pains you to see what combination they come up with! Their confidence and comfort will go a long way.
You can never go wrong with
Accessories! They complete any outfit and just make you happy when you wear them!
What is your favorite local spot to Eat with or without kids–
Andiamo in Haworth is my kids favorite place to eat because they give them lollipops on the way out! But my husband and I love the delicious italian food, the great kids menu and a full bar which is a must!
How about have a date night–
Varka in Ramsey serves amazing seafood with a full bar and is a cool scene for a weekend night out on the town!
Spend time together as a family indoors/outdoors
Humdingers in Paramus has it all for a fun day–bowling, arcade, batting cages and more. At Van Saun Park–you can visit the zoo, ride the train, carousel and play on the playground for hours! They even have a splash pad in the summer!
Shop for yourself-–
Marcia’s Attic in Englewood for nights out and Mixology in Closter for day to day clothing
Shop for your kids–
The Canteen in Westwood has the best toys and gifts for kids! Pumpkin and Bean in Englewood for the hottest kids fashion
Grab coffee–NJ Caffeine in Oradell (This is one of the Bergen North Moms favorite Spots too!)