Posted on July 21 2016
Name: Brandi Sellers-Jackson
Location: Los Angeles
# of babes: 2
How would you best describe your style? I would say that my style ebbs and flows between easy and structured. I love a great vintage mumu and love a great guys flannel that I can throw over a dress of tank. Whatever I choose to wear, it has to be loose and easy.
Jane Birkin or Olivia Palermo? Jane Birkin
If you could have any TV or movie character’s wardrobe, whose would you choose and why? If I could have any TV or movie character’s wardrobe, it would be super dope fictional mom, Rainbow (played by the ever fabulous Tracee Ellis Ross) from the TV show, Black’ish. Her style is absolutely amazing. Jumpers, adidas, mumus.. her character’s wardrobe is everything.
What made you choose the LB piece you’re currently styling? I chose the “Mother Circle” piece because I love what it represents… Motherhood. “Mother” is a title that I wear proudly. I believe that motherhood looks different for everyone. No two mothers are alike. However, we are all connected.
What’s in your bag? Hot Sauce…Joking. I usually keep everything from essential oils (lavender for on the go nap time for babe and de-stressing for mama), diapers/ wipes, snacks. My favorite coral lipstick.
What has been the best fashion/beauty advice you’ve received? Allow good skin to be your makeup. After having my little one, I’ve found that I have less and less time to actually take a shower, let alone do full face makeup. Quite honestly, I don't care to..definitely not everyday. So, because of that, my focus has changed a bit. I focus more on the actual health of my skin, as opposed to masking it. When I actually wear makeup, I usually limit it to 3 steps. Thats it. Healthy skin is my focus.
How do you reset, recharge and keep feeling good as a mama? I find time to take moments for myself. Sometimes I get a massage(which is always great), sometime I’ll get up on a Saturday and go to Farmer’s Market by myself…without the kiddos. Both of these things allow me to reconnect with myself, and just listen.
How has your style changed since becoming a mom? My style has changed a bit over the years. Its honestly even changed from kiddo to kiddo. With my first, I was all about “maintaining”. I was determined to “maintain” my style, my sleep, sex life, and crazy high heeled shoes. To be honest, it was quite crazy. I can only chop it up to the fact that perhaps I felt that I had a lot to prove. I was in my early twenties when I had Jax(my oldest). At the time, none of my friends were having kids, so I felt this immense need to “maintain”, and prove that nothing had changed. Fast forward…almost nine years later to Jedi (my younger kiddo) and I could care less. At 33, I feel so free and content in who I am. I have traded my super high Jeffrey Campbells for Birks, clog, or a more sensible Jeffrey Campbell heel. Also, because I am always pulling my boob out to nurse, most of my clothing would be considered “breastfeeding friendly”. If there were one word to describe how my style has changed since becoming a second time mom, that word would be freedom. I feel freedom in my style. I feel freedom in the skin that I’m in.
Any tips for mamas juggling the demands of motherhood with the desire to still be stylish? Find what works for you! Take the pressure off. Listen to your body. There are seasons for everything. Pay attention to what season you’re in. If you’re in a pull out the sequins, and paint the town red season, because your toddler just starting potty training..go for it! If you are in a throw on some joggers, a tank, birks, and your favorite hat kinda season, because you are somewhere in between sleep deprived and wanting to look like you cared… go with it! At the end of the day… do you! No judgement.
Photography by Nicole Gracen
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