There are two things I love – okay, a lot of things I love, but two of them are clothes and supporting friends in their businesses. I mean, why give my money to a faceless corporation when I can support a friend instead? (Unless it’s Amazon – mama LOVES Amazon.)
So you can imagine my excitement when Brooke, a friend of mine from elementary school, opened The Paisley Heart, an online clothing boutique with clothes that are perfect for moms like me. I want to look cute and trendy, but I also have to be able to crawl around on the floor, I want to be comfortable, and frankly, I prefer anything I can wear with leggings. Brooke’s got some great items that fit my needs exactly!
So far I’ve bought this dress for myself, which I wear with leggings and tall brown boots and my denim jacket. It’s perfect for fall, and I’ve used that brown belt on a few other dresses.
A few of my other favorites that I have my eye on include:
Because of The Paisley Heart, Brooke has been able to leave her full-time job and work from home with her cute kiddos. I asked if she’d answer a few questions so you could get to know her better:
Hey Brooke! Tell us about yourself.
I’ve been married almost six years to my best friend and soul mate, Jon. I’m a mommy to two sweet little boys, Jude and Joel, who are 16 months apart and keep me very busy (and entertained). I recently left Corporate America and have shifted my focus to starting my own company, The Paisley Heart, in an effort to enjoy my days more “at work” and be more available and present for my family. Jon couldn’t be more supportive and we’re both confident God’s hand is on this… and it’s so exciting!
How are you balancing working at home with your family/kiddos?
Trial and error. I learn something new every day. I can tell you my ideal day is: get up before kiddos do and work a little. Work some more while they nap and then probably work a little more before bed. That NEVER happens! I just have to roll with the day and work when I can. If I’m against a deadline, they will probably get to watch a Disney movie. If it’s a slower day, I’ll take them to do something fun like the zoo or a pumpkin patch. The play room is my friend! I do always make sure we have a lesson time where we focus on learning new things and play time where we go outdoors. Sometimes I’m replying to customers while holding a crying babe… you just do what you need to do and at the end of the day, it works out fine. I am on a waiting list for a Mother’s Day Out program at a nearby church that will help in giving me some dedicated time for running errands and The Paisley Heart.
What fashion trends are big for this fall and winter?
Tribal and chevron patterns are the front runners. Big heavy cardigans and dolman sleeved piko tops are trending. Infinity scarves and tall boots. Maxi dresses have carried into fall – they are coming in all styles (wrap, scoop neck, etc.) with three-quarters length and long sleeves. Chunky belts with shirt dresses. Skinny jeans are still a must and palazzo pants are a new trend that has taken off like crazy lately.
You can also find The Paisley Heart on Facebook – it’s a great way to stay on top of her new items as she gets them in.
Brooke has offered a 10% discount to Texas Lovely readers – just use the discount code TexasLovely when you check out. And, one lucky reader will receive a $25 gift certificate to her shop. Just go visit The Paisley Heart and then leave me a comment below letting me know which item you’d buy with your gift certificate if you win. Contest closes Thursday night. Good luck!