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?
I live in the Lakeview neighborhood in Chicago with my husband, Clark, 3 year old son, Gavin, and 1 year old daughter, Payton. We’ve lived here for 4 years now and chose the area for the family friendly restaurants, parks, and great schools. We live super close to Wrigley Field (go Cubs!) and love all of the family events at Gallagher Way right outside of the field! I’m originally from Virginia Beach and moved to Chicago after
college so I’m still a beach girl at heart!
When did you start working with Mac & Mia and why did you join the team?
I joined Mac & Mia in May of 2017 on the Inside Sales team! I was looking to make a career change from the staffing industry and found Mac & Mia! I moved into a management role that September and decided to transition to a remote stylist position after the birth of my daughter.
What is your favorite part of being a stylist?
I love getting to know my clients and finding pieces I know they will love! There is nothing better than getting a text from a client telling you how much their little one loved their new box!
What was your background prior and how does it help you with your current role?
My background is in finance and operations! In those roles I’ve had to be super organized and efficient with a high attention to detail. Working from home, I’ve had to tap into those skills to keep my workflow moving and my customer’s preferences organized. I still love a good spreadsheet!
If someone is considering becoming stylist, what would you like to tell them?
It’s such a fun, rewarding job and anyone who loves working with moms should absolutely apply! As a mom, you need a tribe when raising your littles. I’m blessed to have some amazing mom friends and count so many customers as friends now too!
And if someone is considering using Mac & Mia for the first time, what would you tell them?
Be prepared to fall in love with the service! There is nothing better than having clothes that are hand-picked for your child delivered directly to your door!
What’s a trend in kids clothing you’re loving for spring/summer?
I’m loving metallic shoes for little girls and as always funky graphic tees for little boys!
What should all parents shopping for kids keep in mind, in terms of finding clothes that kids will love?
Always take into account if your child will actually wear the clothes! I often find myself picking pieces for my kids that I love aesthetically but I ignore texture, stretch, and fit which is what my kids pay attention to. Allow your kids a few pieces in their wardrobe that they absolutely love and balance it with some pieces that work with your personal style!
We always like to share some local recommendations from moms we interview, in case people are considering moving to your area, or just visiting! Could you please provide examples of places you love for 4-6 of the below? Thank you!
Eat with/without kids – We love Crosby’s, Big Star Wrigleyville, Summer House, and Tuco and Blondie
Have a date night – Right now I’m loving Etta, Beatnik, and Ella Elli
Spend time together as a family indoors/outdoors – We love to go to Gallagher Way for family friendly events when the weather is nice, street festivals in the summer (most have great kid friendly areas!), and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum and Children’s Museum on rainy day
Spa/salon – I LOVE Siren Salon! Nikki is amazing at Balayage…all my fellow blondes can relate to how awesome it is to find someone who can keep your roots looking good!
Grab coffee – I love to pop in the Amazon Bookstore, Foxtrot, or the Capital One Café for kid friendly coffee stops!
Anything else you’d like us to know about you, or your Mac & Mia experience?
It’s a refreshing experience to work for a company that supports moms and encourages work life balance.