Mom Muse | Abby Jacobs
Abby has been a mom for almost 7 years now and believes it is true what they say — it IS the toughest job you’ll ever love! Mom to 6 year-old Tyler and 4 year-old Jadon, she told MSL she’s learned more being a mom than she did the entire 29 years before stepping into that role. One of the biggest lessons for her has been the importance of being a role model for her daughter, Tyler. Knowing that she is watching intently, Abby aims to make her proud and tries everyday to give her the tools to develop into a woman she will be proud of. Abby holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Art Therapy and recently wrote a children’s book, Celia the Great – Tricks for Being a Happy Kid. We chose her as a Mom Muse for her love of fashion and all things creative such as painting, drawing, sewing, sculpting, and writing. Abby is a mom that impresses and inspires, constantly looking for new ways to conquer it all…so we’re thrilled to share a little more about her.
MSL: What best describes your style?
It depends on my mood! Mostly though, comfort is key…but not frumpy!
MSL: What’s the one item in your closet you can’t live without, that you feel both chic and comfortable in?
I am loving my new James Perse sweatshirt dress with a Chan Luu scarf and some booties. Definitely cozy but not the “roll out of your bed and go” look.
MSL: What inspired you to become a children’s book author?
I have always been a writer and actually just found a chapter book I wrote when I was in 4th grade. I loved to write even then! After 9/11, I was laid off from my position as a business consultant. I didn’t know what to do with myself, and I remember driving over to a Barnes & Noble and sitting in the children’s book section and feeling completely inspired. I knew I had to follow that inspiration — it just took me a while! When my daughter was 4 I had the idea for Celia the Great and I ran with it.
MSL: Developing a unique style sometimes comes at an early age for children. Do you let your children have control over what they put on? How do you talk about getting dressed with your little ones?
Absolutely! I love my daughter’s style. She is so creative; pairing outfits I would never dream of, but that work! I feel that choosing their clothing is one way they can express their creativity and I love what they come up with. We do sometimes have words about weather appropriate attire.
MSL: How does the city you live in influence how you dress for the day and/or night?
Living in Boulder, CO is a challenge. The look here is right out of a Patagonia catalog. I keep things more casual than I did living in the Midwest, but at night I like to dress up.
MSL: In your opinion, what is the biggest fashion “don’t” for moms?
I really don’t judge the way other mom’s dress- sometimes as a mom it is a real accomplishment to shower, let alone find a cute outfit to wear. BUT, having said that, I do notice when someone is rocking the “sock and croc.”
MSL: What’s your best style advice for other working moms out there?
Change when you get home! I avoided buying nice things after becoming a mom because I didn’t want my clothes to get ruined. I also never wanted to avoid a hug from a sticky fingered kiddo just to save a shirt, but I didn’t really feel great always wearing cheap clothing. I have since learned I don’t have to sacrifice my style, and to change when I get home, which puts me into “mom mode.”
For more about Abby, you can visit her site www.abbyjacobsbooks.com.
Photo Credit: Julie Harris
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Wow! Thanks Abby for the great inspiration. We have circulated your book at my elementary school and the guidance counselor loves it! Keep up with the great writing, we love hearing from you as an author and mom. Thanks too for keeping up with the latest fashion trends, letting us all know that working, being a mom, keeping up with a hectic schedule does not equal being “frumpy.” We appreciate you reminding us to “keep up our chic.” Cindi