// Today’s guest is the very stylish and very sweet Tatiana of the clothing line, Garcon Milano. There is nothing more inspiring than seeing a woman living her truth through personal style. I am always so drawn to this and am constantly admiring the clothes women choose. I also adore Tatiana’s perspective on motherhood and how we should really just leave the mess and go out and enjoy life! Enjoy! //
Noa (3) and Elia (18 months)
I live in Milan, Italy in the Navigli district, a very charming and magical place (well at least for my taste). We live in a 2-bedroom apartment that we entirely renovated to fit our taste. Our home decor is very eclectic and is a blend of both modern and antique pieces. It has definitely a very European vibe to it. We like to find unique pieces of furniture and mixing colors and styles.
I’ve always been a creative child (drawing all the time and playing music instruments) but lost that side of me in the teenage years. Luckily motherhood brought it back to me. I’m inspired by my children, our life in Milan, Europe generally, films, photography, people on the streets, Pinterest… I would say I’m more of a “visual” arts person (which is why I love Instagram that much).
A few months ago, I started to design a children’s clothing line “Garçon Milano” which will launch in January 2019. We create fun and elegant clothes with a retro-cool touch for little boys (but girls are more than welcome to wear them too as it is after all unisex!). We love using delicate and unusual shades for boys in our collections and love to tell a story. The Spring/Summer 19 collection is inspired by Wes Anderson universe and more particularly the Bar Luce in Milan. This adventure was not only a way to reconnect with my creative side but also a challenge for myself. I wanted to take risks and do something that I never really thought I would be able to do.,
I love the concept of simplicity as for me it means going back to your essence, to what really matters to you and leaving aside what is dictated by our society but that does not feel like “you”. I became quite selective about what I buy, what I do with my time and children have a way of bringing you back to simplicity and to your essence.
I would describe my personal style as both effortless and sophisticated at the same time. I love prints, deep colors and mixing styles (for example masculine and feminine pieces). I shop in many different places: vintage shops in Milan, online on Asos or Zara, little boutiques… My daily uniform would be a vintage floral dress, white sneakers, a casual jeans jacket and a little fun accessory like colorful socks or a hat.
I am a big believer of taking care of the inside so that it shows on the outside. I quit smoking 2 years ago and eat pretty healthily. I don’t spend much on beauty products but love “French pharmacy” creams such as Avène for my face. I exfoliate twice a week, use a hair mask after each shampoo and always wear a little bit of makeup.
I believe in being more active in order to feel less tired (very important for us moms!). Even with kids you can walk with the strollers or just dance with them at home. Also I believe a lot in “emotional” energy, I always notice that when I go out and have fun with friends the next day I wake up much more energized and in a good mood (even if I slept less hours). Your mind has such a big impact on your body so my motto would be “have fun and cultivate positive thoughts”.
The organization of the day is becoming easier now that both kids go to school (before that I had to bring them to meetings or sample fittings). Nowadays, I bring them to school then usually work from home or go to meetings, then around 4pm I pick them up and we usually go to the park or go for a walk. I try to leave the housework to when they are sleeping and enjoy fully the evening hours with them. Having a creative business means working on your self-discipline though, it’s hard to juggle both. Sometimes you just need to have a walk in a different neighborhood or have an interesting conversation for inspiration to come back to you.
On Feeling Beautiful
I would say when I do something I’m passionate about such as working on my clothing line, living a healthy active life, playing music and having fun with my kids… Remember: your kids need to have a passionate, vibrant mom not a crazy mom deep cleaning the bathroom everyday!
Consuming less: borrowing books at library, buying second hands, avoiding useless packaging and many other things...
Caramel/camel color trend: me and the kids have so many items of this color in our fall wardrobe.
Texturising Salt Spray from CatwalkbyTigi: I love the messy hair look and I discovered this spray on Amazon and I’m loving it...It’s perfect for fine hair.
Go for a morning run (or even walk) and leaving the kids with Dad on a Sunday morning… Perfect way to start the day and improve your mood.
My Spotify app: I listen to music and discover new artists all the time and the kids seem to enjoy it, it puts everyone in a good mood. More music less whining please!
On Balancing Motherhood and Creativity
Stop feeling guilty about taking time for you, leave the kids to Dad or family when possible a little bit more and do things you enjoy doing or exercise. Less chores and more fun (dusts comes back anyway hahaha). They need you balanced and healthy.