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Seriously Susan

Desperately seeking Susan- Who wouldn't be!!...She's a brand communication strategist, a maker of -as she puts it "mostly good things, including art, poems, jewelry" and as I've witnessed "small people"!! This, she is brilliant at! And an even better blending family expert! A working mother who in her romantic time has managed to move from down town to uptown, merge 2 families, (now 3 kids) work, create, cook, love and arrange 3 smaller humans around school and social activity schedules-and get married this month! Let me tell you..we can all learn from this absolutely delightful, talented, warm, loving, romantic and carefree, taking on the world one day at a time woman!! Oh..and she throws a mean dinner disco party!! (And she does a really good back bend!)

I adore her and so will you! She would be Susan Hamilton Meier.

 

 -tell me about your transition from a downtown girl living in an uptown world....Downtown to uptown hasn’t been as different as I’d expected. Everything is still just a short ride away. I still go downtown everyday for work, kids school, restaurants, shops, etc. so it really just feels more like uptown is a pleasant refuge where I get to live in a place that’s a little roomier.

-your favorite 3 words you would use to describe yourself..
I’d like to describe myself as creative, clever, and insightful. I hope others see me that way too!

-raising children in NY is... challenging for me but amazing for them...

-best thing about being a freelancer is.... the “free” part!

-why SMOKKS....SMOKKS dresses are the perfect go-to - comfortable as pajamas but stylish enough to wear to he nicest restaurant or most important meeting. Also good at the beach of course..


-packing for travel is...always a PROJECT

-your approach to well being...
Well being starts with your attitude. If you are positive on the inside it will manifest itself in all the things you do. And that will express itself in your physical body.

-best advice on blending a family..... My best advice on blending a family it to set your expectations low in the beginning and take it slow. Just showing up, being present and open-hearted is a major accomplishment.

-the thing i love most about my kids is ... is how they are, in fact, my teachers. How are they so wise? It’s humbling and beautiful.

-Oprah 2020...not likely to happen, but it sure would be amazing to have a person we trust and relate to in the running.

You can find the is gorgeous woman at-

sh-brand.com

Susan wears- https://smokks.com/collections/izzie-dress and https://smokks.com/collections/pennie-dress/products/pennie-smokk-in-liberty-london-caught-print-cotton-tana-lawn

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Say hi to Sheridan!

When I think of everything an inspiring woman is- this incredible human being embodies it all! Style, beauty, grace, talent, humor, kindness, intelligence, manners, compassion and a trait I love most in people- she's as funny as all hell!  And that's just a starting point to be extended upon...I could go on and on....

An anthropologist turned stylist, fashion editor and buyer, she's got style and sense on her side!! And the world is a happier place for it. Where would I be without the guidance from the most stylish woman i know! Somewhere between Sydney and New York in all the wrong places! She's my go to gal as much as she is chosen family.

Her amazing "considered and colorful" images have been in every major fashion magazine you can think of along with kids campaigns for Club 21 Global, Stella McCartney, Tutu de monde, Rookie Academy, and Kenzo just to mention a few. Ultimately one of the "best" kids stylist's in the world - she's on the HOT list- and she's not dropping off!!

I'm so happy and emotional (a little) to show off one of my nearest and dearest- the wonderful Ms Sheridan Davey!

You can find her divine work here- www.sheridandavey.com

 

 

 

 

-what's your favorite style advice
Wear age appropriate , well fitted clothing, that plays up the 'good bits' & makes you feel good . Choose only the key looks for the season that work for you . If in doubt go without .

-what are “wardrobe musts”
Jeans, Cashmere , a diverse selection of Bangles , Leather pants & White shirts ( so obvious ) . My wardrobe ‘Must-Nots’ are bedroom slippers , dressing gowns (with the exception of vintage kimonos) & anything made from flannelette - that would be going down the slippery slope.

-why smokks
Refer to the above - they make me feel good . I wear them as an oversized top (I don't do dresses) with a half tuck in the front, I sometimes tie a knot at the side . Everybody comments on my Pennie smokk - Scouts Honor!

-what’s something every woman should own
A rechargeable depilling machine (for depilling cashmere & wool)..it's really quite a therapeutic exercise . A pair of Possum wool socks (from New Zealand). A seamless bra in flesh & black . A smokk styled the way it suits you . A fluro orange phone cover for quick retrieval in handbag.

-1 Unique thing about Sydney style
Sydney style is ‘considered’ but relaxed .

-what’s the best style advice you were ever given
It’s not so much style advice I was given but as a stylist I innately ‘wrangle' clothes so I think taking a current look or trend & making it work for me is a skill I enjoy practising .

-5 things that you NEVER travel without
Bose Headphones , Cashmere shawl , a few health bars , a soft cup bra- (thank you Stella McCartney), compression socks (not glamorous , but totally reduce swelling) - must be black or charcoal not 'hospital white’.

-the trick to packing light
Pack Black, Grey, White & Navy that can all work with each other . FACT : Be prepared to ‘wrangle’ those combo’s .

-favorite beauty routine
Facials, Facials & more Facials. I use a night cream that has an exfoliating effect . Never make time for massages but should . Sweating at Bikram Yoga.

-plane, train, automobile
Plane , although I did train it from Milan to Florence recently & slept the whole way , both ways - quite relaxing really !

-milan or paris
Milan for food, Paris for Department Stores . I’m not embarrassed to say I do love a dept store in a foreign country . Hello Le Bon Marche!  Neither for coffee! Sydney has the best coffee! .

-sun or snow
Sun but snow in Paris .

-is orange really the new black
Not if you have grey hair ! When my hair changed colour so did my wardrobe ….out went the warm colours & in came the cool colours.

-the best tip your mother ever gave you
Never leave home with daggy underwear on . Tighten bra straps regularly as they stretch . Looking well groomed is more important than looking ‘fashionable’.

Sheridan wears our Pennie Smokk https://smokks.com/collections/pennie-dress
Photos by Camille Nuttall www.camillenuttal.com

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The oh so vivacious Vivien-

A passionate traveler with a deep love for the arts, who started her amazing career with the United Nations has seen a whole lot more than just sweet music.

As a diplomat for human rights, notably in International development she's seen in all! In a change of pace she took her skills and her self proclaimed tiger mother title (which i laugh about - i love it so much!) and made a traveling magical musical home for 2 glorious children.

She moves and shakes, loves and leads-

Meet one of my favorites and soon to be yours- the incredibly Vivacious Vivien Chan !

 (LOVE this GAL like CRAZY and our best customer!! She owns everything-)

-describe your perfect day-

My perfect day begins with a great nights sleep. After that it depends where I am. In New York? Perfection is all about happy, smooth transitions and completion of activities for everyone in the family in a tight and hectic daily schedule. It's a rare occurrence sadly. When traveling? A perfect day is pretty simple- to be able to experience and appreciate the vastness, wonder and beauty of the natural environment.

-whats your zen-

Where do I find peace, relaxation and can just let go? For me its all about location. The more remote and, away from civilization the greater the zen. Of course, remote with good food and wine is definitely a plus! Be it hiking mountains, glaciers, remote deserts and beaches, they all let me experience and truly live in the moment. I think these places remind me of how small I am, and how minor and temporary most of my problems are.



-favorite place you have traveled to- Yikes. There isn't just one! I'll describe three of my favorite experiences in three places. Hiking the W trail in Torres del Paine Patagonia, Chile. The hikes were challenging, but the views were worth it. Explora Hotel made the stay that much more memorable. The White Desert, el-Sahara el-Beida in Egypt. Spending the night in a bedouin tent with no one but your guide for endless miles. The chalk sculptures made from erosion were unearthly, especially during sunset and sunrise. It was definitely one of the darkest skies i have experienced, and the stars were incredible. Most recently, my favorite experiences is swimming with Manta Rays on the Big Island of Hawaii. There is nothing quite like swimming ocean, in the dark, with fish feeding under you with mouths larger than child.


-the motherhood juggle-

Always a huge struggle. Before kids, I had a job that required a lot of travel. Long hours. It's the nature of diplomacy and international development. About as anti-motherhood as it gets. After about a year of debating after my child was born, I decided to keep my career on hold, thinking as the kids got older, they'll need less of me. Well, I've learned so far I've. It seems that I need to be even more present, and staying relevant as they navigate this world of technology dependance and social media.

-why smokks- Versatility, beautiful cut and patterns and easy care. I live in my Smokks, whether I'm running around the City or traveling to far flung places. Smokks can be dressed up with shoes and accessories or, dressed down, they works in every season, and so low maintenance (throw it in the wash and dryer, and its perfect every time!!). What's not to love?



-5 things your suit case never leaves home without- 1) My face regiment. 2) A collapsible shoulder bag. 3) Three Smokks - two dresses and a cover up. 4) Books for kids to read on the plane. 5) dress up/down heels.


-best childhood memory- Going to the Diary Queen on Friday nights with my grandparents.

-what’s your most meaningful accomplishment- Working on child rights in Islamic countries.



-what stage of parenting has really been a hot topic for you - Tweens and technology, especially social media.

5 words you would use to describe yourself- adventurous, low tolerant, energetic, intense.

your next destination and why- Keystone, Colorado. Kids are going to learn how to ski and snowboard.

Vivien wears our PENNIE smokk in various patterns- https://smokks.com/collections/pennie-dress

And our Izzie- https://smokks.com/collections/izzie-dress

 

 

 

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