StyleMama: Elizabeth English – Cultivating Community

How does a single-mom with a demanding job function with a 20-month-old daughter? This week’s StyleMama, Elizabeth English, answered this very dilemma by what she calls “cultivating community.” She has consciously made an effort to connect with other single parents, creating her own support system and extended family for her and her daughter, Olivia.

She prides herself on being much more energized and efficient since her little one arrived, but says she is well aware that she can’t do everything on her own and is not afraid to ask for help from her network of friends. It’s an excellent lesson for all of us women who have “superwoman syndrome” and feel guilty if we can’t do it all.

Elizabeth & Olivia outside Jack's Coffee in the West Village, NY - Photograph by Mindy Veissid

Home: Grew up in Seattle but living in New York for 15 years
Age: 40
Children: Olivia – 20 months

Occupation: In addition to being Olivia’s Mom, Elizabeth is the Corporate Art Curator for a Manhattan private equity firm. In this role, she manages the company’s private art collection as well overseeing special projects.

How does she look so darn good?
Living in a 6th floor walk-up in Greenwich Village, New York has served this mom well.  ”Nothing will get you into shape quicker than carrying a 25-lb toddler plus a stroller and groceries up six flights of stairs on a regular basis. It’s better than 5 sessions a week with a personal trainer,” says Elizabeth.  Aside from her built in stair-climber, she’s been a regular for the last nine years at a popular Soho yoga studio, Virayoga.  She also loves exploring the city during “mommy time” putting in a lot of miles with her daughter in an Ergo Carrier.

What’s she wearing?
Coat: European Designer (unknown)
Sweater Dress: Agnes B
Tights: Wolford
Shoes: Manolo Blahnik
Bag: MZ Wallace
Pearl Earrings & Necklace: Golden Door
Glasses: Robert Marc

Her Style
“For me, style is all about context.  Because of my work, I have to move between an uptown business environment and the downtown art scene. I stay away from trendy and revealing styles, and gravitate to fashion that communicates elegance, but isn’t too stuffy.  For the office I wear French designers like Agnes B. or Vanessa Bruno. Both designers can be expensive, but I shop carefully and buy them on sale.

Since becoming a mother, my style has definitely become more about ease.  I look for high-quality pieces that I can just throw on that don’t require too much maintenance.” – Elizabeth English

RebelMom Photographer: Mindy Véissid, a native New Yorker, grew up surrounded by lights, shadow and movement. Her photos reflect not only this, but also incorporates her creative background in painting and writing by use of metaphor, texture and composition. Mindy has been called an intuitive photographer, in that she shoots from her heart. Because of this, she is able to capture candid, true and fleeting moments. Before becoming an international fine art photographer in 2009, Mindy worked in the corporate world and found herself living in Luxembourg and Switzerland for six years. Mindy moved back to the US in 2007, and currently resides in New York City. For more information, visit www.MindyVeissid.com or on Facebook.

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