Heather Snow is a mom we admire for her strength and stamina. To be able to juggle the working world and motherhood simultaneously is no small feat. She stretches herself to remain creative and invested outside of her home and family, while maintaining the heartbeat of her own abode and nurturing the daughter she always longed for. She is the kind of woman that is always dressed to the nines and makes any and everything look effortless. So, it’s no surprise that Heather, mother to Jude, is a fashion stylist and personal shopper. Here she shares her views on family, fashion, interior design and how she balances motherhood with the working world…
TELL US ABOUT JUDE…
Jude is equally sweet and sassy. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious and her curiosity is out of this world. She is both dainty and strong, she can mingle with the moms and hold her own with a pack of boys. People are always surprised to find this precious girly girl shooting hoops and hangin with the boys, but that’s what I love most about her. She loves people and will meet them wherever they are at to be connected to them.
WHAT’S THE STORY BEHIND JUDE’S NAME?
Jude is named after my mother Judith Snow who I lost to cancer over nine years ago. After she passed away, I knew that if we ever had a daughter we would name her Jude. The name completely fits, as I see so much of my mom in her.
SHARE SOME OF YOUR THOUGHTS ON YOUR HOME AESTHETICS?
I love decorating, in fact it goes hand in hand with my love for fashion. We recently moved and I have become more and more invested in shaping the look of my home. I have been fortunate enough to have beautiful, interesting pieces passed down from my grandmother, mother and aunt. I find much more identity and sentiment in my space when it is mixed with things that have journeyed through my mother’s life and will carry into my daughters. I’m also naturally drawn to spaces with personality, my own has home become an eclectic mix of family heirlooms, french provincial, mid-century and beachy bohemian finds.
Pattern, pillows and color make a bed a great focal point of a room. I want my bed to be a place that is easy and cozy. John Robshaw is a favorite and seems to always fit the look I’m envisioning with his playful patterns.
ANY ADVICE FOR A WORKING MAMA?
Don’t sit down and don’t stop. I tend to thrive on what I call “organized chaos” during work hours. After drop off and before pick up is a complete blur to me. I try to attend to as much work as possible so that I’m available and present when Jude’s home from school. And don’t beat yourself up if dinner doesn’t go as planned. Being a working mom requires massive flexibility. For us, dinner can range of anything from pasta and salad to a bowl of cereal or takeout. The days I can’t get home in time my husband takes over and our dinners can be a bit of a guessing game. Either way we shoot for eating most nights together as a family and always on the weekends.
DAILY UNIFORM THESE DAYS?
SINCE BECOMING A MOM I AM MORE…
Patient, selfless and much more efficient with my time. I’m healthier and take care of myself in ways that didn’t concern me before having kids.
FAVORITE PLACES TO SHOP FOR JUDE?
ANY STYLE ADVICE FOR A PREGNANT MAMA?
Maternity clothes have an expiration date and can be so expensive. Invest in pieces that can be worn before, during and after like an oversized maxi dress or a boyfriend tee with leggings. Lucky for you the oversized look is in with fashion right now. When you are itching to buy something go for accessories; long necklaces, bangles, shoes or a pretty scarf.
WHAT ARE SOME STAPLE PIECES EVERY MOM SHOULD HAVE IN HER CLOSET?
The oversized cardigan is a must as it goes over anything and everything, ripped jeans, denim cutoffs and neutral Birkenstocks. A long effortless dress is the easiest piece to throw on and instantly feel chic. I’m a huge fan of accessorizing with jewelry. More is more in my opinion. Layering necklaces, rings or bracelets can add the perfect edge to something simple and basic.
JUDE HAS TAUGHT ME…
everything, all over again. She reminds me daily not to worry about things that don’t really matter. To breathe, have fun, laugh and be true to who I am.
FAVORITE PEICE IN YOUR HOME?
I grew up in the desert, so come summertime we would always skip town to beat the heat. Some of my best childhood memories include those summers where we would stay with my grandmother in Laguna Beach. Both of my grandparents were well cultured and loved sharing about music and the arts with my sister and I. Our piano, one of my favorite pieces in our home, was hers. Jude has recently taken an interest and loves to pretend to play.
ANY TRADITIONS YOU’VE PASSED ON TO JUDE?
Hand written thank you notes. Maybe it’s not so much a “tradition” but nonetheless something I’ve passed on from my mom. She was always so good about sending out a little note expressing her gratitude. I find it’s a simple way for me to help Jude acknowledge her blessings.
BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’D LIKE TO PASS ON TO A MOM?
Take care of yourself. Carve out time for a run, treat yourself to a mani pedi or grab drinks with a girlfriend. I’m always thankful that I found the time to invest in myself and find I’m a better mom for it.