Q&A with Julee Wilson of Huffington Post Style
This gorgeous mama, often spotted in the front row of every show during NYFW, is one of the most real and genuine ladies in the business. Beginning as an intern at top publications, Julee's true career started at Real Simple. After 5 years and many amazing titles, she made a move to Huffington Post where she now serves as the Senior Fashion Editor. Mother to her precious #wombfire (read below to find out more) - we love Julee's zest for life. Her energy is contagious - and well her #momstyle... is off the charts!
Read more below as Julee shares insight to motherhood and all things style!
I love waking up everyday and knowing that I get to see Orion learn, love and grow – while my husband and I get to do the same thing right along with him.
Motherhood has made me become more focused on making my dreams come true – not only for myself but also to make my son proud.
I find that I wear the same things over and over again – primarily because it takes the least amount of effort and also I’m still trying to lose the last bit of baby weight so not everything is fitting me the way it should. Nevertheless, I’m kind of digging my personal #momstyle, since it’s has forced me to look for pieces that are classic and versatile rather than trendy and fleeting.
Sleeveless Button Front Tunic (Tunics help cover my little belly pouch that still hasn’t gone away)
Grey Dot T-Shirt (over-sized t-shirts are so simple to throw on and allow me to move freely as I’m dealing with a baby on the move)
Zare Smock Shirt (I love bold colors and stripes. This top is also great since it’s loose and won’t hug my lumps and bumps.
Knit Cape (This breezy top is great for easy access breastfeeding)
Digital Print Pencil Skirt (First of all I love anything Tracy Reese. Secondly, this high-waisted skirt works perfectly with all the boxy crop tops I’ve been coveting)
Babs Dress (This is just a beautiful dress and can easily be dressed up or down)
Winky Intarsia Sweater Adult (How much fun is this sweater? And it looks super comfy too)
Miljas Hat Green Grey (everyone needs a terrific topper)
Lalah Jumpsuit (One word: Dope)
Becoming a mother has added another filter in which I process fashion though. I’m constantly studying collections and talking to designers and I’ve found that I’m drawn to clothing or accessories that are not only beautiful but also functional. I think the things that most moms look for in their wardrobe – ease, comfort, forgiving designs, and of course, style – are also things that non-mother appreciate as well. Therefore that extra mommy filter is a perk when it comes to my career.
I think it’s an exciting time for working mothers. From Obama’s focus on reforming policies for the working mothers/families in this country to women CEOs and several big corporations talking openly about the benefits.
I came up with this word/hashtag after seeing a picture of a friend’s adorable little girl on Facebook. One look at that kid and I could literally feel my womb getting warm. Lol! This was before I had Orion and I was definitely having baby fever or in my case – wombfire.
My official definition for the term is:
Wombfire (Noun, adjective, hastag) 1. A child so amazingly cute that they figuratively set your womb ablaze. 2. When your reproductive system (I.e. womb) tingles with maternal excitement, potentially breaks out in Beyoncé choreography and/or prompts spontanteous family planning (i.e. running home to make a baby). 3. Hashtag used to illustrate flurry of emotion described above (examples: “This baby is giving me major #wombfire” or “#Wombfire alert”)
FW front “rower”: Sassy
Bedtime Story: “When The World Is Ready For Bed” by Gillian
Lullaby: “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars
Vacation Spot: Martha’s Vineyard – we have a family house there. Orion’s first trip there will be this summer – but it’s our happy place so we’re sure it will be his too.
Restaurant: Vinatería on 119th Street and Fredrick Douglas Blvd.
Children’s Brand: The MINIclassy
How darn awesome it is! I stressed myself out about how much my life was going to change in a negative way (no more this. No more that) – but in reality life just got ten times brighter.