What’s better than having a fashion forward sense of style? Being able to share that talent with the ones you love. No blogger better displays that ability than Trina Small, the mind behind Baby Shopaholic. Whether you’re looking fabulous for yourself or more your mini me, the full-time mom is the authority on creating the look you want all while not neglecting what’s most important in life – your family.
Introduction and Interview by Melissa Kimble
What inspires you to create?
I just love everything about fashion and beauty! There are so many parts but I love how everything comes together. To have a cute little muse inspires me even more!
Your blog is uniquely titled ‘Baby Shopaholic’ and you provide tips on shopping, style and beauty for women as well as their babies. How did you come up with the title?
I have always been a shopaholic but when I found out I was expecting I went into overdrive buying things for the baby! I just love buying fabulous things for her instead of myself. Just adding Baby to my shopaholic condition only made sense.
Not only are you a full-time mother, but you also have a full-time job, stylist, and blogger. How do you balance all of your important roles?
Since I work full time, spending time with my daughter is my first priority when I get off. I don’t talk on the phone or use the computer until after she is in bed. I do my blogging and social media at night! So I sacrifice sleep in order to get things done! My husband is very supportive of my blogging and social media ventures and helps out tremendously.
You’ve stated that your mother was a big influence on your Saturday morning rituals. What are some things you hope to pass down to your daughter?
I hope to inspire Peyton to be herself and have her own style. I want her to feel comfortable to express herself. I hope that she will look back at all the blog post and pictures and love the fact that she became sort of a mini fashion icon at a young age!
I think mothers should have fun with dressing their children. They are only small once and this may be the only time a they will let you put a tutu or coveralls on them. But don’t feel pressure to buys expensive clothing for kids just because a celebrity child is wearing it. There are way more than enough inexpensive cute clothing to go around. If you like the celebrity baby look, use that as inspiration to recreate the look for your baby.
Do you think it affects the child’s taste once they get older?
I think what you put on them now does affect their taste. They get a feel for the materials and feel of certain pieces. You start to learn what they like and don’t like to wear. Peyton will tell me if something is itchy or she wants to sparkle!
Wear what makes you feel good! Don’t try to force yourself to wear what everyone else is wearing. Me in a body-conscious dress is no bueno! Also, invest in a flattering little black dress! Just in case you get you get an unexpected invite! You can change it up with jackets, sweaters and accessories.
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