It’s no mystery that being a mom is not a glamorous or high-paying occupation. Whatever the age of your babies, this gig is a constant challenge.
Add into the equation a full-time job, and let’s just say that it’s a miracle you were able to put on lipstick. We asked the following remarkable mommas how they manage to run a successful boutique and, of course, to name a few of their favorite fashion trends for the summer.
Heather Catalanotto, Mom of Lucca
“Being a new mom and owning a store is a juggling act,” Catalanotto says. “Returning to work has been an eye-opening experience, and I have a broader sense of purpose and ability to prioritize. I am also blessed to be surrounded by a great team. I found that motherhood suits me well.”
As a new mom, Catalanotto is embracing the simple, chic and functional design of the peep-toe mule. “They pair well with everything from dresses, skirts and my favorite wide-leg denim,” she says. “This is a fresh new way to update your spring ensemble. They are also comfortable, especially when toting around a little one.” 5421 Magazine St., (504) 891-8992, angeliqueshoe.com
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Mallory Goorley, Mom of Campbell and Ellis (on the way)
“I’m so fortunate to bring my babies to work,” Goorley says. “I like to call my version of work and motherhood ‘stay at working mom.’ It is the best of both worlds; I have no ‘mommy guilt’ for leaving the kids behind to further the career I love. Additionally, our large family is always happy to help when we get in a bind. It takes a village!”
Goorley cannot live without her MZ Wallace Large Metro Tote and Birkenstock-inspired Joie Sandals. The built-in pockets in this lightweight bag keep her organized from swim lessons to the grocery store. The Joie slide-ons are not your grandmother’s sandals. They have a molded foot bed and are made with Italian leather; your feet will thank you. 110 Rosa Ave., Metairie, (504) 407-0668, emmasshoes.com
Jennifer Atkins, Mom of Victor, Ellefair and Archer
“I try to explain to my minions/children that my business is for all of us,” Atkins says. “I attempt to get the kids to participate and understand that hard work pays off. Although this is super tough, I love what I do and I want them to follow their bliss as well when they grow up! I work every day of the week, yet I pick them up for carpool time, and we are able to complete homework and eat dinner all together.”
Jazz Fest attire is a true symbol of what spring and summer fashion should look like in NOLA. Atkins defines that these looks should leave you feeling and looking cool. Airy cotton and colorful ensembles are just what we need to live and play in New Orleans! 3719 Magazine St., (504) 301-2583
Amy Cain, Mom of Riley, Jake and Hayden
“My days are very organized and well planned, and, most importantly, I have a great support system,” Cain says. “I would never be able to survive if it was not for my husband and mom.”
Cain’s go-to for spring is the jumper. She loves the versatility of taking it from day to night with the right pair of shoes.
Erin Ewing, Mom of Colette
“I have a routine I attempt to stick to, and I try not to procrastinate,” Ewing says. “I also try to make time for myself to do things I enjoy, like Xtend Barre classes and manicures. This helps to keep me sane!”
Ewing appreciates the form and function of a maxi dress. This spring/summer staple is effortless and chic. 1537 Metairie Road, Metairie, (504) 831-1111, vita-nola.com
Angelique Palumbo Weiser, Mom of Ella, Noah and step-daughter Vincenza
“Being a mom and running a business can be hectic,” Palumbo Weiser says. “I need to wear clothes that get me to work as well as running kids to after-school activities. At Angelique Boutique, we create an easy atmosphere for this busy lifestyle. Fortunately my stores have the ability to dress you from head-to-toe both day and night.”
Her personal style masters the look of laid-back luxury with street-wise edge. Her Rodebjer wide-leg jeans worn with clean pastels showcase the combination of raw and edgy with sharp and clever. angeliquestores.com
Blaine Clayton, Mom of Jude and Jacob
Blaine Clayton has always exuded kindness and beauty. And it’s amazing that she is able to keep herself pulled together with a husband and two very young boys at home, while also running a store six days per week. Her secret to maintaining poise and elegance is simple: “You cannot let your babies steal your fabulousness,” she says. 3300 Magazine St., (504) 481-7199
These industrious women bring home the bacon and fry it up in the pan, while simultaneously wearing some serious shoes. Kudos ladies … we are in shock and awe. Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Shopping!
–Aimée Gowland and Corrie Pellerin