Close Knit: A Sweater StoryNovember 3, 2017
How often have you heard the word “cozy” lately?
It’s a hazard, we’re afraid, of this time of year. The pumpkin patches, the chunky cardigans, the crackling fires, the hints of the holidays—resistance, we fear, is futile. As the saying goes, if you can’t beat them, join them. And so we’re getting extracozy—we’re talking next level, apple orchards-and-beanies cozy—with some of our favorite Instagram moms. Here, they give us a peek into their lives, their bonds with their little ones, and their sweater-season style. Cue the cocoa!
In the world of Instagram influencers, Chrissy Powers is something of a rarity. She shares plenty of picture-perfect moments, yes, but she also posts the behind-the-scenes shots. Baking fails, grumpy toddlers, outfitting hiccups, and all manner of motherhood snafus make their way into her feed and are fair game for her new podcast, “Sure, Babe.”
“It’s really become my mission in the last year to speak with truth about motherhood—not just the pretty pictures and nice outfits,” says Chrissy, who is also a licensed marriage and family therapist. “People don’t tell you how hard it is with children, but it can be so hard. Fun, but hard.”
Living in San Diego, fall still brings plenty of beach days. But soon it’s north to visit family in San Francisco for Thanksgiving. “I can’t wait to finally enjoy sweater weather!” says Chrissy. “That, and to just be together and cuddle up.”
Get her look: “I love mixing and matching high and low styles,” says Chrissy. “And you never know what the day brings here, so layering is key.” Whether that’s an evening beach walk or a morning snuggle session, the Cabled Chenille Pullover and Artemis Sweater have you covered.
Casey Wiegland has quite the full house. In addition to her four children—ages 8, 7, 5 and 1—she’s also the doting mama of two dogs, two cats, and a handful of chickens. Plus a couple reptiles, give or take (it happens when you have an 8-year-old son).
Is it an easy job? No, but dream jobs rarely are. “My whole life my dream was to be a mom, and to be able to create this home for my family is so special to me,” says Casey, who shares her family’s adventures on her blog, The Wiegands. “I’m a bit of a homebody, and I love having everyone together under one roof.”
As the holidays approach, Casey is reminded of her own childhood. “My mom did such an amazing job of making the holidays feel special for us, and I love passing that on to my kids,” she says. “Pumpkins, gingerbread houses, apple cider—it doesn’t matter that we’re in Texas, we’re pretending it’s crisp and celebrating fall!”
Get her look: “I think clothes are such a great way to express creativity, but when you’re a mom of four little ones, it can be hard to make that a priority,” says Casey. “Even if I’m just wearing jeans and a sweater—which is a lot of the time—I try to make it special.” Not only is the super-soft Michael Stars Snap-Button Turtleneck perfect with denim, but it also makes for a pretty lovely nap.
Like many mothers, Kristine Lee had a difficult choice to make after the birth of her second daughter: return to the advertising career she had built and loved for a decade, or head down a new path. Ultimately, Kristine decided to begin anew, documenting her life as a stay-at-home mom on her blog, Cozy & Kin.
Fall on Vancouver Island is picturesque (although Kristine promises us that her house is occasionally less than photo ready). “We love celebrating the seasons and coming up with new traditions and new ways to spend time together,” Kristine says. “The holidays are so nostalgic—you get to relive the joy and excitement you felt as a child, and see your children’s faces light up. It’s magical again.”
Get her look: “I used to always say that I could run a marathon in my stilettos, but life has changed!” says Christine. “Now it’s about comfort and efficiency while still looking good.” Enter the Timshel Fringed Cardigan, a grab-and-go layer that’s cuddly enough for two.
It’s an extra-special fall for Christina Loewen. She’s expecting a new baby in December, so the family has been preparing their home in Kelowna, a small town tucked away in the mountains of British Columbia.
“Bringing a baby home for the first time is such an exciting and joyful moment,” says Christina, the blogger behind The Scarlett Door. “We couldn’t be more excited to meet her.”
Until then, she’s enjoying these last few weeks as a family of three with her daughter, Scarlett, and husband, Chris. “We’re baking, doing crafts, and spending a lot of time outdoors,” she tells us. “Our winters are long and cold, and we often get snowed in, so now is the time to enjoy the weather before going into hibernation!”
Get her look: “During the colder months I live in soft knits and warm layers,” Christina tells us. She’s pictured here in the Hooded Knit Poncho, a versatile (and bump friendly!) layer.
Samantha Wennerstrom didn’t set out to be an entrepreneur. She started her lifestyle blog, Can I Have That, in her 20s when she was working in the publishing industry and needed a creative outlet. From there, it grew into a full-time, seven-days-a-week job; today, 132K Instagrammers follow along.
Now that she’s the mom of a toddler, how does she balance it all? She let us in on a little secret—she doesn’t.
“I’ll be honest with you—there is no balance,” says Samantha. “There’s a lot of pressure on moms to achieve this so-called ‘perfect balance,’ but in reality, life is an adventure, not a balance. You have to know when to ask for help, and be open to what each day brings.”
For autumn, that means cuddly Sunday mornings, trips to the farm, and plenty of fall fashion shows—Elin, 3, is already quite the fashionista.
“This age is my favorite because she’s become my little buddy,” says Samantha. “We laugh at jokes together, and we’re always playing music in the house—she’s one of those little girls who is always dancing.”
Get her look: “Knitwear is something I’ve always invested in,” says Samantha, shown here in the Puffed Turtleneck Pullover. “Living in Santa Barbara, it can be a little cooler than you expect and it’s great to have layers.”
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