As a busy mom and CEO of Rank & Style— a website that helps consumers discover top fashion, beauty and lifestyle trends— Jamie Chandlee offers some solid advice for moms who want to stay on trend but don’t have time to spare. We also talked with her about busting through fear and the perspective shift that comes from facing serious illness.
Congratulations on your CEO role at Rank & Style. In the past you worked for Facebook—do you have any advice for moms in the midst of a career pivot?
Facebook has a motto that will always stick with me: What would you do if you weren’t afraid? I wish I had lived by this earlier on in my career; I would’ve realized I had the entrepreneurial bug much sooner! That motto constantly reminds me to be bold and to be a risk-taker in my everyday life. I have learned that with greater risk comes greater reward—so just go for it!
You beat a stage 4 cancer diagnosis. How did that experience transform your life?
After going through something like that, you remind yourself to count your blessings, don’t take your health for granted, and not sweat the small stuff. I know it sounds cliché, but it really has allowed me to have a different perspective on life. I certainly have plenty of moments of stress or getting caught up in something, and I have to remind myself to take a deep breath and it will all be okay.
Do you have any spring or summer style or fashion tips for busy moms?
Every mother needs the best basics in her closet. Since we have little spare time during the day, we need good transitional pieces that can be worn year round, but styled differently each time. A good pair of skinny jeans, a basic tee, and a rockin’ pair of heels are essential. I love wearing jeans, a tee, and sneakers to drop the kids off in the morning and then throwing on heels for a meeting at work that day. Easy as can be!
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Organizing my calendar!
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
Spend time with family and friends on the lake. It’s the perfect way to decompress.
What is your best parenting hack?
The Oxo Tot Travel Potty. A friend introduced me to this, and it’s clutch when you are on-the-go and want to avoid dirty public restrooms.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
That if they don’t eat their dinner, they are going to have to see the doctor for a shot. (Don’t judge me!)
If you could describe motherhood in one word, what would it be?
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
I have so many:
- Work hard, but don’t forget to have fun along the way.
- Have outrageous dreams—you’ll be amazed at what comes true.
- Little stuff matters — manners will take you a long way.
- And don’t forget to call your mom.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Mom guilt is a real thing! Am I doing enough? Is it okay that I couldn’t be the one to drop my kids off at school today? Is it bad that we are taking a vacation without our kids? Ultimately, I have found that I am a better mom when I am happy and also find time to do the things I love! And of course making sure I have one on one time with my husband! Make these things a priority—it will make life so much more fun.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
HA! Balance? What’s that? Let me know when you find out.
What was the last book you read?
Simplicity Parenting. I highly recommend it!
Favorite Beauty Product: It’s a tie between Sunday Riley Good Genes and Le Labo Santal 33!
Favorite Form of Exercise: Barry’s Bootcamp or a walk with a friend or my husband. It’s the perfect way to break a sweat and catch up at the same time.
What is on your DVR? The only television I watch is The Today Show and all things Bachelor/Bachelorette!
Favorite App: Finery has been a lifesaver for me! The two apps that get the most screen time are Amazon and Venmo. All day, everyday!
Favorite Kids Store: AlexandAlexa.com is my one-stop-shop for both my son and daughter!