With her daughter in mind, fashion editor Jasmine Snow created The Black Bib, a luxury leather baby bib line and fashion website. Jasmine shared some great fashion tips for moms, a solid parenting hack and her take on work-life balance.
Congratulations on the launch of The Black Bib! How did you come up with the inspiration for it?
When I had my daughter, I wanted to find her cool pieces that were not necessarily frilly and pastel, but chic and stylish like a normal New Yorker’s closet. I never intended to dress her like a mini-adult, but I wanted to have a bib that felt like a chic accessory that would add to her outfit and not distract from it. Once I started TheBlackBib.com and began sharing content about mini style, it felt more and more natural to make The Black Bib product a reality.
You’re a fashion expert—has becoming a mom changed your style? If so, how?
Becoming a mom has solidified my style. I’ve really edited down my style and I’m not trying a million different things. I love to try trends, but I’m more drawn to investment pieces and things that are more minimal but with beautiful details and surprise elements. I’m a bit more paired down these days and understand the need for comfort and feeling good about what I’m wearing a lot more than I did five years ago!
What are some of your favorite pieces women should incorporate in their winter wardrobe this year?
I’m currently pregnant with my second child and have a newfound love for sweater dresses. I’m usually not a dress person—especially in the winter—but I’ve really loved experimenting with different boots and belts to make each one work differently over and over again.
A statement jacket
Living in New York, everyone is so bundled up most of the year, so having a great jacket goes a long way. If I see a woman in a completely plain and simple outfit but she has a great jacket/coat on, I see her as instantly chic. It’s all about standing out in that see of black puffers on the streets.
I’m an accessories girl at heart and tend to just style with accessories and keep my outfits simple. In the winter with all the layers, earrings and necklaces aren’t really my thing. A great combo of rings or a stack on one finger, though, makes a statement without being over the top.
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
Putting laundry away. I don’t mind doing it and folding it, but I dread putting it away!
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
I love facials—way more than massages. They are so relaxing to me, and I always feel so great after. I try to go monthly to keep my skin and my sanity in check.
What is your best parenting hack?
Babysitters! It sounds so simple, but having a roster of at least 5-10 young sitters who are eager to babysit is so valuable. I try to book a sitter for at least one day every weekend, and I have them pre-booked a few months out. That way, I know that I’m covered for the next couple of months whether I have plans or not. If I have plans, then I don’t have to worry about a sitter, and if I don’t have plans it forces me to get out of the house and do something with friends or make a date with my husband. I think having sitters really helps keep your life as balanced as possible so you don’t feel like you’ve lost your social life.
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
She’s still too little to tell white lies to, but I predict I’ll be telling her lots of little white lies about safety and what happens if you don’t follow the rules…. I’m a big worrier like that!
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
Coordination. I am constantly coordinating!
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
My daughter has really good manners. So much so that other people constantly tell me how polite she is— and she’s only two! For some reason she really took to the whole please and thank you thing. It was a real moment for my husband and I to realize we were the ones that taught her that. It made me feel confident that we can raise a polite and kind-hearted child in this crazy world.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Put the shoe on the other foot. I try to practice this every day in my life, whether it’s in business, in relationships, as a mother, etc. A huge part of being a good and kind person comes from having empathy and trying to understand other people’s perspective.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Aside from having empathy…use your common sense. We have access to so much information these days and unfortunately, that means there’s so much more judgment and ways to get overwhelmed. It’s amazing to have the resources to educate ourselves, but at the end of the day, straight up common sense is the answer. You already probably know what the right thing to do is but you’re just nervous maybe it’s not the right thing according to someone else. Just do you!
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
By trying not to balance it! I find that when I try to “balance” things, it never, ever works. Some days are filled with non-stop work and lots of mom guilt because I pay someone else to be with my child all day. And other days are filled with lots of fun and play and I don’t even get the chance to look at my inbox. I’ve learned that it’s never going to be something I can fully control, so I try to go with the flow as it comes and let go a bit.
What was the last book you read?
Crazy Rich Asians.
Favorite Beauty Product:
Skinceuticals CE Ferulic Serum Drops
Favorite Form of Exercise:
Pilates and cardio dance classes
What is on your DVR?
Grey’s Anatomy, This is Us, Keeping up with the Kardashians
Favorite Kids Store:
It’s a tie between Jacadi and Bonpoint!