Photo credit: James Ryang
Liz Teich realized early on that she had a knack for pulling outfits together. In addition to her work as a personal stylist, Liz shares fashion tips and her experiences of motherhood at The New York Stylist. Liz chatted with us about the childhood moments that hinted at her career in fashion, the surprising way she met her husband and some thoughts on the pressure we put on ourselves as parents.
Congrats on your blog, The New York Stylist! When did you first realize you had a flair for fashion?
I didn’t grow up with a lot of money, so my mom made almost all of my clothes, which even trickled down to making clothes for my Barbie dolls. An old shirt’s sleeve would be turned into a dress. We got pretty creative—you would never know how frugal my parents were because we were always dressed impeccably. When I was in middle school and high school, friends always asked me to pick out outfits for them and I often cut out images from magazines for inspiration. I took three years of fashion classes and went to RISD for fashion design during high school—it was pretty clear I was destined for a career in fashion!
You met your husband in a blizzard—can you share the story with our readers?
We met during the biggest blizzard to hit NYC in a century. I’d only lived in NYC for six months, so I had no intentions of looking for a relationship. I almost didn’t even go out that night—I didn’t wear makeup, shower, or dress up—but my roommate convinced me that a blizzard was an ideal time to go out. I called a friend who was meeting a co-worker she had a crush on and his friend. I was planning to be her wingman— and I ended up falling for the friend. We’ve been inseparable ever since!
What are your favorite winter/spring 2019 fashion tips for busy moms?
I tell my clients to splurge each season on a few classic pieces that will last for years, whether that’s a bag, shoes, a sweater, blazer or even great fitting jeans. I’m all about trying out the trends, but you can get them for less at places like Zara since trends become dated quicker than ever these days. I also love using Rent The Runway Unlimited (get $30 off here with the code BEST308324F) because it lets you have fun with clothes without the commitment, so you can focus on only spending money on classic pieces that will last if you take care of them.
Photo credit: Michelle Rose Photo
If you could hand off one chore to someone else each day, what would it be?
I hand a lot off to my husband since having a baby. He’s completely taken over doing the cat litter and taking out the trash—especially the diaper pail—which I’m so grateful for. But if someone could respond to all of my emails, that would be great!
What is your favorite thing to do to relax and unwind?
If I have the time, I’ll treat myself to a manicure, a good book or watching Netflix or HGTV with a cup of tea or glass of wine. I try to get a massage if I’ve been working a lot on shoots and need a bit of pampering.
What is your best parenting hack?
I use our Beaba Babycook baby food maker to make meals for the whole family rather than bringing out more pots/pans/blender/food processor in my tiny NYC kitchen. I make hummus and pesto in it regularly and steam veggies for our dinners almost daily. It feels like I’m cheating when I cook, but it’s my favorite appliance!
What is the best white lie that you’ve told your child?
My son is completely obsessed with Elmo at the moment so whenever we want him to do something we’ll say, “Elmo loves to brush his teeth,” or “Elmo wears shoes when he goes outside,” or “Elmo LOVES eating broccoli!”
Photo credit: Michelle Rose Photo
If you could describe motherhood/fatherhood in one word, what would it be?
What’s one moment in your motherhood journey that has made you proud?
I put so much pressure on myself early on with breastfeeding, going back to work and constantly questioning if I was “doing it right.” I went to breastfeeding support groups and tried everything, but I wasn’t producing enough milk, so I ended up supplementing with formula and I felt so much guilt. I cried at my doctor’s appointment because I felt like I failed. I worried I had postpartum depression because of my doubts, emotions and fears. The doctor said, “This is normal. You’re doing great, and he’s perfect.” He was right. It all clicked then and I’ve been so proud of this little human I created, helped grow and who amazes me daily.
What is one piece of advice you want to pass along to your children?
Be kind to everyone. It seems so cliché and obvious, but I can’t believe how many people I encounter in the fashion industry who are mean to people that they think are “beneath” them.
What is one piece of advice you would pass along to other moms?
Don’t be so hard on yourself— you’re doing great.
How do you tackle the work/life balance?
I don’t think I’ve totally found out it to be honest! I spend much of my downtime consumed with bettering my business, but I love that I can create my own schedule so if I need to take a day off or make time for something I want to do, I’m often able to. I also am fortunate to be able to spend more quality time with my son, but I do find that it takes a village. I’m lucky to have a husband, family, a part-time sitter and part-time daycare to help with all of that.
What was the last book you read?
I’m currently reading Oh Crap in preparation for potty training and How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk.
Favorite Beauty Product:
Jojoba Oil (I like the organic one from Leven Rose)
Favorite Form of Exercise:
I’m completely addicted to barre!
What is on your DVR?
The new season of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. My husband was an extra in it, so we keep watching it over and over to see him.
Instagram and the Nest ap
Favorite Kids Store:
Maisonette and Misha & Puff