We’re thrilled to be launching a new sub-category here in our blog dedicated to spotlighting moms around the world that we’ve partnered with in past collaborations who we have been influenced and inspired by in the process. Each of these hard-working women have a different reason for being invested in Rylee & Cru as a brand as one they love and trust to outfit their little ones, so we’re interested in sharing more about them with you all and explore more in depth their story, style, and motherhood.

For this first feature it felt right to spotlight an influencer/bloggers of an aesthetically pleasing feed of Stephanie’s from Chic Mom In The City,  so we sifted through Stephanie’s thoughts on a few questions about her hometown as well as the highlights and challenges of being a mom. 

Where are you from?       

I am native from the island of Montréal in Canada.

What’s the best thing about your city?

I love that our city is filled with amazing restaurants, full of life, host of great festivals all year long and just always feels like it’s the best, colorful city in the world.

What’s the biggest challenge about being a mom right now?

I would say that my biggest challenge now as a mom of 3 boys is definitely trying to find a balance in all of this crazy, busy, fast life! I love to have control of everything and to feel like I’m in command of our daily routine but lately, I just can’t find our perfect balance or put the finger of what’s missing or what’s not going as well as I wish for our life to be a little more balanced! But I totally know that it’s life and need to cope with it! And at the same time, it’s my job to find new ways and solutions so every little member of our family is happy!

What is the most rewarding part about being a mom?

It’s definitely seeing my little boys, in the morning or when they are back from school/daycare or on the weekend being happy kids, being themselves. I love to see them learn, have fun and enjoy some family time together! Their smile, energy and laugh are my rewards!

Favorite current form of inspiration?

My current form of inspiration is definitely Pinterest and Instagram, although that I still get a good magazine from time to time! I definitely LOVE to get inspired as well when we travel!

Current favorite way to dress your kids?

Having 3 boys in totally different age ranges, it means that they totally have different styles, different activities so different ways of being dressed!

For all of them, when I choose their clothes, it has to be great quality, comfy and I usually get lots of neutrals. I like to add some colorful pieces to add cute accents but as long as it’s not flashy.

My teen is definitely more on a skater, surfer style. Being a teen, his look is becoming more and more important to him and I totally love seeing him taking care of his style!

As for my little 5yo really active boy, he loves sports looks, really comfy clothes and running shoes “that runs fast”. Totally a must for a 5yo right?!

And since my littlest is only 19 months, which means I still have total control on his clothes and style, I’m always opting for really comfy clothes, soft fabrics and cute prints.

I love neutral colors and when there is black or charcoal print or motif, it’s totally a plus for me! But I love to mix it all with softer shades. One of my favourite pieces are definitely rompers and bloomers! I just find it so adorable seeing my little one wearing those and to my eyes, it still means that my kid is in that baby/toddler phase!

You can follow more of what Stephanie is up to in Montreal at – @chicmominthecity

 

We are very excited to announce the release of our most recent collaboration with Gathre! We’ve long admired the beauty of these mats and simplicity behind their use, they’re frankly just practical in every way. Given our mutual appreciation for understated aesthetic and design, it just felt natural to team up together to create a small collection of these gorgeous mats in a limited collection containing three of our favorite illustrations from our most recent Spring Collection available exclusively on our site as well as Gathre while supplies last.

Launches on 3/28 at 8pm PST on both sites.

We’re excited to be launching a new sub-category here in our blog dedicated to highlighting the beautiful retailers that we partner with that help make Rylee & Cru what it is. Each one all over the world has it’s own look, feel, and story so this is where we get to share that local feeling with all of you and the inspiration behind the store.

For this first installment it felt fitting to spotlight a really aesthetically inspiring and perfectly curated space right here in our home town of San Diego, CA called Pigment so we picked the owner Amy’s brain on a few questions about the shop and the neighborhood they are located in. Enjoy.

How did the idea come about for you to open Pigment?

We actually wanted to open an art gallery.  In the early days, we even had a studio in the back.  Over time displays of artwork were complimented by other finely crafted wares.  We didn’t know it at the time, but our search for well made products from small vendors coincided with what is know now as the “maker” movement.  We just thought we were supporting our friends and their artistry.

How do you select the brands you carry?

I wish there were a formula, but there really isn’t.  It often begins with a visceral response to the work.  Their might be one product that draws me in.  Falling in love with the entire line doesn’t happen as often, but when it does its a thrill.  That only happens when the brand has a strong identity.  I think of it as recognizable handwriting.  Just like an artists recognizable brushwork or your mom’s penmanship next to your dad’s, I like to be able to recognize their handwriting across the breadth of the line.  When the brand isn’t well developed, we also look for potential.  Young brands tend to have a hunger and enthusiasm that’s infectious.  Lastly, when we can we love to keep it local.  That said, we also recognize that there are like minded businesses across the nation and the globe and we love them too.  Our vendor community is a broad one and we love it.

What is your favorite thing about running your store?

The gratification of playing a role, however small, in the growth of other small businesses is my favorite thing about owning the shop.  There was a moment where a young paper company commented that our order was the largest she’d ever fielded.  She was pumped.  The notion that we play a role in the success of other entrepreneurs left me with an overwhelming sense of gratitude.

If we had one day in your hometown, where should we visit?

I’m drawing on my youth to answers this question.  Weekends were spent at the “world famous” Zoo.  Nana took my brothers and I when we were young.  My girls and I visit with the same enthusiasm today.  My kids love seeing the animals and we talk just as much, if not more, about all the plants.  You don’t think of the Zoo as being one of the largest plant collections in the world, but they are.  A segment from a college course in museum studies introduced me to the thousands of species in their collection.  There are trees there that were planted by Kate Sessions herself—a pioneer in botany and the mother of plants in SD. They even have botanical tours now. Skip over to the Botanical Garden for an added thrill.