Lauren Gores Ireland
For the month of May, we are focusing on all things mama’s, wellness, and the official kick off to summer. We’ve tapped into new mom, Summer Friday’s co-founder, and You & Lu creator to learn how she tackles motherhood, style, health and summer!
On Life & Motherhood…
Mother’s Day is next weekend – how will you be spending it?
I’m planning a little mama’s getaway somewhere close to home with my own mom, my husband and baby, Evan.
Evan recently turned one! What has been the most surprising thing in the first year?
I could not have anticipated the amount of joy I’d feel watching him experience the world for the first time. It feels like I get to see things new all over again through his eyes.
How do you balance being a mother and a businesswoman?
I think it is usually imbalanced! Just when I think I’ve got it down, his schedule changes or my workflow gets more crowded and I have to adjust. I’m learning to accept it’s going to be a long and constant journey, but the key is creating space in my day to do both things well.
As new parents, how do you and your husband find time to keep the magic alive?
We always carve out at least one night a week for a date out. We also love to create date nights in several days a week where we take the monitor into the backyard and have a glass of wine or watch a good movie.
If you had to pick one piece of advice to tell Evan as he grows up, what would it be?
Be kind and never stop finding the greatest joy in the most simple moments.
The best piece of advice you’ve received, or would give?
My dad always says, “If you come from a good place, you’ll end up in a good place” meaning when you live your life with purpose and good intentions, you’ll find yourself in a positive place despite any obstacles on the journey.
Who motivates and inspires you the most in your life?
My mom motivates and inspires me in my own life. She’s really taught me about patience and gratitude and she dedicated her life to being her kid’s biggest supporters.
Describe your style in one sentence.
My style is confident boho chic.
How has your style evolved since becoming a mother?
Everything has to be practical. I’ve since splurged on a few more pairs of flats and more denim that can easily go from day to night.
Do you have more fun shopping for yourself or for Evan?
Definitely Evan now – everything looks good on chunky baby thighs!
What style are you most coveting for summer?
I always love a summery all-white outfit. But we will see how long that lasts with a one year old.
What is your fashion mantra?
Always wear pieces that make you feel the most confident rather than merely wearing what’s on trend.
On health and beauty…
How do you find time to stay in shape?
Some days are hectic, but I really love doing mama/baby workouts. I’ll bring Ev in the gym with me with a few of his toys and I’ll squeeze in a 15-20 minute workout (or until he gets bored).
Any advice for new moms looking to get back in the fitness groove?
Start slow! Give your body a lot of time to heal and don’t put pressure on yourself to feel like your pre-baby self. Don’t be shy about working out next to your baby. Sometimes that’s what we have to do to make it work!
When you find yourself running on empty, what do you do to recharge?
I’ll carve out some alone time because that really helps me to recharge and I’ll be more disciplined about saying no to things so I’m not overwhelmed by such a busy schedule.
You recently launched Summer Fridays, the Jet Lag Mask, with Marianna Hewitt and have received so much great press around it. Tell us a little about what makes this mask so special.
It was created for the girl-on-the-go. It can be easily worn on the plane or under makeup and no one knows you’re masking.
What inspired you to create Summer Fridays?
My partner, Marianna and I didn’t feel like there was anything out there like this that existed. We wanted to create a clean effective skincare line that resonated with our community on social media. We wanted to build a product for our community.
Which part of your beauty routine do you refuse to leave the house without doing?
I always apply the Jet Lag Mask before my makeup and the one item of makeup I can’t live without is my RMS Beauty lip and cheek stain. It’s the quickest way to look awake!
What are the skincare products you can’t live without?
My Fresh cleanser, Origins Age Defense Serum, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer and my Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask.
On summer and travel…
Any summer vacations planned?
We usually spend our summers between Malibu and our family lake house in Michigan where I grew up.
Do you prefer spending time at the beach, in the mountains or in a busy city?
Favorite healthy summer treat?
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