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MARIA DUEÑAS JACOBS



THIS SEASON’S OSCAR DE LA RENTA CHILDRENS CAMPAIGN STARS FOUR CHIC MOTHERS AND THEIR DARLING DAUGHTERS. DISCOVER MARIA DUEÑAS JACOBS, FASHION CONSULTANT AND BRAND DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR FOR STITCH FIX, AND HER THREE DAUGHTERS, LUNA, ISA AND SILVI, DRESSED UP IN OUR NEW COLLECTION AND READ OUR Q&A WITH MARIA BELOW.






WHO OR WHAT IS CURRENTLY INSPIRING YOUR STYLE?
AS AN EX-EDITOR I AM USED TO LOOKING AT RUNWAYS SHOWS EVERY SEASON AND SPOTTING TRENDS AND COMMON THREADS THROUGHOUT COLLECTIONS. NOW THAT THAT IS NOT A PART OF MY “JOB” I AM REALLY ENJOYING RUNWAY SHOWS AS CONSUMER. SEEING MODELS AND STREET STYLE GIVES ME IDEAS ON WHAT I WANT TO WEAR NEXT. INSTAGRAM IS ALSO ALWAYS A SOURCE OF STYLE INSPIRATION. I FOLLOW PEOPLE THAT I ADMIRE AND GET STYLING IDEAS AS I SCROLL.



HOW HAS YOUR STYLE CHANGED SINCE BECOMING A MOTHER?
THE BIGGEST SHIFT WAS IN MY FOOTWEAR! I STOPPED WEARING SUPER HIGH HEELS AND I NOW WEAR A TON OF SNEAKERS AND/OR BLOCK HEELS THAT I CAN WALK IN. I START MY DAY DROPPING OFF MY DAUGHTERS AT SCHOOL SO IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME TO WEAR “WALKING SHOES” BUT ALSO FEEL ON TREND AND STYLISH.



HOW ARE YOU TEACHING YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT PERSONAL STYLE?
MY GIRLS KNOW THAT “I WORK IN FASHION” BUT THEY HAVE NEVER ASKED ME MUCH ABOUT IT (THEY ARE STILL LITTLE, 3 UNDER 5)! I’VE TAUGHT THEM HOW TO MATCH COLORS AND THEY ARE VERY PROUD OF THAT SKILL NOW. THEY ARE TYPICAL GIRLS AND OF COURSE ALWAYS GRAVITATE TOWARDS PINK AND SHINY THINGS. I FOUGHT THAT FOR A WHILE BUT NOW I EMBRACE IT AND THINK IT’S SO SWEET AND FUNNY WHEN I SEE HOW EXCITED THEY GET TO WEAR A “FANCY DRESS” LIKE THEY DID IN THIS SHOOT.



WHAT IS YOUR PROUDEST MOMENT SINCE BECOMING A MOTHER?
I LOVE OUR FRIENDSHIP AND SILLINESS. MY PROUDEST MOMENTS ARE THE ONES WHERE THE THREE OF THEM ARE PLAYING TOGETHER AND ENJOYING EACH OTHER. MAKING THEM BEST FRIENDS AND INSTILLING THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY IS SO IMPORTANT TO MY HUSBAND AND I.



HOW DO YOU BALANCE MOTHERHOOD?
I WISH I KNEW THE ANSWER TO THIS AND I GET ASKED OFTEN BUT THE TRUTH IS THAT I WING IT—I DO MY BEST EVERY DAY, I READ PARENTING BOOKS AND I LEAN ON MY AMAZING CIRCLE OF NANNIES, FAMILY AND FRIENDS.



WHAT IS THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED FROM YOUR MOTHER THAT YOU WILL PASS ON TO YOUR CHILDREN?
MY MOM HAS ALWAYS ENCOURAGED ME AND STRESSES THE NEED FOR SELF-CARE. AS MOTHERS WE TEND TO PUT OUR CHILDREN FIRST FOR EVERYTHING. THIS SOUNDS LIKE THE RIGHT THING TO DO ON PAPER BUT IN REALITY IF YOU, AS A MOTHER ARE NOT RESTED, WELL FED, ETC. YOU CAN’T BE YOUR BEST SELF. I TRY TO REMEMBER THIS SO I CAN BE READY TO ENJOY MY GIRLS AND BE THE MOM THEY DESERVE.



WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PIECE FROM THIS OSCAR DE LA RENTA COLLECTION?
 I LOVE THE BLACK BASED FLORAL SILK DRESS I WORE WITH THE GIRLS—IT’S SUCH A TIMELESS PRINT AND SILHOUETTE AND I KNOW I WILL WEAR IT FOR MANY YEARS TO COME.














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