If you have a fashionista

by singlemomseeking on December 17, 2009

When I first watched this video (below) of Jennifer — Apparel Design Director for Kmart and a single mom — I knew that I wanted you to meet her.

Just ask the folks at Kmart: I’ve been begging them for months to please let me chat with Jennifer because her creativity, thoughtfulness, and success is inspiring. (My daughter, who loves to sew, got the chance to chat with Jennifer, too!)

Jennifer, mom of 8-year-old Sophia says that her grandma taught her how to sew:

“My mom and dad separated when I was three, so I’d go to my Grandma’s on the weekends. She’d sit me on my lap and teach me on her machine. By the time I was eight, I was cutting fabric and making my own tops.”

It seems obvious that her own daughter has the designer genes, too. In fact, recently Sophia has insisted on “grading” her mom’s “fashion boards” from work.

“She”ll write down so many comments ‘Like ‘love this!’ or ‘lose the buttons!’ She has even commented, ‘Want to get married in this.’ ”

Jennifer says that the most challenging part of parenting solo is finding quality time with Sophia.

“I’m rushing to get her to school, then rushing to get myself to work, where I try to accomplish everything during the day. Then I’m rushing to get her at after school.”

So, she gets some bonding time with her daughter at night, snuggling in bed.

“It’s incredible. That’s the time when we talk: she opens up and tells me about her day. We’re extremely close.”


On that note, how about a Fashion Contest? I’m giving away a $50 gift certificate to Fashion Playtes.

fashion playtes

Fashion Playtes? Do some of you remember that called toy called “Fashion Plates”? You mixed and matched the patterned plastic pieces to design your own outfits and then sketched them with colored pencils.

Well, this is the new virtual design studio for girls ages 6-12 (but who says that boys can’t design clothes, too?). You can even design your own fashion label.

To enter the contest, all you need to do is tell us how you bond with your child(ren)

When? How? Anything…. This contest is open until New Year’s Day.


And the winners of the Fandango Gift Cards?

Congrats to Travis from Culminating Life and Legal Editor Mom!

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