Style Chat is a special section about fashion influences, style evolutions and wardrobe staples. In this first Style Chat feature, we highlight Leah Weber, the fashion-loving mom behind the blog, scenesfromcedarstreet.com. If you want to be on our next Style Chat seat, connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a mom, Leah Weber wears many hats. She juggles her time between taking care of her 10-month-old baby girl and working alongside her husband who works for a ministry called Campus Outreach at The University of West Georgia. "I help provide counseling and lead Bible studies and Discipleship groups to college students. We live in a small town and our favorite activities are having people over to hang out, playing with our baby, and hanging out on the square in downtown Carrollton," she says.
In this Style Chat, the stay-at-home mom talks about her personal style, her fashion influences and the style essentials she can't live without.
The Gospel of Beauty: How would you describe your fashion sense?
Leah Weber: Classic, feminine and simple.
TGOB: What's your typical mommy weekend outfit?
Weber: My favorite pair of jeans, a comfy but cute blouse, and a pair of boots, Converses, or sandals—depending on the season.
TGOB: Who would you consider to be your biggest fashion influence?
Weber: Joanna Gaines. She’s obviously known for her amazing interior design skills but I also love her fashion sense. She has impeccable taste and combines function and style well together. This is essential for any mom.
TGOB: What's the one piece of wardrobe staple you can't live without?
Weber: It’s a tie between my my black LuLaRoe leggings and my favorite pair of jeans.
TGOB: What types of apparel fill up your closet?
Weber: I’ve recently downsized my closet to include only the things I love. I have a dress for every season and occasion. Numerous neutral-colored tops and blouses, and a few fun, colorful pieces.
TGOB: Where are a few of your go-to shops for your fashion essentials?
Weber: We live in a small town so shopping for clothes can be difficult sometimes. I like our local small boutiques as well as jane.com. When I do have the chance to go to a mall, my favorite stores are Anthropologie, Madewell and The Loft.
TGOB: Who are some of the fashion icons who inspire you?
Weber: Audrey Hepburn, Kate Middleton and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
TGOB: What's the best fashion tip you've ever received?
Weber: Trends come and go. Wear clothes that you love and feel comfortable in.
TGOB: Looking back at how your fashion style has evolved, what's the one fashion item you swore yourself you'll never be caught wearing again?
Weber: I hated skinny jeans when they first came back into style. I thought I would never wear them. Now, I wear them almost every day!
TGOB: How do you share your love of fashion to your little one?
Weber: My baby girl is only 10-months-old so I haven’t been able to share my love for fashion with her yet but when she’s older, I want to teach her not to be defined or consumed by the latest fashion trend or whatever everyone else is wearing. I want her to be confident in who she is and not let fashion define her. I want her to be a trend setter, not a trend follower.
TGOB: What's your advice to other mothers to help them elevate their personal style?
Weber: When you become a mom, it’s easy to neglect yourself in a lot of different areas of your life because you are completely consumed by taking care of your baby. I would encourage you to take time for yourself and your style. Re-evaluate your wardrobe. Go through your closet and get rid of clothes you don’t like and slowly replace your wardrobe with pieces you love. Don’t feel like you have to keep up with the latest trends. Just buy what is comfortable, practical for your lifestyle, and makes you feel beautiful.