Year of the WoMom

What does Year of the WoMom mean to you???

My girl, Niki Stoller, and partner on this incredible movement summed up our WoMom workshop with the perfect quote.

"Don't be the reason someone feels insecure.  Be the reason someone feels seen, heard, and supported."  

-Cleo Wade

Are you guys inspired?!  We are wiping our eyes over here!!  Listening to these proud mama's speak about their love and commitment to motherhood hits us to the core.  

What is this WoMom power movement all about you ask?  Let us dive in and share with you one of the most rewarding projects we've been lucky,  no blessed, to work on! 

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It doesn't matter if you are a mother or not, we all know someone who we love and admire that is our role model super WoMom.  For us, our Super WoMom is Niki Stoller with Seventh Bixel. We have been admiring her work for quite some time now and fortunate to consider her a friend. FUN FACT:  Our friendship started from a COLD email!!  We asked her to show us her ways and once connected we had more people and interests in common than expected.  Our dream to come together finally came to reality with this project.   

Jenny Leu with Forrest and J & Niki Stoller of Seventh Bixel.                                                             Dress by For Love and Lemons

Jenny Leu with Forrest and J & Niki Stoller of Seventh Bixel.                                                             Dress by For Love and Lemons

NIki is an incredible Mom to adorable boy/girl twins and runs a seriously rad business through it all.  Our idea with Mom's encouraging mom's came to life, like all good ideas do, over cocktails and lunch at the most Instagram worthy restaurant in town, Cafe Gratitude.  (Ironically fitting)  

2017 began with a strong movement for women to share their voice and unite, so we bonded together over this message and translating it into motherhood.   We brought inspiring Mom’s together that not only exude love for their children, but also have a commitment to fulfilling their own personal goals and passions outside of motherhood. We want this movement of mothers supporting mothers to continue long past Mother's Day. 

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Super WoMoms Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow with Quinn & Amanda Patrick with Brooklyn.

Super WoMoms Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow with Quinn & Amanda Patrick with Brooklyn.

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Our focus was to elevate these women and come together to celebrate our parenting differences while eliminating the competition that often comes with raising children, especially in a social media world.  We may not be mother's over here on our end, but we have mad respect for the Mom's out there who work everyday to provide and nurture their family.  We're exhausted on the daily, so we don't know how these Mom's do it!  Pure super powers!

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Meet Jenna and Kristen, the creators behind The Liminal Space, and our partners on this epic day.  After stalking them on Instagram, we learned this San Diego based organization had a mantra that spoke to our WoMom movement.   The Liminal Space helps mother’s rediscover their femininity in postpartum through nutrition, spirituality, and sexual health workshops and support groups.  They embrace feminine wholeness and allow women to embrace who they are creatively, something that can easily be overlooked after becoming a parent. 

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"Life is marked by transitions. Thresholds from one place in your journey to the other. In Latin this is called the liminal." - theliminalspace.org

Want to learn more about The Liminal Space and all their upcoming events and workshops?  Or are you looking for a place to connect and collaborate with Mom's like you?  

Go to www.theliminalspace.org.  Jenna and Kristen will welcome you home with open arms.

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Time to shout out all our inspiring WoMom's who joined us!!!  You all have to go and follow along with their stories.  It's incredible how much inspiration they all share on the daily.  These ladies keep it real, pretty or not, and we bow down to them.

Meet the gorgeous Amanda Patrick.  You've seen her before over on A Boho Love Story and The Party Revolution.  This lady knows how to strike a fierce pose while being the most humble and generous WoMom around. She's a supermom to 2 little girls, Brooklyn (featured) and Presley.  

Meet the gorgeous Amanda Patrick.  You've seen her before over on A Boho Love Story and The Party Revolution.  This lady knows how to strike a fierce pose while being the most humble and generous WoMom around. She's a supermom to 2 little girls, Brooklyn (featured) and Presley.  

Meet the darling Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow. This WoMom of 5, YES 5!, all live out of their renovated RV in California waiting for their dream home to be built.  She makes RV's look beyond chic with her modern renovation. Curly cue Quinn stole all our hearts this day.

Meet the darling Ashley Petrone of Arrows and Bow. This WoMom of 5, YES 5!, all live out of their renovated RV in California waiting for their dream home to be built.  She makes RV's look beyond chic with her modern renovation. Curly cue Quinn stole all our hearts this day.

Meet Ana Cuk, a dear friend of ours over at Forrest and J.  This WoMom blows me away with her ability to keep her cool through every moment.  She's a talented interior designer and mama to these little creatures, Lukka Ryder and Makena Rose (2mo).  Ana is the most positive WoMom we know and can let loose with the best of them.

Meet Ana Cuk, a dear friend of ours over at Forrest and J.  This WoMom blows me away with her ability to keep her cool through every moment.  She's a talented interior designer and mama to these little creatures, Lukka Ryder and Makena Rose (2mo).  Ana is the most positive WoMom we know and can let loose with the best of them.

This is Meagan Vos, the face behind the stunning floral design at MV Florals.  Niki actually introduced us and she's been our lead florist at Forrest and J from the begining! We admire Meagan's kind heart and sweet energy.  She's the most encouraging WoMom we know. Pictured with Sadie and Summer.

This is Meagan Vos, the face behind the stunning floral design at MV Florals.  Niki actually introduced us and she's been our lead florist at Forrest and J from the begining! We admire Meagan's kind heart and sweet energy.  She's the most encouraging WoMom we know. Pictured with Sadie and Summer.

This fashionable Mama is Tiffany from Harlow Jade Designs.  I'm sure you've seen her little fashions all over Instagram with 70's throw backs to toddler bell bottom overalls and vintage prints.  She's a WoMom to sweet little Harlow here and cutie boy Waylan.  

This fashionable Mama is Tiffany from Harlow Jade Designs.  I'm sure you've seen her little fashions all over Instagram with 70's throw backs to toddler bell bottom overalls and vintage prints.  She's a WoMom to sweet little Harlow here and cutie boy Waylan.

 

Hi Sri!  This girl is beyond statuesque and juggles motherhood and career with the best of them.  She's the National Sales Director for a popular restaurant group and Mama to these two gigglers, Delilah and Isaac.

Hi Sri!  This girl is beyond statuesque and juggles motherhood and career with the best of them.  She's the National Sales Director for a popular restaurant group and Mama to these two gigglers, Delilah and Isaac.

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Our Venue was incredible.  The Sourced Collective out of Laguna Beach was the perfect creative space to host our Mom’s encouraging mom’s lunch.  They truly stand apart in the community by supporting local creatives to come together and work within their walls.  Michelle Mercado, Founder and Exec. Creative Director fosters a place for cultivating community and collaboration. They were the perfect fit!

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Motherhood is messy and imperfect.  We set out to capture the raw essence and beauty of what motherhood truly is in a beautiful setting and we discovered that when you get a bunch of women together with a common goal, the outcome is magical.  We found that we are all just trying to be the best versions of ourselves possible and we all want support to help us succeed. We are learning that it's not about being the best mom out there, but being the example and raising our children who we want them to be in this world.  - Niki Stoller, Seventh Bixel

#TheYearOfTheWoMom (a spin off of Year of the Woman)

Styling/Concept | Forrest and J / Seventh Bixel Photography | Amanda Johnson Videography | Kelly Balch Women's Organization | The Liminal Space Venue | Sourced Collective Florals | MV Florals Laser cut/paper goods | Midnight Confetti Linens | Wolf and Irving Cocktails | Le Grand Courtage Calligraphy | Paperlee Made Furniture | Heirloom Decor Tabletop | Anthropologie / CB2World Market Kids Tabletop | Meri Meri / Harlow and Grey / 

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