Kari's Mommy Style
Meet KARI SKUBIK, Michigan mama to two little ones and fashion blogger spreading fashion tips and good vibes. Kari caught our attention on Instagram with her profile @dontdresslikeamom. Her easy, breezy style and love for trendy yet comfortable clothes are perfect inspirations for all of us moms who “try to stay on-the-go in style,” as Kari puts it. We share the same belief - when you look good, you feel good. So with that said, let’s conquer the world together while running after our little munchkins one fashionable moment at a time!
Kari at a Glance
Home: Birmingham, Michigan
Profession: Fashion Blogger and Mom
No. of Children & Their Ages: Daughter Mila - age 5, Son Jake - age 2
Zodiac Sign: Cancer
Favorite Quote: I have so many, but today we’ll go with, “A woman is never sexier than when she is comfortable in her clothes.” – Vera Wang
RV: How would you describe your overall style?
KARI: I love to follow trends, but I’m mostly a boho mama. I’m most comfortable in flowy tops, flare jeans, and wild hair. During the week I’m in leggings or skinny jeans and oversized, cozy sweaters or overalls. I love overalls.
RV: How did your Instagram name @dontdresslikeamom come to fruition?
KARI: Laughter is life, and I want to make women laugh – especially at first impression. Bottom line, no one wants to dress like a mom – i.e. a woman who is out of style and didn’t take the time to worry about herself because she was busy getting her children dressed. It’s not an insult – it’s often just a reality. When I think of a mother, I think of a woman who puts her kids needs above hers, and that means letting their wardrobe get worked on last. I know what it’s like to be exhausted and barely be able to function, let alone get an outfit together. But that is where I come in – I love fashion. I love looking for great go-to pieces to help busy women get dressed easily and quickly in the morning. It’s my job to give women access to the best clothes to buy to keep them stylish, stunning and glowing, because fashion is more than clothes. It’s about showing what’s inside on the outside and a way to express our best selves, even if we are feeling super sleepy because our baby was up at 3, 4, and 5am.
RV: Has your style changed after having children and how so?
KARI: My style has changed for sure. I dress more for comfortable than anything else. But that doesn’t mean sacrificing style. It just means picking pieces that make me look and feel good. I’ve found the softest pencil skirts to the most flattering high waist jeans – and I can play with my toddler and kindergartner in both.
RV: What's your go-to outfit when you are pressing for time?
KARI: I reach for a pair of soft skinny jeans, a fuzzy sweater and lacey tunic plus beautiful, simple jewelry.
RV: Soft and stretchy skinny jeans are the best!
RV: What's your fashion/beauty indulgence?
KARI: Quite simply, I indulge in items that make me smile and that I know I will use. So it may be a bag, a pair of shoes, or a mud mask. I’m not picky.
RV: What's the one item in your closet that you would never be able to part ways with?
KARI: My favorite bra. Don’t laugh! A good bra really makes an outfit, and after babies, a woman needs a bra she can trust and that supports her, if you know what I mean.
RV: That's so very true and such a great point.
RV: What's your secret/tips to staying fashionable while running after your children?
KARI: The first is to be comfortable. You can’t run after your children in stilettos (but you can in a stacked heel) or in jeans that are too tight (but there are so many soft versions!). Second is to always wear under eye concealer, mascara, and a little lip gloss or lip stick. It makes a difference. Gotta put your game face on. Third, have go to jewelry pieces that make you feel glamorous even in jeans and a tee.
RV: That’s what we love about jewelry and accessories in general… you can dress up any outfit with key pieces.
RV: Do you take some "me" time and if so, what do you do to unwind?
KARI: Of course and every woman should. My favorite “me time” is a watercolor class. I’ve always loved art, but taking a class in a medium I was unfamiliar with caused me to immerse myself totally in something for two hours a week that had nothing to do with mothering. I highly suggest mamas take a class in something they’ve always wanted to learn - be it a language, knitting, or a DIY project.
RV: What inspires you and what are you passionate about?
KARI: I’m inspired by kindness. I get daily doses of hope, little acts of kindness moments, and it’s what I try to teach my kids above everything else. Be kind and have empathy. And that goes for Instagram. I see it as an inspiring community - especially in terms of women’s fashion where people are cheerleaders, point out the good, and are amazingly supportive. There is a lot of negativity in the world, so seeing a community that amps up the good vibes makes me so, so happy, and I’m honored to be a part of it.
RV: Love that.
RV: What do you love most about motherhood?
KARI: I love the silly moments and closeness unlike any other. The ability to laugh and giggle until our bellies hurt at what may be just a funny face, and the sweetest hugs and snuggles at bedtime. I love knowing what my children need by a look or a noise because our souls are definitely intertwined.
RV: What are your dreams and hopes for your children?
KARI: I hope they are happy and pursue what they love. I’m going to help them as best I can to find a career that fills them with joy, and to find the happiness in all situations, even the hardest ones.
RV: If you could have dinner with any 3 people in the world, who would they be?
KARI: Will Ferrell…seriously, I love to laugh people! Oprah – because, OPRAH, and Betsey Johnson – She’s overcome a lot and still rockin’ it everyday. And I’ll break the rules and choose a 4th, Lenny Kravitz, because I love his music.
RV: Keep on breaking the rules Kari! You rock and it’s been such a pleasure getting to know you through the Instagram community and now with this interview. It's truly a pleasure!
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