Newly separated soon after giving birth, Alicia McNamara was forced to adapt to a fresh reality quickly. “All of a sudden I was single and I was eager to reinvent myself and find a career that fit,” she says. Today she’s the on-set stylist for ET Canada where she feels at home and happy to be juggling motherhood and work at once.
A little over a year ago, Micah Cameron was the women’s wear fashion director for a major department store, then she made the bold decision to recharge her career while she was pregnant. Today we’re at her mews-style home with her son Marlon Wolf and catching up about her other love child, Frankie’s Surf Club, a lifestyle and online shop that’s just a few months older than her babe.
Roxana Esmailji paid her dues before breaking out on her own two years ago and launching Barcelona Shoe Company (and her shoes have already made well-heeled appearances on Cityline and on our own happy feet during our recent trip to Mexico). However, a nagging feeling to be more creative and a longtime vision of having her own company finally usurped her life of uncomfortable high heels and a corporate salary that was fuelling her bank account but not her dream.
“After I went through my divorce, I fell in love with my kitchen again,” says Anastasia Bogner. “I started going to farmer’s markets and really started taking an interest in what I’m putting in my body. When you’re a mom, you have to look after yourself and when I became a single mom, I became even more mindful of being healthy and full of energy for my daughter.” Here’s how she’s making clean eating an every day joy.
Every week we bring you a new mom to meet of every age and stage of parenting. And while today’s profile, Adrienne Shoom, has 3 kids all in their 20s (Sam, Jack and Edie), there’s so much to learn from how she has thrived. “Learning to be a team player is part of life at the office and at home where everyone has to work together to live happily after under one roof.”
Bernadette Morra has a long-standing love affair with her work. Her career as a fashion editor and reporter has spanned over 25 years with an impressive tenure at The Star followed by 7 years as the editor-in-chief of FASHION magazine. Quitting her profession was never in her vocabulary after she had her twin sons who are now 18-years old. Her secret? Stop questioning work-life balance and simply accept it with grace and style.
Have Baby. Leave behind fashion industry gig and sell apartment in Brooklyn. Take family hiatus for 5 months to Spain, Portugal, Morocco and Scotland. Move back home to Toronto. Open a Moroccan rug store and get cozy in a rental until the new condo is ready. This isn’t a millennial-minded bestseller. This is Miriam Zittell’s unconventional trajectory since having her daughter Zelda a little over 2 years ago.
Accessory designer Minling Pan, the creative brains behind MIN, a line of chic and whimsical bags, is regularly jetting off across the globe. However, if a trip takes her more than 10 days she’ll often bring Gloria, her toddler along for the ride. While it can be stressful there are a few things that she relies on to make the journey with her mini as comfortable and tantrum-free as possible.
Joyce Lo is the co-director of the Drake General Store which since it’s launch has ballooned into more than a hotel lobby gift shop for The Drake Hotel. Her unique vision is now available at seven locations including in-store shops at select Hudson’s Bay locales. She’s ridden an enviable wave of business growth all while having two little ones and says making it work is in her genes.