We are always eager to meet inspiring mommas. So when Family Editor Lindsay Meyer-Harley, offered to sit down with Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson, the creative women behind one of our favorite brands, ace & jig, we jumped at the opportunity!
Lindsay will be introducing us to a mother (or in this case, mothers) monthly. All will be asked the same 20 questions, with one prerequisite: to provide honest answers on life with children. We are sure each will have her own unique response (as evident in today's interview), and look forward to sharing their anecdotes, advice, travel dreams...and even their favorite cocktail with you in the months to come!
Cary Vaughan and Jenna Wilson connected over ten years ago as fashion design interns with a kindred adoration for antique textiles. But it wasn't until several years later, after both of the women's first children were born, that they found the time to collaborate on a large scale. In 2009, ace&jig was born: the "textile love story" comprises a women's collection made from their very own yarn-dye, woven fabric. We're enamored with the unique garments, but we admire Wilson and Vaughan even more – these designers, best friends and mamas are killing it in the fashion world. We're inspired by the way they run their business and care for their families with equal grace, as you'll see for yourself in the q&a below.
What’s your favorite time of day and why?
Cary: Morning because hopefully I have gotten a few hours of sleep and COFFEE and NEW DAY!
Jenna: Morning. But more like 8 or 9am after having been up for a few hours because I am NOT an early morning person. Every morning I am an optimist and by nightfall, it's all come crashing down.
If you could hop a plane (with or without children) and go anywhere in the world, where would it be, and for how long would you go?
Cary: Dream question! South America. Never been. For as long as I could.
Jenna: I'd travel around the world with my kids for the rest of my life. Maybe spend a year here or there in places that we fell in love with.
What’s your tip for looking awake in the morning after a bad night's sleep? (Okay, let’s be honest, a few years of lack of sleep.)
Cary: I wish I knew. I usually don't leave the house without YSL Touche Eclat under my eyes.
Jenna: I try to maintain a pretty strong state of dishevel, so when I need to look nice, all it takes is a shower to look better. That, and Aquaphor.
Last books you read, both for your kids and yourselves?
Cary: Hooray for Diffendoofer Day [by Dr. Seuss] with [my son] Paul; Harry Potter [by J.K. Rowling] with [my daughter] Alice; My Daughter's Bedroom for me.
Jenna: I Stink: The Story of Garbage Trucks (a daily read) by Kate McMullan with [my son] Adan; The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau with [my son] James; The First Bad Man by Miranda July for me.
How do you take your coffee?
Cary: Black with a touch of almond milk...extra hot. If I’m really feeling ambitious, I throw in a scoop of collagen powder.
Jenna: No coffee ever – [I'm a] tea lover, especially chai.
Have you had a parenting misstep you learned from? What was it?
Cary: Getting my kids to sleep at night. I never did any sleep training methods really and am not the most consistent, so bedtime is usually a hot mess.
Jenna: Potty-training my son. I made way too big a deal out of it, too early on, and it became stressful.
Favorite online shops?
Jenna: eBay, Etsy.
What is one piece of advice you’d give a new mother?
Cary: Don’t listen too much advice, do what feels right.
Jenna: You don’t need all that stuff.
What app can’t you live without?
Jenna: Stripe, Uber, Waze, Dropbox.
Are you doing what you thought you’d be doing when you were a kid?
Cary: And then some!
Jenna: Yes and no. YES to ace&jig! Lots of room for improvement in terms of helping people in need.
What is a white lie you tell your kids?
Cary: Santa Claus, but come on, it's tradition.
Do you have a style icon?
Cary: I don’t have one single person I really look up to – I admire people who have their own unique signature style like Zandra Rhodes and Iris Apfel.
Jenna: Women who exude that "effortlessly confident in their own skin" thing and who have more going on than just what they put on the outside of their body.
What is your favorite type of flower?
Cary: Ranunculus or any fresh picked wildflowers really.
Jenna: Love them all so much. Peonies. Wild roses. Anemones. Wisteria.
What’s your favorite cocktail?
Cary: Anything involing gin. Greenhook gin is my current fave.
What’s your favorite TV show?
Cary: I don’t watch tv.
Jenna: Love documentaries on Netflix.
What’s the best compliment you’ve ever received?
Cary: You don't realize how strong you are. (Not [about] physical strength–ha!)
Jenna: For you, good feels inevitable.
If you could talk to your 19-year-old self, what would you say?
Cary: You should stay in Greece and work at that bar for the summer.
Jenna: You need to watch some Locked Up Abroad.
How do you and your partner stay connected and prioritize your relationship?
Cary: Quality time over quantity time.
Jenna: I don’t know the answer to this one.
What do you hope your kids are when they grow up?
Cary: Kind, empathetic, thoughtful citizens of the world.
p.s. Are you also trying to "balance" motherhood and career? Then check out our favorite advice on the elusive topic.