When she’s not running a budding retail empire, Kristin Cavallari is your everyday mom-on-the-go with a passion for her children’s well-being and a love of all things family. We wanted to learn a little bit more about her role as a mother, what she values most and what inspired her to create a Little James, her much-anticipated baby and children’s apparel line.
Why did you decide to create a clothing line for children?
As my kids have gotten older, it's become harder and harder to dress them. They hate everything I wan them to wear, and I don’t love what they want to wear. I wanted a collection of clothing that would marry both kids' tastes and parents' taste so that everyone is happy!
What inspired the Little James brand?
Of course, my own kids. Little James is really special for me because it’s the first thing I’ve created that they are really into and excited about. My kids have active lives and aren’t afraid to get down and dirty, but I also want them to look good since I love fashion!
What are your favorite pieces in the Little James line?
My favorite holiday print is the snow animals -- it’s really sweet and can easily be worn both by girls and boys. For winter, we have a dress with bubble sleeves that is so precious; it’s feminine and fashion-forward yet simple enough to wear every day. For boys, I love the bomber jacket. My boys love the fox patch – it makes any simple outfit look cool!
How has being a mom changed you?
In a million ways! It’s made me appreciate patience. I’m a pro at multitasking, but more importantly, it’s softened me and brought out a very sweet side of me. Being a mother has given me so much compassion and empathy towards people in general. It has given me a real purpose, which has given me more happiness than I could have ever imagined.
What's the best advice that your mom has passed down to you?
More than giving me advice, she has inspired me by simply being a wonderful mother to my brother and me. My mom is so kind, and she has always been my biggest fan. She is proud of me no matter what, always is there to listen and gives me unconditional love. I strive to be that kind of mom to my children.
How do you manage a successful career, motherhood and finding personal "you" time?
It’s hard at times. I’ve learned what balance means for me -- it means I’m home every morning making breakfast for the kids and packing their lunches, and I’m home every night by 5PM to make dinner for the family. I also save weekends for family time only. Obviously, there are some exceptions when I have to
travel, but I try stick to that routine. I also schedule my work obligations around my kids' schedules so that I can take Saylor to ballet every week and attend the boys’ sports games and practices. Family time is important to me -- and my first priority; I don't want to miss a single moment.
What do you want or wish most for your children?
I simply want them to be happy and live a fulfilled life.
What's the biggest challenge in being a mom today?
I think the hardest part is that kids grow up so fast these days. Because of their access to the internet and technology, they are overloaded with information. Social media adds so much pressure on kids, as well. More than ever, it’s important to raise confident children.
Describe your favorite family moments or activities.
My favorite moments are cooking with my kids. They love helping me out and being in the kitchen. Cooking is therapeutic for me so having them involved with something that is so special to me is everything.
What piece of advice would you give to other modern moms trying to balance a career, family and personal time?
When you are doing the best you can, then that’s enough. It’s impossible to be perfect, and some days are better than others. All you can do is take each day as it comes, be the best mother you can be and try not to sacrifice the things that make you personally happy and fulfilled.