Late last summer, I was honored to be a part of the Spring 2013 (which launched on her website today!) fan photo shoot for designer, Sheridan French. When I found Sheridan's collection and blog (The Southern Eclectic) awhile back, I became an instant fan. Being a part of her Spring photo shoot was so exciting, not only did I get a sneak peek of the collection, but I also got to meet the lovely and talented Sheridan. She's a mom, savvy businesswoman and designer, and is incredibly sweet - all of which makes me really admire her.
I was fortunate enough to get to ask Sheridan a few questions about the new collection and how she balances everything she's got going on.
HSS: What is the inspiration behind your Spring collection?
SF: I wanted to take travel a step further than my go-to ikat, so I took a nod from India and incorporated exotic animals and more tile-esque prints; elephants, alligators, and my logo in a repeating pattern really spoke to me this year! As always, everything is infused with super saturated colors. The bead work is truly incredible in this collection as well.
HSS: Where is your ideal place to wear your Spring collection?
SF: Anywhere I can have a cocktail with an umbrella in it! Even if I'm in Texas, as long as I am wearing one of my designs and have a margarita in one hand, I feel like I am on vacation!
HSS: There are a lot of new, fun styles and prints in the Sheridan French line for Spring. Which one is your personal favorite?
SF: Well of course I cannot pick just one! The simplicity of the alligator really appeals to me, though I love the feeling of the India Floral pattern, particularly in the larger version of it. I never tire of ikat though!
HSS: How do you balance motherhood, your clothing line and everything else you have going on?
I don't! There has to be so much give and take. I end up being at the office for just a few hours a week, and work a lot from my laptop in bed at night once the kids are down. There is always something to be done, so it comes down to a choice as to what I am going to focus on and when. My kids are always always always ahead of work on that totem pole!
HSS: What brings happiness, success & style into your life?
SF: God first, family second, work third. If I keep it in that order, things always have a way of falling into place and happiness, success and style work their way in :)
Make sure to keep up with Sheridan on her website and blog. The Spring 2013 collection is NOW available. Buy my dress here and Sheridan's amazing maxi skirt here. Someone get me an umbrella drink and a beach!