Happy Monday! If you’ve been following along for a while, you might remember when I first mentioned the amazing Kiki Lynn shirtdresss (here) and caftans (here). Well, this week’s Mom with Style is the lovely designer of these fantastic pieces, Kimberly McKinley of Kiki Lynn.
Name: Kimberly McKinley
Mom to: Archie, age 2; pregnant with baby girl due this spring
Company: President, Kiki Lynn
Your caftans are absolutely one of my “mom style” favorites – what are some of yours style go tos? And on a typical day, how would you describe your “mom style?”
Practical but polished. My style go tos are really my shirtdresses and caftans. Kiki Lynn Shirtdresses with ballet flats are my go to on any typical weekday given how much running around I do between my business and family. If I have dinner plans in the evening I can switch out my jewelry and put on a great pair of heels. For more casual settings, I love caftans with chunky jewelry. When it is hot and humid in DC during the summer, you will find me in printed shorts and flat strappy sandals.
How has your beauty and style routine changed since becoming a mom?
I am much more efficient with my time in the morning! I use R + Co dry shampoo paste because I just do not have the time to blow out my hair as much as I used to. As long as I have on some moisturizer, CC cream, a little blush and mascara I am ready to face whatever the day brings. I splurge on Dior Show Mascara and Kiehl’s moisturizer.
Has becoming a mom changed the way you approach designs for Kiki Lynn?
Absolutely. My team and I design with two questions in mind: will I want to wear this often and does it make me feel like the best version of my self? We consider fabrics, prints and fit very carefully.
Do you have any advice for how you balance work and family?
I don’t think there is a perfect balance to any of this. I try to be present. I certainly work more efficiently now than I did before having my son. At home in the evenings with my family, I put down my phone down before dinner and look at it once more before bed. The most important thing for me is to be comfortable with the decisions I have made about how to spend my time with both work and family. My execution on these goals is not always perfect, but I try.
If you had a whole day just to yourself, where would we find you?
AM: Enjoying a leisurely breakfast with the newspaper after an early morning run
Afternoon: Outside near the closest body of water catching up on my reading
PM: Dinner with my husband or girl friends
Thanks so much to Kimberly for participating in this series! As I mentioned, the Kiki Lynn caftan is an absolute must-have for your wardrobe. I also love this shirtdress for spring, this one for anytime at work and I cannot wait to see what is coming out for spring! Shop the entire collection here.