6 Locals Show Us Their Cool Mommy Style And Ultra-Adorbs Kids!

There's really no vision as sweet as that of a mother and her child…unless, of course, it involves a pair of ill-fitting mom jeans. But thankfully, times are a-changing and it seems motherhood has become as fashionable as it is awwww-worthy. To help hammer this point home, we tracked down six of our favorite, extra-stylish S.F. moms (and one mom-to-be!), and asked them to show off their cool mommy style and adorbs kids, and share their insight on raising healthy and happy families in the Bay. Ready to oooh and aahhh and gut-check your maternal instincts? Just take a few tips from these local moms on work, play, and keeping those hideous mom jeans as far away as possible!
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Mom: Elinor Diamond, co-owner and designer at Eel & Ermine

Kids: Cosmo Galen, 2 months, and Tycho Baron, 19 months

Before you were a mother, what were your perceptions of motherhood?
"Bad haircuts, dark under-eye circles, and ill-fitting jeans. Let's just say it wasn't exactly optimistic. If you were to ask my friends and family about me having kids before I had them, they would probably say that I would never have any!"

Now that you have kids, how has your perception changed?
"I can't believe what I was missing out on! I absolutely love being a mom. It's probably the coolest thing my husband and I have ever done. Seriously. As most mothers say, you never know how awesome it is until you have them. And yes, I have some pretty stellar eye cream, thanks to my sister, herself a mother of three."

How would you describe your mothering style?
"Lots of kisses and sharing in their excitement and being proud of them when they do or discover something new. And not making a big production out of bedtime. Just putting them to bed and walking out."

How would you describe your personal style?
"My personal style revolves around knowing when to surrender. It's served me well in fashion, parenting, and life in general. And maybe not surprisingly, 'good enough' turns out to be better than what I was planning. Trying to fit into tight jeans post baby? Surrender. Baby not quite understanding that yogurt isn't for throwing? Fold. Knowing when to throw in the towel keeps me relaxed and helps me to stay present for the hilarity that ensues."

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What are your three go-to pieces of clothing?
"In reality: 1.) A robe. I, like the Jedi masters, enjoy a good robe. They are inherently awesome and super comfortable. 2.) Jeans. They are easy and durable and if they are dark enough, can hide anything my kids wipe on them. 3.) My Michigan State sweatshirt. If I can't look put together, I go for the 'sporty' look, like I'm about to hit the gym or watch a game. In my fantasy: 1.) A snug pencil skirt. So feminine and attractive on all figures. 2.) A fitted men's button down. Men's shirts provide just the right amount of effortless cool on a woman. I love them. 3.) Peep-toe shoes. They're a non-fussy looking way of wearing heels. They're super versatile and they never go out of style."

What are your favorite kids' shops?
"Aldea and Aldea Ninos are each a stones throw away from our house, so they have become our general go-to for toys and decor. I also hit up Ikea when I'm feeling adventurous! For clothing my boys are on a steady diet of hand-me-downs from their four older cousins."

Do your kids have a style all their own?
"Not yet, but I can't wait to see! I like to dress them in mismatched stripes. I love a baby in a good stripe."

Do you have anyone you look up to for her mom skills?
"Any mom who can make it out of the house before noon is tops in my book. As for overall style, my dad's mom was a pretty cool and collected lady. She was always so well put together, wearing dresses, skirts, and slacks (never jeans or tennis shoes). Even her pajamas were great! She would wear a nightgown, slippers, and dressing coat. Who does that?! Her freezer was always stocked with homemade goodies and pasta sauce, and her 'discipline' consisted of giggles and threatening with 'the wooden spoon!'"

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Do you read any mommy blogs or magazines?
"I like A Cup of Jo. It's not a mom blog exclusively, but the blogger has a baby about the same age as my oldest, and posts regularly on mom and baby/kid issues. It's just the right amount of general blog, plus baby and parenting for me to identify with."

What things are your kids into right now?
"Trucks. Wonder Pets. And swimming!"

What's the best part about having kids?
"Being able to love someone more than anyone else in the world and hoping for and helping them to become better than yourself."

What are your favorite local spots to take your kids?
"The Academy of Sciences and the zoo are high on the list. Tycho loves the fish and animals. Plus, both places serve wine for the grownups! I'm really excited about the opening of the new playground at Dolores Park. We live right down the street from it and cannot wait to let the boys loose in there."

What are your go-to kid-pleasing meals?
"Believe it or not, Tycho loves broccoli! A little steamed broccoli with cheese and he is super happy. He is also loving the organic squeeze pouches of puréed fruits and veggies. There are several great brands available and it's a quick, easy, and relatively mess-free way to get in an extra serving of veggies. Cosmo as of late has a fairly simple palate, his only food interest is milk."

What advice would you give a mother to be?
"Go for it! Keep a sense of humor and invest in a waterproof mattress pad. You'll need both."

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Mom: Jeanne Chan, blogger at Shop Sweet Things

Kid: Hayden Hu, 19 months

Before you were a mother, what were your perceptions of motherhood?
"I knew I always wanted a child, but I was worried that I'd turn into the stereotypical mom: short bobbed hair, couldn't care less about my appearance, all about the latest baby trends, and having no interests outside of my baby."

Now that you have a kid, how has that changed?
"Well, I still have long hair, I'm still keeping up with my appearance, and I honestly don't know what the latest baby trends are. And I am now doing something I absolutely enjoy outside of my baby, my lifestyle blog. Having a baby actually pushed me to create something for myself and do what I love in life. I don't know if this would've happened if I never had Hayden."

How would you describe your mothering style?
"I think my style is pretty laid back and I don't get frustrated easily. I like to let Hayden explore and create her own adventure."

How would you describe your personal style?
"I like to wear easy, comfortable pieces, but at the same time I love colors and patterns. I think being a busy mother definitely made me crave more simple chic pieces."

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What are your three go-to pieces of clothing?
"A denim button down, my Levi's skinny jeans, or my latest fave, colored denim from Gap, and a pair of oxfords."

What are your favorite kids' shops?
"Mainly H&M and Gap right now. Crewcuts will probably be next, since Hayden is starting to grow into those clothes. I'm also discovering some cool online shops like Kidscase and Monkey and the Bug. For home, I like Ikea, Giggle, and local boutiques that sell cute plush dolls. We got a Jellycat bunny from Perch when she was 6-months-old, and it's been her inseparable lovie ever since. Another toy store we go to a lot is Ambassador Toys in West Portal."

Does Hayden have a style all her own?
"Hayden is still too young to have her own style, so I still get the pleasure of dressing her. Though I sense Hayden likes what I put on her, because she looks in the mirror and has the biggest smile on her face. I think she's also going through a phase where she wants to be just like mom!"

Do you have anyone you look up to for her mom skills?
"I think my mom raised me pretty well, so I think some of my skills definitely came from how I was raised. I don't have another person I look up to, but I do like to take bits and pieces of advice from other moms and create a mothering style all my own. As for cool mom style, I love Jenna Lyons. I know most people see her more of a style icon, but the fact that she is a mother makes her even cooler to me."

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Do you read any mommy blogs or magazines?
"I don't really read mommy blogs. But lately, I love reading KenziePoo. Rachelle the founder is a really cool mom herself and I met her at a blogging conference. She is also the editor-in-chief of Le Petite, which is a pretty cool online kids magazine. The other one I like is One Hungry Mama. It's where I go for kid- and adult-friendly recipes."

What things is Hayden into right now?
"Elmo! We recently watched an Elmo music video, 'I'm Elmo And I Know It,' which is a very kid-friendly version of LMFAO's hit song, and it's pretty funny to see her get all into it. She also loves Hello Kitty and crayons!"

What's the best part about having a kid?
"I love watching Hayden learn and grow. It's a very fulfilling feeling to see her happy and knowing that I'm such a big part of her world."

What are your favorite local spots to take her?
"I love going to local shops and cafes and being able to expose Hayden to the urban scene. I love taking her to Academy of Sciences, brunching at La Boulange, and letting her run around in Japantown."

What are your go-to kid-pleasing meals?
"Pizza all the way. We love sharing a margherita pie from our favorite pizzeria, Delfina."

What advice would you give a mother to be?
"Try to get out of the house with your kid as much as you can. Mix it up with doing kid-friendly activities, as well as adult-friendly activities. Baby outings are not limited to just parks and play groups. Expose them to what you enjoy as well and you will both be happy."

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Mom: Sheri Evans, owner of Metier

Kids: Cole, 15, and Sasha, 13

Before you were a mother, what were your perceptions of motherhood?
"I had the fictionalized Hollywood version in my head of Olympian feats of sleep-deprived endurance, stylish pram pushing, late-night snuggling, big giggles over small things, earnest questions, and crocodile tears."

Now that you have kids, how has that changed?
"Being a mother is way more arduous, particularly on an emotional level, than I realized it would be. It is by turns, magical and daunting, funny and exhausting! But it is also way better than I thought it would be. Every age is a new challenge and I am much closer to my kids than I would have ever anticipated. And not in a living-vicariously-through-them way, or me-trying-to-act-way-younger way. We have a genuine bond and my kids and I are very tight."

How would you describe your mothering style?
"Chill (most of the time), but with boundaries. A sense of humor goes a long way, too."

How would you describe your personal style?
"I go for an eclectic mix of Bohemian separates with a little rock 'n roll edge or a nod towards this season's 'it' pieces. I like to be laid back and pretty, but I also want to have a good time and not be too perfect. If I have to get dressed in five minutes or book it from work to a school performance, I can do that. Luckily working in fashion allows plenty of freedom to be creative and my work and play clothes cross over easily."



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What are your three go-to pieces of clothing?
"Right now my Current/Elliott denim shirt, R13 leather moto vest, and an Isabel Marant khaki anorak."

What are your favorite kids' shops?
"H&M and American Apparel for the trends, Wasteland for used designer pieces, and Mission Thrift for retro pieces and funky finds. I always bring back a little street fashion for them whenever I go to New York and Topshop and Uniqlo are among their favorites."

Do your kids have a style all their own?
"Both of my kids are into crafting their own personal style. My son has a kind of Roger Daltrey/skater dude mash-up look. He loves the 'ironic hipster' look and steals my Current/Elliott skinny jeans on a regular basis. My daughter is pretty fierce. Put it this way, she absolutely loves Mondo from Project Runway. Her fashion idols are Joanna Newsom and Audrey Hepburn and she has her own fashion blog! Her style is evolving, but I think it's pretty sophisticated for a 13-year-old."

Do you have anyone you look up to for her mom skills?
"My mom and my grandma are my role models! They both had kids at a very young age, and neither one was very uptight or overbearing. My grandmother owned a couple of small retail stores, including a wig shop, and my mother was a painter and made many of my clothes when I was kid. They paid a lot of attention to making sure we had strong, open-minded values, and a sense of style. As for cool-mom icons, I don't know if anyone can beat Bjork."

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What things are your kids into right now?
"Our family is way into music. Both my kids are in the Jazz/Instrumental Music Program at the Oakland School of the Arts and there's a lot of jamming going on all the time. We try to keep the mix as eclectic as possible. There's a pretty good underground garage-pop scene in S.F. We've been listening to Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall a lot lately. My son, Cole, just discovered the Residents. He says that's his new favorite (old) band. Sasha is on her way to becoming a serious vibraphone player and is into old-school jazz like Miles Davis and Duke Ellington. If there's one band we all love though, it's Weezer!"

What's the best part about having kids?
"Watching them turn into amazing people."

What's the best part about raising kids in the Bay Area?
"There's always something creative going on. Just in the last few months, we've seen music by New Gary Burton Quartet and Jello Biafra with Victims Family, viewed the silent film re-release of The Bat at the San Francisco Film Society, and attended the opening of Martha Davis' new shoe collection at The Workshop Residence. We also go camping three times a year, something we've been doing since the kids were little, and we have a regular group of families that invades various group camping sites all over beautiful Northern California. We cook huge family-style meals and go kayaking, surfing, and hiking. And it's screen- and cell-free! It's a blast."

What are your favorite local spots to take your kids?
"When they were younger, on the weekends we would always make a point of going to some crazy, awesome S.F. place, like the Exploratorium, Stow Lake, and Sutro Baths. And we all still love Fort Funston especially with the dog. But now that they're teenagers, they usually hang out with their friends and our house has become a bit of a hot spot for the kids to play music or watch movies."

What are your go-to kid-pleasing meals?
"Both of our kids became vegetarians at a young age. All the incredible produce and small purveyors have made them into serious foodies and they are both learning to cook. We make pasta with greens and kale stir fry with Cole's famous barbecued-tofu and sesame fried eggs every week. Sasha makes buttermilk biscuits on Sundays. Our go-to meals out are burritos from Taqueria Cancun or pizza from Pauline's Pizza. If it's someone's birthday, Nopa is everyone's favorite."

What advice would you give a mother to be?
"Pay attention, but don't over parent. Be there for the hard and the easy stuff. Don't beat yourself up over guilt or mistakes. Listen to your gut. Be able to laugh with your kid — and your partner! Also, a glass of wine helps!"

Photographed by Molly DeCoudreaux
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Mom: Tara Blazona, PR maven at Postcard Communications

Kids: Tyler, 8 months, and her stepson Jackson, 9 1/2 years

Before you were a mother, what were your perceptions of motherhood?
"I thought it was going to be lots of sleepless nights, no time for myself, and mom jeans!"

Now that you have kids, how has that changed?
"I always thought that having a baby was going to be a big challenge, but it's really not! I guess I had a bit of a crash coarse in parenthood with my stepson, but being a mom and having a baby just becomes a new lifestyle. You really start to enjoy family time and activities like skiing as a family and going to the park."

How would you describe your mothering style?
"My mothering style is pretty laid back. With Jackson, we do lots of 'dude stuff' like riding dirt bikes, boating, camping, and skiing. Being a mom to two boys, I've pretty much become one of the guys. I can't imagine myself as a mom to a girly girl!"

How would you describe your personal style?
"I think my personal style is sporty on the weekends and simple and sophisticated at work. When Tyler was first born. and all through breastfeeding, I learned never to wear shirts that weren't easy to clean. So, no silk or delicate fabric tops because Tyler would spit up or I'd discover other 'unidentified spots of wetness.' Yuck!"

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What are your three go-to pieces of clothing?
"A flowy top, a pair of jeans, and stilettos. I love high heels! Even at 5'10" I love 3" heels. I wore them all throughout my pregnancy, too. I'd wear a long tunic, leggings, and heels."

What are your favorite kids' shops?
"I've become a big fan of H&M. They have super-cute stuff for boys and girls. And that's one thing about having boys, all the cute stuff is for girls! I also like Tea Collection for basic pieces. But, really, you gotta love those hand me downs. Good thing my friends have stylish kiddos. As for my home decor, well, that's easy. My husband owns and designs for a local furniture company called TrueModern that makes a line of clean, simple, and modern kids furniture. For toys, Melissa & Doug makes great wooden pieces for playtime."

Do your kids have a style all their own?
"Jackson loves jeans and hoodies. He usually wears Vans shoes and sweatshirts. Tyler's style is more preppy. I never dress him in onesies. I like when he looks like a little man, so I put him in collared shirts, sweaters, and t-shirts."

Do you have anyone you look up to for her mom skills?
"My mom, for sure. You learn from the way you're raised, and I think she was an amazing mom. When it comes to mom style, I must say that I admire my friend Sarah. She's got an adorable 4-month-old boy and she's always dressed so well."

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Do you read any mommy blogs or magazines?
"I stopped reading those pregnancy magazines and blogs when I was about 3-months pregnant. They'll make you feel like you're doing everything wrong and that just going to the ATM and asking for a receipt is going to damage your unborn child! Now I do enjoy reading some of the blogs from writers who also just happen to be moms, like Joanna Goddard's A Cup of Jo."

What things are your kids into right now?
"Jackson is into anything that has wheels and goes fast. He just got a new dirt bike because he outgrew his first one. Oh, and pop radio. That's another thing that you learn to live with. Your kids' music takes over in the car and you find yourself knowing all the words to every Adele or Bruno Mars song."

What's the best part about having kids?
"Watching them grow and learn about the world around them. Watching Tyler look at the world every day, noticing the little things that we don't even see anymore, like crinkling dry leaves, and exhibiting such fascination and eagerness is really cool. And with Jackson, he's got his own sense of humor, quirks, and style. Even at 8-months-old, Tyler has a personality already. He's always smiling."

What's the best part about raising kids in the Bay Area?
"You're close to everything. We spend all of our weekends outdoors. We have the mountains in Tahoe and lots of lakes for boating and camping."

What are your go-to kid-pleasing meals?
"Tyler is easy. He loves Plum fruit and veggie pouches. With Jackson, he's a pasta-and-butter kind of guy."

What advice would you give a mother to be?
"Don't take things so seriously. Everyday, moms are bombarded with options. Don't make it complicated. If there are 150 strollers to choose from (and there are!), just pick the one that best suits your lifestyle. You probably don't need five cup holders, four seat configurations, or a full-on bassinet on wheels for your trip to the grocery store!"

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Mom: Trina Papini, buyer and store manager at Metier, master Tumblr-er

Kids: Augie 3 years, Lalou 1 1/2 years

Before you were a mother, what were your perceptions of motherhood?
"I'm one of six kids, so I had a baby slung on my hip at the age of six. I had it in my mind that when Augie was born, I'd just hang out nursing and crafting from home while he slept. Ha! Was I in for a surprise."

Now that you have kids, how has that changed?
"I had really tough newborns and it was way harder and more lonesome than I'd imagined. When I look back I'm amazed at the strength and patience I was capable of. After going through that I can handle anything, and now it just keeps getting better and better."

How would you describe your mothering style?
"I try not to freak out about the little things. We make big messes, save time for fun, books, and dance parties. I make everything a learning adventure, from riding the bus — which is my family car — to doing the laundry. Patience is key. So is coffee."

How would you describe your personal style?
"I'm a pattern-mixing, motorcycle-boot-wearing, antique-jewelry-collecting, layering queen. What I wear on my Mama days is similar to what I wear to work. I just choose more washable fabrics."

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What are your three go-to pieces of clothing?
"I can't stop at 3! Golden Goose sneakers, printed Current/Elliott stiletto jeans (never worn with stilettos!), a men's H&M t-shirt, an Isabel Marant Riviera scarf, and Heatwave lipstick by Nars."

What are your favorite kids' shops?
"I shop H&M boys for both my son and daughter. Brother jeans are the new boyfriend jeans! Also, Zara, Gap, and for a splurge I adore Cotton Sheep in Hayes Valley. Park Life also has really cute kids tees. For the house I love finds from the Alameda Flea market, Shop Big Things, Ikea, Etsy, and the kids are lucky enough to have a woodworker for a Grandpa."

Do your kids have a style all their own?
"Augie is very adamant about being comfortable. He likes to wear cool sweat pants, what he calls 'Knight Shoes' (high tops), and his latest accessory is an All-Clad saucepan lid that doubles as a shield. Lalou is super adventurous at this age. She loves to try on clothing that are within her reach, which are typically clothes from everyone's bottom dresser drawers."

Do you have anyone you look up to for her mom skills?
"My mom is amazing and the funniest person I know. We grew up with very little, but we never knew it because she made everything seem possible. She takes the same care with my little ones now. She comes from Sacramento every week for a few days (with my Dad) to watch them while I go to work. She wouldn't have it any other way. I'm so lucky!"

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Do you read any mommy blogs or magazines?
"Golden Gate Mother's Group, Babiekins mag, Oh Happy Day, Bloesem Kids, and Mom Filter. Also 2 or 3 Things I Know isn't a mommy blog, but it's a constant source of inspiration."

What things are your kids into right now?
"My son has been on a Spiderman kick and he's obsessed with Hot Wheels. My daughter loves animals and is proud to know their names and the noises they make. They are both very into music, from Led Zeppelin to Bob Marley, and love to dance."

What's the best part about having kids?
"We're a little tribe of love, snacks, adventures, crafts, and cuddles. I've waited my whole life for this."

What's the best part about raising kids in the Bay Area?
"It's beautiful in all respects. Even after 15 years of living here, I'm still in awe of San Francisco's cultural and physical landscape. Yes, it's pricey, but in the end there are so many great (and sometimes free) things to experience with kids. We take full advantage of free museum days, visiting the beach, and checking out the many different playgrounds around town."

What are your favorite local spots to take your kids?
"The California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, Sutro Park, the historic ships at Hyde Street Pier, Rossi Park, and our local library."

What are your go-to kid-pleasing meals?
"My husband and I are such food nerds and my son's favorite meal is mac and cheese and PB&J! Thankfully our daughter loves everything including banh mi and Indian food. A few things we can all agree on is my husband's famous bacon fried rice, homemade pasta, and sesame balls from Wing Lee on Clement."

What advice would you give a mother to be?
"Don't be afraid to ask for help, trust your instincts, and get ready to fall head-over-heels in love."

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Mom: Martha Davis, shoe designer at Martha Davis

Kid: César, 15

Before you were a mother, what were your perceptions of motherhood?
"A lot of work!"

Now that you have kids, how has that changed?
"Now I know it's a lot of work and a huge reward. Being a mom is the best thing in the world."

How would you describe your mothering style?
"I'm pretty hands off and operate on trust and respect."

How would you describe your personal style?
"My personal style is laid back, but buttoned up. I have found organization is the key to minimizing stress. If you take care of details you are free to think and create."

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What are your three go-to pieces of clothing?
"Boots, skinny pants, and a blazer."

What are your favorite kids' shops?
"I buy everything for César at Uniqlo in New York. They have excellent quality and prices. I travel a lot, so I also get to buy him cool, unique stuff in my travels."

Does César have a style all his own?
"He's always had incredible style and picked out his own clothes. The coolest thing is his style is total unique and constantly changing. He is fearless to be himself. I am very proud of this."

Do you have anyone you look up to for her mom skills?
"A few of my girlfriends have been amazing role models and have taught me how great it is to hang out with kids and other cool moms."

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Do you read any mommy blogs or magazines?
"No! Never did."

What's your son into right now?
"Tin Tin, and music like Rage, Beyonce, The Strokes, Beethoven, Phoenix, Jay-Z, Stravinsky, and Kayne West. This week anyways!"

What's the best part about having kids?
"Kids teach you the full depth of emotion: insane love, defeat, joy, frustration, exhaustion, completeness. And all in the space of 15 minutes sometimes. They also give you brilliant perspective on everything."

What are your go-to kid-pleasing meals?
"The communal table at Nopa."

What advice would you give a mother to be?
"Really look at your kids as who they are and just let it happen."

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