I’m a Cool Mom! Photographer Kathy Lo On How Dressing Her Kids Inspired Her Label
What is your diaper bag and what is in it?
I don’t have a diaper bag, but I use a tote bag. Recently, I’m using a tote bag that’s from my husband’s general-store-restaurant called The Seneca in Ridgewood, Queens. In the bag is hand sanitizer, wipes from Coterie, and a change of clothes for my younger one, Cassius. Right now, it’s summertime with the water sprinklers on and he has no problem going in with shoes and clothes on. He gets completely drenched. That’s what the extra clothes are in there for.
Do you have a life-saving mom tool?
Wipes. There are many times in the car when the kids are eating and I turn around and I’m like, “What happened?” It’s a huge mess on their face and on their hands. I’m like, “I don’t understand how you guys can eat like this!” There are many times where I had no wipes and I’m freaking out because I get a little bit OCD about dirtiness, too. Also, I have snacks. My kids are always hungry, every five minutes, like “I’m hungry, I want food.”
What are some misconceptions about motherhood and style?
You don’t really need to have a diaper bag. You can make anything work. Also, I feel like you should talk to somebody that has kids before and figure out what is really needed. When I first had Sage, I didn’t really know anyone that had kids, so I was just blindly buying stuff. There are just unnecessary things that you don’t need.
What are some pieces that you’ve let go of?
I definitely stopped carrying handbags. I’m really sad about that. I tried and I was just, “Oh no, please don’t touch me” to my kids because their hands are so dirty and their little nails…and you never know, they might scratch that nice fine-grain leather!
What are you wearing now?
I definitely don’t wear dresses as much anymore because now I feel much more comfortable in pants or Patagonia shorts, a button-down shirt, or a T-shirt. Something really chill. I guess less girly!
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