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Margo Love

What would I do without my mama!?

I don’t even want to think about it. I know we’ve had our days, our fights, our silly drama, but she is my rock and number one fan (if you don’t believe this, check one of our FB posts – that Susie is always dropping love for me there!!). Over the years my appreciation and admiration for this women has just grown and now that I’m a mama myself, I really can’t believe all the stuff I put her through. All the times I didn’t call back and made her worry, just because I was “busy,” or all the times I got a bad grade and she hid it from my dad. Mom’s do so much for us kids. I’m so thankful there’s a special day every year to celebrate these incredible women role models!

I have my own mother to thank for so, SO much, but I also have hundreds and hundreds of ladies out there to thank too! I’m talking about you— yeah, YOU!!! The mamas who have followed me from one dream to another. Y’all hopped on board with this crazy ride faster than I could say “Wildflowers Clothing” and for that (and so much more) I will always thank you and I will always want to celebrate you! And I absolutely always want to celebrate the fans, friends, and family that took the leap and became more than cheerleaders— they became CONSULTANTS!

How gorgeous are all these ladies and their precious babies?! I am so proud of our growing team! And SO incredibly proud of the woman that leads them all to success… Caitlin, our super sales director extraordinaire! I don’t know what I (or about 50 other ladies) would do without you! But thank goodness we don’t need to think about that!

And last but not least, we’ve got two special ladies on the team that are usually either behind a camera or behind a computer screen! The wonderfully patient and poised face behind the hello@wildflowersclothing.com!! Teshania is just as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside! And I’m beyond excited to have her daughter Bailey model next week at our first Fall 2018 photo shoot!

And below, the super star photographer Kate that is always behind the camera making photo and video magic galore!  I was so happy to get a pic of her and her seriously cute boy Hayes for the blog! If I had a dollar for every vision of mine that she made come to life, I’d be a millionaire!! Ahhh…everywhere I turn I have strong, creative women to look up to and learn from. How lucky am I?!

Okay, I’m going to end this blog with a bang by picking the winners from our last blog post!! I asked y’all to tell me what your favorite piece of Wildflowers is so far and omg, I couldn’t help but cry while reading all the thoughtfully written and totally sweet comments. You definitely gave me a boost of confidence and surge of inspiration!! I can’t wait to show you all the cuteness we have coming for you in the future… So many new favorites (I hope!!) coming your way!

ANYWAY…will TIMOTHEA FERMANICH,  JULIE FOX, AND EMILY SPENCER send my gal Andrea an email at andrea@wildflowersclothing.com? We’re gonna send you three a little something something!

Okay lovely, intelligent, brave, BEAUTIFUL ladies… I’m going to go enjoy my Mother’s day with Margo and Marky. I hope you are all treated like queens today!!! AS YOU SHOULD BE!

XO,
Sam

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. I’ll try not to bore you with the endless details of birthdays and brunches and parties and releases…just kidding. That’s all I’m gonna write about today! But before I jump into all the celebratory fun I’ve been having, I wanna scream from the rooftops that RELEASE 3 IS HERE!!! The world just got a lot more colorful (see all that new cuteness here!).

ANYWAY… My baby girl celebrated her first birthday. WOW. What a sentence! I’m not sure I ever imagined saying those words!! But now I can’t imagine NOT saying those words, does that even make sense?!

Her party was “rainbow donut” themed because I think you have to have some sort of cheesy theme at a first bday party, right?! I probably brought enough cheesiness just by being the ring leader for the decor! I couldn’t help myself when it came to all the cuteness at Target, Meri Meri, Amazon, etc!! And, of course, we had donuts galore!! I went to 3 different donut shops to make sure we had the perfect assortment (and WAY too many leftovers). Margo was decked out in her rainbow best in a sweet bubble from Eleanor Rose, our sister company.

The day was filled with treats, pinatas, and presents, but the absolute best part was seeing so many people show up to celebrate her! I never in a million years thought Mark and I would move to Texas and create this whole new world for ourselves, complete with a baby girl and friends that truly feel like family! A family that made Margo’s birthday feel so special. A family that makes me feel like the luckiest girl in the world every single day.

We turned the corner after Margo’s bday and it was MY bday (and also April Fools, and ALSO Easter this year). It was a wonderful blur of birthday brunch and backyard shenanigans, complete with sprinklers, kiddy pools, and beautiful weather!


And literally 2 days later, Spring release 3 happened! I guess they say good things happen in threes, right?! But I think we’re always in the middle of about a dozen good things, so maybe that expression doesn’t even apply?! All I know is I’M SO PUMPED ABOUT SPRING! It’s brought so much joy, BIG CELEBRATIONS, and cuteness…and there’s more coming. But I won’t start talking Spring 4 now, I gotta stay focused on our current release or at least as focused as Sam McDonald can be!?

Until next time…
XO,

SAM

Word on the street is you guys are digging release 2?! You have no idea what a relief that is. Ha, and now I can begin to worry about Spring 3… It’s a bit different. But more on that later!

Sooo… This was a BIG release! HUGE, actually. Did you notice all of the little novelties and vintage-y florals? What about those little peeps!! Omg, I used to eat those UP during Easter as a kid, so I had to add a nod to those too-sweet-for-life marshmallow chicks. I wonder, what is your favorite part about this release? I have a feeling it’s the rainbows. And I cannot blame you for that! They’re so darn HAPPY. Actually, that’s what I love most about this release…how HAPPY it all feels. 

And if you know me, happy is what I’m all about. I remember being a senior in high school and being asked “what do you want to be when you grow up” and my response was always  “happy.” I never had any expectations of making lots of money or owning fancy cars one day… Heck, I would have never even uttered the words “designer” back then. And now that seems like a century ago. How lucky am I to say that I grew up to be what I always wanted to be? HAPPY. 

ANYWAY. Something that made me down right giddy was watching Margo model these precious bubbles! When I started Spring, you KNOW I was SO ready to design baby bubbles. I mean, what else was Margo going to wear all Spring and Summer long?! So seeing her in them at the shoots has been pretty indescribable. My cutest creation + the little works of art I’ve been making for years = total magic.✨ It’s been fun dabbling in different designs and different fabrications. For this release I tried 2 different french terry styles and one woven! It’s been interesting striking the balance between too many details for a little baby (I never want to overwhelm the MOST adorable part of any outfit…the child!) and enough to make it feel special, so special your babe HAS to have it! But I guess that’s the tricky part when I design anything… Striking that balance! 

I think I’ve said this before, but this Spring is really like a big ol’ (BEAUTIFUL) science experiment for me. I tried SO many different things, updated designs from my past, and kinda re-defined what our releases look like. I can’t wait to show you what I mean in Spring 3 with a fresh batch of “smooth like water” colors! Ahhh…broken record time, but…I CAN’T WAIT TO SHOW YOU. I’m so HAPPY I get try all of these new fabrics, colors, styles, etc., with you!! You know that quote that goes “What if I fall? Oh, but my darling what if you fly?” I feel like that sums up this little dream come true to me. I’m always worried I’ll fall, but y’all always make me feel like I can fly. 

Thank you SO MUCH for that. The best is yet to come, trust me!

XO,

Sam

There are collections that you want to ease into, slowly building a rich color palette and variety of silhouettes to introduce you to the new season ahead. But this year, I wanted to greet spring with a big “HELLO THERE, SO NICE TO SEE YOU!” I didn’t want to tip toe into the sweet shades this delightful season brings, I wanted to make a big ol’ splash!

Getting started — it can be toughest time for me! My brain and my eyes always take a little while to get on the same page. For instance, my brain might be planning on rusty vintage oranges, dirty chartreuses, and faded pinks, but my eyes might be seeing something else entirely! And I’m always, always waiting for that strike of creativity to hit me. Little did I know, my biggest inspiration was about to happen…

I was 9 months pregnant at this time and ready to meet my little nugget, Margo Denise. What would she look like?! Who would she be?! I couldn’t wait to meet her, and apparently she was a little excited too, because she decided to come early — on the first day of Spring! On March 20th, we welcomed little Miss Margo into this crazy world! Life as I knew it would never be the same (and certainly designing wouldn’t be!)! She is the most precious thing I’ve ever created. She’s one-of-a-kind and all mine! With spring colors and fabrics on my screen and a little bundle of joy on my lap, I felt like I finally had the inspiration I was always looking for— my own real-life daughter! I knew exactly who I was designing for now and I knew exactly WHY I was designing… To keep this sweet and innocent girl ‘little’ (and totally stylin’ hehe) as long as possible. And maybe, just maybe, while I work to create silhouettes that feel lovely, youthful, and happy, I’ll be able to create a little magic, too.

Caroline, our creative director, put into words what I was designing and what I was feeling before even I did… She felt it herself as soon as she saw the board filled with 100’s of little frocks. And together, we decided ‘Best Day Ever’ is a collection that celebrates everyday magic!

I’m talking about the simple, day-to-day, magic that is just as sparkly, but maybe even harder to see. Sometimes magic is getting your kiddos to school on time. Sometimes magic is eating veggies every day of the week or getting your 64oz of water in! Magic doesn’t always have to be so fantastical—it doesn’t have to be filled with illusions, myths, and tricks. The most understated magic, the kind that we experience all the time, whether we notice it or not. And THAT’S what I want to celebrate this season! The everyday magic that fills our lives to the brim with endless giggles, ooey gooey love, and cozy cuddles.

I must say, I didn’t notice this special, almost invisible, sorcery until I had Margo. Have you ever heard the saying or scrolled past a post on instagram that says ‘Mothers are Magic”? When I read those 3 words something inside me clicked. Mothers ARE magic!! And so are the little nuggets we create! A pure, real-life type of magic that fills our mornings and nights. It’s the everyday magic that leaves us enchanted long after the storybook ends, and the princesses and prince live happily ever after.

I wanted to capture the effortless joy of being a kid— where your whole world is make believe, and magic is around every corner just because you BELIEVE it is…here’s to hoping I did just that!

XO,

Sam

P.S. Did y’all notice our pretty new blog header?! There might be a sneak or 2 hidden in all that messy cuteness!

It’s a little funny to me that I’m designing a collection for next Spring when you guys haven’t even seen Fall yet! Part of me feels like I’m getting ahead of myself and another part of me thinks, let’s keep this party going! There’s no stopping the train once it starts and Wildflowers is going places, baby! (This is my positive cheerleader side that jumps out and squashes my thoroughly nervous nelly side.)

I’m feeling a lot more like myself these days. I think surrounding myself with designing has helped. I heard so many war stories before having a baby that I was worried I was going to lose myself completely. I was warned there’d be a week of crying in bed or that I’d walk around in a fog for a year. Thankfully I haven’t experienced these feelings…at least not in full. I’ve definitely cried here and there. And I’ve most certainly had a bit of a cloud hanging around my brain making focusing even more challenging than usual. Honestly, I don’t know how I’d have a second to design these days without the help of my husband Mark! (Or a second for anything else I might add!)

I’ve been designing my first Spring collection in my head for 2 years. I imagined pretty aqua shades and sweet mini dots, adorned in swiss dot cottons and eyelet trims. I imagined little garden prints and whimsical novelty items layered throughout. I even imagined where we’d do our first Spring photo shoot. Fast forward to two weeks ago, all my little imaginary thoughts and design ideas became a reality.  I worked on colors for days, back and forth with our team perfecting each scrumptious hue. I colored and recolored print after print, all the while dreaming of what silhouette that fabric would one day become. Designing a collection, from start to finish, is truly like having a baby. It takes so much time…and patience. The process is completely unpredictable. You have to wait for inspiration to strike and when it does, you have to ride the rollercoaster until it stops! There have been days I worked 13 hours non-stop and other days where I find myself in tears staring at my computer hoping and wishing an idea would come to me.

On those days, the days I lack inspiration, I think of Denise. Yesterday just happened to be one of them. Those who don’t know who she is, well…I’m sorry. She was my mentor, my first design partner, and my soul mate in friendship. I wish you would have been lucky enough to read her stories and see the world she created. She continually motivates me. I remember days when we felt uninspired, we usually ended up at a fabric store just walking the bolts of fabric talking endlessly about different things we wanted to design. By the end of the trip we were ready to hit the ground running. It was always nice to have someone to design with and someone to feel like a bump on a log with too, ya know?  Someday I’ll have another partner in design and I know it won’t be the same…but I know it will be magic. I’m far too passionate about Wildflowers to allow for anything less!

It feels so wild to submerge myself in design again. I know I just completed Fall (Andrea, my assistant would beg to differ since Holiday accessories haven’t been finished- eek!), but something about it feels different. Maybe it’s because I have a little girl of my own now? And I have the utter privilege of imagining her in next Spring’s designs? Or maybe it’s because the seasons change and so do we. All I know is my nervousness is only outshined by my sheer excitement. I can’t wait to dress your girls again. What an honor it will be!

I know this was a ramble filled blog, but my life feels a little ramble-y these days. I think once I’m back in the office I’ll gain a little more focus. But who knows, I’ve never been one to keep my thoughts straight! At least when I’m back to work I’ll have my girls there to keep me on track!

XO,

SAM

I’m bursting with…l-o-v-e, anticipation, creativity, and let’s be honest, a little anxiety too. I’m truly in shock. The most delightful shock. I never thought I could be SO happy and feel so…different. A week ago I met the love of my life, Margo Denise. She decided to surprise us on the first day of Spring! What are the odds, right?! It’s like she already knew she was a Wildflower.

As you can imagine the week has flown by. Half of it missing from my memory due to lack of sleep, half of it burned into my brain and heart so vividly I can hardly catch my breath when I think about it. I have never felt such joy from my head to my toes, truly. Every Mom out there that told me it’s a love like no other love? Ya, you were right (duh, mother knows best).

And like I said, I’ve also never felt so tired. But there’s this satisfaction to the exhaustion that I can’t get enough of. I’m taking care of MY BABY and it’s the best, most natural feeling I’ve ever had. It’s like a new kind of peace I never knew existed. Man, I’m still on cloud 9, can you tell?

But goodness, I couldn’t have gotten through the past 7 days alone. THAT’S FOR SURE. Mark, the husband, has been a total champion from labor and delivery, to diaper changing and laundry. Can you believe she’s gone through over 50 diapers already?! Can you also believe I’ve only changed like 3 of them?! He’s a keeper, I’ve always known it…but I’ve never felt so, SO thankful that he’s my teammate.

Speaking of teams, the girls at the office have surrounded us with so much love and support, I actually feel like I can (try to) turn off my work brain! And since Margo decided to arrive early, they had to pick up a bunch of slack for me last week AND I’M SO APPRECIATIVE. (Thank you Andrea, Ashton, Caitlin, Caroline, Connor, Erin, Kate, Lauren, Lynn, Mano, and Serge for everything!) Without them Wildflowers would be nothing but weeds!

And now, feeling more inspired than ever, I cannot wait to finish up Holiday and begin Spring. HOW DID I GET SO LUCKY? I have a brand new baby girl and I get to start my favorite season of all to design. All at the same time. Pinch me please! Unless this is all an elaborate, coma-induced dream, in that case I never, ever, ever wanna wake up.

So much more to share. SO much more to do. And so much more cuteness (sketches, sneaks, behind-the-scenes, photo shoots, and of course, Margo) coming your way I could explode!

XO,

Sam