From Sheryl Sandberg to Marissa Mayer, women are not sacrificing themselves for their kids like they used to. Why? If you ask me, a confident and happy woman makes a better mother. And whatever it takes to get there should be done. But as a mother myself, I know how hard it is to maintain a sense of style, run a successful business and to feel like an okay parent all at the same time.
Women who are flawlessly manifesting this enchanting trifecta are the new wonder women of our times and they are my idols. So I got to wondering how they actually do it all and have it all. Is it really possible? Are they hiding something? Do they secretly never floss? I hope to answer these questions and to give the rest of us moms motivation to stay true to ourselves, live fulfilling lives and love our families as much as ever through interviews with moms who are already doing it.
Coby Alcantar always had a thing for hair. Her resume reads like a wish list: apprenticing at Cowboys and Angels, developing Bumble and Bumble University and working closely with hair legends Howard and Raymond McLaren, transitioning to the exclusive Whittemore House, and after a west coast flip flop back to NYC, becoming an Oribe educator and opening her own boutique salon, Little Axe, in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Coby loves walking to work at a place where talented people do great hair in a friendly and cool space. And she should be proud, Vogue magazine even touted Little Axe as one of the best places to get your hair done during Fashion Week! With two kids in elementary school and an uncompromisingly rad sense of style, Coby is definitely a Wonder Mom.
How did Little Axe come into being and how did you know it was the idea to run with?
Trying to find a better life balance
How has having a child(ren) transformed your lifestyle?
I have to wake up earlier
5 words to describe your personal sense of style?
Functional, beachy grandma with attitude
How do you find time to get ready and maintain your style?
I invite them into the bathroom with me
Where do you get your energy?
What inspires you? (other than your children)
Because I do hair, hair! Peoples personal style inspires me.
What would you do with more time?
Waste it wisely
What do you do to relax?
Go to work
What time do you get up and go to bed on a typical day?
I wake at 6:45am. At night, it is a series of cat naps that start in the boys' room after story time and cuddles hopefully around 8. Then I move to the couch with my husband and knock out around 11. He'll nudge me to go to bed a bit later.
What do you typically eat for breakfast?
Always with the boys..cereal or oatmeal
Coffee, tea, wine, tequila, or other (please specify)?
Water, coffee and beer
Any advice for new moms, or moms who are struggling to make it all work?
Borrow $ and get a nanny. Seriously-it is the most rewarding experience! Try and find patience to be able to enjoy all of the moments. Help guide them to be good people.