With so many new followers over the past few months (thank you for the love!) we thought it was time to catch up with Susan Vaz, the designer behind @bandofboys on her life as a mum of boys, her personal style and what inspires her in life and motherhood!
Please share with our readers a little about you and who you are, and of course who you are mama to!
Hi, I’m Susan and I am mum to Tyler who is 7 and Lenny who is almost 4. I started Band of Boys nearly five years ago from home and now it has taken over my life!! I love it! It is pretty amazing to have a life where I am able to be creative every day as well as challenged every day. I feel lucky to be in a position where I can create opportunities for my boys and give them life experiences that they wouldn’t have otherwise. They get to experience so many parts of the business and they love being involved; they tell me all the time they are going to work with me at Band of Boys when they are older! I can’t wait!!
Boys rule. Tell us your 3 most loveable or curious things about having boys
My favourite thing about boys is their energy – it really does seem so endless. I feel like I have no choice but to stay fit so I can keep up! I also love their ability to create games entirely from their imagination and random objects, I find this kind of resourcefulness quite inspiring. Lastly, I love their giant sweet hearts – I think all boys are just teddy bears underneath.
Can you share a precious mama- son moment you’ve had recently?
Talking of boys being sweethearts, my oldest son Tyler came to me on the weekend and said mummy I love it when you wear lipstick you look so beautiful and when you dress up and put a dress on and wear lipstick you look even more beautiful. As the only girl in the house it is pretty amazing to be able to be true to myself and for this to be appreciated. He often has words of encouragement for me – he is a sensitive soul and I think he genuinely feels sorry for me being outnumbered by boys!
What are your ‘can’t live without’ things to make life with boys easier?
For me it is having some outside space so I can open the door, send them outside to burn off some energy; leaving me to have a moment of peace. They can also be as loud as they like without me having to yell at them to tone it down! They are both of the age now where they can play with each other for long periods of time so actually having two boys who enjoy the same things is the best thing ever and makes life a lot easier!
What do you feel are the 3 most versatile garments in a boy’s wardrobe?
A basic cardigan, a fun shortsleeve tee and some black trackies or slouch pants. You can get through many seasons and occasions with these three items!
What are your top mum style go-to outfits?
At this time of the year, which is my favourite season for dressing, my fail safe uniform is dark skinny jeans, the perfect white t-shirt and an oversized cardigan. I don’t want to confess to how many white t-shirts I own!! Shoes are everything for me so I try to keep my wardrobe simple by sticking to block colours (mainly black & white) and then adding interest and fun with my shoes. When I feel like I want a bit more polish in my look I love wearing culottes or a midi skirt with a tee tucked in. I am also on a bit of a jewellery bender at the moment and am obsessed with refining my simple style by stacking fine rings and bracelets together as well as finding the perfect collection of delicate necklaces.
Where do you get your personal style inspiration from?
I am a people watcher so I’m constantly on the lookout to see how people are going about things. I do still flick through magazines but these days, like most people, I get most of my ideas from Instagram; over the years I have learnt what feels most like me and I try to find others who have a similar aesthetic. You can’t beat actual people watching though so I’m always keen to get out and about and travel as much as I can too to pick up new ideas on how to put things together.
What else inspires you as a woman and as a mama?
One of my favourite things to do is read non-fiction books as other people’s stories and journeys really inspire me to push through and live my life to the fullest. It is always a great day when I have been able to spend a few hours absorbed in a book. I also find huge inspiration and a clarity of thought when I’m outside (by myself I must add!) so I try to get out as much as I can in the early morning for a run along the waterfront. Thank goodness we are rolling towards summer!
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