For this special Mother's Day edition of my "Stylish Girls" series, I'd like to introduce you to my mom, Kate Campbell Watts.
The girl has got it goin' on: super stylish, well-traveled, absolutely brilliant (she's a big deal in the Marlovian scholar circles), and a newlywed (with great hair to boot).
An East-Coaster who migrated to California in the late 80s, her style is the perfect combination of New York cool and California casual. A fashion icon to be sure! Here, I asked her a few questions about her favorite things.
Occupation: English Instructor
Hometown: York, PA
Current town(s): Santa Cruz, CA and Fresno, CA
Her Fresno pad.
Favorite place to shop: "Girl Boy Girl and Paloosh in Carmel. Or should I say Fred Segal? I also like Neiman Marcus and Margaret O'Leary."
Favorite Restaurant: Avanti in Santa Cruz and City Grocery in Oxford, MS
Favorite Hotel: The Lowell Hotel in New York City
A suite at the Lowell.
Favorite City: London
Favorite Book: "Oh favorite book? What kind of question is that?!" "Just say Emma because that book always makes me happy."
Favorite Magazines: Bazaar and Domino
Favorite Shopping Website: Ann Mashburn
Favorite Artist: Matisse
Who or what inspires your style?: "My daughters, my sister, my friends Winder and Jennifer."
With her chic pal Jennifer.
What are your top 5 fashion must-haves?
1. A pair of gladiator sandals
2. A really cool handbag
3. A classic white shirt
4. Perfect shades
5. "My Miu Miu boots"
What are your top 5 beauty must-haves?
1. "A cool pale Brigitte Bardot type of lipstick"
2. Eyebrow brush
3. Laura Mercier bronzer
4. YSL mascara; "maybe even in purple"
5. Chanel Cristalle
Quote to live by?
What Voltaire said: "We must cultivate our own garden."
Well, there you have Kiki's style essentials. I wish I were home to make her French press coffee and bring her breakfast in bed, but a blog post will have to suffice. If you're lucky enough to have a mom as cool and kind as mine, be sure to tell her you think so!
Happy Mother's Day!!