Mindi Smith would, apparently, like to own the entire spring summer 16 Gucci collection. But unfortunately, like a cruel, unavailable boyfriend, the Gucci collection is playing it cool and ignoring fan mail left beneath Instagram posts. Ditto the Ziggy Stardust inspired black and silver Rodarte ankle boots, and the ACNE white, shearling biker jacket. One day our embroidered, pale pink Gucci bomber jacket dreams may come true, Mindi, one day…
Kid’s stylist, fashion consultant, creative director and single mum to nine year old Marley, Mindi and Marley live in Brooklyn, New York with Max the dog and Boo Boo Kitty the cat. (Can you imagine how pissed off Boo Boo Kitty must be at not having a name beginning with M?) Although ‘Moo Moo’ Kitty, is, err, not quite right.
Marley, otherwise known as Mars, is regularly photographed for fashion magazines including Vogue Bambini and Milk. And, like most nine year olds, Mars wears what the hell Mars likes. Channelling her mum’s eclectic bohemian taste, you could argue she has her personal style locked down. Can you imagine being nine years old and having someone describe your style as Bohemian Punk? Me either; I wore whatever M&S outfit my mum gave me.
A contributing editor to In Style, Zink, Glamour, Junior Magazine, Vogue Bambini, Earnshaws, Milk, O Magazine, and People, we are happy to share Mindi’s extraordinairy parenting and fashion wit and wisdom that includes everything from bringing up kids from the comfort of your own bed to having a martini stash in your wardrobe. Excellent. Exactly our kind of woman.
When Marley was born I joked with my girlfriends I was going to write a book called “Parenting From the Bed"…
I feel so lucky and amazed to be Marley's mom…
Honestly, raising a child as a single mom in NYC can be really scary at times...
I cannot help but think she is growing up more resilient, more cultured, and definitely more street savvy than most of the kids across the US. She is exposed to so much more. Right now her thing is Brooklyn Music Factory, it’s a little rock and roll camp where kids learn to write, play, and record their own music in a group. And she has just signed with a modelling agency, which she's really excited about. We do lots of normal stuff like go ice-skating on weekends and take long walks with our dog Max in Prospect Park.
Mars has a very unique style and I don’t shop conventionally for her clothes...
I've been obsessed with fashion magazines like Seventeen and Vogue for as long as I can remember...
I guess has fashion always excited me, but it wasn’t until I moved to San Francisco and went to Burning Man in 2000 that I was like, alright, this is what I’m doing for a living. The following week I transferred to work in the fashion closet at Gap Marketing. My advice to anyone who wants to be a stylist is really know what you're getting into! It's hard work on every level not to mention highly competitive. Find an amazing mentor and assist them. Someone whose work you admire, whose aesthetic you relate to. Someone who blows your mind as a stylist. Train with them, learn from them and you will have a good chance once you’re ready to go it on your own.
Instagram is a good choice for a busy stylist; it showcases your aesthetic, but it shouldn't ever replace your work.
Sixteen years later...
When Marley goes berserk…
When everything goes to shit, especially after having a baby, wear all black
Tell us a joke
Little Bruce and Jenny are only 10 years old,
but they know they are in love. One day they decide that they want to get married, so Bruce goes to Jenny's father to ask him for her hand.
Bruce bravely walks up to him and says, "Mr. Smith, me and Jenny are in love and I want to ask you for her hand in marriage."
Thinking that this was just the cutest thing, Mr. Smith replies, "Well Bruce, you are only 10.. Where will you two live?"
Without even taking a moment to think about it, Bruce replies, "In Jenny's room. It's bigger than mine and we can both fit there nicely."
Mr. Smith says with a huge grin, "Okay, then how will you live? You're not old enough to get a job. You'll need to support Jenny."
Again, Bruce instantly replies, "Our allowance, Jenny makes five bucks a week and I make 10 bucks a week.
That's about 60 bucks a month, so that should do us just fine."
Mr. Smith is impressed Bruce has put so much thought into this.
"Well Bruce, it seems like you have everything figured out. I just have one more question. What will you do if the two of you should have little children of your own?"
Bruce just shrugs his shoulders and says, "Well, we've been lucky so far."