Creative director. Author. Stylist. Multiple business owner. Just when you thought Andrea Linett did everything…
she added Motherhood to the list.
Andrea was most recently VP Global Creative Director of Michael Kors, the first CD of eBay Fashion and the founding creative director of Lucky Magazine. She is also the author of such books as I Want to Be Her!, The Lucky Guide to Mastering Your Own Style, The Cool Factor and the Lucky Shopping Manual. Obviously, she does not stop.
Oh wait, I don’t want to forget to mention: Beginning as a receptionist, Andrea moved on to become a fashion and beauty editor at Sassy Magazine. Yes, the Sassy Magazine. Like, Kurt & Courtney in a sweet embrace Sassy. I am swooning if you couldn’t feel those vibes via the Internet.
When the idea of HabMom was first coming to fruition, Andrea was one of the first entrepreneurial moms that came to mind. I had to reach out to her and get her outlook on motherhood, sharing responsibilities with her husband, and a bit into who her personal role models are. These days, many women hesitate to begin families as they want to further their careers and think they can’t have both. If anyone could change that perception–it’s Andrea.
When we chatted, she was convinced that she wouldn’t have anything interesting to say, but I beg to differ. I knew her experience at the forefront of NYC fashion and balancing multiple high profile positions would be interesting enough–throwing mama-hood into the mix? Well, that just adds another level to what Andrea can handle. Here are just some of the sage words of advice that she offered up during our conversation.
On Growing Up With a Working Mom
“It didn’t occur to me you couldn’t do that. We lived in NYC and then moved to the suburbs. My friends’ moms were helping bake cookies after school. Everyone says “aren’t you upset that your mom wasn’t doing that?” I kind of respected my mom more than their moms. I was like “what are you doing?”
Her Views On Parenting “Roles”
“No one says to my husband how do you work and be a dad? Just because we carry the baby we have to be the martyrs? It’s not helping. He’s not helping me. He’s doing his job and I am doing my job.”
How Life Has Changed
“Every night, Mike and I used to meet for drinks. We met and we had beers every single night. That’s just a joke now. We don’t miss it at all. Who cares? That was boring.”
Balancing Work + Life
“I often find myself on the phone when I am with Gino and he’s looking at me like ‘What are you doing?’ I try to… but then you look and you have a hundred emails. So, it is hard. Sometimes I fence in a little area in a corner and tell him to play by himself for 15 minutes, and he does and I get some things done.”
Advice to Expecting Moms
“Use your time wisely. However you worked before–you can totally do it and not neglect your child. Don’t beat yourself up because you’re doing it for your child. Your kid has to go to school, your kid has to have a good role model, your kid has to eat food and have clothes and have a roof over his or her head.”