To me this blog post is about what it means to be a stellar parent, not just a good one but one who goes all out to create a child who is free, loving, connected and passionate.
It all started because Mayhem (better known as #fashionbymayhem – the little wonder girl who twirls and sings and took the fashion world to a whole new level) asked me to draw on her pants while I was visiting with her at BloggyCon in Ohio. I told her we would have to talk to her parents about that idea. She did not forget. It happened and here it the story along with why today it is awesome sauce fantastic.
Let me simply state, “Oh my gosh, I have a one-of-a-kind pair of jeans from a newly announced JCrew designer, four-year-old Mayhem”. I feel so super special. I am usually the one in the doodle spotlight, sporting my custom Sharpie marker and creating little masterpieces. It was such an honor to share my marker with Mayhem. Little did I know then that today she would become a designer with her own label for J.Crew.
In the fall, I got to spent a little time with Mayhem and her parents exploring Cedar Point in search of pony unicorns and rides that are fun for four-year-olds. During that time, we took a bench break and doodled on each others’ jeans. Nothing beats a little fashion designing during a rest break at an amusement park. In case you ever wondered, Mayhem is a thinker and takes this stuff seriously. Her method and execution amazes me.
When we weren’t resting, doodling and designing; we had a really fun time hanging out and riding rides. I was the lucky backseat rider to Mayhem the driver on this awesome ride that went around a track in a circle. It was SOOOO fun, we did it twice.
And spending time modeling and being silly…
And taking selfies…
And skipping around and sharing on social media…
I wear these jeans. People ask me, “Did you draw on your jeans?” I proudly let them know that are professionally dooodled by a four-year-old friend as I smile. I wore them home from the trip and doodled my memories in the airport. I ended up with a circle of kids around me and spent my time in the terminal doing a little art class. I really am the luckiest when it comes to careers.
With today’s big announcement that Mayhem will now have her own label with J.Crew, I am thinking maybe I should never wash them again. Hmmmmmm? For now, I will simply display them in my home for a day to celebrate Mayhem and all her awesomeness.
Children are amazing. What I love most about Mayhem is her connection to her designing, her dreaming and her parents. They are a team and role models for all. When we love our children and nurture THEIR passions without judgment or critique, we give them the gift of freedom and success. It is an honor to call them friends!
Cheers to All,