Encouraging my children to become sunglass influencers, too. Link in bio to these #musthaves!! 😎 KIDDING 😂
This week I wrote about the reactions I’ve received in response to the news that we’re having a daughter after two sons. The unsolicited joy and relief, while mostly well intended, has been a really hard thing to hear throughout my pregnancy — and has reminded me of the reactions my dad received as the father of three girls. I’m so touched the post resonated with so many of you, too. Thank you for all of your thoughtful comments. Link in bio to read + share your perspective, too. 💙
Today was 🏰Fairytale Day🏰 at preschool and Fitz declared he wanted to be “King of the castle!” AND YOU KNOW I WAS HERE FOR IT. 👑❤️🙌 Then I spent the morning shouting, “A scepter is not a sword!!!” 😆😬🤨
When you find your sunglasses *and* your light. 🙌
My boys and I met sweet little Cole today! 💙 Mama @candacej17 and I go way back, we started at the Wall Street Journal around the same time. I’ve loved being pregnant with her! 💗 But now that she’s had her baby it’s really hitting home that I’m not far from having mine. 😳
Dressing for the flag show. ❤️🇺🇸💙 Happy Fourth!
Can’t stop / won’t stop with the #hatband Thoughts! 💭 Wore a white one in Stories, but digging the monochrome pink here, too? 🤷🏻♀️ New blog post trying to convince the rest of the world to try hatbands, too — link in bio. 💗
I posted my Palm Springs travel recs on my blog yesterday (link in bio!) and included the somewhat out-there suggestion that you pack an underwater camera. Especially if you have kids! I treasure the footage from our GoPro, such fun family memories. Thanks to @mattmstuart for this shot of me + all three (!) littles. 💦👦🏼🤰🏻👦🏼💦
To cut off @mattmstuart’s head or to cut off my bump? We split the difference. 🙃
FAM! Some very, very exciting news: I AM WRITING A BOOK! 🙌📕 👑🤗🙏 “HRH: So Many Thoughts on Royal Style” will be an elevated spin-off of the commentary that started right here on Insta Stories. It will focus on the four style standouts of the modern British monarchy: QEII, Diana, Kate, and Meghan. This dream-come-true project will be published in Fall 2020 by @celadonbooks, a division of Macmillan. Link in bio to the lovely @townandcountrymag write-up with more on the project. . You know I need your Thoughts™️ for this book! Hoping you will help as HRH comes together. My latest blog post (also link in bio!) asks which memorable looks of these four women I *must* include. You can also share your ideas on Insta Stories, today and always, with the hashtag #HRHxSMT. . But mostly: thank you. THANK YOU, fam. For making this possible. What started on a whim 18 months ago is a *thing* because of you, because you engaged + you spread the word + you supported it. I’m ever so grateful. Here’s to big things ahead! #HRHxSMT
This marks the moment when @mattmstuart officially became an #InstagramHusband. 💗 PS can you tell Palm Springs is my happy place? 🌴 #baby3moon
Happy Father’s Day to @mattmstuart, a fierce supporter of Thoughts™️... mine, obvi, but mostly those of our two little dudes. 💭 You answer every question (and wow, there are so many!) with love and care, working in such valuable little lessons in the process that I find myself being all, “Maybe go ask Dad?” 🙃 Add to that the games you play, the songs you sing, and the food you cook — and we’re all just the luckiest. We love you so much! 💗 PS thank you for posing for this pho. 😆
Life with an almost 2yo + almost 4yo, summed up quite nicely. 😆🧡#momentmovementchange
It’s here! I closed my eyes, took a deep breath, and hit
Ahhh it’s already June — when did that happen?! — so we got a jump start on our much-delayed baby prep this weekend. 😬 We are going to turn my office into the nursery and I’m having a tough time with it. I’m selfishly sad to lose my own little room of our house. And after years of living that #boymama life, decorating for a girl has me a tad lost. It’s all just so... pink?? Help, please! Any tips for turning a corner of your bedroom into a workspace? Or how to decorate a chic nursery for a little lady? Please share in the comments! 🙏⬇️
It was such a treat to see my sisters + their families this weekend, I wish we all lived closer to one another. 💕
An absolutely amazing failed attempt at a family photo. @mattmstuart holding strong, me being a total mom. Can you spot *both* of our little dudes? 😆 Magic snap by my sister, @emilyedits 🙏 ALSO: I didn’t like what I packed for the wedding so I bought this dress + headband + earrings at an outlet mall the day before (while my sons were napping!) and tbqh I’m quite pleased with it. 🤗
Someone asked me if I was still into bows. You bet your bow I am! 🙌🎀🙌
Trying to up my #hearstelevatorselfie game, added a little lean.
When an ice cream truck is just permanently parked outside your hotel. 🍦 God, I miss NY. 🙌 #MrSoftie4Eva #SignsofSummer
🚨 Major realization: when posing in a flowy dress whilst pregnant it is VERY HARD not to hug the bump. Here I’m actively working to restrain my right hand, it’s just dying to add a little definition. 😆 So clearly this emoji designer knew what was up! ➡️🤰🏻⬅️
I am a huge public radio advocate and a longtime fan of @marketplaceapm, so ‘twas a *total thrill* to visit the studio last week and chat with @kairyssdal. Loved answering so many questions about So Many Thoughts! 🙌🗣📻 Link in bio to listen! With special thanks to @benlux for all his work on this. 🙌
Why yes, I did take the @thewebbyawards up on their offer to send me a framed memento of SMT’s honoree status! 🙌🙏🎉Proudly displaying this in my office as a reminder that side hustles can turn into all kinds of wonderful things.
Ok, fam, give a girl a minute to share some ~Thoughts~ 💭 In high school, I bought a sign that said, “You say I’m a b*tch like it’s a bad thing.” (I hung it in my closet, out of sight, because my parents def did not love that language.) The saying really resonated with me, because my whole life I’ve been called difficult. While I wasn’t sure how I felt about that moniker, I knew that it was problematic to the rest of the world. I worked hard to tame it, to varying degrees of success. Jump cut to yesterday, where I spent an hour on stage in awe of @jameelajamilofficial, speaking her truth with such courage and conviction, speaking proudly about being seen as scary and difficult. She was so candid about how therapy helped her turn off those harmful voices in her head, telling her she wasn’t good, or pretty, or thin enough, and start speaking up and out against injustice. I asked Jameela how we could begin living our truth as she is? She recommended saying “no” more, even in small ways, like pointing out (respectfully!) when your coffee order is wrong. A great personal example she gave: declining to come to work 90 mins earlier than her male counterparts to allow for extra hair and makeup time. She told her boss she couldn’t be funny if she was tired, and showed up when they showed up. I will find a way to share more of our talk with you all, because it deserves to be out in the world! Also I’ve neverrrr had someone cozy up to me to take a pic the way that she did — you can tell by my face, the whole thing was DELIGHTFUL. Thank you, @aerie, for inviting me to host this conversation. It was, without a doubt, a heaping + inspirational dose of #RealTalk. 🙌 And if you are still reading LOL, please tell me how you speak up and out, so we can all learn. 💗 (Note: this post originally included the term “micro aggressions,” which was used in a constructive way during the discussion but was clearly confusing here so I’ve updated it.)
About last night! Just a coupla girls, hitting the town. 🏀😉
Hard enough to get two little dudes to look at the camera... and then a super cool bug walked by! 👀🐜🐞🐛👀
Good lord I am a mess of emotions today. Beyond-words grateful for my husband (who made, as he always does, this breakfast in bed!), our two sons, and our daughter on the way, while still grappling with the toll of infertility. Aching for my own mother, grieving her loss anew all these years later, wishing she could be a part of my life today — to know my family and for my family to know her. And missing my dear friend, Kit, who I met shortly after becoming a mom, and whose husband wrote a beautiful letter to her about his life with their son since her death (link in bio, please read it). 💗 Thinking of everyone who finds today difficult, for so many reasons.
Ok wow big week! So big that I didn’t have a chance to properly acknowledge that our 🌟SMT fam reached the 100K milestone!🌟 And then the moment passed.
Extremely about that jumpsuit life 🙌 Also! Extremely about sustainable fashion. 🌎 I moderated a panel last night at the new Rent the Runway store in San Francisco and one question that came up more than once was: how do we make people care more? 🤔 So I want to ask you! 🙋🏻♀️ What will it take for you, as a shopper, to make sustainability a priority? Please share! I’m very curious.
Today’s royal baby photocall made me think of my own hospital departures, and all of the thought that went into them (or not!). I shared a few reflections on my new blog — I have one of those now 🤗— and would love it if you added your own experiences in the comments. 📸👶➡️ ByElizabethHolmes.com or link in bio, obvs. (PS I added a white border in an attempt to make it clear this is a #throwback and not me giving birth already 🙆🏻♀️😬🙅🏻♀️)
💙🎉💙🎉💙🎉💙🎉💙🎉💙 Baby Sussex is here and it’s a boy and they announced his arrival on Instagram WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE!! 💙🎉💙🎉💙🎉💙🎉💙🎉💙
Among the sweetest things I received Monday night was this homemade picture book from @lrdl0607, detailing each VIP of the royal family. 👑👑 The enclosed note said she made one for her niece, and then thought my boys might like it, too! And now my little one keeps squealing “QUEEEEN!” ☺️☺️ It is such a delight and a reminder of how amazing our event was. The bag even included two teeny tiny bows. 🎀🎀 Thank you, Lindsay!
Attempted an @evachen212 pose as I raced to the airport this morning. Obvi brought home some SMT Live souvenirs. 😉 MISS YOU ALREADY, NYC.
You: An overflowing crowd of 200+ listening intently
SO MANY THANKS to everyone who made my inaugural #SoManyThoughts event into *such a special* night. It was a total thrill to see the room packed full of thoughtful people. I cannot believe we were the fasting-selling event this space has seen! Swipe for some of my favorite moments. 🙌🎀🙌 . I’m so grateful to all of the people who gave of their time and resources to make this happen: thank you to @cupofjo for moderating, @made.by.we for hosting, @wolfferwine for the drinks, @scunci for the bows, @sally_hansen for the nail polish, @hatchgal for lending me a jumpsuit, @liz_devine for pics, as well as @kate_childs + @juliekohncohen + @lizasuloti + their teams for some serious hustle and enthusiasm. 💪💓💪 . YAY! Here’s to hoping we can do more! 🙏😊🙏
The royal baby isn’t the only one on my mind these days! 🙌 SO MANY FEELINGS about our little girl, set to make her debut this summer. 💗 @MattMStuart and I are thrilled, beyond thrilled, at what feels like more than we could have ever dreamed of for our family. 🙏 Like our boys, this baby was conceived via IVF (which is to say, no, we are not one of those couples who spontaneously gets pregnant after years of infertility). 🔬 I’ll definitely share that story soon, but for now taking a minute to celebrate this little love. 🎀 Bring on the bows!
I moderated a panel at The Wing SF last night on sustainable fashion, and it was a hell of a reminder / wake-up call for me. I first wrote about @cuyana and its philosophy of “fewer, better things” back in 2014 (!) for the WSJ and it was a beginning of a shift in my shopping habits, prioritizing quality over quantity. Hearing from @shilparshah of Cuyana, along with execs from @reformation, @thredup and @athleta, last night about the waste in the supply chain was shocking, but hearing how they are all striving to improve was so inspiring. . As a shopper, I want to vote with my dollars, choosing to support brands that prioritize sustainability (I bought a Cuyana bag at their beautiful store near me today). What do you do? Please share below so we can all do better! 🌱⬇️🙏
Dear Baby Sussex, I have some ~Thoughts~ to share... 😉! Swooning over this gorgeous @townandcountrymag layout for my letter to the new royal baby in the May issue (snuggled in my new SMT blanket, a surprise from @bananarepublic and @jameslaforcenyc). All the 🙏 to my T&C king + queen, @adamrathe and @stellenevolandes. 👑
🙌 SMT IRL in NYC 🙌 Me + you + the amazing @cupofjo, drinking wine + thinking Thoughts! Come, won’t you? It’s on Monday, April 29 at 7:30pm at the new @WeWork Made by We space, 902 Broadway in New York. Link to buy tickets in bio. BUT MOSTLY: I AM SO EXCITED TO MEET YOU! 🎉 // UPDATE: I think we’ve sold out 😳🙏😭 I can’t believe it! Please comment below with where you’d like to see me come, hoping we can make this a thing 🤞 #SMTour
New idea to live by: strategic luxury. It’s about budgeting your travel carefully and then picking one thing to splurge on — a private driver or a nice hotel room or an unforgettable meal — and tbqh it’s changed the way I think about life. Link in bio to my latest for the @nytimes (and my Travel section debut!) with insights from @busyphilipps @jetsetfarryn @elainewelteroth @chrisjacksongetty @aguynamedpatrick @ashleymuirbruhn @fromedome + more! What’s one thing you’re willing to splurge on while traveling? Share below! ⬇️ PS posting a day late because I’m on vacation again...and by vacation I mean at the playground with my kids. 😆
Y’all! My 3.5-year-old son took this pic, which feels like an oddly exciting parenting milestone. Now Mom + Dad get to preserve some non-selfie memories, too! Our smiles are so genuine 🤗 and I love that our younger one is photo-bombing us without a care back there. 💗 (Also lol yes, I only wore one dress our entire vacation and it was Mr. Nightgown — it’s not dressing for the slideshow, it’s dressing for the...sameshow? 😆) #tbt
I left my family while on a family vacation to see, by myself, a musical about Princess Diana and I loved it so much I awkwardly took a solo picture in the lobby photo booth! 💗👑😆 Full recap in my archives! 🤯⬆️🥰 If you find yourself in La Jolla in the next two weeks and you love the royals GO SEE THIS SHOW. 🙏😚🙌 to @adamrathe for the brilliant idea and @hillarykerr for her generous connections!
Parenting post! My latest, in today’s @nytimes, on the Insta dad shaming happening to @bravoandy. So many layers here, as a celebrity + single gay man becomes a father, but the tldr is: can we just not? As I took my younger son to buy an extra copy of the paper, I thought about all of the ways people could be correcting me: that he was still in his PJs, without a coat, with remnants of breakfast still on his cheeks; that I bought him a fruit (read: sugar) pouch to get him to sit still for two minutes; how I navigated the parking lot with my hot tea / keys / clutch / paper / his little mitts in hands. The list goes on! But all anyone said to me was how cute he was, and that meant the world on my pre-caffeinated Sunday morning. So let’s give parents all the positivity we can muster. Trust that they are doing their best, and if they need help they will ask — no need to offer it up unsolicited, however well intentioned, k? K! 💗 (PS link in bio / 😚🙏 to @katierosman)
SMT x @cupofjo IRL! 💗 Truly so many thoughts after our breakfast this morning but I’ll just share one: Joanna is the loveliest. 💫
Late to a Super Bowl party, pulled up just as the downpour started BUT BOYS PLZ PAUSE FOR A ‘GRAM MMKTHX! 🙌🌈🙌
Tried my hand at banana messaging... #TooManyThoughts 😆🍌😆
I didn’t do my hair today or the 25 things on my to-do list (yet!) BUT I am feeling pretty great about my new Babes Support Babes tee, which my sister @carolyneholmes gave me for my birthday. Feels very #TeamBoth, no? 💗