Green Country Grown-Ups: Shannon Schroeder
Tulsan Shannon Schroeder’s 15-year occupation as a fashion stylist and make-up artist has always been a way for her to show other women how to pamper themselves. But once she had her daughter Sloane, she understood the extra planning (and juggling) it takes for working moms to take time to care for themselves. Find out how Shannon Sloan juggles being a mom and a fashionista.
TK: What fashion advice do you have for moms on the go?
Shannon: “Planning is key!” Set aside a little time, maybe on a Sunday evening when the kids go to bed. Think about what you’ve got going on in the week — is it a lunch, school meeting or a dinner? It is so important to take time for yourself!
TK: What is your favorite thing to do for yourself?
Shannon: I am a big believer in taking time for yourself. I waited ‘til I was a little bit older to have Sloane; I was 32 years old and married for six years. I have a wonderful support system. But I love to get manicures, pedicures and massages. It’s kind of like that saying [at the airlines] “put your air mask on yourself before you put it on your children.” You do have to continue to take care of yourself, physically and mentally. If you don’t and just continue to give yourself away to others, then it will catch up with you and you will get worn down. You won’t be able to give your best self to your children, your partner and your relationship.
TK: How do you juggle being a fashionista and a mom?
Shannon: It’s a lot harder than you think it is. I look at it as my job, and, well, it is! That’s how I had to start looking at it, because on a daily basis you’re so focused on your child. Changing diapers, making sure they are dressed. It’s a balance. It takes a little while to figure out that balance. The first year with your child is the hardest; when they get a little bit older they are a bit more independent and you can start feeling like yourself again. Then you can figure out how to juggle.
My way of looking at it is, I want to inspire other mothers. To show them yes, you’re a mom, but you can still be who you want to be! You can dress how you want to dress and still take time for yourself. It may not be the easiest thing in the world, but it is possible.
TK: What are your favorite stores to shop at for yourself?
Shannon: I do a lot of online shopping. It’s not easy as a mom to drag your kids around from store to store. Honestly, I go to Instagram and follow bloggers. (Shannon’s Instagram is @shannonschroeder; Pinterest is StylebyShannon). They post pictures of their outfits, and you can just click on their Instagram and see where they bought it. But I do love stores such as Gap or Target; they are a one-stop shop! I can get something for myself and for my daughter.
TK: What are your favorite stores to shop for kids?
Shannon: Carters, Gap, and Nordstrom Rack and, once again, online like Etsy. I like to dress her like a little adult, in something I would wear. It’s all about how you put it together!
TK: What advice do you have for dressing your child on a budget?
Shannon: Nowadays, you can always find deals. You don’t always have to buy things full price. There are always coupons out there. Shop sales!
TK: What are your shopping secrets?
Shannon: Always download the App to your favorite stores if they have one and sign up for the email list. Pre-shop online so you can shop with a plan.
TK: What are some of your beauty secrets?
Shannon: I take a shower every night after I put Sloane to bed. That is my time, my relaxation time. I like to use beauty products every night like face cream and moisturizers. It makes me feel good; it’s relaxing; it’s something I get to do for myself at the end of the day when the kids are asleep. It’s good for your mind, body and soul.