Julie Sabatino is sophisticated, successful, and smart. What makes her a SpitfireMom? She’s all that, and she’s a total gem to work with. The embodiment of a successful New Yorker, Julie runs two companies, The Stylish Bride and The Stylish Dresser. The Stylish Bride is a wedding fashion styling company that helps brides select of all of attire needs for her wedding including the wedding dress, bridesmaids dresses, mothers of the bride and groom, and groomsmen. The Stylish Dresser focuses on dressing and styling a bride on the wedding day, just as they’d do an editorial photo-shoot. Her goal in both is to connect with and support remarkable women. Seriously, doesn’t that make you say “Right ON!”.
And, she’s also a wife and mama to two tots, Annmarie (5) and Teddy (3). She acknowledges that in her business there are no two days alike, but in general she tries to drop the kids off at school in the morning and get home by 6:30 at night. And she acknowledges that this happens maybe three out of five days of the week. Her work/life balance is supported by a wonderful nanny, Samantha. Weekends sometimes mean work too, but when they are quick appointments like a dress fitting or a consultation, she tries to schedule them during her son’s naptime.
Here’s what Julie had to say about being a SpitfireMom.
How does being a mom influence your work?
Being a mom influences my work in a lot of different ways. But one of the most profound is how I relate to the Mothers of the Bride. I find it so interesting to talk to these women and learn how they balanced their life with young kids. I’ve actually gotten a lot of great advice on parenting from them.
It’s wonderful to be able to talk to mothers of all different types about the choices they made. Some of them worked and some of them did not, but the common thread is that at one point they all had young children and had to figure out different ways of handling it. Since I’m an only child, I also find it so interesting to hear how the kids manage their sibling relationships and what the mothers did to encourage strong bonds between them.
I think the biggest challenge for me is managing my time. I’m always trying to make sure that I spend enough time with my kids and enough time nourishing my business.
Do you talk about your kids with clients or potential clients?
My approach to talking about my kids with my clients is to mention that I have them and usually they will want to know about them. They always ask me how they are when they see me, and I’ll tell them about the latest occurrence, like when my daughter decided to cut bangs in her hair right before her birthday party. But I pretty much keep it to that. It is important to make sure that the focus is the bride and the wedding.
Conversely when I’m talking to a business contact that is also a mother I love finding out more about her kids and how she manages mothering and running a business.
We know a SpitfireMom like Julie has tips to share, so we asked for her best time saving trick:
Recently I discovered the best time-saving trick. It saves me at least an hour every week styling my hair. I discovered that if I use Rusk Root Full spray before I blow my hair dry I can go an extra day without washing it. It’s amazing! And it literally saves me an hour week.
I also recently discovered that if I use the microphone feature on my iPhone, I can respond to emails when I’m working out. I have even written blog posts this way!
What’s one thing you haven’t figured out?
One thing that I have not figured out is how to carve out personal time for myself. I feel like I’m always running, and either spending time with my kids or working. By the time the weekend comes, I’m really exhausted but feel like I need to spend as much time as I can with my kids.
And, if you’re a mom entrepreneur and just found out your expecting, Julie says:
I would say enjoy your uninterrupted sleep now!!!! But I would also say that I think it is possible to have a family and business, but to do both well requires a lot of help. I am a big believer in getting as much support as you need. You also need to be able to really communicate well with your spouse, and together come up with creative solutions to the demands on your time.
Oh Julie, how we wish you had been with us in the months leading up to our weddings! We are beyond excited to welcome you to The SpitfireMom Society. Girl, you rock.
Heidi & Julie
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