A Morning In the Life of A Working Mommy
If your mornings are like mine, you're up at 7AM to tackle the weekday scramble. You swiftly shower, select outfit, style hair and apply makeup, forgoing eyeshadow (too fussy, no time).
You locate matching Batman socks for toddler, wrestle baby out of mismatched, outgrown jelly sandals and then dress both children from a pile of dubiously laundered clothes dumped in middle of playroom.
You feed family breakfast of locally sourced berries on top of GMO-laden frozen waffles as Angie Goff and the NBC4 Today news team report on traffic (it sucks), weather (93% humidity) and politics (#ICan't) in the background.
Just as soon as toddler is out of the door, baby spills congealed, day-old OJ (where did she even find that?) all over romper and kitchen floor. You are now forced to choose from lesser of two evils - double fruit fly population or arrive at work to note about tardiness stuck to office door. You change baby and leave juice. The fruit flies live to breed another day.
If you're Angie Goff your eyes open at 2:30AM, after five hours of sleep - max. You tip-toe out of bed, careful not to rouse your sleeping children, Adora (5) and Bob (3).
You shower and dress quietly in the dark, choosing one of several dresses laid on top of garment rack for the very reason of having to get dressed in the dark. You consider a bold statement necklace for outfit then forgo decision (too fussy, no time).
Next, you expertly apply make-up with HD appropriate coverage (complete with full set of lashes). You use dry shampoo to revive salon blowout you sprung for on Saturday afternoon (me time!). Valentino Rock Stud pumps in hand and Jack Rodgers flops on feet, you kiss foreheads of dreaming babies and head to car for your pre-dawn commute to Washington DC.
Monday - Friday you're on air by 4:30AM, on weekends cameras roll at 6 (sleep in!). Between segments you Facetime kids (Adora lost a tooth!), tweet several #BREAKING traffic alerts and share yesterday's Oh My Goff blog post (mental note: work tooth into poignant post about aging)...all while you Facebook LIVE from the news desk, engaging the hundreds of followers who tune in to catch a "behind-the-scenes" glimpse of the daily news cycle.
Broadcast ends. You refuel with extremely large iced coffee and decompress for a few minutes before beginning office work - researching, pitching, preparing show segments and following up on story leads for various newscasts (the news doesn't write itself).
Up, Close and Personal Style: Angie Goff
Whether your job is in an office or in the public eye, juggling motherhood and a full time career is a circus act. Recently I caught up with my friend and fellow GMU alumni, Angie Goff, to see what personal style looks like for this NBC4 journalist and anchor, NBC Early TODAY contributor, celebrated blogger, social media powerhouse and hands-on mommy of two.
Angie Goff on Personal Style
JMB: Describe your personal style in three or four sentences
Angie: My style depends where I am. At work I like to wear dresses with something a little extra. It could be mesh, weird sleeves, big skirts, big prints. I can always count on my girls Kate Spade and Karen Millen to come through. I'm also infatuated with Eva Mendes' collection at NY&Co. When I find someone who appreciates a woman's curves I'm all in.
Off the clock, it's all about my sweatpant/drawstring collection. It ranges from my ode to JLo velour sweats to obnoxiously bright Lilly prints. In mom mode, comfy is the name of the game.
JMB: How does your lifestyle influence your wardrobe?
Angie: My days are packed and I honestly sleep 5 hours on a good night. My on-the-go lifestyle is reflected in what I wear in that fact that I'm a minimalist. I don't wear a lot of jewelry. I find I buy a lot of cool statement pieces but I rarely wear them. Honestly, I think getting up at 2:30 in the morning has something to do with it. I'm always so rushed. I've gotta be able to slip it all on within a couple minutes. Sometimes less is more- which means more time in this case.
JMB: How has your style evolved from your 20s to your 30s and beyond?
Angie: My shoe game has gotten weaker I must admit. I think after two pregnancies I just got use to wearing comfortable shoes. What a discovery that was! As for the clothes, with age I've gained confidence. The biggest change I've seen is just not caring what others think. The other day I wore a sweatshirt with Barbie's face covering the entire front of it because my daughter liked it. Seeing her happy made me feel good. I think when you feel good- that's what people see. I get it now.
JMB: Do you have a signature look or piece?
Angie: Did I mention my drawstring sweatpants? Other than that.. I'd have to say my flannel shirts. It may have to do with being a child of the 90's. I've always liked flannels and crystal Pepsi. Aren't they suppose to bring that back?
JMB: What are you wearing when you feel most like you?
Angie: My ultimate outfit that makes me feel comfortably but not like a total frump: a cold shoulder sweatshirt, jeans and jack rogers.
JMB: Any packing or organizational tips?
Angie: My friend and DC anchor Andrea Roane taught me something years ago I'll never forget: Pick a palette. I choose one item I have to take. From there I choose two colors that will work with it and build the rest of my outfits within that palette. Having nearly size 10 feet I don't have room for lots of shoes so usually I'lll take one pair that works with everything along with some flats.
JMB: If you had to give away all of your wardrobe except for 5 items what would they be and why?
1. White super soft super and light Sweatshirt by Stem: It feels like you're swimming in heaven and I hate just the thought that I might be cold somewhere.
2. J.Crew Toothpick Jeans: Flattering, universal and most importantly they have stretch.
3. Marled sweatpants: I can't live without them.
4. Hillcrest Elementary tee: I've had this shirt since field day in the 5th grade. How can I throw it away now?
Ruby ring: From holding me to helping me with my homework as a child I use to stare at my mother's hands. I remember she had this beautiful ruby ring. My Korean grandfather had given it to her. When I got older she gave it to me. It is a treasure I hope to one day pass on to my daughter, Adora.
We wrap up our photo session in Angie's open concept playroom (laughing at the notion of using the space to dine) so Adora and Bob can show me their favorite toys. As they jump up and down, excited to entertain mommy's guest with gymnastic skills and special treasures, Angie deftly negotiates calm for a family photo in exchange for tomorrow's trip to Hersey Park.
All in a day's work.
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