The Mayfair Hall x Tara Thorsen
Q. What inspired you to start your blog, The Fashion House Mom? And today, what continues to inspire you?
A. The inspiration for my blog came from a desire to have a creative outlet. Being a full-time working mom to twins doesn't leave much time for yourself. I've always loved styling outfits and creating a vision around them. Blogging has given me the opportunity to use my own style to hopefully inspire others.
What continues to inspire today, is the connections I have made throughout this journey. The women that juggle motherhood, working and blogging are real inspirations. Plus my kids love the fact that I have a website! I want to teach them that anything is possible.
Q. A favorite go-to spot in NYC?
A. Although not native to NYC, my go-to spot is Laduree in Soho. My first experience with Laduree was in Paris over a decade ago. I was so happy when they opened up the NYC locations. Every time I go into the city, my kids say - "Oh, you are going to bring home the special cookies!". It's become an expected treat!
Q. Favorite store to shop for luxury items? And where to find a deal?
A. I love Farfetch for luxury items. They are like the Amazon to the luxury world. My favorite Farfetch purchase to date is a pair of blue Prada pumps that I wear quite often. This style was never sold in the US but I was able to purchase them from a small store in Italy directly on Farfetch.
I think the best luxury deals come from consignment sites like Fashionphile.com and NJ based OpulentHabits.com. You can find real treasures for a notably discounted price. I have bought and sold through both sites and have had great experiences with each.
Q. First thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
A. I make an almond milk latte and head back to bed for a few minutes. I generally scroll the news on my phone and check my schedule for the day.
Q. 3 things you always keep in your purse?
A. I always carry John Masters' Organics Lip Calm in my purse. It's been a staple of mine for years! My phone of course is a must. In fact, I make sure all of my purses can hold my phone. And third, my husband's company-branded pen.
Q. Your Summer book club reading list.
A. I just finished "The Guest List" by Lucy Foley and loved it! Such a fun, modern mystery. I also recently finished "Meet Me in Monaco" by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, which has the legendary Grace Kelly / Prince Rainier romance as the back-drop. She's such a fashion icon of mine so I really enjoyed this small glimpse into her life.
Q. Mama philosophy you live by.
A. Being in the moment. This is by far the most important philosophy of parenting I live by. Time goes by way too fast and the kids grow too quickly. I try to embrace the moments as they come because they are gone in an instant. It's the memories of being present with your kids that will stick with them the most.
Q. What brands are you loving at the moment?
A. I love finding small female-owned brands. I am currently obsessed with NYC based Christy Lynn. Christy's eye for impeccable fabric and design are true heirloom items in the making. I feel completely feminine and chic in each of her pieces. (see favorite pieces below).
Also, Sarah Flint shoes. I became a brand ambassador for Sarah Flint back in 2019. Sarah makes the most comfortable heels you will own! My go-to summer sandal is the Perfect Block Sandal in the color Sand. Sarah makes them in 3 heel heights! (See below, this link is for my personal Sarah Flint code that gives you $50 off your first purchase).
SHOP TARA’S FAVORITES
Q. What is your beauty routine before bed? Do you have any beauty product obsessions?
A. For the last several years, my daily beauty routine has consisted of SkinCeuticals products. I truly believe that they are the best in class! My can't live without products are the Hyaluronic Acid Intensifier and the Triple Lipid Restore Anti-aging cream.
Q. Personal accounts you love to follow on Instagram for inspiration?
A. I absolutely love to follow fellow Sarah Flint Brand ambassador Veronica of @bittersweetcolours. Her feminine style and wanderlust photos are so whimsical and inspiring. Plus her love of vintage plates rivals mine! I also love Stephanie of @thestylebungalow. Her sense of style is so chic and her apartment is pink and dreamy!