"I was raised in a pretty bohemian environment, surrounded by artists and musicians. My parents are massively in love, but unmarried, which wasn't the most conventional thing to do at the time. I always had a wonderful example of healthy romantic and family relationships between my parents and my 3 older brothers. I move to New York to study poetry in college when I was 17 and also found myself working in fashion fairly quickly, assisting Kate Young. I also began the path to working as a songwriter while I was in college, and starting Littledoe in my last year of schooling. Needles to say, things slightly shifted over the years, Littledoe has grown into a bigger project than I'd anticipated, and I'm now working as a singer/songwriter, with a record coming out later this year."
Where did the idea start for Little doe?
I was really inspired and intrigued by the California Canyon 1970s aesthetic at a time when that was not in vogue at all. For clothing, I was able to source vintage, but for accessories, I decided to make my own headpieces simply so I had something to wear. It caught on pretty quickly that I was making them and people began asking me to buy them.
What is your process for sourcing inspiration and ideas for your pieces?
Often times I do find that inspiration tends to find me, in the sense that before I begin work on a collection, I've already got a pretty good idea of what I'm going for. If not, then I'll get lost at the library or old photo archives and see what pops out to me, pick a very specific theme, and kind of work from that base point and built out around it.
What does a normal day look like for you?
There's not really much normalcy in my life at the moment, as I'm constantly moving, traveling, juggling between music & Littledoe. I am a very early riser, so I usually will wake up and lay in bed for a while and look at emails, then either go for a run or to a yoga class, then have a coffee and continue my emails. Often a few meetings in the afternoon, then, if I'm in LA, I'll come home and work on music and cook dinner, or go out and meet friends for wine and food, then sometimes go see a friend play or go dancing with girlfriends if I'm feeling up for it.
You are also a talented singer-songwriter. Tell us about what you are doing right now.
I just finished a small tour and am gearing up to release the first few songs from a new record I've been working on. I think it's the best work I've done & I hope people will agree. This record has been incredibly personal for me, and has been a very cathartic experience, so my hope is that people will find some solace in that as well.
Tell us about your home and how your inspiration influences your décor.
I have always gravitated towards mid century style, and that has evolved as I've grown up. I tend to be more attracted to less clutter and more clean architecture in design these days, with a lot of influence from nature and the outside world. I split my time between a 1920s storybook cottage in the hills of Los Angeles, and an old co-op building in the East village in New York. They both are decorated with a sort of clean 1970s influence, lots of wood, velvet, & warm leathers.
Where do you go to escape?
Northern Ontario, Key Biscayne, Upstate New York, or if time disallows I'll simply hide in my house and lock all the doors
What are you listening to?
This week, Sam Cooke on repeat, but usually, reggae music is probably my most favourite music. Derek Harriet, Augustus Pablo, Lee Scratch Perry, all the good men.
In honor of Mother's Day, and to celebrate all of our favorite mamas and daughters, we opened the Loveshack barn doors for an afternoon tea party.
"As soon as I saw you,
I knew an adventure
was going to happen."
- Winnie the Pooh
30 seconds with the
Rebecca Hessel Cohen - Creative Director - Mother
- Your life in emojis: 💃🌈🌸🌹👸🎉✨🍷👑💋💍👼👠👙👗👛🐰⭐️🌊💫🍝🍦🍰
- Favorite mother/daughter ritual: dancing like none is watching and singing at the top of our lungs
- Best thing about having a girl (vs a boy): playing dress up together
- Favorite tea sandwich or tea time snack: baguette and olive oil. And rosé for me ;)
Sai De Silva - ScoutTheCity - Mother
- Your life in emojis: ☕️👩👧👦👩🏽💻😎🎥🍝🍷
- Favorite mother/daughter ritual: blasting the music and having a dance party at home
- Best thing about having a girl (vs a boy): playing dress, shopping and getting a mani/pedi
- Favorite tea sandwich or tea time snack: macaroons!
Daphne Oz - Wonderwoman - Mother
- Your life in emojis: 😂🙌🍕💕💙💛💚💜💞💘💝
- Favorite mother/daughter ritual: Tea time! She has so many tea sets, and is always laying out elaborate pretend feasts. She is obsessed with makeup, which she definitely gets from me - we're in a hot pink eyeshadow phase at the moment. I think her favorite thing of all is making popcorn with butter, salt and nutritional yeast and watching movies together after I put her brother to sleep.
- Best thing about having a girl (vs a boy): I'd be lying if I didn't say girl outfits are 1000x better! But the best part is I feel like ours came into the world already fully formed with so many opinions, a crazy sense of humor and her own way of doing everything. She is endlessly curious about the "why" of everything (she's also 3), but it feels like it's because she's trying to understand the emotions and motivations. Our son is purely physical. He wants to run at and touch everything, and he hates sitting still except to cuddle (which is the best!). It's just two totally different approaches to learning about the world, and I wouldn't say one is better than the other - but one definitely makes me worry for his bodily safety a bit more haha.
- Favorite tea sandwich or tea time snack: Cinnamon-sugar toast. For a sandwich, I love cucumbers and cream cheese or curried chicken salad with golden raisins. But best of all would be a hot scone with clotted cream and apricot jam.
Jodie Snyder Morel - Dannijo - Mother
- Your life in emojis: 🍼🍷👨👩👧👦🚴♀️🚕✈️🗽💕
- Favorite mother/daughter ritual: we have the best dance parties
- Best thing about having a girl (vs a boy): shopping for her
- Favorite tea sandwich or tea time snack: I'm obsessed with healing home foods almond butter chunk granola (you can buy at hu kitchen) and ginger tea
Stacy Lilien - Loveshackfancy - Mother
- Your life in emojis: ❤️😜🙈🙌😉
- Favorite mother/daughter ritual: getting a manicure together
- Best thing about having a girl (vs a boy): tutus and tiaras
- Favorite tea sandwich or tea time snack: croissants!
Happy Mother's Day xoxo
Actress, mother and all round laid-back loveshack beauty, Michelle Monaghan and daughter, Willow is the first of Maisonette's Mommy and Me series. Michelle sits down to talk about her approach to parenting, matching outfits and why a sense of humor is the key to everything.
Read the full story on Maisonette.
Do you have a favorite mother/daughter tradition?
We have a few – and they all involve food! We have this favorite ice cream shop that we go to, it’s sort of our own little secret, and we get vanilla ice cream with dulce de leche. And we also really love linguine with clams. Nobody else in the family eats it, so it’s our own thing, and I always crack up when I watch her eating it. We also bake together – Willow is a great little helper in the kitchen.
Do you ever dress alike?
We have a pair of matching red flats that we wear. If we are holding hands and walking somewhere and I look down and see that we’re walking in the same shoes, it makes me smile. But actually, Willow wears a lot of my old clothes, and even my mom’s and grandma’s old clothes – they kept everything. She loves the old bubble dress my mom made me in the 80s, and my grandma’s long pleated skirts. So Willow and I actually have photos of ourselves in matching outfits throughout the ages, which is so awesome.
What has been your proudest moment as a mother?
Just having children, honestly, just going through labor! I think every mom will admit that there is such a fear the first time, like ‘how am I going to get this thing out of my body?’ And you live with that for 9 months and then you experience the miracle of giving birth, and that you did it! And you think ‘I made a baby and then gave birth to it!’
I’m also very proud as I watch my children develop a sense of humor – and one that’s similar to mine or my husband’s sense of humor. I really take pride in that because I sort of see the imprint that we have on them as parents – that one is positive, but that’s not to say we don’t have some negative imprints on them as well! But that one really warms my heart.
And then it’s little things, like when my daughter gets up in her classroom and presents something to the whole group. I am an adult – and an actress! - and that kind of thing still gives me anxiety. So just to see that confidence begin to flourish, I look at her with such pride and I just want to encourage her.
"...always have a sense of humor. Truly. It is such a nice quality both in children and adults."
What is the best parenting advice you ever received?
I got some great parenting advice from Kevin Bacon. I co-hosted an event with him about 6 weeks after I had Willow. We were getting to know each other and I told him my husband and I were really in the thick of it, sleepless nights, exhaustion, the whole thing. And he said to me: “This too shall pass.” And it did. But what he also meant was to treasure every moment. Not to worry about when they’d be potty-trained, but to focus on every step along the way. I always wanted to tell Kevin how impactful that advice was. And I finally got the chance – we recently did a film together. When I finally saw him, he had actually just written a song to his daughter who was going off to college. And of course he called it “This Too Shall Pass.”
Any wisdom for first time parents?
You know, we all have so many responsibilities outside of our family lives, and it is so difficult to manage that balance at times. I know how difficult it can be! I am not gonna lie, I put my tail between my legs a lot! This morning I was working on a new script when I heard my husband tell my son I would play catch with him. And my son said: “Mommy can’t. She’s busy.” He could tell how focused I was on my work. And that broke my heart. I closed the script and we started to play. I try to remind myself to be in the present as much a possible.
“I love these Love Shack Fancy dresses! They have a bit of a throwback 70’s vibe which I am in really into – it’s part of my daily aesthetic. Plus, there is something so sweet about a little girl in white. Willow was very excited to put on this dress – her little pupils dilated.” – Michelle Monaghan
Ibiza Crop Top in French Lace
Gypsy Skirt in French Lace