Meet Our Styling Giveaway Winner, Allyn Wise

By Ebony Benson

Giveaway winner Allyn Wise and her family.

Congratulations to Allyn Wise for winning our styling giveaway! Allyn is mom to two boys, five and seven years old. She currently works part-time from home as an Executive Assistant but goes to the office a few times a month. We recently chatted about her fashion and style in order to get a feel for what will work best when we create her outfits in the coming weeks.

The Mommy Stylist: What activities does an everyday outfit have to function for?

Allyn: On the days that I do go to the office (which are the most challenging) it’s typical for me to head straight from there to pre-school pick-up and then to the grocery store or to run a quick errand.  On the days I work from home, I am at my desk until pre-school pick up and then, like on office days, I’ll get few errands done.  Sometimes, I have PTA meetings or lunch with friends during the day while the kids are in school.

TMS: What clothing stores do you purchase from most often (online or in person)?

Allyn: Nordstrom is my favorite and I used their personal shopping service for several years.  In an effort to cut expenses, I have stopped using it because I liked everything they would bring me and it would be really hard to not get everything.  However, I realize now how horribly inefficient I am at shopping for myself.  I will spend an hour gathering things to try on and then 30 minutes trying on and maybe, if I’m lucky, buy one item.  Not a good use of my time.  Also I have used Amazon for the basics in the past.

TMS: What is your biggest fashion problem? 

Allyn: Muffin top.  I have even started taking in my waistbands just a little on each side which does seem to help.  I like Not Your Daughter’s Jeans, but when my top is more form fitting, I don’t like how high the waistband seems to be, a little too 80s for me.

TMS: What item(s) can’t you leave the house without?

Allyn: Lipstick, mascara and earrings are the three essentials I never leave home without.

TMS: What is your favorite article of clothing in your closet right now?

Allyn: Stretch corduroy skinny pants.

TMS: Are there any current trends that you love/hate?

Allyn: I absolutely hate the tribal leggings trend.  I have yet to see anyone that I like them on – and that applies to all body types.  A woman can have a rockin’ body but if she’s wearing those it’s over for me.

TMS: What do you like most about The Mommy Stylist? 

Allyn: I love the outfit ideas and links to where to buy them.  I like that you consider whether an item looks cheap when it is priced cheaply.  I love a bargain, but not if it looks bad.  I like your advice on how to dress for your body type.  Also, I like that what you have started doing with the Happiness and Confidence posts.

TMS: Is there anything else you’d like to let us know about you that we didn’t ask?

Allyn: An accomplishment that I am proud off outside of my family is that I completed a full marathon for my 40th birthday.  Prior to having my boys, I never even thought about running a marathon so to want to, and actually complete one, was amazing.

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