Tastemakers Club: The Playground Fashionista
For NVSL’s Winter 2018 issue, we interviewed a fresh tastemaker who is making all the rounds at the playgrounds in Northern Virginia: The Playground Fashionista, a.k.a. Amaya Washington. Amaya is our most adorable fashionista to star in the pages of NVSL, and lucky for us, her mom Erin Washington is the wordsmith behind Rookie in this Mom Game. For the humorous profile below, Erin shares Amaya’s style insights for all the cool kids in Northern Virginia.
Mommy has always had an interest in fashion, but it hit another level when she created someone else she could style- me! My fashion career was born when we started getting compliments everywhere we went. “Where do you find her outfits?” people always ask, as if Mommy is shopping in a secret bunker that no one else has access to. They are always surprised to hear that we get the majority of my outfits from Osh Kosh B’Gosh and accessories from Cat and Jack for Target.
Mommy’s passion for toddler fashion inspired her to create @theplaygroundfashionista, our Instagram page that features a compilation of all of my most fabulous outfits. We’ve developed a bit of a following and I’m currently a brand rep for a few small shops who’ve reached out to me on Instagram. They send me fabulous clothes in return for my most fierce modeling poses. This set-up definitely helps Mommy’s fashion budget- and so does shopping for versatile pieces that work for more than one season. The button down plaid shirt I wore in the fall doubles as a dress in the winter (we just add tights and a belt). My fall dresses go to winter with the addition of a puffy vest and tall boots. It’s all about repurposing.
AMAYA’S EVERYDAY STYLE
STYLE SECRET: My style mirrors Mommy’s style. She dresses me in looks that she would wear herself and even allows me to choose my own accessories. Although my taste is eclectic, I always manage to complete the look. I’m two years old but that doesn’t mean I have to dress like a baby.
STYLE MANTRA: Go Big or go home (see my sunglasses and bows for reference).
DAILY THREADS: Right now, I’m wearing a lot of distressed denim and riding boots. Mommy can typically work these pieces into most of my outfits regardless of the weather. Pro tip: Style distressed denim with leggings underneath to keep the look appropriate for kids my age.
WARDROBE STAPLES: I’m always rocking my big round sunglasses by Cat & Jack, mommy’s costume bangle bracelets and an oversized bow.
FAVORITE SHOPS: I’m a brand rep for The Tiny Hipster Co, (1) https://www.thetinyhipster.com/ and Evan Sent Threads http://esthreadz.storenvy.com/. When I’m not repping my brands, I wear a lot of Osh Kosh B’Gosh and Cat & Jack for Target.
ON HER FEET: I’m loving my Carters riding boots (2)! They’re great for the cooler weather and they pair perfectly with most of my outfits (I have them in brown and pink).
FAVORITE CARRYALL: Mommy carries everything I need in the Marc Jacobs Eliza baby diaper bag (3). It’s functional and fabulous. http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/marc-by-marc-jacobs-pretty-nylon-eliz-a-baby-diaper-bag/3166879
TODDLER BEAUTY CARE
PERSONAL CARE PRODUCTS: Mommy uses Mixed Chicks Kids, (4) https://mixedchicks.net/kids-with-curly-hair/ to keep my girls from going cray-cray. She carries Babyganics hand and face wipes http://babyganics.com/products/face-hand-baby-wipes-fragrance-free-1/ so we make sure I am always camera-ready. I tend to get into stuff when she’s not looking so it’s good to have these in the diaper bag.
SIGNATURE SCENT: Johnson’s Bedtime Baby Lotion is my signature scent. It’s heavenly.
MAKING HEALTHY CHOICES
START THE DAY OFF RIGHT: I start my mornings with a bowl of oatmeal, some cheesy scrambled eggs and a sippy cup of milk.
ENERGY PICK ME UPS: I’m a toddler. I have more energy than anyone you have ever met. I never stop (although, I’m feeling my best after my afternoon nap).
INDULGENCE: There’s not much I won’t do for applesauce…or cheese.
CREATIVE KIDS ARE ALWAYS IN STYLE
TECHNOLOGY FIX: Mommy doesn’t usually let me play with her phone but she gets style inspiration from
Instagram, (5). There are so many style blogs out there, you just have to know what to search for!
PLAYLIST: Music is my favorite! Right now I’m listening to Old MacDonald Had a Farm and Row, Row, Row Your Boat on repeat. I’m also working on my ABC’s and practice singing them all day and night- just ask Mommy.
BOOKS: I enjoy Goodnight Moon, (6), Corduroy and anything starring Elmo.
CLOSE TO HER HEART
CAUSES: The March of Dimes is a wonderful organization that helped initiate the system of regional neonatal intensive care (NICU’s) for premature and sick babies. While I was born full-term, I encountered a spontaneous pneumothorax (collapsed lung) at birth and spent the first few days of my life in the Loudoun Inova NICU. You never know what can happen. Please support them here: https://www.marchofdimes.org/giving/support-general.aspx
FAMILY & FUN VACAYS
WINTER GETAWAY: We’ll go see my grandparents in Ohio and Alabama. I’m a big hit in both places. I look forward to being the center of attention in a different venue.
RESORT: Mommy and Daddy were married at Alys Beach Resort just outside of Destin, Florida http://www.alysbeach.com/. I hear it is beautiful place to visit but unfortunately, I missed seeing it by just nine short months.