Meet Paige! She is one inspiring Mama with booming career and new business, all while being a Mom to 3 little ones. Hyde Park has become her village, exactly why we love our community! Read more about her below and book a styling session with her ASAP.
What’s your favorite thing about living in Hyde Park?
I love that Hyde Park/Mt. Lookout give us the best of both worlds…Its centrally located and 10 minutes from a bustling downtown yet still maintains this incredible sense of neighborhood and small town community. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family with it’s walkability, fun events (the Hyde Park Farmers market is a weekly summer outing), beautiful parks, and great schools. You can often find my children running around the neighborhood with their friends after school or setting up a lemonade stand.
Child(ren) and Age(s)?
Stella- 8, Steven- 6, Scarlett- 3
Favorite things to do with your kids around town (can be outside of HP)?
One of the first places we visited before moving to Cincinnati was Washington Park and it still rates high on our favorite stops in the city. We love to grab an ice cream cone from Graeters or donuts at Holtmans, play in the park and catch the trolley for a ride around downtown. The zoo, aquarium and smale park also rank high on my children’s “to do” lists. I’m not exactly the best “playmate” with my kids so we tend to favor going on “adventures” instead of staying at home!
Do you have a favorite local store, fitness class or restaurant and why?
Being from the south, I love the classic childrenswear at Castle House and my kids love the ipad room and all the cute gifts and accessories. It’s a great place to pop in for a timeless baby gift or matching sibling outfits (a favorite tradition of mine, even if my children disagree). We also love Zips for the best burger in the city and grabbing sushi on Mt. Lookout square.
Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share!
I’m the Marketing and Creative director for Reusch Interior Design in Hyde Park. Laney (Reusch) and I were neighbors and quickly became friends. I love being a part of such an incredible team and seeing Laney’s creativity and passion for design.
I also just launched my own personal styling company, Paige Parker Styling. Before moving to Cincinnati I owned a women’s clothing boutique in my home state of Mississippi and it was there I quickly realized that I not only enjoyed fashion but I loved helping people feel like their best self. When you look good, you feel good. I’ve styled friends for years and finally took the leap to start my business. I offer everything from wardrobe styling, to personal shopping, special event styling and closet edits. I know from experience how hard it is to be in the throws of motherhood and not take time out for yourself.. I hope to be able to help moms feel like themselves again!
How has this community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?
As a single mother (far from home), I fully believe that it takes a village and this community has been my village. I’ve found my tribe of friends within this neighborhood who love and support my family day after day. Whether is taking my kids when I need a break or our “multi-family dinners” or a texts of encouragement, this community of friends has helped me through it all.
Tips for Balancing it all? Motherhood, career, family and social life?
When you find out can you let me know? I am a long way from having this figured out! But for me, taking time for myself is incredibly important. When I take time to invest in myself, whether it be a night out with friends or a quick trip to grab a coffee, I’m a much better mother, friend, and all around human! Also, having great babysitters, thanks to SaferSit, helps aid in taking time for myself and maintaining a balance in my home, career, and social life.
What is the best advice you have received as a mom?
My absolute favorite advice is “see yourself the way your children see you”. Don’t judge me, but my daughter recently said “I didn’t care if I was late because my mom is always late and I want to be just like her”. I ALWAYS beat myself up about my tardiness (I’ve tried everything and can’t seem to cure it, but I’ll pledge to do better for my children) but in that moment I realized she isn’t beating me up, she doesn’t see this huge default of character, she just sees her mom whom she wants to be just like.
And another piece of advice that I try (and often fail) to remind myself of is…grace. Give yourself a little grace. I’m not perfect, nor does perfect exist so instead of stressing over the messes and the forever long to do list that didn’t get accomplished, give yourself grace and start over again tomorrow.
What is the best advice you would like to give to a new mom?
Mom guilt is real, but don’t listen to it! Your best is enough so don’t beat yourself up over the little things. At the end of the day all that matters is that your children are happy and loved.