WRITER + BLOGGER
Meet James Kicinski-McCoy, a Nashville-based mother of four and founder of the lifestyle blog, Bleubird. She's also co-founder and editor of Mother Magazine, and co-owner and creative director of Two Son.
Q: What inspires you?
A: Music, books, vintage style and clothing, old photographs, travel, my children, my friends—I find inspiration all around me.
Q: Who or what influences your style?
A: An occasion, comfort, things I love, and my mood really. On a day-to-day basis, I am a simple jean and t-shirt girl, but I love an excuse to have fun and play dress up once in a while.
Q: Why Nashville?
A: My husband Aubrey and I were living in Texas and wanted a new experience and a change of scenery. We didn’t put too much thought behind it and kind of just jumped in head first and we love it here.
Q: You seem to do a good job of truthfully celebrating the joys and woes of parenting. Is there one thing you think is important for every mama out there to know?
A: One thing, hmmm, that’s tough. I think I would pass on the one piece of advice that was given to me years ago that resonated and really stuck out through all of the unsolicited and requested guidance that people have offered to me and that is ‘speak to your children as you would like to be spoken to’.
Q: What's your favorite thing about being a mom?
A: My favorite thing about being a mom is watching my kids grow like weeds into their own unique and individual personalities. They are all my best friends in their own way and make me laugh and love harder than I ever thought possible.
Q: Describe motherhood in three words or less.
A: Messy, loud, and wonderful.
Q: How does motherhood influence your businesses (Two Son, Mother, Bleubird), in terms of strategy, audience, and products you select?
A: Being a mother, motherhood, is a part of me, so of course my children naturally fit into all areas of my life including my work.
Q: What surprises you about each of your kids lately.
A: I have two teenagers, Julian and Milla Plum that are seriously two of the raddest humans you will ever meet. Both of them are funny, smart, beautiful, and independent, well-rounded, good young-adults. I couldn’t be more proud! My ‘little kids,' as I like to call them, are adorable, mischievous, hilarious, and the best cuddlers in the land. They are all so different and all equally amazing.