We love discovering new products that we absolutely love and want to share with all of you and our recent NAPPA-Award winning Frankie Cameron Braid Bag is just such a find — a gorgeous leather bag with removable liners that’s practical and beautiful. We had the honor to get to know the mom designer behind this great bag and we’re thrilled to introduce her to all of you. Meet Frankie, mom of two, designer and business-owner from Occidental, California.
Frankie with her adorable family.
Tell us a little about how the Frankie Cameron bag was born and where your inspiration came from?
When I had my first son in 2015, I searched everywhere for a baby bag I loved and could not find anything that was both fashionable and functional and that I could use and love after baby. This was how the idea for my zip out, washable liner was born. Now our line features washable liners for all bags, and all our large bags can quickly go from baby bag to regular purse in seconds, so you can love and use your bag before, baby, after baby and beyond. The liners are also water resistant so you can spill in your bag and never worry, something I felt was really missing for moms and all gals on the go!
Tell us a little about your daily life as a working mom.
My days are a bit crazy for sure but always entertaining to say the least. I start my day and get my kids going and ready for their adventures, then I try to get in a work out before going to training with my horse. (I currently ride for Team USA so my riding is very regimented.), once that is done I try to be in the office daily by 10:30 where I spend the rest of my day working on my company Athletux and Frankie Cameron. After that, its full time mom mode with the boys after they finish preschool, playing, dinner, baths, then reading/hanging out before they go to bed. After that I am usually back to work for Frankie Cameron packing orders and squeezing in any other work that needs to get done before I go to bed. On the weekends we try to spend time as a family since my husband also works full time. We love going down to the local bakery on weekend mornings and getting cinnamon rolls and treats in our little tiny town. I feel like we have a birthday party to attend every weekend, and we love spending time outside playing on our property. Then Sunday evenings I usually spend an hour or two once the boys have fallen asleep getting ready for the week work-wise and catching up on emails.
What do you enjoy doing when not working?
I ride horses in a sport called 3 day eventing. It is my therapy and a time when I can clear my mind of everything else going on.
Frankie at a competition. Photo credit: by Sherry Stewart
Favorite place to be with your family?
Home. I am always on the move so being at home is pretty magical. We are very fortunate to live in the country and there is nothing better than just playing outside.
Frankie and her son. Photo credit: Marian Moneymaker
Best life advice?
Dream your life, live your dreams. My companies have shown me that if you can dream it, you can do it and that if you never try, then you will never know. You might just surprise yourself.
Best advice for working moms on trying to balance it all?
It is definitely hard to balance it all. In addition to Frankie Cameron, I run a marketing firm full time that I started back in 2011. The best advice I could give someone to juggle it all is be present in what you are doing at that moment, and surround yourself with incredible people who will lift you up when you need it and support you in your journey. Sometimes juggling it all just means shifting things around to make it all work. I work a lot after my boys go to bed and take a lot of emails on the go now, but if you love what you do enough, anything is possible and hopefully your kids will learn to work hard and follow their dreams and passions in the process.
For more information on the Frankie Cameron Bag and to see more styles, visit: frankiecameron.com