(Amy’s Favorites: 1. Jennifer meyer “G” necklace 2. Pour la Victoire Butler tote 3. Chanel Grenat Stylo Yeux eyeliner 4. DL1961 jeans 5. Lucia 6. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks 7. The Best of Michael Jackson 8. Joah Love top at Little Bean)
Who she is: Amy McEvoy, mom of Grace and public relations lead for interior architectural design firm, Wilson Associates, handling the worldwide company PR, CEO Trisha Wilson’s personal PR, as well as PR for her 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation, The Wilson Foundation.
Why we love her: She knows the power of a rockin’ necklace, an amazing meal, and a good read. Oh and she has some of the smartest tips for balancing work and family that we’ve heard.
Herewith a peek into Amy’s world.
On her iPod: A variety! Baby Einstein to Michael Jackson to Coldplay to Daft Punk and Jack Ingram…
What she’s reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot — It’s the most touching and moving non-fiction book I’ve read in a long time.
Always in her handbag: iPhone (in a Kate Spade glitter iphone case), sunglasses- the new color block ray bans are super cool, itzy ritzy snack bag full of treats for Grace, and Chanel Grenat Stylo Yeux eyeliner (a little on the eye makes a quick day to night transition).
Her go-to outfit: For daytime it’s my DL1961 jeans, J. Crew boyfriend tee, flats, and my Jennifer meyer “G” necklace. For evening, it’s usually all black with a bold piece of jewelry. I am loving Lulu Frost’s collection for J. Crew.
Her mealtime haunts: Parigi is a favorite for girls’ lunch, and for family dinner we’re partial to Rafas. The piñatas on the ceiling keep Grace occupied for hours! Lucia in bishop arts district is amazing for date night. Nearly everything is homemade, which makes it more than worth the hassle and wait for a reservation.
Her favorite family outing: Nasher First Saturdays and McKinney Avenue Trolley to Klyde Warren Park are top on our list. Grace also loves the spider monkeys at the Dallas World Aquarium. We could spend days there exploring.
Her tip for balancing work and family: Mothering is the hardest job in the world! I strive to make time for both family and work daily, and I’m lucky to work for a philanthropic and inspirational female CEO, however I still find myself pulling from one part to give to the other.
I swear by these three strategies to stay balenced: 1. Have a plan — Keep work and personal appointments on the same calendar so you never double up. 2. Stay ahead of the game — At the end of the day we are all exhausted, however taking a few minutes to make lunches, set out clothes, or clear your desk makes the morning that much less chaotic. 3. Enlist help — Family is a blessing, reach out to them! They want to help. And communicate with your partner…you can get so much more done when you are on the same page. It’s very difficult to succeed without help.