Molly Guy, founder of cult favorite Stone Fox Bride, the go-to destination for the bride who isn’t looking to order her wedding straight out of her planner’s book, is the kind of girl who will tell it like it is. Candid and hilarious, Guy doesn’t pretend that keeping it all together is an easy task.
Now pregnant with her second child (Guy is Mom to 2-year-old daughter, Sunny), we were excited to catch up with the New York based entrepreneur to find out how she navigates her wardrobe as her body changes, maintains that enviable blond hair and runs a successful business while managing all the duties that come with motherhood. “Embrace the insanity that is your growing body. All of it,” Advises Guy ” There’s something really mystical and Alice In Wonderland-like about the whole process.”
What was the impetus for starting Stone Fox Bride?
When I was in the process of searching for a wedding dress, I couldn’t find a bridal showroom that matched my vibe. The places I went to were slightly stuffy and old school. I’m not a big dresser-upper; I went to the prom in 1995 barefoot with hairy armpits and honestly — not much has changed. I couldn’t shake this vision of a super airy, high-fashion, laid back space with an insanely cool collection of dresses that were edgy, ethereal and bohemian all at once. Eight months after I got married, SFB was born!
2. Showroom Appointments – Vintage Indian 1970’s caftan: Stone Fox Bride Second Life Vintage Collection
As this is your second pregnancy, does anything feel different this time?
I had horrible back pain my last pregnancy which was brutal and unmanageable. This time around, I try to do pilates 4-5 times a week and the back pain has disappeared. It’s seriously a miracle.
Is there anything else that you learned through your first pregnancy that you are trying to do differently this time?
It’s all such a mindfuck, being pregnant. From the very first second the pee stick turns positive til the very end when you push the baby out. On the one hand, you have to function in the real world as if life is just cruising along, normal as ever, but half the time your tits are killing you, your kid is kicking around in your tummy like tennis shoes banging around a clothes dyer, and your legs and back are throbbing to high hell. The first time around I was much more of a nervous wreck, now I roll with it. The truth is, that in my pregnant life, I am quite often, totally out of it — hazy, hormonal and unfocused. Like bumping into walls and stuff.
Do you change your beauty and exercise or any other habits during pregnancy?
In the first trimester, I guess. I was so sick that I could barely choke down saltines and couldn’t exercise for weeks. But once I hit week 14, it was back to life as normal.
How would you describe your style?
Cozy, colorful, comfy. I’d like to think it’s sort of a mix between a 13-year-old boy in 1973 mixed with a caftan-clad Anita Pallenberg in Marakesh, 1968….or maybe “The Dude” from the Big Lebowski meets Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver.
Does your maternity style change much from how you usually dress?
Not really. Actually, not at all. Aside from my jeans. My pre-pregnancy blouses, capes, ponchos, sweaters and caftans don’t change, regardless of whether or not I am with child. My poor husband, god forbid I should actually wear some slutty clothes once in a while.
What are the items that stylishly carry your through your pregnancy?
I love the Indian embroidered caftan my friend Meredith Melling lent me — it’s been a godsend. My Ryan Roche handknit oversized sweaters are also a must-have. Love my capes and ponchos too — have a good collection of them, vintage and new. Chloe, Stella, Isabel, etc… The more it looks and feels like a soft blanket, the better. And my collection of vintage India dresses of course.
3. Cocktail Event – Floral vintage caftan — a maternity dress loaner from one of my most stylish stone fox momma friends, Meredith Melling (I am already dreading the day I have to give it back)
As a busy, working mom, what do you feel has been the biggest challenge of this pregnancy?
Fitting it all in, of course. Making breakfast, dinner, lunches, bathtime, bedtime, stories, snuggling, parent-teacher conferences, laundry, pediatrician appointments, music classes etc — all the while managing my calendar, appointments, fittings, book deadlines, strategy meetings, P & L reviews, status staffing updates, blog, social media accounts and more. Not to mention regular waxes, showers, exercising, couples therapy, reading, finding time to hang with my girlfriends, the occasional blowjob, etc…
What are 5 essentials you cant live without?
Saturday date nights with my hot husband Mike
What are your favorite maternity jeans?
Whatever my friends lend me that fits.
4. Baby Moon – Bikini – Hudson Bay (Similar Available here)
After a full day working, what is the quickest and easiest tip for looking “pulled together”?
A smear of essential oil, a dab of Stila liquid fuchsia blush, a sloppy side braid, vintage Indian dress and a Chanel bag go a long way.
What’s your go-to maternity look when you need to get dressed up to go out at night?
What is your staple footwear while pregnant?
What is your best style advice to pregnant women trying to find their maternity look?
Embrace the insanity that is your growing body, all of it. There’s something really mystical and Alice In Wonderland-like about the whole process, if you can shed some of the vanity and fear that come along with gaining massive amounts of weight in a very small amount of time, the blue streaky veins in your boobs, the juicy thighs and Charles Barkley butt, the list goes on….
Are you dressing the same this pregnancy as you did with your daughter?
I didn’t dye my hair in my first pregnancy — not a cute look. This time I’m all: “fuck it, I gotta be blonde.”
With everything going on in your life, how do you find balance between work, your marriage, your child and nurturing yourself ?
I started an email gratitude list with a bunch of girlfriends after Sunny was born and it’s been a godsend. It keeps me in touch with my bitches, even when days go by without finding time to talk in person or on the phone.
Lastly, what’s been the most surprising thing about being a mom? What advice would you share with others?
I thought becoming a mom would make life boring and annoying, but it’s actually been the opposite. Since Sunny was born, the world is a much more interesting place. Being a mom is all fucked up and poetic and terrifying and amazing..sort of a like a beautiful low-key acid trip that never ends. As far as advice goes, I try not to give it or take it, but if there is one thing I’ve learned is that you can never love your child too much. Love them, love them, love them. Put down your phone, look in their eyes, walk hand in hand, let pure love pour from your heart to theirs. It really does heal all.