Once upon a time…Two successful career women decided to trade in suits for supermom capes! Eileen Estok, former Account Supervisor at a New Orleans advertising agency, and Adrienne Rupinta, former Fashion Buyer for Nordstrom. Now, knee deep in the trenches of child rearing, we are forever searching for ways to pull together our love of art and fashion.? With a friendship spanning over eight years, and a history of artistic ventures, we’re just two great friends who endlessly push each other to strive for a balance between creative expression and freedom from the daily grind. …One day, hipJunky was born!


Over the years, how have you learned to balance career and motherhood?

It’s an ongoing juggling act, but with well-oiled systems, fierce organization and lots of colored pens to manage everyone’s calendar, everything has a way of working out. Some days are more successful than others, but we approach everyday with a ‘can do’ attitude. Like most Moms, we’re masters at multi-tasking. We both come from career backgrounds that were very demanding and deadline oriented (Adrienne, Fashion Buyer; Eileen, Advertising Account Supervisor), which proved to be fertile ground for learning how to manage the chaos. At the end of the day, both of us maintain that our families are our first priorities, so if something has to give, it makes it easier to make the tough decisions.


Is there one particular parenting lesson you’ve learned about raising kids?

EE: I would have to say that learning to appreciate the different personalities and needs of each child, and how to meet them where they are, is an ongoing lesson. My sons Sawyer (12) and Cooper (7), and daughter Piper (4) each has his/her own set of successes, disappointments, triumphs and struggles. I have learned that taking the time to listen to each of them and really hear them is time well spent. They can’t always put their feelings in to words, but a tight hug speaks a thousand words!

AR: There are so many lessons, I could go on for days. The biggest ones I have learned while raising my litter – daughter Spencer (9), son Tanner (7), daughter Quincy (5), and son Kiegan (3), are fairly simple…consistency is key, fairness is a must, and I should treat them with the same respect that I expect from them. I also know, that none of my little people care what time I went to bed and that sleep deprivation affects EVERYONE and EVERYTHING. Making sure I get a decent night sleep (at least a few nights a week) is very important for my juggling act.


Battling stress? Any advice?

Exercise, exercise, and more exercise. It doesn’t always fit in to our schedules, but we try to make it a priority because we both feel more productive when we do! Also, we try to remember that everything is temporary, so take it all in stride. The kids won’t be screaming ‘Mommy look at me…I want…I need’ forever, so now is the time to listen and be present in the moment.


Tools or products you can’t live without?

MacBook, iphone, my calendar, DVR, staying on top of the to-do lists, and lipgloss!

Do you have an inspirational quote, motto or philosophy you can share with us?

We have several inspirational quotes and mantras we tell ourselves:

  • When you know better, do better –Maya Angelou
  • Building a successful business is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results
  • What messes us up the most is that we all have this perfect picture in our minds of how things are supposed to be.

 

Favorite resources, books, or website?

Resources for inspiration… Pintrest, Design Sponge, Houzz.com, Décor8, various fashion and DIY blogs that we happen upon

Recent reads…Hunger Games trilogy, The Girl with The Dragon Tatoo trilogy, Water for Elephants, Twilight series

What are you passionate about?

We are passionate about art and fashion! We approach our buckles like miniature canvases, each with it’s own color and style story. A hipJunky buckle can completely change an ordinary outfit into something extraordinary. It’s a welcome change from the expected. We are proud to create such a unique, fun-to-wear product.

We are also passionate about giving back. We regularly donate to fundraisers and causes in our own back yards and beyond. Recently we created a ‘FIGHT’ buckle to raise awareness and dollars for breast cancer research, with a portion of the proceeds donated to support the cause. We have dedicated a page on our website that highlights inspirational survivor stories and will carry the buckle year-round.

Connect with them:

Twitter: hipjunky buckles

Facebook: www.facebook.com/hipjunky?

Websites: www.hipjunky.com?

Pintrest: hipjunky

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