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Mother Essentials: Idia Lanlokun, Founder of Ola & Mide

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

Today’s Mother Essentials roundup is sure to be refreshingly relatable to many readers. Brooklyn-based Idia Lanlokun is a busy makeup artist, stay-at-home mom to two beautiful little girls (Halima, 3, and Imaan, 1), and the creator of Ola & Mide, an affordable children’s tablewear line in a range of pretty hues. “I love all things beauty and convenience!” she tells us. And her 13 picks below reflect just that sentiment. “I love to cook and curate new recipes for my family and I am also an aspiring hostess with the mostest!” she adds. Check out her must-haves below, which includes a shout-out to the Whole Foods-park-Target loop familiar to many mamas.

Tutu Dress. “My oldest daughter loves this dress! We’ve had two so far! Parents, this is legit the most comfy, long-lasting play or party dress ever!” Sequin Rainbow Tulle Dress, $15, Target.

Baby Goes To Market. “This book is my eldest daughter Halima’s favorite book. We’ve been reading it everyday for the past 2 years!” Baby Goes To Market, written by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank, $8.27, Bookshop and Amazon.

Crossbody Bag. “Who doesn’t love a luxury crossbody?! I literally wear this bag everyday. It’s my Saint Laurent LouLou Toy Matelasse crossbody! It fits all of my day-to-day needs! And you can wear this with any outfit and feel stylish and chic!” Saint Laurent Loulou Toy Matelasse Calfskin V-Flap Crossbody Bag, $1,450, Neiman Marcus.

WaterWipes. “A top 5 baby item, in my personal opinion, is my forever go-to WaterWipes. I love them. They’re kind of on the pricey side, but a great investment for littles bums.” WaterWipes Unscented Baby Wipes, $14.99 for 240 wipes, Target.

Chic High Chair. “High chairs are essential in my home! I’m so happy I never got rid of our Oriebel high chair. It’s easy to clean and super chic!” Oribel Cocoon High Chair, $216, Target.

Skin Tint. “I’m a makeup-loving mom and some days I want to look like somebody! So I go for this skin tint by Ami Cole. It’s absolutely the best!” Skin-Enhancing Tint, $32, Ami Cole.

Ola & Mide Bowl. “This is our silicone bowl from our Joko Collection. The durability is what gets me every time, especially with two kids under 5! It literally sticks everywhere! So no spills.” Marble Bowl + Set, $21.99, Ola & Mide.

Mom Shit Shirt. “If you know me, I’m a stay-at-home mom/entrepreneur/makeup artist. And if you are a mom, you have that one go-to shirt and for me that is my Mom Shit shirt. It literally takes me from the park to set and dinner with friends, it is a staple in my wardrobe!” Mom Sht NY Tee, $30, Sht For Moms.

Double Stroller. “What would I do without my double stroller?! This stroller has been with me from the beginning! It’s great for Target runs and has tons of under-carriage space!” Baby Jogger City Select Double Stroller, $680, Amazon.

Body Butter. “For my kids, it’s simple—they are very dry pretty much all year around with super sensitive skin, so my mom go-to is this whipped shea butter from Didara. I use it when the kids are still damp after bath time and on my youngest daughter after every diaper change! My family loves this stuff!” Whipped Body Butter, $15.50, Didara.

Primary PJs. “Our bedtime pajama favorite! I’m a simple mom, so I love things for the kids that don’t always have a slogan or a graphic. My friend gifted me an item from Primary three years ago and I’ve been sold ever since!” PJ Set in Sunburst Rainbow, $38, Primary.

Daily Routine. “The first thing in the morning I do to start my day is pray and give gratitude. I love to do that with my littles when they wake up! Then we FaceTime grandma and Aunty Tide before we run the streets! Lol. Which means Whole Foods, park, Target, etc.”

Community. “What gets me through my day is my community! We talk everyday and just discuss things that are on our hearts! We give eachother insights and make sure one of us is there to pick another up! Having balls is important, especially as a working mom!”

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with Material founder Eunice Byun, best-selling author Joanna Ho, Brave + Kind Bookshop owner Bunnie Hilliard, TV personality Leslie Antonoff, author Rio Cortez, Kido Chicago owner Keewa Nurullah, small-space mama Laura Fenton, Curasalve founder Kelley Williams, Trade Street Jam Co. founder Ashley Rouse, Weelicious and One Potato founder Catherine McCord, interior designer Susan Work, author Tiffany Dufu, Les Gamins founder Veronique Nguyen, Lonny editor Angela Tafoya, Wiley Body founder Vanessa Wade, designers Anna WallackCynthia RowleyRebecca Atwood, and Dana HaimOlympian Alysia Montano, cookbook author Hetal Vasavada, model and muse Slick Woods, wellness influencerJoanne Encarnacion, author LaTonya Yvetteand many, many more!

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