Mother Essentials: Iguehi James
Written by Erin Feher
Ready for some more Mother Essentials? Today’s list comes courtesy of Iguehi James, the owner and chief designer behind Love Iguehi—a custom clothing and apparel company based in Oakland. Iguehi handpicks strikingly colorful African Ankara prints, then uses them to design unbelievably cool pieces that showcase both her Oakland roots and her Nigerian heritage. Did we mention Iguehi is also the mother of twin girls Odion and Akhere, who just celebrated their second birthday, and their big six-year-old sis, Taylor Faith? Check out all 17 of this inspiring mama’s Mother Essentials below!
Little Black Cross Body Bag. “With three children, holding a purse in my hand is often impractical. This simple leather cross body bag is nice and understated. It’s the perfect size to hold all of my essentials.” Marc Jacobs Empire City Messenger Leather Crossbody Bag, $199.97, Marc Jacobs.
A Red Lip. “This is the first MAC lipstick that I ever purchased and I’ve made sure to ALWAYS have it in my make-up bag. There’s nothing like a classic red lip.” MAC Ruby Woo Red Matte Lipstick, $18.50, MAC.
Chuck Taylors. “They’re classic, comfortable, and go with just about everything. Being a mom on the go, I find myself wearing them all the time.” Chuck Taylor All Star Low Top, $50, Converse.
UPPAbaby Vista Double Stroller. “Being a mom of twin babies, this stroller has been a LIFESAVER! It’s functional, durable, the undercarriage carries everything that I need, and we’ve even added the piggy back board so that big sister can ride along, too.” UPPAbaby Vista Double Stroller, $899.99 and up, Bed, Bath, & Beyond.
Hair Bows. “I’m a mom of girls who like girly things. I’ve been putting hair bows and head bands on my girls since they were little, so now the bows have just become a part of their outfit.” WillingTee Grosgrain Ribbon Hair Bows Headbands, $7.99 (20 pieces), Amazon.
Statement Earrings. “These have become my new favorites. They are fun and add a pop of color to any outfit.” Mate Masie Curation Ndeble Earrings, $28, Mate Maise Curation.
Convertible Wrap. “When I want to look stylish, but I don’t want to over think it, I turn to the convertible wrap to make the dressing process easy. This wrap can be worn in over 6 different ways, I’ve even used is at a nursing cover up!” Love Iguehi Convertible Wrap, $84.99, Love Iguehi.
Body Butter. “This body butter smells and feels like heaven.” Urembo Asili Cashmere Body Custard, $30, Urembo Asili.
Herschel Backpack. “I’ve always thought this backpack looked cool and once I got one, I see that they carry a lot. Between my laptop, note pads, diapers, and wipes, this backpack has become my catch-all bag.” Herschel Little America Backpack, $99.99, Herschel.
Colorful, Indestructible Dishes. “Low-cost, bright, durable dishes that my girls absolutely love. They enjoy choosing what color plate, cup, and bowl they use each day.” IKEA Kalas Dish Ware Set, $1.99 (6-pack), Ikea.
Soft Building Blocks. “My twins love playing with these blocks. Since they’re rubber, they don’t hurt when I accidentally step on one.” UNiPLAY Mix Series Jumbo Soft Building Blocks, $19.90, Amazon.
Love Iguehi Head Wraps. “I wear the head wrap as an accent piece to my outfits and admittedly, I wear them when I don’t feel like doing my hair. The Love Iguehi head wraps are beautiful and make me look regal, even when my hair underneath looks a hot mess!” Love Iguehi Head Wraps, $25, Love Iguehi.
Eye Brow Pencil. “I try to keep my eyebrows looking nice, and I’ve learned that it’s not about how much money you spend on a product but rather a matter of finding what product works for you. This little pencil is my favorite. I actually purchase it in bulk.” Fabubrow Eyebrow Pencil, $2.99, Jordana.
How I Built This Podcast. “I spend a lot of time working alone, which is hard for me as an extrovert who loves being around people. I’ve found podcasts to be my company at a time that I would otherwise spend in silence. I’ve learned a lot from listening to people’s entrepreneurial journey and it motivates me to stay the course.” How I Built This, NPR.
Big Idea Food. “This is a great devotional for Christian entrepreneurs. As an entrepreneur, words of encouragement matter a lot.” Big Idea Food: A Weekly Devotional for Entrepreneurs, Side Hustlers & Dreamers, by Marlena Banks, $14.99, Amazon.
Dream Chasers. “This book was written by a close friend of mine and it’s an excellent book for any dreamers like me! The book provides a guide on how to overcome barriers and set your dreams into motion.” Dream Chasers: How to Overcome Barriers and Put Your Dreams in Motion by Jennifer Hammock, $15, Amazon.
Kirkland Baby Wipes. “Kids. That. Is. All. LOL. But really, I don’t know what my life would be without wipes. Actually, I know…it would be a sticky mess!” Kirkland Signature Baby Wipes, $16.22 (for 300 wipes), Amazon.
For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Rachel Zoe, Cynthia Rowley, and Taylor Jay, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Bubbsi founder Sweta Doshi, Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullen, Shahidah Zareef of Bossmom Nation, Joanne Encarnacion, LaTonya Yvette, Morgan Walker of Make.do, Jeanne Chan of Harlow & Grey, and more!
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