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Mother Essentials: Jen Garrido

Written by Erin Feher

The last time we went deep with one of our very favorite women, Jen Garrido, a.k.a. Jenny Pennywood, she was a mama of one and toying with the idea of producing women’s clothing using some of her signature prints. Wow, what a difference a few years makes! Today, the fine artist and S.F. resident not only continues to create stunning acrylic-and-watercolor masterpieces, quirky-cool printed tea towels, napkins, pillows, blankets, and even furniture, but has also recently launched some highly coveted women’s wear collabs with the Oregon pattern house Wiksten. Their latest, a trio of perfectly hued sweatshirts, dropped in late November. Another new addition? 2.5-year-old, Juna, little sis to Jemma Bee, 7. We asked Jen to share her must-have Mother Essentials for her and her two girls, and her 15 picks are below!

Want to meet Jen and shop her wares in person? Head over to our holiday-themed MOTHER Market, going down at Fort Mason Center this weekend—Sunday, December 15th, 2019, 10am-5pm

How To Be An Adult. “This book changed my perspective. It is like my little bible.” How to Be an Adult: A Handbook for Psychological and Spiritual Integration, by David Richo, $9.63, Amazon.

Peace of My Heart by Krishna Das. “I listen to this every day. It helps me find my heart space.” Peace Of My Heart by Krishna Das, $18.98, Amazon.

Neon Yellow Calzuro Clogs. “I am all about comfortable shoes. I am currently obsessing over these.” Yellow Calzuro Fluo Clogs, $103.99, Calzuro Fluo.

Murad Skin Care. “I love the sun. I always say that my true self lives on a beach somewhere and is just so, so, so tan. But since that really isn’t something I am able to do much anymore, I try to take care of my skin. I have natural freckles, but with the years of sun exposure, some of those freckles have turned, so I try to minimize exposure and I use my go-to lotion and potion brand. They have a whole line just for dark spots and uneven tones.” Murad AHA BHA Exfoliating Cleanser, $40, Amazon

Super-Charged Smoothies. “We make smoothies every morning and just love to add this.” Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides Hydrolyzed Collagen Powder, $42.98, Amazon.

Oracle Decks. “I have a favorite for myself, and this is a version that I use with my kids.” Wisdom of the Oracle Divination Cards: Ask and Know, $16.60, Amazon.

Reiki. “I just became certified Level 1 through 3. I am not all that interested in practicing reiki on others but I am really interested in how I can do self reiki. Either way, I believe I can beam light.”

Case for Making Watercolors.“I especially love this indigo ink—it’s liquid watercolor ink in a glass dropper bottle.” CFM Indigo Ink, $18, Case For Making.

UPPAbaby Minu Stroller. “This is the BEST stroller. I can close it with one hand, and since Juna is a run-away type of toddler, having one hand free is always handy.” UPPAbaby Minu Stroller, $399.99, Amazon.

Supergoop Sunscreen. “This is my fav face sunscreen, and the whole family uses it. It goes on so smooth and is really easy to get on my 2-year-old’s face.” Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen, $32, Violet Grey.

Inspiring Reads. “There are a few beloved books I keep around in my studio for inspiration.” You are a Circle: A Visual Meditation for the Creative Mind, by Guillaume Wolf, $17.50, Amazon; California Desert Wildflowers, by Philip A Munz, $3.56, Ebay; Amy Sillman: Works on Paper, by Wayne Koestenbaum, $44.51, Amazon.

Crocs Classic Clogs. “I started considering Crocs when I put my second kid Juna in them. They looked so cute on her little baby feet. I had always thought Crocs were a ‘NO WAY’ kinda shoe for me, but something shifted. I purchased my first pair about six months ago and haven’t taken them off since.” Crocs Classic Clogs, $30, Amazon.

Fair Season Vintage. “My go-to clothing sensibility is vintage sweatshirts—or any sweatshirt, really—vintage overalls, jeans, and Vans. Fair Season’s IG account speaks to me.” Fair Season Vintage.

Jenny Pennywood x Wiksten Sweatshirt. “Speaking of sweatshirts, my newest collaboration with Wiksten is live! We just launched at the end of November!” Jenny Pennywood x Wiksten Sweatshirt, $165, Wiksten.

Vintage Overalls.  “Even though I haven’t purchased these yet, I feel like everything from this shop is just totally me. All I want to wear are overalls, vintage sweatshirts, and vintage jeans.” 70s Dee Cee Overalls, $125, Fair Season Vintage.

Dr. Nicole LePera. “This psychologist offers up life-changing self help on social media. This is one of my favorite IG accounts—I feel like Dr Nicole is such a wonderful resource.” Dr. Nicole LePera.

For more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with designers Anna Wallack Cynthia RowleyRebecca AtwoodDana Haim, Rachel Zoe, and Taylor Jay, Wiley Body founder Vanessa Wade, Partake founder Denise Woodard, model and muse Slick Woods, children’s author Serena Minott, clean living expert Kristian Henderson, June & January founder Amy Richardson-Golia, Bubbsi founder Sweta DoshiOakland retail queen Sherri McMullenShahidah Zareef of Bossmom NationJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doIguehi James, and more!

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  1. Alex Elle says...

    Jen is so fun! I love her and her work. Those sweatshirts are BOMB, I bought two. Amazing heirloom quality.

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