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MOTHER ESSENTIALS: Maggie Gavigan Smith Of Mignonne Gavigan

Written by Katie Hintz-Zambrano

If you’re not afraid of playing with color, texture, and proportions, then today’s Mother Essentials list will likely strike a chord with you! It comes direct from Mignonne (“Maggie”) Gavigan Smith, designer of the eponymous jewelry label Mignonne Gavigan, which is known for its bold styles. Below, the New York-based designer with Southern roots (who previously worked for Marc Jacobs and Loeffler Randall before launching her line in 2014), spills the beans on her must-haves for herself and her 18-month-old son, Fields.

Lena Earrings. “The feather and crystal adorned ‘Lena’ earring from my label are some of my favorites right now. I love them because they are both unexpected and timeless.”
Lena Earrings, $175, Mignonne Gavigan.

Bold Sweater. “The color of this Tibi sweater is just so good, and I love the shape and texture of the style.”
Tibi Tech Poly Sweater, $495, Tibi.

Travel Stroller. “I travel a lot, so having a lightweight, compact stroller is clutch and really helps keep everything going!”
Babyzen Yoyo Stroller, $499, Amazon.

Tiger Rug. “How fun is this guy? We love it.”
Tufted Tiger-Shaped Rug, $69, Urban Outfitters.

Diabetes Kit. “As a Type 1 diabetic, I carry a small, hot pink Loeffler Randall purse to hold my insulin, needles, and testing kit. If you’ve got to carry that equipment around, you might as well give it a cute home, right? When I was first diagnosed, I was given an unattractive black pouch to carry all my supplies in with elastic bands everywhere. I found it incredibly depressing, so I opted into purchasing my own colorful option (which is actually a fanny pack). I can either throw it into a larger bag or wear it on its own.”
Baby Rider Cross-Body Bag/Fanny Pack, $177, Loeffler Randall.

Bangin’ Booties. “I’m obsessed with these Givenchy booties. I wear them every day.”
Prue Buckle Bootie, $1,395, Neiman Marcus.

Statement Jewelry. “When it comes to big, bold jewelry, I say why not? These are such a statement and so fun to wear.”
Brown Owl Earrings, $325, Mignonne Gavigan.

Versatile Necklace. “Our ‘Greta’ necklace is chic and so cool. It literally goes with everything—throw it on and go! That’s a motto I live by.”
Greta Necklace, $725, Mignonne Gavigan.

Llama Love.Llama Llama Red Pajama is one of my son Fields’ favorite books. He reads this almost every day. It’s really great to have the entire set of books to switch it up.”
Llama Llama Complete 7-Book Set, $65.64, Amazon.

Slip-On Toddler Shoes. “Slip-on shoes for my little one make my life so much easier. And they are just so cute to see on my guy’s tiny feet.”
Toddler Checkerboard Slip-On, $30, Vans.

Faux Fur. “I found this teal jacket at Aria Boutique in Baton Rouge. I love wearing some color and it’s the perfect warm, cozy jacket for the fall.”
Suncoo Emmy Faux Fur Jacket, $495, Aria.

Everyday Tote. “Right now I’m using a large metallic gold tote from State Bags. I can throw a week’s worth of clothes for Fields into this bag, and it’s so chic to boot.”
Graham Tote in Gold, $85, State Bags.

Another Bold Sweater. “Bring on the cold, NYC, I’m ready! I’ll be wearing this colorful, cropped turtleneck by Novis. What’s not to love about this gorgeous sweater? The knits, the rainbow color, everything. Just. So. Good.”
The Freddy Sweater, $1,490, Shopbop.

Leopard Print Skirt. “The fit and fabric of this is so flattering and the leopard print goes with everything.”
The Naomi Wild Think Skirt, $180, Realisation.

For more on Maggie, check out the Mignonne Gavigan site and Instagram feed! And for more Mother Essentials, peep our past columns with Oakland retail queen Sherri McMullen, PR pro Priscilla Vega, Courtney Klein of StorqJoanne EncarnacionLaTonya YvetteMorgan Walker of Make.doJeanne Chan of Harlow & Grey, and more.

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