When we first saw the adorable styles in the new winter collections, we only had one question: Who are the brilliant creative minds who came up with these cozy creations? Luckily, we were able to steal a few minutes with Shelly Walsh, babyGap’s head merchant. This mom of two gave us a glimpse into her style savvy, and a peek at what her life is like when she isn’t at the office.
Describe your personality in three words:
Passionate, determined, fair
Jennifer Aniston! I love her classic, elegant, effortless style.
Favorite piece of clothing in your closet:
Anything in heather gray. I also love navy cashmere.
Accessory you can’t live without:
My Helen Ficalora necklace with my boys’ initials. My youngest son always checks to make sure I’m wearing his initial, especially before a business trip.
Umm…I’m in it!
Favorite item from our babyGap sale:
The intarsia sweater one-piece with the owl (intarsia=a knitting technique featuring a pattern with multiple colors). It’s for baby girls, and is from our Snowflake Collection.
Top winter trends for kids:
Intarsia sweaters, polka dots, and colored bottoms for girls and boys
Best fashion advice you’ve ever gotten:
Buy the Louboutins! At a Barney’s sale, a dear friend of mine convinced me to try on a pair of chocolate brown Louboutin heels, which of course, I fell in love with. To this day, they’re still the best and most decadent shoe purchase I’ve ever made.
Dream vacation spot:
I have two, and both are in California: 1) Our annual family vacation to Rincon Beach, which is outside of Santa Barbara. We rent a house and have a low-key, simple vacation filled with sun and surfing. 2) Any place with an amazing pool and spa (I never met a massage I didn’t like!) like The Parker in Palm Springs or Spa Solage in Calistoga.
Universal Cafe in San Francisco. The food is simple and fresh, the atmosphere is quaint and quiet, and it will always remind me of when I moved to the city years ago.
Favorite TV show:
It’s a tie between Modern Family (when I’m in the mood to laugh) and Game of Thrones (for serious drama).
Favorite family photo: