HANNAH MCKINLEY
Fashion Director, POPSUGAR 

 

The kids are down, your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?

I’m a creature of habit, and for me, a warm bath before bed is like therapy. Afterwards, I’ll unwind and watch a show with my husband — though we’ve binged almost everything we can agree on at this point and we’re currently taking recs — and work on some creative writing for my own little blog.

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed? 

Since I’m not getting to the spa anytime soon, I’ve treated myself to some home beauty and I’m loving everything Barbara Sturm and this dreamy 8 Sheep organics sleepy body lotion a friend recommended.

What is the quality you most like in yourself as a mother?

I like to think that I’m always present when I’m with her, that I’m making space for my daughter to be who she is and wants to be, and that I’m genuinely curious about seeing that little person develop as authentically as possible.

What’s the quality you most like in one or all of your children that they did not inherit from you?

I am so in awe of how brave my daughter is. She is fearless, and she certainly didn’t get that from me.What’s the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?

I majored in English and Theater in college and sometimes still have this crazy acting dream, or I watch something and think how incredible it would be to play a certain character. Maybe in my next life.

Is there anything that quarantine forced you to change that you would like to - or will - maintain post quarantine?

I think more than anything it’s reminded us what’s really important and how to get the most out of our days, even when we can’t see friends and family and aren’t totally in control of where or what we can do. It’s that mindset shift that I most want to hang onto. That despite external circumstances and how the world around us changes, we, as a family, can come together and put the emphasis on the good and what brings us joy.

What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?

I think the nicest thing we do for each other is try to see each other — really see each other —  as people, and not just mom and dad. It's easy to get hung up on the logistics of the day, but we promised each other when we got married to honor each other's interests and I think that's something we genuinely strive to do every day. We both truly want the other to feel fulfilled on their terms and to make space for those things that are fulfilling, outside of home and family, whether that's alone time, time with friends, time to nurture hobbies. Those things keep us sane and centered, and I think more interesting to each other too. I feel so lucky to have a partner who values my happiness and well being on that level, and I only hope that I do the same with him and remind him how much I love him through my actions every day. 

How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?

Like I said, I’m a total creature of habit and daily rituals help me create a sense of normalcy, especially lately. Right now, those sacred parts are snuggling with my daughter, my morning pages, streaming Tracy Anderson workout in the afternoon, dinner with my family, and a bath before bed.What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?

I always knew I wanted to be a writer, then I fell in love with fashion too. I’m lucky to have a job that lets me do both, and as I look ahead, part of growing professionally is also figuring out more of what I want to say as a storyteller. I’d like to think there’s a book in me or a children’s book in my future, and I’m working toward that mostly by actively writing every day and nurturing a couple of side projects.

What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family?

My husband and I met in college and dated for 10 years before we got married, and just celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary, so we have a long-shared history of friends and family, and memories that go way back. We have photos all over our house to celebrate those moments. We also have called each other “dino” for the better part of our relationship, though neither of us can remember where the nickname originated. Regardless, there are dinosaur Easter eggs all over our house. Now we’re having fun creating places to share our daughter’s artwork and it’s very much becoming a home that tells the story of our little family.

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

I feel very lucky that when I moved to San Francisco over a decade ago, I created a kind of second family out here with a network of friends I met in my twenties. Now, as we’ve gone through some of life’s biggest changes together — marriages, career changes, babies— our connection is even stronger. Especially through the last few months, and even though we can’t always physically be together, this is the group I turn to when I’m questioning everything or just need a laugh. We’re all raising our babies here and it fills my heart to see our children growing up together.

What maternity style or clothing item could you not find this time around that you most wish FH would create?

I haven’t actually bought too many pieces or even thought as much about maternity style this time around, thanks to being home so much. I wish there was a place to wear my beautiful Frances Hart look and indulge my impulse to dress this bump up a little more! In the meantime, I would be excited about more maternity loungewear, like a great pair of soft sweats.Shop Hannah's Look: Ribbed Knit Sweater and Ribbed Knit Skirt