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LIZZI BICKFORD MEADOW President and Editor-in-Chief, The Daily Front Row, Palm Beach Hamptons Editor, The Daily Summer
The kids are down, your work is done - how do you spend your “me” time, when you get it?
I honestly love to spend my time off with my husband, Todd. I enjoy the evenings with him when we can talk about our day, laugh (he’s really very funny) and reconnect. Even though we are both working from home now, we don’t necessarily get more one-on-one time. The evenings are our time to share and enjoy each other’s company.
What is the quality you most like in yourself as a mother?
My new-found ability to be patient. I have always lived a high-paced life and have little patience for things that stood in the way of me achieving my goals. Being a mother (to me) means you have to be OK with putting some things on hold for the moment when you are, for example, teaching your child something new…sometimes at an unexpected (or inconvenient) time. I have really had to let go of the notion that “I can get 100 things done in a day.” I’ve learned to prioritize. My son (and my soon-to-be-born daughter) come first. I know this time of having two little ones is fleeting. I am trying to remain present in the process and not rush through any of it. Even when “it” is teaching Pierce (my 17 month-old) how “fun it is” to unload the dishwasher [laughs] – something that normally takes 5 minutes has turned into a 30 min process.
What’s the quality you most like in one or all of your children that they did not inherit from you?
I have to go with the same answer as above – Patience. My husband is incredibly patient by nature. My son exhibits patience while in the process of learning…everything. It’s remarkable.
What’s the other career you’d most like to try out, given a second professional life?
Given a second professional life, I’d like to be a singer/songwriter. I trained as a classical soprano from childhood through college. I went with a more “practical” career choice, which was to join the music industry upon graduation. My first job was at Columbia Records where I worked in Artist Promotion. I helped make other people’s music dreams come true. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like if I had put that energy behind my own craft. I still love to sing, but now it’s mostly in the car or in the shower – or sometimes for a small audience of friends and family…after a few glasses of wine.
Is there anything that quarantine forced you to change that you would like to - or will - maintain post quarantine?
Pre-quarantine, I was always planning our next adventure. I felt, at times, like we were living on airplanes and out of a suitcase. For me, the further a destination was, the better. I love a 16-hour flight (seriously). I love the smell and site and feeling of arriving someplace really, really far away. However, this whole crazy quarantine experience has made me slow down and realize that being home is really lovely, too. I am getting things done that I have put off for years. I’m enjoying the simple pleasure of running errands (with a mask and plenty of hand sanitizer!) and taking care of personal things that I never had time for in the past. Honestly, self-care -to this extent- is a luxury. Sleeping a full 8-9 hours and not having to commute every day is really a beautiful thing!
What are the nicest things your partner does for you, and you for them?
My husband is really good at listening. He lets me vent and ramble and never minimizes my feelings. I really cherish that aspect of our partnership. For him, I try to shower Todd in love. Lots of hugs and kisses and I tell him throughout the day what an amazing husband and “dada” he is (which he genuinely is).
What are the three beauty products you always have in your rotation? We always love to know someone's go-to lipstick color too...
I love using the face oil by Mutha. It smells like jasmine and is safe to use during pregnancy. I love its gentle hydrating effect and the dewy look it gives to my complexion. My mom recently introduced me to a makeup product line called Boom. The founder and my mom used to work together as models. I use three chubby sticks from their product line that are my “go to” to create a natural glow – two are illuminators and one is a berry-hued cheek stain that I also use on my brow bone. My favorite perfume is Red Roses by Jo Malone. And last, but certainly not least – my favorite lipstick is Wicked Ways by Tom Ford.
Where is the place where you feel like your best self - your happy place?
I have two: New York City and Palm Beach. Both places have been, and remain, such an important part of my life. I truly feel like myself in either of these locations. Even though they are entirely different in look and feel, they spark my imagination and inspire whimsy and creativity.
How important is routine to you? What parts of your routine are sacrosanct?
I’m a planner. I like to have things to look forward to and I like to maximize my time and experiences. I like a routine, but I am also OK when things go awry. I can pivot quickly. The only things I am really diligent about is my morning shower routine (exfoliating is a big part of that) and saying my prayers at night. I have a lot to be thankful for and it’s a personal, quiet moment when I can reflect and put everything into perspective.
What are your professional goals and how do you go about achieving them?
That’s a big question. I feel like I have already lived ten professional lives in my 35 years on this planet. I have moved many times around the world to pursue professional opportunities. I have also moved from one industry to another if a position or company inspired me to grow and learn and gain more experience. I am an entrepreneur by nature. My work life has spanned several fields – from music to fashion to journalism. My biggest professional goal is keep pushing myself – to keep evolving intellectually and creatively and to not box myself in.
What are the things that make your home personal to you and your family?
Lots and lots of photos in silver frames and beautiful coffee table books. I am running out of tabletop and shelf space! I have also recently started collecting furniture with my husband to make our house a home. It’s a fun process we enjoy doing together (or at least he pretends he enjoys it). I love to see our personal space evolving into something that reflects us as a couple and as a family.
How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?
The saying, “it takes a village,” is really so true. I am thankful for the community of strong women I have cultivated throughout my life. They have helped me navigate many unknown territories – from work to relationships to motherhood. From the best of them, I have learned to be a stronger woman…but one who is also kind to herself. I use the lessons I’ve learned and strength I’ve gained from this community to be a better wife, mother, sister, daughter and friend. I enjoy teaching my son how to be a good person and look forward to showing my daughter -through example- how to be a confident, self-loving, giving and kind human.
What maternity style or clothing item could you not find this time around that you most wish FH would create?
I would love a slinky slip dress made for maternity. This is my go-to item when I’m not pregnant. My hair and skin (and boobs!) have never looked better and I’d love something flirty and sexy to wear on date night with a chic sweater, blazer or moto jacket.Shop Lizzi's Look: Peter Pan Collar Dress