Our southern style tour continues with a fellow boy mom and entrepreneur. Lori Degroot is the owner of ELDEE Design, an Interior Design studio in Tampa, Florida. She is a jack-of-all-trades within the creative fields of Interior Design and Fashion Apparel. ELDEE Design’s portfolio includes residential and small retail store design with projects that encompass a wide range of styles and budgets. Lori holds an Interior Design Masters degree and a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from the University of Florida. Prior to having children, Lori owned and operated suitcase – a contemporary women’s apparel boutique in South Tampa and also served for over six years as a Fashion Merchandising adjunct instructor at the Art Institute of Tampa. You can follow her for some serious interior inspiration on Facebook and Instagram at eldeedesign and or contact her directly at [email protected]. Let’s meet Lori who’s featuring the must have shirt of the season (hello, crinkle gingham), tied over a staple maxi to create a look that fits in with all parts of her busy day.
Tell us about your look: The look I went for was refined casual. In this case, it was the simple pairing of a tailored oxford shirt over a basic cotton dress with cone heeled sandals. As a working mother with two young boys, I enjoy comfortable clothing that translates well in both play and professional environments. Layers allow me to adjust my look according to how the day unfolds. A typical day can start at a client’s home delivering an extensive design presentation, then it could shift to my boys’ school as a classroom volunteer, and finally it may end at a hard-hat construction site managing project installs. A quick change of shoes [SK8 Vans] or the removal of the oxford shirt allow me to wear this look at any of these locations and still feel professional and stylish.
Describe your style in less than 5 words: Eclectic & Expressive. Mood Driven.
All time favorite pair of jeans?. Zara Skinny Fit Jeans
Most worn item in your closet? SK8 Hi Slim Vans in black & white
What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve received? One of the best parenting tid-bits I’ve ever been told was a simple phrase – ‘If you want to play rough, you have to be tough’. I just love this. It empowers my two rowdy boys to own the outcomes of their choices.
Never leave the house without…… Clarins Eclat Minute in Rose Shimmer and Orbit peppermint gum.
What is the last gift you gave to someone special? The last item I gifted to someone was a gold MantraBand that reads Be True. Be You. Be Kind.
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