State of Mind: Leah Bradley

A scroll through Leah Bradley’s Instagram and you’re instantly transported to an afternoon on the coast — salty hair, barefoot kids, sandy feet, days outdoors ...

THE 1930s BANDANA, Avocado / The HOUSE TOP,  Olive

 

THE CROP WIDE LEG & HOUSE TOP, Silk Noil, Olive

 Raised on the coast by a pro surfer and “hippie” mom, Leah explains that her childhood was spent traveling across the US in a van, stopping between surf spots and national parks. Today she’s raising two kids of her own with the same ethos — that life is better when it’s near the sun. In homage to Mother’s Day, a conversation with Leah about motherhood, embracing ease, and being present.

In what ways have you become the mother you wanted to be? And in what ways has this ideal evolved over time?

I’m constantly trying to be better but my patience and ability to stay relaxed throughout the day has greatly improved by spending time with other moms who have encouraged me to embrace each moment and not let tantrums or a messy house ruin your day.

 

What’s currently exciting you about motherhood?

Seeing your little ones grow into their personalities and become independent people. It’s so fun to watch!

 

How has your approach to style shifted since becoming a mother of two? What types of pieces do you gravitate toward or bring you ease?

Since becoming a mom I’ve literally never worn a pair of jeans…I only wear things that are comfortable for breastfeeding, chasing a toddler, and getting sandy in. I feel like I live in silk and linen pieces and always have my swimsuit on underneath my clothing so I’m at all times ready to jump in the ocean.

 

Amid all the movement of raising two kids, can you share a moment of stillness you experienced recently?

We recently visited the wildflowers on a hill near our home and while the kids were playing in the fields I closed my eyes for a moment to enjoy the sun and when I opened them, my daughter Zippy had a little ladybug on her nose and was giggling with her brother as they admired the little friend. It was such a peaceful and sweet moment.

 

What in your life have you recently made more simple? A way of asking questions or listening; a daily routine or a recipe; an approach to mothering?

Every evening my husband and I try to turn off our phones so we can really focus on the kids and each other. I’ve found this has helped us all laugh a little more and not be so consumed with work or whatever is happening on Instagram and instead just enjoy these sweet times as a family.

"Since becoming a mom I’ve literally never worn a pair of jeans…I only wear things that are comfortable for breastfeeding, chasing a toddler, and getting sandy in."

THE PAINTER'S JUMPSUIT, Silk Linen, Desert

THE PAINTER'S JUMPSUIT, Silk Linen, Desert

Photography by Arika McKeever 

 

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