The effortless entertainer and lifestyle blogger on the importance of self-care, staying connected to her husband post-kids and turning her blog into a business
by Colleen Crivello
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When Camille and I were first introduced, it was pretty much love at first email! There’s an energy and ease about her, with a brightness that’ll make you want to go home, break out your fave cookwear and call up your girlfriends to get your host on – immediately. Therefore, it was no surprise that Camille’s lakeside home in Austin was a pinterest-worthy reflection of all the things she exudes – from cozy outdoor spaces equipped with fireplaces that beckon you to grab a glass of wine and settle in, to the perfectly arranged reading nook. Camille has mastered effortless entertainment and has made a career of curating a well-styled healthy life. Join us for a sunshine filled afternoon chatting about turning her blog Camille Styles into a business, keeping the romance alive after kids and the importance of self-care with the ever-wonderful @camillestyles
Photos by: Ashleigh Amoroso Mornings:I usually get up before everyone else so I have some time to myself before the demands of the day kick in. I make coffee and settle into my desk to check blog posts that went live on CamilleStyles.com that morning, scan my inbox, and spend a few minutes meditating / praying. Having this time is non-negotiable for me – it keeps me centered and on chaotic mornings when we’re all rushing to get out the door (which is almost always.)
The best time of day:Early evening, just before dinner, my husband and I will pour a glass of wine and sit outside on the patio to watch the kids play and debrief on the day.
The husband:We met at work! Adam used to run a digital marketing agency, and I worked there for a short time planning their events. A few months in, we both found ourselves single, went out for a drink one night, and couldn’t stand to be apart pretty much ever since. It was a little scandalous at the beginning because of the work thing, but I think we both knew right away that there was something really special there that we couldn’t ignore.
Living in Austin:I’m originally a Texas girl, but growing up, my family lived in Missouri for years, then I spent a few months in New York. I’ve been in Austin for 10 years and love it so much — I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.
Staying connected:My husband is my best friend and I can truly say we’re more in love with every passing year. We really prioritize our relationship with weekly date nights, occasional trips away together, and most importantly, we take time every single day to share what’s going on in our lives. I’m a big believer in staying connected by really spending time together, and it helps that there’s no one else in the world who we’d rather spend time with.
A mom fail moment:There’s a recent one that involved poop on my white shirt when I was trying to leave the house for a meeting. But let’s be honest — we all have a bad diaper story, right?
On going from a blog to a business:I started my career in event planning, and I loved so many things about it – planning menus, designing the décor, helping my clients realize their vision for a party, but I soon noticed that most people put so much pressure on themselves to make every detail of their event perfect that they really didn’t enjoy the process. I found myself wanting a creative outlet where I could rediscover the fun in entertaining and cooking, so I launched my blog Camille Styles as a place where I could explore the topics I loved and also share what I’d learned as an event planner with a wider audience. As the site has grown over the past 7 years, we’ve broadened the scope to cover all types of lifestyle topics including fashion, beauty, and design, all through a lens that brings together wellness and great style. It’s all about showing readers how to live their happiest, healthiest lives.
Health discovery:Foam rolling. I just got this new one called The Rumble Roller that’s really intense, and I spend a few minutes each night doing exercises with it before climbing into bed. It’s the closest thing to a deep tissue massage that makes me feel so relaxed, plus they say it aids lymphatic drainage, reduces inflammation, and encourage collagen rejuvenation.
Feels sexy:When I’m eating clean, working out, and feeling really good in my skin.
Fitness routine:I love to mix it up — spinning and barre class, plus hikes with our double stroller, are all part of my weekly schedule.
On wellness and self-care:Lots of my female friends feel like they don’t have time to invest in their own well-being, but it really is about setting priorities and knowing that when you take care of yourself, you have so much more to give to others. Even when things are crazy, I get up early for a morning workout or meditation, and I do my best to go to bed at a decent hour — and yes, sometimes that means skipping TV in the evening! I try to remember how much better I’ll feel the next day if I get enough sleep.
3 Beauty tricks for moms on the go:
Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum gives my skin a dewy, plumped up look — even when I’m super tired and my skin isn’t feeling its finest.
Curled lashes are the ultimate way to look refreshed and wide-eyed. I’ve used the shu uemura eyelash curler for years, and it’s the one thing I always do before leaving the house.
A swipe of cream blush in a pretty shade of pink works wonders. My newest discovery is Glossier’s Cloud Paint (I love the shade Haze) which looks like such a natural flush and doesn’t budge all day.
Morning and night skincare regime:Morning: wash with an exfoliating scrub, then Vintner’s Daughter Active Botanical Serum with a few drops of Clarins Radiance Booster mixed in, which gives skin a subtle golden glow. I follow it up with Philosophy Renewed Hope in a Jar with sunscreen built in.
Night: Cleanse with a gentle makeup remover, then it depends on the night. Currently I’m trying to get used to a retinol cream every other night, but my skin hasn’t totally adjusted and I’ve been experiencing some flaking. I also use Skinceuticals Renew Overnight Moisturizer.
When entertaining:I always set up a self-serve bar with glasses, ice, chilled wine, and maybe one type of liquor and a couple fun mixers. I love letting guests mix up whatever they love to drink, plus it makes things way easier on me when I’m not rushing to refill glasses all night.
Go-to hostess gift:I love to make a loaf of zucchini bread or batch of morning glory muffins, and package it up with a pretty kitchen towel and jar of local jam. It makes a perfect hostess breakfast for the morning after!
Wear while hosting:I have to be comfortable when I’m hosting. Usually a sundress or flowy skirt and tank, plus flat sandals or bare feet.
5 spots in Austin, to eat, drink or take the kids:Elizabeth Street Cafe, Launderette, Uchiko, Tacodeli, Franklin BBQ
One tip:For entrepreneurs or women who are looking to turn their passion project into a business:
Find your unique point-of-view — no one else is just like you, and I believe that everyone has something personal and creative to share with the world. Be consistent, stay true to your vision, and know that growing a business takes dedication and perseverance, so it only works if you feel really passionate about what you’re putting out there.