This Instagram experience is really unlike anything I’ve ever imagined. I’ve personally connected with so many complete strangers via this network, and forged some wonderful friendships and partnerships! It seems as though everyone has their Instagram storyline, where they met so and so, and stumbled upon this and that opportunity.
So, I’m starting a “meet a friend” series. Each month we will be choosing one account to feature, via @hipkidfasion and here, on the blog. We will get to know the person, their journey, and perhaps learn a little something more along the way.
Meet Jesrae, proud mama to Apollo (4) and Arabella (10 months). Jesrae has been an active Instagram member for 3 years, but just a few months ago began her fashion journey with an eye towards featuring her children on her account - and they are CAHute!!! Jesrae took the time to let me get to know her and, trust me, she is worth knowing (and following). Jesrae describes herself as Caring, Humble, Protective, Determined and Forgiving. Just reading this brief bit about her, I’d say that you’ll agree with her self-assessment. Her kids, Apollo and Arabella are described as Charismatic, Loving, Energetic, Sweet and Respectful. I would tend to agree just through observing them in photos!
Jesrae, what is it that you value the most with regard to this IG community?What keeps you active and engaged?
I would have to say the thing I value most about this community is the constant Love & Encouragement from other parents who do the same with their kids. Support is always appreciated especially from people you don't even know on a personal level. But it's amazing how we create such close bonds with people we only see in photos, haha
What frustrates you about the community? What would you like to change?
There are so many kids trying to get featured and it's sad to see when fashion accounts continue to feature the same person over and over. Don't get me wrong, the kids that ARE featured are all gorgeous and deserve every feature they get, but at least spread out your posts so the same person isn't reflected on a weekly basis. I know the feeling of rejection or not feeling like my kids aren't good enough, because they lack a feature. We sometimes tend to get so caught up in all this and it tends to become competitive and that's when it's not fun. This isn’t a popularity contest. The fashion accounts should keep in mind how every kids style is unique and each of them is showcasing that in their own way. A feature shouldn't be based on how many followers you have or what brands you rep for. Of course it's different if you're that fashion accounts model or if you win fun competitions like we have, but other then that, people should be fair. People appreciate fairness.(I’m just going to take a moment here to refer those readers who agree with this response to check out my blog post on how to get featured on Hip Kid! We are just as much interested in photography as we are fashion! Go read up on what we look for….)
Can you share with us your 3 favorite feeds to follow (aside from us, of course ;)
@Kids_Stylezz: The first fashion account to notice my kids. I became part of their team (my kids are their official models) when they were only at 9K followers. I value how they give every kid a chance to be featured.
@TheDaddyFashionStylist: I love his feed. Pete, the owner is so real. He shows how it's okay to like nice things. Being a lover of quality over quantity it's nice to have found someone who expresses the concept of how quality can sometimes overlooked these days. But at the end of the day and behind all his lavish postings, he's just an ordinary person like us all. I love how his feed is not only about fashion, but it's about love and all things humor. It's a nice place to visit when you're not having the best of days. He's also Anti-Bullying which I love!!!
@Love_Zahara: Account is ran by her Mom and she is just the sweetest thing. I secretly cyber stock her all the time because I love how well rounded her feed is. But I APPRECIATE most how she is interactive with her followers. She is one person who will ALWAYS take the time to reply back or even engage in your page as well. That's a true beauty in itself. Sometimes people get too caught up and overwhelmed with their followers and comments, but they have their system down pack! I truly thing engagement and interaction is important in this community. I also admire their values and aspire to raise my daughter with a similar structure.
What are your top shops that you follow?
@KardashianKids: I'm guiltily a Kardashian Fan (people who know me, know this!) and because I am quite the @KardashianKollection collector, when I first found out I was having a baby girl, I started her @KardashianKids collection since she was in the womb! I genuinely love their products and always order their entire collection once they announce on IG it's released. They were actually the reason I started this whole fashion account. It took one "like" from them to inspire me to change my IG look. I was never into hashtags or tagging until that one day I hash-tagged #KardashianKids and they "liked" my photo! It changed everything for me. LOL.@JaggedCulture: I fell in love with
@JaggedCulture when I received our first order. A lover of quality, their products truly amazed me. I was also so impressed at how the owner, Berlyn, literally hand sews and stitches everything herself. The love she puts into each product is truly felt and seen in her pieces. Their edgy style adds a sense of character to my kids wardrobe which is something I love. My son Apollo loves his clothes from them too! I would have to say my most treasured items that I've purchased are my kids personalized Leather Tuxedo Jackets from @JaggedCulture.
@SusieCustom: My all time favorite denim line for my duo! As said before I'm all about quality and her products are amazing. I love her edgy/stylish look. Also, her denim line suits infants like my daughter which is hard to come by, especially in that kind of style! @WrensNestCreations: Best handmade shoes for infants. My daughters shoe closet should be renamed "Wrens Nest" haha!
What hashtags do you search daily?
Being a Blogger for all things Mommy, Kids, Wife etc... I tend to search #Blogger #BlogLife #MommyBlogger anything practically Blogger. It's nice to relate to some other Moms who got brought similar trials and triumphs.
Aside from frequenting Instagram, how do you enjoy spending your time?
One of my favorite things to do as a past time is to search for different charities. I absolutely LOVE giving back. I'm truly humbled by the amazing life I've been blessed with, that I'm always so eager to give back when I can. I know the feeling of struggle and defeat that when I give back, it's a sense of knowing I offered a peace of mind to someone, regardless if it's just for that day. I love shopping for a cause and I'm addicting to websites that give back from a purchase I make. On my blog, www.jesraemarie.com I actually have a tab where I talk about some of my favorite "give back" shopping sites. And I also have another Instagram account @mkidzgiveback which displays the charities my kids and I give back to. I also sell their luxury clothing for $5 to allow people who can't afford to purchase these brands at its actual cost, the opportunity to own such amazing brands! My goal in life as a Mom is not to raise my kids with everything given to them. They will learn that with a luxury life comes the discipline in learning to work hard everyday for what you want. Things will never just be given to them. Because in the end, a successful life is one in which you've earned your accomplishments.
Loved getting to know this Mama, and I hope that you did too! If you’re interested in learning more, go give @moylankidz a follow!aps learn a little something more along the way.