By Samantha Lande, BCB Editorial Director
Welcome to Wonder Woman Wednesday, a weekly feature that will attempt to tackle the question we are frequently asked— “how do moms really do it all?” Each week we will feature an amazing mom with extraordinary abilities. From founders of some of the most successful companies to philanthropists who are changing the world, these women are true heroines. To thank them for lifting the cape on some of their super powers, we will make a donation to the charity of their choice.
Name: Lisa Carrol
KIDS :Liv and Lilly 7, Marley 5, Miles 1
OCCUPATION: Designer of LIVLY
WHERE DO YOU LIVE: Miami, FL and Stockholm, Sweden
FAVORITE CHARITY: UNICEF
Although Lisa Carrol spent time as a child playing with fabrics and watching her aunt, a seamstress at the Royal Theatre in Stockholm, Sweden, it wasn’t until she had kids of her own that she would utilize those skills for her own clothing company, LIVLY. After her two daughters twin daughters, Liv and Lilly, were born prematurely, she made it her mission to find the softest material out there to dress them in. She found it in Pima cotton, and three years later she introduced LIVLY in Stockholm. There it received much acclaim, and last month she launched a store and US website to introduce her styles stateside where she already has celebrity fans like Sarah Jessica Parker. Lisa tells us about her love for basketball, her superhero nanny and why she hopes to open a school in Africa by 2018.
What is your backstory?
Growing up I spent most of my free time at the royal theatre in Stockholm, where my aunt worked as a seamstress. Prints, silhouettes and material has always been my passion, but I went on to study finance and marketing. The mix of the three has given me the opportunity to do what I do today. I’ve also always been part of a team, and I’ve always loved the thought of “us” and “ours” rather than “me” and “mine”. Growing up with 5 siblings I definitely had to learn at an early age to solve problems and to respect other people. I started playing basketball at the age of 7, and the sport is one of the biggest loves of my life. It has given me so many opportunities in life, such as representing team Sweden, it earned me a scholarship to Fordham University, and later a professional career where I played for Rome’s women’s team. I’ve had the honor to serve as captain on most teams that I played for, and I think being diplomatic and aiming high, and making sure my teammates are on the same path, is one of the reasons why.
Tell us about your typical weekday:
We are all early birds we are up at 6 (no matter if the kids go to bed at 1 in the morning, they will still wake up at 6 sharp :/) and the most important meal for everyone is breakfast. I get the kids ready for school and Miles gets to come for their drop off. We always play a spelling game in the car, and all the kids get so excited when it’s their turn. My mom always did it with us when I was small, and I think it’s such a great way of learning. I drop them off, and them off at 8, and then I head to the gym (thank god they have a kids department so I drop Miles off while I try to get in some good cardio and weights. After that, I go home to drop MIles off and I head in to the office. I love to be at work and to create! At 5 I leave to pick them up (best part of the day!) and we head home for dinner. Never forget a nighttime story before bedtime at 8. Smooches and hugs and lights are out! If a girlfriend comes over, we indulge in a glass of cloudy bay while watching SUITS.
Tell us about a “save the day moment” (your biggest accomplishment.)
I feel like a super mama every time I go in to look at my four beautiful babies when they are sleeping. That makes me feel so fulfilled and happy- its like I have done something right in life.
Which Superhero do you most identify with and why?
Superman. I grew up with parents who always helped other people. Be kind, loving and helpful. I help out at soup kitchens, I volunteer a lot, but I always wish I could do more. The refugee crisis is going on right now in Europe, and LIVLY just donated around 15,000 USD to UNICEF. When I cry, I cry because I feel helpless. There are so many people struggling in this world and I wish I could do more to help. A dream of LIVLY’s is to open a school in Africa before 2018.
Who is your Wonder Woman ?
I love me some SJP (Sarah Jessica Parker). To me she is a wonder woman- she is a mother 3 who manage to work and to give back to her community. I admire her for her big heart and work ethic.
What is your super power?
I’m a super multi tasker and I get stressed if I don’t do more than x things at a time! Its almost like I get stressed out if I only do 1 thing, because I feel like I could be more productive.
What is your arch nemesis?
Time. Its hard to be a mama of 4 and to run a business, and I have days when I feel that I’m not enough for either.
What is in your Wonder Woman power pack? (Five things you don’t leave home without.)
Diapers, wetwipes, lipbalm, water and a tiny “treat” bag with goodies…you never know when it could come in handy :).
Who is your Sidekick/Partner in Crime?
My former nanny who now is the general manager of LIVLY. She is the robin(a) to my batman(a) and I have her involved absolutely everything. She is family forever.
Who is your supporting cast of characters that helps you to achieve Wonder Woman status?
Liv (daughter 7)- Little Miss Fix it: She knows everything about everyone at all times.
Lilly (daughter 7)- Energy bunny: If I’m ever tired, she is the one who brings be back to reality!
Marley (Son 5)- Protector: This one is super protective of his family and his friends. I know nothing bad will happen to his big sisters as long as he is around :).
Miles (Son 1): Smurf: He manage to always put a smile on my face, and when I think I can’t do it all, I just have to think of him and realize that, YES, I can do it all!
Darius (Hubby): Batman. The love of my life who takes care of my heart. I’m so blessed.
How do you protect (and give back to) your community?
I try to do as much as I can. Time and Money. I am so lucky to have such a privileged life: I never have to worry that my kids will go hungry or live without a roof.