Mom Next Door: Samantha Stewart / Blogger at Style of Sam, Pharmacist, Wife and Mom
As a part-time pharmacist, Fort Worth mom Samantha Stewart deals with prescriptions on a regular basis. But as a blogger, Stewart writes a different kind of script for her loyal followers, doling out style Rx and life lessons. The 39-year-old fashionista in a sometimes lab coat has been married to her husband Don for 12 years, and 2 ½ years ago, the couple adopted their son Matthew at birth. Now they’re starting the process of adopting baby No. 2.
While she claims she’s no supermom, she’s definitely a hero to little Matthew and an inspiration to fellow moms and her blog fans.
Would you ever leave Fort Worth?
We both really love Fort Worth, but we just came back from Napa and that was nice. We’re trying to start the adoption process again, so that was a quick little vacation before the craziness [that comes with the adoption process] starts again. We were joking, but I wouldn’t mind if we lived in California. Northern California is beautiful.
Trend you’re loving right now
I’m really loving lace. Also, one of the Pantone colors of the year, Rose Quartz, is one of my favorite colors. I’ve always loved pink, and there’s a lot of pink in my wardrobe. It’s honestly a color that looks good on everybody, and I feel like you can wear it year-round.
Trend you wish would die
I think it looks so cool on people, but I’m just too old to do it: those lace-up tops with a deep-cut V. I don’t wish it would die — I just wish there was a more age-appropriate version.
What was the last thing you did before I called you?
We went to church today (Sunday), and I signed up for the “Best Lent Ever” newsletter. I know it sounds kind of cheesy. They send you an email every day for 40 days to keep you motivated during Lent.
What’s the last thing you do before you go to bed?
I look at social media. It’s kind of this habit I want to break. I want to start using a real alarm clock and not put my phone by my bedside — I end up looking at Instagram or something like that.
Definition of sleeping in
7:30 or 8am.
What time do you usually wake up?
6am at the latest, but I’ve really had trouble waking up lately. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I work out with my friend at 6 so I wake up at 5:30am. We work out in each other’s garages. We hold each other accountable.
What book are you reading now?
I just bought this book at the airport on the way home. It’s called #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. She’s the founder of Nasty Gal.
The last song you sang out loud
Last night, we were watching Lip Sync Battle and Kevin Hart was singing “Roar” by Katy Perry, so I was singing along with that.
No. 1 guilty pleasure
I consider coffee a necessity, so I’d say getting my nails done. And my husband and I watch Real Husbands of Hollywood. It’s such trash TV, but it’s so hilarious.
The last countries you visited
England and France
Your favorite country to visit
I really love France. I think it’s so romantic and dreamy. My husband (an orthopedic surgeon) did a mini fellowship in Germany, so we lived there for a few months, and it’s a really neat country. It’s a toss up between the two.
If your life were a movie, what would it be called?
Is there a movie title called Chaos?
Who would play you?
Maybe Reese Witherspoon. I’m Asian, but people always call me a blond. I love her. She’s so funny.
Three things in your purse besides your cell phone and wallet
Wipes, those portable applesauce packets and lip gloss
How did you feel when you first laid eyes on Matthew?
It was love at first sight. I have this picture of us that our social worker took when we first saw him right after he was born. I honestly felt like there were angels singing. I was just in awe of him. I thought he was such a blessing and that we were so lucky. In the picture, we’re both crying. My husband was like, “Do not ever show anyone that picture. Ever.” It truly captures the emotions we were both feeling. We had been trying for more than seven years, so it was like all this love was all right there when we met him. It was amazing.
Three words to describe yourself
Creative, free-spirited and silly
Name a famous blogger you’d love to meet
Well, I’ve met her already, but I’d love to see her again. [French fashion photographer, illustrator and writer] Garance Doré came to Dallas a couple of years ago, and I got to talk to her for a second. She came to Dallas again, and I missed it. I’d love to be able to spend more time with her.
Favorite article of clothing or accessory
Right now, it’s actually a pair of shoes I got on sale: red patent leather heels with a bow on the side from Delpozo.
If you had carte blanche, where would you shop?
Forty Five Ten [in Dallas]
Recent proud mom moment:
When we were in Napa, I was FaceTiming with Matthew. He kept saying, “I love you, Mommy.” It was just melting my heart.
What was your last mom fail?
Right before we went to Napa, I completely forgot about his visit to the ear nose and throat doctor. That was a visit to decide whether or not he needs more tubes [in his ears]. The appointment I think was at 9:45am and I remembered at like 9:15. [Matthew] was still in his PJs. We had to reschedule.
One of the coolest things about being a mom
You get to experience things in a new way. He notices things that I wouldn’t really notice like the cracks on the sidewalk or a hole filled with water. To me that’s really cool because you get to see things in a different perspective.
If you could invite anyone over for dinner, who would it be?
Christy Turlington Burns. I have always admired Christy as a supermodel, but she really inspires me with her philanthropic activities and nonprofit organization, Every Mother Counts.
If you could go to someone else’s house?
Kelly Wearstler’s house. Everything she touches is just beautiful. I completely admire her work.
Favorite places to go around town
With Matthew, Tillery Park; and the library — we go for reading time. With Don, When we used to go out more, we loved going to Times Ten Cellars. [We also like] Thirteen Pies and going to the Woodshed [Smokehouse]. One of our favorite brunch places is the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. I love its floor-to-ceiling windows with the water cascading down.
Three things moms should not feel guilty about
Working. Everyone is in a different financial place, and some moms have to work. It’s important that kids see that their moms are working and trying to make them have a better life. Allowing for time as a couple. It’s really important to have a strong relationship with your husband and for the kids to see that. Mommy time — if you have a thing that keeps you sane, then do that.
What do you wish you had more time for?
I wish I had more time to paint. I used to paint a lot.
Hardest part about being a mom
Finding a good balance. I really struggle with that. My husband tells me I tend to obsess about things with Matthew a lot. He’s my first kid, so I don’t know [what to expect]. I need to work on my time management.
Describe your perfect day
I make breakfast and Matthew plays nicely by himself. Or my husband makes breakfast. Breakfast is my favorite meal and sometimes it’s such a struggle [to make]. Then we’d go to the park and eat lunch there. When we finally come home, there’s no fighting or crying to take a nap. Matthew just goes to sleep. While he sleeps — my house would already be organized — I’d leisurely read a book or do my nails in the bathroom or something. After he wakes up, we head to the backyard to play before going out to dinner at Fireside Pies or something. After dinner, bath time would be fun and free of tantrums. We’d read a book and he’d go to sleep. Then my husband and I would have a glass of wine and eat chocolate.
Matthew. His name means “Gift of God,” and we feel like, honestly, he’s the best gift we’ve ever received. He is our biggest treasure.
One superpower you wish you had