Annie Holdren’s passion for motherhood and fashion is what led her to create Manolos and Minivans, a business (@manolosandminivans) and website that showcases everything from fashion to travel for trend-setting moms on the go. She also works as a social media consultant for several local businesses. Holdren is mother to four children—8-year-old Preston Boone, 6-year-old Vivian, 4-year-old Alexandra, and 2-year-old Grant. She and her husband Preston live in nearby Western Springs and devote their time to their children’s schools. Holdren serves on the board of 100 Women Who Give a Damn, supporting area nonprofits. Here are a few of her favorites around country and town.
Mantra? If it was easy, everyone would be doing it.
Best grooming tip? Sleep.
Guilty pleasure? Bravo and red wine.
Favorite foods? Sushi and ice cream.
Music you love? Anything, but most of the time we are listening to nursery rhymes while cruising through town.
Best advice ever given to you? You can do anything, but not everything.
Best advice you’ve given? You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great.
Earliest memory? Waking up Christmas morning to a new pair of pink Reeboks; I have always been an extreme shoe lover.
When you wake up, you? Set a daily intention, check my phone, sip a cup of coffee, and check my email then prepare for the morning chaos of getting kids off to school.
Before bed, you? Debrief the day with my husband, check my calendar, and plan for the next morning.
What’s on your bookshelf? The Five Minute Journal, We Were the Lucky Ones, the newest issue of In Style and Better Home and Gardens.
You can’t live without? My family, coffee, (and sadly, my phone).
Love to escape to? Florida and Hilton Head Island.
Advice you would give to your younger self? Don’t sweat the small stuff.
WHEN IN THE COUNTRY
Your style is? Casual. Sneakers, jeans, and a t-shirt, or jeans, boots, and a cashmere sweater. I am always wearing a hat.
Can’t leave the house without? My phone and Chapstick.
Transportation? Honda Pilot (ironically I named my business Manolos and Minivans but do not drive a minivan).
Driving music? If I am in the car alone, I prefer no music.
Place to eat? Harry and Eddies, Nabuki, and Davanti Enoteca.
Shop? Lepa Boutique and Vintage Charm.
Best thing about country? The community of people.
Worst thing about country? Lack of diversity.
The perfect day is? Waking up before my children to get my work done with a strong cup of coffee in hand, a quick workout, and then spending the day with my kids, family, and friends.
WHEN IN TOWN
Your style is? Casual. If I do want to dress up I will throw on a blazer or jumpsuit.
Can’t leave the house without? My phone.
Driving music? Podcast.
Place to eat? Steak 48, De Cero, Cindy’s Rooftop, and Parlor.
Shop? Nordstrom, Intermix, and Zara.
Best thing about town? The culture and diversity. I love the different vibes that each of the neighborhoods offer.
Worst thing about town? Traffic and parking.
The perfect day is? Sleeping in, exploring the city with my husband, and trying a new restaurant for dinner—followed by cocktails with friends.