'Bachelorette' Trista Sutter Dishes on Her Baby Fashion Line
Anyone who doesn't believe in the possibility of happy endings, hasn't met Trista Sutter.
After she was denied the final rose on the first season of ABC's reality dating TV show "The Bachelor," she got to make her own decisions on love, starring on the first "The Bachelorette." And while most relationships that come out of the series have crashed and burned, she ended up marrying Ryan Sutter, a firefighter from Vail, Colo.
The pair has since welcomed children Max, 3, and Blakesley, 1, into their mountain home and, among other titles, Sutter can now add fashion designer to her ever-expanding resume. This week, pre-sales for her new Fall Winter Rose collection for direct sales company My Vintage Baby launched -- with her cute kids starring as models.
We checked in with Sutter -- fresh on the heels of Monday night's finale of the most recent "Bachelorette" -- to talk about the new baby line, her family's involvement in charities, advice for moms and, of course, Ali Fedotowsky's final pick. An edited version of the interview follows.
ParentDish: You designed Trista Baby, a diaper bag line, in the past. What was it like moving into clothing with My Vintage Baby?
Trista Sutter: Even way before I was pregnant, or even married, I would always buy baby gifts to keep in the house for friends who had babies. I just always loved baby stuff and clothing, especially, so it seemed like a great fit. I didn't have Trista Baby anymore, and I could focus my attention -- at least design-related attention -- to something else.
PD: Is it a lot different, designing clothing instead of bags?
TS: Not too different. ... For me, it's about what's realistic in my life. Like, what would I want as a mom, as somebody who wants my kids in cute stuff? Before, it was what would I want to carry as a diaper bag? So, taking all of that into consideration, it was very similar and super easy to work with the My Vintage Baby people. They truly listen to any kind of input I have and I feel like they respect it. I definitely feel like they appreciate my aesthetic. And I'm a huge fan of shows like "Project Runway" and I just love the design process. To be able do something you're passionate about is just so much fun.
PD: Tell us about the Winter Rose line.
TS: Hopefully, in the future, if all goes well, we'll expand a little bit, but for now there's an outfit for toddlers that's a shirt and pants for the girls, a dress, there's a hair piece and then some accessories like a little outfit for dolls and a blanket. And we did a boy's shirt.
PD: Do you dress your own kids in My Vintage Baby?
TS: We were just at a birthday party for Max and I had Blakesley in a little My Vintage Baby jumper and then a friend was in a little shirt and pants outfit from the same collection and then Max had one of their shirts on and the other birthday boy had their shorts on. I've convinced all my friends it's the best thing since sliced bread.
PD: My Vintage Baby sales include a charity component, as well, with a portion of proceeds from your line going to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.
TS: I think that it's so important to use any sort of public eye persona to do good if you can. The owner has three family members including her kids and her husband who have diabetes. And I not only have an aunt with Type 1, but my grandmother and my dad have Type 2 and I suffered from gestational diabetes with my first child, so that puts me at a greater risk for developing it later in life. I definitely have a connection to diabetes and I want to see it eradicated.
PD: Your family does a lot of work with charities -- Ryan is currently involved in the 101010 Challenge, an effort to get 10,000 people to give $10 in honor of the 10th anniversary of First Descents, a nonprofit adventure camp serving young adults with cancer.
TS: I think (being involved in charities) is important. When the kids get old enough to really understand what it's all about, I want to get them involved, as well. I want them to volunteer or go to shelters or do something. ... (101010) is an organization started by Brad Ludden, who's a friend of ours who's a professional kayaker. They raise money for campers, and they get people to come out to their adventure camps where they teach kayaking and mountaineering and it's for young adults with cancer. They give these people back a week of their lives to conquer something that is maybe a fear or something new and really just give them the encouragement to go back to their battles and give it all they've got. It's so inspirational to me and it's what we should be doing if we can help spread the word about good causes.
PD: You've also been doing some writing. Tell us about penning the foreword for "The Hot Mom to Be Handbook" by Jessica Denay.
TS: I wrote it as a letter to my kids. I talked about how I dreamed about becoming a mother and what happened with my first pregnancy and my second and how even though I had a rough pregnancy, how thankful I am. The book is filled with great tips and websites. There's a part called "Eco-Minded Mama," which really hit home for me because we try to live as eco-friendly as possible. If you're a new mom or you're wanting to be a mom or you already have a little baby, it's great info. And I love to associate myself with anything that is good out there with info I would want to have myself.
PD: Speaking of sharing info, what's your own best mommy advice?
TS: I think the big one parents hear all the time is rest when you can. But, lately, with older kids, it's changed to pee when you can. Because, honestly, I'll feel the urge to have to go to the bathroom and then hours later I'll remember, "oh yeah, you probably should have gone way back when."
And, just enjoy it, cherish it. It does goes by as fast as everyone tells you and I thoroughly have enjoyed every stage. I love it when they're babies. I love it when they start talking. I love it when they start walking. I love it when they can have a full-on conversation with you. ... Just don't be too hard on yourself. Everyone has their bad moments and we all try to be the perfect parents, but, really, nobody was perfect except for June Cleaver and she was fake.
PD: You've become quite prolific on Twitter.
TS: Every day on Twitter I do a favorite part of my day tweet. I've done it for over a year and there have been maybe one or two days in that last year where I've put, "Thank God I was productive" or "I'm glad I got a lot of stuff done." But 99.9 percent of the time it's about my kids or Ryan -- the most important people to me. It's the time I spend with them that means the most and matters the most.
PD: So, we have to ask: What did you think of Ali's choice on "The Bachelorette" Monday night? We love that she didn't make Chris L. go through the final rose ceremony.
TS: I just commend her and I commend the producers, too, because way back when I was on the show, it wasn't an option. I actually wanted to go from four (men) to two, because I knew the third guy wasn't the one for me. They wouldn't let me. ...
I think you could tell Chris was thankful that she didn't string him along any longer. And it's funny because it was kind of the same with me. Charlie was a great guy. I couldn't say anything bad about him back then. But I just had an obviously better connection with Ryan and it was meant to be. I think it's the same with Ali and Roberto.
PD: Did it bring back memories?
TS: I tweeted about it last night and said my favorite part of the day was being reminded of my own fairy tale happy ending. That's actually one of biggest reasons why I watch the show -- it takes me back in a great way. I didn't get to go to Bora Bora and I didn't get to go to Iceland or any of these other places other people have gotten to go. (Laughs.) We went to Seattle. I'm not bagging on Seattle -- I had a phenomenal time there and fell in love with my husband, but it would have been nice to go to Bora Bora.
PD: So, it may be really, really rare, but you and Ryan are proof that you can fall in love on the show.
TS: It's what we did with our relationship afterward that really counted. When you get away from it all and you get back into your normal life, a lot of people realize they're probably just not compatible and they have other life goals. You can talk until the cows come home with cameras on you about what you dream about, but if you don't implement those things in your normal life, then why even talk about them? I think it's definitely possible and I'm hopeful that Ali and Roberto will be the next to walk down the aisle and follow in our footsteps.
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