Stylin’ with Saratoga Mama, An Unusual Moms Group

by Sandra Foyt on October 4, 2010

in Uncategorized

saratoga_mama_tokenOnce I heard that Saratoga Mama was going to host a Style Night Out, I knew I would attend this event. I had been wanting to sparkle-up my humdrum jewelry collection, and I really wanted to meet a moms group that declares: “Just because you are a mom who lives in a historic city doesn’t mean that your social life has to be history!”

When the mama behind Saratoga Mama, Lizzie Sorensen, organized this out of the ordinary moms group in Saratoga County, she purposefully considered the needs of two community sectors that are often overlooked: working moms and local businesses.

One aspect of the previous moms group that didn’t work for me as a working mom was the meetup times and the co-op type of membership. Most of the moms in that group were 100% stay at home mom’s and they had more flexibility it seemed to go to library hour, music class and the park. Being a business person and a publicist I liked the idea of rolling in local businesses and designing a business model around the mom’s group, then providing low pressure meetups and fun mom’s nights out that tailored to things moms need to get done like salon services, shopping, and relaxing but never seem to make time for. (Read more of this interview in The mama behind Saratoga Mamas.)


Style Night Out for Saratoga Mama

This mom’s night out event was just the kind of low-key, low-stress event that I needed. With my busy schedule, and its unexpected last-minute requests, it was inevitable that I would arrive late. When I did get there, I was welcomed warmly, as were the other late arrivals.

The event was hosted at Zola Kids, an Earth-friendly children’s boutique that features 100 percent natural and organic clothing products, toys, bathing and skin care and newborn essentials. Since my children are long past the adorableness stage, I was able to walk on by (although I’ll be back for gift-giving!) Instead I headed straight to the stella & dot display.

I’m not much of a jewelry shopper. For years, I’ve worn the same items with their sentimental reminders, but lately I’ve been wanting to jazz up my image. I’ve been wearing a little more makeup, less comfy clothing, and I was ready to accessorize. Still, when I gazed on the stella & dot jewelry, I was like a deer caught in the headlights. All the jewelry was magnificent, real and substantial, but I had no clue how to select something that I would actually wear.

Fortunately, Courtney Erhardt, a stella & dot Independent Stylist, came to my rescue. She listened to me, discovered a little about my background and needs, and helped me find pieces that I could wear with my sentimental pieces. That’s a BIG DEAL to me. Add the fact that my jewelry arrived within days, that I love it even more now that its mine, and,well, I’m a HUGE FAN.

Follow Up

Interested? To find out more about the Saratoga Mama moms group, or the Saratoga County discount token program, call (518) 428-0921 or visit You can also follow Saratoga Mama on Twitter @SaratogaMama or at Saratoga Mama on Facebook.

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Connect with stella & dot Independent Stylist Courtney Erhardt at

Find Zola Kids at 380 Broadway / Saratoga Springs,  NY 12866, (518) 583-2050, and on Twitter @ZolaKids or on the Zola Kids Facebook Page.

Full Disclosure: Other than the pleasure of the Saratoga Mamas company, I was not compensated in any way for this article. I purchased the jewelry myself, and having looked through the extensive stella & dot FallWinter catalog, I plan to do so again!

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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