Kristina Phillips considers herself a minimalist with a European sensibility. She grew up traveling around the world, as her dad was an international airline pilot. "I can't help but shop with traveling in mind," she says. "I pride myself on my efficient packing skills and try to never check bags."
"My closet is not full of stuff, but instead is comprised of a few great, key pieces that I wear and love," Phillips says. "To me, an outfit works if it looks put together without too much fuss but still has something that adds a little punch."
In the warmer months, Phillips goes to her summer staples: white jeans and a striped tunic. In the winter, she prefers a great fitting pair of jeans by David Kahn tucked into Dries Van Noten classic black boots, paired with a crisp buttoned-down shirt, and a bright scarf.
"I know what brands I like and what fits me," she says. "As a busy mother of three, shopping online proves to be more convenient. I shop on Net-A-Porter, Gilt Groupe and One Kings Lane." When Phillips goes shopping in Bergen, she prefers J.Crew and Anthropologie.
For accessories, Phillips gravitates toward the classics.
"I love my Cartier Tank watch and my gold monogrammed pendant necklace," she says.
A few years ago, Phillips had a choice to make: yellow gold or silver jewelry.
"A close friend wisely advised me to choose my gold tone early on," she says, "so that future pieces, both old and new, would all work together. My Swedish grandmother wore yellow gold, as does my mother," she says. "I have now inherited gold pieces that are timeless and reflect a long line of yellow-gold jewelry wearers in my family."
Phillips enjoys decorating her Ridgewood home, which is reflective of her personal style but a bit more adventurous with color and pattern.
"Like dressing, I like decorating by mixing high and low pieces together to make things more interesting," says Phillips. "There is something so boring about a too-put-together house that completely matches."
This year, Phillips joined forces with another Ridgewood mom to revamp their elementary school.
"With three kids, mornings can get nutty trying to get everyone's lunches packed and making sure they are all healthy," she says. "By working with the food provider, we are able to make the menu options much healthier and more interesting. The best part is, the kids really like it and our mornings are much calmer."
That positive, healthy momentum has segued into the creation of an "Edible Garden" at Ridge School where the children grow herbs and vegetables, which they will maintain and harvest.
"We are lucky to live in a school district that listens to the parents and is committed to providing the best for our children," she says.
Phillips has vacationed on Nantucket for 19 years, and now enjoys the dog days of summer with her children, Madeleine, 13, Laila, 9, and Dewey, 7, and her husband, Andy, whose dental practice is in Wyckoff.