By Nicole De Los Reyes
It feels as though it’s perpetually summer as I scroll through Georgia Schulze Del Rosario’s Instagram feed, my eyes not knowing which beautiful image to land on.
In one photo, the sun catches in the beachy, bouncy waves of her hair as she looks into the camera, a straw hat accidentally falling over one eye: a tropical version of Veronica Lake. Another photo captures a perfectly symmetrical and inviting smoothie bowl, something that Georgia, a literal tastemaker, probably put together herself. There’s a sweet photo of her and her husband, Armand Del Rosario, cuddling on their bed, both eternally youthful in looks and in their passion for one another.
One might easily say that Georgia’s life is a picture of perfection, but in spite of everything, she is surprisingly down-to-earth. Off camera, Georgia is bubbly and sunny, easily darting between social milieus, chatting nonstop on a number of topics, and disarming her audience with her mischievous sense of humor. It’s this larger-than-a-billboard, energetic personality that makes her the perfect mother to her four girls, each with their own uniqueness and individuality, that she naturally draws out and helps them express.
Perhaps she learned these skills as the middle child in a family of seven, the third sister between two older sisters and two younger brothers.
“My family was quite big,” she says, the word family barely large enough to encompass the loving, close-knit community of blood-related and adopted relatives she grew up with. “Our house was always filled with a lot of activity and high energy. I feel like I spent most of my childhood getting to know these individuals. Every single one of them has had an impact not just on my life, but on who I am today.”
As a child, she was described as very sweet, “but also a bit of a brat,” Georgia says good-naturedly. She recalls a favorite childhood story from her dad: “He tried to make me sit in a corner as punishment, but every time he stood up to leave, I would also stand up and walk away. He got tired of trying to put me back, so he ended up sitting with me, and feeling like he was also punished.”
She says that she finds the story funny and believable because it’s still how she is today. “Many people define me as sweet, but I know I am also headstrong,” she says, with a coquettish shrug.
Growing up as the youngest girl with two older sisters, Georgia was captivated with everything they did, whether it was the music they listened to, the clothes they wore, or the places they went to. “I always knew they were hip,” she says. “even though they themselves were so different from one another.”
She describes Nicole Schulze Lopez, her closest sister in age, as the classic, elegant one who exudes sophistication in everything, whether at work, in relationships, or with her style. On the other hand, her eldest sister Lexi Schulze is more out there, edgy, and complex. “She always rocks a short and stylish hairstyle and wears her stunning tattoos with pride,” Georgia says.
As for herself, she observes that she’s often seen as the happy middle between the two. “I think I can connect with the sophistication of Nicole,” she says. “But I always add a touch of sexiness. While with Lexi, I can also have a bit of an edge, but always with added femininity.”
“What I would say makes me unique is the very feminine way I move and speak, and the soft, sultry style that I have,” Georgia says. “If we were colors, Nicole would be white, Lexi would be black, and no doubt about it, I would be every shade of pink!”
With dressing young girls, it is so important to remember that they are their own persons, and there will come a point when how they choose to dress will be a reflection of who they are.
Like most sisters, their mother would dress them in pretty, matching outfits as children. Though they would later outgrow this, they would still get inspiration from each other. The Schulze sisters have many fond memories getting dressed together, but the one that most stands out? “Remembering how we used to steal each other’s clothes,” Georgia says, laughing at the memory. “Of course, back then, we hated it, and it caused so many fights, but in hindsight, we were lucky to have so many options when it came to dressing up.”
As they grew older, their styles started to become more definitive of who they were, and they no longer raided each other’s closets.
With her her own daughters, Georgia enthusiastically brought back the matching outfits, but says, “I had to learn that though it works for some people, it doesn’t for others. I loved it, but my sisters didn’t. As for my girls, I have one who really likes to match, whether with me or with her sisters… Funny enough, she is also the third girl in birth order. But the others don’t.”
With dressing young girls, according to Georgia, “it is so important to remember that they are their own persons. There will come a point when how they choose to dress will be a reflection of who they are. It becomes much more than just clothes – that’s when it becomes individual style. And that is something I would never want to hinder in any of them.”
This is something she says she learned from her own mother on raising girls with different personalities. “She taught me that each child is unique and should therefore be spoken to, handled, and cared for differently,” she says. “I would say that my parenting style is to simply love them as well as I know how. I can spoil them to the core, but only with affection, and nothing else. I teach them that treating others with kindness and learning the value of hard work are non-negotiables.”
Aside from those two values, what Georgia also hopes to impart to her girls is self-respect. “I want my love and respect for them to be so strong that they know they should never settle for anything less,” she says. “I notice with my girls, some need me to be more affectionate, while others prefer more of my attentiveness and to know that I am listening, so that’s what I give. For me, it is about truly getting to know each of my girls personally and trying to be what they need while solidifying that bond with them.”
Shopping is one of the ways that Georgia spends one-on-one time with each daughter and nurtures who they are individually. “It’s unavoidable that if you go shopping as a group you will give each other feedback on clothing options, which is all right if you’ve already grown into your personality,” she says. “But with young girls, it’s important to see what they naturally gravitate to. I usually take them out one at a time. It gives me a chance to see their preferences without the distraction of someone else’s opinion. This also gives them the confidence to know that I appreciate their choices—another important factor for a young individual who is still finding their personal style.”
In terms of dressing up, she says her daughters all have a “wonderful, sporty side” (likely influenced by their father who plays football for the United Football League) but also each possesses their own femininity. “They all have an element of street style, loving sneakers as much as sandals, and baseball caps as much as wide-brimmed hats,” she says. “I have to laugh but what they definitely didn’t make mana from me are the revealing pieces I sometimes wear. My girls always tell me that I am showing too much leg, or that my dress is a tad too tight. They seem to have inherited the modesty that their father wishes I possess.”
Her eldest daughter, Nadia, is 15 and the trendiest in the family.“Though her style is different from mine, I appreciate that she knows her body,” she says. “She always chooses pieces that flatter her shape. She loves trousers and off-shoulder tops.”
Her second daughter, Sonia, is 10 and her mother has described her as “ultra-stylish” since the day she started choosing her own clothes. “You know how there are some individuals who just know how to put things together without trying too hard? That is one of the gifts of Sonia,” says Georgia. “Even when she pairs simple shorts, a T-shirt, and Chuck Taylors, it comes together so gorgeously with her little accessories and the way she styles her hair.”
Out of all her daughters, her third daughter Katia is the one whose style is most similar to her own. “Like me, she is ultra-feminine,” Georgia says. “She lives in dresses and it works, because she looks like a living doll.” She explains that there is a softness to Katia, which she expresses through her fashion sense—gravitating toward pastels, lace, ruffles, and fur. “She’s eight and she doesn’t leave the house without a little lip gloss,” Georgia says, with a fond laugh. “My youngest one, Irina, is three,” she says. “I’m still not sure what her style will be but something tells me it will also be on the feminine side. She loves the color pink and being the last of four girls, she has every princess costume imaginable and loves to play dress up.”
Speaking of costumes, I ask Georgia what her family’s plans for Halloween were this year. “Having girls makes Halloween one of my favorite holidays,” she says, sharing how the past couple of years, the family did group costumes. “Last year we did Ariel, Ursula, and Flounder,” she says. “The year before, Alice in Wonderland, the Queen of Hearts, and the White Rabbit. I remember dressing my two middle children as Harley Quinn and the Joker once and that was really awesome.”
This year, the girls all wanted to come as different things. Sonia went as She-Ra and her father went as He-Man to match her. Katia, a lover of everything pink, went as Ariana Grande, and had a blast shopping for hair extensions with her mom. As for her youngest, Irina wasn’t sure until the last minute what she was going to be. “She wants to be everything,” Georgia says, “Princess Jasmine, a witch, a butterfly… so every day it is something new.”
Georgia’s style advice to her daughters is a perfect reflection of her parenting philosophy. “Wear what makes you feel your best,” she says. “Whether it makes you feel confident and good when you look in the mirror or whether it’s something you feel comfortable in. Never let your clothes dictate how the day will turn out. Wear what makes you happy. But most important, be yourself.”
Looking at her girls, it looks as though she is imparting these values beautifully. I ask her if she feels the same, and she smiles to herself and sighs, “All I know is I am really enjoying watching these young souls come into their own—in style and everything else.”