The tale of Jordan Rebello & Wynter Poppy Thomson



There’s just something about Jordan Rebello – jusk ask Into The Gloss founder Emily Weiss who cast her as one of the faces to launch her beauty brand Glossier...

With her beautiful curls, exotic brown eyes and cool vibe, she’s the kind of mama that turns heads. Her father is from the Azores off the coast of Portugal, and her mother is Native American. She grew up on Martha’s Vineyard, an island located south of Cape Cod in Massachusetts in the US. “It was such a beautiful childhood. It was super small town so it had such a strong community. They say it takes a tribe to raise a child and it’s true,” she says. Three years ago, she became a mother to the adorable Wynter Poppy. She now also runs LA vintage store Trouble In Paradise. Laid-back, honest and full of positive energy, Rebello seems to have it all worked out. Her definition of success is simple: it’s about about happiness. She says: “It doesn’t matter what you do for a living. It’s about being happy. Waking up and seeing the simple beautiful things in life. If you can stay positive through it all. That’s success to me.” We caught up with the striking mama at home in LA to talk about her love of vintage clothes, motherhood and her beauty essentials.

Photography: Julie Adams Hair and makeup: Elsa Morgan 


The best advice I’ve been given about motherhood is…

To slow down and take it all in. I honestly feel like time flies after having a baby and before you know it, you have a teenager traveling the world.


I would say my role model would be my mother Mia…

She’s such a strong woman, raised four children, still trying to achieve the most and being a genuine and kind person while doing it. I always looked up to her as a role model and even more so now that I’m a mother. My other role model is Goldie Hawn. I’m a hippie at heart and so is she. I love the way she leads her life with long time love Kurt Russell, enjoying her womanhood, raising a loving family and following her dreams. She’s a true inspiration.


I always loved digging for vintage...

I started designing when I was kid in my attic, but I wasn’t a very good sewer. I’d buy vintage finds and re-construct them. I met my fiancé in New York, we had “digging” in common. So when we moved to Los Angeles without a job, it was either sell vintage or figure out another occupation. We first sold on Ebay and then Etsy. Now we sell at the Rose bowl flea market, as well as in our new shop in LA Trouble in Paradise. I love online sales but there’s nothing better then selling your gems hand to hand.


The most challenging period of motherhood would be about six months after my daughter was born…

I feel like that’s when my post partum kicked in. It wasn’t an extreme case. But I was feeling alone, lost and overwhelmed by it all. Once I was able to return to my normal routine, I was able to feel more like myself. Taking care of your needs is really important. As soon as I had my daughter I left my needs at the door and if you do that, it’s easy to lose yourself.


I grew up on Martha’s Vineyard…

I remember riding my bike all over town and running the streets with my brothers. Fond memories include things such as building forts in the woods, riding on the back of the milk truck, exploring. Just good fun!


Opening a shop has always been a goal of mine…

Especially since I’ve been collecting vintage for years – since I had the inventory ready to go. All I needed was a space, partner and the confidence to run with it. The first thing we did was lock in Echo Park as our location – it’s such an up and coming neighborhood. My partner Abby and I both live nearby so knew it was a great spot to open up. There were lots of long hours for my fiancé who built it out for us. I’m forever grateful for his hard work. I couldn’t have done it without him, we’ve been open for a couple of months and things are going very well.


When I was pregnant I loved…

Rubbing coconut oil on my belly. I still use it. I also love Glossier for a fresh dewy look and Evan Healy facial toner.


Going into your birth with an open mind is so important…

You have these ideals of how it’s going to be or how you want it. That can be stressful for you and puts pressure on the baby. Being open about the experience and not closing yourself off to one way of doing things can help you stay calm in the end. I remember I wanted to give birth in the tub. When it came to it, I had such bad back labor – the tub didn’t work for me and I sat in the shower for hours with the steaming water pounding my back. I ended up having an emergency C-section. I tried to stay positive. I had this idea of the way it was going to be, but I let it go knowing I would see my healthy little girl in less than 45 minutes.


I’m a mom, shop owner, model, actress, friend…

The list goes on. I honestly love being busy. If I had any more free time, I wouldn’t know what to do with myself. I really take everyday as it comes. A good night sleep, a good breakfast, a shower and a coffee and I’m good to go.


I love Monday…

As a freelancer, Monday’s have this optimism to it. Like “What’s going to unfold this week?, “What jobs will be coming in? “What trip will we take at the end of week?”. There’s always something to look forward to.


I need to exercise more…

I need to find the time to do that for myself. I take daily walks but I want to start kickboxing. We eat pretty healthily in our household. We love morning smoothies and rice and beans!


I could always treat myself more…

I take myself on a spa date once a week and try to maintain that relationship with myself.


I’m in love with the art deco era…

I go heavy on textiles and color with a little 60s/70s and reclaimed wood, but keep it clean and add art. I’m definitely a tidy person. I can’t sit down till my dishes are clean and house is picked up.


“ They say it takes a tribe to raise a child and it’s true ”

There is so much to do here in LA with a child…

You can go to the beach, ride horses in Griffith Park, visit so many playgrounds that I can’t even keep track of. We love camping as a family. We go 50 minutes out of LA for a quick weekday trip or up to Big Sur for a long weekend. There’s always things to do. Being from a small town, I was always bored and looking for more to do as a child. Poppy is blessed to have such a large city and beyond to explore


In my handbag you’ll find my balm dot calm from Glossier…

My iPhone, rose water spray for those hot summer days, wallet, extra pair of undies for my daughter (just in case). I like to keep my bag very light, so not much else.


My baby essentials are…

Baby powder, not just for tushies. We use baby powder at the beach, it takes all the sand off your feet.


When it comes to fashion, you’ll either you find me in…

Vintage denim, a white tee and a funky shoe. Or pattern on patterns, I love to add pop of color. So if I’m in the mood for bright, I’ll try and pull something crazy off.


I buy vintage for Poppy mostly, but for a touch of new…

Ultra Violet Kids has such cute designs. I also like Old Navy and Gap for the essentials.


Usually people think I’m a teen mom…

I think that’s if you look at me from the surface and not within. I look very young being so petite, but I’ve never felt too young to be a mom. I feel like being youthful has helped me stay connected to Poppy and understand her growing needs.


Jordan’s little list of loves:

Poppy, Johnny because always and forever.
Peaches are such a nice summer treat.
Palm trees because I live in LA.
The ocean because I need a dip.
Palo Santo because that SMELL.
Candles to lighten up the room.
Record player to set the mood.
Our RV camper because it has been so good to us.


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