Last week we featured an extract from Nourish, a wonderful new book written by Sadie Frost, Amber Rose and Holly Davidson (pictured above) focusing on wellbeing for the mind, body and soul. It’s all too easy to forget to look after yourself when you’re caught up in the busy whirl of life, so we’re all for stopping for a second, reading some good advice and taking a little better care of ourselves. Amber, whose cookbook Love, Bake, Nourish we featured last year (her Anzac biscuits are ridiculously good) has created a host of delicious and nutritious recipes for Nourish, three of which we are lucky enough to feature here. In a week when the weather is promising to be foul and the nights are drawing in, a little bit of nourishment is just what we need…
My name is Natasha and I own a mum coat.
This weekend, I noticed this Facebook post from a very cool, stylish journalist and new mama: ‘I have bought a ‘mum coat’. And I love it!’
The term mum coat was coined here by the brilliant Molly Gunn of Selfish Mother. Defining characteristics? Waterproof; neutral dark colour; hooded. Natural habitat: the playground; the school run; your local high street. Worn by: women like you.
The thing is, the much-maligned mum coat is actually – whisper it – incredibly useful. Have you tried holding an umbrella whilst pushing a buggy and attempting to corral a toddler/schoolchild who is impervious to the rain/the fact that you’re running late? Tricky. Remove the umbrella from the equation and one vital hand is freed. This is why I have a mum coat: I flipping love the hood factor.
Bonus: said coat need not be frumpy or boring. Some of the most stylish women I know (flagging it up here: not all of them are mothers) rock a great mum coat.
So wear your mum coat, I say. And do it with pride.
The fabulousness of a floral jacquard print should never be underestimated – and graphic, statement blooms are the way to work it this winter. Just for you, we’ve found three high street beauties… [Read more...]
Motherhood isn’t easy. Although, sometimes when you look at pictures of celebrities in magazines and read inane quotes from women banging on about their perfect pregnancies and amazing lives, you can sometimes think you’re the only person who finds it hard. Which is why it’s incredibly refreshing to hear mother of four Sadie Frost’s honest take on it. Extracted from the wonderful new book Nourish, written by Sadie, her sister Holly and her friend Amber (whose brilliant cookbook Love, Bake, Nourish we featured last year), Sadie talks all about pregnancy (and suffering from hyperemesis), motherhood and her struggles with postnatal depression. I particularly love what she says about dealing with negative thoughts and staying positive. Sadie Frost – she’s one inspiring woman…
Yup, we know sometimes you just want to make it out of the house without scaring people, but other times (I’m thinking work/meetings/going OUT) you do want to look pulled-together, chic and not in the least bit dated. Even perhaps like you look like you know what’s going on in the world. Which is where the fabulous Rachel Fiddes comes in. Having trawled the catwalk reports so you don’t have to, here’s her rundown of what beauty bits you need to buy to look hot right now….
I’m pretty fascinated by Los Angeles. I’ve only been there once (on a rainy New Year’s road trip with my friend Tash) and with the ridiculously bad weather, I don’t think I saw it in its best light. However, that hasn’t put me off. I love the idea of the great weather (most of the time), the orange trees, the ocean, the hills, the outdoor lifestyle…it just all sounds fab (although the traffic, not so much). Although, really, I’m basing this all on the TV programmes and films I’ve seen, so in reality, it could all be a load of old baloney. One thing, I do know for certain is that The City of Angels isn’t traditionally thought of as a Fashion Hotspot. It’s meant to be more of a shorts and t-shirt place than a high-fashion mecca, but is that true? Moreover, if we’re dealing with fact v. fiction, is LA the hotbed of plastic surgery that we are led to believe? Are women really as obsessed with health and fitness as rumour has it? So many questions. And, thankfully we have some answers, from our latest Style Around the World correspondent – awesome job alert – Polly Morgan, a British cinematographer (pictured below) who for the last 6 1/2 years has made Los Angeles her home. LA style – here’s the lowdown…
Tall order, right? Being happy when, quite frankly, it’s miserable outside. But, you know what? It can be done. It’s just about changing your mindset. Despite the fact that parts of the continent are much colder and darker than the UK, Scandinavians are allegedly the happiest people on earth. So, clearly they must know something we don’t. And, Shaun Russell co-founder of Skandinavisk, a gorgeous candle company that I recently discovered knows what that is. Having met a Danish girl who is now his wife, British ex-pat Shaun has lived in Sweden and Denmark for over 13 years. Together with Gerry Kingham, a fellow ex-pat who fell in love with his own Scandi girl and the continent, he founded Skandinavisk, a lifestyle company which celebrates Scandinavia and its way of life through gorgeous products such as candles and porcelain. In a blatant ‘I’ll have what he’s having’ kind of way, we wanted to get some tips on just how we can channel some Nordic positivity and face the coming winter with a new outlook.
Beverley Turner is something of a Renaissance woman. Not content with ‘simply’ being an author, Telegraph journalist, presenter, mother of three (Croyde, 11, Kiki, 5 and Trixie, 3) and wife to James Cracknell, she has now set up The Blooming Bunch, quite frankly the coolest-sounding antenatal classes we’ve ever read about. It offers courses for first-timers, a refresher course (both in the fabulous surroundings of Maggie & Rose) and private classes – more info here. Whew. We’re exhausted just thinking about how she manages to do it. So, how does she? [Read more...]