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motherhood

Beauty

Beauty Uniform: Philippa Pearne

A beauty editor for ten years, Philippa Pearne knows a thing (or five hundred) about looking good. She reveals the key to amazing skin, “the best mascara ever invented”, and the one secret to true confidence.…

Family

Living the ex-pat life: Tula Goodwin on bringing up a family in Singapore

Ever fantasised about packing up your life and moving halfway across the world? Well, Tula Goodwin, co-founder of the VogelGoodwin PR agency, did just that. Having moved from London eight years ago, she now lives in Singapore with her husband Henry and daughters Daisy (8), Agatha (nearly 6) and Margot (nearly 4). So, is it all as exciting as it sounds or are there challenges being so far away from home? From luxurious hospital rooms to jumping on a plane to head to Bali, Tula tells us all about life in Singapore...…

ShoppingStyle

5 Essentials for Off-Duty Style

My life is divided into two halves: one half in which I drink coffee whilst it’s hot, read The Times on my ipad, talk to grown-ups all day and dress for myself; the other half is dedicated to spending time in parks/at playgroups/making gingerbread men/singing The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round ad infinitum if desired/pretending to be a cat or a ‘mummy monster’, and dressing, if not for my children, then in attire suitable for hanging out with them. But I still want to look stylish. Here’s what I wouldn’t be without……

FamilyLife

The Last Child

I have two children who I love – as I tell them so every night when I tuck them in – to the moon and back; so very much that my heart threatens to burst at times. Our family is complete: we only ever wanted two children, and two we have. I know how very lucky this is.…

Children's StyleFamilyLife

5 Things I’ve Learned About Parenting: Marina Sevier of Marloe London

Alex and I are all too conscious that the relationship between ‘baby essentials’ and ‘style’ is a tenuous one. I remember dispatching my mum to buy emergency ‘tiny baby’ babygrows for my little girl and she came back marveling that it still held fast that pink was for girls and blue for boys – and that the cutesy factor was off the scale. Imagine a world where baby essentials were all gorgeous, utterly covetable – and useful long after your babies have grown. Welcome, then, with open arms, Marloe London, set up by new mamas Marina Sevier and Chloe Riddell. Yearning after something more sophisticated, they’ve produced the softest bamboo and organic cotton muslins in ice cream shades (I have my eye on the ombre dip-dyed ones). They can be draped over prams (or indeed chairs and sofas), used as picnic rugs, a swaddle, as a stylish means of breastfeeding modesty, even draped around your neck as a scarf. Because something you use every single day for months (even years) should be as stylish as possible. We love them. And we’re delighted that Marina (mama to Uma, 2, and Leo, 5 months) has agreed to share her 5 Things… with…

FamilyLife

The Story of our Son – a very personal journey through Infertility by Dina Honour

As soon as I read this beautiful post by Dina Honour, the ex-pat, Copenhagen-based blogger behind Wine & Cheese (Doodles), I knew that I wanted to share it. The road to motherhood can be a difficult, lonely and long one and as Dina says “I honestly believe it’s important for people who have been through the experience to know that the trauma of it does fade, but more importantly no one should feel shame about the way they chose to start or grow their family. Women (and men to a degree) shouldn’t feel lessened simply because they may have needed help conceiving or indeed, may not have been able to conceive at all.” Here she shares her experiences of medicated IUI (inuterine insemination), pregnancy and the story of her son……

ShoppingStyle

In Defence of the Mum Coat

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.…

BooksFamilyLifeWomen

Sadie Frost on…Motherhood and Being Positive

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……