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LifeWomen

A Confession…

…I am a woman conflicted. This sounds far more dramatic than it actually is – but I am. Why? The age-old work/family debate, am-I-doing-the-right-thing angst has me lying awake at night.…

LifeWomen

How to conquer your to-do list and get things done?

I need a new way of organising my life. My mind is constantly darting from one thing to another. My to-do list is endless - and I never seem to get the bottom of it. (Sound familiar?) I accept this is par for the course when work, young children and domestic admin collide. You can just about keep on top of it, but then throw in something unexpected, or extra, and it all spins out of control. How on earth do you stay on top of things? How do you get stuff done? I miss that feeling of ticking things off the list.…

FamilyLife

How I Make It Work: Dominique Hughes of Jem+Bea

Some people would be lost without theirs, but I have never bought a changing bag. I’ve just chucked nappies, wipes etc into a fabric tote and stuffed it under the buggy. Why? Because changing bags are all too often the opposite of stylish. I couldn’t bring myself to fork out on something which was, essentially, the price of a good handbag but looked so distressingly unlike one. I mean, I’d rather buy a new (non-baby) bag. Until now. For Jem+Bea design changing bags nice enough to replace your actual handbag. I jest not. They are sleek, stylish, altogether gorgeous and wouldn’t shame even the most militant fashionista mama. Founders Dominique Hughes and Rebecca Da Silva Lima (the range is named after two of their respective children, Jemima and Beatrice) grappled with the same function versus style dilemma when they became mamas – and solved it by designing an impeccably curated, beautifully designed selection of bags. You can even have them monogrammed (be still my heart). If this isn’t the perfect baby shower/new mama present, I don’t know what is. (Having suffered yet another leaking beaker disaster (result: entire contents of bag rendered redundant, including nappies. The horror.) this weekend, I might…

FamilyLifeWomen

How I make it work: Courtney Adamo of Babyccino Kids

How do you do it? And by ‘it’ I mean the daily juggle involving life, work, kids (if you have them), you, your partner, the house, the garden, the dog, the second house in France (I wish)…. Me? I basically just wing it. Which is why I’m always on the hunt for tips from inspirational and organised people. Courtney Adamo of Babyccino Kids is one such person. Not only does she have four beautiful children and no family near by to help (she’s from the US), a gorgeous house in North London and looks amazing (these things shouldn’t matter, but for someone who struggles to grab a shower in the morning, it impresses me!), but she also runs Babyccino Kids,a super-successful shopping portal for children (don’t know it? Then check it out -it’s a great edit and their blog is lovely). Basically, she is my lifestyle crush. Read on and you’ll see why.…

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How to…Start Your Own Business

Today’s business post is a little bit unusual. First up – the business is in its infancy (we like to check out these things early); secondly, the director and founder is, as yet, anonymous. Suffice to say she has 10 years’ experience as a beauty insider: she’s worked in public relations for well-known brands, launching hot new products, wooing journalists with creative press releases (I can attest that journalists receive a lot of these). Now, the 33 year-old, new mother of one has taken all that know-how and experience and decided to launch her own brand, SensiChic. a luxe, impeccably curated – and here’s what she considers her USP, affordable – collection of home fragrance and candles. You can find out more by following them on Twitter @SensiChic and Facebook.…

LifeWomen

How I make it work

This, the first in a series of new irregular regular columns, was born of the fact that my friends (who are mothers) seem to spend a lot of time discussing how we make it work. And by ‘it’ I mean the business of combining, work, children (and wider family), friends, even, on occasion, doing something for ourselves. It seems particularly apt to launch it today – just as the Duchess of Cambridge is in labour with her first child. (Although – let’s be honest here – Kate’s version of the juggle is going to a looooong way from yours and mine. Work? Not so much. Nursery waiting list? I don’t think so.)…

LifeWomen

Are you an Alpha Female (and just don’t realise it….)?

What’s your definition of an Alpha female? A big business type with balls of steel and a take no prisoners attitude? A Sheryl Sandberg or Margaret Thatcher? Perhaps a Marissa Mayer, who went back to work as CEO of Yahoo just two weeks after the birth of her first child. Well, yes, by all accounts they are most definitely Alpha women. But does that mean that everyone else is Beta?…