Why a working mum needs a work wardrobe

I think having work wear is like having a uniform or armour. It sets out your intention for the day, helps you distinguish between your home and work life, and gets you in the right mindset. I think that having clothing that you specifically wear for your job can be  incredibly powerful, particularly as a working mum. When I first began working in recruitment and coaching, many years ago, my employer had a very strict dress code. Suits in black, grey or navy. It seemed restrictive at the time as it adhered to very traditional dress codes for business (“no brown in town” and all that). I’m not suggesting that you wear business dress for work. That might not be…

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The best backpacks for mums

Backpacks are back in fashion. There’s a bunch out there which is great news for mums. I have been in search for the perfect handbag for more than twenty years and I’m sure it doesn’t exist. A decent backpack or dayback comes close to it though. Not only are backpacks better for posture they have a lot of pockets. You can fit a lot in them. Many are also waterproof so you can guarantee things stay dry – from nappies to your phone. The added benefit of backpacks for parents is that you have two hands free. I usually have a shopping basket in one hand and a toddler’s in the other. So what are the best packpacks for mums?…

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My favourite new shoes courtesy of XYLondon

  I’m doing my best at the moment to be appreciative of things. Life is so crazy that sometimes you don’t stop and notice the satisfaction things give you. I recently decluttered in line with the Kon Marie method. It’s basically the principal of getting rid of things that have no practical use, are used regularly and don’t spark joy. It really is an eye opener and if you haven’t read any of Marie Kondo’s books on this I would recommend them. So as a way to keep me on track I wanted to stop and remind myself of some things that are sparking joy in my life right now. I stress things rather than people or experiences as I…

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Colour me Beige…Fashion, Feminism and the Capsule Wardrobe

If you’re a regular reader, you might have read my recent post about my joy at finally getting a pair of skinny jeans that fit. A baby and hitting forty hasn’t done my figure any favours. I don’t particularly mind. I’ve reached a quiet acceptance that things aren’t going to bounce back as quickly as they used to. I’m okay with that as long as I feel good and I’m healthy. Still it’s easy as a mum when you are exhausted and have little time for self care, to feel down about your appearance. You only have to look on Instagram of Facebook to see perfectly made up, well groomed period looking back at you. You might not always feel…

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By George, I think she’s got it! (I can finally wear skinny jeans after a baby)

I can’t lie, I’m not known for my love of clothes shopping or fashion. I do my best to cobble together something vaguely resembling and outfit, and I like to look my best, but comfort and a no need to iron fabrics draw me in more than anything else. I did read Vogue once – it was a Thursday in 1996. I grew up in the 80s and did most of my nightclubbing in the 90s, pre Facebook and Instagram. It was a golden, time when you could wear three “going out” outfits on rotation, without being shamed on social media for wearing the same thing week after week. It was also golden as I was a size 10 – that’s it. I…

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