I remember about eight years ago hosting a birthday party for an old school friend of mine who worked at Red magazine as the Shopping Assistant. Her then boss, the Shopping Editor, had a blog – she showed me on her phone and from that moment on I was hooked. And that blog was WearingItToday.co.uk by the incredibly chic Laura Fantacci. I’ve followed Laura get married, move home, have two beautiful children – and always in the most incredibly glamorous chic way she is so well known for. And when she joined forces with Petro Stofberg to launch WardrobeIcons.com I was hooked once again.
So of course Laura was top of my list of people I wanted to speak to about exactly how she makes it work. How she juggles such a successful career with motherhood and the top tips, style secrets and makeup hacks she swears by. I hope you enjoy reading it…
What is the average morning routine for you?
I’m surprisingly quick at getting ready – I think it helps that I don’t plan my outfit the night before, because I think it takes more time to revisit a plan than it takes to make a new one. I like to see what the weather is like and then if it’s a work from home day, I would usually wear a pair of MiH jeans and a Chinti jumper, hair back and no make up. If I’m meeting a client I would wear something smarter, but overall it can take me as little as 15 minutes to be totally ready. My nanny gets the girls up, I prepare breakfast and go to every effort to have it with them, see them out of the door and then start my day.
Do you have any quick makeup hacks that hide a sleepless night?
I recently started using vitamin C in the morning, followed by SPF 50 – I find that it has transformed my skin and helped gaining some “glow” back. This combined with Hydrafacials at Medicetics every 2/3 months has really made a difference. I also sware by Erborian CC crea to even out skin tone.
Do you have any tips for keeping the girls entertained whilst you get ready?
I lock them in the bathroom with me and open my make up drawer! Both my 18 month old and 5 year old love it!! Each time I do I have a section of old make up I don’t care about that they can stick their fingers in…
Are there any essentials a mum should always have in her wardrobe?
- Flattering jeans
- A good quality pair of flat Ankle boots
- A designer cross body bag
- A good coat that will make you feel polished
- And some cool Bella Freud sweaters
Any mum-life hacks you think make your life easier with the girls?
Always have a plan and always be prepared to change it. Post children it takes a while to accept that change is not failure, but adaptation. I always tell new mums: do whatever it takes to survive, there is really no right or wrong.
Amen to that! Thank you so much Laura.
Don’t forget to let me know of any mums you’d like to know about…
Thank you so much for reading and have a lovely week ahead.