I remember around this time last year I was pregnant with Margot and still hadn’t said anything about it on Instagram, hiding the bump in my pictures, I think I felt I just wanted to keep it to ourselves a little longer and then come December I felt the time was right and it was so exciting telling everyone. But strangely quite a few other mums I followed started revealing their bumps with due dates close to my own. One of them was a gorgeous lady I have followed for years – Sally Fazeli. Pregnant with her second the same as me and due in March – the same as me – we messaged and followed each others pregnancies and with not being part of any NCT type group this time round it was so nice having someone else that was at the same stage as me just to compare notes… and now she has her beautiful baby boy -Remy. And if you don’t follow her already then get ready for gorgeous photos daily… Remy is dreamy with all his luscious locks – the same can be said of Sally actually – prepare for hair envy!

So lets find out how she still manages to juggle her successful job with a baby and a toddler… and still look so good on very little sleep…

Do you plan your outfits in advance?

I’d love to say I do but I’m just not that organised. I do try and plan in my head though roughly what the kids and I will wear if that’s classed as planning haha.

What is the average morning routine for you?

Hugo normally wakes us up at the crack of dawn and wants brekky straight away. Sometimes Ayman will take him down so I can get another half an hours kip and if Remy’s awake I’ve started passing him to Ayman too as he is up so much in the night. It’s nice to get that half hour or hour of undisturbed sleep. On an unorganised day we generally chill in our pjs for a bit having brekky and coffee (of course) and a little play downstairs and then I generally get the boys ready and then myself before leaving the house.

Do you have any quick makeup hacks that hide a sleepless night?

Yes – eye cream, under eye concealer pots from Bobbi Brown and Rimmel concealer liquid – eye bag savers and absolute miracle workers!! I’m going to do a super short vlog on it actually as I feel I need to share it with the world haha.

Do you manage to style your hair everyday or do you have a tip for making second/third/fourth day hair last?

I’m becoming more and more lazy with my hair, I hardly do anything with it to be honest. Sometimes I’ll curl it which literally takes 10 minutes (again I’ve done a hair tutorial on this on YouTube) but more often than not I’ll just leave natural which for me is super straight, I do prefer my hair a little wavy though. For making your hair last longer, I guess just dry shampoo and switching up your shampoos so your hair doesn’t get too used to them and get greasy as quick. 

Any sneaky ways to look better than you might be feeling?

Fake tan on your face and neck, I put it on nearly everyday as I look so pasty without it and it gives me that instant bit of colour and lift.

How do you manage to fit in keeping fit with work and the children?

I’ve only just started a gym and Remy is 6 months, I’ve joined one that offers two hours free childcare 9-11 which is when Remy would be awake anyway so knowing that him and Hugo are having fun playing and I’m getting a bit of me time in too, I think it does us all good. I also use the time to answer emails and grab a hot coffee in peace too hehe.

Do you have to work a lot in the evenings too?

Yes which I find is really hard especially when I start feeling super tired as my eyes start going blurry and I just have to give up for the night. Now that Remy is a lot more active in the day I find it hard getting anything done, responding to emails is enough and I can’t even keep on top of that eek. I’m probably better with official deadlines as I know it ‘has’ to be done instead of just doing it for myself if you know what I mean.

Do you have any tips for keeping the baby/kids entertained whilst you get ready?

I sit Remy on a blanket and get him a bucket of toys to play with. Hugo also generally just plays or I’ll pop ‘Little baby Bum’ on YouTube it’s all nursery rhymes and the kids love it.

Do you get to shower/bath everyday?

I don’t actually, is that gross?? haha.

Do you have any help with the kids in the morning from your husband or anyone else?

My husband is generally rushing for work so not really unless I ask him. He’ll attend more to Hugo in the morning so he doesn’t wake Remy or myself up which is nice.

What time do you normally leave the house?

On a gym day 8am on a none gym day it’s generally around 10am but I am trying to get more organised these days.

Any style tips to make you feel and look better if you’ve not had time for makeup and hair?

Jeans and a lovely snuggly chunky knit – I always think they look cool, effortless and comfy 🙂 – why not pop on a pair of heeled boots too to add a bit of leg lengthening and to tone your legs whilst you’re at it haha. Also a hat – total hair mare game changer!


I think you’ll agree not only is she beautiful but she’s a total mum-boss with the kindest of hearts. So glad I am not the only one that has to skip the shower some mornings. Our house is crazy that hour before the preschool run! Also – had no idea about mixing up shampoos I am so trying that tip from the queen of long hair – thanks Sally!

@sallyfazeli / www.youtube.com/c/sallyfazeli

Don’t forget to comment or message me with any mums you’d love me to speak with…

Thank you so much for reading.

Ashley

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La Redoute Home is a bit of an Instagram star… I know the lovely Erica Davies attended the House Beautiful Awards last week to see if the infamous rug she owns and inspired so many others to follow suit with, had won an award – I think it came second? Shout below if I am wrong! Well when they have their 40% sales its prime time to start kitting out your home. I have pulled together my edit of the best pieces on sale now and included a plethora of interior design inspo that I am currently pinning as I get set for stage two on the new home. The images vary a lot – I have an image of the front of the house being much more original and glamorous and the back of the house more minimalist, white and thats where my bamboo obsession comes in too… hope you can find some pieces you love!

Don’t forget to use the code BLACKFRIDAY at the checkout….

Ashley

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I hate to admit it but I am already listening to Christmas music (everyday) thanks to the delight that is digital car radio. I’m not usually one to get the decorations up before the ‘twelve days of Christmas’ but actually this year I think I might. Its such a short period of time, yet probably my favourite time of year so I am starting to go down the route of well lets just extend it! Getting to see family and friends you haven’t seen in so long, everyone having that merry cheer – whether its alcohol induced or not – its merry right! Then there are the parties, celebrations, excitement – and the gifts!

Now the gifts – enter Etsy. I’ve written about how much I shop at Etsy before – my incredible handmade Sputnik light that graces the living room ceiling (read it here – and shop the light here). But when it comes to Christmas, it really is the perfect place to by your gifts. I love anything a bit different, unique, special. And Etsy is one big online marketplace. Millions of market stall owners online selling their own designs, creations, pieces. The personal one to one service, messaging with the sellers is so lovely, you can have a real chat with that lady that handmade your daughters doll and get to know a bit more about whats gone into it, and tell her how much it will mean yo your daughter. For me it makes gifts even more special.

So with that I wanted to share with you a few pieces I have bought so far… and some other gems I am contemplating. If you are expecting a gift from me this year look away now. Kidding… please read!

The handmade doll

So Vivienne is actually a little bit obsessed with brides at the moment. She very sweetly and naively tells me when she is bigger she will marry me. My heart melts every time, her little face full of hope and excitement. So I wanted to buy her something she can act out her bridal dreams with. I found Rosie on Etsy – she was a dressmaker that held stalls at various markets across London including Portabello. Years down the line and after having children she started making baby clothes and other beautiful pieces like Viviennes doll. So special!

 

The Vintage toy

I actually bought this for Vivienne – I have such fond memories of having one in my childhood and I thought it would help with playing shops and learning to count and add up. However Margot is currently quite obsessed! I bought it from Carol at Caravan Vintage Retro – she has the most incredible selection of vintage and retro pieces – real nostalgia – and would make for incredible talking point Christmas gifts! I had this vintage Matchbox musical teddy as a baby…

 

The black and white print

I actually love Brigitte Bardot. Margot could have very nearly been called Brigitte if it wasn’t for Bridget Jones. This gorgeous print with the dog is yet to be framed but going to look amazing on the wall. I bought it from Vintage Photo Shop, they have some amazing prints – the Kate Moss ones are incredible!

The vintage jewellery

Where else can you find a simply stunning 9ct Gold signet ring, engraved for you, and for less than £100?!! Seriously where? I bought this from the lovely Lin at DivineJewel – she’s based in Wales. Such a pleasure to message and I’ve told her how much I love the ring already. Heres the link if you fancy treating yourself or someone special.

Perfect storage

The eternal storage problem we have – finding storage that look good in the girls bedrooms is hard. drawers can be impossible for Vivienne to pull out, and dangerous for Margot. Our toy trunk is a sitting danger – fingers caught ouch! These on the other hand – so affordable, look great, the girls love them, personalised so they can’t take each others and they hold tonnes. I’m using them for toys but they’d also make amazing Christmas sacks for presents! These were from the lovely Carol at Bye Bye Birdie England. Highly recommend!

 

And those other gems I am coveting… enjoy choosing your special gifts.

Ashley

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This post was written in collaboration with EtsyUK but all images and opinions are my own. 

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Sunday Evening, that time I run around the house trying to sort and tidy the bomb site that is my house and get the family sorted for the week ahead. It’s always manic, I inevitably get ratty and take it out on who ever is closest at the time, the wine gets poured, I give up and then the circus that is the week commences again. I know I am not alone in the franticness. It literally is Friday *blink* Monday… the weekends are never long enough. But it does mean it’s time for another peep into another successful mothers routine… I’ve called this one ‘how does she do it’?

This Sunday I am very excited to share an interview with the incredible Lena Terlutter. Effortlessly stylish, Lena is a successful influencer, stylist, author, model, and the proud owner of several shops in Cologne. At 34 years old, she has over 336k Instagram followers, has worked with incredible brands like Cartier and Chanel. She is mummy to the beautiful Luca and seriously cute Lola and is pregnant with her third due very soon! If you’re looking for stylish bump inspo you can’t go wrong following Lena! In fact you can’t go wrong following her full stop.

1. Do you plan your outfits in advance?
No, i tried that some times but I always failed. I really need to decide spontaneously, otherwise I don’t feel good.
2. What is the average morning routine for you?
Getting ready in 15 minutes, drinking my first coffee meanwhile, fast make up, dressing and feeding the kids, driving them to their kindergarten and off to the office afterwards…

2. Do you have any quick makeup hacks that hide a sleepless night?
Yes I swear on touche éclat concealer from YSL.
4. Do you manage to style your hair everyday or do you have a tip for making second/third/fourth day hair last?
No, unfortunately that takes much more time – if my hair is not styled I wear a hat or cap, that´s always the best way to hide a bad hair day.
5. Any sneaky ways to look better than you might be feeling?
An outfit that makes you feel good, in my case it´s almost equal whether it´s a casual or elegant one, if it makes me feel good i´m having a good day.

6. Do you have to work a lot in the evenings too?
Sometimes I like working in the evenings when the kids are sleeping and i´m in front of the computer with the baby monitor next to it – it´s a calm atmosphere since you know there´s no one disturbing you 😉
But i prefer working in the morning, I have the most energy then and it´s easier since you can also make all the phone calls or get a direct answer by email.
7. Do you have any tips for keeping the baby/kids entertained whilst you get ready?
Haha, no I wish I had – for the elder one it´s easy because her biggest hobby is painting and she does it like always, so when I have to get ready she´s already on her painting table, so cute. The little one who is one year old is of course not that easy to entertain while doing my make up, that´s when my husband plays with her and there are also days without make up because of that lack of time 😉

8. Do you have any help with the kids in the morning from your husband or anyone else?
Yes fortunately…my husband and I have a company together, so we do not only share our private but also our business life – it´s far more easy to organize when you have the same job.
Thank you so much for sharing your mum-life with us Lena. Another advocate of the hat and touche éclat!
And thank you guys so much for reading…
Ashley
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I love wearing a hat – like really love wearing one. And not to make a style statement although of course it does – but I love wearing one for all those lazy reasons like not having to do my hair, take a brolly out, put on a face of makeup. A hat frames your face, its easy to grab, it makes you look like you have your shiz under control even when don’t. Gives an air of confidence, edge and feminine style. And the new little hat that I have been wearing religiously… the beret.

I’ve bought and returned quite a few. I think I must have an odd shaped head… but the style that fitted like a glove – the £10 ASOS beret. Love it when a bargain pulls through. I bought a second in black I loved it so much. So without further ado – here are my top tips on how to style the beret and wear with confidence.

5 Beret Styling Tips

  1. Play around with where on your head you’ll wear it. It looks better on different people at different angles. I prefer mine covering my forehead, worn lower – some people look incredible with it pushed back on the hairline or even further back into the hair. You’ll know what you prefer.
  2. Wearing your hair down – go messy. Too pristine and it doesn’t work so well – think Kate Moss/Jane Birkin.
  3. Hair up – go for a low bun or ponytail and pull out some tufts to give it a relaxed look.
  4. Grab a pair of statement earrings to give the simple beret some oomph.
  5. Do not go cliche… you don’t have to go french breton and onions round your neck – in fact the opposite looks amazing – rock chick tee and beaten up jeans with a pretty little beret balanced neatly on your pretty little head. Boom – perfect.

 

A red beret is the ultimate show stopper – confidence in bucket loads. And perfect for the grey months.

Seriously chic – the little black beret is a classic that will literally go with everything.

Sugar sweet – go for the ultimate girly hat and pair with masculine pieces like an oversized blazer and vintage jeans.

White looks incredible on brunets and camel works perfectly with blonde hair.

Understated grey is a soft way to introduce the beret and like black it’ll work with any outfit.

 

 

Thank you for reading…

Ax

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