All posts filed under: Mama Musings

Forcing a W’robe Detox

If you’ve been following me on Instagram you may have seen that I’ve moved. Yup, across the globe. I’ve changed apartment, city, country, continent, culture and time zone and now officially call Hong Kong home! As a family, this is our third move in under 5 years, and with each move I find myself detoxing my wardrobe! There is obviously a lot of other stuff that goes with moving half way across the world, but this seems like the most relevant for me today, as I sit in the same pair of denims I’ve been wearing for the last 3 weeks already (they have been in the laundry in between of course!) I am really surviving on a super-edited “Capsule Wardrobe”. At the end of every season I do find myself purging my closet. It’s an opportunity to reinvent your fashion-self, get out of a style-rut and reassess the clothes you own so that you show off your best parts – plus it’s extremely therapeutic and strangely cathartic. (and I ALSO have IKEA catalogue images stuck …

A career in Motherhood

I do love seeing all the recognition that moms get on International Mother’s day. Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are flooded with status updates and photographs of hardworking awesome women who receive their annual high-five from their kids, siblings, parents and other halves. It makes me think of all the skills and talent that mothers need to fulfill this always busy, sometimes annoying, super exhausting, frequently rewarding and always unconditional job. To me motherhood is when I’m assured that my kid isn’t going to end up a complete troll even during those moments of supermarket breakdowns and just-before-bedtime tantrums. Motherhood It’s a good mix of joy, irritation, love and fear and a lifetime commitment to one career. So in the spirit of my lifelong career here’s how my current CV reads … I’m an excellent Fast Food chef. In fact, I make 3-Michelin starred chefs look like amateurs. I don’t see them whipping up 4 different meals in ½ an hour in order to please the head-shaking, famished but fussy customer yelling “No, I don’t like that” – …

#Who made my clothes?

As I watched the top headlines on the weekend, I couldn’t helping being fixated on the footage of the eight-story commercial building that crashed down on top of helpless garment workers just near Dhaka in Bangladesh two years ago. It wasn’t the first time I’d seen the footage, the news stories were to mark the anniversary of the Rana Plaza tragedy which happened on 24th April 2013, but each time I watch the stories of heartbroken mothers who have lost their children, who were probably making something that I have bought or from a fashion brand that I support, it feels more personal. It’s hard to ignore the stories of the workers who were forced to work in a building that was reported to have serious structural damage, that could come crashing down at any minute. This was a factory that produced garments for some of the most well known brands, such as Mango, Primark, Le Bon Marché and Walmart. Due to threats that these employees would not be paid their wages for an entire month …

Checking Gingham off my list

While the Parisians are pretty hasty to pull out their spring trends as soon as the weather feels a few degrees warmer, I’m yet to find a Parisienne garbed in Gingham – why you ask? Probably because no French woman in her right mind would walk around looking like a bistro table! Sacré Bleu! I know that “lady-like gingham” or “Grown-up Gingham” is making a comeback this season, mainly thanks to Diane Von Furstensburg, Michael Kors, Joseph Altuzarra and Oscar de la Renta but I’m just not a follower. I’m reminded of Judy Garland’s pinafore dress in the Wizard of Oz, Romcom movies of “his and hers” picnics in the Hamptons, 40’s bathing suites and my school uniform! So no matter how pretty or updated this monochromatic fabric has been made – beautifully transformed into chic tailored suits or sheer flowing summer dresses, and by some of the most talented designers I might add – I’m going to be leaving this trend safely under my baguette and wine at my local bistro. Are you a fan? Are you …

Jean Paint

Most of the time I’m trying to avoid paint on my pants. Small children with coloured markers and “fun” water colours with little brushes are never safe! But it doesn’t seem to be the same way at chez Stefani/Rossdale. Gwen has been stepping out a lot recently in these painted denims, that yes, are designer. But I’m just not convinced, they look a little “I’ve been renovating the mansion and got paint all over my jeans”. But then, Jessica Alba and Rita Ora have also been snapped wearing these paint splattered denims, and surely they can’t ALL be renovating, so I’m assuming this is a ‘three-makes-a-trend”. There, I said it. It’s a trend. This weekend, I might just let the kids go wild with the paint and markers, let them get all Jackson Pollack on me, but probably not. Check these out. freepeople.com rialtojeanproject.com             

There’s a new age in summer ad campaigns

I’m the first to admit that I love seeing beautifully sculptured young bodies in fashion campaigns or thin bronzed models walking down the catwalk and I’m fascinated by the younger, newer generation of models that designers are pandering too because of their followers – hello Cara Delevingne and Kendall Jenner. However saying this, I am enchanted by fashion houses and retailers using more mature women in campaigns. This season as all the new campaigns hit the shelves and sites we’re seeing style icon and literary legend Joan Didion for Celine, chic Italian grans holding Dolce &Gabbana purses and Singer and songwriter Joni Mitchell for Saint Laurent Paris – and it’s causing a lot of industry talk and discussion. This has been going on a for a few seasons already, a few years ago I wrote a column for Grazia on the uprise of older women in ad campaigns accelerated by successful blogs such as Advanced Style run by Ari Cohen. This disruptive advertising had been adopted by a few luxury brands such as Lanvin who used Jacquie “Tajah” Murdock, an 82-year-old …

Oh how they twinkled on the Golden Globes red carpet

Not only does the Golden Globes kick off the most glam season in Tinseltown but it’s my favourite awards show. Perhaps it’s because it’s the first – there’s no red-carpet fatigue yet – and I love it because it’s more like a super-chic runway show. Celebs showing off the best dress, jewels, heels, make-up, hair… the list of inspiration is endless! Never mind all the PR that designers get at this time of year too, yes they might sink hundreds of thousands into their runways shows twice a year but this is when they really get noticed. Here are my favourites of the 72nd Golden Globes which took place on Sunday night – and they just happen to be hard working fabulous moms too! Reese Witherspoon in her long strapless and ultra-sparkley Calvin Klein dress took my breath away, it took 80 hours to make and came with this personal note from Mr Klein (see below)! It’s the simplicity if the gown that makes it so elegant, the perfect balance between simple and sparkle. And how cute it the …

Liberté d’expression – a sad day for Paris.

Freedom of speech. Liberté d’expression. I have taken this for granted. In the aftermath of the shooting at Charlie Hebdo in the 11th arrondissement in Paris yesterday morning it has left every person I speak to in shock. The turn out in support last night at Place de la Republic was amazing and I’m very proud to call Paris my adopted home. As a South African I am sensitive to how the freedom of our fellow patriots can be taken away, we have a long, sad and well documented history that we have overcome where freedom of speech is respected and each person has a right to their opinion and to be heard. ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’ and as I write this blog I am able to have opinions and express myself freely – this can never be taken away from us or our children. My thoughts are with the families of Charlie Hebdo – this could have happened in any media room I have worked in and to any journalist I know. A sad day …

Ditching the guilt for a Happy Twenty Fifteen

While we’re easing our way into a new year and thinking of what 2015 may bring,  I’ve decided to concentrate on a resolution that I started over 10 years ago that became a passion and turned into a deep lifetime love – the practice of yoga. With two young kids and a busy life it’s not always easy to fit in ‘me time’ and I seem to always find something else that ‘needs’  to be done and so I sacrifice yoga to do these other ‘important’ things. I want to feel rooted, grounded and balanced, to grow from that solid grounding and be able to follow dreams and ambitions without fear – to surrender to each moment and jump with arms wide open grabbing every opportunity. If you have never done a yoga class I encourage you to try one, it could be the beginning of an awesome love affaire. Or if you too have skipped a few practices while trying to juggle everything else along the way, I hope you find the time to make space for yourself and …