I love being a mum and I love working.
Juggling the two always makes me feel a bit like a circus performer with spinning plates in the air, ever fearful that any second the whole lot might just come crashing down to earth! Yup – life is pretty great but also pretty hectic, meaning ME days even more necessary and appreciated than ever before.
And the other day I managed to pull off a perfect “Me Day”. Or so I thought!
It started the same as any regular Friday: a 4 am alarm followed by a 4 hour show on Heart Breakfast but I had the most epic sunrise to accompany my commute and my producer had already visited The Goddess on my behalf. Perfect start to the day.
First stop, Hollister. Contrary to all the talk I hear of “it’s so dark in there” and “it’s so loud” Hollister feeds my soul. I LOVE the place. Fact! I don’t know if it’s the gorgeous surfy clothes or the styling of the place, or the fact that the smells and video wall transport me back to living in LA – but the place makes me feel summery in all ways. And so I thought it appropriate to head instore and leave with some denim hotpants!
Then to the wonderful people at Courthouse Clinics on Wimpole Street for a bit of Omilux Light Therapy to bring radiance (hopefully) to my over-worked complexion. The 30 minutes I spend lying under the magical red glow takes me away to tropical climes AND I wake up feeling re-jeuvenated. #WIN
Next stop, Matthew David on Duke Street – my hair emporium where they perform all kinds of wonders on my tresses and Toni waves her magic wand to add a bit of California sunshine to my world. “Who knew“? I (don’t) hear you cry! Then Matthew gets busy with his scissors and blow-dries life into my busy-momma hair. His products get my shine-on – like a miracle in a bottle! It all works for me and after a few hours of downing their luscious coffee, devouring magazines and catching up on life with the gang under gorgeous chandeliers, I always leave with an extra spring in my step.
I love the old-school romance of the place – the window displays, the styling – everything. Trey put some credit on a storecard for my birthday in April, so I headed in for some “free” fun.
Now, I don’t know about you but since having kids my spending has changed – dramatically. Gone are the days when I’d take pleasure from the odd designer purchase – these days it’s all about the bargains. In all honesty, I actually see Top Shop as a bit of an extravagance, given that other high street options tend to be cheaper. I know – how times have changed!
So imagine my unbridled JOY when I realised that my day could be completed with a trip to the Top Shop concession. I was like a kid in a candy store and headed to the changing rooms with armfuls of festival-inspired hippy gorgeousness!
The (nubile) assistant on the changing rooms was beyond helpful and indulged me every time I came out in a new “What do you think” look! Everything was feeling great and I was excited with every new “yes” we agreed on.
Feeling a million dollars after my dreamy day, I finally came out in the last item – a white lace skirt with black sash. Gorgeous!
“How about this one” I asked innocently as I twirled around like a 6 year old playing dress-up, slightly giddy with my new-found wardrobe.
“It looks AMAZING…..” she gushed. Ah – if only the full stop had come there. But no. My hero status was about to vanish.
“It totally doesn’t look like you’re dressing too young for your age”!
Of course, she meant it in all teenage innocence and I could tell she had NO idea of the relevance of the words she’d just uttered!
Clearly, I bought said skirt in defiance and promptly put it on for a gorgeous night out with my girls!
So… here it is. What do you think?
Everyone is the age of their heart – Guatemalan Proverb