Katy Loves... Life

Hero To Zero


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.

HeartThen, after the show, instead of heading to a day of more work before the 3.15 school pick up, I headed into a sunny London for an afternoon of ME.  And boy, did I pack it in!

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!

HOLLISTERThen 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.

MATTHEW DAVIDIt’s also handy that the salon is pretty much opposite my other favourite stop … Selfridges.

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!

SELFRIDGESThe (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”!


*stops twirling

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?

K x

Everyone is the age of their heart – Guatemalan Proverb














  • Reply Helen | cocomamastyle June 19, 2015 at 8:56 am

    You look fab as always Katy!
    If it suits you, your body and your lifestyle and you love it- age is irrelevant!
    And I often quote:

    “Age ain’t nothing but a number” – Aaliyah


    • Reply Katy June 19, 2015 at 10:19 am

      Gotta LOVE that quote! xx

  • Reply Hayley southwood June 4, 2015 at 7:20 am

    Just love this post !!!

  • Reply Helen May 31, 2015 at 10:21 pm

    I sometimes wonder if I can get away with what I’m wearing, and then I decide I don’t care if I can or I can’t!

    • Reply Katy June 1, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      I’m SO with you! If it’s good for my soul, it’s good for me! x

  • Reply Don Dwyer May 31, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    wow, your producer sounds amazing-

    • Reply Katy May 31, 2015 at 6:17 pm

      Haha! He’ll do! 😉 x

  • Reply Sarah May 31, 2015 at 3:10 pm

    Hi Katy.
    Love your blog.
    I wonder if you can post a picture of the skirt? I’m going to a wedding and it sounds fab.
    Btw…your hair looks amazing!! (Moroccan oil has been a lifesaver for me)
    Thanks x

    • Reply Katy May 31, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      Hey Sarah – it’s called the Lace Hem Flippy Skirt! Happy shopping! x

  • Reply Clare Goldsack May 31, 2015 at 12:56 pm

    Glad you had a lovely day, you certainly deserve it and you always look fabulous! XX (PS Just passing the sick bucket to Tash, the joys of parenthood)

    • Reply Katy May 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Ah – you sweetheart! Mummy hugs to you lovely x

  • Reply sarah Laybourne May 31, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Love this blog. I have stayed at home with my babies since they were born. My youngest starts pre school in September and I am heading back to work! I am nervous and guilty about going back but looking forward to it too! I can’t wait to go for a me day shopping trip to buy my work clothes, as I don’t think leggings and smock tops would cut it to teach secondary kids. Now if only we were both free on the same day for a shopping trip. Well worth the commute from Cumbria for! Xx

    • Reply Katy May 31, 2015 at 3:16 pm

      Ah – that sounds fun! Just make sure you’re comfy! I always find comfort is key as a working mum x

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