This week we meet style queens Helen & Hannah who have just launched The Second Wardrobe, an online boutique to buy and sell pre-loved designer and high-end high street clothing, handbags, shoes & accessories.
What time did you wake up this morning?
Helen - 6.45am - quick cuppa in bed before Joshua shouts 'MUUUMMMM'
Hannah - Body - 6.45am. Mind - 7.30am.
What was your very first thought of the day?
Helen - Forming a mental to-do list in my head regarding our event on the 18th June
Hannah - I feel better! (Mastitis & children's cold for the bank holiday weekend)
What are your 3 essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
Helen - Number one has to be coffee, an outfit that makes you feel good and some tinted moisturiser so I don't look so tired!
Hannah - Caffeine, a good plan and a good outfit.
Describe a typical morning.
Helen - Joshua has now started pre-school 3 mornings a week, which in terms of giving me time to get things done, has been a God send and he loves it...phew! On those mornings I'm either meeting clients, catching up on admin or arranging meetings with potential venues.
Hannah - At the moment, The Second Wardrobe tells us what needs to be done! We are a very young company and we have been totally overwhelmed with peoples enthusiasm, so it’s keeping us on our toes. In a great way. I work on the photography & design side of things. So, if it’s a typical day in that way, I will be photographing clothes in the studio or sat at my computer retouching photos, designing our material or website bits and pieces. With a baby on my lap.
Your perfect local lunch spot would be...
Helen - St Julians Club (where we are holding our first event), views are stunning and on a sunny day you can enjoy a dip in the pool.
Hannah - A picnic somewhere deep in the Weald.
The happiest moment in your day?
Helen - Hearing Joshua in the morning singing various songs...the latest favourite "round & round the garden like a teddy bear'. Always makes me smile.
Hannah - We have a boogie before lunch everyday and this makes us all very happy.
The hardest moment in your day?
Helen - An 'overwhelming moment' - on the amount of things that need doing due to the business being so new. Juggling that with the pangs of guilt - if I'm not playing with Joshua and on the laptop instead - can be hard.
Hannah - Brushing Arthur’s teeth.
#1 tip for juggling work and family life?
Helen - When starting your own business you could simply work all day and night, there is always something to do. I try and make sure I have a few afternoons off in the week that I can enjoy quality time with Joshua and do something fun.
Hannah - There is time for it all. Just be patient.
Most overused word of the day?
Helen - My business partner might say I use "Hannah" quite a lot. I think she was secretly pleased I went on holiday last week!
Hannah - Right… RIGHT.
Once the kids are in bed I...
Helen - Work, work, work - either price researching into items I've collected or uploading listings behind the scenes to our online boutique.
Hannah - Am straight up to my office.
Top 3 local gems?
Hannah - With our husbands we have just discovered Twenty Six (amazing). Great Comp Gardens for a cup of tea with the kids (makes you wish you were looking for a wedding venue). Riverhill Himalayan Garden (I love a view).
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Helen - If you have an idea for a business that simply won't leave you then go for it. You will be amazed what you can achieve if you are doing something you love.
Hannah - I tell myself everyday - I can only do what I can do. And Helen is teaching me to be organised (slowly) which is really doing wonders.