Mama Meets...Helen Crook & Hannah Badley from 'The Second Wardrobe'

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.   

Helen with her little man Joshua (2)

Helen with her little man Joshua (2)

Hannah is mama to Arthur (1) and Ophelia (4 months)

Hannah is mama to Arthur (1) and Ophelia (4 months)

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?

Helen - Knole Park in Sevenoaks (beautiful space on our doorstep), The Chaser Inn in Shipbourne, (wonderful food), Ightham Mote (Joshua loves to splash in the stream there in his wellies)

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.