This week we meet uber-glam mamas Erica Davies (Fashion Editor and award winning blogger The Edited) and Ciara Elliott (Journalist and Magazine Editor at Essential Kitchen, Bathroom, Bedroom Magazine). Mum's the Word are so excited to be collaborating with Erica & Ciara on the Fashion:Reboot event this Friday, following two mega successful Fashion Re:Boots in their hometown of Dedham, Essex. We can't wait to welcome them to Tunbridge Wells and to see you all there to buy, sell & gather!
What time did you wake up this morning?
Erica: 6am, when I heard my husband heading off to work and the birds tweeting!
Ciara: At about 6
What was your very first thought of the day?
Erica: Is it a school day?! And my ‘what’s happened in the world?’ Insta check
Ciara: Did Astrid get into bed with us last night? Ah yes there she is. And then - what day is it today? HAVE I PUT THE BINS OUT?
What are your three essentials for getting up, out and at 'em?
Erica: A shower, a great concealer and a ‘uniform’ - usually some kind of slouchy trousers, cashmere v neck and trainers!
1. I like to be the first up so I can check Instagram, shower and dress and check my diary etc before the house wakes up. As soon as one of them wakes that's it - I'm all theirs.
2. Always have kids uniform including any extras like guitar, hockey gear etc all out ready the night before - much less panic
2. Once the porridge and coffee goes on, I wake the girls (astrid, 7 & Edie, 9 ) - who get themselves dressed before coming for breakfast (so much better than doubling back to do it later!!) I've learnt this the hard way.
Describe a typical working morning.
Erica: I work from home, so I get back from dropping the kids off, make myself a cup of tea and some breakfast and settle down to answer emails in my office. I work out what I need to do in the hours I have until I have to pick the kids up and generally spend the morning writing, taking photos for Instagram or doing shoots. I’ve started giving myself a proper break at lunchtime as I was trying to do too much and getting really bad stress headaches.
Ciara: Drop girls to school at 845. Grab a coffee & Im at my desk by 915. Check emails, group meet about magazine planning and then often on phone or email planning, reading, writing and commissioning. If it's a London meetings day or shoot day I'll be bombing all over but this is what an office morning looks like.
Your perfect lunch spot would be...
Erica: My friend’s kitchen - being cooked for is the ultimate! And when our garden is done, I am very much looking forward to sunny lunches al fresco.
Ciara: Picnic in the park when it's sunny, otherwise I go to a cafe called Mimosa near where I work.
The happiest moment in your day?
Erica: When I’ve dropped the kids off, get home and realise I have a few hours to myself! That cup of tea always tastes amazing!
Ciara: I do love my first coffee after I've dropped the girls!!
The hardest moment in your day?
Erica: The witching hour, between dinner and bath-time. Everyone’s tired and it’s hard work!
Ciara: That bit when your stomach is rumbling just before lunch and you know you still need to do about 100 things and you're feeling hangry.
#1 tip for juggling your work and family life?
Erica: Write everything down. I have so much to remember with work, the house and the kids and I’m terrified of messing something up.
Ciara: Lists, lists, lists!! Also pick up the phone and don't rely on email or text for plans
Most overused word of the day?
Erica: ‘Anyway.’ It’s my most overused word generally.
Ciara: Mmm not sure. Maybe better to have an expression? Here's what I hear a lot in my office, to PR, sales, marketing etc: 'Would you mind putting that in an email?'
Once the kids are in bed I...
Erica: Make dinner for my husband and myself, collapse on the sofa and catch up on Instagram, read or watch tv. I love binge watching tv series like Homeland and am really enjoying ‘Big Little Lies.'
Ciara: Usually take a long bath and light some candles and listen to a podcast or read. I'm weirdly not that into tv. I tend to wind down at about 9 which is often just as they go to sleep. I know that sounds late but I've never been able to get my kids to sleep by 7 like so many mums!! I just accept it now. I think it's because I work and Ben gets back late - I enjoy their company in the evening & don't rush them to bed.
Best piece of advice for fellow Mum's...
Erica: Don’t compare yourself to anyone - we’re all just doing the best we can!
Ciara: Do what feels right for you and try not to judge others.