Welcome to the final instalment of my Q&A answers. I’ve had some fab questions and I’ve loved answering them so thank you for taking the time to read my answers!
- What’s your biggest inspiration? For both the blog an brand of course it’s Lamb. Without him I wouldn’t have either. I’m so excited to meet his baby brother and see what inspiration I take from having 2 children. I’m sure their personalities will differ and this is really exciting to me.
- Which 3 famous people (dead or alive) would you invite to a dinner party? 100% I would invite Freddie Mercury. I love his music and to meet him would be an honour. I would also invite Alexander McQueen. He was a pioneer in British fashion history and his death was a shock. He was a huge talent and I’d love to learn from him. Finally, David Beckham, because, well, you know.
- Who are your fave mummy bloggers? Really tough to narrow it down but so I’ll say the ones I’ve been reading the longest. Oh So Amelia because I learn so much from Kerry and Write Like No Ones Watching because Charlotte’s words are just stunning.
- If you had £1000 to spend on yourself, what would you buy? Right now I’d treat myself to the most luxurious spa weekend I could find with a million treatments for me and my 2 besties who are also pregnant. There’s only 3 1/2 weeks between our due dates so we are all in the same boat. We deserve a bloody good massage!
- Did you always want to design children’s clothes initially, or did that come from having Lamb? What’s funny about the way my career has gone is I seem to take a slightly wrong path which eventually leads to the correct one. When I was in school my textiles teacher asked me to choose textiles as a GCSE option because she could see my talent, but I wasn’t interested so I chose Grapic Design instead. When I was at college studying A Level Art & Design one of my final projects was a piece of fashion made from wire, tissue paper and feathers inspired by Alexander McQueen, but yet once again I wasn’t studying fashion at the time. When I was in my first year at University I did a project called ‘Child’s Play’ which was inspired by kids and I used kids fabric, but I continued with womenswear design. It wasn’t until Lamb came along that I realised I should of been a childrenswear designer all along. It definitely comes more naturally to me and I feel more passionate about it. I’m not sure I’d be doing it if I wasn’t a mother though. Lamb pushed me to where I am now.
- How do you get exposure for your blog and what is your favourite social media site? Social media is the only way I get exposure at the moment, and is by far the best way. For exposure I think Facebook is the best. Sponsoring posts can be done for as little as £1 per day and you can reach a huge amount of people for this. Personally I love Instagram, and I’m finding a new love for Pinterest. Anything visual!
- How do you find time to fit blogging around parenting? Well, first of all it’s almost 10pm and I’m writing this post! So lots of blogging in the evening. I find early morning really easy to get work done because it takes Lamb a while to come round after waking up and he will happily watch Milkshake or CBeebies with his breakfast for an hour. I also have 3 days a week where Lamb is at Grandmas and nursery, but I actually don’t get that much work done on these days because I usually have errands to run!
- Do you find balancing work/blog/family a struggle? Who doesn’t! I’m the most unorganised person ever, so if I don’t fill up my Blogger Journal every week my days will fly by with nothing achieved. Planning is key in my life. I plan meals, plan days out, plan blog posts. If I don’t have plans I feel like I’m failing.
- What’s next for you? Now and in 5 years time? Next for me now… well I’m busy planning Lambs 3rd birthday next month and then heading to the Suffolk Baby Show to sell my Lamb & Bear collection. Of course in May I will be concentrating on motherhood when baby number 2 arrives so between now and then I’ll be writing lots of blog posts to schedule while I’m busy with a newborn! In 5 years I hope to have a successful business, bigger house and a complete family unit (maybe baby 3 thrown in to that!)
- What’s your biggest aspiration for your blog in 2016? To make it more of a career and to earn from it so I don’t have to think about getting a job after my maternity pay stops.
- Will you ever return to YouTube? I wasn’t ever a proper vlogger so I wouldn’t call it a ‘return’, but I’d like to share a few videos with my followers every now and then. Right now I can’t see myself doing anything too serious on there as I find editing videos so time consuming and I’m happier writing blog posts.
- What were your career aspirations when you were at school? Honestly, I have no idea. I was a bit of an all rounder and my 2 best subjects were Maths and Art so it was really hard to figure out what I could do as a career. Turns out fashion design is a pretty good mix of the two!
- Finally, are you a feminist? I’m not anything. I’m just me. As long as people are treated fairly and are happy then that’s all that matters. I would never categorise myself into a group or other wise.
Some fab questions again. I hope you enjoyed my answers!