It’s not easy being mum of a model …


So, it started well … pitched up to a fashion shoot with model daughter … and then … hmmm … not so well …

Do you know how long it takes to get ready for one of these things … the styling, the hair, the make up … and I’m not talking about whilst on the shoot (that’s a whole other blog … trust me) … I’m talking about before we have even left the house … and I hate to admit this but I’m not talking about the model here … I’m talking about me! I spend hours thinking of the outfit, hair, shoes etc … like I think it matters … for the record, it doesn’t but I can’t seem to get that in to my head.

So, what I’m really trying to convey is an effortless, cool, I do this all the time, not fussed kind of image … you know the one … Alexa Chung style … like we do this kind of thing everyday kind of look … the kind of “yeah, me and her do this all the time” … the whole “look at how effortlessly cool and relaxed we are with this whole modelling malarkey.”

But let me tell you, the prep that goes in to this effortless look is far from effortless – it takes hours … not so much the getting ready but the thought that goes in to the outfits. The boyfriend jeans that just have to look as if they’ve literally fallen out of the wardrobe, the white Tee, like the first one I pulled nonchalantly from the drawer with my eyes still half asleep, the little cool ankle boots as if I’ve grabbed the first pair of boots that I’ve found in the cupboard … that if anyone asked where they were from I could just breezily answer “Oh what, these old things?” but no … this outfit (one of many, believe me!) has been the result of probably 25 different combos strewn across the bedroom floor … hopping one legged from one pair of jeans to tights to skirts, back to jeans and so on …and don’t even get me started on the hair! All in all, it’s an horrific ordeal and occurs every morning before a shoot whilst model daughter sits patiently by the front door waiting modelesque like in black skinny jean model attire – perfect every bloody time … me envious? Of course not!

Anyway, on this particular occasion I felt I had nailed it … bossed it … pleased with myself … get me! So, turned up to the shoot to find the team of super cool twenty-something stylists (yeah you can just imagine how confidence-inspiring this whole scene is for a mum of a model) unpacking the clothes for the day from a brand that I absolutely love. Couldn’t believe it when they pulled out a skirt that I even have hanging in my wardrobe … I felt officially cool! So you can just imagine my downfall when announcing “OMG I have that skirt!” (and where did OMG come from? I never normally say that!) to be met with confused glances by the ultra hip cool gang and “Oh, do you mean that top?” Mortified! A top?! Not a skirt? What on earth have I done to any ounce of street cred that I’ve been desperately clinging to since becoming a mum. Well, personally, I thought it looked quite hip as a skirt but I’m keeping my mouth shut in future in said such fashionista company … just saying …



  1. Oh brilliant, I’d have made blunders like that, in fact I’ve looked at tops and mistaken them for skirts in shops with my daughter putting me right. Happy christmas to yu and your model daughter #MarvMondays

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  2. Haha!! Loved this! I art directed fashion shoots for many years and the stylists and H&M artists are always effortlessly cool aren’t they? Weirdly, most of the models I worked with were not particularly cool at all!! Half of them looked like they’d just fallen out of bed!! Which — to be fair — they probably had!! 😉 #MarvMondays

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    1. Oh it’s so hard isn’t it??? Wish I was born naturally cool – maybe I’ll take the advice from models – look more like you don’t care!! Though I’m not sure if like that look or anyone else to be honest!!! Thank you so much for taking the time to comment xx


  3. haha I think you learned that lesson the hard way :p ( I have the same foot IN mouth disease) my husband always laughs at my 3 hour “effortless” hair :p …washed, blowdryed, straightened, slightly backcombed… and he always says it looks the same as usual :p what are we to do!!! #MarvMondays

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  4. Oh that’s so funny. I love that the effortless look always takes the most effort! As for the OMG comment, it’s the pressure of being around such cool teens, clearly, which at that point muddled your brain! But it’s happened to us all, at some point, when mummy-meets-cool and the two worlds collide!

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  5. I am so rediculously bad at fashion, I wouldnt have a clue. I went straight from my goth teens into maternity wear, then anything that was comftable mumswear.
    These days I go for a sligtly hippy look. Not trendy, just me. I think your daugter has it right with her jeans.
    Thanks for sharing, Tracey xx #abitofeverything

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