I knew something had to change when for the second morning in a row Sunday told me my outfit looked ‘funny’, and to go and change. My three year old confirmed what I knew was glaringly obvious, my normal clothes were not working out for me this pregnancy (holy dooly this belly has got bigger, faster the second time around). I’ve recently decided to wholeheartedly embrace maternity wear. Gone are the days of our poor mothers who were expected to wear smocks – there are options out there for us expecting ladies, and with the weather warming up – I’ve never felt a stronger desire to be super comfortable. My pick of the bunch would have to be the really cute range available from the online store Blossom & Glow. Pictured below, I’m wearing the long and stretchy Stripe Tube Tee (love a classic stripe) and hands down the most comfortable pants I’ve ever put on, the Jersey Slouch pant. I love these so much, I’m ordering a double up. As you can see, my little fashionista Sunday approves too (she also just loves snuggling up to the baby belly, which is really lovely).
Melbourne based Kathryn took some time out of her busy schedule as a Mum to two young boys and a business owner to answer a few questions…
How would you describe your business and what influences your style? I would describe Blossom & Glow as a business that provides gorgeous, on-trending, and affordable clothing for all stages of motherhood; pregnancy, breastfeeding & beyond.
My personal style is very minimal and neutral. I love wearing stripes, denim, harem pants, and jersey tees, and this very much carries over to the business. I have clothes that suit all shapes and sizes, and as a mum with two young boys, I have a big focus on comfort as well as style.
Best thing about running your own business? I can work the hours that suit my boys and I. I generally squeeze in work around the boys, so I get up early, answer a few emails over lunch, and then do the majority of my work at night.
The most challenging thing about running your own business? The most challenging part about running my own business is trying to find the time to fit everything in! It’s honestly something I struggle with most days, and means I work a lot of late nights. But I’m so happy to make that sacrifice while the boys are little as it does mean that I get to spend lots of time with them.
What does a typical day at work involve for you? A typical day looks like getting up before the boys to enjoy a cup of tea before the mayhem starts. If I have time, I’ll wrap some orders or answer some emails before they’re up. My kids absolutely love the outdoors, so we spend a lot of time outside during the day whether that’s at the local park, or playing in mud in the backyard! The work really begins at 7.30pm for me once the boys are in bed, when I wrap orders, order new stock, answer more emails, play around on social media, etc.
Your favourite neighbourhood and why? My favourite neighbourhood is Seddon, in Melbourne’s west. It’s got such a community vibe, and I honestly love it. There are great cafes, parks, etc. and we spend a lot of time time there.
Where would we find you on a typical Saturday morning? A typical Sunday morning is my husband and I spending time with the kids as a family. It usually starts with cuddles in the “big bed”, followed by breakfast of bacon and eggs (thanks to my hubby as I’m a hopeless cook), a walk, and a play in the park. It’s perfect!
Your ultimate holiday? Ohhhh…. My ultimate holiday destination (with kids) is Hawaii. The weather is perfect, the lifestyle is SO chilled, and there is so much to do and see. Now I really want to go there!
What are you looking forward to? I’m actually really looking forward to 2016. I have so much planned for my little business! My eldest is also doing kinder, so it will be the last year I have him home with me before hits the big time as a school kid!
You don’t have to be pregnant or breastfeeding to enjoy the good things from Blossom & Glow, Kathryn stocks a ‘beyond’ ‘nightwear’ and ‘accessories’ range online too, all at really affordable prices – definitely worth checking out. Briar x