Little Paper Swans is one of my favourite blogs to read to just escape to a world of beautiful food, white space and brilliant photography. It helps that Cathryn is also based in Norfolk, one of my favourite places in the world! Blogging since 2012, Cathryn now shares tales of motherhood, simple (but delicious) recipes and records of days out to the beautiful places in their area. As Mama to 2 year-old Edith, it’s clear that Cathryn already leads a busy life but with baby two on the way I’m expecting more beautiful photos to be dominating her Instagram. Read on for pretty dresses and low maintenance style advice…
What is your daily skincare routine?
I’m really bad with skincare. I use wipes to remove my eye make up and then Body Shop’s Seaweed Cleanser. And a Simple moisturiser. I then, once a week, use Boots Charcoal Face Mask.
Do you wear make-up? What’s your routine?
I do. Again it’s really simple. I’m not a high maintenance girl at all. Foundation, concealer if I have any. Mascara and then liquid eyeliner (unless it’s too hot, otherwise I end up looking like a panda).
What do you do to style and care for your hair?
There’s a definite theme to my answers here. I wash and condition it every other day and then I brush it. If I’m going out (rarely happens) then I might add a few curls with straighteners.
What does your day-to-day life involve?
A lot of tidying up haha. I get my housework done first thing while Edith plays, we then head out for the day/morning. I hope Edith naps around lunchtime. If we’re at home I squeeze in some work while she naps. Then we play in the afternoon until Daddy get’s home from work. I then cook dinner. Then bathtime and bed for Edith. I then work from 7-9 and then sit down for a hour before climbing into my bed at 10. I can’t last much longer anymore!
How does this affect your approach to style?
Most days you’ll find me in jeans and a pretty top. Jeans are my wardrobe essential, especially with being a Mum to an energetic 2 year old. I keep things simple as my days are normally busy so something practical always wins out.
Do you do anything different for special events?
I very rarely go to special events but if I do I curl my hair, add a bit of lipstick and wear a pretty dress. I love dresses but they’ve all been packed away due to being pregnant with Edith and then none of them were breastfeeding friendly. Maybe one day they’ll make it back out of the loft.
Where is your favourite place to shop?
In all honesty since becoming a Mum I don’t shop for myself much anymore. But I’m a fan of buying good quality basics, things that will last and then cheaper fashion pieces. Primark is great! I also love a charity shop rummage too!
Do you have an all-time favourite item of clothing?
Cliche but my wedding dress and the hideous nighties I took into hospital when I had Edith. Both of those things mean so much to me.
What’s your favourite thing about being a Mum?
I do love everything. Being a Mum is my favourite thing. I have so many moments, like the other day, when Edith started singing all the words to wind the bobbin up and I welled up. I’m so incredibly proud of how she’s grown up.
Speaking of children, how do you like to dress your Edith?
I like Edith to be comfortable. I love Next and their multibuy range as it’s such good quality and value for money. I love florals and denim on Edith.
You juggle a lot between motherhood, photography and blogging. Have you got any ‘life-hacks’ for busy Mums?
Remember to take a break every now and then. Hypocritical, as I’m rubbish at knowing when to stop and take a step back. But honestly sometimes you need time to just be you and recover from busy life. I have wobbles as much as anyone else I think it’s a natural part of juggling motherhood and work. I’m hoping to take a few days off soon (from work, no days off with motherhood haha!).
Can you think of an occasion that you felt the most beautiful?
Our wedding day. I didn’t feel self conscious at all. I loved everything, my hair, makeup and my dress. I laughed so much and even smiled with my teeth (that never happens!). I felt on top of the world!
Who is your style icon?
I always struggle with questions like this. I really don’t know. I follow a lot of bloggers and stylish people on Instagram but other than that I kind of just make up “my style” as I go!
If you’re having a tough day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A can of full fat coke, a bar of chocolate and a sit down with my family. Nothing like a hug and to remind yourself that bad days happen but tomorrow will be better.
Thank you, Cathryn!