Things of beauty...

posted on: Friday, 25 May 2012

Bonjour Vendredi! The week has sailed by, full to the brim with life stuff, L'Apothecary stuff, home stuff. There is a whole lot of coaching going on in our house as Boo has a challenging thing coming up that is sapping every ounce of her self-assurance. So hard to stand by and watch her struggle. If I could fix it I would, but it's one of those things (which seem to come more and more as she matures) that I can't fix. So we soldier on. If she had even half of the self-confidence and disdain for worry that her father has, it would be a different story. My worry genes are strong in her though...ah well ;-)

The business continues to flourish and we hit new and exciting milestones each day. I currently have a new product in the range ready to be 'blind' tested for scent and function. This is the best part; actually working to develop new products where we choose the OPTIMUM and most SCRUMPTIOUS ingredients, all natural, all pure. I love that I can influence what I now put on my skin; the dream is that I never use anything that contains nasty chemicals again. You can join me if you like...over here at L'Apothecary!!

The puppy ate my best heels. I am still stunned and rueful at this; I loved the shoes, they had seen me through all sorts of events, big meetings, dinners out...ugh...just to tragic to dwell on! I also learned my first hard lesson of dog ownership. You love them, but they drive you crazy.

And so...it's Friday, the sun is out...time to soak in this wonderful weather and get ready for a chilled weekend. The beach beckons...

...vintage gwyneth paltrow...

...love this...via Mesa Dreams...





I wanted to share one of the beautiful collages from Cowparsley blog...that features one of our L'Apothecary products!!



via cannelle et vanille







...so SO true!! If you don't like it, change it. I have a friend who did this just this week. Make the choice!

...summer loveliness from the sartorialist...

...beautiful, beautiful lauren hutton...





...hand-tied and natural...



Whatever you do, have a lovely, relaxing but productive weekend!

Mother talent...

posted on: Wednesday, 23 May 2012

I stumbled into motherhood young. I was just 26 and my career was not that established. Growing up there was always a need to define and go after 'a career'...as if obtaining a career was the single most important thing. As a post-grad I started working for a publishing house, for me: English Literature degree = books = publishing.

Nicole Kidman in Harpers Bazaar
Of course, three years in publishing taught me that a love of books did not a career make. So, I was seduced by the corporate dollar and here I am fifteen years later, an employment law expert with a multi-national company, and a beauty product entrepreneur in the making. From career to motherhood I stumbled, with the arrival of babies came the demise of the career-hungry, ladder-climbing powerhouse that I was. There was compromise. And I am fine with that; I was lucky enough to work for a company who knew all about converting powerhouses in to part time powerhouses and so I became another version of myself; part time. Partly there.

There will be many parallels to my own career story. I always suspected that the school grounds, which I frequent every day, were full of women who similarly pursued a career and then adjusted it and moulded it to the parameters of motherhood. I was right...

With the launch of L'Apothecary, all of a sudden every mother I speak to and tell about it has some amazing, relevant career experience that they can share with me. It's so heartening to speak to women who have achieved so much and who have made important decisions along the way. Like decisions to step away from the corporate climb, or to move out of the city, or to give up one thing or another for some greater good of their family.

Maybe it's something about career and motherhood that gives a fullness of opinion and thought to women?

What I have learnt is that you can never judge from a mother at the school gates what her past consisted of. I admit I have been guilty in the past of making assumptions about people and now...well now, I renege on all of that. My little world, it turns out, is full of talented, vibrant women who have much to teach me. So whatever disadvantage I think I may have suffered by opting out of my precious career, I see was no disadvantage at all. That is what life perspective is all about...

Nicole Kidman is Harper's Bazaar

So, enough with the soul searching...

posted on: Wednesday, 16 May 2012

I look back sometimes on what I have written and see definite trends and patterns. I think, therefore I blog. I do acknowledge there has been a whole lot of soul searching and business-launching lately. In amongst that, there are lighter topics. This is what is on my mind in rare idle moments, combinations of comfort and aesthetics. It seems that what I crave the most is simplicity and comfort :-)

...cashmere blend soft tops from hush...

...flowers from the garden...


...bare shoulders...when, oh when???


...comfort food...

...the most awesome photo...by my friend Sophie, i bought a copy here at her new etsy site...

...summer reading..




...hair long enough to plait...

...old and new; the perfect juxtaposition..

...minimal and orderly...

...vanessa arbuthnott's new swedish collection...

Ahhhh...that's better ;-)

A day in the life...

posted on: Thursday, 10 May 2012

The alarm sounds and I wonder how on earth it can be morning again so soon?! Sleep seems like a precious commodity; never, ever enough! Each day I resolve to go to bed earlier but it never seems to happen. My Dad is staying this week and so we have stayed up 'discussing' the state of the European Union and the banking crisis (his topic choice, not mine!). He is worried; I wonder why I am not more worried. I conclude that the state of the world is a concept too enormous for me to contemplate, let alone devote time worrying about. I suspect this is a short-sighted view that will amaze me when I look back in years to come. Remember 2012? 'Hell, yea, I was so blinkered back then'; that's what I will say when I am 70! Much like when I look back on the dedication I had to Levis 501s throughout my entire twenties, which really weren't that flattering! Weighty topics and I? We don't make comfortable bed-fellows.

...the view from my window...rain-battered apple blossom...
This week I feel like I am on double time. It is Boo's birthday (hurrah), my work has ramped up completely and of course there is L'Apothecary, like a moth in the lamp light, fluttering about and distracting my attention! In a very nice way.

The weather that May normally promises has been absent and instead a deluge of rain. Rain does not bode well when you live where I live; an old old house that sits low on the land. We are surrounded by ominous looking puddles and I fear to do laundry in case my drains overflow. I remind myself again: old houses have charm, but a whole lot of domestic challenge. The outcome: no clean clothes.

So, my day in life, right now?

Wake, (wish there was more sleep),
Tea (can't start the day without earl grey),
Dress (longing for warmer days; cotton would be a nice change from wool),
School run (we seem to be getting later and later; getting there on time is a distant memory),
Work (feels like a bit of a slog but at least I can work from home),
L'Apothecary :-)
Wine (yes, it make a pretty regular appearance with dinner),
Bed (Thank goodness!)

P.S. This brightens my day...there is a L'Apothecary GIVEAWAY on The Bottom of the Ironing Basket blog!

...and from another window...