I’m a London girl born and bred (you can take the girl out of the West End …) now living on the South Coast of England with my husband, Will, and our two children.
You can tell he’s the patient sort.
We moved down here just before our daughter was born and, although she’s now a teenager (!), I’m still a city girl at heart who feels blessed to live by the sea (although the closest I’ve come to embracing the local surf culture is chasing after children’s body boards when they’ve been blown away by a strong gust of wind. But I love the beach and have high hopes for running along it regularly, as I do in my parallel fantasy life. Which also involves drinking less coffee).
Like so many of my friends, I’m constantly seeking balance in the family, home and work juggle. I’m a freelance beauty, health and lifestyle writer (more professional stuff below!), so reviewing the latest beauty treats and health and fitness finds means I can give the scoop to my time-pressed and budget-conscious girlfriends, three gorgeous sisters (English, Dutch and Italian - so it’s international research!), cousins, school run mamas and of course, the wonderful readers of this blog.
I LOVE sharing it all with you here, and finding out about your favourites, too!
I’ve always passionately believed that beauty, fashion and all that stuff should be about having fun as part of an expression of yourself - NEVER about feeling you have to look a certain way or follow the trends just for the sake of it – and that true beauty is ageless. My beloved Nonna (I’m half-Italian) was proof of that, into her nineties – beautiful lines, sparkling eyes and, above everything, an incredible heart and spirit that knew what was truly important in life.
An ‘all or nothing’ type of person and not the most disciplined of exercisers (the crack of dawn Pilates and quiet time thing is yet to pan out – see aforementioned parallel fantasy life), I love finding new ways to create some sort of balance and fit exercise, relaxation (what’s that?!) and all that into your life so that you can feel, as the French, say ‘bien dans sa peau’ (‘good in your skin’) which, in turn, always benefits all those in your world, too.
I came across this on Pinterest and it’s stuck with me as something to strive for, in all walks of life …
It comes via Jennifer Dukes Lee, one of SO many bloggers, authors, writers and podcasters whose words uplift me daily and I try and share as often as possible here, too!
Whilst nonstopmama is where I blog about my life and what I come across as part of my work, it’s my hope and prayer that above all you’ll have fun here and leave with a tip or two or an idea for something to try out (who doesn’t love a tip off about a great new lip gloss, highstreet-fabulous boots or ultra-flattering tee?!).
I also LOVE having the opportunity to highlight the work of some amazing charities working with mothers, carers and children worldwide. I was adopted myself as a baby (hence the two sisters, living in different parts of the world!) and have a heart for all those involved in finding ‘forever’ families for babies and children (one of the most moving books I’ve read on the subject is the fabulous Nia Vardolos’ Instant Mom. Honest, hilarious and absolutely heartwarming).
Here I am with my brother John, circa 1970-something (never far from a phone!) …
I’ve since gone on to ‘find’ my two other, wonderful brothers.
My own story has shown me that amazing, real families don’t always come about in the ‘conventional’ way. They can be complicated and come with heartbreaks, wonderful surprises along with twists, turns and reunions more dramatic than you’d think possible if you read them in a novel.
And that they can also be very loud and mean that everyone talks over eachother, drives eachother crazy and that love really is everything.
The professional stuff!!
I totally attribute my childhood dream of being a journalist to Margot Kidder as Lois Lane in the original Superman movies and, later on, Holly Hunter in Broadcast News.
Both had better hair.
Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of writing for and working at a range of British glossies including ELLE, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Marie Claire Health & Beauty and Health & Fitness and newspapers including the Daily Mail and Telegraph - for whom I was beauty writer and had a weekly column on the Style page for many years – and The Saturday Telegraph Magazine, amongst others.
I’ve also had the pleasure of contributing to in-store magazines including Boots Health & Beauty, Harvey Nichols Magazine, Sainsbury’s Magazine, Tesco Magazine, Heathrow Traveller and The London Magazine.
I am currently freelance Beauty Editor for the Baby London magazine and also write online – I’ve guest blogged for Boden, was on the judging panel for the first Tesco Beauty Awards and a featured beauty expert at the popular beauty and wellbeing website The Beauty Shortlist during Green Beauty Week 2013.
Nonstopmama has been featured at Mums Net and at a range of websites, including the new Tesco Living lifestyle hub, for whom I’ve also written on beauty.
Would you like to work with nonstopmama?
You’d be in wonderful company!
Among the many beauty, family and lifestyle brands that have worked with nonstopmama and helped to support the blog in the form of giveaways, sponsored posts, Twitter Parties and other opportunities are Reebok; Marks & Spencer; BLISS (spa); Mama Mio; Boots; BeautyMART at Harvey Nichols; Tangle Teezer; Maybelline New York; Nintendo; LEGO and LEGO DUPLO; BabyZEN; Zaggora; NEOM Luxury Organics; Palmer’s; Innocent Drinks; Balance Me; Merci Maman; SPEEDO; Body Control Pilates; Olly M jewellery; FittaMamma; StorkSak; Evans; The Sanctuary Spa; The Ideal Home Show; Jurlique; Aromatherapy Associates and Caudelie (plus many more!).
More on advertising, sponsored posts, giveaway opportunities and more here!