First of all, a HUGE WELCOME!!
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 (that’s him in my homepage pic!) and our two children.
I’m still a city girl at heart who feels blessed to live by the sea and have high hopes for running along it regularly, as I do in my parallel fantasy life. Which also involves drinking less coffee and getting up at 6 am to do Pilates and have quiet time.
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 equally time-pressed and budget-conscious girlfriends, family, fellow school run mamas and, of course, all 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 the fun stuff should be EXACTLY that and 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.
Nonstopmama is all about discovering fabulous, realistic ways to enjoy those beauty and fashion pick-me-ups and create some sort of balance and fit exercise and chill time into our busy days so that we can feel, as the French, say ‘bien dans sa peau’ (‘good in your skin’). Which, in turn, always benefits all those in our world, too.
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 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 beloved big brother John (always destined to work from home …)
And never far from a phone!
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 for a range of titles, including Baby London magazine, for whom I’m Beauty Editor, and Health & Fitness, among others. I’ve guest blogged for a 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 a featured blog on the Mums Net and at a range of health and beauty websites.
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!