Welcome to the first of the Verity and the very meets!
I started to follow Karran from The Mama Edits a few months back on Instagram. What attracted me to her posts was her cool, edgy but effortless style. I was on the hunt for mothers and mum to be’s that were blogging but particularly those that were style focused too. Since finding out i was pregnant, i wanted to see how other mum’s interested in clothes were not only rocking their pregnancy style, but also the whole motherhood vibe.
Karran is a mum of two, and i just caught the end of her second pregnancy when i started to follow her. Her sense of pregnancy style inspired me and i enjoyed seeing how she put an outfit together or how she styled a particular item. Even her ‘relaxed’ look was super cool, in red tracksuit bottoms, slouchy tee and sliders!
I asked Karran if i could interview her on her style tips, how she handles running a blog and of course, being a mama.
The Mama Edits came about through a number of reasons; I’ve always enjoyed writing and trained as a journalist when I was younger but had a change of career very early on. This was a decision I’d always ‘regretted’ in some aspects and wish I’d made more of a conscious effort to stay in journalism rather than be tempted by the long holidays of teaching (although I also loved being a teacher) but maternity leave was my opportunity to get back to doing something I really loved.
Blogging meant that I could also maintain an aspect of anonymity and not feel ‘silly’ when people read it because I didn’t know them. Another huge contributing factor to starting the blog was that I began to feel really isolated in some ways during the early days of motherhood. I was questioning myself a great deal and ‘who’ I was now, I didn’t find it easy to make ‘mum friends’ or find people who were similar to me, experiencing the same things as me, had the same worries as me so I kinda just threw it out there and began writing.
Instagram was a bit of a sideline to that and I’m so thankful that I have met some wonderful ladies, and dads, through the platform of social media.
Through tired eyes and the ‘notes’ section on my iPhone! I take the chance to write when an idea arises. Most of the time I write when Bets, and now Harlowe, naps or when an idea takes me… which can often be at 3am when I’ve got mumsomnia. I don’t really classify myself as a ‘type’ of blogger but mainly write about clothes/style/ fashion and motherhood, but what it’s really all about is just trying to make mums feel good about themselves, whether that be style ideas or sharing my experiences as a mum.
Luckily, this time round I was pregnant throughout winter so I favoured a good old striped t shirt, skinny jeans and my beloved Chloe Susanna boots for the most part with a slap of red lipstick. I blogged A LOT about oversize knitwear as well.
I was never on a mission to hide my bump but I avoided maternity wear throughout the whole pregnancy; throughout my first pregnancy I succumbed to the ‘maternity wear’ sections of shops and just felt like an oversized imposter in my own skin for the whole time. I also favoured vintage rock tees and tea dresses with studded boots until the very end.
Messy top knots, lipstick, denim jacket and jumpsuits… minimal effort and thought required. Don’t be a slave to maternity jeans.
Wet wipes; I don’t know how I lived without them before.
That it is mentally draining and just when you think you’ve overcome one hurdle you’ll be faced with another but you will get through it. The ‘worry’ of being a mum never goes away. The worry just transfers to something else and you learn to deal with it.
Also, that your relationship with your partner will be completely new and that takes just as much hard work.
Be yourself. Don’t play to the Instagram life hype. People want to know the reality of motherhood, not the staged ‘in bed with a coffee and my laptop’ pictures. And be brave in posting your experiences; I’ve published some really personal posts which has never been easy for me as I’m a very private person, but they’re the experiences people want to hear about as they are most probably going through the same things as you.
If you have any other questions for Karran, please leave us some comments below. If you have any pregnancy/mama style tips or Motherhood advice i would love to hear from you.
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