I started following Charlie from Mummasmojo a few months ago. I was drawn to her fun, playful and of course style infused instagram feed.
Charlie’s story of finding her mojo after having a child intrigued me. On how she was re discovering her love of fashion, which is clear to see she has nailed by the outfits and style ideas on her blog. I love how her style is a mixture of effortlessly cool everyday looks, bright prints and colours, with a dash of dressed up glam all throwing a nod to the latest trends but with her individuality shining through.
I asked Charlie if i could interview her and she very kindly said yes!
Take a look to find out how her journey is going. From finding her mojo again to how she juggles motherhood and running a blog.
I have always loved fashion and getting dressed up. I think it comes from the fact that my mum hated shopping so we rarely went and were only bought ‘practical’ clothes. I must have rebelled because my adult life has always revolved around fashion in some form. From working part-time in retail while I was studying, to doing a degree in Fashion Buying and Merchandising and then working as a Global Marketing Manager for ASOS….. But then my little one came along, and it all changed. I found being a mum really hard. Don’t get me wrong I LOVE being a mum – but man it’s hard!
I struggled with the lack of sleep, I struggled with the unexpected loneliness I felt and I struggled with the fact I no longer had time for myself anymore. No time to think about what I was going to wear, no time to flick through fashion magazines for inspiration and no time to hunt for new items on the high street. Hell, I didn’t even have time to drink a hot cup of tea! No, it was now just about being the best mum I could possibly be and doing what I needed to do to survive. Lol. My new baby became my focus.
Then to add to all of that my body shape completely changed. My old clothes didn’t fit me anymore and I didn’t know how to shop for my new body or for my new life. It was like I was wearing someone else’s clothes. My old fail-safe outfits that formerly made me feel a million dollars, now just made me feel, for want of a better word, crap. Fashion now felt so alien to me.
After a few years my confidence at being a mum grew (I mean she was still alive so I wasn’t doing too bad, right?) and I was really enjoying being a mum. I finally felt like that part of my life was back under control. My little one started nursery a couple of mornings a week and I decided to use those few hours to get myself back on track. In a cheesy way, to find myself and what makes me tick, re-discover my fashion Mojo! This was how MummasMojo was created. I created a way to document my journey of rediscovering how to dress this different body and my changed life of soft plays and pre-schooler madness.
Honestly, I am still trying to figure it out! I have to force myself to be really organised to ensure I utilise those few hours my little one is at nursery to get a majority of stuff done. If I do have to do bits and pieces when my little one is about, I try to compensate with a few hours of one-on-one play time, which helps to alleviate the guilt a little bit.
When Amelia was first born I focussed on practical fashion and just skimmed over the fun side of it. So right now I’m really trying to find a balance between fun, fashionable and practical! I sometimes get it wrong in the practicality side of it though. I normally only discover this while I’m squeezing myself through a soft play hole and flashing all the kids or if I turn a small rip in my jeans into a new leg hole!
I know this sounds so cliché but it comes from all around (I know I told you, cliché). My inspiration comes from magazines, shop windows, my friends, sisters, people in the street, celebrities, Instagram…Everywhere! My favourite look is jeans, trainers and a cool T. I have so many pairs of jeans. My sister laughs when I go shopping as I constantly come back with a new pair of jeans. She always asks “How many jeans can one person have?” The answer is loads. Lol.
I am not a stylist or a fashion writer. I’m just a girl who is also a mum, sharing her thoughts and tips on fashion. So the best part is when I get messages from people saying they enjoy reading my blog or following my Instagram. It’s really rewarding to think that you are inspiring people in some way and that people don’t just think what you’re doing is pants.
Personally, for me, I was really surprised by how lonely I felt. I’m very lucky to have a big support network of friends and family who all live close by, so I didn’t think I could ever feel lonely. But at 3 am in the morning when you are doing the night feed, everyone is asleep and Mon-Fri, everyone is at work. People have got their own lives to lead. If anybody reading this feels like this, then my tip would be to join every mother and toddler group going. I promise you it will be worth it, you will meet some amazing women that are all feeling the way you do.
The search for my mummas mojo is an ever evolving search. I am definitely enjoying fashion again, although I am not sure if I have pin-pointed my style yet. I am like a kid in a candy shop and experimenting with all different styles. I enjoy that though, and hope I always have the confidence to try out new looks. If anything, it creates great bad fashion photos to laugh at with the grandkids!