Posted on October 03 2016
I have been thinking a lot recently about what Mothers Love Fashion stands for, about who I am as a person (and as a mother) and the reasons I’m doing what I’m doing. I’ve also been thinking about YOU. My customers. Who are you? What are you all about? What makes you mamas so amazingly brilliant?
I wanted to add some easy to wear Tee’s to the MLF collection that make a statement about us mamas that represents our style, strength, resilience, beauty and all round awesomeness.
Introducing our two limited edition t-shirts that do just that…
(Plus, a donation from each sale of these will also go to a cause close to my heart, The Birth Trauma Association.)
A woman who emphasises a life of passion expressed through personal style, leisurely pastimes, charm, and cultivation of life's pleasures.
Stylish, fun and enjoying life’s pleasures - whether that’s clothes, holidays, career, music, yoga, wine, gin, cakes, friends, and of course our babies and family. .
Whatever you’re passions, you’re a superwomen you’re Quaintrelle.
A way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life
Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese concept linked to finding the beauty of imperfection. The more I started thinking about this, the more I realised that it could be applied to motherhood; ‘mum-guilt’, anxiety and the inferiority complex we all seem to experience in the pursuit of perfection.
We need to give ourselves a break and a huge pat on the back we’re doing the best we can, and we’re doing great. We are raising babies, nurturing relationships, keeping jobs and business going, trying to keep our homes running smoothly, trying to stay healthy ourselves… there is just so much, and so much pressure to be ‘perfect’.
Social media in particular for mums can be both a blessing and a curse. I LOVE Instagram, but what is often intended as inspiration (home interiors, fashion, holidays, jobs) can also sometimes make some of us feel a bit shit, like we don’t measure up, like everyone else’s life/home/hair/family is ‘perfect’.
Of course it’s important to have goals, dreams and ambition, and to work towards them with positivity and passion, but we should also not forget to stop and appreciate what we have right here and now. To appreciate and enjoy the little things, to recognise that everyone is different (and remember that what we see in those little squares is sometimes a curated representation of someone’s ‘best bits’ - nobody is perfect).
Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities – all of which I like to apply to motherhood.
- Nothing lasts
- Nothing is finished
- Nothing is perfect
The expression ‘this too shall pass’ is often used to reassure mums when discussing difficult phases of babies developments such as sleepless nights, cluster feeding growth spurts, toddler tantrums. But it’s very true, things grow, change, evolve and you’ll look back at the times that seemed ‘imperfect’ and recognise them for being memories that built your life, your story, that made you stronger, that make you who you are today.
Let’s all stop comparing ourselves to others or striving for unattainable ‘perfection’ that makes us miserable. Trust your instincts, and take pleasure in the things that you have now, and recognise that life is ever changing. Life isn’t perfect - but it can be beautiful.
£2 from the sale of every t-shirt will be donated to The Birth Trauma Association.
Both tee's are now live! SHOP NOW