When we first decided to set up NotSuchAModelMum, we only had a couple of things we wanted from this little adventure.  We wanted a good excuse to see each other more – with Caroline in Barcelona and me in London, that was proving difficult, and setting up a blog would be the best excuse to hang out together under the guise of ” work”.  In our dream world, we also wanted to work with different brands, and put into use all those years of modelling and absorbing the different aspects of the fashion industry.  That, and a couple of freebies and we were going to be happy.  Little did we know what would happen…..     Continue Reading

Whenever I meet my girlfriends for supper and we talk about work, they always laugh at me!  In the modelling world, when a model gets booked for a shoot, it is called: ‘confirming a job.’  So I am always met with hysterics when I chat to them about ‘the job’ I did last week.  Apparently, calling shoots ‘a job’ makes me sound like a spy, or like somebody who has an illicit life!  Anyway, it was on a recent such, ahem, ‘job’ that the make up artist whipped out a new concealer – knowing I am a sucker for the latest in concealer  technology.  Being half Indian, my under eye bags can be quite extraordinary, and my skin prone to scarring, so concealers are my best friend!

Continue Reading

Every October at the end of half term, I drag my winter coats out of storage, dust them off, bemoan the fact they are still covered in what I like to call “random child crap”, trawl through said pile of winter warmers and claim that I have nothing to wear.  Despite this pile, I then promptly wear the same two or three coats that I wear every winter!  This year, I have another coat to add to my regular winter repertoire collection, and have gone one step further…. the cool, checked pattern will hide all kinds of child related gam.

Continue Reading

Sometimes a girl just falls in love with something she knows she shouldn’t have.  It happens to the best of us, and, right now, that girl is me!  It doesn’t matter how hard I try to ignore the desire, occasionally it just gets the better of me.  I am, of course, talking about shopping.  For me, it hit me hard in the form of this sparkling layered sequinned maxi dress.  I just had to have it.  And, surely, with Christmas nearly around the corner, who am I to ignore my craving for the ultimate party dress?!

Continue Reading

We are all in search of cheap thrills, right?  Whether it’s that bargain eyeshadow or a cheap sales find on theoutnet.com, the less money we spend, the happier we are!  So imagine how happy we were when we found this top- an easy white t shirt with some cheap frills on the side (sorry about the appalling pun!)

Continue Reading

Being a mum is really full on!  Whilst it is clearly wonderful and very special, there are also times when it is completely and utterly overwhelming in every sense.  Any descriptions that use the word “mum” in them should therefore make us mums feel good about ourselves, and be uplifting, positive, and inspiring.  Then how come that is often not the case?

The word “mumsy” is a classic example… In the Oxford Dictionary it is defined as: “giving the impression of dull domesticity; dowdy or unfashionable”.   This offends us to the core, as how on earth can any description with the word ” mum” in it be seen as anything other than a compliment?  So, when Boden asked us to be part of their ” Wear it Like A Mum” campaign, a mission to redefine the word “Mumsy” and to turn it into something positive and complimentary, we jumped at the chance.

Continue Reading

It is the distinctive aroma of any product from the L’Occitane range that instantly transports me away from my kids shouting “Mummy, mummy, mummy” at every opportunity, to the peaceful landscapes of Provence.  To have that little touch of the South of France, quite literally in the palm of my hand as I slather on my favourite hand cream whilst standing at the kitchen sink, having attacked the mound of washing up, is the moment of tranquility I crave.  And if I get soft hands as well as some fleeting TLC, then I am all the more happy for it!

Continue Reading

We love nothing more than watching somebody we know start from nothing and graft their way to success.  It make us understand how much hard work goes in behind the scenes to get to that level, and also makes us very proud.  A person who has achieved this well-deserved success is the brilliant Alexa Chung, our old work colleague and fellow model.  Who would have thought she would be destined for great things? Well, we did, actually!!  She always had a unique way of putting clothes together, and along with her innate, fun sense of humour, was always bound for superstardom!

Continue Reading

Joseph has been a stalwart of the British designer high street for as long as I can remember.  There was a time over nearly twenty years ago when all I wore and lusted after were a pair of Joseph Trousers (well, that and Luke Perry from Beverly Hills 90210).  They epitomised glamour, and a timeless style that sat perfectly (or so I thought) with my penchant for 50 pence university vodka red bulls and battered mars bars – that true epitome of elegance.

Continue Reading

With ‘summer’ clearly on its way out (what on earth?!)…We have decided that we are going to make the best of it and look forward to autumn, and all the fashion fun that comes with this change of season.  But, instead of shoving our summer clothes to the back of our wardrobes, and dragging our warmer clothes out from the depths of our closets – we love to find pieces that can work in our wardrobe all year round – ones that can stay on their hangers 365 days a year.  And, if that item is made by a small up-and-coming environmentally conscious British brand, then even better!

Continue Reading