If you feel like you’ve lost a bit of YOU since your little one arrived then you’re not alone. Are your outfit choices based on what’s clean rather than what’s stylish? Does baby puke on or destroy anything you actually feel decent in? Maybe you once loved jewellery but haven't worn it for a while? I completely understand.
I’m Natalie owner and sole employee at Little Magpies. Like many mums I felt that my sense of style slipped away after having children. I was happy to shop for cool baby clothes and had absolutely no desire to splurge on new clothes, especially as I went up a dress size and intended to get back into shape (still hoping!). So I jazzed up my outfits with colourful necklaces and accessories. I felt like I was finding myself again, sort of.
My first son had other ideas though. He chewed on and broke some of my favourite necklaces with his grabby little fingers and Hercules strength. So I stopped wearing jewellery completely but I missed it especially as my mum clothes were mostly monochrome and I felt pretty drab.
I’d been making and restoring jewellery for years and at the time I had a business selling vintage jewellery. So I used my skills to create a stylish and practical range of jewellery especially for mums. Inspired by high street trends and seasonal colours it looks like fashion jewellery and is safe for baby to chew and fiddle with. The name was inspired by my vintage business (White Magpie) and the fact that my boy was literally a little magpie for whatever I wore. I guess my children are the original 'Little Magpies'.
I'm a Social Worker by day and Little Magpies has been my creative outlet during maternity leave and beyond, keeping me sane during long days and sleepless nights. I always wanted to be able to give a little back from my business so Little Magpies donates 10% of profits to PANDAS Foundation (Pre and Post Natal Depression Advice and Support) a charity supporting mums through support groups, dads groups, a phone helpline and online support. Little Magpies is all about making mums feel good so I've just launched a range of printed accessories with a positive message to remind mums that they are doing well.
If you love what we do join the brand new Mamas Union Facebook group for encouragement to feel positive about parenting, style hints, teething tips, special offers and regular reminders that you’re doing amazing (because YOU ARE).
Hope to see you there.