Updated: Aug 8, 2019
Guest blog by Sophie Jones Cooper a.k.a. My Stylish Friend
Hello. I am Sophie – a mummy of three, ex-fashion editor and personal stylist living in the Cotswolds, a.k.a My Stylish Friend. I am buzzing with excitement and counting down the days until the launch of My Stylish Friend at the Cotswold Baby & Toddler Show on 29th April. I am super chuffed to be the show’s Style Hunter and hosting The Style Zone.
The Style Zone is the place for mums and mums-to-be who are looking for some style advice, shopping tips or fashion inspiration to help you navigate your way through your pregnancy and motherhood in style and confidence.
This week I am out and about putting together some gorgeous styled outfits to inspire both those of you who are pregnant and looking for ways to dress your bump, either at the office, off duty or to a wedding; or for mums who have a new baby or toddler and need some help with breastfeeding clothes, comfortable yet stylish outfits for the baby and toddler group or a new back to work wardrobe. I am an accessory addict too, so will also have scarves, statement necklaces, dainty bracelets and sunglasses for you to try on and hopefully inspire you for the new (better late than never) spring season ahead.
As the show’s Style Hunter I will also be on the prowl for confident and stylish mums, bumps and babes to enter my competition to win a group styling party or one-on-one styling consultation. Just come along to The Style Zone (if I don’t find you first!), get your photo taken by me, keep hold of your Polaroid snap as a souvenir of the day and make sure you upload it to Instagram using the hashtag:
At the end of the show, I will choose one stylish mama who I feel rocks her style with confidence and ease, and the winner will receive either a complimentary 2-hour group styling party (for you and three friends) or a 2-hour one-on-one styling consultation.
I do hope you will come along and say hello. Being a mummy is the best thing that has ever happened to me and if you are pregnant huge congratulations. You are about to embark on such an amazing journey. If you are already a mummy, then huge congratulations to you too, you are doing a fab job. Being a mummy is hard, really hard. Tiny humans, whether inside or outside your body are exhausting. My advice, take all the advice you can get, say yes to help, say no when it is too much and make time for you.
After five extremely tiring years of giving myself more than 100% to my children and answering simply to “Muuuummmmy” more times a day than anyone should be expected to cope with, I decided it was time to feel like me again, and that is how My Stylish Friend came about.
Before I became “mummy” just over five years ago, and before my life and body was taken over by two very large bumps (one of which housed my now 22 month old twins), I was Sophie the stylist and writer, living the high life in Dubai. I worked as Fashion and Beauty Editor for HELLO! Magazine, stylist for TV commercials, advertising campaigns and magazines including Time Out and Sur La Terre, as well as personal styling and shopping including for a member of the Dubai royal family.
After having my first child Leo back in the UK, I dabbled in some freelance writing and styling, but when my twins Amelie and Archie came along, work became the last thing on my mind. For the past few years I have been lost in a world of tandem breast feeding, jealous toddler mania and way too little sleep.
Now it is time for Sophie to emerge again…
So as My Stylish Friend, I hope I can help my fellow mamas and mamas-to-be enjoy pregnancy and motherhood to the max - by staying confident, sane and stylish from bump to beyond. My fashion advice and services are all very informal and approachable. Whether it is a one-on-one personal styling session to help you understand your changing body and the how/where/when of how to dress it for your lifestyle, a fun and ‘fizzy’ group styling party for a bunch of new mums looking for fashion inspiration or a personal shopping session either in the shops or virtually via a Pinterest mood board in the comfort of your own home, I would love to help.
Follow My Stylish Friend’s style on Instagram @my_stylishfriend
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