Chelsea Girl vs. Chelsea Mummy vs. Chelsea Business Woman

Recently, I have been trying to figure out a new direction for my blog – given that my lifestyle is about to undergo major changes when my little-bubba-to-be arrives into this world.

Of course, when he arrives it doesn’t mean I’m going to give up drinking cocktails. No way. But I won’t just be thinking of myself anymore. I’ll have something, a little someone who I will also be looking after. Then there is my new company, which I launched earlier this year and which technically makes me a bit of a business woman. And there is also Chelsea, where I grew up and still live: it should go without saying that I will still be shopping and living, just like any other Chelsea Girl in the area because life doesn’t stop when you become a mother.

Or does it? …

JugglerThis morning I saw this article on my Twitter feed, which mentions how Natalie Massenet, the founder of Net-a-porter, was pregnant when she launched her now multi-million pound company, having set it up in a small flat in Chelsea. I found this inspiring because it reminded me of the different reactions I have been receiving since finding out I was pregnant. They range from the positive: winning a new client to the absurd: being told by a company that they wanted to work with me as soon as possible but as soon as I disclosed that I was pregnant, not hearing from them ever again. On a personal level, some folks have been telling me how difficult it will be to have a baby whilst other friends have been over-enthused, to make up for the pragmatic voices.

So for the last few months I’ve wondered, can a woman really balance being a mother with having a life and running her own business? And for now, I’ve decided that the answer is yes. I’m not looking to have it all but I am looking to have a healthy work/life balance. And after meeting a very inspiring couture designer recently, which I will write about in time, I know this is possible. So going back to my initial point, I have included two new sections to my blog: career and motherhood, which I hope you enjoy if they are relevant to you.



  1. July 15, 2013 / 9:12 pm

    I think it’s great that you are growing your blog and I’ll certainly be reading the career posts. Not quite ready for the mummy section. It is inevitable that our lives will change but I think it’s how we manage those changes which are key. Of course you can be all of these three things because that it what makes you, you. The key is not to put pressure on yourself to try and achieve all at the same time, especially in the early months. Take some time out and you’ll feel refreshed and renewed from it.

    Lula Belle xx

    • Chelsea Girl
      July 15, 2013 / 9:23 pm

      Thanks so much lovely. I’m glad you like the career posts idea and you’re so right, it’s not about putting the pressure on myself/ourselves. I’m feeling so excited for this change. I love the idea of the unknown and the challenges that will come along with it because this is when we really grow as people. xox

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