The Mother Hub Mingle: Making it WORK

The Mother Hub Mingle: Making it WORK

On Wednesday 8th March 2017 we celebrated International Women's Day by hosting our first Mother Hub Mingle event at The Brentwood Kitchen in Brentwood, Essex. The event was a chance for women to get together, make new connections and participate in a live panel discussion and Q&A around the topic of 'Making it Work'.

We welcomed four speakers - all of them women (who happen to be mothers) who are making their careers work for them. Our brilliant panel including Jess Clarke (Talent Development Specialist at Bloomberg LP), Hannah Wylie (Senior Lawyer at Universal Pictures), Amy Newland (Education Manager at Kip McGrath and Director at Vivid Theatre Productions) and Natalie Reynolds (founder of Fred & Noah).

The Nonna's cake: A perfect Sunday bake

The Nonna's cake: A perfect Sunday bake

Sunday is baking day in our house, and this beauty is the perfect Sunday bake. I got the recipe for this delicious cake from my sister's Italian mother in law, or Nonna as we have all affectionately come to call her, even my kiddos! Most people would break into a sweat when cooking for large numbers but she's the kind of woman who makes a three course meal for twenty seem like no bother at all, and always serves up the most incredible food at family gatherings. We never visite Italy without stopping by "The Nonni's house" and are always guaranteed to leave with a wonderful recipe or two. This apple cake is one of many gorgeous recipes that have been passed down through the women in her family for generations and once you've tasted it you'll know just why! 

The Mother Hub Meets: Lady Bakewell-Park

The Mother Hub Meets: Lady Bakewell-Park

Lady Bakewell-Park, aka Becky Sebright-King. Baker extraordinaire, Instagram entrepreneur and founder of Lady Bakewell-Park fine British baked goods. Since launching her business Becky and her biscuits have taken Instagram by storm and her business has gone from strength to strength - she's even visited 10 Downing Street! Read on to find out more about growing a business from a passion, surviving the first year as a small business, using social media as a tool to connect with clients and much more!

The Mother Hub Meets: Erica Davies

The Mother Hub Meets: Erica Davies

Today on the Mother Hub we're chatting to Erica Davies, creative extraordinaire and founder of fashion and lifestyle blog, The Edited. Erica started her career as a fashion assistant but quickly worked her way up to editor. In fact, when she was offered the role of Fashion Editor for The Sun newspaper at the tender age of twenty-four, she was, at the time, the youngest person to have held that position on Fleet Street. After spending fifteen years working on national newspapers and fashion magazines, today Erica works works full-time on The Edited, her own award-nominated fashion and lifestyle blog. Her inimitable style and fresh approach to fashion has gained her a loyal following, including everyone here at The Mother Hub! And, as is clear from the amazing interior design and style of her new home in Essex, it turns out her creative talents are not limited to fashion. Suffice to say that a rug by La Redoute that she featured on her blog last year gained such popularity that it now has its own Instagram account and has been nicknamed, 'The Erica Rug'! To find out more about Erica's amazing career journey, how fashion journalism has changed and what it feels like to set up on your own, then this interview is a must read!

Treat yourself this Valentine's Day: Gift Ideas For Her

Treat yourself this Valentine's Day: Gift Ideas For Her

Love it or loathe it you can't escape it, Valentine's day is on its way! However, it doesn't all have to be about cheesy cards and love songs. Here at The Mother Hub we thought we'd show you our edit of the chicest love-inspired finds that you can either buy for yourself (and why not? You deserve it!) or casually leave a link to your favourites open on the iPad for your partner to find (hint hint!) After all, whether you're a fan of Valentine's or not, who doesn't love a little treat now and again?

The Mother Hub Meets: Amelia Rope

The Mother Hub Meets: Amelia Rope

If some people are born with entrepreneurship in their DNA, then Amelia Rope, founder of luxury chocolate brand Amelia Rope chocolates, is surely one of them. Amelia grew up near Maldon in Essex (she still uses Maldon sea salt in her chocolate), and took on a series of PA roles in her twenties, but she always knew she wanted to be working for herself. After two appearances on Masterchef, and a 5-day chocolate course by French luxury chocolate makers Valrhona, she set up Amelia Rope Chocolates in 2007... and the rest, as they say, is history!  You can now find Amelia's luxury chocolates in retailers across the globe, from Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason in London to Aya Cocoa in Kuwait.

The Mother Hub Meets: Jen Wood, founder of ALEXI London jewellery

The Mother Hub Meets: Jen Wood, founder of ALEXI London jewellery

A few weeks ago, ALEXI London jewellery sent us their 2017 look book along with some information about Jen Wood, the woman behind the brand. We loved lots of the of the pieces in the collection and were really keen to find out more about Jen’s career journey. Jen studied jewellery design many years ago but it wasn’t until 2014 that she launched the ALEXI London brand; creating pieces that were easy to wear, stylish and on-trend. Today she tells us a little bit about running her own business, the importance of research, prioritising and why you should 'head towards the radiators and step away from the drains'.

The Mother Hub Meets: Natalie Reynolds, founder of Fred & Noah

The Mother Hub Meets:  Natalie Reynolds, founder of Fred & Noah

Today on The Mother Hub Meets, we are chatting to Natalie Reynolds; founder of the award-winning luxury baby and childrenswear brand, Fred & Noah (based in Essex). Following a successful career as a lecturer in fashion design, Natalie began working on Fred & Noah full-time in 2015. The brand specialises in natural and organic fabrics, and their signature prints (think playful, bold and beautiful) are instantly recognisable. With a strong focus on comfort and durability, Fred & Noah has garnered a loyal following. The first baby leggings Natalie ever made were for NCT friends; now, fans of Fred & Noah include Fearne Cotton and Giovanna Fletcher! Natalie and her husband Dan have big plans for the business, and looking at what they've achieved in just three years, we have no doubt they'll go from strength to strength.

In our interview with Natalie, we found out more about her inspiring career journey and how Fred & Noah came about...