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Hot Like A Mother : Aberdeen Mum & Dog Grooming Entrepreneur Jacqueline Allen

#HotLikeAMother is my blog series that looks to break the barriers and expectations of Motherhood. In this series I interview and get to know some of Aberdeen’s most kick ass mums. From inspiring boss babes, to stylish fashionistas, to just damn right inspirational mothers. All in the quest to encourage mums to go for their passions and be Hot Like A Mother…….

If you would like to be featured or know someone who should then please contact me at Kylie@ConfidentlyKylie.com

 

 

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Jacqueline rocking the grey Hot Like A Mother sweatshirt from my line – Click the image and get yours now at Hotlikeamother.com

MEET MARCH’S HOT MAMA

Jacqueline to me is the definition of a real life supermum. If she is not busting her ass setting up her business. She is taking her two boys to their classes, or playing with them outside in her yard. Or walking the dog. When I first became a mum I would see her interacting and being the type of mum I wanted to be from my front window. (We are neighbours). So when she agreed to feature on my blog I was more than thrilled to sit down and have a natter with such a hard working woman.

You recently started your own Dog Grooming business from Home, How do you juggle the demands of motherhood while running a business?

I don’t know that I do, to be honest. It’s still early days, and I’m trying to find a routine. Trying to manage the hours so that I’m available for when the boys come home from school. However so far it’s been so busy and I’m finding it hard to turn down new clients. Luckily I have a supportive husband who is flexible at his own work, and two very independent kids.

What tips would you give to mums who may be struggling to find the right balance in their lives?

I’m in no position to be giving advice at the moment! There is no right and wrong really – the way life is just now, both parents have to work, and so we try and take each day at a time.

 

What made you start Soapy Tails?

Well I took some time off for the birth of the children, and then when the youngest was starting P1 I had it in my head that I would go back to work somehow. I have had dogs for a long time and knew about groomers. I was ultimately looking for something I could do on my own terms. So that I would be free to do school drop offs and pick ups and take time off for holidays without pressure. So I always thought of something I could do myself from home.

Initially I went on some external training courses, then through a series of random meetings and friends of friends, found out about an existing dog grooming business that were looking for a trainee. So I joined there and worked with them as a self employed groomer for several years, gaining valuable experience. However, it became more and more apparent that their goals and mine were not the same, and things came to a head in October 2018. 

During the school holidays I realised that the poor treatment I was receiving and the perception that I was always going to be the ‘junior’ of that business meant that if I wanted the control that I wanted. I would have to push on and do things myself! I had to get out of the nice comfortable rut I was in and take a risk!

So we started looking for all the equipment we would need. Luck was on our side! I saw someone selling a complete setup on Facebook. They had only posted 20 minutes before when I noted their advert, phoned them up and started driving down to collect it!

The equipment was immaculate and within a week of deciding we should do it we were up and running!

Confidently Kylie is all about confidence and self care, what is important for you to stay grounded and true to yourself?

Its easy to stay grounded when you are covered in dog hair! As a mother of two, I think no matter how smart or confident you think you are, your kids can snap you out of airs and graces with a simple joke or sentence. As they know all about you!

What is your go to easy mum outfit and why?

I’ve never been a girly girl, so trainers and a hood on my jacket are all I need.

What tips would you give to mums who may be struggling to find the right balance in their lives?

Never be too hard on yourself, truth be known most house holds are probably struggling with something or other. Speak to your friends and you soon find out that everyone is fighting with their kids about picking dirty clothes off the floor or forgetting to go to the shops for the kids tea. Every working mother has still got to clean the house, do never ending laundry, walk the dog and the other 100 other little stuff daily. Remember you are not the only one doing what you do.

You can check out Soapy Tails facebook page here if you are in need of a trusted dog groomer!

If you would like to feature  or you know someone who would be perfect for it. Then contact me at Kylie@confidentkylie.com

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Hot Like A Mother – The Shop Is Launched!

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I am sooo excited to finally be able to post about a project I have been working on for sometime. Being a lover of fashion and writing a blog dedicated to modern motherhood. It only seemed natural that my next step would be to create my own little (ok tiny) collection dedicated to hot mammas. Hot Like A Mother – The shop has now launched!

Hot Like A Mother sweatshirt in Grey modelled by the lovely Fiona Kerr @ascottishblonde

Consisting of the comfiest sweatshirts ever in Grey and Black (£29.99). And of course your classic white tee with our logo (£14.99). Hot Like A Mother has teamed up with UK Charity Woman’s Aid to not only give you great stylish products to look fashionable while doing the school / nursery run. But also an opportunity to contribute to a very important and worthy cause.

Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children. For every item you buy, 5% of all profits will be donated directly to Women’s Aid. Helping you to support a movement that is committed to ending domestic violence abuse. And ensuring violence against women is no longer tolerated.

29 weeks pregnant and rocking and white tee!

At ConfidentlyKylie we are all about self care and motivation and these values are reflected in our store ethics. From our biodegradable packaging, to our eco friendly tissue paper. Look Good While Doing Good and be Hot Like A Mother..

Stocks are limited so get your order in time for Mother’s Day. Whether it be a treat for yourself or a Mother’s Day gift for an amazing mum.

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the launch I am giving away a sweatshirt to two lucky readers, colour of their choice. All you have to do is follow @Hotlikeamother and @confidentlykylie on instagram, comment on one of our images and tag two new mums who would love Hot Like A Mother. Winners will be announced on Mother’s Day. Good Luck x

 

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How To Wear Leopard Print Without Looking Tacky

Most of you have probably seen that leopard print is all the rage right now. It is the hit trend of autumn and everyone seems to be wearing it. I remember when it started to resurface in the fashion world a few years ago.   Either you looked extremely high fashion, like someone out of a magazine. Or you looked tacky. However over the years the animal print phenomenon has grown on me and I have found myself being attracted to it more and more. My first purchase was a pair of leopard print ballerina pumps which eventually turned into a vast array of tops, dresses and skirts. So when I saw that the print was back this autumn I was delighted and thought I would share with you some tips on How To Wear Leopard Print Without Looking Tacky.

Not All Prints Are The Same

The secret to not looking tacky while adopting the leopard print trend is to choose your prints and colours wisely. The first print that comes to mind when I think Leopard print is the horrible yellow prints of the 80’s. Not a good look. But now fashion houses and material designers have expanded the animal print repertoire and there are now a lot of prints that are softer and more refined. Do your research. You will see what prints look best and what don’t. I personally prefer to go for greys or pastel type colours as opposed to bright ones.

The Blouse

You cannot go wrong with a printed blouse or jumper. A blouse or jumper is so easy to pop on and can go with a pair of jeans for a more casual look. Or with a pair of chic trousers or maxi skirt to look more sophisticated.

Top Picks

The Leopard Printed Dress

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I bought my very first leopard print dress from Mango about 9 years ago. I was working in a French Fashion House at the time and wanted to look the part at our Christmas Event. It was an above the knee grey leopard print dress that was cinched at the waist and loose on the top. I was so nervous as it was a bold choice for me at the time.  I will never forget the feeling of elation when one of the senior managers who was the fashion icon at the time came up to me and asked where the dress was from because she loved it.

The shape and style of the dress plays a huge role. A short tight body con dress in a bright coloured leopard print might look good on some. But definitely not on me. I like to choose dresses with more flow such as a maxi or tea dress.

Top Pick

The Maxi Skirt

I am obsessed with maxi skirts at the moment. They are so easy to wear yet super stylish and perfect for the summer autumn transition. Plus they suit any body type. The skirt below is not actually a skirt but a dress that I covered with a plain black jumper. The skirt I really wanted has been sold out for the last week.

Accessorize

And if all else fails, accessorising is the easiest way to stay in trend. Add a cute thin leopard print belt to your jeans. Or pop on a pair on leopard print pumps or booties to make a statement. Or of course the easiest option is to go for a leopard print scarf. Either way adding that little pop of colour and print will make your outfit stand out.

Whatever way you choose, wear whatever makes you comfortable and makes you feel good in your body. Nothing is more attractive than feeling good in your skin. So do what is best for you and you will shine.

 

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Style Like A Mother: The Paper Bag Trouser & Classy Sweatshirt Edit

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Autumn is approaching and I have been looking at ways to warm up my outfits without getting my full winter wardrobe out. Even though the weather has taken a turn. I am not ready to completely transition yet. I am wanting some autumnal colours and simple designs to keep me warm from a chill but without a big jacket or coat. So I went on the hunt for some new items and I found two that I am loving at the moment and that would be perfect for my new Modern Mum Fashion Segment : Style Like A Mother. Because Pleeeease, just because we are mums and are usually looking to simplify our lives. It doesn’t mean we need to migrate to FrumpvilleCheck out this months edit

The Paper Bag Trousers

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No, this are not some crazy fashion trend inspired by the homeless ie. Zoolander Derelicte! These are what I like to call the “feels like pyjamas but totally are not” trousers. I have been eyeing these trousers for ages and wasn’t convinced it would suit me. I was sure that with my mum bod i would end up looking more like a potato than anything else.

But after reading a few blogs and seeing some amazing products. I thought I would take the leap. And guess what? I love them! They are so comfortable and yet effortlessly stylish. I bought these burgundy ones from H&M. I paired it with a cream polo neck, small matching burgundy cross over bag ( also H&M) and some heels. Though I think you could also wear them with plain white trainers.

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The “Classy” Sweatshirt

It was really funny. I wore this sweatshirt a few times and all of my mum friends commented on it. What is it with oversized shirts that seem to attract us mums? I am an avid lover of sweatshirts and oversized jumpers. They are easy, comfortable and baggy enough to make me look slimmer than I am. I could literally live in my husbands Nike sweatshirt all day everyday. But I don’t think it appropriate for all occasions especially when I need to pop into town or pick Gabriel up from nursery. Though I must admit I have worn far worse on the Nursery pick up before.

I bought this mid sleeved sweatshirt from Missguided. It is affordable, easy to wear and has a soft furry cuff on the sleeve which is nice to touch.

I just bang it on with my black jeans from Massimo Dutti and my new ankle boots from Steve Madden. And a dark red lipstick!

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And there it is. My fav items of the moment. What are your favourite fashion items of the moment.

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Style Like A Mother: Pale Pinks, White Jeans & A Denim Jacket

I have been all over the place lately, I just can’t seem to get anything done. Recently I found out that I had less than a month to hand in my draft copy of a 12 page assignment. When I had stupidly believed that I had more time since the deadline is actually in July! So it has been a mad panic. Usually I have a strict schedule to be able to keep up with studying, blogging, housework, motherhood and social events ( wow that was a mouthful). However as soon as something goes off schedule it is chaos and one area of my life starts to lack attention. Not to mention my outfits of the day! Check out this weeks Style Like A Mother.

So every moment I have had I have been trying to get ahead on my assignment. Which has been tough since it has finally started to feel like summer is approaching. Staying indoors and trying to write a 12 page essay when all you want to do is bask in the sunshine while sipping and Pimms and lemonade is a kill joy. However with my schedule being manic, not to mention Gabriel breaking his collarbone ( more on that later). I still managed to enjoy a bit of sunshine and whip out some summery colours to brighten my mood.

 

Pale Pinks and White

 

I am so obsessed with pales pinks and white at the moment that I need to be careful not to blow our clothing budget and transform my wardrobe into something a sugar plum fairy would have. But the pastel themes have got me very inspired and i am craving hot weather, beaches and a new summer wardrobe. However since we live in Aberdeen and hot weather equals 10°C. I have been content with a casual look of white jeans and pastel tees and my oversized denim jacket. All courtesy of New Look.

 

outfit of the day

outfit of the day

Hopefully the weather will continue to improve and I can get back on schedule so that I can start updating my closet and get out some summer dresses.

Wishing you all a good week. Wish me luck for my assignment. I am going to need it.

 

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At Home Face Masks For The Busy Mum

Just like most people, I enjoy a good pamper. One thing that is always on the top of my list is my skin. I can usually see straight away when my skin (and health) has been neglected. I woke with dark circles and dull lifeless skin tone. Which made me feel ugly in every single way. I am so caught up in my busy modern life that I forget to nurture myself which in the end affects only myself negatively. For a while now I have been making it a ritual to give myself a quick facial every week and the results have been fantastic. So at the request of some of you, i decided to share My At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin.

In my teenage years I was plague with acne and when I say acne, I don’t mean a few spot here and there. My face was covered. What made things worse was the dark pigment in my skin would cause major hyper-pigmentation Meaning the spots would leave dark brown marks all over my face that took a long time to heal (You can see the hyper pigmentation on my leg in the below photo. This is from a batch of eczema I got a while back). It affected my self confidence drastically. I was called pizza face, spotty, all the names under the sun. Fortunately for me,  my skin started to clear up when I reached 18 with the help of Ro-accutane and some diet changes. Since then I learned to be heavily invested in my skin (and health) and research my products to make sure I use the best.

At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin

So here is my weekly routine which I usually do on a Sunday. It is easy to do and maintain and I often get bits and bobs done in the house while I wait fro the masks to set. I have noticed a huge improvement in my complexion which has resulted in me using a lot less foundation when I go out.

STEP ONE : Exfoliate

I believe that exfoliating is key to a clear and glowing complexion. It gets rid of all the dead skin cells that can be the cause of dull looking skin and I just love the smooth feeling it gives afterwards. My favourite products are Kora Organics Exfoliating cream and Nip + Fab Glyceric Scrub. I usually spend a good few minutes gently scrubbing my face in circular motions with my hands.

STEP TWO : Dead Sea Mud Mask

Once I have finished exfoliating, I rinse off any residue and dry my face. The next step I apply a Dead Sea Mud Mask. Dead Sea Mud has been touted as containing a big array of minerals and is said to work miracles for skin. I use the one from Dead Sea Magik which is available at Holland & Barretts. I apply it to my face and leave it on for 10 – 15 Minutes and usually go downstairs and do some errands while i wait.

At Home Facial For Fresh Glowing Skin

 

STEP THREE : Hydrating Mask

Next is a hydrating mask and my favourite by far is by Kora Organics which you can get on netaporter.com. Most of you might already know that I am a devout lover of KORA. It is the best organic skincare around and i cannot recommend it enough. After washing away the remnants of the mud mask, i then apply the hydrating mask for 5-10 minutes. Depending on how dry or not my skin is.

Once the hydrating mask has set I rinse it off and then pop on some moisturising cream.

Voila, thats it! It may seem like a lot but it really isn’t. My skin always feels so fresh and smooth afterwards and I now look forward to every Sunday just for this little ritual. The timings are indicative but sometimes i will pop the masks on for just a few minutes if i don’t have time. It is better than not doing them at all.

 

If you wish to know more about Kora see my post here.

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