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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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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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3 Spring Trends For Everyday Outfits

It is officially spring and although it does not feel like it at the moment.  I am looking forward to getting some sunshine and stepping away from my winter wardrobe. I always get excited to see what the new trends are for the year. However sometimes it can feel like what is on the runway is often not practical for everyday use. So after reading some spring trend reports and looking around at my favourite designers and brands. I thought I would share with you my favourite Spring Trends For Everyday Outfits.

Lilacs & Lavenders

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The colour lavender was present all over the runways this Fashion month and I love it. It is a great transitional colour to wear as you move from Winter to Summer. And it adds that pop of colour we are all craving after a long winter.

3 Spring Trends For Everyday Outfits

Incorporate it into your wardrobe with nice thin jumpers and lacey tops. If you are feeling bolder then go for a statement jacket like the ones below.

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Sheer Transparency

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The Sheer Transparent theme was another popular look this fashion month. Though not for everyone I would say this is probably my favourite look out of the 3. I love all things mesh and feel it can really vamp up an outfit.

3 Spring Trends For Everyday Outfits

Go for tops with mesh details such as sheer sleeves or cutouts. If you are brave you can try the total look with a transparent blouse or skirt. Don’t forget to wear a nice bralet or under pants!

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Textured Details

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Though I have never been a fan of the cowboy fringe phase that was popular a few years back. These subtle fringe and feathered details have me hooked. It is more chic than cowboy, with a lot of soft tassels.

3 Spring Trends For Everyday Outfits

Opt for an easy everyday top with soft tassel details or accessorise with tasseled earrings which are all the craze at the moment. If you are a real fashionista than go for a statement bag or jacket. I am in love with the pink cross body bag below.

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My Loungewear Favourites

Ever since becoming a mum loungewear has become a personal ‘must have’ wardrobe essential for me. As I am home a lot with my little one, it is practical for me to have an array of comfortable yet some what presentable clothing that I can easily wear around the house and outside if I need to nip out for anything.  There is nothing more satisfying than slipping into your comfies as soon as you come home. It feels like an instant stress reliever and I love feeling cozy and warm in my home. But just because it is nice to be comfortable doesn’t mean you need to look like you just got out of bed. I may be home a lot but i still want to look and feel pretty, even if it is just my son and a few other mums who see me. So after surviving the beast from the east and living in my loungewear for the last week. I thought I would share with you My Loungewear Favourites.

JOGGERS & YOGA PANTS

My Loungewear Favourites

My Loungewear Favourites

I totally love Jack Wills Joggers. I had never heard of Jack Wills before I came to the UK. They were not that prevalent in France nor in Australia, but I am glad I found them. I previously used to buy cheaper alternatives that were your basic joggers. However I found that they often made me look heavier than I was and i felt self conscious going out in them. These Jack Wills Joggers are really comfy and have a nice fit to them with the added bonus of being quite stylish. They are great for wearing around the house and good enough to be worn outside if needed.

I previously owned two other pairs of Jack Wills Joggers but I wore them so much they got holes in them.

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SWEATSHIRTS

My Loungewear Favourites I love love love this sweatshirt. I have had my eye on the Selfish Mother range for ages but never actually bought one until recently. Though it is simple, these shirts have become iconic in the parenting world. I had a hard time choosing which one I wanted as they come in different colours with different words and slogans. My favourites were ‘Mother’, ‘Winging It’ and ‘MAMA’ but eventually decided that MAMA was the best one for me.

NOTE: I am giving away one of these amazing sweatshirts to one of my readers to celebrate mothers day. All you need to do is the following.

  FACEBOOK: follow my page on Facebook and share my post.

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INSTAGRAM: Follow me and tag 2 friends. 

Winners chosen at random and will be announced on the 19th March

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My Loungewear Favourites

I totally love a good loungewear outfit. What are you favourites?
Looking for more fashion tips? Then check out my post of Bodysuits : The  Mum Bod Saviour
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