An in­sight on a new gen­er­a­tion of hip mums, from Vi­o­let Gaynor and Kelly Stu­art’s new par­ent­ing book.

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Moth­er­hood is some­times messy, of­ten beau­ti­ful, and al­ways de­mand­ing. It is a jour­ney of love pep­pered with chaos, as de­picted in The Glow: An Inspiring Guide To Stylish Moth­er­hood. The brain­child of Vi­o­let Gaynor (fash­ion edi­tor by day and full­time mother of baby Plum) and her pho­tog­ra­pher, col­league, and friend Kelly Stu­art, the book is based on a blog of the same name, which they launched to­gether in 2011. At the time, both women were im­mersed in suc­cess­ful ca­reers in the pub­lish­ing world. The de­sire for a chal­lenge came as they found them­selves at a cross­roads, about to move on to the next big thing: mar­riage and fam­ily.

“We re­alised we were sur­rounded by highly cre­ative, su­per-suc­cess­ful women who were some­how bal­anc­ing work and moth­er­hood. So we de­cided to find out some of their se­crets and give other women a glimpse into their worlds,” says Gaynor. Their con­cept be­hind the blog was some­what unique in its de­pic­tion of moth­er­hood – from the per­spec­tive of work­ing mums try­ing to bal­ance fam­ily with the fast pace of a fash­ion­able life­style. The re­sult is cre­ative and in­spi­ra­tional.

A year later, the duo were ap­proached by the pub­lisher Abrams with the idea of a cof­fee-ta­ble book. Launched in 2014, it fea­tures pages of beau­ti­ful mums and their chil­dren, stunning dé­cor, and fash­ion for all, pho­tographed by Stu­art. Her images have an ethe­real qual­ity about them, awash with light. The beau­ti­ful mod­els? Real mums. “They might look glam­orous and have a per­fect im­age, but no mat­ter what type of ca­reer you have, the re­al­ity is ev­ery­one is just try­ing to do their best,” adds Gaynor. “As beau­ti­ful as moth­er­hood is, it’s also chal­leng­ing, messy, and tir­ing. Through the tome we al­ways aim to show the beauty with a dose of re­al­ness.”

Even celebrity mums, it seems, just mud­dle through some days. Of course, they do it in heels, as th­ese ex­cerpts from the book – along­side KL’s elite – re­veal. Givenchy in­ter­na­tional public re­la­tions direc­tor Caro­line Deroche Pasquier is the def­i­ni­tion of Parisian chic, ef­fort­lessly mix­ing vin­tage YSL and Alaïa with no-name T-shirts and Con­verse – and her sons are just as chic. Her closet has reaped the benefits of an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer work­ing at some of the most iconic French fash­ion houses – af­ter years at Louis Vuit­ton, she is now the public re­la­tions direc­tor for Givenchy. Sons Jean and Martin have

clearly in­her­ited her in­nate sense of style. Her el­dest wears vin­tage al­most ex­clu­sively, while her eight-year-old has an en­vi­able col­lec­tion of T-shirts and lives in a vin­tage var­sity jacket from the ’50s ... Time­less wins over

trendy ev­ery time. Caro­line’s time­less style “Men’s shirts and ma­ter­nity jeans got me through my preg­nancy. Other than that, my uni­form was a tight dress, long cardi­gan, flat shoes,

and vin­tage jew­ellery. Caro­line on moth­er­hood Th­ese lit­tle men we are rais­ing need the right “keys” to a good life. We are here to give them con­fi­dence,

in­de­pen­dence, and re­spect for them­selves. It’s not al­ways easy, but it’s the most re­ward­ing thing in life.

Best part The love of my boys. They are both so sweet, charm­ing, smart, lovely, and have a good sense of hu­mour. When my younger son says, “Ma­man, I love you, would you marry me?” I just melt!

Hard­est part Fear – it’s al­ways there, some­where in­side you. Favourite part of the day I love go­ing out with my older son, just the two of us – some­times we go to the cinema or to a con­cert. With Martin, I love the morn­ing when he

comes into our bed and cud­dles.

Caro­line Deroche Pasquier with her sons Martin and Jean, now aged 9 and 17, from The Glow: An Inspiring Guide To Stylish Moth­er­hood

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