A mo­ment of calm

Ed­i­tor of Sim­ply You and mum to Noa, age three, Naomi Larkin knows the im­por­tance of a peace­ful pause dur­ing her busy day.

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My work­ing day is a com­bi­na­tion of meet­ings, trou­bleshoot­ing is­sues with the mag­a­zine, con­cep­tu­al­is­ing ideas, writ­ing and work­ing to dead­lines. There’s also bal­anc­ing my work and home life – my day in­cludes jug­gling child care, cook­ing and try­ing to fit in some ex­er­cise where I can. I started in jour­nal­ism in 1990. I was in news­pa­pers, wire ser­vice and did a brief stint in ra­dio. Since 2001 I’ve been a mag­a­zine ed­i­tor, in Sin­ga­pore, South Africa and most re­cently New Zealand. I’ve been the ed­i­tor of Sim­ply You since late 2015, which in­cludes the Style, Liv­ing and Body & Beauty is­sues. All of this keeps me busy. My work and home style is about choos­ing clothes that suit my body shape and keep­ing it mixed – with de­signer, vin­tage, sec­ond-hand and chain-store buys. I used to wear a lot of black but liv­ing over­seas and trav­el­ling, I now find colour is a lot more in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing.


At work my mo­ment of calm is gen­er­ally around 3pm when I sit with a cup of tea – Bell White Tea Pure is my new favourite – and just take stock of how the day is going: what I’ve done and what I’ve still got to com­plete. I brew my Bell White Tea for a lit­tle longer than most as I like a stronger flavour. In the week­end, I like to take some time out for my­self when Noa is hav­ing her sleep, and sit down with a cup of tea and a piece of cake or a bis­cuit. If I have a sweet treat, it’s al­ways with a cup of tea.


When it comes to tea, I’m very fussy. It’s like my mar­ti­nis – they must be made well or I won’t drink them. My daugh­ter is a “tea” drinker as well. On Satur­day morn­ings, we have a tra­di­tion of hav­ing a cup of tea and a gin­ger­bread man when we wake up, that’s her treat. So, she’ll say, “Mamma, what day is it? What day is it? Is it a Satur­day?” We both have spe­cial cups, I’m re­ally par­tic­u­lar about what I drink my tea out of, I think it does make a di er­ence to the taste. I once schlepped a whole set of cups and saucers I’d found in an op shop in Edinburgh and brought them home in my lug­gage. So that’s com­mit­ment!

For Naomi Larkin, her day is not com­plete with­out a cup of Bell White Tea Pure, per­fume and an out­fit that suits her per­sonal style

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