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.
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.
MY MOMENT OF CALM
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.
TEA CUP TASTES
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