Continuing on my Up Close series, I am delighted to be interviewing the lovely Leonora Bamford, founder of My Baba THE parenting website. I first met Leonora (or Leo as her nearest and dearest call her) her when our sons were doing football (or chasing a ball like drunk toddlers) together. I pretended I didn’t know her (come on, we all do that with high-profile peeps, don’t we?) even though I knew where she had been the night before from her tweets!
I had been following her blog since it started (originally called My Baba Blog) and have watched it grow exponentially. My Baba now boasts an online Magazine and videos as well as the daily scoop on food, family and lifestyle for all your parenting needs.
Leonora has also collaborated with Zita West to develop a range of children’s multivitamins so if your kids are sniffling at the moment, this multi biotic powder is for them. (They love sprinkling it on their breakfast).
My Baba is also supporting the charity Child Bereavement UK. Leonora is hosting an event at the Tory Burch store on Bond Street this week, so follow my Instagram to see photos and lots of instastories! (So excited!)
So, let’s start with most people’s favourite topic. Fashion. What’s your fashion style?
I would love to say I’m a fashionista but really I’m not. I have 5 minutes to pull a look together in the morning and if I’m organised I do it the night before. If I could have a Fashion Style it would be Olivia Palermo but I have a feeling that might take some time!
3 favourite small clothing brands
She’s not small any more but I LOVE Zoe Jordan for everything but particularly her knitwear.
I lived in Clare & Peg when I was pregnant and for kids I’m crazy for Love My Smalls.
3 favourite high street shops
Zara, M and S and Sandro
3 items that make you feel a million dollars
A great pair of Tom Ford sunnies
My mothers old fur coat or my grandmothers old Chanel blazer.
A killer pair of heels can also have the same effect.
1 item that everyone asks where you got it from
A pair of Joseph hight waisted suede trousers I got this year.
Biggest purchase mistake ever
Head to toe Burberry!
Best return of investment on an item
Boots or trainers
Trainers, my husband is a big trainer buyer.
Spend time at antique stores.
Where do you get your interior inspo from?
Pinterest, I get totally sucked in!
Bare faced or full face?
Bare with a touch of powder
Best beauty buy on the market
Charlotte Tilbury anything!
3 items in your make up bag
Pommade Divine, Tom Ford red lipstick and a palette from Charlotte Tilbury
Always have dry shampoo!
Life saving hair product
Dry shampoo and a Tangle Teaser.
Silver or gold jewellery
Lustful Jewellery brand
i’m crazy about Rebecca de Ravenel earrings.
Keep fit activity
Walking and pilates
Best exercise that works for least amount effort
Does a massage count?
Most romantic restaurant in the world?
The one in Hotel Costes in Paris
Best hotel with kids?
I hear the best things about Borgo Engazia in Puglia
Last supper meal
Baked potato or my grandmothers chicken noodle soup
Your default kids supper when you can’t think
Pasta with secret tomato sauce that’s loaded with everything.
Paracetamol and lots of water and salty crisps.
Beach or pool?
Beach for the kids
Swimsuit or bikini?
Loving both at the moment
What you do to relax
Meditate or Yoga, doesn’t happen very often!
All time favourite film?
Romeo and Juliette, Baz Luhrmann
Last book you read?
The Bump Class: An Expert Guide to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.
I’ve got a stack of books from my favourite shop, Jaffe and Neale in Chipping Norton but I’ve yet to read! Christmas is around the corner.
Favourite box set
The song you pelt out on your own in the car
Aerosmith Crazy – I feel like I’m 16 again.
Sun cream – Anya Hindmarch has launched a range of candles and that’s one of the scents, takes me back to very happy times.
Bonding family game
Certainly not Monopoly! My husband and son have just started playing chess which is adorable.
Best tip for building Instagram following
I’m not very good at this but they say, posting regularly and engaging with others.
A quote you try and live by
Treat others how you would like to be treated.
Always expect the unexpected
What tests your patience?
3 words to describe yourself
Honest, Reliable and Loving
What do you want for Christmas?
A Votary silk pillow case, apparently it takes years off!
So many lovely great tips, I am off to investigate her website and app recommendations!
Follow Leonora on Instagram