Or the day when redlipstickmama became Soumountha
When I started this blog, I can say this now: I was not well. I was a little lonely not because I had no friends but it was a weird loneliness. I was lonely because I was freaking lost. Too many thoughts, very few outlets, no clairvoyance. The blog started like an extended Facebook like rant, turned into a full self-administered therapy and somewhat transformed into the release of something strange and beautiful: the courage to explore things I had no idea were buried deep inside of me.
Things like writing because I just have to do it, entrepreneurial cravings, the boldness to say things the way I just want to say them and the hope that I can somehow touch other women out there.
This would have not been possible without being inspired, supported and sometimes challenged (I dare you to do it) by some amazing women I met through blogging. It was just easier to come out with strangers first like it was always easier for me to be naked in front of strangers than my own sisters – note:I still don’t really do it very often #anotherreasonIDONOTgotothegym
Anyway, more than two years later, these women are still galvanizing me. I am beyond flattered to be interviewed by uber stylish and atta mom-creative-blogger Kate from Maison Bentley about the launch of Another Garde. Her questions were so insightful that it actually made me think hard about what I do and why I do it. You can read the full interview Another Garde by Maison Bentley. I also for the first time say it here: my name is Soumountha 🙂
I hope you will like it and do check out Kate’s blog on a regular basis. She has an amazing eye for elegant and relatable and yet ‘you have never seen it quite like this before’ pieces.
Love you Kate xoxo
#feelinghumbledthismorning #love #determination #womenbehindwomen
Photography by Kate Bentley
The last bag I bought was end of 2010. It was not a large YSL clutch, Mulberry Baywater or Alexander Wang Coco Duffel. It was a diaper bag. I did not it know it then, but it was perhaps the one item in my bag collection about which I could say this: it saved my life many, many times.
I chose it in an almost scientific manner. It had to:
– be big enough to contain enough diapers for 2 i.e. approx. 8 diapers, 2 sets of clothes, 2 muslin square, 1 pack of wipes, 8 disposable sacks, 4-6 loads of formula powder
– have 2 side pockets for 2 milk bottles, you do not want to look inside a messy bag for these stupid bottles when you have two screaming kids with a high milk addiction. TRUST ME.
– include a changing mat, except that in hindsight I probably needed two changing mats because of poop explosions and leaks
– be attachable to our City Select stroller so that I did not have to wish I was an octopus trying to handle a diaper bag, my before I was a mum handbag, my cell phone because there is always someone calling you to ask how I was coping (by the way most of the days the answer was: not very well, thank you!) and a double stroller
-be stylish enough so that I didn’t look like a pregnant back packer and sober enough that DH (who can still not bear the idea of a Man bag) didn’t feel like Sex and the City’s Stanford Blatch
But after almost three years, enough was enough and it was high time that I started to carry something that made me jump right into my new ‘project’, finding a job. I thus started a frenetic search for my new It item: a laptop bag. The search ended and ladies and gentlemen, meet my Michael Kors Jet Set Travel Tote with insert for my Macbook Air (with L fussing around in the background).
PS: Alexander Wang Coco Duffel, I have not forgotten about you. One day you will be mine…