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Cult Of Youth Part II

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Screen Shot 2015-08-16 at 19.23.11If you’re a regular Lil’ Beans blog reader you’ll have read about Cult of Youth a couple of months ago.  Kelly is a silversmith and if you missed the previous post have a quick look because you’ll want to add one of these necklaces to your WANT list.  Kelly is now the proud MAMA to little Elvis ♡

Below is a lil’ Q&A with Kelly, a few from before Elvis arrived and a couple we’ve added to celebrate the little man’s arrival x

Where do you live?
I currently live in Essex, not too far from where I grew up. I’ve spent most of my adult life living in London after moving there 10 years ago but decided being close to my mum was really important when it came to laying down roots when I found out I was pregnant. I can’t say I won’t move back in the distant future but for now i’m happy living a little further out and making the trek a couple of times a week. Although I do miss my pals. And Richmond/Victoria Park.

You’re about to have a new addition in your life, have you enjoyed your pregnancy and body change? 
My pregnancy played out a little differently to how I thought it would. I hadn’t expected quite how stressfull and sometimes lonely in can be at times. I think what your mind goes through as a pregnant woman feels more dramatic that the physical changes, they seem to happen gradually, more softer. However it felt like my identity had changed overnight and I wasn’t sure who I was to become. I think I started to really enjoy the last couple of months. I have changed but (i think) for the better. I am more decisive and stronger in my convictions than before. I have less time for bullshit and endless time for positivity, creativity and love…. Maybe I have turned into the hippy barefoot and pregnant mama i always thought i’d be after all!!

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Your Mother necklaces have been a hit before their release, especially on Instagram. What/who inspires you in your work?
Every piece of jewellery i design usually stems from me having an idea of something i’d like to wear and then making it. I hardly made anything in the first few months of pregnancy as I felt so ill and unispired. Then one day I was thinking about how strong the word MOTHER was and       i made the first chain with the rose gold letters and silver chain and posted it on instagram with the caption something like “growing a baby makes me feel like i’ve got superpowers”. The response was great and i’ve since been working on launchinga fuller collection (whiched actually launched on Monday). It’s been going great. I think i was inspired by my baby firstly, wanting to wear his initials with mine. I also had to work on the designs to ensure i could make them efficiently and with ease as i still wanted to keep everthing done by hand but time frames were going to be dirrent post baby! Through mothers meetings I have met some incredible, awe inducing inspiring women that juggle motherhood and their passions through new businesses, their jobs or  hobbies. I have found these women some of the most inspirational people i’ve ever met and every order for the mama/ mother chains i get a rush of pride. There’s an incredible movement in the way mamas that want to be viewed differently. If you’re down you’re in. And it’s the coolest fucking gang out there!

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When did you finally have Elvis?  I don’t think you can ever really imagine what your first birth will be like, but did you keep it together?
I finally had Elvis 10 days late on the 1st of July. I was lucky enough to have a very straight forward pregnancy, a healthy baby and steady recovery but the birth itself was crazy. I was hoping for a calm, serene pool birth but ended up with blues and twos! I felt like I kept it together but I don’t know what I would’ve done without my mama, she was amazing and her and Elvis now have an incredible bond. When I think about the day itself it makes me cry….I hope I get to do it again. My advice to expectant mamas is to not have too much of a plan in mind, fingers crossed it works out the way you’d like but if things start to change it’s easier if you can roll with the punches. Also  check out Hollie and Susie from The Calm Birth School. I had a 10lb4 baby with very little pain relief, I’m a hypnobirthing convert!

Looking back on your beautiful and blurry first month, how has it been and are you getting in to the swing of your new days as a team?
The last six weeks have gone so quickly! The best advice I was given was to pull up the drawbridge and hole ourselves away for a bit while we get to know eachother. I love these days, all fuzzy in pjs drinking tea and watching old films. It’s not easy but it’s way more fun than I ever imagined. I love this little gang we have.

Follow Cult of Youth on instagram here x

Not In My House UK

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Not In My House UK is a very new brand (just a month old) that produces lego art for kids and adults for that matter.  Rachael, the mother brains behind this idea makes them to order and has already been commissioned by Kids Trade Show Dot to Dot and events company MAD (mum and dad) LIFE for pieces.

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Rachael sources lego from anywhere and everywhere, buying second hand from car boots, ebay and her boys to buying new for specific pieces or colours.  A website is on it’s way but for now you can see Not In My House UK on facebook and order on Etsy.  There’s lots more to come from Rachael and NIMHUK, so like their facebook page and keep up with what’s to come.

IMG_29433 quick ones with Rachael:

Where do you live and with whom?
I live in a small picturesque village called Clapham in the Yorkshire Dales where our neighbours are sheep and Alan Bennett
I live with my husband James Atkin my 2 boys Sonny age 9 and Marley age 7 Hobo the cat age 5 and 2 Guinea Pigs Mogwai and Felix Age 6 months

How has being a mum changed you?  What are the dynamics in your house being the only female amongst boys?
Being a mum changed my hugely when i had Sonny,i struggled with my identity and felt like i could no longer be the person i was,becoming a mum is the biggest thing that has ever happened to me in my life and it has been the most rewarding and yet most challenging.As the kids have got older i feel more like me again and realised that i could be myself and my kids mother.My kids are my biggest achievement in my life and have given my life more purpose and i try to be the best mum i can be and that is a big journey in itself with lots of mistakes and learning happening on the way!!!
I am a total tom boy and so being surrounded by the boys isnt too big a deal-i think i would have struggled more being surrounded by girls to be honest!The boys dont take themselves too seriously and the toilet humour is right up my street and to be fair im probably worse than them on that front. I am getting used to the boys pointing and laughing at my various body parts as the ageing process kicks in and there is defo no room for ego when your child pokes at what you think is a beautifully toned tum and says ‘Mama has a big fat belly’

What’s your favourite thing to do as a family and meal to eat?
One of the treats we have as a family which may not seem as a big deal but is to us living in the sticks is a city trip with a wagamama lunch thrown in – the kids love it there and me and james always share a bottle of wine – we call it a ‘boozy lunch’ ha and the kids love it coz they know we are much more generous with a glass of wine in us !!!



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