At Home (in Pyjamas) With Our Founder Georgie Abay |

At Home (in Pyjamas) With Our Founder Georgie Abay



Ahead of Mother's Day, our founder Georgie Abay recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Jasmine & Will...

She talked about her new book GRACE MOTHERS, running her own business and so much more. To see the full story, click here.

Photography: Julie Adams | Hair and makeup: Sarina Zoe

 


The inspiration behind your new book…

Our new coffee table book GRACE MOTHERS Letters To Our Children was created by myself, photographer Julie Adams and journalist Claire Brayford. I think for us, a book was always on the cards. We love print and have all spent many years working in magazines. I began shooting with Julie over five years ago and we have such a rich archive of imagery. The photography on the site is so beautiful – I always knew many of the images would end up in a coffee table book. Ultimately, it’s a celebration of motherhood and the unique relationship between a mother and her child. It’s a tome to treasure always – ideal for Mother’s Day and beyond. It’s the ultimate way to treat a special mama friend.


Motherhood has taught me…

My gosh, I learn new things all the time. It has taught me how to love more fiercely than I ever have before. That I’m unbelievably impatient. That sleep deprivation really is torture. That everything is a phase and it eventually passes. But also, that while I love being a mother, I also love working. I didn’t expect to be even more passionate about my career after having kids. Both give me immense joy.


Most important lesson I have learned from my girls…

They force me to slow down. To live in the moment. It’s hard in this ‘always on’ culture to put down your phone and focus, but kids make you stop.


Best advice from my mother…

Never compare yourself to others – comparison is a waste of time. She’s always taught me there will always be someone out there who has more than you so why compare yourself? Be grateful for what you have – things could be so much worse and we are so lucky to live in a safe country. If I’m even feeling down, she’s great at snapping me out of a mood and gives me great perspective on life. Also, always wear a hat and suncream. Essential advice when you live in Australia.


A quality I admire most in my mother…

She is absolutely wonderful. I love her determination. Her ambition. Her sense of adventure. She’s always taught me you can achieve anything you set your mind to. I’m grateful she always encouraged me to travel – from the minute I turned 18 and set off on a year-long trip around the world, she was always there to support and encourage me. Many more trips followed. I hope I will also encourage my girls to see the world – those memories are the greatest gift.


And in my daughters…

Arabella – her sense of calm and intelligence. Lottie – her humour and quirk. I adore them both.


My Mother’s Day tradition now…

While I’m sure a lot of women will say cuddles in bed, I prefer the opposite – no kids, sleeping in, with a coffee. I want blissful silence! Around 10am I love the girls and my husband to come in with pastries and we all sit in bed eating them and making a mess.


And when I was growing up…

Simply being with my mum and nan. Nan passed away last year so this will be our first Mother’s Day without her and I’ll miss her so much.


Best Mother’s Day gift I’ve received…

Is yet to come – a Loewe basket bag. I love the mini.


And given…

A beautifully framed photograph is always special. Or some monogrammed pyjamas. Something which looks like you’ve put in that extra effort is always lovely.

 


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