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Photography: Julie Adams Hair: Paloma Rose Garcia at Oscar Oscar Salons Paddington Make-up: Abigail Sheridan Words: Georgie Abay

Being French, everything Elise Pioch does is chic,— the way she speaks, dresses, moves. Of course, it also helps that she has a background in fashion buying, which would explain the eye-popping fluro orange Marni Edition skirt she’s wearing. Pioch left her position as fashion buyer for Belinda and The Corner Shop to launch a collection of divinely scented candles, Maison Balzac, which are now stocked around the world. Back in April, she gave birth to a baby girl, Loulou Chappell.

Pioch and her husband Pablo Chappell (creator of Chappelli Cycles) divide their time between a cool warehouse space in Sydney and their country home, an 1880’s converted church situated on the Hawkesbury River, which they’ve transformed over the years into a magical home (it’s complete with pet chickens).

Running her own business meant Pioch wasn’’t able to take maternity leave. ““I was back on email 12 hours after giving birth. I work every day in between feed and sleeps. The fact that both Pablo and I work from home means we share looking after Loulou all day and that we don’t have to spend time apart from her. This is wonderful. It is truly chaotic, but somehow it gets done. I guess one has to surrender to the new rhythm and go with the flow.””

Elise’s little list of loves:
Loulou’s smile.
Freshly picked orange salad with sliced almond and homemade cinnamon.
Choosing cute outfits for Loulou every day.
Working on new products for Maison Balzac, including a new candle for christmas.
Reading French Elle every Friday on my iPad.
I am obsessed with the Ikou recovery face mask with ginseng and marine collagen.
Long morning walks with Pablo and Loulou.
The latest Daft Punk album.

May 2013