Today we take you inside the home of our founder and editor Georgie Abay...
To talk about her career change from the deputy editor of VOGUE Australia to founder of The Grace Tales, growing up in Sydney and motherhood. We also had fun dressing her children up in the new Tommy Hilfiger girls’ collection, available now at David Jones.
What time do you wake up and what’s a typical morning like in your household?
My three-year-old Arabella wakes me up around 630am. She comes into bed for a cuddle and is usually followed by her sister Lottie who jumps on my head and starts yelling in my ear for a bottle. It’s a very zen way to start the day and of course, I start the day feeling totally chilled out and relaxed. Honestly, it’s probably like every other mother’s house with young kids: chaotic. Some mornings are definitely more stressful than others – it really depends on what mood the girls are in when they wake up. If we’ve all had a restless night, they’re often overtired and we might have worked through, oh, about 10 tantrums before we’ve even left the house. I’ve now bought them two squeezy honeys so there are no more fights over who holds the honey (for their cereal). Then there are mornings like we had today when there’s no school so no rush to leave the house, it’s pouring with rain outside and both girls sleep until 7am, my husband brings me a coffee in bed and we read books together until 8am. These calm mornings are rare. On a pre-school day I’m madly rushing around the house making lunches, putting on washing, tidying up and trying to get myself looking vaguely human before I leave the house. I’ve been told on more than one occasion that my moisturising cream or my foundation isn’t rubbed in.
What is the best advice you’ve been given about motherhood?
‘This too will pass’. I often think of this when things get stressful. It’s just a phase. It’s just a phase. It’s just a phase. I repeat it over and over. I try to remember that they’re only little for a short while. When they were both newborns, I was so exhausted and overwhelmed, but now I crave those koala cuddles and middle of the night feeds. I’m so aware of how precious life is, and soon both of them will be off to school.
Can you tell us about your childhood?
My brother and I grew up in Sydney’s leafy Northern Suburbs in a beautiful home close to lots of parks and good friends. We lived in a Federation house, which my mother restored. She worked as an interior decorator from home and everything was always styled beautifully. I remember long summers, the sound of cicadas, jumping into the pool after school, climbing trees and the seemingly endless animals that I had – dogs, birds, cats, rabbits, fish, guinea pigs. It was a happy childhood. I was always a creative child. I had a small room off my bedroom, which we used as a walk-in wardrobe – my parents let me paint the entire room. I’d sit there for hours painting. I loved photography too.
When did your love of fashion begin?
I’ve loved fashion for longer than I remember. I don’t remember where it began, but I can’t remember ever not loving fashion. At school, I adored visiting the shopping mall, looking at all the clothes. And it was a dream come true to forge a successful career in fashion magazines. I did an internship at Elle magazine when I was at school and from that moment on, I knew I wanted to work in glossy fashion magazines. It’s an incredibly creative, visual industry and I’m still deeply passionate about fashion. These days, I focus on fashion that will appeal to style-conscious mothers. I also get so much enjoyment from dressing up my girls – it’s a lot of fun having two girls. They have a better wardrobe than I do!