I’ve taken four months off work, which is amazing considering I have my own business...
I’m fortunate enough that my business partner, Mel has been able to look after it all while I’ve been learning how to be a Mummy. I’m still involved in the important decisions and the few meetings I’ve had, I’ve just taken Coda with me. My main client for styling is Zimmermann and they have been so unbelievably understanding and supportive. I’ve worked on two shows for New York fashion week over Skype, so I didn’t have to fly 35 weeks pregnant and then with Coda only just 12 weeks old.
My current beauty essentials are a good exfoliant to brighten up sleep deprived skin...
Dr. Hauschka Daily Revitalising Eye Cream for obvious reasons, and Dr. Hauschka Quince Day Cream because it smells so good.
We will get a nanny a couple of days a week when I start back at work...
We’re trying to convince our parents to move back to Sydney but until then, we’ll be flying our mothers down often to stay. It’s amazing how the relationship with your mother changes when you have a baby.
Coda is a really happy baby...
He smiles and laughs all the time and makes me feel like I’m the most amusing person alive – it’s the best! He definitely has a strong personality, knows what he wants, but even when he’s having a bit of a temper tantrum he’ll sneak a smile or a laugh in. He has so many expressions, I often just watch him and wonder who he will be.
Motherhood has taught me the meaning of living in the present moment, before now it was just an elusive concept...
My favourite time of day is the morning when Coda wakes up, I peek in his bassinet and he gets so excited to see me, then the three of us hang out in bed and I watch Coda’s baby babble conversations with Campbell.
I try to meditate as often as I did before Coda was born...
The twenty minute timing works well with nap times, but sometimes eating or having a shower takes priority. Campbell will take Coda for a walk in the pram, so I can catch up on some sleep on the weekends. The balance is definitely more baby versus life/work right now, but I don’t mind, this time isn’t going to last forever, so I savour every minute. I even love changing his nappies and the late night feeds.
We wake at around 6 or 7 and after a feed, the three of us spend time in bed playing and talking...
While Coda is having his morning nap, it’s a race make my green smoothie, have a shower and reply to some emails. Then we might go for a walk down to the beach or meet a friend for lunch in Bondi at either Harry’s Espresso Bar or Porch and Parlour. Coda has another nap, and we might sit under the trees in the backyard before the night rituals begin with a feed and a bath. If Coda goes to sleep easily, we’ll breathe a sigh of relief and collapse on the couch to watch a movie, but sometimes I’ll just go to bed if it takes a little while to settle him — sleep is so precious right now. My secret weapon for sleep deprivation is lots of dark chocolate and a sense of humour.
The hardest part of being a mum is not being able to go for a swim or a run whenever I like...
However, those cheeky smiles and warm little snuffles are unparalleled! Campbell and I have both lived in Bondi for over ten years and we currently live right next to the beach. It’s perfect for walks and I can’t wait for Coda to able to be able to swim in the kids’ pool.
On some days, structure seems like the best idea and other days having no routine is less stressful...
We’re still working it out and eventually we will settle into a rhythm. Coda falls asleep to a Nick Cave album which I listened to a lot while I was pregnant, we baby slow dance to it before I put him to bed. We’ve had a couple of sleep training sessions, which have really helped but most of the time, the methods get thrown out the window in favour of a cuddle or a feed.
This year is going to be really exciting as we launch our fine jewellery collection...
It has been so fun working with diamonds and precious stones.
The first item I had on my list of what to find for the nursery was a dream catcher from the guys at electriclove...
They’re amazing creations and catching dreams is, of course a priority! In keeping with the Native American theme, my business partner, Mel Kamsler, gave us a gorgeous baby blanket from Pendleton and the cutest little moccasins. My Mum knitted a cashmere and cotton blanket, which I’m sure will become an heirloom.
I live in T-shirts and shorts at the moment...
I live near the beach, so I can get away with it. I’ve always dressed comfortably because being a stylist you have to be able to run around and move, but since having Coda my style has been paired back to become more minimal. My hands have always been covered in rings but for now, they’re naked – it feels quite strange after so many years of heavy metal. Leather is still an important staple, I wore my leather pants by Joseph right up until the end of my pregnancy. They’re so soft and stretchy and don’t mark. I have a pair of white leather shorts I’m living in at the moment. I wear Bassike, Alexander Wang, Isabel Marant and Jac & Jack.
Coda is a musical term...
It’s used mostly in classical music, but we love Seventies rock and it’s the name of one of Led Zeppelin’s albums.
The light-filled home of stylist and designer Tamila Purvis in Sydneys Bondi is relaxed and calm. When we shoot, her son Coda is only seven weeks old. We love Seventies rock and Coda is the name of one of Led Zeppelin’s albums, says Purvis of how they came to name their son. Its clear the home she shares with her partner publisher and editor Campbell Milligan is always filled with music. Coda falls asleep to a Nick Cave album I listened to a lot while I was pregnant, we baby slow dance to it before I put him to bed.
Codas nursery has a Native American theme to it. The first item I had on my list was a dream catcher from the guys at electriclove. Theyre amazing creations and catching dreams is, of course a priority! In keeping with the Native American theme, my business partner, Mel Kamlser, gave us a gorgeous baby blanket from Pendleton and cutest little moccasins.
Back in 2009, Purvis and Kamsler launched maniamania, a cult jewellery line which plays with ideas of magic and mysticism (celebrity clients include Cara Delevingne, Georgia May Jagger and Alexa Chung). My hands have always been covered in rings but for now, theyre naked – its feels quite strange after so many years of heavy metal, she says.
Purvis is taking four months off work. Im fortunate enough that my business partner Mel has been able to look after it all while Ive been learning how to be a Mummy. I’m still involved in the important decisions and the few meetings Ive had, I’ve just taken Coda with me. Shes also managed to style two shows for Zimmermann, over Skype. They have been so unbelievably understanding and supportive. Ive worked on two shows for New York fashion week over Skype, so I didnt have to fly 35 weeks pregnant and then with Coda only 12 weeks old.
Tamilas little list of loves:
Morning cuddles and baby talk in bed with Coda.
Baby Nike Air Max 90.
Having dinner out the front of The Corner House.
Early morning and late afternoon swims at North Bondi.
Lindt sea salt dark chocolate.
Watching Coda with Campbell he loves his Daddy.
Photography: Julie Adams Make-up: Sarina Zoe Words: Georgie Abay
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