We are VERY excited to introduce the effortlessly cool Marcia Leone aka NOT SO MUMSY! Marcia is the first of four AMAZING contributors that will be joining Little Gatherer and we can't wait for you to meet her...
Originally from Sydney, Marcia started working as a freelance writer and blogger after her son Archie was born. "My husband’s business and travel schedule meant I couldn’t go back to full time work so freelance writing and my blog have become my creative outlet and sanity - and I love that I can do it from anywhere." NOT SO MUMSY has become an inspiration space for "media-savvy, fashion-loving, new-gen mamas who juggle a busy schedule, play-dates and the occasional splash of rosé." Keep your eyes peeled for Marcia's first blog post coming up in the next few weeks.
What inspired you to start NOT SO MUMSY?
NOT SO MUMSY has been bubbling away since I fell pregnant, but I only put the wheels in motion after deciding not to return to full time work. I set out to create an inspirational, non-judgmental space for like-minded, new- generation mama’s who love, embrace and celebrate motherhood but also place importance on retaining a sense of self and style.
Instead of making apologies for kiddie-spamming social media, I wanted to put a cool, modern spin on capturing these moments, through fun styled photo shoots. Essentially I see NOT SO MUMSY as a hub to inspire and admire other mothers and also as a platform to promote cool stuff I discover along the way.
What do you love most about what you do?
I love the variety of what I do- no two days are the same. I love having a creative outlet where I can combine my background in writing and marketing and my passion for fashion and photography.
I love discovering and supporting smaller, up and coming labels and interviewing my celebrity “mama crushes”, but most of all I love meeting and connecting with other like minded mothers along the way. Being a mum can be quite isolating- especially if you work from home. I am so grateful for the genuine, lasting friendships that I’ve formed.
How has your life changed since becoming a mum?
My life has completely changed in every way. Obviously shifting from working 9-5, to freelancing from home is a major lifestyle change, but it’s more than that for me. I have become more relaxed, confident and present. Archie is my greatest achievement and becoming a mother has taught me to live in the moment and appreciate the everyday.
Where are your favourtie places to go in Brooklyn with kids?
Brooklyn Bridge Park is the ultimate playground- “swing valley” is out of this world and having the Statue of Liberty and lower Manhattan as a backdrop over the East River ain’t so bad either. Coney Island is so much fun as is Brooklyn Children’s museum on a rainy day. To eat - Roberta’s in Bushwick. Delicious pizza, super kid friendly and a cool outdoor beer garden.
What did you love most about being a kid?
I grew up on a 400 acre property and was one of 6. I loved the innocent, country element of my childhood. Playing make believe with my brothers and sisters, riding my horse to my friend’s house, going out exploring in the morning and coming back in time for dinner.
There were 11 kids in my year at primary school- we used to sit in the back of our teacher’s ute as she drove us home. Sometimes I question raising Archie in the city. I make sure I take him out to Nonna’s once a week to get a dose of fresh air and country living.
If you were to make the ultimate milkshake, what flavour would it be?
One word- Nutella!!! I'm obsessed. It would be a gooey overflowing mess, so thick you have to eat it with a spoon. Oh and with cookie dough chunks on top.
Marcia will be sharing her first post with you very soon so stay tuned. In the coming weeks we will also be introducing you to our three other wonderful contributors, we can't wait!