Q&A THE-MOM.COM TALKS WITH: KELLY (THE HOUSE OF KELLY)
Kelly is the owner www.thehouseofkelly.com and lives together with the love of her life Gerben, and baby Olivia-Fay, who is 14 weeks old. Besides having her own blog, she works 3 days a week as a office manager. She loves to travel and spend time with her family and friends.
How would you describe your own personal style?
I would say: chic & trendy. I’ve got a big love for white outfits and I’m a bare legs lover.
And I only wearing things that I feel comfortable in.
As a busy mom how do you combine motherhood with your career?
Gerben and I are super lucky that our family is helping us. They are always there to help. And my love and I are a perfect team. We always support and help each other. My love, my sweet sister Daisy and my parents are also very supportive when it comes to my blog and Instagram account. They help me taking pictures, take care of Olivia-Fay while I’m working on my blog and so on. Read more…
If the opportunity of a lifetime presents itself but there’s no way you can balance this with being a fulltime mom, what would you do? Dream job or family?
Family, no doubt!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Doritos, especially the flavour ‘cool American’ & gin-tonic. And these two together… Heaven!
Which fashion mom you look at for inspiration?
No one in particular. Moms that combine motherhood and stay close to themselves are the best inspiration to me. I think that’s very important.
What is the best part about being a mom?
The love I feel for Olivia-Fay is the purest love. The moment she smiles or cries or… she just melts my heart. That such a tiny human being can bring so much love and joy… It’s unbelievable.
What inspires you most in life and where do you find creativity?
People in the streets, magazines & Instagram.
Are there any fun (childhood) traditions that you share with your kids?
Family time! My dad had his own company and he was always super busy. But he always made time for me and my sister. When we were kids and even now. We still go on holiday twice a year together, and now with baby Olivia-Fay. One big happy family. And almost every Sunday, there is a family dinner at my parents house.
What’s currently on your reading list? Favorite book(s) of all time?
To be honest, I don’t read books that often. To be truly honest, never. Hahaha!
I prefer watching a movie or look/read in magazines.
What keeps you relaxed in stressful times? Describe your ultimate Me-time moment.
Definitely spending time with friends and family, and sport. Sport is something that will clear my mind and gives me a lot of energy at the same time. I always make time for sport and my friends and family.
How do you stay healthy? Are there any beauty and lifestyle tips you would like to share?
By taking good care of myself. Eating healty, drinking lots of water, going to the gym 3 times a week. A beauty tip: always, and I mean always, clean your face before going to bed. And after every shower, I use bodylotion on my whole body. Taking good care of your health is important, but also your skin is of importance.
Is there anything you love to wear but your partner simply hates? And the other way around, is there anything in your partners wardrobe you would love to see mysteriously disappear?
We have the same taste. He likes it when he wears something that I like and I love it when Gerben compliments me about my outfit. When there is a Zara delivery (almost every week haha!) I always ask Gerben if he likes it. His opinion is important to me and luckily vice versa.
What is your favorite holiday destination with kids?
We go on ski & sun holidays with the family. In the summer we prefer to go to Turkey, almost every year we go to the same hotel and it feels like coming home. The best food, drinks, company, hotel room, service and so on. We just got back from our first family holiday. It was the best!
A decade ago would you have pictured your life as it is now?
Uhm… yes. But I never could’ve imagined that it would be this great!
Can you name 10 things (in no particular order) you couldn’t live without?
Baby Olivia-Fay, Gerben, family, friends, good food, gin-tonic, weekend, holiday, sport and fashion.
What advice would you give working moms who struggle with stress, a busy job, and family, career and time for yourself?
Be grateful, don’t compare yourself to others and make time for yourself and for your lover. You and your lover are still important to. A happy mom and dad is a happy baby!
Thanks sweet Janine & The Mom team.
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