#PrimarkMeets Jenny Scott
Remember that time when being a new mum meant throwing all of your style credentials and personal dreams out of the window? No, neither do we. This Mother’s Day we’re celebrating all of the wonderful mummas out there who like to stand out from the crowd, who go above and beyond, and without even realising it inspire hundreds of mums around them as they continue to push forward, live their dreams and succeed. And with social media always at our fingertips, we get to follow them on their journey too.
Let me introduce Jenny Scott, founder of Mothers Meeting and all round super mum! With a generous helping of laughter and up front honesty about all things motherhood, Jenny’s Instagram feed and new mum collective Mothers Meeting is a place for creative mums to get together, share parenting tips but also talk about all the others things us women like to converse about - the latest fashion trends, the best restaurants in town and all the realities of being a modern day mum. As we celebrate the super cool mums this Mother’s Day we spoke to Jenny Scott about maternity styling, the biggest baby myths and how she takes two beautiful children and running Mothers Meeting all in her stride.
What made you decide to set up Mothers Meeting?
I wasn't inspired by anything that was out there for mums. I wanted some culture, fun, inspiration but all I could find was baby rhyme time. I wanted to meet women that I would bond with whether I was a mum or not. I felt that there was a huge gap in the market to recognise mothers as women, women who still wanted to continue with their careers, wear fashionable clothes, wear makeup, listen to new music. I wanted to create something that made women feel that motherhood wasn't the end of their lives but just the beginning! We now run over 20 empowering workshops a month.
Do you feel proud about what Mothers Meeting has achieved?
Other than working with some of the world’s biggest brands, having huge household names speak at our events and grow our network from zero to over 50k my biggest achievement is bringing women together. When I hear that women from our Mothers Meeting events have teamed up for work projects or have become great friends that is what makes my heart sing and keeps me motivated.
What is your one piece of advice to new or expectant mums out there?
Take each day as it comes. Everyone's experience of birth, parenting is different so don't ever compare yourself. It's not a competition.
Most hilarious ‘baby brain’ / ‘pregnancy brain’ mishap?
I think falling flat on my face outside my son’s school whilst pregnant with my daughter was pretty humiliating, and the fact I couldn't get back up. I was like a big hot heap of mess!
What’s the biggest maternity style myth?
The idea that you have to wear clothes that are big and baggy is a total myth - through both my pregnancies I swore by all things bodycon. Lycra dresses are a blessing and super sexy! Why on earth would you want to hide such a beautiful thing as a baby bump! Teamed up with some fresh trainers for the day or some sassy heels for the night (yep you can get dressed up even though you're preggers).
What piece of motherhood advice were you most grateful to receive?
Be patient with yourself and remember there is no rush. I think I actually gave that advice to myself, as I was going crazy trying to do all the things I did before I was a mum but with a baby. It's not that you have to stop doing things you did prior to becoming a mum you just need to stop putting so much pressure on yourself and try to take each day as it comes.
Do you have a celeb mum style icon? If so, who and why?
MIA for being totally original, J Lo for being super glam and fit and of course all the women that come to Mothers Meetings - no matter how exhausted they are from their babies keeping them awake they always manage to look super sassy.
Fave kidswear trends at the moment?
I'm pretty random with my kid’s dress sense, my daughter is not a princess or a tomboy more of a Betty Boop kind of gal, so it's a mix of her brother’s sportswear with frilly tutus and a splash of leopard print. I think it's all about having fun with clothes when they are young.
One non-baby-related item you can’t live without?
Dry shampoo - it's every mum’s secret weapon! Black socks from Primark - you'll never have to look for a matching pair, and hair bands - one minute you have hundreds the next minute you can't find one!
Most memorable childhood outfit you wish you still had?
I had a patchwork jacket with buckles on which I use to think I was Michael Jackson - I always wore it hanging off my shoulders.
What do you really want for Mother’s day?
A really super flash, shiny car would be nice, but if that’s out of the question a couple of bunches of daffodils will do - I'm Welsh so you can't go wrong with daffodils.
Being a mum is?
Like being in heaven and hell at the same time.