I try to focus on the moment and being what I need to be when I need to be it. I love my job but sometimes I have to step away for a few days in order to catch up with life and I've learned that I am allowed to do that because I'm my own boss! It only took my 6 years in business to realise that!
We all play many different roles to people around us, how do you find the balance in your life to be these roles?
You launched Bohème in 2016. Tell us about what inspired you
to start the brand and what is at the core of all your designs?
Vintage shopping is my longest standing interest, it's something I grew up doing and so it comes naturally. I started Bohème as a way to save up for a car and put my sons into soccer and after a year at it, I was able to buy my step mums 99 Volkswagen which was a game changer for me. I was then able to expand where I would source and really grew my brand from there. Last summer I launched my first collection, all made to order here in Canada with each style being based off of a vintage silhouette from my personal collection. One of the most important parts of becoming a designer was ensuring that every 'body' could wear Bohéme. I couldn't imagine my friends not being able to wear my brand because they sized out. Inclusivity and ethical production go hand in hand!
What does being a mother mean to you?
It's an evolution of sorts...of not only your child, but of yourself in so many ways. You think about what you do, what you say, whether your actions are helping a child grow or whether you're hindering their growth. Constantly evolving and learning new ways to show your love is how I would best describe it.
Our bodies carry us through life and can create life. Has your relationship with your body changed since having your two (totally gorgeous btw) children?
Haha thanks-absolutely!! my body is nothing like it once was and funnily enough I'm more confident and happy in my skin now than I ever was when I was a teenager. I was pregnant at 20 so I didn't have a ton of time spent fussing over my body but I never loved or appreciated it. After having children I'm so aware of what a privilege it is to just have a body that is healthy and allows me to carry them, to run with them and help them.
Daisy is run by women, for women and we champion those around us. What women in your life inspire you most?
The women working 2 jobs, going to school, raising children solo, they are the women who's sacrifice sometimes goes unnoticed but I am always amazed and inspired by their strength.
Our jewellery tells our story, it can be a scrap book of memories we carry around with us. Do you have a sentimental piece of jewellery you treasure and if so why?
I have a gold signet ring a friend gifted to me a few years ago. It happened to be on Mothers Day and there was a subtle imperfection where it looked like the number 17 was naturally formed. My first born was born on the 17so it just felt like it was meant for me and will always remind me of that.
You’ve spoken honestly on your instagram about your journey with your other half, who was your childhood sweetheart I believe. For those who don’t know, tell us about how you met and how you support each other through life’s adventure.
My husband and I grew up down the street from one another but because he was older than me (and not because I was in marching band and Scottish danced) he never noticed me. He worked at a sub shop and I was madly in love with him, going every week before dance class, but it wasn't until 2009 when I saw him on facebook and asked my friend to see if he was single, that we talked. We haven't stopped talking in 12 years except for when I'm mad at him.
"Empathy & Confidence are key. In order to understand the world, empathy is so important."
With a well deserved and varied career over the years, what has been your proudest moment?
My proudest moment would be running into my mum at the market and seeing her wearing my design.
You’ve got 5 minutes to leave the house, what do you wear?
A long dress with whatever shoes I can find!
What’s your go to Daisy jewellery piece?
It is clear that you are a nurturing, supporting and inspiring mother to your boys. Are there any important values you hope to show your children as a woman and as a mother?
Empathy & Confidence are key. In order to understand the world, empathy is so important. Confidence comes in where once the connection is made that someone needs help or that my boys need to be brave or stand up for themselves or someone else, that they will be able to do so confidently.