We’re all about championing women who we think are killing it, and This Is Mothership are the perfect examples of this. We were lucky enough to chat to the lovely ladies about motherhood, women, and, erm, softplay….
Think being a mum is all baby sick and dirty nappies? Not quite. Samantha Silver and Gemma Rose Breger, one being beauty director at Stylist magazine and the other an in-demand freelance fashion and celebrity stylist, are shining examples of why becoming ‘mum’ needn’t mean game over for your personal ambition, style and all-round awesomeness.
Balancing work, fun and family, Sam and Gemma also find the time to run This is Mothership, a website covering beauty, baby, fashion and life.
Counting the likes of Fearne Cotton, Frankie Bridge and Rachel Stevens among their fans; while some may think mums spend every Monday night doing laundry, sterilising bottles and reading bedtime stories, these ladies just spent theirs hosting a #MumLifeCrisis piercing party at Liberty with Maria Tash. Chapter W co-founder Katherine was lucky enough to grab five minutes from their hectic schedule…
So we know what you do for work, but what do you do for play?
Gemma: If I manage to get half an hour to myself I usually end up on the sofa watching trashy tv with a cup of tea.
Sam: These days “fun” means a trip to the farm, park or softplay. Oh how life has changed.
Tell us how This is Mothership came about…
Both: We met on Instagram. We had babies three months apart, so obviously spent quite a lot of timing scrolling during the long nights! We started by liking each other’s posts, then we progressed to commenting on each other’s posts. One night Gemma contacted Sam to ask if she would maybe want to meet up and explore doing something, Sam turned up on Gemmas doorstep the next day. The rest is history.
What was your opinion on mums before you became one?
G: Completely the opposite to what it is now!!
S: If I’m being honest, it wasn’t really on my radar. I was one of the first of my close friends to have a baby so I didn’t really think about it much.
Has your view on motherhood changed since becoming a mother?
G: Absolutely – I have so much respect for mums and before I became one I was totally naive and had no idea that it was the hardest (and best) job in the world
S: Yes. All mums are superheroes. It’s incredible what a bonding touch point motherhood is. Its an automatic nod of respect to any mum making it through the day while juggling a gazillion job titles.
What quote do you live by?
G: This too shall pass – a constant reminder that the good and bad are temporary.
S: Calm is a Superpower. Gemma taught me that and I now try to apply it to the general hectic mess my working mum/blogging mum/mumming mum life is.
We’re always on the hunt for our next read, what’s your go-to book to read forever?
G: I don’t remember the last time I had time to read a book, although I could probably quote a piece from the trashy Daily Mail column….
S: Wuthering Heights
What’s your favourite thing about being a woman?
G: That we are all machines and capable of pretty much everything. Except you don’t realise it until you have a baby.
S: Everything. Mainly the fact we can grow another human inside us. Blows my mind. That and the fact we are insane multitaskers.
And your least favourite?
G: Having to wax….
Last but by no means least, who are your female role models?
G: My mum and my two sisters.
S: My mum and my old boss Jo, who was the most supportive in work and outside of everything that I did.
Thanks to Gemma and Sam for taking time out of their busy schedules to chat with us.