When we moved last year we left behind some pretty great neighbours. Em and I went to school together and ended up living in the same street just as we became mothers. We borrowed from each other's pantries a few times a week (she always wanted tinned tomatoes or Spanish onion, I was always after parsley or celery) and, at times, each other's wardrobes. We would often catch up for a lengthy cup of tea and share our motherhood woes. Sometimes we'd just chat about the best colour cushions to put on the lounge.
And then she launched Bohemian Traders and I watch as her business idea quickly grew into a fashion label with a dedicated following. Last week when I sighed yet again at my postpartum body I called her up and she offered me some pretty profound advice: "You still see yourself at the nineteen-year-old waif, don't you." "Yes!" "I do the same thing. But we're not nineteen anymore. We've birthed three babies and we've got the soft belly and bum to prove it. That doesn't make us any less beautiful." Emily has always told it like it is - she's good like that. She's also amazing at designing clothes for women of all ages and sizes. Go look at her instagram account and she's dressing everyone from teens to grandmothers. And they all look stunning; proud, statuesque, elegant.
I'm incredibly fussy when it comes to clothes. Not everything by Bohemian Traders is my cup of tea. But the classic, boho-inspired pieces are and whenever I try on a new design I'm always happy with how it looks and how it makes me feel. Indeed, the designs I choose are incredibly flattering; they enhance my figure and suit my lifestyle.
Take the Embroidered Linen Diamond Dress for instance. This classic, shift style is literally a throw-on-and-walk-out-the-door design and the weight of the pure linen is luxurious. The sleeves cut at just the right angle and the embroidery ensures it's a statement dress. And because Em knows how hard it is to find stylish breastfeeding-friendly clothes, she's designed a low neck that fastens with tassel-ended ties.
Bohemian Traders just launched its new collection Moroccan Summer - fresh, light designs in a sea-inspired palette. Free shipping is available till Friday midnight with the code: simpleshipping.