About Me

 

So you’ve stumbled upon RetroChicMama & you’re wondering what it’s all about?
Primarily RCM is a fashion & style blog for women over 40 – Daily outfits & Make-Up tips, home decorating ideas & travel stories mixed in with my mid-life musings.
I’m still working out the technical side of blogging because I started from scratch with no internet experience what so ever.

On the other hand I have a wealth of knowledge & deep love of fashion, hair styling & Make-Up. You can rest assured I’ll steer you in the right direction with a regular dose of style inspiration. Stick around for that & let me know what you think.
Read on for a brief back story of how I got here…

From a very young age I was fashion conscious

I also had a natural talent for hairdressing. I tortured my siblings mastering the art of the perfect haircut! There was never any doubt in my mind what I wanted to do.

With a British mum, Grandmother & Great Aunt I grew up listening to exciting stories about life for girls in London during the Blitz. So it was no surprise that as soon as I completed my 4 year hairdressing apprenticeship I threw on a backpack & headed for London!

Just turned 20 years of age, I travelled all over Europe & the UK for 2 years, working only long enough to carry on my journey. I had an amazing time learning about different cultures & meeting all sorts of interesting people then the time came to return to Oz & get serious about my career.

I completed a professional Make-up Artistry course in Sydney & with my hair styling talent pretty soon, was working in television! It was an exciting time doing Make-up & Hair for channel 7 (among other Companies) Working for many years with some of the industries most talented young actors, people like Isla Fisher, Melissa George, Sam Worthington & Chris Hemsworth to name a few.

When I turned 30 the lure of London was back in my thoughts & it wasn’t long before I’d packed up my life in Sydney & began a new one in South London.

The bulk of my work was now photo shoots & editorial, again I was enjoying an exciting career & social life meeting & working with amazing people. Now with the convenience of European travel on my doorstep I was taking as many trips as I could fit between jobs.

With a passion for design & architecture as well as fashion I couldn’t get enough of all things European France, Spain, Denmark, Germany but especially Italy where I still visit every year to this day!

At 36 I met my future husband & by 38 had given birth to our first baby. I went back to work freelance in TV but soon realised I simply couldn’t leave my baby girl, Kiara.

I made the decision to be a stay at home Mum

Incidentally it’s by far the toughest job I’ve ever had & I’ve picked veg in the Israeli desert!

Little did I know at the time, I was closing the book on a massive chapter of my life & beginning a new one!

By 40 my beautiful blue-eyed, blonde haired baby boy Jasper had come along.

Finally at 43 I had my water baby. Lucia the little mermaid born in a pool. Since then life has been pretty hectic to say the least! However as the years whizzed by it became obvious I needed to get back out into the world of grown ups.

As the children are all now at school they don’t need me quite so much, well at least for a few hours during the day. For my sanity as much as business, I began this Blog.

Which brings us to RetroChicMama

Aka Chapter 3 of my life…

This is where I can express my creativity & style.

Linking up with like-minded ladies over 40 who don’t want to buy cheap clothes made in a sweat shop. Women who make thoughtful, informed decisions when they shop. Women curating their wardrobes for life by collecting clever key pieces & re-styling them over again.
I have big dreams for RCM!

There is so much I want to achieve with the blog. I do hope you’ll join me on this new journey,
Thanks so much for popping by…Mx

  • Comments ( 5 )

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    LITTLEBLACKDOMICILE

    Greetings!
    Just discovered your blog and am enjoying reading some past posts. I admire you for jumping into the blog world with little tech knowledge. We started 8 mos ago and it is equally exhilarating and exhausting. See you in the wee hours!-Laurel

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      MT

      Hellooooo Laurel!
      Welcome to the crazy working hours of blogging 😉 Hope to see you back at RCM soon xx

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    ergfir nolikz

    I like your writing style really enjoying this site.

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    Helene Hensen

    I just this minute discovered your blog. I am so greatful because Until now I could not find anyone one on the internet who dressed like I do – modestly. I especially love your long sleeve blouses and midi skirts. I have a special request for you. Could you please advise us (your readers) how to put together a wardrobe with a minimum amount of pieces? I had spinal surgery last year and it has taken me a year to heal. Unfortunately, the inactivity has led to my gain in weight. I would like to go back to teach in school but I have nothing that fits. Would you please help me put together an emergency wardrobe with the minimum number of pieces to get the maximum number of combinations? Can it be mostly midi skirts, blouses, and cardigans? Also, it needs to be for summer into fall. I would be so grateful if you could help me, and I am sure that your other readers will appreciate it also. I am a petite plus size with an hourglass shape. I live in the United States. I have tried to purchase clothing second hand and vintage, but cannot find things in my large size. I am five foot three and weigh 235 pounds. Thank you so much in advance for your help. Helene

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      MT

      Hi Helene,
      I’m so glad you got in contact with me, it just so happens I’ve been thinking about writing something very similar. Reading your story has made me decide to do it today! So let me get to work on this & hopefully I’ll publish tomorrow or the following day. I’ll make sure I include links to US sites but if you like the items linked to a UK site remember you can simply click on their country icon (possibly a flag symbol) in the top menu to convert to US$ & shippping. You’ve really inspired me today thank you xx

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