Fiorelli Talks To... Metro Features Editor Tracey Blake
It’s finally here! Our brand new Fiorelli watch collection has launched and we couldn’t be more excited. To celebrate, we’ve collaborated with Metro Features Editor Tracey Blake to give us an insight into her daily life. With a newspaper journalism career spanning ten years, a successful parenting blog and a book under her belt, we definitely consider the Metro Features Editor an inspirational woman. We caught up with her to talk about her book Small Talk, how she handles her busy schedule and of course, her #FiorelliStyle.
On Fiorelli & Style…
How would you define Fiorelli in three words?
Cool, trend-led, affordable.
What is your favourite style in the Fiorelli Watches collection?
The red leather strap watch with the rose gold coloured case. It’s a great way to add a pop of colour to your outfit!
How would you describe your style?
As a busy working mum I don’t have a great deal of time to obsess over what I wear but I’d say I like to be casual, but with a bit of an edge.
What fashion item can you not live without?
I’m currently in a pencil skirts phase and find myself wearing them all the time. They’re flattering and smart for work with ankle boots and a top, and I have a grey leather one I like for going out in.
On her Career...
What encouraged you to build a career in journalism?
I’ve wanted to work on magazines ever since I was a teenager – I’ll admit it, I wanted to interview famous people - so I did a journalism degree. I was lucky enough to move from magazines to newspapers. At Metro I have the luxury of coming up with buzzy fashion, celebrity, health, home, film and travel stories to entertain readers on their morning commute; it’s very creative and great fun.
Who inspires you most?
I am inspired by all working mothers who juggle family life with a challenging career. Whenever I chat to another mum who works we instantly have so much in common and it’s great that we can all support and encourage each other.
When did you first have the idea for your book ‘Small Talk’?
My friend and speech therapist Nicola Lathey commented that my 10 week old daughter Minnie was ‘a fabulous talker.’ Every time I met her she’d tell me something else fascinating about Minnie’s developing communication skills, so I decided to buy a book about it. When I realised there wasn't one, we decided then and there to write one, so Small Talk was born.
What’s the key to a healthy work and lifestyle balance?
I really wish I had the answer to that one! I often panic that I am doing neither very well and constantly feel a bit out of control with all the juggling, but I love my children and my job, and I am doing my best! Maybe we just need to stop beating ourselves up about it and relax a bit, but that’s easier said than done.
How do you stay organised?
With difficulty. We have a big calendar in the kitchen where we write key dates like parents’ evenings, school trips, show and tell days – in the hope that if I forget then my other half James might remember! I also often end up writing things on the back of my hand – right now it says ‘bread’ as I need to pick up a loaf on the way home. I am trying to be more organised in the evenings but the chaos of the school run never seems to get any easier and I am just not sure why.
How would you spend your ideal week?
On holiday exploring somewhere new with James and the children – we had a great break in Venice earlier in the year, which you wouldn’t expect to be that child-friendly but it was fantastic. The kids loved whizzing round in boats, we ate pizza and gelato and the children even tried glass blowing.
What do you wish you knew before you had children that you know now?
That I should have appreciated all those lie-ins I used to have at weekends! On the other hand, it’s rather brilliant when Minnie and Monty wake us up by running into our room every morning and piling into bed for cuddles, chatter and laughter.
Take a look at our brand new Fiorelli watch collection on our website and share your favourite #FiorelliStyle @Fiorelli_Bags on Instagram or Twitter. To find out more about Tracey’s book Small Talk visit her website.