MEET THE ARMADILLO CITY FAMILY: ZOE DE PASS AKA DRESS LIKE A MUM
If you don’t know Zoë de Pass, she runs the brilliant Dress Like a Mum website showing us drab and dull parents how to dress with style and flair. Check out here Instagram account, we’re very jealous of her wardrobe!
Recently, Zoë was one of several parents to front out new pushchair campaign, showing just how easy our pushchairs make life for real parents. We managed to grab five minutes with her for a quick natte
Can you tell us a little bit about you and your family?
My name is Zoë and I live in South London with my husband and our two children – our son who is 3 and a half and our daughter who is one and a half.
When you first found out you were pregnant, what thoughts went through your mind?
Disbelief, excitement and gratitude! I also thought loads about what they’d look like, who they’d become. I was also fascinated with how my body could grow a human.
Definitely! As you say, you have two children now, how did these thoughts differ the second time?
When I became pregnant with our second baby I was of course very excited again but I didn’t have the luxury of time as I was so busy with our first child. It was still amazing but I was just so much busier and the pregnancy seemed to go faster.
It flies by, doesn’t it? So, how would you describe your little ones’ personalities?
Our son is kind, thoughtful and generous. He has a cheeky, outgoing side too. He loves trains, riding his bike, drawing and working out how things work.
Our daughter’s personality is starting to come out more and more – she is defiantly more outgoing, loves dancing and being turned upside-down! She has a fun, naughty glint in her eye that may well cause us some trouble when she gets older.
She sounds like she’s already making her mark! So, how do the de Pass family spend their time?
When we are at home we draw pictures, make cakes, make houses out of boxes, play train tracks – make a mess! We try and take the kids out to things like art galleries, play grounds, farms, fairs, swimming, markets – sometimes these outing are successful sometimes they aren’t!
With two kids, me-time will be very scarce, so how do you spend those spare five minutes when you get them?
I rarely get that – as I work for myself I have to spend time working when I am not with the kids. But I do like a glass of red wine and a bit of TV!
If you could hand down only one life-lesson to your children, what would it be?
Be polite, be grateful and be kind.
That’s lovely! The saying ‘mum knows best’ is even more relevant when you become one yourself. What’s the best piece of advice your mum has given you?
I guess its to follow my instinct – you know your child best and if something is wrong.
Finally then: near you, where’s your favourite place to eat?
Our house! My husband is the best cook – no one ever refuses an invite over to eat. And recently we went to Surrey Dock City Farm they have amazing food and its a great little farm – loads of goats climbing everywhere!
What about spending the day outside?
There is a brilliant playground in Greenwich by the Maritime Museum, and Greenwich Park is amazing too. If it’s windy we might go and fly a kite and if it’s hot we might go down to Brockwell Park and play in the paddling pool there. The parks are so good in London we like to use them as much as possible.
So where do you go for a day indoors?
If we are at home then we like to do creative things like art, craft and cooking. If we need to get them out then we might pop down to Soft Play in Peckham or to The South London gallery.
Thanks very much, Zoe!