We chat to Riley Uggla, founder of Riley Studio.
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Conscious Mothering with Riley Uggla of Riley Studio
We are so pleased to have recently launched Riley Studio’s new collection of beautiful sustainable gender neutral staples to our Made To Order collection. In this editorial, we chat to Riley Uggla, the founder of Riley Studio. Riley shares with us how she navigates sustainable living as a new Mother and running a sustainable fashion line.
Where is home for you?
Home for me is West London. Although I’m a country girl at heart!
You became a mother to a baby boy last year – has that changed your perspective on how you navigate the world?
Becoming a mother has definitely changed my perspective! The bigger picture of life and my approach to things has had a monumental change, everything I ever doubted finally became a lot clearer. Before my son, many decisions I made were centred around myself and how I could be spontaneous. Now, I navigate pretty much everything around my son and his needs. Our world is definitely different but without a doubt an exciting and fulfilling one.
Any tips out there for new mummies trying to consciously raise a new baby?
My biggest advice would be not to leave it all to the last minute. There are so many wonderful sustainable brands out there and if you give yourself the time to search for products with longevity in mind you will be surprised at the amount you can find from all natural, clean and compostable materials to hand knitted blankets and pieces that can be passed down.
Do you have any health or wellness tips you recommend postpartum that helped you after birth?
My biggest tip would be don’t forget to take care of yourself, it’s so easy to forget about your own needs when your main focus is your new baby. Rest and recovery is so important for new mums. I found that post natal vitamins helped me to get everything I needed at one time. Also be honest with people about how you’re feeling and don’t put too much pressure on yourself. When I was able to, I started yoga which was perfect for both mindfulness and gaining strength back whilst also having an hour to yourself.
How do you incorporate a sustainable routine with your young son?
Lots of fresh air, seasonal and fresh food from our local market, organic clothing and very limited screen time.
Do you have any personal life hacks for getting through the day in the most conscious way possible as a family?
Trying to minimise food waste as much as possible and utilising all the food in your fridge so nothing goes to waste, for example making a veggie curry with all the leftovers is a monthly meal in our household!
How do you balance work doing your sustainable fashion line and motherhood?
I find having an airtight schedule and sticking to it as much as I can has given me the ability to have the perfect balance between the two. A schedule gives me the ability to have calls and meetings around my son’s naps and activities whilst also having a good support network which is instrumental in being able to find this balance.
“For me sustainability means taking responsibility for your actions. I believe we need to adapt and have a responsible interaction with nature in order to consume more responsibly…”
What are life’s small pleasures for you right now?
People supporting Riley Studio! It really is true when someone buys from a small brand, the team does an actual dance! Having everyone support this year has been amazing and so humbling.
How are you winding down at the end of the day? Do you have a routine with your baby boy that is mindful?
Our end of day routine is in his playroom, listening to him ‘chat’ away followed by a story or two which provides a quiet time before bed that is mindful for us both. For me, being consistent with this routine means my son recognises there is a pattern and usually goes straight down.
What is making you feel optimistic at this time?
I’m optimistic about humanity, in these exceptional times we are witnessing communities, families and strangers all pulling together to navigate through these unprecedented times.
Finally, what does sustainability mean to you?
For me sustainability means taking responsibility for your actions. I believe we need to adapt and have a responsible interaction with nature in order to consume more responsibly, and we can do this by voting with our wallets – be it at local food markets or supporting small businesses. Sustainability is an ever evolving subject that we are constantly gaining more insight on and a key part of the journey is asking the right questions and really holding brands and business accountable.
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