THE mother-to-be: candice lake
Her favourite book: Fiesta, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway. Her beauty indulgence: Weleda Body Oil and having a pedicure every other week. Her favourite flower: Gardenias and hyacinths. A special gift for baby: A Bonpoint layette. A jewel to celebrate: In my dreams I'd love a rose gold Cartier Love bracelet, I have been hinting now for five years. Her secret pick me up: A massage, long walk in the countryside or if I'm lucky enough to be near the sea, a swim solves everything. A favourite artwork: A Wandjina painting by Lily Karadada. Her guilty pleasure: macarons. A family ritual she loves most: Sunday bike rides to Hyde park in London with a picnic followed by a nap under the willow trees. On her playlist: I'm obsessed with Philip Glass' music at the moment, it's on repeat at our house – so calming. A Sunday matinee movie: A John Hughes movie marathon, always so fun. Her dream destination: Parrot Cay, Turks and Caicos.
THE GOURMAND: JOANNA COOPER
Her motherhood motto: Breathe deeply and enjoy the moment. Her dream-ticket item: A Saint Laurent tuxedo jumpsuit (from Net-A-Porter.com). Her favourite book: The Gift Of Rain by Tan Twan Eng, it’s so beautifully written, evocative and poetic or The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge, M.D. Her top beauty item: It would have to be my Lancôme Juicy Tube, in Cerise (no. 15). I take it everywhere with me, I’m addicted. Her favourite flower: Peonies, they’re magnificent and remind me of my Chinese Amah. Her secret pick me up: A handful of raw cacao nibs, they make me happy and put a spring in my step. A favourite artwork: Having been in Melbourne recently, I was mesmerised by Arthur Boyd’s Shaolhaven series. They are so vivid, you can feel the heat, dryness and stillness of the air only to be broken by the screech of a black cockatoo. Her guilty pleasure: Relishing in complete and utter silence, I love it. A family ritual she loves most: Bedtime – saying good-night to all my children, I feel such love, joy, awe and wonderment that my husband and I have created these curious little people. What her children have taught her: The true meaning of unconditional love. On her playlist: At the moment I'm obsessed with opera, especially Lakme’s Flower Duet sung by Dame Joan Sutherland. A Sunday matinee movie: I would only watch a Sunday movie if it was bleak and wet outside. It would be either Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights or Jane Eyre. Dream destination: Greece staying at Amanzoe.
THE INTERIOR STYLIST: MEGAN MORTON
Her motherhood motto: do your best and they will too. Her favourite book: anything by Joan Didion, her writing blows my mind. Her top beauty item: Christian Dior's Milly-la-Forêt fragrance and yoga. Her favourite flower: peonies, they have an unfair advantage over other flowers. Her secret pick me up: Power naps. Her ultimate jewel: A Cartier jade cocktail ring. Her guilty pleasure: Diet Coke, it's an annual pleasure. Her go-to piece: A Josep Albers scarf from Hermès. A family ritual she loves most: Breaking away with one of the kids. What her children have taught her: How to have bottom-less, maddening amounts of love. On her playlist: Tom Waits, Johnny Cash, Edward Sharpe and The Presets. And then Avicii for the teenager. Dream destination: A secret Morrocan rihad – I don't love hotels. No matter how designed or beautiful they are I find them lonely.