Meet Polly! She is the fab mamma behind the sandal brand Miss Polly and of course she is a Westie! We caught up with Polly and had a chat about her gorgeous sandals and her fave spots to get a cuppa.......now this mamma must say they are LOVELY and we are looking forward to warmer weather being here soon, so we can start showing them off!
So, what inspired you to start your own sandal business?
I've always loved travelling back to what I now call my second home, Greece. Each time I visit I fall in love with it more and more. I've always had a love for shoes and this, coupled with my love for Greece, it's a perfect combination….and that's how Miss Polly was born. All shoes are hand crafted under my creative direction. All sandals are imbued with a little piece of true Greek style and are made with love, in the heart of Athens by a local artisan.
The juggle is real - Top tips?
After working in the corporate world for 22 years I decided I could no longer sit behind a desk. (Yes, it took me that long to realise). So starting up my business gives me the flexibility to work around my daughters busy schedule and our busy lifestyle. The key is to be super organised and know how to separate the two…given my craftsman is in Greece and with the time difference I’m finding work actually never stops and finding myself emailing, making phone calls in the wee hours of the morning, but actually I wouldn't have it any other way! I don’t forget about looking after myself either so 'me time' is very important and finding that balance is key.
What keeps you motivated and inspired?
My other passion is photography. I shoot all things from fashion, city life, architecture and of course feet! I also love heading out to the country to find inspiration and motivation in nature. There is something about capturing that perfect pic and it gives me great joy. My daughter also inspires me and reminds me to really just enjoy the simple things.
Any Mamma super skills (things you could have never imagined you could do before becoming a mum)
My skills in multi-tasking have developed tenfold since having my daughter. Boiling eggs, recycling, washing sheets, and managing to run a bath for myself simultaneously is a snap!
Have you always been an Westie?
I have lived my whole life in Newport. Born and raised a true Westie and proud of it. I love how my neighbourhood has changed over the years and I believe it is a change for the better. The West has evolved in such a great way and I love being a part of it.
What are your fave things to do in the West with the family?
We have so many! My family especially loves walking around nearby Newport Lakes Park, but an absolute favourite is to brunch our day away in our favourite cafes with our local friends.. The General Food Co in Williamstown and Birds of a Feather in Newport. We also love Crowded House in Williamstown in their gorgeous little courtyard. Oh and we LOVE visiting Lavandula Farm in Daylesford, it really is beautiful there.
Are you a coffee or tea Mamma and your fave place to grab it!
Both! Piccolo One in Williamstown is a regular haunt of mine. I am a tea mamma as well and love making a pot of peppermint tea at home every afternoon when I take time out for myself.
One piece of advice you would give yourself 10 years ago!?
My advice to myself would be to not sweat the small stuff and to just breathe. I really believe everything does work out in the end, one way or another.
What is exciting you about your business at the moment?
Spring has just arrived so really looking forward to seeing how my business grows over these coming months. I'm also excited to announce that we are launching a Little Miss Polly range very soon. So mammas and their little girls can both step out in their Miss Polly’s!
***Mamma's special mention: For a limited time (offer ends Midnight on November 27) Miss Polly is giving Mamma fans a special promotion for spring - just pop the code: MAMMATAKE20 at the checkout for 20% off.
Wanna know more? Check out her online store here - Miss Polly her 2016/17 collection stunning and shipping in Australia is FREE!
We look forward to hearing more about your Little Miss Polly launch too! Make sure you check her out on Instagram @misspollygreeksandals and Facebook to keep up to date.