Elle Daftarian, entrepreneur, author, former TV Personality and mama-to-be styled in Ani + Wren pieces. Elle, featured in our most recent photoshoot with Trish Mennell Photography, talks to us about all things motherhood, finding that work-life balance and so much more.
E: The most rewarding thing about motherhood is knowing you have the gift of raising a good human. The biggest challenge is always finding time for yourself and the biggest joy is when they are happy and peaceful.
Elle wearing the Cutler Striped Tank Dress, available in store & online, $185
E: I have learned to always be present in the role I’m in. I always say it's about quality not quantity. It is important for kids to see their moms having a passion for something other than them. I believe that’s what will light the spark for them to find a passion of their own.
E: My family has taught me about the meaning of life. They inspire me everyday to be a better version of myself and it absolutely reflects into my business. The love, kindness and respect I receive from my family I can then give back to the people I work with.
Elle wearing the Joie Hacinthia Dress from Ani + Wren
E: This pregnancy has been so different than my first. To be honest, I thought it would be so much harder considering my age but it has been the complete opposite. In my 20’s I was not as healthy as I am today and I was not as active.
E: That’s so sweet, thank you! My motivation is my age. I am no longer in my 20’s and I know everything will move slower if I don’t practice good habits. I make sure to eat right and try to get a workout in everyday- weight training & pilates I believe has been my saviour. My cravings have been so different this time around. With Sophia I craved fried food and milkshakes :/. This time I crave fruit non stop and smoothies.
E: I make these amazing sugar free, wheat free protein banana chocolate muffins that my family loves.
E: I had two names picked out. Sophia because I was obsessed with Sophia Lauren growing up and Madison because I thought it was spunky and fun. But when I held her for the first time I knew she was a Sophia. She was so angelic and calm so it was a very easy choice. We have one name that we both love so stay tuned..
E: Cafe Belong at the brickworks. Every dish is made with local and seasonal ingredients which I love. It also helps that it’s a few minutes from our house.
E: Seville, Spain. That’s where Chris proposed to me with Sophia by our side. It has sentimental meaning to our family and truthfully it’s one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited.
E: I have to make time because I can never find time. I make sure to devote an hour a day to doing things that make me feel good like working out, going to lunch with a friend, reading and writing. My ideal girls night would be at someones house with a few cocktails, some yummy food and lots of laughs.
E: I think social media is such a powerful tool if used properly. To me I will only post a picture of my daughter if I feel it can inspire other mothers. It’s not about affirmation to me, it’s all about empowerment and inspiration which is what the platform should be used for.
Elle wearing the Bae All Or Nothing Maternity Dress, available in store & online in black, grey and khaki, $165
E: The most common advise I give new moms is this -Don’t ever put your kids before yourself a happy and healthy person will raise happy healthy kids. “Work harder on yourself then you do on your job”- Jim Rohns.