As Assistant Editor of Glamour Magazine, (one of the country’s best-selling glossies), and a founder of the fabulous website Wear & Where, Natasha Poliszczuk is one busy Mama. But when she does get precious time off with her husband and daughter, Claudia, she makes every minute count. She recently took a few minutes out to share her favourite local places, far-flung dream destinations and can’t-live-without products both for home and holidays.
What is your favourite way to spend a day in London?
Sunshine? Then we’ll stay local in our West London neighbourhood and head to the café at Chiswick House for breakfast al fresco (one of our favourite things), which is conveniently situated right next to the playground. Then we love a potter around Petersham Nurseries (so beautiful, so much inspiration for my teeny tiny London garden, plenty for little people to explore) – plus the teahouse serves wonderful homemade cakes (or the restaurant is fabulous if you’re in the mood for splashing out). Richmond Park is directly opposite, and a play there is always welcome – or we’ll head along the river to Ham House or Kew Gardens – the treetop walk is always a winner and it has a terrific indoor play area should the weather suddenly turn.
Rain? Claudia loves the Natural History Museum (especially the animal kingdom – you can, she says, ‘talk to the elephants on the phone’); the play areas in the Science Museum; and the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden where you can drive trains and hop on retro tubes and steam train carriages. (Tip: your £15 ticket is an annual pass valid from entry for one year, so hold onto it!)
What is your favourite boutique for children’s clothing?
Funnily enough, I’m more likely to seek out boutiques when on holiday – I tend to do most of my boutique shopping online (I’m a huge fan of Alex&Alexa, for instance), but Elias and Grace in Primrose Hill has a lovely, curated selection of labels for little people.
ALICE A PARIS & ELIAS AND GRACE
What is your favourite children’s label for clothes you would take on holiday?
I can’t possibly pick just one! Dresses from Zara Kids; stripes from Petit Bateau; Liberty print tops from Alice a Paris; anything else from Gap Kids. Claudia and I both love the sweet, retro feel of Jools Oliver’s Little Bird collection for Mothercare – so I always stock up on sandals (just like the ones I had when I was little!) and pretty sundresses.
ZARA KIDS AND JOOLS OLIVER’S A LITTLE BIRD FOR MOTHERCARE
What are your must-have travel essentials?
For little ones, Claudia’s very own pull-along bag – Little Life ladybird – which she adores and into which I can pack snacks, wipes, a change of clothes, books, tiny surprises (new colouring pencils and a little drawing pad; stickers etc); Aden & Anais muslins (indispensible). When we have an even littler one again (eek), I’ll add a Baby Bjorn and super-sweet changing folding changing mat from Zara Home Kids to that list, plus a Koo-di pop-up travel cot from Mothercare – great for throwing in a suitcase and means baby can have a nap by the pool!
For mama (aka me!):
A scarf (I love Becksondergaard), which is cosy and can double up as an impromptu blanket / evening cover up. Books (too many – I am ever-optimistic).
A clutch for the evening: I’m loving Accessorize’s boho vibe at the moment, or one of my lovely Anya numbers: the sparkly Valorie or small loose pocket in navy. Flats: French Sole ballet pumps; Boden pointed metallic flats; and hush sandals.
J Crew Vintage Cotton V neck tees – the BEST .
REN MOROCCAN ROSE OTTO CREME FRAICHE
Beauty-wise, I’m pretty low-maintenance on holiday (which is bliss). I always use at least SPF30 on my face (50 if it’s very hot) and am currently loving Avene (good for sensitive skin); and slather on a super-rich moisturizer: Ren’s Morroccan Rose Otto and Kiehl’s Crème de Corps (look out for mini bottles). My absolute beauty essential is blusher: W&W’s fabulous new beauty editor Rachel Fiddes has recommended Stila’s Convertile Colour in Petunia, which is next on my to-try list.
And your wish list of where to go when you’ve had your next baby if money were no object?
Please fairy godmother, send us somewhere completely relaxing, beautiful and easy (no epic flights, thank you) – oh, and could we stay in a suite (or preferably a villa…) with a separate room for the small people? I’ve heard wonderful things about Daios Cove; Borgo Egnazia; and the Martinhal. I’d also love a high-spec villa in Ibiza or Corsica, if that could be arranged?