Friday feature – Instagram @maegabriel

So I’ve wanted to do this feature for a while now and I’m so pleased I’ve been given the chance to show you guys! Todays Friday feature is from Instagram @Maegabriel.

Mae, Mother of one beautiful little boy Hayden shows us a small part of her world with such impeccable photography.

The food, the house, the family, I adore every single shot Mae takes. With super clean lines, white interiors, amazing beach scenes and one gorgeous little boy, it’s no wonder so many can’t stay away from her account!

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I’m going to let these images speak for themselves and let you in on our interview with Mae…..

Hi. I’m Mae. Mum to 2-year-old Hayden and sidekick to Lee, my best friend and lover. We are an ordinary family who loves travelling, photography and spending time with family. The kind that prefers to go for a picnic on the beach with family than going out every weekend getting trashed. Although I’ve had my fair share of the latter!

I am house proud and obsessed with styling. It’s funny because before Instagram, friends would come to my house and say “your house is really nice and everything white and black… but it will never work in my house” or “it’s boring.. white is boring” or “you need colour in your wardrobe other than black or white or grey..”. I was so surprised that on Instagram, it’s totally different reception all together. Almost everyone loves black and white. By the way, I also favour grey.

I am also passionately creative. I always have little DIY projects on the go. I enjoy cooking and food styling. I love Fridays as i get to spend a whole day with Hayden. We would often go for a nice lunch date. Just the two of us.

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What is a regular day like for you?

6am wake up, then coffee. Trying not to wake everyone with the noise coming from the coffee machine. Then I would jump in the shower and get ready before everyone wakes up. Get Hayden and get him dressed and we’re out of the house by no later than 7.30.

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I start work at 8am, 30 minutes lunch break then finish at 4.30. By which time, I go and collect H from nursery. We get home at 6pm.

Lee would play with H, I would start cooking dinner then we would eat together. We encourage sitting together for dinner as we have done since H could sit on his high chair. We would talk about our day and as we finish, we would all tidy up together. Hayden is very good as he thinks it’s fun to help out. We would give him a task and he would more than half the time diligently complete it. He would even help brush up or Hoover the floor! After tidying up, it’s time for bath and change to pjs. We would sit down and play or watch Mickey Mouse Club House a hundred times then take H to bed and read books a hundred times before he falls asleep. By this time, we would be so tired. Sometimes, Lee and I would attempt to watch a movie but most nights we just can’t be bothered! I never go to bed until very late. When everyone goes to bed, I turn my computer on and process wedding photos until I can no longer keep my eyes open.

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Where is your favourite place to eat?

I love the Thai Cafe by the beach. The fact that it’s on the beach, on a warm sunny evening it almost feels like we’re in Thailand or somewhere equally exotic.

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How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Passionate. Perfectionist. Impatient.

Where did you last go away?

Luxembourg. On a three-day work trip a couple of weeks ago to do a presentation and train a team.

How do you like to relax?

The only time I get to relax is when I am away on holiday. Or a Spa day. I used to go once a month but I have slacked a bit lately. Lee always tells me that I never know how to relax as I’m always finding something to do. This is so true.

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What is the last thing you purchased?

Today, I bought screws and bolts! Ha ha. Not so glamorous. I wanted to put together Hayden’s Eames chair up but lost the screws in our recent move.

Are you reading anything at the moment?

How to be Parisian wherever you are.. I don’t know how true it is but it’s an easy and fun read. I like that in some parts, it’s like reading myself in it.

Do you have a favourite shop?

I love The White Company. Mostly the home stuff and linens. It’s funny how my favourite shop used to be Louis Vuitton but now it’s all about Hayden and the home.

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Who did you last message?

Lee. We message each other on WhatsApp all day. Mostly random nothings.

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Head over to Instagram to check out @maegabriel feed

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