“Step into our secret garden and kick the moon through the Milky Way to a place where you can believe in the unbelievable.”
Some mums just have that elusive cool, you can’t quite pin point it, but you know they’ve got it. Mother of two and a half year old Scarlet, Ellen Barr is one of those mums. When she found herself at a loss for animal prints cool enough for her little girl, she decided to design them herself. Determination and hard work coupled with trawling the internet and emailing back and forth gave life to her brand of Pre Walkers, Love Luck and Wonder.
Tiny baby shoes were the perfect canvas for Ellen’s love of animal prints and her self confessed obsession with shoes. A collection of Pre Walkers in animal printed leathers and hides, ranging from soft pinks and neutrals to neon pops of raspberry and lime chic enough for the most style minded mums. Applying the same motherly love and devotion to her designs, complete with divine packaging and a whimsical philosophy that “believes in Unicorns, and fairies, magic carpets and one legged dragons”, what’s not to love? Below Ellen shares with us how she manages to pull it all off, what inspires her along the way and of course her favorite recipe xx
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Where do you find inspiration?
From animals of course. But definitely from interesting prints I see and reading story books with Scarlett. Our beloved Bondi, and all the fun times we have had there, people watching and seeing the way people put different looks together.
What’s the story behind the name?
Love Luck and Wonder encapsulates the mystery that is birth, babies and motherhood.
What’s next for the brand?
By the end of this year we will be up and walking for the early walker collection of mini me hi top trainers. Too cute not to come back to Love Luck & Wonder when little ones outgrow their pre-walkers.
How do you balance your time between motherhood and work?
Scarlett goes to day care 3 days per week, I have a fierce to do list on those days. Then when I am with her it is her time. I check emails and prepare orders when she is in bed for the night. The same way I worked when setting the business up; always at night or when she was asleep. I am organized and know that she needs my attention when she is not at day care.
What’s your favorite time of the day with Scarlet?
After bath time when she is all clean and nesty in fun animal print pyjamas. We chat about the day, what’s on the for the next day, and we read books. She speaks so much now, which is a lot of fun. Its like, ‘finally you’re here with me!’
Where do you find the best clothes for Scarlet?
I have an amazing friend in Sydney who gives me all her beautiful daughters clothes, so I don’t shop much. But I favor Munster wherever I can find it, KIDO store for Chipies shoes and Country Road for cute pants.
What keeps you sane and inspired?
Scarlett. The little ray of light in my life. Like any mum, I am so grateful for her in my life. I stay sane by doing a lot of exercise, literally running away any built up angst from a long, trying day! And, I also meditate on a cute little stool and think of the ocean. . . Or, there is always wine!
What’s the best advice you’ve been given since becoming a mum?
As my mum says ‘enjoy the journey’. I like this as it makes me stop and think when I’m not having a great moment that this is all part of the journey that I am very lucky to be on.
What advice would you give new mums going back to work or starting their own business?
I would say prioritize your time, they are only this little once and emails can wait!
Ellen’s Go to Recipe
Free-range Chicken with Fennel, Lemon, Thyme and Garlic
Adapted from Where The Heart Is by Karen Martini
8 medium potatoes, unpeeled
1 medium free-range chicken
100g unsalted butter, chopped
8 sprigs thyme, crushed
2 bulbs fennel, with tops
200ml olive oil
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
3 bulbs garlic
Preheat oven to 180C fan-forced (or 200C conventional). Cook potatoes in lightly salted boiling water over medium heat for about 15 minutes or until tender. Drain.
Trim chicken of excess fat and remove wing tips. Gently separate skin from breast to form pockets and place butter and half the thyme under the skin with some of the fennel tops. Rub chicken with half the olive oil and squeeze the juice of half the lemon over chicken. Season well with salt and pepper and place squeezed lemon half in cavity. Separate the cloves from 1 bulb of garlic. Leaving them unpeeled, bruise them with the back of a knife and place in cavity of chicken with remaining fennel tops.
Cut fennel into thick slices and place in a lightly greased baking tray. Place chicken on top of fennel. Scatter remaining unpeeled garlic cloves around chicken. Slice remaining lemon half and place around chicken, then sprinkle with remaining thyme. Pour 100ml water around chicken and roast for 1 hour and 15-20 minutes or until cooked.
Using a potato masher, squash potatoes into 2-centimetre-thick discs. Halfway through cooking chicken, place potatoes around chicken or use a separate dish. Drizzle with remaining olive oil, season with salt and pepper and cook until crisp.
Remove and rest chicken for 5-10 minutes. Serve chicken with fennel, potatoes and garlic and drizzle with pan juices.
Serve With a glass of…
Meursault Les Narvaux Domaine Michelot 2001Q