Monday, 16 June 2014

LILY & MARIAM: SHOES FOR YOU!

Another in our series of cool mums and daughters... we talk to Lily, whose mum Mariam runs an online vintage store!

Lily says:
I'm twelve and I like Youtube, video games, Minecraft, anime and manga. When mum told me she wanted to take a year off from being a writer and launch a career making vintage style shoes, I felt a bit worried - I had no idea how it would work out! Mum had been an author for as long as I could remember, but I like her new business... it brings a lot of opportunities. Then again, it gets annoying living in a house with shoes right, left and centre - especially as I just have pretty much three pairs of shoes that cover all my needs, and I am NOT a vintage girl!

The other downside is that Mum travels away to vintage fairs a lot so I don't see her as much as I used to and at times she does get really stressed out. I don't see myself following in Mum's footsteps - I'd rather be an actress, a Youtube star or maybe a baker! I think Mum's business is great but I'd love her to take a day off once in a while and maybe go out for a nice fancy dinner or go to the movies!

Mariam says:
Until recently I was a scriptwriter and author, but I wanted to try something new. The idea for my business, Born Bad Betty, began when I bought a pair of 50s style kitten heels online. They had swallows on the front, but when they arrived I was disappointed to see that the swallows were just stickers... I thought I could do better than that! I spent months experimenting with charms and trims and glue - one day I accidentally went out with glue in my eyebrows and nobody told me! The shoes draw on my favourites colours and textiles from the 50s with a dash of Rockabilly! I love the business and I love working from home as it fits around the family - my husband is a teacher and also plays double bass in a band, and Lily has a little brother, Sol, aged eight. I like that the business can be flexible enough for me to go along to a school assemblies and look after anyone who's poorly!

Lily has taught me that, although we share common traits, she is very much her own person. I try not compare her to myself as a twelve-year old - she will take her own path, and I respect that. I love Lily to bits but my message to her would be that it is NOT embarrassing to hug your mum in public... no matter how old you are!

Cathy says:
I was lucky enough to meet Mariam and Lily at a recent book signing, and I have also bought two very cool 50s dresses from Mariam's online store Born Bad Betty - it sells 50s frocks and accessories as well as awesome shoes! COMMENT BELOW if you'd love a vintage style business... or if YOUR mum has a cool job you'd like to tell us more about!

3 comments:

  1. I'm not sure if you can edit the title but you call her Maryam when she's referred to as Mariam for the rest of the feature. That may be a mistake. Sorry.
    As for the article, it sounds interesting. I like the style of 50s tea dresses but a) I could never pull them off and b) I could never afford them so I'm not really a vintage girl. That being said, I like those strawberry shoes. They're cute.
    Blue. :-)

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  2. My mum works as an English teacher for foreign adults that have come to the UK and need to learn English. It's a cool job, and she works with people from Sweden to India, and all the places in between! I hear snippets of what goes on with the students, and it's interesting to find out how different cultures affect the way they learn. And because it's a part time job my mum is still around for me, which is always a good thing! (Well, mostly :-)!)

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  3. I Love anything vintage or 50's! aswell as classics such as hairspray and Grease that are portrayed as then! on july 19th we are having a 50's styled dance at school! :D im so excited! we are having this dance beacause they have just finished their production of grease! i saw it twice it was amazing!

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