WHO IS // SUSIE J VERRILL
WHAT IS // MILO & ME?:
My Milo & Me is an honest mum blog, mainly aimed at first timers (although I have a lot of non-parents and long suffering ones who subscribe). I talk about my experiences, our travels or just use it as a place to moan if Twitter and Instagram aren’t quite enough.
HOW DID // MILO & ME COME TO BE?
When I’d first had my son, I looked online and struggled to find any blogs which resonated with me. I found a lot of them very fluffy, very nicey-nice or just not quite right. I wanted to see people wearing Nike, listening to house music, not being afraid to take their baby on the underground… that sort of thing. Now I’m looking in the right places and have OBVIOUSLY found a whole heap of great blogs to follow, but that was my main reason for kicking mine off. I’m a freelance writer profession-wise anyway, having worked for LOOK, Nuts, FHM prior to having Milo & needed an outlet so this just seemed the natural path. We also travel a lot as a family thanks to my other half’s job which can sometimes be a tad lonely; chatting with other mums via my writing really helps keep me in tune with everyone & it’ll be great to look back on all the memories in a few years time.
BEST THING // ABOUT BEING MILO & ME?
That I really feel like he’s my little sidekick. It’s difficult to describe to people how being a mum can feel, but the best way I can convey it is how you feel when you’re in the first throes of dating someone you know you’re going to fall in love with. That rush of adrenaline when you head over to their house, how excited you are just to be with them… that’s how I feel if I’ve been out without Milo & I know I’m about to see him. Or if I wake up before him in the morning; I’m eager for him to wake up. I don’t care whatever he decides to be or do… I just hope he’ll always want to spend time with me.
WHO WHAT // INSPIRES YOU?
If I see other normal mums managing to be themselves, having fun & earning a living then I feel hugely inspired. The likes of Cult Of Youth, Orbyn, Not So Mumsy, Ribble and Mother Pukka are timeline queens who keep me perky for lots of different reasons. Some of them bring the glamour, others make me laugh, others are just so rude it makes me feel like I won't have to lose my identity just to fit in at the school gates.
YOUR FASHION STYLE: Hipster lesbian meets sport luxe high end charity shop dweller.
YOUR PARENTING STYLE: A polarisation at nearly all times. Firm but gentle. Outwardly relaxed but inwardly flustered. Relaxed but structured. Essentially I like to think I’m bringing a good routine but really I’m just sloppy.
BRANDS: Brandy Melville, Reiss, ASOS, Stokke & Tobias & The Bear BEAUTY PRODUCT: Eucerin or Kokoso. Neither break the bank but both are incredibly versatile for mum & baby. HOLIDAY DESTINATION: Anywhere in America. BOOK: Amy Poehler’s Yes Please. FILM: It changes ALL. THE. TIME. Anything with Leslie Mann is up there though. WAY TO RELAX: Read or watch some stand up comedy.
THE LAST //
TEXT YOU SENT: ‘What a d*ck’ (sadly not as in, ‘Wow! Look at that penis!’ But as in ‘Oh, what an imbecile.’ CALL YOU RECEIVED: My Father in Law THING YOU ATE: Cooked breakfast. Thank you New Hall Hotel in Sutton Coldfield. THING YOU BOUGHT: Well, the cooked breakfast I guess.
WHAT // CAN'T YOU LIVE WITHOUT?
WHAT IS // THE BEST ADVICE YOU RECEIVED?
‘When you become a parent, don’t listen to advice. Do what you think will keep you alive.'