I am very honoured to introduce multi award winning blogger and vlogger, Vicki Psarias, as my next S.H.I.T. interviewee.
Vicki was an award winning TV director and filmmaker before starting her blog while on maternity leave in 2010, and finding an accidental career she adores.
She rediscovered her voice, and slowly her confidence, thanks to her blog, and finding a like-minded community online. One thing led to another, and now Honest Mum is regarded as one of the biggest blogs worldwide.
Vicki is a huge inspiration to many who want to carve out digital careers for themselves, especially encouraging mothers to work flexibly at home. She wants to help others embrace what she describes as ‘a creative, flexible and empowering way to work around the family.’
As well as making TV appearances, her work is often covered in the national and international press.
On Honest Mum she shares her passions: family life, food, film, fashion, beauty and travel. But the thing that I love most about her, is her commitment to helping others feel more confident about themselves – her ability to inspire us to accept ourselves as we are.
Her #proudinmybikini campaign has hit thousands of women worldwide, and encouraged them to embrace their bodies: embrace those stretch marks, get that bikini on, love yourself and be happy in your own skin.
Vicki has two boys and a loving husband.
As she says herself, she is a BIG hair haver, and is an ambassador for Herbal Essences UK.
What do you most love about your job?
Describe a typical day in the life of Vicki Psarias.
There isn’t a typical day, really. I’m answering this interview from the train after a ‘pinch me’ kind of day where I shot the book cover for Mumboss with the renowned photographer, Joseph Sinclair. I feel so incredibly content and happy right now, and don’t want to lose this floaty feeling… And this comes after a traumatic year with a close relative being unwell. I never thought I’d be achieving dreams I had as a child, now aged 36 with two kids in tow, which is a lesson in itself – that you don’t know the twists and turns of life, even if you think you have it all figured out. I think with age comes self-acceptance. I truly know who I am and what matters in life.
How do you manage to juggle your work around the children?
I work from home most days, and although admittedly I work hard and full time, my job is flexible and I choose my working hours. A lot gets done at crazy o’clock, believe me! There’s nothing more liberating than working for yourself as a Mumboss even it means working at 2am when the house sleeps. When you do what you love, you find a way, always. My husband is a rock to me, and we support one another in everything. My parents help too. We make it work.
On a desert island, what are the 3 items you couldn’t do without?
My laptop, Canon G7X camera and my iPhone (think of all the blogging, vlogging and Facebook live opportunities on a desert island!).
What’s the best piece of advice you’d give someone starting out as a blogger?
Trust your voice and be yourself. Authenticity is everything. Is that two? What can I say, I’m a rule breaker, and you should be too (that’s my third tip)!
Your favourite item of clothing or jewellery with a story behind it?
I have a new favourite item, my dress in the picture here, which is a Diane von Furstenberg beauty which I bought for a shoot with Herbal Essences UK (a proud moment), and I wore it as one of the outfits for the shoot for my book. I love pieces whose value exceeds their use and even their beauty. The dress signifies milestones I worked my socks off for. It was the same with my car, my Range Rover Evoque. It felt special going into the showroom and buying that car which came after a lot of hard work.
What does Mumboss mean to you?
I am who I am because of my kids. I’m entrepreneurial because of, often despite of, and for them. That’s what being a Mumboss is. Being the boss of your life. I see being a mum and a boss as equally powerful and empowering.
Cooking is a big part of your life and you share many of your fantastic recipes on Honest Mum. If you’ve had a tough day, what would you cook for yourself, and why?
Food is life! My go-to is my Mum’s recipe for Greek roast chicken that’s both comforting and delicious, and reminds me of my childhood. Lots of garlic, onions, lemon, oregano and olive oil.
What 3 pieces of golden advice would you like to pass on to your boys?
To be kind, true to yourself and dream big (hopefully changing the world in the process). No pressure boys!
Stuck in a lift with Queen Victoria, Victoria Wood, Victoria Beckham or Vicky Pollard?
Victoria Beckham every time. She’s someone I hugely admire and she’s a brilliant Mumboss in my eyes.
Roller disco, Go Ape or sitting in the garden making daisy chains (yes, this is you by the way)?
If I’m shaking my booty I’m happy, so roller disco, although the boys and I love making daisy chains in the garden too.
You’re at a book signing for your book, Mumboss, which 5 people (dead or alive) would you like to come up to tell you how much they loved it?
Oh wow, amazing question. The Duchess of Cambridge, Catherine, whom I admire immensely, along with Will and Harry (their commendable work with Heads Together is helping to remove the stigma from mental illness). Alexandra Shulman, former editor of Vogue whom I respect hugely for her writing style, work ethos and flair. My grandmothers too, Yiayia Annetta, and Yiayia Vikentia (my namesake), because I know they would be so incredibly proud of what their little Vicki has achieved. Finally, Madonna who has influenced me since I was a tween, for her fearlessness, talent and tenacity. Can you image if they all attended my book launch?!
Random fact about yourself.
Cringy, but I can bark like a small dog (let’s go with poodle) and my French friends tell me I speak French with the accent of a posh granny. Go figure!
And finally what makes you S.H.I.T.?
Dinner with my main man, my husband, Peter, who along with my kids makes my life complete. Soppy as hell but he’s my soul mate. We met at uni so have grown together, and he makes me so happy. I’d love another baby at some point too so watch this space…