Mary Jane is a killer make-up artist, most recently working on shoots for Grazia magazine, mum to the brilliant Maya and boss of recently launched site High-Content which is dedicated to kickass ladies, fashion, lifestyle and, of course, cosmetics. MJ, as we call her round here, is also a fellow sneaker addict with a collection that makes mine look paltry. We can often be found enabling each other's habit via the wonders of whattsapp and instagram but that’s a whole other post!
Bored of the usual clique vibe surrounding the women’s streetwear scene (particularly in London!), MJ set out to launch a site focusing on her passion for the culture and fashion in a way that’s all-inclusive and sans the bad attitude and High-Content was born. Hooray! A site catering to us kick-loving ladies who borrow a lot of our style from menswear, splash out on backpacks rather designer handbags, love us a good lippy, don’t take ourselves too seriously and firmly believe in sisterhood - you know, the real kind not that fake smoke-and-mirrors-all-for-appearances shit.
I wanted to find out how this busy mama manages to juggle it all whilst always looking flawless and being thoroughly nice.
What's your go-to midweek meal and why?
So my mid-week recipe is Thai green curry with rice - simple to make, doesn't take long and the whole family enjoy it. I make a milder version for mini-self (explained below!)
What are your top 3 tunes to cook to?
Mick Jenkins - You Love
TLC - Baby Baby Baby
Mos Def - Ms Phat Booty
When your daughter Maya's being difficult about food what's your key to staying sane?
Maya can sometimes get a little funny with food that she is not familiar with but we always encourage her to try new things first before she writes it off. I used to go to the hassle of making something separate for her but I'm glad that we put our foot down and encouraged her to open her taste buds - saves a lot of time although trying new things has made her new favourite food quite expensive...She is a great sushi lover.
You always look dope, what's your go-to piece of clothing that transports you from mum mode to fly mode?
I don't really have a go-to-piece of clothing but I would say I definitely invest in staples. I'm into that minimalist vibe so anything plain, comfortable and well made I'm sold.
I know you're a fellow sneaker fiend, what's your favourite pair of trainers?
I hate this question. It’s too difficult. Depends what time of the year it is. Summertime is probably when I wear a few of my faves on rotation. I would say: Nike Air Max 1 Soft Pearl / Woven or the Nike Flyknit Racers as they are light and comfy.
What keeps you motivated and juggling it all?
My daughter. I also hate being bored so I always have to be doing something creative.
I have to ask about your top secret make-up go-to’s. So, go on, spill the beans. What are your top 4 makeup products for time-strapped mamas?
My top 4 products for getting ready when you're in a rush are:
Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk Foundation
Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Bronzer
Lancôme Définicils High Definition Mascara
You know, us mamas are often totally sleep deprived and a bit of slap does wonders for our state of mind. So, when you're lacking sleep but still need to look fabulous what are your heavy hitters?
Whenever I haven't caught enough zzz's I feel better once I conceal with Smashbox High Definition Liquid Concealer. Great buildable coverage for them dark circles! I also make sure that I always wear mascara to open up my tired eyes. Another tip although not to do with makeup is to drink a large bottle of water to keep your skin hydrated!
Mary Jane’s Thai Green curry with chicken and her playlist:
1 Chicken breast
1 Garlic Clove
1 Bell Pepper
400ml Coconut Milk
1/2 Tablespoon of soft dark brown sugar
1 Tablespoon of Fish Sauce
1/4 Teaspoon of Thai Green Curry Paste for Maya - 1-2 TBSP for myself and the other half depending how hot I want it to be!
1. As evenings are a mission getting things organised before bedtime, I use ready made Green Curry Paste to save time. I add the green curry paste to a low heat, add the chicken, garlic and onions until chicken is browned on all sides. *Note: I make Maya's in a separate pot as her is much, much milder!
2. Once browned I add the coconut milk, sugar, fish sauce and pepper and leave for about 25 minutes on a medium heat
3. Prep rice - I normally use Jasmine rice but as you can see I used brown this time as it’s all I had. Both work well.