Tessa White is the owner of Down That Little Lane, a website made up of over 600 bespoke and boutique stores, selling hand-made, personalized, made-to-order and limited edition items. Tessa is from Sydney, Australia and she started her retail business in 2011. She also recently launched The Cult List, a shopping experience that is available by mailing list only.
How many children do you have? What inspired their names?
I have two kids Kitty, 7 and Harrington, 6. Kitty was named Kitty Jasmine as my husband and I are English and wanted an old fashioned English name that sounded modern (I am also a mad fan of Hello Kitty so that may or may not have had an influence). Harrington was my maiden name so we named him that knowing it would be shortened to Harry, which we also like.
What’s your favorite way to spend time with your family?
We are a pretty active family so the beach is a top fave, along with bike rides and racing around the dog park with our dog Dexter.
Are there any children’s brands you find yourself buying over and over again?
There are some for sure…Ralph Lauren is a favorite for smarter outfits for my son, and I buy most of his casual wear from Down that Little Lane with them both living in Vans and Havianas for shoes all year around. Kitty and I buy UK brand Boden, they have a great ’teen’ range which is perfect for her as she is way too tall for her age.
How has motherhood affected your personal style?
Motherhood has mellowed my style, possibly a little too much for my liking. I am now starting to pick out some more casual, elegant pieces so I can feel a little bit more glamorous without being overdressed for the day to day on goings of a working mother. I have actually started a new brand with one of my best friends called The Cult List for just this, and our signature #partypocketpants were our first design that sold out in the first week of release.
What is your favorite thing about being a mom?
It has to be the unconditional love my children offer and the pride that comes from teaching your children how to be respectful humans, seeing it happen and be told so by absolute strangers. I swell with pride oh so often being a mother.
What’s the hardest thing about being a mom?
The thankless slave part…they adore you but no one really gives you the praise you deserve for the hours you put into the job.
Has your beauty routine changed at all since you’ve had kids?
Oh my YES!! My new years resolution this year was to wear perfume daily, maintain a pedicure and actually moisturize after EVERY shower, that’s is how much it has changed. It became sort of non-existent!
What have you learned from your kids?
I have learned that you get out what you put in, if you can’t be bothered to teach them they will never know and if you speak to them in a cranky, angry manner they give you back a cranky, angry attitude. I tell them it often takes a lot of effort to be a nice person but it does not mean we do not try as the nicer you are the nicer you feel. We try and love each other more each day by just caring, and we are a pretty tight family unit as a result, but that has only happened in the last 2 years as the kids were finally old enough to get it and even feel it when it happened.
What is your favorite, easy, go-to recipe that your kid(s) love?
For us it is Homemade Pizza, I am lucky enough to have invested in a Thermomix so it takes no time to make the dough and then our toppings are to taste but we all use the same base ingredients.