“I grew up in the suburbs of Paris with parents who were very involved, but who also left me free to go and skateboard down the hilly streets, take my bike into the woods and barbecue hot dogs at the bottom of the garden – to have adventures with my friends, really!”
What did your parents teach you that you would like to pass on to your children?
“It’s that freedom that I would really like to pass on to my children; that’s why I’ve defined myself as a ‘Maman Cool*’ today. I try to let my children discover things for themselves, and to enjoy spending time together without imposing too many rules. We give them security, but if the kids get themselves dirty, or they make holes in their clothes, leaping about in the park, it doesn’t matter!”
As a little girl, Colombe had “pretty much a different dream every day: glassblower, teacher, doctor, global expert on women’s rights, writer…I’m in marketing now, but I still have dreams and there’s never a year that goes by without me imaging a career change!”
Our maman cool is pretty well-connected, and reads a tonne of blogs from doctors, feminists, lawyers and mums.
For her, this is “a way of living the different careers that I imagined when I was little.”
Beauty for her is “a smile, a certain charm that you can find on any kind of face. Generally, someone who is really radiant is beautiful! As for being super stylish, if that helps you feel confident and good about yourself, well then that makes you beautiful.”
Your current favourite spot?
“I discovered Lola Jones boutiques last year and now I can’t live without them.”
If Colombe had to pick one book it would be The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy, and if she had to pick a song, it would be Les Hautes Lumières by Fauve.
What is a ‘wonderwomum’ for you?
“A mum who manages to be both ‘maman cool’ AND ‘maman poule’! That’s my aim. To not wrap them in cotton wool but to be involved, attentive and welcoming, with a healthy dose of tenderness and love.”
What are your dreams for the future?
“I have two children but I would like another one. Perhaps more; we’ll see. I know for sure that their dad will be quite disappointed if we stopped at three.
Honestly, I love being pregnant. I feel completely chilled, relaxed and in total admiration of this bump which grows and grows, then one day starts to move by itself and then finally gives way to a little miracle!”
*’Poule’ is French slang for ‘Mother Hen’. So a ‘Maman Poule’ is the doting Mum that will cut the edges of your sandwiches, bundle you up in a tonne of layers and smother you in kisses – while a ‘Maman Cool’ is the easygoing Mum that always looks great, let’s you have all your friends over and won’t force feed you your greens!